Calendar of Events

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/17/17 – 07/24/17

Lighthouse Tours
Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Through September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.
Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
Through August 31
Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).

2017 McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm
Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

  • Tuesday, July 11 – West Michigan Concert Winds (pop, jazz, marches)
  • Tuesday, July 18 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drums)
  • Tuesday, July 25 – Theresa’s Boys & the Grabinski Orchestra (polka and ballroom)
  • Tuesday, August 1 – Uneven Ground (Celtic)
  • Thursday, August 10 – Westside Soul Surfers (jazz, R & B, rock)
  • Tuesday, August 15 – Tom Pancy Band (modern jazz)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – Blackthorn (traditional Irish music)

Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm
Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

The Line-up:

  • 07/18/17 – Scottville Clown Band
  • 07/25/17 – Magic Bus
  • 08/01/17 – The Moxie Strings
  • 08/08/17 – West Michigan Winds
  • 08/15/17 – Soul Syndicate
  • 08/22/17 – Shook Twins 

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
July 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.

Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival
July 20 – July 23
July 20-23, the Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival is happening in Flickema Park, featuring a 5K run, movie night, outhouse races, arts and crafts fair, food vendors, children’s activities, music and a parade!  For more information call Alex at 231-788-2308.

Thursday, July 20

  • Free Movie Night – (Dusk)  Come to Beals Park for night of movies and popcorn.  The film will be “Kicking and Screaming” (PG) starring Will Ferrell.

Friday, July 21

  • Beverage Tent – (6:00pm – midnight) Adult beverages and music by Oregon Dreamchild.  Flickema Park
  • Festival Parade – (6:00pm) Parade begins on Park St. at Oakridge Lower Elementary.
  • Outhouse Races – Immediately following the parade on Park St.

Saturday, July 22

  • Arts & Crafts/Kids’ Art in the Park – (9:00am – 3:00pm) Beals Park
  • Fishing Tournament – (8:00am – 3:00pm)  Pig roast to follow
  • Kids’ Games – (11:00am -3:00pm) Beals Park
  • Free Family 5K Walk/Run (8:30am) Beals Park
  • Giant Waterslide (12:00pm – 3:00pm) Beals Park
  • Cornhole Tournament (12:00pm) Flickema Park
  • Softball Tournament – Flickema Park
  • Beverage Tent (6:00pm – 12:00pm) Adult beverages and music by DJ Dave.  Flickema Park

Sunday, July 23

  • Day of Worship – (10:00am) Led by Pastor Dan Smith of Jipson Immanuel Baptist Church, Beals Park.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 20 @ 7:00 pm
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Thursday, July 20 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

2017 Summer Theatre Festival
Through August 19
The 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 6 through August 19! All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted). Become a Member now for the best value. Make a single purchase, then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. You will have the opportunity to select your desired membership level as part of the purchase process. Single Show Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Theater Box Office Hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm from July 5 through August 18 and one hour before curtain.

  • July 6-8 The Seamstress
  • July 13-15 CMU Triple Show Weekend
  • July 20-22 The Birds
  • July 27-29 WLYT: The Rememberer
  • August 3-5 Fox on the Fairway
  • August 10-12 The Seafarer
  • August 17-18 Exit Laughing

Auditions will be announced soon! For more information, visit the website below or call (231) 894-4048.

Muskegon County Garden Club Flower Show “Books in Bloom, Cookbook Collection”
July 21 – July 22
Friday, July 21 from 3:30pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday, July 22 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for the Muskegon County Garden Club Flower Show “Books in Bloom, Cookbook Collection!”  This is a standard flower show featuring horticulture, designs, youth exhibits, artistic crafts and educational exhibits.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-755-4409.

Yoga at the Light
July 21 @ 9:30 am
July 21 at 9:30am, come to the White River Light Station for Yoga at the Light!  Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink and join SPLKA for Yoga. The rain date is July 28.  For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.

Party in the Park: Whoopee Kat
July 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  July 21, the band is Whoopee Kat, hosted by the Muskegon Optimists Club.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In
July 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
July 21 from 5:30pm-9:30pm, come to downtown Ravenna for the Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In!  There’ll be free dash plaques and goody bags for the first 125 entries.  There’ll also be childrens games, food, the beverage tent, live entertainment, the craft show and raffles.   All proceeds support local charities.  For more information call 231-557-6572.

Movies on Deck: Remember the Titans
July 21 @ 9:30 pm
Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, July 21 is Remember the Titans (PG).

Music at the Light: Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends
July 22 @ 2:00 pm
July 22 at 2:00pm, come to the White River Light Station for live music from the Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends!  Come enjoy a Saturday afternoon with a group of acoustic musicians that between them have decades of experience playing folk music, the music of our ancestors handed down through time.  This is the music played in grange halls for square dances.  The musicians will be playing dulcimers, guitars and fiddles to mention a few.  They play for the love of music. Bring your family, your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station.  The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge.  For more information, call (231) 894-8265. 

Sunset Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering sunset tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in July from 5:00-8:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Summer Concert Series
Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

Movies on the Beach: Pirates of the Caribbean
July 22 @ 9:30 pm
Saturday night, July 22, come to beautiful Pere Marquette Beach for “Movies on the Beach!”  The movie will start around dusk at Pere Marquette Park (plan to be there by 9:30pm).  This month’s movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean” (PG) starring Johnny Depp.  This event is free and open to the public.  Come on down early to climb to the top of the South Pierhead Lighthouse from 5:00-8:00pm for a small fee.  Donations will be accepted (and are welcomed) in order to cover costs and raise funding for future movie nights.  Bring a chair and picnic basket and enjoy!

Yoga at the Deck
July 23 @ 11:00 am
July 23 at 11:00am, Muskegon Yoga and The Deck are teaming up to bring together two well-loved past times: yoga and beer drinking.  Only $10 will get you a 1 hour Vinyasa yoga class (all levels welcome) and a beer at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, enjoy a yoga class, then refresh with a beer.

There are limited spots available so register early!  For more information, call 231-668-4181.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 23 @ 7:00 pm – July 24 @ 7:00 pm
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 24 – July 29
July 24-29, experience the wonders of farm life in West Michigan at the Muskegon County Youth Fair!  Support the local youth while they proudly display their agricultural works of the year and show their prized animals at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  For more information, visit www.muskegonfairgrounds.com.

 

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian and Related Events

July 7, 2017, Muskegon, Michigan – The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians: Our Story,” a lecture by tribe Ogema Larry Romanelli, on Thursday, July 13. The event will start with a reception at 5:30 pm. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the MMA’s auditorium. The reception and program are free and open to the public. Mr. Romanelli will discuss the history and current life of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. He is a lifelong Muskegon resident and is from the Thunder clan of Odawa Indians. In 2007, he was elected as the Ogema, Chairman, and Chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, MI. Mr. Romanelli was re-elected to a second term of office in 2011 and to a third term in 2015. He is also a successful businessman and owner of three businesses in West Michigan.

This program is one in a series, at the Muskegon Museum of Art, that accompanies the exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Special programs continue in August with:
Standing Rock: A Report from the Field by Levi Rickert
Thursday, August 10, 5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture
Levi Rickert, editor of Native News Online, a national publication of, by, and for the indigenous peoples of North America, will talk about his recent experiences at the protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
Native Storytelling Super Saturday
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Family Fun Day. Explore Native stories with special activities. Free admission and activities.
Film Screening & Lecture: Coming to Light with Anne Makepeace
Thursday, August 24, 5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Film Screening & Lecture
Screening of Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and The North America Indians, followed by Q & A with Anne Makepeace, the film’s writer, director, and producer. Coming to Light was an Academy Award finalist for best feature documentary in 2001.

The North American Indian is an exhibition of national significance that explores the depth, breadth, and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis’s monumental work. The exhibition, both survey and critique, tells the story of one of the most prominent photographers of his time, who sacrificed everything for his work on The North American Indian, only to die in obscurity. Curtis’s images have been extensively exhibited and collected, and have become iconic over the past century. Organized by the MMA, this exhibition will be perhaps the largest and most comprehensive survey ever presented of The North American Indian. For what may be the first time, the entire collection of all 723 portfolio photographs will be on display. Importantly, this thorough survey and overview of The North American Indian also examines the challenges and controversies that the work has faced through the years, and in our own time. The exhibition runs through September 10, 2017. Visit muskegonartmuseum.org for visitor information or call (231) 720-2571.

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Photo Courtesy Michigan Heritage Park

Special programs related to Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian in other locations throughout the area:
Native Heritage: The North American Indian
Michigan’s Heritage Park, through October 28 and Lakeshore Museum Center, May 11 through September 10 The Lakeshore Museum Center is featuring over 40 Native American artifacts from its collection at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall and in the Cabinets of Curiosity at the main museum site in downtown Muskegon during the MMA’s exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Among the artifacts on display in the Visitor Center at the park are two headdresses, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, baskets, and moccasins. The items selected for the display complement a selection of Curtis’s photogravures. The items in the Curiosity Corner are primarily beadwork and jewelry. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231.894.0342.
Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 16, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231.894.0342.
Theatre Presentation at Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall
The Rememberer by Steven Dietz
Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm, Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 29, 7:30 pm The true story of a young Squaxin Indian girl, who is forcibly taken from her home and placed in a government-run school in 1911.
A Taste of History: Celebrations at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jessica Diemer-Eaton will demonstrate traditional Native American food preparation. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231.894.0342.
Drumming Performance at Muskegon’s Bright Lights Festival at Muskegon South Pierhead Light
Saturday, August 19, 2:00 pm

Frauenthal Theater Tours

Join us for a historic tour in the Frauenthal Theater including the Mighty Barton Organ!
These FREE tours led by a docent will be held on select Thursdays this summer: July 20th, August 10th and August 24th

Time: 3pm

Lakeshore Women’s Expo

The Women’s of Purpose Auxiliary with its sponsors …. Church of God Holy Faith, Community Shores Bank, Meijer, Muskegon FCU, and Muskegon Family Care present.. the Lakeshore Women’s Expo on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakes Mall, Muskegon, Mi.

All are welcome to attend this free event, including men and children. Vendors will be present, some conducting free screenings, testing and examines on a broad range of services/topics. Enter once for free drawings that will run randomly throughout the event (over 100 gifts to be given away. Details discussed at the event).

Join us for live stage events and presentations that will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Presentations include: Managing pain w/o the use of prescription drugs by speaker, Ramona Wallace, DO; Belly Dance Fitness Demonstration put on by the Lakeshore Fitness Center, Self Defense Demonstrations useful in warding off assault by Salomon Karate Studio; A Fall Fashion Show featuring models and attire from Lakes Mall vendors; CPR & Heimlich Maneuver Demonstrations by the American Red Cross, Zumba Demonstrations by Instructor Glenda Meier; and Songs of Worship by the Praise Team of the Church of God Holy Faith, with its pastor, Bishop M. L. Bankhead.

Reception Gallery at the Frauenthal Center

“The Colors of Nature” by Kristen Thornton
and
“In Our Backyard” by Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon
at the Frauenthal Center through August 6th

Join us in the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center to experience the brilliant colors and Michigan images from Grand Rapids artist Kristen Thornton in the July exhibition at the Frauenthal Center. The exhibit also includes the photographs of Muskegon by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon who are participating in the National Image Makers program. The show runs July 6th through August 6th

Kristen Thornton attended Central Michigan University and graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Health Information Administration. While attending college, she took art courses, including drawing and design at both universities. “I started drawing and painting at a young age. It was, and is, a wonderful outlet for expressing the beauty around us. In my early works I used more traditional colors and subjects. As I continued to paint, examine other art works, I found that I enjoyed looking at paintings with different, vibrant colors. Kristen says. “ Some of my influences have been impressionist such as Claude Monet, expressionists/Fauve painters like De Vlaminck and Cezanne.”

This is the 2nd photography exhibit of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon at the Frauenthal. These creative 6-18 year olds were guided by their mentor Hillary Jones who says, “This year’s theme is inspired by Muskegon’s rich scenery and architectural gems in our fair city. As you explore the exhibit, you will find yourself strolling through downtown Muskegon. You will follow the journey of our young photographers as they captured the royal blues of Muskegon Lake and the splendor of Hackley Library.

“We are very excited about the two different perspectives of the Michigan landscape,” said Ricki Levine, Frauenthal Center Managing Director. “The colors and textures of Kristen’s vibrant paintings contrast the photos by the Boys and Girls Club. It seemed like a wonderful divergence to display together”.

Open through August 6th, admission to the exhibition is free. Guests may tour the reception gallery on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,with extended hours on show nights. Exhibits are open to the public (with the exception of during private events) and admission is always free.
For more information about the Frauenthal Center and upcoming events, visit frauenthal.org or call 231.722.9750

Community Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Grant Opportunities

Muskegon, MI: Nonprofit charitable organizations serving the Muskegon County region are eligible to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFFMC). The Foundation gives grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, agencies and governmental units serving the greater Muskegon County area.

The grant deadline is September 14; however, an Application of Intent Form should be submitted by August 31. All applications must be submitted online at www.cffmc.org/grants. Grant recipients will be announced by November 15.

The Foundation will consider proposals in the following areas: arts and culture, health and human services, education, environment, emerging community needs, and community needs/urban revitalization. Proposals should also be built around at least one of the Foundation’s new leadership goals: promoting collaboration and efficient use of community resources; creating hope and opportunity for our youth; and making Muskegon County a more inclusive and accessible community.

In addition, the following funds will be awarding grants:

• The Julia Hackley Memorial Fund of the Foundation will consider applications that support the needs of City of Muskegon residents, with priority given to meeting the needs of low-income individuals and families.

• The Greater Muskegon Women and Children’s Fund will consider applications that focus on meeting the needs of Women and Children in Muskegon County.

• The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Foundation will consider applications that address projects and programs that focus on serving Muskegon County youth.

• The Environmental Fund will consider applications that build community capacity, educate, provide environmentally-oriented technical assistance, protect and preserve natural resources and clearly relate to the environmental interests and needs of the Muskegon region.

• The Muskegon County Medical Society Fund will accept applications that focus on programs and projects relating to health and science education and related activities.

• The White Lake Community Fund will accept applications for projects in the White Lake area that address the following community needs: social services, environment, civic affairs, education, and youth.

All applications, made online through eGrant, are general applications that are matched by staff with the best-fitting fund. Complete details about the Foundation’s funding priorities and applying for a grant can be found at www.cffmc.org/grants.  Questions? Contact JacQuaye Payne, Program Officer, at jpayne@cffmc.org, or 231.332.4124.

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Camp Hogwarts
July 10 @ 9:00 am – July 14 @ 2:00 pm

Monday – Friday, July 10 – 14 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, bring the kids to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Camp Hogwarts!”

The Ministry of Magic is pleased to announce that 16 lucky young Muggles will be accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this summer! Wizards and witches will receive training in Potions, History of Magic, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.  All students will be required to sit for their O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) at the end of the week- NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please note: It is important that all students have read at least the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to fully experience this camp.

$125 includes instruction, field trips, craft materials, plus morning & afternoon healthy snacks.  Bring your own lunch or $5 to purchase lunch (including beverage).  For more information or to register, call 231-894-5333.


Lighthouse Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto
July 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, July 10 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Library for live music from guitarist, Hiroya Tsukamoto!  He’ll take you on an innovative, impressionistic journey
filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released six albums as a leader. And he also performed and appeared on major televisions internationally such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.


Roll On Muskegon
July 10 & 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

May 11 – September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.


Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).


Healthier You: Gluten Free Cooking with Chef Jamie (Part 1)
July 11 @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Healthier You: Gluten Free Cooking with Chef Jamie (Part 1)!” Gluten intolerant? Just want to eat healthier?  In this class you will prepare an appetizer, entree and dessert, all gluten free!  This is a two-part series and the second class will be held on Tuesday, July 25.   The cost is $35.  This is a hands-on class, so bring your appetite and there will probably be leftovers to take home. Gluten free eating is easier than you think.  For those who register for both classes, a $5 token will be provided for shopping at the Muskegon Farmers Market.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


2017 McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
July 11 @ 7:00 pm

Come to beautiful the McGraft Park Bandshell for a series of free, family friendly concerts this summer!  All concerts begin at 7:00pm.  For more information, call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

• Tuesday, July 11 – West Michigan Concert Winds (pop, jazz, marches)
• Tuesday, July 18 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drums)
• Tuesday, July 25 – Theresa’s Boys & the Grabinski Orchestra (polka and ballroom)
• Tuesday, August 1 – Uneven Ground (Celtic)
• Thursday, August 10 – Westside Soul Surfers (jazz, R & B, rock)
• Tuesday, August 15 – Tom Pancy Band (modern jazz)
• Wednesday, August 23 – Blackthorn (traditional Irish music)


Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
July 11 @ 7:00 pm

Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

The Line-up:

• 06/20/17 – Uneven Ground
• 06/27/17 – Josh Davis
• 07/04/17 – Lakeshore Big Band
• 07/11/17 – Ben Bedford
• 07/18/17 – Scottville Clown Band
• 07/25/17 – Magic Bus
• 08/01/17 – The Moxie Strings
• 08/08/17 – West Michigan Winds
• 08/15/17 – Soul Syndicate
• 08/22/17 – Shook Twins


Rebel Road
July 13 – July 15

Muskegon’s ‘Rebel Road’ is a family friendly event that emulates the years of success that Bike Time had with “Steel Horse Alley” on Western Ave. with motorcycle parking, beer tents, stunt groups and pyrotechnic shows. The event is happening July 13-16 and coincides with Muskegon Bike Time.  Rebel Road is also adding Rebel Road Family Night from 6:00pm – 10:00pm on July 12 with pony rides, a mechanical bull, live entertainment and beverages! They’ve got an awesome lineup for everyone this year.   Admission is always free in the Beverage Tents, so come on in and enjoy the shows.  All proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County.   Check them out on Facebook or www.rebelroad.org for details.

Locations & Band Schedule

Depot Lot 610 W. Western Ave.
​Friday, July 14, 2017

• ReFURBUSHed – 7:00pm
• American Hair Band – 9:30pm

​Saturday, July 15, 2017

• Group Therapy – 6:00pm
• Westside Soul Surfers – 8:00pm
• Let There Be Rock – 10:00pm

​LC Walker Arena Lot 477 W. Western Ave.
​Thursday, July 13, 2017

• Lookin’ Back – 6:30pm
• Wreking Crue – 9:30pm

Friday, July 14, 2017

• Trixy Tang – 6:00pm
• Jasmine Cain – 9:00pm

​Saturday, July 15, 2017

• Bettie Paige – 6:00pm
• Jared Blake – 9:00pm

​Sunday, July 16, 2017

• Natchez Trace – 12:00pm
• Yard Sale Underwear – 3:00pm


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
July 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 12 @ 7:00 pm – July 13 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Leprechauns.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Muskegon Bike Time
July 13 – July 16

Muskegon Bike Time is back again for 2017 and begins a new decade of promoting Muskegon as a tourist destination, by celebrating all things related to motorcycle enthusiasts.  The event this year will be held July 13 – 16.

Muskegon Bike Time is welcoming two large traveling displays from the Harley-Davidson Corporate Headquarters to Bike Time at Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon.

The Harley-Davidson Demo Trailer will offer free test drives to patrons, with 16 brand new models to choose from.  Riders will be able to test ride any model they wish at their leisure and on their own.

The Project Rushmore Experience is another Harley-Davidson big rig, retro-fitted to display and provide an interactive experience for patrons on all audio, LED lighting, and other accessories for the new Harley-Davidson Touring line of motorcycles.

Part of the display will be The Harley-Davidson®  JUMPSTART Rider Experience which combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially-designed, stationary support stand.

• No knowledge or previous motorcycle experience necessary
• Motorcycle will not tip over

You’ll mount the bike, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of trained personnel. Give the throttle a twist and hear that unforgettable Harley sound. Sitting comfortably on the bike, you’ll continue to shift through the gears – all safely and securely attached to the JUMPSTART platform.

This dynamic display uses interactive curved LED monitors that form a wraparound video experience that takes participants through unique landscapes while enjoying their choice of music.  This life like experience is enhanced with the use of fog machines and other technology to simulate the feel of the open road while highlighting the bikes aerodynamics.

In addition to promoting and marketing the third weekend in July as an event for motorcycle enthusiasts, Muskegon Bike Time will focus its attention on providing activities geared especially for the motorcyclist. The focal point of Bike Time activities will be at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson property in downtown Muskegon.  Hot Rod Harley Davidson, located at 129 Shoreline Drive, will be open from 9:00am until 8:00pm each night of Bike Time. Hot Rod Harley provides new and used motorcycles, excellent service, parts, accessories and apparel.

Other motorcycle manufacturers will be present during Bike Time including metric bikes, side by sides and trikes.  In addition, parts and accessory vendors will show their wares and services including LED lighting installation, unique custom image products for motorcycles and state of the art custom made trailers to haul all of your toys.

Relentless Stunts Motorcycle Show will have you on the edge of your seat with nonstop action performing wheelies, smoking tires, and performing tons of crazy “must see to believe” acrobatics.

Additional activities include food service provided by Texas Road House, the Little River beverage tent with Pepsi products, official Bike Time merchandise, and information from Bike Time signature sponsor, Little River Casino Resort.

Muskegon Bike Time will continue to plan and promote a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers. They include:

Patriot Ride – scenic ride that raises funds to support Every Woman’s Place shelter.
7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing 7 different lakes and many interesting small towns in West Michigan.
Hot Rod Harley & Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only, which includes beer tents, brewery’s, restaurants, vendors and other activities.
Pere Marquette Beach – visit one of the most beautiful sugar sand beaches in the country right on Lake Michigan.
Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort town of Grand Haven and the Dutch village of Holland and several lakes and rivers.
• Muskegon Bike Time is encouraging others to plan and develop events and activities for the enjoyment of visitors to the Muskegon area.  Please notify Muskegon Bike Time of your activities so they can be promoted in advance to those intending to visit the area.

For more information on Muskegon Bike Time 2017, please visit their website at www.muskegonbiketime.com  or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center
July 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. www.braveheartcenter.com


Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
July 13 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Lecture: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
July 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

July 13 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a lecture by Larry Romanelli, Ogema, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians entitled “Little River Band of Ottawa Indians: Our Story!”

Mr. Romanelli will discuss the history and current life of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.  He is a lifelong Muskegon resident and is from the Thunder clan of Odawa Indians.  In 2007, he was elected as the Tribal Ogema, Chairman, and Chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee Michigan. Mr. Romanelli was re-elected to a second term of office in 2011 and an unprecedented third term of office in 2015 which he will serve out until the year 2019.  Along with his tribal work, he is a successful businessman and owner of three businesses in West Michigan.

The event begins at 5:30 with a reception and refreshments.  The lecture begins at 7:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Cooking with Fresh, Local Herbs with Chef Char
July 13 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, July 13 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Cooking with Fresh, Local Herbs with Chef Char!”  Curious about what herbs enhance flavor best for particular foods?  Do you grow your own herbs and want new ideas for using them?  Are you curious about what herbs and ingredients make the best compound butter for cooking?  Class participants will try pesto, compound butter, oils for dipping and a chicken dish made with class creations.  Class size is limited to 15.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


2017 Summer Theatre Festival
July 13 – August 18 @ 7:30 pm

The 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 6 through August 19! All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted). Become a Member now for the best value. Make a single purchase, then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. You will have the opportunity to select your desired membership level as part of the purchase process. Single Show Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Theater Box Office Hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm from July 5 through August 18 and one hour before curtain.

• July 6-8 The Seamstress
• July 13-15 CMU Triple Show Weekend
• July 20-22 The Birds
• July 27-29 WLYT: The Rememberer
• August 3-5 Fox on the Fairway
• August 10-12 The Seafarer
• August 17-18 Exit Laughing

Call (231) 894-4048 for more information.


Music at the Light: Wyatt and Shari Knapp
July 14 @ 7:00 pm

July 14 at 7:00pm, come to the White River Light Station for live music with Wyatt and Shari Knapp!  Known for their sparkling vocals, lush harmonies, and tasteful blend that sets them apart, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo has warmed the hearts of audiences throughout Michigan and beyond.  While remaining true to their traditional and Americana roots, their music reaches into genres as rich and diverse as bluesy folk, “high lonesome” bluegrass, and timeless classics of the 1940’s.  Shari’s rhythm guitar provides a pleasing foundation for Wyatt’s finger-style and flat-picking guitar leads, as the two serve up fresh arrangements of obscure covers, time-tested favorites and original tunes for audiences of all ages.  For more information, call (231) 894-8265.


Movies on Deck: Enchanted
July 14 @ 9:30 pm

Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, July 14 is Enchanted (PG).


Dance by the Dock!
July 14 @ 10:00 pm

Every Friday from 10:00pm – Midnight, after you “Party In The Park” come to the Port City Princess to “Dance by the Dock!”  Each dance features a musical theme such as The 80’s, Classic Rock, Endless Summer, Swing, Modern Pop and other great genres to get you in the groove.  There’ll be a full bar, so you’ll need to be 21 or over to attend.  This is not a cruise, but a big party on the boat, and admission is absolutely FREE!  For more information, call  (231) 728-8387.


Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow
July 15 – July 16

Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16 from 10:00am-4:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for the Native Heritage Pow Wow!  A traditional outdoor Pow-Wow offers park visitors the opportunities to see traditional dancers, fancy shawl dancers, jingle dress dancers, and grass dancers.  Native drummers and singers will perform throughout the weekend.  Over a dozen trade booths will offer jewelry, handmade crafts, and bead work.  Traditional Native American food will be available for purchase including fry bread and soups.  Sponsored by Lakeshore Museum Center.  For more information, call 231-894-0342.

Special park hours for the Pow Wow:

Saturday, July 15: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Sunday, July 16 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.


Fresh Coast Games
July 15

Fresh Coast Games is like no other CrossFit competition that you have ever been to!  Come to beautiful Pere Marquette Beach for this three person (m/m/m or f/f/f) team competition guaranteed to test your fitness in ways that you just can’t when you’re inside the box.  They plan to take full advantage of the sandy shoreline and maybe the water, too.  But what about the barbells?  Don’t worry, a max lift will be one of the day’s highlights.

Included with registration is a one of a kind tank top so that you can show off those weapons of mass destruction as you strut up and down the beach this summer.  In addition, each team will receive a ridiculous grab bag of goodies, as well as a raffle ticket for a few top secret giveaways.  It’s going to be a party with loudspeakers fueling your workouts.  There’ll be two large tents for athletes and guests to relax in between events.  You are encouraged to bring your own pop up tent and beach towels.  Vendor village will feature local businesses, supplement and equipment companies, and MichFit!

This is an RX Competition, but they don’t want to turn anyone away from getting a great workout and suntan.  If your team is unable to perform any of the movements to the standard, you will simply be ineligible for a podium spot.

Movements and Weights that you can expect to see:
• DB weights 45/30
• KB weights 62/44
• C2B Pullups
• T2B
• DL 225/155
• Thruster 115/75
• Team Max Olympic Lift Portion

BAYWATCH – Don’t forget your short shorts and one piece!

MUSCLE BEACH – This will be your opportunity to show off your strength.

A final WOD consisting of the top 3 teams will be held to crown the Fittest of Fresh Coast

A portion of the proceeds will be going to The Old Newsies Goodfellows to aid in their mission of providing gifts to needy children in the Muskegon area.  There will be a donation box for children’s toys.  For more information, visit www.muskegoncrossfit.com/events or check out their Facebook page.


Breakfast at the Farmers’ Market
July 15 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Saturday, July 15 from 8:30am-10:30am, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a Big Farmers’ Breakfast!  Enjoy pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, biscuits, bagels, bread, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and more.  Water will be served or beverages will be available for purchase.  For more information, call (231) 724-6777.


Creative Saturday
July 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery.  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information visit www.muskegonca.org.


