Calendar of Events

Muskegon County Calendar of Events June 17-24, 2019

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

Monday June 17:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 2:00pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Fly Me to the Moon: Kalamazoo Air Zoo Visits Hackley Public Library
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Everyone is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon mission with the Kalamazoo Air Zoo at Hackley Public Library!  Investigate how gravity keeps the moon in orbit around the Earth and what it takes to escape Earth’s gravity to get to the Moon. Experience the creation of moon craters and the challenges involved in landing safely on the varied surface of the Moon. Learn about current and future missions to other moons and planets in our solar system. This event is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

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.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride!  The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early.  The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm.  You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles).  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Ragnar: Chase the Moon
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. and Run Muskegon for a challenge of interstellar proportions! Runners all over the country will team up to accomplish something that could never be done alone – run enough miles to circle the moon 20 times!  For every lap made around the moon, Ragnar will donate to the 100 Mile Club. So grab some friends, run a few miles, and do some good. To join, register for the Chase the Moon at: https://challenges.runragnar.com/2019/chase-the-moon-2019/#challenge. The event is free to pledge to run! Participants can kick it up a notch and reward themselves and register for the virtual run and receive a glow in the dark medal and Chase the Moon T-shirt!  A Ragnar ambassador will be at the event with some giveaways!  Sunset is scheduled for 9:27pm, so you’ll catch an awesome sunset over the lake and finish the run in the dark!  For more information, e-mail runmuskegon@gmail.com .

Tuesday June 18:

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game -VS- Steam!
7:05 pm First Pitch
Check out Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field for the home opener for the Muskegon Clippers! Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch at 7:05pm as the Clippers take on the STEAM.  Come out for some great baseball and family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers! Kids of all ages run the bases at Marsh field after every home game! Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, kids 5-12 $2 under 5 – FREE
www.muskegonclippers.com.

Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to meet author, Pamela Cameron!  Sit back and enjoy listening to Pamela read her picture book, “Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes!”  Based on true events, the book follows the story of Sport, a puppy rescued by the crew of the Hyacinth. He became an instant crew-member and takes readers on a journey through America’s inland seas. Copies of the book will be available for $15 and a book signing will be available after the program. All ages are welcome.  This event is free to the public. Come explore the universe of Lake Michigan with the story of Sport at HPL!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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.

Group Bicycle Tour
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

City for All – New Urbanism Film Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “City for All – New Urbanism Film Festival!” View award-winning short films as part of the New Urbanism Film Festival.  The films highlight diverse urban experiences in North America through authentic, timely storytelling. From the poetic confession of “Urban Lament” (2017) to the hard-hitting stories of displacement in the feature film, “Priced Out” (2017), the films tackle issues that are increasingly relevant to Muskegon. During the event’s intermission, a panel of Muskegon-area community members will be sharing their perspective about issues of housing, beautification, and hope for the city’s urban fabric. There’ll also be a free hotdog dinner.  Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Summer Concert Series: Westside Soul Surfers
7:00 pm
Add delightful music to your summer season with free outdoor concerts at the Montague Band Shell. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely summer evening listening to a variety of genres of music.  The rain site is Montague High School.  This concert series is generously supported by the Arts Council of White Lake.  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.

Wednesday June 19:

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game VS Steam!
7:05 pm First Pitch
Check out Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field for the home opener for the Muskegon Clippers! Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch at 7:05pm as the Clippers take on the STEAM.  Come out for some great baseball and family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers! Kids of all ages run the bases at Marsh field after every home game! Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, kids 5-12 $2 under 5 – FREE
www.muskegonclippers.com.

Western Market Chalets
June 5
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

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

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am -11:00am. The drop-in rate is $10.  Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the great lakes as she guides participants through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. Participants should bring a towel or sheet and sunglasses.  Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion.  All new participants should arrive early and children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. Bad weather? Call 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Thursday June 20:

Maranda Park Party 2019
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Bring the kids to Smith Ryerson Park for a Maranda Park Party! There’ll be a free lunch at 11:30am for kids 18 and under while supplies last.  Enjoy games, rides, entertainment, prizes and, of course, Maranda for free!  For more information call 231-724-6991.

Jazz on the Patio
6:00 pm
Beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

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.

Western Market Chalets
June 6
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
June 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Tours will be held on Thursdays in June. Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions, or for more information. These tours are free to the public and recommended for all ages.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert series. Tonight The Silverado Band (Celebrating the Lions Club 102nd Birthday) New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page below.

Friday June 21:

Back Alley Comedy Summer Showcase: Episode I
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club for Episode I of the Back Alley Comedy Summer Showcase!  This bi-weekly showcase features some of the region’s best up & coming and established comedians.  It’s basically a comedy party!  Enjoy comedians Aaron Putnam, Zako Ryan, James Jump and Megan Wirtz with your co-hosts, Ricarlo Winston and Justin Chup.  The cost is only $5.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Mercy Health Seaway Run & Expo
June 21 – June 22
The courses for the different distances all offer views of Muskegon Lake, with the 10K and Half Marathon courses also showcasing our beautiful Lake Michigan beach. With a Community 5K Walk, and three timed distances – 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, the Mercy Health Seaway Run has an event for everyone! All courses are barrier free and accessible to those with physical challenges, and volunteers will be available for assistance on race day.  Register online at www.seawayrun.com. The Mercy Health Seaway Expo, on the Friday before the races, is offered at the L.C. Walker Arena at no cost to the community, so everyone can explore healthy options and learn how to optimize their health. Visit the expo for health screenings, food, music, kids’ activities, prizes, demonstrations and more. Healthy choices lead to a healthier life and a healthier community! Also 6-9 pm is the pre- race party at Pigeon Hill Friday night!

FREE Movies on Deck: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
10:00 pm
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm. The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. More information is available at www.lst393.org.

Yoga at the Light
9:30 am
It’s “Yoga at the Light!” Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink and join SPLKA for Yoga.  In case of rain this event will be moved to June 28.  For further information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231-740-6662. Summer days are for unwinding, and what better way to enjoy a summer’s evening than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station! Their family-friendly events are free to the public.  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge of $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Western Market Chalets
June 7
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Parties in the Park: Jan James & Bri Baron: Rock!
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  They feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com. Tonight benefits:  not for profit: MOCAP

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! 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.

Pre-Party at the Museum: Wild Weather!
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Headed to Parties in the Park with the family? Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center beforehand for a fun, hands-on activity, and beat the crowds for a prime parking spot too!  The cost is $5 for ages 3 and older.  Muskegon residents and museum members are free.  For more information call 231) 722-0278.

Saturday June 22:

Melvin Elijah Presents: A Spectacular Tribute to Motown Live
7:00 pm
Visit the Frauenthal Center for “A Spectacular Tribute to Motown Live” presented by Melvin Elijah!  Back by popular demand, this is a tribute to the fabulous 4-Tops, Temptations, Diana Ross and MORE!  This high energy production show captivates audiences from its opening act to its exhilarating finale! Tickets are $30 or $50 for VIP seating which includes an after party dance with Hor d’oeuvres.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Dámaris Carbaugh
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference offers free concerts every Saturday night during the summer! Doors open at 6:45pm to the public, or you can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening pre-concert dinner buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Visit the website below for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
June 22 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Dámaris Carbaugh! Her depth of love and devotion for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is so evident through her special gift of song and powerful speaking ministry. “Walk with Me” is the latest of her fifteen albums.

Hackley Library Concert: The Whiskey Charmers
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for The Whiskey Charmers as part of the Sound of Summer Series!  Do you enjoy music that reminds you of “riding through the desert with the top down?”  This award-winning duo is back with their unique style of alt-country music.  This event is free to the public and all ages welcome!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Western Market Chalets
June 8
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

“The Future + The Features” All Ages Poetry Show
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
“The Future + The Features” is an all ages poetry show that will take place at Hackley Public Library. The Diatribe Inc. has been working in Muskegon the last two years, and this year they are taking students off of their campus and into their community! Students from their Orchard View High School program will be showcasing work they are proud of alongside some of the brightest spoken word all-stars in Muskegon. This event is ALL AGES friendly, and also FREE.
Photo Credit: The Diatribe Inc.

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game VS JAZZ!
7:05 pm First Pitch
Check out Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field for the home opener for the Muskegon Clippers! Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch at 7:05pm as the Clippers take on the JAZZ.  Come out for some great baseball and family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers! Kids of all ages run the bases at Marsh field after every home game! Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, kids 5-12 $2 under 5 – FREE
www.muskegonclippers.com.

2019 Business & Craft Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come to Hackley Park for the 2019 Business & Craft Fair!  Small businesses from all over West Michigan will display and sell their products including art, food, clothes, hand crafted items, unique fun stuff for the kids and so much more.  There’ll also be music and entertainment on the main stage all day!  Be sure to get in on the raffles, drawings and giveaways, too!  For more information, call 616-836-8756

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

Muskegon Risers Home Game vs  Livonia City FC
7:00 pm
National Premier Soccer League team, the Muskegon Risers, invite you to enjoy home games at Muskegon Catholic Central School. All games are at 7:15pm.  For more information e-mail hello@muskegonrisers.com or visit www.muskegonrisers.com.

Star Party
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at their observatory! All visitors are welcome to come and learn about amateur astronomy and view the night sky through the society’s telescopes.  You may also bring your own telescope.  They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments.  They will also provide printed materials.  If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event.  If it’s cloudy, they may give you a tour of the facility or do a presentation.  There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Sunday June 23:

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game VS JAZZ!
5:05 pm First Pitch
Check out Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field for the home opener for the Muskegon Clippers! Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch at 5:05pm as the Clippers take on the JAZZ.  Come out for some great baseball and family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers! Kids of all ages run the bases at Marsh field after every home game! Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, kids 5-12 $2 under 5 – FREE
www.muskegonclippers.com.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Sunday of the summer from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels. Rent a mat for $2.  For more info call (231) 722-9642.

Western Market Chalets
June 9
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Brave the Wave: Adaptive Wakesurf Tour 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Visit Mona Lake Boat Club for Brave the Wave: Adaptive Wakesurf Tour 2019!  Hanger Clinic and Tommy’s Boats & Watersports Professionals are bringing this FREE Adaptive Wakesurf Tour to a new stop at Mona Lake! This is a day filled with wakesurfing! This event was created to encompass individuals with a range of physical disabilities. All ages and levels are welcome from first time wakesurfers to experts! Come learn how to wakesurf from adaptive wakesurfer and 2019 Adaptive Surfing World Champion gold medal team member Lexi Youngberg and her friends! When Lexi was 16 she lost her leg from a boating accident, but has never lost her love for water sports.  Lexi is a below-knee amputee herself and passionate about sharing her love of wakesurfing with others who have a range of physical disabilities. Space is limited! Register ASAP to reserve your spot at Eventbrite.com. Registration is required for individuals with physical disabilities participating in the clinic. Family and friends coming to participate in lunch will need to register.  Lunch is provided for anyone attending!  All participants will be required to sign a waiver.  If the participant is under 18, a legal guardian or parent must be present to ride on the boat and sign the waiver.  For questions, contact Sussan Riccio at  SRiccio@hanger.com.

Monday June 24:

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

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.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 2:00pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride!  The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early.  The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm.  You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles).  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/10/19 – 06/17/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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.  Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday evenings, beginning at 6:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. to join in a group bicycle ride!  The goal is for everyone to start and finish together for a total ride time of 90 minutes. Please arrive early.  The ride begins promptly at 6:00pm.  You’ll travel from Pigeon Hill to Pere Marquette Beach via the Lakeshore Bike Trail (10-11 miles).  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

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.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 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. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Western Market Chalets
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
Wednesdays @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will host a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 28 at Muskegon State Park. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am -11:00am. The drop-in rate is $10.  Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the great lakes as she guides participants through stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath work and relaxation. Participants should bring a towel or sheet and sunglasses.  Meet at the Channel Beach Pavilion.  All new participants should arrive early and children under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  Bad weather? Call 231-343-8381 for cancellation information.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes will not be held August 7.  A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.  To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
Thursdays @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Tours will be held on Thursdays in June and will begin at 5:00pm. Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions, or for more information. These tours are free to the public and recommended for all ages.

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays @ 6:00 pm
Thursdays, June 13 – August 29 beginning at 6:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center at Oakridge Golf Course for “Jazz on the Patio!”  Sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy great drink specials, a fabulous dinner menu and live jazz music as you view the sunset.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the music begins at 6:30pm.  Reservations are recommended for a table outside by calling 231-563-6914.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert series kicks off on Thursday, May 30 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm with the night’s music provided by The Sea Cruisers, playing 50’s 60’s and 70’s rock and roll! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.  June 13 it’s The 6-PAK Band.

Montague Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
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 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Mondays @ 2:00 pm
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 2:00pm beginning June 17 – September 2!  You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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.  Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Special Events

Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments
June 9 – June 10
The Midwest Professional Volleyball Association presents Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach! For more information call (231) 739-3911.
June 8 & 9
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School

Muskegon Heights Festival
June 10 – June 15
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2019 is June 10-15!  This community celebration features games, arts & crafts, concerts and food vendors in Rowan Park!  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.
Schedule:
Monday, June 10
• 6:00pm – 10:00pm – Movie In The Park
Tuesday, June 11
• 5:00pm – Gospel in the Park
Wednesday, June 12
• 5:00pm – Poetry in the Tent
Thursday, June 13
• 5:00pm – Comedy in the Tent
Friday, June 14
• 6:30pm – 11:30pm – Hip-hop Artist TWISTA
Saturday, June 15
• 10:00am – City Parade
• 7:00pm – 11:00pm – R&B/funk band SWITCH Featuring Raydio

Michigan’s Adventure American Heroes Week
June 10 – June 16
Michigan’s Adventure’s first responder discounts program during the week of June 10-16, 2019 honors our amazing heroes by offering admission for an exceptionally discounted rate of only $27 per person. Personnel who qualify include firefighters, police officers, EMTs and any member of the armed forces. To receive your special offer, just present a valid public safety employee ID, active or retired military ID, or DD214 papers.
What’s more, they know that first responders’ and military families also need a play day, so the discounts for public safety employees extend to them, too. First responders and service members can purchase tickets for their spouses and children during American Heroes Week for only $27 each, with a limit of six.  For more information call 231-766-3377.  www.miadventure.com

2019 Detroit Lions Summer Football Camp
June 10 – 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday – Thursday, June 10 – 13, it’s the 2019 Detroit Lions Fundamentals Camp!  This is a 4-day event for boys & girls ages 6-14, happening at Montague High School. The cost is $149 and includes the 4 day camp, a Lions camp t-shirt, an appearance by a current or former Detroit Lions player, (2) tickets to a 2019 home pre-season Lions game, and more!  For more information, visit Detroitlions.com/footballeducation.

Operation Rumination: Reading & Book Signing
June 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, June 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum as author and radio host, Rick Vuyst, signs his new book, “Operation Rumination!” For more information call 231-755-1230.

Discover the GVSU Veterans History Project
June 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, June 10 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library as join Dr. James Smither, Project Director of the GVSU Veterans History Project, shares how the project records oral history interviews with veterans of the wars and conflicts that Americans have participated in over the last century with the purpose of creating a complete a record as possible of the American experience in wartime.  Norton Shores Vietnam veteran Mike Robinson will share his experience in participating with the project and his resulting newly published memoir. No registration is required.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Ruth and Max Bloomquist
June 11 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, June 11 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring Ruth and Max Bloomquist!  Muskegon’s own Ruth and Max Bloomquist will enchant us with their warm and irresistible brand of folk and bluegrass music in this season’s final performance.  For more information, call 231-722-2112.

Astronomy 101: Enjoy the Night Sky
June 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 11 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program, “Astronomy 101:  Learn to enjoy the night sky with little or no equipment!!  Learn about the starry sky when Michael Galvin of the Muskegon Astronomical Society gives a presentation on how to enjoy the night sky with little or no equipment.  Learn about how to use a star chart, spot satellites, and interesting things to look at this month.  All ages are welcome.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Henna & Hops
June 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Fetch Brewing Co. for “Henna & Hops!” Grab a friend and join the Arts Council of White Lake to adorn yourself with henna!  Henna is a dye that creates a temporary tattoo and can be applied to your skin.  You’ll be able to create your own design, grab some ideas from the instructor, or use a stencil.  You’ll be on the Fetch patio or in the back room if the weather doesn’t cooperate!  This event is for ages 15+ and registration is required. The cost is $20.  For more information call the Arts Council of White Lake at (231) 893-2524, or visit www.artswhitelake.org.

Taste of Muskegon
June 14 – June 15
Taste of Muskegon will take place on June 14 – 15 in Hackley Park.  Enjoy a “Taste” of the best Muskegon has to offer.  We are showing off our great restaurants, craft brews, boats, music and more!  As Muskegon’s culinary scene grows, so does Taste of Muskegon. With 34 food vendors, it will be the biggest Restaurant Row they have hosted in the festival’s 13 years.
Taste of Muskegon is going big for 2019, bigger portions that is. In addition to offering up to four taste-size items for 1 to 4 tickets each, food vendors may offer up to two full-size items that are up to 14 tickets each. The thirty-four food vendors, the most ever in Taste, will also have new Taste of Muskegon Plate Awards to compete for including Best New Bite, Best Lite Bite and Kids’ Choice. Voting for the Kids’ Choice award will be in the Kids’ Zone.
The drink menu is also growing with a list that brings back an old Muskegon festival tradition, the slushy drink to the Tequila. Muskeg-a-ritas will also be added to the menu in lemonade, mango lemonade and strawberry lemonade. To make domestic beer purchases easier, there will be a line to buy with a credit card for those saving their Taste Tickets for food.
Taste Tickets are available for early purchase June 4-14 at the City Treasurer’s office, 933 Terrace St. The tickets can also be purchased at the festival using a credit card at all ticket booths and the merchandise tent. The merchandise tent will also have tickets and passes to Muskegon’s 150th Celebration. If you purchase your 150th Celebration pass at Taste you will be entered to win a meet and greet with one of the performing bands at the 150th.
Chef Char will offer three cooking demonstrations, each featuring five recipes, in our new Taste Kitchen Tent. As Chef Char introduces new techniques in the full-size kitchen she will be giving out prizes and tastes as Andy O’Riley emcees. On Saturday from Noon-1:30pm the recipes will be specially tailored to young chefs as she works with kids in a hands-on session. All demonstrations are free to attend.
Other new features to Taste include extended hours, the festival will continue to 11:00pm both nights. An entrance will be added at the corner of 4th and Webster. The Kids’ Zone will offer Extreme Games including a 30-foot rock wall, bungee races, an inflatable obstacle course and more that even those who are only kids at heart can try. The concert stage will showcase more music than ever before, featuring Noah Smith on Friday and Psychotic Paradise, the world’s only female-fronted Tesla tribute band, on Saturday along with five other bands during the event.  www.tasteofmuskegon.org

Muskegon Power Boat Weekend
June 14 – June 16
Friday – Sunday, June 14 – 16, it’s the Muskegon Powerboat Weekend!  West Michigan’s premier boating event will showcase the Port of Muskegon.  West Michigan Offshore invites you to an awesome weekend of boating fun.  Get started Friday night at the Taste of Muskegon for the WMO Boater’s Street Party.  There’ll be over a dozen of the biggest and baddest boats on display you’ve ever seen!  Saturday events include the offshore Poker Run, Boat Raft-Up, Boaters’ Hang-Out and the awards party.  Sunday features Muskegon fun venues for Sunday Funday.  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.com.
Friday, June 14 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, come to Chase Hammond Golf Course for the Bill Saylor Open, a memorial golf outing and fundraiser! The entry fee is $75.00 per person or $300.00 per four person team.  Registration begins 8:00am, with a shotgun start at 9:00am.  Please call 231-724-6351 (Sheriff Administration) for registration and sponsorship opportunities.
Your day includes:
• 18 holes of golf w/ cart
• Breakfast (donuts & pastries)
• Lunch (hamburgers, hot-dogs, chips)
• Dinner (steak w/mushrooms & onions, potato, baked Beans)
• Beer, water & soda provided
• Cash bar available at club house & beverage carts
• Prizes for 1st, 2nd & Blind Draw

Pre-Party at the Museum
June 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Headed to Parties in the Park with the family? Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center from 3:00pm – 5:00pm beforehand for a fun, hands-on activity, and beat the crowds for a prime parking spot too!  The cost is $5 for ages 3 and older.  Muskegon residents and museum members are free.  June 14 it’s a Lego Challenge in the STEM Center.  For more information call 231) 722-0278.

Parties in the Park
June 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  Parties are 5:00pm – 9:00pm and feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  June 14 it’s Plain Jane Glory, Whiskey Rebels and Noah Smith sponsored by Taste of Muskegon.  For more information, e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 14, 15 & 16 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field for Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball with the Muskegon Clippers! Come on out and have some great family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers at home!
This season will feature a few returning players, (Nolan Bryant, Micah Allen, Bryce Davis, Jacob Gilhaus, Sean Casey) as well as some great new ones! You don’t want to miss all the action this summer at Marsh Field.  For more information, visit the website below or e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.
Home Game Schedule:
• Friday, June 14 at 7:05pm – Graders
• Saturday, June 15 at 7:05pm – Graders
• Sunday, June 16 at 5:05pm – Graders

Laurence Juber in Concert
June 14 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, June 14 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for Laurence Juber in Concert! Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.  Laurence was first recognized internationally as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s band Wings, and has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer, arranger, and concert performer.  Doors open at 6:30pm and there will be a cash bar.  Tickets are available at the MMA Store or by phone at 231-720-2580.

Movies on Deck
June 14 @ 10:00 pm
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.
The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm. June 14 it’s Big (1988)!  More information is available at www.lst393.org.

White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival
June 15 – June 16
The 41st annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival is happening at Goodrich Park Annex, June 15-16!  This juried arts and crafts festival features continuous entertainment, a food court and over 75 booths.  Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.  Purchase a variety of hand-made art and crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items.  A great line-up of musicians will entertain the crowds throughout the weekend with a wide array of music!  There’ll be inflatables for the kids and a variety of carnival type food vendors.
For more information on the Arts and Crafts Festival events, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 893-4585 or visit www.whitelake.org.  Interested in being a vendor? Call their office at 231-893-4585 or email them at info@whitelake.org.

Ride United
June 15 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
United Way of the Lakeshore’s 7th Annual Ride United bike event will take place Saturday, June 15 from 8:00am – 5:00pm! DTE Energy first brought the event to the lakeshore in 2012 to promote and support United Way’s health programs.  According to Christine Robere, CEO of United Way of the Lakeshore, “Ride United is growing each year, with more and more riders from outside of the area joining us to enjoy our beautiful lakeshore routes.”
Riders bike 6, 25, 50, and 100-mile routes that begin and end at the corner of Third St. and Clay Ave. in downtown Muskegon, which is also the site of the annual Taste of Muskegon event. “We are delighted to partner with Taste of Muskegon for our finish line party.  Ride United participants can enjoy the festival vibe added by the combined events.  The food, music and festivities will just be getting started in Hackley Park as 25-mile riders start to reach the finish line and will continue throughout the day until our last 100-mile rider returns”, shared Donielle Routt, Volunteer Committee Chair.  “As a century rider, it is really encouraging to have a community celebration waiting at the finish.”  For more information call 231-722-3134 or visit www.ridemi.org

16th Annual L.E.A.P. (Lakeside Emporium Anniversary Party)
June 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come one, come all, as Lakeside Emporium says “Thank You” to all of their customers and the community for another year in business!  Saturday, June 15 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, join them for Zumba, Face Painting, Games, Give-Aways, Discounts, Prizes and delicious food.  And, do not miss the incredible performances of these “must-see” bands: Legal Rehab (10:00am – 12:30pm) from Muskegon and Full Circle Band (1:00pm – 4:00pm) from East Jordan!  All events take place right on site at the Lakeside Emporium.  Bring a lawn chair and stay for the day!  Be sure to check out all the wonderful surrounding Lakeside businesses.  They look forward to seeing you at this fun, family-friendly, annual event!  For more information call 231-755-9933.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
June 15 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.
With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office
June 15 the film is “The Secret Life of Pets!”

Victorian Tea
June 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 15 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site for a Victorian afternoon tea!  Tea, lemonade, and coffee will be served as well as sandwiches and treats provided by Ryke’s Bakery.  Guests are encouraged to bring their fanciest hats to enter a contest to win a prize!  This year’s tea will include a historic fashion show in the Hume House courtesy of Wendy Batchelder, a historical interpreter and expert on Victorian culture and fashion.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

SJO Supercross
June 15 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 15 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross presented by SJO Productions! Admission is $10 per person or $5 for kids under 11 years old.  For more information call the fairgrounds at 231-788-4568 or visit www.sjoproductions.com.
Time Details:
• 1:00pm – Signups
• 3:00pm – Practice
• 5:00pm – Race

Father’s Day at Michigan’s Adventure
June 16
It’s time to add some adventure to your Father’s Day activities with a visit to Michigan’s Adventure! Season Passholders may purchase up to 4 Bring-a-Friend tickets for $19.99 each at the front gate. Tickets can be purchased by showing your valid season pass at any ticket booth. The ultimate Father’s Day Event for regular and platinum season pass holders is only valid on June 16, 2019.  For more information call 231-766-3377.  www.miadventure.com

Father’s Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
June 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 16 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, enjoy Father’s Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo!  Spend some quality time with Dad at the farm with free admission for fathers, plus, a complimentary Apple Cinnamon Donut, cup Of coffee, and most importantly, time to spend with the ones who adore him!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

RUN-A-MUCK!
June 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday, June 16 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, come to Scholl Farms for the 20th Running of the RUN-A-MUCK! This is a European style 5k cross country race.  No pavement!  The course goes through farmland and woods and features obstacles such as water (mud), jumps, hay bales, logs, and more!  Get off the road and challenge yourself!  For more information call 231-893-1311 or visit https://eastsideracing.enmotive.com/events/register/run-a-muck.
Schedule of events:
• 9:15am: Splash and Dash, a special 1k course for kids 10 and under.
• 10:00am: The Run-a-Muck 5K. Walkers and dogs on leashes are welcome.
• 11:15am: 4 legged Sack Race for kids 10 and older.
• 11:45am: Awards Ceremony
• 12:30pm: Post race homemade pot luck in the barn.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck: Father’s Day Edition
June 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 16 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga aboard Muskegon’s World War II landing ship tank, the USS LST 393, for their popular donation based yoga class! This class is designed for all levels.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.
This is a special Father’s Day edition and proceeds will benefit Read Muskegon’s “Project Fatherhood” Program which provides weekly conversations for urban men about doing better for the next generation.

Fly Me to the Moon: Kalamazoo Air Zoo Visits Hackley Public Library
June 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, June 17 at 5:30pm, everyone is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon mission with the Kalamazoo Air Zoo at Hackley Public Library!  Investigate how gravity keeps the moon in orbit around the Earth and what it takes to escape Earth’s gravity to get to the Moon. Experience the creation of moon craters and the challenges involved in landing safely on the varied surface of the Moon. Learn about current and future missions to other moons and planets in our solar system. Up, up and away! This event is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Ragnar: Chase the Moon
June 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday, June 17 from 8:30pm – 11:00pm, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. and Run Muskegon for a challenge of interstellar proportions! Runners all over the country will team up to accomplish something that could never be done alone – run enough miles to circle the moon 20 times!  For every lap made around the moon, Ragnar will donate to the 100 Mile Club. So grab some friends, run a few miles, and do some good. To join, register for the Chase the Moon at: https://challenges.runragnar.com/2019/chase-the-moon-2019/#challenge .
The event is free to pledge to run! Participants can kick it up a notch and reward themselves and register for the virtual run and receive a glow in the dark medal and Chase the Moon T-shirt!  A Ragnar ambassador will be at the event with some giveaways!  Sunset is scheduled for 9:27pm, so you’ll catch an awesome sunset over the lake and finish the run in the dark!  For more information, e-mail runmuskegon@gmail.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events June 3-10, 2019

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

Monday June 3:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

Hackley Crafts: Astrology Bubble Necklace
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for their monthly craft night. This month design a necklace featuring your astrological sign!  This program is free, and all supplies will be provided.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-8011 or visiting www.hackleylibrary.org.  Registration opens one month before the class date.  This program is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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 June 4:

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Opener!
7:05 pm First Pitch
Check out Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field for the home opener for the Muskegon Clippers! Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch at 7:05pm as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  Come out for some great baseball and family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers! Kids of all ages run the bases at Marsh field after every home game! Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, kids 5-12 $2 under 5 – FREE
www.muskegonclippers.com. Magnet schedules given out tonight.

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 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.

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.

Planetarium Show: The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Group Bicycle Tour
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Open Mic Night at Hackley Public Library
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
It’s Open Mic Night at Hackley Public Library!  It’s your night to be a star!  All types of performances are welcome; poetry reading, music and comedy.  Share the talents you love!  If you are interested in showcasing your art, please register at www.hackleylibrary.org or call the HPL reference desk at 231-722-8011 (registration will open 1 month before program date).  Walk-ins are also welcome.  If you don’t want the spotlight, just come and listen!

Wednesday June 5:

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game VS Monarchs!
7:05 pm First Pitch
Check out Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field for the home opener for the Muskegon Clippers! Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch at 7:05pm as the Clippers take on the Monarchs.  Come out for some great baseball and family fun!  Grab a hot dog, some popcorn, and cold drink while you cheer on the Clippers! Kids of all ages run the bases at Marsh field after every home game! Adults $5, Seniors & Students $3, kids 5-12 $2 under 5 – FREE
www.muskegonclippers.com.

Western Market Chalets
June 5
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

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

Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Cruise
11:00 am
The first Wednesday of the month at 11:00am, board the Aquastar for an afternoon on the water as you tour Muskegon Lake and into the channel to see Lake Michigan!  These lunchtime cruises will cater to those interested in Muskegon’s history.  Visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com for more information or to book your spot!

Thursday June 6:

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.

Western Market Chalets
June 6
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
June 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Tours will be held on Thursdays in June. Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions, or for more information. These tours are free to the public and recommended for all ages.

Antique Tractor and Engine Show
June 6 – June 8
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for their annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, featuring  Ford tractors & equipment, Ford lawn & garden tractors, Michigan made gas engines, Farm Tractors, Trucks, Garden Tractors and Gas Engines!  Events include the 10th Annual Ford Model A’s Swap Meet, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Pony Pull, Daily Antique Tractor and Truck Parades, Daily Early Days Equipment Demonstrations and Exhibits, Threshing, Baling, Broom Making, Corn Shelling, Quilting, Butter Churning, Wood Carving, Candle Making, Weaving and Spinning, Flea Market, Kids’ Games and Valve Cover Car Races.  Overnight camping is available.  Entry is $5.  For more information, call (616) 293-1961.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert series. Tonight The Silverado Band (Celebrating the Lions Club 102nd Birthday) New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page below.

Friday June 7:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Western Market Chalets
June 7
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Parties in the Park:Flexadecibel sponsored by JCI Muskegon
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 year’s, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  They feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Opening Reception: Coffee, Food, and Wine Art Exhibit
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join the Red Lotus Center for the Arts and its artists for the opening reception of their newest art exhibit. This show is designed to celebrate their favorite food and beverages and they’ve timed it to coincide with the annual Taste of Muskegon event.  Please stop by to meet the artists, see the new art, and enjoy some coffee, food, and wine on them.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome.  For more information, visit the website www.redlotusmuskegon.com.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
June 7 & June 8: 5:00pm & 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.

Antique Tractor and Engine Show
June 6 – June 8
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for their annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, featuring  Ford tractors & equipment, Ford lawn & garden tractors, Michigan made gas engines, Farm Tractors, Trucks, Garden Tractors and Gas Engines!  Events include the 10th Annual Ford Model A’s Swap Meet, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Pony Pull, Daily Antique Tractor and Truck Parades, Daily Early Days Equipment Demonstrations and Exhibits, Threshing, Baling, Broom Making, Corn Shelling, Quilting, Butter Churning, Wood Carving, Candle Making, Weaving and Spinning, Flea Market, Kids’ Games and Valve Cover Car Races.  Overnight camping is available.  Entry is $5.  For more information, call (616) 293-1961.

Pre-Party at the Museum: Wild Weather!
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Headed to Parties in the Park with the family? Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center beforehand for a fun, hands-on activity, and beat the crowds for a prime parking spot too!  The cost is $5 for ages 3 and older.  Muskegon residents and museum members are free.  For more information call 231) 722-0278.

Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho Family Campground Grand Re-Opening Celebration
June 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Everyone is invited to Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho Family Campground for a Grand Re-Opening Celebration! They’re under new ownership and excited to share all the great changes at the campground.  Enjoy complimentary hotdogs and burgers, play some games and take a tour.  For more information call (231) 766-2209.

11th Annual Taste of White Lake
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Don’t miss the 11th Annual Taste of White Lake, a Michigan-themed street fair to be held at Whitehall’s Goodrich Park. An eclectic mix of local businesses will again join forces to provide an evening of fun, offering great food, Michigan beers and  wines, live music, and 50/50 raffle, all benefitting Howmet Playhouse.  www.tasteofwhitelake.com

Every Womans Place: Comedy Fundraiser
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for a night of stand-up with some of Michigan’s brightest up and coming comedians!  It’s all to benefit the Every Woman’s Place organization. Tickets are just $15.00 each. For more information, call (231) 759-7909.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Slavic Fire
7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Slavic Fire!”  Moscow-born Natasha Paremski reveals astounding virtuosity and interpretive abilities.  Her rendering of the ultra-Romantic Chopin concerto will take your breath away.  Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, written during the height of Stalinist Russia, spans the gamut from sorrow to anger to triumph. Single ticket prices are $24-$60.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Saturday June 8:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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. Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Free Fishing Weekend
June 8 – June 9
Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. 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. So grab a rod and your family and friends and let’s go fishing!

Antique Tractor and Engine Show
June 6 – June 8
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for their annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, featuring  Ford tractors & equipment, Ford lawn & garden tractors, Michigan made gas engines, Farm Tractors, Trucks, Garden Tractors and Gas Engines!  Events include the 10th Annual Ford Model A’s Swap Meet, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Pony Pull, Daily Antique Tractor and Truck Parades, Daily Early Days Equipment Demonstrations and Exhibits, Threshing, Baling, Broom Making, Corn Shelling, Quilting, Butter Churning, Wood Carving, Candle Making, Weaving and Spinning, Flea Market, Kids’ Games and Valve Cover Car Races.  Overnight camping is available.  Entry is $5.  For more information, call (616) 293-1961.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
June 7 & June 8: 5:00pm & 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.

26th Annual Arc Open
8:30 am
Calling all golfers! It’s the 26th Annual Arc Open!  Come to Stonegate Golf Club, shotgun start to this 4-person scramble event featuring 18 holes with cart, continental breakfast, driving range, prizes, contests, beverages, golf goody bags and a delicious lunch!  All golfers registered by May 16 will be eligible to win a prize.  The cost is $380.00 per team.  For more information, contact Janis at (231) 777-2006 or e-mail jmilliron@arcmuskegon.org.

Western Market Chalets
June 8
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments
June 8 – June 9
The Midwest Professional Volleyball Association presents Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach! For more information call (231) 739-3911.
June 8 & 9
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School

Comedian Joe Derosa
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saul” and “Inside Amy Schumer” is coming to Back Alley Comedy Club to entertain the crowd, Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm!  Tickets are $20 – $40 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call the club at (616) 570-8765.

Scout Days at Michigan’s Adventure
June 8 – June 9
Come to Michigan’s Adventure for “Scout Days!”  Discounts tickets to members of various scouting groups are being offered.  Scout Days are available to members of scouting programs and their families or troops only.  Tickets purchased at the Scout Days rate are non-refundable and are only valid only on the event dates.  Tickets are $26.00 and must be purchased at the park on the day of your outing.  Lunch is available for $7.00 per person in their catering area from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Wear your uniforms and show your pride in your organization!  For more information call 231-766-3377.

14th Annual Run for Wings 5k Run/Walk
8:00 am
The 14th Annual Run for Wings 5k Run/Walk is happening Saturday, June 8 beginning at 8:00am! This fundraiser for Wings of Mercy happens at the Muskegon Airport Executive Air Transport Hangar 2 and features:
• Pancake breakfast after the race
• A flat & fast course, great for your first 5K or to get a personal best time
• Chip timing
• A sweat wicking or standard cotton t-shirt at time of registration
• Many family-friendly, fun events following the race
The cost to participate is $30, or $35 if you want the sweat wicking t-shirt. For more information, find Wings of Mercy on Facebook or visit the website www.wingsofmercy.org

West Michigan Walk from Obesity
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
The ASMBS Foundation has teamed up with Life Without Limits to bring the Walk from Obesity to West Michigan on Saturday, June 8, 8:30am – 12:00pm.  Join them as they take steps to raise awareness of obesity.  Local sponsors and vendors will be on site to share helpful information on healthy living and resources for obesity preventions and treatment.  Tickets are $25 for adults and children under 12 are free.  Early bird rates are available.  Proceeds raised from this event go towards obesity research, educational programs, and access to quality care initiatives.  For more information call 231-246-1114.

