Calendar of Events

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/09/20 – 03/16/20

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

Victorian Secrets
March 9 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 9 at 6:00pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for “Victorian Secrets!”  Historical interpreter, Wendy Batchelder, will show you the hidden language of the Victorians.  Discover obsolete forms of communication from 100 years ago or more.  Learn about charming Victorian customs that used flowers and fans to express sentiments, good tidings, or regrets.  See beautiful antique calling cards, fans, autograph books, and more.  Make your own “tussie-mussie” flower bouquet or decorate a beautiful silk fan. Call 231-744-6080 to register for this free event.

Ardan Academy at Hackley Public library
March 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 9 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library to join the dancers from Ardan Academy as they kick off the St. Patrick’s festivities with an Irish dance performance.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

St. Patrick’s Celebration Line Up 2020
March 10 – March 17
Tuesday – Tuesday, March 10 – 17, Hennessy’s Irish Pub invites you to their annual St. Patrick’s Celebration!  Enjoy Irish food, Irish drink specials, live music, a Costume Parade Contest, giveaways and prizes!  www.hennessyspub.com/st-patrick-s-celebration

Tuesday, March 10
• 7:00pm – Whiskey School/St. Patrick’s Irish Whiskeys
Reserve Here: https://www.hennessyspub.com/event-reservations

Wednesday, March 11
• 6:30pm – Cocktails & Canvas/St. Patrick Gnome
Reserve Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1350269498504436/

Saturday, March 14 – Saturday St. Patrick’s Celebration
• 11:00am – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• 11:00am – Downtown Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
• 12:00pm – Steeple Hill
• 3:00pm – Irish Bag Pipers
• 4:00pm – Bucket O Maybe’s
• 8:30pm – Costume Pub Parade
• 9:00pm – Costume Contest
• 9:00pm – Conklin Ceili Band

Monday, March 16
• 6:30pm – Honor St. Patrick Fundraiser with Guest Bartender Father Matt
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/509257426387500/

Tuesday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
• 12:00pm – 47 Annual Irish Flag Raising
• 12:00pm – David McIntire
• 3:00pm – Guinness Glass Engraving
• 4:00pm – Uneven Ground
• 9:00pm – Legal Rehab
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Costume Contest Prizes
• 1st Place:  $50.00 Gift Card, 2 Tickets to Whiskey School, Swag Bag
• 2nd Place:  $20 Gift Card, 2 Tickets to Whiskey School, Swag Bag
• 3rd Place:  $10 Gift Card, Swag Bag

2020 Global Awareness Festival: Caribbean
March 9 – 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The 20th Annual MCC Global Awareness Festival will look at the geology, ecology and culture in the Caribbean with lectures and cuisine on March 9-12, 2020. The events, which are free and open to the public, take place on the MCC main campus.

Each year, the Global Awareness Festival highlights a different geographic area of the world. Flags representing approximately 200 nations are displayed in the main campus hallways. For more information, call (231) 777-0380 or e-mail Jennifer Jones, chair of the MCC Social Sciences Department, at jennifer.jones@muskegoncc.edu.

Tuesday, March 10 from 10:30am – 11:30am, explore “The Impact of Climate Change on the Caribbean” with presenter Amber Kumpf, Geology/Oceanography Instructor, Muskegon Community College in the Blue and Gold Room:  The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful reefs in the world, of which 99 percent are expected to die at two degrees Celsius of warming. This alone will have a huge impact on the economy and livelihood of islanders. Other climate-related hazards, like sea level rise, changes in weather patterns, and expansion of disease ranges, are of concern, too. What can we do to mitigate some of the impacts? How are the conversations about disaster preparedness different and similar between the Caribbean and the Midwest?

The “2020 Global Awareness Festival Poster Award Winners” will be presented by Dr. Dale Nesbary, President, Muskegon Community College in the Blue and Gold Room from 11:45am – 12:15pm.  Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place posters created by the MCC Graphic Design students competing for their work to chosen as the official poster for this year’s festival. Brenna Snippe won first place, Barrimore Lee took second place honors, and Daniel Rosema had the third place entry.

North Grove Brewers: Paint your Pet
March 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, join North Grove Brewers and the Arts Council of White Lake to “Paint your Pet” with the Jaeger Foundation!  Join instructor Casey Bemis to create a painting of your pet.  When you register you will be asked to email a picture of your pet to nuveen@artswhitelake.org by March 3.  Your submitted photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  For tips on choosing the best photo, visit https://www.artswhitelake.org/pet-painting-photo-suggestions.

Enjoy some yummy food and tasty beverages while painting with friends!  The cost is $40 and a portion of your ticket will go to the Jaeger Foundation, which provides funding, resources, and education for veterans and first responders to assist them in securing a service dog.  Registration is required by visit www.artswhitelake.org/events-1/paint-your-pet-4.  For more information call the Arts Council at (231) 893-2524.

We Are Stars
March 10 & 12 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Lunch n’ Learn: Introducing Sujari Britt
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to The Block for “Lunch n’ Learn: Introducing Sujari Britt!”  West Michigan Symphony presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.3:  Introducing Sujari Britt.  Bring your own lunch and enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and a special guest.

Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, March 13 will get a primer to the works that will be presented, and for those who don’t, tickets will be available to purchase.

Samples of the repertoire will be played and discussed, including:
• Florence Price: Dances in the Canebrakes
• Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no. 1
• William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 “Afro-American”

This is a free event.  Doors open at 11:45am to give you time to mingle and take your seats.  Coffee and water will be provided.  Food will be available for purchase at area restaurants such as Subway (next door) and Rebel Pies (downstairs in the back of Unruly Brewing).  If you have any questions or would like more information, please call 231-726-3231.

Burl & Sprig: Comedy Night
March 11 @ 8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 11 at 8:30pm, come to Burl and Sprig Distillery in downtown Muskegon for Comedy Night, hosted by Fresh Ghost Comedy!  Enjoy live stand-up from comedians Jason Hagel and Dave Wellfare.  For more information call (231) 760-6769.

Seussical the Musical
March 12 – March 14
March 12 – 14, come to the Beardsley Theater as Artios Academies of Grand Haven presents “Seussical the Musical!  The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant that discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”  Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphantly.

Tickets are $10 advance or $12.00 at the door.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Showtimes:
• March 12, 2020 – 7:00pm
• March 13, 2020 – 7:00pm
• March 14, 2020 – 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Book Talk: Author Yancey Strickler
March 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a Book Talk with Author Yancey Strickler!  A writer and entrepreneur, Yancey Strickler is the co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter, and the author of “This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World,” which the Wall Street Journal called “consciousness-raising.”  He also co-founded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects.  Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.  He has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, Web Summit, MIT, and events around the globe, with the London Spectator calling him “one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever.”  Yancey began his career as a music critic in New York City, and grew up on a farm in Clover Hollow, Virginia.  This event is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

St. Patrick’s Party
March 13 – March 14
The Michigan Irish Music Festival is excited to announce its annual St. Patrick’s Party March 13 and 14 at Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center!  The party will feature live entertainment both nights. The Kreellers, an energetic Celtic Rock group hailing from Detroit, is an unstoppable powerhouse steeped in traditional Irish sound. The band’s mix of rock, funk, and punk elements has created a sound that is sure to keep patrons rocking all night!

Other highlights of the event include performances by local favorites the Oat Bran Boys, an acoustic trio of bluegrass and Irish music, and traditional Irish dance performances from the Ardan Academy of Dance.  Additionally, the silent auction returns both nights with several new exciting formats and ways to bid on the variety of items.

Back by popular demand is McGovern’s Corned Beef and Irish fare, plus Irish soda bread and soft pretzels from the Village Baker.  Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s MI Irish Stout, Magner’s Irish Cider, Irish cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Budweiser products will also be served. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights with music starting at 6:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $8, and kids 12 and under get in for free.

The mission of the Michigan Irish Music Festival is to produce a quality Midwest Irish Music Festival that promotes Irish culture and heritage while enhancing the community through entertainment, tourism, education and philanthropy. The festival is proud to support Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Kids’ Food Basket with gifts of non-perishable food items and cash donations.  Since 2008, due to the success of the St. Pat’s Party and the Festival, the Michigan Irish Music Festival has donated over $266,000 in cash and 21,000 pounds of food back to the community.  The Michigan Irish Music Festival will return this fall, September 17-20, 2020, at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon.  For more information call (231) 683-2065 or visit www.michiganirish.org.

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 13 & 14
Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, come to Fricano Place for the Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show!  There’ll be over 50 exhibitors featured, including everything you need for do-it-yourself home projects like windows, siding, gutters, painting, home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!  Back by popular demand, the Do-It-Yourself and Demonstration seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, gardening and more!  Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older.  For more information call (231) 722-3751.

The Alley Door Club
March 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 10, 2020 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2020 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• March 13 – Brena (Rock)
• March 27 – The Steeple Hill Band
• April 10 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)
• April 24 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends

Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Reception: Power of the Feminine Show
March 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The “Power of the Feminine Show” takes place at City Center Arts March 10 – April 13!  Friday, March 13 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, there will be a free public reception.  In honor of International Women’s Day, the Power of the Feminine show conveys how remarkable women have shaped the globe since the beginning of human civilization.

10% of their sales from this show will go to Every Woman’s Place in Muskegon.  Every Woman’s Place strengthens families in Muskegon County and provides services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  For more information call (231) 260-6697.

Kids Night Out:  St. Patrick’s Day
March 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 13 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center presents “Kids Night Out:  St. Patrick’s Day!”  Parents can enjoy shopping, working, exercising, or a night in during this Kid’s Night Out event geared toward children 3 – 11 years old.  Rest assured, knowing your children are in a safe environment and having an awesome time with the youth programs staff at the Lakeshore Fitness Center.  Bring your little ones to spend the evening with them at their St. Patrick’s Day event.  The cost is $15 for members for the first child and $7 for each additional child.  For non-members, the price is $20 for the first child and $12 for each additional child.  For more information call (231) 722-9322.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
March 13 & 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home games Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Sioux City Musketeers.  Friday, it’s “Jacks Fight Cancer Night,” and Saturday is “13 On Your Side Night!” Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

West Michigan Symphony: Introducing Sujari Britt
March 13 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents Sujari Britt, the 17-year-old cello sensation who has been featured on The Today Show and NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making.” The Symphony no. 1 of William Grant Still—“The Dean of African American composers”—is widely regarded as one of the great American symphonies of all time.

• Florence Price: Dances in the Canebrakes
• Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no. 1
• William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 “Afro-American”

Tickets are $12 for students and $25 – $62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Shamrock Shuffle 5k
March 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday, March 14 from 9:00am – 10:30am, meet the folks from Run Muskegon at Fricano’s Muskegon Lake for the “Shamrock Shuffle 5k!”  Registration is now open for this fun St. Patrick’s Day event.  For all of the information, or to sign up, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/MI/Muskegon/SSuffle5K.  The 5k race course is listed online at www.runmkg.com.

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Party
March 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 9:00am – 11:30pm, it’s a Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Party at Unruly Brewing Company featuring The TossPints, The Barley Saints and more!  There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome.  For more information, call (231) 288-1068.

Schedule:
• 9:00am: – Taproom opens pre-parade so you can stay warm, grab a pint, and hang out before the show

Immediately after the parade – Enjoy the Muskegon Regional Police Pipes & Drums and meet the Irish Wolf Hounds in the Beer Garden

• 1:00pm – 4:00pm:  Barley Saints
• 4:00pm – 5:00pm:  Ardan Dancers
• 5:30pm – 7:30pm:  Mona Shores Fiddlers
• 7:30pm – 9:30pm:  Irish Trivia / Scavenger Hunt
• 9:30pm to 12:30am – The triumphant return of the TossPints

Spring Thaw Open House
March 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 14, Torresen Marine invites you to their 40th Annual Spring Thaw Open House!  Attention sailors!  This will be one of their most exciting events yet!  Visit with product representatives, enjoy refreshments, take advantage of great pricing, see new products, attend free seminars and speak with experts from both educational and governmental organizations doing marine research and making great strides in understanding and utilizing our lakes.

Register in their Grand Prize drawing to win a B&G Vulcan 7 chartplotter.  Tickets to register to win will be handed out by attending seminars, participating in activities, taking photo booth pictures and tagging on social media and qualified purchases.  For more information call (231) 759-8596.

Green Eggs & Ham Benefit Breakfast
March 14 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for a breakfast of Green Eggs & Ham!  The ladies are celebrating Reading Month and Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a delicious breakfast including free Dr. Seuss books and a visit from one of his marvelous characters!  The requested donation is $15 for 1 adult + 1 child.  Add $5 for each additional person in the family.  Call Nancy Bierenga to make your reservation at 231-730-0887 or e-mail nancy@housesbynancy.com.

Bookworm Super Saturday
March 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Bookworm Super Saturday!  March is reading month, so march on down to the MMA for this bookworm themed free family fun day.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

• 10:00am & 1:00pm: Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm: Tour the “20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators” exhibition with an MMA docent
• 11:00am – 2:00pm: Make and take craft in the classroom

Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 14 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, March 14, the Annual Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is stepping off at 11:00am from 4th St. and Clay Ave. and marching east along Clay to Jefferson St.  Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event! Sponsor your “clan” and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Street!”  The only cost to march in the parade or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation.  The Greater Muskegon JCI “Cart Corps” will perform along the parade route, accepting food donations from the parade crowd and entertaining the assembled masses with their synchronized grocery cart maneuvers!  For more information, call 231-412-0705.

Fish Class: Sliders
March 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, join the Fish Monger’s Wife for the Fish Class: Sliders!  Do you want to eat more fish but aren’t sure how to cook it?  Fish Class removes “fish fear” from the cooking process with a lively fish dish cooking demo, sampling and take home recipe.  In March’s Fish Class, ground fish will be used in place of beef to make burgers.  Each person will sample three sliders with three different toppings.  Gluten free options are available upon request.  Tickets are $15 and available online or at the Fish Market.  For more information call 231-755-1600.

Green Machine Lighting Install Demo & St. Patrick’s Day Lunch
March 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson for the Green Machine Lighting Install Demo & St. Patrick’s Day Lunch!  They have installed the Rockford Fosgate Audio system on their 2020 Vivid Black Road Glide, and now they are going to install some green LED lights on it!  Come in and watch their techs turn this Road Glide into a glowing GREEN MACHINE!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, they will also have Irish Stew, Cornbread and Mini Reuben Sandwiches!  For more information call (231) 722-0000.

St Patrick’s Day Downtown Muskegon Pub Crawl
March 14 @ 1:00 pm – Midnight
Saturday, March 14 from 1:00pm – midnight, come to Downtown Muskegon for a night of fun to celebrate the way the Irish do!  For more information call (231) 724-3180.

Participating Establishments…so far:
• 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
• 794 Kitchen&Bar
• BoomTown Market
• Burl and Sprig
• Hennessy’s Pub
• Mike’s Inn
• Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
• Racquets Downtown Grill
• Tipsy Toad Tavern
• Top Shelf Pizza & Pub
• Unruly Brewing

Bird Talk
March 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the program “Bird Talk!”  Meet in the Habitat Gallery downstairs to learn how birds can tell us that spring is coming!  After identifying some local songbirds, you can create a bird book of your own to take home.  The program will repeat every 20 minutes.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Sujuri Britt, classical cello @TheBlock
March 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm come to The Block for “Sujuri Britt, classical cello!” On the heels of her West Michigan Symphony debut, the sensational 17-year-old Sujari Britt will fill The Block with the warmth and power of Bach, Brahms and Shostakovitch on her 1718 Neuner-Hornsteiner cello.  Tickets are $25 – $35.  Students are $10.  For more information call (231) 726-3231.

Live Music @ Next Door: Fremont John
March 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Next Door restaurant to relax and enjoy some craft cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and live music from Fremont John!  For more information call (231) 375-5185.  Check out their upcoming events at www.NextDoorMKG.com.

Free Family Movie Series
March 15 @ 3:00 pm
The Frauenthal Center presents a “Free Family Movie Series” for 2020!  This new family-friendly entertainment series features 11 free family movies beginning in February and running through December of 2020!  Showcasing modern box office hits, the series aims to encourage families in the community to experience the Frauenthal Center and enjoy a free and fun afternoon. Sunday, March 15 it’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil!”  These events are free and no tickets are required.  All movies will begin at 3:00pm with the doors opening at 2:15pm.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Staged Reading: “Molly and I”
March 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 15 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, come to The Playhouse at White Lake for Staged Reading: “Molly and I!”  The newly re-formed White Lake Dramatic Club, a group of community actors, directors, and technicians, is pleased to present a staged reading of Frank R. Adams original 1912 play, “Molly and I”.  The original, type-written script was gifted to the Playhouse by Pete Damm.  Adams was a prolific writer of movies, books and songs and was an essential part of getting the Playhouse built in 1916.

A romantic comedy, the play tells the story of a wealthy heiress who must marry by a certain date in order to secure her fortune.  With the help of a friend, she places an advertisement for a husband who she will never see after they are married, as she wants to live life on her own.  Like many of his works, the story was told in the form of a book, a play and a film.

This is the first of three staged readings the Club will be performing.  Upcoming dates are April 25 at 7:30pm and May 10 at 3:00pm.  Membership in the Club is open to anyone interested in community theatre.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  For more information call (231) 894-4048.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/02/20 – 03/09/20

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

PINTwood Derby Competition
March 2
Join Pigeon Hill in the taproom for their first ever PINTwood Derby Competition!  This event is to bring out the kid in all of us, so get competitive, grab a beer and challenge your friends to the PINTwood Derby!  They will have Derby Build-It Nights and practice runs Monday nights in March, as well as the first 2 Mondays in April. The big PINTwood Derby Competition will be April 18 at 1:00pm.  Get all the details at Pigeon Hill’s Facebook page.

My Vietnam Tour
March 2 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 2 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for the Monday night lecture by Mike Robinson, “My Vietnam Tour.”  Robinson centers on how writing his memoirs about Vietnam helped him.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Classical Night: Kyle Thompson
March 3 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 3 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Classical Night featuring Kyle Thompson on guitar.  The cover is $5.  Come early for dinner at 6:15pm to enjoy Chicken Cacciatore (parmesan-crusted chicken breast, linguine, and tomato sauce), broccoli, a glass of house wine, and Afogatto for $17.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Live at the Library: Just Us
March 3 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for the vocal sextet, Just Us!  They will provide a treat for your ears and your soul with beautiful melodies, sweet harmony, and a heavenly blend of voices. Light refreshments will be provided at this free event.  For more information call (231) 744-6080.

Traditional Irish Music Session
March 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Hennessy’s Irish Pub invites you to join them for a Traditional Irish Music Session!  Whether a beginner or an advanced session player, bring your Irish musical instrument and participate in this merry band of Irish session players.  Even if you don’t play, come and listen!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Aromatherapy Meditation for Seniors
March 4 @ 2:00 pm
The first Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm, Ravenna Public Library invites you to join them as you learn how to use both aromatherapy and meditation for inner peace.  For more information call 231-853-6975.

Art Talks Back Poetry Contest
March 5
Michigan writers are invited to create original ekphrastis poems based on one of the ten selected works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection in this year’s Art Talks Back Poetry contest. The contest is open through March 26, 2020. This competition and event is free and open to the public. Find competition guidelines, selected artworks, and the required entry form at www.muskegonartmuseum.org. The winning poets will be awarded and their poetry read on April 30 at 6:00pm. Prior to the award ceremony, beginning at 5:00pm, a reception will be held in the galleries.  The First-Place award is sponsored by The Poetry Society of Michigan.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
March 6 @ 5:00 pm
Friday, March 6 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm, experience the Hackley House like never before with the “Hackley Attic Escape Room!”  For many years, the attic of the Hackley House has been a mysterious place for visitors.  Now it is up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks, and riddles.  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Tickets are $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members.  Space is limited to 10 people per session. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.com or contact Erin Schmitz at 231-724-5535 or erin@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Community Swim Family Fun Nights
March 6 @ 5:30 pm
The MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center invites you to bring your floats and pool toys to hang out and play games in the 25-meter lap pool!  Family Fun Nights in the pool are a new way to spend quality time with your loved ones, plus, on Flick & Float nights, they’ll play a family-friendly movie to add to the fun.
Community Swim Family Fun Nights happen every other Friday, March 6 – June 26 at 5:30pm.  These events are free for members or only $2 for non-members.  For more information, please visit the Member Service Desk or call 231-722-9322.

Chef Tim O’s No-Cook Fridays
March 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop invites you to join them for comfort food to start your weekend with chef and bartender Tim O’Connell’s ‘No Cook Fridays!’  The cost is only $10 to enjoy great food, live music and a full bar.  Dinner is at 6:00pm and the music begins at 7:00pm.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.
• March 6 – Greek style, Lemon Chicken, herbs & potatoes
• March 13 – Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, Egg Noodles
• March 17 – Murder mystery dinner, Corn beef, Cabbage & Boiled potatoes
• March 20 – ?

The Ride 2020
March 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, Mercy Health invites you to join “The Ride 2020” at the Mercy Health Arena (formerly the L.C. Walker Arena)!  Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual biker, The Ride has a spot for you and your team.  All participants will receive a commemorative gift and refreshments.
Anyone may form a team of eight members.  Your team of eight cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for 25 minute intervals and compete for team trophies and individual medals.  Prizes are awarded for various categories, ranging from most mileage ridden to most spirited team.  The entry fee is $400 per team, or $50 per rider.  The entry fee for a Youth Team is $200 per team or $25 per rider.  Some teams ask area businesses to help sponsor their teams.  For more information, contact Megan Akselberg, Annual Gifts and Events Coordinator, at 231-672-6976 or Megan.Akselberg@mercyhealth.com.

Read Early. Read Often. Family Birthday Party
March 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Watermark 920 for the “Read Early. Read Often. Family Birthday Party!”  Happy 6th birthday, Read Early. Read Often. This free event, presented by Muskegon County’s Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition and MILakeshoreKids.com is in honor of National Reading Month and is especially suited to families with small children.
There is free admission as well a free giveaways.  Also, each organization will host a sensory activity, craft or interactive item at their table that corresponds to a children’s literary character or book.  There will be no selling products or services at this event.  For questions, contact Kristy at milakeshorekids@gmail.com.

Art, Eat, Educate with Christie Dreese at Art Cats Gallery
March 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 11:00am – 12:30pm, Art Cats Gallery invites you to “Art, Eat, Educate with Christie Dreese!”  Do you ever wonder how an artist gets a certain effect?  How they get inspired?  What makes them tick?  Join local artist Christie Dreese as she discusses her work, her inspirations and her vision as she demonstrates her oil painting technique.  Enjoy treats from an area restaurant and learn about art.  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Astronomical Spring vs Real Spring
March 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, the Lakeshore Museum Center invites you to the program “Astronomical Spring vs Real Spring!”  What is astronomical spring?  What weather signs do we look for to know that spring is coming?  Visit the museum to learn the science behind spring weather and build a Rain Stick.  Lessons are every 30 minutes in the auditorium.  This event is $5, or free to Muskegon County residents and museum members at this walk-in, open-house style event.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Swing Dance Class at Hackley Library
March 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Library for a Swing Dance Class!  Do you love to dance or wish to learn how to swing dance?  Master the moves from Muskegon Area Dance Lovers (MADLOS) during this free swing dance class!  There is no need to have a partner for this fun program.  To register, call 231-722-8011, stop into Hackley Library, or visit the events calendar at hackleylibrary.org.

Reclaiming Rake
March 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Reclaim Source and Rake Beer Project invite you to join them at Rake Beer Project for a party celebrating their new reclaimed wooden bar-top!  There will be live music, an art gallery, free food, a secret free giveaway (while supplies last), and a kick-ass raffle!  There’ll be over $4000 in prizes!  The entire Reclaim Source team will be there and they’d love to see you and have a beer!  For more information, e-mail rakebeerproject@gmail.com.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
March 7 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 7:15pm – 9:15pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for the fifth home game of MKG’s 2019/20 arena season. They’ll take on Kalamazoo FC!  Season and single game tickets are available at www.muskegonrisers.com/mens-arena-tickets.

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-a-Long
March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm, the Playhouse at White Lake presents a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-a-Long!  The Friends of the Playhouse invite you to a foot-stomping celebration and sing-a-long with last year’s Academy Awards Best Picture nominee!  Freddie Mercury defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the world’s most beloved entertainers.  The film traces the rise of the band through their iconic songs, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.
This film is rated PG13 and stars Golden Globe® winner Rami Malek!  Tickets are $10 + $1 ticketing fee with all proceeds benefiting the Playhouse.  You are invited, even encouraged, to come in costume!  For more information call (231) 894-4048.

Matt Gabriel @ Next Door
March 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Next Door restaurant to relax and enjoy some craft cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and live music from Matt Gabriel!  For more information call (231) 375-5185.  Check out their upcoming events at www.NextDoorMKG.com.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Jordan Garnett
March 7 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for live stand-up from comedian Jordan Garnett!   Tickets are $7 in advance through Eventbrite.com or $10 at the door.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Comedy Night: Carl Johnson
March 7 @ 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 7 from 9:00pm – 10:30pm, come to Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for Comedy Night featuring Carl Johnson!   Carl is a Detroit area favorite who has opened up for Steve-O from Jackass, Matt Braunger, Mark Normand, and many more.  There’s no cover charge, but reservations are recommended.   For more information call (231) 246-7910.

2020 Global Awareness Festival: Caribbean
March 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
The 20th Annual MCC Global Awareness Festival will look at the geology, ecology and culture in the Caribbean with lectures and cuisine on March 9-12, 2020. The events, which are free and open to the public, take place on the Muskegon Community College main campus.  Each year, the Global Awareness Festival highlights a different geographic area of the world. Flags representing approximately 200 nations are displayed in the main campus hallways. For more information, call (231) 777-0380 or e-mail Jennifer Jones, chair of the MCC Social Sciences Department, at jennifer.jones@muskegoncc.edu.
Monday, March 9 from 10:30am – 11:30am, it’s “Earthquakes & Volcanic Eruptions of the Caribbean” presented by Olivia Bradin, Student, Muskegon Community College in the Blue and Gold Room:  The Caribbean Islands are located in a geologically volatile setting. While the Caribbean can be a beautiful vacation destination, it is also important to be aware of local hazards and what to do in case you find yourself in harm’s way. Come to this talk to learn more about the geology of the Caribbean.

Victorian Secrets
March 9 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 9 at 6:00pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for “Victorian Secrets!”  Historical interpreter, Wendy Batchelder, will show you the hidden language of the Victorians.  Discover obsolete forms of communication from 100 years ago or more.  Learn about charming Victorian customs that used flowers and fans to express sentiments, good tidings, or regrets.  See beautiful antique calling cards, fans, autograph books, and more.  Make your own “tussie-mussie” flower bouquet or decorate a beautiful silk fan. Call 231-744-6080 to register for this free event.

Ardan Academy at Hackley Public library
March 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 9 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library to join the dancers from Ardan Academy as they kick off the St. Patrick’s festivities with an Irish dance performance.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon County Events February 24 – March 2, 2020

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

Monday February 24:

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before. For a list of participants visit www.muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com

Black History Month: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library as they discuss the compelling book, “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama.  Copies will be available behind the HPL reference desk one month before the discussion on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please bring copies back to the discussion. Call 231-722-8000 with any questions about this free Black History Month event.