25th Annual Celebrate White Lake Day
July 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 15 from 10:00am-4:00pm, the White Lake Historical Society will be sponsoring the 25th Annual Celebrate White Lake Day and Wooden Boat Show at the Municipal Marina and Goodrich Park.  This free event features historical–environmental displays in addition to the boat show.  For more information, call 231-894-4313.


Sunset Lighthouse Tours
July 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering sunset tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in July from 5:00-8:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
July 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.


Summer Concert Series
July 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information, visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.


Jazz at the Swan
July 15 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 15 at 7:30pm, come to the White Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast for “Jazz at the Swan,” a fundraiser for the 8th Annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival!  This special backyard event will feature the Tom Hagen Trio. and is a benefit for the 8th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival.  Tickets are only $15 and include wine and light hors d`oeuvres.  A limited number of tickets are available in advance at the Arts Council of White Lake Nuveen Center, the White Swan Inn, and at artswhitelake.org.

All proceeds will help underwrite the cost of the 2017 White Lake Chamber Music Festival, August 3-13.  More information about the Festival, including a full schedule, is available at whitelakechambermusicfestival.com.


Star Gazing Open House
July 15 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, July 15 at 9:22pm (sunset) at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at mas@wmich-astro.org before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 16 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Sunday, July 16 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/03/17 – 07/10/10

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

 

West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival
June 29 – July 4

June 29 – July 4 come to the White Lake Area to take part in the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival!  This is a five-day festival, based at The Book Nook Java Shop/Best Cellars Wine Bar in Downtown Montague. The festival will star leading solo and group musicians from the mitten state, as well as the national scene, who will play during evening Happy Hours and dinners.  There will also be special Showcase concerts at various local venues.  Highlights include a public concert at the Whitehall Gazebo in Goodrich Park followed by July 4th fireworks!

Festival passes are $60.  Tickets for individual shows vary.  Get details and buy tickets at www.westmichiganwinejazz.com.  For more information, call (231) 894-5333 or e-mail info@thebooknookjavashop.com.


Muskegon RockStock
July 3 – July 4

The 8th annual Muskegon Rockstock will be held on July 3-4 at beautiful Heritage Landing!  This popular festival began in 2008 as a way to showcase the local music scene and has been getting bigger and better every year.  The mission is to provide a rockin’ family event at a reasonable price that supports all things local. This year’s 2 day 4th of July celebration will feature lots of great food, Budweiser and Craft Beers, vendors, tried and true music and NEW this year, KIDSTOCK a Kangaroo Palace special event for kids of all ages!

Kicking things off and back by popular demand are the Crazy Babies – Ozzy Rebourne and Let There Be Rock (early AC DC) with The After Effect opening the show at 5:00pm on Monday July 3.

Spike the Media will start the 4th of July party on Tuesday, featuring The Echoes of Pink Floyd with their amazing laser show kicking off the always brilliant fireworks show at the end of the event.

Tickets are $5 per day and will be available at the Heritage landing Box Office each night starting at 4:30pm or you can purchase them online and pick up at will call.

-Active Military and Veterans FREE and HONORED.
-Children 10 and under in free(must be accompanied by an adult)
​-Kidstock opens at 5:30pm each night, and requires an additional wristband
​-Gates open at 5:00pm each night, with an amazing Fireworks finale at dusk on the 4th of July.

Event Rules:
• No Fireworks of any kind
• No Weapons
• No outside food or beverage
• ​No coolers

A Portion of the proceeds will benefit NO MORE SIDELINES.  See their website or facebook page for all the details at www.muskegonrockstock.com.


Lighthouse Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Roll On Muskegon
July 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


Pack the Pier
July 4

The “Pack the Pier” boat rally and raft-up is happening Tuesday, July 4!  How many boats can we pack into the North or South Breakwater Cove?  We’ll find out while enjoying “The Lake Effect!”  Bring your coolers, rafts and loving spirit as you celebrate the 4th of July.  The Deck is Muskegon’s great beach restaurant and will provide music and refreshments.  They’re a short walk from the South Breakwater Cove.  Anchor and enjoy a great Michigan tradition!  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.weebly.com.


Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31.  Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  $10 drop-in rate.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation.  This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class is a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the beach.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).


White Lake 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
July 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Beginning at 10:00am, the White Lake Area 4th of July Parade will travel from Whitehall City Hall to Downtown Montague.  Over 100 entries are involved in this family fun, annual parade.  Fireworks begin at dusk and are viewable in both downtown areas!  For more information, call (231) 893-4585.


Hidden History Scenic Cruise
July 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

$25.00

Tuesday, July 4 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, board the Port City Princess for a “Hidden History Scenic Cruise!”  Did you know there’s an early 1900’s shipwreck
right outside the Muskegon Lake channel walls?  Discover the hidden history of Muskegon!  This cruise narrates fun facts while you enjoy the beautiful shorelines of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.  Snacks, soft drinks and a full bar are available for purchase.  The cost is $25 per person.  Please arrive a half hour before sail time.  For reservations or more information, call (231) 728-8387.


Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
July 4 @ 7:00 pm

Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

The Line-up:
• 06/20/17 – Uneven Ground
• 06/27/17 – Josh Davis
• 07/04/17 – Lakeshore Big Band
• 07/11/17 – Ben Bedford
• 07/18/17 – Scottville Clown Band
• 07/25/17 – Magic Bus
• 08/01/17 – The Moxie Strings
• 08/08/17 – West Michigan Winds
• 08/15/17 – Soul Syndicate
• 08/22/17 – Shook Twins


4th of July Fireworks Cruise
July 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tuesday, July 4 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, board the Port City Princess for a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise!  Enjoy a spectacular view of the fireworks over Muskegon Lake!  Dinner is a good old fashioned picnic meal of ham, fried chicken, apple pie, ice cream and more!  Reserve your spot now, this favorite fills up fast!  Visit to portcityprincess.com and click on ‘Reserve/Pay’ or call 231-728-8387 for more information.


Fireworks on Deck
July 4 @ 10:00 pm

Tuesday, July 4 at dusk, watch Muskegon’s fireworks from the best seat in the house aboard USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for just $5.  Bring a chair and sit on any of three decks.  Buy refreshments, enjoy the sunset and then watch the bombs bursting in air.  Parking is extra.  For more information, visit www.lst393.org.


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
July 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.


Lighthouse Tours
July 6 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
July 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Opening Reception: Skateboard Exhibit at Nuveen
July 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Arts Council of White Lake is keeping things fresh this summer with art displayed on crispy clean skateboard decks!  Local adults and youth have come together to create their own custom decks that will look great on display and even better beneath your feet!  Roll over to The Nuveen Center July 6 – September 1 to enjoy this exhibit.  There will be an opening reception July 6, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm with refreshments sponsored by Fetch Brewing Co.

The Arts Council of White Lake provides numerous opportunities to view, listen to, create and learn from the arts, and gives support and encouragement to artists and arts organizations.  Hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information call 231-893-2524 or find them online at www.artswhitelake.org or on Facebook.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 6 @ 7:00 pm – July 7 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come and watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


2017 Summer Theatre Festival
July 6 @ 7:30 pm

The 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 6 through August 19! All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted). Become a Member now for the best value. Make a single purchase, then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. You will have the opportunity to select your desired membership level as part of the purchase process. Single Show Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Theater Box Office Hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm from July 5 through August 18 and one hour before curtain.

• July 6-8 The Seamstress
• July 13-15 CMU Triple Show Weekend
• July 20-22 The Birds
• July 27-29 WLYT: The Rememberer
• August 3-5 Fox on the Fairway
• August 10-12 The Seafarer
• August 17-18 Exit Laughing

Auditons will be announced soon! For more information, visit the website below or call (231) 894-4048.


Lakeshore Art Festival
July 7 – July 8

The Lakeshore Art Festival is now in its 5th year and bigger and better than ever!  July 7-8, as many as 300 fine art and craft booths will line Western Ave. and Hackley Park.  During the festival, downtown Muskegon will be packed with live and interactive arts, street performers, musicians, magicians and more.  The Lakeshore Art Festival was recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country!  Check back for more details as they become available or e-mail artfest@muskegon.org.


Muskegon Lumbertown Challenge
July 7 – July 9

Friday through Sunday, July 7 – 9, fishermen of all ages are invited to be part of the Muskegon Lumbertown Challenge!  The tournament will be held at Great Lakes Marina, featuring “no boundaries” fishing in Muskegon.  This is an open division tournament, no observers, open communication with a catch 15 weigh 5 fish limit each day.  The Big Fish is 100% payout with separate pots for the Open Division, the Women’s Division and the Kids’ Division.  The Women’s and Kids’ tournament will benefit the Terry Weber Michigan Stinger Memorial and will take place on Friday, July 7.  10% of the entry fees will go to the memorial fund.  The captains meeting for both events will be held at Great Lakes Marina on Thursday, July 6 at 7:00pm.  Registration starts at 5:00pm.  The results and prize ceremony for the main event will be held Sunday afternoon.  For more information, call Don Johnson at 231-206-0048.


Muskegon Lumbertown Challenge
July 7 – July 9

Friday through Sunday, July 7 – 9, fishermen of all ages are invited to be part of the Muskegon Lumbertown Challenge!  The tournament will be held at Great Lakes Marina, featuring “no boundaries” fishing in Muskegon.  This is an open division tournament, no observers, open communication with a catch 15 weigh 5 fish limit each day.  The Big Fish is 100% payout with separate pots for the Open Division, the Women’s Division and the Kids’ Division.  The Women’s and Kids’ tournament will benefit the Terry Weber Michigan Stinger Memorial and will take place on Friday, July 7.  10% of the entry fees will go to the memorial fund.  The captains meeting for both events will be held at Great Lakes Marina on Thursday, July 6 at 7:00pm.  Registration starts at 5:00pm.  The results and prize ceremony for the main event will be held Sunday afternoon.  For more information, call Don Johnson at 231-206-0048.


The Code Talkers of World War II
July 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

July 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the lecture, Code Talkers of World War II!  This special lecture will feature Peter MacDonald (born 1928), a Native American politician, the only four term Chairman of the Navajo Tribe and a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II who served as a Navajo Code Talker.  McDonald will talk about the critical contributions that Native Americans made to victory in World War II.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.


STEAMPUNK ART EXHIBITION
July 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, July 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Center for the Arts at The Red Lotus Gallery for the opening reception of their Steampunk Art Exhibition!

Every month there is a different display and art themed event.  The art display lasts for the entire month and you can meet and talk with the artists and view the creativity of local awesome art work during the reception.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, visit www.muskegonca.org or www.facebook.com/redlotusgallery.


Beers, Brats and Bluegrass Aboard the Princess
July 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

$35.3 – $35.35

Friday, July 7 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, come aboard the Port City Princess for Beers, Brats & Bluegrass!  Slug back a few beers, scarf down a few brats, and then get your dance on with the best party on the Great Lakes!  The cost is $35 per person plus a $3 surcharge.  For reservations or more information, call 800-853-6311.


2017 Summer Theatre Festival
July 7 @ 7:30 pm

The 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 6 through August 19! All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted). Become a Member now for the best value. Make a single purchase, then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. You will have the opportunity to select your desired membership level as part of the purchase process. Single Show Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Theater Box Office Hours are weekdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm from July 5 through August 18 and one hour before curtain.

• July 6-8 The Seamstress
• July 13-15 CMU Triple Show Weekend
• July 20-22 The Birds
• July 27-29 WLYT: The Rememberer
• August 3-5 Fox on the Fairway
• August 10-12 The Seafarer
• August 17-18 Exit Laughing

For more information, call (231) 894-4048.


Full Moon Float
July 8 @ 12:00 am

At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.


Stand Up For the Cure
July 8 @ 8:00 am

Saturday, July 8 at 8:00am, come to Harbor Towne Beach to “Stand Up for the Cure!”  Have fun and save lives with a day of Stand-Up paddling in support of the of the Susan G Komen Foundation. There will be professional SUP instructors, fun races, happy hour beer, wine and a delicious lunch as part of this fantastic event!  Standup event proceeds go to the local affiliates of Susan G. Komen.  Each affiliate uses 75% of the net proceeds to fund local life-saving education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship programs.  The remaining 25% is invested in global breast cancer research.  You can learn more about the local affiliates’ programs by visiting their pages and more about Komen’s global research at www.Komen.org.


Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show and Benefit
July 8 @ 10:00 am

Saturday, July 8 at 10:00am, everyone is invited to the Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show, a benefit supporting veteran suicide awareness and prevention! Your $5 entry includes a door prize ticket and a voting card for the show.  The cost to participate in the show is $10 with your chance at one of 3 trophies that are up for grabs.  There’ll be kids’ activities like a bounce house, games, a photo booth and face painting, as well as a silent auction, raffles, door prizes, live music a pig roast and bonfire!  All proceeds will be donated to Mission 22.  The location is just north of Babbit’s Sports Center on Getty St., so watch for the signs.  For more information or show car registration please e-mail heykoopVeteranMemorial@gmail.com.

• Car Show Line Up – 8:30am
• Gates Open – 10:00am
• Pig Roast – 5:00pm
• Bonfire – Dusk


Super Saturday: Michigan Indian Tribes
July 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

July 8 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the whole family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for Super Saturday:  Michigan Indian Tribes!  This free family fun day features special guided tours of the Edward S. Curtis exhibition, film screenings and craft activities.  Admission is free and so are the activities.  Explore and celebrate the rich heritage and culture of the many tribes that are a founding part of Michigan.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Sunset Lighthouse Tours
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering sunset tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in July from 5:00-8:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 8 @ 7:00 pm – July 9 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Green Giants.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Summer Concert Series
July 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  This week it’s the Matthew Brothers. For more information visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.


Retro Expo
July 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, July 9 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the “Retro Expo!”  Enjoy an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  It’s more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience.  For more information, call 231-722-325


Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center
July 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open.


Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
July 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.


Camp Hogwarts
July 10 @ 9:00 am – July 14 @ 2:00 pm

Monday – Friday, July 10 – 14 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, bring the kids to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Camp Hogwarts!”

The Ministry of Magic is pleased to announce that 16 lucky young Muggles will be accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this summer! Wizards and witches will receive training in Potions, History of Magic, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.  All students will be required to sit for their O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) at the end of the week- NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please note: It is important that all students have read at least the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to fully experience this camp.

$125 includes instruction, field trips, craft materials, plus morning & afternoon healthy snacks.  Bring your own lunch or $5 to purchase lunch (including beverage).  For more information or to register, call 231-894-5333.


Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto
July 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, July 10 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Library for live music from guitarist, Hiroya Tsukamoto!  He’ll take you on an innovative, impressionistic journey
filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released six albums as a leader. And he also performed and appeared on major televisions internationally such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.

Brought to you through the generosity of the A. J. Flogge Performing Arts Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.


Roll On Muskegon
July 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events June 26 to July 3, 2017

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Monday, June 26

Lighthouse Tours
June 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Roll On Muskegon
June 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 26 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Tuesday June 27, 2017

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 27 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
June 27 @ 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 22, 2017
Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.
Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524.

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
June 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe! For more information, call 231-722-7775.

Thursday June 29, 2017

West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival
June 29 – July 4
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St.
Come to the White Lake Area to take part in the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival!  This is a five-day festival, based at The Book Nook Java Shop/Best Cellars Wine Bar in Downtown Montague. The festival will star leading solo and group musicians from the mitten state, as well as the national scene, who will play during evening Happy Hours and dinners.  There will also be special Showcase concerts at various local venues.  Highlights include a public concert at the Whitehall Gazebo in Goodrich Park followed by July 4th fireworks! Festival passes are $60.  Tickets for individual shows vary.  Get details and buy tickets at www.westmichiganwinejazz.com.  For more information, call (231) 894-5333 or e-mail info@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Maranda Park Party
June 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Smith Ryerson Park, 550 Wood St. at Sumner Ave.
Bring the family to Smith-Ryerson Park and get ready to rock the park with Maranda!  This season marks the 23rd consecutive year that Maranda will bring great entertainment, a huge variety of attractions, great community resources from local nonprofits and a ton of prizes to local communities in West Michigan. Free lunch will be served to anyone 18 and under starting at 11:30am, while supplies last.  For more information, call WOTV at 616-456-8888. 

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
June 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Friday June 30, 2017

Lighthouse Tours
June 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org. 

Party in the Park: The After Effect
June 30 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets
For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase. June 30, the band is the After Effect, hosted by the Muskegon Motorcycle Club.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 30 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Summer Concerts on the Depot Lawn
June 30 @ 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until June 30, 2017
Union Depot, 610 W. Western Ave.
The West Michigan Concerts WINDS Sousa Band will perform at The Depot in downtown Muskegon.  Concerts run from 7:00 – 8:00pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair for an enjoyable evening on the Depot Lawn.  The Depot will be open with ADA-accessible restrooms for guests’ convenience.  For more information, call Visit Muskegon at 231-724-3100.

The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
June 30 @ 7:30 pm
Howmet Playhouse, 304 South Mears Ave.
Visit the historic Howmet Playhouse for The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute! In 2007 Mackinaw City guitarist Mike Fornes assembled a band of four backing musicians for a salute to Canadian balladeer Gordon Lightfoot.  The group’s work has developed into a stunning theatre show that replicates the Lightfoot concert experience.  For more information, call (231) 894-4048 

Movies on Deck: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
June 30 @ 9:30 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.
Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm. There is no charge to attend although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale. Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm. LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

Saturday July 1, 2017

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 1 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Montague Artisan Market
July 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Montague Farmers’ Market, Church St. at Water St.
The first Saturday of the month, June through September from 9:00am – 1:00pm, come enjoy family-friendly fun and lively environment at the Montague Artisan Market, adjacent to the Farmers Market.  A variety of vendors will be selling their handmade items including soap, jewelry, crafts and other art items. Come support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one!  For more information, call 231-893-1155.

Garden Walk

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Summer Splendor Garden Walk
July 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Count Garden Club Garden Walk, 913 W. Wellington Court
The Muskegon County Garden Club, Inc. invites you to join them for the “Summer Splendor Garden Walk!  Visit eight beautiful gardens in Muskegon for only $10.00.  Children under 12 are free.  For more information, call Rick Peters at 231-798-2915. Tickets are available at the Muskegon Convention & Visitors Bureau and from club members or at each home on the day of the walk. There will be refreshments and a plant & garden art sale along the way. This event is RAIN or SHINE. 

 

White Lake Nature Walks
July 1 @ 10:30 am
White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St.
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families, no children allowed without parents. Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Sunset Lighthouse Tours
July 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering sunset tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in July from 5:00-8:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Summer Concert Series
July 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle, 4759 Lake Harbor Road
Join Maranatha every Saturday at 7:00pm for their summer concert series!  All concerts are free and open to the public and feature artists like Meredith Andrews, Selah and Ellie Holcomb.  For more information visit vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

Sunday July 2, 2017

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 2 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Monday July 3, 2017

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 3 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon RockStock
July 3 – July 4
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.
The 8th annual Muskegon Rockstock will be held on July 3-4 at beautiful Heritage Landing! The mission is to provide a rockin’ family event at a reasonable price that supports all things local. This years 2 day 4th of July celebration will feature lots of great food, Budweiser and Craft Beers, vendors, tried and true music and NEW this year, KIDSTOCK a Kangaroo Palace special event for kids of all ages! Kicking things off and back by popular demand are the Crazy Babies – Ozzy Rebourne and Let There Be Rock (early AC DC) with The After Effect opening the show at 5:00pm on Monday July 3. Spike the Media will start the 4th of July party on Tuesday, featuring The Echoes of Pink Floyd with their amazing laser show kicking off the always brilliant fireworks show at the end of the event. A Portion of the proceeds will benefit NO MORE SIDELINES.  See their website or facebook page for all the details at www.muskegonrockstock.com.

Lighthouse Tours
July 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

 Roll On Muskegon
July 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Please visit www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete list of events.
Our office will be closed Tuesday, July 4. We will be open Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Muskegon County Calendar of Events June 19 to 26, 2017

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org


Monday, June 19:

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 19 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon! Monday, June 19 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, watch as the Clippers take on the Green Giants.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Lighthouse Tours

June 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Roll On Muskegon
June 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, June 20:

Montague Band Shell: Free Summer Concert Series
June 20 @ 7:00 pm
Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.

Throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell, join the Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) for the Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call 231-893-2524


Wednesday, June 21:

Serene Yoga’s Summer Beach Yoga Series
June 21
Muskegon State Park, 3560 Memorial Dr.
Serene Yoga will be offering a Summer Beach Yoga Series June 1 through August 31, 2017. Classes will be held Wednesday and Friday morning from 10:00am – 11:00am and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  The drop-in rate is $10. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you through stretching and balancing poses.


Fricano Place Cruise-Ins
June 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!


Food Truck Rally
June 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

Bring the family and your appetite to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the big Food Truck Rally!  Be sure to bring lawn chairs so you can relax and enjoy an evening of games and excellent food from your favorite vendors.  For more information, call (231) 724-6777.


Thursday, June 22:

Michigan’s Heritage Park Dog Days
June 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing, 8637 N. Durham Rd

“Dog Days” at Michigan’s Heritage Park!  Bring your four-legged friend to the park with you and learn about the role of pets and animals through history. Water will be provided. Dogs must be on a leash and owners must pick up after them. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Finger Weaving Make-and-Take
June 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing, 8637 N. Durham Rd

Come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for Finger Weaving Make-and-Take!  Visitors can make a piece of fiber art such as a coaster or bracelet.  Take it home for a $5 fee.  For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art FREE Tours
June 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.


Downtown Dancing
June 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

Come to the beautiful downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market for Downtown Dancing!  Enjoy a lovely summer evening dancing to local favorites, the Yard Sale Underwear band.  Free!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Friday, June 23:

Yoga at the Light
June 23 @ 9:30 am
White River Light Station, 6199 Murray Rd.

Come to the White River Light Station for Yoga at the Light!  Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink and join SPLKA for Yoga.  The rain date is June 30.  For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.


Serene Yoga’s Summer Beach Yoga Series
June 23
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until August 31, 2017
Muskegon State Park, 3560 Memorial Dr.

Serene Yoga will be offering a Summer Beach Yoga Series June 1 through August 31, 2017. Classes will be held Wednesday and Friday morning from 10:00am – 11:00am and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  The drop-in rate is $10. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you through stretching and balancing poses.


Seaway Run Healthy Lifestyle Expo
June 23 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.

As a precursor to the 36th annual Mercy Health Seaway Run, you’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for the Healthy Lifestyle Expo Friday, June 23 from 11:00am-7:00pm.  Healthy choices lead to a healthier life and a healthier community!  The Healthy Lifestyle Expo is offered at no cost to the community so you can explore healthy options and learn how to optimize your family’s health.  Visit the expo for health screenings, food, music, kids activities, prizes, demonstrations and more!  For more information visit www.seawayrun.com.


Lighthouse Tours
June 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Party in the Park: Westside Soul Surfers
June 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets

For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.


Summer Concerts on the Depot Lawn
June 23 @ 7:00 pm
Union Depot, 610 W. Western Ave.

The West Michigan Concerts WINDS Sousa Band will perform on Fridays, June 16, 23, and 30 and the Summer WINDS will play Friday, August 4 at The Depot in downtown Muskegon.  Concerts run from 7:00 – 8:00pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair for an enjoyable evening.


Movies on Deck: Back to the Future III
June 23 @ 9:30 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.


Saturday, June 24:

Mercy Health Seaway Run
June 24 @ 7:00 am

The Mercy Health Seaway run will take place on Saturday, June 24 in downtown Muskegon.  Races will start and end at the intersection of W. Western Ave. and Fourth St.  Shoreline Drive will be closed for racers.  An after party will follow the races with the main stage for awards and music at the intersection of W. Western and Fourth St.


Community Business and Craft Fair
June 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets

Come to beautiful Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon for the Community Business and Craft Fair!  Small businesses, crafters, specialty businesses, food vendors and non-profits will set up canopies along the sidewalks of the park for your shopping and eating pleasure.  There will also be children’s activities. For more information, call 616-836-8756.


Lighthouse Tours
June 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Kelsicote Summer Tour 2017
June 24 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St.

The Book Nook & Java Shop invites everyone for live music from the Chilean band KelsiCote!  They fuse cultures, countries and roots into original music of the heart, singing to our shared present age in the universal language of La Música!


Movies on the Beach: Jaws
June 24 @ 9:30 pm
Pere Marquette Public Beach, 3510 Channel Drive

Saturday night, June 24, come to beautiful Pere Marquette Beach for “Movies on the Beach!”  The movie will start around dusk at Pere Marquette Park (plan to be there by 9:30pm).  This month’s movie is “Jaws” (PG) starring Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.  This event is free and open to the public.


Muskegon History: Lakeshore Museum Center
Fur Trade
June 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.

Hands-on demonstration with furs used in the trade between Native Americans and Europeans.  This is a free open-house style event.  For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


Sunday, June 25:

Red, White and Blue: An American Music Tribute
June 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Come and hear the amazing sounds of the Frauenthal’s Mighty Barton Theater Pipe Organ.  Originally from the silent movie era, this organ can produce sounds from 25 musical instruments as well as train whistles, car horns and birds chirping!


The Dan Meyer Choir West Michigan Tour
June 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Baltimore’s Dan Meyer Choir is bringing it’s unique, tongue-in-cheek music to Muskegon with a performance aboard the USS LST 393!  Dedicated to creating original music about life in general and Baltimore in particular, they will be presenting several songs especially written for our West Michigan audience.


Monday, June 26:

Lighthouse Tours
June 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Roll On Muskegon
June 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.
 

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 26 @ 7:00 pm
Marsh Field, 1800 Peck St.

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues. This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon! Monday, June 19 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, watch as the Clippers take on the Green Giants.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

 

Stop in our office at 610 W. Western and pick up our 2017 Muskegon County visitor guide!

Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau summer hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm -4:00pm

You can find us on Facebook and our website is www.visitmuskegon.org

Lakeshore Art Fesitval Volunteers Needed!

July 7 & 8, 2017
Downtown Muskegon

We are looking for volunteers to fill the following positions for this year’s festival on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8:volunteers

• Support Services
• The Hospitality Team
• Merchandise Sales
• The Children’s Lane
• The Street Team

For those who have volunteered in the past, we appreciate your contribution and hope you decide to volunteer again this year! The Lakeshore Art Festival is a fun and unique volunteer opportunity. Join us as part of this artful celebration!

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For more information, email Michael Ramsey, Lakeshore Art Festival Volunteer Coordinator here.

 

 

American Towman Spirit Ride

What is the Spirit Ride?
The Spirit Ride is designed to draw media attention to MOVE-OVER LAWS and the needless sacrifices towers and other 1st responders make in serving the motoring public.

When: June 25th at 2:30pm [line-up at 1:30]

Where: 640 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores, MI 49441 [Folkert Community Hub]

We will be having a faux procession with the American Towman Casket from Seminole and Seaway Dr. around town to US31.

We will be cooking hotdogs and burgers.

Please come out and show support

http://atspiritride.com/

Brought to you by Muskegon Area towing companies.

American Music Tribute at the Frauenthal Center, Sunday, June 25

Red, White & Blue, an American Music Tribute
at the Frauenthal Center, downtown Muskegon
Sunday, June 25

Hear the amazing sounds of the Frauenthal’s Mighty Barton Theater Pipe Organ, featuring Dave Wickerham, in Red White & Blue, An American Music Tribute”. This special concert will showcase popular music from the American Songbook. Featuring hit tunes by composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter as well as a few patriotic and ragtime selections added in the mix.

This concert is made possible by the Barton Theater Organ Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Originally from the silent movie era the Barton organ can produce sounds from 25 musical instruments as well as train whistles, car horns and birds chirping! This concert celebrates a variety of genres of American Music- and will be a delight for the entire family.