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

Performances @The Block: Natasha Paremski
7:30 pm
Come to The Block for Natasha Paremski!  With her consistently striking and dynamic performances. She continues to generate excitement with her musical sensibility and flawless technique.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

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

Pigeon Hill Sampling at The Cheese Lady
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for a brew sampling at The Cheese Lady! The good folks from Pigeon Hill are sure that there are few things in life that pair as well as beer and cheese! They will have free beer samples to help you decide what to bring to your next event, even if that event is eating a plate full of cheese and drinking a pint while sitting on the couch and watching GoT! For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Muskegon Summer Wine Up Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Hackley Park for the unofficial summer kick-off event, the Muskegon Summer Wine Up Festival!  This is a brand new festival for adults to celebrate the real start of summer, created by Cumulus Radio/Muskegon.  It will be a get-together, a celebration, a day of music and fun and a learning opportunity for wine novices and pros alike to try and taste the different varieties of wines created in Michigan and the U.S.  The cost is $15 and includes 4 tastings.  The first 800 people will receive a souvenir wine glass for tasting.  You must be 21 to attend this event.  All patrons will have to bring identification proving they are 21 or older.  For more information, call Cumulus Media at (231) 903-0401.

Muskegon Museum of Art’s 107th Anniversary Gala
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, a silent auction, dinner and dessert by the Hearthstone, music and dancing and a live auction featuring a $10,000 giveaway!  Tickets are $160 per person or $140 for MMA members.  Black Tie is optional.  Call 231-720-2571 for ticket information.

Muskegon Risers Home Game vs Fort Wayne Sport Club
7:00 pm
National Premier Soccer League team, the Muskegon Risers, invite you to enjoy home games at Muskegon Catholic Central School. All games are at 7:15pm.  For more information e-mail hello@muskegonrisers.com or visit www.muskegonrisers.com.

Sunday June 9:

Western Market Chalets
June 9
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.Retailers Include: Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gift, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art,
Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave and Village Baker.

Scout Days at Michigan’s Adventure
June 8 – June 9
Come to Michigan’s Adventure for “Scout Days!”  Discounts tickets to members of various scouting groups are being offered.  Scout Days are available to members of scouting programs and their families or troops only.  Tickets purchased at the Scout Days rate are non-refundable and are only valid only on the event dates.  Tickets are $26.00 and must be purchased at the park on the day of your outing.  Lunch is available for $7.00 per person in their catering area from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Wear your uniforms and show your pride in your organization!  For more information call 231-766-3377.

Free Fishing Weekend
June 8 – June 9
Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. 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. So grab a rod and your family and friends and let’s go fishing!

Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments
June 8 – June 9
The Midwest Professional Volleyball Association presents Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach! For more information call (231) 739-3911.
June 8 & 9
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School

Monday June 10:

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

Michigan’s Adventure American Heroes Week
June 10 – June 16
Michigan’s Adventure’s first responder discounts program during the week of June 10-16, 2019 honors our amazing heroes by offering admission for an exceptionally discounted rate of only $27 per person. Personnel who qualify include firefighters, police officers, EMTs and any member of the armed forces. To receive your special offer, just present a valid public safety employee ID, active or retired military ID, or DD214 papers.
What’s more, they know that first responders’ and military families also need a play day, so the discounts for public safety employees extend to them, too. First responders and service members can purchase tickets for their spouses and children during American Heroes Week for only $27 each, with a limit of six.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

2019 Miss Michigan Pageant Meet & Greet
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Every year, the Miss Michigan Competition and Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen Pageant takes place in downtown Muskegon! Don’t miss your chance to ‘Meet & Greet’ these lovely contestants at the Hackley Public Library.  Kids are invited to decorate a make & take crown of their own at this free event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Operation Rumination: Reading & Book Signing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visit the USS Silversides Submarine Museum as author and radio host, Rick Vuyst, signs his new book, “Operation Rumination!” For more information call 231-755-1230.

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.

2019 Detroit Lions Summer Football Camp
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday – Thursday, June 10 – 13, it’s the 2019 Detroit Lions Fundamentals Camp!  This is a 4-day event for boys & girls ages 6-14, happening at Montague High School. The cost is $149 and includes the 4 day camp, a Lions camp t-shirt, an appearance by a current or former Detroit Lions player, (2) tickets to a 2019 home pre-season Lions game, and more!  For more information, visit the website www.detroitlions.com/football-education/football-education

Muskegon Heights Festival
June 10 – June 15
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2019 is June 10-15!  This community celebration features games, arts & crafts, concerts and food vendors in Rowan Park!  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099. Schedule: Monday, June 10: 6:00pm – 10:00pm – Movie In The Park, Tuesday, June 11: 5:00pm – Gospel in the Park, Wednesday, June 12: 5:00pm – Poetry in the Tent, Thursday, June 13: 5:00pm – Comedy in the Tent, Friday, June 14: 6:30pm – 11:30pm – Hip-hop Artist TWISTA, Saturday, June 15:10:00am – City Parade, 7:00pm – 11:00pm – R&B/funk band SWITCH Featuring Raydio

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/28/19 – 06/03/19

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

LOOK!
May 21 – June 1
Tuesday, May 21 – Saturday, June 1, Art Cats Gallery reminds you that it is sometimes enlightening to view the world through a different lens. See the world of Leslie Lundquist-Victor, Ruth Achterhoff-Aust and Tim Bonnette in their photos.  Also introducing fused glass by Karen Nichols.  For more information call (231) 755-7606.

Call to Artists: Coffee, Food, and Wine Art Exhibit
May 22 @ 11:00 am – May 29 @ 11:00 am
The Red Lotus Center for the Arts is looking for new art with a coffee, food, or wine theme.  Anyone is welcome to submit art for this show and the submission forms and rules can be found here: http://redlotusmuskegon.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Coffee-food-wine-submission-form.pdf.  Please drop off your art by 5:00pm on May 29, 2019.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 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. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Feeding the Soul of the City: GVSU Steel Drum Band
May 28 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 28 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring the GVSU Steel Drum Band!  The ever-popular steel drum performers from Grand Valley State University, under the direction of Greg Secor, return for a performance of the tropical sounds of Trinidad and Tobago along with other Latin styles.  For more information, call 231-722-2112.
The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Western Market Chalets
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.

Workaholic Women’s Wednesday Cruise
May 29 @ 7:00 pm
The last Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm, take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy a cruise of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan aboard the Aquastar!  Join local celebrity Britta Cleveland for a mid-week adventure with music, food, adult beverages and specialty vendors.  You will need a debit/credit card to purchase drinks.  Tickets are $25.  Visit www.aquastarcruises.com to book your spot or call (231) 903-0669 for more information.

ReCon Veteran’s Resilience Conference
May 30 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 30 from 7:30am – 5:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the ReCon Veteran’s Resilience Conference!  This conference is for veterans, their families, veteran service providers and anyone interested in supporting veterans or gaining skills to grow resilience.  Pioneering a Veteran resilience movement starts with all of us, that’s why ReCon: Resilience Conference focuses on bringing you the best speakers, resources, and practices to equip you with the tools you need to continue encouraging and strengthening others.  For more information call 231-332-3884.

Walking Tour: A Bite of History
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 30 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center to embark on a journey through time while tasting samples from some of Muskegon’s newest restaurants! This historic walking tour will include a history of various buildings and businesses downtown as you make your way between Dr. Rolf’s BBQ, Rad Dads’ Tacos & Tequila, and one more surprise location!
The cost is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members and includes samples at all three stops. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are available in the Museum Store, by calling (231) 722-0278, or via Eventbrite.com.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert series kicks off on Thursday, May 30 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm with the night’s music provided by The Sea Cruisers, playing 50’s 60’s and 70’s rock and roll! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament.  These free weekly concerts happen every Thursday, May 30 – August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. Be sure to check back for more bands and vendors.  For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.

USO-Style Swing Dance
May 31
Friday evening, May 31, come aboard the USS LST 393 for a USO-Style Swing Dance featuring a terrific live jazz band and authentic swing dancing on the top deck of a World War II ship.  For more information visit www.lst393.org.

D-Day Plus 75
May 31 – June 1
Friday and Saturday, May 31 – June 1, the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum and Rolling Thunder present “D-Day Plus 75!”  This World War II landing ship tank will feature special displays and exhibits to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. LST 393 was there, and is one of only three ships at Omaha Beach still afloat. Visitors can share this historic day aboard one of the most important D-Day artifacts anywhere. The community celebration will feature an honor ride, World War II reenactors, unique World War II vehicles, the amazing “Air Raid Muskegon” featuring historic aircraft “battling” reenactors on the ship, and special activities for kids.  More info is at www.lst393.org or by calling 231-730-1477.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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.
Contact muskegonlights@gmail.com to book a private tour of the Lighthouse with one of their knowledgeable history docents. The cost is $50 a person for up to ten people for sunset or any time of day you desire.

Pre-Party at the Museum
Fridays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Headed to Parties in the Park with the family? Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center beforehand for a fun, hands-on activity, and beat the crowds for a prime parking spot too!  The cost is $5 for ages 3 and older.  Muskegon residents and museum members are free.  For more information call 231) 722-0278.
From 3:00-5:00pm on Parties in the Park Fridays:
• May 31 – Glow in the Dark at the Museum
• June 7 – Wild Weather
• June 14 – Lego Challenge in the STEM Center
• June 21 – Electrified at the Museum
• June 28 – The Power of Water

Parties in the Park
Fridays @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park.  Parties are 5:00pm – 9:00pm and feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.
• May 31 – Sharrie Williams & Vincent Hayes Band sponsored by the Muskegon Sports Council
• June 7 – Flexadecibel sponsored by JCI Muskegon
• June 14 – Plain Jane Glory, Whiskey Rebels, Noah Smith sponsored by Taste of Muskegon
• June 21 – Jan James & Bri Baron sponsored by MOCAP
• June 28 – Orquesta Tradicion sponsored by AgeWell Services
• July 26 – Bari Lee Band sponsored by Muskegon Inventors Network
• August 2 – Melophobix & Paddlebots sponsored by Community encompass
• August 16 – Hurricane Reggae Band sponsored by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce
• August 23 – Laith Al-Saadi sponsored by Muskegon Rotary

Live Music: Degrees Don’t Matter
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 31 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to Racquets Downtown Grill for live music with Degrees Don’t Matter! They play popular songs you know and love from the 70’s, 90’s and 80’s.  There will be a DJ after the band so you can continue to party into June!  For more information call (231) 726-4007.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
May 31 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Ruck 22: Raising Awareness for Veteran Suicide
June 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The 3rd Annual Ruck 22 will be held Saturday, June 1 from 8:00am – 5:00pm at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach! The purpose of this event is to raise awareness for veteran suicide and PTSD. You will ruck in a 22 mile loop from The Deck Restaurant at Pere Marquette Park to Bear Lake Tavern and back to The Deck.  Registration for this event includes participation in the ruck, your custom Ruck 22 event t-shirt, and a raffle ticket to win a custom Hometown Battles flag.
This year, the last 2.2 miles will be dedicated in remembrance of SGT Lorenzo Lopez. Lorenzo completed the ruck last year before losing his battle.  In addition to this, the last 2.2 miles are open to anyone who would like to participate but cannot otherwise do the 22 miles. There is a special registration for this portion only.
Proceeds from the ruck will benefit Hometown Battles, who strive to assist struggling veterans by providing immediate relief on certain aspects of their finances where the VA and government leave them behind. For more information visit Ruck 22’s Facebook page or find this event on Eventbrite.com.

Montague Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season
June 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through the last Saturday in October. The Market is also open on Wednesdays in July, August, and September.  Market hours are from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
A few of the farmers and gardeners begin selling prior to the official start in June. Early season products available most Saturdays in May include honey, baked goods, maple syrup, asparagus, rhubarb, and greens.
The Farmers’ Market, overseen by the Downtown Development Authority, permits local vendors to sell fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers and plants. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 for booth availability.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
June 1 @ 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.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
June 1 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.

History for the Whole Family
June 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Saturday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, visit the Hackley & Hume Historic Site with the family! Are you a history buff that finds it hard to visit historic sites with your young family?  If so, this program is designed for you!  Bring the young ones, and while the adults are enjoying a tour throughout the sites or learning more about local history, your kids can enjoy their own history experience with games, tours and make ‘n take activities.  This event is geared toward families with kids between 4 and 12 years of age.  The cost is only $5, or free with your museum membership.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Shakespeare at the Rose: The Taming of the Shrew
June 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 1 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the Rose Theatre, located within the beautiful Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, to enjoy the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s performance of “The Taming of the Shrew!” One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, this play depicts the courtship of itinerant metal utensils mender, Petruchio, and Katherina, the headstrong, obstinate shrew.  In the end, does everyone (or anyone) live happily ever after?  Tickets are $15 – $20 and available through Eventbrite.com.

1M Project Free Family Event
June 1 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 1 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm, the 1M Project invites you to join them in Hackley Park for a free family event! Enjoy food vendors, a Kids Area by CranHill, and live music by Carrollton and the Steeple Hill Band!  There will also be an address by Keynote Speaker: B Haley with the We Are 1 Movement.  To view more about the 1M project, go to www.1mproject.org.

Veterans Appreciation Aquastar Cruise
June 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
“D-Day Plus 75” will be the fifth commemoration sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4 veterans support group at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum on the Muskegon waterfront. It will feature two full days of fun, food, flying, dancing and a chance to honor those who served and sacrificed. The Aquastar, docked next to the LST, will host a Veterans Appreciation Cruise at 3:30pm June 1, 2019.
The Aquastar June 1 cruise is free to veterans and only $20 for their guests.  In addition to the cruise, there will be the exciting “Air Raid Muskegon,” where World War II reenactors fire hundreds of blanks at authentic Warbirds to “defend” the historic warship. The popular Do Good Gals conduct a family-friendly 1940s “pin-up” fashion show. Dozens of reenactors displayed uniforms, weapons, vehicles and their knowledge of the roles of those who served in World War II.  To book your tickets for the Veterans Appreciation Cruise visit their website at aquastarcruises.com

SJO Supercross
June 1 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 1 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross presented by SJO Productions! Admission is $10 per person or $5 for kids under 11 years old.  For more information call the fairgrounds at 231-788-4568 or visit the website below.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
June 1 @ 7:00 pm
National Premier Soccer League team, the Muskegon Risers, invite you to enjoy home games at the Monsignor Kehren Stadium at Muskegon Catholic Central School. All games are at 7:15pm.  For more information e-mail hello@muskegonrisers.com or visit the website below.
• June 1 vs Lake St. Claire
• June 8 vs Fort Wayne Sport Club
• June 22 vs Livonia City FC
• July 17 vs Milwaukee Torrent
• July 27 vs Oakland County FC

Star Party
June 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, June 1 from 9:00pm – 11:30pm, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at Muskegon State Park!  Star Parties are scheduled events hosted by members.  All visitors are welcome to come and learn about amateur astronomy and view the night sky through the society’s telescopes.  You may also bring your own telescope.  They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments.  They will also provide printed materials.  If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event.  It will have to be cancelled if it’s cloudy.  There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Hackley Crafts: Astrology Bubble Necklace
June 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, June 3 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to design a necklace featuring your astrological sign!  This program is free, and all supplies will be provided.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-8011 or visiting www.hackleylibrary.org.  Registration opens one month before the class date.  This program is recommended for ages 16 and up.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
June 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mondays, June 3 – August 27 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, then try your moves on the sidewalk at these free events.  No partner or experience is needed.  While the cost is free, donations are appreciated.  Keep an eye on the MADLOS Facebook page to see what style of dance will be offered each week.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/20/19 – 05/27/19

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

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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 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. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.  Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Jazz at the Watermark
May 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Watermark 920 and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra invite you to Jazz at the Watermark! Tuesdays at 7:30pm, March 19, April 16 and May 21 there’ll be dancing, a cash bar and good food from Fatty Lumpkins.  The Truth in Jazz Orchestra is led by Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek and has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years.  The cover is only $5 or $2 for students.  For more information call (231) 578-0469.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Awesome Distraction
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 23 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Awesome Distraction!  Enjoy the beautiful songwriting, superb harmonies and unique interpretations of this talented northern Michigan trio.  Bring a friend or the whole family and join fellow music lovers for free live concerts at the Norton Shores Library on Thursday nights.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 22 – May 27
Enjoy good old fashioned family fun at Fruitport Old Fashioned Days May 22 – 27!  This annual event features fireworks, a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, a 5K Run, the Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell and more.  This is a wonderful family festival with something for everyone.  For more information, visit www.fruitportlionsclub.com.

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Opens for the Season
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 23, the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper will open for the season! Muskegon’s original ferry features art deco interiors, a soda fountain, ballroom and movie theater.  Built in 1904, eight years before the Titanic, the “Queen of the Great Lakes” traversed Lake Michigan from 1941 until 1970 carrying untold thousands of passengers and automobiles between Muskegon and Milwaukee!  In May of 1989 she was designated a National Historic Landmark.  The ship is open every Thursday – Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The last tour leaves at 4:15pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.  Children under 6 are free.  For more information, visit www.milwaukeeclipper.com.

10th Annual Tee-Up FORE Kids Golf Outing
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May 23 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, join the Muskegon Child Abuse Council as they host the 10th Annual Tee-Up FORE Kids Golf Outing at the Muskegon Country Club! Your registration fees get you:  greens fees, play pass, golf cart, lunch, access to driving range, prizes, and happy hour hors d’oeurves.  Also throughout the day, they will have a bucket raffle with great prizes.  Winners will be called during happy hour hors d’oeurves at 5:30pm.   Individual registration is $125 per person.  Team Registration is $500 for a team of four.  Register today, as there is a limit of 96 players.  For more information call (231) 728-6410.

Opening Event: Rock n’ Roll Jendrasiak
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 23 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to attend the opening reception for “Rock n’ Roll Jendrasiak!” This new exhibit highlights the music photography of Paul Jendrasiak.  The reception begins at 5:30pm followed by a talk with the artist at 7:00pm.  Admission is free.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Night on the Town with Nikon
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attention photo enthusiasts, photographers and aspiring photographers: Join The Camera Shop, Thursday, May 23 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at SMASH Wine Bar & Bistro for a fun evening of shooting, socializing and networking with industry experts! If you have your own gear, be sure to bring it. (Don’t forget an SD card!) They’ll have shooting stations set up and live models on site.  If you don’t have gear, no problem!  Nikon representative Nick Czupek will be bringing in trunks of the latest and greatest gear for you to try out, absolutely free.  This is a free event sponsored by The Camera Shop, Nikon and SMASH Wine Bar and Bistro, but please RSVP at the Eventbrite website if you plan to attend so they can plan accordingly.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Awesome Distraction
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 23 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Awesome Distraction!  Enjoy the beautiful songwriting, superb harmonies and unique interpretations of this talented northern Michigan trio.  Bring a friend or the whole family and join fellow music lovers for free live concerts at the Norton Shores Library on Thursday nights.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

White River Light Station Opens for the Season
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The White River Light Station opens for the season May 24!  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the White River Light Station was built in 1875 by Captain William Robinson, and now serves as a physical reminder of the rich nautical history of Michigan.  Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the light house tower, browse the many 19th and early 20th century photographs and examine the of collection nautical artifacts.  You’ll also enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan as the light house keeper did a century ago.  Tours are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Michigan’s Adventure Exclusive Season Pass Preview Event
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Michigan’s Adventure invites you to their Exclusive Season Pass Preview Event Friday, May 24 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm!  If you do not have your 2019 season pass yet, the Group Sales Office will be open to provide the opportunity to make your purchase. Enjoy the afternoon with park guests who are visiting during the first School Day of the season. For the best prices and payment plan opportunities, purchase your season pass online before visiting the park.

• 5:00pm – 5:30pm: Mary Lynn’s Group Catering Pavilions will offer an all-you-can-eat meal for season pass holders. Be prepared to use your Season Pass ID card for entrance.
• 5:25pm: Please stay until 5:30pm so that you don’t miss the prize drawings.

This event is free for Season Pass Holders who claim a ticket online prior to the event. Print-at-Home voucher and your processed 2019 Season Pass will need to be presented to enter Mary Lynn’s Group Catering Pavilions at 5:00pm.  Free meal ticket sales will end on May 20 at midnight.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

Michigan’s Adventure Opens for the Season
May 25 – May 27
Join Michigan’s Adventure Memorial Day Weekend as they kick off another season of family fun! Plan your visit now and be one of the first to experience their rides and slides.  Opening Weekend at Michigan’s Adventure is just the beginning of another fun and memorable year at this amazing amusement and water park.  Make sure you get the best value with a 2019 Michigan’s Adventure Season Pass!  It pays for itself in just three visits.  You’ll enjoy a whole summer of fun with unlimited visits to Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure, Bring-a-Friend days and food and merchandise savings.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
Fridays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The fourth Friday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for Muskegon’s longest running open mic event!  Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down!  Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event.  For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter.  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too.  Donations are encouraged, but not required.
They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs.  There is an elevator for those who need it.  Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.

Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments
May 25 – May 26
The Midwest Professional Volleyball Association presents Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach! For more information call (231) 739-3911.
May 25 & 26
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s,16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA,A,B, High School
June 8 & 9
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School
July 6 & 7
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s, 14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School

Summer Luge Opens for the Season
May 25
Saturday, May 25, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex will open their Summer Wheeled Luge!  Don’t wait for snow, luge in the summer! Slide down the only wheeled luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs or $15 for archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Western Market Chalets
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.
Retailers Include:  Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gifts, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave, Village Baker

Pickin’ on Pine Market
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Irma, owner of The Front Porch, is proud to present her second annual “Pickin on Pine Market” in Downtown Muskegon!  You’re invited to be a part of this upscale market Saturday, May 25 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  The road will be closed in front of her shop on Pine St. to host 50 antique, vintage and artisan vendors during this boutique style market with a food court and live jukebox!  All spots are 12×12 and rent for only $75!  Please consider joining her and some of the best vendors around for what is sure to be the official kick-off to summer on the lakeshore!  For more information call 231-750-1987.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 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.

13th Annual Ride to Remember
May 25 @ 10:30 am
The 13th Annual Ride to Remember happens Saturday, May 25 beginning at 10:30am! This annual bicycling event raises funds and awareness for the Harbor Hospice Foundation and the Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence program.  Held in Fruitport and in conjunction with the Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days Festival, you’ll ride around beautiful Spring Lake in memory of loved ones who have died.
The morning begins with rider check-in and late registration at 10:30am. An informal welcoming and surprise prize giveaways will be done at 11:00am and then the ride kicks off!  All riders are encouraged to take their time.  This is not a timed race, only leisurely fun in support of the hospice residence with a complimentary lunch at the festival at the conclusion of ride.  For more information call Harbor Hospice at (231) 728-3442.

Create a Memorial Day Craft at Muskegon’s History Museum
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 25 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Lakeshore Museum Center to commemorate Memorial Day by creating a patriotic craft you get to take home! The cost is $5 for this walk-in, open-house style event.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Blessing of the Boats
May 26
Sunday, May 26, join the Aquastar and Lake Effect Boating for the 14th Annual Blessing of the Boats!  It begins with the “Gathering of the Fleet!”  Boats of all types will gather on Muskegon Lake near the Milwaukee Clipper as they prepare for the Parade of Boats.  Then, it’s the “Parade of Boats” as vessels follow the Aquastar down the Muskegon Channel towards Lake Michigan to the South Breakwater Cove.  Stick around for the “Ceremonial Washing of the Lighthouse.”  Enjoy the show as the Muskegon County Sheriff Pumper boat, ceremonially washes the South Lighthouse representing the start of the boating season!  Then, it’s the “Blessing of the Boats” in the South Breakwater Cove as boaters are asked to cruise by the Aquastar for a blessing.  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.weebly.com.  If you would like to participate aboard the Aquastar, contact them by calling (231) 903-0669.  They will provide a light lunch and a cash bar.

Michigan Adventure’s Tribute to the Armed Forces
May 26 – May 27
Michigan’s Adventure appreciates the commitment of our military troops. In an effort to honor this extraordinary brand of men and women who preserve our freedom, a cause greater than self, they have an offer for you.  Michigan’s Adventure celebrates America’s best by offering thrilling rides, super-fast water slides and ginormous waves, never-ending laughs and memories for a lifetime.  During the Tribute to the Armed Forces, they honor service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts.
May 26 – 27, they will waive the regular admission fee for active and retired members of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve. What’s more, this special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well.  Military personnel can purchase up to six discounted tickets for immediate family members for only $27 each.  Just bring an active military ID, DD-214 papers or a veteran’s designated driver’s license to receive these tokens of their military appreciation.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

32nd Annual Lost Boat Ceremony
May 26 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, May 26 at 11:00am, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 32nd Annual Lost Boat Ceremony.  The event begins with a flyover of planes performing the Missing Man Formation.  It includes a musical celebration of those who serve in every branch of the military.  It also features a tribute to the 52 submarines lost in WWII taking the lives of over 3,500 brave young Americans who remain on eternal patrol to this day.  The event ends with the running of the engines of the USS Silversides Submarine and a complimentary picnic lunch. The guest speaker this year is Captain Paul J. Ryan (Ret) U.S. Navy.
While we appreciate the time holiday weekends allow us to spend with family and friends, we encourage you to take a small amount of time over Memorial Weekend to participate in an unforgettable event designed to honor the very reason we have this American holiday.  There is no charge to attend this event.  For more information call 231-755-1230.
Note: For the month of May, USS Silversides Submarine Museum members can show their cards at the Lakeshore Museum Center and enjoy free general admission to their sites, including the Main Museum as well as the Hackley & Hume homes, the Firebarn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  Muskegon has so many wonderful things to offer and they are excited to partner with the Lakeshore Museum Center to showcase a few of them with their members.

2019 Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27 beginning at 9:00am!  This parade will begin on Morris St. (assembly area adjacent to the Social Security Building) proceeding to Terrace St., turning west on Clay Ave. and ending at Hackley Park.  You are being encouraged to attend and/or participate in this solemn event that honors our veterans.  In order to participate, an application will need to be completed and submitted so that you can be properly placed within the parade.  You can attain this application by calling Steve Allen (Parade Chairman), email address: steve_allen02@comcast.net or by calling 231-744-5166 and an application will be forwarded to you.  Completed applications must be received no later than May 18 and there is no charge to participate.
Immediately following the parade a Memorial Day program featuring the Mona Shores Marching Band will be held at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is absolutely free and everyone is encouraged to attend. In addition to the Mona Shores Marching Band, there will be a guest speaker and a tribute to our Veterans who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms that we have today.

Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
May 27 @ 10:30 am
Monday, May 27 at 10:30am, bring the family to the Lakeside Memorial Day Parade!  Step-off takes place at Denmark and Harrison streets, then the route follows McCracken St. to the Lakeside Cemetery.  There’ll be floats, classic cars, marching bands, local businesses and more.  For more information call Chris Cross at 231-329-3980.

2nd Annual Keep the Boat Afloat Fundraiser
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Memorial Day, May 27 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, you’re invited to Vikings Lodge #57 for the “Keep the Boat Afloat” fundraiser! This is the second annual fundraiser to benefit Operation Black Sheep and PBR 7331.  Operation Black Sheep is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to restoring and operating a Viet Nam era patrol boat (PBR 7331) on Muskegon Lake.  This fundraiser will help Operation Black Sheep to fulfill its mission to offer veterans a sense of belonging and healing while cruising together on Muskegon Lake. Other cruises are available to the general public to help tell this part of the story of our country’s military history.  For more information call 231-755-1892.
• $5 cover (Kids get in free, so bring the family!)
• PBR 7331 tours all afternoon
• Cash raffles all day
• Prize package raffles
• Bloody Mary Bar 12:00pm – 3:00pm
• Steeple Hill Band 1:00pm – 5:00pm
• Kids games 1:00pm – 3:00pm
• Cornhole tournament 2:00pm ($20/2-person team)
• Memorial service to honor those who gave their lives for our country 4:00pm
• Live auction 5:00pm
• Burgers, brats, hot dogs and sides available for purchase
• Cash bar
• Direct donations to PBR 7331 cheerfully accepted!
• Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! 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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/13/19 – 05/20/19

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00am – 2:00pm
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. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Aquastar Boat Cruises Open for the Season
May 16
Thursday, May 16, the Aquastar opens for the season! Scheduled public cruises go out every weekend of the season. Join the crew for an afternoon on the water or board after dinner for a beautiful cruise into the sunset. Check the schedule and book your ticket online now by visiting www.aquastarcruises.com or calling (231) 903-0669.

Paint Your Pet
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 16 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint You Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet. After you register, please email a picture of your pet by April 28 to ryan.cummins@shorelinecity.com. Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event. There are only 25 spaces available so time is of the essence! Cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

56th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 17 – May 18
Friday, May 17 from 8:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday, May 18 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, it’s the Muskegon YMCA’s 56th Annual White Elephant Sale! Admission for the early bird sale from 8:00am – 9:00am on Friday is only $5, otherwise, admission is free!  Find great deals on office supplies, sports items, building supplies, books, bicycles, furniture, fabric, carpet remnants, tools, stereos, flat screen TV’s, file cabinets, toys, plumbing fixtures, pictures, hardware, antiques, collectibles, boats and more.
They are a registered non-profit with proceeds earmarked for the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Scholarship Fund. Charitable contribution receipts are available.  Call their donation phone to request a pick-up at 231-727-9900.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every third Friday of the month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! 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.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
May 17 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

ForeShore Adventure Run
May 18
The ForeShore Adventure Run is rolling, rumbling, tumbling, and running into year 5 Saturday, May 18 at Pere Marquette Beach!  This exciting event will feature over 20 obstacles on a wet and sandy 5k course.  Participants will be able to enter as teams or individuals and register for the competitive flight or non-timed flights.  The 2019 ForeShore Adventure run will feature more climbing, tougher water obstacles, and tons of fun.  The event benefits the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s homeless shelters and food pantries.  For more information, visit www.foreshore.org.

Armed Forces Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 18 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, come to Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for Armed Forces Day!  This national holiday recognizes and honors those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Military.  This is your day, and Lewis Farms wants you to feel the love and appreciation they have for all service members!  Active, retired, and veteran members of the U.S. Military along with their spouse and children will receive free admission.  For more information call 231-861-5730.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
May 18 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.
With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office
May 18 the featured film is “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu!”

Back Alley Comedy Club: Crank Yankers’ Jim Florentine
May 18 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 18, at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club to see Jim Florentine! Jim is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, comedian, voice artist, and performer, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” alongside Eddie Trunk and now label-mate Don Jamieson.  Jim Florentine is best known for his work on Comedy Central’s show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed, a mentally challenged teenager, and Bobby Fletcher, a despicable, alcoholic slob who is the older cousin of Ed.  Recently, Jim Florentine opened up the American Carnage Tour for Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer in arenas across the country.  He also appears in the feature film “A Little Help” starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office) and Chris O’ Donnell (Scent of a Woman).  Jim plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer’s love interest in the film.  “A Little Help” has already won best film in several different film festivals and Jim Florentine appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! on June 22 to promote the movie.

• $35 VIP Tickets, includes Meet and Greet and preferred seating
• $25 General Admission

Buy tickets at the door the day of the show or at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

Mega 80’s
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “Mega 80’s!”  Take a handful of your favorite 80’s songs, a splash of some retro fashion, a pinch of panache and an eye-popping video spectacle in the background and what do you get?  The Mega 80’s, of course!  Since their emergence onto the Detroit music scene, the Mega 80’s have taken southeast Michigan by storm.  Now veterans of the 80’s cultural milieu, they are still rocking as hard as ever.  The proof is in the pudding!  They’ve since been bestowed with awards such as:  the Real Detroit’s “Best of…” Best Live Production/Cover Band in 2002, and have won this category every year through 2013!  With all of the continued improvements to the show, from dancers to enhanced video media, the Mega 80’s and Tangerine Moon Productions will continue to fill concert halls and add to your experience.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser Auction
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 19 at 11:00am, come to the Muskegon Country Club for the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser Auction!  Enjoy a delicious brunch served from 11:00am – 1:00pm and live and silent auctions from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  There’ll also be door prizes, a raffle and cash bar.  Attire is casual.  Tickets are $35 per person and available by calling 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.  100% of the proceeds will go to the continued restoration of the Clipper!
Auction Items:
• African Safari
• A stay at The Grand Hotel
• Overnight Stay in the ship “City of Milwaukee”
• Weekend in Auburn, Indiana
• Learn to drive a Model T

Symphonicomedy
May 19 @ 3:00 pm
May 19 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra presents, “Symphonicomedy!”  In the spirit of P.D.Q. Bach, Victor Borge, and Spike Jones, the Shoreline Symphony celebrates the lighter side of classical music.  Slapstick, musical jokes, gags, puns… nothing is too far outside the box.  Expect all things hilarious!  Tickets are $10 and $2.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events May 6 – May 13, 2019

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

National Travel & Tourism Week: Social Media Happy Hour
May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Monday, May 6 beginning at 4:00pm, Visit Muskegon will celebrate U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel & Tourism Week with “Social Media Happy Hour” at Hennessy’s Pub! This free event will offer a cash bar, featuring a specially crafted “Visit Muskegon” cocktail, a chance to win prizes like Michigan’s Adventure tickets and, of course, great information on promoting your business.

Facebook is the largest social network in the world. Do you manage a Facebook business page, or are thinking of starting one?  Is your brand represented and easy to find?  Learn the process of creating and maintaining a Facebook Business Page and establishing a plan to engage with your audience.

This event is free, but please register by visiting http://bit.ly/2DghQt5.  Call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 231-724-3100.

Hackley Crafts: Hoop Wreath
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, May 6 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the crafting workshop, “Hoop Wreaths!”  This is a fun and simple way to add flowers to your home!  All supplies will be provided.  Registration is required and will open one month before class.  To register call 231-722-8011, visit the HPL reference desk or visit their online calendar at hackleylibrary.org.  This event is free to the public and recommended for ages 16 and up.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum Lecture Series “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy,” concludes in May with one last lecture, May 6 at 6:00pm. “The Cost of Manufacturing for WWII,” presented by George  Maniates is the Grand Finale of this winter’s lecture series which features a temporary exhibit from The National WWII Museum of New Orleans entitled Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy.  This exhibit tells the inspiring story of the Home Front effort that produced tanks, planes, ships and guns with staggering speed and unparalleled energy.  It was a surge in productivity that not only brought the country out of depression, but also created mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, and opened new doors of opportunity and social change.  The exhibit will run from May 20-August 5, 2019. The cost for the lecture is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call 231-755-1230.

Note: For the month of May, USS Silversides Submarine Museum members can show their cards at the Lakeshore Museum Center and enjoy free general admission to their sites, including the Main Museum as well as the Hackley & Hume homes, the Firebarn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  Muskegon has so many wonderful things to offer and they are excited to partner with the Lakeshore Museum Center to showcase a few of them with their members.

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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 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. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.

Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

National Tourism Week: Muskegon Convention Center Information Session
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Visit Muskegon invites you to join us for a Muskegon Convention Center Information Session at the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor! We’re celebrating National Tourism Week and invite you to hear, and join the conversation, about plans for the upcoming Muskegon Convention Center.  You’ll get answers to questions like, “What does it mean for tourism in Muskegon County?” and “How should you prepare your business and staff?”

This event is free, but please RSVP http://bit.ly/2VLai8V.  For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.

Mariachi Music with Gabriel Estrada III
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with classic Mariachi singer, Gabriel Estrada III!  This talented musician will emphasize the beauty of Mariachi, a music tradition which expresses many cultural influences.  As you enjoy this festive music, Gabriel will also showcase a bit of Mariachi history.  Begin your month of May with stunning music, and mark your calendar for Mariachi!  This event is free to the public and great for all ages!  Please feel free to call 231-722-8011 with any questions or for more information.

*Please note:  If you received the “Community Ink” Newsletter in the mail, the day is incorrectly labeled as Saturday.  The CORRECT date is Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm.*

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Open Irish Jam Session
Tuesdays @ 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 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.

National Tourism Week: Muskegon Convention Center Ground Breaking
May 8 @ 11:00 am
Wednesday, May 8 from 11:00am – 11:45am, you’re invited to join Visit Muskegon and Parkland Properties as we celebrate National Tourism Week and the Ground Breaking of the Muskegon Convention Center!

The new convention center will feature 20,000 square feet of multi-functional, divisible space with an expansive pre-function area overlooking Muskegon Lake. The groundbreaking will be at Fourth St. and Western Ave. in Downtown Muskegon.  Be sure to dress for the weather and the press!  For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.

Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale
May 8 – 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the “Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale!”  Your purchase of gently used items will help support the preservation of their beautiful, historic downtown venue.  The Pre-Party is May 8 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm.  The entry fee is $5 and includes appetizers and beverages.  Admission is free for the sale on May 10 – 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Donations are being accepted at the club on May 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  If you have questions or need a pick-up, contact Dianne Buck at 231-215-0007.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Opens for the Season
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum will open for the season Thursday, May 9!  This museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area! With over 12,000 feet of display space, it spans three floors and features 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.

Hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday – Saturday through mid-October and by appointment all year.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.  Children under 6, active duty military and MHA members are free. Special group and school tour rates may apply. For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.

National Tourism Week: Lunch & Learn
May 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, come to the “Marina View Room” at the Shoreline Inn for a “Lunch & Learn,” presented by the Hope Project. Visit Muskegon is celebrating National Tourism Week and we invite you to join us for this educational discussion on what human trafficking is, how it happens, how to recognize the signs, and how to be part of the solution to end it,  whether while travelling or in your hometown.  This event is limited to the first 30 people.  Due to high demand, please contact LaShelle for more information on how to sign up at 231-724-3102.

Replay: The Exhibition
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
May 9 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Replay: The Exhibition!”  This is a celebration of pop culture, complete with super heroes and a LEGO® brick building activity area! The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Music for Meds
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Folkert Community Hub & Banquet Center for Music for Meds, a fundraiser for the Mission for Area People! Enjoy an evening of entertainment while raising money to benefit the Emergency Medical/Dental Fund.  The Dueling Pianos featuring Billy Ryan and Frank McGlynn will perform and there will be a cash bar and appetizer bar by Creations Catering.  Tickets are $30 per person or reserve a table for 8 for $225.  For more information call (231) 733-9672.

Opening Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, May 10 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo will open for another season of fabulous fun and flavor!  Be the first to say “Hi” to Jeffrey the Camel, meet their new animal additions, and get your hands on some of those delicious Apple Cinnamon Donuts!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

Threads of Friendship Quilt Show
May 10 @ 10:00 am – May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, come to the Threads of Friendship Quilt Show at Fellowship Reformed Church!  There’ll be more than 150 quilts on display as well as daily demonstrations, vendors, bed turnings, challenge quilts, a Quilter’s Boutique, silent auction and raffles.  Lunch will also be available for purchase.  For more information e-mail palsquiltguild@gmail.com.

National Tourism Week: Tourism Trivia
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, May 10 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, it’s Tourism Trivia with Visit Muskegon at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.! We’re celebrating National Tourism Week, and we will wrap up the week by testing your knowledge of tourism in Muskegon County!  Find a partner and brush up on all things Muskegon! Teams will be limited to 2 people based on prizes. Our very own Community Development Director, Bob Lukens, will lead the rounds of questions related to tourism in Muskegon County in 6 categories.  Win great prizes such as Lake Express High Speed Ferry tickets, a night’s stay at Delta by Marriott in downtown Muskegon, Aquastar Cruises and more!

For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Sharon Isbin and Beethoven’s 7th
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Sharon Isbin and Beethoven’s 7th!  This Grammy winner has been called “the Monet of the classical guitar” by the Atlanta Journal.  Wagner dubbed Beethoven’s 7th Symphony “the apotheosis of the Dance… in its highest aspect,” and Beethoven himself spoke of it as “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

Single ticket prices are $24-$60.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Friday Night Comedy at Hennessy’s Pub
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 10 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for Comedy Night featuring J.R. Williams and Richard Mathis!  Every Friday night, downtown Muskegon’s only authentic Irish Pub features a great a variety of stand-up comedians from all over Michigan for your enjoyment.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Shop Ravenna: Spring Edition
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, visit the Ravenna Area as businesses team up for another BIG #ShopRavenna Event! Come on out and make a day of it!  Shop numerous huge sale locations in the Village of Ravenna, all within a mile radius.  There will definitely be something for everyone, and great Mother’s Days gifts.  Shop at least 5 of the great locations and get in on the door prize drawings for items donated by each Shop-Stop!  For more information, call the Memories of You Artisan Shop at (616) 745-3635 or visit www.facebook.com/events/2091671654241985.

Flowers Super Saturday
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Flowers Super Saturday!” Just in time for Mother’s Day, enjoy free family fun with flowers.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

• 11:00am and 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take your own bouquet of flowers

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
May 11 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays; enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.

With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature:

• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office

May 11, the film is “Ugly Dolls!”

Kids Fruit Carving: Edible Bouquets for Mom with Chef Char
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Fruit Carving: Edible Bouquets for Mom with Chef Char!” Make a special, edible treat to take home for mom! You will be using various fruits and vegetables to put together a completely edible fruit basket that will surely make mom smile. Warning: the carved creations may be just too cute to eat!  The cost is $45.00 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Billiards Against Abuse
May 11 @ 11:30 am – May 12 @ 11:30 am
Saturday, May 11 at 11:30am, The Break Room Billiards is hosting the Billiards Against Abuse benefit tournament to support Every Woman’s Place!  Every Woman’s Place provides shelter for women and their children who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking.  Billiards champion Dennis Hatch “The Hatchet Man,” along with Top Shots author Steven Gifford, will appear at the this important event.  The cost is $35.  For more information call (231) 755-8236.

Holy Smokes! BBQ Competition
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for the “Holy Smokes!  BBQ Competition!”  Benefiting Catholic Charities West Michigan’s programming in Muskegon, all proceeds from the event will support their child welfare, behavioral health, family preservation and community outreach initiatives.  At the event, the community will gather to taste and vote for a variety of BBQ entries from local restaurants.  Guests will also be able to enjoy the spring weather and sip on craft brews, play yard games, and experience live entertainment.  Tickets are $20.  For more information call 616-356-6207.

The SuperB Woman: Mother’s Day Tea and Author Event with Janet Neal
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program “The SuperB Woman!”  Janet Neal gives hope to women who are trying to do it all with this entertaining tale of a burned-out Superwoman.  Celebrate at Hackley Library’s Mother’s Day Tea, accompanied by an author talk and book signing!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Performances @The Block: Sharon Isbin
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to The Block for Sharon Isbin!  Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.”  On the heels of her West Michigan Symphony concert, this is a rare opportunity to experience this great artist up close!  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 4:30pm.

SJO Supercross
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross presented by SJO Productions! Admission is $10 per person or $5 for kids under 11 years old.  For more information call the fairgrounds at 231-788-4568 or visit www.sjoproductions.com.

Time Details:

• 1:00pm – Signups
• 3:00pm – Practice
• 5:00pm – Race

The Winds Celebrate Gospel Music
May 11 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Concert Winds celebrate gospel music!  The new Downtown Live Concert Series features every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert Winds.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. For more information call 231-727-8001.

Mother’s Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, spend Mother’s Day at the farm creating special memories with Mom!  Mothers will receive free admission, so bring the kiddos and let them run off all that extra energy while you sit back, relax, and enjoy a complimentary Apple Cinnamon Donut and Cup Of Coffee on them!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring Mom to SE4SONS Gastropub for a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch! Chef Tim and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!  Seatings are available at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  The cost is $32 for adults, $14 for kids 7 – 12, $8 for kids 4 -6 and free for children 3 and under.  For reservations or more information call 231-755-3737.

Free Latin Dance Party
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday, March 3 – May 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience is needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re up to next.

Instructor:  Florencia Manon Colella from Argentina

National Day of Prayer – May 2, 2019

natldayprayerNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS ON THURSDAY, MAY 2nd THIS YEAR. Will you challenge your congregation and others of your sphere of influence to prepare for and participate with others in prayer on that day?

The theme is “Love One Another” based on John 13:34. We are called to extraordinary love, to love as God loves. Love as the 2019 theme will not result in a fluffy program. Those leading in prayer will be powerful and our speaker will touch every heart.

Our speaker for the 6:45 a.m. breakfast at Maranatha Bible Conference Center will be former Michigan Su-preme Court Justice, Kurtis T. Wilder, a judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals for 20 years. Wilder feels the pulse of our nation and will be relevant and inspiring. Music will be provided by the Santillanes.

Individual tickets may be purchased for $9.50 per ticket or tables of 8 or 10 can be reserved. Call (231) 728- 4580 or (231)744-4765 to reserve your table now! Tickets are also available in advance at the Rescue Mission office at 1715 Peck St, Graphics House – 2632 Peck St., and Maranatha Bible Conference, 4775 Lake Harbor Rd.

We will have three noon prayer rallies. Please promote them. We will conclude the day with a prayer rally at the Living Word Church at 7 p.m. Part of the time will be spent in small circles where all may pray.

Your support of NDP will affect our community and nation far more than we might expect. America is bro-ken, but God can fix it. Love is powerful!

Professional Workshop Offered May 9 on the Attributes of Grief

[Muskegon, MI] This workshop is being offered to caregiving professionals in our community. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to grief. Our presenters will address supporting the body during times of grief and the effects of generational cohorts.

Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services are honored to give back to our colleagues in the caregiving profession by offering a workshop entitled “Attributes of Grief” presented by Christopher H. Coller, DO and Cheri Montambo, CHPN, RN on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at The Lee Chapel (6291 S. Harvey Street, Norton Shores). There will be two identical workshops held, morning session will be 9-11:15AM, afternoon session will be 1-3:15PM (Registration held a half hour prior to session).

This workshop provides two (2) contact hours of continuing education by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative and Muskegon Community College Nursing Program.

There is no cost for this event; however, seating is limited. To register visit www.eventbrite.com and do an event search for “Attributes of Grief Workshop in Muskegon, MI” and complete the online registration. Registration is required by Monday, April 26, 2019.

If you have any questions or for more information, contact Kristy Sweet at Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services at 231-798-1100 or email KristyS@sytsemafh.com. A special thank you to Harbor Hospice and Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice for partnering in this valuable workshop.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 29-May 6, 2019

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

Monday April 29:

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 April 30:

Planetarium Show: The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Group Bicycle Tour
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza with Sofia
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yes, pizza really was a completely Italian idea that the whole world has copied. The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Introduction to Mushroom Hunting
7:00-8:00pm
Would you like to know how to safely identify a Morel from a Blusher? A member of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club will provide an overview to help you get started. No registration required. This is free event at the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd.

Wednesday May 1

Lake Express Ferry Opens for the Season
The Lake Express high speed cross lake ferry opens for the season May 1! Offering the most daily crossings and record-setting speed, Lake Michigan’s high speed auto ferry offers a convenient and easy to use modern shortcut across Lake Michigan. Leave the hassles of Chicago traffic congestion behind when you ride the Lake Express ferry. Typical Lake Michigan crossings on the Lake Express take just 2-1/2 hours from coast-to-coast, a fraction of the time it would take to drive. The Lake Express crosses Lake Michigan 4 times daily during its spring and summer schedule. With the addition of evening sailings during its summer schedule, the Lake Express makes 6 Lake Michigan crossings daily during the height of the summer travel season.
With easy and convenient highway connections in Milwaukee (I-94 and I-43) and Muskegon (I-96 and US-31), the Lake Express is the perfect way to fast forward to your preferred destination in Michigan, Wisconsin or beyond. For more information or to book a reservation, call 1-866-914-1010.

Thursday May 2

Family Fun Night: Cinco De Mayo
6:00pm
Celebrate this Mexican tradition with our Cinco de Mayo Family Fun Night at the Montague branch library located at 8778 Ferry St. Montague 231-893-2675. Learn about the Mexican culture through stories, music, crafts and more. This is a free event

Muskegon Outdoors Farmer’s Market Open for the Season
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, crafts and baked goods. Summer hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00am – 2:00pm beginning May 2. The Farmers’ Market also hosts a Flea Market on Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or e-mail muskfarmermkt@shorelinecity.com.

Historic Sites Open for the 2019 Season
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Hackley and Hume Historic Site will open for its 2019 season Thursday, May 2!  During the touring season, tickets are sold in the City Barn (Carriage House) at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site.  With a purchased ticket, visitors will enjoy a classic Hackley and Hume tour at the site, which usually takes about an hour. Visitors can also explore the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, and the Fire Barn Museum, which are self-guided tours. With a combo ticket, visitors will also have access to the Main Museum Center.
May, June, September, and October Schedule:
• Thursday – Saturday & Monday 10:00am – 4:00pm
• Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
• CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays
July and August Schedule:
• Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
• Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tickets:
• Combo $12
• Adults $10
• Seniors $8
• Kids 2-12 $5
No registration required. Visitors are welcome to walk-in during open hours. Tours leave the City Barn (Carriage House) every 20 minutes and leave in groups of 10 or less.  The last tour leaves at 4:00 pm.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

The Bennett Prize Opening Event
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the organizers, jurors, and top ten finalists of the first–ever Bennett Prize national competition recognizing women figurative realist painters.  The winner of the $50,000 top prize will be announced at 7:00pm at a program following the public reception.  Prize funders and collectors Steve Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt will speak about the Prize and announce the finalists. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

The Amazing Museum Race: The Journey Continues
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gather a team of 2-4 adults to compete in this Amazing Race style scavenger hunt through the museum!  Scavenger hunt participants will need to complete challenges including trivia, puzzles, and “pit stops” as they work through the museum in an attempt at the best time.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  There will be light hors d’oeuvres (included in price of your ticket) and a cash bar at 6:00pm.  No team?  No problem!  Single registrations will be combined to form a team, or added to a team of 3 or less.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite, in the Museum Store, or by calling 231-722-0278. The cost is $12 – $15.

Girls Night Out: Cordials & Trifles with Chef Char
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This class is for those who like to bake and build simple sweet treats. You will be making an assortment of cakes and making various fruit fillings, creams and ganache. You will also be infusing liquor and creating your own sweet cordial recipes for sipping and enjoying. You must be 21 to sign up for this class. The cost is $55.00 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Shrek the Musical
7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Shrek the Musical!” Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Friday May 3

Shrek the Musical
7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Shrek the Musical!” Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Saturday May 4

Hats & Horses
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Center for Hats & Horses, a fundraiser for Pioneer Resources! Enjoy food, mint juleps, live music, derby race coverage, betting games, and contests!  This year’s event will be held at a new venue, the Frauenthal Ballroom in downtown Muskegon.  You are encouraged to get your tickets early and dress in derby attire/hats (semi/formal attire) for this Kentucky Derby-themed party. This year’s proceeds will be used to help fund Day Camp at Pioneer Trails. Day Camp is a program dedicated to serving children and young adults, ages 6 to 26, with physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, and autism. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor a table of eight or ten, please contact Christine at 231-220-2304.

Shrek the Musical
7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Shrek the Musical!” Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

2019 HERO Mud Run
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the 2019 HERO Mud Run presented by J.J.E.D. Enterprises! HERO Mud Run is not your ordinary Mud Run, it is an insane 5K obstacle run with 60+ unique and crazy obstacles with mud, fire, and barbed wire.  To complete a HERO Mud Run requires teamwork, courage, and determination to push your body further than you ever have before.  Attempt it individually if you’re up for it, or have a blast with your team! Hungry for more? Run the course again! Please visit www.Heromud.com for details.

Kids Baking: Trifles with Chef Char
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This class is for those who like to bake and build simple sweet treats. You will be making an assortment of cakes and making various fruit fillings, creams and ganache to proudly display composed layers in decadent trifle combinations. The cost is $45.00 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 769-2202.

History for the Whole Family
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Visit the Hackley & Hume Historic Site with the family! Are you a history buff that finds it hard to visit historic sites with your young family?  If so, this program is designed for you!  Bring the young ones, and while the adults are enjoying a tour throughout the sites or learning more about local history, your kids can enjoy their own history experience with games, tours and make ‘n take activities.  This event is geared toward families with kids between 4 and 12 years of age.  The cost is only $5, or free with your museum membership.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Delicious Demise: Last event of the Season
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Art of Cookery, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”
This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this! They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45, or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Sunday May 5

Shrek the Musical
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Shrek the Musical!” Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Monday May 6

Hackley Crafts: Hoop Wreath
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the crafting workshop, “Hoop Wreaths!”  This is a fun and simple way to add flowers to your home!  All supplies will be provided.  Registration is required and will open one month before class.  To register call 231-722-8011.  This event is free to the public and recommended for ages 16 and up.

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.

Live/Silent Purse Auction to Benefit Grief Healing Children’s Camp in West Michigan

Annual Purse Party May 5 supports camp to help kids who are grieving the death of a loved one

Searching for the perfect new purse? Maybe two?

Round up your friends and head to the White Lake Eagles on Sunday, May 5 for the 5th Annual Purse Party! Get great purses while you support Camp Courage, a local three-day sleep-away summer camp that helps children who are grieving the death of someone close.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. for the much-anticipated Purse Party, which features both live and silent auctions with hundreds of fabulous selections from casual clutches to high-end designer bags. Prices start at just $5! Eagle membership is not needed to attend this fun event.

In the past three years, the Purse Party has raised more than $5,500 for Camp Courage. The event is organized by Ladies of the White Lake Community.

Camp Courage hosted its first campers in 1994, and each year kids who attend tell us how comforting and life-changing the experience has been for them,” says Lisa Cummins, president and CEO of Harbor Hospice, which sponsors Camp Courage. “We want to be sure that any child struggling with grief can attend this important camp, so we ask only for a $10 registration fee, and we waive it for families who can’t afford it. This festive Purse Party helps make Camp Courage, and all its meaningful activities, possible!

Donations of new and gently used purses and handbags for the Purse Party are welcome. They may be dropped off before April 26 at Harbor Hospice in Muskegon, at the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence in Fruitport, and at Fetch Brewing Company in Whitehall.

Camp Courage is a program of the Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice, which provides hospice and palliative care and grief counseling to children and adults in Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Ottawa and Newago Counties. For more information or to register, contact Laura Ecker or Kari Allen at 231.728.3442 or 1.800.497.9559 or email info@HarborHospiceMI.org.
The Harbor Hospice website is www.harborhospicemi.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 22-29, 2019

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

Monday April 22:

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 April 23:

The Music of New Orleans with the Boogie Woogie Kid
April 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Attend Hackley Public Library for the music of New Orleans with the Boogie Woogie Kid!  Matthew Ball, a.k.a. The Boogie Woogie Kid, is a pianist, singer and songwriter with a talent that takes the stage!  His family-friendly performance of New Orleans Boogie-Blues-Swing and Song favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s will captivate and entertain an audience of all ages.  His YouTube videos have over 4 million views!  With piano and song hits like Ain’t Misbehavin, It Had to be You, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In, Basin Street Blues, The Entertainer, Bumble Boogie, and more, there’s a song for everyone to enjoy!

Made in Italy with Sofia
April 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Made in Italy with Sofia!” Create pastry wheels, radicchio and taleggio risotto, Italian Martini roasted chicken, baked rosemary potatoes and fruit salad.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page. 231-769-2202.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Reeths-Puffer Madrigal Singers
April 23 @ 12:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon offers a free lunchtime concert featuring the Reeths-Puffer Madrigal Singers!  This vocal ensemble of talented high school students will perform a variety of tunes, some as a chorus and some featuring soloists.  For more information, call 231-722-2112. The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Planetarium Show: The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Group Bicycle Tour
April 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Wednesday April 24

Thursday April 25

Annie the Musical
April 25 – April 27
April 25 – 26 at 7:00pm and April 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for Artios Academies of Grand Haven’s production of “Annie the Musical!” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City.  She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage.  Annie is a family friendly musical full of life, energy and love.   Tickets are general admission and only $10.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Thursday Night Music: The Adams Family
April 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for their Thursday Night Music Club featuring The Adams Family!  Bring a friend or the whole family and join fellow music lovers for free live concerts at the Norton Shores Library on Thursday evenings!  Rediscover a treasure trove of 1950s-60s music with The Adams Family, a quartet that features exceptionally tight vocal, guitar and rhythm arrangements.  Admission is free and no tickets or registration are required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment?  Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it?  Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas?  In this two-hour class, Chef Char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting.  Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  Come to class hungry!  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Meet Patricia Polacco
April 25 @ 1:00 pm
Don’t miss your chance to meet the famous Michigan author and illustrator at the Muskegon Museum of Art during their exhibition of her work from books honoring teachers. Pick up one of Polacco’s books in the museum store to enjoy a free book signing from 1:00pm – 3:00pm with a reception to follow from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. There will be a lecture in the auditorium by Polacco herself at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

United Way of the Lakeshore’s Annual Celebration
April 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the United Way of the Lakeshore at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor as they conclude their year of celebrating 100 years of caring!  This exciting evening includes hors d’oeuvres & cocktails, a silent auction, campaign results and awards.  The cost is $25 per person or $180 for a table of eight.  Please RSVP by April 18 at unitedwaylakeshore.org/celebrate.

Friday April 26

Back Alley Comedy Club: Jamie Kennedy
April 26 – April 27
Jamie will do two shows each night at 6:30pm and 9:30pm inside Sherman Bowling Center.
• $35 VIP Tickets, includes Meet and Greet and preferred seating
• $25 General Admission
Buy tickets at the door the day of the show or the website below. Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

Tastes of Spring Wine Event
April 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to SE4SONS Banquet Center inside the Muskegon Country Club for the Tastes of Spring event!  Seven different distributors will offer a wonderful selection of wines to sample and Chef Tim will have a few small bites to snack on while you taste!  You will have a chance to order the wines at a discounted price, so its a great chance to stock up for summer!  The cost is $30 per person.  Call 231-755-3737 to save your spot!  This event will fill up quickly!

Annie the Musical
April 25 – April 27
April 25 – 26 at 7:00pm and April 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for Artios Academies of Grand Haven’s production of “Annie the Musical!” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City.  She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage.  Annie is a family friendly musical full of life, energy and love.   Tickets are general admission and only $10.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

The Alley Door Club: Yard Sales Underwear!
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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. April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul) 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.

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
April 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down!  Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event.  For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter.  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too.  Donations are encouraged, but not required.
They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs.  There is an elevator for those who need it.  Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Disney in Concert Around the World
April 26 @ 7:30 pm
Experience the magical music of Disney live with original classics from the movies we love.  Songs from The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King will delight the entire family.  Single ticket prices are $28-$64.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets.

Saturday April 27

Back Alley Comedy Club: Jamie Kennedy
April 26 – April 27
Jamie will do two shows each night at 6:30pm and 9:30pm inside Sherman Bowling Center.
• $35 VIP Tickets, includes Meet and Greet and preferred seating
• $25 General Admission
Buy tickets at the door the day of the show or the website below. Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

7th Annual Earth Fair Expo
April 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market during the 7th Annual Earth Fair Expo! Enjoy tasty syrup, buzzing bees, scented oils, giveaways, games and so much more! Local exhibitors will be featuring eco-friendly, natural, and sustainable products and services.  Plus, shop for fresh produce, gifts and more at the Winter Farmer’s Market.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Through April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Annie the Musical
April 25 – April 27
April 25 – 26 at 7:00pm and April 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for Artios Academies of Grand Haven’s production of “Annie the Musical!” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City.  She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage.  Annie is a family friendly musical full of life, energy and love.   Tickets are general admission and only $10.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Lakeshore Camera Club Spring Show
April 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for the Lakeshore Camera Club Spring Show!  Enjoy an amazing display of photography, meet the photographers and vote for your favorite.  There will be a selfie booth, prints to purchase and more!  This event is free and no tickets or registration is required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Easter Bunny Rocket Launch
April 27 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The SMASH Model Rocket Club invites you to the Muskegon Wastewater Treatment Facility for their first sport launch of the year! Bring your Easter-themed rockets and enter to win the Easter Bunny Award! The SMASH model rocket club is section #500 of the National Association of Rocketry and has been active in west Michigan since 1988. For more information e-mail psgilmore@gmail.com.

Kids Fun with Fondue with Chef Char
April 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mini Chefs will have lots of fun mixing, melting and cooking in tiny pots! Dunk delicious goodies in oil or broth and coat favorite foods in fabulous cheese sauces or chocolate ganache. The cost is $45.00 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Spirit Fest
April 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to St. Catherine’s Hall for “Spirit Fest!” 3381 Thomas St.  Ravenna, MI.  This is a wine and beer tasting festival featuring live music performed by Jack Leaver, a Chinese Auction, raffles and more.  Tickets for the event are $25.00 per person until April 21, after that, tickets will be $30.00 per person.  Admission includes a keepsake tasting glass, games and 10 tickets to sample wine, beer and food.  Raffle tickets are $5 each for a chance to win $2,000!  For more information. 231-853-6222.

Acclaimed Folk Duo: Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert
April 27 @ 7:00 pm
Acclaimed folk musicians Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert will perform at the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Frey Foundation Auditorium. Concert tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance and $15 for members of the museum. They may be purchased at the MMA Museum Store or by phone at 231-720-2580.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar prior to the concert and at intermission.

Sunday April 28

Free Latin Dance Party
April 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience is needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 04/15/19 – 04/22/19

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Visit with the Easter Bunny
Through April 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 6th – Easter Sunday, April 21, bring the kids to The Lakes Mall to meet the Easter Bunny!  Cherry Hill photography will be there to take photos.  The hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm-6:00pm.  For more information call 231-798-7104.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
Mondays @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• April 15: The History of Willow Run presented by the Yankee Air Museum.
• April 22: Shipbuilding in WWII presented by Karen Duvalle, Submarine Curator at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
• April 29: The Future of Military Manufacturing presented by Fred Johnson.
• May 6: The Cost of Manufacturing for WWII presented by George Maniates.

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.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Chris Kattan & Friends
April 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday, April 15 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Chris Kattan & Friends! Tickets are only $25 plus a $2 service charge if purchased online at www.backalleycomedyclub.com.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Chris Kattan is best known as one of the longest serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In the 8 years Chris starred in the landmark late night program, he became best known for his characters ‘Mango,’ ‘Mr. Peepers,’ and one of the ‘Butabi Brothers’ opposite Will Ferrell which was such a hit that the sketch was adapted into the 1998 cult classic, “Night at the Roxbury.”  Kattan went on to star in Corky Romano where he plays the black sheep son in a family of mobsters and played the villain in the Malcolm D. Lee film, “Undercover Brother,” opposite Eddie Griffin.  Kattan also starred as a series regular in the ABC hit series, “The Middle,” and recently had some memorable appearances in the Adam Sandler films “Hotel Transylvania” and “The Ridiculous 6.” Kattan trained at Los Angeles’ The Groundlings Theater and is one of its most famous alumni. He currently tours the country with his extremely popular stand-up act.

Chris Kattan will be here and bringing a few friends with him. Come out and join them!

Italian Easter Classic with Sofia
April 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class “Italian Easter Classic with Sofia!” A classic Easter menu in the Italian tradition with Sofia Verdure pastellate (deep fry vegetable), gnocchi alla romana, Mediterranean salmon (baked salmon with cherry tomatoes, olives and capers), peas with pancetta, lemon sorbet.  The cost is $45.  Sign up at Eventbrite.com or call (231) 769-2202 for more information.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Jazz at the Watermark
April 16 @ 7:30 pm
The Watermark 920 and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra invite you to Jazz at the Watermark! Tuesdays at 7:30pm, March 19, April 16 and May 21 there’ll be dancing, a cash bar and good food from Fatty Lumpkins.  The Truth in Jazz Orchestra is led by Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek and has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years.  The cover is only $5 or $2 for students.  For more information call (231) 578-0469.

Paint Your Pet!
April 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint Your Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  After you register, please email a picture of your pet by April 3 to jacqui.erny@shorelinecity.com.  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 25 spaces available so time is of the essence! Cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks.  Beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

Spring Into Action: A Self-Advocacy Conference
April 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Spring Into Action Self- Advocacy Conference will be a local one-day event for and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) happening at the Holiday Inn/Muskegon Harbor.  The Arc Muskegon has long supported people with I/DD to advocate for themselves, and this conference will give you further tools, resources, education and support to do so. For more information call (231) 777-2006.

• You will learn more about the basics of self-advocacy that will open many new doors!
• You will learn how to share your opinions and speak up about what is important to you!
• You will learn how to make a difference for yourself and others!
• You will meet new people and gain new skills at the same time!

Art Talks Back Poetry Reading & Award Ceremony
April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 18 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Art Talks Back Poetry Reading & Award Ceremony! Celebrate the winning poets of this year’s Art Talks Back: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Contest!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Crazy About Curry with Chef Char
April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Crazy About Curry with Chef Char!” Are you ready to spice up your dinner time and incorporate more vegetables and seasonings into your dishes? Learn to make an Indian Butter Chicken Curry, a Thai Coconut Chicken Curry and a Vegetarian Chickpea curry for healthy, hearty meals you can easily make at home.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company: Richard III
April 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursdays, April 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents Richard III! Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and seniors.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
Richard III follows the story of one of England’s most notorious kings, who aspires to the throne and plots to eliminate all who stand in his way. The play is action-packed, and bounces between humor and tragedy.  The character of Richard is a charismatic villain who shares his plots with the audience, making them his co-conspirators.

Getty Drive-In Opens for the Season
April 19 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm, one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in Michigan will open for the season! Getty Drive-In Theatre offers 4 screens with double features all summer long.  Films for opening night will be announced soon.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page or call 231-733-1813 for more information.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
April 19 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Fruitport Network: Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday, April 20 from 9:15am – 10:30am, bring the kids to Pomona Park for an Easter Egg Hunt! For more information call 231-799-8010.

Ravenna First Reformed Church: Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, Ravenna First Reformed Church invites you to join them for an Easter Egg Hunt! Join them for a morning full of fun, community and fun activities!  For more information call (231) 853-6621.

Glenside 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, April 20 from 10:00am – 11:30am, the Glenside Neighborhood Association invites you and your family to join them for the Glenside 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt happening at McGraft Park! For more information call 231-855-8228.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
April 20 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays; enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.
With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!

These special event films feature:

• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office

Films:

• April 20 – “Missing Link”
• May 11 – “Ugly Dolls”
• May 18 “Polemon: Detective Pikachu”
• June 1 – “Aladdin”
• June 15 – “The Secret Life of Pets”
• June 29 – “Toy Story 4”
• July 27 – “The Lion King”

Cream Puffs & Eclairs for the Beginning Baker with Chef Char
April 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
April 20 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Cream Puffs & Eclairs for the Beginning Baker with Chef Char!” Learn the basics to a simple French pastry, pate a choux, and the two types of creamy fillings that separate cream puffs from eclairs. Top your goodies with a homemade chocolate ganache or utilize fresh strawberries for a bakery-style dessert to take home and share with friends.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Young Adult Solo Performance 2019
April 20 @ 1:00 pm
The top 10 of some of the best college-age musicians from schools across the state of Michigan will perform on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00pm at Ferry Memorial Church! The Young Artist Solo Performance will feature these young adults performing live with an accompanist.  Awards totaling $1000 will be given to the top three winners based on the ruling of professional judges.  The audience will also be able to vote and an additional $125 will be given to the audience favorite.
This is part of the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, committed to encouraging and fostering excellence and hard work in young adult musicians. For more information, please visit www.whitelakemusic.org or call Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056.

The top finalists are:

• Kelly Avila, viola – Interlochen Arts Academy
• Kayla Cieslak, flute – Eastern Michigan University
• Lauren Glomb, oboe – Grand Valley State University
• Gabrielle Karel, piano – Hope College
• Linus Guerra, sax – Grand Valley State University
• Samuel Musser, piano – Hillsdale College
• Xinyu Zhu, violin – Central Michigan University
• Matteo Generani, piano – Central Michigan University
• Stephanie Sowers, clarinet – Michigan State University
• Samantha Kao, piano – University of Michigan

Pizza for Paws
April 20 @ 6:00 pm
April 20th at 6:00pm, come to the Fricano Event Center for Pizza for Paws!  Enjoy dinner, raffles, auctions, music and fundraising for the Muskegon Humane Society.  Tickets are $40 per person or $250 for a table of eight.  For more information call (231) 773-8689.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Playoff Games
April 20 & 21
Tickets for the first two Muskegon Lumberjacks confirmed playoff games at the L.C. Walker Arena are on sale now!

• PLAYOFF GAME 1 – Saturday, April 20 at 7:15pm
• PLAYOFF GAME 2 – Sunday, April 21 at 5:15pm

It’s never too late to become a Season Ticket Holder! For single game tickets and playoff shirts, visit or call the Box Office at 231-726-2400. For group or Club tickets, visit or call the Business Office at 231-799-7000.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Comedian Zach Martina wsg Nick Leydorf
April 20 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Zach Martina with Nick Leydorf!

A supportive family, a loving relationship and kids who adore him, that’s the American Dream. Unless you’re Zach Martina, then it’s a recipe for skepticism and anxiety.  Using his sarcastic wit, creative wordplay and a loveable arrogance, Zach brings his big personality to crowds across America as they wonder:  “I don’t know what he’s freaking out about, but it’s pretty funny.”
Blessed with a quick wit and a third nipple, Nick Leydorf is a left-handed comedian born and raised in rural Michigan. A criminal defense lawyer by day, comedian by night and a human the rest of the time, Nick takes his own observations of the world, peppers them with silliness and delivers them with a clinically diagnosed awkwardness that leaves audiences where he found them.

Tickets available at the door for only $10! Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

Easter Brunch at Bella Maria’s Event Center
April 21
Sunday, April 21 at 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center for Easter Brunch!  Enjoy a Belgian Waffle Bar, eggs, bacon fruit and more at the breakfast station or the Honey Ham Carving Station, Beef Carving Station, Chicken Parmesan, Smoked Salmon and much more!  The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5 – 10.  Kids 4 and under are free.  Reservations are required by calling 231-563-6914.

Easter Day Brunch Buffet at Verdoni’s Event Center
April 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Easter Day Brunch Buffet at Verdoni’s Event Center catered by Harris Hospitality. This brunch features over five fresh salads, large raw bar, breakfast station with build your own omelets, build your own waffles, The Deck’s famous brisket, chef’s carving stations, large dessert station and much more!  A full bar will be available for purchase including a build your own Bloody Mary bar, Mimosa bar and Moscow Mule bar!  The cost is $31.99 for adults, $13.99 for children 4-12.  Kids under 4 eat free.  Call 231-780-7636 today for reservations.

Easter Brunch at The Lake House Waterfront Grille
April 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, bring your family to the Easter Brunch Buffet at The Lake House Waterfront Grille! Reservations are strongly recommended.  To secure your table, please call 231-722-4461.  Adults – $34.95, Children 4-10 – $10.95, 3 and under are free!
Celebrate with a delicious array of Easter favorites including:

• Chef Carved Prime Rib
• Maple and Bourbon Glazed Ham
• Fried Lake Perch
• Fresh Seafood Bar
• Build Your Own Omelet Station
• Mustard Citrus Glazed Salmon
• Bananas Foster French Toast
• Sweet Belgian Waffles
• Smoked Gouda Macaroni & Cheese
• Tuscan Dip
• Roasted Caprese Chicken
• Green Bean Almandine
• Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
• Bacon and Sausage
• Herb Roasted Redskin Potatoes
• Fresh Seasonal Soup
• Garden Salad Bar
• Fresh Fruit Display
• Assorted House Made Desserts

Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor
April 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor for a delicious Easter Brunch!  Highlights include:

• Chef carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib w/ Horseradish Sauce and Natural Au Jus
• Rosemary Ham
• Chef attended pasta station featuring Mushroom Ravioli w/ Pancetta and Parmesan, Roasted Boneless Chicken Thigh w/ Creole Shrimp and Sausage, Creamy Garlic Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Green Beans, Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy and Wild Rice Pilaf.
• Deluxe Salad Bar featuring Fresh Baked Bread, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Platter, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ancient Grain Salad, Caprese Platter, Potato Corn Chowder, Garden Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad and a Vegetable Platter w/ Ranch Dip.
• Chef Attended Omelet Station featuring Made to Order Waffle Bar, Crisp Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy and a Fresh Fruit Display w/ Raspberry Dip.
• A Mimosa & Bloody Mary Station will be available for an additional charge.

It’s not too early to reserve your table! Hop to it and make your reservation for the Easter Brunch Buffet today by calling 231-720-7105 or e-mailing Sarah@himuskegon.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 8 – 15, 2019

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

Visit with the Easter Bunny
April 8 -21
Saturday, April 6th – Easter Sunday, April 21, bring the kids to The Lakes Mall to meet the Easter Bunny!  Cherry Hill photography will be there to take photos.  The hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm-6:00pm.  For more information call 231-798-7104.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
April 8 & 15 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• April 8: Ford Buildup in WWI; a precursor to WWII presented by author Timothy O’Callaghan.  His book is available for purchase in the Gift Store.
• April 15: The History of Willow Run presented by the Yankee Air Museum.
• April 22: Shipbuilding in WWII presented by Karen Duvalle, Submarine Curator at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
• April 29: The Future of Military Manufacturing presented by Fred Johnson.
• May 6: The Cost of Manufacturing for WWII presented by George Maniates.

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.

Bird House Painting for Kids
April 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 9 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, bring the kids (ages 6 – 11) to the Arts Council of White Lake’s Nuveen Center to paint a birdhouse! Welcome the birds home with a beautiful bird house.  All materials will be provided and students will take their bird houses home at the end of class.  For more information call (231) 893-2524.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Family Fun Night: Harry Potter
April 9 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Holton Library for a Family Fun Night with Harry Potter!  Join them for a magical evening of Harry Potter trivia, games, crafts and food while learning about British culture.  Come dressed as your favorite character and enter the costume contest.  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

West Michigan Student Showcase 2019
April 10 & 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11 at 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Student Showcase!  Celebrate the best high school talent that West Michigan has to offer in the areas of Academics, Athletics, Digital Media, Literary, Performing, and Visual Arts.  Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for students.  All tickets are $10 at the door.  For more information call the Muskegon Area ISD at (231) 777-2637.

