Calendar of Events

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

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

Special Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events November 4-11, 2019

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

Monday November 4:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday November 5:

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

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

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

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

Wednesday November 6:

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

Thursday November 7:

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

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

Friday November 8:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday November 9:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday November 10:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 14 – 21, 2019

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

Monday October 14:

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday October 15:

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

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

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

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

Wednesday October 16:

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

Thursday October 17:

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

After Hours Tours: FREE
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave. during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms.  The tours will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are free and open to the public. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Thursday Night Music Club: Box On
7:00 pm
Visit the Norton Shores Library located at 705 Seminole Rd. for the Thursday Night Music Club featuring Box On!  This dynamic family polka band brings youth, excitement and energy to this favorite musical genre.  Admission is free.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Back to the Beat: Halloween Adult Roller Skating Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center located at 1775 Evanston Ave. for the “Back to the Beat” adult roller skating night!  This is a Halloween social that’ll be such a fright, featuring skating, hocus pocus, Halloween and 90’s music all night!  Join them for a good time for adults 18 and older!  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  Admission is $6.  Regular skate rental is $4, roller blades are $5 and premium rental is $6.  For more information call (231) 773-5538.

Grand Opening: Mylan’s Waterfront Grille
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of Mylan’s Waterfront Grille located at 115 N. Mears. Participate in the adult Mini Pumpkin Painting Contest for a chance to win free merchandise and gift cards.  Entry is $5 and includes your pumpkin, paint and alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic punch!  You’ll also enjoy ½ off select appetizers.  Be sure to get there by 5:00pm for the Ribbon Cutting!  For more information call (231) 894-0947.

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

Fetch Cycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

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

Friday October 18:

Show of Champions
9:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Show of Champions!  The Pioneer District Quartet Champions Association will feature Power Play, Frontier, Remix, Upper Deck and Extension Cords at this fun Barber Shop Quartet Show which takes place immediately following this year’s contest.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Students are $10.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Once Upon a Murder Mystery
6:00 pm
The North Muskegon Library located at 1522 Ruddiman Dr.  has an event happening.  Join them in the enchanted forest for an evening of food and fun as you and other attendees try to determine if Queen Black really wants peace or if things are about to turn deadly.  The cost is $10 per person and includes food & beverages. Register at the library where you will be assigned a storybook character.  This event is for ages 16 and up.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
You can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site located at 484 W. Webster Ave.! Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  Enjoy different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, the Hackley House during the Red Cross years, the Hume home as a Daycare Center, as well as future projects.  Please RSVP by calling 231-722-7578.  The cost is $20 or $15 for members.

Friday Family Fun Night: Smashing Pumpkins
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for a Smashing Pumpkins Friday Family Fun Night!  It’s a date night at the museum for the whole family featuring extended museum hours with fun stations and themes.  Smashing Pumpkins will feature their museum-built trebuchet!  Kids can paint their own pumpkin (while supplies last), then take it home or take it outside and smash it!  They can also make a popsicle stick catapult to test with candy pumpkins.  Admission is only $5 or free for museum members and Muskegon County residents.  For more information call the museum during business hours at 231-722-0278.

West Michigan Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
My Space Office and Storage located at 1657 S. Getty St. invites you to join them for their Fall Vendor Sale, offering 10,000+ square  feet of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic décor, handmade jewelry, mid-century modern, re-purposed furniture and so much more.  The entire building will be open to the public featuring dozens of local businesses.  For more information call 231-726-3624.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Saturday October 19:

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days: FREE
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Swanson’s Pickles & pickle tasting)
Our collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors! Today’s sponsor is Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting. For more information call 231-722-1363

West Michigan Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
My Space Office and Storage located at 1657 S. Getty St. invites you to join them for their Fall Vendor Sale, offering 10,000+ square  feet of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic décor, handmade jewelry, mid-century modern, re-purposed furniture and so much more.  The entire building will be open to the public featuring dozens of local businesses.  For more information call 231-726-3624.

Halloween Bash
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bring the family, friends and neighbors to the Muskegon Farmers Market for the Halloween Bash!  This free event features a costume parade starting from the Farmers Market stage. Visit with the Critter Barn, Princesses, and Super Heroes!  Decorate a pumpkin, play some games, win prizes, and trick or treat.  Activities will be spread between the Farmers Market to Western Market Shops and everything is while supplies last.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

Spook-tacular Watercolors Craft 
2:00 pm
Children’s book illustrator Lori McElrath-Eslick is back at Hackley Library located at 316 W. Webster Ave.  She’ll help you learn how to paint with watercolors and create a spooky design just in time for Halloween.  Adult supervision is required for younger participants. This free event is for kids 5 and up.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Delicious Demise: “Cocktail Party Set in a Fine Winery”
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Art of Cookery for “Delicious Demise!: Participants act out the roles with scripts and as much hilarity as they wish.   You will be emailed your character, costume suggestion (easy and optional) and more information about the theme prior to arrival.  The mystery activities and buffet last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  To register online, click the link below and find the right date(s) for you.  To register offline call 231-740-4065 or email ICan@artcookery.com.  The cost is $40.  This event is not suitable for those under 17 due to adult themes.

Muskegon Lumberjack’s Home Game -VS- Green Bay Gamblers
Puck drops @7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch the home game at the L.C. Walker Arena located at 955 Fourth St.  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00pm
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Lakeside Emporium to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. For more information call 231-755-9933.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.
🍁 Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). 610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI * Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757

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

Sunday October 20:

Yoga – Beer Event
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. invites you to their Beer/Yoga Event at their new facility located at 895 5th St.! A tour of the new facility will take place after yoga.  Then you will gather at the taproom for a beer and community hang out!  Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.  Registration is highly encouraged.  Only $10 will get you a 1 hour vinyasa yoga class (all levels welcome) and a level one beer.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, or come alone! Yoga starts promptly at 11:00am.  To register or for more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Monday October 21:

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

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

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

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 7 – 14, 2019

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

Monday October 7:

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

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

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

Tuesday October 8:

Legends and Lore Downtown Walking Tour
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This tour will feature Muskegon lore, legends, and scandals.  The evening will start inside the historic Union Depot building, include a brief tour of the Hackley Public Library and Torrent House, and end at 18th Amendment Distillery with a drink and final tale!  They will highlight other notable residents, buildings and events along the way.  The cost is $25.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

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

Paint and Sip
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Come to “Paint and Sip” at Lombardo’s Sports Bar located at 2190 Whitehall Rd., North Muskegon. You’ll create a Halloween themed canvas painting with easy step by step guided instruction.  All supplies are included.  There will be limited seating, so reserve your spot soon!  You have the option to arrive at Lombardo’s a half hour early to pay the day of the event, or pay online through Eventbrite.com with an added online fee.  The cost is $35.  Please email katrina@artcreationstation.com or message Art Creation Station on Facebook with questions.

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

Wednesday October 9:

Hello Fall at Hennessy’s Pub
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
It’s “Hello Fall at Hennessy’s Pub!” All registered artists for this event will receive a $5.00 food voucher for the delicious Hennessy menu.  This event is for ages 18 & up and features a bigger 16×20 canvas!  The cost is only $30 per artist.  You’ll create a “Hello Fall” masterpiece and all necessary supplies, and step-by-step instructions from an artist are included. Payment is collected at the event.  (Credit Card or exact cash accepted)  Reserve your easel today.  This event is reservation only, so e-mail createaframeshows@yahoo.com!

ahfest FREE Film Fest: Green Book
6:00 pm
Each of the films in this year’s film fest has been chosen with the 2019 ahfest theme—HOPE—in mind. Learn more about the Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival at ahfest.org.
All films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Films begin at 6:00pm with a brief introduction by Muskegon Community College English and Film instructor Mary Tyler. Each film ends with an optional discussion lead by Mary Tyler.  Admission and popcorn are free!  Attending every film allows you to enter a drawing to win a Grand Prize!  For more information call 231-720-2570. October 9 | Green Book – 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

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

Thursday October 10:

Author Happy Hour with Mary Agria
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Laced with gardening tips, and wisdom, TIME IN A GARDEN (LIFE IN THE GARDEN Series Book 1, 2006) is an inspiring story of emotional and spiritual growth. “A must-read for the contemplative gardener…” – Suffolk Times, 2006; “Richly drawn characters who continue to be haunted by ultimate questions of mortality and spirituality… pure wisdom.” – 5-Stars, Amazon.com; “… one of my top ten best reads. The characters are beautiful. I loved this book. It garnered positive reviews from our book club.” Barnes & Noble, 5-Star Review

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

AhFest HOPE Growers Reception: FREE TO PUBLIC
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Muskegon Community College and the West Shore Symphony invite you to The Block for the “AhFest HOPE Growers Reception!”  Hosted by ahFest (Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival), this is an informal arts-council style collaboration consisting of fourteen members from music and museums to art, theatre, film, humanities, radio, tourism and more.  This event is free to the public and no reservations are needed.  Light snacks, a cash bar and live music will be the backdrop for several engaging Hope Grower presentations from those who are finding and growing HOPE in their own backyards.  For more information, visit www.ahfest.org.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

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

Fetch Cycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Open Mic Night with Kumasi Mack
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster for Open Mic Night with Kumasi Mack! Kumasi, alongside his DJ and two featured artists, will provide a night of spoken word at the MMA.  Spoken word pieces will relate to themes explored in the exhibition Undying Traditions: Memento Mori.  Crowd participation is welcome and this event is free!  For more information call 231-720-2570

Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley at the beautiful Book Nook and Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague. Great atmosphere for locals and travelers alike!

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

Friday October 11:

Comedian Steve Hofstetter
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Check out the Back Alley Comedy Club for Comedian Steve Hofstetter!  Steve has a whopping 150 million views on YouTube, and is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1.  His book, “Ginger Kid,” is a top 5 pick on Amazon and debuted at number one in its category.  Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of “Laughs” (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more.  His second movie debuted this past winter, and he has had two top 20 comedy albums (including one that hit number 1 on iTunes comedy charts).  He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and the New York Times, among others.  Tickets are only $20!  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm & 7:00pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
October 11 – October 12
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Saturday October 12:

Muskegon Civic Theatre Penguin Project presents: Peter Pan Jr.
October 12 – October 13
October 12 at 7:30pm and October 13 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Peter Pan Jr.! Tickets are $11.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Little Landscapes Super Saturday: FREE
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Little Landscapes Super Saturday! This free family fun day will allow you to experience landscapes like never before!  Admission and activities are free!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore The Land: Art by Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Create your own landscape using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Lundell Farms Fall Fun Day
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join Lundell Farms for a Fall Fun Day! Visit with the animals, enjoy a hayride, buy your pumpkins to take home, and more!  For more information call (231) 740-8672.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
5:00 pm & 7:00pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room
4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room!  Watson and Holmes are working against the clock and they need your help!  Clues abound in this escape room, but do you have the wits to solve the mystery in time?  Registration is required.  Groups must have at least one adult, and can be no larger than 8 participants.  To register and claim a time slot please call 231-722-8014.  This escape room is free.  All ages are recommended.

Halloween Full Moon Monster Bash Aboard the Aquastar
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Board the Aquastar for a “Halloween Full Moon Monster Bash!”  This is a party for the grown ups and will be the last cruise of 2019.  There’ll be a costume contest with prizes for best male and female costumes, as well as drink specials, dancing and fun as the sun sets and the full moon rises! Tickets are $28 and won’t last long, so visit www.aquastarcruises.com and make your reservations today!  For more information, call 231-903-0669.

Muskegon Lumberjack’s Home Opener-VS- U17
Puck drops @7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch the home opener Saturday, October 12 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on U17.  It’s 13 On Your Side Night!  Tickets range from $10 – $17.  For more information call (231) 724-5225.

City of the Dead
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Evergreen Cemetery to experience “City of the Dead!” Meet some of the city’s founding fellows, names well known and not, in this historic walking tour featuring historical re-enactments.   The event is rain or shine.  Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if needed and to wear walking shoes in addition to dressing for the weather. The tour does go off the paved path.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  For more information call 231-755-2932.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
7:00 pm – 10:00
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in the Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St., the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room
October 11 – October 12
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the “Mad Scientist’s Lab Escape Room!” The mad minds at the LSMC are at it again, and this time they are testing your skills to see if you can escape the mad scientist lab in 60 minutes.  This escape room will challenge your teamwork and problem solving as you try to get out before it is too late!  Register at Eventbrite.com. The cost is $20.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Bluegrass Festival: Calabogie Road
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calabogie Road is a true West Michigan favorite. Tight harmonies, great song selections, and a passion for performing and entertaining are the hallmarks of the Calabogie Road Experience. As veterans of Michigan’s Bluegrass scene, going back to 1983 and earlier, the members of Calabogie Road truly enjoy every minute onstage and there is always something for everybody at their concerts. Hot pickin’ from Mark’s mandolin and Steve’s banjo, exciting fiddling from Marten, the very best rhythm guitar around from Ruth, and a solid bass line from John make for some exciting shows! Throw in their great harmonies and humor and what have you got? THE CALABOGIE ROAD experience! During Pumpkinfest – Bloody Mary Bar $5. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Bluegrass Festival: Danny Seabolt Experience
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dan Seabolt, a.k.a. Danny, at the age of 12, began studying with master guitar player John King of “The Oat Bran Boys” focusing on music theory and technique. Over the past thirty years he has continued to play with “The Oat Bran Boys” at such places as The Red Rooster Tavern on Scenic Dr. in Muskegon Michigan. They can be heard (and seen) every Wednesday night serenading dinner guests. He also performs with his brother Dave’s band, “Free Wheelin”, based in Big Rapids Michigan. $5 Suggested Cover Dinner at 6:00 Oktoberfest: German brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, rye bread$10. $1 off Oktoberfest beer. Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Fall into Painting
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center and “Fall into Painting!” The leaves are changing colors all around us. Visit the museum to learn about the science behind this color change and make your own painted trees to take home.  This walk-in, open-house style event is $5, or free to Muskegon County Residents.  Call (231) 722-0278 for more information.

Tempting Tables
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Pine Street Mercantile presents “Tempting Tables” to benefit breast cancer research. Come to the Delta Hotel by Marriot Muskegon Downtown to enjoy this extraordinary biannual event featuring exquisite table settings and unique collections!  For more info. call (231) 830-4255.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, May through October, to enjoy food, entertainment, and “Treasure Alley” – a collection of vendors ranging from artists and authors to crafters, collectors, and even pottery demonstrations, all conveniently located on-site at the Lakeside Emporium.  It’s family fun and enjoyment for all ages, and an opportunity to find just the perfect treat or gift for yourself or someone else. Enjoy the experience, delicious products, and great customer service at the Lakeside Emporium, and check out all the other wonderful businesses in Lakeside.  For more information call 231-755-9933.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.Docent-led Tower Tours Admission: $2 – Kids 11 and under $3 – Military and veterans $4 – 12 and up Please note: Children must be at least 3 feet tall in order to climb. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”.
🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water!  Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). 610 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI * Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W Hanson, Whitehall, MI

Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration
October 12
October 12 is the date for the Annual Pumpkinfest Celebration featuring the well-known Pumpkin Roll down Ferry St. in downtown Montague!  Pumpkinfest includes a full-day of family-friendly fun and many pumpkin-inspired events and contests including the pumpkin roll, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin weigh-ins, hay rides, bake sale, apple cider mill, face painting, food vendors, Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts fair, and more! The Arts and Crafts Festival runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm with crafters displaying a variety of goods.  Shop the marketplace with various vendors and artists selling items including holiday decorations, jewelry, clothing, photography, wood crafts, food dips, and more.  Also, visit the Farmer’s Market and the apple cider mill, along with local food vendors for a variety of fall foods and decorations.  For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757

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

Sunday October 13:

GMWC Vendor Fair
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shop at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the Vendor Fair! We all love commercial products, but we don’t always have the time to attend a party for each brand.  Visit the ladies of the beautiful, historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to shop all your favorite products in one place! You will see Avon, Better Way, Color Street Nails, doTERRA, Magnolia and Vine, Mary Kay, Norwex, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Premier Designs, Pure Haven, Tastefully Simple, and Thirty-One. For more information call (231) 725-9220.

City of the Dead
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come to Evergreen Cemetery to experience “City of the Dead!” Meet some of the city’s founding fellows, names well known and not, in this historic walking tour featuring historical re-enactments.   The event is rain or shine.  Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas if needed and to wear walking shoes in addition to dressing for the weather. The tour does go off the paved path.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  For more information call 231-755-2932.

Bluegrass Festival: Zellie’s Opry House Band
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Terri Grannis, Mandolin; Tia Turco, Upright Bass; Steve Albert, Banjo; Andy Urquhart, Guitar. Sunday Brunch 10-Noon. Eggs, sausage, banana-nut pancakes, fruit, with choice of mimosa, OJ or coffee $10 Book Nook and Java Shop is located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Muskegon Civic Theatre Penguin Project presents: Peter Pan Jr.
October 12 – October 13
October 12 at 7:30pm and October 13 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Peter Pan Jr.! Tickets are $11.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Monday October 14:

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

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

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

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

Arbor Circle to Host Fall Festival for Foster Care

MUSKEGON, MI – Arbor Circle will host the Fall Festival for Foster Care to recruit foster and adoptive families in the community. The event will take place at Smith-Ryerson Park, 650 Wood Street, Muskegon, MI 49442, on Saturday, October 12 from 11 AM to 1 PM. The festival will feature Arbor Circle, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and other foster care and adoption agencies in Muskegon County.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Entertainment will include music by DJ Yung, bounce houses, food, and family friendly fall activities. Individuals and families interested in learning more about foster care and adoption are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event.

Recruiting a diverse community of foster and adoptive families allows agencies to better serve foster children and teens in the community. As of April 2019, approximately 56% of foster children in Muskegon County were identified as children of color, while only 7% of foster homes were families of color. The Fall Festival for Foster Care will be held to promote the need for foster and adoptive families of color in Muskegon County.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the John & Mary Schumann Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon.

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About Arbor Circle: Through more than 50 programs and services, Arbor Circle provides mental health counseling, substance use treatment, family development, adoption and foster care, advocacy, prevention and quality child care resource and referral services. With a variety of services in 12 West Michigan counties, Arbor Circle serves over 15,000 individuals and families annually. Learn more at www.arborcircle.org.

About The Community Foundation for Muskegon: The Community Foundation for Muskegon County was created in 1961 by local residents to improve the quality of life in their communities. A publicly supported community endowment, the Foundation works with donors, grantees, advisers, and communities to identify and support the issues that shape our area. Learn more at www.muskegonfoundation.org.

25th Annual Buster Keaton Film Festival October 5 in Muskegon, Michigan

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For 25 years, silent film and slapstick aficionados from around the world have been gathering in Muskegon, Michigan, to applaud the life and legacy of Buster Keaton, considered by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The International Buster Keaton Society returns to Muskegon for the 25th time Saturday October 5, 2019.

Acclaimed Chicago theater organist Dennis Scott once again will provide live accompaniment for two Keaton silent films at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal theater, 425 W Western Ave. The Saturday night open-to-the-public screening, a tradition since1995, is a way for the Keaton Society to give back to the community that Keaton loved and called “home.” This year audiences will see One Week (1920), Keaton’s first released independent short film, in which a newly married couple attempt to assemble a build-it-yourself house that has had the pieces mis-numbered, and The Cameraman (1928) the last major film made during the height of Keaton’s career, in which he plays the titular figure, who sets out to win over a local newsreel office secretary.

www.busterkeaton.org

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/30/19 – 10/07/19

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

Ongoing Events:

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September and October from 2:00pm – 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
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 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat!  Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older.  The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161 or visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org/event/fall-seniors-retreat.

Family Game Night at the Library
September 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-737-6248.

