Calendar of Events

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/18/18 – 06/25/18

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

Monday June 18:

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays, June 18 @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 18 @ 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.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
June 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Tuesday June 19:

Free Summer Concert Series: Zach Day & Full Throttle
June 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Arts Council of White Lake every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell for the ACWL’s Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School.  For more information, call (231) 893-2524.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
June 12 & 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 14, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday June 20:

Readers’ Theater: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
June 20 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop as the Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan presents “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick.  This is Sci-Fi at its best!  The films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 were based on this novel.  The cover is $5.  Come early for dinner at 6:30pm to enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad and garlic bread for only $7.95.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Thursday June 21:

Art for Alzheimer’s: Shopping for A Cause
June 21 – June 23 @ 11:00 am
In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Art Cats Gallery invites you to “Art for Alzheimer’s: Shopping for A Cause,” June 21 – 23!  Join with them to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter during the Longest Day.  They will be donating a portion of their sales to this great organization.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Friday June 22:

Parties in the Park: Whoopee Kat
June 22 @ 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. Sponsor this week is the Greater Muskegon Optimist Club.

Yoga at the Light: White River Light Station
June 22 @ 9:30 am
Summer days are for unwinding and what better way to enjoy a summer’s day than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station!  Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink for Yoga.  In case of rain, this event will be rescheduled for June 29.  For further information, call Mitch at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.

West Michigan Concert Winds: Summer Outdoor Concerts
June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Join the West Michigan Concert Winds for free summer outdoor concert on the lawn of the old Union Depot Train Station located at 610 W. Western Ave.  Enjoy a beautiful evening as they perform Sousa Band music. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.  For more information, call the West Michigan Concert Winds at 231-780-0273.

Hot Diggity Dog Fundraiser Event
June 22 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Enjoy live music performed by “The Smokin’ Dobroleles,” a silent auction with many great packages up for bid including Date Night packages, Sports packages and many more! General admission is $5 and includes 2 hot dogs with unlimited toppings and 2 sides. Cure your sweet tooth at the bake sale!  Life Change Church is located at 3084 Whitehall Rd. For more information, contact Tony Maniscalco at 231-830-9376 or e-mail tmaniscalco@moka.org.

Seaway Run Healthy Lifestyle Expo
June 22 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
You’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for the Healthy Lifestyle Expo from 11:00am-7:00pm.  The Healthy Lifestyle Expo is offered at no cost to the community so you can explore healthy options and learn how to optimize your family’s health.  Visit the expo for health screenings, food, music, kids activities, prizes, demonstrations and more!  For more information visit www.seawayrun.com.

Music at the Light: White River Light Station
June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the White River Light Station for “Music at the Light,” featuring a sing-a-long with Bob Hausler.  The tower will be open late and available for tours for the standard admission charge of $5 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under.  All concerts are free!  In case of rains, meet at the Fruitland Township Hall (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall).  For more information, call (231) 894-8265.

Movies on Deck: Casablanca
June 22 @ 9:00 pm
The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Tonight’s showing “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingred Berman (1942). 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.

Open Mic Night
June 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Red Lotus Gallery comes alive with music, poetry, comedy, stories and more.  Everyone is welcome to participate, though parental discretion is advised due to adult language and themes.  Red Lotus is located at 356 W. Western Ave. This event is free and open to the public. Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture and events!  www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Friends of the Festival: Lee Cello Duo
June 22 @ 7:30 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present the “Friends of the Festival” concert featuring the Lee Cello Duo on Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm. This special concert will be held at the home of Harold and Barbara Wheaton.  Tickets are $40 and include wine, hors d`oeuvres, coffee, and desserts provided by Cichetti’s.  A limited number of tickets are available in advance at the Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333 and Eventbrite.

Saturday June 23:

Mercy Health Seaway Run
June 23
The Mercy Health Seaway Run has been a tradition along the Lakeshore for over three decades.  The courses for the different distances all offer views of Muskegon Lake, with the 15K 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. For more information, visit www.seawayrun.com.

West Michigan Business and Craft Fair
June 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to come to Hackley Park for the West Michigan Business and Craft Fair!  Enjoy a beautiful day of shopping with local entrepreneurs and food vendors, live entertainment, prize giveaways, product demonstrations and more.  Admission is free to this family friendly event.  For more information, call 616-836-8756.