Introduction to Loose Tea and Health
April 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for an Introduction to Loose Tea and Health!  The staff from Banana Dog Tea in Muskegon will share their expertise in their craft, including the origin and types of tea, benefits of loose tea, proper brewing and steeping techniques and a tasting sample.  Visit the Norton Shores Library, call 231-780-8844 or email apurgiel@madl.org for more information or to register.

Friends of Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale
April 11 – April 14
The 2019 Friends of Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale is on April 11 – 14!  There are thousands of books of all genres to choose from in both hardbound and paperback editions as well as, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books!  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors’ items may have special pricing as marked. You won’t want to miss this fantastic sale where you’ll find so many treasures!  All proceeds help to fund projects that benefit Hackley Public Library!

Do you have items to donate?  Donations are welcome all year round at Hackley Public Library.  If you have lots of books, please call the library at 231-722-8000 for special drop-off instructions.

MEMBERS ONLY PRE-SALE: 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Thursday, April 11 (Not a member? You can join at the door!)

PUBLIC SALE: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13

SUNDAY “BAG” SALE: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Sunday, April 14 (Fill a bag for $3! They provide the bags!)

Tag…You’re It: Outside Art Moves In
April 11 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
“Tag…You’re It: Outside Art Moves In,” a travelling exhibit of 21 panels, each 4 × 7 feet in size and painted in 2017 by street artists from the Detroit/Dearborn area, will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Galley from March 18 through April 19. The title references the idea that graffiti artists are often referred to as “taggers.”
On Thursday, April 11, a public reception will take place from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Overbrook Gallery. Refreshments will be served.  At 4:00pm, in Stevenson Center Room 1100, Steven Glazer, an instructor of art at Henry Ford College since 2004, will discuss the process of putting the exhibition together.  This event and the gallery are free and open to the public.
The Overbrook Art Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, from 9:00am – 4:00pm, with special weekend and evening hours during performances in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. For more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Sunset Wine
April 11 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 11 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to Oceana Winery in downtown Muskegon for the wine & canvas event, “Sunset Wine!” Create this “Sunset Wine” masterpiece for only $25 per artist.  Wine tasting is available for an addition $5.  Pricing includes an 11×14 canvas, all necessary supplies, and step-by-step instruction from a professional artist.  Payment is collected at the event.  Space is limited, so reserve your easel today with an e-mail to createaframeshows@yahoo.com.

Culinary Class: Girls Night – Out Cupcakes & Cocktails
April 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 11 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Girls Night – Out Cupcakes & Cocktails!” Gather your favorite lady friends 21 years and over for a fun night of sweet treat making.  Fill cupcakes with a tempting ganache and decorate with buttercream frosting from scratch while experimenting with different professional piping tips and techniques.  Pair the cupcakes with a boozy coffee combination or a creamy layered martini.  You must be 21 with valid ID to participate.  The cost is $55.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Family Fun Night: Harry Potter
April 11 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 11 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Montague Library for a Family Fun Night with Harry Potter!  Join them for a magical evening of Harry Potter trivia, games, crafts and food while learning about British culture.  Come dressed as your favorite character and enter the costume contest.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Beer & Cheese Pairing: The Cheese Lady at Pigeon Hill Brewing
April 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, April 11 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. and get ready for some handcrafted and hand selected beer and cheese pairings! They’re welcoming the Cheese Lady to their taproom to host a Beer & Cheese Tasting!  Tickets are $25 a seat and include 5 beer pairings with a total of 10 different cheeses.  The Cheese Lady will be there to 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!  Seats are limited!

Pine Street Mercantile Spring Vintage Sale
April 12 – April 13
Friday, April 12 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Pine Street Mercantile’s Spring Sale!  This event features reimagined, vintage and antique pieces at this “occasional junk collective.”  You’ll also find plenty of rusty, crusty and found items to complement your spring/summer décor or perhaps the perfect thing for a wedding or graduation.  For more information call (231) 830-4255.

Fish Fry Fridays
Fridays @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

The Alley Door Club
April 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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.

On Tap & Uncorked
April 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, April 12 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Museum of Art for their annual event, On Tap & Uncorked! Enjoy beer from craft breweries up and down the coast of West Michigan, wine tasting, and food pairing samples from our fine area restaurants, all while experiencing art in the Muskegon Museum of Art galleries.
Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early. Tickets are on sale in the MMA Store.  Each ticket is $35 in advance ($30 for members) or $40 at the door and includes five 4–oz. beverage tasting tickets and food.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  For ticket information call 231-720-2580.

Muskegon Dance Movement Performance
April 12 @ 7:30 pm – April 13 @ 9:00 pm
Muskegon Dance Movement, the Muskegon Community College resident dance company under the artistic direction of Melissa Brunsting, will perform at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, in Overbrook Theater!  The shows will feature guest performances by Deavondrea Jones, founder of DanceSpire.

“We will be presenting both new and revisited works this year,” said Brunsting, a native of western New York who received her Bachelor’s in Dance from Hope College “The dance works range from socially conscious to musically driven.”

“This year we will be including a Talk-Back session between the company and our audience following each performance. I strive to make dance a part of the culture in our city, and center my choreography around that goal as much as possible.”

Tickets, which go on sale April 8, are $10 for the general public and $5 for MCC students and children ages 12 and under.  For more information, contact the Overbrook Box Office at (231) 777-0324.

This year’s Muskegon Dance Movement members, all MCC students, are: Brea Beckley, Briona Bower, Taylor DePouw, Taylor Freed, Melanie Lamrock, Erika Larson, and Makenzie Nordstrom

Guest artist Deavondre Jones has touched thousands of lives as a speaker, performer and instructor throughout the Midwest. In Michigan, he is best known for his commitment and consistency behind the weekly drop-in class: #DropInWednesdays. A Benton Harbor Promise student, he earned degrees from Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Illinois.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
April 12 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Craft-Life Concert Series: Original Music Rock Show
April 12 @ 8:30 pm
Friday, April 12 from 8:30pm – midnight, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Craft – Life Concert series featuring The Loose Nukes, The Shift and THE JETTS! This is an Original Music Rock Show with some of the top acts from the Original Music Showcase.  Come down and support local original music!  For more information call Unruly at (231) 288-1068.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Through April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

2019 Marching into Spring Craft & Vendor Show
April 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Moss Ridge Golf Club & Wedding Venue for 2019 Marching into Spring Craft & Vendor Show!  There will be over 50 vendors & crafters and raffle drawings, too!  Proceeds will benefit the MARS food pantry.  For more information call (231) 853-5665.

Record Store Day 2019 at Third Coast Vinyl
April 13 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am – 7:00pm, join Third Coast Vinyl as they celebrate the independent record store and vinyl culture with Record Store Day 2019!  They will have RSD exclusive titles, a great selection of other new and used items, giveaways, a bunch of stuff on sale, and a whole lot more!  For more information call (231) 288-1871.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.  The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008.  Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.  https://recordstoreday.com

Full Service Saturday
April 13 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Muskegon County Clerk’s Office and the 60th District Court will open their doors from 9:30am – 1:30pm on Saturday, April 13!  Both offices are located on the first floor of the Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice, also known as the Muskegon County Building, with parking available on Pine St.  Most services require a photo ID.  To schedule a wedding ceremony with the County Clerk, call 231-724-6221.

4th Annual Pooches & People Picnic
April 13 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, April 13 beginning at 10:00am, you’re invited to Fricano Place for the 4th Annual Pooches & People Picnic! This is a furry and festive event raising funds and awareness for the Harbor Hospice Foundation.  Pet parents and their fur-babies will enjoy a picnic, raffles, “barks & crafts,” the Pooch Costume Parade, auction and more!  Pound Buddies of Muskegon will be having adoptions so you can rescue a new family member!  Follow the Scolnik Healing Center on Facebook for more information.  Tickets are $15 – $20 and available through www.eventbrite.com.

The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice is the only grief and loss center in Muskegon County which offers free grief support (groups and counseling services) to children, teens and adults who are dealing with a loss of any kind. If there is a way they can serve you, please contact them at 231-728-3442, 1-800-497-9559 or email info@HarborHospiceMI.org.

Teachers Super Saturday
April 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
April 13 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the kids to a Teachers Super Saturday at the Muskegon Museum of Art! This event celebrating teachers is absolutely free!  For more information call 231-720-2580 or visit the website below.
• 11:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Walk with a docent through Patricia Polacco’s “A+ for Educators” exhibition
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Paint a rock paperweight for your favorite teacher

Pad Thai & Spring Rolls with Chef Char
April 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class “Pad Thai & Spring Rolls with Chef Char!” Enjoy rice noodles and rice wraps with your choice of spicy or mild sauces and a variety of vegetables.  Enjoy shrimp, chicken or tofu.  Since you will be making your own dishes, the recipes can accommodate special dietary needs, including gluten-free and vegetarian diets.  The cost is $45.  Sign up at Eventbrite.com or call (231) 769-2202 for more information.

Annual Egg-Stravaganza
April 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, it’s the Annual Egg-Stravaganza in the parking lot of Muskegon Family Care!  The kids will enjoy free Easter egg hunts grouped by age as well as lots of other fun, activities and prizes!  For more information call 231-739-9315.

Get Up and Dance: A Figure Skating Show to Bring People Together
April 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for Get Up and Dance:  A Figure Skating Show to Bring People Together, performed by the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club! Watch local skaters perform to dance music such as Conga (Miami Sound Machine), September (Earth Wind & Fire), Dancing Queen (ABBA) You Can’t Stop the Beat (Ariana Grande), the Cha Cha Slide (DJ Casper) and more!  A suggested donation of $5 helps cover show production costs and put money back into the community, but please join them regardless of ability to pay. For more information e-mail sk8mlfsc@gmail.com.

Cheers & Chocolate
April 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Cheers & Chocolate at the Michigan Culinary Institute! April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and an ideal time to come together in support of services to survivors.   Attendees must be 21 or older to attend, and photo ID is required for admittance.  Tickets are on sale now.  For more information call Every Woman’s Place at 231-759-7909.

Cheers and Chocolate is an event pairing sweet and savory culinary delights with fine wines and beers at the state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of Michigan.  Each year, student chefs create the entire menu featuring incredible chocolates, desserts and hors d’oeuvres.  Students also research and present wines from all over the world. Michigan Wines will be featured in the Michigan Room located on the third floor. Michigan micro brews will also be presented in the Beer Garden located in Courses Restaurant.  Silent Auction items will be displayed on several floors of the event and raffle tickets will be sold for a variety of gifts including a wine refrigerator filled with wine donated by the board of directors of Every Woman’s Place!

Heels for Meals
April 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center for Heels for Meals!  This is AgeWell Services of West Michigan’s 6th annual fundraiser to raise money for the Meals on Wheels program in Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties.  Enjoy an excellent dinner and various auctions.  For more information call (231) 755-0434.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
April 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.
Saturday, April 13 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Chicago Steel!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

MCC Wind & Jazz Ensemble with Whoopee Kat
April 13 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30pm, the new Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center will feature the MCC Wind & Jazz Ensemble with Whoopee Kat!

This concert series features every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert WINDS which are affiliated with MCC. The 14-concert series, which includes two groups that have performed at Carnegie Hall in recent years, continues through May 2019.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and children.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Back Alley Comedy Club: DJ Dangler wsg Chelsea Hood
April 13 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian DJ Dangler with special guest Chelsea Hood! Tickets are available at the door for only $10.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

DJ Dangler’s show is a balance of energy and intellect. Equally comfortable in barrooms and classrooms; DJ firmly believes that humor is universal, and nothing is off limits so long as it’s funny. DJ is the Head Writer for The Comedy Circus, and an accomplished stand-up comedian.  A Midwestern transplant to NYC, DJ blends East Coast cynicism with genuine Midwestern charm to create an approachable and hilarious take on humans and other idiot species.  DJ understands that people are pretty much the same everywhere, and if you can get enough of those people to laugh, you don’t have to get a real job.

Chelsea Hood is a stand-up comedian living in Chicago by way of the comedy scenes in both Dallas, TX and Brooklyn, NY. You may have seen her on The CW Network’s Eye Opener, or CW33’s Nightcap.  She was also featured on Stand Up Records’ “Texas Mess” album recorded at SXSW.  Chelsea’s style of humor is observational, feminist, and pleasantly self-deprecating.  Some of the comics she has been delighted to open for include; Jay Mohr, Donnell Rawlings, Maria Bamford, Ralphie May, Richard Lewis, Pauly Shore, JB Smoove, Paul Rodriguez, Tom Green, Michael Winslow, Bobby Lee and many more.

Out of this World
April 14 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 14 at 3:00pm, the new Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center will feature the MCC Wind & Jazz Ensemble’s presentation of Out of this World!

This concert series features every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert WINDS which are affiliated with MCC. The 14-concert series, which includes two groups that have performed at Carnegie Hall in recent years, continues through May 2019.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and children. For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Free Latin Dance Party
April 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday, March 3 – May 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience is needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re up to next.  Instructor:  Florencia Manon Colella from Argentina

Back Alley Comedy Club: Chris Kattan & Friends
April 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday, April 15 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Chris Kattan & Friends! Tickets are only $25 plus a $2 service charge if purchased online at www.backalleycomedyclub.com.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Chris Kattan is best known as one of the longest serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In the 8 years Chris starred in the landmark late night program, he became best known for his characters ‘Mango,’ ‘Mr. Peepers,’ and one of the ‘Butabi Brothers’ opposite Will Ferrell which was such a hit that the sketch was adapted into the 1998 cult classic, “Night at the Roxbury.”  Kattan went on to star in Corky Romano where he plays the black sheep son in a family of mobsters and played the villain in the Malcolm D. Lee film, “Undercover Brother,” opposite Eddie Griffin.  Kattan also starred as a series regular in the ABC hit series, “The Middle,” and recently had some memorable appearances in the Adam Sandler films “Hotel Transylvania” and “The Ridiculous 6.” Kattan trained at Los Angeles’ The Groundlings Theater and is one of its most famous alumni. He currently tours the country with his extremely popular stand-up act.

Chris Kattan will be here and bringing a few friends with him. Come out and join them!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 1-8, 2019

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Happy Spring Break Kiddos!

Monday April 1:

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box
April 1
The Muskegon Area District Library invites kids 8 – 16 to be part of the “So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box!”  Search for clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the box and win a prize.  This program is free, but you do need to register by calling your preferred library branch.
• Monday, April 1 at 10:30am – Norton Shores Branch 231-790-8844
• Monday, April 1 at 2:00pm – Muskegon Township Branch 231-760-4329

Spring Break Escape Camp
April 1 @ 9:00 am – April 5 @ 5:00 pm
Kids in grades K – 6 are invited to attend the Spring Break Escape Camp at Camp Pendalouan!  Transportation and before/after care are also available.  For more information or to register, visit www.pendalouan.org or call 231-894-4538.

STEM Mini Camp
April 1 @ 9:00 am – April 2 @ 12:00 pm
Monday and Tuesday, April 1 – 2 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, kids ages 8 – 13 can come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the STEM Mini Camp! This mini-camp will give children the opportunity to get the first look at the brand new STEM Center and experience what it has to offer!  Over the 2-day camp, children will make airfoils, modify matchbox cars and race them, puzzle through mazes with a robot, and construct structures like bridges. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.com and are $20 or $15 for museum members.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
April 1 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”
All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists. Information on further lectures will be provided as it becomes available!

Culinary Class: Retro and Classic Casserole Night
April 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, April 1 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Retro and Classic Casserole Night with Chef Char!” Do you wish you could recreate some of your favorite casseroles from childhood?  Want to know how your mom and grandma made their “one dish wonder” that fed the whole family?  Join Kitchen 242 for this special class that puts together all your favorite taste bud memories into classic dishes.  If you have a favorite vintage/retro casserole dish/jello mold, bring it to class.  It will be a fun evening that will serve up some wine to go with your creations!  The cost is $50.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Team Trivia Game Show
April 1 @ 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 April 2:

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box
April 2
The Muskegon Area District Library invites kids 8 – 16 to be part of the “So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box!”  Search for clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the box and win a prize.  This program is free, but you do need to register by calling your preferred library branch.
• Tuesday, April 2 at 1:00pm – Dalton Branch 231-828-4188
• Tuesday April 2 at 4:30pm – Muskegon Heights Branch 231-739-6075

Gillette Nature Center: Spring Break Programs
April 2 @ 10:30 am – April 6 @ 10:30 am
Tuesday, April 2 – Saturday, April 6, the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is offering spring break programs for children.  A state park passport is required to enter the park.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.  For more information about programs at Gillette, call 231-798-3573.10:30am  Cottontails and Other Hoppers – Learn about the lagomorph group and rodents that move in a hopping pattern.  Take a hike to find tracks!

STEM Mini Camp
April 1 @ 9:00 am – April 2 @ 12:00 pm
Monday and Tuesday, April 1 – 2 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, kids ages 8 – 13 can come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the STEM Mini Camp! This mini-camp will give children the opportunity to get the first look at the brand new STEM Center and experience what it has to offer!  Over the 2-day camp, children will make airfoils, modify matchbox cars and race them, puzzle through mazes with a robot, and construct structures like bridges. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.com and are $20 or $15 for museum members.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Spring Break Art Camp: Stone Stories
April 2 @ 1:00 pm – April 4 @ 2:00 pm
Be part of Spring Break Art Camp at the Nuveen Center! You will make 6 picture stones using paint, markers and decoupage that will help tell a story of your choice.  You will also make a fabric bag to hold your stones.  Stones will be provided, but students are asked to bring in smooth flat stones to paint on for extra if you have them.  The cost is $10. For more information e-mail Nuveen@artswhitelake.org or call 231-893-2524.

Spring Break Art Camp: Design from Nature
April 2 @ 3:00 pm – April 4 @ 4:30 pm
Come to the Nuveen Center for the Spring Break Art Camp Program, “Design from Nature!” Sixth through twelfth graders can welcome spring by starting their artwork with a plant, bird or insect, and then explore abstraction as you experiment with materials and layers to create a contemporary artwork.  This class will focus on simplification of form, creating a background, layering through collage, drawing, and more.  The cost is $10.  For more information e-mail Nuveen@artswhitelake.org or call 231-893-2524.

Culinary Class: Not the Usual Pasta With Sofia
April 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class,You’ll make four different tasty sauces and four different shapes of pasta.  Dishes include Spaghetti with Walnuts, Fusilli with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato, Tagliatelle Bell Peppers and Mascarpone and Penne alla Vodka.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Group Bicycle Tour
April 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
April 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

White Lake Classical Series: David Rogers on Guitar
April 2 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for David Rogers on guitar as part of the White Lake Classical Series! Recently termed ‘a prominent guitarist’ by the New York Times, David Rogers fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into powerful, moving and virtuosic performances based on both original and traditional repertoires.  The cover is $5. Come early for dinner at 6:15pm to enjoy Lemon Rosemary Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast, roasted sweet potatoes, spring vegetable sauté, glass of house wine and rhubarb custard bars for only $17. For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Open Irish Jam Session
April 2 @ 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 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.

Wednesday April 3:

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box
April 1 – April 6
April 1 – 6, the Muskegon Area District Library invites kids 8 – 16 to be part of the “So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box!”  Search for clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the box and win a prize.  This program is free, but you do need to register by calling your preferred library branch. Wednesday, April 3 at 2:00pm – Montague Branch 231-893-2675

Spring Break Nerf Battle
April 3 @ 11:00 am
Wednesday, April 3 at 11:00am, players ages 8-16 will try to out-wit and out-blast the competition during this epic battle at the Egelston Branch of the Muskegon District Library!  They provide all the equipment including blasters, darts, vests, safety goggles and obstacles along with a friendly referee for all the exciting Nerf action at this free event.  Snacks will be provided and registration required. 11:00am Egelston Branch 231-788-6477, 3:00pm Norton Shores branch call 231-780-8844 to register. April 4 North Muskegon @ 11:00am, call 231-744-6080 to register and 3:00pm at Dalton Branch call 231-828-4188 to register. Space is limited, so call today at 231-828-4188.

Gillette Nature Center: Spring Break Programs
April 3 @ 10:30 am – April 6 @ 10:30 am
Tuesday, April 3 – Saturday, April 6, the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is offering spring break programs for children.  A state park passport is required to enter the park.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.  For more information about programs at Gillette, call 231-798-3573. 10:30am  Signs of Spring Hike – Take a short hike and explore spring signs. 2:00pm  Peeps of Spring – A closer look at frogs and toads.

Free Family Movie Day: Mary Poppins Returns
April 3 @ 3:00 pm
Wednesday, April 3 at 3:00pm, bring the kids to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for a Free Family Movie Day featuring “Mary Poppins Returns!”  No tickets are required.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Thursday April 4:

Gillette Nature Center: Spring Break Programs
April 4 @ 10:30am
Tuesday, April 2 – Saturday, April 6, the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is offering spring break programs for children.  A state park passport is required to enter the park.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.  For more information about programs at Gillette, call 231-798-3573.10:30am  Nests: Nature’s Egg Cartons – Hands on program to explore the different nest styles. 11:30am  Bird Beak Buffet – A complete look at how birds eat.  Hands-on activities and a snack included.

Spring Break Nerf Battle
April 4 @ 11:00 am
Players ages 8-16 will try to out-wit and out-blast the competition during this epic battle at branches of the Muskegon District Library!  They provide all the equipment including blasters, darts, vests, safety goggles and obstacles along with a friendly referee for all the exciting Nerf action at this free event.  Snacks will be provided and registration required. April 4 North Muskegon @ 11:00am, call 231-744-6080 to register and 3:00pm at Dalton Branch call 231-828-4188 to register. Space is limited, so call today at 231-828-4188.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
April 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box
April 4
April 1 – 6, the Muskegon Area District Library invites kids 8 – 16 to be part of the “So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box!”  Search for clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the box and win a prize.  This program is free, but you do need to register by calling your preferred library branch. Thursday, April 4 at 1:00pm – Ravenna Branch 231-893-6975

Pajama Party at the Muskegon Museum of Art: FREE
April 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Pajama Party!  Show up in your jammies (slippers optional) for some fun at the museum!  Enjoy storytime in the “A+ for Educators: The Illustrations of Patricia Polacco” exhibition gallery, creative snack making in the classroom, a hot cocoa station and a family film in the auditorium!  Bring your favorite stuffed animal and friend for a pajama party at the art museum! This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit the website. 6:00pm – Craft Activity 6:15pm – Story Time 6:30pm – Family Film 8:00pm – Closing

Culinary Class: Chef Char Kitchen Skills 101 – The Basics
April 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class. Be nervous with a knife no more and learn how to properly utilize your staple kitchen tools. You will cover various knife cuts with different vegetables and fruits and talk about the right knife for the right job and which knives to use for specific culinary duties in the kitchen.  You will cook up whatever you cut up, so a simple lesson on sauté and a recipe for pan tossed veggies will follow all cutting, dicing and chopping done in class.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Friday April 5:

STEM Center: Sneak Peek
April 5 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center over Spring Break to get a sneak peek of the new STEM Center they have been working on. This interactive room will be a creative space to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Hands-on activities will include building bridges, constructing hoop gliders, racing hot wheels and much more!  Admission is $3.  Kids 2 and under, members and Muskegon residents are free.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box
April 5 11:00am and 2:00pm
The Muskegon Area District Library invites kids 8 – 16 to be part of the “So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box!”  Search for clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the box and win a prize.  This program is free, but you do need to register by calling your preferred library branch.
• Friday, April 5 at 11:00am – Egelston Branch 231-788-6477
• Friday, April 5 at 2:00pm – Holton Branch 231-821-0268

Gillette Nature Center: Spring Break Programs
April 5 @ 10:30 am
April 5, the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is offering spring break programs for children.  A state park passport is required to enter the park.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.  For more information about programs at Gillette, call 231-798-3573. 10:30am A Good Home is Hard to Find – Puppet show!

Fish Fry Fridays
April 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  (231) 853-6743.

Concert: Pegboard Nerds wsg Flexadecibel
April 5 @ 6:30 pm
Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for Danish-Norwegian electronic music group, Pegboard Nerds with special guest Flexadecibel!  This will be the first concert held at the arena since their 1.7 million dollar renovation.  You must be 18 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 726-2939 or visit the website below.

Main Street Dueling Pianos
April 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Buy tickets for the Watermark 920 Main Street Dueling Pianos! The entertainers have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving the audience an unforgettable experience and night of singing, hand-clapping and dancing!  Please be advised this show may contain adult content, mature subject matter and strong language.  This show is for those 21+ (no exceptions).  Tickets are $15 and available online or at The Coffee Factory.  If you would like to reserve a table, reservations must be made via e-mail at laurel@watermarkcenter.com.  Table placement is not guaranteed. There will be a full service bar featuring Michigan beer and wine options as well as coffee and food from Fatty Lumpkins. For more information call (231) 578-0469

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
April 5 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Saturday, April 6:

So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box
April 6
The Muskegon Area District Library invites kids 8 – 16 to be part of the “So You Want to Be an Astronaut: Spring Break Escape Box!”  Search for clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the box and win a prize.  This program is free, but you do need to register by calling your preferred library branch. Saturday, April 6 at 12:00pm – North Muskegon Branch 231-744-6080

Spring Birding Tour
April 6 @ 9:00 am
Nothing says spring like the “conk-a-ree” call of a red-winged blackbird or the raucous sounds of a Sandhill Crane. Celebrate spring and explore Muskegon’s wetlands with a birding tour at the Muskegon County Wastewater System, Saturday, April 6 at 9:00am!  Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and technicians, Audubon Great Lakes staffers, and volunteers from Ducks Unlimited and local Audubon Clubs will lead the tour.  Meet at the Muskegon State Game Area Office (7600 E. Messinger Rd., Twin Lake). Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Spotting scopes also are helpful for long-range viewing.  The ground may be quite muddy and wet, so plan to wear boots.  For more information call the Muskegon County Wastewater System at 231-788-5055

Gillette Nature Center: Spring Break Programs
April 6 @ 10:30 am
The Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is offering spring break programs for children.  A state park passport is required to enter the park.  To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.  For more information about programs at Gillette, call 231-798-3573. 10:30 am Wiggly Worms – Learn all about worms and dissect a gummy worm.

Winter Farmers’ Market
April 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the downtown  indoor winter Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
April 6 @ 10:30 am  April 6 – “Dumbo”
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833. With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature: Regular Matinee Pricing, All movies in 2D and Open Caption,Seating questions can be directed to the box office

Culinary Class: Sous Vide Cooking with Chef Char
April 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 6 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Sous Vide Cooking with Chef Char!” Sous Vide is a French culinary term meaning “under vacuum” and is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic bag or glass jar and cooked under carefully controlled water or steam temperatures.  The intent is to cook the food items evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked while retaining moisture and without overcooking the outside.  Four different recipes will be explained, demonstrated, sampled and enjoyed in the class. Sample various sous vide vegetables, chicken and steak.   The cost is $50.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Cliff Cash wsg Michael Greeter
April 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for comedian Cliff Cash with special guest Michael Geeter! Tickets are available at the door for only $10!  Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

KOP 64 Presented By KnockOut Promotions
April 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
$25 – $35
It’s Live MMA at the LC Walker Arena!  This will be KnockOut Promotions 64th show featuring Pro-Am Mixed Martial Arts action.  The cost is $25 – $35.  For more information call the arena box office at (231) 726-2400.

Delicious Demise
April 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!” You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this! They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45, or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Cheerio Bird Feeders
April 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bring the kids to Hackley Public Library to make Cheerio Bird Feeders! Keep your feathered friends happy with this easy to assemble bird feeder.  Just take a few pipe cleaners, Cheerios, and some string to hang up your masterpiece outdoors.  This program is free and recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-822-8000.

Science of Colors
April 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Science of Colors!” Did you know that there is science behind your favorite colors?  Find out why you like certain colors and dislike others.  This will be your last chance to see the Collections by Color exhibit before it comes down!  Admission is $3.  Kids 2 and under, museum members and Muskegon residents are free.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Seeing Your Environment through Drawing: FREE
April 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Visit the Hackley Public Library for this FREE class.  Are you ready for an enriching and artistic experience? This class invites participants to use sketching as a tool to help shape their perception of the world, enhance self-awareness and guide themselves to more positive experiences. Join Corinne Roberts for this excellent practice in art therapy. This event is free to public and all materials are provided. No prior drawing experience is needed. No registration needed. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Sunday, April 7

Reminder: Easter is Sunday April 21st

Monday, April 8:

Marketing Monday: Bold Branding
April 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come the Muskegon Innovation Hub for “Marketing Monday:  Bold Branding!”  Creating a strong brand is just as much about knowing who you aren’t as who you are.  This session, presented by Velarde Marketing, will review strategies to prioritize messaging and create a brand that will make your business stand out from your competition.  The cost is $10 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.  For more information call 616-331-7370.

4th Annual Pooches & People Picnic April 13 to Benefit The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center

pandp[Muskegon, MI] Do you love dogs? You don’t want to miss this furry-festive event!

The much-anticipated fourth annual Pooches & People Picnic will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM on the grounds of Fricanos Place on Muskegon Lake.  Proceeds will help fund the community programs of The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center, the only grief and loss center in Muskegon county. The center provides group or individual grief support to family and care givers, so they can celebrate the life of their loved one while they learn how to cope with heartache and loss.  Grief support services are free of charge and available to anyone in the communities of Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties.

The picnic fundraiser features an auction, raffle, yummy themed food, and four-legged fun!  Past years have included a dog walk on the ruff ruff route, on-site nail clipping and micro-chipping, doggie cake walk, and paw-print painting booth.  In addition, this year you can also enjoy a canine costume parade, smooches with pooches kissing booth, and so much more!

“The Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice serves on average over 1,000 children, teens and adults who have experienced many types of losses including deaths due to health issues, violence, suicide, drug or alcohol dependency, accidental and pet-related losses,” says Beth Bolthouse, Grief Counselor at Harbor Hospice.  “Most families suffer some type of financial hardship because of one or more of these losses, making it difficult to obtain the professional help needed to begin healing and finding their way in life again.  The Pooches & People Picnic is a fun event for people and their dogs (or just people who love dogs!) that raises funds to help defray some of the costs of continuing to offer grief support to our West Michigan community at no charge.”

Pawsome level sponsorships/vendors and auction donations are welcome now through April 5.

For more information on grief support services, contact Beth Bolthouse or Laura Ecker at 231.728.3442 or 1.800.497.9559 or email info@HarborHospiceMI.org.  The Harbor Hospice website is www.harborhospicemi.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/25/19 – 04/01/19

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

Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books
March 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month!  Put your best foot forward with the freshest cut as experts Kenny Terrell of Ken’s Anointed Hands and Yancey Harris of Fancy Yancey’s Barber Shop share their expertise on hair care for men and boys.  They’ll also demonstrate proper cutting techniques.  At this program, the library will be making an exciting announcement about a new library service to be offered at both barbershops locations!  This event is free and open to the public and recommended for all ages.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
Mondays @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• March 25: Patent Secrecy Act of 1940 presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
• April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists.

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.

Pajama Night Family Storytime
March 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm, don your pj’s and bring the family to Norton Shores Library for “Pajama Night!”  Miss Gillian will share books, music, crafts, and fun with their Storytime families.  This event is free and open to families with children ages 0-5.  No registration is required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Campbell’s Clarinet Collage
March 26 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring Campbell’s Clarinet Collage!  The Collage is made up of clarinet students who have studied extensively under Dr. Arthur Campbell at Grand Valley State University.  Musical selections will range from classical to modern.  For more information, call 231-722-2112.
The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Henna Tattoo Workshop
March 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a Henna Tattoo Workshop!  This is an informational and hands-on workshop that will provide instruction on the use and history of Henna.  Each person will receive a small Henna cone to work with!  Registration is required by calling 231-722-8011 or visit HPL’s online events calendar to register.  Registration opens 1 month before the class date.  This workshop is free and recommended for ages 16 and up.

For the Lover of Italy with Sofia
March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “For the Lover of Italy with Sofia!” A perfect Sunday in Italy:  porcini mushrooms risotto, meatballs, baked rosemary potato, and something sweet…and of course wine!  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2019 Lecture Series
March 26 @ 7:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2019 Lecture Series will feature three engaging and stimulating presentations! The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, will showcase a wide variety of expertise and talent.

On March 26, Kirk Hallman, Executive Director of the Muskegon Art Museum, will speak on “The Muskegon Museum of Art: Past, Present and Future.”  Mr. Hallman is a native of Muskegon who moved away in the late 1980s only to return in 2013 to take the position of Development Officer at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  He attended Michigan State University and before joining the Muskegon Museum of Art, served 20 years as Executive Director of a non-profit musical arts organization in Lafayette, Indiana.  He is now leading this great organization, the Muskegon Museum of Art, with great vision, impacting the West Michigan community!

All presentations will take place at 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit them online at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Whiskey School: Irish Pot Still Whiskies
March 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Pub for “Whiskey School: Irish Pot Still Whiskies!”  March is Hennessey’s favorite month of the year and they’re celebrating.  You’ll taste some glorious pot still whiskies, three of which are over $100 and one that is a $200 bottle of whiskey.  Chef David Grey is also going to be going the extra mile on the food.  Come learn from Fr. Jared Cramer, their whiskey expert.
Tasting List:
• Powers Signature – $45
• Knappogue Castle – $48
• Green Spot – $65
• Yellow Spot – $110
• Redbreast 15 Year – $120
• Midleton Very Rare – $200
Please note: Whiskey School is always a sell-out, so if you want to be sure to get a spot, please reserve your tickets in advance by visiting www.hennessyspub.com.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

WLMS Lecture Series: Kirk Hallman
March 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the WLMS Lecture Series featuring Kirk Hallman.  Kirk is Executive Director of the Muskegon Art Museum and will speak on “The Muskegon Museum of Art: Past, Present and Future.”  Mr. Hallman is a native of Muskegon who moved away in the late 1980s only to return in 2013 to take the position of Development Officer at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  He attended Michigan State University and before joining the Muskegon Museum of Art, served 20 years as Executive Director of a non-profit musical arts organization in Lafayette, Indiana.  He is now leading this great organization with great vision, impacting the West Michigan community!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Kids Fun with Fondue with Chef Char
March 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 27 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Kids Fun with Fondue with Chef Char!” Mini Chefs will have lots of fun mixing, melting and cooking in tiny pots!  Dunk delicious goodies in oil or broth and coat favorite foods in fabulous cheese sauces or chocolate ganache.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Muskegon’s Blue Economy Panel
March 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Historically, Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan have played a major role in Muskegon’s industry and economy, but just because lumbering ended over 100 years ago does not mean the lakes are no longer important!  Wednesday, March 27 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Dr. Al Steinman of Grand Valley State University, Bob Lukens of the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dave Alexander of Downtown Muskegon Now and Chuck Canestraight of Sand Products Corp. will share how their varied sectors are tied to one of Muskegon’s most valuable natural resources; water!  Join them to discover how the lakes are playing an important role in Muskegon’s rebirth.  This is the last in a series of lectures bringing their Collection by Color exhibit to life with various social and science topics.  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and museum members and only $3 for non-residents.  Reserve your seat by calling 231-722-0278 or e-mailing jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

That 70’s Mystery
March 28 – March 30
Thursday, March 28 – Friday, March 29 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as West Michigan Home School Theatre presents “That 70’s Mystery!”  Match wits with the 1970’s finest detectives to determine who stole George Lucky’s famous Space Script!  Could it be that rising superstar, Julia C. Tsar, whose scarf is found at the scene of the crime by those streetwise detectives, Husky and Starch?  Or could it be the group of burglars who were caught sneaking out the window of Italian director Antonio Mark’s office in the Watergate Building?  Or Antonio himself, who is found to have a ransom note in his pocket?  Perhaps it is one of Julia’s friends: the conniving Cassidy Casca, the beautiful Bru Tuski, or angelic threesome Debra, Carla and Bunny?  Join in on the interrogation process with the witty, well-dressed Jacko, the relaxed and rumpled Columsey, and the slick and savvy Barette.  Can Ellery King or Smith Wesson, PI, discover the identity of the thief ahead of those determined detectives?  Or will it be YOU who will solve the mystery first by discovering the clues left behind in the crime scene?  Be an eyewitness to this fantastical, farcical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” set in that zaniest of decades.  Tickets are $10.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Happy Hour Discussion with Lundell Farms
March 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 28 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for a Happy Hour discussion featuring Lori Lundell of Lundell Farms.  Local farmer and certified health coach, Lori Lundell, will discuss the benefits of eating local, naturally raised, whole foods.  Learn about the convenient option of a CSA farm share and how it can impact your health and the economic health of your community.  If you love to try new things, cook at home and put the best ingredients into your food, then this is a talk you don’t want to miss!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Tipsy Comedy at the Tipsy Toad
March 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, March 28 at 7:00pm, it’s Tipsy Comedy at the Tipsy Toad!  This is a night of cold drinks, excellent food and deep belly laughs!  Scott Zank is your host for the evening and he is known to “make people want to laugh” as he keeps the night rolling smoothly between all of these great comics!  They have a couple of guests coming, you could get local comics working on their craft or touring comics that are in the area!