Organist, Dave Wickerham began playing the electronic organ at the age of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age 10. His musical education started at age seven and ultimately attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies.

Dave became Staff Organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois. And later became a featured Staff Organist at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield, WI, a position he held for 10 years.

Currently Wickerham live in Upper Michigan where he is the Co-Manager and Organist in Residence at Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls.

He has performed for many audiences including various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society. In 1999, he was a featured artist in Melbourne, Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews.  He has toured several times in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2011, Dave was honored with the “Organist of the Year” award by American Theatre Organ Society.

Advanced tickets for Red, White, Blue an American Music Tribute are $10 and are $12 the day of the concert. They may be purchased at the Frauenthal Box office downtown 231.722.9750, online at http://www.frauenthal.org/ or http://www.startickets.com/

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/12/17 – 06/19/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June 12 @ 1:00pm5:00pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Miss Michigan Pageant
June 13 – June 17
The Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants are coming to the Frauenthal Center June 13-17.  Tickets are available through Star Tickets outlets including Meijer Stores, StarTickets.com (800-585-3737) or through the Frauenthal Center box office by calling 231-727-8001.  Frauenthal Center Box Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm.  For more information call Shelley at 231-798-4272.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Through September 10
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

May 11 – September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Serene Yoga’s Summer Beach Yoga Series
Wednesdays and Fridays
Serene Yoga will be offering a Summer Beach Yoga Series June 1 through August 31, 2017. Classes will be held Wednesday and Friday morning from 10:00am – 11:00am and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  The drop-in rate is $10.

Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family.  This class has a biblical based perspective.  Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion.  Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat.  All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit).  Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).

Summer Classical Series
June 14 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, June 14, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Summer Classical Series featuring Adrienne & Miriam on violin and piano!

Twins since birth (duh), Adrienne & Miriam have been brainwashed with music since the beginning, starting with a classical pianist father who practiced with alternating babies tied to him in a papoose wrap.  As soon as they could walk they danced and sang at the weekly “Music Together” classes.  At 3 they both took up Suzuki violin and enjoyed chasing the teacher’s cat as much as the music.  Miriam switched to piano at age 5.  It wasn’t until they were 7 or so when they realized not all kids had to practice every day – until then, they had assumed it was something everyone had to do.  At first, Adrienne was so afraid of performing in front of people that she played inside the studio with the audience outside the screen window – she is now poised and confident.  Now seniors in high school, they are pondering college choices and majors.  Alas, it appears science and medicine will win over music… but hopefully, as with Einstein, they will find time to make music with their instruments.

Showtime is at 7:00pm and there is a $5 cover.  Come early for dinner at 6:15pm for only $9.25.  Enjoy Tity Murr’s Lebanese Kibbe, Tabouli, Hummus and Pita Bread!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Bike the Musketawa Trail
June 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, June 14 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, learn what it takes to make your bicycle safe and trail ready with Bike Fit 101!  You will learn what it takes to make your bicycle safe and trail ready, then enjoy a ride at your distance and pace, meet new people, and explore the Musketawa Trail.  Bring your own bike or a limited number of bicycles are available to rent (minimum 48-hour advance notice).  To reserve a bike, call Breakaway Bicycles at 231-799-0008. To register, visit aarp.cvent.com/muskegonbike or call 1-877-926-8300.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.

 Muskegon Heights Festival

June 12 – June 17
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2017 is June 12-17! This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, sports tournaments, live music, a grand parade, 5K run and much more! It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave.  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.

Monday, June 12 – Wednesday, June 14

  • Movie Night, showing African American films nightly at 8:00pm.  Free Admission.

Thursday, June 15

  • Park opens at 12:00pm
  • Food Vendors open at 12:00pm
  • Carnival opens at 12:00pm
  • Gospel in the Park at 5:30pm

Friday, June 16

  • Park opens at 12:00pm
  • Food Vendors open at 12:00pm
  • Vendor Booths open at 12:00pm
  • Health Screenings 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Food Truck opens at 12:00pm
  • Beer Tent opens at 12:00pm
  • Opening Ceremony – 1:00pm
  • Senior Picnic – 1:00pm
  • Concert/Cassidy, Fa’Ness & Mickey Wallace – 6:00pm

Saturday, June 17

  • 5K Run – 8:00am
  • Mayor’s Breakfast – 9:00am
  • Parade – 11:00am
  • Food Vendors – 12:00pm
  • Beer Tent – 12:00pm
  • Carnival – 12:00pm
  • African American Museum Celebration – 1:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Concert featuring The Dazz Band and Alaina Renae 5:30pm

 

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Charlotte’s Web the Musical
June 15 @ 7:00 pm – June 17 @ 7:00 pm
June 15, 16 & 17 at 7:00pm, bring the family to the Howmet Playhouse for “Charlotte’s Web the Musical!”   Experience the fun and exciting adventures of Wilbur the pig and his barnyard friends as they discover lessons in love, friendship and self-sacrifice.  This is a family fun show with fun characters, music and dancing. Pre-sale tickets are $7 or $9 at the door.  Pre-sale tickets are available at the Nuveen Center (106 E. Colby St., Whitehall) or at Whitehall City Hall (405 E. Colby St., Whitehall).  Presented by the Arts Council of White Lake

Taste of Muskegon
June 16 – June 17
Taste of Muskegon has undergone a re-branding to begin its 11th year.  Following the most successful festival in its history, the Taste of Muskegon committee decided it was time to modernize their look.  Charla Holmes-Proctor donated a new logo to the organization which was the inspiration for their new website.  The new logo incorporates food, drinks and music which follows the committee’s goal of making Taste of Muskegon about more than the food but a full “taste” of what Muskegon County has to offer.  The website will feature online voting for patrons to select the winning plates in addition to the paper ballots.

“We try to grow Taste every year and highlight more of the great things that Muskegon has to offer. The new branding is a part of that growth. We are excited to find new ways reach more people,” Ellen Berends, Director of Taste of Muskegon.

Taste of Muskegon, a part of Downtown Muskegon Now, will take place on June 16 – 17 in Hackley Park.  It joins Parties in the Park Friday night and will feature the West Michigan Offshore Club Powerboat Street Party as part of Powerboat weekend.  Saturday will begin with the United Way’s Ride United bicycle event and the Downtown Car Show.  New this year, on Saturday the Shoreline Lion’s will offer a breakfast and Sweetwater Local Foods Market will set up at Taste.  Also new, Burning Foot Beer Festival will host a craft beer garden.  They will bring the beach to Hackley Park complete with sand and a tiki theme.  Awards for Taste of Muskegon’s best plates will take place Saturday afternoon and includes both judge and public votes.  To learn more about the restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2017, visit their new website at www.tasteofmuskegon.org.

Muskegon Powerboat Weekend
June 16 – June 18
The Muskegon Powerboat Weekend is one of WMO’s premier events, and in 2016 attracted more than 80 boats. The 65-mile run is intentionally designed to be welcoming to 180 mile-per-hour cats, big-power vees, smaller single-engine boats, and everything in between, and is formatted in such a way that you can run as little or as much of it as you want to. Three of west Michigan’s best ports are used – Grand Haven, Muskegon, and White Hall, and the itinerary is action-packed. Check out the full lineup of events on the website.

Bill Saylor Open Memorial Golf Outing and Fundraiser
Friday, June 16, it’s the Bill Saylor Open Memorial Golf Outing and Fundraiser, a Four Person Scramble at Chase Hammond Golf Club!  Registration begins at 8:00am with a shotgun start at 9:00am.  Proceeds will benefit the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force.  The entry fee is $70.00 per person or $280.00 per four person team.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

2nd Annual ParTEE for Paws Charity Golf Outing
June 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, June 16, come to the Fruitport Golf Club for the 2nd Annual ParTEE for Paws Charity Golf Outing!  Check in is at 12:00pm with a Shotgun Start at 1:00pm.  The cost is $55 and includes 9 holes, a cart, 2 drink tickets, dinner, prizes and more!  This event is a 4-Person Scramble.  Golfers of any skill level are welcome.  Get a Hole-In-One and win $10,000!  For more information, call the Noah Project at 269-377-2033.

Sparkle Girls’ Yoga Cruises
June 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Port City Princess is proud to present Sparkle Girls’ Yoga Cruises!  Build bonding relationships with loved ones of every age during these relaxing cruises on Muskegon Lake.

Dad & Daughter Day is Friday, June 16 from 4:00-5:30pm.  Bring your mat, cozy blanket, water bottle and small cloth for use over your eyes for relaxation. The cost is $35.  Call to reserve your spot at 231-343-8381 or e-mail dianaschoolofinnovation@gmail.com.

Party in the Park/Taste of Muskegon
June 16 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  June 16 there will be various artists as part of the Taste of Muskegon with extended hours from 4:00pm – 10:00pm!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Hip Hop Legend *Cassidy*
June 16 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday, June 16, as part of the Muskegon Heights Festival in the Park, it’s ‘The Love For Hip Hop Stop The Violence Concert’ with Hip Hop artist Cassidy performing all his hits live!  Tickets are $12 and available online at https://www.neptix.com/events/48497.  Gates open at 5:30pm.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 16 @ 7:00 pm – June 17 @ 7:00 pm
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Summer Concerts on the Depot Lawn
June 16 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Concerts WINDS Sousa Band will perform on Fridays, June 16, 23, and 30 and the Summer WINDS will play Friday, August 4 at The Depot in downtown Muskegon.  Concerts run from 7:00 – 8:00pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair for an enjoyable evening on the Depot Lawn.  The Depot will be open with ADA-accessible restrooms for guests’ convenience.  For more information, call Visit Muskegon at 231-724-3100.

Movies on Deck: In the Land of the Headhunters
June 16 @ 9:30 pm
Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, June 16 is In the Land of the Headhunters.

White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival
June 17 – June 18
The 39th annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival is happening at Goodrich Park Annex, June 17-18.  This juried arts and crafts festival features continuous entertainment, a food court and over 75 booths.  Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.  For more information call 231-893-4585.

Ride United
June 17
The United Way invites you to “Ride United,” Saturday, June 17, as they join Bike to Work Week’s line up of healthy biking events and partner with Taste of Muskegon for a Watch Muskegon kind of day!

Choose from a 25, 50, or 100 mile route, get registered, and start raising pledges!  Pledge proceeds will provide bikes for children and work transportation for those in need.

The 100 mile riders start at 8:00am in front of the Culinary Institute of Michigan, followed by the 25 and 50 mile riders at 9:00am.  Rest stops along all routes offer water, Gatorade, and snacks to keep riders refreshed and fueled up.  Support for riders is available via the SAG vehicles and at the finish area until 5:00pm; rest stop times will be noted in the rider information packets.

As part of a new partnership with Taste of Muskegon, United Way is handling registration for this year’s Taste of Muskegon “Folks and Spokes Family Ride.” This ride is for those who simply want to enjoy a short, all ages ride at no cost.  Ride will leave from Heritage Landing at 10:00am.  Hosts from City Hub Cyclery will lead riders along the bike trail to Hartshorne Marina and back, returning for Taste of Muskegon festivities in Hackley Park.  Register the day of the event at Heritage Landing, beginning at 9:30am.

The food and festivities of Taste of Muskegon will greet riders on their return to Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon.  Participants will receive 10 tickets to use at their favorite Taste of Muskegon vendors!  The cost to enter is $35 or upgrade your t-shirt to a professional riding jersey for $75.

For more information, call 231-722-3134.

Creative Saturday
June 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery.  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information, visit www.muskegonca.org.

Sammy’s Silly Scavenger Hunt
June 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 17 at 10:00am, enjoy an adventure with the kids at Sammy’s Silly Scavenger Hunt!  This event will lead you through a silly adventure on the McGraft Park Trail.  The scavenger hunt will include a map to help find items from Sammy the Frog Book Series with free medals awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group.  There’ll also be one free Sammy and His Lucky Hat Book for each family that registers and live entertainment from Project 90.  The cost is $10 per child.  For more information and ways to register, visit www.sammythefrog.com

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
June 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.

Stargazing Open House
June 17 @ 9:30 pm
The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, June 17 at 9:26pm (sunset) at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at mas@wmich-astro.org before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.

Free Tours for Dads at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site
June 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
June 18 from 1:00-4:00pm, fathers can enjoy a free tour of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site in honor of their special day.  Admission for other visitors is $7 for adults and teens, $5 for 65 and older, and visitors 12 and younger are admitted free.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 18 @ 7:00 pm – June 19 @ 7:00 pm
Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Sunday, June 18 and Monday, June 19 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Green Giants.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/06/17 – 06/12/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org


Feeding the Soul of the City: Ameranouche
June 6 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Tuesday, June 6 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, everyone is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunchtime concert featuring Ameranouche.  This award-winning trio of musicians call their style “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.” Veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival and Djangofest Northwest, they perform music on two guitars and a bass that is “rhythmic, vigorous, and elegant.”  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.


Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm

With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWYFEok7nh4) This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 6 @ 7:00 pm – June 7 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Loggers.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Through September 10

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

May 11 – September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.


Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
June 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.


Summer Classical Series
June 7 @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Summer Classical Series featuring Steve Thielman on piano.  Come early for dinner at 6:15pm and enjoy Wild Caught Marinated Seasoned Grill Salmon with vegetable, rice and dinner roll.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.


26th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show
June 8 – June 10

The Antique Farm Power Club is a local West Michigan chapter of the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association.  June 8-10, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for their annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, featuring  Ford tractors & equipment, Ford lawn & garden tractors, Michigan made gas engines, Farm Tractors, Trucks, Garden Tractors and Gas Engines!  Events include the 8th Annual Ford Model A’s Swap Meet, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Pony Pull, Daily Antique Tractor and Truck Parades, Daily Early Days Equipment Demonstrations and Exhibits, Threshing, Baling, Broom Making, Corn Shelling, Quilting, Butter Churning, Wood Carving, Candle Making, Weaving and Spinning, Flea Market, Kids’ Games and Valve Cover Car Races.  Overnight camping is available.  Entry is $5.  For more information, call (616) 293-1961.


Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
June 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open.


Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Full Moon Float
June 9 @ 12:00 am

At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.


Lighthouse Tours
June 9 – 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.


Party in the Park: Julia & the Greensides
June 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  June 9, the band is Julia & The Greensides, hosted by the Muskegon Jaycees.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.


Movies on Deck: Shrek
June 9 @ 9:30 pm

Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.

Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.

LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.

The movie, Friday, June 9 is Shrek (rated PG).


Free Fishing Weekend
June 10 – June 11

Enjoy a weekend of license-free fishing in Muskegon’s awesome lakes, rivers and streams during the Michigan DNR’s Free Fishing Weekend, June 10 & 11.  For more information, call 517-284-6057.


River Paddle
June 10 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

June 10, join fellow paddlers on the Muskegon River for one of three Muskegon Area Community Paddles this summer!  If you have a paddle craft, whether it’s a kayak, standup paddle board, canoe or rowboat, you’re invited to put in at Mill Iron Rd. and travel to Richards Park for this free community event.  Those without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service for only $5.  Participants must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device.  Meet at 8:00am and paddle from 8:30am-10:30am as you commune with fellow kayakers and explore Muskegon’s wonderful waterways.  For more information, or to register or rent a kayak, call 231-740-0227.

Other paddles:

•  Downtown Paddle July 29
•  Channel Paddle August 19

Brought to you by Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service, Lake Effect Boat Time and the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Civil War Encampment
June 10 @ 8:00 am – June 11 @ 4:00 pm

June 10 – 11 from 8:00am-4:00pm, members of the Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F will be at Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for a Civil War Encampment!  The men and women of the Michigan Third are as authentic as possible in their dress and manner as they portray what life was like during the Civil War for the military and civilians.  They will set up camp for the weekend which visitors may tour to meet the reenactors.  Each day, a skirmish will be held in Activity Field at the center of the park.

Admission for this special event weekend is $12 for adults and teens, $10 for 65 and older, and $7 for 12 and younger.  Children two and younger are admitted at no charge.  For more information, call 231-894-0342.


Wings of Mercy Careaffaire
June 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

For patients who can’t afford to fly, Wings of Mercy is a unique, nonprofit organization providing free air transportation to distant medical centers.  You can help them in their cause by participating in the “Run for Wings!”  This chip-timed, flat and fast course 5K  is happening Saturday, June 10 at 8:00am at the Executive Air Transport Hangar 2 at the Muskegon County Airport.

Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast provided By Muskegon Host Lions! The cost is $6 or $25 for family of 6.  There’ll also be a Classic Car Show, the Chris Boes Memorial Ride, Static Displays, a Kids’ Zone, as well as Plane and Helicopter Rides!  For more information, call 616-396-1077 or visit the website below.


Breakfast at the Farmers’ Market
June 10 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Saturday, June 10 from 8:30am-10:30am, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a Big Farmers’ Breakfast!  Enjoy pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, biscuits, bagels, bread, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and more.  Water will be served or beverages will be available for purchase.  For more information, call (231) 724-6777.


World Wide Knit in Public Day (KIP)
June 10 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits.  This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you.  Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.

Saturday, June 10 from 10:30am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to Apple Knits & Purls to join in this international event!  EVeryone will be outside along the building in the grass.  Bring your Knitting/Crochet, a dish to pass and a chair.  Drinks will be provided by Apple Knits & Purls.  Hourly door prizes and games will be played. For more information, call (231) 780-KNIT.


Dad & Daughter Dance Cruise
June 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday, June 10 from 4:00-5:30pm, enjoy a Dad & Daughter Dance Cruise aboard the Port City Princess!  Bring your dancing shoes and smooth moves. Ladies, dig out your sundress, fancies or casual attire.  Whether it’s your first dance or not, come join the fun!  $40 includes beverage and dessert.

Call to reserve your spot at 231-343-8381 or e-mail dianaschoolofinnovation@gmail.com.


Muskegon Museum of Art 105th Anniversary Gala
June 10 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The theme of the Muskegon Museum of Art’s 105th Anniversary is “Chasing Light:  Celebrating The North American Indian!”  June 10 from 5:30pm – 11:00pm, don’t miss the party that kicks off summer!  This year’s event is inspired by the major summer exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.  The event will start with a cocktail party that moves to an outdoor tent for gourmet al fresco dining.  Raffles, silent and live auctions, and dancing will be part of the fun.  Invitations will be mailed to MMA members.  Reservations are open first to MMA members and sponsors.  For more information or tickets, call 231-720-2570.


Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 10 @ 7:00 pm – June 11 @ 7:00 pm

Beginning this season, the Muskegon Clippers will now be part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League!  This extremely well established league has been home to many players who went on to play in the Big Leagues.  In 2016 alone, the Great Lakes League had over 30 players drafted in the MLB draft, including the #11 overall pick, Kyle Lewis who played for the Lima Locos!  This move to the Great Lakes League is a huge step forward for the Muskegon Clippers and will bring high caliber baseball to Muskegon!

Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 at 7:05pm at Marsh Field, come watch as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  For more information, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.


Print It!
June 11 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday, June 11 from 9:30am – 4:30pm, the Muskegon Heritage Museum will present a special exhibition about Intaglio and Letterpress Printing in the MHM print shop featuring copper-etched plates and relief wood blocks as well as glass plate negatives from the collection of the Muskegon Heritage Museum, including a special demonstrations and hands-on workshop on the techniques and tools used in Intaglio and Letterpress printing.  These tools and techniques are just like those used by Edward Curtis in the early part of the 20th century when he created the stunning photogravures of The North American Indian.   For more information, call 231-722-1363.


Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
June 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.


Back to the Bricks Promotional Tour: 2017 Heritage Promo Tour
June 11 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Promo Tours each June are a time of adventure and camaraderie for hundreds of classic car owners.  The tours are designed to generate enthusiasm for Back to the Bricks with mini car shows in each locale along the way and tours of automotive facilities and museums for the participants.  Routes have included parts of Ohio, Indiana, and a host of cities in Michigan with communities vying  to be included.  200 classic and antique cars will line Western Ave. in Muskegon June 11 from 4:00pm – dusk.  For more information visit www.backtothebricks.org/promo-tour-options.


Roll On Muskegon
June 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/30/17- 06/05/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Story of the John V. Moran
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 30 at 6:00pm, join underwater explorer and author Valerie van Heest at Hackley Library as she travels back in time and deep beneath Lake Michigan to explore the wreck of the John V. Moran, holed and sunk by the ice in February 1899 off West Michigan.  She will share the trials of research, the frustration of the search, and the excitement as she and fellow teammates of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association discover and explore the most intact shipwreck in Lake Michigan.

Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents
May 30 @ 7:00 pm
The “Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents” Series for 2017 will feature wonderful and engaging presenters the last Tuesday of the month from January – May.  Mark your calendar for these engaging and enlightening presentations:

  • January 31 –  Robert Swan, Retired Chicago Symphony violist
  • February 28 – Artist Scott Mack, “Through an Artist’s Eyes”
  • March 28 – Poet Garrett Potter, “The Spoken Word”, in celebration of the upcoming Poetry Month in April
  • April 11 – Favorite Poetry Event hosted by Foley Schuler at the Book Nook & Java Shop
  • April 25 – The Nuveen’s Artist in Residence
  • May 30 – Mark Singer, “Portraits of the Mind”

Each 7:00pm presentation will take place at Arts Council of White Lake at the Nuveen Center.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Refreshments will also be served.  For more information, please call 231-329-3056.

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm
With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWYFEok7nh4) This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
   Ongoing
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.
May 11 – September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.
Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00-8:30pm.  Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome.  Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too!  Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe!  All Cruise-In participants will be given a coupon for $3 off a dine-in or take-out Fricano’s Pizza purchase.  For more information, call 231-722-7775.

Taste of White Lake
June 1
Thursday, June 1, come to the Howmet Playhouse for the 9th annual Taste of White Lake, a Michigan-themed street fair!  Enjoy an eclectic mix of local businesses who are joining forces to provide an evening of fun featuring great food, Michigan beers & wines, live music, art and silent auctions.  It’s all to benefit the Howmet Playhouse!  Don’t miss out on this delicious event!  For more information, visit www.tasteofwhitelake.com.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
June 1 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Through the Lens: Exploring the Photographic Techniques of Edward Curtis
June 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 1 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to a reception and panel presentation at the Muskegon Museum of Art called “Through the Lens: Exploring the Photographic Techniques of Edward Curtis.”  This program will focus on the photography methods and techniques of Curtis, including printing processes for photogravures, and dry and wet plate photography and its challenges in field work.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Red Shield Scramble
June 2 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Salvation Army’s 1st Annual Red Shield Scramble on June 2 is taking place at Westwind Golf Course with an 18-hole shotgun start at 9:00am.  The format will be a four-person scramble and the price is $50 per golfer and $200 per team.  This fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, snacks at the turn, lunch, awards and prizes.  For more information, call (231) 773-8814.

Local Sports Journal: Hole in One Challenge
June 2 @ 9:00 am
Hit a hole in one, win a Jeep Renegade!  A brand new car is just one of the prize offerings at the 1st Annual LSJ Golf Outing on June 2.  This year’s event is taking place at Oakridge Golf Club with an 18-hole shotgun start at 9:00am.  The format will be a four-person scramble and the price is $100 per golfer and $400 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch at the turn, dinner, awards and prizes.
For more information, contact the LSJ by calling 231-638-7307 or by sending an email to sports@localsportsjournal.co

Party in the Park: Stolen Horses
June 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 year’s Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy a summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  There are always five local Muskegon food vendors at every party, there’s something for everyone to purchase.  June 2, the band is Stolen Horses, hosted by the Muskegon County Fair Association.  Happy hour is from 5:00pm-6:00pm with the night ending at 9:00pm.  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Living the Beach Life Art Exhibit
June 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Muskegon Center for the Arts celebrates the beach with the “Living the Beach Life” art exhibit during the month of June!  Come check out what their members have created in honor of one of Muskegon’s favorite destinations.  You’re invited to the Luau Party opening reception June 2 from 6:00-8:00pm. Wear your Hawaiian shirts. Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call 231-206-0426.

1st Fridays in Downtown Muskegon
June 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, June 2 from 6:00-8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon for 1st Fridays!  This event showcases local talent, brings people downtown for a fun, family-friendly event, and enhances our downtown community.  Artists will be stationed all along Western Ave. on the sidewalks and stages.  For more information, check them out on Facebook!

Swing Dance Aboard the USS LST 393
June 2 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday night, June 2 from 7:00 – 11:00pm, board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for a Swing Dance with music from the Reeths Puffer Jazz Band!  There’ll be domestic beer, wine and soda available as well as a Home Brewers’ Competition hosted by the Muskegon Ottawa Brewers Club between 5:00 – 8:00pm.  Get free sample with your souvenir mug ($8).  The cost for the dance is $10 for singles and $15 for couples.  12 years and under are free!  For more information, visit www.lst393.org.

The Great Outdoor Youth Rendezvous
June 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Pheasants Forever Great Outdoor Youth Rendezvous event takes place on the first Saturday of June at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds.  June 3 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, over 15 organizations come together to create spectacular hands-on outdoor experiences for everyone of all ages.  Food will also be available. Don’t miss the free family fun!

  • Alcoa Trout Pond
  • Michigan Anglers Association Archery
  • Sporting Dogs
  • Flying Duck Targets
  • Mountain Man Camp
  • .22 & Air Rifle Range
  • Big Buck Display
  • Young Kids Nerf Targets
  • Flying Geese Targets
  • Sporting Clays
  • Reloading Station
  • Turkey Targets
  • Fly Tying and Casting
  • Laser Shot
  • Paintball

For more information, visit www.pheasantsforevermuskegon.com.

Montague Artisan Market
June 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The first Saturday of the month, June through September from 9:00am – 1:00pm, come enjoy family-friendly fun and lively environment at the Montague Artisan Market, adjacent to the Farmers Market.  A variety of vendors will be selling their handmade items including soap, jewelry, crafts and other art items. Come support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one!  For more information, call 231-893-1155.

White Lake Nature Walks
June 3 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families;  no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June and continuing through October.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoulars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

D-Day Plus 73 Memorial
June 3 @ 11:00 am
The D-Day Plus 73 event is happening Saturday, June 3 beginning at 11:00am aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  This community-wide commemoration of the sacrifices made by America’s heroes in World War II is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4 veterans support group and USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, a ship that was at Omaha Beach on D-Day 72 years ago for the invasion of Normandy.  All proceeds benefit the museum.
The day will include a pancake breakfast with the Lions, a caravan of World War II era vehicles, motorcycle escort of the Michigan version of the Vietnam War Memorial, a classic car show and a motorcycle run throughout the county that any vehicle is welcome to join.  There will be veteran and military displays, local food vendors, a free kids zone area with games, free tours of LST 393, an aerial display by historic aircraft, a Muskegon D-Day Pinup Contest, “Movies on Deck” Friday and Saturday nights and much, much more!  Call David Johnson at 231-777-1016 for more information.