Vietnam – Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong War
6:00 pm
Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the presentation “Vietnam – Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong War.”  This presentation by Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army Retired) Ron Janowski is $5.00 per person, or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.   For more information call 231-755-1230.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Check out Trivia night at Racquet’s Downtown Grill located at 446 W Western Ave. for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday February 25:

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before. For a list of participants visit www.muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert: GV Faculty Brass Quintet
12:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon located at 1006 Third St.. The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance. All performances are held from 12:15pm to 12:45.  The annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is held on a Sunday evening in December. (231) 722-2112.

Mardi Gras Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague for a Mardi Gras Dinner by Chef Heidi!  Enjoy Poor-Man’s Jambalaya, Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice with Ham and Andouille, and King’s Cake for only $13.  Please RSVP by calling 231-894-5333.  Be sure to stay for lecture with Lazaro Vega on the History of Swing for $7.

White Lake Music Society’s Lecture Series: Music of the Swing Era
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2020 Lecture Series will feature engaging and stimulating presentations! The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, will showcase a wide variety of expertise and talent.  All presentations will take place at 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.musicwhitelake.org.

Paczki Day
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Muskegon Polish Festival invites you to join them at the Polish Falcons Club located at 1014 Hackley Ave. for Paczki Day!  Enjoy live music from the Dan Bizon Polka Band, polka dancing and, of course, 2 paczki from Ryke’s Bakery!  There’ll be plenty of coffee and punch, too.  Tickets are only $6 and may be purchased in advance by calling Joane Southland at 231-780-3162 or Barb Werner at 231-343-6445.  There’ll be limited tickets sold at the door.

We Are Stars: FREE Show
7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020 January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Wednesday February 26:

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before. For a list of participants visit www.muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com

MCC History Month Celebration: African American Read-In Chain
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to the Blue & Golf Room at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. as they celebrate Black History Month with an African American Read-In Chain!  Students, instructors, staff and community members are invited to read aloud and listen to selections of prose and poetry from the body of African American literature. The Read-In is part of a national event sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.  For more information, contact Theresa.Kanoza@muskegoncc.edu.

FREE Movie Time: Harriet
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Heights Library located at 2808 Sanford St. to see the film telling the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.  This event is free!  For more information call (231) 739-6075.

MCC Black History Month Celebration Film Festival: The Hate You Give
5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. will celebrate Black History Month 2020 with several events during the month of February.  All of the events, with the exception of the Love In Action Awards Dinner, are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps in the MCC Community Outreach Office at (231) 777-0559. The Black History Month Film Festival happens Wednesdays in February at 5:00pm in the Stevenson Center, Room 1300.  There will be free popcorn and a discussion following each film.  For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327

North Grove Brewers Benefit
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Check out North Grove Brewers located at 8735 Water St., Montague for a night of amazing food, live music and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jaeger Foundation!   The Jaeger Foundation provides funding, resources, and education for veterans and first responders to receive a service dog with as little red tape as possible.  $1 from each beer sold from the special tap for the entire month of February will also go to the Jaeger Foundation Grant.  Call (231) 894-0144.

Dining in the Dark
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. for “Dining in the Dark!”  This popular event is an adventure in dining, featuring an amazing meal while eating completely in the dark. The cost is $45.  This event will sell-out so purchase your tickets quickly at the City Clerk’s Office (933 Terrace St.) or at the Muskegon Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. Please indicate any restrictions by emailing ann.meisch@shorelinecity.com.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays: Weather Permitting
6:00 pm
Enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Thursday February 27:

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before. For a list of participants visit www.muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre located at 425 W. Western Ave. presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Dancing with the Local Stars
7:00pm
The 12th annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” charity event to raise money for local food pantries pairs local community stars with professional dancers for an exciting evening of entertainment! Performances will take place the evenings of February 27-29, with an additional matinee on Saturday, February 29. Tickets will be available beginning January 2 by calling 231-798-4244.  Food-related charities are invited to request funds at www.womensdivision.org.

Brown Bag Film – Craft in America: Nature
12:00 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. for the Brown Bag Film, “Craft in America: Nature!”  “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists include Ehren Tool, Peter Voulkos, Judas Recendez, women veterans working at Shotwell Paper Mill, and Caisson Platoon leather artists working at Arlington National Cemetery. (60 mins.) Auditorium doors open at noon.  Free coffee and cookies will be offered.  Brown Bag Film admission is free, but paid admission is required to enter the galleries.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

FREE Knitting Circle
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. invites you to bring your knitting or crotchet project for a casual night of creating in the MMA galleries!  Draw inspiration from their latest exhibitions, “Excellence in Fibers V” and “The Art of Making.” Light refreshments and soft music will be provided.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

MCC Black History Month Celebration: Love in Action Award Banquet
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Collegiate Hall at Muskegon Community College for the Love in Action Award Banquet!  Black History Month closes with this annual awards dinner celebrating unsung community heroes who are nominated by their peers.  Recipients give selflessly of their time and resources to those who normally can’t give back in return.  Tickets for the banquet are $30 each or $180 for a table of six.  The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, February 13.  Registration is required to attend.  For more information, contact Sche Cornelius at sche.cornelius@muskegoncc.edu or call (231) 777-0532.

We Are Stars: FREE Show
7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020 January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Friday February 28:

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before. For a list of participants visit www.muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre located at 425 W. Western Ave. presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Dancing with the Local Stars
7:00pm
The 12th annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” charity event to raise money for local food pantries pairs local community stars with professional dancers for an exciting evening of entertainment! Performances will take place the evenings of February 27-29, with an additional matinee on Saturday, February 29. Tickets will be available beginning January 2 by calling 231-798-4244.  Food-related charities are invited to request funds at www.womensdivision.org.

The Alley Door Club: That Beatles Thing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center has live performances from an array of local bands!  The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Chef Tim O’s No-Cook Fridays: Pork Marsala, Mashed Potatoes
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague invites you to join them for comfort food to start your weekend with chef and bartender Tim O’Connell’s ‘No Cook Fridays!’  The cost is only $10 to enjoy great food, live music and a full bar.  Dinner is at 6:00pm and the music begins at 7:00pm.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey: GET JACK’D!
Puck drops @7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home games Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 at 7:05pm at the Mercy Health Arena as they take on the Fargo Force.  Friday, it’s “Muskegon Fury Night,” and Saturday is “Dating Game Night!” Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

City Center Arts Presents: Open Mic Night
7:00 pm
City Center Arts located at 356 W. Western Ave. presents Open Mic Night!  Any kind of talent is welcome including songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too!  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks.  Donations are encouraged, but not required at this free event.  For more information call (231) 260-6697.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 28
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday February 29:

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before. For a list of participants visit www.muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com

Dancing with the Local Stars
1:00pm and 7:00pm
The 12th annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” charity event to raise money for local food pantries pairs local community stars with professional dancers for an exciting evening of entertainment! Performances will take place the evenings of February 27-29, with an additional matinee on Saturday, February 29. Tickets will be available beginning January 2 by calling 231-798-4244.  Food-related charities are invited to request funds at www.womensdivision.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey: GET JACK’D!
Puck drops @7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home games Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 at 7:05pm at the Mercy Health Arena as they take on the Fargo Force.  Friday, it’s “Muskegon Fury Night,” and Saturday is “Dating Game Night!” Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre located at 425 W. Western Ave. presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Giggle Giggle Quackle
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Bring the kids to TheBlock located at 360 W. Western Ave. for “Giggle Giggle Quackle!”  The second show in the series continues to show what Farmer Brown’s animals will do in order to get what they want.  Giggle Giggle introduces another music concept – ‘tempo’ – and asks children to move slow, medium, and fast as they learn what this term means and how it makes them feel.  The Click Clack Mooscians gather again to perform with the telling of “Giggle Giggle Quack” book.  Tickets are $10 for adults (14+), $5 for children (3-13) and children under 3 are free.  For more information call 231-726-3231.

FREE Chicken Soup Writing Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Check out Fruitport Library located at 47 Park St., Fruitport for the Chicken Soup Writing Workshop!  Have you ever read “Chicken Soup for the Soul?”  Did you know that one of our Fruitport library patrons has been published in it several times?  Join Julie as she teaches you what it takes to share pivotal moments in a concise and meaningful way.  She will discuss her writing strategies and the publishing process.  Bring your favorite pen or pencil as you start composing your own story during this workshop which is free and open to all ages.  For more information call (231) 366-6107.

Black History Month: Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary “Black Man”: FREE
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. hosts Muskegon’s native Jon Covington’s documentary “Black Man” comes to life in a live version!  Unfolding past and present-day stories of African American men, this compelling event will showcase influential and universal stories from all walks of life.  Don’t miss this riveting, free event suitable for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Leap into Leap Day at Hackley Library: FREE
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster invites you to join them for some “ribbiting” good fun as they celebrate Leap Day!  Drop into Youth Services any time after 2:00pm to participate in frog themed crafts at this all ages. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Euchre Tournament
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Everyone is invited to the Polish Falcon Club located at 1014 W. Hackley Ave. for a Euchre Tournament!  The cost is $25 per player which includes dinner and snacks.  You’re guaranteed 6 games with a new partner every game and a 7th game for the top 4 players.  Games will last no longer than 20 minutes.  There’ll be cash awards for 1st and 2nd place with the payout depending on the number players. You’ll also enjoy 50/50 raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar.

The Kreellers
7:30 pm
The Playhouse at White Lake located at 304 S. Mears presents The Kreellers!  Get ready for some Detroit Celtic Rock on the Westside!  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show.  For more information call (231) 894-4048.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market located at 6401 Harvey St. offers local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website below.

Winter Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information visit the website below.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 29
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Sunday March 1:

4th Annual Chili Potluck at Pigeon Hill
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pigeon Hill is hosting their 4th Annual Chili Potluck in the taproom on Sunday, March 1 from 1:00pm-3:00pm! Prizes will be awarded to Judge’s & People’s Choice! In an effort to raise money for Kids’ Food Basket, they ask that everyone make a $10 donation to sample all of the amazing chili. You’ll go home with a full belly, don’t you worry! All donations will go directly to Kids’ Food Basket which provides sack dinners to over 750 kids with a sack supper EVERY weekday right here in Muskegon County. Due to space, they have a limit of 12 chili entries! If you’d like to compete in the chili competition, please call the taproom at 231-375-5184 or email alana@pigeonhillbrew.com to reserve a spot.  A crockpot of delicious chili, a large serving utensil and an extension cord to plug in your crock pot is all that is required to participate!  Pigeon Hill will supply the bowls, sample cups, spoons, tables, and voting materials.  Everyone who submits a chili will receive a gift card to Pigeon Hill!

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
March 1
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday March 2:

PINTwood Derby Competition
March 2
Join Pigeon Hill in the taproom for their first ever PINTwood Derby Competition!  This event is to bring out the kid in all of us, so get competitive, grab a beer and challenge your friends to the PINTwood Derby!  They will have Derby Build-It Nights and practice runs Monday nights in March, as well as the first 2 Mondays in April. The big PINTwood Derby Competition will be April 18 at 1:00pm.  Get all the details at Pigeon Hill’s Facebook page.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Check out Racquet’s Downtown Grill located at 446 W. Western Ave. for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more info., call (231) 726-4007.

 

Please visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events in Muskegon County!

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show

The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is back for 2020 at the Fricano Place Event Center, 1050 W Western Ave, on Friday, March 13 from 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday, March 14 from 10 am – 5 pm. The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!

New this year is a Kid’s Zone on Saturday. Bring the kids to enjoy games, balloon animals, and much more! “We are excited to add the Kid’s Zone on Saturday this year. This addition only enforces the great family feel of the show,” commented Kristin Knop, Show Director.

Back by popular demand, the Do-It-Yourself and Demonstration seminars will highlight floral design, cooking, gardening and more!

Seminars by local businesses are one of the most popular features of the show. This year’s seminars include floral arranging by Skeeter Parkhouse of Wasserman’s, Whole – Home Wi-Fi Coverage, and cooking demonstrations featuring Chef Char and Sofia Occhialini from Kitchen 242. Event highlights include; Home Pro of West Michigan a full service contractor, garage door solutions by Shepherd Shoreline, building ideas from Keene Lumber, décor space by Blended Furniture and lending options by Family Financial Credit Union. Also included this year are beer & wine tasting as well as a Bloody Mary Bar.

In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will have FREE flowers (while supplies last), thousands of dollars in prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with the purchase of $5 home show admission ticket! Kids 12 and under are free! Tickets are available online at muskegonhsg.org. Advance tickets are recommended, but tickets will be sold at the door.

The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is a production of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce with support from the Lakeshore Home Builders Association, Fricano Place, Home Pro of West Michigan, Shepherd Shoreline Gutters & Garage Doors, Keene Lumber Company and Family Financial Credit Union. Other home show supporters are listed online at muskegonHGS.org.

Meijer Gardens’ 25th Annual Butterfly Exhibition

Meijer Gardens’ 25th Annual Butterfly Exhibition Explores an Era of Discovery and Highlights the Story of the Wardian Case

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –  Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition will bring more than 7,000 tropical butterflies to West Michigan beginning March 1st. Butterflies Are Blooming is the spring’s most anticipated exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.

Black History Month Events at Hackley Public Library

Events are listed below.  All events are FREE to the public.
Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore.

Additional support from:
DTE Energy
The Friends of Hackley Public Library
WUVS 103.7 the Beat
Cumulus Broadcasting Company
McDonald’s of Michigan


Ebony Road Players present “The Meeting” – a play

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 22
Mark your calendar to enjoy a theater performance by the Ebony Road Players, as they present “The Meeting.” You won’t want to miss this moving play, which depicts the supposed meeting of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them.  This performance will be from 2-3 PM, on Saturday, February 22 at Hackley Library. All ages are welcome!  This event is free.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
New Year Nonfiction Book Discussion
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Monday, February 24
Kick off the New Year with one of 2019’s bestselling non-fiction titles! Join us for Hackley Library’s New Year Nonfiction Book Discussion, as we discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama.  Copies will be available behind the HPL reference desk one month before the discussion on a first-come, first-served basis. This discussion will take place from 6-7 PM, on Monday, February 24 in Hackley Library. Please bring copies back to the discussion. Call 231-722-8000 with any questions.  Free to the public!

Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary BLACK MAN
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 29
Muskegon native Jon Covington’s documentary Black Man comes to life in a live version at Hackley Public Library!  Unfolding past and present-day stories of African American men, this compelling event will showcase influential and universal stories from all walks of life.  Don’t miss the riveting occasion, Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary BLACK MAN, happening from 2-4 PM on Saturday, February 29 at Hackley Library.  All ages are welcome! This event is free.

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Hackley Public Library
316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440
https://hackleylibrary.org/
231.722.8000 – Main phone number / Circulation Desk

LIGHTS. CAMERA. FREEZE!

GRAND HAVEN, MI –  On Saturday, February 22rd, from 2 to 4 p.m., the businesses of Grand Haven Main Street will be showcasing their favorite Nursery Rhymes during the tenth annual Frozen in Time. Frozen in Time is a window display competition, complete with live mannequins and an Oscar-style awards ceremony.

Many Main Street businesses will be participating, and each one will feature live, “frozen” mannequins depicting a scene from a favorite nursery rhyme. Three honorary judges will be choosing a “Jurors’ Choice” Award, and the public is invited to wander throughout the district, matching the nursery rhymes with the corresponding storefront on a special scorecard, and cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” Award.

The official Frozen in Time zone encompasses businesses along Washington Avenue from Harbor Drive to Beacon Blvd and 7th Street between Washington and Madison. Scorecards are available at all participating businesses.

Frozen in Time will end promptly at 4 PM, followed by a special awards ceremony at 4:30 pm at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Avenue. The Jurors’ Choice and People’s Choice awards will be announced. The public is invited to come and meet the live mannequins and bring their completed scorecards to be entered into a drawing for cash and door prizes donated by sponsoring Main Street businesses. (You must be present to win.)

For more information about this event, visit downtownGH.com or follow us on Facebook at Grand Haven Main Street.

Inaugural Lakeshore Restaurant Week Begins Friday, February 21st – February 29, 2020, In Muskegon

(Muskegon, MI) — Lakeshore Restaurant Week, organized by the four Muskegon Cumulus Radio Stations of Muskegon, begins Friday, February 21st and lasts through Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Lakeshore Restaurant Week features 18 Muskegon area restaurants offering discounted deals and specials to their customers to promote the variety and quality of area eateries.

Participating restaurants include (so far):
1. Seasons Gastropub
2. IHOP
3. Delta Hotels – The Mill
4. Russ’ Restaurant
5. Teddy Spaghettis
6. Olive Garden
7. The Coffee Factory
8. Tootsies Diner
9. Hamburger Mikey
10. Buffalo Wild Wings
11. Rad Dads’ Taco and Tequila Bar
12. Hearthstone Bistro
13. Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
14. Dr. Rolf’s BBQ
15. Lakes 23 in Fremont
16. North Grove Brewers in Montague
17. The Factory Restaurant & Bar
18. Old Homestead Tavern

More restaurants may be added, according to Rich Berry, Director of Sales at the Cumulus-Muskegon radio stations who are putting on the event in conjunction with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited that the Lakeshore Restaurant Week is coming back to Muskegon,” said Berry. “This year we have a very nice representation of restaurants that are participating. By promoting the area’s restaurants, we believe the consumer will also benefit. There are plenty of places that people will love visiting.”

Lakeshore Restaurant Week participants may be offering their customers a series of specialty menu items at discounted prices to attract customers to eat out and sample restaurants that they have not tried. The public is also encouraged to try entrees that they may never tried before.

“The idea is to make this time period fun for food lovers, and don’t we all fit into that category?” laughed Berry. “We want people to enjoy the variety of food establishments on the Lakeshore and have fun with this.”

Although it is called the Lakeshore Restaurant Week, in reality the “week” spans a ten day time period.

“We wanted to squeeze two full weekends into our time period,” Berry explained. “That’s better for everyone involved because there is more time to try different restaurants.

Lakeshore Restaurant Week details may be found at muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com. Links can also be found on the various Muskegon Radio station websites.

The Cumulus Radio Stations of Muskegon reach approximately 50,000 listeners on the Lakeshore. Lakeshore Restaurant Week information can also be heard on:

· 98.3 WLCS (Classic Hits)
· V-100 WVIB (R & B and Old School)
· 97.5 NASH Icon WLAW (Classic Country)
· Sunny 92.5 WWSN (Adult Contemporary)

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/17/20 – 02/24/20

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

Movie Time: The Princess and the Frog
February 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, February 17 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Holton Library to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with a showing of The Princess and the Frog during Mid-Winter Break!  After the show, there will be crafts and games exploring the rich New Orleans culture.  Snacks and beverages are provided at this free event!  For more information call (231) 821-0268.

14th Annual Soup for Suits
February 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 18 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, come to Fricano’s Event Center for the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s fundraiser, the 14th Annual Soup for Suits luncheon!  Come and have a bowl of soup and bread on the Rescue Mission and help them reach the goal of providing 10,000 meals to the community through the proceeds of this event.  Dessert and coffee are available for purchase from Grand Traverse Pie Company and Starbucks.  There is no cost to attend, although a free-will donation will be accepted.  To sponsor a table, contact Melissa Boughner at 231-727-6090 or mboughner@muskegonmission.org.

Teen FabLab
February 18 @ 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 18 at 4:00pm, children ages 11 – 18 are invited to the Ravenna Library to explore and experiment with some of the amazing technology available through Muskegon Community College’s FabLab!  This fun and educational event is absolutely free.  For more information call (231) 853-6975.

Introduction to Cigars: Ladies Only
February 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Humidor in downtown Muskegon invites “Ladies Only” for an evening of instruction and fun as you learn the basics of cigars!  You will be introduced to the basics of cigar selection, cutting, lighting, smoking and etiquette.  For only $20 you will be guided by knowledgeable owner, Janelle, and that will also include a cigar and beverage.  They’re looking for a catchy and appropriate name for the group, so please post your ideas in the comments of their Facebook page.  For more information call 231-760-5133.

We Are Stars
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Cabaret
February 19 – February 23
Wednesday – Saturday, February 19 – 22 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 23 at 3:00pm, come to Overbrook Theatre at Muskegon Community College for the musical, “Cabaret!”  Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are coming to power, “Cabaret” focuses on the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and revolves around a writer and his relationship with a cabaret performer.  A subplot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor.  Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, which serves as a metaphor for political developments in late Weimar Germany.  Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for MCC students.  For more information call 231-777-0324.

MCC Black History Month Celebration: Film Festival
February 19 & 26 @ 5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2020 with several events during the month of February.  All of the events, with the exception of the Love In Action Awards Dinner, are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps in the MCC Community Outreach Office at (231) 777-0559.

The Black History Month Film Festival happens Wednesdays in February at 5:00pm in the Stevenson Center, Room 1300.  There will be free popcorn and a discussion following each film.  For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327 or by email at mary.tyler@muskegoncc.edu.

• February 19 – “Fences,” written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington, starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley, Russell Hornsby and Jovan Adepo.

• February 26 – “The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Amandia Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Algee Smith and Anthony Mackie

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Skate with the Jacks
February 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, skate with the Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey team at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! You can skate and play hockey with the hottest team in the USHL under the lights on 2 acres of outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile ice skating trail through the woods.  A $5 rink pass is required for admission on to the ice. You can rent ice skates for $5.  Hockey equipment is available for rent for $3 for a stick and $1 for a helmet.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Movies + Music @TheBlock
February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm, it’s “Movies + Music @TheBlock!” This popular series is back, and this time the theme centers on music from around the world integrated masterfully into films that explore the art of animation.

Join The Block for casual evenings as you explore the creative marriage of movies and music through a series of three acclaimed films. A panel discussion will follow.  Doors and bar open at 6:30pm.  General admission is $8.  For more information call 231-726-3231.

Film: Waking Life (Drama/Fantasy)
A lush soundtrack of Nuevo Tango music weaves through this visually stunning animated film. Philosophical and at times pushing into the absurd, a man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (Films contain adult themes and are intended for mature audiences.

Panelists:
David Ruck, President/Producer, Great Lakes Outreach Media

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
February 20 – 23, 27 – 29
Weekends, February 14 – 29, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
February 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 20 from 4:45pm – 6:30pm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45 PM to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions about this free event.

Second Annual Anthropology Day at MCC
February 20 @ 5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate its Second Annual Anthropology Day on Thursday, February 20, with a talk by MCC Anthropology Instructor Dr. Evin Rodkey on “Cultural Representation in the Media: Do We See What We Think We See?”  The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 5:00pm in Stevenson Center Room 1300.

Rodkey will discuss the exciting field of anthropology and the offerings at MCC.  In addition, he will connect this material to a particular issue, focusing on how an anthropological approach can further our understanding.  This year’s Anthropology Day, rooted in the history of how the culture of “other” groups has been represented, will address how various cultural forms are represented in the media today.

Anthropology Day, coordinated by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), brings awareness to the broad study of culture and human history.  For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
February 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in February.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new!  Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals.  The cost is $85 a couple or $60 for singles.
This is limited to the first 30 participants.  Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon Country Club member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

Learn to Luge Weekends
Friday – Sunday
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  For more information call (231) 744-9629 or visit www.msports.org.

Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29!  Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before.

“Our idea is simple,” explained Rich Berry, from the Cumulus – Muskegon Radio Group. “We are promoting that there are a lot of really good area restaurants on the Lakeshore. By offering special deals and discounts between February 21st and February 29th, we want people to do some experimenting and try new places.  It’s amazing how many great places there are to eat in the Muskegon and the Lakeshore area.  We want to promote that while also offering the consumer a great deal.  It is our hope to make the Lakeshore Restaurant Week an annual event that residents and travelers will look forward to each year.”

Restaurants who are members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will receive a discount to participate.  The promotion is being organized and promoted by the Muskegon branch of Cumulus Broadcasting, which consists of four radio stations: 98.3 WLCS; V-100 WVIB; Sunny 92.5 WWSN; and 97.5 NASH Icon WLAW.  For more information, call Rich Berry at 231-903-0401.

Participating Restaurants:

• Seasons Gastropub
• IHOP
• Delta Hotels – The Mill
• Russ’
• Teddy Spaghettis
• Olive Garden
• The Coffee Factory
• Tootsies
• Hamburger Mikey
• Buffalo Wild Wings
• Rad Dads’
• Hearthstone
• Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
• Dr. Rolfs BBQ
• Lakes 23
• North Grove Brewers

Trees Are the Kindest Thing I Know
February 21 – April 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, February 21 – Saturday, April 11, from 11:00am – 5:00pm, Art Cats Gallery invites you to the exhibit, “Trees Are the Kindest Thing I Know.”  Everyone loves trees, and there are a plethora of poems written about them.  Art Cats will be pairing poetry and visual art in this show of winters work!  Featured artists include Deborah Hoover, Christie Dreese, Maggie Bandstra, Karen Nichols, John Herron, Julie Pappuleas, Colleen Rockey and Christie Visser with jewelry by Delia Stone and Ceramic work by Louise Hopson and Ruchi Gupta.  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
February 21 & 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home games Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints.  Friday, it’s “Dash for Cash Night,” and Saturday is “Police Night” presented by Little River Casino. Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Joe DeRosa
February 21 & 22 @ 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for live stand up with Joe DeRosa!  This is a fundraiser for the Muskegon Junior Lumberjacks.  Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Joe DeRosa:  Writer, actor, and standup comedian, Joe has become a favorite on the comedy circuit.  His brand of comedy, which mixes brutal honesty and frustration at the workings of the world, has won over comedy fans, radio listeners, and TV audiences nationwide.

Black History Month: Ebony Road Players – “The Meeting”
February 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to enjoy a performance from the renowned theater company, Ebony Road Players, as they present “The Meeting.”  You won’t want to miss this compelling play, depicting the supposed meeting of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them.  All ages are welcome at this free event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Mardis Gras Pub Crawl
February 22 @ 4:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Let’s bring a taste of New Orleans up to Muskegon!  Join Downtown Muskegon Now for their 1st ever Mardis Gras Pub Crawl from 4:00pm – midnight, Saturday, February 22.  There will be give-a-ways and drink specials all night.  More details are forthcoming, so follow the Downtown Muskegon Facebook page for more information.

Participating Locations:

• 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
• 794 Kitchen&Bar
• BoomTown Market
• Burl and Sprig
• Hennessy’s Pub
• Mike’s Inn
• Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
• Racquets Downtown Grill
• Rake Beer Project
• Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
• Top Shelf Pizza & Pub
• Unruly Brewing

“My Heart Beats for You” Valentine’s Dinner Party
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Event Center at Fricano Place to enjoy a Valentine’s dinner party on Muskegon Lake! There will be delicious cuisine from Harris Catering, raffles and prizes, music, dancing and a cash bar.  The benefits from this event go to the purchase of a new ultrasound machine for Muskegon Pregnancy Services.

Tickets are $45 and available through:

• Muskegon Pregnancy Services, (231)726-2677, 1775 Wells Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442

• Prince of Peace – Parish Office, (231)744-332, 1110 Dykstra Rd., North Muskegon, MI 49445

Polish Falcons Club’s Comedy Night
February 22 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00pm, come to the Polish Falcons Club’s Comedy Night featuring Michael Blais and special guest Ron Rigby!  This comedy fundraiser is open to the public and tickets are $10.00 at the bar.  For more information call (231) 755-1451.