Special Guest:  Adam Cameron – His time in the Navy and his bachelor lifestyle has given him a very unique take on life!

Headliner:  Brian Atkinson – Semi-Finalist in the 2019 Funniest Person in Grand Rapids contest.  Brian is a comedian, voice actor and speaker.  A former radio personality, he’s happy to work in front of an audience instead of sitting in a tiny room talking to himself.  Brian’s sharp, smart comedic style has been a hit at clubs, corporate events and festivals across the country.  Brian’s confident and engaging storytelling welcomes everyone to “gather ’round the fire.”

Come out what is sure to be a great night of comedy!  The cover charge is $10.  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Singer/Songwriter Jordi Baizan
March 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 28 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for music from Jordi Baizan, a singer/songwriter from Houston!  Born in Houston to Spanish and Cuban parents, and married to Carmen who hails from Mexico, Jordi is also a multi-tasker, writing songs and managing his flourishing music career in the same home-office where he runs his small business, which helped he and Carmen raise their two girls and two boys.  Now that the kids are away at college and beyond, the empty nest at home has provided Jordi the opportunity to take his music on the road.  In May of 2017, he released his first record as a solo artist. This record is appropriately named “Like the First Time,” and some of the songs on it have enabled Jordi to be recognized by two prestigious Texas songwriting competitions, the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition (Regional Ballad Tree performer) and the Songwriter Serenade Competition (Semifinalist).  With the support of dedicated fans, Jordi is taking to the road to humbly bring to each listener a sense of joy, adventure, gratitude, and respect for our common humanity.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Fish Fry Fridays
March 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 29 @ 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.
Friday, March 29 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Waterloo Blackhawks!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music:  February Sky
March 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 29 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from February Sky!  Traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper and songwriter and singer Susan Urban create their own arrangements of traditional songs and tunes on six string guitar and cittern, and also interpret a number of carefully chosen songs from the best of modern folk song writers, as well as backing Susan up on her songs.  Susan Urban is a writer of story songs and humorous “slice of life” songs.  She accompanies her songs, plus Phil’s songs and tunes, on six and 12-string guitar, six string banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand percussion instruments and Native American Style flute.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Women of Accomplishment Awards Brunch
March 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 30 from 9:00am – 11:00am, you’re invited to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the “Women of Accomplishment Awards Brunch!”  Join them as they honor three women in the community for their volunteer work that makes our area a great place to live.  You’ll also enjoy a wonderful brunch for only $20.  For more information call (231) 725-9220.

Live Music: Second Chance
March 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 30 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Second Chance!  This is a three man band of retired educators who play a wide variety of rock ballads and blues tunes on guitar, bass, keyboard and harmonica.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Dave Dyer wsg Paul Piziks
March 30 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 30 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Dave Dyer with special guest Paul Piziks! Tickets available at the door for only $10!  Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

David Dyer has done comedy around the Midwest for 8 years and opened for Drew Carey, Louie Anderson, and Louis Black. He has written material for television, contributing monologue material for ABC’s Politically Incorrect.  David’s humor exposes the everyday happenings that we all experience, but rarely take note of.  Throw in some perspective on current events and a little bit of edge and you come up with a brand of humor that has made him a popular act in clubs and American Legion Halls everywhere.

Catch an acidly funny performance by Paul Piziks! A Detroit original, Paul fearlessly skewers the absurd with twisted precision.  His scathing commentary combined with an affable personality appeals to audiences from all walks of life.  Paul is rapidly creating raving fans at comedy clubs, country clubs, corporate events, and charity benefits around the Midwest.

Music Exchange Gear Swap
March 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 31 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, everyone is invited to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for the Music Exchange Gear Swap! Musicians and everyone in the community are invited for another round of gear fun, good conversation and networking.  Buy, sell or trade some sweet gear while making new friends and enjoying great beverages.  Vendors will participate and are yet to be announced.  For more information call (231) 288-1068 or visit www.unrulybrewing.com.

Meatball Madness Competition
March 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 31 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing for the Meatball Madness Competition to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association! They’re taking a break from March Madness and focusing attention on Alzheimer’s Research at their first annual meatball competition!  Nine talented chefs will compete for a custom made, oak Pigeon Hill cutting Board.
To help them determine who made the best meatball, they’re looking for lots of hungry and thirsty voters. A $10 donation gets tasters the opportunity to taste each meatball and vote for the best!  Chefs! The competition is limited to 9 entries so call the taproom at (231)375-5184 to sign up today!

Free Latin Dance Party
March 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday, March 3 – May 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience are needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re up to next.

Buzzed Bard
March 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
18th Amendment Spirits Co. and The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company present, “Buzzed Bard!” Sunday, March 31 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company returns to 18th Amendment Spirit Company with its Buzzed Bard series.  This irreverent look at Shakespeare features performance of scenes from multiple Shakespearean plays combined with improv, audience-interactive games, and a Shakespearean drinking game.  This event may not be suitable for patrons under 21. Tickets are $5 and available through Eventbrite and only cover the performance.  Food and drinks (both adult beverages and non-alcoholic) will be available to purchase from 18th Amendment’s menu.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Spring Break Escape Camp
April 1 @ 9:00 am – April 5 @ 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday, April 1 – 5 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, kids in grades K – 6 are invited to attend the Spring Break Escape Camp at Camp Pendalouan!  Transportation and before/after care are also available.  For more information or to register, visit www.pendalouan.org or call 231-894-4538.

Culinary Class: Retro and Classic Casserole Night with Chef Char
April 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, April 1 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Retro and Classic Casserole Night with Chef Char!” Do you wish you could recreate some of your favorite casseroles from childhood?  Want to know how your mom and grandma made their “one dish wonder” that fed the whole family?  Join Kitchen 242 for this special class that puts together all your favorite taste bud memories into classic dishes.  If you have a favorite vintage/retro casserole dish/jello mold, bring it to class.  It will be a fun evening that will serve up some wine to go with your creations!  The cost is $50.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Second Annual Hats and Horses Fundraising Event

Pioneer Resources Goes for Another Win!

hatsandhorsesMuskegon, MI: Back by popular demand, Pioneer Resources presents the 2nd annual “Hats and Horses” fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Attendees are encouraged to get tickets early and dress in derby attire/hats for this Kentucky Derby-themed party held at the Frauenthal Ballroom in downtown Muskegon. The event is from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and will feature the Kentucky Derby Race live on extra-large screens. Additional activities include a silent and live auction, betting games, cash bar, and hors-d’oeuvres throughout the evening.

This year’s proceeds will be used to help fund Day Camp at Pioneer Trails. Day Camp is a program dedicated to serving children and young adults, ages 6 to 26, with physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, and autism. Campers enjoy games, arts and crafts, nature education, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. Day Camp includes care provided by uniquely trained staff and transportation from Muskegon. Due to funding changes, nearly a third of the funding necessary to run Day Camp needs to come from external sources.

Pioneer Resources began as an unincorporated association of parents and educators in the late 1940s, operating as Pioneer School and providing special education and therapy. 63 years later the agency offers a diverse array of individualized supports and services for persons with disabilities as well as seniors.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.pioneerresources.org/events/hats-and-horses/

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/18/19 – 03/25/19

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

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 18 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• March 18: Rosie the Riveter presented by Bob Hynes, Executive Director at the Yankee Air Museum.
• March 25: Patent Secrecy Act of 1940 presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
• April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists.

Crazy about Curry with Chef Char
March 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Crazy About Curry with Chef Char!” Are you ready to spice up your dinner time and incorporate more vegetables and seasonings into your dishes? Learn to make an Indian Butter Chicken Curry, a Thai Coconut Chicken Curry and a Vegetarian Chickpea curry for healthy, hearty meals you can easily make at home.  The cost is $45.  For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

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.

Paint Your Pet!
March 19, 20 & 21 @ 5:30 pm – March 21 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 19 – 21 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint You Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  After you register, please email a picture of your pet by March 1 to jacqui.erny@shorelinecity.com.  Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  There are only 30 spaces available so time is of the essence! Cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks.  Beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com, Muskegon Farmers Market, and City Clerk’s Office.  For more information visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Music at the Library: Uneven Ground
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from Uneven Ground!  This vibrant, four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals and instrumentals, giving their audience a unique yet traditional sound to delight in.  This program is free and is brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
March 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19 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.

Jazz at the Watermark
March 19 @ 7:30 pm
The Watermark 920 and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra invite you to Jazz at the Watermark! Tuesdays at 7:30pm, March 19, April 16 and May 21 there’ll be dancing, a cash bar and good food from Fatty Lumpkins.  The Truth in Jazz Orchestra is led by Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek and has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years.  The cover is only $5 or $2 for students.  For more information call (231) 578-0469.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
March 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmer’s Market for the culinary class, “Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char!” Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment?  Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it?  Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas?  In this two-hour class, Chef Char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting.  Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  Come to class hungry!
For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Muskegon Farmers Market or you can see a full list of classes on the Kitchen 242 Facebook Event Page. The cost is $45.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
March 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17, February 21 and March 21 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center at the Scolnik House of the Depression Era for a three-part lecture series highlighting the economic struggle across the United States known as the Great Depression!  Learn more about why the stock market crashed, how people used their resources to the fullest extent, and the hobos, hitchhikers, and Hooverville’s in Muskegon.  Light refreshments will be served using 1930s recipes!  This event is free for museum members and only $3 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Thursday Night Music Club: Uneven Ground
March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Norton Shores Library for a free concert featuring the four-piece traditional Celtic band, Uneven Ground!  This group blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey.  Grounded in the roots of traditional Irish music, Uneven Ground presents a blend of songs molded from hundreds of pub tunes from around the Celtic region.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Pigeon Hill’s Fifth Anniversary
March 22 – March 23
March 22 and 23, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for their Fifth Anniversary Celebration! They’re shutting down Western Ave., putting up the biggest heated tent ever, and throwing a party to celebrate!  They’ll be tapping special beers throughout the weekend and promise that multiple generations of French Toast will make an appearance.  The cover is $5 each night beginning at 4:00pm on Friday and 3:00pm on Saturday.  Club Members can show your membership card for free admission!  This is a 21+ event and everyone must show ID to enter.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Friday Entertainment schedule:
• 4:30pm – Plain Jane Glory
• 8:00pm – Yard Sale Underwear

Saturday Entertainment schedule:
• 3:00pm – Jason & Derek
• 5:30pm – Flexadecibel
• 9:00pm – Paddlebots

Fish Fry Fridays
March 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

The Alley Door Club
March 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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.

Flanagan’s Wake
March 22 @ 6:30 pm – March 23 @ 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, March 22 – 23 at 6:30pm, come to Clock Funeral Home for “Flanagan’s Wake,” a fundraiser for a new roof for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s scene shop. Join the villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan.
The cost is $25 before the show, $30 at the door for general admission tickets in the pews, or $150 for 4-person VIP tables which include a round of drinks and snacks!  Doors open at 6:30pm for mingling, mourning, a silent auction and cash bar featuring your favorite Irish whiskey, beer, wine and soda. The wake begins promptly at 7:30pm.  For more information call 231-722-3852.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 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.
Friday, March 22 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Youngstown Phantoms!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music: Black Rose
March 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 22 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Black Rose!  Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Serita Crowley, also known as “Black Rose” is the very essence of funk, rock, blues and soul.  This West Michigan Native has performed hundreds of shows across the U.S. sharing the stage with notable artists including Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe, James Brown, Koko Taylor, and the legendary Smokey Robinson.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

ASD Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum Center
March 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 23 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend a special Sensory Saturday event at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  This is a free event featuring a variety of accommodations that have been put in place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families.  Families 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.  Families can also download a “Sensory Story” to read with their child before their visit.  To register, call Jackie at 231-724-5526 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
March 23 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.

With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!

These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office at 231-798-3959.

Films:
• March 23 – “Wonder Park”
• April 6 – “Dumbo”
• April 20 – “Missing Link”
• May 11 – “Ugly Dolls”
• May 18 “Polemon: Detective Pikachu”
• June 1 – “Aladdin”
• June 15 – “The Secret Life of Pets”
• June 29 – “Toy Story 4”
• July 27 – “The Lion King”

19th Century Style Floral Arrangements
March 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 11:00am – 12:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a workshop on 19th Century Style Floral Arrangements! Florist and designer Skeeter Parkhouse will lead this floral arrangement class inspired by 19th century American floral still lifes!  The arrangements you make will also be works of art!  Your masterpiece, of course, is yours to take home.  Fresh flowers and lovely vases are included in the cost which is $50 for non-members or $45 for members.  For more information or to register, call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Colorful Wool Dyeing Workshop
March 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 1:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Colorful Wool Dyeing Workshop!  This is a fun and interactive program about the historical wool dyeing process.  Learn about and help create a natural dye, dye a piece of wool to take home, and use some modern dyes such as Cool Aid for more color fun!  The cost is $10 per child (parent/guardian free of charge, but are required to stay for the program).  Please register by calling 231-722-0278.

Ancestry Basics
March 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm, join Norton Shores Library for the workshop Ancestry Basics!  This is an introduction to two essential genealogy record groups: US census and vital records (birth, death, marriage).  Discover the rich family detail these sources can contain and get hands-on experience using the Muskegon Area District Library’s newest online genealogy resource: Ancestry.com.  While the questions in U.S. census records varied from year to year, you can find information like names of other household members, ages, birthplaces, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more.  Vital records can provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives.  They can include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence.  The cause of death is also included in many death records.  Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate.  Bring family names and dates to help you get started.  There will be some laptops available or you may bring your own laptop or tablet.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Blues & Barbeque
March 23 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to experience the Muskegon area’s best Blues & Barbeque!  Food and drink tickets are available for $1 each and prices will vary from vendor to vendor.  Food Vendors and the bar will open at 5:00pm.  There is a competition among vendors in the categories of Pork, Chicken, and People’s Choice.  The winners will be announced at 8:45pm.  Music begins at 6:30pm featuring Vincent Hayes and the Cadillac Kelly Blues Band!  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

March Celebration: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 23 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Christopher Columbus Hall for the March Celebration in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!  This will be a wonderful evening of music, live & silent auctions and great food including Prime Rib French Dip Sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and dessert.  A cash bar will also be available.  The cost is only $10 per person.  Call 231-777-2006 for tickets or just buy them at the door.  All proceeds benefit The Arc Muskegon.

Red Wings Night at the Muskegon Lumberjacks
March 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 from 7:15pm – 9:45pm, the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Lincoln Stars and celebrate Red Wings Night at the L.C. Walker Arena! The concourse will feature multiple historical displays of trophies and memorabilia for you and your family to get photos with!  Some of these items are on display for the first time ever in Muskegon, including the Prince of Wales Trophy (won 13 times), Conn Smythe Trophy (won 5 times), James Norris Memorial Trophy (won 9 times) along with other historical displays.  For more information call the box office at 231-726-2400.

Performances @The Block: Harpeth Rising
March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block to hear Harpeth Rising, an unapologetic, genre-bending trio that fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into a sound that is organically unique.  Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical aspect.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets or more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.  The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books
March 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month!  Put your best foot forward with the freshest cut as experts Kenny Terrell of Ken’s Anointed Hands and Yancey Harris of Fancy Yancey’s Barber Shop share their expertise on hair care for men and boys.  They’ll also demonstrate proper cutting techniques.  This event is free and open to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pajama Night Family Storytime
March 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm, don your pj’s and bring the family to Norton Shores Library for “Pajama Night!”  Miss Gillian will share books, music, crafts, and fun with their Storytime families.  This event is free and open to families with children ages 0-5.  No registration is required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/11/19 – 03/18/19

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

Marketing Monday: Facebook Advertising
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the workshop, “Facebook Advertising for Business!”  Learn the ins and outs of how to best use Facebook as a paid platform.  Discover all the opportunities for targeting users and gain valuable insight on first steps in the platform.  This training will touch on data issues, what to do moving forward, warn about ‘boosting’ posts and talk about the mass opportunity for leads, reach, and traffic from targeted audiences.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 11 & 18 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum most Mondays through May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• March 11: Muskegon – Arsenal of Democracy presented by Professor Dan Yakes.
• March 18: Rosie the Riveter presented by Bob Hynes, Executive Director at the Yankee Air Museum.
• March 25: Patent Secrecy Act of 1940 presented by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
• April 1: The real topic is Combat Propulsion presented by L-3 Engineering Specialists.

Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
March 11 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a fabulous free performance by the Ardan Academy of Dance, a staple in Irish dance instruction which boasts several national and world qualifying dancers. 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.

Adult Pottery Class, Make a Pet Dish
March 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Northside Clay & Canvas to make a dog or cat bowl!  Make the bowl March 11, and then glaze it March 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Your bowl will be ready for pickup March 25.  For more information visit http://www.robinnidelcheffstudio.com/classes.html

True Crime in Michigan: Historic Presentation with Tobin T. Buhk
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the program “True Crime in Michigan!”  Are you fascinated with true crime stories?  You’ll hear details about the most notable crimes in our Great Lakes state!  Tobin T. Buhk, author of “Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids,” will give a historic presentation on true crime in Michigan.  Mark your calendar for this riveting, free program, and get ready for an evening of intrigue and insight!  For more information call 231-722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

M.A.R.S. Regional Competition: Destination Deep Space
March 14 – March 16
M.A.R.S (Muskegon Area Robotics Students) Rovers is a non-profit FIRST Robotics organization based in Muskegon. Their teams consists of students grades 4-12. Each season, they learn concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math, put their skills to use in constructing a robot designed to complete specific tasks, and compete with other robots around the state.
In partnership with L3 Technologies, the M.A.R.S. Rovers are pleased to be hosting a regional FRC competition for the first time ever in Muskegon! The competition will take place at Orchard View High School March 14-16.  With 40 teams already applied to attend, over 400 students, and over 2000 spectators, it’s sure to be an exciting event you won’t want to miss!  For more information call 231-286-4957.

Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award Reception
March 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 14 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub as they launch a new award program that will recognize and celebrate the most innovative ideas on the lakeshore.  This new award will recognize the most outstanding innovative idea and can be given to an individual or a team of people from any business, nonprofit, organization or association in the Lakeshore area using innovation to improve their business or organization to better achieve their mission.  Join them as they honor the top 5 finalists and celebrate the announcement of the first Lakeshore Innovator of the Year!  Enjoy light refreshments and good company.  This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP by March 7 by calling 616-331-6900.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

St. Patrick’s Party
March 15 – March 16
The Michigan Irish Music Festival is excited to announce its annual St. Patrick’s Party March 15 and 16 at Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center!  The party will feature live entertainment both nights.  West Michigan-native band CrossBow can be heard at Irish and Scottish music festivals across the Midwest. Apparent from the moment they hit the stage, these high-energy musicians naturally feed off of one another, creating a dynamic, wholly unique performance that shouldn’t be missed.

Other highlights of the event include performances by Brother Crowe, a Detroit-based duo that plays Indie folk music in a traditional Celtic style, 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 12-15, 2019, at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon.  The festival kicks off with a Pub Party on Thursday, September 12.  For more information call (231) 683-2065 or visit www.michiganirish.org.

Fish Fry Fridays
March 15 – April 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every Friday during Lent, the Ravenna community invites you to join them at St. Catherine’s Hall for delicious fish fry dinners! All dinners are from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!  Your meal includes your choice of a baked potato or fries, green beans, cole slaw, pike perch, garlic bread and dessert.  Get an extra 2 filets for only $1.  Proceeds will benefit the organizations hosting each week including St. Catherine’s, the American Legion and the Ravenna Fire Department.  For more information call (231) 853-6743.

Friday Family Fun Night: Flashlight Night at the Museum
March 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the Friday family fun night, “Flashlight Night at the Museum!” See the museum in a different light by experiencing a guided tour of the museum’s lower level by flashlight!  Learn about prehistoric creatures, nocturnal animals, and phosphorescence. Before or after your tour, explore the museum’s main level and take part in a fun flashlight activity!  This event is open house style, but tours will be timed and on a first-come-first-served basis.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
March 15 & 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.
Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for Lumberjacks’ home games as they take on the Des Moines Buccaneers!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Classic Broadway
March 15 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Classic Broadway!”  Two dynamic Broadway artists join your WMS for an extraordinary evening of classic songs from Broadway’s Golden Age and beyond.  With unforgettable melodies and lyrics by Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Hamlisch, Lloyd Webber and more, these incredible vocal talents will make this a night to remember.
Single ticket prices are $28-$64.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.
• Scott Speck, conductor
• Lisa Vroman, soprano
• Doug LaBrecque, tenor

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration Day 1: The Leprecons
March 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:00pm – midnight, it’s a “Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration” featuring live music from The Leprecons! The Leprecons are a wee little band that seriously has fun or funnily is serious about playing traditional Irish music.  Their trademark is having a rousingly good time with the audience who are encouraged to sing along as best they can and with all their might.  Singing the correct words is also encourage but not strictly enforced since they are, after all, Irish, Scottish, and English folk songs.  The group consists of J.D. Gonzales (vocals & guitar), Kirk Griffes (vocals, mandolin, whistle & bodhran), Derek Detman (background vocals, percussion & banjo), and Owen Sharpe (vocals & bass).  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

White Lake Business Expo
March 16 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 16 from 8:00am – 12:30pm, come to Whitehall High School for a first-hand look at the diverse products and services offered by White Lake Area businesses at the 7th Annual White Lake Community Business Expo! The Expo, presented by the White Lake Area Chamber, is free to the public and held in conjunction with the popular Montague-Whitehall Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

This is a high-energy and fun event with a DJ and over $3000 in prizes! Enjoy a pancake breakfast and stroll through over 50 exhibitors set up in the gymnasium.  Expect one-on-one interaction with local business owners and get to know all they have to offer!

• Gold Sponsor: Scheid Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
• Silver Sponsors: Boardwell Mechanical Services Inc. and Durga Insurance Group – Farm Bureau Insurance
• Bronze Sponsors: MasterTag, White Lake Assisted Living, White Lake Beacon, & Ina Ray – Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities or to request an application, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585, info@whitelake.org or visit www.whitelake.org.

Unruly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Pre-Party
March 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 16 from 8:30am – 11:00am, Unruly Brewing Co. is hosting an Unruly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Pre-Party! Whether you’re in the parade or attending the parade, you’re invited to hang out in the taproom to enjoy beer, coffee and snacks.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Run Muskegon’s 5th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k
March 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Run Muskegon’s 5th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k is happening Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am – 11:00am on the Lakeshore Trail behind Fricano Place!  Register for this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day race to benefit Run Muskegon’s snow removal efforts that keep the trail clear during the winter months.

Get festive and wear green, a kilt or dress up like a leprechaun for a chance to win prizes!  The Shamrock Shuffle will be chip-timed courtesy of Runner’s Edge Timing with awards given to:

• Overall Top Male & Female Finishers
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group (male and female)
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the best costume

All ages are welcome for this family friendly event.  Packet pick-up will be Friday, March 15 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and March 16 from 8:00am – 8:55am at Fricano Place.  The cost is $20 without a t-shirt or $25 with a t-shirt.  You must register by March 6 to get the shirt.  After that, they’ll be available for purchase $5 at the race in very limited quantities.  The Family Rate (3 or 4 people at same address) is $15 each without a t-shirt or $20 each with a Short Sleeve Tech T-shirt.

For more information, e-mail runmuskegon@gmail.com.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast
March 16 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 16 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.

All Things Green and Lucky Hike
March 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, March 16 from 10:30am – 11:30am, bring the kids to the Gillette Nature Center at Hoffmaster State Park for the “All Things Green and Lucky Hike!” Look for signs of spring, learn about residents of the Hoffmaster woodland and see if you can spy the leprechaun!  This hike is for children and their families.  It is about 1 mile total walking distance and is appropriate for young children. There is a special surprise waiting at the end of the trail. For more information call (231) 798-3573.

Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, March 16, 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 Jaycees “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!  If your family, organization or group wants to march in the inaugural Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org for a complete registration packet.  For more information, call 231-412-0705.

St. Patrick’s Weekend at Hennessey’s
March 16 @ 12:00 pm – March 17 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17 from noon until midnight, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy Irish fare and beers as well as a great music line up.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.
• 12:00pm – 3:00pm Gypsy Circus
• 4:30pm – 7:30pm Colton Snuffer
• 9:30pm – 12:30am The Conklin Ceili Band

Delicious Demise
March 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”

This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!

They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45 or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration: Day 2
March 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for their Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration Day 2! Enjoy downtown Muskegon’s awesome St. Patrick’s Day Parade, then spend the evening enjoying awesome Irish entertainment!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Beer Releases:
• Fat Guy Little Kilt– Scotch Ale
• Wailing Banshee – Irish Red Ale with Ginger
• Tirim – Dry Irish Stout

Entertainment:
• 11:30am – 12:30pm Muskegon Police Pipes and Drums
• 12:30pm – 1:00pm Irish DJ
• 1:00pm – 1:30pm Irish Costume Contest
• 2:00pm – 2:30pm Mona Shores Fiddlers (First Set)
• 2:30pm – 3:00pm Irish DJ
• 3:00pm – 3:30pm Mona Shores Fiddlers (Second Set)
• 3:30pm – 5:00pm Irish DJ
• 5:00pm – 6:00pm Ardan Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers)
• 5:30pm – 8:30pm Irish DJ
• 8:30pm The Barley Saints: The Barley Saints are a five-piece Celtic rock band from the Muskegon/Grand Rapids area of West Michigan. They specialize in a mix of Irish pub tunes, up-tempo Irish folk songs, and fast-paced traditional dance tunes, supported by driving rock beats.

Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration: Day 3
March 17 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 17 from 11:00am – 9:00pm, you’re invited to Unruly Brewing Co. to a Most Unruly St. Paddy’s Celebration: Day 3!  Just in case you didn’t have enough fun on Days 1 & 2, or if you just need a little “hair of the dog,” come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Unruly.  They will have more of the Ardan Academy of Dance (Irish Dancers) performing two sets, one at 2:00pm and another at 4:00pm.  Enjoy Irish beers, music, dancers and more!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Free Latin Dance Party
March 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday, March 3 – May 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience are needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re up to next.
Instructor:  Florencia Manon Colella from Argentina

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/04/19 – 03/11/19

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

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
March 4 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum from February 25 – May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

March 4: The Manhattan Project presented by David Hoover, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Team Trivia Game Show
March 4 @ 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.

Black History Month: Inspirational Choir & Poetry by Gemini daPoet
March 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they close out Black History Month with a performance from the Christ Temple Inspiration Gospel Choir and a poetry reading by Gemini daPoet!   Doll Cook directs this rousing performance that will get every heart singing.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

White Lake Classical Series: 4-Hand Jazz Piano
March 5 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm, celebrate Mardis Gras at the Book Nook & Java Shop with the White Lake Classical Series featuring the Uecker-Thielman Duo performing Dixieland on the 4-hand piano! The cover charge is $5.  Come early for dinner at 6:15pm to enjoy Chicken Creole and all the Cajun fixin’s for only $13.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Comedy Night with Hen Sapp
March 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for Comedy Night with Hen Sapp! Wholesome laughter is like medicine for the heart, and Hen Sapp has been dubbed “The Doctor of Comedy.”  Bring the kids to this clean comedy show for a great, free night out!  For more information call 231-720-2570.

LUNAFEST
March 7 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm, come to The Block for LUNAFEST!  This is a ladies’ night out event to benefit Girls on the Run’s life-skills programming in Muskegon County!  Happy Hour will begin at 5:30pm, with the film screening starting at 6:15pm.  LUNAFEST is a festival of short films by, for, and about women.  This evening will celebrate women’s stories from around the world, tackling issues that women and girls are facing today.  Tickets are $18 for Early Bird admission.  General Admission is $22.  Admission includes heavy appetizers and a cash bar.  For more information call 616-204-4267.

Youth Luge Development Program
Thursdays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Girls Night Out: Caramels and Cocktails with Chef Char
March 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Girls Night Out: Caramels and Cocktails with Chef Char!” Gather your best girlfriends over 21 and get in this class!  Chef Char has an awesome recipe for making caramel pecan turtle candies.  You will make big batches of the caramel and coat the candies with quality dark and milk chocolate.  Sip on a caramel-flavored cocktail while you work and wait for your candy to set.  You must be 21 and provide valid ID.  The cost is $55.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada
March 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, March 7 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada!
Steven Michael Quezada – Steven starred on the Emmy Award winning series “Breaking Bad” as DEA agent Gomez. Steven has won an Emmy for ‘outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series’ for his role in Breaking Bad!  Audiences will also recognize him from the movies “Wildfire”, “Crash”, “In Plain Sight”, and “Beerfest!”  Steven is not just an actor, he is a major touring comedian and has appeared on HBO and Showtime for his comedy specials.  He has opened for SNL and has performed on the new ‘Arsenio Hall show.’  Other recent credits include: The Mindy Project, Documentary Now!, The Night Before, and Girlfriend’s Day on Netflix.
Purchase tickets ahead of time at www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club or at the door for only $15.  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 8 – March 9
The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 8 and 9! The 2019 show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more! Back by popular demand, the Do It Yourself seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!
In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids’ activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with purchase of a $5 home show admission ticket. Kids 12 and under are free!  For sponsorships or additional information about the show, contact Kristin Knop at 231-724-3182 or KKnop@muskegon.org.

The Alley Door Club
March 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)
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.

Guinness Engraving
March 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Hennessy’s Pub for Guinness Engraving! Guinness will be doing glass engraving so you can get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in style.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit the website below.

Spring Thaw Open House
March 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, come to Torresen Marine’s 39th Annual Spring Thaw Open House!  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 for the Grand Prize drawing to win a B & G Triton2 SDW (Wireless Wind) Pack!  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.  Entry is free!  For more information call (231) 759-8596.

Seminar Room Schedule:
• 10:00am – Seminar:  A Great American Voyage – Cruising 6,700 miles by Bob & Phyllis Jerstadt
• 11:30am – Activity:  Do You Know Your Sailboat?
• 1:00pm – Seminar:  Performance Recuts For Cruisers – How & Why by Reed Cleckler of Quantum Sails
• 2:30pm – Activity:  Do You Know Your Sailboat?
• 3:30pm – Activity:  Bowline Knot Competition

Who & What to Expect:
• America’s Boating Club – Don Matthews
• Annis Water Resources Institute GVSU – Tom Jackson & Jasmine Mancuso
• Bluffton Bay Sails – Jim Frisinger, Show Special: 10% off new sails March 9 – 19, 2019
• Clipper Cup Race 2019 – Robert Young, Tim Wallace & Gary Marchido
• Elite Custom Canvas – Josiah Luker, Show Special: 15% off all canvas repairs, maintenance (wash and waterproof) and all in house work not requiring travel
• Interlux Yacht Finishes – Bob Harris, Show Special: $5 per can mail in rebate on VC-17 extra
• Mack Boring – David Winskowicz, Introducing the new ePropulsion electric outboard
• Midwest Industrial Coating – Tim Walenga, Show Special: 15% off all AwlGrip orders placed day of open house
• Muskegon Yacht Club
• NOAA – Dennis Donahue
• Quantum Sails – Reed Cleckler, Show Special: Free Sail Evaluation, includes free pickup and delivery
• Raymarine – Jeff Marquard, Show Special: 5% off in stock and special orders placed day of open house
• S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Preservation, Inc. – Mary Louise Plant

The Ride
March 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for the 15th year of The Ride!  One of Mercy Health’s biggest events, The Ride is a unique indoor stationary bicycle race with 60 teams raising awareness of heart health through healthy physical activity.  Proceeds of this event will support Heart & Vascular Services at Mercy Health and Mercy Heart Center scholarships for cardiac rehab.  For more information call 231-672-6976 or visit https://www.mercyhealth.com/donate/the-office-of-philanthropy/events/the-ride

Puzzles Super Saturday
March 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Puzzles Super Saturday! This free family fun day will feature puzzles galore as you explore “In Pieces: The Art of Vintage Puzzles!”  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.
• 11:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA Docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take your own puzzle in their classroom

Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char
March 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char!” Forget the powdered cheese mixes from a box and learn how to make a variety of delicious, creamy roux-based cheese sauces to pour over an assortment of noodles.  You will add extra garnish for three healthy ways to serve the noodles and cheese as a complete meal.  The kids will make traditional mac’ n cheese, deluxe triple cheese and a chili mac’ n cheese.  There’ll be plenty for tasting in class and to take home.  This is for children 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Calling All Superheroes!
March 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to the Watermark 920 for a superheroes party for kids! The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch, crafts, a mini-superhero photo session, and more!  Costumes are highly encouraged!  This event is recommended for ages 4 and up.  Kids 2 and under are free. Tickets will be limited so don’t delay!  For questions, please contact Laurel at laurel@watermarkcenter.com.  For tickets, visit https://m.bpt.me/event/4095295 or The Coffee Factory (1402 Hudson St.).

Rebel Road Winter Burnout
March 9 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 beginning at 6:00pm, come to the CIO Union Headquarters in downtown Muskegon for the Rebel Road Winter Burnout featuring live music from Coldville and Pop Fiction until midnight! The cost is only $5 per person and benefits the Child Abuse Council.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 327-5290.

Remix: Old Tunes, New Grooves
March 9 @ 7:30 pm
March 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra presents “Remix:  Old Tunes, New Grooves!”  Music that is hundreds of years old is made new again in modern versions.  The Shoreline Symphony plays masterworks back to back with contemporary arrangements of the same pieces.  A fresh interpretation of beloved classics brings them outside the box and into the 21st century.  Tickets are $10 and $2.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Black Man Film Screening
March 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
March 10 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art will show the documentary film “Black Man” on the closing day of the exhibition SONS: Seeing the African American Male. Museum admission and film admission will be free that Sunday.
“Black Man,” a feature length documentary produced by Jon Covington in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art, tells the stories of the men behind the exhibition SONS: Seeing the African American Male. The film is a kaleidoscope of raw, riveting, and candid conversations with black men about their lives, their loves, their losses and their America.  Close to three dozen men share their perspectives of the everyday black man in ways we’ve not seen on film.  Muskegon is the backdrop for Black Man, but the stories are Any Town, USA.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit https://muskegonartmuseum.org/event/black-man-film-screening/

The Swan Series
March 10 @ 4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

• March 10 – Wagner’s Tristan Undisolde

Ending the current Swan Series, Bob will discuss the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s great opera “Tristan und Isolde” and how it is an incredible offering to music, beauty, and love. Looking closer at the inner workings of this enigmatic music will show us that it is both puzzling and yet pure.

The Swan Series is a program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music. More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Marketing Monday: Facebook Advertising
March 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the workshop, “Facebook Advertising for Business!”  Learn the ins and outs of how to best use Facebook as a paid platform.  Discover all the opportunities for targeting users and gain valuable insight on first steps in the platform.  This training will touch on data issues, what to do moving forward, warn about ‘boosting’ posts and talk about the mass opportunity for leads, reach, and traffic from targeted audiences.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
March 11 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a fabulous free performance by the Ardan Academy of Dance, a staple in Irish dance instruction which boasts several national and world qualifying dancers. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Adult Pottery Class, Make a Pet Dish
March 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, March 11 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Northside Clay & Canvas to make a dog or cat bowl!  Make the bowl March 11, then glaze it March 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Your bowl will be ready for pickup March 25.  For more information visit www.robinnidelcheffstudio.com/classes.html.

Muskegon County Calendar February 25-March 4, 2019

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

Monday February 25:

Black History Month: Women’s Black Hair Care Clinic
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit Hackley Public Library to learn the secrets to having beautiful black hair, as well as get tips on how to care for your own or a young person’s hair.  Unity Hair Salon’s Nietra Hood and Ebony Jones will be on hand to lend their expertise, demonstrate hair care, and answer all your hair care questions!  This program is free to the public, and is recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org. Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Lecture Series: Winning the Production War
6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum from February 25 – May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!” Tonight: Winning the Production War presented by Dr. Fred Johnson, History Professor at Hope College. All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost 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
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.

Pajama Night Family Storytime
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Put on your pj’s and bring the family to Norton Shores Library for “Pajama Night!”  Miss Gillian will share books, music, crafts, and fun with their Storytime families.  This event is free and open to families with children ages 0-5.  No registration is required.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre. Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Tuesday February 26:

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Clifford Jazz Quartet
12:00 pm
Come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring the Clifford Jazz Quartet!  Under the direction of Ed Clifford (sax, flute), the Clifford Jazz Quartet will liven up the winter with jazz improvisations performed by his highly-talented quartet.  For more information, call 231-722-2112.
The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Black History Month: “The Hate U Give” Book Discussion
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit Hackley Public Library as they celebrate Black History Month with a book discussion on “The Hate U Give!”  You are invited to read this unforgettable, award-winning book and then enjoy an inter-generational book discussion.  Led by Mickey Wallace and HPL librarians, this discussion welcomes all to share their thoughts.  The library will have extra copies of the book available for check out, though attendees are also welcome to bring their own copy.  This program is free to the public, and recommended for many ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org.