Vintage Camper Gathering
June 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is inviting campers to take a step back in time with the annual Vintage Camper Gathering, happening from 11:00am – 4:00pm June 3.
This first weekend of June, there will be more than 90 vintage campers and RVs camping at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and both campers and day use visitors are invited to come tour them all!  The trailers include Airstream, Spartan, Vagabond, Shasta, Holiday Rambler and Serro Scotty models from the 1930’s to 1980’s and will give you a first-hand look at the evolution of camping.
This year’s show includes a campground-wide potluck and live entertainment open to all campers. Campers with a vintage trailer, tent or RV who would like to participate in the Open House are encouraged to make early reservations and camp in or near campsites 133-230.  Come join the fun, take that walk back in time and reminisce.  Camping reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com.
To learn more about the event, call the park at 231-798-3711 or e-mail Brandon at brandon_morrison@hotmail.com.
Please Note: A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Check “YES” when you renew your license plate. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

Lakeshore Kidney Walk
June 3 @ 1:00 pm
The Lakeshore Kidney Walk is happening Saturday, June 3 at Pere Marquette Beach!  Registration is at 1:00pm with Walk Festivities from 1:00pm – 2:30pm and the walk beginning at 3:00.
The Kidney Walk is not about kidney disease.  It’s about people with kidney disease coming together, united in one cause: to celebrate life and each other!  Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise funds to support lifesaving programs for patients, their families and those at risk.  Because funding builds the future, it helps build a world where kidney disease is caught “early” and treated before it causes significant damage.  It builds a world where people don’t have to get a dialysis treatment to stay alive.  It builds a world with no wait list for people seeking a kidney.
Be a part of a community of 85,000 individuals at more than 100 Kidney Walks who share a determination to end kidney disease.  For more information, call the National Kidney Foundation at 1-800-482-1455.
Earn prizes while fundraising:
Raise $100: Get an official Kidney Walk t-shirt on walk day
Raise $250: Pick an additional reward after the Walk
Raise $1000 or more: Earn the title of our Top Fundraiser Club member, as well as:
• Personalized support from the Kidney Walk staff
• Official Kidney Walk Top Fundraiser T-Shirt
• Shout out from the stage on Walk day
• Certificate of Achievement
• Invitation to a Walker appreciation event

An Evening of Elegance
June 3 @ 6:00 pm
You’re invited to “An Evening of Elegance,” Friday, June 3 at the Book Nook & Java Shop!  Enjoy an evening of fine dining to benefit the West Michigan Wine & Jazz Festival and the White Lake Chamber Music Festival.  This exquisite event begins at 6:00pm with an open cash bar, followed by hors d’oeuvres at 6:30pm with live music from the Timmy Johnson Trio.  Dinner will start at approximately 7:00pm.  You may choose your entrée from the amazing menu below! Wine will be served during dinner.  Support two great White Lake festivals while having a wonderful evening with friends!  Tickets are $95 per person until May 1, then $100 per person thereafter.  You can buy them online at www.eventbrite.com or in person at the Book Nook & Java Shop.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Menu:
Hors d’oeuvres
• Wild mushroom & goat cheese filo cups
• Shrimp & crawfish cocktail
• Heirloom cherry tomatoes stuffed with dill salmon mousse
• The artisan dipper station with tomato bruschetta, flavored oils, and whitefish dip
• Fried asparagus and bistro sauce
Salad
• Classic Caprese Salad on Baby Artisan Greens
Choice of Entrée
(Served with lemon and almond sautéed haricot vert and rosemary roasted potatoes)
• 10 oz roasted prime rib with cabernet demi glaze and crabmeat crown
• Chicken Oscar with poached asparagus, crab, and hollandaise
• Wild mushroom ravioli with forest mushrooms and roasted tomato ragout
Dessert
• TBD

Performances @The Block: Legal Rehab
June 3 @ 7:30 pm
Celebrate summer with pop/classic rock cover band “Legal Rehab” featuring West Michigan Symphony musician Britta Portenga along with bandmates Roy Portenga, Scott White and Pete Buchholz.
Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm, concert begins at 7:30pm.

John Gorka with Amilia K. Spicer
June 3 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 3 at 7:30pm, come to the Howmet Playhouse for an evening with world-renowned contemporary American folk singer-songwriter John Gorka.  With his soulful baritone voice and rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion, Gorka has been filling concert venues throughout the United States and Europe for well over two decades.  Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

Movies on Deck: Monuments Men
June 3 @ 10:00 pm
Sunsets, sea breezes and superstars…they’re all on deck at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the popular “Movies on Deck,” most Friday nights this summer on Muskegon’s downtown waterfront.  The films are shown on LST 393’s huge screen on the top deck starting right after sunset, around 10:00pm.  In August, films start about 9:30pm.  There is no charge to attend “Movies on Deck” screenings, although donations to help support the ship’s restoration and veterans museum are always welcome. Moviegoers should bring their own chairs and weather-appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks are available for sale.
Inclement weather will mean a move down inside the giant tank deck of the ship for an indoor showing at 10:00pm.
LST 393 is located at the Mart Dock adjacent to Heritage Landing county park on the downtown Muskegon waterfront. Tour hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. For more information, call 231-730-1477 or visit www.lst393.org.
The movie, Saturday, June 3 is Monuments Men (rated PG-13).

Lighthouse Tours
Ongoing 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Muskegon Polish Festival: Give-Back Night
June 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday, June 5 from 5:00 – 9:30pm, come to Fricano’s for “Give-Back Night”, a fundraiser for the Muskegon Polish Festival!  There’ll be music and entertainment by the Bobby Atkinson & Friends polka band.  A percentage of the money generated by this night will be donated to the festival, so bring your family and friends for a great time.  For more information, e-mail polka@muskegonpolishfest.com.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/22/17-05/29/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org


Feeding the Soul of the City: Western Jazz Quartet
May 23 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Tuesday, May 23 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, everyone is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunchtime concert featuring the Western Jazz Quartet.  This internationally-acclaimed resident faculty group from Western Michigan University, under the direction of bassist Tom Knific, will perform a lively jazz set on saxophone, piano, bass, and drums.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.


Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm

With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWYFEok7nh4) This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 24 – May 29

Enjoy good old fashioned family fun at Fruitport Old Fashioned Days May 24-29!  This annual event features fireworks, a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, a 5K Run, the Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell and more.  This is a wonderful family festival with something for everyone.  For more information visit www.fruitportlions.com.


Hackley Day Tours
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In honor of Hackley Day there are FREE tours of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site to Muskegon County residents. www.lakeshoremuseum.org


Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park Opens for the Season
May 26

Come play at Michigan’s largest amusement and water park!  Opening for the season on May 26, experience Michigan’s longest and fastest wooden roller coaster, Shivering Timbers, or barrel roll and loop your way around the inverted roller coaster, Thunderhawk.  Learn more about the adventure that awaits you at www.miadventure.com!


Sparkle Girls’ Yoga Cruises
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Port City Princess is proud to present Sparkle Girls’ Yoga Cruises!  Build bonding relationships with loved ones of every age during these relaxing cruises on Muskegon Lake.

Mother & Daughter Day is Friday, May 26 from 4:00-5:30pm.  Bring your mat, cozy blanket, water bottle and small cloth for use over your eyes for relaxation. The cost is $35.  Call to reserve your spot at 231-343-8381 or e-mail dianaschoolofinnovation@gmail.com.


Date Night by Candlelight
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, May 26 at 6:30pm, bring your sweetie to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for a special Date Night by Candlelight event!  The Whiskey Bar will be elegantly transformed with candles as you enjoy live music and a chef-driven 5 course dining experience with suggestions for wine, whiskeys, cordials and ports.

Reservations are $40 per person and are required by calling 231-728-3333.  You may pay over the phone.


11th Annual Ride to Remember
May 27 @ 11:00 am

The 11th Annual Ride to Remember is a 15-mile bike ride around Spring Lake to benefit Harbor Hospice and The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice residence.  Sponsored by the Fruitport Lions Club and Fruitport Chiropractic Center, the ride starts at 11:00am Saturday, May 27 from Fruitport High School.  Check-in begins at 10:30am.  The registration fee is $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 16.  Registration includes a free Fruitport Old Fashioned Days lunch at the conclusion of the ride.

This event focuses on the joy of families spending time together.  After the Ride to Remember, why not spend the afternoon enjoying some of the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days events, many of which are free — make it a fun-filled day.

Advance Registration is appreciated; however, you can still register on the day of the event.  Pre-order T-Shirts available by May 8, 2017.  Registration forms are available at Harbor Hospice, Fruitport Chiropractic Center and Fruitport Lions club; or at at the website below.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence, a program of Harbor Hospice, located in Fruitport Township on nine wooded acres near The Lakes Mall.  This home-like residence with 14 private patient rooms, serves people who are terminally ill when home care is no longer the best answer.  Over 2,400 patients have been served at the residence since 2005.

For more information: Amy Johnson, Harbor Hospice 231-728-3442 or Fruitport Chiropractic Center 231-865-6545.


Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Car Show
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, May 28 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to Fruitport Middle School for the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Car Show 2017!  Registration is $15 the day of the show from 8:30am – 10:00am.  Register by May 15 for only $10.  This show is open to all entries and judging will be from 10:00am – 12:30pm.  There’ll be Drivers Choice Trophies to the top 25 entries and Best of Show, as well as dash plaques to the first 100 entries, 50/50 drawings, door prizes, music and more.  For more information, call 231-557-6761 or 231-327-4765.


30th Annual Lost Boat Ceremony
May 28 @ 11:00 am

Sunday, May 28 at 11:00am, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 30th Annual Lost Boat Ceremony.  The ceremony is both a solemn and joyful celebration designed to honor the loss of 52 U.S. submarines and 3600 submariners during World War II.  This ceremony is what Memorial Day is truly about.  The Guest Speaker will be Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson.  The ceremony concludes with the starting of the Silversides’ engines!  Following the ceremony, you’re invited to join them for a hot dog lunch and some time to explore the museum and the vessels.  There is no charge to attend the ceremony or the lunch.  Call 231-755-1230 ext. 225 for more


12th Annual Blessing of the Boats
May 28 @ 12:30 pm

Sunday, May 28, join the Port City Princess, Great Lakes Marina, NOAA and Lake Effect Boating for the 12th Annual Blessing of the Boats.  It begins at 12:30pm with the “Gathering of the Fleet!”  Boats of all types will gather on Muskegon Lake near the Milwaukee Clipper as they prepare for the Parade of Boats.  At 12:45pm, it’s the “Parade of Boats” as vessels follow the Port City Princess down the Muskegon Channel towards Lake Michigan to the South Breakwater Cove.  At 1:15pm, it’s the “Ceremonial Washing  of the Lighthouse.”  Enjoy the show as the Muskegon County Sheriff Pumper boat, ceremonially washes  the South Lighthouse representing the start of  the boating season!  Then, at 1:30pm, it’s the “Blessing of the Boats” in the South Breakwater Cove as boaters are asked to cruise by the Port City Princess for a blessing from a priest.  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.weebly.com.  If you would like to participate aboard the Port City Princess, your ticket is $25 and includes brunch, live entertainment, and a front row seat to Muskegon’s boat parade as they receive a blessing for a safe boating season!  Contact them by calling 800-853-6311.  The cruise is from 12:00pm-3:00pm.


Vietnam Veterans Chapter #31 Memorial Day Program
May 28 @ 2:00 pm

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #31 invite you and your families to the Final Approach Memorial program on Sunday, May 28 beginning at 2:00pm.  The Final Approach Memorial is located at Old Grand Haven Rd. and Seaway Dr.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  For your comfort please bring a lawn chair.


Muskegon Memorial Day Parade
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Memorial Day 2017 Greater Muskegon Memorial Day parade begins at 9:00am on Monday, May 29. Seven bands and 40 marching units highlighting patriotism and citizenship will begin from Morris Ave, by the Social Security building, and march to Terrace St, past the Muskegon Farmer’s Market, to Clay Ave, then to Hackley Park. The Memorial Day program with be held at the Frauenthal Theater, starting at 10AM in conjunction with the Mona Shores schools music departments program “American Salute”. The program will feature the Mona Shores Band, choirs, and much more. The speaker will be Robert Boyer, founder of Operation Black Sheep, and veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan.


American Salute Concert
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

May 29, from 10:00am – 11:00am, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the American Salute Concert!  Tickets are FREE!

The Mona Shores High School Band and the Muskegon Memorial Day Parade Committee are combining to create a Memorial Day Ceremony with several additional musical selections in a FREE public performance (no tickets required).  Sponsored by the Mona Shores Band Parents and the Memorial Day Parade Committee.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
May 29 @ 10:30 am

The Lakeside Memorial Day Parade happens Monday, May 29 beginning at 10:30am at the Lakeside Vets Club, located at Lakeshore and Bourdon drives.  It will proceed to McCracken St., to Sisson St., then to the veterans’ section of the Lakeside Cemetery where there will be a memorial service at 12:00pm.  Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Lakeside Vets Club for food and fun!  For more information, call the club at 231-755-2763.  To be part of the parade, call Lon (Chris) Cross at 231-759-8117.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/15/17 – 05/22/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org


Muskegon’s Own Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
May 16 @ 6:00 pm

The Lakeshore Museum Center invites you to join them Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00pm for a Fundraising Event in the auditorium.  This one-hour program commemorates the American WW II experience of Clarence Zylman, known as the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.  Muskegon artist Ari Norris and Muskegon Community College history instructor Kurt Troutman will share the story of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and introduce the public sculpture project.  This event will include light refreshments and a short documentary screening about Zylman.

The Downtown Muskegon Arts Committee in the unveiling of a memorial sculpture project to honor Zylman.  The project is in its early stages and they need your help to meet a scheduled completion date of Memorial Day, 2018.  This program is open to the public, however, space is limited.  If you would like to reserve a seat call 231-722-0278.


Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm

With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWYFEok7nh4) This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

May 11 – September 10 of 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of national significance: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.


Ride of Silence
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17 from 7:00 – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Ride of Silence.  Bring you bicycle and helmet for a 7 mile ride to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling to raise awareness about bicycle safety and to ask that we all share the road.  The ride is free and open to everyone.  Please arrive by 6:30pm.

Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight’s ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride

– Mike Murgas


Author Timothy Egan
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

May 17 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a lecture by author Timothy Egan.  As a part of its historic exhibition, EDWARD CURTIS: THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present a lecture by National Book Award Winner & New York Times Op-Ed Writer Timothy Egan who will speak about his 2012 award-winning book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

Egan’s story of the life of famed photographer, Edward Curtis, has won praise for its compelling narrative, graceful prose, originality, and the humanizing of both Curtis and the Native Americans he photographed and admired.  Among other awards, this bestselling biography won the Carnegie Medal for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, and also was recognized with starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.

Egan worked for 18 years as a writer for The New York Times, first as the Pacific Northwest correspondent and then as a national enterprise reporter.  He continues to write a lively opinion column for the Times.  His other books include the National Book Award winning history of the people who lived through the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, as well as The Big Burn, The Good Rain, Breaking Blue, and Lasso the Wind.  Mr. Egan also won thePulitzer Prize in 2001 as part of a team of reporters who wrote the series How Race Is Lived in America.

Egan will be available to autograph books following the lecture.  Tickets are $20, or $12 with student ID.  More ticket information coming soon!  Call 231-727-8001 for the Frauenthal box office.


Author Event with Steve Hamilton
May 18 @ 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 18 at 2:30pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for an Author Event with Steve Hamilton!  The stunning follow-up to two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton’s instant New York Times hardcover bestseller, The Second Life of Nick Mason, is soon to be a major motion picture!  One of the most acclaimed mystery writers at work today, Steve Hamilton has penned multiple New York Times bestsellers and is one of only two authors to win an Edgar Award for both Best First Novel and Best Novel.  Last spring, he launched his highly anticipated new series with The Second Life of Nick Mason, which received incredible advance praise from Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Don Winslow, and Stephen King and starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews (“Storytelling of the leanest, most gripping sort”), Publishers Weekly (“a fast and furious ride”), and Booklist ( “Deceptively simple, gin-clear prose that all but sucker punches the reader. . . One of [Hamilton’s] best”). The instant New York Times bestseller was also one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016 and is a 2016 IACW Hammett Prize finalist and a 2017 Barry Award nominee.

Now, Nick Mason returns in EXIT STRATEGY (Putnam; May 16, 2017; $26), the stunning second entry in Hamilton’s new series featuring a remarkable new hero in convicted felon Nick Mason, a man trapped in a deadly double life when he is given a second chance at freedom-at a terrible price.

In a thrilling, full-throttle journey that takes readers from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

For more information, call 231-894-5333.


54th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 19 – May 20

The Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its 54th Annual White Elephant Sale at Folkert Community Hub, Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.  Beat the crowd and take advantage of the Early Bird Special on Friday at 8:00am with a $5 donation!  Past sale items have included building/construction supplies, office supplies, books, clothing, carpet, exercise equipment, paper products, antiques, cutlery, dishware, kayaks, bicycles, indoor and outdoor furniture, artwork, plumbing supplies and more!  For more information, call 231-727-9900.

The Y’s Club is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 service club, affiliated with the YMCA movement world-wide, and supports both the Muskegon Community YMCA and Camp Pendalouan.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Rachmaninoff 3
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, May 19 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony Presents “Rachmaninoff 3” with conductor Scott Speck.  Russian pianist Olga Kern, Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins the WMS to play the piece that earned her the title; the technically challenging “Rach 3.” Also, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, first conducted by the composer himself only nine days before his death.

Single ticket prices are $20-$51.  Student tickets are $7.  Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.


Armed Forces Salmon Assault
May 20

The Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the 6th annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women. This year’s annual event will take place on May 20 on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre for a luncheon and awards ceremony. Their goal is to have 30 boats participate and host around 120 West Michigan area veterans. All charity proceeds from this event will benefit West Michigan area veterans.  The Salmon Assault features 2 fishing tournaments, a big fish contest and an award ceremony and luncheon. For more information, call Ed at 231-578-2733.


ForeShore Adventure Run
May 20 @ 8:30 am

Saturday, May 20, more than 500 people from across the state will visit the sandy shoreline of Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach to take on 20+ obstacles in the third annual ForeShore Adventure Run!  Ticket sales directly benefit the Muskegon Rescue Mission and its homeless shelters and food pantries.  The first runners hit the course at 8:30am with the last runners finishing at 11:00am. There are competitive and noncompetitive heats throughout the morning.  Muskegon Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, clothing and spiritual direction for those in need since 1907.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.foreshore.org.


Car Show
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, come to the 1st Annual Word of Hope Church Car Show!  Registration is $10 and begins at 9:00am.  The show begins at 10:00am with awards at 2:00pm.  There’ll be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, as well as Pastor’s Choice and People’s Choice.  Admission is free!  There’ll be $1 hotdogs, kids’ games and face painting, too!  All proceeds will go toward the medical bills of a parishioner who needs a kidney transplant.  For more information, call Tony at 616-607-8820.


Creative Saturday
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery.  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information visit  www.muskegonca.org.


Spring into Lakeside
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 from 10:00am-5:00pm, you’re invited to “Spring into Lakeside!”  This is an annual tradition in the Lakeside neighborhood featuring free entertainment, fun, contests and fantastic shopping specials from local retailers.  Enjoy the dog parade, sidewalk chalk contest, a free movie at Harbor Cinema, face painting, barbecue and so much more!  Learn more at www.lakesidedistrict.com or “Like” them on Facebook.

 

Lakeshore Scavenger Hunt
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

C.A.A.M.P., Community Awareness and Managing Pathways, Inc., presents the Lakeshore Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, May 20 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  The top prize is $500!  The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Free food and drinks will be provided at this event happening at Heaven’s Gate Church.  To register, call 231-750-7058 or 231-730-5287.  The registration deadline is May 6.


Victorian Tea
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The courtyard at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site will be the setting for a Victorian Tea on Saturday, May 20.  Participants will learn about Victorian Tea traditions which date back to the 19th Century and hear about the differences between formal and garden teas.  England’s afternoon tea ritual is often credited to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford and a close friend of the Queen, who enjoyed a small meal late in the afternoon to help her last until her fashionably late dinner.

The event will include small finger sandwiches and desserts along with tea and other beverages served by members of the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society. Guests are encouraged to wear a hat and a prize will be awarded to the person whose hat is judged the fanciest.  A tour of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site will also be offered.

There will be two seatings for the Victorian Tea: 10:00am – Noon and 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  The fee is $12 for members of the Lakeshore Museum Center, $15 for non-members, and $10 for 12 and under.  To register, call 724-5535 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.


What Is Your Covering?
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Saturday, May 20 from 11:00am – 1:30pm, you’re invited to the Blue and Gold Room at Muskegon Community College for the spring women’s seminar, “What’s Your Covering?”  This seminar is designed to give women a day of networking, information and fun as you explore the covering that keeps you grounded.  Women wear many different hats; wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, counselor, financial adviser, home decorator, etc.  What does a woman need to help her keep it all together?  The goal of this seminar is to offer encouragement.  Speakers include Prophetess Shavaun Savage and Jennifer Wagenmaker.  The cost is $10 for individuals or $55 for a table of 6 and includes brunch and a hat show!  For more information, call Mary at 231-777-0348 or email mary.williams@muskegoncc.edu.


Story Time and Coloring! with Author Taylor Overbey
May 20 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 at 2:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Story Time and Coloring with award winning author Taylor Overbey!  Taylor’s books teach core values to children of all ages and books reach out to everyone in our country.   “We are divided socially, culturally, racially, politically-just about every way one could imagine. The ideas of working together, sharing, and giving are especially valuable today.”

For more information, call 231-894-5333.


The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.


Free Family Movie Night: Hook
May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 at 7:00pm, come to the historic Howmet Playhouse for Free Family Movie Night!  This time it’s “Hook!”  Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990’s sensibility in Hook.  Peter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt.  Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott).  Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter’s lost youth and asks him, “Peter, dear, don’t you know who you are?”  With Peter’s children asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, there is a blinding flash.  Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children.  Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to re-discover his happy thoughts, transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past, and go rescue his children.  With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), Peter recalls the birth of his son and once again takes wing.  Then it’s off to Never Land to rescue his kids.  (Rated PG)

Free drinks and popcorn are included!  Presented by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning.  For more information, call (231) 894-4048.


Star Gazing Open House
May 20 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, May 20 at 9:06pm (sunset) at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at mas@wmich-astro.org before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.


2017 S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Auction/Brunch
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 21 from 11:00am-3:00pm, you’re invited to the 2017 S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Auction & Brunch at the Muskegon Country Club!  Live and silent auctions are from 11:00am-3:00pm with a chance to win a trip for 2 to go up in the tower of the Mackinaw Bridge!  A delicious lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm.  There’ll also be door prizes, raffles and a cash bar.  Tickets are $30 to raise money for this national historic landmark!  For tickets or more information, call 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.

Auction Items:

• African Safari
• The Grand Hotel
• 2 Tickets to Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
• Trip for 2 to the top of the Mackinac Bridge
• Kayak
• Lake Express Tickets
• Port City Princess Cruis
• WBLU Day Sponsor


Body Works Yoga
May 22

Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/08/17 – 05/15/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Alter-Ego
April 14 @ 11:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm
April 14 – May 13, come to Art Cats Gallery for the “Alter-Ego” show.  Watch what happens when a group of artists work outside their comfort zone and work in a different style, medium or event a different persona.  This exhibit will feature Lee Brown, John Hopson, Jeff Blandford, Chris Willis, Renae Hesselink, Mike Miesch, Louise Hopson, Lisa Wilkerson, Cat Jackson, Dee Dwight and Gloria Kirk-Hanna, as well as the mysterious ladies Kay Allen* and Marie DuBreuil*!  The artist meet and greet will be April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Freshwater Dunes Summit
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – May 8 @ 4:30 pm
Lauded by poets as the Midwest’s Grand Canyon or Yosemite, and named “the Most Beautiful Place in America,” our Great Lakes coastal dunes drive a thriving and diverse economy and offer a unique lifestyle!  May 5 – 8, the Freshwater Dunes Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Muskegon.  Registration is now open for this first-time event welcoming outdoor adventurers, sand dune advocates, academic researchers and tourism professionals with a casual mix of recreation, information, and local food and beer, all in celebration of the beauty and value of our amazing natural asset.  It’s a chance to learn more about the dunes, connect with other people who research, advocate for, and promote their enjoyment, and get out and have some new dune adventures of your own.  For more information, call (517) 487-9539.  To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/freshwater-dune-summit-registration-32067319215.

Live at the Library
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 8 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from The Carl Webb Band!  Together for 13 years, this band feature Carl Webb on vocals, guitar, harmonica and songwriting; Tom Hull on vocals and bass guitar; Bill DeMarse on harmony vocals, drums and percussion; and for selected gigs, John Jennings on saxophone.  Their  music is an eclectic blend of rock, blues and country. For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.

Opening Ceremony & Reception: Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
May 11 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will open Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian, an exhibition of national significance, on Thursday, May 11 with a Native American Blessing Ceremony at 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, will lead the traditional Native American Blessing Ceremony outdoors at the back entrance of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  After the ceremony, trained MMA docents will be on hand throughout the exhibition galleries and refreshments and cash bar will be available at the reception.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian explores the depth, breadth, and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis’s monumental work. The exhibition, both survey and critique, tells the story of one of the most prominent photographers of his time who sacrificed everything for his work on The North American Indian, only to die in obscurity.  Curtis’s portraits of Native Americans and their landscapes, lifestyles, and rituals have become iconic over the past century, and not without controversy. The entire collection of 723 original photogravures from The North American Indian portfolio, along with all 20 volumes and Native American artifacts, will be on display May 11 through September 10, 2017.  Curtis undertook a 30-year desperate quest to create a historical record of what he believed to be a “vanishing race,” photographing Native Americans and documenting the rich and varied cultures of 117 named tribes, groups, and clans. Most of these tribes still survive today, despite half millennia of ordeals and obstacles.

A series of special programs will accompany the exhibition. Visit muskegonartmuseum.org for more information or call (231) 720-2571.

The Secret Garden – Unlocked
May 11 – May 13
May 11 – 13, come to the Beardsley Theater as West Michigan Home School Theatre presents, “The Secret Garden – Unlocked!”  Based on the classic novel “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this never-before-seen-or-heard adaptation will engage audiences of all ages.  Mary Lennox, a neglected and spoiled young girl, becomes orphaned and is sent to live with her distant and reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor.  Secrets abound at the manor, and Mary is left to discover not only these secrets, but also other truths as well.

Approximately 2 ½ hours in length, this debut production features original music and lyrics and is performed by the West Michigan Homeschool Theatre group. Snacks will be available for purchase from the Frauenthal during the intermission.  Additionally, flowers and candygrams for the cast members will also be available for purchase.  Tickets are $10. For more information, call 231-727-8001. May 11 and 12 @ 7:00pm, May 13 @  2:00pm and 7:00pm

Threads of Friendship Quilt Show
May 12 @ 10:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, Patchers at the Lakeshore invite you to the Threads of Friendship Quilt show at the Fellowship Reformed Church at 4200 E. Apple Ave.  There’ll be more than 150 quilts on display, daily demonstrations, vendors, bed turnings, 2 raffle quilts, challenge quilts, a boutique, silent auction and lunch available for purchase.  Daily admission is $5.  For more information, like Patchers at the Lakeshore in Facebook.

Reception: “Watercolors” by James Johnson
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience the vivid watercolors of celebrated West Michigan artist James Johnson in the current exhibition the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center.  The show which opened on May 2 will have a free public reception on May 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

A student of Kendall College of Art & Design and The Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson began a career as a commercial illustrator that spanned 30 years.  He also served in the United States Navy.  Since retirement in 2005, Johnson has taken to painting on location in West Michigan and in Key West, Fla.

Open through June 5, admission to the exhibition is free.  Guests may tour the reception gallery on weekdays from 11:00am – 5:30pm, with extended hours on show nights.  Exhibits are open to the public and admission is always free.

For more information about the Frauenthal Center and upcoming events, visit frauenthal.org or call 231-722-9750.

Port City Crit
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 13, come to downtown Muskegon for the Port City Crit, hosted by the Port City Criterium!  It will be a fun filled day of high intensity cycling races along a 0.8 mile circuit through the city streets.  Come and check out the one of the best venues for the newest race on the Michigan Cycling Calendar. A vibrant downtown environment provides the backdrop for this counter clockwise course with a short kicker and fast finishing stretch.

Criteriums are short, closed circuit races, usually under one mile in length and consist of many laps.  These races usually last from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the skill level of the competitors.  Imagine it like a NASCAR race on bicycles, where you are always close to the spectators and fans as you race around the circuit.  There is a neutral pit in these courses that you can go to just in case you have a flat tire or mishap.  Challenging, fun, and you usually don’t have to venture that far from your car!  The first race begins at 10:00am and the last is at 3:30pm.