Michigan POW Camps in WWII
September 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
During World War II, six thousand German and Italian Prisoners of War were held in Michigan.  Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, Dr. Gregory Sumner, author and Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the history of the Michigan POW camps and the stories of those detainees. This compelling event at Hackley Library is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pete the Cat Live
September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Montague branch of the Muskegon Area District Library to meet beloved book character, Pete the Cat!  This free event will feature Pete the Cat stories read aloud, take a picture with him, and make a craft.  Be sure to bring your camera and share your pictures with on the MADL Facebook page!  Pete will also be appearing at other libraries in Muskegon County throughout this week.  For more information, call 231-893-2675.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Season Passes & Luge Tickets
October 1
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is excited to move into fall and begin the seasonal transition by rolling out their recreation opportunities for the fall and winter seasons. Early Bird Season Passes and 2020 Luge Tickets will be available online beginning Tuesday, October 1 at 8:00am at www.msports.org!
Mega Zipline Update from MWSC:
From a development standpoint, over the summer we have successfully worked through the final design and critical dune permitting challenges required to integrate the accessible dual mega zip line into the delicate ecosystem high atop the dune in which our famed luge track is situated. The zipline has grown in length to over 1300 ft, increasing our level of accessibility to a wider audience! Participants will be racing each other on the dual-line system launching from a 20ft platform at the top of the dune and then soaring 80 ft above ground through the tree canopy over both the winter and summer luge tracks landing on a platform before disembarking the element by sliding down a spiral slide back to the forest floor. The plan is to begin the construction of the zipline mid to late October once the risk of Oak Wilt Tree Disease has subsided at Muskegon State Park with cooler temperatures.

HPL Fall Music Series: Serita’s Black Rose
October 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for their Fall Music Series featuring Serita’s Black Rose!  Serita Crowley, from the Grand Rapids band Serita’s Black Rose, is a self-professed “Funkateer.”  Her mix of funk, rock, blues, neo-soul, and Americana creates “feel good music” that everyone can enjoy.  This performance is free to the public and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Classical Night: Folias Duo
October 1 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1, you’re invited to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Classical Night featuring Folias Duo! Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are performers, composers, educators and entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Michigan, known for their work as the Folias Duo.  Dinner, prepared by Chef Heidi, begins at 6:15pm and includes roasted turkey breast, roasted red-skinned potatoes, green beans, a glass of house wine and apple crisp for only $17.  The concert is at 7:00pm and requires a $5 cover charge. RSVP is required by calling (231) 894-5333 or by e-mailing bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Live @ the Library: Jim Cooper Trio
October 1 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for Live @ the Library featuring the Jim Cooper Trio!  Enjoy a free concert with master vibraphonist Jim Cooper leading a trio of exceptional jazz artists, including Robin Connell on keyboard and Tim Froncek on drums.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Open Irish Jam Session
October 1 @ 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.

16th Annual Grape Escape
October 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Delta Hotel by Marriott in downtown Muskegon for the 16th Grape Escape! This annual tasting festival features wines and microbrews from over a dozen wineries and microbreweries in Michigan!  Guests will also enjoy delicious food from hometown restaurants. Unique Silent Auction items donated by local merchants will go to the highest bidders.  For more information contact the Muskegon Rotary Club at muskegonrotary@gmail.com.  Tickets are $50 and available through Eventbrite.com.

ahfest Film Fest
October 2 @ 6:00 pm
Each of the films in this year’s film fest has been chosen with the 2019 ahfest theme—HOPE—in mind. Learn more about the Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival at ahfest.org.
All films will be shown at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Films begin at 6:00pm with a brief introduction by Muskegon Community College English and Film instructor Mary Tyler. Each film ends with an optional discussion lead by Mary Tyler.  Admission and popcorn are free!  Attending every film allows you to enter a drawing to win a Grand Prize!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
October 2 | The Intouchables – This amazingly fun and uplifting French film won the Academy Award for a Foreign Film.
October 9 | Green Book – 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali.
October 16 | The Fisher King – This lovely fairy-tale-esque film stars Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams. Williams won the Academy Award for his role.
October 23 | The Mustang – Matthias Schoenaerts stars in this brand new film that is based on true and sometimes brutal events. The hope at the end of this emotional film is justly earned.
October 30 | TBD – Surprise Horror Film! – We’ll have fun with Halloween eve film! Like last year, we will have a costume contest with prizes and really rev it up! We hope this will be a fun ending to a wonderful festival.

Paint for a Cause
October 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a fun night of painting, great wine and food specials!  They will be painting an 11″x14″ canvas with Create.a.frame ART studio.  The cost is only $25 per painter and proceeds benefit Greater Muskegon Jaycees.  Painting starts promptly at 6:00pm.  Please call 231-755-3737 to reserve your spot and have your payment information ready over the phone or stop by SE4SONS to sign up!

Preserved! Gallery Opening
October 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Throughout spring, summer and fall, 16 artists have been exploring the natural areas around West Michigan, bringing the beauty of these places to canvas and clay. On October 3, the artwork they have produced will be on display at the Frauenthal Center Reception Gallery for you to see and purchase. Join the Land Conservancy of Michigan on Thursday, October 3 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm for a chance to meet the artists and to see what happens when conservation and art come together. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Registration sales will benefit the Land Conservancy.  The cost to attend is $50.  For more information call 616-451-9476.

for KING & COUNTRY
October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Two-time GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY makes a powerful statement with their much-anticipated third album, Burn the Ships, an epic, sweeping musical landscape that explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope, and love.
Thursday, October 3, for KING & COUNTRY brings their Burn the Ships tour to the L.C. Walker Arena! For more information, visit www.forkingandcountry.com.

Fresh Ghost Comedy Presents: Michael Geeter
October 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, October 3 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Smash Wine Bar and Bistro as Fresh Ghost Comedy presents Michael Geeter!  As an Ivy League dropout and community college graduate from Pontiac, MI, Mike brings a pointed look at life, family, and relationships that few others can…or should.  From his upbringing in a family with 17 children to discussing his life as a father, Mike’s comedy is jagged wit mixed with a smooth delivery.  Mike has appeared in some of the finest comedy venues in the country to work with famous comedians such as Kevin Hart, Hannibal Burress, Jim Norton, Artie Lange, and Rickey Smiley.  Mike was featured on Fox Television’s comedy showcase “Laughs” (Season 1) and the Detroit episode of “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart Of The City 2” on Comedy Central (Season 2).  Mike has recently released his first full length comedy CD “The Charm Offensive,” available on all digital platforms!  Admission is free!  For more information, call (231) 246-7910.

Haunted Hall: Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed
Fridays & Saturdays in October @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2019 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again!  Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, the cost is $15 per person!  This year’s theme is “Muskegon Conspiracy Exposed!”  Get four haunts for the price of one; “They Hid the Gold in a Swamp,” “Deadly Tunnels to Move It,” “Industry of Fear Fueled by Gold,” and “Always Distorting the Public Eye!”  They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket give-aways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.

Paranormal Investigation Aboard the USS LST 393
October 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, October 4 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. G.R.A.S.P.P. (Gathering Research And Stories of Paranormal Phenomena) will be having an event on the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  Admission is $10 at the door.  You’ll be able to tour the tank deck of the ship.  There will be a paranormal lecture followed by a question and answer period.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.  For more information, e-mail graspparanormal@gmail.com.

Downtown Live Concert Series
October 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.  Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more.  For more information call 231-727-8001.
The Downtown Live featured musical groups are:
College Singers: The College’s full soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (SATB) chorus features MCC students and community members performing a wide variety of the choral repertoire.  The Singers are under the Direction of Nicholas Palmer.
Collegiates: An audition-based select SATB vocal group, the Collegiates perform a wide range of musical genres from the 17th century to modern contemporary works for small vocal ensemble.  The Collegiates are under the direction of Nicholas Palmer.
MCC Wind Ensemble: Conducted by Daniel M. Meyers and entering its ninth year, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of MCC students, both music majors and non-music majors, interested in preparing and performing advanced wind band literature.
MCC Jazz Ensemble: Comprised of MCC students, the Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary big-band jazz repertoire.
MCC Honors Orchestra: Conducted by Philip DeYoung, the Honors Orchestra is a symphony orchestra for MCC students, as well as advanced high school students, performing standard orchestral works of the symphony orchestra.
West Michigan WINDS: An adult community concert band celebrating its 41st anniversary this concert season, the WINDS has been affiliated with MCC since 1993. Music Director and Conductor Gail Brechting is in her 24th year leading the WINDS. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and in England, Ireland, Wales, Austria, and Germany.
October 4, the West Michigan Concert WINDS present “A Celtic Celebration” at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater.

25th Annual Buster Keaton Film Festival
October 5 @ 8:00 pm
October 5 at 8:00pm the public is invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for the Buster Keaton Film Festival!  “One Week” was the first film released from the Buster Keaton Studios. In it, Buster and his new bride receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift, but their week-long construction project goes from tough to absurdly impossible (or, absurd and impossible!) when a rejected suitor re-numbers all the packing crates.  “The Cameraman” is the last great film made by Buster Keaton during the most prolific and brilliant stage of his career. In it, Buster plays a tintype cameraman whose love for a newsreel office secretary sends him into a clash on the high seas, a gang war in Chinatown, and battle for her heart. You will see two films for this price. Tickets are $8.00 or $10.00 the day of the show. A family four-pack is only $20.  Call the office at 231-727-8001 for more information.

Rocktober Festival at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
October 5
Saturday, October 5, visit Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for their Rocktober Festival!  For more information call 231-861-5730 or visit www.visitlewisfarms.com/events/rocktober-festival-saturday.
Event Schedule:
• Wagon Rides – All Day
• Apple Cannons ($) – All Day
• U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins ($) – All Day
• The Michigan Stiltwalker & Balloon Artist  – 11:00am – 5:00pm
• Pig Racing at Porkchop Downs – 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
• Disc Dogs LIVE Performances – 1:00pm, 3:00pm
• Music On The Porch – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
• Candy Cannon Blast – 5:00pm
($) Denotes additional cost, all entertainment and activities subject to change based on weather and availability.

Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours
October 5, 12 & 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Experience Michigan’s beautiful autumn, and a fun fall tradition.  Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour!”
🍁 For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water!  Drive your car or ride your bike along this self-guided route that stretches from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Travel on some of Muskegon’s most scenic roads along Lake Michigan and the West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, enjoy nature and snap some “selfies”.
🍁 This event is FREE. Participants will receive fall refreshments and coupons to area businesses. There are also free pumpkins for the children and complimentary Visit Muskegon postcards for the grownups (while supplies last).
🍁 Stamp your map at the designated stops and enter to win 2 round trip passes for the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee. (For use in the 2020 season)
🍁 Check in on social media for chances to win weekly giveaways.
🍁 Start your journey, and pick up your map at either historic Depot:
* The Muskegon Union Depot, home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau).
610 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI, 231-724-3100
* Chamber Train Depot, home to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
124 W. Hanson St., Whitehall, MI, 231-893-4585
#VisitMuskegon 🍁 #D2D19 🍁 #LiveWhiteLake

History for the Whole Family
October 5 @ 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.

AquatoberFest
October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 5 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm, join Pigeon Hill Brewing Company aboard the Aquastar for AquatoberFest! Take in the fall colors and sunset as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan while enjoying Pigeon Hill beverages, live music and light appetizers.  The cost is $35 per person and your ticket price includes your first beer.  Book your spot now at www.aquastarcruises.com.  For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Comedian Chris Franjola
October 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Chris Franjola is a writer/comedian who can currently be heard hosting his highly successful podcast, Cover To Cover with Chris Franjola (over 700 5 star iTunes reviews & Top 50 iTunes Comedy podcasts) also he’s a frequent contributor on Heather McDonald’s wildly successful podcast, Juicy Scoop. Chris was also a writer and a regular performer on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately” for 8 years. Together with the talented writing staff, Chris wrote over 1500 episodes while performing on the show more than anyone else besides Chelsea Handler and Chuy. During his time on the show Chris created some of the show’s most memorable characters like Gay Caveman, Bieber Man, Johnny Depp, Seventeen Magazine Players and many more. He also starred on the critically acclaimed scripted comedy series “After Lately,” which aired for three seasons on E!, he was the host of the Sons of Anarchy aftershow Anarchy Afterword, airing live on FX. Last year Chris released his first comedy album “The Shallow End” which received rave reviews and stayed in iTunes Top 10 Comedy Albums for 5 weeks. Earlier this year Chris could be seen as a contributing panelist on The Josh Wolf Show on CMT and Funniest Fails on Fox. When he isn’t busy writing and acting, he’s performing stand-up on the road, headlining venues all over the country. Before Chelsea Lately, Chris wrote for other shows, including Family Guy, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the original Chelsea Handler Show. Chris can also be seen beginning in 2017 on the new Netflix show from the makers of Orange Is the New Black, GLOW.  Buy Tickets at http://backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  $12 advance/ $15 Door

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/23/19 – 09/30/19

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

Ongoing Events:

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September and October from 2:00pm – 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
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 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

Intro to Essential Oils
September 23 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 23 at 6:00pm, come to the North Muskegon Library for an Introduction to Essential Oils!  Have you been curious about essential oils?  Come sample, learn, and take charge of your family’s health. In this class you will learn how to use essential oils, why quality matters and how they can benefit you and your family. Make an essential oil roller to take home. This event is free.  Call 231-744-6080 to register.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series
September 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided.  One can also bring a lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  A few minutes of prayer are held in the church shortly before the performance.  The concert series runs from September through early June (excluding January). All performances are held from 12:15pm to 12:45pm once a month on a Tuesday.  The annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is held on a Sunday evening in December.  For more information about the concert series or to make a donation, please contact St. Paul’s at (231) 722-2112.

2019-2020 Concert Schedule:
• September 24       AnDro (Celtic/folk/world music)
• October 22            Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie-Woogie Kid (boogie-woogie/jazz piano)
• November 26       Lee Murdock—“The Christmas Ship” concert (folk guitar and vocals)
• December 8         Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys – Festival of Lessons and Carols (Sunday, 5:00pm)
• December 17       Peter Kurdziel – “Christmas at the Organ” (organist)
• Februbary 25       Grand Valley Faculty Brass Quintet (classical)
• March 24              Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet (classical)
• April 14                 Gregory Maytan, violin (classical)
• May 26                  Quintessence, woodwind quintet (classical)
• June 9                    Denise Newell, mezzo soprano, and Caron Farmer, piano (classical)

HPL Fall Music Series: Ragtime with Peter Bergin
September 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, delight in great music during HPL’s Fall Music Series!  Peter Bergin is back at Hackley Library to share the rhythms and history of ragtime piano. This Michigan-based performer has entertained for over two decades, sharing his talents for all to enjoy. Come listen to this interactive and insightful concert. Free to the public and great for all ages!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pirate Party!
September 24 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm, come to the Holton Library for a Pirate Party!  Arrrrrr you ready for a great night of pirate fun?  Come to the library for games, crafts, dress-up, music, food, and more.  This event is absolutely free!  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Film Screening: Black Man
September 25 @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30pm, Harbor Cinema will screen the documentary film “Black Man” by Jon Wesley Covington.   A reception will begin at the Harbor Cinema at 5:20pm.  This is an updated version of the film featuring 12 additional men joining the cast.  The film was produced by the Muskegon Museum of Art and Jon Wesley Covington as part of the”SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male” exhibition project in 2018. “Black Man” was recently featured at the Capitol City Black Film Festival in Austin, Texas.  Tickets are $8, general admission.  For more information call (231) 375-5228.

City of the Dead: Sneak Peak
September 25 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library as the City of the Dead gives you a preview of their 10th annual family friendly event!  City of the Dead celebrates Muskegon’s history by bringing famous “residents” of Evergreen Cemetery to life at the actual cemetery.  This event is free!  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Clue LIVE at the Hackley & Hume
September 26 – September 28
Experience the game of Clue LIVE at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site! The object of the game is to determine who killed the victim; the room where the crime took place, and which weapon was used!  Space is limited to 3 teams of 4, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.  Tickets are $15 per team. For more information call 231-722-7578.

WOOD Radio Broadcasting LIVE from Visit Muskegon
September 26 @ 5:00 am – 10:00 am
Thursday, September 26 from 5:00am – 10:00am, WOOD Radio (1300AM and 106.9FM), West Michigan’s Morning News, will be broadcasting live from the beautiful Union Depot, home of the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau!

Y Splash at the Mart Dock Happy Hour
September 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, come to the “Y Splash at the Mart Dock Happy Hour” to support the Muskegon YMCA’s Water Safety for Kids program! First, board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for drinks and appetizers, then tour beautiful Muskegon Lake aboard the Aquastar where you will hear some of the life changing stories first hand.  For more information call (231) 722-9622.

Big 50 Celebration
September 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Bella Maria Event Center for the Big 50 Celebration! Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore want you to help them celebrate 50 years of one-on-one mentoring that changes lives for the better, forever.  Put on your bell bottoms and enjoy music from the band Sweet Justice – Peace, Love, and Rock-n-Roll. There’ll be heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles and a silent auction. There’ll also be VW Bus Photo Booth opportunities in the parking lot. Tickets are $75 and available through Eventbrite.com.  Proceeds support youth mentoring programs.  For more information call (231) 798-1391.

Pirate Party!
September 26 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 26 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Public Library for a Pirate Party!  Arrrrrr you ready for a great night of pirate fun?  Come to the library for games, crafts, dress-up, music, food, and more.  For more information call 231-893-2675.

Muskegon Civic Theatre presents: The 39 Steps
September 26 – 28 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, September 26 – 28 at 7:30pm, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The 39 Steps” in the Beardsley Theater. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have his intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The 39 Steps hurtles an ordinary man and a spellbound blonde on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure.  Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies?  A cast of four actors plays over 150 characters in this fast-paced tale containing every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie.  Tickets are $26.50.  For more information call 231-727-8001.

Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park
September 27 – September 29
The 5th Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29!  During Friday night check-in, there’ll be goody bags for the kids, s’mores and a bonfire at the Lodge and a Glow in the Dark Bike Parade!  Saturday,  enjoy breakfast in the Lodge, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, Trick or Treating, site decorating contest, obstacle course and a Haunted Trail.  Sunday is check-out.  Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum).  For more information, call 231-744-3580.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Tim Meadows
September 27 – September 28
September 27 and 28, one of the longest-running cast members in the 41-year history of Saturday Night Live, Tim Meadows, will do two shows each night at 6:30pm and 9:30pm at Muskegon’s Back Alley Comedy Club! Tim crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late night show.  Such characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, Perspectives, as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner, and Sammy Davis Jr.  Meadows also played school principal in the hit comedy “Mean Girls” and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedies “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.” Most recently Tim co-starred with Andy Samberg in “Popstar:  Never Stop Never Stopping” for Universal Pictures, and stars in the new Fox hybrid live-action/animated comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord “Son of Zorn!”
Tickets are $35 for VIP (includes meet & greet and preferred seating) and $25 general admission and will be on sale at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road
September 27 – September 28
What do you get when you combine an overnight relay, sugar sand beaches, lighthouses and 12 adventurous friends? Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road, happening on September 27 – 28, 2019!  Kicking off in charming Muskegon, this epic running journey will take your team past apple orchards, cherry blossoms, historic ships and did we mention lighthouses?  For two days and one star-filled night, run through the vibrant fall foliage, picturesque towns and along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. And if that isn’t enough you’ll spend 9 legs with beautiful beach views.  Your whole team will finish your adventure as you cross the finish line together at a beautiful open space park in Traverse City, right on the water’s edge. Tired but triumphant, drained but strengthened, teams find out what they can do when they truly come together!  For more information, visit www.ragnarrelay.com.

Trinkets & Treasures: Indoor Yard Sale
September 27 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for the Trinkets & Treasures indoor yard sale to benefit the Child Abuse Council, The Hope Project and the Muskegon Sports Council!  Entry is free, but if you want first pick, it’s only $5 to get in on the Early Bird Sale Friday morning at 8:00am.  Otherwise, hours are Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Charlotte Russe Store inside the Lakes Mall.  For more information, call JoAnne Hoekenga at 231-955-0789.

Off the Beaten Path Wine Tasting
September 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 27 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, join SE4SONS for their newest Wine Tasting!  They will take you to lesser known locations and offer some unique varieties of wine.  The cost is $30 per person and includes the tasting and light appetizers. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited to 150.  If you plan to stay for dinner, please make sure to make a reservation at SE4SONS by calling 231-759-3405.