3rd Annual Muskegon County Community Motorcycle Run
June 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 3rd Annual Muskegon County Community Run is happening June 23 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, with registration at 11:00am!  This fun, scenic motorcycle run is followed by a family friendly event at The Folkert Community Hub featuring a dunk tank with uniformed police officers, live music from Blue Tonic and Bari Lee, a motorcycle & classic car show (registration $5), the Relentless Stunts motorcycle stunt show, fire trucks and demonstrations by local towing companies.  You don’t need a motorcycle to participate in the run!  This Poker Run is for cars, trucks and bikes! Their mission is to support special needs children, increase safety and awareness, and to strengthen relationships between motorcyclists, law enforcement and citizens of all ages.  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, email MuskegonCCR@gmail.com.

SJO Supercross
June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under. The Fairgrounds are located at 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd.   For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Maranatha FREE Summer Concert: Michael Card
June 23 @ 7:00 pm
Visit the Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for a free summer concert.  You can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening Italian buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

A Reflection of Motown
June 23 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater located in downtown Muskegon for “A Reflection of Motown” featuring The Ultimate Taste Band!  Be entertained with songs sung by artists who once performed under the MOTOWN label. This event will take you back to a time in which old school R & B was just evolving.  Tickets are $30.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Summer Sailstice:
June 23 – June 24
Celebrate the longest day of summer with special events and activities during Lake Effect Boating’s “Summer Sailstice!” Activities will take place at Torresen Marine.  Join the sailboat party out on the water as they gather in the Muskegon Breakwater arms.  No rules, no fees, no start time!  For more information visit www.lakeeffectboating.com .

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game
June 23 & 24 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 23 – 24 at 7:05pm, come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Monarchs!  Admission is only $5! The Muskegon Clippers vs Copperheads. For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com.

Monday June 25

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays, June 25 @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
June 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

ONGOING EVENTS:

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 21- September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
June 21 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/11/18 – 06/18/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
For a complete listing visit www.visitmuskegon.org

Muskegon Heights Festival
Monday, June 11 – June 16
Rowan Park, City block bounded by Maffet St. E. Broadway Baker St. & E. Columbia
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2018 is June 11-16!  This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, live music, a grand parade and much more!  It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave.  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.

American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure
Monday, June 11 – June 17
American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure!  They will be offering discounts for public safety employees (firefighters, police officers and EMTs) and any member of the Armed Forces a special admission rate of only $26.00 per person. All you need is a public safety employee ID or military ID.  (DD214 or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID also accepted.)  And as an added gesture of “Thanks” from Michigan’s Adventure, they’ll extend that offer to your spouse and children who enjoy the park with you that week.

Adam Miller: Folk Songs of the Great Lakes
Monday , June 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, June 11 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for a free concert from Adam Miller playing “Folk Songs of the Great Lakes!”  One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 11 @ 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.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
June 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants
June 12 – June 16
The Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants are coming to the Frauenthal Center June 12-16.  Tickets are available through Star Tickets outlets including Meijer Stores, StarTickets.com (800-585-3737) or through the Frauenthal Center box office by calling 231-727-8001.  Frauenthal Center Box Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm

Writing Workshop with Jack Ridl
June 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for a Writing Workshop with Jack Ridl!  Jack taught at Hope College from 1971 until retiring in 2006. He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies.  He has given readings of his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country.  The cost is $25.  RSVP by e-mailing  bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Paddle and Pints
June 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, join Paddle Muskegon for “Paddle and Pints!”  Enjoy an evening on the working waterfront of Muskegon followed by some craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.!  You will have your choice of SUP or Kayak from 5:30p-7:00p.
Parking is within Heritage Landing County Park on the northern pier near the restrooms.  The launch is the sandy bit of shoreline between the northern pier and the LaFarge pier.
The cost is $20.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
June 12 & 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 14, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour
June 14 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 14 at 5:30pm, the Lakeshore Museum Center invites you on a walking tour of Evergreen Cemetery to learn about some of Muskegon’s earliest residents!  Highlighted families will include Hackley, Hume, and Jonathan Walker.  This event covers up to a ½ mile distance outdoors, sometimes in uneven or rough terrain.  Members are free and can register by calling 231-724-5524 or emailing katie@lakeshoremuseum.org.  Non-members can pay $5 fee via PayPal or over the phone.  Register soon, only 25 spots are available.

Taste of Muskegon / Parties in the Park: Whoopie Cat
June 15 – June 16
Taste of Muskegon will take place on June 15 – 16 in Hackley Park. On Friday June 15th, Whoopie Cat will be providing live music at the event.  Enjoy a “Taste” of the best Muskegon has to offer.  We are showing off our great restaurants, craft brews, boats, music and more!  Details will be added as they become available.  To learn more about the restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2018, visit their new website at www.tasteofmuskegon.org.