Downtown Live Concert Series
February 23 @ 3:00 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

• February 23, 2020 – “MCC Music Spectacular” features MCC winds, percussion, vocals and strings – from soloists to large ensembles at 3:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater

• March 21, 2020 – West Michigan Concert WINDS will perform at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Center

• March 28, 2020 – West Michigan Concert WINDS Salute to Veterans

• April 19, 2020 – MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater

• April 19, 2020 – The MCC College Singers, Collegiates, and MCC Honors Orchestra will perform at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater

Black History Month: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 24 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they discuss the compelling book, “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama.  Copies will be available behind the HPL reference desk one month before the discussion on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please bring copies back to the discussion. Call 231-722-8000 with any questions about this free Black History Month event.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 10-17, 2020

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

Monday February 10:

Hackley Crafts: Black History Bracelet
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. to create your own bracelet in celebration of Black History Month!  To register for this free craft event, call HPL at 231-722-8011 or visit HPL’s online events calendar.  Registration opens 1 month before the class date.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Check out Trivia night at Racquet’s Downtown Grill located at 446 W Western Ave. for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday February 11:

Trivia Night
6:00 pm
The North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Dr. invites you to Trivia Night!  Are you a wise guy?  A smarty pants?  Go head to head against others and prove it. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.  Test your knowledge and exercise your mind.  This event is open to anyone 16 and older.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Open Mic Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic Night Read a poem, story, sing or play a song at The Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. www.thebooknookjavashop.com

Cheese + Beer Tasting Class
6:30 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company located at 500 Western Ave. for a Cheese + Beer Tasting Class.  Get ready for some handcrafted and hand selected beer and cheese pairings as Pigeon Hill welcomes the Cheese Lady to their taproom. Seats are $25 and include 5 beer pairings with a variety of cheeses.  The Cheese Lady will educate you on the craft of cheese making and how easy (and delicious) it is to pair cheese and beer!  Call the taproom at (231) 375-5184 to reserve your seat today.  Do it soon, this class is limited to 25 people

We Are Stars: FREE Show
7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020 January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Wednesday February 12:

MCC Black History Month Celebration Film Festival: BlacKkKlansman
5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. will celebrate Black History Month 2020 with several events during the month of February.  All of the events, with the exception of the Love In Action Awards Dinner, are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps in the MCC Community Outreach Office at (231) 777-0559. The Black History Month Film Festival happens Wednesdays in February at 5:00pm in the Stevenson Center, Room 1300.  There will be free popcorn and a discussion following each film.  For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327 or by email at mary.tyler@muskegoncc.edu. Tonight “BlacKkKlansman,” directed by Spike Lee and starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Corey Hawkins, Harry Belefonte and Laura Harrier.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays: Weather Permitting
6:00 pm
Enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Thursday February 13:

Jazz Night Aedan McCauley
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with  Aedan McCauley at the Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montgue www.booknookjavashop.com

Brown Bag Film – Craft in America: Service
12:00 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. for the Brown Bag Film, “Craft in America:  Service!”  “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists include Ehren Tool, Peter Voulkos, Judas Recendez, women veterans working at Shotwell Paper Mill, and Caisson Platoon leather artists working at Arlington National Cemetery. (60 mins.) Auditorium doors open at noon.  Free coffee and cookies will be offered.  Brown Bag Film admission is free, but paid admission is required to enter the galleries.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Date Night: Pizza & Puzzles
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate your Valentine and friendship with a date night at the Muskegon Museum of Art! Bring your sweetheart or a friend for a relaxed night of pizza and puzzles in the galleries.  Tickets include a table for puzzle building with your partner, pizza, and 1 free drink ticket for the cash bar.  Puzzles are provided.  The cost is $20 per person or $15 for MMA members.  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets from the Museum Store.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr. for a series of 3 classes in February.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new!  Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals. Variety of Swing Class Dates: February 6,13, 20 Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Cost: $85 per couple/ $60 per single This is limited to the first 30 participants.  Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a Muskegon Country Club member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

We Are Stars: FREE Show
7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020 January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Friday February 14:

FREE Midwinter Break Movie: The Addams Family
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Dr. will show a screening of the 2019 animated release of The Addams Family on their 100-inch screen!  This event is free and so are the snacks!  For more information call (231) 744-6080.

Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner at Pigeon Hill
6:30 pm
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner at Pigeon Hill Brewers Lounge at 495 Fourth St.!  This is a fantastic 6 course meal crafted by Harris Catering, plus 6 paired beers and a tour of the new production facility.Menu: Signature Slab Bacon paired w/ Smore Beast In my Cup Stout, Charred Octopus paired w/ No Diggnity Hazy IPA, Irish Cheddar & Ale Soup paired w/ Walter Blondale, Harvest Salad paired w/ Walter Gets Buzzed, SCP Braised Beef paired w/ Salted Caramel Porter, Mexican Dark Chocolate Cake paired w/ Cinnagram on French Toast. Tickets are $50 per person and are limited to 30 people.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced to reserve a seat, so stop by the taproom or call (231) 375-5184.  If you have food allergies, please notify them when placing reservation.

Comedian Michael Palascak
8:00 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. for Comedian Michael Palascak! Most recently, Michael was named the 2018 Stand-Up of the Year by the Late Nite Last Week podcast for his performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.  A guy that’s just as funny offstage as on, which is like magic.”  Michael’s short film “You’re Alive” was accepted into numerous festivals including the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Festival and was the winner of the Audience Award at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.  Tickets are $25 and available at Eventbrite.com.  For more information call the club at (616) 570-8765.

FREE Movie Time: The Princess and the Frog
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to the Montague Library located at 8778 Ferry St. to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with a showing of The Princess and the Frog during Mid-Winter Break!  After the show, there will be crafts and games exploring the rich New Orleans culture.  Snacks and beverages are provided at this free event!  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Valentines Wine/Chocolates Tasting / Truck Driver Bingo
7:00 pm –  9:00 pm
Enjoy 5 premium wines and delicious chocolates from our kitchen with Truck Driver Bingo on the Ballard Stage at the Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. With your favorite love(s). Truck Driver Bingo is a guitar/bass/ drums power trio that plays raw blues and out jazz. While our primary motivation for making this music is to get people to listen, it’s not unusual for them to get up and dance as well. The band consists of Jim Nichols on bass; Hank Cupp on drums; and Frank Galante on vocals and guitar. All three band members are seasoned musicians and are committed to musical excellence and a polished performance. We like making people happy! Reservations (231) 894-5333. $15/person www.booknookjavashop.com

Friday Family Fun Night: Valentine’s Day
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay for a Valentine’s Day Friday Family Fun Night! Enjoy collecting Valentine’s from various museum creatures, create your own Valentine’s Day craft, and learn some love science.  You’ll also get a Valentine’s Day treat to take home!  The cost is $5 or free for Muskegon County residents.  No RSVP is required.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Valentine’s Day with Nathan Dill
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bring your sweetheart to the Lake House Waterfront Grille located at 730 Terrace Point Dr. for Valentine’s Day with Nathan Dill!  Treat your special someone to a very special evening. Call and reserve your spot in the ballroom today at (231) 722-4461.

The Alley Door Club Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center has live performances from an array of local bands!  The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building in the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre located at 425 W. Western Ave. presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 7
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday February 15:

2020 Free Fishing Weekends
February 15 – February 16
Two days, twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for free! The 2020 Free Fishing Weekends are schedule for winter: All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. A Recreation Passport will not be required for entry into state parks and recreation areas during Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations will still apply.

Comedian Michael Palascak
8:00 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. for Comedian Michael Palascak! Most recently, Michael was named the 2018 Stand-Up of the Year by the Late Nite Last Week podcast for his performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.  A guy that’s just as funny offstage as on, which is like magic.”  Michael’s short film “You’re Alive” was accepted into numerous festivals including the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Festival and was the winner of the Audience Award at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.  Tickets are $25 and available at Eventbrite.com.  For more information call the club at (616) 570-8765.

Art at the Redi 3
5:00-8:00pm
Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club located at 2233 Temple (behind Redi Rental’s office on Glade St.) $10 donation for this one night only art space for Art, cash bar and great eats from the Righteous Cuisine food truck. All art sold will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon Lakeshore.

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre located at 425 W. Western Ave. presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

College Night presented by Muskegon Community College
7:00 pm
7:15pm – 9:15pm, come to the Mercy Health Arena located at 470 W. Western Ave. for College Night presented by Muskegon Community College! This will be the first women’s arena soccer game as the Muskegon Risers host Muskegon Community College Women’s Soccer!  They’ll take on Oakland County FC!  Season and single game tickets are available at www.muskegonrisers.com/mens-arena-tickets.

Troy Bowditch
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Troy Bowditch acoustic banjoist and songster at Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague www.booknookjavashop.com

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market located at 6401 Harvey St. offers local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website below.

Winter Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information visit the website below.

Parkas & Plates
February 15
The Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. will have a five course dinner set up at the intersections of the lighted ski and snowshoe trails. Never cross country skied or snowshoed before?  That’s okay! The dinner course is set up on a beginner ski route with small hills and only about 2 km in distance. Along the trails you will receive each course of your meal and some craft beverages. Folks who wish to ski other parts of the trails may do so at their leisure throughout the evening.  Participants will take off in flights beginning at 6:00pm with a new flight taking off about every 10 to 15 minutes.  You can select your flight time when you purchase your ticket.  All participants should plan on arriving up to a half hour before their flight takes off to ensure enough time to get equipment on and get ready. Not interested in skiing, snowshoeing or food?  Stop by and just enjoy the music and some beverages.  Anyone can come out and enjoy their outdoor music venue.  They will have a $5 donation cover charge and you must be 21 years or older to enter. They will have a limited number of tickets, and based on last year they will sell out quickly. www.msports.org for ticket sales and the 2020 menu!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites
11:00am and 2:00pm
Come to the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave. for The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites! Enter a magical world of enchantment as three beloved stories by award-winning children’s book author, Eric Carle, come to life right before your very eyes!  This world-class touring show by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has been seen by millions in over 13 countries across the globe and is coming to Muskegon for 2 shows only! Tickets are $20.00 for adults (18+) or $10 for children (under 18).  All ages must have a ticket.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 8
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Sunday February 16:

FREE Family Movie: “Toy Story 4”
3:00 pm
The Frauenthal Center located at 425 Western Ave.  presents a “Free Family Movie Series” for 2020!  This new family-friendly entertainment series features 11 free family movies beginning in February and running through December of 2020!  Showcasing modern box office hits, the series aims to encourage families in the community to experience the Frauenthal Center. No tickets are required.  All movies will begin at 3:00pm with the doors opening at 2:15pm. Concessions to purchase will be available.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
3:00pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre located at 425 W. Western Ave. presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life.  This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals.  The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind.  Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 9
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday February 17:

FREE Movie Time: The Princess and the Frog
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to the Holton Library located at 8776 Holton-Duck Lake Rd. to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with a showing of The Princess and the Frog during Mid-Winter Break!  After the show, there will be crafts and games exploring the rich New Orleans culture.  Snacks and beverages are provided at this free event!  For more information call (231) 821-0268.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Check out Racquet’s Downtown Grill located at 446 W. Western Ave. for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more info., call (231) 726-4007.

Please visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events in Muskegon County!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 3-10, 2020

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

Monday February 3:

Poetry Open Mic Night & Black History Month Calendar Awards
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Enjoy an evening of poetry at Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. Read your own poetry, or read works from your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poet.  If you wish to share a poem/piece, please register by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar. Walk-ins are also welcome!  Additionally, from 6:00pm – 6:30pm, those who have been selected for the annual Black History Month Calendar will be honored and the calendar will be distributed.  All ages welcome! This free event is brought to you through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Check out Trivia night at Racquet’s Downtown Grill located at 446 W Western Ave. for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday February 4:

Live at the Library FREE: Don Hoogenstyn
6:30 pm
Cme to the North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman for live music from Don Hoogenstyn!  Don is a teacher, lecturer, author, and composer and will present “Abe’s Faves,” celebrating the musical life of our 16th president.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information call (231) 744-6080.

We Are Stars: FREE Show
7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020 January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Classical Night: Uecker Thielman Duo
7:00 pm
Visit Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St.for Classical Night featuring the Uecker Thielman Duo playing 4-Hand Piano!  Enjoy the music of Debussy, Barber, Dvorak, and Rubinstein.  The cover is $5. Come at 6:15pm to enjoy a dinner of roast pork loin with Carolina Gold Sauce, souffléd grits, greens, a glass of house wine and blueberry cobbler for only $17.  Be sure to RSVP to by calling (231) 894-5333.

Wednesday February 5:

Aromatherapy Meditation for Seniors
2:00 pm
Ravenna Public Library located at 12278 Stafford St. invites you to join them as you learn how to use both aromatherapy and meditation for inner peace. For more info. call 231-853-6975.

MCC Black History Month Celebration Film Festival: Imitation of Life
5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. will celebrate Black History Month 2020 with several events during the month of February.  All of the events, with the exception of the Love In Action Awards Dinner, are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps in the MCC Community Outreach Office at (231) 777-0559. The Black History Month Film Festival happens Wednesdays in February at 5:00pm in the Stevenson Center, Room 1300.  There will be free popcorn and a discussion following each film.  For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327 or by email at mary.tyler@muskegoncc.edu. Tonight “Imitation of Life”, directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, John Gavin and Mahalia Jackson.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays: Weather Permitting
6:00 pm
Enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Skate with the Jacks: Weather Permitting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Skate with the Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey team at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. You can skate and play hockey with the hottest team in the USHL under the lights on 2 acres of outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile ice skating trail through the woods.  A $5 rink pass is required for admission on to the ice. You can rent ice skates for $5.  Hockey equipment is available for rent for $3 for a stick and $1 for a helmet.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Thursday February 6:

Author Happy Hour with Laura Holmes
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St. for an Author Happy Hour with Laura Holmes and learn how to travel your way to happy!  There’ll be a Q & A, photos and book signings. Laura’s new memoir explores the lighter side of travel with doses of humor, adventure, and personal transformation.  Vacations need not be exclusive to the wealthy; regular people go on adventures, too!  ‘Travel Light’ proves that travel and new experiences will make you laugh and provide increased levels of happiness.  For overworked people around the world, tag along on this quest to achieve balance in life, work, and play.  Destination stories include Italy, Ireland, Spain, France, Alaska, Arizona and of course the author’s home state of Michigan.  Learn about Laura’s charitable partner, Planeterra Foundation. For more information, call the Book Nook & Java Shop at 231-894-5333.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr. for a series of 3 classes in February.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new!  Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals. Variety of Swing Class Dates: February 6 ,13, 20 Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Cost: $85 per couple/ $60 per single This is limited to the first 30 participants.  Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a Muskegon Country Club member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

We Are Stars: FREE Show
7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020 January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd. for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Scarf Tying Master Class
6:00 pm
Join the Montague Library located at 8778 Ferry St. for a Scarf Tying Master Class!  This is a fun session that teaches you multiple ways to tie and wear scarves so you can take your outfit from plain to fabulous. Owner of Posh by Pitkin, Amy Nordlund West, will provide tutorials on how to tie various styles of scarves including simple rectangles, oversize blanket scarves, square silks, and more.  Scarves to practice with will be provided, but be sure to bring your own.  For more information call (231) 893-2675.

Panelists & Films to Focus on Syrian Refugee Tragedy
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Syria: The Never Ending Refugee Tragedy,” a panel discussion and film presentation, will take place at Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon and the MCC Center for Experiential Learning. For more information on the event, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Friday February 7:

Bubbles & Bold Reds Wine Tasting
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy the newest addition to SE4SONS located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr. wine tastings at their “Bubbles & Bold Reds Wine Tasting!”  This could be a great Valentine’s date or just a fun Friday.  Sample wines from Alliance Beverage, Imperial Beverage, Republic National Dist., Henry Fox, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, I-Lixir and A.H.D. Vinters.  The cost is $30 per person and includes tasting and light appetizers.  Call your friends and bring a group!  Stop in and purchase your tickets at the SE4SONS Bar any time during restaurant hours.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  For more information call 231-759-3405.

Bling Thing Fundraiser
February 7 – February 8
From 5:00pm – 8:00pm early sale with donation of minimum $10.00. Also enjoy wine and chocolate during the early sales. Join the Friends of Hackley Public Library at the Century Club Ballroom located at 356 W. Western Ave. for their annual “Bling Thing” fundraiser!  This is a sale of costume, vintage and fine jewelry as well as purses, scarves, jackets and other things with “bling!”  For more information call ​(231) 722-8002.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey  -VS- Madison Capitols
Puck Drop 7:05 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home at the Mercy Health Arena located at 470 W. Western Ave. as they take on the Madison Capitols.  It’s “Muskegon’s Got Talent Night!” Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

White Lake Wanderland Winterfest
February 7 – February 9
White Lake Area invites you to join the festivities of their White Lake Wanderland Winterfest!  Winter Wanderland focuses on food and sports, encouraging people to wander Whitehall and Montague for the weekend.  For more information, visit www.whitelakewanderland.com.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 7
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday February 8:

Bling Thing Fundraiser
February 8
10:00am – 2:30pm, join the Friends of Hackley Public Library at the Century Club Ballroom located at 356 W. Western Ave. for their annual “Bling Thing” fundraiser!  This is a sale of costume, vintage and fine jewelry as well as purses, scarves, jackets and other things with “bling!”  For more information call ​(231) 722-8002.

White Lake Wanderland Winterfest
February 7 – February 9
White Lake Area invites you to join the festivities of their White Lake Wanderland Winterfest!  Winter Wanderland focuses on food and sports, encouraging people to wander Whitehall and Montague for the weekend.  For more information, visit www.whitelakewanderland.com.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market located at 6401 Harvey St. offers local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website below.

Winter Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information visit the website below.

Sculptit Super Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster for the free family fun day, “Sculptit Super Saturday!” Imagine it, plan it, sculpt it!  Explore the art of making this Super Saturday as you create your own sculpture in the classroom.  For more information call 231-720-2570. Schedule: 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film 11:00am – 1:00pm – Tour “The Art of Making” with an MMA docent 11:00am – 2:00pm – Create your own sculpture in the classroom

Moonlit Trails & Winter Ales
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster State Park located at 6585 Lake Harbor Rd. invite you to join them for “Moonlit Trails & Winter Ales!”  This will be a nearly full moon snow shoe hike, followed by drinks, dinner and a bonfire at Hoffmaster State Park.  If you don’t want to hike but would like to just hang out, that’s no problem!  Earth’s Edge will be on hand to talk about adventure gear, park staff will tell you about some exciting programs they have, and there’ll also be raffles.  Included in the $30 ticket price is a State Park Centennial Pint Glass, (1) drink ticket, guided hike, dinner and dessert.  Only 75 spots are available, so get your ticket today through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call (231) 798-3573.

Valentine’s Love A-Fair 2020
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The West Michigan Business and Craft Fair presents the “Valentine’s Love A-Fair 2020” at the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St. This craft show features over 50 booths of local handmade items.  Local small businesses will also be on hand with the perfect gifts.  For more information, e-mail commfair@gmail.com.

Sweet Soul Food Contest
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Create something sweet for Hackley Library’s Sweet Soul Food Contest located at 316 W. Webster Ave. Get your recipes out and find your best soul food dessert to compete for the best in the city.  Be sure to bring enough for attendees, plus the judge, to taste.  Register your dish by calling 231-722-8011, or at the HPL online events calendar.  Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contestants in the adult category, as well as to the 1st place winner in the children’s category.  All ages are welcome to participate in this free event! Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore and library supporters.

John Proulx Trio, vocal jazz @TheBlock
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave. for “John Proulx Trio, vocal jazz!” His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker.  Grand Rapids native John Proulx has performed with Natalie Cole, Melissa Manchester, and Marian McPartland, and won a Grammy for his song “These Golden Years,” sung by the legendary Nancy Wilson.  Tickets are $25 – $35.  Students are $10.  For more information call (231) 726-3231.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 8
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Black Tie for the Y Fundraiser
7:00 pm
You are invited to Harris Catering and Event Center (formerly the Verdoni’s building) located at 211 W. Seaway Dr. for the annual gala and auction, “Black Tie for the Y” to benefit LIVESTRONG with the Muskegon YMCA!  Get dressed up (black tie optional) and enjoy an elegant evening celebrating those touched by cancer in Muskegon, as well as your generosity to the work of the Muskegon YMCA!  Money raised for the YMCA will go directly toward LIVESTRONG with the Muskegon YMCA for cancer survivors. The evening includes a silent auction, live auction, raffles, hearty appetizers, hosted bar and dessert.  Reserve your spot by visiting the website below.  The cost is $100 per person. The night of the event, please check in upon arrival. Actual tickets will not be dispersed.  For more information call (231) 722-9622.

A King’s First Queen: Mother & Son Valentine’s Day Dance
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AudioLife, LLC invites you to Bed Buggs Child Development located at 2244 Peck St. for “A King’s First Queen Mother & Son Valentine’s Day Dance!” This mother/son dance is for moms and sons of all ages, as well as grandmas, aunties, etc.  The V-Day Dance will be catered by Kuntry Cooking .  There will also be a live DJ, party games and a photo booth.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com and are $20 (for 2) and an extra $5 for each additional child.

Miss Shoreline Scholarship Competition
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Miss Shoreline Scholarship Competition takes place Saturday, February 8 at 7:00pm at the Delta Marriott located at 939 Third St. in Downtown Muskegon!  M.S.S.C. is proud to welcome back Emily Krejci, the current Miss Shoreline, and current Outstanding Teen, Elly LeCursi.  This scholarship program is proud to be a local affiliate of the Miss Michigan and Miss America organizations.  For more information please email Maria Secord at secretary@misshoreline.org. The Shoreline’s scholarship program kicks off the year announcing an increase in scholarship funds from 2018 made in part by the generosity of sponsors such as Newkirk Electric, Subaru of Muskegon and The Mart Dock. Other sponsors include Thread West Michigan, GGTM Law, Figg’s Boutique, Gemworks and Sanborns Jewelry.

Sunday February 9:

White Lake Wanderland Winterfest
February 7 – February 9
White Lake Area invites you to join the festivities of their White Lake Wanderland Winterfest!  Winter Wanderland focuses on food and sports, encouraging people to wander Whitehall and Montague for the weekend.  For more information, visit www.whitelakewanderland.com.

The Swan Series: Beethoven the Revolutionary –
Marking 250 Years of Great Music
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer a lecture featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist, Robert Swan. This lecture will take place at the United Methodist Church located at 117 S. Division St. in Whitehall.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
February 9
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe. EQUIPMENT Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday February 10:

Hackley Crafts: Black History Bracelet
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. to create your own bracelet in celebration of Black History Month!  To register for this free craft event, call HPL at 231-722-8011 or visit HPL’s online events calendar.  Registration opens 1 month before the class date.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Check out Racquet’s Downtown Grill located at 446 W. Western Ave. for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more info., call (231) 726-4007.

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/27/20 – 02/03/20

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Bake Sale: Polish Festival Fundraiser
January 27 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, the Muskegon Polish Festival invites you to a Bake Sale Festival Fundraiser at the Polish Union Lodge!  Support this awesome, burgeoning festival by purchasing sweet treats such as cakes, cookies, pies, bread, Pierogi and much more!  For more information, e-mail polka@muskegonpolishfest.com.

Wedo Robotics
January 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Monday, January 27 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for “Wedo Robotics!”  Explore LEGOs and coding with these special WeDo kits.  Instructors will be on hand to teach the group and guide individual learning at this free program for kids ages 7-14. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Storytime at The Coffee Factory
January 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hackley Public Library and The Coffee Factory in Muskegon are teaming up for special Story Times!  They’ll have fun with reading books and singing songs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. These special Story Times will occur on January 14 and January 28, from 10:00am – 10:45am and are free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Ancestry Basics
January 28 @ 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 28 at 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Township Library for “Ancestry Basics!”  Get going on your genealogy journey with an introduction to US Census records. You’ll get an overview of the rich family detail these sources contain and how to search for them on MADL’s newest online genealogy resource: Ancestry.com.  Hands-on experience using Ancestry included.  Bring family names and dates to help you get started.  Call 231-760-4329 to register.

Black History Month Kick-Off Event
January 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00pm, join Hackley Library for an evening of inspirational music and some Black History as they kick-off their Black History Month events!  The Kingdom Embassy Covenant Church Praise Team will share their singing talent that is sure to warm the heart.  There will also be a special Praise Dance performed by Tiffany and Triniti Jones.  This free event is recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000.

We Are Stars
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2020 Lecture Series: Jack Ridl “Saint Peter and the Goldfinch”
January 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2020 Lecture Series will feature engaging and stimulating presentations! The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, will showcase a wide variety of expertise and talent.  All presentations will take place at 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.musicwhitelake.org.

On January 28, Jack Ridl will present “Saint Peter and the Goldfinch: A Reading with Commentary and Invited Questions.”  An early reader of Saint Peter and the Goldfinch said it best: “Ridl’s books are all treasures, as is he, and his poetry has always been trout-quick, alternately funny and wondrous, instantly intimate, and free of pretense. All these characteristics can be found in this book, and there is something else, something extraordinary: at an age where most poets are content to roll out an imagined posterity, he’s decided to push and refine the art, to see out the day and live it fully, because art and life settle for no less.”

Jack Ridl taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006. He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies. He has given readings of his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country.

Before the Blues with the Reverend Robert B. Jones Sr.
January 28 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00pm, join the Norton Shores Library for “Before the Blues!”  2018 Kresge Arts Fellow, Rev. Robert B. Jones, shares the amazing variety of music that existed before traditional African American music became the cliché of 12 bar guitar blues.  Rev. Jones plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals, and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty, and power of our shared culture.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Muskegon Heights Library Open House
January 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Friends of the Muskegon Heights Library invite you to a free community open house to see recent improvements made to the library.  A light dinner will be served and there will also be a silent auction.  For more information call 616-844-3066.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Before the Blues with the Reverend Robert B. Jones Sr.
January 29 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for “Before the Blues!”  2018 Kresge Arts Fellow, Rev. Robert B. Jones, shares the amazing variety of music that existed before traditional African American music became the cliche of 12 bar guitar blues.  Rev. Jones plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals, and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty, and power of our shared culture.  For more information call (231) 744-6080.

Comedy Night at Smash
January 30 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 30 at 8:00pm, it’s Comedy Night at Smash!”  There’s no cover as Fresh Ghost Comedy and Smash Wine Bar & Bistro present Gerrit Elzinga!  Reservations are recommended by calling (231) 246-7910.

Growing up in various small towns outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gerrit Elzinga had nowhere else to turn besides stand-up comedy.  At 14, he began writing and performing around school in classrooms and at talent shows.  Upon graduating, he frequented local comedy clubs, bars, restaurants and any other location with a microphone to craft his jokes.  Social commentary, clever observations, and personal stories are featured throughout Elzinga’s act.

Gerrit has been seen on Laughs on FOX, at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI opening for Nate Bargatze, competing in the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in New York City, is the cohost of the “This Better Be Good,” podcast and to date, has one comedy album, “Perspective,” recorded and released in 2015.  His follow-up release entitled, “Bullet-Biter,” dropped on December 20, 2019.