For more information, e-mail info@igniteyourevent.com or visit www.portcitycrit.com.

Bison, Bears, and Eagles Oh My!
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 13 from 10:30am-2:30pm, families will enjoy activities at the Lakeshore Museum Center and Muskegon Museum of Art in conjunction with the Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian exhibit!  Children can participate in activities at each museum and enter a drawing for a gift basket.  At the Lakeshore Museum, they will learn about bears, touch a bear fur and see a real bear skull.  At the Museum of Art, there will be a bison related craft and a live eagle for children to see.  This is a free event.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Michigan’s only professional indoor football team, the Ironmen strive to be champions in the community and champions in the arena. They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  Saturday, May 13 at 7:05pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Omaha Beef!

Ticket Prices:

  • $15.00 Adult Advance Rebar ( Rows A – D)
  • $20.00 Adult Day Of Game Rebar ( Rows A – D)
  • $8.00 Adult Advance Iron ( Rows E and up)
  • $12.00 Adult Day of Game Iron ( Rows E and up)
  • $7.00 Youth ( 10 and under) Advance Iron Only
  • $9.00 Youth ( 10 and under) Day of Game Iron Only

STUDENT/SENIOR/MILITARY and BADGE PARTNER DISCOUNTS ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE with Badge/ID Present

Mother’s Day Brunch at Bella Maria’s
May 14
Make your plans for Mother’s Day now at Bella Maria’s! Call 231-563-6914 for reservations.

Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Treat Mom to something special this Mother’s Day at SE4SONS!  Chef Sean and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!  Seating will be available from 11:00am-2:00pm.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations or visit www.se4sons.net/upcoming-events for more information.

| Adults $29 | Kids (7-12) $14 | Kids (4-6) $7 | 3 & UNDER FREE |

Mother’s Day Brunch at Maranatha
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Each year, the chefs at Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference whip up an incredible gourmet menu for Mother’s Day!  Sunday, May 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, treat Mom to the finest cuisine around with this delicious brunch.  For tickets or more information, call 231-798-2161 or e-mail reservations@maranathamichigan.org.  Ticket sales will close at the end of business hours on Friday, May 12.

Free Tours for Moms at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 14 from 1:00-4:00pm, mothers can enjoy a free tour of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site in honor of Mother’s Day.  Take Mom to brunch and for a tour of the lumber barons’ mansions.  For other visitors, admission is $7 for adults and teens, $5 for 65 and older.  Admission is free for visitors 12 and younger.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.

Body Works Yoga
May 15
Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/01/17 – 05/08/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org


Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16

A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display.  This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.

The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan.  Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.

Book Give Away:
Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches including the Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library and Spring Lake District Library.  Books may also be purchased at the MMA.

Book Discussions:
Book discussions will take place through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.

Schedule:
May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library
May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

An Evening with Author Timothy Egan:
The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater.  A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit frauenthal.org/event/author-timothy-egan.

For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.


Alter-Ego
April 14 @ 11:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm

April 14 – May 13, come to Art Cats Gallery for the “Alter-Ego” show.  Watch what happens when a group of artists work outside their comfort zone and work in a different style, medium or event a different persona.  This exhibit will feature Lee Brown, John Hopson, Jeff Blandford, Chris Willis, Renae Hesselink, Mike Miesch, Louise Hopson, Lisa Wilkerson, Cat Jackson, Dee Dwight and Gloria Kirk-Hanna, as well as the mysterious ladies Kay Allen* and Marie DuBreuil*!  The artist meet and greet will be April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.


Body Works Yoga
May 1

Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.


Historic Sites Open for the Season!
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Muskegon County Historic Sites will open for the season May 1!  Tour the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing.  Hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site
Adults and Teens $7, Seniors $5 (65 and older)
Youth (2 – 12) FREE
484 W. Webster Ave., 231-722-7578

Fire Barn Museum
FREE Admission for all ages
510 W. Clay Ave., 231-722-7578

Scolnik House of the Depression Era
FREE Admission for all ages
504 W. Clay Ave., 231-722-7578

Michigan’s Heritage Park
Adults and Teens $10, Youth (2 – 12) $5,
Seniors $8 (65 and older)
8637 N. Durham Rd., 231-894-0342

Behind the Book Talk: Gary Slaughter’s Sea Stories
May 1 @ 6:00 pm

The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them Monday, May 1 at 6:00pm to hear Gary Slaughter who will present a Behind the Book talk on his new book, Sea Stories: A Memoir of a Naval Officer (1956 -1967).

Sea Stories brings to life 60 vignettes from Slaughter’s naval service including his experience during the Cuban Missile Crisis where Ensign Slaughter was credited with playing a key role in defusing a potential nuclear confrontation between his destroyer and a Soviet submarine armed with a nuclear torpedo. His adept handling of this dangerous situation was featured in two documentary films aired in America and abroad on the 40th anniversary of the incident in 2012.

Other stories include Slaughter’s service in the Mediterranean tour aboard a destroyer on which Lieutenant Slaughter was serving as Engineering Officer, a boiler explodes. And the time when after too many beers, a sailor returns to the ship and jumps into the icy waters off the coast of Portland, Maine. You will also hear his memories of being transferred by high-line from his destroyer to an aircraft carrier, and how he nearly drowned when he was dropped into the rough sea while trapped in a closed metal cage.

As a writer, Slaughter has the unique skill to see humor and likability in the people and the situations he encountered during his Navy days. His writing skills are on full display in Sea Stories, as well as in his previous series of five award-winning Cottonwood novels set on the World War II home front.

Midwest Book Review predicts what you can expect from Sea Stories: “Slaughter is an undeniably talented writer, a master at describing lovable characters and an engaging story-telling narrative enriched with humor and originality.”

For more information, visit www.silversidesmuseum.org.


White Lake Classical Series
May 2 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring soprano, Rachael Gates accompanied by Robert Cornwell on piano.  “Anchored in the Lord,” is an evening of spirituals and soul food.  Get there by 6:15pm if you would like to enjoy a dinner of smoked pork loin with tangy Carolina gold sauce, baked grits, braised greens, a glass of house wine and peach cobbler.  The cost for dinner is $17.  The cover charge is $5.

Rachael Gates is a Soprano, Opera Director and Singing Health Specialist who has sung in Germany, Russia, Italy and throughout the United States. She has taught at Northwestern University, The Hartt School of Music, Yale University, Michigan State University, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Pedagogy at Grand Valley State University. She is the voice specialist for the CMS Committee on Musicians’ Health and is published in the NATS Journal of Singing. Her book, The Owner’s Manual to the Voice (Oxford) is available on Amazon and at The Metropolitan Opera Shop.

Robert Cornwell is an accomplished pianist and accompanist with degrees in performance from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan. He has a private studio in Okemos, MI.

RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop by calling (231) 894-5333.


Century Club Open House
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Century Club Retail Center will be having an open house from 6:00-8:00pm the first Tuesday of every month, offering different specials every week.  For more information, e-mail renae@oceanawinery.com.

Mary Poppins
May 4 – May 7

May 4 – 7, Muskegon Civic Theatre invites you to the Frauenthal for “Mary Poppins!”  The jack-of-all trades Bert introduces us to England in 1910, and the troubled Banks family.  Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep.  Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins must teach the family how to value each other again.  She takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon.

Tickets are $22 & $24.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org.


13th Annual “Fashion & Frolic” Charity Event
May 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce is setting a $40,000 goal for its 13th annual “Fashion & Frolic” charity event May 4 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon.

The four-hour event features a style show, marketplace with local businesses and a silent auction.  It’s also the WDCC’s largest fundraiser for its general fund, which helped support more than 30 community projects and nonprofit organizations last year.

In total, the Fashion & Frolic events generated more than $270,000; last year’s event alone netted more than $36,000 for the WDCC to provide assistance to local organizations and charities.

This year’s event, themed Springtime in Paris, will be held from 4:30-8:30pm May 4 and includes:

  • A style show featuring more than 50 models showcasing apparel from 12 local clothing stores and boutiques
  • A marketplace to purchase items and services from more than 25 local businesses
  • A silent auction with exotic and exciting trips, dining & entertainment, art & décor, and much more

Tickets cost $35, which also includes dinner.  To reserve a seat, please call 616-550-6084.


Norton Shores Library Used Book Sale
May 5 – May 6

The Friends of the Norton Shores Library invite you to their Spring Book Sale, Friday, May 5 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday, May 6 from 9:00am to 3:30pm in the Library’s Community Room.  This semi-annual sale offers a wonderful selection of used books in hardbound and paperback.  Prices range from .25¢-$3.00.  They include men’s and women’s adult fiction and nonfiction; children’s books; cookbooks; books on military, sports, religion, gardening and travel; as well as interesting and beautiful “coffee table” books.  On Saturday, May 6 from 1:30-3:30 there will be a $3.00 bag sale.  Stop at this book lover’s paradise, where all proceeds benefit the Norton Shores Library, a branch of the Muskegon Area District Library.  For more information, call 231-780-8844.


LST 393 Veterans Museum Volunteer Fix-Up Weekend
May 5 @ 9:00 am – May 6 @ 5:00 pm

It’s time to get the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum ready for the season!  Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, volunteers are needed aboard this historic warship, moored at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon.

“We have a lot of projects we need help with” said museum board President Scott Grant. “You don’t have to be handy, you just have to be willing to lend a hand.” Grant said there are have several projects to work on from landscaping to building.  Equipment will be supplied, but anyone with their own tools will be gratefully welcomed.  Anyone interested in helping for any part of the weekend or with questions can call Grant at (231) 740-3503.


Muskegon Community Art Artists’ Reception
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You are invited to the Muskegon Community Art Artists’ Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts open house every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Every month there is a different display and art event for the month.  Come meet and talk with the artists and view the creativity of awesome art work.  www.facebook.com/redlotusgallery


First Fridays
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each First Friday of the month in Downtown Muskegon, we will have Family Friendly Fun! It may be a dance party, or street performers or something more! May 5 from 6:00 – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market as  First Fridays partners with Mercy Health’s Safe Kids Day to provide fun, family-friendly activities and information regarding how to keep kids safe!  There will be games, activities, important information, demonstrations and more!  For more information, call 231-722-3751.


First Friday Fan Fundraiser
May 5 @ 7:00 pm

The first Friday of the month, the Book Nook & Java Shop features a celebrity bartender and encourages their fans to show up and raise money.  Tips and 20% of all proceeds will benefit the charity of their choice.  This month, the celebrity bartender is Mitch Coleman and the charity is Hope Scarves whose mission is to share scarves, stories and hope with women facing cancer (www.hopescarves.com).  Enjoy live music from Legal Rehab and a delicious dinner of Bourbon-Glazed Pork Ribs, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans and Toasted Pecans for only $9.25.  The drink special is a Mint Julep for $5.00.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.


Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm, come to the Howmet Playhouse for Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers!  One of Scotland’s premier traditional bands, their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies.  Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people.  These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better … yet continue to do just that.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable.  As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, “The Tannahill Weavers—properly harnessed—could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.”

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  For more information, call (231) 894-4048.


Hero Mud Run
May 6 @ 9:00 am

Saturday, May 6 beginning at 9:00am, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the Hero Mud Run!  This military style obstacle course consists of 40+ muddy, extreme, push you to your limit obstacles and intense terrain.  Three, six, and eight mile courses are available, all for the same price.  There will also be competitive and fun run heats, a health expo, free health screenings and a beer tent with music and Budweiser products.  Race entry includes a t-shirt, medal and one free beer for those 21 and older.  Spectators are free!  Register now at www.heromud.com.


Murder on the Grill – A Murder Mystery Event
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 6 from 5:00 – 8:00pm, come to Amanda’s Bequest B & B and Cooking School for “Murder on the Grill – A Murder Mystery!”

This murder mystery is themed for a grilling dinner party in the 1950’s.  “Could it be Ivan Spudnik, the Russian rocket scientist, or maybe Chubby Cheddar, the hit rock ‘n’ roll musician with a secret?  Somebody put a barbecue fork through car dealer Tom Dooley, and that somebody is at your dinner party…!”
Solve the mystery with Acts centered around delicious food courses.

Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish!  You will be emailed your character, costume suggestion (easy and optional) and role prior to arrival.  You do not have to be a lodging guest at Amanda’s Bequest to participate…but why not!  It will enhance the fun and remove night time driving.
Hurry, there’s limited seating!  To register, email relax@amandasbequest.com or call 231-740-4065.


3rd Annual White Dinner Event
May 6 @ 5:30 pm

Saturday, May 6, the Watermark Presents the 3rd Annual White Dinner Event to benefit the Muskegon Humane Society and Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven.  “A Casual White and Tan Affair” begins with cocktails at 5:45pm, then dinner at 6:30pm catered by the Hearthstone Bistro.  There will be live music by Modern Entertainment, live and silent auction, prizes and craft beer tasting.  The cost is $40 per person, so reserve your table or tickets today!  For more information, call Carolyn at 231-780-3826.


West Michigan Ironmen Home Game
May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Michigan’s only professional indoor football team, the Ironmen strive to be champions in the community and champions in the arena. They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  Saturday, May 6 at 7:05pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Bloomington Edge!

Ticket Prices:

•  $15.00 Adult Advance Rebar ( Rows A – D)
•  $20.00 Adult Day Of Game Rebar ( Rows A – D)
•  $8.00 Adult Advance Iron ( Rows E and up)
•  $12.00 Adult Day of Game Iron ( Rows E and up)
•  $7.00 Youth ( 10 and under) Advance Iron Only
•  $9.00 Youth ( 10 and under) Day of Game Iron Only

STUDENT/SENIOR/MILITARY and BADGE PARTNER DISCOUNTS ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE with Badge/ID Present


10th Annual White Lake Blues Fest
May 6 @ 7:30 pm

Killer Blues presents the Soul Syndicate at the Howmet Playhouse Saturday, May 6 at 7:30pm!

The Soul Syndicate’s vintage vibe is inspired by the mid to late 60’s/early 70’s Soul and R & B scene and is a crowd favorite wherever they perform.  The band’s look and sound replicates artists such as Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Wilson Pickett, just to name a few.  When the band hits the stage the magic starts to happen. It’s a high energy show that spotlights the hugely talented Diego, whose soulful vocals drip with passion and grit.  His commanding stage presence keeps the crowd dancing and partying through the evening whether he is bellowing out a highly charged upbeat number or a beautiful ballad.

This is a fundraiser for the Killer Blues Headstone Project which exists to provide headstones for blues musicians lying in unmarked graves.  Doors Open at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $20 plus a $3 processing fee.  Adult beverages will be available for purchase and provided by Fetch Brewing Company.  For more information, call (231) 894-4048.


Thursday Night Music Club: Raion Taiko
May 7 @ 2:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts Japanese ensemble drum group Raion Taiko, Sunday, May 7 at 2:00pm in the Library’s Community Room.

Japanese Taiko drumming combines music, communication skills, teamwork and a touch of martial arts to create a fun and unique art form.  Taiko drumming, which uses Japanese drums, or Wadaiko, to make rhythmic sounds, has mythological origins in Japanese folklore and has been around since the sixth century. The use of the drums has shifted back and forth throughout history, from communication and military uses to the more performance-based and social purposes they fulfill today.  The modernized style of Taiko playing utilizes several drums and performers at the same time, for a big bombast of sound.  It’s impressive, both for the musicians’ skill in working with the drums and their audio dynamics, and for the sheer volume of the rhythms.

This special Sunday event is part of the Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  This free concert starts at 2:00pm.  For additional information, call 231-780-8844 or e-mail apurgiel@madl.org.


Freshwater Dunes Summit
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – May 8 @ 4:30 pm

Lauded by poets as the Midwest’s Grand Canyon or Yosemite, and named “the Most Beautiful Place in America,” our Great Lakes coastal dunes drive a thriving and diverse economy and offer a unique lifestyle!  May 5 – 8, the Freshwater Dunes Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Muskegon.  Registration is now open for this first-time event welcoming outdoor adventurers, sand dune advocates, academic researchers and tourism professionals with a casual mix of recreation, information, and local food and beer, all in celebration of the beauty and value of our amazing natural asset.  It’s a chance to learn more about the dunes, connect with other people who research, advocate for, and promote their enjoyment, and get out and have some new dune adventures of your own.  For more information, call (517) 487-9539.  To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/freshwater-dune-summit-registration-32067319215.


Body Works Yoga
May 8

Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 04/24/17 – 05/01/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16

A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display.  This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.

The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan.  Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.

Book Give Away:
Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches including the Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library and Spring Lake District Library.  Books may also be purchased at the MMA.

Book Discussions:
Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.

Schedule:
April 24, 5:30pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 27, 6:00pm at Muskegon Museum of Art
May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library
May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

An Evening with Author Timothy Egan:
The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater.  A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit frauenthal.org/event/author-timothy-egan.

For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.


Alter-Ego
April 14 @ 11:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm

April 14 – May 13, come to Art Cats Gallery for the “Alter-Ego” show.  Watch what happens when a group of artists work outside their comfort zone and work in a different style, medium or event a different persona.  This exhibit will feature Lee Brown, John Hopson, Jeff Blandford, Chris Willis, Renae Hesselink, Mike Miesch, Louise Hopson, Lisa Wilkerson, Cat Jackson, Dee Dwight and Gloria Kirk-Hanna, as well as the mysterious ladies Kay Allen* and Marie DuBreuil*!  The artist meet and greet will be April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Doc Fletcher: Canoeing College Campuses
April 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, April 24 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Doc Fletcher returns with his newest lecture about Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses. This lecture includes paddles of:
•  the Rouge River at UM-Dearborn, & by the waterfall at Fair Lane/the Henry Ford Estate Mansion
•  the Macatawa River at Hope College in Holland, alongside Windmill Island and its tulip gardens
•  the Red Cedar River at MSU, passing by students on riverside hammocks, by the famous landmark and gift of the class of 1873 “The Rock”, and the rapids at MSU’s Administrative Building, Spartan Stadium
•  the Huron River as it winds around the Eastern Michigan University campus & beneath the wooden beauty of the “Tridge”, a 3-way footbridge in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town
•  within the UP’s Keweenaw Peninsula that Michigan Tech calls home, the Bete Grise River takes you alongside the Mendota Lighthouse, dunes and wetlands, into the lovely Lac La Belle (French for “beautiful lake”), & offers fantastic views of Mount Bohemia.

Doc will be selling his book “Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses,” as well as his other titles.  As always, there will be a drawing for a free trip.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.


Feeding the Soul of the City: Mona Shores Fiddlers
April 25 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Tuesday, April 25 from 12:15 pm – 12:45pm, everyone is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Muskegon for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunchtime concert featuring the Mona Shores Fiddlers.  This extracurricular music group of students from Mona Shores High School has played with such notable Irish/Celtic groups as Moxie Strings and Finverra’s Wren. Under the direction of Mrs. Kelly DeRose, the ensemble will perform a variety of Irish tunes.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.


French Cuisine: Coq au vin with Chef Jamie
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Coq au vin is a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms and optionally garlic.  Coq au fin takes time to prepare and cook to perfection so this class will be a little longer but we will enjoy eating other French cuisine while we are working.  Class size is limited to 12.  Cost $45.

For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.


Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series
April 25 @ 6:00 pm

A lecture series about the history and restoration of Muskegon Lake is being conducted at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  This series is being held in conjunction with the Shifting Shoreline exhibit on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center through June.  The exhibit examines the changes that have occurred to Muskegon Lake over the past 200 years and the efforts to restore the lake.

The final lecture is April 25, “The Long Term Muskegon Lake Monitoring Program” by Dr. Alan Steinman, Director, Annis Water Resources Institute.  He will discuss the four main goals of the Muskegon Lake Monitoring Program initiated in 2003 and the data and findings the monitoring program has produced.

The lecture is free and begins at 6:00pm in the Museum auditorium.  Registration is requested by calling 231-722-0278.


Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents
April 25 @ 7:00 pm

The “Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents” Series for 2017 will feature wonderful and engaging presenters the last Tuesday of the month from January – May.  Mark your calendar for these engaging and enlightening presentations:

April 25 – The Nuveen’s Artist in Residence

May 30 – Mark Singer, “Portraits of the Mind”

Each 7:00pm presentation will take place at Arts Council of White Lake at the Nuveen Center.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Refreshments will also be served.  For more information, please call 231-329-3056.


Kids Cooking: Grilled Panini and Healthy Wraps with Chef Char
April 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sometimes it just takes a few new ideas and some healthy ingredients to make lunches and snacks a little more interesting.  We will experiment with homemade hummus, fresh cut vegetables, fresh fruits, cheese, lean meats and our own creative sauces on delicious bread and tortillas.  This is a great class for all levels of ability in the kitchen.  Ages: 7-15.  Class size limited to 15.  Cost $25.

For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.


Thursday Night Music Club: Wyatt and Shari Knapp
April 27 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts Wyatt & Shari Knapp, Thursday, April 27 at 7:00pm as part of their Thursday Night Music Club!  Wyatt and Shari played and sang together for many years in various bands before striking out on their own with their eponymous acoustic guitar duo.  Known for their sparkling vocals, lush harmonies, and tasteful blends that sets them apart, this personable and engaging husband-wife duo has warmed the hearts of audiences throughout Michigan and beyond.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library and the Almeda Boulton Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, is free and open to the public with no registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Junk to Jewels Sale
April 28 @ 9:00 am – April 29 @ 3:00 pm

Friday, April 28 through Saturday, April 29 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the “Junk to Jewels” sale!  Choose from an eclectic variety of new and gently used items for your shopping enjoyment.  For more information, call  231-725-9220.


The Alley Door Club: Yard Sale Underwear
April 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, April 28, come the Alley Door Club for live music with Yard Sale Underwear!  Unruly Brewery is the evening’s craft brew!  Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building, 3rd floor).  Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. Tables may be reserved for $55.00 for a 4-top (includes 4 admission tickets) / $80.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  There is a limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, sold on a first come basis.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Great Ladies of Swing
April 28 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony Presents “Great Ladies of Swing” with conductor Matthew Kraemer.  Singer Dee Daniels joins WMS for a jazz program that features hits performed and recorded by swing legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan. Pieces include classics “Fever”, “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Mack the Knife”.

Single ticket prices are $23-$54.  Student tickets are $10.  Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.


Sunrise Yoga
April 29 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Rootdown Yoga has been helping “Muskegon 1 in 21” with ways to make the community more active and healthy!  For the week of April 23 – 29, participate in “Move 150” by picking up a bingo card at Rootdown, then record all of your activity for that week.  Turn in your bingo card for a chance to win prizes.  As an added bonus, they’ll be offering a Sunrise Yoga Class in Hackley Park on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00am.  For more information, call 231-722-YOGA.


USS LST 393 Veterans Museum Open for the Season!
April 29 @ 10:00 am

Saturday, April 29, the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum opens for the season!  History jumps out at you from every deck and corner of this veteran of Omaha Beach. She earned 3 battle stars in World War II and is one of only two ships of her kind that remain in the United States.  This landing ship tank turned museum is filled with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today!  The USS LST 393 also hosts many wonderful events such as Friday night “Movies on Deck”, “Yoga on Deck” on Sundays and special memorial events for D-Day, Armed forces Day and much more.  For more information, visit www.lst393.org.


International TableTop Day
April 29 @ 11:00 am – April 30 @ 12:00 am

Byte Gaming Club invites you to join them as the world celebrates International Table Top Day with an entire day full of board game fun!

•  11:00am – 1:00pm:  Kid Time (Ages 5 – 13)
Gaming with kids not only supports their development but also fosters a love and hobby that you can share with them as an adult in their life.  They will have an array of games available for play along with a chance for kids to create their own game!  They can also check out Pokemon.

•  1:00pm, 4:00pm & 7:00pm:  D&D
There’ll be three 5th Edition campaigns throughout the day with pre-designed characters.  If you have never played before or want to try out 5th edition, now is the perfect time!

•  1:00pm:  Formula D (Ages 8 & Up)
This is a high stakes Formula One type racing game where the players race simulated cars with the hope of crossing the finish line first.

•  2:30pm:  Lotus (Ages 8 & Up)
This is a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.  Create your own elegant garden.

•  4:00pm:  Ashes (Ages 14 & Up)
Rise of the Phoenixborn is a two-player expandable card game where players take on the roles of Phoenixborns, demi-gods and protectors of this world.

•  5:30pm:  Catan (Ages 10 & Up)
Players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads.

•  7:00pm:  Mage Wars
This game pits powerful Mages against each other in deadly arena combat.  Each Mage uses his own fully-customizable book of spells to achieve total victory over his opponent.

•  9:00pm:  Star Wars – Rebellion
This is a board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players!

Other highlights of the day include X-wing, local artists, prizes, give-a-ways and specials throughout the day!  The cost is $5 per person for the entire day.  For more information call 231-709-9729.


Watercolors are Fun
April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 29 from 1:00-4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library and learn to paint with watercolors!  Local artist and book illustrator, Lori Eslick, will show you how.  This event is open to the public and absolutely free!  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.


Pathfinders: Celebrating 20 Years
April 29 @ 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 29 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Bella Maria’s Event Center as the Pathfinders celebrate 20 years of providing a safe haven for over 40,000 kids in the Greater Muskegon Area!  Enjoy a delicious dinner, a silent auction and live Motown/Blues music with Greenbrook!  Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and available at Pathfinders or Urban Apparel LLC located at 2713 Peck St., Muskegon Heights.  Table sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 231-733-1065.


Performances @The Block: Dee Daniels
April 29 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25-$35, $10 Student tickets with ID

Whether accompanying herself at the piano, fronting a trio, big band or symphony, Dee Daniels’ musical career is as varied as her four-octave vocal range is thrilling.  She is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage.  Join Dee at The Block Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm for an evening of jazz favorites following her Friday evening program “The Great Ladies of Swing” with West Michigan Symphony.

Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm, concert begins at 7:30pm.


Body Works Yoga
May 1

Mondays in May, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Body Works” exhibit for a baby and toddler yoga!  Babies from newborn to 12 months will enjoy a special bond  with their adult through this relaxing yoga class, toddlers will learn yoga poses in a fun and engaging way.  Baby classes are from 11:15-11:45am and toddler classes are 12:00-12:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.  Please arrive a few minutes early as class will start promptly.  Bring a yoga mat for adult and child to share for the baby class or two mats for the toddler class.  Please also bring a blanket for the child to use during the closing relaxation exercise.  The cost is $32 for a 4-week session or $10 for individual sessions.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.


Historic Sites Open for the Season!
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Muskegon County Historic Sites will open for the season May 1!  Tour the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing.  Hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site
Adults and Teens $7, Seniors $5 (65 and older)
Youth (2 – 12) FREE
484 W. Webster Ave., 231-722-7578

Fire Barn Museum
FREE Admission for all ages
510 W. Clay Ave., 231-722-7578

Scolnik House of the Depression Era
FREE Admission for all ages
504 W. Clay Ave., 231-722-7578

Michigan’s Heritage Park
Adults and Teens $10, Youth (2 – 12) $5,
Seniors $8 (65 and older)
8637 N. Durham Rd., 231-894-0342

Calendar of Events: April 17- April 24, 2017

www.VisitMuskgegon .org for a complete listing

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun

Tuesday, April 18 & Thursday, April 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Carr-Fies Planetarium, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 -April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15 for semester break) from 7:00pm-7:35pm With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed. The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College. For more information, please call 231-777-0289

 

The Music of Simon & Garfunkel

Tuesday, April 18 @ 7:30 pm

Howmet Playhouse, 304 South Mears Ave.

Hailing from England, the Howmet Playhouse is pleased to welcome Bookends on their first US tour, Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30pm! Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends have toured extensively performing consecutive sell-out runs at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and appearing at prestigious venues. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

 

TIJO at the Watermark 920

Tuesday, April 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.