2019 Women’s Adventure Weekend
September 27 @ 6:30 pm – September 29 @ 11:00 am
Friday – Sunday, September 27 – 29, the ladies are invited to Camp Pendalouan for the 2019 Women’s Adventure Weekend!  Get away for a weekend of relaxation, camp activities and good company during this weekend of fun, friendship, great food, and adventure for women.  All fitness levels are encouraged to join in and try some new activities.  For more information call (231) 722-9622.

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
September 27 @ 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.

West Michigan Symphony: All Russian Season Opening
September 27 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Symphony’s “All Russian Season Opening!” WMS pairs works by Russia’s undisputed master composers, in which the entire orchestra is the soloist and everybody gets their chance in the spotlight. This promises to be an all-time blockbuster evening!
• Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
• Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
• Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
• Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Tickets are $12 for students and $25-$62 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Montague Artisan Market
September 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 28 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Montague Artisan Market at the Farmers’ Market! For more information call (231) 893-2524.  Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Any handmade items are welcome. Adults may reserve a 10’x10’ booth for $15per day and youth may reserve a space for $10 per day. Visit www.artswhitelake.org/artisan-market to fill out a vendor application today!

Fall Brewery Bike Ride
September 28 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 beginning at 12:00pm, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Fetch Brewing Company, and Big Hart Brewing Co. are inviting everyone to take to the bike trail and pedal to local breweries. Travel from Pere Marquette Beach all the way to Whitehall and Hart on designated bike trails.  Participants will leave from the brewery of their choosing; Pigeon Hill, Fetch or Big Hart, and then bike to participating breweries.  This is a fun, free opportunity to enjoy the bike trails. It is casual, and not a race.  There is NO transportation bringing you and your bike back to the start.  Bicyclists should wear helmets and have repair kits as there will be no support along the route.  The distance you bike is up to you, and remember, you have to bike back!  For more information call (231) 375-5184.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company will be offering $1 off pints to all bicyclists. There will also be a raffle for a Pigeon Hill Bike Jersey and other swag with all the money being donated to Mosquito Creek Trails!
Fetch Brewing Company will offer $1 off pints to bikers and also have a raffle to win Fetch merchandise and benefitting a local non-profit (TBA).
Big Hart Brewing Company is offering a 16 oz. Mug Club pricing and $1 off high gravity beers.

Buoys, Boats & Brews Inaugural Tasting Event
September 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Yacht Club for the Buoys, Boats & Brews Inaugural Tasting Event! Harbor Hospice Foundation and Muskegon Yacht Club are extending summer 2019 with a fun celebration to raise funds and awareness for the Harbor Hospice mission.
Enjoy craft beer & wine tasting, delectable tastes, a silent auction, raffle and feature band Vertigo! Tickets are $25 or $15 for designated drivers.  Sales are open now at http://bit.ly/2xmiwcQ.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Murder at the Gallery
September 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Muskegon Community College invites you to celebrate 50 years of theater on the Overbrook Stage as you enjoy the mystery dinner theater event, “Murder at the Gallery!” Tickets are $40 and include dinner, a show, cash bar and a reverse raffle.  1960’s attire is welcome!  For more information call 231-777-0226.

Fresh Ghost Comedy Presents: The Triple Feature
September 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, join Fresh Ghost Comedy as they bring you 3 of the best the comedians the Midwest has to offer!  Veronica Douglas, Pagan and Cam Rowe are all coming to Racquets Downtown Muskegon to make you laugh.  The cost is $3 at the door.  For more information call 231-220-8825.

Ultimate 90’s Dance Party at Unruly Brewing Co.
September 28 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 28 from 8:30pm – Midnight, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Ultimate 90’s Dance Party featuring Fool House! Make sure you wear your best track suits and fanny packs as you dance the night away to all of the bangerzzzz from NSYNC, Blink 182, Britney Spears, all the way to Ricky Martin!  Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com and are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show. Hope you’re ready to party!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Hidden Creek Farm: 2nd Annual Party in the Pasture Ox Roast
September 29 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 29 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hidden Creek Farm for their 2nd Annual Party in the Pasture Ox Roast! Dinner will consist of one of their farm raised grass fed cows along with garden fresh side dishes picked on site from the organic garden. You can also dance all night to live music from Brena (www.brenaband.com)!  Help yourself to their selection of fun yard games.  You can also purchase raffle tickets and take a chance at winning some great items from many local businesses!  There will also be a number of local vendors (to be announced).  This event is BYOB (bring your own beverages).  Tickets for this event will be available through Eventbrite.com and are $30 per person.  You must be 21 years or older to attend this event and must provide your ID before entering.  Call Crystal with questions at 616-796-5696.

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat!  Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older.  The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

Family Game Night at the Library
September 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The last Monday of the month from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Ravenna Public Library for Family Game Night!  Would you like to try new or different board games?  Join them as they partner with the Muskegon Area Gamers and The Gaming Annex for a night of family fun.  Selection will vary, but could include games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.  This event is free and for ages 7 and up.  For more information, call 231-737-6248.

Michigan POW Camps in WWII
September 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
During World War II, six thousand German and Italian Prisoners of War were held in Michigan.  Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, Dr. Gregory Sumner, author and Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the history of the Michigan POW camps and the stories of those detainees. This compelling event at Hackley Library is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Pete the Cat Live
September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm, bring the kids to the Montague branch of the Muskegon Area District Library to meet beloved book character, Pete the Cat!  This free event will feature Pete the Cat stories read aloud, take a picture with him, and make a craft.  Be sure to bring your camera and share your pictures with on the MADL Facebook page!  For more information, call 231-893-2675.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/16/19 – 09/23/19

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

Ongoing Events:

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September and October from 2:00pm – 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
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 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday through November 4 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

The Art and History of the Celts
September 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Sturrus Technology Center lobby at Muskegon Community College for the free lecture series, “The Art and History of the Celts!” Instructor Tim Norris with guest presenter Michael Johnson will explain where and when Celtic art and culture originated.
They will answer such questions as: Who are the Celts? What traits make their art significant?  How has Celtic art and culture changed over time?  How does their art reflect their unique spiritual beliefs and traditions?  What vestiges of Celtic culture have survived to this day?  What was Ireland’s distinctive role in preserving this heritage?  For more information, contact tim.norris@muskegoncc.edu or call 231-777-0344.

Ballet Nepantla: Valentina
September 18 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts for “Valentina!” Ballet Nepantla presents Sin Fronteras, a synergistic celebration crossing geographic, historical and artistic borders.  Sin Fronteras explores the in-betweenness of cultures within the realm of dance, harmonizing traditional Mexican Folklorico, contemporary & classical Ballet, and West African dance in a way no other show has done.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Henna & Hops
September 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 18 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Fetch Brewing Co. for Henna & Hops! Grab a friend and 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. Registration is required. This is for ages 15 and up and the cost is $20.  For more information call the Arts Council of White Lake at (231) 893-2524.

After Hours Tours at Hackley Public Library
September 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ tour on Thursday, September 19!  Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, then the guided tour will begin at 5:00pm.  Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked.  Tours will be approximately 1 hour.  These tours are FREE, open to the public, and recommended for all ages. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions.

Opening Event – The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda
September 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 19 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening event of “The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda! ‘ Explore the exhibit, and then enjoy a lecture by the artists at 7:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
September 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 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.

Yoga at the Light
September 20 @ 9:30 am
Friday, September 20 at 9:30am it’s Yoga at the Light with Mitch Colman. The rain date will be September 27.  For more information call Mitch Coleman at White River Yoga 231-740-6662.

3rd Annual Golftoberfest
September 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, September 20 from 11:00am – 5:30pm, come to Lincoln Golf Club for the 3rd Annual Golftoberfest! This is a Bavarian inspired event for golfers and a fundraiser to support year-round recreation at the Winter Sports Complex.  Last year, your support of this event helped them to reach their goal to fund phase 1 of the dual mega zip line. Over the last year, they have begun planning for the zip line buildout with ground breaking scheduled for this fall. All proceeds from this event will benefit the next phase to provide year-round recreation.
Format:
This is a 4 person scramble that will commence with an 11:00am shotgun start. Each person hits a shot and the team takes the best shot.  This process is repeated until the hole is finished.  Men under 65 play from the black tees.  Men 65 and older play from silver tees.  Women play from the gold tees.
Registration:
The first 15 teams registering before August 30 will receive a $50 discount, so don’t delay!  Register at Eventbrite.com.

Pianos for Paws
September 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 20 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Polish Falcon Club for Pianos for Paws! This is a 5 Piece Dueling Piano show benefitting the Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County!  Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call the club at (231) 755-1451.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
September 20 @ 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.

Live Music: Silverado
September 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 20 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Silverado Band!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Princess & Superhero Weekend at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
September 21
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, bring the kids to Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for the Princess & Superhero Weekend!  Visit with their special costumed characters as you explore all the fun on the farm this weekend!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

231 Snow & Car Show
September 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, come to Mt. Garfield for the 3rd annual “231 Snow & Car Show!”  This snowmobile and car show features snowmobile, dirt bike and quad riders doing stunts all day, a car show and swap meet, as well as a skydive jump from Skydive Grand Haven!  This is a family friendly event with a bounce house for the kids and many sponsors giving away all kinds of cool items, from coolers to GPS units!  Muskegon Motorcycle Club will be there giving away a golf cart as well.  Gates open at 10:00am and the first show is at noon.  Tickets are $15 with kids 12 and under free.  For more information call 231-736-7166.

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
September 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!
Each “Community Day” will have a special theme:
• September 21 – Kaydon Engineering
• October 19 – Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting
For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.

Dinosaur Dig
September 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring your family down for a FREE fun adventure at the Western Market in downtown Muskegon! Dig through the sand to find dinosaur toys, fossils, and eggs.  Find one of the 30 golden eggs and win a prize bag full of goodies from Tatterweave Designs!  You may even spot a live T-Rex!  For more information call (231) 724-6705.

Tacos 4 Tails
September 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Mona Lake Boating Club for Tacos 4 Tails! Enjoy a delicious taco dinner and support the West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic and the wonderful work they do.  There’ll also be an on-site auction with terrific items available!  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under and available at the door.  For more information call (231) 366-7067.

Speakeasy at the LMC
September 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for a night of booze, gambling and good eats! Dress in 1920’s style and spend an evening in support of the LMC. Flappers and gangsters welcome!  Tickets are $50 and available through Eventbrite.com.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

WLCS 98.3FM Jukebox Party Cruise
September 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm $25.00
Saturday, September 21 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, board the Aquastar for a WLCS Jukebox Party Cruise!
“Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of the Aquastar…” WLCS 98.3 FM is proud to bring you the Saturday Jukebox Cruise. Join Gilligan and the Skipper on this 3 hour tour set to the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. Dress as your favorite Gilligan’s Island character or in your classic 60’s or 70’s cruise attire. Or, come as you are and enjoy the music and fun!  Win prizes and enjoy time on the water with your friends. Log onto www.aquastarcruises.com to grab your tickets while they last.

Live Music: James Margolis
September 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from James Margolis!  James is a Brooklyn based musician with roots in the Philadelphia area.  In addition to being a musician, James is a sound engineer, having worked the soundboard at several NYC venues.  He engineered and produced his newest album “Live Fast Die Young” released in 2018 on bandcamp.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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

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

Ongoing Events:

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September and October from 2:00pm – 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
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 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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 231-893-1155 ext. 1757 to check if any booths are available.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
Lectures will be presented every Monday beginning September 9 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Special Events:

Irish Dance Class
September 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Get ready for the Michigan Irish Music Festival (September 12 – 15) with a free beginners Irish dance class!  Monday, September 9 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm join Ardan Dance Academy at Tatra Hall to get your step-dance on!  They are now enrolling for fall classes and all ages are welcome.  For more information visit www.ardanacademy.com.

Muskegon LETR Color Run 2019
September 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Muskegon area Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan athletes at a timed 5k Fun Run/Walk!  Day-of registration begins at 5:00pm at Fricano’s rear parking lot area.  The Muskegon LETR Color Run is one in a series of 42 community runs scheduled in September around the state during Law Enforcement Torch Run Week!

The cost to participate in the Color Run is $25 per person or $5 for youth 18 years old and under, which includes a commemorative race shirt, goodie bag, and refreshments.  Any youth who does not want a commemorative race shirt runs for free, but still must register to make sure there are plenty of goodie bags and refreshments for all.

For questions, e-mail mkgfunrun@gmail.com or to sign up at www.give.classy.org/muskegon19.  If you have a community youth group and would like to participate as a group, e-mail mkgfunrun@gmail.com to make a group reservation.  Early packet pick up and late registration will take place on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Unruly Brewing Co. located at 360 W. Western Ave.

The Art and History of the Celts
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – September 13 @ 8:00 pm
September 11 – 13 and September 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Sturrus Technology Center lobby at Muskegon Community College for the free lecture series, “The Art and History of the Celts!” Instructor Tim Norris with guest presenter Michael Johnson will explain where and when Celtic art and culture originated.
They will answer such questions as: Who are the Celts? What traits make their art significant?  How has Celtic art and culture changed over time?  How does their art reflect their unique spiritual beliefs and traditions?  What vestiges of Celtic culture have survived to this day?  What was Ireland’s distinctive role in preserving this heritage?
This course/presentation series also examines how art and history is interpreted and presented through contemporary festivals and popular culture.  For more information, contact tim.norris@muskegoncc.edu or call 231-777-0344.
Schedule:
• September 11: The Rise of the Celts and the Birth of Their Art
• September 12: What Makes Celtic Art “Celtic?”
• September 13: The Book of Kells and Celtic Mythology
• September 16: Celti-Pop- Celtic Traditions Meet Popular Culture

Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 12 – September 15
The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 12-15!  Back for the 20th year, this festival features continuous music on seven covered stages, featuring live music, great dining options, beverage offerings, and more.  You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout Irish Cream and others. There’s also the Irish Marketplace children’s activities a cultural center a session tent and tea room.  The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  3-Day passes are also available.  For more information visit www.michiganirish.org.

Hat Happy Hour at the Lakeshore Museum Center
September 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Have a cool hat with a hot story? Thursday, September 12 from 5:30pmn – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for an opportunity to have your hat’s story told in their upcoming community-curated exhibit: Hats Off to Muskegon!
During their Hat Happy Hour, they will be taking photos and information about any hats with ties to Muskegon County. Their committee will then select hats to be loaned to the museum and appear in the exhibit.  At the event, Collections Curator Brenda Nemetz, will highlight a few of the museum’s most interesting hats during a short presentation at 6:00pm.  This free event will feature light appetizers and a cash bar. Don’t have a hat to share? That’s O.K., come have a drink and learn more about the stories behind hats.  For more information call 231-722-0278.

Opening Event: Undying Traditions – Memento Mori
September 12 @ 5:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “Undying Traditions: Memento Mori” this fall, bringing together work by artists from across the United States currently exploring themes of death and earthly pleasure. The exhibition includes paintings, photography, and sculpture and runs September 12, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Thursday, September 12 at 5:30pm with a lecture by Art Martin at 7:00pm. Event admission is free.

Featured Artists: Landis Blair, David Cahill, Robert Steven Connett, David Gluck, Kate MacDowell, Jeanette May, Chris Peters, Daniel Sprick, Katherine Stone, Paulette Tavormina, Maria Tomasula, and Will Wilson.

Program support is provided, in part, through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the arts. For more information call 231-720-2570.

Hackley Attic Escape Room
September 13 & 14 @ 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Experience the Hackley House as no one has before! For many years, the Hackley Attic has been a mysterious place for visitors, now, it’s up to you and your closest friends to escape a Victorian storage room filled with puzzles, locks and riddles!  Brush up on your Muskegon history and escape the attic in 80 minutes!  Space is limited to 10 people per session, so be sure to order your tickets through Eventbrite.com!  The cost is $15 for museum members or $20 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-7578.

Contemporary Kid Super Saturday
September 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
September 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Contemporary Kid Super Saturday!” This free family fun day will get you touch with your inner artist.  Activities and admission are free!  For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the 91st Michigan Contemporary Exhibition with a MMA Docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Create your own abstract color collage in the classroom!

The Be Event
September 14 @ 1:00 pm
September 14 at 1:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for “The Be Event” featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Jean Houston; PhD, scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, as well as one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. Tickets are $75.00 and available at the box office by calling 231-727-8001.

Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society 25th Anniversary: Victorian Dress and Customs
September 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society hosts Wendy Batchelder in celebration of the society’s 25th Anniversary!  Wendy, who hand makes her Victorian outfits, will give an interactive presentation on what it was like to dress and live as a Victorian woman.  Don’t miss this fashionably fun event!  Refreshments will be available during this FREE program which is recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Exploding Paint
September 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they partner with the Muskegon Museum of Art to create unique masterpieces during the Exploding Paint program!  Kids ages 2 – 17 will combine a seltzer tablet with water and paint and to create a bright work of art.  This program will take place outside on the lawn between the library and the art museum.  Smocks and supplies will be provided to participants during this free event!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

SNW Fitness 10 Year Celebration
September 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Shoreline Natural Wellness & Fitness (SNW Fitness) will be celebrating 10 years in the business of changing lives!  Everyone is invited to come by for appetizers and a Champagne toast, as well as giveaways, special discounts and awards.  For more information call 231-750-2525.

Odd Side Ales Full Moon Cruise
September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, board the Aquastar for an Odd Side Ales Full Moon Cruise!  Come howl at the full moon as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan and take in the show only West Michigan can provide…a beautiful sunset AND a full moon.  This cruise features Odd Side Ales beverages, live music by the Intolerables and light appetizers.  Tickets are $35 per person and include your first beer.  Book your spot now at www.aquastarcruises.com.

Retro Expo
September 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Retro Expo! This is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  For more information call (231) 670-3722.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/02/19 – 09/09/19

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

Ongoing Events:

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
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 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Special Events:

15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 @ 7:00 am
Labor Day Monday, September 2, beginning at 7:00am, come to the Mercy Health Partners Lakes Village for the 15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer! This year Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 with special trophies, plus there will still be the regular classes with 3 trophies per class:
• Best of Show
• Young Guns
• People’s Choice
There’ll also be dash plaques to first 400 cars registered. Enjoy vendors, door prizes, valve cover racing and a grocery giveaway as well!
• Registration – 7:00am – 11:00am
• Participant Voting – 11:00am – 1:00pm
• Pancake breakfast (prepared by the Knights of Columbus #13035)   7:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-registration is $10 (to guarantee a dash plaque) or $20 with a shirt and is due before August 25. Registration the day of the show is $10 and will be good for both Sunday and Monday.  All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care – Mercy Health Partners.  For more information e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.

4th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No need to travel all the way to the Mackinac Bridge for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk when the White Lake Area offers a Labor Day Bridge Walk in their neighborhood!  Monday, September 2 from 10:00am – 12:30pm the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (WLACC), sponsors, the City of Montague and City of Whitehall host their 14th Annual Labor Day Community Walk, giving local Michiganders an opportunity to participate in this walking tradition.
The Labor Day Community Walk begins on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail Head (at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague).  City officials and area leaders walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.  Walkers are welcome to continue on the path, turn around, or stay and enjoy healthy refreshments!  For more information call (231) 893-4585.

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our Nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 2, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. There will be a fun filled and FREE celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. Enjoy multiple food vendors (for $5-$6 per meal), refreshments, treats, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts n’ crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org.
The parade starts at the intersection of 4th street and Clay Avenue. It will progress down Clay Avenue past Hackley Park to Jefferson Street (turning left) and heading towards Western Avenue. The march will continue down Western Avenue and end at 490 West Western Avenue for a post parade celebration!

Open Irish Jam Session
September 3 @ 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.