Learn to Luge Weekends
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  www.msports.org

Black & White Show
January 31 @ 6:00 pm
City Center Arts, LLC (formerly known as The Red Lotus Gallery) presents the Black & White Show featuring the best classic art!  It’s a new year, a new gallery and a new audience!  They’re kicking it off with the bold, the beautiful, the stunning and the very best of art in every medium, from photography to 3D pieces.  Come see what the new City Center Arts, LLC has for you.  The exhibit opens January 29 and runs until March 7, 2020.
Be sure to be part of the Black & White Gala Reception, happening Friday, January 31 at 6:00pm!  This fab event is free to the public and is a wonderful chance to dress up, go out on the town, meet artists, and talk art with others as you purchase locally-made pieces.  For more information, call (231) 981-8525.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
January 31 @ 7:00 pm – February 1 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home games Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Lincoln Stars. Friday, it’s “Jacks Sackpack Night” with free Sackpacks to the first 500 kids and Saturday is “Arconic Night!”  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

West Michigan Symphony: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
January 31 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, January 31 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo!” Acoustic Guitar Music like you’ve never heard before!” is the best description of a concert with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. From Bizet and Rimsky-Korsakov to Led Zeppelin and The Police, Frank and Vinny take the audience on a journey of jaw-dropping guitar virtuosity.  Tickets are $12 for students and $29 – $66 for adults.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

35th Annual Greater Muskegon Jaycees Snowfest
February 1
The Greater Muskegon Jaycees Annual Snowfest will return to downtown Muskegon Saturday, February 1, 2020!  This downtown winter festival features a jam-packed Saturday including popular events such as the “Battle of the Bowls Chili Cook-Off,” a Cornhole Tournament and much more!  “Bowls & Brews” will be added to this year’s Snowfest 2020 lineup! Over 20 breweries from all over the state of Michigan will be at the Mercy Health Arena to offer tastings of their unique craft brews. They’ll also be serving up local soup & chili from Muskegon’s favorites.  For more details, keep an eye on their website at www.jcimuskegon.org/snowfest.

Black History Month Trivia Contest
February 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do you know your Black History?  Participate in Hackley Library’s annual Black History Month Trivia Contest!  Form a group with your friends and family (up to 4 per team) and pit your knowledge against other teams.  There’ll be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, as well as some consolation prizes.  Not interested in participating?  Come cheer on your friends and family!  Please register your team for this free event by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar.

The Greatest Showman Sing-a-Long
February 1 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 1 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm, the Playhouse at White Lake presents The Greatest Showman Sing-a-Long!  This is a special sing-a-long screening, featuring subtitles for all of the songs. Hugh Jackman returns to his musical roots in a holiday biopic that tells the story of American showman P.T. Barnum.  Sacked from a conventional job, Jackman’s family man, Barnum, devises a new idea for making a living.  Along with a company of extraordinary individuals he recruits from all walks of life, Barnum creates a showcase of talent that eventually becomes the traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Highlighting the notion that what makes every person and their story different is what makes them all unique and special; Barnum becomes one of the first pioneers of the concept and universal appeal of “show business.”
You are invited, even encouraged, to come in costume!  Tickets are $10 + $1 fee with all proceeds benefiting the Playhouse.  For more information call (231) 894-4048.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Dwayne Gill wsg Rebekah Gibson
February 1 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 1 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Dwayne Gill with special guest Rebekah Gibson!  Tickets are $7 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Dwayne Gill:  Feeling his job as a cop was way too serious for someone considered funny since birth, Dwayne found an outlet for his humor when he first stepped onto a comedy stage at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase in 1993.  After only two more performances, he joined the ranks of professional comedians with his first paid booking.  Dwayne’s topics range from current events, men and women relationships to the crazy situations he’s encountered as a police officer.  Dwayne was voted “Best of the Fest” at the San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival 2013 and was the Wildcard Winner in the Stand Up its Miller Time National Comedy Contest with Kevin Hart 2012.  So, if you have never met a cop with a sense of humor, then it’s obvious you haven’t met Dwayne!

Rebekah Gibson:  Raised in Wisconsin, Rebekah Gibson started performing stand up in local Wisconsin bars and coffee shops.  Now residing in Chicago, she is quickly making a name for herself performing in local Chicago bars and coffee shops.  Movin’ on up, she recently opened for Gilbert Gottfried.  Her comedy and style have often been called “very Midwest” so you know you’re bound to have a good time.

Winter Try-Athlon
February 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 2 from 10:00am-4:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for your opportunity to try three Winter Olympic sports;  luge, ice speedskating and cross country skiing.  This event is family friendly and geared toward those who may have never done at least one of these sports.  Of course, serious competitors are welcome as well.  The MWSC recognizes that many people may have very little experience in some of these sports and will teach you everything you need to know in continuous 20 minute clinics at each venue.  For more information, call 231-828-4627.

Poetry Open Mic Night & Black History Month Calendar Awards
February 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Enjoy an evening of poetry at Hackley Public Library.  Read your own poetry, or read works from your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poet.  If you wish to share a poem/piece, please register by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar. Walk-ins are also welcome!  Additionally, from 6:00pm – 6:30pm, those who have been selected for the annual Black History Month Calendar will be honored and the calendar will be distributed.  All ages welcome!

Lakeshore Restaurant Week Coming to the Muskegon Area February 21-29th, 2020

(Muskegon, MI) – A promotion designed to bring more people into local eateries in Muskegon and on the Lakeshore is planned for February 21st through February 29th.

The promotion, called Lakeshore Restaurant Week, is being organized and promoted by the Muskegon branch of Cumulus Broadcasting, which consists of four radio stations: 98.3 WLCS; V-100 WVIB; Sunny 92.5 WWSN; and 97.5 NASH Icon WLAW.

The idea is to band together a group of restaurants that will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to try restaurants that they otherwise have not tried before.

“Our idea is simple,” explained Rich Berry, from the Cumulus – Muskegon Radio Group. “We are promoting that there are a lot of really good area restaurants on the Lakeshore. By offering special deals and discounts between February 21st and February 29th, we want people to do some experimenting and try new places.

“It’s amazing how many great places there are to eat in the Muskegon and the Lakeshore area,” said Berry. “We want to promote that while also offering the consumer a great deal. It is our hope to make the Lakeshore Restaurant Week an annual event that residents and travelers will look forward to each year.

Restaurants who are members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will receive a discount to participate.

A list of participating restaurants will be released in the next several weeks. A special web page, muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com, is being designed to list the restaurants and their discounts. A Facebook page is also being designed according to Berry.

“We are moving quickly to get this started,” said Berry, “I think that everyone is going to love this idea.”

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

caterpillarSaturday, February 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Enter a magical world of enchantment as three beloved stories by award-winning children’s book author Eric Carle come to life right before your very eyes! This world-class touring show by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has been seen by millions in over 13 countries across the globe and is coming to Muskegon for 2 shows only!

Through the magic of black light and amazing full-scale puppetry, you will journey along with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly! Meanwhile, high up in the sky, LITTLE CLOUD playfully transforms into a variety of creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark and more! This triplebill hit also includes THE MIXED-UP CHAMELEON, who is bored with his life of changing color all day until he takes a trip to the zoo. His hilarious attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees conclude with his discovery that there is value in his own unique self.

These world-famous, whimsical tales have enchanted several generations! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience them come to life live on stage!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under. Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 1/20/20 – 1/27/20

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

Monday, January 20
*Visit Muskegon office is closed Monday, January 20:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Museum
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. will open their doors for free in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom, and mini tours led by docents and Muskegon High School art students.  For more information call 231-720-2570.Schedule: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm – Film: “Black Man” by Jon Covington 10:00am – 1:00pm – Tours led by MMA docents 11:00am – 2:00pm – Craft in the classroom

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill located 446 W. Western Ave. Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday, January 21

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Interactive Movie: The Wizard of Oz
4:00 pm
Join the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd., for an interactive screening of the classic movie, “Wizard of Oz!”  You can take part in this action with props, sounds effects, and fun or just relax and enjoy the movie. This free event is for ages 11-18.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

We Are Stars Planetarium Show: FREE
7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd., for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Wednesday, January 22

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

The Winningest High School Football Team in Michigan
6:30 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd., as local historian Ron Pesch, co-author of “100 Years of Muskegon Big Red Football,” shares the storied history of Muskegon High School’s Big Reds football program along with the team’s modern-day accomplishments.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Thursday, January 23

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage located at 425 W. Western Ave.! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

We Are Stars Planetarium Show: FREE
7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College located at 221 Quarterline Rd., for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289

Exhibit Tour: Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Check out the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave., for “Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon” Exhibit Tour!  Join Michael Brower, co-founder of Pigeon Hill Brewing Co., and exhibit project manager, Aaron Mace, for a guided tour of their newest exhibit.  Get a deeper history behind many of the items on display, and learn even more about Muskegon’s brewing heritage. Tickets are $5, or free for Museum members.  Please RSVP via Eventbrite.com or by calling 231-722-0278.

Friday, January 24

The Alley Door Club: Root Doctor
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave., kicks off January 10, 2020 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Comedian Josh Blue
6:30pm & 9:30pm
Comedian Josh Blue will perform two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.  Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability.  He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic expanded his fan base exponentially. Tickets are $20 General Admission or $25 VIP includes preferred seating and meet and greet.  For more information call (616) 570-8765 or visit the website below.

ESME, Classical Crossover @ The Block
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Visit The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave., second floor for “ESME, classical crossover!” This concert features West Michigan Symphony Associate Concertmaster Gene Hahn and Detroit Symphony cellist Jeremy Crosmer.  ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble) arranges and performs their own covers and mashups of classical and popular music from Ravel, Bach and Beethoven to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin.  Tickets are $25 – $35.  Students are $10.  For more information call (231) 726-3231.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage located at 425 W. Western Ave.! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
Friday * Saturday * Sunday
The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. offers one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.
THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE
Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe.
EQUIPMENT
Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria.
PARTICIPANT AGE
All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled.
GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER
The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT
All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629

Saturday, January 25

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market located at 6401 Harvey St., offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round; summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.

Winter Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave., invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. For more information visit the website below.

2020 Muskegon Polar Plunge
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s the 2020 Muskegon Polar Plunge at Fricano’s Muskegon Lake located at 1050 W. Western Ave. This event will benefit Special Olympics Michigan.  Registration takes place in the Hideaway Lounge from 12:00pm – 2:00pm Fricano’s. Participants will be bused down to Hartshorn Marina to Plunge from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and bused back to the Event Center for the Awards and After Splash Bash immediately following. Register to Plunge for free! Plungers must raise a minimum of $75 to receive the 2020 Polar Plunge Event T-shirt.  Individuals on a team need to average $75 per person to receive the T-shirt.  Additional higher level Polar Plunge incentive items are available the more money you raise!  For more information call (989) 774-3911.

Comedian Josh Blue
6:30pm & 9:30pm
Comedian Josh Blue will perform two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.  Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability.  He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic expanded his fan base exponentially. Tickets are $20 General Admission or $25 VIP includes preferred seating and meet and greet.  For more information call (616) 570-8765 or visit the website below.

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
It’s the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off  located at 149 Shoreline Dr. Get free samples and vote for your favorite (while supplies last).  Get a bowl of your favorite for a donation to Pioneer Trails Camp. Also, “Pick your Pepper” for a sizzling hot deal of 15% – 25% off officially licensed products. The discount will be drawn at time of purchase and applied to regularly priced items. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Motorcycles, labor and select special orders are excluded.  For more information call (231) 722-0000.

Minecraft at Hackley Library: FREE
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 Webster Ave., to play Minecraft!  Kick your creative mind into overdrive and craft something new on the Minecraft server.  This computer-based activity is open to the first 20 participants. Registration is required, so visit hackleylibrary.org, call 231-722-8014, or stop into Hackley Public Library to reserve your spot.  This free event is for ages 7-12.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
7:30pm
The Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage located at 425 W. Western Ave.! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
Friday * Saturday * Sunday
The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. offers one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.
THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE
Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe.
EQUIPMENT
Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria.
PARTICIPANT AGE
All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled.
GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER
The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT
All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Sunday, January 26

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Learn to Luge Weekends: Weather Permitting
Friday * Saturday * Sunday
The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr. offers one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.
THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE
Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group.  Since 1984 our program has provided a “Olympic” type luge experience to tens of thousands of sliders visiting from across the globe.
EQUIPMENT
Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria.
PARTICIPANT AGE
All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled.
GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER
The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.
OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT
All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday, January 27

Wedo Robotics: FREE
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 Webster Ave. for “Wedo Robotics!”  Explore LEGOs and coding with these special WeDo kits.  Instructors will be on hand to teach the group and guide individual learning for kids ages 7-14. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Art Exhibit: A House Divided
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“A House Divided,” an exhibition of artwork by Muskegon Community College art faculty member Erin Hoffman, will be on shown from January 21 – February 28 in the Overbrook Art Gallery! Overbrook Gallery located at 221 Quarterline Rd. hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Smash Wine Bar & Bistro: DIY Floral Workshop
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chase away the winter blahs with a Do-It-Yourself Floral Workshop at the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro located at 415 W. Western Ave., in beautiful Downtown Muskegon!  This will be a fun night of flower arranging as you learn, step by step, how to create a beautiful floral arrangement that you’ll take home with you at the end of the night.  All supplies are provided, as well as lots of tips and tricks to arranging and keeping fresh cut flowers.  Make sure to come early for a bite to eat.  Happy hour is from 4:00pm – 6:0pm and “Manic Monday” drink specials are available all day including 1/2 off bottles of wine! Seating is limited and tickets are $59 (+tax) through Eventbrite.com.  The registration deadline is January 22 at 9:00pm.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill located 446 W. Western Ave. Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

20 for 20 Michigan Illustrators Round Out Winter Season at Muskegon Art Museum

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art completes the launch of its winter season on January 16, 2020, with the opening of 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators, an exhibition of original artwork created by 20 children’s book illustrators from across the state.

20 for 20 brings together paintings, drawings, collages, and digital artwork by nationally recognized and emerging Michigan children’s book illustrators. MMA Curator of Education Courtney Jackson comments that “the exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan and sets a precedent for beyond.” The show was organized by the MMA and runs through April 19, 2020.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/13/20 – 01/20/20

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

Team Trivia Game Show
January 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Storytime at The Coffee Factory
January 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hackley Public Library and The Coffee Factory in Muskegon are teaming up for special Story Times!  They’ll have fun with reading books and singing songs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. These special Story Times will occur on January 14 and January 28, from 10:00am – 10:45am and are free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Live Music at the Library
January 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from classical guitarist, Kyle Thompson!  Kyle first picked up the guitar at age thirteen and became fascinated by it. Now a Professor of Guitar at Grand Valley State University, he is sharing his skills and talent with you! This free musical performance is recommended for all ages. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Trivia Night
January 14 @ 6:00 pm
The North Muskegon Library invites you to Trivia Night!  Are you a wise guy?  A smarty pants?  Go head to head against others and prove it. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.  Test your knowledge and exercise your mind.  This event is open to anyone 16 and older.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Open Mic Night
January 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Open Mic Night!  Bring a poem, song or reading and share it with a friendly audience.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

We Are Stars
January 14 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!”  What are we made of? Where did it all come from?  Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  For more information call 231-777-0289.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
January 15 @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Movies + Music @TheBlock
January 15 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00pm, it’s “Movies + Music @TheBlock!” This popular series is back, and this time the theme centers on music from around the world integrated masterfully into films that explore the art of animation.
Join The Block for casual evenings as you explore the creative marriage of movies and music through a series of three acclaimed films. A panel discussion will follow.  Doors and bar open at 6:30pm.  General admission is $8.  For more information call 231-726-3231.
Film: Allegro non troppo (Fantasy/Romance)
A “gorgeous send-up of Fantasia” with a sly sense of humor. Six animation shorts synchronized with six iconic classical music pieces, and several bizarre black and white intermezzi featuring a sleazy promoter, a bully conductor, a harried artist, and an all-female geriatric orchestra.  (Films contain adult themes and are intended for mature audiences.)
Panelists:
• Julie Goldstein, Animation Chair, GVSU Film & Visual Arts
• Andy Buelow, Executive Director, West Michigan Symphony

After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
January 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 16 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Opening Reception – 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators
January 16 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art completes the launch of its winter season on January 16, 2020, with the opening of “20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators,” an exhibition of original artwork created by 20 children’s book illustrators from across the state.
20 for 20 brings together paintings, drawings, collages, and digital artwork by nationally recognized and emerging Michigan children’s book illustrators.  MMA Curator of Education, Courtney Jackson, comments that “the exhibition celebrates the diversity found amongst illustrators here in Michigan and sets a precedent for beyond.”  The show was organized by the MMA and runs through April 19, 2020.
OPENING RECEPTION
The public is invited to a free, family-friendly reception to celebrate the 20 for 20 opening on Thursday, January 16, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Light snacks will be provided at the event and reservations are not needed.  For more information call 231-720-2580.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 16 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Checkers Morton!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: Fun Home
January 17 – 19 & January 23 – 25
Beginning January 17, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Fun Home” on the Frauenthal stage! Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Learn to Luge Weekends
January 17 – 19
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  www.msports.org

Friday Family Fun Night: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
January 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January 17 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the Friday Family Fun Night: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?  Its cold outside, but that does not mean you can’t have fun! Join them for their Friday Family Fun Night dedicated to snow.  Participate in the snowman-building contest, see what is really in the snow you eat, warm up with hot cocoa in the museum and enjoy more fun snow-themed activities.  The cost is $5, or free for Muskegon County residents.  No RSVP is required.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Tim O’s No-Cook Friday
January 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Tim O’s No-Cook Friday!”  Enjoy slow-cooked Pork Marsala, mashed potatoes and salad for only $10.  Come for dinner, stay for music. There will also be a full bar.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home gamed Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Friday, it’s “13 On Your Side” Night featuring $2 beers and Saturday, it’s Star Wars Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Live Comedy at SE4SONS
January 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, January 17 at 7:00pm, join SE4SONS Banquet Center and Fresh Ghost Comedy in welcoming Ricarlo Winston and Mike Geeter for a fun night of live comedy!  Tickets are $20 and include the show and pre-show appetizers from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at SE4SONS bar during restaurant hours.  For more information call 231-759-3405.
A little more about Mike:
As an Ivy League dropout and community college graduate from Pontiac, MI, Mike brings a pointed look at life, family, and relationships that few others can…or should.  From his upbringing in a family with 17 children to discussing his life as a father, Mike’s comedy is jagged wit mixed with a smooth delivery.  Mike has headlined some of the finest comedy venues in the country and has worked with such outstanding comedians as Kevin Hart, Hannibal Burress, Natasha Leggero, Jim Norton, and Rickey Smiley, to name a few.  Mike was featured on Fox Television’s comedy showcase “Laughs” (Season 1) and the Detroit episode of “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City 2” on Comedy Central (Season 2).

Live Music: Carl Webb Band
January 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 17 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Carl Webb Band.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
January 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers Market
January 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

C.O.O.K. Kids Culinary Competition with Chef Jack Page
January 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 18, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers Market for the C.O.O.K. Kids Culinary Competition with Chef Jack Page! Teams of kids are paired with local chefs to create dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients along with a mystery ingredient. Common cooking ingredients will also be available to all teams.  Teams will be given tokens to shop in the Muskegon Farmers Market then return to Kitchen 242 to prepare their masterpieces with the guidance of their chef.  Local celebrities will judge the dishes and present the winners with a prize. Participation is limited and the cost is $40 to enter.  This event is for ages 7 – 13.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.  Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.

ASD Sensory Saturday
January 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for an ASD Sensory Saturday!  Families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend this free, special event.   A variety of accommodations have been put into place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families where you can visit the museum’s exhibits, work on a craft, and have the option to visit the quiet area to relax and unwind.
Sensory bags with items like noise canceling headphones, visors, and fidget toys will also be available for families to check out.  Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center website to download a “Sensory Story” to read with your child before your visit.
To Register contact Jackie at jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org, call (231) 724-5526, or register with Eventbrite.com.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Cornhole Tournament
January 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Hot Rod Harley-Davidson is having a Cornhole Tournament!  So, you think you’re good at Cornhole?  Come out and compete for the top spot.  Hot Rod Harley is letting YOU decide what the PRIZES are for this 2-man team, bracket style tournament happening in the Deal Dungeon!  For more information call (231) 722-0000.
• 15 Teams = $100 Gift Card for 1st Place
• 10 Teams = $50 Gift Card for 1st Place
• 5 Teams = $25 Gift Card for 1st Place
• Hot Rod T-Shirts for 2nd place

Alcohol Ink Glass Gem Necklaces
January 18 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, January 18 at 11:00am, come to the North Muskegon Library to create Alcohol Ink Glass Gem Necklaces!  Use alcohol ink on glass gems to make your own one of a kind necklace. Call 231-744-6080 to register.  This event is geared toward children ages 11-18.

Murder by the Book: A Library Murder Mystery
January 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for “Murder by the Book:  A Library Murder Mystery!”  During a seemingly normal day at the library, a librarian is found dead in the stacks.  Whodunnit?  There are plenty of suspects with a motive for murder.  Will you be able to help the detective crack this case?  This is a free, ticketed event.  Free tickets are available to pick up at Hackley Library.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Books and Bookbinding at Hackley Library
January 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Did you know Hackley Library has a special collection of historical books in glass cases? Saturday, January 18 at 2:00pm, HPL will present a program where you’ll learn the history of bookbinding, interact with a few books normally off-display, and make a book of your own to take home.  Registration is required and open to the first 35 participants.  Please register at hackleylibrary.org, by calling 231-722-8014, or stop into HPL to reserve your spot for this free event geared toward children 8 and above.

Essential Oils 101
January 18 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 at 2:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library to discover essential oil basics, why quality matters, and how to safely use them to enhance your home, wellness, beauty and balance.  Brittany of Clever Care Essentials will teach you how to make a synergy blend to take home. Call 231-780-8844 to register.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home gamed Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Friday, it’s “13 On Your Side” Night featuring $2 beers and Saturday, it’s Star Wars Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Live Music: John Nowak
January 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from John Nowak!  John is a Michigan musician in the nationally-touring band Desmond Jones.  When not playing drums or guitar for Desmond Jones, Nowak can be found playing solo shows on guitar and piano, with his side project Semis Passing Semis, or spinning vinyl dance parties at venues and festivals across the state.  While Desmond Jones is known for their high-energy funk, rock and jazz fusion- Nowak’s singer-songwriter approach to his solo original music errs on the side of Americana and folk rock.  Instrumental piano music, flowing and easy to listen to is also a component of John Nowak’s solo repertoire.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

MLK Day at the Museum
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, January 20 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art will open their doors for free in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom, and mini tours led by docents and Muskegon High School art students.  For more information call 231-720-2570.
Schedule:
• 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm – Film: “Black Man” by Jon Covington
• 10:00am – 1:00pm – Tours led by MMA docents
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Craft in the classroom

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/07/20 – 01/13/20

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

Let’s Get Physical
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Michigan State University Extension program, “Let’s Get Physical!”  Physical activity is important to stay healthy and the MSU Extension wants to guide you through different activities to help you move more and sit less at this free public event.  For more information call the library at (231) 722-8000.

Aromatherapy Meditation for Seniors
January 8 @ 2:00 pm
The first Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm, Ravenna Public Library invites you to join them as you learn how to use both aromatherapy and meditation for inner peace.  For more information call 231-853-6975.

Ice Breaker Wednesdays
January 8 @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners.  Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate.  A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity.  Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge.  Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm.  All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on.  For more information, visit www.msports.org.

Learn to Luge Weekends
January 10 – 12
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Black History Month Calendar Contest
January 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

The Alley Door Club
January 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 15th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 10, 2020 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2020 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 10 – The Vincent Hayes Band (Blues, Funk, Soul)
• January 24 – Root Doctor
• February 14 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• February 28 – That Beatles Thing
• March 13 – Brena (Rock)
• March 27 – The Steeple Hill Band
• April 10 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)
• April 24 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends

Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
January 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers Market
January 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market invites you to their Winter Farmers Market!  Vendors will be there offering produce and other hand made goods. Come visit on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Dinosaurs Super Saturday
January 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Free Family Fun Day, “Dinosaurs Super Saturday!” RAWRRR! Come down to the MMA for a roaring good time this dinosaur themed free event.  Dinosaur outfits and stuffed friends are welcome!  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Bridal Expo
January 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Muskegon Bridal Expo presented by the Muskegon Bridal Association! The lakeshore’s largest and longest running bridal show features the area’s top vendors.  There’ll be free wedding planning workshops along with a fashion show.  This is a wonderful wedding planning experience for brides and their team.  Admission is free!  For more information call (231) 343-3188.

Hackley Family Crafts: Make Your Own Slime
January 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to Make Your Own Slime!  Take time to create something new and unique with a monthly craft for families at Hackley Library.  Activities are designed for all ages and ability levels. Supplies are limited, and are available first-come/first-served basis at this free event. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 11 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 from 7:15pm – 9:15pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for the second home game of the Muskegon Risers’ 2019/20 arena season. They’ll take on Oakland County FC!  Season and single game tickets are available at www.muskegonrisers.com/mens-arena-tickets.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/23/19 – 01/06/2020

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

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal
December 23 – December 24
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater! Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00pm and December 24 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, is hosted by Port City Church.  For more information call (231) 767-5246.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Learn to Luge Weekends
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States.  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph.  www.msports.org

Life-Sized Candy Land
Can you make it to King Candy’s Castle?  Come to Fruitport District Library to play Candy Land with family and friends on their giant game board!  There will also be a craft and a small candy prize at this free, all ages event.  This is a drop-in program, so feel free to come whenever works best for you.  For more information call (231) 366-6107.
Schedule:
• Friday, December 27, 11:00am – 3:0pm
• Saturday, December 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm
• Monday, December 30, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
• Thursday, January 2, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
• Friday, January 3, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Black History Month Calendar Contest
Through January 10
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Holiday Hustle
December 28 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 28 at 8:30pm, CMC Ent. invites you to the ballroom of the Hilt Building for Holiday Hustle! This is a community concert for youth and young adults to enjoy during the holiday season featuring Nique Got-It and Dolo 24.  Tickets are $25.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Free Family Movie Day: Ralph Breaks the Internet
December 30 @ 3:00 pm
Monday, December 30 at 3:00pm, bring the kids to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for a Free Family Movie Day featuring “Ralph Breaks the Internet!”  This is a great opportunity for families to experience the Frauenthal Center during Christmas vacation.  No tickets are required for this event, sponsored by the Mart Dock.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Family Game Night at the Library
December 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown: New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package
December 31
Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown has a fantastic New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package for 2020! It’s an all-inclusive package for 2 that includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Dinner buffet
• Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am
• Balloon drop
• Champagne toast and snacks at midnight
• Breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Photo booth with props
• Live Entertainment by Great Scott
Packages start at 359.99 + tax. Mark your reservation today at www.marriott.com/mkgde or by calling 231-722-0100.

Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co.
December 31 @ 2:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, December 31 from 2:00pm – 7:45pm, it’s an Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co.! They will have simulcasting from Irish bars in Ireland as well as Irish events and Happy Hour featuring $1 off all beers from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.
The list of events is as follows:
• 2:00pm & 3:00pm – Arden Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers)
• 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Mona Shores Fiddlers
• 5:45pm – 7:45pm – The Barley Saints

New Year’s Eve Party Package at the Shoreline Inn
December 31 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Shoreline Inn is offering an all-inclusive party for TWO that includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Appetizers
• Dinner Buffet
• Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am
• Champagne Toast
• Midnight Snacks
• Balloon Drop
• Live entertainment by Pop Fiction
• Late check out of 1:00pm
• Breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day
Packages start at $399 plus tax.  For reservations, please call the Shoreline Inn at 231-727-8483.  You must be 21 years of age.

18th Amendment New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 31 from 6:30pm – 1:00am, it’s an 18th Amendment New Year’s Eve! Get out your glad rags and get dolled up for a swanky New Year’s Eve party.  Starting at 8:00pm, the Swing Operation will keep you dancing all night long before counting down into 2020 at midnight.  You must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend this event.