The Watermark 920 has live music from the Truth in Jazz Orchestra! It’ll be a great night of jazz with the area’s finest musicians, playing the best in big band music, from Woody Herman, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, right up to today’s new bands. The cover charge is $5 for adults and

$2 for students. For more information, contact Dan Giacobassi at 616-648-0287.

 

Jamieson Ranch Wine Tasting Dinner

Thursday, April 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Drive

You’re invited to a fun evening of wine tasting from Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, locally inspired food and great pairings! Each course will highlight different and unique techniques for preparing local swine. The cost is $50 per person. Call 231-755-3737 for reservations!

 

Hungry for Change

Thursday, April 20 @ 7:00 pm Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western

Access Health presents “Hungry for Change” in the Beardsley Theater! Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.No tickets are required, but please call (231)728-5180 to register your spot for the film!

 

Spring Family Fun Night

Friday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.

Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for ‘Spring Family Fun Night!’ This FREE family event will see the return of a Peeps Diorama Contest. Create a Michigan history or science themed diorama from leftover Peeps and submit it for a chance to win a prize! Prizes will be given in both a children’s and a teen/adult category. Drop off dioramas that day or bring them to the event. Entries are due no later that 7:00pm. McLaughlin Grows will have a station and activity on sprin gardening. Children can plant their own vegetable seeds to take home. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

 

North Muskegon Pops 2017

Friday, April 21 @ 7:30 pm – April 22 @ 7:30 pm Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

You’re invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater as the North Muskegon Choirs present their Annual Pops Performance. Don’t miss these great nights of family entertainment! Tickets are

$10 and $14. For more information, call 231-727-8001.

 

Hackley Library Annual Book Sale

Friday, April 21 – April 23

Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster

Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22 from l O:OOam – 5:00pm and Sunday, April 23 from 1:00 – 3:00pm, Hackley Public Library will be having its Annual Used Book Sale! Buy books, CDs, DVDs, audio books and records at great prices. For more information, visit www.fohpl.org.

 

Kids Cooking: Frozen Treats and Healthy Eats with Chef Char

Saturday, April 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.

Kids Cooking: Frozen Treats and Healthy Eats with Chef Char. This is the perfect class for the beginning chef. Learn how easy it is to make ice cream in a bag, real fruit popsicles and frozen fruit smoothies and slushies. Kids ages 7-15 welcome. Cost $25. Class Size limited to 15. For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

 

Earth Day Fair Expo

Saturday, April 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Montague High School, 4900 Stanton Blvd

All are welcome to Montague High School for the Earth Fair Expo! Enjoy tasty syrup, cuddly cats, buzzing bees, scented oils, and so much more! Dozens of local exhibitors featuring eco friendly, natural, and sustainable products and services will be there. Take a tour of the greenhouse, gardens and chicken coup by the Montague FFA (Future Farmers of

America). Celebrate Earth Day at Muskegon’s 6th Annual Earth Fair Expo, a part of the Muskegon Area Earth Week+ festival! Admission is free! For more information, e-mail admin@darlingcetaceans.com.

 

White Lake Young Artist Solo Performance 2017

Saturday, April 22 @ 1:00 pm

Ferry Memorial Church, 8637 Old Channel Trail

The top 12 of some of the best high school and college age musicians from schools across the state of Michigan will perform on Saturday, April 22, at 1:OOpm at Ferry Memorial Church! The Arts Council of White Lake Music’s Young Artist Solo Performance will feature these young adults performing live with an accompanist. Awards will be given to the top three. For more information and a list of upcoming events, call (231) 893-2524 or visit them online at www.artswhitelake.org.

 

ON TAP: Michigan Brews. Inflatable Art!

Saturday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 2017 ON TAP will be better than ever! Enjoy draughts from craft breweries up and down the coast of West Michigan and food pairing samples from our fine area restaurants, all while experiencing Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art and other great exhibitions. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early. Advance tickets are $30 ($25 for MMA members) and $35 at the door. Tickets get be purchased in the Muskegon Museum of Art Gift Store and at Pigeon Hill, Unruly, and Fetch brewing companies. Each ticket includes five 4- ounce tasting tickets and all food samples. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event. For ticket information, call 231-720-2580

 

Free Family Movie Night: Back to the Future

Saturday, April 22 @ 7:00 pm

Howmet Playhouse, 304 South Mears Ave.

Saturday, April 22 at 7:00pm, come to the historic Howmet Playhouse for Free Family Movie Night! This time it’s “Back to the Future!” 1980’s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures. Free drinks and popcorn are included! Presented by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning. For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

 

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game

Saturday, April 22 @ 7:00 pm

L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.

Michigan’s only professional indoor football team, the Ironmen strive to be champions in the community and champions in the arena. They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family. Saturday, April 22 at 7:05pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the he Sioux City Bandits! Call 231-726-2400 for pnces.

 

Decades Rewind

Sunday, April 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200

Come to the Frauenthal Center for 11Decades Rewind! 11   It’s an experience unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before! This brand new theatrical concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The most prominent decades in music history bring your memories to life with with over 100 costume changes and videos that tum back time. From Aretha to Zeppelin, “Decades Rewind” will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. For more information, call (231) 722-9750.

 

Doc Fletcher: Canoeing College Campuses

Monday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster

Doc Fletcher returns with his newest lecture about Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses. This lecture includes paddles of: the Rouge River at UM-Dearborn, & by the waterfall at Fair Lane/the Hemy Ford Estate Mansion the Macatawa River at Hope College in Holland, and more. Doc will be selling his book “Canoeing and Kayaking College Campuses,” as well as his other titles. As always, there will be a drawing for a free trip. For more information, call (231) 722- 7276.

 

Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program

March 6 – May 16

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017. The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis. 231-720-2580 for more information and dates and locations of events.

 

Alter-Ego

April 14 @ 11:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm

event goes through May 13

Art Cats Gallery, 1845 Lakeshore Dr

April 14 – May 13, come to Art Cats Gallery for the “Alter-Ego” show. Watch what happens when a group of artists work outside their comfort zone and work in a different style, medium or event a different persona. This exhibit will feature Lee Brown, John Hopson, Jeff Blandford, Chris Willis, Renae Hesselink, Mike Miesch, Louise Hopson, Lisa Wilkerson, Cat Jackson, Dee Dwight and Gloria Kirk-Hanna, as well as the mysterious ladies Kay Allen* and Marie DuBreuil*! The artist meet and greet will be April 21 from 5:00 -7:00pm. For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

 

Check our website for new events added daily www.visitmuskegon.org and click on events.
Stop by and pick up the Muskegon County 2017 visitor guide. We are open Monday -Friday 8:00am-5: 00pm 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440

A Purse Party and Live Auction

To benefit Camp Courage 2017

The purse party, a LIVE and silent charity auction to be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the White Lake Eagles 1204 S. Lake Street, Whitehall, with proceeds benefiting the 24th Annual Camp Courage, a grief camp for children ages 6-12 and teenagers 15-19.

Enjoy this third annual event hosting high-end purse and bags donated by lakeshore supporters.
Gently used purse or bag donations please drop off by Friday, April 28 at the following locations: Harbor Hospice in Muskegon, Pekadill’s or Fetch Brewing Company in Whitehall.

In the last two years, the group has raised over $4,200 that benefited the Harbor Hospice, Camp Courage, grief camp for children in our communities!

campcourageCamp Courage, a sleep-away camping experience for children ages 6-12 and teenagers, held at Pioneer Trails on Big Blue Lake in Muskegon County beginning Friday, June 23 at 10:00 am through Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 pm. Application deadline is May 31, 2017. Cost is a one-time fee of $10 for registration. The loved one need not have been cared for by Harbor Hospice. For more information about Camp Courage, please contact Stephanie Weesies or Melanie Dekkers at 231.728.3442 or 800.497.9559 or email info@HarborHospiceMI.org or visit us at HarborHospiceMI.org.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 04/10/17 – 04/17/17

www.VisitMuskgegon.org for a complete listing


Live Music: Checkers Morton
Monday, April 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Hackley Public Library is pleased to bring you live music from Checkers Morton! This band of friends has played together under this moniker for 40 years. Enjoy original compositions performed on wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums. This is FREE and open to the public. 231-722-7276


Wednesdays in the Mitten (Tuesday)
Tuesday, April 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Come to Hackley Public Library as photographers Todd and Brad Reed talk about their newest book, “Wednesdays in the Mitten with Todd and Brad Reed.” Itwill be an evening of storytelling, book signings and Q & A. For more information, call (231) 722-7276.


Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 11@ 6:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.
A lecture series about the history and restoration of Muskegon Lake is being conducted at the Lakeshore Museum Center. This series is being held in conjunction with the Shifting Shoreline exhibit on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center through June. The exhibit examines the changes that have occurred to Muskegon Lake over the past 200 years. 231-722-0278

Traditional British Fish and Chips with Chef Jamie
Tuesday, April 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Traditional British Fish and Chips with Chef Jamie. A prominent meal in British culture, it was created in 1860 on the streets of the East End of London by a Jewish boy, Joseph Malin, who came up with the idea of combining fried fish with chips. Cost $35. Class size is limited 231- 769-2202


Foley Schuler: Favorite Poetry Event
Tuesday, April 11@ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St. Montague
The Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents Foley Schuler, directing the Favorite Poetry Event at the Book Nook & Java Shop. 231-894-5333

Girls Night Out: Cinnamon and Spice and Everything Nice with Chef Char
Thursday, April 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Learn to make tempting homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and nutty, caramel sticky buns. We will roll dough, make the cinnamon center and then present the rolls with two different options. We will also have the ingredients for a boozy iced coffee creation as our “everything nice” but BYOB and suggestions will be provided ahead of time. Cost $35. 231- 769-2202


Shane Koyczan Live
Thursday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Canadian-born Shane Koyczan, an award-winning and internationally recognized spoken word artist and author, is coming to downtown Muskegon! The show titled “Shane Koyczan Live!” at the Frauenthal Center. Doors open at 6:00pm with live music, book sales, and a cash bar. Tickets to the performance, sponsored by the Muskegon Writers’ Center, are $10 and may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office. For more information, contact Mary at (231) 777-0327


The Alley Door Club: Westside Soul Surfers
Friday, April 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
The Alley Door Club for live music with the Westside Soul Surfers! Pigeon Hill Brewery is the evening’s craft brew! Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – l O:OOpm. The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building, 3rd floor). Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. For more information, call 231-727-8001.

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
Saturday, April 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
The Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery, 356 W. Western Avenue
Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:OOpm -9 :OOpm. Ifyou have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show. There is always something new and unique to enjoy. This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older. This is a free event. For more information, call (231) 206-0426.


The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents – Matt Lauria and Bob Jay
Saturday, April 15 @ 8:00 pm

Back Alley Comedy Club, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.
The Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center presents a great night of comedy with Matt Lauria and Bob Jay! Matt has been ineffective at everything from relationships to productivity, but particularly at writing witty comedy bios. Bob Jay’s show is full of energy and keeps you on the edge of your seat. He brings dozens of celebrities and cartoon characters to life and puts them in different scenarios. Bob’s sound effects range from a jet fighter plane to a locomotive train crashing through the walls in a club. He has been compared to Billy Crystal and to Rich Little, so come spend an evening with Bob and his cast of stars! Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Easter Brunch at SE4SONS
Sunday, April 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center, 2801 Lakeshore Drive
Join us for our Annual Easter Brunch on Sunday. We’ve got something for the whole family! Whether it’s delicious food for the adults or crafts & the Easter Bunny for the kids, SE4SONS has it all. Reservations can be made at 231-755-3737


Easter Brunch Buffet at Holiday Inn
Sunday, April 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third Street
Sunday, April 16 from 11:OOam – 3:OOpm, Chef Derek and his team will be preparing an Easter feast featuring all your favorites like Prime Rib, smoked ham, great sides, an omelet station, homemade soup, a mouthwatering selection of deserts and kids’ favorites. For reservations call 231-720-7105

Easter Brunch at Bella Maria’s
Sunday, April 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center, 513 W Pontaluna Rd.
Sunday, April 16 from l l:OOam – 3:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center for the Ultimate Easter Brunch Buffet! Enjoy everything from classic breakfast items to BBQ ribs, parmesan crusted cbicken, salads, Italian pastas, desserts and so much more! Call for reservations at 231-563-6914.

Easter Brunch at Dockers Fish House
Sunday, April 16

3505 Marina View Point
Do not miss out on Dockers famous Easter Brunch Buffet! Featuring our famous raw bar, prime rib carving station, perch and so much more! Call 231-288-6300 to book your reservation today!

Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017. The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis. 231-720-2580 for more information and dates and locations of events.

 

Check our website for new events added daily www.visitmuskegon.org and click on events.

Stop by and pick up the Muskegon County 2017 visitor guide. We are open Monday -Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

610 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Decades Rewind at the Frauenthal Center

Decades Rewind

Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: 7 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440
Tickets: $39, $45

MUSKEGON, MI – Experience the greatest music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with Decades Rewind – a brand new theatrical concert extravaganza featuring a live 14-piece band performing medleys of hit songs spanning 30 years – when it comes to the Frauenthal Center on Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Featuring over 60 songs, Decades Rewind effortlessly blends unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history and “had the audience singing along, dancing in their seats and down the aisles” (Examiner) all night long. This fully live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and 6 rocking vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind delivers an unforgettable soundtrack and pays tribute to the biggest and best hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Based in Tampa, Peter Gatti and Mark Blinkhorn are the co-founders of Decades Rewind. With their shared vision, Decades Rewind made its stage debut in November 2015. Since then, the hit production has toured all across Florida and is now enjoying its first national tour.

Tickets at $39 & $45 can be purchased by phone at 231.727.8001 or online at frauenthal.org or startickets.com

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Watch and share the Decades Rewind promo video HERE.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 04/03/17 – 04/10/17

For a complete list of all events happening this week go to www.visitmuskegon.org


Century Club Open House
Tuesday, April 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Century Club Retail Center, 356 W. Western Ave.
The Century Club Retail Center will be having an open house from 6:00-8:00pm the first Tuesday of every month, offering different specials every week. For more info email renae@oceanawinery.com.


Haunted Michigan
Tuesday, April 4 @ 6:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Come to historic Hackley Public Library for the lecture, “Haunted Michigan,” presented by Rev. Gerald S. Hunter, paranormal hunter for over 30 years, and author of the Haunted Michigan book series.  www.hackleylibrary.org


Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Tuesday & Thursday, April 4&6 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” is playing at the Carr-Fles Planetarium Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 4 – April 21 and May 16 – June 8, 2017 (closed April 22 – May 15) from 7:00pm-7:35pm With rapidly improving technology, the discovery of other planets. This is FREE and open to the public. For more information 231-777-0289


White Lake Classical Series
Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St.
Visit the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring ‘The Four Pianists: 8 hands on 2 pianos!” The cover is $5. Come early for dinner at 6:15pm and enjoy roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings. For more information or to RSVP call 231-894-5333


Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
Wednesday, April 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center for their annual Spring Break Open House. In addition to their fun, hands-on exhibits, they’ll have extra activities throughout the museum. Activities will include: *“Eggs-periments” — Science demonstrations using eggs! * A Spring River Drive activity focused on the lumbering tradition of putting logs in the river after the snow has melted. *Reclaimed Rubber Band Art Make and Take — this activity is $3.  Choose a piece of late-1800s lumber reclaimed from Muskegon Lake and use nails and rubber bands to create a visual masterpiece! For more information, call 231-722-0278.


Made in Muskegon Beer Dinner
Thursday, April 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SE4SONS Gastropub, 2801 Lakeshore Dr.
It’s all about Muskegon for this fun Beer Dinner at SE4SONS! Beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and local food are in the spotlight! Only $42 per person! Hurry and make your reservations! This event will fill up quickly! Call 231-755-3737 to reserve your spot today! Limited to 50 people.


Muskegon Community Art Artists’ Reception
Friday, April 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.
You are invited to the Muskegon Community Art Artists’ Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts open house every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Every month there is a different display and art event for the month.  Come meet and talk with the artists and view the creativity. This event can be found on Facebook.


First Friday Event
Friday, April 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lakeshore Fitness Center, 900 W. Western Ave.
Visit the Lakeshore Fitness Center for another downtown Muskegon “First Fridays” event!  This family friendly First Friday will include healthy cooking demos, work-out opportunities and great interactive discussions about the benefits of healthy living!  Children ages 15 and under MUST have a legal parent or guardian with them. This is a FREE event. For more info call 231-722-3751
 

Main Street Dueling Pianos
Friday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.
Main Street Dueling Pianos are back!  April 7 from 7:00-11:00pm, come to the Watermark 920 for live music and an all request party.  These wonderful entertainers have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving you an unforgettable night of singing, hand-clapping and dancing. (Adult content). For ticket information call 231-727-0805


Pirates Super Saturday
Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Saturday, April 8 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pirates Super Saturday!”  Sail the waves of story making and imagination during this FREE family fun day at the Muskegon Museum of Art. 10:00am & 1:30pm Film: Hook (142 mins.) Robin Williams stars as Peter Pan in this classic contemporary movie.11:00am – 1:00pm Guided Tours: Explore David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum with a Museum docent.11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take: Invent and create your own mini superhero, complete with super power. Call 231-720-2570 for more information.


Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
Sunday, April 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harbor Cinema, 1937 Lakeshore Dr.
Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.


Howl n’ Blues Concert Series: Kevin Nichols & Blue Tuesday
Sunday, April 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.
The 5th annual Howl n’ Blues Concert Series is titled “HOT BLUES”!  Concerts take place at the Watermark 920 the second Sunday of each month from 2:00-5:00pm to raise awareness and donations for the Pound Buddies animal shelter.  There’ll be a cash bar, food, 50/50 raffles, dancing, and good times…guaranteed! Tickets are only $15 and include a raffle ticket. For more information find “Howl n’ Blues” on Facebook or call 231-727-0805


Live Music: Checkers Morton
Monday, April 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
April is Jazz month and to celebrate, Hackley Public Library is pleased to bring you live music from Checkers Morton!  This band of friends has played together under this moniker for 40 years.  Enjoy original compositions performed on wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums. This event is FREE and open to the public! For more information, call (231) 722-7276.


On Going Events:

Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague. Schedule: April 5, 6:00pm at Book Nook and Java Shop, Montague April 11, 5:30 pm at White Lake Community Library April 11, 7:00pm at Spring Lake District Library April 13, 7:00pm at Loutit District Library April 18, 10:30am at Muskegon Township Branch April 18, 6:30pm at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library April 24, 5:30pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library April 27, 6:00pm at Muskegon Museum of Art May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library An Evening with Author Timothy Egan: The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater. A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit rauenthal.org/event/author-timothy-egan. For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.

 

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Community Read sets stage for Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian, an exhibition of national significance, May 11 through September 10, 2017. The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis. The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display. This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.

The MMA is collaborating with a wide array of cultural partners presenting special programs—films, lectures, and events—to enhance understanding of Curtis’s masterpiece and Native American culture. A Community Read book give-away and book discussion groups sponsored by area libraries and the MMA kick off the program schedule.

Community Read

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher book cover

The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan. Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.

Book Give Away
Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art. Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches, Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library, and Spring Lake District Library. Books may also be purchased at the MMA.

Book Discussions
Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, Muskegon Museum of Art, and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.
Schedule:
April 5, 6:00 pm at Book Nook and Java Shop, Montague
April 11, 5:30 pm at White Lake Community Library
April 11, 7:00 pm at Spring Lake District Library
April 13, 7:00 pm at Loutit District Library
April 18, 10:30 am at Muskegon Township Branch
April 18, 6:30 pm at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 24, 5:30 pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 27, 6:00 pm at Muskegon Museum of Art
May 2, 10:00 am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 3, 6:30 pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library
May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

An Evening with Author Timothy Egan

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Timothy Egan
Photo by Lisa Howe Verhovek

The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater. A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit frauenthal.org/event/author-timothy-egan.

See the full list of The North American Indian exhibition programs, including the book discussion schedule and locations, at http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/edward-curtis-north-american-indian.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440. Call 231-720-2580 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org for more information.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/27/17-04/03/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau


USS Silversides Lecture Series
March 27 @ 6:00 pm

Don’t miss the USS Silversides Lecture Series, Mondays in March!  March 27, it’s Meg Jones, Milwaukee journalist and author of “World War II Milwaukee!” All lectures begin at 6:00pm.  The cost is $5.00 per person or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information, visit www.silversidesmuseum.org.


Much Ado About Nothing
March 28 – March 30

Come to the Frauenthal Center March 28 – 30 as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company performs “Much Ado About Nothing!”  The sparkling battle of wits between reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick has made Much Ado About Nothing one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies.  While their closest friends conspire to trick them into admitting their feelings, the villainous Don John works to destroy the relationship of Beatrice’s cousin Hero by convincing her finace she’s been unfaithful. Can the bumbling city watch lead by the clownish Dogberry unravel the web of lies and misunderstandings in time to save the day?

Shows on the 28th, 29th, and 30th are Matinee performances at 10:00am aimed at local high school and middle school student groups.  The show will be 90 minutes with no intermission, with time after the performance to students to talk with the actors and ask questions. The show on Thursday Night, the 30th, is open to the public and will include a 15 minute intermission.  Tickets: March 28-30 10:00am: $5, March 30 7:00pm: $14 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.

Visit them online at www.pcshakespeare.com for more information.


Feeding the Soul of the City – Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello, and GVSU Orchestra
March 28 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Tuesday, March 28 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, everyone is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Muskegon for the Feeding the Soul of the City lunchtime concert featuring Pablo Mahave-Veglia on cello and the Grand Valley State University Orchestra.  Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia’s repertoire includes early baroque music played on period instruments. He will perform the music of Haydn and other classical pieces along with the GVSU Orchestra.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.


Music Goes to War
March 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for “Music Goes to War!”  Kurt Troutman, a professor at Muskegon Community College, will present “Clarence Zylman-Muskegon’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”  Mr. Zylman was the inspiration for the Andrew Sister’s WW II classic song (written by Don Raye), Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.

Clarence was a lifelong Muskegon native (1906-1988) with a unique story to share.  Born in Muskegon and trained on the streets of Chicago, he toured the country as a professional trumpeter helping to lead a musical revolution: Boogie-Woogie Swing dance music.  Drafted into the Army, he served his country as a bugler. Playing reveille in his own boogie-woogie style, he became a military legend.  Stars and Stripes, the London Times, Newsweek and over 30 newspapers promoted him as the bugler who got the troops up with a jitterbug in their step.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.


Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series
March 28 @ 6:00 pm

A lecture series about the history and restoration of Muskegon Lake is being conducted at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  This series is being held in conjunction with the Shifting Shoreline exhibit on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center through June.  The exhibit examines the changes that have occurred to Muskegon Lake over the past 200 years and the efforts to restore the lake.

March 28:  Muskegon Lake as a NOAA Habitat Focus Area by Terry Heatlie, Habitat Restoration Specialist with NOAA.  He will discuss the work done on Muskegon Lake as a Habitat Focus Area and what that could mean for the future of Muskegon Lake Area of Concern (AOC).  The lake was designated an AOC in 1985 by the EPA due to water quality and habitat problems.

The lectures are free and begin at 6:00pm in the Museum auditorium.  Registration is requested by calling 231-722-0278.


Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10 – February 24 and March 7 – 30 (no shows February 28 or March 2 for college spring break).  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


The Spoken Word
March 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents series for 2017 features wonderful and engaging presenters!  The last Tuesday of the month through May, showcases a wide variety of expertise and talent.

March 28, poet Garrett Potter will talk about “The Spoken Word” in celebration of Poetry Month in April.

Mark your calendar for more great, engaging presentations are coming this spring!

  • April 11 – Radio host Foley Schuler, directing the Favorite Poetry Event at the Book Nook & Java Shop
  • April 25 – The Nuveen’s Artist in Residence, TBA
  • May 30 – Artist Mark Singer, “Portraits of the Mind”

Each 7:00pm presentation will take place at Arts Council of White Lake at the Nuveen Center.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please visit them online at www.artswhitelake.org.


8th Honoring Our Veterans Dinner
March 29 @ 5:30 pm

On Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30pm, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be hosting the 8th Honoring Our Veterans Dinner in Honor of the Tuskegee Airmen.  The evening includes the presentation of the Dr. Robert E. Garrison Award to an African-American veteran who not only served his or her country in the military, but has also continued to serve this community after their military service.  This year’s recipient is Gloria White Gardner.  Individual tickets are $30 a piece.  To purchase tickets or tables via the website, visit www.silversidesmuseum.org.


Cooking with Smoked Fish
March 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Filled with sliced potatoes, cheese and a touch of smoked salmon, this versatile dish is perfect for a Mid-Winter nights or Sunday brunch.  The ease of preparation makes this dish one that you can prepare the night before or freeze and save for a later date.  Bring your appetite!  Class Size limited to 15.  The cost is $35.  For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Amber Mae Petersen is the owner and operator of The Fish Monger’s Wife, Muskegon’s Fresh and Smoked Fish Market.  As working mother of two that loves good food but not the time it takes to prepare it, she has found freezer meals to be her salvation!  Prepared freezer meals are the way only that she and her family eat a healthy, hot meal during the week!


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 31 @ 7:15 pm

Friday, March 31 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Bloomington Thunder!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
April 1 @ 7:15 pm

Saturday, April 1 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the USNTDP U-18!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.


Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra
April 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra will perform a free concert on Sunday, April 2 at 7:30pm.  This presentation by the Arts Council of White Lake’s Chamber Music Festival will take place at the United Methodist Church of Montague.  Performing with the orchestra will be Pablo Mahave-Veglia, Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University.  He will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major.

This free concert will also serve as an unveiling of the 8th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival, August 3 – 13.  Free-will donations will help underwrite the 2017 Festival.  More information about the Festival, including a full schedule, is available at www.whitelakechambermusicfestival.com.

For more information and a list of upcoming events, call (231) 893-2524.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/20/17 – 03/27/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16
A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display.  This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.

The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan.  Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.

Book Give Away:
Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches including the Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library and Spring Lake District Library.  Books may also be purchased at the MMA.

Book Discussions:
Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.

Schedule:
April 5, 6:00pm at Book Nook and Java Shop, Montague
April 11, 5:30 pm at White Lake Community Library
April 11, 7:00pm at Spring Lake District Library
April 13, 7:00pm at Loutit District Library
April 18, 10:30am at Muskegon Township Branch
April 18, 6:30pm at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 24, 5:30pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 27, 6:00pm at Muskegon Museum of Art
May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library
May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

An Evening with Author Timothy Egan:
The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater.  A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit rauenthal.org/event/author-timothy-egan.

For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.

Book of Kells
March 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Mike Johnson, a professor from Muskegon Community College, discusses the Book of Kells.  His Master’s Thesis was on the pagan Celtic religious iconography in the illuminated details in the Book of Kells.  He will discuss the history of the manuscript, the decorative elements, and how cultures and spiritual beliefs fuse in art.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

USS Silversides Lecture Series
March 20 @ 6:00 pm
Don’t miss the USS Silversides Lecture Series, Mondays in March!  March 20, it’s the “When Books Went to War” exhibit opening presentation.

One country wants to destroy books. One country wants to share as many books as possible with its citizens. Did this fundamental difference in the desire for an educated population have any impact on WWII or the postwar success of the nations?  In their newest exhibit, you will learn just what a difference that made.  The exhibit will teach you about the German book burning campaign.  It will contrast that with the U.S. drive to collect and circulate books that could be sent to our American warriors to make life at war maybe just a little better.  Beyond that, the US recognized an opportunity to improve the education of its citizens and created the GI Bill.  They will also have on display a collection of books that were popular during that time. You’re invited to come see who were the literary heroes then and compare that to the role models portrayed in books in circulation today.

All lectures begin at 6:00pm.  The cost is $5.00 per person or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information, visit www.silversidesmuseum.org.