White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2019 Lecture Series
7:00 pm
Blue Lake Radio host, Foley Schuler, will speak on “An American in Paris: Gershwin’s Europe.” February 2019 marks the 95th anniversary of the premier of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a watershed event in the history of music.  Drawing upon a nearly lifelong fascination with Gershwin and his work, Blue Lake Public Radio’s Foley Schuler takes the American composer’s music as a point of departure for exploring another of his favorite themes, the relationship between classical music and what is thought by many to be America’s classical music—jazz—tracing the influence of this uniquely American art form on European composers of the 1920s and beyond, through a combination of anecdotes, analysis and musical excerpts.
All presentations will take place at 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit them online at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Wednesday February 27:

Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays
7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Go on a guided snowshoe hike in Muskegon State Park with friends and a local expert who will explain the history of the area.  Trail passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre .Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Void of Color: Black Holes
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the second in a series of three lectures that will bring their Collection by Color exhibit to life with various social and science topics.  Dr. Geoffrey Lenters, a Physicist at Grand Valley University and former National Research fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will be discussing Black Holes.  Learn of their origins and new information discovered about them.  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and museum members and just $3 for non-residents.  Reserve your seat by calling 231-722-0278 or emailing jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Dining in the Dark
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Dining in the Dark!”  Enjoy a fun, out-of-your-comfort-zone experience while dining in a whole new way.  Chef Jack Page will be creating a delicious four-course meal designed to stimulate the palate and challenge your sense of smell and taste.  Of course, all of this will happen while eating completely in the dark!  Wearing older clothing is encouraged.  Happy Hour begins at 6:00pm with a cash bar.  Dinner begins at 7:00pm.  There is limited seating and this event will sell out!  Tickets are $45 and available at the City Clerk’s Office located at 933 Terrace St. in downtown Muskegon 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.

GEM Theatrics Presents: My Dearest Friend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the North Muskegon branch of the Muskegon Area District Library for an evening of theater!  “My Dearest Friend,” by Michigan playwright Mary G. Kron, chronicles the true story of the lives of John and Abigail Adams.  Using primary sources, the play is a touching flashback of the high points of their life together, making history come alive as it gives new insight into this most modern of historical couples.  Enjoy their love, strength and remarkable relationship, while learning things you didn’t learn in history class.This 2 act play is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission and is sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Friends of Walker Library.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Thursday February 28:

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
7:00 pm
Love cards as much as we do! Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Open Mic Night Hosted by Kumasi Mack
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art for an Open Mic Night hosted by local poet Kaizen Kabir, also known as Kumasi Mack.  This evening of spoken word features a DJ and invited artists including Moody Black, Azizi Jasper and Eric Hildrethin the auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Youth Luge Development Program
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org for pricing and waiver form

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Soup Exchange with Chef Char
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Soup Exchange with Chef Char!” In this class you will break up in to teams.  Each team will make one of Chef Char’s delicious soups and enough for everyone in class.  All will go home with a 32 ounce container of three different soups (enough for 12 average size meals) Find out the secrets to making a delicious homemade noodle for a soothing chicken noodle soup.  Make a French Onion soup that rivals restaurant versions of the classic rich dish.  A butternut squash puree will round out the soups as the hearty, thick, creamy soup of the bunch.  Also learn how to make simple croutons for soup garnish.  This class is limited to 12 people.  The cost is $50.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

The Women of Lockerbie
7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Friday March 1:

Learn to Luge Weekend: Weather Permitting
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

The Women of Lockerbie
7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live: One Night Only!
7:30 pm
Check out the Frauenthal Center for The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
This amazing tour comes to the Frauenthal Center for one show only!  Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill’s interactive magic and jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget!  You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! It’s more  than  a  magic  show,  it’s  an  interactive  magical  experience!  He’s changing reality one city at a time and Muskegon is next!  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Saturday March 2:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market located inside at 242 W. Western Ave. on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

4-H Celebrate the Possibilities
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Students 5 – 19 years of age are invited to a free 4-H educational exploration day at Muskegon Community College!  Participants will be split up by age group, 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds and 13-19 year olds.  The groups will spend their day in three unique sessions related to a variety of topics, such as healthy living, financial management, food processing, arts & crafts and leadership.  A sack lunch will be provided for all participants.  Be sure to register before February 22 by visiting www.events.anr.msu.edu/celebrate2019.  For more information call Tonya Pell, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 231-724-4739 or e-mail pelltony@msu.edu.

Learn to Luge Weekend: Weather Permitting
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

The Women of Lockerbie
7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Pierogi with Chef Char
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Located at Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Pierogi with Chef Char!” Learn to make a delicious filled dumpling of Central European origin, commonly known as pierogi.  These popular Polish treats will be constructed from a homemade dough and stuffed with an assortment of fillings before being cooked or prepared for your freezer.  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Performances @The Block: Emmet Cohen Trio
7:30 pm
Enjoy The Block for the Emmet Cohen Trio!  Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer, Emmet Cohen, is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures.  Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game
7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense. Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Chicago Mustangs at the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, March 2 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

Sunday March 3:

Learn to Luge Weekend: Weather Permitting
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Latin Dance Party & It’s FREE!
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Free Latin dance class~ No partner or experience needed. If you want to learn to dance, or learn some new steps, this is a great opportunity! Lesson is from 5:00-6:00pm. We will keep the music on until 7:00 so you can practice what you learn, or show off what you know. This takes place at Unruly Brewing with instructor Florencia Manon Colella here from Argentina.

Monday March 4:

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

Lecture Series: The Manhattan Project
6:00 pm
The Manhattan Project presented by David Hoover, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

For a complete list of events and to view our new, exciting 2019 virtual visitor guide visit:
www.visitmuskegon.org

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

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

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
February 15 – March 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Event
February 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for their 2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Night! February was meant for love….of chocolate and wine.  Explore four unique rose’ wines that will be specially paired with four handmade chocolates by local chocolatiers Chocolates by Grimaldi.  Wine specialists will be on hand from Imperial Beverage visiting each table and giving out helpful tasting notes and information about how these excellent wines and chocolates were made.  The cost is $25 plus fees.  For more information call (231) 246-7910 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/344215286417059.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
February 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays
February 20 @ 7:00 pm
January 23 and February 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Get a free refresher course in ice skating and learn some techniques to help you skate faster on their 2 acre outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile skate trail.  Rink passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Youth Luge Development Program
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char!” Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment?  Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it?  Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas?  In this two-hour class, Chef Char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting.  Recipes will be shared as well as lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  Come to class hungry!  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Gallery Talk with Artist Joseph Grey
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art as Ad Man artist Joseph Grey talks about his work in the exhibition gallery. Mr. Grey was one of the earliest African Americans to work professionally in the advertising business in New York City.  By the close of his career, Grey was a trailblazing professional whose work helped to break down racial barriers.  Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
February 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17, February 21 and March 21 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center at the Scolnik House of the Depression Era for a three-part lecture series highlighting the economic struggle across the United States known as the Great Depression!  Learn more about why the stock market crashed, how people used their resources to the fullest extent, and the hobos, hitchhikers, and Hooverville’s in Muskegon.  Light refreshments will be served using 1930s recipes!  This event is free for museum members, and only $3 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Every Thursday, January 24 – February 28, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a Winter Blues Euchre Tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Comedy Open Mic Night
February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Jordan Hamilton – Cellist Extraordinaire
February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 7:00pm -8:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for the Thursday Night Music Club!  A classically trained musician, Jordan Hamilton’s music is unique and inspiring, combining electro-acoustic arrangements with the cello in many genres including jazz, classical, folk, pop and hip hop.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit the website below.

Arena Soccer Double Header at the L.C. Walker Arena
February 22 @ 5:00 pm
It’s an arena soccer Double Header at the L.C. Walker Arena! Friday, February 22 at 5:00pm, The Great Lakes Wanderers host Detroit Waza Flo!  Then, the Muskegon Risers will kick off at 7:15pm against the Rochester Lancers!  Doors open at 4:00pm.
Advance tickets are $7 for youth and $9 for adults, Risers vs. Lancers tickets get you access to both games! Visit or call the L.C. Walker Arena Team Store Tuesday-Friday, 11:00am – 6:00pm at (231) 726-2400.
For a louder, higher energy viewing experience, join the Port City Supporters in and around the 18th Amendment Spirits Co. Party Deck near Section 102! For group seating, Party Deck and suite information, email hello@muskegonrisers.com.

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Winter Camp
February 22 @ 5:00 pm – February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Friday at 5:00pm – Saturday at 5:00pm, February 22 – 23, kids grades K – 6 can enjoy a 24 hour winter camp at Pendalouan!  Winter Activities include winter hikes, sledding, broom ball, and more!  Register at pendalouan.org or call 231-894-4538.

Black History Month: The Meeting by Jeff Stetson
February 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 22 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a performance of “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson! This play, produced by Ebony Road Players with permission by Dramatist Play Service, is fascinating and dramatically compelling, and depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: 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. For more information call 231-720-2570.

The Alley Door Club
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char
February 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char!” It is so much fun to make different variations of cheesecake just by switching out the crust or filling ingredients.  Recipes for three different cheesecake crusts, fillings and toppings will be available in this class.  Go home with tiny cheesecakes in the following flavors: pumpkin marble with ginger snap crust, triple chocolate with Oreo bottom, and New York style with graham cracker crust and fruit topping.  This class is for ages 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Black History Month 2019: The Diatribe
February 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for The Diatribe!  The Diatribe poetry group strives to use performing arts to empower people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members of the community.  Experience this sensational program as you watch and listen to their inspiring performance poetry!  This program is free to the public and is recommended for many ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and their supporters.

Art at the Redi 2
February 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective (LVAC) transforms the Redi Rental warehouse in Muskegon into a funky pop-up art venue to benefit the fine arts program of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon Lakeshore!  This is a great event featuring works by new and established regional artists, many from the Muskegon area, working in clay, glass, metals, pastels, watercolors, oil and more.  This event is curated salon style for interest and impact. There’ll be live music by Jason Bryant, a cash bar and  fare from the Righteous Cuisine food truck!  Entry is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  10% of all art sold will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.  For more information, e-mail lakeshorevac@gmail.com.

Comedy Night: Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins
February 23 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 at 6:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins! Tickets are $30 and include a dinner buffet from La Casa Fierro (tacos, burritos, chips, salsa, rice and beans & cheese) and a comedy show featuring Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins.  You’ll also enjoy raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar.  Proceeds benefit Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation (MCEF)/Rainbow Auction.  For more information call 231-755-1258.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 23 @ 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.
Saturday, February 23 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Madison Capitols!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Black History Month 2019: Women’s Black Hair Care Clinic
February 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to learn the secrets to having beautiful black hair, as well as get tips on how to care for your own or a young person’s hair.  Unity Hair Salon’s Nietra Hood and Ebony Jones will be on hand to lend their expertise, demonstrate hair care, and answer all your hair care questions!  This program is free to the public, and is recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org. Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
February 25 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum from February 25 – May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• February 25: Winning the Production War presented by Dr. Fred Johnson, History Professor at Hope College

• March 4: The Manhattan Project presented by David Hoover, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Team Trivia Game Show
February 25 @ 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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 11-19, 2019

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

Monday February 11:

Building Relationships with Your Audience Online
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the program, “Marketing Monday:  Building Relationships with Your Audience Online!”  People move so quickly and have such high expectations from companies online, that it’s harder than ever to connect with them.  How can you best overcome this using new tools and technology, and how do you not just connect, but build long term relationships?  This event is presented by 8ThirtyFour Marketing.  For more information call 616-331-7370.  Tickets are $10 and available through Eventbrite.com.

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

Black History Month: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit Hackley Public Library for “The Legacy of the Negro Leagues!”  Dan D’Addona gives a conversational style talk on the history of the Negro Leagues. This program is recommended for all ages and is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.

Classical Music Goes to the Movies
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Norton Shores Library has “From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick:  Classical Music Goes to the Movies!” Through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes, you’ll explore how their musical partners have been essential in advancing the narrative, creating dramatic effect and contributing to a synergy which ultimately enhances the film beyond either the script or the music on its own.  This event if free to the public.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Tuesday February 12:

Taste of Kitchen 242 Open House
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join the makers that work out of Kitchen 242! Enjoy food samples and a cash bar as you talk with people who can guide those who are considering starting a food business. There’ll also be drawings for free culinary classes at this free event.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Black History Month: Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Everyone is invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month! At this program, the library will be making an exciting announcement about a new library service to be offered at both barbershops locations!  This event is free and open to the public and is for all ages.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Wednesday February 13:

Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays
7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Go on a guided snowshoe hike in Muskegon State Park with friends and a local expert who will explain the history of the area.  Trail passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE

Black History Month: A Conversation with Rose Hammond
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for a conversation with Rose Hammond, director of the documentary film “In Between the Trees.”  Rose will share the film’s trailer and talk about her process of making a film about the African-American resort towns of Idlewild and Woodland Park, based on her 2008 book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org.

Thursday February 14:

Brown Bag Film: Black Man by Jon Covington
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will host the Brown Bag Film, “Black Man,”  in partnership with Jon Covington, as they present this feature length documentary that tells the stories of the men behind “SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male.” Film admission is free.  Coffee and cookies will be provided.  Paid admission is required for the galleries.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Valentine’s Day at SE4SONS
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy Valentine’s Day at SE4SONS! Chef Tim and his team will prepare a wonderful Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu or you can enjoy their new Winter Menu!  There’ll be great drink specials as well.  Make your reservations early by calling 231-759-3405.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
7:00 pm
Love cards as much as we do! Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Youth Luge Development Program
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org for pricing and waiver form

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Opening Reception – American Spectacle: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection and the Art of Vintage Puzzles
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Get a first look at these two new exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  There’ll be complimentary refreshments and admission.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Comedy Night at Unruly Brewing
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for Comedy Night hosted by Jordon Shaver! Come in and get cozy, grab a drink and enjoy the show.  The cover is only $3.  For more information call (231) 288-1068 or visit the website below.

Friday February 15:

Date Night: Pizza & Puzzles
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring your sweetie to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Date Night: Pizza & Puzzles!” Tickets include a table for puzzle building with your partner, pizza and one free drink ticket at the cash bar.  Tickets are $20 per person or $15 for members.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Friday Family Fun Night: A Museum of Ice and Fire
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “A Museum of Ice and Fire,” a science extravaganza dedicated to those two elements.  This exciting family night will be full of demonstrations, experiments, and the scientific wonders of dry ice, ice, and fire.  Activities will include bouncing bubbles on dry ice, making a vacuum with a candle, and blowing dry ice vortex rings out of a bottle.  This event is free to Muskegon County residents,or just $3 for non-residents.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Saturday February 16:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market located inside at 242 W. Western Ave. on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Puck drops @ 7:15pm
Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Sioux Falls Stampede!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Free Fishing Weekend
February 16 – February 17
All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. 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. So grab a rod and your family and friends and let’s go fishing!

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

African American Men’s Health Fair
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
African American men are invited to Muskegon Heights High School for a Health Fair!  Screenings include diabetes, prostate, blood pressure, breathing tests, vision screenings and more!  The first 100 men will receive free tickets to one of two exciting Muskegon Heights games.  For more information call Mimi Rankin at 231-578-2099 or e-mail rankiner@mercyhealth.com.

Black History Month 2019: Curtis Taylor Jazz Music
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor for an engaging jazz performance lecture!  Listen to this talented musician’s unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul.  This program is recommended for many ages, and is free to the public.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org. Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Parkas and Plates
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Parkas and Plates, a progressive dinner set on their ski and snowshoe trails! This event is a new twist on their classic Dine & Glide event and a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a loved one.  The evening will include skiing and/or snowshoeing, a special gourmet five course menu, drinks and live entertainment.  Details will be provided as they become available.  This event is for adults 21 and older.  For more information, visit the website below or call 1-877-TRYLUGE.

Fire & Ice Gala Benefiting the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex @7:00 pm
Introducing the “Fire & Ice Gala!”  It’s getting hot…and cold at the Watermark 920 Saturday night, February 16 from 7:00pm – midnight!  Chalet Floral and Big Round Sound will transform the Watermark into a fire and ice wonderland! High fashion winter gear or any type of fire and ice themed attire are highly encouraged as you get out on the dance floor and kick up your heels to live music from the West Side Soul Surfers.  It’s all to raise money for the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!  You’ll also enjoy the Ice Shot Luge, a silent auction, hot chocolate, a coffee bar and much more!  Spirits are available for an extra charge. Tickets are $15 each in advance or $20 at the door.  You must be 21 or older.  Tables of up to 12 are available for $250 and include day passes to the Sports Complex, tickets for ice cream from Yodels Frozen Yogurt and tickets for the Ice Shot Luge!  Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Coffee Factory (1402 Hudson St. inside the Watermark Lofts), Mondays – Fridays from 6:30am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am – 6:00pm.  You may also purchase tickets or reserve tables by emailing Laurel at laurel@watermarkcenter.com, by calling 231-578-0469 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Sunday February 17:

Free Fishing Weekend
February 16 – February 17
All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. 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. So grab a rod and your family and friends and let’s go fishing!

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Puck drops @ 3:15pm
Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Sioux Falls Stampede!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Monday February 18:
Our office is closed today in honor of Presidents Day:

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Tuesday, February 19:

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Event
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for their 2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Night! Explore four unique rose’ wines that will be specially paired with four handmade chocolates.  Wine specialists will be on hand from Imperial Beverage visiting each table. The cost is $25 plus fees.  For more information call (231) 246-7910 or visit the website below.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

For a complete list of events and to view our new, exciting 2019 virtual visitor guide visit:
www.visitmuskegon.org

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 4 – 11, 2019

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

Postcard Salon Exhibition
January 29 – February 7
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity, happening Thursday, January 24 – Thursday, February 7 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Now in its thirteenth year, the Postcard Salon reflects the MMA’s commitment to Michigan artists.  It’s an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.  Routinely, over 1,000 cards by artists from West Michigan and beyond are on display, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  There is no fee to enter and all submitted cards will be installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art for a low cost at the Salon Sale on February 7.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Monday February 4:

Hackley Crafts: Mud Cloth Design Planters
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:
Join Nancy Hartman at Hackley Public Library as she teaches you how to create your own mud cloth inspired planter during this month’s Hackley Crafts!  Register by calling 231-722-8011 or www.hackleylibrary.org/events.  Materials are provided at this free program.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Join a team and test your wits.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Team Trivia Game Show
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 February 5:

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Black History Month: Open Mic Poetry Night
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate Black History Month at Hackley Public Library with an Open Mic Poetry Night!  Share your favorite poem, poetry you have written, or your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poetry.  Clayton Hardiman will lead an evening of quiet inspiration and challenging ideas for adults and teens.  For those that prefer to be just listeners, that’s great too!  Join them for this evening of creative thought that’s appropriate for all ages.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Live at the Library
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon for “Live at the Library!”  Legal Rehab, a local trio comprised of Britta and Roy Portenga on fiddle, guitar, and vocals, and Scott White on harmonica and vocal, present a smorgasbord of pop, rock, and Irish music.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Wednesday February 6:

Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org.

Ice Skate with the Muskegon Lumberjacks
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to skate and play a pick-up game of hockey with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks!  You can even bring memorabilia for your favorite player to autograph!  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org.

Thursday February 7:

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
7:00 pm
Love cards as much as we do! Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Cooking with Muskegon Beers
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Register at Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Cooking with Muskegon Beers!” There are plenty of breweries in Michigan but the Muskegon breweries offer terrific craft beers for sipping, baking or cooking.  See what can be done with local beers to make an amazing beer cheese sauce, beer dough pretzels, beer-battered vegetables and stout stew.  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Postcard Salon & Sale
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Postcard Salon & Sale! This annual exhibition gives artists of all experience levels the opportunity to show their work in a museum setting. This is the opportunity to buy original art for only $30 each.  Around 1,000 works in many types of media, styles, and themes are typically included in the show! Dan Borchers from the Frame and Mat Shop in Holland will be on hand with postcard art sized frames available for purchase. There will be light refreshments and cash bar at this event which is free and open to the public!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Youth Luge Development Program
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org for pricing and waiver form

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

SE4SONS: Winter Wine Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a Winter Wine Dinner!  Join Ted Ross, certified sommelier and district sales manager for Jackson Family Fine Wines, and the SE4SONS staff for an evening of great wine & fare!  Dinner will include a welcome, wine and  hors’ d oeuvres, followed by a four-course meal paired with wines from the Jackson Family Wines collection.  The cost is $55 per person and includes gratuity. Space is limited, so call 231-755-3737 to reserve your space soon.  Your payment taken upon registration and there are no refunds.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,”  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Trivia – Sports Movies
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This will be 2 hours of fun, trivia and music revolving around some of the great (and not-so-great) sports related movies of all time. It goes much deeper than just Rocky and Rudy. There could be questions from Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy) to Happy Gilmore…. From Bull Durham to Tin Cup and Field of Dreams. Will you be the “Raging Bull” who knows about the “Pride of the Yankees”? Will you have a “Blue Crush” on “The Hustler”? Come by and enjoy wonderful and great drink and food specials. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Racquet’s. For more information call 231-726-4007

Friday February 8:

Comedy Night at Hennessy’s
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for Comedy Night featuring Steve Lott and special guest Michael Bussler!  For more information call (231) 728-3333. Steve Lott is a very funny man who lives in Michigan. Free and open to the public. Cash bar and menu.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

7th Annual Bling Thing: Jewels & Gems Come Alive!
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Friends of the Hackley Public Library invite you to the 7th Annual Bling Thing!  This public sale of jewelry, purses, scarves and more is a fundraising event to benefit the Hackley Public Library.  Friday is the early-sale party with wine and chocolate and requires a minimum donation of $10. Also on Friday, guests can purchase chances on the popular gift card raffle trees and other delectable baskets.  Saturday offers free entry and coffee & hot chocolate from Biggby Coffee.  The floor will close at noon and re-open at 12:15pm when everything will be discounted 50%!  Donations for the Bling Thing can be dropped off at the Hackley Public Library.  A tax receipt will be provided.  For more information, visit www.fohpl.org.

The Sweetheart Ball
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Watermark 920 hosts The Sweetheart Ball, Friday, February 8 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm! This is a date night for dads & daughters, moms & sons, grandmas & grandkids…everyone is welcome!  Dance the night away with your little one!  Dressy attire is encouraged but not necessary!  There’ll be crafts, a dessert bar, dancing and more! Tickets are $5 in advance (plus service fee) and available at the Coffee Factory or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $7 at the door.  Kids 2 and under are free.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
7:15 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. Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

The Alley Door Club  Pop Fiction (Rock)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center 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 231-727-8001.

Helping Harbor Hospice-Shopping for a Cause
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Our name may be Art Cats Gallery but we also love people and dogs! We are raising funds for Harbor Hospice and their 4th Annual Pooches & People Picnic. We will donate a portion of our sales on February 8 and 9 to Harbor Hospice. It is a great time to check out our “Winter’s Work”” show and to find something special for your Valentine.

Winter’s Work Display
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winter is often a productive time for artists and a time to experiment and create new work. Join us to explore Winter’s work by gallery artists. Introducing watercolors by John Herron, new ceramics by LeeAnn Frame and Louise Hopson, mixed media on wood by Rick Eastham, sterling and gemstone jewelry by Julie McCormick and photography by Tim Bonnette

Saturday February 9:

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
7:15 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. Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Winter’s Work Display
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winter is often a productive time for artists and a time to experiment and create new work. Join us to explore Winter’s work by gallery artists. Introducing watercolors by John Herron, new ceramics by LeeAnn Frame and Louise Hopson, mixed media on wood by Rick Eastham, sterling and gemstone jewelry by Julie McCormick and photography by Tim Bonnette

7th Annual Bling Thing: Jewels & Gems Come Alive!
10:00am – 2:00pm
The Friends of the Hackley Public Library invite you to the 7th Annual Bling Thing!  This public sale of jewelry, purses, scarves and more is a fundraising event to benefit the Hackley Public Library.  Friday is the early-sale party with wine and chocolate and requires a minimum donation of $10. Also on Friday, guests can purchase chances on the popular gift card raffle trees and other delectable baskets.  Saturday offers free entry and coffee & hot chocolate from Biggby Coffee.  The floor will close at noon and re-open at 12:15pm when everything will be discounted 50%!  Donations for the Bling Thing can be dropped off at the Hackley Public Library.  A tax receipt will be provided.  For more information, visit www.fohpl.org.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market located inside at 242 W. Western Ave. on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Larry Joe Campbell & Friends
7:30 pm
Larry Joe Campbell is currently recurring on the new FOX series “Orville,” from creator Seth MacFarlane,  as well as the new Netflix hit comedy sensation series “American Vandal.”  He’s best known for his work as “Andy” on the hit ABC sitcom “According to Jim.”  He is an improvisational alumni of The Second City Theater out of Detroit.  In the feature film world, he’s been seen in “Hall Pass,” “Pacific Rim,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Killers,” and “Drive Thur.”  He often hits the road touring with pal Jim Belushi and a group of comedians known as “Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy.” For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Comedy: Mickey Housley with Chelsea Hood
8:00 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club in Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedy from Mickey Housley with Chelsea Hood! Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. To buy them online visit www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club.

Black Tie for the Y
7:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub at GVSU for “Black Tie for the Y,” an annual gala and auction to benefit LIVESTRONG with the Muskegon YMCA – a program for cancer survivors.  The evening includes heavy hors d’0euvres, a cash bar, dessert, live auction and raffles.  Black tie is optional.  Visit muskegonymca.org/blacktie for tickets.  For more information, call 231-722-9622 ext. 240 or e-mail carla@muskegonymca.org.

Sherm Poppen; the Birthplace of Snowboarding
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Visit Norton Shores Library is located at 705 Seminole Rd. for this FREE event. Discover snowboarding’s beginnings in Muskegon with historian Ron Pesch’s 100 silde PowerPoint presentation. Learn about Poppen’s creation, the Snurfing championships sponsored by Muskegon Community College, its move to Pando winter sports park in Rockford, and the evolution of Snurfing into the sport we know today as snowboarding.

Sweet Soul Food Dessert Competition
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Life is better with a little sweet soul food!  Embrace Hackley Public Library’s Black History Month Dessert Contest!  Adults and children can enter for a chance to win extraordinary prizes.  If you have a prize-worthy recipe, sign up for this fun competition and see if your dessert will be crowned the winner.  If you would like to enjoy some of these tasty treats, mark your calendar for February 9 and come to watch the competition unfold!  If you wish to compete, register by calling the library at 231-722-8011, or register at hackleylibrary.org/events.  Be ready to bring your dish.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Craft Fair: A Valentine’s Love A-Fair
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come to the Lakes Mall for a Valentine’s Love A-Fair!  With about 60 vendors, this fair is the place to get those special Valentine gifts for all the “sweeties” in your life.  There will be chocolate, flowers, specialties and unique Valentine gifts including a host of Michigan made arts, crafts, jewelry, men’s grooming, makeup/skin care, gourmet baked goods, wood products, handbags, clothing, furs, home décor, books, soap, candles, personalized items, photography, massage, health, fitness and much more!  For more information call 616-836-8756.

Sip and Shop
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Watermark 920 is proud to host their second Sip & Shop event!  They will have a variety of local vendors and crafters offering an array of goods, from Thirty-One to handmade jewelry!  Enjoy a cash bar featuring Mimosas, wine, beer and other mixed drinks as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Kids Baking: with Chef Char
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Baking: Cherry Tarts and Braided Strudel with Chef Char!” You will make your own cherry filling from scratch, practice making a buttery pastry crust and work with shaping puff pastry into beautiful and tasty creations.  This class is for ages 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Family Super Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Family Super Saturday!” Families come in all different shapes, sizes and colors!  Come celebrate yours at this free family focused Super Saturday!  For more information call 231-720-2570. 11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film, 11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look:  Explore the SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male exhibition with an MMA Docent. 11:00am – 2:00pm/Make & Take Family Tree:  Use your creativity to make your own family tree!

Sunday February 10:

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

The Swan Series: The Radicals
4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door. The Swan Series continues with an in-depth look at Beethoven’s Symphony #1 in C Major and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Mr. Swan will show us how these composers, who were radicals in their day, paved the way for the music of the future.

Monday February 11:

Black History Month: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit Hackley Public Library for the valuable program, “The Legacy of the Negro Leagues!”  Dan D’Addona gives a conversational style talk on the history of the Negro Leagues.  He’ll showcase the impact these leagues had on baseball and American culture, from its inception through major league integration.  D’Addona is the Sports Editor for the Holland Sentinel, and also serves on the Society for American Baseball Research Negro Leagues Research Committee.  This program is recommended for all ages and is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.

From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick: Classical Music Goes to the Movies
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for the program.  Just in time for the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, Blue Lake Public Radio’s Foley Schuler shares his love of both classical music and cinema through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes where script and music are melded together for dramatic effect.  In the hands of master film directors, music can be transformed from simple accompaniment of the cinemographic images, to a vital and organic partner necessary to the film’s ultimate vision.  Through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes, you’ll explore how their musical partners have been essential in advancing the narrative, creating dramatic effect and contributing to a synergy which ultimately enhances the film beyond either the script or the music on its own.  This event if free to the public.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

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For a complete list of events and to view our visitor guide visit
www.visitmuskegon.org

Muskegon Jaycees’ Snowfest Returns

JCI Greater Muskegon’s annual Snowfest event will return to Downtown Muskegon on Saturday, February 2, 2019.  The popular downtown winter a jam-packed Saturday featuring the annual Battle of the Bowls Soup and Chili Cook-Off, Battle of the Bloodies, Snow Volleyball and Cornhole tournaments, winter themed family activities, and concluding with a 1980s themed dance party.

“We are thrilled to kick off the year with Muskegon’s 34th Annual Snowfest,” said Brennen Gorman, President of JCI Greater Muskegon. “Snowfest is JCI Greater Muskegon’s off-season labor of love to the Muskegon area as a group of passionate young professionals providing an opportunity for the entire community to come together. It is an ever-evolving event and 2019 is shaping up to present more winter entertainment than ever before.”

On Saturday, February 2, the Cornhole and Snow Volleyball Tournaments will run simultaneously on Western Avenue between 3rd and 4th street. Registration begins at 9:00am, with the tournaments kicking off at 10:00am.  Trophies and cash prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place teams in each tournament. Pre-event registration is requested.  Cost to play is $30 per cornhole team of 2 and $60 per volleyball team of 4.  Those wanting to compete in the popular tournaments should register early at www.jcimuskegon.org/snowfest.

The Battle of the Bowls Soup and Chili Cook-off will take place from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, February 2 at the Frauenthal Center’s 3rd Floor Ballroom in Downtown Muskegon. Area restaurants will go head to head to see who has the area’s best soup and chili.  Samples will be sold in full (Twelve 4oz samples) or half (six 4oz samples). Presale tickets are $10/$5 or $15/$10 the day of the event. The Battle of the Bloodies, a challenge to find Muskegon’s favorite Bloody Mary, will be held simultaneously at the Frauenthal Center 3rd Floor Ballroom.  Presale tickets are $25 or $30 at the door the day of the event and include a sample of each competitor’s entry.  Cast your vote for your favorite!  2019 Snowfest activities will conclude with a 80s ski themed dance party at Racquets Downtown Grill.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For more information on getting involved or event details, visit the website at www.jcimuskegon.org/snowfest or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MuskegonSnowfest/

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/29/19 – 02/04/19

With a Winter Storm Warning in effect and the state of Michigan being under a state of emergency, you will definitely want to call ahead to make sure your event is still happening.  Be careful out there!
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Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Postcard Salon Exhibition
January 29 – February 7
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity, happening Thursday, January 24 – Thursday, February 7 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Now in its thirteenth year, the Postcard Salon reflects the MMA’s commitment to Michigan artists.  It’s an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.  Routinely, over 1,000 cards by artists from West Michigan and beyond are on display, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  There is no fee to enter and all submitted cards will be installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art for a low cost at the Salon Sale on February 7.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Watch Muskegon Family Night at the Winter Sports Complex
January 29 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, January 29 from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is hosting a Watch Muskegon fundraiser! Bring the family out for special pricing on activity passes, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Watch Muskegon campaign.
Enjoy 2 acres of outdoor ice rink or the 1/4 mile ice skating trail through the woods. Learn to luge at one of only four luge tracks in the entire United States!  Try cross country skiing or snowshoe on the beginner trails through the state park!
The ice rink and trails will be lit until 10:00pm. Rental equipment is available for all activities in sizes toddlers to adult men.  Spectators are welcome to enjoy the scenery, stay warm around the bonfire or grab a hot chocolate inside the heated lodge! For more information visit www.msports.org or call 1-877-TRY-LUGE.

5X5 Night at the Hub
January 29 @ 5:00 pm
5 x 5 Night is back at the Muskegon Innovation Hub on Tuesday, January 29 beginning at 5:00pm.  Five creators will pitch their ideas for a chance to win $5,000, no strings attached.  Join them at Muskegon Innovation HUB for May 5×5 Night.  The public is welcome to attend.
• 5 Votes!
• 5 Ideas!
• 5 Minutes!
• 5 Judges!
• 5,000 to the winning pitch!
For more information visit www.5x5night.com.

Christ Temple Inspirational Gospel Choir & Poetry by Gemini daPoet
January 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library for an inspired night of music with the Christ Temple Inspirational Gospel Choir. Directed by Doll Cook, this event will kick off Black History Month with a rousing performance that will get every heart singing!  This event will also showcase poetry that makes history.  This program is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2019 Lecture Series
January 29 @ 7:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter 2019 Lecture Series will feature three engaging and stimulating presentations! The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, will showcase a wide variety of expertise and talent.
On January 29, Scott Speck, Music Director of the West Michigan Symphony will present “A Symphony for West Michigan”. Join them as Scott discusses the West Michigan Symphony’s journey from its community roots to its current status as an esteemed regional orchestra.  You’ll also learn how the Symphony is evolving to become an indispensable musical resource for all of West Michigan.
On February 26, Blue Lake Radio host, Foley Schuler, will speak on “An American in Paris: Gershwin’s Europe.” February 2019 marks the 95th anniversary of the premier of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a watershed event in the history of music.  Drawing upon a nearly lifelong fascination with Gershwin and his work, Blue Lake Public Radio’s Foley Schuler takes the American composer’s music as a point of departure for exploring another of his favorite themes, the relationship between classical music and what is thought by many to be America’s classical music—jazz—tracing the influence of this uniquely American art form on European composers of the 1920s and beyond, through a combination of anecdotes, analysis and musical excerpts.
On March 26, Kirk Hallman, Executive Director of the Muskegon Art Museum, will speak on “The Muskegon Museum of Art: Past, Present and Future.”  Mr. Hallman is a native of Muskegon who moved away in the late 1980s only to return in 2013 to take the position of Development Officer at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  He attended Michigan State University and before joining the Muskegon Museum of Art, served 20 years as Executive Director of a non-profit musical arts organization in Lafayette, Indiana.  He is now leading this great organization, the Muskegon Museum of Art, with great vision, impacting the West Michigan community!
All presentations will take place at 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit them online at www.whitelakemusic.org.

GEM Theatrics Presents: My Dearest Friend
January 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the North Muskegon branch of the Muskegon Area District Library for an evening of theater!  “My Dearest Friend,” by Michigan playwright Mary G. Kron, chronicles the true story of the lives of John and Abigail Adams.  Using primary sources, the play is a touching flashback of the high points of their life together, making history come alive as it gives new insight into this most modern of historical couples.  Enjoy their love, strength and remarkable relationship, while learning things you didn’t learn in history class.
This 2 act play is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission and is sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Friends of Walker Library.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Ragnar Run in the Dark
January 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, January 30 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, join Pigeon Hill Brewing for a Night Run Challenge sponsored by Ragnar! A Ragnar Warrior will be there with giveaways, some awesome raffle prizes and discounts to any @Ragnarrelay event!  See them all at http://bit.ly/2QvyeJS.  The first 40 people to check into the run will get a free Ragnar reflective neck gaiter!  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

XC Ski Icebreaker Wednesdays
January 30 @ 7:00 pm
January 30 and February 27 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for XC Ski Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Get a free cross country ski lesson from an experienced ski instructor and go on a group ski with other winter sports fans on their 5K trail.  Trail pass and rental are extra.  For more information call 1877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Opening Reception: A+ for Educators
January 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 31 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, bring the kids to enjoy the opening of an exhibition of all original artworks by family favorite illustrator: Patricia Polacco! “A+ for Educators” celebrates great teachers everywhere.  The night will include remarks from our MMA Assistant Director Catherine Mott, followed by a reading of one of Polacco’s books on display.  Books are available for purchase in the Museum Store.  Patricia Polacco will be at the MMA for a book signing in April.  This event is free and open to the public.  Cookies and cocoa will be provided.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Youth Luge Development Program
January 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Every Thursday, January 24 – February 28, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a Winter Blues Euchre Tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Comedy Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Jazz Night: In the Blue
January 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 31 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring music from In The Blue!  This jazz ensemble provides exciting live music including everything from jazz standards to Motown, rock and funk.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Pine Street Mercantile: Launch Event
February 1 – February 2
Pine Street Mercantile is an exciting new venue for occasional sales! Four experienced pickers curate vintage, antique, upcycled and found items.  Love junk?  This market is for you!  Their launch event is happening Friday, February 1 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm through Saturday, February 2 from 9:00am – 3:00pm! The market will be held bi-monthly and dates are listed on their Facebook event page.  Expect a wide variety of goods from project pieces to delightfully up-cycled furniture.  Various price points make it affordable for every budget!  For more information call (231) 830-4255.