General Admission (9:00pm – 1:00am)
$20 per person (available at the door or online)
Entry begins at 9:00pm
Includes access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight

Dinner is NOT included. Pizzas and appetizers will be available for purchase

Dinner Package (6:30pm – 1:00am)* Limited and must be purchased in advance*
$50 per person
Buffet-style dinner with hors d’oeuvres and dessert, access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight

Dinner Menu

Appetizers:
• Labneh
• Muhammara
• Roasted Artichoke and Spinach Dip
• Antipasto Platter
• Fresh Baked Flatbread and Cracker tray
• Tossed Salad with choice of dressing
• Hodgepodge rolls and whipped butter

Entree Buffet:
• Bourbon Barrel Smoked NY Strip Loin with Rye Demiglace
• Crab Cakes with Sauce Bernaise
• Roasted Brussel Sprouts
• Honied Rainbow Carrots
• Duchesse Potatoes
• Yorkshire Pudding

Dessert:
• Sticky Toffee Pudding
• Beignets with Sauce L’Orange and House Rum Caramel

Drink Menu:
• Full cocktail menu available
• Limited edition 18th Amendment Champagne

Bella Maria’s New Year’s Eve Party
December 31 @ 7:30 pm
New Year’s Eve beginning at 7:30pm, celebrate with Bella Maria’s Event Center with live music from the Westside Soul Surfers, a smokin’ 10-piece R & B, funk and soul powerhouse!  Also included with your ticket are appetizers, a 5-star dinner buffet including Prime Rib, the Ultimate Dessert Bar and favors at midnight.  Tickets are $75 per person.  Call 231-563-6914 to reserve yours.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash
December 31 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 31 from 8:30pm – 2:00am, it’s the Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash with Flexadecibel, Baccano, and Dean Martian! Baccano is going to kick things off, then Flexadecibel will funk you into the New Year!  DJ Dean Martian will keep the party going into the night!  This one’s gonna slap, so make sure you dress your best, and come prepared to get down HARD.  The cover is $5.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Winter Break Open House
January 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday, January 3 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring the family to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Winter Break Open House!” Enjoy family-friendly activities throughout the museum in addition to exploring their permanent hands-on exhibits: STEM Center, Science Center, and Body Works!  Admission is only $5, or free for members and Muskegon residents.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Three Kings Day / Los Tres Reyes Magos
January 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In Spanish-speaking countries this special day represents the height of the holiday season as the Three Wise Men arrive to bring presents, and families eat special foods.  Monday, January 6 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to celebrate Los Tres Reyes Magos with fun activities, snacks, and prizes!  This free program is done in partnership with Latinos Working for the Future. All ages are welcome.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Cowboy Jim’s Jamboree

submitted by Diane Campbell

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Cowboy Jim, and Pat and Dale Carr

Cowboy Jim’s Jamboree, a coin shop with live music, was started back in the first few months of 2011. It came about from Dale and Pat Carr and Jim talking over some coffee.

This coin shop used to be a church, so it had a stage in it already. And Dale Carr, who could play almost every stringed instrument there was, and his wife, Pat, used to have a band that they traveled around with, and with whom they put on shows. So they thought Cowboy Jim’s Jam would be a good place to entertain at, so it would be seniors entertaining seniors.

A little over four years ago, when Cowboy Jim realized he was dying, he asked his sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Ellery Chandler, to keep the business open, in order to keep the Jam going. At that time we had about 20 to 25 different singers or musicians coming in every week. Since then, the Jamboree has lost some entertainers, but has also gotten some new ones. But Ellery and Cathy Chandler have kept Cowboy Jim’s Jamboree, also called the Jam, alive.

The Jam is on Wednesdays, from noon to 3. It costs $4 per person to come in and hear some good ol’ country music. Since March, the Chandlers have started a Saturday night show from 6 to 9 p. m.

International Fiber Show Opened in Muskegon December 12

Muskegon Museum of Art and the Fiber Art Network present international fiber show.

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) has partnered with the Fiber Art Network to present Excellence in Fibers V this winter. Excellence in Fibers is an annual, international juried fiber arts competition organized by the Fiber Art Network. Curated from the juror-accepted 2019 Excellence in Fibers entries, this exhibition brings to our Michigan audiences the works of 39 artists from the United States and Canada. The exhibition will run December 12, 2019 through March 15, 2020 at the MMA. The public was invited to a free opening reception and gallery talk on Thursday, December 12, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events Dec. 16- Jan. 6, 2020

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

Monday December 16:

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday December 17:

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series: Peter Kurdziel
12:00 pm
A concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 1006 Third St., in downtown Muskegon. The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance. For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.
December 17  Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)

Create a Christmas Painting
6:00 pm
You’re invited to the Art Creation Station located at 200 Holton Rd. to create a canvas painting for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season!  You can select from one of two patterns, “Santa is Coming to Town” or “Happy and Bright Christmas Tree.”  You can choose your canvas size; 8”x10”($15), 11”x14”($25), or 16”x20”($30).  For more information e-mail katrina@artcreationstation.com or call the studio at (231) 719-8222.

West Michigan Junior Strings Winter Recital
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This recital will be presented at Montague United Methodist Church located at 8555 Cook St., Montague.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. This recital will showcase student progress, featuring solo performances and group pieces by these budding, young musicians. The West Michigan Junior Strings is a program of the White Lake Music Society, offering private study, group classes, and recitals.  For more information please visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Western Michigan Christian High School Christmas Collage
7:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. to enjoy instrumental and vocal ensembles performing Christmas music.  Tickets are $12.00 general admission.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Jazz at the Watermark
7:30 pm
Come to the Watermark 920 located at 930 Washington Ave. There’ll be food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar.  Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 15 years!  There is a $5 cover.  Students are $2 with ID.  For more information, check out their website at www.tijo.org.

Wednesday December 18:

Check out our website www.visitmuskegon.org for any new events!

Thursday December 19:

Muskegon High School Choir Caroling
5:30 pm
You’re invited to an evening of candlelit holiday caroling at St. Jeans Church located at 1292 Jefferson St., in downtown Muskegon.  The Muskegon High School Choir invites you to bring hats, gloves, and coats to help children in the community.  Donations are welcome but not required at this FREE community event.

Jazz Night Checkers Morton
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Checkers Morton at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. For more information call 231-894-5333

Friday December 20:

Silverado
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Silverado at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. For more information call 231-894-5333

Black History Month Calendar Contest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Dr. Sketchy’s GR Cafe Pop-up Session
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
It’s Dr. Sketchy’s GR Cafe Pop-up Session at The Coffee Factory located at 930 Washington Ave. Enjoy coffee and art at this unique cafe pop up event featuring a three hour live figure drawing session.  Tickets are $10 at the door, or $8 in advance through Eventbrite.com.  For more information, call The Coffee Factory at (231) 747-9896.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
5:30pm and 7:15pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Saturday December 21:

Wonderland Distilling Co. Holiday Pop-Up Shop
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wonderland Distilling Co. located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. is having a Holiday Pop-Up Shop! Calling all those who didn’t finish their holiday shopping and need a great gift at the last minute! Their tasting room isn’t open yet, but they’re opening up with a pop-up shop for a fun pre-sale. You can get a peek inside their space and purchase holiday gifts for your friends and family, including: Wonderland Distilling merchandise! – Gift cards! – Memberships to the Rocks Society and Single Barrel Club For more information e-mail allen@wonderlanddistilling.com.

Holiday Crafts at Hackley Library: FREE
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Hackley Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. to create a Holiday Craft!  Looking for a quiet and fun afternoon? Drop-in any time after 2:00pm at the Youth Services Department for holiday-themed crafts, perfect for a few last-minute decorations or gifts.  All ages are welcome at this FREE event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist
7:30 pm
Visit the Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. for Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist!  Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artists and one of the most recognized illusionists in history, will perform in Muskegon for one night only in his new show “Dare To Believe!” 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. VIP Gold Seat Tickets: The proceeds from this ticket go to help save Tigers and Cheetah from extinction through RareSpeciesFund.org As a thank you for your support, VIP Gold Ticket Holders receive the following: *Premium Seating*Souvenir lanyard and VIP Badge *VIP Backstage meet and greet with Jay and one of his tigers (only available 45 minutes prior to the show) * Free Souvenir Program Tickets: $79.00 VIP Gold Tickets $49.00 Reserved Seating VIP ticket holders should plan on being at the theater no later than 6:45pm when the doors open. Proceed to your reserved seats where you will receive your lanyard and be escorted backstage.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
5:30pm and 7:15pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes located at 484 W. Webster Ave. decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Sunday December 22:

Stroll through Hackley Park and enjoy the holiday decorations!

Monday December 23:

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal
7:00pm
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00pm and December 24 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, is hosted by Port City Church.  For more information call (231) 767-5246.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday, December 24:

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal
2:00pm and 4:00pm
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00pm and December 24 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm, is hosted by Port City Church.  For more information call (231) 767-5246.

Wednesday, December 25:

Happy Holidays from Visit Muskegon

Thursday, December 26:

#VisitMuskegon on all social medias

Friday, December 27:

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes located at 484 W. Webster Ave. decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Learn to Luge Weekends
Friday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday, December 28:

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes located at 484 W. Webster Ave. decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Learn to Luge Weekends
Saturday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Holiday Hustle
8:30 pm
You are invited to the ballroom of the Hilt Building inside the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave. for Holiday Hustle! This is a community concert for youth and young adults to enjoy during the holiday season featuring Nique Got-It and Dolo 24.  Tickets are $25.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Sunday, December 29:

Learn to Luge Weekends
Sunday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday, December 30:

FREE Family Movie Day: Ralph Breaks the Internet
3:00 pm
Bring the kids, friends, family and neighbors to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for a Free Family Movie Day featuring “Ralph Breaks the Internet!”  This is a great opportunity to experience the Frauenthal Center during Christmas vacation.  No tickets are required for this event, sponsored by the Mart Dock.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

FREE Family Game Night at the Library
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Ravenna Public Library located at 12278 Stafford St, for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday, December 31:

Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown: New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package
Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown has a fantastic New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package for 2020! It’s an all-inclusive package for 2 that includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Dinner buffet
• Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am
• Balloon drop
• Champagne toast and snacks at midnight
• Breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Photo booth with props
• Live Entertainment by Great Scott
Packages start at 359.99 + tax. Mark your reservation today at www.marriott.com/mkgde or by calling 231-722-0100.

Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co.
2:00 pm – 7:45 pm
It’s an Irish New Year at Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave.! They will have simulcasting from Irish bars in Ireland as well as Irish events and Happy Hour featuring $1 off all beers from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.
The list of events is as follows:
• 2:00pm & 3:00pm – Arden Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers)
• 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Mona Shores Fiddlers
• 5:45pm – 7:45pm – The Barley Saints

Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash
8:30 pm
It’s the Unruly Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Bash located at 360 W. Western Ave. with Flexadecibel, Baccano, and Dean Martian! Baccano is going to kick things off, then Flexadecibel will funk you into the New Year!  DJ Dean Martian will keep the party going into the night!  This one’s gonna slap, so make sure you dress your best, and come prepared to get down HARD.  The cover is $5.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

New Year’s Eve Party Package at the Shoreline Inn
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Shoreline Inn is offering an all-inclusive party for TWO that includes:
Overnight accommodations*Champagne upon arrival*Appetizers*Dinner Buffet*Open bar from 10:00pm – 1:00am*Champagne Toast*Midnight Snacks*Balloon Drop*Live entertainment by Pop Fiction*Late check out of 1:00pm*Breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day
Packages start at $399 plus tax.  For reservations, please call the Shoreline Inn at 231-727-8483.  You must be 21 years of age.

18th Amendment New Year’s Eve
6:30 pm
It’s an 18th Amendment New Year’s Eve! Get out your glad rags and get dolled up for a swanky New Year’s Eve party.  Starting at 8:00pm, the Swing Operation will keep you dancing all night long before counting down into 2020 at midnight.  You must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend this event. General Admission (9:00pm – 1:00am) $20 per person (available at the door or online) Entry begins at 9:00pm Includes access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight Dinner is NOT included. Pizzas and appetizers will be available for purchase.
Dinner Package (6:30pm – 1:00am)* Limited and must be purchased in advance*
$50 per person Buffet-style dinner with hors d’oeuvres and dessert, access to party all evening, live music, roaring 20’s themed party favors, view of the Times Square ball drop live feed, and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner Menu Appetizers: Dessert: Drink Menu: Full cocktail menu available Limited edition 18th Amendment Champagne

Bella Maria’s New Year’s Eve Party
7:30 pm
New Year’s Eve beginning at 7:30pm, celebrate with Bella Maria’s Event Center with live music from the Westside Soul Surfers, a smokin’ 10-piece R & B, funk and soul powerhouse!  Also included with your ticket are appetizers, a 5-star dinner buffet including Prime Rib, the Ultimate Dessert Bar and favors at midnight.  Tickets are $75 per person.  Call 231-563-6914 to reserve yours.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, January 1 2020:

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 2:

Planning a wedding? Muskegon Area Bridal Expo coming January 11, 2020 to the Frauenthal Center!

Friday, January 3:

Learn to Luge Weekends
Friday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Saturday, January 4:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Learn to Luge Weekends
Saturday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Sunday, January 5:

Learn to Luge Weekends
Sunday
Enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park inside Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon! The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. THEY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO LUGE: Their coaching staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the sport with others and teaching new sliders steering and form techniques. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, their track is designed for the first time slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speed on this track from the public start is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders this still feels like 90 mph!  Each “Learn to Luge” sliding session is 2.5 hours and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants which allows 3-5 runs depending on efficiency of group. EQUIPMENT: Participants are outfitted with elbow pads and a helmet. Participants will share an authentic luge training sled, handcrafted by the Gasser family, 3rd generation luge sled builders in Austria. PARTICIPANT AGE: All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. An instructor will explain the components of the sled and teach how to control the sled. GET SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WINTER: The most strenuous part of the luge experience is carrying your sled to the top of the luge track. Sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended. OTHER THINGS TO EXPECT: All participants must complete a waiver and provide proof of health insurance at check in for the luge session. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.  After purchasing your tickets you will receive a downloaded waiver that can be filled out in advance of your visit. For more information call (231) 744-9629.

Monday, January 6:

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Our office will be closed December 23-January 1, 2020
Happy Holidays

West Michigan Homeschool Theatre Presents ELIJAH

Mary Baldwin, Director, WMHTcastWest Michigan Homeschool Theatre proudly presents ELIJAH, adapted from the novel by John Noble. This intense rendition of the epic story of the Biblical Elijah is not of the Sunday School bathrobe variety! From the evil Queen Jezebel, who wants to murder all the Prophets of Yahweh, to the showdown on Mount Carmel, where Elijah calls upon the power of the One True God, this production will be an unforgetable experience. Performances will be held March 26, 27, and 28, 2020, at the Beardsley Theatre in downtown Muskegon. Tickets will be available for purchase February 2020 at $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

phoneThe West Michigan Homeschool Theatre group has been bringing quality, family friendly dramatics to life onstage for over fifteen years! A sampling of our past productions include The Secret Garden Unlocked, Martin Chuzzlewit and Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Our most recent show was That 70’s Mystery. This well-received comedy included a trip down memory lane with some parodied well-known 70’s television detectives, news personalities and epic 70’s television commercials. Who knew you could mix Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with Watergate and produce a fast-action, sidesplitting hilarious show?

Please consider joining us in March for another memorable presentation brought to you by gifted and hard-working West Michigan Homeschool students and families. Feel free to “Like” our West Michigan Homeschool Theatre FB page, to follow our progress!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/09/19 – 12/16/19

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

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 9 @ 5:30pm
Monday, December 9 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for an Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes! View exquisite holiday tablescapes in the historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.  Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Santa at the Muskegon Township Library
December 9 @ 10:45 am
Monday, December 9 at 10:45am, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Township Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-760-4329.

Santa at the Montague Library
December 9 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, December 9 at 6:00pm, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the Montague Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Team Trivia Game Show
December 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Downtown Live Concert Series
December 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
December 9, 2019 – “All MCC Holiday Celebration” features the MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles, the Collegiates, The College Singers and small group performances by students and faculty at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater

Bingo at Hackley Library
December 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 10 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library to play Bingo, meet new people, and snag some awesome prizes!  Snacks will be included as well as amusing commentary from your friendly librarians Lydia and Analiese.  This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
December 10 & 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

Make It @ Montague: Snow Globe Scene
December 11 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Library to make a charming snow globe!  This fun craft will be pretty perched in any corner, mantle or bookshelf.  For more information call (231) 893-2675.

Santa at Dalton Library
December 12 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 at 4:00pm, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-828-4188.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for an After Hours Tour!  Dive into history and learn details about HPL during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, and the tours will begin at 5:00pm. Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour. These tours are free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Excellence in Fibers V
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Excellence in Fibers V!”  Excellence in Fibers V, the juried international fibers show highlighting the winter season, opens with a reception and gallery talk by Art Martin, MMA Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club presents: Picó & Chown
December 12 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for the MADL Thursday Night Music Club featuring Picó & Chown!  Enjoy the rich vocals and smooth piano of Miriam Picó and David Chown as they share old standards, pop, rock & blues classics, as well as original music.  They’ll even throw in some of your holiday favorites!  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

A Christmas Line: A North Pole Musical & a Christmas Scarol
December 13 – December 14
Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm and Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm, come to the Beardsley Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre Education Division presents their annual Holiday Show!
Broadway Bound presents “A Christmas Line: a North Pole Musical.” It’s a casting call for the annual holiday revue and a host of familiar North Pole faces are lined up to audition, headshots and resumes in hand.  Three Elves, a not-so-famous Reindeer, a stage-worthy Snowman, Mrs. C. herself, a regular kid, Cameron, and a chorus of other North Pole citizens put to the test by Santa Claus.  Fantastic Broadway-style songs brings this holiday musical to life.
Performance LAB presents “A Christmas Scarol.” When Tim can’t think of a Christmas gift to get his high-maintenance girlfriend, he’s visited by four terrifying spirits (actually five — they’ve been hiring) who whisk him away on a harrowing and hilarious journey into the past, present, future, and an alternate timeline.  This wild and free-spirited adaptation of the holiday classic is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas (getting awesome presents).
All tickets are $8, general admission. For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Art Cats Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration
December 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, join Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary!  They’ll be offering free holiday treats, a great 20% discount and will be giving away 20 of their very favorite things!  For more information call 231-755-7606.

Black History Month Calendar Contest
Through January 10
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements!  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library!  All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home game Friday, December 13 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the U18.  It’s Coats & Shoes Drive Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

West Michigan Symphony: Sounds of the Season
December 13 – December 14 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Sounds of the Season!” A cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, will warm hearts in this annual concert of seasonal favorites, from classics to beloved carols. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic!  Tickets are $12 for students and $29 – $66 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 14
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 14 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Cocoa & Crafts: Holiday Craft Show
December 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for the Cocoa & Crafts – Holiday Craft Show! Hosted by the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club this event features over 100 vendors, making your last minute Holiday shopping convenient and fun.  While you are browsing, stop by their hot cocoa bar and get yourself a warm treat.  Be sure to bring the little ones to see Santa!  For more information e-mail sk8mlfsc@gmail.com.

Super Saturday: Fiber Fun
December 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
December 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Free Family Fun Day! Come celebrate the fantastically fun fiber art at the MMA.  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm Tours – Explore “Excellence in Fibers V” with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take Art Activity – Create your own fabulous fiber art in the classroom.

Santa at Ravenna Library
December 14 @ 10:30 am
Saturday, December 14 at 10:30am, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-853-6975.

Holiday Shopping Frenzy
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to Mona Lake Boat Club for the Holiday Shopping Frenzy! Do some last minute holiday shopping from a variety of vendors, grab some lunch and get entered in raffles happening every half hour starting at noon.  For more information call (231) 798-4011.

Downtown Muskegon Cookie Crawl – SOLD OUT
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers Market for the first ever “Cookie Crawl” in Downtown Muskegon! Start at the Muskegon Farmers Market at 11:00am to pick up your tin and first cookie.  From there, travel to the other 24 participating vendors in any order and get a cookie from them.  Visit all vendors before 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $20 and they only have 100 tickets available so act fast.  It’s going to be so fun and you’ll walk away with a cute tin full of cookies to enjoy!

Yule Book Event at Hackley Library
December 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Yule Book Event at Hackley Library!  Inspired by Iceland’s tradition of giving and reading books on Christmas Eve, stop into Hackley Library to buy a few gifts, listen to holiday music, and make a hot cocoa reindeer craft to enjoy at home! Our Friends of Hackley Library will have a fantastic selection of books for sale, for both adults and children. This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Steven Curtis Chapman: Acoustic Christmas
December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00pm, come to The Lakes Church in Fruitport for Acoustic Christmas! Singer, songwriter, best-selling author, dad, husband, Christ follower, and most awarded artist in Christian music history, Steven Curtis Chapman, will be joined by Jillian Edwards to perform a wonderful Christmas show.  Tickets range from $20 to $75 and are available through www.itickets.com.

Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause
December 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for an Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause! Dress to impress at the annual event featuring a live performance by Logan White, the Ugliest Sweater will get a prize at 10:00pm!
Instead of charging cover, they’re asking everyone to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to fill up their box. They are an official T for T drop off location!  They’ll also be collecting items for Kids’ Food Basket’s “Sack Supper Wish List.”  Each Sack Supper is a well-rounded, nutritious evening meal critical to the development of the brain and body.  Providing that level of nutrition to nearly 8,000 children each weekday takes a lot of support from people like you!  For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.
Items for the Kids’ Food Basket Sack Supper Food Drive:
• Fruit cups or pouches
• Dried fruit
• Snack size zipper bags
• Toasted oat cereal
• Pretzel twists
• Goldfish crackers or Cheez-Its (off-brand accepted)

Pilates + Beer
December 15 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, December 15 from 11:15am – 12:15pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s new facility for Pilates + Beer with Mandy! This one hour Pilates class will target your core.  The cost is $12 (cash only) and includes a Tier I – Tier 4 beer in the taproom afterwards.  Visit Pigeon Hill’s Facebook page and click “GOING” to reserve your space. Payment is due upon arrival.  The class will be hosted at 895 Fourth St. at Pigeon Hill’s new facility off of Shoreline Drive.  Drinks will be afterwards in the taproom at 500 W. Western Ave.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Holiday Brunch with Santa
December 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating, family and Santa!  The cost is $27 for adults, $12 for kids 5 – 12, and free for kids 4 and under.  Reservations are necessary and will fill up fast, so don’t miss out!  Make your reservations today by calling 231-755-3737. Check out the menu at www.se4sons.net/upcoming-events.

Santa’s Ceramic Workshop at Unruly Brewing Co.
December 15 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, December 15 at 11:00am, it’s Santa’s Ceramic Workshop at Unruly Brewing Co. Support local art programs with this fun family event!  You’ll make one of a kind, glazed bisque-ware items that are dishwasher and dinnerware safe.  Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. All items will be ready to pick up on Saturday December 21.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Crafts & Drafts Gets Festive
December 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company as Crafts & Drafts gets festive! This is holiday upcycling at its finest.  Join them in the taproom to turn a few picture frames, mirrors and holiday odds and ends into your very own holiday creation.  The sky’s the limit on your design.  The class is $20 and includes a beverage to get your creative juices flowing.  Gather all of your holiday spirit and let the magic of the season inspire you!  They only have room for 30, so pre-registration and payment are necessary.  You can sign up in the taproom or call and reserve your spot at (231)375-5184.  Be sure to stick around afterwards for some live music!

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
December 15 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm, the Frauenthal Center and West Michigan Youth Ballet present, “The Nutcracker!” Make West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year!  “The Nutcracker,” a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve.  She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.  Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age.  Tickets are $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 12 and under.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon on Ice: Holiday Figure Skating Show
December 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm, the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club invites you to the L.C. Walker Arena for Muskegon on Ice! This will be an unforgettable experience for the entire family as the club’s talented competitive and recreational skaters perform to your favorite holiday classics!  Over twenty skaters ranging in age from 4 – 15 will represent Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Norton Shores.  Santa will make and appearance, too!  Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated.  Muskegon radio personality Andy O’Riley of MuskegonChannel.com and Positively Muskegon will emcee the event.  For more information e-mail sk8mlfsc@gmail.com.

Jay Owenhouse, Illusionist, Performing at the Frauenthal

JAY OWENHOUSE, THE AUTHENTIC ILLUSIONIST
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artist and one of the most recognized illusionists in history, will perform on the Frauenthal stage one night only in his new show “Dare To Believe!”

Jay welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible. 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!

TICKETS & INFO: www.frauenthal.org; info@frauenthal.org

A Rich Tradition Returns: The Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours Are Back

Muskegon, MI –  Glow under the lights of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site this holiday season. During the kick-off event on Saturday, November 30th, Lakeshore Museum Center visitors had the opportunity to admire the beautifully decorated houses and enjoy a variety of other holiday-themed activities from 4-8pm.

“Our guests can experience the magic of the holiday season all month long,” said Program Manager Erin Schmitz. “I love to see the houses decorated for the holidays, but working with 11 community decorating groups is what makes this time of year really special.”

This year, LMC had the help of Linda Potter & Cathy Norkus, the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Janet Arndt & Barb Lloyd, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society, Minerva Dill Questers, the Greater Muskegon Women’s Club, Merilee and Friends, LMC’s Junior Museum Professionals, Se4sons at the Muskegon Country Club, and Helen Sherman who volunteered to decorate the site.

Additional holiday tour dates are as follows:
● Saturday, December 7 from 4-8 pm
● Saturday, December 14 from 4-8 pm
● Saturday, December 21 from 4-8 pm
● Thursday, December 27 from 4-8 pm
● Friday, December 28 from 1-4 pm

For more information about the Hackley and Hume Historic Homes or their upcoming events, call (231) 722-7578 or visit their website.

Frauenthal Center & West Michigan Youth Ballet Present The Nutcracker

December 15, 2019
The Nutcracker
3:00pm  |  Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $23 Adults, $12 Children 12 and under

nutcrackerMake West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year! “The Nutcracker,” a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 2-9, 2019

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

Monday December 2:

Open House: City of Muskegon
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the City of Muskegon at City Hall for an Open House!  They will be thanking those that have served as a commissioner or as a member of a board. There will be city staff available in the hallway to learn about our various boards/committees and applications available to apply for January openings. They will dedicate a plaque for Muskegon’s 150th Anniversary at 5:30pm. Light snacks will be provided. They hope to see you there!

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday December 3:

Live @ the Library: Mike Snell
6:30 pm
Come to the North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Drive for live music with Mike Snell! Mike Snell will sing everyone’s favorites, embellished with his guitar.  Light refreshments will be provided at this free concert.  For more information call (231) 744-6080.

Santa at Muskegon Heights Library
4:30 pm
Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library located at 2808 Sanford St. to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity.  For more information call 231-739-6075.

Classical Night: Jeremy Verwys
7:00 pm
It’s Classical Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague featuring Jeremy Verwys! The cover charge is $5. Dinner will be at 6:15pm by Chef Heidi, featuring pan-seared pork tenderloin served with caramelized pears and toasted pecans, accompanied by a sweet potato soufflé, roasted brussel sprouts, a glass of house wine and a caramel apple walnut tart for only $17. RSVP is required for dinner by calling (231) 894-5333 or email bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Open Irish Jam Session
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub located at 885 Jefferson St. for their open Irish Jam session! This is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Irish Christmas in America
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Playhouse at White Lake located at 304 South Mears Ave., presents “Irish Christmas in America!” This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey.  Tickets are $25 in advance.  For more information call (231) 894-4048.