Paint for a Purpose
March 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy a fun evening and Paint for a Purpose! The cost is $45 per person and includes all materials to create your masterpiece to take home that evening. All funds raised will benefit Every Woman’s Place. This event is limited to the first 80 participants. Call 231-755-3737 to sign up or for more information. Be sure to get there early for a great happy hour menu before you paint!

Asian Noodle Bowl with Chef Jamie
March 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We will make noodles from scratch and show you how to use a Kitchenaid attachment to roll the dough and cut the noodles and how to do it by hand.  The sauce will be beef based and guaranteed delicious.  Bring your appetite and a container to go.  Class size limited to 15.  Cost $35. For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm through March 7.  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Creative Conversations with Author Cynthia Kay
March 22 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 22 from 8:30am-10:30am, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub and join Cynthia Kay, author of “Small Business For Big Thinkers,” for a relevant conversation providing insights, ideas and experience that can help you to grow your business.

A small business is not just a scaled-down version of a big one.  In fact, some of the strategies that work well for larger companies may actually be completely irrelevant for smaller firms.  Small Business for Big Thinkers offers unconventional but proven strategies to run a better small business.  It also provides a roadmap for owners looking to expand their small businesses by doing more business with Big Business.  Cynthia’s down-in-the-trenches stories, along with those from other small-business CEOs and Big Business experts, show you how to connect with highly sought-after customers and win them over!

Topics of conversation at this lecture include:

  • When to Love and When to Leave a Customer
  • Attract and Win Contracts from Much Larger Companies
  • Evaluate Big Business Opportunities (and know when not to compete)
  • Staying Ahead of the Pack
  • Prepare with Funds to Launch and Revenue to Stay Afloat.

The cost to attend is $25 and includes a free copy of Cynthia Kay’s book, while supplies last.  There will be a book signing following the lecture.  Also, when you purchase a ticket to the Creative Conversation, you’ll receive one business week of CoLaunch membership free of charge (one free week per person).  For additional information or to register, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-conversation-with-cynthia-kay-tickets-32415110468.

West Michigan Student Showcase
March 22 @ 7:00 pm – March 23 @ 7:00 pm
March 22 and 23 at 7:00pm, it’s the West Michigan Student Showcase at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater!   This is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan who are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts.  Since 1981, high school students from Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa counties have had an opportunity to be recognized.  For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high school years.  For others, it’s the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.  www.frauenthal.org

General Admission Tickets: $8 advanced, $9 at door, $5 students, $6 seniors, 2 night pack $14

Public Reception: Hidden Gems Exhibit
March 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Students in Muskegon Community College’s Visual Art Entrepreneur Degree program are reviving seldom-seen artworks from the college’s permanent collection for an exhibition titled “MCC’s Hidden Gems: Early Works from the Permanent Art Collection,” which runs from March 13 through April 23 in the Overbrook Art Gallery.  “Hidden Gems” will focus on works from the collection made before 1990. The oldest of the works, a painting by Pete Caesar, came into the collection in 1965.  There are many very fine works that represent the efforts of regional artists and document significant local art history.

A public reception is planned for Thursday, March 23, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the gallery.  For more information, contact Keith Downie at (616) 566-1102 or email  keith.downie@muskegoncc.edu.

The Alley Door Club: The Crane Wives
March 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, March 24, come the Alley Door Club for live music with The Crane Wives!  Grand Armory Brewing Company is the evening’s craft brew!  Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building, 3rd floor).  Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. Tables may be reserved for $55.00 for a 4-top (includes 4 admission tickets) / $80.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  There is a limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, sold on a first come basis.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 24 @ 7:15 pm – March 25 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Fargo Force!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.

“1964” The Tribute
March 24 @ 7:30 pm
March 24 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “1964” The Tribute!   Formed in 1984, the faux Fab Four has performed more than 2,900 shows and released its own albums and videos.  Rolling Stone magazine has called 1964 “the best Beatles tribute ever!”  Reserved tickets are $25 and $25.  www.frauenthal.org

Muskegon Center for the Arts March Workshops
March 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented jewelry artists on Saturday afternoons for the March Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly.

Basic Sewing Skills 1
March 25  2:00pm – 4:00pm
$12 per student, materials included.  MCA Members $10.
In this workshop, students will learn very basic sewing skills, such as how to mend ripped clothing and how to sew on a button that has fallen off.  Students are also encouraged to bring small projects that need attention.  Students must be registered three days before the date of the workshop.  Contact Sabryna at sabrynasnaturalcreations@hotmail.com to register.

4th Annual Pasta 4 Paws
March 25 @ 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 4:00, the Mona Lake Boating Club invites you to “Robert H. Fischer’s 4th Annual Pasta for Paws” fundraising event to benefit the Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County!  In addition to a delicious spaghetti & meatball dinner, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, a cash bar and live music by the Swinging Stem Cells.  Dinner will be served from 5:00-8:00pm.  The auction closes at 8:00pm and the music starts at 9:00pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 5.  For questions or advance tickets, call 231-798-4011 or 231-773-8689.

Billy McLaughlin in Concert
March 25 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30pm, come to the Howmet Playhouse for Billy McLaughlin in concert!  Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, Emmy Award winning composer and inspirational keynote speaker who has appeared on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart.  Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards*, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award.

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure or even a diagnosis, this right-handed guitarist embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument….left-handed!  His remarkable comeback is captured in the independent documentary film Changing Keys (seen on PBS stations in 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band.  KPBS (San Diego) produced the 2013 Emmy Award winning live concert program called Starry Night – Billy McLaughlin with Orchestra Nova highlighting McLaughlin’s extraordinary talent as both guitarist and inspirational speaker.

Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer, and Michael J. Fox. McLaughlin has resumed an international schedule of concert appearances and keynote speaking.  He resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is proudly raising two boys.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and are available at Whitehall City Hall, the Arts Council of White Lake or at the door the night of the show.  Guitar Fest participants receive one free ticket.

This event is part of Guitar Fest. For more information about Guitar Fest, visit the ACWL website at www.artswhitelake.org.

Gaelic Storm
March 25 @ 7:30 pm
Gaelic Storm will perform at the Frauenthal Center Saturday, March 25 at 7:30pm! Tickets are $41 for the limited VIP Meet & Greet. Other tickets are $26 and $21. All tickets are available at the Frauenthal Box Office by calling 231-727-8001 or Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.

After more than 3,000 live shows including Muskegon’s own Michigan Irish Music Festival, Gaelic Storm the chart topping, muliti national Celtic band is coming to the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon. Gaelic Storm’s music mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience. From bluegrass and country music fans to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music.

For more information call Kelly Walden at 231-332-4137.

Winter Film Festival at Harbor Cinema
March 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Muskegon Community College and the Fr. Phil Legacy Project are hosting a Winter Film Festival at Harbor Cinema!  Seven different films will be shown on Sunday afternoons with a pre-film discussion of each. Doors open at the theater at 3:00pm with a pre-film discussion at 3:15pm.  Show times will be at 3:30pm.  Tickets are $7 each or $42 for the entire series.  To purchase tickets, please call (231) 777-0380.

Sunday, March 26 will be American Graffiti, a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers and Joe Spano have cameos.  Set in Modesto, California in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation.  The film is told in a series of vignettes, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over a single evening.  The genesis of American Graffiti was in Lucas’ own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto.  In 1995, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

USS Silversides Lecture Series
March 27 @ 6:00 pm
Don’t miss the USS Silversides Lecture Series, Mondays in March!  March 27, it’s Meg Jones, Milwaukee journalist and author of “World War II Milwaukee!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm.  The cost is $5.00 per person or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information, visit www.silversidesmuseum.org.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/03/17-03/13/17

Postcard Salon Exhibition and Sale
Through March 9
The Annual Postcard Salon exhibition and sale showcases the creative talents of West Michigan artists of all ages, from beginners to accomplished professionals. Past years have seen over 1,000 cards on view, and visitors spending hours hunting for favorites.  Artists can submit up to five 4 x 6 inch cards in a wide array of media.
On March 9, the final night, local art collectors can buy the cards for $30, with proceeds split between the artists and the museum.  This is a true community event, so help celebrate the creativity of West Michigan by making, viewing and buying these miniature works of art.
The Frame and Mat Shop of Grand Haven, Holland, and Rockford will be on hand to sell custom postcard frames for only $5.  Buy original art and take it home framed!  All proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art. www.muskegonartmusem.org

Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program
March 6 – May 16
A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display.  This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.
The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan.  Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.
Book Give Away:
Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches including the Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library and Spring Lake District Library.  Books may also be purchased at the MMA.
Book Discussions:
Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.
Schedule:
April 5, 6:00pm at Book Nook and Java Shop, Montague
April 11, 5:30 pm at White Lake Community Library
April 11, 7:00pm at Spring Lake District Library
April 13, 7:00pm at Loutit District Library
April 18, 10:30am at Muskegon Township Branch
April 18, 6:30pm at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 24, 5:30pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
April 27, 6:00pm at Muskegon Museum of Art
May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library
May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
An Evening with Author Timothy Egan:
The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater.  A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit rauenthal.org/event/author-timothy-egan.
For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.

Century Club Open House
March 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Century Club Retail Center will be having an open house from 6:00-8:00pm the first Tuesday of every month, offering different specials every week.  For more information, e-mail renae@oceanawinery.com.

Chilaquiles: Breakfast for Dinner with Chef Jamie
March 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chilaquiles: Breakfast for Dinner with Chef Jamie
3/7/2017  6:30 – 8:30pm
Learn how to make your own homemade tortillas that we will use in a delicious traditional Chilaquiles casserole that can be served for breakfast or any meal of the day.  Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Class size limited to 15.  Cost $35.
For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Classical Series
March 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series, featuring Duo-Pianists, Steve Thielman & Bryan Uecker performing the music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Corigliano and Milhaud!  The cover is $5.  Dinner is at 6:15pm with coconut-crusted mahi mahi with pineapple salsa, citrus jasmine rice, vegetable, glass of house wine and leprechaun pie for only $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop by calling (231) 894-5333. 

A True French Raclette Party
March 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A True French Raclette Party/ Right Here in Muskegon
3/8/2017  6:00 – 8:00pm
Raclette literally translates “to scrape” and we will enjoy the French Alp tradition with all the “cow” bells and whistles.  See how the French combine cheese, bread, wine and fellowship. Class size limited to 10.  Cost $35.
For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 9 @ 7:15 pm – March 10 @ 7:15 pm
Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Bloomington Thunder!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.

Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 10 – March 11
The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 10 – 11!  This popular show will feature over 40 exhibitors displaying everything from windows, siding, gutters and paint to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!  Back by popular demand is the Do It Yourself and Educational seminars that highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!
In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with the purchase of your $3 home show admission ticket.  Kids 12 and under are free.  Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2017.
Those interested in applying to exhibit are encouraged to visit www.muskegonhgs.com.  Limited sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For sponsorships or additional information about the show, contact Carla Flanders at 231-724-3176 or cflanders@muskegon.org.

Charlotte’s Web the Musical
March 10 @ 7:00 pm – March 11 @ 7:00 pm
March 10 at 7:00pm and March 11 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, bring the family to the Beardsley Theater for “Charlotte’s Web the Musical!”   Experience the fun and exciting adventures of Wilbur the pig and his barnyard friends as they discover lessons in love, friendship and self-sacrifice.  This is a family fun show with fun characters, music and dancing.  Tickets go on sale January 13, 2017.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org.

The Alley Door Club: The Carl Webb Band
March 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, March 10, come the Alley Door Club for live music with The Carl Webb Band!  Vandermill Cider is the evening’s craft brew!  Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building, 3rd floor).  Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. Tables may be reserved for $55.00 for a 4-top (includes 4 admission tickets) / $80.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  There is a limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, sold on a first come basis.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Classical Music for Everyone
March 10 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony Presents “Classical Music for Everyone” with conductor Scott Speck.  Based on the book Classical Music for Dummies, written by Speck and David Pogue, this concert covers the history of classical music, ranging from medieval to the music of today. Composers include Monteverdi, Mozart, Brahms, Wagner, Copland and more.
Single ticket prices are $20-$51.  Student tickets are $7.  Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

Kids Cooking: Spiral Surprises from Apples to “Zoodles”
March 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Cooking: Spiral Surprises from Apples to “Zoodles” with Chef Char
3/11/2007  10:00am – Noon
Spiralizer surprises from apples to “zoodles” (zucchini noodles).  Sometimes, just cutting your fruits and vegetables in a new way will make produce a little more interesting and fun to eat.  Basic knife skills will be covered in this class along with instruction on other handy kitchen gadgets that make vegetable and fruit chopping simple.  We will then sautee our produce creations in healthy recipes using our own sauce creations and fresh herbs.  Kids Class ages 7-15.  Cost $25. Class size limited to 15.
For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Green Eggs and Ham
March 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a delicious breakfast of green eggs and ham, Saturday, March 11 from 10:00am-11:30am at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club!  The Cat in the Hat and some friends will be there for autographs and to read a book.  Each child will go home with a Dr. Seuss book of their choice.  Walk-ins are welcome as space allows, but the event often sells out.  Call Gavonnie at 231-747-7911 for reservations.

Balloons Super Saturday
March 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Balloons Super Saturday!”  This free family fun day is centered on inflatable art, including balloon animals and the film Up!  Super Saturday free admission and activities are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm  Film: Up! (96 mins.) Carl, an elderly homebody, and 8-year old Russell, a wilderness explorer, trek on a worldly adventure marked with a villain, a rare bird, and LOTS of balloons.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm  Guided Tours through Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm  Make & Take balloon animals with Jim “the balloon guy.”
For more information call 231-720-2570.

The Ride
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 from 12:00-4:00pm, come to the Lakes Mall to start off the new year with a healthy lifestyle and a generous heart by taking part in Mercy Health’s cycling event, The Ride!  This is an indoor, stationary bike race that’s been happening in Norton Shores since 2005.  Over the past 12 years, the Ride has raised over $480,000 to support Heart and Vascular Services at Mercy Health Muskegon.
Registration cost is $400 per team or $200 for youth teams.  If cycling isn’t for you, they’re still looking for people to volunteer, sponsor a rider or team or just  stop by The Lakes Mall to cheer on the cyclists.  The registration deadline for riders and sponsors is February 20.  For more information, call 231-672-6976. 

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo: Jazz Guitar Duo
March 11 @ 7:30 pm
March 11 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for the jazz guitar duo of Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo!  Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.  Tickets are $25 and up.  Student tickets are $10.  For more information, call 231-726-3231 .

Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
March 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.

Howl n’ Blues Concert Series: Out of Favor Boys
March 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 5th annual Howl n’ Blues Concert Series for this winter is titled “HOT BLUES”!  March 12, it’s the Out of Favor Boys!  Concerts take place at the Watermark 920 the second Sunday of each month from 2:00-5:00pm to raise awareness and donations for the PoundBuddies animal shelter.  There’ll be a cash bar, food, 50/50 raffles, dancing, and good times…guaranteed!  Tickets are only $15 and include a raffle ticket.  For more information find “Howl n’ Blues” on Facebook.

Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art lands at the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art February 23 through April 23, 2017. The exhibition features large scale inflatable structures, including a life-size inflatable Trans Am, 14 foot tall pink bunnies, and a 25 foot long reclining Buddha-inspired figure, to name just a few of the inflatable sculptures installed in the gallery. The MMA invites the public to an opening reception on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Refreshments and balloon animals by “The Balloon Guy” Jim Perry will be provided. The event is free.
Blow Up features works by artists who use air as a sculptural medium. While inflatable objects are typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment or holiday decorations, the format has been appropriated by a diverse group of artists to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism, and war. Playing with scale, color, and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural forms from Lewis deSoto’s Sleeping Buddha to Claire Ashley’s colorful abstract shapes. This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco), Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Christo and Jean-Claude. After its appearance in Muskegon, Blow Up will travel to the Loveland Museum in Colorado, where it will appear throughout the summer.
Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is locally underwritten by the DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support has been provided by WGVU Public Media and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
RELATED PROGRAM
 
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Balloons Super Saturday 
Free family fun day centered on inflatable art, including balloon animals and the film Up! Super Saturday free admission and activities are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: Up! (96 mins.) Carl, an elderly homebody, and 8-year old Russell, a wilderness explorer, trek on a worldly adventure marked with a villain, a rare bird, and LOTS of balloons.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours through Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take balloon animals with Jim “the balloon guy.”
The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon, Michigan. Go to www.muskegonartmuseum.org for visitor information or call 231.720.2570.
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white elephant
trans am

Two FREE Ticket Give-A-Ways

Happening NOW!

frauenthalJazz Singer Stacey Kent and The U.S. Navy Band

Tickets are currently available for pick up at the Frauenthal Box Office
Monday – Friday 11am to 5:30pm

 

stacykentMarch 17th at 7:30pm
Stacey Kent
Sponsored by
The Lawrence and Violet Collins Fund
of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mold of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching
2 million and Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.

 

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March 18th at 7pm
U.S. Navy Band
Sponsored by
Muskegon Community Concerts

The Concert Band is the United States Navy’s premier wind ensemble. This group includes 56 performers on multiple instruments. Their repertoire includes marches, symphonic selections, patriotic works and popular favorites.

*If you have already picked up your tickets the date on the tickets may be listed incorrectly as March 11, the correct date is March 18. March 11 tickets will be honored.

APICS Grand Rapids Joint Professional Development Meeting with ISM-GGR – March 8, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN – APICS, the Grand Rapids Chapter, will be hosting this joint professional development meeting at GVSU, Forum B at Siedman College of Business, 50 Front Street, Grand Rapids 49504 on March 8, 2017. Registration and networking begins at 5:30 PM. Historian and author John Laurence Busch will present “First Steamship on the Great Lakes” at 7:00 PM.

Reservations must be received by Noon on Thursday, March 2nd. Hors d’ oeuvres and cash bar.

Cost for APICS members is $12.00; non-members $15.00 and students $7.00. Reservations can be made online at www.apics-gr.org or email to admin@apics-gr.org. Parking information is on our website.

For ISM-GGR, reservations can be made online by email at ISMGGR@aol.com or by credit card at www.ismggr.org. The non-member cost for the dinner meeting is $35.00.

For more information regarding the Chapter’s Professional Development Meetings and speakers, please visit our website at: www.apics-gr.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 27- March 6, 2017

Open Mic Poetry
Monday, February 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster, Muskegon
Enjoy Open Mic Poetry in honor of Black History Month.  Read your own or your favorite Black History, Black Experience or African American poetry.  Clayton Hardiman will emcee the program. For more information call 231-722-8000

Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon
Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center for the Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series.  “Remediation, Restoration and Revitalization of Muskegon Lake” is the topic of a free lecture by Kathy Evans from the West Michigan Regional Development Commission.  Evans will present an overview of more than a decade of Muskegon Lake cleanup and restoration. 231-722-0278

Southern Series: It’s Mardi Gras with Chef Jamie
Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
It’s Mardi Gras with Chef Jamie. Let’s make a Shrimp Po’Boy Sandwich and Gumbo Soup, a tradition in New Orleans. Chef Jamie grew up in Louisiana so who better to learn from. Plenty for eating and taking home. Class size limited to 15. Cost $35. For more info call 231-769-2202 

Comedian Hen Sapp
Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Corner, 286 W. Muskegon Ave., Muskegon
Come to The Corner and be entertained by Comedian Hen Sapp!  Love to laugh but don’t want to hear the profanity and vulgarity that some comedians use?  Hen Sapp is a very good family friendly alternative.  Everyone is welcome at his shows, kids included. This is a FREE event. For more information call 231-722-8000 

Through an Artist’s Eye
Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Arts Council of White Lake, 106 E. Colby St., Whitehall
Artist Scott Mack will give his presentation “Through an Artist’s Eye”.  He will talk about those unique and personal insights that an artist sees feels and experiences. Each presentation will take place at Arts Council of White Lake at the Nuveen Center.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please visit online at www.artswhitelake.org.

Newsboys: Love Riot Tour
Thursday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St., Muskegon
The Newsboys bring their “Love Riot” tour to the L.C. Walker Arena!  Tonight Only! For tickets and more information, call 231-724-5225. 

Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game
Friday, March 3 @ 7:00pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St., Muskegon
Arena soccer action has returned to the Lakeshore! Seating is General Admission OR select the Port City Supporters (PCS) Party Deck.  The PCS Party Deck is just as it sounds so be prepared to hang with a more rowdy crowd. This weekend will be the biggest yet for arena soccer action in L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Risers take on Detroit Waza Flo at 7:00pm.  The game will coincide with Muskegon First Fridays’ family friendly fun with a carnival on the arena concourse!  Only $5 gets you into the game and the carnival where you’ll enjoy vintage amusements. 

Muskegon Community Art Artists’ Reception
Friday, March 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
You are invited to the Muskegon Community Art Artists’ Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts open house every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Every month there is a different display and art event for the month.  Come meet and talk with the artists and view the creativity of awesome art work.  www.facebook.com/redlotusgallery 

Jay Owenhouse The Authentic Illusionist
Friday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave., Muskegon
Come to the Frauenthal Center for Jay Owenhouse “The Authentic Illusionist!”  Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artists and one of the most awarded illusionists in history, will perform in Muskegon for one night only. You will experience a night of grand illusions with the most amazing magic in the world, Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes and inspiring storytelling.  Seeing Owenhouse live is an evening that will leave you breathless with a feeling of childhood wonder that “anything is possible!” www.frauenthal.org or 231-727-8001

Children’s Author: Sarah Barnard
Saturday, March 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster, Muskegon
Meet Muskegon’s local author, Sarah Barnard, and local illustrator, Katherine Bourdon as they share their new children’s book, “Francesca!”  The event includes an author read-aloud, Q&A time, book signings (optional), and Katherine will teach kids how to create animal caricatures!  For more information, call (231) 722-7276. 

Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game
Saturday, March 4 @ 7:00pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St., Muskegon
Catch your own MKG Riser’s playing home against Cincinnati Swerve at 7:00 pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $5. Tickets will be picked up at will call on the day of the game or printed for a small fee. Below is a map of where the field is located. www.muskegonrisers.com or 231-726-2939

Cheers and Chocolate!
Saturday, March 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Culinary Institute of Michigan, 336 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon
This is a fabulous evening that pairs sweet and savory culinary delights with fine wines and beers at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of Michigan, located in downtown Muskegon!  Tickets are $55 each and include wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, and tastings.  Get your tickets online at http://www.everywomansplace.org or at The Sweet Spot (cash or check only) located at the Culinary Institute of Michigan.  Tickets sell fast and are limited to the first 650 guests.  Last year this event sold out.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
Saturday, March 4 @ 6:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts, 1545 N Roberts Rd. North Muskegon
Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games at Reeths-Puffer High School located north of Muskegon at 1545 N. Roberts Rd. This weekend the Hawks play back to back games! Tonight they play the Detroit Fast Forward at 6:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door. www.lakehawksbasketball.com

Music for Meals Presents A Night at the ‘Met
March 4 @ 7:00 pm
Howmet Playhouse, 304 South Mears Ave., Whitehall
Enjoy an evening at the historic Howmet Playhouse for “A Night at the ‘Met!”  Join the Edukators and guests for a special evening of entertainment to help raise money for the White Lake Food Pantry.  Tickets will be available at the City of Whitehall and also will be available at the door.

Mardi Gras Masquerade & Fundraiser
Saturday, March 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hennessey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 885 Jefferson St., Muskegon
Come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for a Mardi Gras Masquerade & Fundraiser to benefit the ARC of Muskegon!  This will be a great celebration of Mardi Gras while helping to raise money for the ARC’s work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  There’ll be a costume contest, live New Orleans inspired music and cuisine, and drink specials.  For more information, call (231) 777-2006.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
Sunday, March 5 @ 6:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts, 1545 N Roberts Rd. North Muskegon
Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games at Reeths-Puffer High School located north of Muskegon at 1545 N. Roberts Rd. This weekend the Hawks play back to back games! Tonight they play the Detroit Fast Forward at 6:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door. www.lakehawksbasketball.com

Ongoing Events: 

Postcard Salon Exhibition and Sale
February 9 – March 9
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave., Muskegon
The Annual Postcard Salon exhibition and sale showcases the creative talents of West Michigan artists of all ages, from beginners to accomplished professionals. Past years have seen over 1,000 cards on view, and visitors spending hours hunting for favorites.  Artists can submit up to five 4 x 6 inch cards in a wide array of media. On March 9, the final night, local art collectors can buy the cards for $30, with proceeds split between the artists and the museum.  This is a true community event, so help celebrate the creativity of West Michigan by making, viewing and buying these miniature works of art.The Frame and Mat Shop of Grand Haven, Holland, and Rockford will be on hand to sell custom postcard frames for only $5.  Buy original art and take it home framed!  All proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art.

I Hate Hamlet
February 17 – March 4
Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western
The Muskegon Civic Theatre invites you to the Beardsley Theater for “I Hate Hamlet!”  A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment.  With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage. Tickets are $20 & $22.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org. 231-722-3852

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 21 – February 27, 2017

Muskegon Polish Festival Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 21 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Handsome Henry’s, 3065 Henry St.
Tuesday, February 21 from 4:30-8:30pm, you’re invited to Handsome Henry’s restaurant for the Muskegon Polish Festival Fundraiser!  Order from the menu and a percentage of your bill is donated to the Muskegon Polish Festival.  Wear red and white to show your support!  For more information, call 231-375-5271.

Incoming!
Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free planetarium show runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-February 24 and March 7-30 (no shows February 28 and March 2 for spring break). Doors open at 6:45pm and no reservations are required. For more information call 231-777-0289

Black History Jeopardy
Wednesday, February 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2017 in February by hosting events, all are open to the public. On Wednesday, February 22, everyone is invited to show their knowledge from 11:30-1:00 in the Union Hall. For more information call 231-777-0582

(Fish!) Taco Tuesday – And Yes it is Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
2/22/2017 6:00 – 8:00pm (Fish!) Taco Tuesday – but learning is happening on a Wednesday! Taco Tuesday is a permanent menu item for many American households, but working fish into this family tradition can seem challenging. Join The Fish Monger’s Wife to taste and learn which fish, spices and toppings will transform your Taco Tuesday into Fish Taco Tuesday. We’ll also look at ways to freeze your preseason fish taco fillets for quick weekday meal prep. Bring your appetite. Class Size limited to 15.  The cost is $35. Amber Mae Petersen is the owner and operator of The Fish Monger’s Wife, Muskegon’s Fresh and Smoked Fish Market. For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202. 

Dancing with the Local Stars
Thursday, February 23 – February 25
Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third St.
Muskegon’s highly popular charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars, is back for its ninth year!  The event, produced by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, benefits food pantries and food programs in Muskegon, upper Ottawa and lower Oceana counties. Tickets for this year’s Latin Flair-themed event can be purchased by calling 231-798-4244.

Opening Reception – Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art
Thursday, February 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
February 23 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art!  Celebrate the opening of this fun new exhibition featuring giant blow-ups, including bunnies, Buddha, a Trans Am, an elephant and more!  Refreshments and balloon animals by “The Balloon Guy,” Jim Perry, will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 231-720-2570

Hearts & Cherry Tarts for All Ages with Chef Char
Thursday, February 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Learn to make a cherry pie filling and a buttery, flaky pastry crust from scratch. Find out how easy it is to put together an impressive-looking dessert with instructions on decorative dough design. Chef Char will demonstrate creative crust patterns for professional presentation and then you get to try your own ideas before baking your goodies to show off and take home. All ages welcome. Cost $35. For more information call 231-769-2202

Incoming!
Thursday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-February 24 and March 7-30 (no shows February 28 and March 2 for spring break). Doors open at 6:45pm and no reservations are required. For more information call 231-777-0289 

Ragtime Pianist Reginald Robinson
Thursday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.
The Norton Shores Library hosts Reginald Robinson on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room!  Enjoy Chicago’s award-winning ragtime pianist, recording artist and educator Reginald Robinson!  Come and explore the lost art of ragtime with this talented pianist!  Bring a friend or the whole family and join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for this free live music event.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Alley Door Club: Janey B. and The House Rockers
Friday, February 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Tonight prepare yourself to rock with Janey B. & The House Rockers – Soulful Rockin’ Blues!  New Holland Brewing is the evening’s craft brew!  Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. Tables may be reserved for $55.00 for a 4-top (includes 4 admission tickets) / $80.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets). There is a limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, sold on a first come basis. For more information, call 231-727-8001. 