Live Music: David Moul
February 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, February 1 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from David Moul!  David is a singer/songwriter who hails from Hart, MI.  Raised on church music, jazz, Broadway, classical and more, David began singing and playing piano at a young age.  His love for all genres is evident in his versatile performances, which feature songs ranging from pop hits and ballads to show-tunes and Gospel music.  David holds a Bachelor’s of Music from MSU College of Music, where he studied classical voice.  While at MSU, David also earned his minor in Piano Performance and is currently the Director of Choirs at Hart Public Schools.  Variety is the hallmark of David’s performances and he enjoys singing and playing a wide selection of music, connecting with a broad audience base.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Choral Fantasy
February 1 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, February 1 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Choral Fantasy!”  Forgotten for 200 years, Vivaldi’s sunny Gloria has become his most beloved choral work.  Italian pianist Alessio Bax performs the elegant Mozart concerto, known for its use in the movie Elvira Madigan as well as Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue.”  Bax, chorus and WMS come together for Beethoven’s magnificent precursor to the Ninth Symphony.

Single ticket prices are $24-$60.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Scott Speck, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids

Vivaldi – Gloria
Mozart – Piano Concerto no. 21
Beethoven – Fantasia, Piano Chorus & Orchestra, op. 80 (Choral Fantasy)

Greater Muskegon Jaycees Annual Snowfest
February 2
The Greater Muskegon Jaycees Annual Snowfest will return to downtown Muskegon Saturday, February 2, 2019!  This downtown winter festival features a jam-packed Saturday including popular events such as the “Battle of the Bowls Chili Cook-Off,” a “Battle of the Bloodies” competition, a Snow Volleyball Tournament and a Cornhole Tournament.  The day will conclude with a themed 80s Ski Party!
The Cornhole and Snow Volleyball Tournament will run simultaneously on Western Ave. between 3rd and 4th streets.  Registration begins at 9:00am and tournaments begin at 10:00am.  Trophies and cash prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place teams in each tournament.  Pre-event registration is requested and the cost to play is $30 per cornhole team of 2, and $60 per volleyball team of 4.
Partnering with area restaurants and taverns is a key component in Snowfest.  The popular Battle of the Bowls Chili Cook-off will take place from 11:00am – 2:00pm on at Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building 3rd Floor).  Area restaurants will go head to head to see who has the best Chili!  Chili samples will be sold in full (12 4oz. samples) or half sizes (6 4oz. samples).  Tickets are $10 and $5 during the pre-sale or $15 and $10 the day of the event.  Participating restaurants will be announced soon!
This year is the second year of the “Battle of the Bloodies,” a contest to identify Muskegon’s favorite Bloody Mary!  It will be held in conjunction with the Battle of the Bowls from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Frauenthal Center (Hilt Building 3rd Floor).
The 2019 Snowfest activities will conclude with an 80s ski party in partnership with Racquets Downtown Grill.  Bring your best spandex winter gear, your big hair, and get ready for music and dancing!   For more information, call (231) 412-0705, find Muskegon Jaycees Snowfest on Facebook.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char
February 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 2 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char!” Warm up with a hot bowl of homemade soup and a delicious pretzel-style bread bowl.  Two soups will be made to try and take home, including loaded baked potato soup and creamy roasted tomato basil.  Also learn the secrets to making a delicious bread bowl to serve your soup in.  You will go home with plenty for the next day or freezing too. The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

5th Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest
February 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 2 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the 5th Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest hosted by Mickey Wallace!  Embrace a challenge, and grab your friends (up to 4 per team) to test your knowledge of Black History against other teams in trivia!  Prizes will be available for the winning team!  Not interested in participating in the contest?  That’s okay, just come and watch or cheer on friends and family.  This is a program for all ages!  Register your team by visiting Hackley Library’s online events calendar, or by calling 231-722-8011.

Delicious Demise
February 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”
This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!
They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45, or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

DATES:
• 02/02/19
• 03/16/19
• 04/06/19
• 05/04/19

Back Alley Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings
February 2 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, February 2 at 6:30pm and again at 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Donnell Rawlings! Donnell is an overnight success a decade in the making. He made a splash in the DC comedy clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in a period of six months. You’ve seen him as ‘Ashy Larry’ on Comedy Central’s award winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s Show, where he joined Dave Chappelle as both as a writer and performer.
Tickets are $25. For more information, call Don at 616-570-8765.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
February 2 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Waza Flo FC at the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, February 2 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

Live Music: Acoustic Oasis
February 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 2 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Acoustic Oasis!  Phil Petersen and Glen Miller, AKA Acoustic Oasis, are two guys who love playing music.  Inspired by the music of such artists as CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Jack Johnson and Ray Lamontagne, they have created a playlist of covers and originals adding many instruments along the way.  Their sound now includes 6 and 12 string guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, clarinet and harmonica.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Performances @The Block: Alessio Bax
February 2 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 2 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Alessio Bax!  Following his performance with the West Michigan Symphony, Alessio returns to the Block for an evening of classical piano that combines exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Winter Try-Athlon
February 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 3 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 or visit www.msports.org.

Hackley Crafts: Mud Cloth Design Planters
February 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are you impressed by beautiful art techniques?  Monday, February 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join Nancy Hartman at Hackley Public Library as she teaches you how to create your own mud cloth inspired planter during this month’s Hackley Crafts!  Registration is required and will open one month before the class date.  Register at www.hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  Materials are provided at this free program.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Join a team and test your wits.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/19 – 01/28/19

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

The Old Settler
Through January 26 @ 7:30 pm
January 18 – 26, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The Old Settler!”

Old Settler:  A woman who is pushing 40 who’s never been married and has no prospects…Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between 55-year-old spinster, Redwood Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator arrives on their doorstep.  Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an Old Settler.  Full of humor and grit, this story of American love and survival reverberates with timelessness and warmth.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  The Sunday matinee is at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Calvin College January Series
January 22 & 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Book Discussion: Invisible Man
January 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to discuss one of the definitive novels of the African-American experience.  “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, which addresses powerful issues of society, won the National Book Award for fiction and was on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Partnering with the “SONS: Seeing the African American Male” exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art (which runs until March 10, 2019), they hope to encourage an open dialogue in the community.  This book discussion is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation
January 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will be separate registration for each class which happens from 12:15pm – 1:00pm.  To register, call (231) 722-8011 or visit Hackley Public Library’s online events calendar.  Registration for each session will open one month before class date.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Paint it Red: Big Reds Football History
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 23 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the first in a series of three lectures that will bring their Collection by Color exhibit to life with various social and science topics.  Co-author of the book, “100 Years of Muskegon Big Red Football,” Ron Pesch will present a program that will focus on days past, as well as the modern-day accomplishments of the winningest high school football team in Michigan!  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents.  Please RSVP to 231-722.0278 or email jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
January 23 and February 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Get a free refresher course in ice skating and learn some techniques to help you skate faster on their 2 acre outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile skate trail.  Rink passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Postcard Salon Exhibition
January 24 – February 7
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity, happening Thursday, January 24 – Thursday, February 7 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Now in its thirteenth year, the Postcard Salon reflects the MMA’s commitment to Michigan artists.  It’s an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.  Routinely, over 1,000 cards by artists from West Michigan and beyond are on display, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  There is no fee to enter and all submitted cards will be installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art for a low cost at the Salon Sale on February 7.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Brown Bag Film: Kehinde Wiley – An Economy of Grace
Thursday, January 24 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the free Brown Bag Film, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace.”
(60 mins.) Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace – follow the artist as he embarks on an exciting new project: a series of classical portraits of African American women—something he’s never done before.  The film documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, casting his models on the streets of New Tork and enlisting Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman.  Admission to the film is free.  Coffee and cookies are provided. Paid admission is required for the galleries.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Writing Salon
January 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 24 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for their Writing Salon! Bring your notebooks and get inspired by this year’s selection of artworks for their annual writing competition, “Art Talks Back,” happening January 24 – March 28!  Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
The Art Talks Back poetry project is underwritten by Michael and Patricia Wade. The First Place award is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Youth Luge Development Program
Thursdays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Every Thursday, January 24 – February 28, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a Winter Blues Euchre Tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

The Alley Door Club
January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 25 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends (R & B, Rockin’ Blues)
• February 8 – Pop Fiction (Rock)
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 25 @ 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.
Friday, January 25 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Fargo Force!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music: Matt Moore
January 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Matt Moore!  Matt e is an independent rock artist, singer songwriter and worship leader from central Michigan.  Launching a solo career in 2007 with only an acoustic guitar and a few original songs, Matt quickly built a reputation as the must see artist in his area.  Captivating audiences with his engaging songwriting, passionate live performance and tenacious work ethic, Matt has performed at over 1500 events around the country in the past several years, sharing the stage with artists such as Thousand Foot Krutch, Sanctus Real, NF, Seventh Day Slumber, Leeland, Nine Lashes, Unspoken, Josh Wilson, StellarKart, John Reuben, The Afters, Icon For Hire, Grits, Remedy Drive, Caedmon’s Call, Newworldson and many more.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Muskegon Polar Plunge
January 26 @ 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Polar Plunge takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake on January 26! Registration starts at 12:00pm. The Plunge will start at 2:00pm with the awards and After Splash Bash at 4:00pm. There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers. There will be a $10 fee for guests, which includes pizza.
If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre-Registration on Friday, January 25 at Fricano’s. You can get registered and turn in your donations any time between 4:00pm – 8:00pm. The Pre-Plunge Party is from 7:00pm – 11:00pm and features live music from Northbound!  Make sure to ‘like’ the Polar Plunge on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlungeMI.
By participating in a Polar Plunge, you are helping to raise funds for over 27,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports are the “vehicle,” the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 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.
Saturday, January 26 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on U18 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from guitar duo Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy playing the classics!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Comedian Mike Logan wsg Carl Johnson
January 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 26 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Mike Logan with special guest Carl Johnson!  Purchase tickets ahead of time at www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club or at the door.  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Mike Logan – Born and raised in Detroit, Mikeuses his edgy tongue to wax poetic about everyday issues from long distance parenting to the racial climate in America. He’s guaranteed to make you think while cracking you up.

Carl Johnson – He’s been doing stand up for over four years. He has become a local favorite among the Michigan comedy scene and has performed at colleges and clubs all around!  He is not afraid of self-deprecation or getting personal on stage.  He has opened up for Steve-O from MTV’s Jackass, Louis Katz, and Tommy Johnagin.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Join a team and test your wits.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/14/19 – 01/21/19

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

Marketing Monday
January 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the discussion, “5 Biggest Marketing Mistakes Businesses Are Making (And How to Avoid Them),” presented by Jason Piasecki of Revel.  Did you know that over half of businesses lack a formal marketing plan or that many companies have no idea who their ideal customer is?  Learn how to avoid those mistakes and take back actionable items you can apply to your business today.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Join them for the Lunchtime Series every second Monday of the month.  Lunch is included.  You must register in advance as no walk-ins will be accepted.  The cost is $10.  For more information call 616-331-6900 or visit www.gvsu.edu/hub.

Special Presentation at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 14 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, January 14 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum to meet and hear WWII veteran, Richard Thelen!

The loss of the USS Indianapolis was a tragic moment following the completion of a secret mission that directly contributed to the end of World War II.  After a successful high-speed run to deliver atomic bomb components to Tinian, the decorated Portland-class cruiser continued to Guam.  Indianapolis was en route from Guam to Leyte when she was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-58 within the first hour of July 30, 1945.  Only 317 of the 1,196 men onboard survived.  Richard Thelen is one of those survivors.

The cost to attend the presentation is $5 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call 231-755-1230.

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.

Pianist Steve Thielman
January 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, January 15 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy coffee and beautiful music played by master pianist Steve Thielman!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
January 16 and February 13 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Go on a guided snowshoe hike in Muskegon State Park with friends and a local expert who will explain the history of the area.  Trail passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Youth Luge Development Program
Thursdays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char
January 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 17 from 6:0pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char!” This easy baking class will focus on making successful yeast-raised dough with a sweet, cinnamon and butter layer rolled into each biscuit.  You will make the rolls two ways, one a traditional cinnamon roll with a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting and the other a caramelized pecan topping for the best sticky buns ever.  Wow your family or friends! The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

New 4-H Family Orientation
January 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Have you thought of signing your children up to be 4-H members, but aren’t really sure what 4-H is or even how to sign up?  Have you been in 4-H for a couple years, but still have questions about participation fees, the county fair, Exploration Days, and more?  Thursday, January 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at 97 E. Apple Ave., learn how to get involved and have your questions answered by 4-H staff and volunteers.  Contact Tonya Pell, 4-H Program Coordinator, at pelltony@msu.edu or 231-724-4739 for more information.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
January 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17, February 21 and March 21 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center at the Scolnik House of the Depression Era for a three-part lecture series highlighting the economic struggle across the United States known as the Great Depression!  Learn more about why the stock market crashed, how people used their resources to the fullest extent, and the hobos, hitchhikers, and Hooverville’s in Muskegon.  Light refreshments will be served using 1930s recipes!  This event is free for museum members and only $3 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
January 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 17 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.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Calvin College January Series
Through January 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Friday Family Fun Night: Colors
January 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, January 18 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to bring a little color to your family date night!  Explore color in science, art, and nature.  Stations around the museum will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations including one led by their friends at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and museum members.  The cost is just $3 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Live Music: Silverado
January 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Silverado Band!  This West Michigan country music band regularly performs at various venues, including private clubs, bars, stage shows, campgrounds, weddings and private parties.  Their music styles range from old time country to polkas, waltzes and line dances!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

The Old Settler
January 18 @ 7:30 pm – January 26 @ 7:30 pm
January 18 – 26, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The Old Settler!”

Old Settler:  A woman who is pushing 40 who’s never been married and has no prospects…
Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between 55-year-old spinster, Redwood Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator arrives on their doorstep.  Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an Old Settler.  Full of humor and grit, this story of American love and survival reverberates with timelessness and warmth.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  The Sunday matinee is at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Darren McCarty
January 18 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, January 18 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Red Wings legend Darren McCarty and his comedy troupe! Darren takes off the gloves and shares a night of stories, jokes, new memories, and an audience Question & Answer session. After the show, there is a full meet ‘n greet and time for selfies with D-Mac!
This show is a fundraiser for Junior Jacks Pee Wee AA. VIP tables are available. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $35 each.  For more information, call Don at 616-570-8765.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Live Music: Wood Song
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 19 from 7:0pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Wood Song!  This contemporary folk/pop singing duo brings blended harmonies to popular music spanning several decades.  Chris Loughrin performs acoustic and electric guitar, as well as lead vocals and harmony.  Susan Loughrin brings her soft, expressive voice to the mix.  Together they are Wood Song!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Performances @The Block: Matt Beck
January 19 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 19 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Matt Beck!  West Michigan Symphony principal percussionist Matt Beck is joined by Andrew Spencer, percussion, Patrick Johnson, piano and Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano, in a concert featuring Bartok’s gripping Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Comedy: Andy Beningo with Allen Trieu
January 19 @ 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 19 at 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for stand-up comedy from Andy Beningo and Allen Trieu!

Andy Beningo has appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy Live, as a final four finalist on CMT’s Next Big Comic and regularly on the Bob and Tom radio show. His new CD ‘Quiet Coyote’ regularly plays on XM Sirius radio on Laugh USA. Beningo has been hailed for his clean style of comedy, resulting in being named one of the 40 Best Up and Coming comedians in the country.

Allen Trieu is a native of West Michigan who has molded his experiences into an eclectic act which has been described as unique and open-minded. His witty observations and personal style touch on many subjects including college, race, and pop culture…even going green.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. To buy them online visit www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club.

Star Party: Lunar Eclipse
January 20 @ 10:30 pm – 1:30 am
Sunday, January 20 from 10:30pm – 1:30am, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Lunar Eclipse Star Party at their observatory! You will be viewing the lunar eclipse and the night sky through the society’s telescopes. You may also bring your own telescope. They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments. They will also provide printed materials. If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event. There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 21 from 10:00am – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free community day to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! The MMA will open their doors to welcome the community for free.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Tours
• 10:00am – 1:00pm/Led by MMA docents
• 1:00pm – 3:00pm/Led by Muskegon High School art students

Films & Crafts
• 10:00am – 3:00pm/Enjoy films in the auditorium and crafts in the classroom.
• 6:30pm – 8:00pm/Panel Discussion – Come to the auditorium for a panel discussion on local and regional issues moderated by Jon Covington with panelists from the community.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
Mondays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Join a team and test your wits.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/07/19 – 01/14/19

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

Calvin College January Series
January 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

• January 7: Dr. Jimmy Lin – Finally, Some Good News About Cancer
• January 8: Kara Powell – Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover & Love the Church
• January 9: Mariela Shaker – Finding Refuge on the Stage
• January 10: Moderated Conversation with Jenna Bush Hager – Telling Stories that Inspire
• January 11: Craig Detweiler – Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

DIY Sock Snowman
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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.

Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation
January 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will be separate registration for each class which happens from 12:15pm – 1:00pm.  To register, call (231) 722-8011 or visit Hackley Public Library’s online events calendar.  Registration for each session will open one month before class date.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
January 9 (weather permitting) @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Youth Luge Development Program
January 10 (weather permitting) @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char
January 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char!” Trying to eat healthy in the New Year?  Sometimes just cutting your fruits and vegetables in a different way will make the produce a little more interesting and fun to cook and eat.  Basic knife skills will be covered in this class along with instruction on other handy kitchen gadgets that make vegetable and fruit chopping simple.  You will then sauté’ your spiralized produce in healthy, low-calorie, recipes using our own sauce creations and fresh herbs.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday (weather permitting)
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

The Alley Door Club
January 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 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 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 11 – The Vincent Hayes Band (Blues, Funk, Soul)
• January 25 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends (R & B, Rockin’ Blues)
• February 8 – Pop Fiction (Rock)
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 11 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Rochester Lancers at the L.C. Walker Arena on Friday, January 11 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Unicorns Super Saturday
January 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 12 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, enjoy a free family fun day at the Muskegon Museum of Art with a “Unicorns Super Saturday!” Museums are magical!  Come explore the magic of unicorns with a craft everyone can enjoy.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

• 11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look: Ask docents what makes the galleries so magical!
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Make & Take Unicorns: Let your imagination soar as you create a unicorn!

ASD Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum Center
January 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 12 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend a special Sensory Saturday event at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  This is a free event featuring a variety of accommodations that have been put in place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families.  Families 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.  Families can also download a “Sensory Story” to read with their child before their visit.  To register, call Jackie at 231-724-5526 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Swap, Not Shop Clothing Exchange
January 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to The Coffee Factory for the “Swap, Not Shop Clothing Exchange!” The cover charge is $5 to get in and portions of the proceeds will benefit a local charity.  All items left at the end of the swap will be donated locally. Swappable items include quality wardrobe items that you’d typically consign or donate.  Items must be CLEAN (freshly laundered) and in very good condition.  Bring your own bag and swap the day away!
This event is dependent on people bringing items in and the more you bring in, the more everyone will have to swap so clean out your closets! If you would like to drop off bags in advance, please do so at The Coffee Factory, Mondays – Fridays from 6:00am – 6:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 747-9896.

Muskegon Bridal Expo
January 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts for the Muskegon Bridal Expo! The Bridal Show is 12:00pm – 3:00pm followed by the Fashion Show from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Door Prizes will be given away after the fashion show and you must be present to win. Rules are available at the registration desk.
Whether you are recently engaged or have been in the planning process for a while, the Muskegon Bridal Expo is a great way to meet many of the area’s premier wedding service providers. Bring your friends and make a day of it!  For more information visit www.frauenthal.org.

Music at the Library: The Whiskey Charmers
January 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Do you enjoy music that reminds you of “riding through the desert with the top down?”  That’s just one of the ways fans describe The Whiskey Charmers, an alternative-country band with a captivating sound.  Embrace a unique style of music from this award-winning duo, when you visit the Hackley Public Library Saturday, January 12 for a compelling, free performance from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 12 @ 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.
Saturday, January 12 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Youngstown Phantoms!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Comedian Jordan Garnett wsg Adrian Cosby
January 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Jordan Garnett with special guest Adrian Cosby!

Jordan Garnett – Jordan first took the stage at just seventeen years old, where he won first place in a county-wide competition.  Since then, Jordan has grown to become one of the most popular and recognized comedians coming out of the South Florida region.  Whether it’s opening up for some of the biggest headliners in the game, appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, ESPN, or being featured in The New York Post, Jordan is sure to deliver.  He is currently on a nationwide tour performing at clubs and colleges coast to coast and was just recently named New Times Broward’s “Rising Star.”
Adrian Cosby – Adrian uses his multi-ethnic background and intellectual wit to make audiences from all walks of life laugh at him as well as themselves. Smart, smooth and surprising Adrian’s unique look and style make him the perfect complement for many diverse acts.  He has recently worked with Greg Hahn, Vince Morris, Rob Schneider, Ian Bagg, Paul Mooney and Donny Baker from Bob & Tom.

Purchase tickets for $7 dollars ahead of time at www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club or at the door for only $10!  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 13 @ 3:00 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.
Sunday, January 13 at 3:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Marketing Monday
January 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the discussion, “5 Biggest Marketing Mistakes Businesses Are Making (And How to Avoid Them),” presented by Jason Piasecki of Revel.  Did you know that over half of businesses lack a formal marketing plan or that many companies have no idea who their ideal customer is?  Learn how to avoid those mistakes and take back actionable items you can apply to your business today.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Join them for the Lunchtime Series every second Monday of the month.  Lunch is included.  You must register in advance as no walk-ins will be accepted.  The cost is $10.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/02/19 – 01/07/19

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

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Orion Rapp
January 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Dr. Orion Rapp performing the music of Schumann, D’Indy, Paladilhe and Mozart!  The cover charge is $5.
Come early for dinner! Beginning at 6:15pm, enjoy the Southern Good Luck New Year’s Meal featuring ham, Hoppin’ John, greens, corn bread, a glass of house wine and Deep South Eggnog Bourbon Cake  for only $17.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life
January 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, January 3 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena to join the group Praying for Hope for an Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life! Tickets are only $5 per person which includes skate rental and are available at the door.  All ages are welcome!  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life which raises money for the American Cancer Society.  For more information, call 1-800-227-2345.

Calvin College January Series
January 3 – 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

• January 3: Todd Cioffi & Christiana deGroot – The Transformative & Redemptive Power of (a Christian) Education
• January 4: Arthur C. Brooks – Bringing America Together
• January 7: Dr. Jimmy Lin – Finally, Some Good News About Cancer
• January 8: Kara Powell – Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover & Love the Church
• January 9: Mariela Shaker – Finding Refuge on the Stage
• January 10: Moderated Conversation with Jenna Bush Hager – Telling Stories that Inspire
• January 11: Craig Detweiler – Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Jazz Night: Ninth Coast Ensemble
January 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 3 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring the Ninth Coast Ensemble.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

The Back Alley Comedy Club: Brad Williams
January 4 – January 5
Friday, January 4 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, and Saturday, January 5 at 6:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Brad Williams!
Pound for pound, Brad Williams is the funniest comedian in the country right now, and has become one of the most in-demand comedians working today.  A California native, Williams started doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and has been touring successfully ever since, routinely selling out shows all over the country and the world.
Williams has parlayed that success into a multitude of stand-up television experiences, including Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Most recently, his first one-hour special, Fun Size, was the highest rated on Showtime, and a year later, he followed that up with his second special, Daddy Issues, which was more successful than the first and prompted The New York Times to write “No one is doing it [stand-up comedy] more hilariously than Brad Williams.”  His third special in three years was an uproarious one, hosting some of the edgiest comedians in the country from the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Also an accomplished actor, Williams has appeared on numerous TV shows and feature films, including FX’s Legit, Sam and Cat, Mind of Mencia, Pitboss, a recurring role on the Hulu original show Deadbeat, and memorable roles in a plethora of movies, including Little Evil, which was produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), as well as the Netflix original Christopher Guest film, Mascots.

Tickets are $27 when purchased in advance.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday (weather permitting)
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Live Music: Legal Rehab
January 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, February 4 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Legal Rehab!  They are a 4-piece band that plays amplified 60’s acoustic classic folk/rock and Irish music as well.  The band features passionate playing and conversational interaction with the audience.  Performers include Britta Bujak Portenga (violin/fiddle), Roy Portenga (guitar and vocals), Scott White (harmonica, Cajon and vocals) and Pete Buchholz (bass guitar and vocals).  For more information call the Book Nook & Java Shop at 231-894-5333.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

First Annual Walter Day
January 5 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 5 from 12:00pm – 12:00am, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company invites you to their First Annual Walter Day in the Taproom! In celebration of their beloved Walter BlondAle, they are inviting all of his friends to a party.  For one day only, they are taking their classic American Blonde Ale and turning it up to 11 different variations!

Variants will include:
• Walter Goes to Bangkok
• Walter White (Chocolate Raspberry)
• Walter Goes to Belgium
• Walter Gets Buzzed on Vanilla & Caramel
• Walter Joins the MOB (surprise variant brewed in collaboration with the Muskegon Ottawa Brewers)
• Walter’s New Buzz (experimental coffee)

All beers will be put on tap at noon. They only have one keg of some variants, so get there early!  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Delicious Demise
January 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”
This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!
They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45, or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 5 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Chicago Mustangs at the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, January 5 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

Bobby Bones: Red Hoodie Comedy Tour
January 5 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 5 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour!  Bobby is a radio DJ, stand-up comedian, best-selling author, chart-topping recording artist, TV personality and philanthropist who has built his career on the ability to multi-task.  Channeling humor, honesty, and hard work, he’s also built the largest nationally syndicated morning show in country radio, “The Bobby Bones Show.”
Tickets are $31.75, $34.75 and $81.75.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

DIY Sock Snowman
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events Dec. 26-Jan. 3, 2019

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

Wednesday, December 26:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Thursday, December 27:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Free Family Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
3:00 pm *Thursday*
Bring your friends, neighbors and family to the Frauenthal Theater for a FREE Family Movie featuring “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!” No tickets are required.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Jazz Night Aedan McCauley Trio
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley Trio at The Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St. Montague

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00 pm- 8:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more info., call 231-722-7578.

Friday, December 28:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
1:00 pm- 4:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more info., call 231-722-7578.

Swing Dance at 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for swing dancing!  They have a professional instructor from Argentina coming in to teach.  Lessons are from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.  They will keep the music on until at least 10:00pm.  Let’s make it a party!  Stay and practice what you’ve learned.  If you already know how to swing dance, come join them at 9:00pm for the only opportunity in Muskegon for this venue. Take these lessons to prepare for a Swing Dance New Year’s Eve Party they’re planning. They will have a live band for this special night and details will be provided as they become available.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Trinergy
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trinergy plays the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, December 28 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s time for another Red Lotus Center for the Arts Open Mic Night!  Come out and show off your stuff or just sit and be amazed, your choice!  Any kind of talent is welcome –– songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and you don’t burn the place down. https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 28 @ 7:00 pm – December 29 @ 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. Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for Lumberjacks’ home games as they take on the Madison Capitols!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Saturday, December 29:

Muskegon Indoor Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market continues year round inside at 242 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game
7:15 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.to the L.C. Walker Arena for Lumberjacks’ home games as they take on the Madison Capitols!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Sunday, December 30:

Latin Dance Party ~ Salsa Style
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Company as MADLOS presents free Latin dance classes from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.  They will keep the music on until 7:00pm so you can stay and practice what you’ve learned.  Even if you already know Latin dance, come join the fun at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson or dance, but they will accept donations to support Muskegon Child Abuse Council. It is not necessary to attend all dates and a partner is not required.  Please join them for fun, good exercise, and a way to meet new and interesting people!  Join MADLOS on Facebook to be notified of all of their dance events.  Instructor: Florencia Manon Colella

Monday, December 31:

Reminder: Visit Muskegon office will be closed Monday December 31 and Tuesday January 1. We will open again Wednesday January 2 at 8:00am. Happy New Year to you and yours from Visit Muskegon.

New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package: Holiday Inn
Spend New Year’s Eve at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center with a wonderful all-inclusive package for 2 which includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Dinner Buffet
• Open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am
• Balloon drop
• Champagne toast and midnight snacks
• Breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Photo booth with props
• Live entertainment by Great Scott
Packages start at $299.99 + tax.  Make your reservation today by calling 231-722-0100.

Irish New Year’s Eve and NYE Happy Hour at Unruly
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
It’s an Irish New Year’s Eve and NYE Happy Hour at Unruly Brewing Co.! They’re “Dublin” your fun with the awesome Irish band, The Barley Saints.  The festivities begin at 5:00pm and last until 7:30pm as they celebrate Irish New Year’s Eve at 7:00pm (which is midnight in Ireland).  There is no cover charge and they’ll be offering $1 off drinks during this Irish Happy Hour.  For more information call (231) 288-1068. This event will be followed by the magical Unruly New Year’s Eve Prom featuring Project 90: www.facebook.com/events/2242929189324578

New Year’s Eve Party at Rum Runners
6:00 pm – 1:00am
Rum Runners is located 12058 E. Apple Ave. Ravenna
• 6:00pm – 7:00pm/Happy Hour
• 7:00pm – 8:00pm/Taco Bar
• 8:00pm – Close/DJ and Entertainment
• 12:00am/ Champagne Toast
You’ll also enjoy 50/50 raffles, basket raffles, the Selfie Photo Booth and much more! Tickets are available at Rum Runners for $25 a couple in advance or $30 at the door.  Single tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit recreational clubs and local Ravenna groups supported by the (RABC) Ravenna Athletic Boost Club.  For more information call 231-853-2223.

New Year’s Eve Party Package: Shoreline Inn
6:30 pm
The Shoreline Inn & the Lake House Waterfront Grille are offering a great New Year’s Eve Party Package! This all-inclusive package for two includes:
• overnight accommodation
• champagne upon arrival
• dinner buffet
• open bar from 9pm – 1am
• champagne toast
• midnight snacks
• balloon drop
• late check out of 1pm
• live entertainment from Pop Fiction
• breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
Guests must be 21 years of age. For more information or reservations call (231) 727-8483.

New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s
6:30pm
Ring in 2019 with appetizers, a prime rib dinner buffet, the ultimate dessert buffet and the world’s best Michael Jackson impersonator at Bella Maria’s!  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased in advance by calling 231-563-6914. Movin’ Music will be providing dance music after the show!

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game
7:15 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. Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for Lumberjacks’ home games as they take on the Chicago Steel!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

New Year’s Eve Swing Dance Bash
8:00 pm
MADLOS is having a New Year’s Even Swing Dance party at 18th Amendment Spirits Co.  Doors open at 8:00pm and the live band starts at 9:30pm.  Food and drink specials will be offered.  There is no cover charge and no reservations are needed. Don’t know how to swing dance?  They’ve got you covered!  They will have Swing Dance Parties on December 28 where you can take swing dance lessons with a special guest instructor just in from Argentina!  Lessons begin at 8:00pm and open dancing starts at 9:00pm.  These events are free, but there will be a tip jar to help you show your appreciation. MADLOS is the Facebook group: Muskegon Area Dance Lovers.

The Unruly Prom NYE 2018 w/ Project 90!
9:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Unruly Prom as Project 90 counts down to 2019 with all your favorite 90’s rock! Whether you enjoyed prom, hated it or didn’t attend, here’s your chance to ring in the New Year with a new prom, THE UNRULY PROM!  Prom attire is encouraged; the decade is your choice!  Tickets include party themed favors, a Polaroid photo, a champagne toast at midnight, barrel drop and live entertainment! Tickets are $10 and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Cosmic Knot New Year’s Bash
9:30 pm
Come to The Platinum Room at Sherman Bowling Center for the “Cosmic Knot New Year’s Bash!”  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Reminder: Visit Muskegon office will be closed Monday December 31 and Tuesday January 1. We will open again Wednesday January 2 at 8:00am. Happy New Year to you and yours from Visit Muskegon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019:

45th Annual Sergeant Preston Yukon King Run
11:00 am
The 45th Annual Sergeant Preston Yukon King Run is happening New Year’s Day, January 1 beginning at 11:00am at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! All ages are invited to choose from the challenging 6 Mile Run up Blockhouse Hill or the 5K Run/Walk which is flat and fast. Proceeds benefit the North Muskegon High School Athletic Booster Club.

Early registration postmarked before December 21 is:
• Individual $20 – No Shirt
• Individual $30 – with Shirt
Late registration after December 21
• Individual $25 – No Shirt
• Individual $35 – with Shirt
Family Rate (immediate family 3 or more)
• $15 each – No Shirt
• $25 each – with Shirt
Family rates are only available for Early Entry. There will be no Family Rate after December 21. Shirt availability not guaranteed after December 30. For more information on how to register, visit www.RunnersEdgeRaceTiming.com or visit the Facebook page link below

Wednesday, January 2, 2019:

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Orion Rapp
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Dr. Orion Rapp performing the music of Schumann, D’Indy, Paladilhe and Mozart!  The cover charge is $5. Come early for dinner! Beginning at 6:15pm, enjoy the Southern Good Luck New Year’s Meal featuring ham, Hoppin’ John, greens, corn bread, a glass of house wine and Deep South Eggnog Bourbon Cake  for only $17.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Thursday, January 3, 2019:

Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life
January 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the L.C. Walker Arena for an Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life! Tickets are only $5 per person which includes skate rental and are available at the door.  All ages are welcome!  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life which raises money for the American Cancer Society.  For more information, call 1-800-227-2345.

Coming soon to Muskegon: Bobby Bones show at the Frauenthal Center January 5. One night only! Tickets are still available!

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 17-26, 2018

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

Monday, December 17:

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

Color Me Calm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need a little down time?  Coloring can be so relaxing, even for adults.  Monday, December 17 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, enjoy an evening at Hackley Public Library coloring and conversing with this free Adult Coloring Program.  Materials and snacks will be provided!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Black Man Film Premier
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
You’re invited to the Frauenthal Theater for the Black Man Film Premier! In partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art, Jon Covington presents “Black Man,” a feature length documentary that tells the stories of the men behind the MMA’s exhibition of photography by Jerry Taliaferro, SONS: Seeing the African American Male.  The film is a kaleidoscope of raw, riveting, and candid conversations with black men about their lives, their loves, their losses, their America.  Close to three dozen men share their perspectives of the everyday black man in ways we’ve not seen on film. Muskegon is the backdrop for Black Man, but the stories are Any Town, USA.  Free admission is courtesy of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.  For more information call (231) 722-9750.

Sensory Santa Experience
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate Center for the Sensory Santa Experience Skate Night! This is a special night for special kids open to all children and adults with special needs and/or sensory development differences.  Sensory nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds.  There’ll be soft music, no flashing lights and a patient and understanding Santa! You are welcome to stay for their Christian Music Skate Night (immediately following) at no additional charge.  This will be a great social environment where special kids can gain balance and coordination in a judgment-free zone.  All abilities are welcome and all children must be accompanied by a parent! Admission is $3. Regular skate rental is $4, roller blade rental is $5 and premium rental is $6.  You are of course, welcome to bring your own roller skates or roller blades.  Parents and children under  32” are free to watch.  Everyone else entering facility will be charged admission whether skating or watching.  For more information, call (231) 773-5538.

Tuesday, December 18:

Feeding the Soul of the City: Christmas at the Organ
12:00 pm
Come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring “Christmas at the Organ” with Caron Farmer, a traditional program of solo organ music devoted to the Christmas season!  For more information, call 231-722-2112. The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Western Michigan Christian High School Christmas Collage
7:00 pm
Bring the family to Muskegon’s beautiful Frauenthal Theater for the Western Michigan Christian High School Christmas Collage! Make this beautiful concert part of your holiday season tradition as the music departments from Western MI Christian High School bring you the sounds of the Christmas Season.  Tickets are $12.00.  For more info call the box office at 231-727-8001.

West Michigan Junior Strings Winter Recital: FREE
7:00 pm
The 10th annual West Michigan Junior Strings Winter Recital will be presented at Montague United Methodist Church. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  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.

Wednesday, December 19:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Thursday, December 20:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Friday, December 21:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Swing Dance at 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bring your dance partner to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for swing dancing!  They have a professional instructor from Argentina coming in to teach.  Lessons are from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.  They will keep the music on until at least 10:00pm.  Let’s make it a party!  Stay and practice what you’ve learned.  If you already know how to swing dance, come join them at 9:00pm for the only opportunity in Muskegon for this venue. Take these lessons to prepare for a Swing Dance New Year’s Eve Party they’re planning. They will have a live band for this special night.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game –vs- Cincinnati Swerve
7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense. Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against Cincinnati Swerve at the L.C. Walker Arena on Friday, December 21 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400

Saturday, December 22:

Muskegon Indoor Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market continues year round inside at 242 W. Western Ave.