Wednesday December 4:

Kitchen 242 Holiday Open House
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come and meet their entrepreneurs, taste their products and purchase some for holiday gifts!  Also meet many of the resources that are available to food start-up businesses: There will be a cash bar.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Winter Wonderland II: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Painting FUNdraiser
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Paint a 16” x 20” acrylic canvas masterpiece titled “Winter Wonderland II” with step by step guided instruction with a classically trained artist with over 25 years of experience.  Help support the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lakeshore area at this FUNdraiser located at the Art Creation Station located at 200 Holton Rd.   The cost is $40 per guest with all supplies included.  Sign up at Eventbrite.com, the Art Creation Station’s Facebook page or pay at the studio prior to the event.  For more information, e-mail katrina@artcreationstation.com or call the studio at 231-719-8222.

Christmas in Holton
6:00 pm
Come to the Holton Library located at 8776 Holton Duck Lake Rd. Start the holidays off right with a visit to downtown Holton for this fun, family event. Come to the library to meet Santa, do a craft and enjoy treats. Also, join the community in a tree lighting and singing in the park across from the library.  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Thursday December 5:

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree: SOLD OUT
December 5 – December 7
2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree which has been featured on both the Travel Channel and the Learning Channel!  With its 25,000 colored lights that coordinate to the beautiful singing, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet up into the majestic Frauenthal Center, over 280 singers, and accompaniment by the 50 piece Mona Shores High School Orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed.  Enjoy this holiday tradition December 5 – 7 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show.  See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Friday December 6:

Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas Time” Tour 2019
7:00 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. for Praytell’s It’s Almost Christmas Time Tour 2019! After a memorable sold-out show last year, Praytell returns to Muskegon for an evening of festive music at the Frauenthal’s Beardsley Theater. Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas” Tour is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season!  Tickets are $15.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Cheers: A History of Brewing in Muskegon
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay for “Cheers: A History of Brewing in Muskegon” exhibit opening! Join the museum at this free open house event giving you a sneak peek of the exhibit while you enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar. Brief remarks take place at 6:00pm.  Please RSVP via https://cheers-exhibit.eventbrite.com.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree: SOLD OUT
December 5 – December 7
2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree which has been featured on both the Travel Channel and the Learning Channel!  With its 25,000 colored lights that coordinate to the beautiful singing, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet up into the majestic Frauenthal Center, over 280 singers, and accompaniment by the 50 piece Mona Shores High School Orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed.  Enjoy this holiday tradition December 5 – 7 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Saturday December 7:

Santa at Muskegon County Libraries
11:00 am: Egelston Library 5428 E. Apple Ave.
11:30 am: North Muskegon branch 1522 Ruddiman
2:00pm: Norton Shores branch 705 Seminole Rd.
Santa will visit to meet children of all ages. Bring the family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. For more information call 231-788-6477.

Soldering at Hackley Library
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to create a flickering flame with this basic soldering project!  All skill levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome.  Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult to this free event.  Call to register for your two-hour time slot at 231-722-8014.

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho
10:30 am
Come to The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave., 3rd floor for “Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho!” Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and kids 3 and under are free. For more information call 231-726-3231. Based on the book “Click Clack Ho Ho Ho” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, families will enjoy a live narration of this fun holiday story with graphics displayed on a 20 foot screen! The story is accompanied by original music played by professional musicians and children will have an opportunity to help compose their own music and hear it performed.  Join them for a holiday celebration with your favorite Click Clack Moosic barnyard pals, cookies and milk… and if he isn’t too busy in his workshop, maybe even a visit by the man in the red suit!

Holidays in Lakeside
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Get in the spirit of the season with “Holidays in Lakeside”, a fun family event featuring visits with Santa, carriage rides, a bake sale, tree lighting, holiday shopping and a myriad of other merry making activities.  It’s happening December 7 in the Lakeside District.  For more information, visit www.lakesidedistrict.com.

West Michigan Ironmen Cornhole Tournament
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Check out the L. C. Walker Arena for the West Michigan Ironmen Cornhole Tournament! This event is taking place on the turf inside the LC Walker Arena. All ages are welcome!  This is a Double Elimination Tournament! All bags and boards will be provided but players in the competitive division can bring and use their own ACL approved bags.  They will be using ACL Cornhole Tournament Rules and a bracket app which will allow you to follow the bracket on your phone.  The link will be provided at the event. Check-ins begin at 11:00am, one hour before the event begins. Participants must be at the event on-time to check-in and participate.  No late check- ins will be allowed.  Once the event begins, there are no adding additional teams to the bracket.  For more information, call West Michigan Cornhole at (616) 710-2318.

Santa Claus at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Santa Claus is coming to Pigeon Hill! Bring the young ones in for a chance to meet Santa and fill him in on their Christmas wish list!  There will be a photographer on site, and all photos will be emailed to you free of charge.  In the spirit of giving, they ask you to bring a bag of canned food items or a Toys-For-Tots donation to help them spread cheer throughout the community this holiday season.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Comedian Charlie Berens
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. inside Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedian, host, actor and Emmy-winning journalist Charlie Berens! Check him out on Facebook, then come see him LIVE at Back Alley Comedy Club!  Tickets are $25 and $35 and available at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/Muskegon.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

67th Annual White Lake Christmas Parade
December 7
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Saturday, December 7, over 50 participants will line up and follow the parade route from Whitehall to Montague along Business 31/Colby Street.  The 67th annual parade promises to provide excitement with floats from area churches, civic organizations, businesses, area neighbors. Cartoon characters, clowns, parading fire trucks, and animals of all shapes and sizes are just a few of the local favorites who will be handing out candy and goodies.  As the Grand Finale Santa will make his entrance with a horse drawn carriage.  He will be eager to see children of all ages following the parade at his house outside Montague City Hall located on Ferry St.  For more information visit whitelake.org.

Muskegon Risers’ Home Opener
7:00 pm
Come to the L. C. Walker Arena Mark for the first home game of the Muskegon Risers’ 2019/20 arena season! They’ll take on national futbal powerhouse, Grand Rapids ABK!  Season and single game tickets are available at www.muskegonrisers.com/mens-arena-tickets.

Global Fat Bike Day Under the Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park in Muskegon State Park located 462 Scenic Dr. for “Global Fat Bike Day Under the Lights!” The Complex is partnering with Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA) to bike the 2 miles of lighted trails in honor of Global Fat Bike Day.  This event is open to all types of bikes (not just fat bikes) and ages.  Enjoy some great biking on their designated trails in Muskegon State Park.  Feel free to BYOB.  Their heated sports lodge with a fireplace and patio bonfire with s’mores will keep you cozy after riding.
There is no cost for season pass holders, otherwise, it’s $10.00 per person or $40.00 per family. The fee must be paid prior to hitting the trails inside the lodge by cash, check or credit card.  Funds raised benefit Winter Sports Complex and Mosquito Creek Trails.  For more information call (231) 744-9629.

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree: SOLD OUT
December 5 – December 7
2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree which has been featured on both the Travel Channel and the Learning Channel!  With its 25,000 colored lights that coordinate to the beautiful singing, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet up into the majestic Frauenthal Center, over 280 singers, and accompaniment by the 50 piece Mona Shores High School Orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed.  Enjoy this holiday tradition December 5 – 7 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon!  For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

“Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season”
7:30 pm -9:00 pm
Directed by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, “Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season  located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.” The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are on sale at the Overbrook Theater Box Office and are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Bikes & Brews
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson located at 149 Shoreline Dr. for Bikes & Brews! Hot Rod will have some of your favorite local breweries serving up some tasty brews as 97.9 WGRD gives away tickets to the Grand Rapids NYE Ball Drop from 12:00pm – 1:00pm! This is the only location in Muskegon where you can get tickets. Each brewery will feature their three favorite brews for you to sample and you can order a glass of your favorite.  For more information call (231) 722-0000. 6 Samples of your choice – $516oz. Pours – $5 Purchase drink tickets at the door and be sure to bring cash. You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.

Light’em Up Santa Roll
6:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for the Light’em Up Santa Roll! This event, hosted by West Michigan Coast Riders, is a great way to celebrate Christmas and the end of the cycling year!  Decorate your bike for the season and enjoy this fun, family friendly night time colorful bike tour.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Read Muskegon’s 2019 Holiday Village
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
It’s Read Muskegon’s 2019 Holiday Village! Covenant Community Church will be hosting this Holiday Village Party that includes games, crafts, and treats! There will be eight stations that will are geared towards children that are 0-5 years old. Please contact Willow Smith if interested in volunteering at 231-769-2713 or willow.smith@readmuskegon.org.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Sunday December 8:

Santa at Muskegon County Libraries
10:45 am: Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave..
6:00pm: Montague branch located at 8778 Ferry St.
Santa will visit to meet children of all ages. Bring the family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera. For more information call 231-788-6477.

Be-Bop Spartans: MSU Student Jazz Orchestra
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Michigan State University’s Be-Bop Spartans, a 22-member student jazz orchestra, will perform at Fricano’s located at 1050 W. Western Ave.!  Enjoy selections from their repertoire of jazz, soul, swing, blues, and gospel with special guest artist, jazz drummer Kenny Washington. The event is sponsored by the Muskegon Community College music program. Tickets are sold at the door and are $5 general admission and free for any student with ID.

The Swan Series
4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer two upcoming lectures featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist Robert Swan. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Praise Center of the United Methodist Church located at117 S. Division in Whitehall.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series:
Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys-Festival of Lessons and Carols
5:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon located at 1003 Thirds St. The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance. Please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.

Monday December 9:

Downtown Live Concert Series
7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Black History Month Calendar Contest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Public Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements.  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up an entry form at Hackley Library.  All submissions are due by Friday, January 10.  They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest which is free to public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 5 – December 9
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster Ave. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to view exquisite holiday tables. December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance.  Message them on Facebook to make reservations.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

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Our office will be closed December 23-January 1, 2020
Happy Holidays

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Celebrates the Holidays with 46 International Traditions

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Experience the wonder of the holidays at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition, on display from November 26 through January 5, 2020. Guests from all over the world visit Meijer Gardens to experience 46 trees and displays representing countries and cultures from across the globe. The adored and enchanting Railway Garden, and the holiday wonderland that encompasses it, will once again loop through three lush indoor garden spaces, including the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse.

Guests are invited to ring in the holiday season with our most beloved winter exhibition. This year, Meijer Gardens celebrates the signs of the season and highlights iconic symbols that are used in holiday festivities. Winter is a season rich with symbolism. On display are icons that evoke a deeper meaning and represent holiday cheer. Guests will celebrate both fact and folklore, past and present.

Each winter, Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with fresh poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. The smell of evergreens as visitors enter the building and the sounds of carolers make it a place to reflect and enjoy the holiday season. Indoors and out, our grounds sparkle with 300,000 lights. 500 volunteers lovingly decorate the trees and displays.

The unique horticultural artistry of the Railway Garden complements the trolleys, trains and handcrafted buildings replicating 37 Grand Rapids landmarks. Visitors will find familiarity in the Fifth Third Ballpark replica building, with its light posts made of willow, as well as Royal Poinciana pods, Pomegranate, Japanese Fantail Willow and Bamboo that make up the iconic architecture of the Van Andel Institute replica building. Five landmarks from Grand Rapids sister cities around the world are also represented in the Railway Garden.

“This winter, Meijer Gardens is highlighting iconic symbols from around the world,” said Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “Guests will have the opportunity to explore the signs of the season with deeper meaning and find the commonalities shared within diverse cultures.”

Exhibition Activities:

• Extended Holiday Hours: Open until 9 pm on December 17 – 21, 23, 26 – 28 and 30. (PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

• The Original Dickens Carolers: Tuesdays: November 26, December 3, 10, 17. 6-8 pm

• Santa Visits: Tuesdays: November 26, December 3, 10, 17. 5-8 pm

• Rooftop Reindeer: Saturdays: November 30, December 7, 14, 21. 1-4 pm

• Christmas Cabaret Gala: Wednesday, December 4, 6 pm (RSVP required)

• Winter-Time Walks: (December 3-January 4, 2020)
Preschoolers: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:15 am
Family and Friends: Saturdays 11:15 am
Fee: Included with admission

Winter in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden can be chilly, but fun! Bundle up and join us on an outdoor interactive discovery walk to investigate the Children’s Garden in new ways. We’ll explore different winter themes and gather in a cozy spot to learn about winter with stories, kid-friendly conversation and other activities.

• Christmas and Holiday Themed Classes: Enjoy festive learning opportunities for adults and families. Fees apply. Visit MeijerGardens.org/calendar for more information.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/25/19 – 12/02/19

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

Festival of Trees
November 25 – December 1
The Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees opens November 20 and runs through December 1, 2019.The beauty and spirit of Christmas inspire the Festival of Trees as it returns to the MMA for its 15th year as a Muskegon community holiday tradition. Visitors will see professionally designed holiday trees and decorations, most available in a silent auction to benefit the MMA.

Festival Hours & Admission
Nov. 20 – Dec. 1: Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Closed Thanksgiving
Admission: $10 adult / $5 for MMA members / $3 ages 3-17 (under 3 free) / $15 All-Festival Pass

Special Events
Visit with Santa at Festival of Trees
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Friday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 30, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

First Day Food Drive
Wednesday, November 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bring a food donation for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on the first day of Festival of Trees and receive half-off Festival adult admission.

Deck Your Halls
Holiday Decorating Demo Event
Sunday, November 24
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Floral designers Deb Moon from Le Fleur Shoppe and Skeeter Parkhouse from Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts will demonstrate how to create unique holiday décor during this event. Items created during the demo will be raffled to the audience. Light snacks and coffee will be served. Advance Ticket: $35 per person/$30 MMA member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.
Underwritten by Webb Chemical Services Corp.

Senior Day
Tuesday, November 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Special Senior Day half-off ticket price for ages 65 and older: $5
• Free coffee & cookies
• Vendor giveaways & information
• Door prizes
• Blood pressure clinic
Call ahead for group bookings: 231.720.2571.
Underwritten by Agewell Services.

Family Day
Friday, November 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Santa will stop in for a visit from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and the fun will include a kids’ craft activity and scavenger hunt. Special Family Day half-off adult ticket price: $5. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings.
Underwritten by The Meijer Foundation

Holiday Concert
Featuring Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia & the Greensides
Friday, November 29
6:00 pm Cocktail Hour | 7:00 pm Concert
Special holiday performance program. Cash bar. Ticket includes Festival admission.
Ticket: $12 per person/$10 MMA Member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Teddy Bear Breakfast
Saturday, November 30
8:30 – 10:30 am
Ticket includes:
• Festive breakfast with fruit, sausage, muffins, quiche, juice, and coffee
• Teddy bear checkup by a certified teddy bear nurse
• A visit with Santa
• Teddy Bear Parade and Story Time
• Make-and-Take Craft
Tickets: Adults $15, Kids 12 and younger $10 (Tickets are limited; reservations are highly recommended. This event sells out.) Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.
Underwritten by Tom DeVoursney

Cocktail Hour
Partnering with the Muskegon Civic Theatre
Saturday, November 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Join us for a festive cocktail hour at the MMA. Free admission for ticket holders of the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s Saturday performance of “The Christmas Carol.” Admission: Present your MCT “Christmas Carol” ticket or pay $8 admission at the door. Cash bar.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave.
Visitor information: www.muskegonartmuseum.org or call 231-720-2570
MMA Store and advance ticket sales: 231-720-2580
Group sales: 231-720-2571.

MCC to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Exhibit & Powwow
November 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with a display of artwork and a powwow on campus. Native American art will be on display in the Overbrook Theater hallway from Friday, November 8 – 30.  Works by Native American artists Steve Kequom, Waabishiki Meegwan Tony, and Ron Wittenberg will be featured, as well as a video of the artists describing their work.
On Monday, November 25, a powwow with participants from across Michigan will take place in MCC’s Collegiate Hall from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Students and the public can drop in for any part of the ceremonies, which are free.  The emcee and head drummer will be Al Metzgar.
The events are being organized by MCC student Bernadene Crampton and the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. For more information, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at (231) 777-0569 or dan.rinsema-sybenga@muskegoncc.edu.  For more information about the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559 or trynette.lottie-harps@muskegoncc.edu.

Family Game Night at the Library
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series
November 26 @ 12:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance.  For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.

2019-2020 Concert Schedule:
• November 26 – Lee Murdock—“The Christmas Ship” concert (folk guitar and vocals)
• December 8 – Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys – Festival of Lessons and Carols (Sunday, 5:00pm)
• December 17 – Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)
• Februbary 25 – Grand Valley Faculty Brass Quintet (classical)
• March 24 – Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet (classical)
• April 14 – Gregory Maytan, violin (classical)
• May 26 – Quintessence, woodwind quintet (classical)
• June 9 – Denise Newell, mezzo soprano, and Caron Farmer, piano (classical)

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 26 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00pm, come to the Egelston Library for “Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!”  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  This is perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-788-6477 to register for this free event.

Music at the Library: Legal Rehab
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Legal Rehab!   This is amplified acoustic classic rock, folk and Irish from the 60’s to present.  This band features passionate playing and conversational interaction with the audience, ensuring an exciting and enjoyable night of music.  This music performance is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  Performers include Britta Bujak Portenga on Violin/Fiddle, Roy Portenga on Guitar and vocals, and Scott White on Harmonica, Cajon and vocals.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Wine & Canvas: Blue Forest
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Sherman Bowling Center for Wine & Canvas: Blue Forest!  Leave your cares at the door and dive on in to the paint party!  The ticket price of $35 includes use of all necessary paint supplies and aprons, instruction by a professional and friendly local artist, and a 16 x20 take-home painting.  This is an adult evening for those ages 16 & up.
Alcohol is not included, but Sherman Bowling Center has a fabulous selection of food and beverages available for purchase! No outside food or beverage is permitted.  For more information call (616) 970-1082.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.
*Note:  The planetarium will not be open Thanksgiving Day*

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 27 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home game Wednesday, November 27 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the U17.  It’s $2 Beer Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Main Street Dueling Pianos
November 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wednesday, November 27 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, it’s Main Street Dueling Pianos at Watermark 920! These entertainers have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving the audience an unforgettable experience of singing, hand-clapping and dancing the night away!  This is a 21+, All Request Party that may contain adult content, mature subject matter and strong language.  Tickets are $15 and available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 from 9:00am – 10:00am, Lakeshore Fitness Center and Run Muskegon invite you to the Muskegon’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, taking place on the Lakeshore Bike Trail and the Muskegon Community College Fitness Center. The Muskegon Turkey Trot has been a community tradition for over 10 years. This family friendly 5k is the perfect way to jumpstart Thanksgiving morning.  Get festive, wear a turkey hat and earn that extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner.
The Turkey Trot is a fun run and is not chip-timed, however, there is a gun start with a racing clock at the finish line. The race is happening rain, snow, freezing rain, blizzard or sunshine.  Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at the race (for insurance purposes).  Repeat: no dogs allowed.
Thanksgiving Morning Registration:  You can still sign up Thanksgiving morning starting at 8:00am at the MCC fitness Center. Please show up early if you plan to register Thanksgiving morning.  Cash, check and credit card registration will be accepted but signing up in advance is highly encouraged.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Delta by Marriott
November 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 28 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by those you are most thankful for at the Delta Hotels Marriott Muskegon Downtown!  They’re having a fantastic Thanksgiving Buffet featuring chef carved Whole Roasted Turkey with simmered natural gravy, Prime Rib, Smoked Ham, Omelet Station, a multitude of delicious sides, desserts and more!  The cost is $22.95 for adults and $9.95 for children.  Call 231-720-7105 for reservations.

Shopping for a Cause on Small Business Saturday
November 29 @ 10:00 am – November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, November 29 – 30, come to Art Cats Gallery to Shop for a Cause!  This year they are raising money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter) and a portion of their sales will be donated to this cause.  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Frozen Fever Friday
November 29 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday, November 29 from 1:30pm – 4:00pm, join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center for a Frozen Fever Friday!  Warm up your mittens for the largest Glow in the Dark Snowball Fight ever, as well as sled races and snowman building.  It’s going to be snow much fun!  Admission is $5.  Regular skate rental is free, roller blades are $2 and premium rental is $6.  You may, of course, bring your own skates or roller blades.  This is a special event.  No children drop offs, passes or coupons.
They are also offering a family Meal Deal!  $17.50 gets you a large cheese & pepperoni pizza and a pitcher of pop.  For $22.00, you’ll get a 12″ cheese & pepperoni pizza, cheesy bread and a pitcher of pop.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

The Blackout Thanksgiving Bash
November 29 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, November 29 from 6:00pm – Midnight, come to Verdonis Event Center for The Blackout Thanksgiving Bash! Get ready for the ultimate black party, sure to be the biggest and most luxurious event of the year.  Elite socialites will gather to enjoy luxury, life and libations.  Dress to impress (no gym shoes, athletic gear, sweats or white tees).  Enjoy a full catered dinner included with entry.  Limited tickets are available for $25. Table and sections are available for reservation.  This will be a sold out event, so get your tickets soon by calling 313-350-4916 or at Eventbrite.com.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 1
Come to the Beardsley Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “A Christmas Carol!” The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that continues to touch hearts and minds the world over.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Shop Western Market on Small Business Saturday
November 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, come to Western Market to celebrate Small Business Saturday! Support your favorite small businesses, like (hint, hint) the ones at Western Market!  When you #ShopSmall, you make a big impact on them and the whole community.  That’s something worth celebrating!  For more information call (231) 724-6705.

Holiday Artisan Market
November 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, shop in the elegance of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for an eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans. It’s one stop shopping for that special gift that is sure to impress.  For more information call 231-725-9220.

Shop Lakeside Local on Small Business Saturday
November 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, shop unique, shop local, shop Lakeside during Small Business Saturday and every day!  Discover and support the small locally owned businesses of Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-6113.

Free Chance to Win $100 on Small Business Saturday
November 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The City of Muskegon invites you downtown Saturday, November 30 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, to enjoy Small Business Saturday! There are five $100 visa gift cards to win and all you have to do is be one of the first 250 people in at any of the participating downtown retail stores listed below.  At each store, fill out a ticket with your name and phone number.  Visit all of these stores to have 30 chances to win! Winners will be contacted the following week.  To all, good luck and happy shopping!  For more information call (231) 724-6705.
Participating Retailers:
– BoomTown Market 351 W. Western Ave.
– Century Club Retail Center 356 W. Western Ave.
– The Cheese Lady Muskegon 808 Terrace St.
– City Hub Cyclery 585 W. Clay Ave.
– The Griffin’s Rest 1221 3rd St.
– Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr.
– Lakeshore Museum Center Gift Shop 430 W. Clay Ave.
– Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave.
– Muskegon Museum of Art Gift Shop 296 W. Webster Ave.
– Radium Photo 835 Terrace St.
– Skye Blu Boutique and Jewelry 930 2nd St.
– Third Coast Vinyl 1115 3rd St.
– Vintage Redefined 471 W. Western Ave.
– Y-Knot Embroidery & Screen Printing & Skee’s Tee’s 880 Jefferson Ave.
– Western Market (All 16 Vendors) 307 W. Western Ave.
~ Book Nook Too
~ B.Unique Designs
~ Clean Ocean Clothing
~ Gems Near The Lakeshore
~ GirodiGelato
~ Happy Matt’s Kettlecorn
~ Harris & Willow
~ Good Moo’s
~ Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gifts, LLC
~ Muskegon Inspired
~ MidWest SiliPint Muskegon Port City Dry Goods
~ Skee’s Tees
~ Soap Dude Cosmetics
~ Tatterweave Designs
~ Thoughfully Thrifted
~ Village Baker

Wherehouse Studio Presents “Introduction to Liquid Flow Art with Tanya Tice”
November 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Wherehouse Studio invites you to join them for their Pop Up event at the Lakeshore School of Fine Arts. Special guest artist, Tanya Tice, will be on hand to teach how to experiment with liquid flow. Experience how color can be used to expand your creative possibilities!  No experience is necessary!  Learn “pour, pull and skim” from Tanya, who has been working with and teaching this technique for many years and has been successfully selling her work in the West Michigan area.  All materials are provided are you create your own 16″ X 20″ work of art during the class.  Paintings take approximately 2 days to dry and may be left at the studio to pick up on Tuesday, or transported with care in a box in your vehicle. Boxes will be provided.
The registration deadline is Thursday, November 28.  The cost for the class (including supplies) is $35.  Limited seating and supplies are available, so please secure your seat with a paid reservation!  Ages 12 and above are welcome (with an adult).  Call 231-206-4013.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours Kick-off Event
November 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups, with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! They’re kicking off their holiday tours with ornament decorating, cookies, and hot chocolate in the courtyard.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Hackley Park Christmas Tree Lighting & Reindeer
November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 30 at 5:00pm, Muskegon kicks off the holiday season in Hackley Park!  Enjoy festive lights, hot chocolate, meeting a friendly pair of reindeer, and photo opportunities with the jolly ol’ man himself.  Events will take place in Hackley Park as well as Hackley Public Library.  This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages!  For more information call 231-722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 30 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home game Saturday, November 30 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Chicago Steel.  It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
December 1, 14, 21, 27 & 28
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more information call 231-722-7578.
Tour Dates:
• December 1 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
• December 14 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm

Circle of Trees
December 1 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Circle of Trees is held on the first Sunday in December.  Trees are decorated in Walker Park, the annual “Dog Parade” is held on Ruddiman Ave. and the tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and visits with Santa follow immediately after.  If you wish to participate or for more information, contact Lee Ann Clausen at 231-744-1621.
• 3:00pm – Tree Lighting Testing (Walker Park)
• 5:15pm – Santa/Dog Parade (Fire Station)
• 5:30pm – Caroling (Walker Park)
• 5:45pm – Lighting of the Trees
• 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Visit with Santa

Black History Month Calendar Contest
December 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participate in Hackley Public Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements.  Everyone is invited to submit drawings.  To enter, draw a picture from African American history.  The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon.  Don’t forget to pick up an entry form at Hackley Library.  All submissions are due by Friday, January 10.  They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night.  All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest which is free to public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Open House: City of Muskegon
December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, December 2 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, join the City of Muskegon at City Hall for an Open House!  They will be thanking those that have served as a commissioner or as a member of a board. There will be city staff available in the hallway to learn about our various boards/committees and applications available to apply for January openings. They will dedicate a plaque for Muskegon’s 150th Anniversary at 5:30pm. Light snacks will be provided. They hope to see you there!