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Friday, February 24 @ 7:15 pm – February 25 @ 7:15 pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.
Come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks takes on the Madison Capitols! The puck drop is at 7:15pm. The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks ‘organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com. 231-724-5225

Bobby Bones: Funny & Alone Stand up Comedy Tour
Friday, February 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Friday, February 24 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the “Bobby Bones: Funny and Alone Stand Up Comedy Tour” with special guest Walker Hayes and featuring Nikita Karmen. Ticket price range $26.75 – $51.75. For more information contact 231-727-8001

Cast Iron Cooking with Chef Char
Saturday, February 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
There are so many ways to use a cast iron pan and all of them are delicious. We will try sensational skillet recipes that you may have not considered before. Dutch baby pancakes, fried apples and deep dish pot pie will be on the menu while we talk about the care and proper seasoning of a treasured cast iron skillet. Cost $35. Older teens and adults. For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Hackley Public Library will host live music from the In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble!  In The Tradition began in Detroit in the early 1990’s when 5 members of the Neal Henry Septet formed the Christopher James/Charles Hopkins Quintet.  Over the years they became In the Tradition and found their calling. For more information call 231-722-8000

Muskegon Center for the Arts: February Workshops
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.
Join talented artists on Saturday afternoons from 2:00-4:00pm for the February Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  February 25, it’s a Beginners’ Gemstone Beading Workshop.  Learn the basics of gemstone beading in this workshop designed to help beginners create jewelry.  Students will learn about some of the more common stones, styles of beads and the basic skills on how to create strung jewelry.  Each student will design and make a bracelet that they will get to keep. Maximum of 10 students, ages 10+.  Students must register at least 2 days before the date of the workshop and classes fill up quickly.  Contact Sabryna at sabrynasnaturalcreations@hotmail.com to register. 

Performances @The Block: GVSU New Music Ensemble
Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Tickets: $20-$30 Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm, Director Bill Ryan and the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University bring ‘music of our time’ to The Block.  The group is known for its commissions, tours, recordings, collaborations, outreach events and workshops. Call Rita at 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

“Lunch with the President”
Monday, February 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Black History Month at Muskegon Community College concludes with “Lunch with the President,” in Collegiate Hall.  Dr. Dale K. Nesbary, the first African-American president in MCC history, will discuss his career leading to his historic position.  Tickets are $7 per person and may be purchased by calling Mary Williams in the Office of Community Outreach at (231) 777-0582

Open Mic Poetry
Monday, February 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster
Monday, February 27 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Open Mic Poetry in honor of Black History Month.  Read your own or your favorite Black History, Black Experience or African American poetry.  Clayton Hardiman will emcee the program.  Please call 231-722-8000 for more information.

Ongoing Events:

Postcard Salon Exhibition and Sale
February 9 – March 9
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
The Annual Postcard Salon exhibition and sale showcases the creative talents of West Michigan artists of all ages, from beginners to accomplished professionals. Past years have seen over 1,000 cards on view, and visitors spending hours hunting for favorites.  Artists can submit up to five 4 x 6 inch cards in a wide array of a wide array of media. On March 9, the final night, local art collectors can buy the cards for $30, with proceeds split between the artists and the museum.  This is a true community event, so help celebrate the creativity of West Michigan by making, viewing and buying these miniature works of art. The Frame and Mat Shop of Grand Haven, Holland, and Rockford will be on hand to sell custom postcard frames for only $5.  Buy original art and take it home framed!  All proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art. 

I Hate Hamlet
February 17 – March 4
Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western
the Muskegon Civic Theatre invites you to the Beardsley Theater for “I Hate Hamlet!”  A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment.  With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage.  The problem: He hates Hamlet.  His dilemma deepens with the arrival of the late, great actor John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. Tickets are $20 & $22.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 13 – February 21, 2017

For a complete list please visit www.visitmuskegon.org 

Incoming
Tuesday, February 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-February 24 and March 7-30 (no shows February 28 and March 2 for college spring break).  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

The Taming of the Shrew
Wednesday, February 15 – February 19 7:30pm
Muskegon Community College / Overbrook Theater , 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon Community College will present William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in the Overbrook Theater, Wednesday-Saturday, February 15-18, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 19, at 3:00pm. Tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, February 8, are $10 for the Public and $5 for MCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Call (231)777-0234 or stop by the Overbrook Theater Box Office between noon and 4:00pm Monday-Friday or one hour before curtain. The Taming of the Shrew is considered one of Shakespeare’s most outrageously funny and controversial plays.  A wealthy merchant is besieged with suitors for his daughter, Bianca, but even a rich dowry cannot attract anyone to court her fiery older sister, Katherina.  Enter Petruchio, the swaggering adventurer who seeks a wife with a fortune and “will woo this wildcat.”  The courtship between the headstrong and shrewish Kate and the not-so-gentlemanly fortune hunter, Petruchio, ignites the stage with masquerade, misdirection and a look at the roles one must play. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Movie & Book Reading
Wednesday, February 15 @ 1:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.
Come to the Norton Shores Library for “Page to Screen Classics!”  Read a classic book title each month and then watch the film. For February, participants will read Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote and then watch the 1955 movie. The movie was released in 1960, directed by Blake Edwards and starred Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Patricia Neal.  “Page to Screen Classics” includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn.  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Dining in the Dark
February 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Thursday, February 16 at 6:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Dining in the Dark”, an event that will heighten four of your five senses. Enjoy a fun, out-of-your comfort-zone experience while dining in a whole new way. Chef Jack Page will be creating a delicious four-course meal designed to stimulate the palate and challenge your sense of smell and taste. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice (please indicate at the time of ticket purchase). Visit www.eventbrite.com for tickets or more information. (Cost: $45.00)

Incoming
Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-February 24 and March 7-30 (no shows February 28 and March 2 for college spring break).  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Sportsmen’s Dinner
Friday, February 17 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3387 Heights Ravenna Rd.
Kainay Community Church will be hosting their 2nd Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner on Friday, February 17 from 4:00-9:00pm. The event will include a dinner fit for the sportsman, seminars on hunting and fishing, a world class white tail display, inspirational speakers and lots of prizes! Doors open at 4:00pm. Seminars begin at 4:30pm. Dinner is at 6:30pm and the keynote speaker is on at 7:45pm. The cost of the event is $15 per person or a table of 8 can be purchased for $100. The ticket includes dinner, seminars and grand prize raffle ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling Kainay Community Church at 231-767-5246. 

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Friday, February 17 @ 7:15pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Youngstown Phantoms! The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks ‘organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.

Comedy Night at SE4SONS
Friday, February 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Dr.
You’re invited to SE4SONS Gastropub for an evening of entertainment with comedian Jason Douglas! Jason pulls no punches and he refuses to sugar coat anything. He tells it the way it is, the way it was, and the way it should be! Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 and include snacks following the performance. Please purchase tickets in advance at SE4SONS Gastropub. Space is limited.

Creative Saturday
Saturday, February 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
356 W. Western Ave.
Join Muskegon Center for the Arts members in creative idea exchanges, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery. “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects. Artists’ trading cards are also available. For more information visit www.muskegonca.org.

Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest
Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
316 W. Webster Ave.
Saturday, February 18 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the “Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest!” Get your recipes out and find your best soul food dessert to complete for the best in the city. Bring enough for attendees, plus the judge, to taste. Sign up by calling HPL by February 11th. They’ll have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as a People’s Choice award. 

Muskegon Center for the Arts: February Workshops
Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00-4:00pm
356 W. Western Ave.
Join talented artists on Saturday afternoons from 2:00-4:00pm for the February Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery. You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly.

Intermediate Chainmaille Workshop
Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm
356 W. Western Ave.
$25 per student, materials included. MCA Members $22.
This workshop is designed to teach students how to create jewelry using the medieval art of chainmail. Students will learn the Byzantine Style chain pattern by creating a bracelet. All students keep their creations. Maximum of 10 students, ages 10+. Students must be registered 2 days before the date of the workshop. Contact Sabryna at sabrynasnaturalcreations@hotmail.com to register.

Muskegon Polish Festival Fundraiser
Saturday, February 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tatra Hall, 2526 6th St.
Come to Tatra Hall for the Muskegon Polish Festival Fundraiser!  Enjoy a pork steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, salad and dessert from 4:00-6:00pm, and then enjoy Golden Oldies Karaoke from 5:30-7:30pm.  Tickets are $12 in advance by calling Tatra Hall at 231-733-7525, Sandy at 231-798-4232 or Tom at 231-780-5406.

Hike Hilt’s Landing
Saturday, February 18 @ 10:05am
8637 North Durham Rd. in Whitehall
The public is invited to join the staff of Michigan’s Heritage Park for a Hike at Hilt’s Landing on Saturday, February 18 to look for animals, birds, and animal tracks. Weather permitting, participants can snow shoe along the trails. For those who don’t own snow shoes, a limited number of snow shoes ranging from toddler to adult size are available for rent from the park for $5. Call 894-0342 to reserve snow shoes. The hike will take place regardless of snow and the group will leave the Visitor Center at 10:05 for the hour long hike. Michigan’s Heritage Park is located at just behind the Comfort Inn. www.lakeshoremuseum.org

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
Saturday, February 18 @ 6:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts, 1545 N Roberts Rd.
Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games at Reeths-Puffer High School located north of Muskegon at 1545 N. Roberts Rd. This weekend the Hawks have back to back games! Tonight they play the Oakland County Cowboys at 6:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door.

The MCA – Red Lotus Gallery Open Mic Night
Saturday, February 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery, located in the Century Building, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.  This is a free event.  For more information, call (231) 206-0426.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Saturday, February 18 @ 7:15 pm
LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.
Saturday, February 18 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Chicago Steel! The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.

The Best of Second City
Saturday, February 18 @ 8:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Saturday, February 18 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for “The Best of Second City!” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55 year history made famous by superstars –as well as their trademark improvisation. Come see where it all began during this one night only engagement! Tickets are $26 General Admission or $41 for Cabaret seating. For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Independent Filmmaker Dante James Presents “The Doll”
Monday, February 20 @ 6:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.
Independent filmmaker Dante James will host a screening of The Doll, a twenty-minute dramatic short film set in the early 1900s that tells the story of Tom Taylor, the black proprietor of the Wyandot Hotel Barbershop. Taylor’s humanity, his dignity, and his responsibility to family and community are severely challenged when he realizes that he has an opportunity to avenge an injustice that was inflicted on his father decades earlier. This program is free and open to the public and no registration or tickets are required. For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Soup for Suits
Tuesday, February 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western
The Muskegon Rescue Mission invites you to “Soup for Suits”, happening at Fricano’s Event Center! This is a FREE soup and bread luncheon with desert and coffee available for purchase. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going to support the ongoing work of the Muskegon Rescue Mission. For more information, call 231-727-6090.

Muskegon Polish Festival Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 21 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Handsome Henry’s, 3065 Henry St.
You’re invited to Handsome Henry’s restaurant for the Muskegon Polish Festival Fundraiser!  Order from the menu and a percentage of your bill is donated to the Muskegon Polish Festival.  Wear red and white to show your support!  For more information, call 231-375-5271.

 

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/06/17 – 02/13/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Winds of Ancestry
Through February 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Winds of Ancestry,” an exhibit of artifacts and videos by artists Rae Goodwin and Casey McGuire, will be on display in the Muskegon Community College Overbrook Art Gallery from January 9 – February 23.  In the summer of 2016, McGuire and Goodwin rode their red rocking horses across this grand nation. They followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Montana and stopped along the way to memorialize their foremothers and to acknowledge the fleeting winds of ancestry.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Overbrook Gallery hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  For more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Century Club Open House
February 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Century Club Retail Center will be having an open house from 6:00-8:00pm the first Tuesday of every month, offering different specials every week.  For more information, e-mail renae@oceanawinery.com.

Gourmet Pizza with Chef Jamie
February 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gourmet Pizza with Chef Jamie
2/7/2017 6:00 – 10:00pm
In this class we will make the dough from scratch (last time Chef Jamie made it ahead of time for everyone), homemade sauce and experiment with several toppings. While we are waiting for the dough to rise, we will make a salad with homemade ranch and vinaigrette dressings. You won’t go home hungry and can choose to bake your pizza in class or at home. This class will be four hours long to accomplish everything from scratch. Cost is $40 and class size is limited to 12.
For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Watch Us Go Luge
February 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every Tuesday night during the season, the luge track at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex will be open to  for only $10 or $60 for the whole season.  This is designed to be a fun night with some spirited competition between sliders.  All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re first time slider or long time expert.  Some of our local experts will be on hand to coach newcomers.  You must be at least 17 years old to participate, provide proof of health insurance and sign a luge waiver.

  • Cost – $10 per night or $60 for the whole season, no weekly commitment necessary
  • Sliding starts at 6:00pm every Tuesday night.
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Many weeks an afterglow at a local tavern will immediately follow

For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
“Incoming!” is a NEW SHOW at the Carr-Fles Planetarium, where you can zoom past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how they have changed the course of life on Earth.  This free program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, January 10-February 24 and March 7-30 (no shows February 28 and March 2 for college spring break).  Doors open by 6:45pm and no reservations are needed.  The planetarium is in room 135 of Muskegon Community College.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call 231-777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

White Lake Classical Series
February 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring violinist, Michelle Vallier.  Dr. Vallier is a versatile performer, equally at home in the solo, chamber and orchestral fields. She has performed throughout the country, including recent recital tours across the Midwest, Florida and Arizona.  Tuesday evening, she will perform the music of  Bach, Ysaye and Clarke.  The cover is $5.  Come early for dinner, with seared chicken breast, topped with mushrooms and Swiss, sauce veloute, rosemary roasted potatoes, vegetable, a glass of house wine and chocolate cake for $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop at  (231) 894-5333.

MCC Events Celebrate Black History Month 2017
February 8 – February 27
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2017 in February by hosting lectures, a musical performance, a movie, a contest and the annual Love in Action Awards Dinner.  All the events, with the exception of the dinner, are free and open to the public.
February 8-27 in Collegiate Hall, there will be a display on loan from the USS Silversides Museum that celebrates the achievements of African-Americans.  For more information, e-mail mary.williams@muskegoncc.edu.

Black America Since MLK
February 8
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2017 in February by hosting lectures, a musical performance, a movie, a contest and the annual Love in Action Awards Dinner.  All the events, with the exception of the dinner, are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, February 8, the documentary, “Black America since MLK: Still I Rise” will be shown at 1:30pm in Blue and Gold Room.  A discussion, led by Papa N’Jai, an instructor in the MCC Social Sciences Department, will follow.  In the film, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America’s changing racial landscape, celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go.
From 6:00-7:30pm in Collegiate Hall, “Who We Are and How Did We Get Here: Part II” continues the insightful panel discussion started at last year’s Black History event.  Once again, the forum taps into the insights of Muskegonites who have made huge contributions to the building of the community and have been long time equal rights activists for the people, especially African Americans.  The panel discussion will be facilitated by MCC President Dale Nesbary.  Panelists are: Rev. John L. Parker, Floyd R. Cook, Jr., Delores Cole, Orville Sydnor, Paul Billings, Rillastine Wilkins, Edgar Watson and Janie P. Brooks-Davis.
For more information, e-mail mary.williams@muskegoncc.edu.

Make Cheesy Shortbread with Mary
February 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Make Cheesy Shortbread with Mary
2/8/2017  6:00 – 8:00pm
Imagine the warm, cheesy shortbread just from the oven! You’ll need your apron for this one. Delicious cheesy shortbread made five (5) ways. Simple and mouthwatering with complimentary wines. Perfect treat for that valentine who prefers savory offerings. Take home a tin of homemade, assorted treats. Class limited to 10 $35.
Mary Wiegers Cooper is a talented Cheesemonger at The Cheese Lady Muskegon. She especially loves interacting with people at the market, and in the last couple of years she has taken over as the face of The Cheese Lady at the Muskegon Farmers Market. Mary graduated in Food and Beverage Management at our own Baker College CIM. Her classes will be small and intimate.
For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Open Public Tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art
February 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Enjoy free docent-led guided tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursdays, December 1 – February 16 from 5:00-7:00pm!  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum: Illustrations by David Shannon
February 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will present David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum, an exhibition of original illustrations by internationally acclaimed children’s book author and artist David Shannon, February 9 through April 16, 2017.  The exhibition opens with a free public reception at the MMA on Thursday, February 9, from 5:30 to 7:00pm.
One of Shannon’s most popular books is No, David!, a semi-autobiographical story about a young boy being constantly told, “No, David!” by his mother.  Seventy-five original works, including sketches, studies, and final illustrations, for this book and others by Shannon will be on display.  The exhibition will include original illustrations from A Bad Case of Stripes; Alice the Fairy; The Rain Came Down; No, David!; David Gets in Trouble; David Goes to School; and It’s Christmas, David!
David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. The exhibition is underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Additional support has been provided by WGVU Public Media and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call 231-720-2571.

5th Annual Bling Thing
February 10 – February 11
Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, come to the Century Club Retail Center for the 5th Annual Bling Thing to benefit Hackley Public Library!  Costume, vintage and precious jewelry, along with evening bags, scarves and other “bling” will be available for sale.  Friday, there’ll be a pre-sale party from 5:00-8:00pm with wine and chocolates.  A donation of $10 is requested.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-2:00pm with free admission!  If you would like to contribute items, drop them off at Hackley Public Library.  For additional information, e-mail Friends of Hackley Public Library at fofhpl@gmail.com.

Alley Door Club: Brena
February 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, February 10, come the Alley Door Club for live rock-n-roll with Brena!  Odd Side Ales is the evening’s craft brew!  Doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) and the bands play from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The Alley Door Club is located in The Ballroom at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building, 3rd floor).  Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office for $8 in advance or purchased at the door, a cash bar is available, valid I.D. required. Tables may be reserved for $55.00 for a 4-top (includes 4 admission tickets) / $80.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  There is a limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, sold on a first come basis.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 10 & 11 @ 7:15 pm – February 11 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Des Moines Buccaneers!  The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.

Muskegon Eagles 668 1st Annual Fishing Derby
February 11 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Eagles 668 1st Annual Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 from 7:00am-3:00pm!  This will be a fun-filled event for everyone with food, prizes, raffles and 50/50 drawings.  There’ll be divisions for Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch in the Adult Division and Bluegill, Crappie, Perch and Rockbass in the Kids’ Division.  All DNR regulations will apply. Prizes include a Gander Mountain shanty, an Eskimo gas powered auger, fish finders and more.  Weigh in will be held at the Eagles Club from 11:00am-3:00pm; you must be in line by 3:00pm.  Tickets are $2 each (1 ticket per fish) and can be purchased at the club bar.  Ticket sales end February 10 at 3:00pm.  Proceeds will go to the general fund from which the Eagles allocate their charitable donations, including the “Keep Muskegon Warm” coat drive.  For additional information, call Teresa at 231-853-5180 or Deb at 231-327-1669.

2017 Walk for Warmth
February 11 @ 8:30 am
Saturday, February 11 at 8:30am, come to the L.C. Walker Arena to participate in the 2017 Walk for Warmth!  Consumers Energy is joining local Community Action Agencies to help warm homes of vulnerable people in our community.  For more information, call (231) 725-9499.

Mad Hatter & the Queen of Hearts Super Saturday
February 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
February 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Mad Hatter & the Queen of Hearts Super Saturday!”  The Mad Hatter is known for his hats and the Queen of Hearts would certainly be lost without a heart or two adoring her dress.  Check out the portraits in the MMA’s permanent collection…What attributes or objects make them unique?
This free family fun day includes:
10:00am & 1:00pm – Film: Alice in Wonderland
(75 mins.) Join Alice on her adventures as she falls down the rabbit hole and enters the crazy and strange world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the terrifying Queen of Hearts.
11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Tours: Discover portraits in the MMA’s collection with a Museum docent.
11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Make your own self-portrait. What attribute or object will you add to give your own unique touch? A hat, a special piece of jewelry, a fancy dress, stripes?
For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Kids Cooking: Homemade Pretzel Bowl & Hearty Soup with Chef Char
February 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Cooking: Homemade Pretzel Bowl & Hearty Soup with Chef Char
2/11/2017  10:00am – Noon
When its cold outside, a bowl of homemade soup in a warm pretzel bowl will warm you up! Learn to make your own pretzel bowls and help the class make a large batch of cheesy potato soup together to share.  Ages 7 – 15. Class size limited to 15.  Cost is $25.  For more information or to register, call (231) 769-2202.

Dine and Glide
February 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 11 from 5:00-9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to “Dine & Glide!”  Cross country ski the lighted trails as you enjoy a progressive 5 course meal with stations set up along the ski trail.  The evening will conclude with live music and cocktails.  For more information, call 231-744-9629.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
February 11 @ 6:00 pm
Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games at Reeths-Puffer High School located north of Muskegon at 1545 N. Roberts Rd. The Hawks have back to back games this weekend! Tonight they play the Flint Chargers at 6:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door. www.lakehawksbasketball.com

Black Tie for the Y
February 11 @ 6:00 pm
February 11 at 6:00pm, come to the Muskegon Country Club for the “Black Tie for the Y’ event!  This 25th annual party and auction to benefit the Muskegon YMCA and Camp Pendalouan at the Muskegon Country Club is black tie optional.  Money raised for the YMCA will go directly toward outreach to fight the causes of childhood obesity with physical activity and nutrition education, teach third graders in Muskegon County about water safety, and prevent chronic disease through programs like Diabetes Prevention, LiveStrong for cancer survivors and Enhance Fitness.  The event benefits Camp Pendalouan by funding summer “camperships” making sure all have access to a summer camp experience.  There will be hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a cash bar, and silent and live auctions.  Tickets are $75 per person.
For reservations or more information please call 231-722-9622 x240.  There will be valet parking.

‘Mary Karr Live!’
February 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 11, the Muskegon Writers’ Series presents “Mary Karr Live!” featuring an evening with the national award-winning poet, essayist, and memorialist at the Frauenthal Center.
Doors open at 6:00pm with live music, book sales, and a cash bar.  Karr will speak at 7:00pm.  Tickets, which are $20 general admission and $12 for students with ID, may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office (231) 727-8001 or through Star Tickets (800) 585-3737. Tickets are also available at the Muskegon Community College Campus in the English Department Office, Room 154.
Karr, who is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University, wrote three award-winning, bestselling memoirs:
The Liars’ Club (1995), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, delves vividly and often humorously into her deeply troubled childhood, most of which was spent in a gritty industrial section of Southeast Texas in the 1960s;
Cherry (2000), which is about her late adolescence and early womanhood, was selected as a “notable book” by book reviews nationwide; and
Lit, in which Karr writes about her time as an alcoholic and the salvation she found in her conversion to Catholicism, was one of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
A 2005 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both her verse and essays. She also wrote the acclaimed The Art of Memoir.  She won a 1989 Whiting Award for her poetry.
Karr has published four volumes of poetry: Abacus (Wesleyan University Press, CT, 1987, in its New Poets series), The Devil’s Tour (New Directions NY, 1993, an original TPB), Viper Rum (New Directions NY, 1998, an original TPB), and Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, NY 2006). Her poems have appeared in major literary magazines such as Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly.
For more information on the event, contact Mary Tyler, MCC English instructor and coordinator of the Muskegon Writers Series, at (231) 777-0327 or at mary.tyler@muskegoncc.edu.

Howling Harbor! Muskegon Artists’ Market
February 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harbor Cinema hosts an indoor Artists’ Market every second Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm.  The market features live performances by a variety of talented Muskegon performers as well as local artists and crafters.  For more information, call 231-375-5228.

Howl n’ Blues Concert Series: Guitar Slingers
February 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 5th annual Howl n’ Blues Concert Series for this winter is titled “HOT BLUES”!  February 12, it’s the Guitar Slingers!  Concerts take place at the Watermark 920 the second Sunday of each month from 2:00-5:00pm to raise awareness and donations for the PoundBuddies animal shelter.  There’ll be a cash bar, food, 50/50 raffles, dancing, and good times…guaranteed!  Tickets are only $15 and include a raffle ticket.  For more information find “Howl n’ Blues” on Facebook.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball Game
February 12 @ 6:00 pm
Back to Back North Central Division Champions! Catch their home games at Reeths-Puffer High School located north of Muskegon at 1545 N. Roberts Rd. The Hawks have back to back games this weekend! Tonight they play the Capital City Rebels at 6:00pm. All tickets are just $8 each. Ages four and under are FREE! Purchase Lake Hawks tickets at the Frauenthal Center or at the door. www.lakehawksbasketball.com

 

Second Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner – Friday, February 17, 2017

We Like Big Bucks

“Inspirational Speakers, World Class Whitetail Display, Great Prizes and More to Highlight Sportsmen’s Dinner”

trophies
MUSKEGON, Mich., January 5, 2017
– Kainay Community Church will be hosting their Second Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm.

The event will include a dinner fit for the sportsman, seminars on hunting and fishing, a world class white tail display, inspirational speakers and lots of prizes. Doors open at 4:00pm. Seminars begin at 4:30pm. Dinner at 6:30pm and keynote speaker at 7:45pm.

The cost of the event is $15 per person or a table of 8 can be purchased for $100. The ticket includes dinner, seminars and grand prize raffle ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling Kainay Community Church at 231-767-5246.

Featured at the dinner this year will be a variety of activities:

Key Note Speaker:

Brodie Swisher – Brodie is a world champion game caller having won the NRA’S Great American Game Calling Challenge World Championship, known as the Super Bowl of game calling contests. His hunting and game calling seminars and exciting
hunting adventure video presentations have been featured at events across the country. Brodie is also an outdoor writer with articles appearing in magazine and Internet columns across the country.
“Brodie Swisher is one of the rare ones who has the know-how to help others improve their skills in both the pursuit of the trophies of the wild and their search for the unforgettable trophies of the heart, said Pastor, Doug Moorhead. “His ability to guide others in these areas comes from a unique combination of his vast experience as an
outdoorsman and his dedication to God’s Word.”

Presentation:

Trophies Of Grace, Northern Division – will display some of the most incredible trophy bucks ever taken. The display and presentation will deliver an interesting and enthusiastic message.

Seminars:

Predator Calling – is a presentation by Brandon Nutt from Brandon Nutt Outdoors an outdoor media production team that specializes in filming a wide variety of outdoor adventures. They will speak on game calling techniques.

Steelhead Fishing – is a presentation by Kyle Buck from Great Lakes Guide Service, Lake Michigan’s #1 Charter and the best river fishing experience in Michigan. They will share tips, tricks and latest products on river and stream fishing.

Turkey Calling – a presentation by Seth McCullough of Bully’s Game Calls. Seth will speak on hunting strategy, tips for filling your tag, as well as the best handmade, custom turkey calls on the market.

Each seminar will run twice.

Grand Prize Raffle and Door Prizes – A grand prize raffle ticket will be included with the price of admission. Grand prizes include:

  • Mathews Z-2 Solocam Bow,
  • Savage 308 Rifle
  • Maverick -12 gauge shotgun,
  • Ruger LC9s 9mm pistol
  • 10 foot Sun Dolphin Journey Sit On Fishing Kayak.

For more information please visit Kainay Community Church on Facebook or our website at www.kainay.org.