Opening Reception: 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
September 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
September 5 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of the 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition). This event continues a rich legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals. A competitive show, the Michigan Contemporary presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. Featured media include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. A visitor favorite, the exhibition engages, challenges, and inspires conversation.
• 5:30pm – Reception
• 6:30pm – Awards Program
• 7:00pm – Meet the Artists
Rejoin the artists in the exhibition after the awards program. Stay to meet and congratulate the winners and enjoy more time together to end the celebratory evening. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Farmers Market Annual Farm to Table Dinner
September 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 5 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the 4th Annual Farm to Table Dinner!  Chef Jack Page will be creating a delicious meal that is focused on Michigan ingredients and using several vendors from the Farmers Market.
The menu will include:
• Stuffed Pork Loin
• Chicken Pasty
• Roast Vegetable Quinoa Salad
• Lyonnaise Potatoes
• Cherry Buckle Compote
Hors d’oeuvres and the cash bar begin at 6:00pm and dinner will be served at approximately 7:00pm.  This is general admission seating. They will reserve seats for parties of 8 or larger if reserved at least 2 weeks in advance. To do so, please call Jacqui at 231-724-6777.  Tickets are $35 and available through Eventbrite.com.

Muskegon Yacht Club: 2019 E Scow Nationals Regatta
September 6 – September 8
Friday – Sunday, September 6 – 8, the Muskegon Yacht Club hosts the 2019 E Scow Nationals Regatta!  Nearly 80 boats with crews of 4 to 6 sailors will converge on Muskegon Lake to race each other in their Nationals Regatta. These boats are 28 feet in length and will sail a course of several miles per race, visible from nearly anywhere on or around Muskegon Lake.  For more information call (231) 755-1414.

Friday Family Fun Night: The Show Must Go On
September 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, September 6 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a family fun night, “The Show Must Go On!” It’s a date night at the museum for the whole family! Join them for extended museum hours with fun stations and themes.  The Show Must Go On night will be all about the Muskegon Civic Theatre. Get a glimpse behind the curtain at backstage theatre magic through hands-on activities and a take-home craft.  The cost is $5 or free for Museum members and residents.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Touch the Trucks
September 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 6 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the City of Muskegon and First Fridays invite you to “Touch the Trucks!” Walk along Western Avenue in Downtown Muskegon to explore fire trucks, police cars, an ambulance, emergency response boats, semis, tow trucks, snow plows, and much more!  This event is free, family friendly and open to all ages!  For more information call 231-724-6705.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 7
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on September 7.  There’ll be live music, arts & crafts vendors, kids’ games and inflatable activities, food vendors, a beer garden, a pancake breakfast and a parade.  For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721 ext. 1954.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday, September 7 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Raffles start at 2:30pm.  The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public!  For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Live Music at the Farmers Market: Uneven Ground
September 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, September 7 from 11:30am – 1:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for live music from Uneven Ground! Come join this great Celtic band as they promote the Michigan Irish Music Festival.  Look for them at the festival on Sunday, September 15 on the Belfast Stage at 11:00am.  For more information call (231) 780-1464.

History for the Whole Family
September 7 @ 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.

Muskegon Latino Festival
September 7 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 7, from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, come to Hackley Park for the 1st Annual Muskegon Latino Festival!  Celebrate people, culture and Latino heritage during a day filled with great food, entertainment and fun.  This is an opportunity to meet new friends and connect with your neighbors. See what Muskegon’s rich and vibrant Latino community has to offer.  For more information call (231) 329-8283.

Wynonna & The Big Noise
September 7 @ 7:30 pm
The Frauenthal Center opens the 2019/2020 Season with country icon Wynonna & The Big Noise! Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm this country music legend will bring their blend of country, Americana, blues, soul, and rock to Muskegon’s iconic and historic musical venue.
A musical powerhouse once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during her remarkable 35-year career. The internationally renowned performer who rose to fame as part of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna has received more than 60 industry awards and has had countless charting singles. Her 20 number one hits include such songs as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”
Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Describing her new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well,” Wynonna’s most recent work “lays bare the joy that is Judd’s most potent gift as a vocalist,” NPR’s Ann Powers writes in her 2016 review.
In addition to being an inspirational night of music from a country icon, this event is a celebration of the increasingly powerful role Muskegon plays in Michigan’s creative landscape. The historic Frauenthal Center, which is set to celebrate its 90th anniversary next year, annually draws nearly 100,000 people to a rapidly growing downtown Muskegon.
107MUS – The Moose is serving as the Media Sponsor for Wynonna & The Big Noise.
Tickets range from $45 – $80 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 19 at 11:00am. Tickets can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office, by calling (231) 727-8001 or in person Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 and online at startickets.com.

Star Party
September 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, September 7 from 9:00pm – 11:30pm, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at their observatory!  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.  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.

Breaking Bad Comedian Steven Michael Quezada
September 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 27 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Breaking Bad comedian, Steven Michael Quezada!  Steven starred on the Emmy Award winning series “Breaking Bad” as DEA agent Gomez.  He 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.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 and available at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/Muskegon.

Chef Prize
September 8 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 at 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farm for Chef Prize! Celebrate chefs from Muskegon, Ottawa, and Kent counties along with local breweries and wineries.  The food that the chefs prepare will be judged, and someone will receive the Chef Prize!  This event is generously hosted by Kim Van Kampen and the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation.  For more information, please email stephanie.kerr.cathey@kidsfoodbasket.org or call Stephanie directly at 231-903-2432.
**Please note, you must be 18 years of age or older to attend this event**

Buzzed Bard
September 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company and 18th Amendment Spirits Co. invite you to join them for “Buzzed Bard!” 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 through Eventbrite.com and cover the performance.  Food and drinks (both adult beverages and non-alcoholic) will be available to purchase from the menu.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Irish Dance Class
September 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Get ready for the Michigan Irish Music Festival (September 12 – 15) with a beginners Irish dance class!  Monday, September 9 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm join Ardan Dance Academy at Tatra Hall to get your step-dance on!  They are now enrolling for fall classes and all ages are welcome.  For more information visit www.ardanacademy.com.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture & Film Series
September 9 @ 6:00 pm
Lectures will be presented every Monday beginning September 9 at 6:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person per lecture or FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  In addition to the lectures, for one week prior to each lecture, they will be showing a film on a related subject. Movies will be shown daily at 1:00pm.  The cost to attend the movie is included with your $6 admission ticket to the museum.  Admission to the museum is also FREE with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events Aug. 26 – Sept. 2, 2019

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

Monday August 26:

Zumba on the LST
August 26 @ 7:00 pm
It’s Zumba on the LST! Come out and move for a good cause, Every Woman’s Place!  Bring a friend or three and join 3zCrew and EWP for a Zumba night on the deck of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum.  The cost is only $10.  For more information call (231) 759-7909.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Kids Storytime: 3:00pm
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.

MADLOS Presents: Street Dance
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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.

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

Tuesday August 27:

Hackley Public Library FREE Concert: JMM Jazz
August 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Step back in time as you enjoy vintage era music performed by phenomenal local band JMM Jazz!  This trio will cover many classic jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.   This performance is free to the public and great for all ages.(231) 722-8000.

Montague Band Shell Free Concert: Aoife Scott
August 27 @ 7:00 pm
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely evening listening to music.  The rain site is Montague High School.  This concert is generously supported by the Arts Council of White Lake.  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.

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.

Wednesday August 28:

Workaholic Women’s Wednesday Cruise
August 28 @ 7:00 pm
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. Stop by Visit Muskegon and pick up a $5 coupon! Visit www.aquastarcruises.com to book your spot or call (231) 903-0669 for more information.

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 August 29:

Fetch Cycling Group
August 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are  encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer! To get details and to see if this is a good fit for you www.fetchbrewing.com

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.

Friday August 30:

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.

Muskegon Polish Festival
August 30 – August 31
The Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon!  Friday and Saturday, August 30 – 31 the 2-day Muskegon Polish Festival offers Polish cultural activities including food, polka music, dancing, a Catholic mass, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. A large dance floor will make for a great time polka dancing and for all opportunities for a great time with all festival attendees.  For more information and entertainment line-up visit muskegonpolishfest.com.

Kool Kidz Bash
August 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Bring the kids to McGraft Park for the Kool Kidz Bash!  The mission of this youth concert is to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for youth ages 6+ as a positive way to end the summer and start back to school.  The Reds Youth Project will provide adult staff, volunteers, security, and a parent drop-off/pick-up location. Parents are welcome to attend and enjoy as well!  General admission tickets are $25.  VIP tickets include a Meet & Greet and are $45.  There’ll also be a concession stand and photos available for a cost.  For more information call 616-294-0262.

The Skeetown Players Present “The Dog Logs”
August 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Visit Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church located at 1296 Montgomery Ave. for “The Dog Logs,” a series of monologues as told from the perspective of Man’s Best Friend.  You will howl, you will whimper and you will have a doggone good time!  This show contains some stories that are based on heartbreaking true accounts.  For this reason, this show is not suitable for young audiences.  Admission is $5 and seating is first come first served.  The donations will be split between Pound Buddies and Harbor Unitarian Universalist.

Saturday August 31:

Muskegon Polish Festival
August 30 – August 31
The Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon!  Friday and Saturday, August 30 – 31 the 2-day Muskegon Polish Festival offers Polish cultural activities including food, polka music, dancing, a Catholic mass, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. A large dance floor will make for a great time polka dancing and for all opportunities for a great time with all festival attendees.  For more information and entertainment line-up visit muskegonpolishfest.com.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Collingsworth Family
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.

Unruly 6th Anniversary Party
August 31 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for the Unruly 6th Anniversary Party!  Enjoy an outdoor stage with great entertainment, new beer releases, and fun all day long!  Admission is free.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

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.

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

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.
Wheel Luge: Slide down the only wheel 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, and $15 for the 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. Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lessonof the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.

The Skeetown Players Present “The Dog Logs”
August 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Visit Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church located at 1296 Montgomery Ave. for “The Dog Logs,” a series of monologues as told from the perspective of Man’s Best Friend.  You will howl, you will whimper and you will have a doggone good time!  This show contains some stories that are based on heartbreaking true accounts.  For this reason, this show is not suitable for young audiences.  Admission is $5 and seating is first come first served.  The donations will be split between Pound Buddies and Harbor Unitarian Universalist.

Sunday September 1:

Cars for Cancer Sunday Night Cruise & Kick-Off Party
September 1 @ 5:00 pm
Come to Mercy Health Lakes Village for the Cars for Cancer Sunday Night Cruise! This is a Kickoff Party for the 15th Annual Labor Day Cars for Cancer Car Show.  Registration will be offered beginning at 5:00pm and there’ll also be live music in the Entertainment Tent until 11:00pm.  The evening cruise begins at 6:30pm. For more info., e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com.

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.
Wheel Luge: Slide down the only wheel 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, and $15 for the 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. Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lessonof the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.

Monday September 2:

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our Nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 2, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. There will be a fun filled and FREE celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. Enjoy multiple food vendors (for $5-$6 per meal), refreshments, treats, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts n’ crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org The parade starts at the intersection of 4th street and Clay Avenue. It will progress down Clay Avenue past Hackley Park to Jefferson Street (turning left) and heading towards Western Avenue. The march will continue down Western Avenue and end at 490 West Western Avenue for a post parade celebration!

14th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No need to travel all the way to the Mackinac Bridge for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk when the White Lake Area offers a Labor Day Bridge Walk in their neighborhood!  Monday, September 2 from 10:00am – 12:30pm.The Labor Day Community Walk begins on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail Head (at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague).  City officials and area leaders walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.  Walkers are welcome to continue on the path, turn around, or stay and enjoy healthy refreshments!  For more information call (231) 893-4585.

15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 @ 7:00 am
Beginning at 7:00am, come to the Mercy Health Partners Lakes Village for the 15th Annual Muskegon Labor Day Cars for Cancer! This year Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 with special trophies, plus there will still be the regular classes with 3 trophies per class:
Best of Show, Young Guns, People’s Choice
There’ll also be dash plaques to first 400 cars registered. Enjoy vendors, door prizes, valve cover racing and a grocery giveaway as well! Registration – 7:00am – 11:00am Participant Voting – 11:00am – 1:00pm Pancake breakfast (prepared by the Knights of Columbus #13035)   7:00am – 12:00pm Pre-registration is $10 (to guarantee a dash plaque) or $20 with a shirt and is due before August 25. Registration the day of the show is $10 and will be good for both Sunday and Monday.  All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care – Mercy Health Partners.  For more information e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or visit their Facebook page by clicking the link below.

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: 3:00pm
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 08/12/19 – 08/19/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
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 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, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, and 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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
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.

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
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.

Jazz on the Patio
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  www.msports.org

Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel 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, and $15 for the 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.

Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
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.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Muskegon’s Water Week
August 9th-August 18th
Ready, Set, Water!  During Muskegon’s Water Week, happening Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 18, you’ll enjoy what we in Michigan call the “Lake Effect,” embracing nature’s blessings and celebrating another great season on Muskegon’s lakes!  From great events on and along the shores, great eats, music and beverages, to maritime history and tours, everybody can enjoy. Invite your friends and family to Muskegon and enjoy a slice of Pure Michigan!

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer! This week Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean) will be performing. These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

Aquastar 104.5 WSNX Pre-Breakaway Festival Cruise
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019  @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. With DJ CHOFF, food and adult beverages onboard there is something for everyone. Guests 21+ get a free drink upon entry. For more information please contact us at info@aquastarcruises.com.

Root Talk
Thursday, August 15th, 2019  @ 10:00am-1:00pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for “Root Talk!”  Are you just getting started in family history? Have you reached a dead limb on a branch of the family tree?  Stop by the drop-in genealogy help desk, where librarian Alison Purgiel will offer her expertise for free about library and online resources for doing genealogy research, as well as offering advice on “brick walls.”  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Thursday, August 15th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki.

Unruly Comedy Night
Thursday, August 15th, 2019 @ 8:30pm-11:00pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Unruly Comedy Night! This month they are featuring Sydney Smith, Mike Bussler and Joe Elder.  Opening and hosting is the hilarious Simon Carlson.  Nardos Osterhart will be wrapping up the evening.  The cover is only $3, or if you want to sit outside in the beer garden, it’s free!  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Parties in the Park
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 5:00pm-9:00pm
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. Tonight’s live music is brought to you by Hurricane Reggae Band sponsored by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce. Parties are 5:00pm – 9:00pm and feature great food and adult beverage vendors!  For more information e-mail info@partiesinthepark.com.

Arts and Drafts Festival
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 5:00pm-11:00pm
The 7th annual Norton Shores Arts & Drafts Festival is happening Friday and Saturday, August 16 – 17 in beautiful Ross Park!  This will be a fun-filled time for every member of the family! On Friday, August 16 there will be the Ginka Memorial Softball Tournament & Community Picnic  and a Beverage Tent with Live Music.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 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.

Music at the Light: Fremont John
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Friday, it’s Music at the Light featuring “Fremont John!” A distinctive acoustic guitar style with resonate growl of a baritone voice is reason enough to listen to the music of Fremont John.  Whether it’s a remake of a classic or an original selection, the guitar work is sure to please and the stories surrounding the songs are delightfully entertaining.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki!

Movies on Deck
Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ Dusk
The 13th annual Movies on Deck film series features great movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393! Tonight’s movie will be Grease! 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.

Arts and Drafts Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 8:00am-11:00pm
The 7th annual Norton Shores Arts & Drafts Festival is happening Friday and Saturday, August 16 – 17 in beautiful Ross Park!  This will be a fun-filled time for every member of the family! Saturdays events include Arts & Dash 5k , Arts & Crafts Fair, Arts & Wheels Car Show, Beverage Tent with Live music.If you would like further information or have questions, feel free to e-mail them at suev@nortonshores.org or give the Parks & Recreation Dept. a call at 231-799-6802.

Bright Lights Muskegon Lighthouse Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) invites you to attend their annual Muskegon Bright Lights Festival in celebration of the Michigan Maritime Festival.  Saturday, August 17, festival-goers can visit Muskegon South Pierhead Light, overlooking the award-winning Pere Marquette Beach and climb the tower to take in unparalleled views of Muskegon’s broad Lake Michigan shoreline, forests and beaches.  Special festival offerings include family-friendly events, performances, and more.

Great Lakes Surf Festival
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 11:00am-7:00pm
The 2nd annual Great Lakes Surf Festival is coming to Pere Marquette Beach!  All SUP’ers, surfers, kiteboarders, kayakers, windsurfers, artists and yogis are welcome to this fun filled day of watersports.  If you are currently not involved with any of these sports, then the GLSF will provide the perfect place and opportunity for you to learn.  By registering, you will have access to numerous workshops, free lessons and product demos that will help you access the sport of your choice.  More details will be added as they become available.  To register or book a tent camping sight on the beach, e-mail info@GreatLakesSurfFestival.com.

Moosefest 2019
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Country radio station, WMUS (107.9FM) invites you to join them at beautiful Heritage Landing for Moose Fest 2019!  This FREE day of music features many of your favorite artists playing acoustical sets.  Listen in or check their website at www.107mus.iheart.com for locations where you can pick up your FREE tickets to this great day of music on Muskegon Lake.  For more information, call 616-459-1919.

Community Paddle: Snug Harbor Edition
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 8:00am-11:00am
Muskegon AREA Community Paddles invite you to a community paddle party along the northwest end of the Muskegon Lake shoreline! This event is free and open to anyone with a paddle craft; kayak, paddle board, canoe or rowboat.  Meet at the Muskegon State Park, Snug Harbor boat launch at 8:00am, and then paddle along the north shoreline east toward Bear Lake from 8:30am – 10:30am, then back to the starting point. Anyone without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Kayaks for only $5 by calling 231-740-0227. Register for the event at www.eventbrite.com.

Watercolor Demonstration with John Herron
August 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come to Art Cats Gallery for a free Watercolor Demonstration with John Herron!  Watch John as he paints and demonstrates his stunning talent!  He will set up his easel in the reception area to demonstrate a variety of standard and unique techniques .  Feel free to ask questions as you watch him at work.  Would you like to learn how to make your own work more spontaneous and more fun?  Curious about wet in wet, masking, scraping, salt, color mixing and mounting paper?  Have you wanted to try your hand at watercolor but believe it’s too difficult?  Watch John take some of the mystery out of this exciting medium.  He will have several new paintings on display, many of which depict scenes of Lake Michigan.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Escanaba in da Moonlight
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). August 15 – 17, it’s “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels, directed by Sheila Wahamaki!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Big Band of Praise
Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
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.
Big Band of Praise or BBOP, is a Christian band dedicated to connecting with listeners by presenting the Love of God through song and testimony.  They are an 18 piece powerhouse group from Holland Michigan who perform big band, swing, jazz, and blues. They appeal to all ages, and play religious, secular or combination venues.

Welcome Home: The Journey Continues
Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theatre inside the Frauenthal Center for “Welcome Home: The Journey Continues!”  Welcome Home is comprised of 4 individuals from various musical backgrounds who, together, create a unique sound that explores all aspects of human emotion. Welcome Home is a mix of genres that draws everybody in – imagine Alabama Shakes, Tracy Chapman, Evanescence & Lenny Kravitz all rolled into one.  Tickets are $20.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events August 5-12, 2019

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

Monday August 5:

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.

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.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 2 – August 11
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival announces a stunning 10-year anniversary season! August 2 – 11, this year’s festival and events held throughout the White Lake Area of Montague and Whitehall. Hear the Detroit Symphony Trio, featuring flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo, and cellist David Ledoux on Monday, August 5. They will perform music by Devienne, Piazolla, Edgar Girtan and others. This trio was formed in 2015 after the Detroit Symphony began its mission to bring symphonic and chamber music into the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Orchestra Hall and Detroit. Since then the Trio has enjoyed performing throughout Michigan bringing innovative and inspiring sounds to audiences of all ages. www.whitelakemusic.org or 231-893-1155 for complete list of events.

Roll On Muskegon
August 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.Casual, 8-10 mph for Approx. 90 minutes to get outside and wave to our neighbors.

Tuesday August 6:

Open Irish Jam Session: Free
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session located at 885 Jefferson St. 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.

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.

Summer Concert Series: Matt Gabriel
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.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 2 – August 11
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival announces a stunning 10-year anniversary season! This year’s festival and events held throughout Montague and Whitehall. August 6 at 7:30pm features Andrea Swan, Chicago’s own well-known chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral keyboard player, soloist and teacher. She will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Franz, and Chopin. This concert will be held at St. James’ Lutheran Church in Montague.  www.whitelakemusic.org or 231-893-1155 for complete list of events.