Nutcracker Craft
December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
It’s time to deck those halls! Monday, December 2 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Fruitport Library and join artist Mary C. Riley as she teaches you how to make a sturdy standing ornament to enjoy for many holiday seasons to come!  Please bring a good pair of scissors and tweezers for your individual use.  All other supplies are provided at this free workshop, geared toward ages 13 and up.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot by registering at fruitportdistrictlibrary.org or by calling 231-366-6107.  Participants younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/18/19 – 11/25/19

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

85th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Henry Cort
November 18 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Wreck of the Henry Cort. The Henry Cort ended her days wrecked on the north side of the Muskegon channel break wall in Muskegon, Michigan on November 30, 1934. The 320-foot whaleback steamer hit the heavy stone breakwater after encountering a storm packing 45 mph winds. The incident showcased a dramatic rescue attempt by the U.S. Coast Guard.
This event will be presented by author and underwater explorer, Valerie Van Heest, and author Neal Zoss. The cost is $5.00 per person, or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction
November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for “NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction!”  To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, local writer Fred Sanderlin, author of ‘Journey to Little Rock,’ shares how turning family memories into fiction can be the spark that gets you started on your creative writing journey. No registration is required.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign
November 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, November 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for “Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign!” Thanksgiving is around the corner and it’s time to get together with friends and family.  Talk to your friends and schedule a craft night this holiday season!  $15 gets you a fun crafty night with all the materials and instructions PLUS any Tier I or Tier 2 beer!
You’ll be making a burlap banner with stencils. You can customize the banner to say anything but few ideas would be… grateful, thankful, your family name, happy thanksgiving…or how about BEER?  The options are endless as YOU are the artist.  Participants will also be able to make a burlap sign and can paint a variety of cute wooden phrases to attach to the burlap sign.  The burlap sign looks cute on front doors or even hanging up in the window.  Get crafty and pre-register now. Please call the taproom at (231)375-5184 to reserve your seat!  Stay tuned for more crafts & drafts sessions this fall/winter.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 19 @ 4:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19 at 4:30pm, come to the Muskegon Heights Library for the Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered. As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season? It’s perfect fun for the entire family. Call 231-739-6075 to register for this free event.

Wherehouse Studio Presents “Basic Drawing: Simple Perspective with Jon Workman”
November 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Wherehouse Studio invites you to their Pop-Up Class “Basic Drawing: Simple Perspective with Jon Workman” at Red Lotus Center for the Arts. Look forward to an awesome two hour workshop focusing on simple perspective (1 point and 2 point) of basic shapes, led by Jon Workman, painter and sculptor. This is the second session in Basic Drawing, and some knowledge of basic shapes is helpful.  You will work with pencil and paper (all supplies will be provided). You may bring a drawing pencil set, but it is not required.  The registration deadline is Sunday, November 17 and the cost for the session is $30, with seating secured by paid reservation.  Ages 12 and above are welcome (with an adult).
Please use this link to register online:  https://wherehousestudio.com/mc-events/basic-drawing-simple-perspective-with-jon-workman/?mc_id=2

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

Jazz at the Watermark 920
November 19 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30pm, come to the Watermark 920 for the Truth in Jazz Orchestra! There’ll be food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar.  Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 15 years!  There is a $5 cover.  Students are $2 with ID.  For more information, check out their website at www.tijo.org.

Festival of Trees
November 20 – December 1
The Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees opens November 20 and runs through December 1, 2019.The beauty and spirit of Christmas inspire the Festival of Trees as it returns to the MMA for its 15th year as a Muskegon community holiday tradition. Visitors will see professionally designed holiday trees and decorations, most available in a silent auction to benefit the MMA.
Special Festival events include holiday shopping, First Day Food Drive, Family Day, Teddy Bear Breakfast, Deck Your Halls Decorating Demo Event, Senior Day, Holiday Concert by Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia & The Greensides, a pre-show Cocktail Hour for Muskegon Civic Theatre “The Christmas Carol” ticketholders, and visits with Santa.

Festival Hours & Admission
• Nov. 20 – Dec. 1: Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Closed Thanksgiving
• Admission: $10 adult / $5 for MMA members / $3 ages 3-17 (under 3 free) / $15 All-Festival Pass

Special Events
Visit with Santa at Festival of Trees
• Saturday, November 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
• Friday, November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
• Saturday, November 30, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

First Day Food Drive
Wednesday, November 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bring a food donation for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on the first day of Festival of Trees and receive half-off Festival adult admission.

Deck Your Halls
Holiday Decorating Demo Event
Sunday, November 24
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Floral designers Deb Moon from Le Fleur Shoppe and Skeeter Parkhouse from Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts will demonstrate how to create unique holiday décor during this event. Items created during the demo will be raffled to the audience. Light snacks and coffee will be served. Advance Ticket: $35 per person/$30 MMA member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Senior Day
Tuesday, November 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Special Senior Day half-off ticket price for ages 65 and older: $5
• Free coffee & cookies
• Vendor giveaways & information
• Door prizes
• Blood pressure clinic
Call ahead for group bookings: 231.720.2571.

Family Day
Friday, November 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Santa will stop in for a visit from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and the fun will include a kids’ craft activity and scavenger hunt. Special Family Day half-off adult ticket price: $5. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings.

Holiday Concert
Featuring Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia & the Greensides
Friday, November 29
6:00 pm Cocktail Hour | 7:00 pm Concert
Special holiday performance program. Cash bar. Ticket includes Festival admission.
Ticket: $12 per person/$10 MMA Member. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Teddy Bear Breakfast
Saturday, November 30
8:30 – 10:30 am
Grab your teddy bears and get your tickets for this family-favorite Festival of Trees event! Activities are especially fun for kids 3-8 years old.
Ticket includes:
• Festive breakfast with fruit, sausage, muffins, quiche, juice, and coffee
• Teddy bear checkup by a certified teddy bear nurse
• A visit with Santa
• Teddy Bear Parade and Story Time
• Make-and-Take Craft
Tickets: Adults $15, Kids 12 and younger $10 (Tickets are limited; reservations are highly recommended. This event sells out.) Call 231.720.2580 to purchase.

Cocktail Hour
Partnering with the Muskegon Civic Theatre
Saturday, November 30
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Join us for a festive cocktail hour at the MMA. Free admission for ticket holders of the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s Saturday performance of “The Christmas Carol.” Admission: Present your MCT “Christmas Carol” ticket or pay $8 admission at the door. Cash bar.

Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song
November 20 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for “Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song!”  Author/storyteller/singer Mike Fornes shares the stories of the crewmembers, their families and the ironies of a doomed Great Lakes freighter ship, along with how the hit song “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” was written, recorded and performed by Gordon Lightfoot.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Sin City Scoop
November 20 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “Sin City Scoop!”  Pick up tips and tricks for making your next Las Vegas trip the best ever.  Vegas veteran Lou Gifford will share insider information on attractions, hotels, casinos and more from the latest 4th edition of his guidebook, ‘Las Vegas – Your Way.’  Copies will be available for purchase.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Guinness World Record Attempt
November 21 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 from 7:00am – 3:00pm, join Golden Key Charity at the L.C. Walker Arena as they attempt to break a Guinness World Record! They will attempt to break the current record for the World’s Longest Continuous Line of Canned Foods.  Their goal is to collect 100,000 cans of food, which will be distributed immediately after the event to families and local food pantries to help those in need this Thanksgiving.
They are in need of people willing to collect food, and businesses willing to be drop off sites. Please contact Lisa at 313-363-8610 or email goldenkeycamp@yahoo.com to arrange pick up of your collection, or for more information. To donate online via Paypal, please visit www.facebook.com/events/2456365981243608.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 21 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 at 4:00pm, come to the Dalton Library for the Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season? This is perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-828-4188 to register for this free event.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
November 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 from 4:30pm – 6:oopm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, and the tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  These 1 hour tours are free, open to the public and recommended for all ages.  Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Gears & Beers
November 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for “Gears & Beers” with Northern Edge Snowsports! Ever wonder where the best places to ski in Michigan are? What type of skis best suits the terrain at all the Michigan ski resorts?  How to properly dress for skiing in the windy winters of Michigan?
The answer is Northern Edge Snowsports right here in Muskegon, voted #1 ski shop by Freeskier magazine! Join them in the taproom and enjoy a beer while discussing everything about Michigan downhill skiing and snowboarding.  Owners Andrew and Wendy Horton will be there to answer all of your questions and share their knowledge from years of experience in the local ski business.  Northern Edge Sports will have drawings for gift cards & passes to local resorts.  They’ll also have coupons on hand!  For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song
November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “Edmund Fitzgerald: The Stories, the Song!”  Author/storyteller/singer Mike Fornes shares the stories of the crewmembers, their families and the ironies of a doomed Great Lakes freighter ship, along with how the hit song “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” was written, recorded and performed by Gordon Lightfoot.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
November 21 – December 1
Come to the Beardsley Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “A Christmas Carol!” The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that continues to touch hearts and minds the world over.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
• November 21: 7:30pm (Please note, there was an error published in the marketing materials. The show on November 28 is scheduled for November 21.)
• November 22: 7:30pm
• November 23: 7:30pm
• November 24: 3:00pm
• November 29: 7:30pm
• November 30: 7:30pm
• December 1: 3:00pm

White Lake Area Holiday Walk
November 22 – November 23
The 26th Annual White Lake Area Holiday Walk is happening Friday, November 22 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday, November 23 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in White Hall and Montague!  Dozens of participating businesses will offer Christmas Open Houses, featuring gift guides, discounts and special sales, as well as delicious refreshments.  Visit with Santa Claus and see if you made the nice list this year!  Participating merchants and Santa’s time and locations are located on the Holiday Walk Star Map/Entry Form, which can be picked up at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or any participating Holiday Walk stop (look for the big blue sign in the window).  Submit your completed Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form and enter the drawing to win a $50 White Lake Gift Certificate.
Whitehall again hosts the White Lake Area “Tree Lighting Ceremony” Friday, November 22 at 6:30pm, culminating with the tree lighting on North Mears Ave. at 7:00pm.  Children of all ages are invited to help decorate the Community Christmas Tree by bringing their own ornaments or create make-and-take ornaments from participating stores.  Gather at the north end of Mears Ave. and enjoy the festive voices of the members of Whitehall High School with friends and family, while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air and hundreds of holiday luminaries line the sidewalks.
Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides in both Montague and Whitehall.  Trolley rides will transport you to any of the participating merchants throughout Montague and Whitehall on Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm, courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.  Share in the spirit of Christmas with holiday caroling and a visit with Santa Claus as you stroll along the downtown areas.  Again, visit and shop local area stores and take part in their special discounts and offers this weekend only!  For more information call (231) 893-4585.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Steve O
November 22 – 23
November 22 and 23 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover)! VIP tickets are $50 and include laminate, preferred seating, and you’ll be at the front of line for the Meet & Greet.  General Admission tickets are $25 and on sale at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Friday Family Fun Night: Foundries
November 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, November 22 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center and the American Foundry Society for a night dedicated to foundries in Muskegon. Learn about historical foundries in Muskegon, experiment with making your own foundry sand, and cast a real metal object to take home.  This event is $5, or free for Muskegon County residents.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Gingerbread House Building
November 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build and decorate your own gingerbread house!  Instruction and materials are all included.  You must reserve your space in advance by contacting Nancy at 231-730-0887 or at nancy@housesbynancy.com.  Walk-ins will be accepted only as space allows.  The cost is $16 per house in advance or $20 at the door.  Take-home kits are $25 and must be pre-ordered.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a strict limit of 3 people per house kit.  Proceeds will benefit the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.

Sip & Shop
November 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, the Watermark 920 is bringing back “Sip & Shop” for the holidays!  Are you looking for that special gift for someone, or for yourself?  Browse the wide variety of vendors and crafters!  From Thirty-One Bags to wire wrapped jewelry, you are bound to find something you love!
Sip while you shop!  There will be a cash bar featuring Mimosas, wine, beer and mixed drinks, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.  For more information call 231-727-0805.

18th Annual Mona Shores Fiddle Festival
November 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s the 18th Annual Fiddle Festival featuring guest artists ESME, as well as appearances by The Mona Shores Fiddlers and Middle Fiddles.  Tickets are $10.  For more information call 231-332-8327.

Downtown Live Concert Series
November 23 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm, the West Michigan Concert WINDS present “Superheroes & Princesses” in the Frauenthal Center.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Walvoord and Co: Classical Chamber
November 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Walvoord and Co: Classical Chamber!  Tickets are $25 – $35 or $10 for students.  West Michigan Symphony Concertmaster Jennifer Walvoord and Principal 2nd Violin Amanda Dykhouse are joined by their sister Martha (former WMS Concertmaster) for an evening spanning Baroque to Romantic, Fiddle to Contemporary.  Expect great music with lots of sibling banter thrown in.  For more information call 231-726-3231.

Shoreline Community Orchestra Presents: “A Classical Afternoon”
November 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Shoreline Community Orchestra, formerly the Shoreline Symphony, opens its 2019-20 season with “A Classical Afternoon” on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00pm at The Playhouse at White Lake!  The Shoreline Community Orchestra is led by conductor Dr. John Blakemore, the band director for Grand Rapids Christian Schools, who holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University.  The orchestra was established in September 2012 by Muskegon Community College and its founding director, the late S. Annette Jurcevic.

Appropriately titled “New Beginnings,” the orchestra’s eighth season launches with the ensemble’s debut in the Whitehall area.  “A Classical Afternoon” will feature the following works:
• Edward Elgar’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade in C Minor, K. 388
• Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, Op. 88

Preceding the concert at 2:30pm, Blakemore will present an informal discussion in which audience members are invited to learn about the background of the pieces being performed.  Admission is $11 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 18, and accompanied by an adult, receive free admission.  Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.theplayhouseatwhitelake.org.

MCC to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Exhibit & Powwow
November 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with a display of artwork and a powwow on campus. Native American art will be on display in the Overbrook Theater hallway from Friday, November 8 – 30.  Works by Native American artists Steve Kequom, Waabishiki Meegwan Tony, and Ron Wittenberg will be featured, as well as a video of the artists describing their work.
On Monday, November 25, a powwow with participants from across Michigan will take place in MCC’s Collegiate Hall from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Students and the public can drop in for any part of the ceremonies, which are free.  The emcee and head drummer will be Al Metzgar.
The events are being organized by MCC student Bernadene Crampton and the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. For more information, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at (231) 777-0569 or dan.rinsema-sybenga@muskegoncc.edu.  For more information about the MCC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559 or trynette.lottie-harps@muskegoncc.edu.

Family Game Night at the Library
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-853-6975.

Techno Trojans and Techno Trojans II – Upcoming Events

by Kate and Calvin Holtrop

Get ready for the Fruitport Robotics teams’ next competition events in the 2019 FIRST® Tech Challenge season, and 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition season.

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Ursa Major in competition loading the rocket. Photo by Marc Hendricks. Click to view larger image.

Techno Trojans, FRC Team 2405, 2020 season:
• January 4, 2020: season kickoff event.
• March 12 – 14, 2020: first competition of the season: Orchard View High School.

Techno Trojans II, FTC Team 11531, 2019 season:
• December 6 – 7, 2019: Allendale Middle School, Allendale.
• December 14, 2019: state championship: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek.

Tyler Carlson of Techno Trojans II knows how important going to the state championship is to his team. “We have to go to state, and win at state,” he says. Coach Kris Cole acknowledges that this is a goal, perhaps an extreme goal, he says, but the team knows it can be attained one step at a time.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/11/19 – 11/18/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.  Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Special Events:

Honor Your Veteran with a Tribute Flag from the USS Silversides
November 11
From Monday, November 11 – New Year’s Day, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is offering Tribute Flags to memorialize your Veteran for the Holiday Season. For more information call 231-755-1230.

Veterans Day at the CIM
November 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, November 11 from 8:00am – 4:00pm, celebrate “Veterans Day at the CIM!” The Culinary Institute of Michigan invites veterans and military members to join them on Veterans Day at the Culinary Institute of Michigan’s Sweet Spot Cafe.  Show them your military ID, and receive a free coffee and “challenge coin” chocolate.
While you are in, please help them fill their military shadow box with small military memorabilia. Unit, squadron, or command patches are great sizes.  These items would all be considered donations and will stay on display in the shadow box located in The Sweet Spot.

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11 @ 11:00 am
Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at 11:00am, there will be a commemoration at Causeway Veterans Memorial Park. The traditional ceremony will be held outdoors and feature guest speaker Francis Gerrit Veldman, a World War II veteran and former commander of American Legion Post 9.  The 98-year old received the Purple Heart while serving with the 70th Infantry Division, known as the “Trailblazers,” who spearheaded the Seventh United State Army’s drive into Germany.
Jason Whitman, commander of Muskegon County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars, will offer opening remarks. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by the VFW Post 8846 Honor Guard.  Mike Baauw, director of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Bob Hall, chaplain of American Legion Post 9, will deliver the opening prayer.
The event includes patriotic music by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band, under the direction of Rich Erne. Flo Predko will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present wreaths.

Veterans Day Salute
November 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Monday, November 11 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, there will be a Veterans Day Salute at Muskegon Community College, honoring all who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please join them for this special 100 Years (1919-2019) celebration on Veterans’ Day in the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at MCC.  All veterans in attendance will receive a commemorative gift.  For more information call (231) 773-9131.

Those Who Cared for Those Who Served
November 11 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, November 11 at 7:00pm, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the opening of their new exhibit, “Those Who Cared for Those Who Served.” The museum will honor those corpsman, chaplains and the medical services in all branches of the military that provided support to those served.  This is a group which often goes unrecognized.  The USS Silversides Museum is honored to highlight those who cared for those who served.  For more information call 231-755-1230.

Paint Your Pet
November 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
November 12 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers Market to Paint Your Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  After you register, please e-mail a picture of your pet by October 27 to ryan.cummins@shorelinecity.com.  Tips for submitting the best photo of our pet can be found at www.artswhitelake.org/pet-painting-photo-suggestions.  Please include the date you are attending the event as well.  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas and ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 25 spaces available so time is of the essence!  The cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks.  Beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30pm.

Live @ the Library: Two High Strung
November 12 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm, come to North Muskegon Library for “Live @ the Library: Two High Strung!”  Hannah and Rebekah Krohl on fiddle and guitar present an evening of toe-tapping bluegrass and Americana music.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Faculty Art Exhibit: Looking Back and Forward
November 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrating the new Art and Music Building, home to its visual arts program, while honoring the memory of two longtime art faculty members, Muskegon Community College presents “Looking Back and Forward: Works by Past and Present MCC Art Faculty” from November 11 – December 12 in Overbrook Gallery.
Gallery visitors will experience a wide range of artwork reflective of the art faculty’s diverse practices and interests. These include found object sculpture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, photography, printmaking, mixed-media, and painting.
The exhibit features the work of 11 former and current art instructors spanning 50 years of teaching at MCC. Included will be works by two revered former instructors, John Walson and Lee Collet, who died a month apart in November and December of 2018, respectively. The other faculty artists are Sue Boehme, Keith Downie, Ken Foster, Lee Ann Frame, Erin Hoffman, Corene Kufta, Tim Norris, Patti Opel and Chip Vanderwier.
A free public reception will be held on Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Overbrook lobby with a panel discussion by the artists at 4:00pm in the Overbrook Gallery.
The Overbrook Gallery hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Hats with History
November 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Heights Library as the Lakeshore Museum Center presents, “Hats with History!” Do you have a cool hat with a hot story?  Join the LSMC for this opportunity to have your hat’s story told in their upcoming community curated exhibit:  Hats Off to Muskegon!
The Museum is looking for unique hats worn by people with ties to Muskegon County. Hats will be loaned to the museum and appear in the exhibit in the spring of 2020.  Have a hat?  Bring it to the event for consideration, and then stay for a presentation by museum staff at 6:00pm about hats from the Lakeshore Museum Center’s collection.  This event is free.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Make It @ Montague: Decorative Votive Candle
November 13 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Library for “Make It @ Montague: Decorative Votive Candle!”  Create a glittering glass votive perfect for the holidays or anytime.  This event is for ages 18 and up.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Building an Inclusive & Equitable Community for Local Prosperity
November 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center to join the Community Foundation for Muskegon County for an important conversation about “Building an Inclusive & Equitable Community for Local Prosperity!”  Nationally acclaimed speakers, Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green and Mike Green, will focus on fostering a local economy where all can thrive.  The speakers will share their collective backgrounds in urban health, economic vitality and STEM education.  This is a free community event, but tickets are required and may be picked up at the Frauenthal Center Box Office, Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 5:30pm.  For more information call 231-722-4538.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
November 14 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 14 at 4:00pm, come to the Ravenna Library for the Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family. Call 231-853-6975 to register for this free event.

2019 Holiday Dazzle
November 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 14 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm, the Muskegon Child Abuse Council invites you to the 2019 Holiday Dazzle event happening at the beautiful new Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Muskegon! Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and shopping.  The cost is $50 per person and includes dinner, dessert, one glass of complimentary drink (house wine, beer, or a carbonated beverage), the style show and shopping for your holiday gift giving needs.  There’ll be fantastic items provided by local businesses, all gathered in one location for your convenience.  For more information, call 231-728-6410.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
November 15 – November 16
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Holiday Wine Tasting
November 15 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, November 15 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to SE4SONS for a Holiday Wine Tasting! It’s a great opportunity to stock up for the holidays with wines from Alliance Beverage, Imperial Beverage, Republic National Dist., Henry Fox, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, I-Lixir and A.H.D. Vinters.  The cost is $30 per person and includes tasting and light appetizers. Stop in and purchase your tickets at the SE4SONS Bar any time during restaurant hours.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  For more information call (231) 759-3405.

Cocktails & Canvas
November 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, November 15 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm, it’s Cocktails & Canvas, hosted by Watermark 920 and Create.a.frame ART studio! Don’t miss out on this unique “floral antler” masterpiece with a metallic background finish.  The cost of this class will be $25 per person.  Pricing includes: One 12×16 canvas, all necessary supplies, and step-by-step instructions and techniques on how to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  This is an 18+ event.  A cash bar will be available.  Make your reservations by e-mailing liz@watermarkcenter.com.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
November 15 – December 1
Come to the Beardsley Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “A Christmas Carol!” The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that continues to touch hearts and minds the world over.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
• November 15: 7:30pm
• November 16: 7:30pm
• November 17: 3:00pm
• November 21: 7:30pm (Please note, there was an error published in the marketing materials. The show on November 28 is scheduled for November 21.)
• November 22: 7:30pm
• November 23: 7:30pm
• November 24: 3:00pm
• November 29: 7:30pm
• November 30: 7:30pm
• December 1: 3:00pm

Big Game Tailgate
November 16 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 16 from 11:30am – 5:00pm, come to Norton Pines Athletic Center for the Big Game Tailgate!  Come root on your favorite team with great people, food, raffles, silent auction, cash bar and a family fun atmosphere. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.  Sponsors include Boars Belly, Hennessey’s, Click for Kids, I Heart Radio, Van Dyk Mortgage, Trans-Nation Title, Hot Rod Harley Davidson, Hazecamp Meats and Office Machine Company.  The cost is $35.  For more information call (231) 798-1391.

Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur with Genot Picor
November 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Free
Saturday, November 16 at 1:00pm, bring the family to Hackley Public Library for “Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur” with Genot Picor!  Learn about frontier history with an interactive performance from professional storyteller Ginot “Winter Elk” Picor.  Follow the tale of an orphan from St. Denis, France who is recruited to work in the fur trade as an indentured servant and then departs on his adventure to the land of “Mitchigaamii.”  This program is free to the public and recommended for all ages!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Lakeshore Camera Club Photography Show & Competition
November 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 16 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, the Norton Shores Branch Library is pleased to host the Lakeshore Camera Club of Muskegon’s Bi-annual Show and Competition!  Discover local photographic talent, meet the photographers and vote for your favorite to win. There will be refreshments to enjoy, a photo booth, prints to purchase for holiday gift giving and more.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 16 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home game Saturday, November 16 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Des Moines Buccaneers.  It’s Hockey ‘N Heels Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Downtown Live Concert Series
November 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.  November 17, it’s the MCC Honors Orchestra performing “Music of the Russian Composers” at 3:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater.

NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction
November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for “NaNoWriMo: Family Stories into Fiction!”  To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, local writer Fred Sanderlin, author of ‘Journey to Little Rock,’ shares how turning family memories into fiction can be the spark that gets you started on your creative writing journey. No registration is required.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign
November 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, November 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for “Crafts & Drafts: Holiday Banner & Sign!” Thanksgiving is around the corner and it’s time to get together with friends and family.  $15 gets you a fun crafty night with all the materials and instructions PLUS any Tier I or Tier 2 beer!
You’ll be making a burlap banner with stencils. You can customize the banner to say anything but few ideas would be… grateful, thankful, your family name, happy thanksgiving…or how about BEER?  Get crafty and pre-register now. Please call the taproom at (231)375-5184 to reserve your seat!  Stay tuned for more crafts & drafts sessions this fall/winter.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events November 4-11, 2019

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

Monday November 4:

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Hackley Crafts: Book Folding
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for Hackley Crafts featuring Book Folding!  The art of book folding isn’t as tricky as it looks.  In this basic book folding class, with the book and pattern included, you’ll be on your way to creating your own fun masterpiece.  To register for this free event, call HPL at 231-722-8011 or visit hackleylibrary.org.

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music. A variety of artists will be featured.  Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all event for all ages! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Roll On Muskegon
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Tuesday November 5:

Classical Night Steve Thielman on Piano
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Steve Thielman, piano. Music of MacDowell, Chopin, Kabalevsky, Poulenc, Gershwin/Wilde, Beethoven. Dinner at 6:15: Pot roast, roasted root vegetables, mashed potatoes, glass of house wine, pumpkin mousse $17. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Open Irish Jam Session
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub located at 885 Jefferson St., for their open Irish Jam session!  Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Wednesday November 6:

Lunch n’ Learn: Beethoven and Blue Jeans
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join The Block for “Lunch n’ Learn: Beethoven and Blue Jeans! ‘  Doors open at 11:45am for this free event.  The West Michigan Symphony presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.2:  Beethoven and Blue Jeans.  Bring your own lunch and enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and a special guest. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, November 8 will get a primer to the works that will be presented, and for those who don’t, tickets will be available to purchase. For more information call 231-726-3231.

Thursday November 7:

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This is a free, 30-minute planetarium show.  See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Friday November 8:

West Michigan Symphony: Beethoven & Blue Jeans
7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave. as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans!” One of classical music’s brightest young stars, Charlie Albright, returns to perform the stormy third piano concerto of Beethoven. This is paired with two of Beethoven’s most beloved works, including the famous fifth symphony. Tickets are $12 for students and $25-$62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Night with Brian Oberlin Mandolin Player
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit the Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague to enjoy Brian Oberlin an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his decades long professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at art centers, cultural events, festivals, camps, music schools and academies.

Paint n Pour with Laurie Zweck
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a fun night when we will paint this ever popular vintage pickup truck hauling the family Christmas tree! This is a 3 hour project so we will be starting promptly at 6pm!RSVP REQUIRED (616) 970-1451 $30/person Cash/Debit/CC accepted. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333

Fresh Coast Comedy Presents: Ricarlo Winston & David Dyer
7:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center located at 2801 Lakeshore Dr. and Fresh Coast Comedy welcome Ricarlo Winston and David Dyer for a fun night of live comedy.  Tickets are $20 and include the show and pre-show appetizers from 7:00 – 8:00pm. All tickets must be purchased in advance at SE4SONS bar during restaurant hours.  For more information call (231) 759-3405.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game Military Night!
Puck drops @7:05 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home game Friday, November 8 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers.  It’s Military Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Perfect Presents Preview Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join Art Cats Gallery located at 1845 Lakeshore Dr. for the official holiday kick-off event. Enjoy fabulous new artwork by local and national artists, browse their great collection of ornaments, holiday décor and, of course, gifts.  Everything is handmade!  Featured artists include Louise Hopson, Karen Nichols, Christi Dreese, Rick Eastham, Jennifer Gould, Leandra Drumm, John Herron, Maggie Bandstra and many, many more.  You’ll also delight in their fabulous selection of holiday bling and adornment for all the jewelry lovers on your list!  Enjoy sweets and treats as you get your holiday shopping off to a fabulous start.  There’ll be giveaways, goody bags, treats and good cheer for all!  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Saturday November 9:

Sugar Sweet Super Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Sugar Sweet Super Saturday! This free family fun day will have you making the sweetest ornaments you ever did see!  For more information call 231-720-2580. 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film, 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA docent. 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make Candy Wrapper Ornaments.  The ornaments you make will be featured on the 8th Annual Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of this year’s Festival of Trees! Youth participants who create an ornament to donate to the MMA will receive one free Festival of Trees admission ticket.