Cigar Rolling Demonstration at Pigeon Hill
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jorge’s Cigars will be back in the Pigeon Hill Brewery Company taproom demonstrating the art of properly rolling a cigar by hand. You will have the opportunity to learn everything about the process, from the planting of seeds to the point of enjoying a well-rolled cigar.  Jorge is a cigar roller who loves to discuss the passion, history, and culture of the famous Cuban cigar brands.  Cigars will also be available for purchase from Jorge with cash or credit.
PLEASE NOTE: Pigeon Hill Brewery Company is a non-smoking location.  While they certainly enjoy the occasional cigar, they ask that you enjoy yours at home in order to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Sunday, December 23:

Reminder: Visit Muskegon office will be closed Monday December 24 and Tuesday December 25. We will open again Wednesday December 26 at 8:00am. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Visit Muskegon.

Monday, December 24:

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal:FREE for Everyone!
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Port City Church for Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal! This is a free program with no ticket required.  Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians and listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Tuesday, December 25:

Happy Holidays from Visit Muskegon!

Wednesday, December 26:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Coming soon to Muskegon: Bobby Bones show at the Frauenthal Center January 5. One night only! Tickets are still available!

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 10-16, 2018

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

Monday, December 10 :

TRIVIA NIGHT
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TRIVIA! Test your wits with your team – fun, food, prizes. Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information.

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

All MCC Holiday Celebration
7:30 pm
Enjoy the Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center with the “All MCC Holiday Celebration,” featuring the College’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Collegiates and College Singers of Muskegon Community College!  Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $2 for students and are available online at www.startickets.com.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Trivia Night with the Lakeshore Museum Center
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing as Erin & Aaron from the Lakeshore Museum Center help them host Trivia Night with questions regarding the Hackley & Hume Homes downtown Muskegon! How much do you know about lumber barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume?  Your knowledge might win you a prize!  There’ll be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams. Join Pigeon Hill at 7:30pm every Monday evening for trivia. Each team is allowed up to 6 members. Topics vary and can include: entertainment, music, history, politics, sports, art, current events and more.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Tuesday, December 11:

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

It’s Gonna Get Ugly at the Muskegon Area District Library!
December 11
It only happens once a year, when holiday sweaters so ugly that they’re cute come out of the closet!  Tuesday, December 11, stop by your Muskegon Area District Library branch and vote for the ugliest holiday sweater worn by your MADL staff.  You could win a surprise!  You can vote on the MADL Facebook page as well.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Pianist Steve Thielman
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visit the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy a morning coffee and danish while listening to tunes on the piano from Steve Theilman!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Wednesday, December 12:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Make Binary Code Jewelry
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Kids ages 6 – 16 are invited to learn the basics of binary code with fun and easy jewelry!  Make an initial pin or a bracelet with your name – or both.  These make great gifts!  This event is free, but registration is required by visiting the Norton Shores Library desk, by calling 231-780-8844, or e-mailing gstreeter@madl.org. Norton Shores library is located 705 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores.

Thursday, December 13:

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

SONS: Seeing the African American Male
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “SONS: Seeing the African American Male!” Meet artist Jerry Taliaferro at this celebration opening of an exhibition of Taliaferro’s photographs of Muskegon area African American men.  The 94 portraits in the exhibition explore how the black American male perceives himself and how he is perceived by others.  The men pictured in the exhibition were nominated from the Greater Muskegon area by a committee of their peers.  Taliaferro is well regarded for photographic projects and published works, including Women of a New Tribe, a photographic study of the spiritual and physical beauty of black women.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Holiday Cheesecake and Chocolate Treats with Chef Char
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sign up to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Holiday Cheesecake and Chocolate Treats with Chef Char!” Learn the secrets to making an amazing cheesecake covered with ganache and festive toppings for your next holiday gathering.  Make a beautiful (and edible) platter out of candy and fill the platter with homemade Christmas Bark candy that can be enjoyed at your next holiday party or given away as gifts.  The cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Praytell Christmas: An Evening of Music with Jon and Valerie Guerra
7:00 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theater inside the Frauenthal Center for “Praytell Christmas: An Evening of Music with Jon and Valerie Guerra!” This will be an evening of songs and stories with Praytell, the musical duo that is Jon and Valerie Guerra. The acclaimed singer/songwriters from Chicago will bring their nostalgic harmonies, well-crafted songs, and stunning voices for a night that will be as fun as it is heart-warming. Praytell has toured extensively around the globe, including years of opening for Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. For more information or tickets, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Friday, December 14:

Christmas Nativity Walk
6:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt Rd., Norton Shores, invites you to their Christmas Nativity Walk! Imagine what it would have been like to be present at the first Christmas, then come and experience it. See the true Christmas story come to life! 50 minute tours take you to 8 scenes that portray the true story of Jesus’ birth. Also included are pre-tour scenes, Mangers and Going-Deeper displays, Christmas tree ornament find, kids’ activity Table, Christmas Carols, and videos while you wait for your tour. Bring your family and friends to this FREE event! For more information, call (231) 755-1292 or find Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.

Canvas & Cocktails at the Watermark
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Create.a.frame Studio and Watermark 920 invite you to join them for Canvas & Cocktails! The cost of this class will be $20 per person and includes all of the supplies needed.  You’ll get step-by-step instructions and techniques on how to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!  Class space will be limited and is for those 21 and up!  Painting begins at 6:30pm, but be sure to join them for cocktail hour beginning at 5:30pm.  A full cash bar will be available.  You must register at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Board Games 4 Charity
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
You’re invited to Bardic Wells Meadery to have some fun and help Santa gather some toys!  Bring your donations of new, unwrapped toys and/or cash for Toys for Tots and play board games while sampling some mead!  For more information, call (616) 837-8035.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Home for the Holidays
7:30 pm
Bring your friends to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents, “Home for the Holidays!”  Presenting a cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, in a program of seasonal favorites.  From classics to beloved carols, they’ll warm your heart like chestnuts roasting on an open fire.  Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic! Single ticket prices are $28-$64.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, December 15:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Reindeer at Hackley Public Library
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit the Hackley Public Library to meet some real, live reindeer!  Did you know that reindeer are excellent swimmers and great runners?  Does that make them superb flyers, too?  Learn the answers to these questions and other great reindeer facts when you come to meet their friendly reindeer.  Make sure to dress warmly!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Santa Claus Visit to Norton Shores Library:FREE
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the Norton Shores Library to meet the jolly old elf himself!  Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls 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 231-780-8844.

The Nutcracker
3:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Youth Ballet presents, “The Nutcracker!”  “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.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Christmas Nativity Walk
6:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt Rd., Norton Shores invites you to their Christmas Nativity Walk! Imagine what it would have been like to be present at the first Christmas, then come and experience it. See the true Christmas story come to life! 50 minute tours take you to 8 scenes that portray the true story of Jesus’ birth. Also included are pre-tour scenes, Mangers and Going-Deeper displays, Christmas tree ornament find, kids’ activity Table, Christmas Carols, and videos while you wait for your tour. Bring your family and friends to this FREE event! For more information, call (231) 755-1292 or find Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.

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

Pigeon Hill’s Annual Ugly Sweater Contest
8:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for their Annual Ugly Sweater Party with a live performance by Logan White! The ugliest sweater will be awarded a prize at 10:00pm. As an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots, they’re asking everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of a cover charge. They are also taking donations for Kids’ Food Basket which feed over 1,000 kids a week right here in Muskegon County.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Muskegon Indoor Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market continues year round inside at 242 W. Western Ave.,

SONS Saturday Free Community Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “SONS Saturday Free Community Day!” Celebrate the opening weekend of “SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male” with a free community day!  For more information call 231-720-2570. Bring your family and friends to enjoy: 11:00am – 12:00pm/Gallery reading of children’s books written by African American authors. 11:00am & 1:00pm/Film in the auditorium, with light refreshments provided. 12:00pm – 3:00pm/Docent led tours through the exhibition and in gallery activities.

Sunday, December 16:

Christmas Nativity Walk
2:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt Rd., Norton Shores invites you to their Christmas Nativity Walk! Imagine what it would have been like to be present at the first Christmas, then come and experience it. See the true Christmas story come to life! 50 minute tours take you to 8 scenes that portray the true story of Jesus’ birth. Also included are pre-tour scenes, Mangers and Going-Deeper displays, Christmas tree ornament find, kids’ activity Table, Christmas Carols, and videos while you wait for your tour. Bring your family and friends to this FREE event! For more information, call (231) 755-1292 or find Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.

Holiday Brunch with Santa
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for Holiday Brunch with Santa!  This will be a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating and family!  This buffet style culinary experience, featuring the jolly old elf himself, includes a breakfast bar, hot and cold stations, chef attended stations, dessert station and kids’ buffet.  The cost is $27 for adults, $12 for kids 5 – 12, and kids 4 and under are free.  For more information or to make reservations, call 231-755-3737.

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 3-9, 2018

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

Monday, December 3:

From South Tyrol Italy with Sofia
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, December 3 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “From South Tyrol Italy with Sofia!”  South Tyrol is an autonomous province in northern Italy.  It is one of the two autonomous provinces that make up the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.  Sofia will share her authentic recipes for Canederli, Spatzle and Kaisershmarren.  This will be a meal, so come to class hungry.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign

Evening of Elegance
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening of Elegance is a showcase of holiday themed tablescapes presented in the beauty of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club. Viewing only of the table designs will take place November 26 – December 1 from 10:00am – 5:00pm and December 2 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.  Viewing during these hours is free and open to the public.  If you would like to dine in the beauty of these tablescapes, make reservations for Monday, December 3 at 6:30pm.  Enjoy a catered dinner, holiday cheer, a live choral performance of the North Muskegon Choir and delicious desserts. Tickets are $25/person.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Holiday Ornament Making
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, December 3 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Robin Nidelcheff Studio invites you to participate in parent and child ornament making class.  You will make 5 clay ornaments which will be fired and ready for pick-up on December 10.  For more information, call 215-888-4779.

Tuesday, December 4:

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Holiday Piano Concert with Peter Bergin
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You’re invited to Hackley Public Library to enjoy beautiful music and celebrate the holidays with a sing-along piano concert performed by Michigan ragtime artist, Peter Bergin!  This fun and lively concert will delight people of all ages and is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Michelle Vallier
7:00 pm
Visit the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Dr. Michelle Vallier performing the music of Prokofiev and Pärt! The cover is $5. If you’d like to enjoy a delicious dinner, get there at 6:15pm for Borscht, Beef Stroganoff, Salad Oliver, Glass of House Wine (or shot of Vodka), Russian Blini. The cost is $17. RSVP for dinner by calling 231-894-5333 or e-mail bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Classical Series Prokofiev and Pärt – Borscht and Blinis Michelle Vallier
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classical Series Prokofiev and Pärt – Borscht and Blinis Michelle Vallier Dr. Vallier has over fifteen years of experience teaching violin, viola and chamber music to students of all ages. Most notably, she has served as an assistant chamber music coach at Meadowmount School of Music and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in chamber music and studio violin, working with both undergraduate and graduate music majors at Arizona State University. She is currently an instructor with the West Michigan Junior Strings and the Nancy K. Poppen Program locally, and maintains a private studio as well. 7pm Music $5 6:15 Russian Cuisine: Borscht, Salad Oliver, Beef Stroganoff, Glass of House Wine (or shot of Vodka), Russian Blini $17 RSVP to (231) 894-5333 or bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information.

Wednesday, December 5:

Book Club Red Notice by: Bill Browder
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5pm Screening of Documentary: “Justice for Sergei Magnitsky” 6pm Book Discussion Book Club Red Notice by: Bill Browder In November 2009, the young lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was beaten to death by eight police officers in a freezing cell in a Moscow prison. His crime? Testifying against Russian officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the whitewash of this imprisonment and murder. The killing hasn’t been investigated. It hasn’t been punished. Bill Browder is still campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend. This is his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through battles with ruthless oligarchs in turbulent post-Soviet Union Moscow, to the shadowy heart of the Kremlin.
With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn, Red Notice is a shocking political roller-coaster. Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information.

Thursday, December 6:

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Jazz Night Ninth Coast Jazz Ensemble
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night Ninth Coast Jazz Ensemble. Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information.

Hammered Holidays: MADL Thursday Night Music Club
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Start the season off right with all of your holiday favorites performed on the hammered dulcimer and acoustic guitar by Pam Bowman and Jeff Gardner at the Norton Shores Library.  No registration or tickets are required.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Paint Like A Girl at Pigeon Hill Brewing
December 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This beer and canvas event will benefit the Girls on the Run program. Your $25 registration fee covers two hours of guided instruction, an 11×14 canvas, paint and supplies to create your very own version of “Stargazing,” the featured painting for the evening. Grab your girlfriends and make it a Ladies’ Night Out to support a great cause! For more information, call (231) 375-5184

Friday, December 7:

Art Cats Gallery 19th Anniversary Celebration
December 7 @ 10:00 am – December 8 @ 5:00 pm
Wow! It’s been 19 years since Art Cats Gallery opened their doors!  Friday and Saturday, December 7 – 8 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, help them celebrate while enjoying 19% off jewelry, holiday décor and select art work.  You can also sign up to win a basket filled with 19 of their favorite things.  Savor holiday treats and delight in the deliciousness of Muskegon’s “Only Cannoli” as well!  For more information call (231) 755-7606

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
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.
Friday, December 7 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Silverado Band
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
They are a West Michigan based variety band playing everything from private clubs, bars, stage shows, campgrounds, weddings, to private parties. Their music styles range from Your Cheating Heart by Hank Williams, Crazy by Patsy Cline, I Love This Bar by Toby Keith to Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis, All Shook Up by Elvis Presley, There Goes My Heart by the Mavericks, etc. Their ability to play a wide selection of polkas, waltzes and line dances allows them to please most audiences. Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information

West Michigan Concert Winds: A Carton Christmas
7:30 pm
Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Concert Winds presents “A Cartoon Christmas!”  Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and children, $8.00 for groups of 6 or more and $30.00 for season tickets which include 4 concerts.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.

Saturday, December 8:

Art Cats Gallery 19th Anniversary Celebration
December 7 @ 10:00 am – December 8 @ 5:00 pm
Wow! It’s been 19 years since Art Cats Gallery opened their doors!  Friday and Saturday, December 7 – 8 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, help them celebrate while enjoying 19% off jewelry, holiday décor and select art work.  You can also sign up to win a basket filled with 19 of their favorite things.  Savor holiday treats and delight in the deliciousness of Muskegon’s “Only Cannoli” as well!  For more information call (231) 755-7606

A Christmas Carol
December 8 – December 9
Muskegon Community College will present performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” on December 8 and 9 to benefit the Overbrook Theater renovation.  It will also be a launch of the Golden Anniversary Celebration of the Frauenthal Foundation Art Center Building, which houses the theater.  Shows take place on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for MCC students. Tickets may be purchased at the MCC Overbrook Theater Box Office.  For more information, call (231) 777-0324.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Winter Wonderland Super Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Winter Wonderland Super Saturday!” This is a free family fun day featuring:
• 11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA Docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Make & Take Landscapes: Create your own winter wonderland!
For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Santa Claus is coming to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Santa Claus is coming to the Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. taproom on Saturday, December 8 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm! 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 through the community this holiday season.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

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

Delicious Demise
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”
This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this! They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45, or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Light‘em Up Santa Roll
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 8 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, the West Michigan Coast Riders invite you to join them for the “Light‘em Up Santa Roll!” Gather at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company to celebrate Christmas on your bike. This family friendly bike ride is free, however, because Christmas is also about helping others you are encouraged to bring an item, or three, for the Kid’s Food Basket Wish List. There will be a donation box located inside of Pigeon Hill.
This is a slow roll not a race. Expect speeds not to exceed 10 mph. For full details visit their website at http://www.wmcoastriders.org/light-em-up.html.

The Accidentals & Friends
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for The Accidentals & Friends! The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) are kicking off the year as major label artists, having released their debut album, “Odyssey,” with Sony Masterworks in August of 2017.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. $45 VIP Preshow Meet & Greet tickets are also available. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Acoustic Oasis
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phil Petersen and Glen Miller, AKA Acoustic Oasis, are two guys who love playing music. Inspired by the music of such artists as CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Jack Johnson and Ray Lamontagne, we have created a playlist of covers and originals adding many instruments along the way. Our sound now includes 6 and 12 string guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, clarinet and harmonica. Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information.

Sunday, December 9:

Holiday on Ice Show
3:30 pm
The Holiday on Ice Show is a figure skating showcase happening Sunday, December 9 at 3:45pm at the L.C. Walker Arena! Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club will present an unforgettable experience for the entire family. The Holiday on Ice Show highlights the talents of the club’s competitive skaters who range in age from 5 – 16 years old. Dressed in festive costumes, the skaters will perform routines to many of your favorite holiday classics. The suggested donation is $5 per person.  For more information find Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club on Facebook.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Free Concert
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free concert featuring The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys performing the traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” with carols and readings of the Christmas story from both Old and New Testaments!  For more information, call 231-722-2112.

A Christmas Carol
December 8 – December 9
Muskegon Community College will present performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” on December 8 and 9 to benefit the Overbrook Theater renovation.  It will also be a launch of the Golden Anniversary Celebration of the Frauenthal Foundation Art Center Building, which houses the theater.  Shows take place on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for MCC students. Tickets may be purchased at the MCC Overbrook Theater Box Office.  For more information, call (231) 777-0324.

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/26/18 – 12/03/18

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

Becky’s New Car
Through December 2
Through December 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Becky’s New Car,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!
Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life?  Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night, a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 and $20.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

14th Annual Festival of Trees
November 21 – December 2
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 14th Annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration is on through December 2.  The Festival will be open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and more!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information.

When Mark Twain Came To Michigan: Multi-media presentation with Al and David Eicher
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join Hackley public Library for a compelling presentation in honor of Mark Twain’s birthday!  Al and Dave Eicher will give a multi-media lecture focusing on the period of time Samuel Clemens took the name Mark Twain, and came to Michigan.  After several years and research, Al and David have collected 150 (or more) old photographs of this time, plus a diary of his travels in Michigan.  You will see the good years of Mark Twain and his times of great loss.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Trivia Night
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Test your wits with your team while enjoying food, fun and prizes.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Team Trivia Game Show
November 26 @ 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.

Pianist Steve Thielman
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, November 27 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy your morning coffee and danish accompanied by tunes played by Steve Thielman on the piano.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
November 27 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, November 27 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet!  Made up of members of the West Michigan Concert Winds, the Lafayette Woodwind Quintet will present a variety of classical pieces.  This is their first performance for Feeding the Soul of the City.  For more information, call 231-722-2112.
The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Brown Bag Auction
November 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 27 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, you’re invited to join the Greater Muskegon Jaycees for a Brown Bag Auction to benefit the Old Newsies’ Goodfellows at Mibar! This is an event you do not want to miss!  Bring an item or two (minimum of $5 value) in an unlabeled and unsealed brown paper bag to be auctioned off by special guest emcee, Greg Chase, co-owner of Rad Dad’s Tacos.  Dinner will be appetizers and finger foods.  Please bring a dish to pass.  For more information, call (231) 412-0705.

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

MCC Improv Presents: Home for the Holidazed
November 28 – December 1
November 28 – December 1, at 7:30pm, come to the Overbrook Theater at Muskegon Community College as MCC Improv presents, “Home for the Holidazed,” a holiday review based on the play by Frank Wedekind.  For more information or tickets, call (231) 777-0324.  This is part of MCC’s ahFest!

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree
November 29 – December 1
2018 marks the 34th 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. For more information, visit www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com.

Jazz Night: In the Blue Jazz
November 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 29 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring In the Blue Jazz!  This ensemble provides exciting live music from jazz standards to Motown, rock and funk.  For more information call 231-894-533

Back Alley Comedy Club: Tom Green
November 30 – December 1
Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, and Saturday, December 1 at 6:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club at Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedy from Tom Green!
Tom Green exploded on MTV with the groundbreaking comedy show “The Tom Green Show.”  Before reality TV, YouTube and social media existed, Tom Green’s man-on-the-street pranks changed television forever.  He’s graced the cover of Rolling Stone, hosted Saturday Night Live, guest hosted Letterman, and appeared on Oprah, Jay Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, Conan, The Daily Show and more!  The success of the Tom Green Show has landed him roles in mainstream Hollywood movies like Road Trip, Freddy Got Fingered, Stealing Harvard, Charlies Angels and more!  Now Tom Green’s sold out Stand-Up Comedy Tour is getting 5 star reviews worldwide.  His brilliantly cracked view of the world around him makes for non-stop laughter every time.
Tickets are $27 ($25 plus $2 online service charge).  For more information, call 231-755-1258.

The Santaland Diaries
November 30 – December 1
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris!
Arranged by Joe Mantello and presented by Andrew Zahrt, “The Santaland Diaries” is the story of a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter.  When a new Santa is ushered into the workshop, one who seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, our hero experiences an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.
This show features adult content and is for mature elves only. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for MMA members in advance.  Call 231-720-2580 to order advance tickets.  The cost will be $15 at the door.  Cocktail hour at the cash bar begins at 6:30pm.  The performance begins at 7:30pm.

Holidays in Lakeside
December 1
Saturday, December 1 from 11:00am – 5:00pm, get in the spirit of the season with “Holidays in Lakeside,” a fun family event featuring visits with Santa, carriage rides, a gift basket raffle, merchant sales & specials and a free movie at the Harbor Cinema.  The lighting of the Pocket Park Christmas Tree will be Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm.  For more information, visit www.lakesidedistrict.com.
• 11:00am  Santa Claus at the Harbor Cinema with on-site photographer available
• 11:00am – 3:00pm – Community Bake Sale at Lakeside Center
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Horse-drawn carriage rides
• 12:00pm – Ice sculpting demo in front of Marine Tap Room
• 1:00pm  Holiday movie, “The Santa Clause” at Harbor Cinema

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza 2018
December 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Lakes Mall for their “Holiday Shopping Extravaganza,” featuring over 40 pop-up businesses and crafters, baked goods, kettle popcorn, handmade items and more!  Bring the kids to play in the mall’s play area and to take a picture with Santa!  For more information, call (231) 798-7104.

Free Horse Drawn Wagon Ride
December 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, bring the family and enjoy a free wagon ride downtown with shopping stops at the Farmers’ Market and Western Market Chalets!  It’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.  For more information, call 231-724-6777.

Holiday Shopping Frenzy
December 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 1 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Mona Lake Boating Club for the Holiday Shopping Frenzy! Pick up some great gifts from many vendors selling homemade crafts, jewelry and much more! There’ll be a taco lunch served from 11:30am – 2:00pm and raffle drawings every half-hour beginning at noon. For more information, call (231) 798-4011.

Santa Clause Open House
December 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Fruitport Fire Department has recently spoken with Santa Clause and it has been revealed that the jolly old elf himself will be at station #2 Saturday, December 1 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm!  Be sure to bring your Christmas list and appetite.  Doughnut holes, punch and coffee will be served.  For more information, call (231) 773-9312.

66th Annual White Lake Christmas Parade
December 1 @ 2:00 pm
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Saturday, December 1, over 50 participants will line up and follow the parade route from Whitehall to Montague along Business 31/Colby Street.  The American Legion and VFW will lead the event along with the proud Christmas Parade Title Sponsor, Shepherd & Shepherd Law.  The parade begins at 2:00pm.  Both Montague and Whitehall High School’s marching bands will be stepping out joined by area scout troops!  The 66th 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 www.whitelake.org.

Stibitz Farms Family Weekend
December 1 – December 2
December 1 – 2 at 2:00pm, you’re invited to Stibitz Farms for their “Family Weekend” event! There’ll be hot cocoa, coffee and cake available as Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit with the kids and take pictures.  Stibitz Farms is located just south of Whitehall and is open spring through fall. Christmas season sales begin right after Thanksgiving each year.  Call 231-894-6341 for more information.

Global Fat Bike Day at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 1 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA) invites you to bike under the lights at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex as they celebrate Global Fat Bike Day! All types of bikes and all ages are invited to this fun event taking place on the designated trails in Muskegon State Park. Biking the trails will be followed by some live acoustic music and s’mores at the lodge! There is no cost for season pass holders. Non-members are $10 per person or $40 per family. Funds raised will benefit the complex and Mosquito Creek Trails. For more information, find the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on Facebook.

Live Music: The Smiths
December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 1 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from The Smiths, Montague’s favorite husband and wife duo!  For more information call 231-894-53

Performances @The Block: Cabaret with the Paul Langford Quartet
December 1 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for a Cabaret with the Paul Langford Quartet!  Paul Langford will perform an evening of jazz standards and pop favorites with his stellar quartet from Chicago.  Think Buble and Diane Krall mixed with Cole Porter, Al Jarreau, the Gershwins, Gino Vanelli and James Taylor.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:15pm.

Circle of Trees & Dog Parade
December 2
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.
• 12:00pm – 4:00pm/Tree Decorating (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

The Swan Series
December 2 @ 4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.
-December 2 – Christmas Inspiration!-
Composers throughout history have loved writing for the Christmas season. Bob will share about the many examples, from Corelli to Menotti, Bach to Brahms, and the beloved Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era oratorio that still awes listeners 259 years after the composer’s death. This was originally an Easter offering, but is now a fixture of the Christmas season.
-February 10 – The Radicals-
The Swan Series continues with an in-depth look at Beethoven’s Symphony #1 in C Major and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Mr. Swan will show us how these composers, who were radicals in their day, paved the way for the music of the future.
-March 10 – Wagner’s Tristan Undisolde-
Ending the current Swan Series, Bob will discuss the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s great opera “Tristan und Isolde” and how it is an incredible offering to music, beauty, and love. Looking closer at the inner workings of this enigmatic music will show us that it is both puzzling and yet pure.
The Swan Series is a program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music. More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Matt Stofsky
December 2 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 2 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Matt Stofsky! Matt is a stand-up comic and human person who traded the beards and flannels of Seattle for the beards and flannels of Brooklyn. He is a regular at Caroline’s on Broadway, where he has worked with the likes of Norm Macdonald, Kevin Nealon, Christopher Titus, Chris Hardwick, and many others. In addition to his work in the NYC clubs, Matt headlines colleges around the country and regularly opens for comedy legend Louie Anderson on the road, including a recent 9-show run through Ontario, Canada.
Doors open at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. For more information, call Don at 616-570-8765

From South Tyrol Italy with Sofia
December 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, December 3 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “From South Tyrol Italy with Sofia!”  South Tyrol is an autonomous province in northern Italy.  It is one of the two autonomous provinces that make up the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.  Sofia will share her authentic recipes for Canederli, Spatzle and Kaisershmarren.  This will be a meal, so come to class hungry.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign

Evening of Elegance
December 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening of Elegance is a showcase of holiday themed tablescapes presented in the beauty of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club. Viewing only of the table designs will take place November 26 – December 1 from 10:00am – 5:00pm and December 2 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.  Viewing during these hours is free and open to the public.  If you would like to dine in the beauty of these tablescapes, make reservations for Monday, December 3 at 6:30pm.  Enjoy a catered dinner, holiday cheer, a live choral performance of the North Muskegon Choir and delicious desserts. Tickets are $25/person.  Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.

Holiday Ornament Making
December 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, December 3 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Robin Nidelcheff Studio invites you to participate in parent and child ornament making class.  You will make 5 clay ornaments which will be fired and ready for pick-up on December 10.  For more information, call 215-888-4779.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/19/18 – 11/26/18

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

Becky’s New Car
Through December 2
Through December 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Becky’s New Car,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life?  Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night, a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 and $20.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience!  The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.  The Flea Market at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday, May – October from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Pianist Steve Thielman
November 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, November 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy music from Steve Thielman on piano while you enjoy your morning coffee and danish.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

14th Annual Festival of Trees
November 21 @ 11:00 am – December 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 14th Annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs November 21 through December 2.  The Festival will be open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, noon to 5:00pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving.  Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival. Raffles, music and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun.  Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop and more!  Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets or for more information. www.muskegonartmuseum.org

ReThink West Michigan
November 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, November 21 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Muskegon Area First and ReThink West Michigan invite you to join them at The Block in Downtown Muskegon for a networking event unlike any other!  This casual event takes place the night before Thanksgiving and features hors d’ oeuvres, free drink tickets, and gift bags for all!  Meet representatives from companies who are hiring in a variety of fields such as engineers, supply chain planners, supervisors, licensed real estate agents, medical assistants, accounting, administrative, technical, sales, agriculture, and much more.  For more information, call Muskegon Area First at 231-722-3751.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 21 @ 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.

Wednesday, November 21 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the U17 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Main Street Dueling Pianos
November 21 @ 8:00 pm
November 21 at 8:00pm, come to the Watermark 920 for Main Street Dueling Pianos! These entertainers have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs giving the audience an unforgettable night of singing, hand-clapping and dancing at this all request show. Please be advised this show may contain adult content and strong language. Tickets are $15 and available online only at https://bpt.me/3741917. You must be 21 or older to attend and there will be a cash bar. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 22 @ 9:00 am
Run Muskegon’s annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is happening Thursday, November 22 at 9:00am! Gather at the MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center for this fun-run to benefit local food pantries as well as raising funds to snowplow the downtown Lakeshore Trail.  This family friendly 5k is a perfect way to jumpstart Thanksgiving morning.  Get festive, wear a turkey hat and earn that extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner!

Sign up online by visiting www.runmkg.com or go directly to the registration site at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Muskegon/turkey?remMeAttempt.  If you don’t want to pre-registration online, you can sign-up in person on Thanksgiving morning from 8:00am – 8:45am at the MCC Fitness Center. (All participants must sign a waiver.)  There will be collection buckets at the registration tables to make your donations to Run Muskegon.  They’ll have volunteers outside of MCC collecting canned food items.  The recommended donation is $10 per participant along with a canned food item.

Run Muskegon host weekly group runs which can be found by following them on Facebook or visiting their website at www.runmkg.com.

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet in the Embassy Ballroom
November 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by those you are most thankful for at their Thanksgiving Buffet!

Featuring:

Chef Carved Whole Roasted Turkey with Simmered Natural Gravy
Chef Carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib
Honey Molasses Glazed Pork with Cherry Chutney
Double Smoked Ham
Mushroom Ravioli with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Cranberry Relish
Whipped Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Apple Sage Stuffing
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Green Bean Casserole
Dill Butter Carrots
Supreme Salad Bar
Smoked Salmon Platter
Pasta Salad
Butternut Bisque
Chef Attended Omelet Station
Crisp Bacon
Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
Cinnamon Sticky Buns
Assorted Pies & Desserts

The cost is $22.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 5 – 12 years old. Under 12 are free! For reservations please call 231-720-7116 or email Stephanie@himuskegon.com.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Lake House Waterfront Grille
November 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join The Lake House Waterfront Grille Thursday, November 22 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious array of holiday favorites including:

• Chef carved herb roasted turkey with homemade gravy
• Maple and honey glazed ham
• Fresh lake perch
• Garlic parmesan mashed potatoes
• Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon
• Bourbon/maple glazed sweet potatoes
• Apple/cranberry stuffing
• Baked macaroni and cheese
• Roasted fall vegetables
• Maple roasted butternut squash
• Garden vegetable salad bar
• Harvest pasta salad
• Spiced apple butternut squash bisque
• Freshly baked rolls and cornbread
• Homemade pies and fun desserts

Reservations are strongly suggested. To secure your table, please call 231-722-4461. The cost is $32 for adults or $12 for children 3 – 12. Children 2 and under are free!

Black Friday Shenanigans with Pigeon Hill Brewing
November 23 @ 9:30 am
Friday, November 23 from 9:30am – midnight, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for some Black Friday Shenanigans! ‘Tis (almost) the season and once again, they are throwing a bit of a party on Black Friday!

Beginning at 9:30am, they will be releasing cans of S’More Beast in My Cup and Cinna-Gram on French Toast (formerly known as YGOFT).  Cans will be available one block away at their production facility located at 441 W. Western Ave. At 12:00pm, remaining cans will be moved to their taproom for purchase.

Beginning at 10:00am, they will throw open the doors to the taproom! They will have S’More Beast, Cinna-Gram, Cinna-Mom, and lots of other great beer on tap. Club sign-ups will also be available. Bring some breakfast and be ready for a fun morning of great friends and great beer…cheers!

• S’More Beast In My Cup: $18/4-pack with a 2 case limit
• Cinna-Gram on French Toast: $24/4-pack with a 2 case limit

These beers are available while supplies last! For more information, call (231) 375-5184 or find them on Facebook.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 23 @ 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.

Friday, November 23 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Open Mic Night
November 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, November 23 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s time for another Red Lotus Center for the Arts Open Mic Night!  Come out and show off your stuff or just sit and be amazed, your choice!  Any kind of talent is welcome –– songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and you don’t burn the place down.

To stay up to date on all of their events, follow them on Facebook! www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Holidays in the City
November 24
Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us!  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 24 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club Retail Center and multiple local retail outlets on Western Ave., in Midtown and along Pine St. will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.  Saturday evening, November 24, a community Christmas tree lighting takes place in Hackley Park!  Meet Santa, enjoy entertainment from local youth and refreshments provided by the Salvation Army as they kick-off their red bucket season.  For more information, find “Holidays in the City” on Facebook

Alternative to Shopping: Let’s Create Delicious Meals with Turkey Leftovers
November 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Alternative to Shopping: Let’s Create Delicious Meals with Turkey Leftovers!”

Don’t shop this weekend, learn several recipes that will help you use up your turkey leftovers.  There are so many ways to use up every morsel of that bird including soup, casserole, appetizers, pot pies, etc. Chef Jamie will be leading this class and has all kinds of ideas to share.  There will be plenty to eat in class and take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Holiday Artisan Market
November 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shop in the elegance of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club! An eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans. One stop shopping for that special gift that is sure to impress!

Shop Unique, Shop Local, Shop Lakeside on Small Business Saturday
November 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 11:00am – 5:00pm, visit the unique and eclectic brick and mortar shops of Lakeside as they celebrate Small Business Saturday and all things Lakeside!  Shop for art, flowers, candy, yarn, jewelry, t-shirts and pizza.  Enjoy a fabulous meal at SE4SONS or pizza at Zalomas.  Buy jewelry and art at Art Cats Gallery and flowers at Wassermann’s.  Treat yourself to some scrumptious fudge at Lakeside Emporium or indulge your yarn addiction at Apple Knits & Purls. Find a Michigan hoodie at Lakeside Landings or delicious tea at Bananadog Store.  Find Books at Gracie’s Bookstore, movies at the classic Harbor Cinema, anything you could possibly want at Ghezzis Market or a burger at the Marine Tap Room-the best little bar in Michigan.  Try some yoga at Blue Horizons, Zumba at Water’s Edge Fitness and get all prettied up at Dockside Salon and Uptown.  Does your pet need a new do?  Sitting Pretty is there for you.  Lakeside has it all!  Visit them on Small Business Saturday and every day.  www.lakesidedistrict.com

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours Kick-Off Event
November 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, experience the Hackley and Hume homes by candlelight to celebrate the holiday season.  This will be the big kick-off for the holiday tours of these beautiful lumber barons’ mansions with ornament decorating, cookies, and hot chocolate in the courtyard.

Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12. For more information, call 231-722-7578.

“Mary Poppins” to Benefit CHGS-Muskegon
November 24 @ 4:30 pm
Walt Disney Studio’s classic musical-fantasy film “Mary Poppins,” which won five Academy Awards including Best Actress by Julie Andrews in the title role, will be shown on Saturday, November 24 at 4:30pm at the USS Silversides Museum!  All tickets are $6 per person and include a bag of popcorn.  All benefits go to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies-Muskegon, which presents programs on tolerance and understanding to the entire community.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Based on P. L. Travers’s book series Mary Poppins, the film combines live-action and animation. Andrews, in her feature film debut, stars as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamic. Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns are featured in supporting roles Released in 1964, the film received a total of 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won five: Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Delicious Demise
November 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”

This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role or a small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!

They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45 or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

DATES:
• 11/24/18
• 12/8/18
• 01/05/19
• 02/02/19
• 03/16/19
• 04/06/19
• 05/04/19

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 24 @ 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.

Saturday, November 24 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Zakk Jones Trio
November 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Zakk Jones Trio!  This dynamic group fluidly blends styles as varied as modern jazz, Americana, country and fusion, often even in the same songs.  Between unique arrangements of classic songs, standards and original material, the trio brings the audience a fresh listening experience that’s filled with creative improvisations.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
November 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 25 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12. For more information, call 231-722-7578.

When Mark Twain Came To Michigan: Multi-media presentation with Al and David Eicher
November 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, November 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join Hackley public Library for a compelling presentation in honor of Mark Twain’s birthday!  Al and Dave Eicher will give a multi-media lecture focusing on the period of time Samuel Clemens took the name Mark Twain, and came to Michigan.  After several years and research, Al and David have collected 150 (or more) old photographs of this time, plus a diary of his travels in Michigan.  You will see the good years of Mark Twain and his times of great loss.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.