Wednesday August 7:

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10 Wednesday FREE night!
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Muskegon History Cruise
August 7 @ 11:00 am
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 website at www.aquastarcruises.com for ticket information.

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 August 8:

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

Northside Family Fun Fest & Art Fair
August 8 – August 10
The 11th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 8-10 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside.”  The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.northmuskegon.org

Animal X-Files with the Outdoor Discovery Center
August 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bring the kids to the Fruitport District Library and join the Outdoor Discovery Center’s special agent naturalists as they investigate the unexplained and mind-bending animals of Michigan!  Strange, live creatures will be scrutinized as you take a look into the bizarre and surprising. This exciting, free, all ages event will take you on a journey into the unknown.  For more information call (231) 366-6107. fruitportdistrictlibrary.org

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.

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.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert: Westside Soul Surfers
August 8 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.
Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

Friday August 9:

Northside Family Fun Fest & Art Fair
August 8 – August 10
The 11th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 8-10 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside.”  The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.northmuskegon.org

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
August 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors! Each “Community Day” will have a special theme: August 9 – Arconic

Music and Beer at the Light: Catfish and the Man
August 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together listening to 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.  In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall, MI 49461) Friday, August 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, it’s “Music and Beer at the Light” featuring “Catfish and the Man!” Come enjoy your favorite Fetch Beer and the music of Catfish and the Man on the grounds of the White River Light Station. This family friendly event is a fund raiser for the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, caretakers of the lighthouse.  Beer and wine, as well as soft drinks and water, will be available for purchase. For more information call 231-845-7417.

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.

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

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.

WVIB Motown Cruise Aboard the Aquastar
August 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Radio station V-100, WVIB will get the Aquastar rocking with classic Motown Music!  The cost is $25. Stop at Visit Muskegon for a $5 coupon to make it $20. Call (231) 903-0669 or visit www.aquastarcruises.com to make reservations or for more information.  Sunset, music and friends…it doesn’t get much better than that!

DEOS Contemporary Ballet presents COLLIDE
August 9 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for COLLIDE, presented by the DEOS Contemporary Ballet! Feel the result when reality collides with what you planned as powerful choreography and beautiful dancers make statements of impact.  Tickets are $35.00 in advance of $40.00 the day of the show. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Saturday August 10:

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 7 – August 10
Don’t miss the family affordable event of the summer, Unity Christian Music Festival August 7 – 10 on the shores of beautiful Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing! Four days of the best in Christian music along with faith, family, food and fun!  The Unity Main Stage, presented by County Dairy, features top Christian artists including Tenth Avenue North, Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Switchfoot, Matthew West, and Skillet.  Unity’s Hometown Pharmacy Family Fun Zone provides activities for the entire family. And kids of all ages will love the games and fun at Camp Unity! For information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.unitymusicfestival.com

DEOS Contemporary Ballet presents COLLIDE
August 9 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for COLLIDE, presented by the DEOS Contemporary Ballet! Feel the result when reality collides with what you planned as powerful choreography and beautiful dancers make statements of impact.  Tickets are $35.00 in advance of $40.00 the day of the show. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Northside Family Fun Fest & Art Fair
August 8 – August 10
The 11th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 8-10 at Walker Park in North Muskegon!  This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside.”  The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only.  For more information visit www.northmuskegon.org

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: This Hope
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.

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.

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

Annual Health and Wellness Fair
August 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Staying healthy can be fun at the Annual Health and Wellness Fair at Muskegon Family Care!  Saturday, August 10 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, get free blood pressure screenings, diabetes checks, oral exams, height & weight and BMI’s.  There’ll be entertainment, plenty of door prizes, food and vendors on site.  For more information call 231-739-9315.

Hey 5K Run/Walk
August 10 @ 8:00 am
The Hey 5K Run/Walk begins at the historic Union Depot located at 610 W. Western Ave.  Early registration is at the Depot on August 10 from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Bring your family and friends for this fun Run/Walk and enjoy the sites of historic Downtown Muskegon while supporting the family friendly non-profit radio station 88.9FM.  Family and group rates are available for this race.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information visit www.heyradio.com/hey5k.

Miracle on South Division Street
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – August 10 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

Rock Star Super Saturday
August 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Rock Star Super Saturday!  This free family Funday will let you rock out at the MMA! This month’s Super Saturday is inspired by the exhibition “Lights, Camera, Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Music Photography of Paul Jendrasiak.”  For more information call (231) 720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm Family Film
• 11:00 am – 1:00pm Guided Look: Explore the live-rock photography of Paul Jendrasiak with a docent.
• 11:00 am – 2:00pm Make & Take: Express your inner star with a limelight worthy craft in the classroom.
(Note: Activities and general admission are free. Underwritten by Arconic-Whitehall Operations. A $5 special entry fee is required to enter the Replay exhibition. Free admission for MMA Members and ages 0-2.)

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
August 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.
Wheel Luge: Slide down the only wheel 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, and $15 for the 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. Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lessonof the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.

Princess Party with Chef Char
August 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Bring the kids to Kitchen 242 at The Muskegon Farmers Market for a “Princess Party” with Chef Char! Come and bake cookies with Chef Char and Princess Tiana and Princess Elsa.  Be sure to wear your princess costume because there will be plenty of opportunities for photos with the princesses.  Each little princess will roll, decorate and bake a dozen princess-themed cookies to take home.   This is for ages 5 and up.  The cost is $45 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com.

Free Kids Yoga at the Market
August 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens and Kitchen242 invite you to bring your children 5 – 9 years old to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Free Kids Yoga at the Market!” A playful, compassionate, and non-competitive environment awaits your child! Classes will focus on poses, partner/group games, and simple breathing/relaxation techniques to harness mental focus, manage stress, strength and empowerment. The class will be uniquely shaped based upon the interests and energy of students present that day, weaving together creative storytelling, lots of nature and animal poses, making silly sounds, imaginary play, and ample opportunity to express one’s own true vibrant nature! For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Sunday August 11:

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.

5-Course Viennese Gala Dinner
August 11 @ 6:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook Java Shop/Best Cellars Wine Bar for a 5-Course Viennese Gala Dinner featuring music by Michael Schaeffer and dinner prepared by Chef Heidi! Your dinner includes two glasses of Regional wine and there will be a cash bar available as well. Enjoy an unforgettable evening and finale to a week of inspiring music during the White Lake Chamber Music Festival. Be sure to Rock your Viennese outfit!  Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 7 by calling 231-894-5333 or e-mail bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Monday August 12:

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 07/29/19 – 08/05/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
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 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, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, and 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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
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.

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
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.

Jazz on the Patio
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
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.

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  www.msports.org

Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel 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, and $15 for the 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.

Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
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.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Glow Zumba at Hackley Public Library
July 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, July 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Glow Zumba!  This class turns fitness into a party with glow sticks! Join them for an aerobic dance workout with Latin and international flavored music, led by Paula Sieffert from Lakeshore Fitness Center. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling 231-722-8011. Registration opens 1 month before the class date. This program is free to the public, and all ages are welcome!

HPL Sound of Summer Series: Ultimate Taste Band
July 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 30 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the historic Hackley Public Library for the HPL Sound of Summer Series featuring the Ultimate Taste Band!  This Muskegon band strives to continue the Motown legacy in Michigan. Encompassing a variety of music from the 70s & 80s, funk, classic rock, pop, and R&B, the Ultimate Taste Band will get you moving and wanting more! This music performance is free to the public, and recommended for all ages.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Summer Concert Series: Montague Band Shell
July 30 @ 7:00 pm
Add delightful music to your summer season with free outdoor concerts at the Montague Band Shell select Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. 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.  July 30, it’s Serita’s Black Rose!

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
July 30 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.  Tuesday, July 30, it’s  High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick)!  There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association.

Workaholic Women’s Wednesday Cruise
July 31 @ 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.

Kids Flea Market at Hackley Public Library
August 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday, August 1 from 10:00am – 11:30am, come to the lawn of Hackley Public Library in downtown Muskegon for the Kids’ Flea Market!  Come sell-a-brate the beginning of August by selling toys, crafts, snacks, and more. Registration is required for those interested in selling items by calling 231-722-8014.  Nothing to sell? Come shop instead! Everything is 50 cents or less. The event will move to Friday, August 2 in the event of rain. This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome!

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
August 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset” free outdoor concert series features 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.  August 1, it’s Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ and Zumba with Francine!

The U.S. Coast Guard Band
August 1 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 1 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a free concert from the U.S. Coast Guard Band!  Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson, and Assistant Director, Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Spenner bring you a rousing program featuring the Band’s talented soloists and wide ranging repertoire for wind ensemble as part of their 2019 Great Lakes Regional Tour.  While the show is free, tickets are required and can be obtained through the Frauenthal Center Box Office.  There is a limit of 4 per household.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

A Doll’s House, Part 2
August 1 @ 7:30 pm – August 3 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).

August 1 -3, it’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath and directed by Natalie Carmolli.

As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned.  Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora’s world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn’t just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.

Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 2 – August 11
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival announces a stunning 10-year anniversary season! August 2 – 11, this year’s festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake Area of Montague and Whitehall. The Festival will open with a spectacular brass concert featuring the Gaudete Brass Quintet. Special presentations will be made by local officials in honor of the White Lake Chamber Festival’s 10th anniversary. This event will be held at the First Congregational Church of Muskegon (1201 Jefferson St.). Gaudete (gow-day-tay) is a form of the Latin word for “Joy.”

The Chicago based, world-renowned Avalon String Quartet returns to the White Lake area for the 10th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival. This quartet, described as “…deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous,” is the cornerstone of the festival, presenting 3 concerts, open rehearsals, and community outreach. Having established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles, The Avalon String Quartet continues astonishing audiences across the nation with their performances.

Joining Avalon on August 8 will be pianist Kuang-Hao Huang performing Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major.

Local, national, and international performers will come together in the White Lake Area during this 10-day festival. Virtuoso violinist James Buswell will be joined by touring and recording artist, cellist Carol Ou and New England Conservatory pianist Andrew Goodridge on August 3. They will perform Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio and Brahm’s Piano Trio in B major, Op.8.

Hear the Detroit Symphony Trio, featuring flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo, and cellist David Ledoux on Monday, August 5. They will perform music by Devienne, Piazolla, Edgar Girtan and others. This trio was formed in 2015 after the Detroit Symphony began its mission to bring symphonic and chamber music into the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Orchestra Hall and Detroit. Since then the Trio has enjoyed performing throughout Michigan bringing innovative and inspiring sounds to audiences of all ages.

Youth programming will be expanded this year to include more events like the popular educational children’s concert at the White Lake Community Library featuring Val Letenyei, founder of MusicEveryday! in Spring Lake and licensed Kindermusik educator and elementary pedagogy specialist.

A children’s concert at the Montague Public Library featuring educator and cellist Erin Wang

A performance by the winner of the Young Artists College Solo Competition – Gabrielle Karel (Hope College), piano – giving the community a glimpse into Michigan’s top talent from the state’s universities and colleges.

A Piano Sonata Recital on August 6 at 7:30pm features Andrea Swan, Chicago’s own well-known chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral keyboard player, soloist and teacher. She will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Franz, and Chopin. This concert will be held at St. James’ Lutheran Church in Montague.

The Festival Chamber Orchestra has become one of the festival’s audience favorites. On Friday, August 9, will be showcased in this program at the Montague United Methodist Church at 7:30pm. Featured soloists are Jeff Zook, flute; Marie Wang, violin; and famous harpsichordist David Schrader.

Free Salon Concerts are among the many highlights of the week. Talented musicians will be featured daily at 4:30pm at the Book Nook and Java Shop. Guest artists include William Watson, tenor and Tracy Watson, soprano (Sat.) ; Cello duo – Michael Carrera and Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Mon.), 4 Hand Piano – Bryan Uecker and Steve Thielman joined by flutist Don Bailey and pianist Aldo DeVero (Tues.); Solo Competition winner Gabrielle Karel, piano (Wed.); Vireo Trio – violinist Michelle Valllier, cellist Erin Wang, and pianist Bryan Uecker (Thur.); Classical Guitar Duo – Brian Morris and Jonathon Marshall (Fri.); the Ma Non Troppo Woodwind Trio – clarinetists John Varineau and Sondra Cross, and bassoonist Genevieve Beaulieu (Sat.).

The Festival is truly a unique, collaborative, community event. Local churches and businesses continue to take part and graciously host performances. In only ten years, nearly 200 concerts, edifying lectures, recitals, master classes, youth concerts, the young artists’ competition and open rehearsals have been held. Audiences continue to grow and come from greater distances, helping to make the Festival and our area a vacation destination.

For a schedule of this year’s delightful events, please visit www.whitelakemusic.org or call 231-329-3056 for more information.

Parties in the Park
August 2 @ 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.  August 2, it’s Melophobix & Paddlebots sponsored by Community Encompass.

4th Annual Muskegon Street Performers
August 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, August 2 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon to enjoy the sights and sounds of over 30 street performers at the fourth annual Muskegon Street Performer event! Take in over 30 strolling acts including face painters, musicians, living statues, jugglers, cloggers, belly dancers and more!  For more information call 616-402-0518 or visit www.facebook.com/MuskegonStreetPerformersSeries.  Although this event is free, performers entertain for tips, so be sure to show them your appreciation!

Lakeshore Blues Festival
August 2 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, August 2 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Lakeshore Blues Festival, the most anticipated blues show of 2019! Never seen together before in one night, you’ll hear from four chart topping blues artists of the millennium:

• Nellie Tiger Travis “If I Back it Up”
• Pokey Bear ”Side Piece”
• Wendel B ”I Just Wanna Love You”
• Willie Clayton ”Drop It”

Tickets are $55. Doors open at 7:00pm.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call the Frauenthal Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Movies on Deck
August 2 @ 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.  August 2, it’s “Caddyshack” (1980/Parent Advisory)

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.

RunIT 5K
August 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, August 3, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosts RunIT 5K, a race that celebrates the White Lake Area and the Live White Lake campaign!  The race is back for a fourth time, bringing athletes of all ages and abilities together.  The 3.1 mile course starts and ends at the White Lake Chamber Depot and follows the beautiful Montague-Hart bike trail north, traversing between the two towns that make up the White Lake Area – Montague and Whitehall! Enjoy the gorgeous scenery and flat course, which is perfect for first timers and those wanting to post their best times!  The race offers chip-timing, performance t-shirts, unique give-aways and medals, and prizes 3-deep in all categories.

Pick-up packet time is 8:00am with a 9:00am race at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau.  Park in the grassy lot across from the Chamber on Hanson St. or in nearby areas including Goodrich Park Lion’s Park, old Pinhead’s bowling area, and more.  Participants are encouraged to register in advance to receive reduced rates.  The registration fee is $25 and includes a performance t-shirt.  Registration at the race will be available, but a shirt will not be guaranteed.  Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Whitehall/BridgeHop or at the Chamber office.

4th Annual Muskegon Polish Festival Golf Outing
August 3 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 1:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s the 4th Annual Muskegon Polish Festival Golf Outing happening at Bent Pine Golf Club! This scramble format (4-player teams) includes green & cart fees, awards for top teams, hole prizes, dinner, a silent auction and live music from the Virgil Baker Polka Band for only $50 per person (due by July 15)!  If you would like to attend just the dinner and dance, the cost is $15.  Call 231-766-2045 for reservations.

Out of This World Watercolors with Lori McElrath-Eslick
August 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley PUblic Library for “Out of This World Watercolors!”  Muskegon artist, Lori McElrath-Eslick, will lead a class for adults in how to paint using watercolors. Come ready to have fun with painting, and take home a space themed painting of your own creation!  Please register by visiting hackleylibrary.org or by calling 231-722-8011. All supplies are provided. This event is free to the public!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: David Phelps
August 3 @ 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 www.vacationwithpurpose.org for more information or call (231) 798-2161.

August 3 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s David Phelps! A graduate from Baylor University, David Phelps is credited among today’s most spectacular voices.  His seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world’s most prestigious venues.  For more than 15 years, David served as a member of the popular and prestigious Gaither Vocal Band, and during that time received numerous Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, and multiple platinum-selling recording projects.

As a solo artist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for the Christmas DVD, O Holy Night to add to his many awards and honors. David’s 2012 live concert DVD, David Phelps: Classic, debuted on Billboards’ Music Video Chart at #1 and since its release has received acclaim from throughout both Gospel and secular music genres.  The recording has been featured on numerous television networks, including the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

Aquastar Luau Cruise
August 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 3 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, enjoy the sounds of the Hawaiian Islands aboard the Aquastar, featuring the Pacific Island Dancers!  The Aquastar Luau Cruise will tour Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan as you take in a glorious West Michigan sunset. The Island Dancers will have a special dockside Polynesian performance at 7:00pm prior to the cruise, then board the Aquastar to entertain you during the tour which sets sail at 7:30pm.  Appetizers will be served and beverages will be available for purchase. You may even want to enjoy the special Aquastar Luau Punch!  For more information, or to book your spot, visit aquastarcruises.com or call them at 231-903-0669.

Star Party
August 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, August 3 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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/22/19 – 07/29/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
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 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, come to downtown Muskegon’s Olthoff Stage for free Latin or Swing dance lessons from MADLOS!  Start with a lesson, and 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night we leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.
• When: Every Monday night. Wheels turn at 6:30pm
• Where: Meet at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Speed: Casual, 8-10 mph
• How Long: Approx. 90 minutes

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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
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.

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
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.

Jazz on the Patio
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.

Fetch Cycling Group
Meet in the parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a 60 minute No Drop Bike Ride. All abilities and fitness levels are encouraged and welcome.  Helmets are strongly encouraged.  Fetch Brewing Company provides you with the added incentive of $1 off your first post-ride beer!

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
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.

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  The cost is $10 for 5 rounds of arrows, and $15 for luge add-on.  www.msports.org
Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel 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, and $15 for the 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.
Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Join the Lakeside Emporium on Saturday afternoons from 12:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
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.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 22 – July 28
July 22 – 28, experience the wonders of farm life in West Michigan at the Muskegon County Youth Fair!  This fair is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects and this is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community.  In addition to auctions, shows and competitions, there’ll be lots of free family games such as the Water Balloon Toss, Egg Run, Flying Chickens, Horseshoe Toss, Disc the Field, Toss the Pig, Horse Race, Feed the Horse and more!  All Fair Games are free and open to the public!  www.muskegonfairgrounds.com

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 22 @ 7:00 pm – July 23 @ 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.

Family Fun Tyme Amusements
July 23 @ 2:00 pm – July 28 @ 10:00 pm
As part of the Muskegon County Youth Fair, Family Fun Tyme Amusements is putting on a carnival for kids ages 2 – 11 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, July 23 – 28 from 2:00pm – 10:00pm each day!  Enjoy exciting rides, games, and concessions!

Summer Concert Series: Montague Band Shell
July 23 @ 7:00 pm
Add delightful music to your summer season with free outdoor concerts at the Montague Band Shell select Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. 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.  July 23, it’s Upcoast Kin!  For more information on the concert series, call 231-893-2524.

Summer Concert Series:  McGraft Park
July 23 @ 7:00pm
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.
• Tuesday, July 23 – Ray Watkoski & Family (Polkas)
• Tuesday, July 30 – High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick – There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association)
• Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)
• Tuesday, August 13 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean)
• Tuesday, August 20 – Shane Hennessy (Irish Guitar Virtuoso – Sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival)

How to Draw Your Dragon
July 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Don’t worry! These dragons won’t bite. Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as professional illustrator Corinne Roberts conducts a free workshop for children with all the best tips and tricks on how to draw dragons! This class works best for ages 5 and up.  Parents are strongly recommended to accompany younger children.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Food Truck Rally
July 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Once a month on Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a Food Truck Rally!  June – August, get ready for summer family fun featuring great food, music and more!  Food tickets are $1 with menu prices varying from vendor to vendor.  Bands and vendors will be announced soon.  Watch the Farmers Market Facebook page or call (231) 724-6705 for more information.