Turkey Trail Run 5K
10:00 am
Join the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster for the Turkey Trail Run 5K!  Please arrive 45 minutes prior to race start time of 10:00am in order to ensure that you obtain your t-shirt, race bib/chip and race packet. Please stick around after the race for additional family fun events!  The Little Turkey 1 Mile Trot registration will be at 11:00am at the Visitors Center and is free!  Please be there at 11:00am to sign forms and get a turkey bib for your child.  An adult must accompany the child on the trail.  Transportation will be provided from the beach parking lot to the Visitor Center for runners and visitors via trolley.  Everyone MUST park at the beach parking lot…spectators, little trot participants and runners.Get more Information at www.gillettenature.org.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
11:00 am
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum located at 1346 Bluff St. will be having a Flag Retirement Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day, November 11. Flags to be retired may be dropped off at the Museum during normal operating hours.  231-755-1230.

Perfect Presents Preview Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join Art Cats Gallery located at 1845 Lakeshore Dr. for the official holiday kick-off event. Enjoy fabulous new artwork by local and national artists, browse their great collection of ornaments, holiday décor and, of course, gifts.  Everything is handmade!  Featured artists include Louise Hopson, Karen Nichols, Christi Dreese, Rick Eastham, Jennifer Gould, Leandra Drumm, John Herron, Maggie Bandstra and many, many more.  You’ll also delight in their fabulous selection of holiday bling and adornment for all the jewelry lovers on your list!  Enjoy sweets and treats as you get your holiday shopping off to a fabulous start.  There’ll be giveaways, goody bags, treats and good cheer for all!  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Back Alley Comedy Club Presents: Spencer James
8:00pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club located 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. for Spencer James! Spencer’s comedy career started very early on, namely as an eleven year old fat kid getting picked on by school bullies while also being ignored by seemingly every girl in his vicinity.  Spencer holds the 2014 Winner title of The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He has gritted his comedy teeth on bars and comedy clubs across America, including performances for the fisherman of Dutch Harbor, AK, made famous by the hit TV show “Deadliest Catch”, Laughs TV features on Fox TV, and also for American troops stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI.  Tickets are $7 in advance + $1 convenience charge or $10 at the door.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

4th Annual International Games Day at MCC
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrate International Games Day with Muskegon Community College located 221 Quarterline.  Board games, video games and card games are planned in MCC’s Hendrik Meijer Library.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Meijer store on S. Harvey St. in Muskegon.  Gamers of all ages (those under 16 years will need a responsible adult with them) are invited to take part in the games and contests being staged in and around the MCC Library. Gamers are encouraged to bring their own remote controls, game systems, and games.  Virtual reality headsets will be available on a first come, first served basis.For more information, contact Emily Busch at (231) 777-0493 or at emily.busch@muskegoncc.edu or Lisa Anderson at (231) 777-0274 or at lisa.anderson@muskegoncc.edu.

Once Upon a Princess
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Snow Queen is coming to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster and you are cordially invited to meet her!  Born with magical powers, the Snow Queen comes from a land far away where ice, snow, and sun are plentiful.  She loves to share stories and crafts with any that come to meet her. This is a ticketed event and will incorporate a meet-and-greet as well as pictures with the Snow Queen. Tickets are free and will be available for pick up in the Youth Services Department starting October 24.  Party dress is definitely encouraged!  This free event is recommended for ages 0-14.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game 80’s Night!
Puck drops @7:05 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch a home game Friday, November 8 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers.  It’s Military Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest
3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Township Library located at 1765 Ada Ave. for Escape Box Challenge: Harry Potter & the Quidditch Quest!  Peeves has stolen the Quidditch golden snitch so all Quidditch practices and games have been suspended until it has been recovered.  As members of your team, can you find the snitch in time to save the Quidditch season?  It’s perfect fun for the entire family.  Call 231-760-4329 to register for this free event.

Charlie Albright: Classical Piano
7:30 pm
Come to The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave. for Charlie Albright playing classical piano! Doors and bar open at 7:00pm.  Hailed by The New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique,” young American pianist Charlie Albright is also a facile improviser known for literally composing a piece on the spot from three or four notes suggested by the audience.  Tickets are $25 – $35 or $10 for students.  For more information call 231-726-3231.

Catbird Seat Harmony Singing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Catbird Seat features the harmony singing of Wanda Degen & Kay Rinker-O’Neil combined with Wanda’s autoharp & dulcimers and Kay’s flute & guitar. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional & contemporary Celtic, Folk, Great Lakes & vintage Pop. This takes place at the Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Billy Ray Bauer
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. for Billy Ray Bauer! Some off-the-wall impersonations and dialects and observations on living in America today and you have very funny and engaging entertainment that is sure to hit home with audiences of all ages.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door + $1 convenience charge.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Sunday November 10:

Music and Mimosas Sunday Brunch
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join the Book Nook and Java Shop for music and mimosas Sunday brunch with Blueberry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Fruit, Mimosa, Coffee or OJ $10.00 located at 8744 Ferry Street Montague. RSVP (231) 894 – 5333. The time is from 10 am – noon

The Swan Series
4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society is pleased to offer two upcoming lectures featuring retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist Robert Swan. These 4:00pm lectures will take place on Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Praise Center of the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.  Admission is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Monday November 11:
In Honor of Veterans Day our office is closed today

Honor Your Veteran with a Tribute Flag from the USS Silversides
November 11
From Monday, November 11 – New Year’s Day, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is offering Tribute Flags to memorialize your Veteran for the Holiday Season. For more information call 231-755-1230

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11
The traditional ceremony will be held outdoors at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Francis Gerrit Veldman, a WWII veteran and former commander of American Legion Post 9. The 98-year old received the Purple Heart while serving with the 70th Infantry Division, known as the “Trailblazers,” who spearheaded the Seventh United State Army’s drive into Germany. Jason Whitman, commander of Muskegon County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars, will offer opening remarks. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by the VFW Post 8846 Honor Guard. Mike Baauw, director of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Hall, chaplain of American Legion Post 9, will deliver the opening prayer. The event includes patriotic music by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band, under the direction of Rich Erne. Flo Predko will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present wreaths.

Veterans Day Salute
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
There will be a Veterans Day Salute at Muskegon Community College, honoring all who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please join them for this special 100 Years (1919-2019) celebration on Veterans’ Day in the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at MCC.  All veterans in attendance will receive a commemorative gift.  For more information call (231) 773-9131.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Those Who Cared for Those Who Served
7:00 pm
Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum located at 1346 Bluff St. for the opening of their new exhibit, “Those Who Cared for Those Who Served.” The museum will honor corpsman, chaplains and the medical services in all branches of the military who provided support to those served.  This is a group which often goes unrecognized.  The USS Silversides Museum is honored to highlight those who cared for those who served.  For more information call 231-755-1230

Haunted Tunnel at Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube – Apple Avenue Location – Nov. 1 & 2

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube is getting ready for its fifth annual Halloween-themed haunted event. The car wash at the Apple Ave. location will be transformed into a terrorizing tunnel, to benefit a local charity.

The event began in 2015, with about 90 cars participating. This year, Van’s expects to see 1,000 or more. Annually, this event raises thousands of dollars for a local non-profit. Pioneer Resources, this year’s benefactor, offers a diverse array of individualized supports for persons with disabilities and seniors. They provide housing, transportation services, ABA Therapy for individuals diagnosed with Autism, recreational opportunities, employment and vocational training services, independent living support, and recreational opportunities in Muskegon and Ottawa counties. For more on their services: www.pioneerresources.org

In the past, the Haunted Car Wash was integrated with the operating car wash. This year, because of the volume of cars and for the security of the volunteers, the car wash will not be running for safety reasons. The additional volunteers will allow for more haunting and special effects in the tunnel. Each car will also receive a spooky goodie bag while supplies last.

Haunted Tunnel
When: Nov. 1 & 2 from 7-10 pm
Location: 2226 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon
Cost: $10 donation, 100% of the proceeds going to Pioneer Resources

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube has been locally owned and managed, serving the community since it opened its first car wash on Sherman Blvd. in 1969. The Haunted Tunnel is one of many events on the 2019 calendar, all to celebrate 50 years of service in the community. For other upcoming events and promotions, please visit vanscarwash.com for details.

Services include car washes and quick lube/oil change services with seven locations in the Muskegon, Fruitport, and Fremont areas. The Sherman location offers repairs and other maintenance. Van’s car washes are one of the few locations that prep and spot clean your car before the automated wash. Also, with each oil change or auto service purchased, customers receive a free car wash. For a list of all locations and Haunted Tunnel details, please visit vanscarwash.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 14 – 21, 2019

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

Monday October 14:

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music.  A variety of artists will be featured, such as For King & Country, Mercyme, Hillsong Young & Free, Micah Tyler, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Erica Campbell, Levi, Myron Butler, Mandisa and Aaron Cole to name a few. Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all ages event! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Crafts & Drafts
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for Crafts & Drafts, an event for all those crafting wannabes with their Pinterest pins full of craft projects to try! They’ve done the hard part of choosing a craft, gathering the supplies and giving you step by step instructions so all that all is left is to have fun creating!  This crafts and drafts night will involve creating unique and fun spooky pieces you will be thrilled to display this Halloween! The cost is $25 per person and includes a Tier I or Tier II beer.  To register or for more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Roll On Muskegon
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon. Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Tuesday October 15:

Abracadabra Live on Tour
7:30 pm
Be amazed at the Frauenthal Theater for “Abracadabra Live on Tour!” From the co-creator of Broadway’s “The Illusionists” franchise comes an all-new illusionary spectacular featuring five world-class magicians, illusionists, escape artists and sleight-of-hand specialists along with a supporting cast of talented dancers and visual artists.  Tickets for this family-friendly show are $25, $35 and $45.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Teen FabLab with Muskegon Community College
4:00 pm
Teens are invited to the Norton Shores Library to explore and try some of the amazing technology available through Muskegon Community College’s FabLab!  This free event is for ages 11-18.  Call 231-780-8844 to register.

Wednesday October 16:

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Flea Market is where everything imaginable is sold.
The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Thursday October 17:

Barbershop Sing Fest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon for the Barbershop Sing Fest! The Pioneer District Quartet Champions Association is in town and they will be hanging out at the taproom and singing for everyone.  Come out and enjoy some of Muskegon’s great craft beer and sing along.  Call for more information (231) 288-1068

After Hours Tours: FREE
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are free and open to the public. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Thursday Night Music Club: Box On
7:00 pm
Visit the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd. for the Thursday Night Music Club featuring Box On!  This dynamic family polka band brings youth, excitement and energy to this favorite musical genre.  Admission is free.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Back to the Beat: Halloween Adult Roller Skating Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for the “Back to the Beat” adult roller skating night!  This is a Halloween social that’ll be such a fright, featuring skating, hocus pocus, Halloween and 90’s music all night!  Join them for a good time for adults 18 and older!  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  Admission is $6.  Regular skate rental is $4, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Grand Opening: Mylan’s Waterfront Grille
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of Mylan’s Waterfront Grille located at 115 N. Mears. Participate in the adult Mini Pumpkin Painting Contest for a chance to win free merchandise and gift cards.  Entry is $5 and includes your pumpkin, paint and alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic punch!  You’ll also enjoy ½ off select appetizers.  Be sure to get there by 5:00pm for the Ribbon Cutting!  For more information call (231) 894-0947.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Fetch Cycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Friday October 18:

Show of Champions
9:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Show of Champions!  The Pioneer District Quartet Champions Association will feature Power Play, Frontier, Remix, Upper Deck and Extension Cords at this fun Barber Shop Quartet Show which takes place immediately following this year’s contest.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Students are $10.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Once Upon a Murder Mystery
6:00 pm
The North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Dr.  has an event happening.  Join them in the enchanted forest for an evening of food and fun as you and other attendees try to determine if Queen Black really wants peace or if things are about to turn deadly.  The cost is $10 per person and includes food & beverages. Register at the library where you will be assigned a storybook character.  This event is for ages 16 and up.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
You can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site located at 484 W. Webster Ave.! Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  Enjoy different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, the Hackley House during the Red Cross years, the Hume home as a Daycare Center, as well as future projects.  Please RSVP by calling 231-722-7578.  The cost is $20 or $15 for members.

Friday Family Fun Night: Smashing Pumpkins
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for a Smashing Pumpkins Friday Family Fun Night!  It’s a date night at the museum for the whole family featuring extended museum hours with fun stations and themes.  Smashing Pumpkins will feature their museum-built trebuchet!  Kids can paint their own pumpkin (while supplies last), then take it home or take it outside and smash it!  They can also make a popsicle stick catapult to test with candy pumpkins.  Admission is only $5 or free for museum members and Muskegon County residents.  For more information call the museum during business hours at 231-722-0278.

West Michigan Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
My Space Office and Storage located at 1657 S. Getty St. invites you to join them for their Fall Vendor Sale, offering 10,000+ square  feet of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic décor, handmade jewelry, mid-century modern, re-purposed furniture and so much more.  The entire building will be open to the public featuring dozens of local businesses.  For more information call 231-726-3624.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Saturday October 19:

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days: FREE
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Swanson’s Pickles & pickle tasting)
Our collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors! Today’s sponsor is Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting. For more information call 231-722-1363

West Michigan Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
My Space Office and Storage located at 1657 S. Getty St. invites you to join them for their Fall Vendor Sale, offering 10,000+ square  feet of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic décor, handmade jewelry, mid-century modern, re-purposed furniture and so much more.  The entire building will be open to the public featuring dozens of local businesses.  For more information call 231-726-3624.

Halloween Bash
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bring the family, friends and neighbors to the Muskegon Farmers Market for the Halloween Bash!  This free event features a costume parade starting from the Farmers Market stage. Visit with the Critter Barn, Princesses, and Super Heroes!  Decorate a pumpkin, play some games, win prizes, and trick or treat.  Activities will be spread between the Farmers Market to Western Market Shops and everything is while supplies last.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

Spook-tacular Watercolors Craft 
2:00 pm
Children’s book illustrator Lori McElrath-Eslick is back at Hackley Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave.  She’ll help you learn how to paint with watercolors and create a spooky design just in time for Halloween.  Adult supervision is required for younger participants. This free event is for kids 5 and up.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Delicious Demise: “Cocktail Party Set in a Fine Winery”
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Art of Cookery for “Delicious Demise!: 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 more information about the theme prior to arrival.  The mystery activities and buffet last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  To register online, click the link below and find the right date(s) for you.  To register offline call 231-740-4065 or email ICan@artcookery.com.  The cost is $40.  This event is not suitable for those under 17 due to adult themes.

Muskegon Lumberjack’s Home Game -VS- Green Bay Gamblers
Puck drops @7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch the home game at the L.C. Walker Arena located at 955 Fourth St.  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00pm
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Lakeside Emporium to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. For more information call 231-755-9933.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.
🍁 Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). 610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI * Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Sunday October 20:

Yoga – Beer Event
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. invites you to their Beer/Yoga Event at their new facility located at 895 5th St.! A tour of the new facility will take place after yoga.  Then you will gather at the taproom for a beer and community hang out!  Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.  Registration is highly encouraged.  Only $10 will get you a 1 hour vinyasa yoga class (all levels welcome) and a level one beer.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, or come alone! Yoga starts promptly at 11:00am.  To register or for more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Monday October 21:

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music.  A variety of artists will be featured, such as For King & Country, Mercyme, Hillsong Young & Free, Micah Tyler, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Erica Campbell, Levi, Myron Butler, Mandisa and Aaron Cole to name a few. Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all ages event! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Roll On Muskegon
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 7 – 14, 2019

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

Monday October 7:

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Roll On Muskegon
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Tuesday October 8:

Legends and Lore Downtown Walking Tour
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This tour will feature Muskegon lore, legends, and scandals.  The evening will start inside the historic Union Depot building, include a brief tour of the Hackley Public Library and Torrent House, and end at 18th Amendment Distillery with a drink and final tale!  They will highlight other notable residents, buildings and events along the way.  The cost is $25.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes.  For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Paint and Sip
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Come to “Paint and Sip” at Lombardo’s Sports Bar located at 2190 Whitehall Rd., North Muskegon. You’ll create a Halloween themed canvas painting with easy step by step guided instruction.  All supplies are included.  There will be limited seating, so reserve your spot soon!  You have the option to arrive at Lombardo’s a half hour early to pay the day of the event, or pay online through Eventbrite.com with an added online fee.  The cost is $35.  Please email katrina@artcreationstation.com or message Art Creation Station on Facebook with questions.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Wednesday October 9:

Hello Fall at Hennessy’s Pub
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
It’s “Hello Fall at Hennessy’s Pub!” All registered artists for this event will receive a $5.00 food voucher for the delicious Hennessy menu.  This event is for ages 18 & up and features a bigger 16×20 canvas!  The cost is only $30 per artist.  You’ll create a “Hello Fall” masterpiece and all necessary supplies, and step-by-step instructions from an artist are included. Payment is collected at the event.  (Credit Card or exact cash accepted)  Reserve your easel today.  This event is reservation only, so e-mail createaframeshows@yahoo.com!

ahfest FREE Film Fest: Green Book
6:00 pm
Each of the films in this year’s film fest has been chosen with the 2019 ahfest theme—HOPE—in mind. Learn more about the Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival at ahfest.org.
All films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Films begin at 6:00pm with a brief introduction by Muskegon Community College English and Film instructor Mary Tyler. Each film ends with an optional discussion lead by Mary Tyler.  Admission and popcorn are free!  Attending every film allows you to enter a drawing to win a Grand Prize!  For more information call 231-720-2570. October 9 | Green Book – 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Flea Market is where everything imaginable is sold.
The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Thursday October 10:

Author Happy Hour with Mary Agria
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Laced with gardening tips, and wisdom, TIME IN A GARDEN (LIFE IN THE GARDEN Series Book 1, 2006) is an inspiring story of emotional and spiritual growth. “A must-read for the contemplative gardener…” – Suffolk Times, 2006; “Richly drawn characters who continue to be haunted by ultimate questions of mortality and spirituality… pure wisdom.” – 5-Stars, Amazon.com; “… one of my top ten best reads. The characters are beautiful. I loved this book. It garnered positive reviews from our book club.” Barnes & Noble, 5-Star Review

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

AhFest HOPE Growers Reception: FREE TO PUBLIC
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Muskegon Community College and the West Shore Symphony invite you to The Block for the “AhFest HOPE Growers Reception!”  Hosted by ahFest (Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival), this is an informal arts-council style collaboration consisting of fourteen members from music and museums to art, theatre, film, humanities, radio, tourism and more.  This event is free to the public and no reservations are needed.  Light snacks, a cash bar and live music will be the backdrop for several engaging Hope Grower presentations from those who are finding and growing HOPE in their own backyards.  For more information, visit www.ahfest.org.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods.
Farmers’ Market hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit their website www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Fetch Cycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Open Mic Night with Kumasi Mack
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster for Open Mic Night with Kumasi Mack! Kumasi, alongside his DJ and two featured artists, will provide a night of spoken word at the MMA.  Spoken word pieces will relate to themes explored in the exhibition Undying Traditions: Memento Mori.  Crowd participation is welcome and this event is free!  For more information call 231-720-2570

Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. Great atmosphere for locals and travelers alike!

Planetarium Show: Supervolcanoes
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“Supervolcanoes” is a free, 30-minute planetarium show that looks at a rare class of large volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. See it Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm through October 31 at Muskegon Community College, room 1072.  No reservations are needed; this is walk-in only.  Be sure to come early and check out the new “World of Water” exhibit before the show, at the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium.  The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more info, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15. call 231-777-0289.

Friday October 11:

Comedian Steve Hofstetter
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club for Comedian Steve Hofstetter!  Steve has a whopping 150 million views on YouTube, and is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1.  His book, “Ginger Kid,” is a top 5 pick on Amazon and debuted at number one in its category.  Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of “Laughs” (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more.  His second movie debuted this past winter, and he has had two top 20 comedy albums (including one that hit number 1 on iTunes comedy charts).  He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and the New York Times, among others.  Tickets are only $20!  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm & 7:00pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
October 11 – October 12
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Saturday October 12:

Muskegon Civic Theatre Penguin Project presents: Peter Pan Jr.
October 12 – October 13
October 12 at 7:30pm and October 13 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Peter Pan Jr.! Tickets are $11.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Little Landscapes Super Saturday: FREE
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Little Landscapes Super Saturday! This free family fun day will allow you to experience landscapes like never before!  Admission and activities are free!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore The Land: Art by Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Create your own landscape using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Lundell Farms Fall Fun Day
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join Lundell Farms for a Fall Fun Day! Visit with the animals, enjoy a hayride, buy your pumpkins to take home, and more!  For more information call (231) 740-8672.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm & 7:00pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

Halloween Full Moon Monster Bash Aboard the Aquastar
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Board the Aquastar for a “Halloween Full Moon Monster Bash!”  This is a party for the grown ups and will be the last cruise of 2019.  There’ll be a costume contest with prizes for best male and female costumes, as well as drink specials, dancing and fun as the sun sets and the full moon rises! Tickets are $28 and won’t last long, so visit www.aquastarcruises.com and make your reservations today!  For more information, call 231-903-0669.

Muskegon Lumberjack’s Home Opener-VS- U17
Puck drops @7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch the home opener Saturday, October 12 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on U17.  It’s 13 On Your Side Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

City of the Dead
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Evergreen Cemetery to experience “City of the Dead!” Meet some of the city’s founding fellows, names well known and not, in this historic walking tour featuring historical re-enactments.   The event is rain or shine.  Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if needed and to wear walking shoes in addition to dressing for the weather. The tour does go off the paved path.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  For more information call 231-755-2932.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
October 11 – October 12
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Bluegrass Festival: Calabogie Road
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calabogie Road is a true West Michigan favorite. Tight harmonies, great song selections, and a passion for performing and entertaining are the hallmarks of the Calabogie Road Experience. As veterans of Michigan’s Bluegrass scene, going back to 1983 and earlier, the members of Calabogie Road truly enjoy every minute onstage and there is always something for everybody at their concerts. Hot pickin’ from Mark’s mandolin and Steve’s banjo, exciting fiddling from Marten, the very best rhythm guitar around from Ruth, and a solid bass line from John make for some exciting shows! Throw in their great harmonies and humor and what have you got? THE CALABOGIE ROAD experience! During Pumpkinfest – Bloody Mary Bar $5. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Bluegrass Festival: Danny Seabolt Experience
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dan Seabolt, a.k.a. Danny, at the age of 12, began studying with master guitar player John King of “The Oat Bran Boys” focusing on music theory and technique. Over the past thirty years he has continued to play with “The Oat Bran Boys” at such places as The Red Rooster Tavern on Scenic Dr. in Muskegon Michigan. They can be heard (and seen) every Wednesday night serenading dinner guests. He also performs with his brother Dave’s band, “Free Wheelin”, based in Big Rapids Michigan. $5 Suggested Cover Dinner at 6:00 Oktoberfest: German brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, rye bread$10. $1 off Oktoberfest beer. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Fall into Painting
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center and “Fall into Painting!” The leaves are changing colors all around us. Visit the museum to learn about the science behind this color change and make your own painted trees to take home.  This walk-in, open-house style event is $5, or free to Muskegon County Residents.  Call (231) 722-0278 for more information.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, May through October, to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-9933.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.
🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water!  Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). 610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI * Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration
October 12
October 12 is the date for the Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration featuring the well-known Pumpkin Roll down Ferry St. in downtown Montague!  Pumpkinfest includes a full-day of family-friendly fun and many pumpkin-inspired events and contests including the pumpkin roll, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin weigh-ins, hay rides, bake sale, apple cider mill, face painting, food vendors, Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts fair, and more! The Arts and Crafts Festival runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm with crafters displaying a variety of goods.  Shop the marketplace with various vendors and artists selling items including holiday decorations, jewelry, clothing, photography, wood crafts, food dips, and more.  Also, visit the Farmer’s Market and the apple cider mill, along with local food vendors for a variety of fall foods and decorations.  For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information visit the website www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org

Sunday October 13:

GMWC Vendor Fair
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shop at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the Vendor Fair! We all love commercial products, but we don’t always have the time to attend a party for each brand.  Visit the ladies of the beautiful, historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to shop all your favorite products in one place! You will see Avon, Better Way, Color Street Nails, doTERRA, Magnolia and Vine, Mary Kay, Norwex, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Premier Designs, Pure Haven, Tastefully Simple, and Thirty-One. For more information call (231) 725-9220.

City of the Dead
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to Evergreen Cemetery to experience “City of the Dead!” Meet some of the city’s founding fellows, names well known and not, in this historic walking tour featuring historical re-enactments.   The event is rain or shine.  Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if needed and to wear walking shoes in addition to dressing for the weather. The tour does go off the paved path.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  For more information call 231-755-2932.

Bluegrass Festival: Zellie’s Opry House Band
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Terri Grannis, Mandolin; Tia Turco, Upright Bass; Steve Albert, Banjo; Andy Urquhart, Guitar. Sunday Brunch 10-Noon. Eggs, sausage, banana-nut pancakes, fruit, with choice of mimosa, OJ or coffee $10 Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Muskegon Civic Theatre Penguin Project presents: Peter Pan Jr.
October 12 – October 13
October 12 at 7:30pm and October 13 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Peter Pan Jr.! Tickets are $11.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Monday October 14:

Christian Music Skate Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for an evening filled with Christian and Gospel music.  A variety of artists will be featured, such as For King & Country, Mercyme, Hillsong Young & Free, Micah Tyler, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Erica Campbell, Levi, Myron Butler, Mandisa and Aaron Cole to name a few. Join them for some family fun and fellowship at this all ages event! Admission is $3, or $1 when you bring a can of food to benefit food pantries in our area.  Regular skate rental is $3, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Roll On Muskegon
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
6:00 pm
The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Arbor Circle to Host Fall Festival for Foster Care

MUSKEGON, MI – Arbor Circle will host the Fall Festival for Foster Care to recruit foster and adoptive families in the community. The event will take place at Smith-Ryerson Park, 650 Wood Street, Muskegon, MI 49442, on Saturday, October 12 from 11 AM to 1 PM. The festival will feature Arbor Circle, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and other foster care and adoption agencies in Muskegon County.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Entertainment will include music by DJ Yung, bounce houses, food, and family friendly fall activities. Individuals and families interested in learning more about foster care and adoption are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event.

Recruiting a diverse community of foster and adoptive families allows agencies to better serve foster children and teens in the community. As of April 2019, approximately 56% of foster children in Muskegon County were identified as children of color, while only 7% of foster homes were families of color. The Fall Festival for Foster Care will be held to promote the need for foster and adoptive families of color in Muskegon County.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the John & Mary Schumann Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon.

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About Arbor Circle: Through more than 50 programs and services, Arbor Circle provides mental health counseling, substance use treatment, family development, adoption and foster care, advocacy, prevention and quality child care resource and referral services. With a variety of services in 12 West Michigan counties, Arbor Circle serves over 15,000 individuals and families annually. Learn more at www.arborcircle.org.

About The Community Foundation for Muskegon: The Community Foundation for Muskegon County was created in 1961 by local residents to improve the quality of life in their communities. A publicly supported community endowment, the Foundation works with donors, grantees, advisers, and communities to identify and support the issues that shape our area. Learn more at www.muskegonfoundation.org.