Original Theater Production: “42”
July 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the original theater production of “42!”  According to Oxford professor Renee Adams, a study conducted on over 2 million art auctions sales concluded that paintings by female artists sell at a discount of 42%. Why? Are women themselves less effective as artists? Or is there a bias among art buyers? The study asked volunteers to identify unlabeled paintings as done by male or female artists. Volunteers could not distinguish between the two. This unearthed a deep rooted gender bias in the art community that spans centuries. “42” attempts to explore gender bias like this from a generational perspective.
In this story, produced by Kimberly and Jacy Harscha, a 42-year-old mother exposes her own bias through memories, some lighthearted and some tragic, that she shares with her teenage daughter. The play emphasis generational blindness—the idea that “unseen” things we are surrounded by as young adults can dictate how we react in the future. Did events of the 1980s and 1990s shape women into a stereotype unrecognizable by the young adults of society today? Are “kids these days” able to take off those blinders and have generational vision? This one-hour production written by the mother and daughter team of Kimberly and Jacy Harsch invites you to be the judge.
Admission is free.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Dancing into Sunset Free Weekly Dance Party
July 25 @ 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 below.
• July 25 – The Silverado Band
• August 1 – Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ (Zumba with Francine)
• August 8 – The Silverado Band
• August 15 – Country Current Band
• August 22 – Butch Grenell and Unbreakable Pride Band

Water Skiing Exhibition: Grand City Gives
July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Mona Lake Boat Club as the Grand City Show Skiers present “Grand City Gives!” This is stop #1 on their West Coast Tour!  Proceed will benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to bring a little Christmas Cheer in July to the kids that need it most.  For more information, call the club at (231) 798-4011.

Jazz Night: Brad Linde’s Team Player
July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Brad Linde’s Team Player!  Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area.  He is the Director of Jazz and Creative Instrumental Music at Georgetown Day School and is on faculty at Levine Music.  He has worked with legendary musicians including Lee Konitz, Teddy Charles, Barry Harris, Grachan Moncur III, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Chambers, and Dan Tepfer, Matt Wilson, Ethan Iverson, and many others.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

White Lake Youth Theatre Presents: Let’s Make a Scene
July 25 – 27 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
July 25 and 27 at 7:30pm and July 26 at 3:00pm, the White Lake Youth Theatre presents, “Let’s Make a Scene” from a collection by Douglas M. Parker and directed by Chris Beaman.
This year, it’s all about character. Through a series of shorts scenes, students ages 10-18 will delve into various characters and share contemporary stories of loss, relationships, breaking up, cheating, summer, boredom and escaping to Canada.  Told by two to three actors each, the play will challenge actors of all ages to delve deep into each of the characters and tell their truth.
Theater Box Office hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.
Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.  If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact them at (231) 894-4048 or at www.theplayhouseatwhitelake.org.

Swing Dance Cruise
July 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, July 25 from 7:30pm – 9:15pm (boarding begins at 7:00pm), board the Aquastar for a Sunset Swing Dance Cruise!  Direct from Argentina, professional dancers Florencia Colella and Chris Sanz will teach you the basics of Lindy Hop Swing Dance, and have you dancing in the sunset. This is a one-time-only special engagement while Chris is visiting from Argentina.
The history of Swing begins with the original Swing era in 1920s and 30s America, when Big Bands took over pop culture. Swing dance is a broad term to describe a variety of partner dances evolving from the 1920s to the present day.  No experience or partner is required. Please join the crew of the Aquastar for fun, good exercise, and a great way to meet new and interesting people!  To book your ticket, visit aquastarcruises.com. Tickets are $25.  Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  For more information call 231-903-0669 or visit www.aquastarcruises.com.

Ribbon Cutting at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
July 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 26 at 4:00pm, Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new animal barn and exhibits!  They are so excited to open their new facility and they’d love to have you “meet & greet” with all their new animal friends.  For more information call (231) 861-5730.

Parties in the Park
July 26 @ 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.
• 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

Author Meet & Greet
July 26 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, July 26 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for an author meet & greet with Caroline Hall from Cincinnati.  Her first book release, “The Dragonfly Crystal,” targets proceeds to benefit The Dragonfly Foundation and The Cure Starts Now.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

CRUZ’IN Classic Car Show
July 26 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm, come to Downtown Whitehall and Montague for the CRUZ’IN Classic Car Show!  Cars cruise from Whitehall to Montague where they will be on display in the downtown area.  They’ll also have a DJ, food and fun for all.  Over 400 cars are anticipated!  For more information, contact Montague City Hall at (231) 893-1155.

Live Music: David Cofell & Brian Ashley Jones
July 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, July 26 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from David Cofell & Brian Ashley Jones!  (ASCAP PRO, Member of Recording Academy, Folk Alliance International (FAI), Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), Minnesota Music Coalition, and endorsed by Breedlove Guitars, Shubb Capos and John Pearse Strings.)  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Movies on Deck
July 26 @ 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.
• July 26 – Mulan (1998)
• August 2 – Caddyshack (1980/Parent Advisory)
• August 16 – Viewer’s Choice

Swim ‘n Run Muskegon
July 27 @ 8:00 am
Saturday, July 27 is the second annual Swim ‘n Run Muskegon, taking place at Muskegon’s crown jewel Heritage Landing! This fun, scenic and family friendly event is one you don’t want to miss. The first wave of swimmers will begin their race at 8:00am. Your swim cap will be provided and you’ll also be able to use your wetsuit. The transition area, run start, run finish and post-race picnic all take place at the Heritage Landing Park. There will be late registration and packet pickup, Friday, July 26 nearby at Fricano’s Event Center from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday at Heritage Landing in the tent. For more information, visit www.swimnrunmuskegon.com.
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Muskegon River Community Paddle
July 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Muskegon AREA Community Paddles invites you to join them on the Muskegon River for a Community Paddle, Saturday, July 27 from 8:00am – 10:30am! This event is free and open to anyone with a paddle craft; kayak, canoe, paddleboard or rowboat.  Meet other paddlers at the Creston Rd. boat launch at 8:00am.  Float downstream to Veterans Memorial Park from 8:30am – 10:30am.  Transportation back to your vehicle is provided at the end of the float, if needed, from Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service.  Guy’s Kayaks will also meet 13 people who have kayaks, at Veterans Memorial Park at 7:30am, and transport them and their kayak up to Creston Rd. for free.  Anyone without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Kayaks for only $5.  Call 231-740-0227 to rent a kayak.  Register for the events at www.eventbrite.com.  Happy paddling!

Montague Artisan Market
July 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The fourth Saturday of every month, come to the Montague Artisan Market at the Farmers’ Market! For more information call (231) 893-2524.  Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Any handmade items are welcome. Adults may reserve a 10’x10’ booth for $15per day and youth may reserve a space for $10 per day. Visit www.artswhitelake.org/artisan-market to fill out a vendor application today!

Author Meet and Greet
July 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 27 from 9:00an – 12:00pm, come to Holton Public Library for a “Meet & Greet” with local authors as part of the Holton Community Days downtown celebration!  Books will be available for purchase from these talented resident writers.  For more information call 231-821-0268.

Sand Sculpting Contest at the Western Market
July 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Western Market in downtown Muskegon for a Sand Sculpting Contest! Enjoy sand sculptures in our own downtown beach!  Sculpting will be from 9:00am – 2:00pm with results being announced at 3:00pm.  Register through their website at www.muskegonwesternmarket.com/upcoming-events.  The entry fee is only $5.
Prizes:  1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
July 27 @ 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 29 – “Toy Story 4”
July 27 – “The Lion King”

3rd Annual White Lake Pub Pedal
July 27 @ 1:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 1:00pm, grab your bike and pedal your way around the beautiful White Lake Area to enjoy their many bars and restaurants! There will be suggested routes, but you can also plan your own route.  Be sure to get your official t-shirt at the website below and follow White Lake Pub Pedal on Facebook.

Music at the Light: Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends
July 27 @ 2:00 pm
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.  In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall, MI 49461)
Saturday, July 27 at 2:00pm, it’s Music at the Light featuring a Dulcimer concert from the “Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends!” Come enjoy a Saturday afternoon with a group of acoustic musicians that, between them, have decades of experience playing folk music.  The musicians will be playing dulcimers, guitars and fiddles.  Bring your family, your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of folk inspired music.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Michigan Sign Workshop
July 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Michigan Sign Workshop!  This is a hands-on sign workshop where you will create your own decorative Michigan sign featuring the Montague Weathervane!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Sara Groves
July 27 @ 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 www.vacationwithpurpose.org for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
July 27 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Sara Groves! Sara is a singer/ songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy.  She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 12 years.  Sara has been nominated for 7 Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums including her latest, “Abide with Me,” a collection of hymns recorded in a 110-year-old church.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
July 27 @ 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 www.muskegonrisers.com. July 27 they take on Oakland County FC.

Live Music: Laura Thurston
July 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Laura Thurston!  It isn’t unusual for musicians to be multi-talented instrumentally… a little guitar, a little percussion, maybe some piano.  But folk singer-songwriter Laura Thurston takes it a step further by playing four instruments at the same time in her original songs.  Armed with a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and suitcase kick drum, Thurston is a one-woman band!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Dre McGhee’s Nostalgia Concert
July 27 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 7:45pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for Dre McGhee’s Nostalgia Concert! Dre McGhee will be singing, dancing and gliding all night long!  Opening acts include King Quezzo, Rell and Isaacsdead.  VIP tickets include an after show meet and greet.  Tickets are $33 for the VIP Experience, $28 main floor and $18 for the balcony.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Star Party
July 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 from 9:00pm – 11:30pm, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at their observatory!  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.  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.

Music & Mimosas Brunch
July 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, July 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the Music & Mimosas Brunch featuring Steve Thielman on piano!  Enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, blueberry pancakes, fruit, and a beverage (mimosa, OJ, or coffee) for only $10.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Trail to Table at Hoffmaster State Park – Ladies Only
July 28 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 28 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster State Park is partnering with New Holland Brewing Co., Merrell and REI to host the “Trail to Table” event as part of their Centennial Anniversary Celebration. This is a ticketed event and will include a guided hike by state park rangers and Merrell representatives.
Tickets are $75 and include:
• Hiking Shoe Demo
• Guided 2 Hour Hike
• Complimentary 22 Liter REI Hiking Back Pack
• Informative Talk with REI Team Members
• Beer and Yard Games
• Outdoor, Three Course Guided Beer Dinner with New Holland Brewing Co. and Palate of Milford
This event is for women only. All proceeds from this event will help fund the Gillette Nature Association at Hoffmaster Park!  For more information, call (231) 798-3573.

Glow Zumba at Hackley Public Library
July 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, July 29 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for Glow Zumba!  This class turns fitness into a party with glow sticks! Join them for an aerobic dance workout with Latin and international flavored music, led by Paula Sieffert from Lakeshore Fitness Center. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling 231-722-8011. Registration opens 1 month before the class date. This program is free to the public, and all ages are welcome!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/15/19 – 07/22/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities.  www.msports.org
Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel 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.
Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! During the month of July, tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm as well.  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
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 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, 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night at 6:30pm, they leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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
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.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
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.  www.lakesideemporium.net

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.
• Tuesday, July 16 – Sam’s Swing Band (Music from the Big Band Era)
• Tuesday, July 23 – Ray Watkoski & Family (Polkas)
• Tuesday, July 30 – High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick – There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association)
• Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)
• Tuesday, August 13 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean)
• Tuesday, August 20 – Shane Hennessy (Irish Guitar Virtuoso – Sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival)

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
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.

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays 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
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset” free outdoor concert happens from 7:00pm – 9:30pm on Thursdays! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit the “Dancing into Sunset” Facebook page.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
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.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Mary’s Country Critters at Hackley Library
July 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, the petting zoo is coming to the Hackley Public Library! Pet a pig, cluck at a chicken, and greet a goat. You’ll meet these animals and lots more as you learn about the important role farms and farm animals play here in Michigan. This event is free to the public and all ages welcome!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Rebel Road
July 17 – July 21
July 17 – 21, the main drag through downtown Muskegon will be filled with thousands of motorcycles, vendors, music and more as Rebel Road takes over Western Ave.!  Experience the rumble of thousands of motorcycles as Rebel Road returns for its fourth year!  Enjoy free concerts, contests and special events!  To find out more, e-mail rebelroadmi@gmail.com or visit www.rebelroad.org.

Free concerts include:
• Wednesday, July 17, 7:00pm – The Loose Nukes kicking off Rebel Road main stage
• Thursday, July 18, 6:00pm – Ironsnake taking Rebel Road back to the 1980s
• Friday, July 19, 6:00pm – Saving Abel takes the stage
• Saturday, July 20, 6:00pm – Jared Blake returns to Rebel Road mainstage
• Sunday, July 221, 12:00pm – Mannhattan closing out Rebel Road 2019

Unleashing the Possibilities
July 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 17 from 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Pound Buddies invites you to Hampton Green Farm for “Unleashing the Possibilities!”  Join them as they celebrate remarkable milestones, recognize the amazing people and pets that make their rescue efforts possible and be among the first to hear about exciting plans for the future.  WZZM TV personalities Laura Hartman and Kamady Rudd will emcee this exciting event featuring strolling cuisine from the Hearthstone Bistro and a cash bar.  Attire is casual, no heels please.  Reservations are $40 and available online at www.poundbuddies.org.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
July 17 & 27 @ 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 www.muskegonrisers.com.
• July 17 vs Milwaukee Torrent
• July 27 vs Oakland County FC

Muskegon Bike Time 2019
July 18 – July 21
Now in its 13th year, Muskegon Bike Time has been promoting Muskegon and the lakeshore as a great place for motorcyclists and the general public to gather and enjoy the spectacle, attractions, entertainment and food offered during this four day event.
The event takes place annually the third weekend in July.  This year’s dates will be July 18th through the 21st, 2019.
The mission of Muskegon Bike Time is to produce entertainment opportunities in Muskegon aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts for a vacation experience on Michigan’s West Coast.
“Over the years, Muskegon Bike Time has been an economic boon to hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, local retailers and other local tourist attractions”, said Tim Lipan, spokesperson for Muskegon Bike Time. “All of the events surrounding this special motorcycle weekend provide an economic impact of over $30 million yearly to the local economy and showcases all we have to offer in Muskegon and along the lakeshore.”
With activities and events occurring in the downtown Muskegon area and throughout the county, the focal point of Bike Time activities will be at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson property in downtown Muskegon.   Activities include:

RIDES
Experience a variety of scenic rides along the beautiful West Michigan shoreline with stunning views of Lake Michigan, pristine rivers, and massive sand dunes, as well as winding roads through picturesque forests and interesting small towns.
Muskegon Bike Time promotes a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers. They include:
• Patriot Ride– Take a police escorted non-stop scenic ride of the area with over 200 of your closest friends. Ride is generally 1.5 hours long. A $10 donation per person supports Every Woman’s Place. Sunday, July 21, 2019. Registration starts at 10am. Kick stands up at 11am.
• 7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing 7 different lakes and many interesting small towns in West Michigan.
• Hot Rod Harley & Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only, which includes beer tents, brewery’s, restaurants, vendors and other activities.
• Pere Marquette Beach – visit one of the most beautiful sugar sand beaches in the country right on Lake Michigan.
• Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort town of Grand Haven and the Dutch village of Holland and several lakes and rivers.

MUSIC
Music is everywhere!  Live concerts, beer tents, street performers and local bars & brewery’s provide music of all genres.
Bike Time Concerts
All concerts are free and presented by Little River Casino & Resort on the main stage located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6pm – 10pm:  Vincent Hayes Band.
Michigan native Vincent Hayes has earned his stripes as a 25 year veteran of the blues and roots music scene. His guitar-driven rock, blues and funk-fueled anthems are as real and gritty as it gets, with infectious hooks, potent messages and honest-to-the-core vocals.
Friday, July 19, 2019. 6pm – 10pm: Pop Fiction
High energy pop rock from the 80’s, 90’s and today. One of Muskegon’s local favorites will have you on your feet and singing along.
Saturday, July 20, 2019:
5:30pm – 7:30pm:  Bettie Paige
“Bettie Paige” is a tough guitar driven rock & a slammin’ fiddle with a retro edge you can’t get enough of, playing everything from old Springsteen to Johnny Cash.
8pm – 10pm:  Let There Be Rock – A Tribute to Early AC/DC
“Let There Be Rock” emulates the pure essence, power, and electricity of what an AC/DC show is all about by incorporating the three key elements of a live AC/DC show.
Bon Scott’s hauntingly classic and highly recognized lead vocal style. Angus Young’s raw guitar style and high energy stage presence, and a rock solid rhythm section. “Let There Be Rock” creates the ultimate AC/DC tribute band experience.

EVENTS
Bike Time provides all forms of attractions and contests including:
• West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships.
The 2019 West Michigan Arm Wrestling Championships will be held in the Budweiser Beverage tent located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson. Weigh-ins and registrations from 10am to 12pm. Competition begins at 1pm.
• Pong Shoot Out
Join our first ever pong shoot out competition. Preliminary rounds will be held Thursday and Friday 4pm to 8pm. Championship rounds will be held on Saturday from 4pm to 8pm.
Registration is $25 a team.  Winner will take home $400 in cash. The runner up will take home $200 in cash.
• Best Bikini Competition
Hey ladies, here’s your chance to show off that new bikini.
$1,000 cash prize. Winner take all. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.
• Dad Bod Contest
Hey Guys. We know you got it going on. Strut your stuff after the Bikini Contest for a chance at $250 cash. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
• Biker Rodeo
Biker games of all kinds on Friday, July 19, 4pm – 6pm at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
• Burn Out Pit
Light ‘em up at our Burn Out contest. $500 cash prize to the winner. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 5 pm – 6 pm. At Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
• Dart Tournament
Show off your skills in this steel tipped open tournament. This will be held indoors on the lower level of Hot Rod Harley-Davidson
Guarantee Pay Out: $300 First, $150 Second, $25 semifinal losers.
• Bikini Bike Wash
Get that road dust off your ride at our Bikini Bike Wash Station on Friday and Saturday at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
• Corn Hole Shootout Competition
Bikes & Bags Cornhole Tournament with $1000 in cash prizes.  Anyone can play.  Anyone can win.  Friday, July 19, 2019 at 5 pm – 9 pm at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.

ACTIVITIES
During the rally, you will experience spectacular bikes, great people watching, shopping,  a variety of food options, giant jenga, giant beer pong, and corn hole all while enjoying adult beverages and craft brews of all kinds.
The area also provides a variety of other must see sites that appeal to every taste, including expansive beaches, WWII ships, military museums, historic homes, beautiful parks and museums of all kinds – right in the center of all the action.

LODGING
Camp in the middle of the party at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson during Muskegon Bike Time. RV and tent spaces available.
A variety of other lodging options are available including, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, Airbnb, beach cottages and boutique hotels.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES
A variety of food options will be available from several food trucks.  Enjoy ice cold Budweiser products and local craft brews. Breakfast and a bloody Mary bar will be available each morning.

BIKE TIME MERCHANDISE
Official Bike Time merchandise will be available.

LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT INFORMATION
Information from Bike Time signature sponsor, Little River Casino Resort will be available.

HOT ROD HARLEY DAVIDSON
Most activities occur in and around the Hot Rod Harley Davidson dealership in downtown Muskegon.  A visit to one of the premier Harley dealerships is a must!

COME VISIT US IN MUSKEGON AND JOIN THE SPECTACLE!
For more information on Muskegon Bike Time, please visit our website at www.muskegonbiketime.com  or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Muskegon Bike Time Camping by ABATE
July 18 – July 21
Muskegon Bike Time is on! Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, downtown Muskegon will be filled with motorcycles, vendors, live music and much more!  How would you like to camp in the middle of the party at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson? RV and tent spaces are available.  The main campground is located on the grounds of Hot Rod Harley-Davidson. Overflow camping is located across the street (Shoreline Drive/Bus 31) from the dealership.  You will be placed in your spot when you arrive on a first come basis. All camping is priced for the weekend (Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 21) regardless of when you arrive.
No pets, 24 Hour security, community fire in main campground, no electric or water hook ups. You may arrive beginning on Thursday July 18 at 12:00pm, but no later than 10:00pm.  Friday and Saturday arrivals begin at 9:00am.  You must be loaded and off the premises no later than 4:00pm on Sunday, July 21.
This event is rain or shine. Campsite fee is $80 – $150 and non-refundable. Make your reservations through Eventbrite.com.

RootTalk
July 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, August 15 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for “Root Talk!”  Are you just getting started in family history? Have you reached a dead limb on a branch of the family tree?  Stop by the drop-in genealogy help desk, where librarian Alison Purgiel will offer her expertise for free about library and online resources for doing genealogy research, as well as offering advice on “brick walls.”  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days
July 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy one of Muskegon’s “Amazing Museums” for free during Muskegon Heritage Museum’s Community Days!
The Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!

Each “Community Day” will have a special theme:
• July 18 – Muskegon telephone companies and phones
• August 9 – Arconic
• September 21 – Kaydon Engineering
• October 19 – Swanson Pickles and pickle tasting

For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.

Figure Drawing Workshop with Angelica Hay
July 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 18 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art is offering a Figure Drawing Workshop with Angelica Hay! Angelica is a figurative painter based out of Grand Rapids, MI.  During the session, she will provide guided instruction around sketching a live model.  The workshop will be held in the galleries and is open to all skill levels.  Participants must bring their own sketching materials and paper. (Note: Paint and oil pastels are not permitted in the galleries.)  To register, call the Museum Store at 231-720-2580.  The cost is $10 per person or $5 for MMA members.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Silverado
July 18 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm, bring a friend or the whole family for a free live outdoor concert featuring Muskegon’s favorite Country & Western band, Silverado!  Be sure to bring a chair.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
July 18 – 20 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).  For more information call (231) 894-4048.
July 18 – 20, it’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, and directed by Penny Notter.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr. Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.  Packed full of the verbal and visual ingenuity that hit comedy team Peepolykus is known for, and offering abundant opportunities for silly comedy and slapstick, this version will suit any theatre company or drama group looking for a sublimely funny adaptation of a classic tale.
Theater Box Office hours are, 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Tom Thakkar
July 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, July 18 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for live stand-up from Tom Thakkar!  Tom has performed on the Conan O’Brien show as well as Comedy Central.  Tickets are only $7!  For more information call (616) 570-8765.

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Father Son Camp
July 19 – July 21
Friday – Sunday, July 19 – 21, it’s the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Father Son Camp…manly meals, maximum fun, mom-approved!  Generations of men and boys come together for 3 days of laughter and bonding, as well as a darn good time.  Activities are offered through-out the weekend and include archery, bb guns, crafts, swimming and boating, and horseback riding.  For those adventurous guests, they offer a variety of high challenge activities, including the high ropes course, climbing wall and zipline.  They also offer White River Canoe trips, hikes to Sleepy Hollow and the immensely popular Ultimate Frisbee game.  Staff is available to assist with kids so that the grown-ups may enjoy the activities as well.  Feel free to join in any offered activity or simply do your own thing.  As with their other family programs, meals are served family-style and are prepared with the hearty appetites of men in mind!
Check-in is Friday afternoon; check-out is Sunday after lunch.  For more information call 231-722-9622.

Yoga at the Light
July 19 @ 9:30 am
Friday, July 19 at 9:30am, it’s Yoga at the Light! Join Mitch Colman for Yoga at the White River Light Station.  The rain date will be July 27.  For more information call Mitch at 231-740-6662.

Lily’s Flower Truck Pop-Up Shop
July 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 19 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm, come to Lily’s Flower Truck Pop-Up Shop hosted by The Coffee Factory! Stop by and create a beautiful flower bouquet! Lily’s VW Flower Truck will be on site, filled with gorgeous flowers for you to make and take.  Create a bouquet for a friend, a co-worker, a grad, or for yourself!  For more information call (231) 747-9896.

Craft*Life Music Festival at Rebel Road
July 19 @ 2:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Friday and Saturday, July 19 – 20 from 2:00pm – Midnight, come to Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon for the Craft*Life Music Festival at Rebel Road! The Original Music Showcase and THE LEONARD have hand-picked 22 West Michigan artists from their O.M.S. Sessions.  Beer, food and live music will be available both days, rain or shine! There’s no cover charge!
Fridays Artists:
The Shift, The Loose Nukes, Spike The Media, The Natural Disaster, The Heinz Brothers, Tequila Mocking Bird, Kennadi Hester, Sadie J. Tucker Band, Pieces Of Three, Eric Edwin, Danial Paul, Double Mocha Joe, David Lampman ,+TBA
Saturdays Artists:
PRIM, Skyking, The JETTS, Carl Webb Band, Upcoast Kin, Chipman Colton Snuffer and The Dead Horseman, Catfish And The Man, Gabrial James, Van Mason, RJ Nordlund, Liah LaVassuer +TBA

Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In
July 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday night, July 19 from 5:30pm-9:30pm, come to downtown Ravenna for the Ravenna Dog Daze & Car Cruise-In!  There’ll be free dash plaques and goody bags for the first 125 entries.  There’ll also be children’s games, food, the beverage tent, live entertainment, the craft show and raffles.   All proceeds support local charities.  For more information call 231-557-6572.

Opening Reception: Summer Fun!
July 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, July 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for the opening reception of “Summer Fun!”  In conjunction with all the exciting activities being held throughout Muskegon this summer such as Rebel Road, Parties in the Park and more, they’re celebrating a “Summer Fun” theme as their artists create visions of all the things they love about this time of year!  View the Gallery and enjoy light refreshments as you “meet and greet” many local artists.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.redlotusmuskegon.com or find them on Facebook.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
July 19 @ 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.

Music at the Light: Steel Doin’ It
July 19 @ 7:00 pm
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.  In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall, MI 49461)
Friday, July 19 at 7:00pm, it’s Music at the Light featuring “Steel Doin’ It!” Their mission is to have fun while bringing the sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan to West Michigan.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Funniest Person on the Lakeshore
July 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, July 19 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Tipsy Toad Tavern for “Funniest Person on the Lakeshore!” West Michigan is full of very funny comics, but who’s the funniest?  Let’s find out!  Six comics per night take the stage to show you their best!  Guest judges will pick the winner!  There will be a cash prize for the winner of each round and then watch for the winners to come back to compete against other round winners!  Entry is $10.  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Muskegon Bike Time Dart Tournament
July 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson for the Muskegon Bike Time Dart Tournament! Show off your skills in this steel tipped open tournament being held indoors on the lower level of Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.  Be sure to pre-register at Eventbrite.com to secure your spot.  If the tournament doesn’t sell out, you can register 9:00am on-site the day of the tournament.  There is on-site parking for motorcycles only.  Arrive early to find parking in the surrounding area.  For more information call HRHD at (231) 722-0000.
Format: Single Elimination best 2/3 501 (501 single in/single exact out)
Guaranteed Pay Out: $300 First, $150 Second, $25 semifinal losers

Muskegon Bike Time Bikini Contest
July 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson in downtown Muskegon for the Muskegon Bike Time Bikini Contest! Hey Ladies, here’s your chance to show off that new bikini.  There’ll be a $1,000 cash prize and it’s Winner Take All!  There’ll be a free t-shirt to the first 25 to pre-register before July 8.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  Arrive by 2:30pm at the check-in registration area next to the Main Stage at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.  For more information call HRHD at (231) 722-0000 or visit Eventbrite.com.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Josh Wilson
July 20 @ 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 vacationwithpurpose.org for more information or call (231) 798-2161.
July 20 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Josh Wilson! This Texas-native started playing piano at nine years old, then took up guitar and drums when he was 10.  From there, he never looked back.  Since signing his first record deal with Sparrow in 2006, Wilson has become a staple at radio, amassing multiple top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, including “Savior, Please,” “I Refuse,” “Fall Apart,” “Carry Me,” “Before the Morning,” and “That Was Then, This Is Now.”  He’s toured with some of the genre’s biggest acts, including Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, Casting Crowns, and Building 429.  Wilson signed his latest record deal with Black River Christian in 2017, and in 2018, released his first single, “Dream Small,” with the new label.  As a multi-instrumentalist and live-looping enthusiast, he’s been known to play and record as many as 20 instruments on stage at any given time.

Aquastar Sunset Rockin’ Cruise
July 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm, come aboard the Aquastar for a Sunset Rockin’ Cruise with the Detroit Hemi’s! This rock-a-billy band is sure to entertain as you cruise Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.  The cost is $25 per person. Visit aquastarcruises.com for booking details.

Robert Kelly Live
July 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 8:00pm – 10:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Robert Kelly Live!  Robert Kelly’s comedy is deeply rooted his own life and relationships which makes it honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable.  He has been winning over audiences for years touring clubs, colleges and theaters, including repeat performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival.  Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.com.
His one-hour special “Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground” debuted on Comedy Central and is now available on Netflix.  Besides being a fixture on Comedy Central, Robert has been featured on The Tonight Show, starred as Bam Bam in Denis Leary’s FX show “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and can also be seen in “Crashing” Season 2.  His other acting credits include roles in “Louie,” “Trainwreck,” “Maron,” “Benders,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”  Robert currently hosts the top rated podcast “You Know What Dude?” that can be found on iTunes.  Robert is also the co-founder of the RiotCast podcasting Network.

Muskegon Bike Time Dad Bod Contest
July 20 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm, come to Hot Rod Harley-Davidson for the Muskegon Bike Time Dad Bod Contest! Hey Guys, you know you’ve got it going on, so strut your stuff after the Bikini Contest for a chance at $250 cash.  There’ll be free t-shirts for the first 25 to pre-register before July 8.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  This will take place immediately after the bikini contest, so the exact time is subject to change.  You will be called up on stage following the ladies.  For more information call (231) 722-0000 or visit www.muskegonbiketime.com

Summer Sunset Soiree
July 21 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sunday, July 21 from 6:30pm – 10:30pm, join Kuntry Cookin’ at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Summer Sunset Soiree! This is a casual, outdoor event with food included with your entry fee.  Enjoy live music from Muskegon’s own “Against the Grain,” followed by the D.J. Yung on the 1s & 2s.  The cost is only $20 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com!  For more information call (231) 788-8553.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
July 21 – 23 @ 7:00 pm – July 22 @ 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 www.muskegonclippers.com or e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.
Home Game Schedule:
• Sunday, July 21 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Monday, July 22 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05pm – Locos

Muskegon County Youth Fair
July 22 – July 28
July 22 – 27, experience the wonders of farm life in West Michigan at the Muskegon County Youth Fair!  This fair is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects and this is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community.  In addition to auctions, shows and competitions, there’ll be lots of free family games such as the Water Balloon Toss, Egg Run, Flying Chickens, Horseshoe Toss, Disc the Field, Toss the Pig, Horse Race, Feed the Horse and more!  www.muskegonfairgrounds.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/08/19 – 07/15/19

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

Ongoing Events:

Summer Adventures at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Don’t wait for snow…luge in the summer! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from 10:00am – 2:00pm so you can enjoy a variety of warm weather sporting activities. www.msports.org
• Wheel Luge:
Slide down the only wheel 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.
• Learn Archery Fundamentals:
Muskegon State Park visitors can stop by the Sports Complex for a round of archery guided by an instructor. All participants receive a quick lesson explaining the basic fundamentals of archery. Participants can then shoot rounds of arrows at the controlled archery range. This activity is fun for ages 6 and older.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
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.

Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady
Bring the kids to Storytime with the Lighthouse Lady every Monday at 3:00pm during July and August!  You can also tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! During the month of July, tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm as well.  For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co: Monday Night Bike Ride
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 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, 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.

Roll On Muskegon
Roll On Muskegon is a casual, family friendly, community bike ride on the streets of Muskegon. Every Monday night at 6:30pm, they leave as a group from the downtown Muskegon Farmer’s Market to visit and explore a different neighborhood of Muskegon.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
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
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.

Summatime 2019
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit www.artcatsgallery.com.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
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. www.lakesideemporium.net

Group Bicycle Tour
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.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert Series
Come to the McGraft Park bandshell for family-friendly concerts this summer!  These free performances begin at 7:00pm.  Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets!  For more information call the Muskegon Parks Department at 231-724-6991.

• Tuesday, July 9 – West Michigan Concert Winds (Concert Band, Marches & Show Tunes)
• Tuesday, July 16 – Sam’s Swing Band (Music from the Big Band Era)
• Tuesday, July 23 – Ray Watkoski & Family (Polkas)
• Tuesday, July 30 – High Lonesome (Classic Country with a Kick – There will also be a free ice cream social from the Glenside Neighborhood Association)
• Thursday, August 8 – West Side Soul Surfers (R&B, Rock & Jazz)
• Tuesday, August 13 – Steel Doin’ It (Steel Drum – Caribbean)
• Tuesday, August 20 – Shane Hennessy (Irish Guitar Virtuoso – Sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival)

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Muskegon State Park
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.

Jazz on the Patio
Thursdays 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
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset“ free outdoor concert happens from 7:00pm – 9:30pm on Thursdays! New this season, enjoy vendors on site each week including Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Pizza Parliament. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit the ”Dancing into Sunset” Facebook page.

Movies on Deck
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. July 12 it’s “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)!
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.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
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.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Special Events:

Backstage Theatre Workshops for Kids
July 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Lakeshore Museum Center and Muskegon Civic Theatre invite children ages 6-13 to join them for interactive theatre workshops! Each workshop will be a chance to learn about different behind-the-scenes jobs that are required to put on a show! July 9 it’s Theatre Make-up Techniques – Learn how to make animals, bruises and other cool faces.
Tickets are $12 for one workshop or sign up for all three for $30! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  Space is limited. Once your child is registered, you will be sent a medical consent form to complete.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Beach Yoga Fundraiser
July 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Greater Muskegon Service League and Muskegon Yoga Center invite you to join them Tuesday, July 9 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm for the Beach Yoga Fundraiser! Do yoga or power walk at the beach, area #7 at Pere Marquette Beach.  Feel good for YOU and giving to the community, too!  Arrive early to register.  The minimum donation is $10 with all proceeds going to the Women & Children’s Fund.  For more information call (231) 668-4181 or visit www.facebook.com/events/339734476721470.

Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival
July 11 – July 13
July 11-13, the Egelston/Wolf Lake Festival is happening in Flickema Park, featuring a 5K run, movie night, outhouse races, arts and crafts fair, food vendors, children’s activities, music and a parade!  For more information, call Egelston Township at 231-788-2308.

Muskegon’s 150th Celebration
July 11 @ 4:00 pm – July 13 @ 11:00 pm
To recognize 150 glorious years in the City of Muskegon, there will be a three-day concert series at Heritage Landing Thursday – Saturday, July 11 – 13, 2019 that will include Bret Michaels, Gretchen Wilson, Kansas, Warrant, and Freddie Jackson!
On Thursday evening, hear Grammy award nominee R&B singer Freddie Jackson with hits like, You are My Lady and Jam Tonight for just $10.
On Friday there will be two great bands with Gretchen Wilson, coming through with several country mega hits including Billboards #1 Redneck Woman along with American rock band Kansas with hits such as, Carry On My Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind for just $30.
Join us on Saturday as we bring in Bret Michaels, the legendary multi-platinum singer and songwriter. He has also been a major television personality in recent years, including the hit VH-1 show Rock of Love, Travel Channel’s Rock My RV, and of course his top rated winning season of Celebrity Apprentice. Starting out the evening will be Warrant with hits such as Heaven and Cherry Pie. The entire evening is just $30.
Join us on all three-days for a $50 pass! Tickets are available through Star Tickets. www.celebrate150.com

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Mom & Kids Camp
July 12 – July 14
Friday – Sunday, July 12 – 14, spend some quality time with your kids at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Mom & Kids Camp!  Moms, grandmas, aunts and older sisters are invited to enjoy a weekend with those special kids in your life on the banks of Big Blue Lake!  They cook, clean and even entertain with activities like archery, bb guns, crafts, swimming and boating and horseback riding.  For those adventurous guests, they offer a variety of high-challenge activities, including the high ropes course and climbing wall.  Evenings include a campfire with songs, skits and s’mores, as well as a twilight hike for the truly brave.  Staff are available to assist with kids so that the grown-ups may enjoy the activities as well.  Meals are served family-style and always offer a variety of items to suit everyone’s palate.  Cabins are chosen upon arrival and are available per family or to share with friends.  Check-in is Friday afternoon; check-out is Sunday after brunch.  For more information call 231-722-9622.

Muskegon SHOdown Pro/Am Salmon Tournament
July 12 – July 14
Friday – Sunday, July 12 – 14, it’s the “Muskegon SHOdown Pro/Am Salmon Tournament!”  Formerly known as the “Muskegon Lumbertown Challenge,” the inaugural Muskegon SHOdown will have a guaranteed 1st place payout of $10,000/PRO* and $5000/AM*!  The tournament will be held again at Great Lakes Marina which continues to be a great host. Services included at Great Lakes Marina are, fuel, floating docks, clean facilities, and an outdoor pool for their customers.
In addition to the biggest payout in Muskegon’s history, this year’s main event, “The BigSHO,” will see the Pro and AM divisions being brought back to the format!  PRO Division will require observers, have a minimum cash payout to third place and be Catch 12/Weigh 10.  AM Division does not require observers, will pay cash down to at least tenth place and be Catch 12/Weigh 6.  Big fish this year again will be a 100% payout with separate pots for each division.
For the women and kids, it’s the 3rd Annual Terry Weber Michigan Stinger Memorial Event on Friday July 12.  10% of the entry fees will go directly to the Terry Weber Memorial Fund which is setup through the DNR fisheries.  Proceeds from Terry’s Fund are used for education, as well as to purchase equipment for children.
The Captains Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 10 at Great Lakes Marina at 7:00pm, with registration starting at 5:00pm.  The results and prize ceremony will be on Sunday afternoon for the main event.
New this year, they will have a weekend long Beer Garden and Food Trucks on site and Live Music on Saturday night.  For more information and the complete set of rules visit www.muskegonSHOdown.comor email Jeff@fishSHO.com. You can also call Snug Harbor Outfitters at (231) 719-0759.  You’re not going to want to miss this one!  Get online and register today!

Music at the Light: Rough and Tumble
July 12 @ 7:00 pm
July 12 at 7:00pm, it’s Music at the Light featuring “Rough and Tumble!” Prolific song writers, performers and born travelers; Pennsylvania-born Mallory Graham and California-born Scott Tyler have lived in their 16’ camper since 2015, making tire tracks nationwide since 2011 as a traveling Folk-Americana duo.  Their history goes back as far as New England in the fall of 2007 and as close as going from friends to bandmates to married bandmates.  This Americana duo is excited to be part of our lighthouse concert series.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Central Michigan University Double Show Weekend
July 12 @ 7:30 pm
The 2019 Summer Theatre Festival at The Playhouse at White Lake (formerly Howmet Playhouse) happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 11 through August 24! All shows begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).  July 12 and 13, it’s a Central Michigan University Double Show Weekend!

It’s begins July 12 with Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best. “California Suite” is directed by Elaine Daugherty and is a humorous confection divided into four parts:
• In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah’s well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.
• The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto” with a drunken hooker.
• In Visitors from London Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight.
• The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

Theater Box Office hours are, 1:00pm – 5:00pm weekdays, and one hour before curtain. Season Passes are your best value.  Make a single purchase, and then pick and choose the plays you wish to attend. Single show tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students. For more information call 231-894-4048.

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival 2019
July 13 – July 14
Saturday and Sunday, July 13 – 14, it’s the Fresh Coast Fitness Festival 2019 at Pere Marquette Beach!   This three person (m/m/m or f/f/f) team competition guarantees to test your fitness in ways that you just can’t inside the box.  They plan to take full advantage of the sandy shoreline and maybe the water, too.  But, what about the barbells? Don’t worry, a heavy lift event will be one of the day’s highlights.
Included with registration is a one of a kind shirt/tank so that you can show off those weapons of mass destruction as you strut up and down the beach this summer.  In addition, each team will receive a ridiculous grab bag of goodies, as well as a raffle ticket for a few top secret giveaways.  They want everyone to win something!
It’s going to be a party!  The loudspeakers will be fueling your workouts, and The Deck (Muskegon’s best barbeque restaurant) will be fueling your body.  The Deck is conveniently located just a Frisbee-toss away from their event on the beach.
This event is rain or shine with two large tents for athletes and guests to relax in between events.  One of the tents will double as a back-up workout area if Mother Nature decides not to play nice.  They encourage you to bring your own pop up tent and beach towels as there will be plenty of space to sprawl out. Vendor Village features local businesses offering supplements, clothing and equipment. www.freshcoastfitnessfestival.com

StandUp for the Cure *Change of Venue to Ross Park, Norton Shores*
July 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 from 8:00am – 4:00pm, come to Ross Park Beach to StandUp for the Cure!  This is a festival style, family-friendly event that engages standup paddlers of all levels, new or experienced.  Fundraise with your family, friends, and coworkers and compete for amazing prizes while raising money to fight Breast Cancer.  There’ll be standup paddle lessons with world class SUP champions, fun group activities for the family, optional competitive races, optional yoga class, lunch & Happy Hour, live music, free breast cancer & melanoma screenings, silent auctions and raffles with amazing prizes.  No board?  No problem!  Try out new boards, paddles, SUP clothing and equipment. Register online at www.suftc.org. Contact Dan at 760-436-3589 for sponsorship opportunities.

LEGO® Brick Super Saturday
July 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
July 13 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “LEGO® Brick Super Saturday!” This Super Saturday features FREE admission into the Replay exhibition where the entire family can enjoy pop-themed artwork with LEGO® brick sculptures by The Collective. www.muskegonartmuseum.org
• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Have a docent walk you through Replay for a deeper look.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make and Take: Create your own LEGO-inspired artwork in the classroom.
• 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Sketch with Scott Rosema: Visit with the local artist upstairs in the gallery, and get inspired.

Free Kids Yoga at the Market
July 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 from 11:15am – 12:00pm, Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens and Kitchen242 invite you to bring your children 5 – 9 years old to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Free Kids Yoga at Market!” A playful, compassionate, and non-competitive environment awaits your child! Classes will focus on poses, partner/group games, and simple breathing/relaxation techniques to harness mental focus, manage stress, strength and empowerment. The class will be uniquely shaped based upon the interests and energy of students present that day, weaving together creative storytelling, lots of nature and animal poses, making silly sounds, imaginary play, and ample opportunity to express one’s own true vibrant nature! For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Smartphone Photography Workshop
July 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the Smartphone Photography Workshop!  Learn how you can take better photos with the smartphone you own!  Pro photographer, Jeff Smith, will show you strategies for improving your photos, as well as how to make simple edits using the SnapSeed app. There will be time to practice and ask questions. Please register at hackleylibrary.org, or by calling HPL at 231-722-8011. This program is free to the public!

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Kerrie Roberts
July 13 @ 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.  For more information call (231) 798-2161.

July 13 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Kerrie Roberts!  GMA Dove Award nominated powerhouse female vocalist Kerrie Roberts is best known for her hit CCM pop songs “No Matter What,” “Outcast,” and “What Are You Afraid Of.”

Hayden & Friends
July 13 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater for Hayden & Friends! This is a free show (ticket required) featuring Hayden Smith, Tenor, Sabrina Laney Warren, Soprano, and accompaniment by Karen Frederiksen on the Steinway grand piano.  Enjoy a lovely cabaret show with songs from The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Loesser & Loewe, Andre & Dory Previn and more!

Tickets are free, but required, and may be picked up at the Frauenthal Box Office or at the door (if available). For more information call the Frauenthal Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Retro Expo
July 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Retro Expo! This is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  For more information call (231) 670-3722.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/01/19 – 07/08/19

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

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Monday, 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.

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.

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 through 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, and 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.

West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival
July 2 – 7
On select dates through July 7, it’s the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival! This celebration of two of life’s greatest pleasures takes place in Montague at the Book Nook & Java Shop (unless otherwise noted).  Individual tickets and festival passes are available at www.westmichiganwinejazz.com.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

• Tuesday, July 2, 7:00pm – The Pherotones (Montague Bandshell, 8636 Water St.)
• Thursday, July 4, 10:00am – Bloodys and Blues with the Feral Cats
• Friday, July 5, 10:00am, Java & Jazz with Kenji Lee Trio
• Friday, July 5, 5:30pm – Author Happy Hour with Fred Reif (A special presentation on his new book about Detroit Blues, “Tell ‘Em ‘Bout the Blues”)
• Friday, July 5, 7:00pm – Showcase, Dinner, Wine Tasting with Xavier Davis Trio
• Saturday, July 6, 10:00am – Java & Jazz with Estar Cohen Quintet
• Saturday, July 6, 7:00pm – Showcase, Dinner, Wine Tasting with Tonotrope
• Sunday, July 7, 10:00am – Music & Mimosas Brunch with Harlow Formanek Duo

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 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.

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
July 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.

Muskegon Clippers Home Games
July
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, e-mail info@muskegonclippers.com.

July Home Game Schedule:
• Tuesday, July 2 at 7:05pm – Mariners
• Wednesday, July 3 at 7:05pm – Mariners
• Thursday, July 4 at 5:05pm – Mariners
• Friday, July 5 at 7:05pm – Green Giants
• Saturday, July 6 at 7:05pm – Green Giants
• Sunday, July 7 at 5:05pm – Green Giants
• Sunday, July 21 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Monday, July 22 at 7:05pm – Locos
• Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05pm – Locos

Muskegon RockStock
July 3 – July 7
Muskegon Rockstock is back July 4-6 at Heritage Landing with great rock music, fireworks, raffles, face painting, food, beverages and cold Budweiser! Tickets are $10 per day for everyone aged 3 and up, and 3 – day passes are available for a limited time for only $25.  Active duty military and veterans get in free!  Gates open at 5:00pm each night, with an amazing Fireworks finale at dusk on the 4th of July. A carnival midway has been added for this year, and takes places from July 3 – 7.  For more information, visit muskegonrockstock.com.

Line-up:

July 4
• 5:30pm Coldville
• 7:30pm Tantric
• 9:00pm Saliva

July 5
• 5:30pm The Loose Nukes
• 7:30pm Trapt
• 9:00pm Puddle of Mudd

July 6
• 5:30pm Motorbreat
• 7:30pm Let There Be Rock (Early AC/DC Tribute)
• 9:00pm Crazy Babies (Ozzy Rebourne)

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp
July 3 – July 6
Wednesday – Saturday, July 3 – 6, enjoy four days of relaxation on the banks of beautiful Big Blue Lake at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Family Camp!  Paddle clear waters in a kayak or canoe, enjoy wooded paths on horseback, or nap with the sounds of nature in our hammocks and swings.  Qualified staff run fun and safe activities, including:  crafts, target sports, high ropes course and zipline, hikes, campfires and outdoor cooking.  Experience a great day at Lake Michigan then enjoy a cook-out dinner provided by the camp.  Call (231) 722-9622 for more information.

Western Market Chalets
Wednesday – Sunday
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
July 3 @ 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.

Aquastar: Midweek Afternoon Cruise
July 3 @ 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!

White Lake Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
July 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Beginning at 10:00am, the White Lake Area 4th of July Parade will travel from Whitehall City Hall, across the bridge, then to Downtown Montague.  With over 100 entries, you won’t want to miss the family fun offered at this annual parade!  Later, beginning at dusk, watch the awe-inspiring fireworks show at the north end of White Lake, viewable from both Montague and Whitehall downtown areas!  Thank you to Re/Max by the Water for sponsoring this year’s parade and thank you Montague-Whitehall Rotary for putting on the fireworks display.

There is free entry for Chamber Members, non-profit groups & individuals (non-business) and $25.00 for non-members and politicians to participate in the parade. Contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 231-893-4585.

Jazz on the Patio
July 4 @ 6:00 pm
Thursdays through 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
July 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Season 3 of the “Dancing into Sunset “free outdoor concert series continues through August 22 in beautiful Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. For more information e-mail dancingintosunset@aol.com or visit their Facebook page.  July 4 it’s The Silverado Band (Military Salute Night).

4th of July Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Aquastar
July 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
There is nothing better than watching fireworks on the 4th of July, except maybe watching them while you are on the water!  Join the crew of the Aquastar for a special 4th of July cruise.  Spend some time out on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, enjoy a beautiful sunset, then top it off with a great fireworks show with one of the best seats on the lake.  The Aquastar leaves the dock at 8:30pm and returns after the fireworks show.  Appetizers will be served and beverages will be available for purchase.  The cost is $35.  Visit aquastarcruises.com to book your spot!

Fireworks on Deck
July 4 @ 9:30 pm
Thursday, July 4 at dusk, enjoy “Fireworks on Deck” aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  It’ the “best seat in the house” for the awesome display over Muskegon Lake.  The World War II landing ship is located at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon, just yards from the fireworks site.  More info is at lst393.org or by calling 231-730-1477.

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 5 @ 10:00 am – July 6 @ 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, July 5 -6, the Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful downtown Muskegon. Experience over 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, Chalk the Walk, The Door Project, Kayak Sculptures and so much more!  For more information, call 231-722-3751.

Movies on Deck
July 5 @ 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.
The July 5 film is “Air Force One (1997).”

Village of Lakewood Club Independence Day Fireworks & Events
July 6
Village of Lakewood Club Independence Day fireworks and events will take place on Saturday, July 6. The fun begins with a parade at 12:00pm (Spruce St. & Kentwood), followed by kids’ activities and music in Village Park after the parade.  For more information call 231-894-9008.

• Caricature Drawing, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
• Bounce House, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
• Magic Show, 12:30pm – 5:00pm
• Live DJ, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
• Fireworks, Dusk

Lakeshore Sports Centre Flea Market & All Day Public Skate
July 6 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 8:00am – 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Sports Centre for the Flea Market & All Day Public Skate!  There will be numerous vendors offering interesting trinkets, food and homemade crafts.  Pets will be welcome and there will be an outside rink set up as a “dog park,” and feel free to bring other critters as well.

Too hot?  Cool off inside and skate to the tunes of the radio.  $5 gets you a wristband and it’s only $2 for skate rental.  Kiddie Cruisers are available for the youngsters and there will be learner bars for newbies.  There is no entry fee for the flea market or pet area.  In the event of unfavorable weather, vendors will be moved inside the soccer field.  For more information call (231) 739-9423.

Montague Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market 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

Summer Splendor Garden Walk
July 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, the Muskegon County Garden Club invites you to join them for the “Summer Splendor Garden Walk!”

Enjoy a tour of 8 gardens in North Muskegon:

• Don’t Fence Me In
• Perennial Palette
• Whimsical
• Waves of Color
• Sensory Garden
• Shades of Green
• Secret Garden
• The Beautiful Marketplace

Enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Marketplace home where you can purchase plants and fun garden décor. This tour is rain or shine.  Tickets are available at The Depot (610 W. Western Ave.), The Bird House (1915 Lake Ave.), Wasserman’s Florist (1595 Lakeshore Dr. or at the North Muskegon Public Library (day of the walk only).  Admission is $10.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information call 231-755-4409.

3rd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit
July 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon for the 3rd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit! This exciting event for cars, trucks and motorcycles will feature music, food, raffles and a silent auction, as well as bounce houses and face painting for the kids.

The entry fee to be in the show is $10 with trophies for the top 10 cars and trucks and for the top 3 motorcycles. Proceeds benefit the 501(c)3 Lighthouse For Veterans and the fight against Veteran suicide.  For more information call (231) 981-8501 or visit the Lighthouse for Veterans Facebook page.

Summatime 2019
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
It is finally summer and time for Art Cats Gallery’s annual “Summatime Show!” This year they are featuring many new artists including Julie Pappuleas, Barbara Carlson and Bette DelVecchio.  Also included are John Herron, Julie McCormick, Karen Nichols, Rick Eastham, Cathy Crain, Christi Dreese, Tim Bonnette, Lee Ann Frame, owner Louise Hopson and many others!  They have walls full of fabulous paintings, shelves full of unique pottery and glass, and cases brimming with beautiful jewelry.  It’s all handmade, all the time, so visit Art Cats Gallery where it’s an art fair every day!  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Sweet Saturdays at the Lakeside Emporium
Saturdays @ 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.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series: Legacy Five
July 6 @ 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.  For more information or call (231) 798-2161.

July 6 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s Legacy Five! Legacy Five has enjoyed more success in their short career than many groups experience in decades.  In their first ten years, The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel music’s leading fan and trade publication, has nominated Legacy Five for some 75 Singing News fan awards.  Year after year they are recognized as one of Gospel music’s favorite southern gospel groups.  The Southern Gospel Music Association honored Legacy Five with Recording of the year and they have had 2 Dove Award nominations.

Aquastar Sunset Cruise with Legal Rehab
July 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 6 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, board the Aquastar for an evening out on the lake with live music from Legal Rehab!  Winners of the Wheatland Walkabout “Best After Party” band, the combo has played at outdoor festivals, Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Unruly Brewing and many other locations.  The cost is $25 per person.  Visit aquastarcruises.com to book your spot.

Rootdown’s Yoga on Deck
July 7 @ 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.  No mat? Rent one for $2.  For more information call (231) 722-9642.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events June 24 – July 1, 2019

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

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.

Tuesday June 25:

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.

Summer Concert Series: Uneven Ground
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 26:

Food Truck Rally
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Once a month on Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a Food Truck Rally!  June – August, get ready for summer family fun featuring great food, music and more!  Food tickets are $1 with menu prices varying from vendor to vendor.  Bands and vendors will be announced soon.  Watch the Farmers Market Facebook page or call (231) 724-6705 for more information.

Workaholic Women’s Wednesday Cruise
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. Stop by the visitors bureau for your $5 discount coupon. Visit www.aquastarcruises.com to book your spot or call (231) 903-0669 for more information.

Invasive Species Festival Pre-Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for an Invasive Species Festival Pre-Party! To get you into the festival mood, join them for a classy night to benefit the Oceana Conservation District. A $10 cover will get you in for DJs, live music, and a chance to win a pair of Electric Forest Festival GA wristbands! Other prize packages will be given away, too! Get your tickets and help them to raise funds for environmental stewardship and education. All proceeds from cover charges are going to Oceana Conservation.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

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 27:

West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival
It’s the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival! This celebration of two of life’s greatest pleasures takes place in Montague at the Book Nook & Java Shop (unless otherwise noted).  Tonight – Jazz Night with In The Blue. Individual tickets and festival passes are available at www.westmichiganwinejazz.com.  For more info call 231-894-5333.

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game VS Joes!
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 Joes!  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.

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 28:

B-17 Flying Fortress Rides
June 28 – June 29
Be the envy of eagles!  Take a ride on a B-17 Flying Fortress at the Muskegon County Airport June 28 and 29 to benefit the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  Rides are $450. Book yours at www.YankeeAirMuseum.org/Fly.

Salsa Party Aboard the Aquastar
8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Board the Aquastar for some time out on the water with a little spice!  Tim Twining and Florencia Manon Colella of the Muskegon Area Dance Lovers will bring Caribbean rhythms and Salsa to the Aquastar.  No experience or partner are needed, just a willingness to have a great time.  The cost is $25. Stop by Visit Muskegon and pick up a $5.00 coupon.  Beverages and light snacks are available on-board for purchase with a debit/credit card.  Visit www.aquastarcruises.com to book your spot!  For more information call 231-903-0669.

Muskegon Food Hall Pop Up
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Muskegon Food Hall Pop Up! Try tempting new food items from an eclectic variety of inspirations, innovations and cuisines. Tickets are $50 per person for a chance to try unique, small plates from the Culinary Institute of Michigan’s advanced student chefs, as well as a special cocktail created for the occasion! A cash bar for local craft beers and regional wines, plus a special juice and coffee from the Coffee Factory will also be available.  Also participating in the event are NOVA Super.Natural.Bakery and Nafasi, a new collaborative to bring a diversity of chefs and food options downtown. For more information call (231) 724-3180 or visit the website below.

Pig Roast at SE4SONS
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join them for a great night on the deck!  Chef  Tim & Team will be roasting a pig, and there will be plenty of other options on the buffet as well!  Please call 231-755-3737 and make your reservations in advance so they can plan accordingly.  The deadline to reserve your space is Tuesday, June 25.  The cost is $26 per person.

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game VS Joes!
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 Joes!  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.

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.

Coaster Campout at Michigan’s Adventure
8:00 pm
At Coaster Campout on you can spend the night in the heart of the park under a canopy of your favorite roller coasters.  Plus, when you attend Coaster Campout, you’re supporting the Boys & Girls Club of America.Your donation is your ticket to a camping trip like no other. You can enter the park, pitch your tent (not included) within their family-friendly “campground” and get the fun started. Enjoy exclusive ride time, a hearty evening meal and tasty snacks.  The next morning you’ll be treated to a scrumptious breakfast before heading home (Park admission is not included for June 29).  At least one camper at each site must be at least 18 years of age. For more information call 231-766-3377.

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: Orquesta Tradicio’ n: Salsa Band!
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: Age Well Services.

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.

Pre-Party at the Museum
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 29:

B-17 Flying Fortress Rides
June 28 – June 29
Be the envy of eagles!  Take a ride on a B-17 Flying Fortress at the Muskegon County Airport June 28 and 29 to benefit the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  Rides are $450. Book yours at www.YankeeAirMuseum.org/Fly.

Mona Lake Community Paddle
8:00 am – 10:30 am
This event is free and open to anyone with a paddle craft; kayak, canoe, paddleboard or rowboat.  Meet at Mona Lake Park on Lake Shore Blvd. in Muskegon Heights at 8:00am.  Paddle around a portion of the lake from 8:30am – 10:30am. Anyone without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Kayaks for only $5 by calling 231-740-0227.  Register at www.eventbrite.com.  Happy paddling!

Port City Criterium: Twilight Series
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Muskegon will host the Port City Criterium: Twilight Series. The .8 mile, closed-circuit course is starting and finishing on Western Ave. in the heart of downtown. The races are shorter than traditional road races. A CRIT offers higher-than-average speeds and much more intensity, making it a fan favorite to watch. The counter-clockwise course has a short kicker and fast finishing stretch. Races are timed for 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the category.  For more information or volunteer details, visit www.portcitycrit.com.

Star Party
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Star Party at Muskegon State Park! 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. 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.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
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: Toy Story 4

Scenic Muskegon Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Muskegon County Community Run for a fun scenic “Run” throughout Muskegon County. Participants will travel to various checkpoints, via motorcycles or other means of transportation, drawing a playing card at each stop. The object is to have the best poker hand when the group returns to the Folkert Community Hub and Banquet Center at the end of the run. This is followed by a family friendly event at The Folkert Community Hub featuring a car and motorcycle show, dunk tank, live music, bounce house, demonstrations by local towing companies and much more!
All money raised will go to help No More Sidelines in their mission to support special needs children and the Muskegon County Sheriff Department’s Motor Division, helping to maintain their motorcycles throughout the year.  For more information e-mail muskegonccr@gmail.com.

Maranatha Summer Concert Series
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.
Tonight: Gary Matthews with the Christ Memorial Church Choir & Brass Ensemble.

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.

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Montague Farmers’ Market opens the first Saturday in June and runs every Saturday through October. Any farmer or baker who is interested in selling goods at the Market should contact Farmers’ Market Manager, Jeff Auch at City Hall at 893-1155 ext. 1757

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

Sunday June 30:

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.

Baby Animal Days at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Visit Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for Baby Animal Days!  They will be showcasing their farm babies including chicks, bunnies, fawns, goat kids and ducklings along with their other friendly and cute farm animals.  You’ll never forget petting a goat or holding a fluffy chick.  They’ll have baby animals for you to snuggle and nuzzle.  For more information call 231-861-5730.

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.  For questions call Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.

Monday July 1:

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 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
www.visitmuskegon.org

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
www.visitmuskegon.org

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.