Power Boat Weekend
June 15 – June 17
June 15 – 17, join Lake Effect Boating for their annual “Power Boat Weekend!”  This is a spectator event featuring about 80 boats which hopes to raise over $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The fun starts Friday night with the Powerboat Street Party!  15 of the biggest and baddest boats will surround Hackley Park.  See boats with incredible paint designs and engine horsepower up to 2700, while tasting some of Muskegon’s best food and beverage at the Taste of Muskegon.
The fun continues on Saturday as the boats gather outside of the Shoreline Inn on Muskegon Lake at 12:00pm.  At 12:10pm, the boats will travel west on Muskegon Lake for the event favorite, the Parade of Power.  Spectators can watch the boats head to Lake Michigan for the Poker Run anywhere along the channel.  Once out the Muskegon Channel, boats will take off towards White Lake at 12:30pm for the 1st poker stop turning around and heading to Grand Haven for the 2nd.  Boats will return to Muskegon between 2:00 – 4:00pm for poker run stops.
Sunday, June 17 has no formal events, but ‘Sunday Funday’ will include boats rafting-off along the Muskegon State Park Dune Area and in the Breakwater Arms.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: Kooimans’ Store – The Neighborhood Corner Market:FREE Tours
June 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation!  Friday, June 15, the theme is Kooimans Store – The Neighborhood Corner Market,” featuring guests George Dornbos and his sisters.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

Hackley and Hume Historic Site: All Access Tour
June 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, June 15 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, come to the Hackley & Hume Historic site for the “All Access Tour!”  Go where no visitor has gone before!  Registration is required, but they will accept walk-ins if there is room.  To reserve your spot, contact Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or 231-724-5534.  The cost is $20 for non-members or $15 for members.

Movies on Deck: Singin’ in the Rain
June 15 @ 9:00 pm
An “all-time best” movie line up is coming the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum deck this summer!  The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393.  Friday, June 15, it’s “Singin in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly (1954) .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.

White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival
June 16 – June 17
The 40th annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival is happening at Goodrich Park Annex, June 16-17!  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.

Michigan’s Heritage Park Tractor Show
June 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for their first ever Tractor Show!  See a wide variety of tractors from years gone by and talk with owners to learn just how far farm equipment has come.  For more information, call (231) 894-0342.

Yoga in the Park
June 16 @ 8:00 am
Saturday, June 16, Taste of Muskegon invites you to “Yoga in the Park” in Hackley Park!  Bring a blanket or towel, a bottle of water and a sense of zen.
8:00am – 8:45am – Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens with a rejuvenating, all levels flow yoga class and peaceful relaxation
9:00am – 9:45am – Blue Horizons Wellness with gentle yoga and guided relaxation
10:00am – 10:45am – Muskegon Yoga Center with a light stretch and a sweet flow style yoga class ending in relaxation
Classes are free and open to all yoga levels.  Beginners are welcome!  For more information, e-mail info@tasteofmuskegon.org.

Ride United
June 16 @ 8:00 am
With five years in the books, the annual Ride United charity bike ride will be returning to Muskegon this summer.  Ride United, hosted by United Way of the Lakeshore, will take off at 8:00am Saturday, June 16, from downtown Muskegon.  Routes will begin and end at the corner of Third St. and Clay Ave.
Registration costs $35 for a wicking shirt, or $75 for a rider jersey.  Participants will also receive 10 Taste of Muskegon tickets to sample food and refreshment. For more information call 231-722-3134.

Victorian Tea at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site
June 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Hackley and Hume Historic Site for a Victorian 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 and win a prize!  This year’s tea will include a Victorian Clothing presentation given by Wendy Batchelder of Grand Rapids.  The cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members and $10 for kids.  Reservations are required by contacting Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534 or e-mail aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Stargazing Paddle
June 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
June 16 from 10:30pm – 11:30pm, join Paddle Muskegon for a “Stargazing Paddle!”  Come explore the light shows overhead on a beautiful summer evening!  Paddles are scheduled as close to a new moon as possible and include interpretation of constellations from their stargazing gurus!  Come on out on your choice of kayak or paddleboard and see how many shooting stars and satellites you can spot!  Participants should be comfortable on the water in the boat of their choosing. For more information, call (616) 745-4287.

History of Miss Michigan
June 16 @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the “History of Miss Michigan!”  Learn about the history behind the Miss Michigan Pageant and its Muskegon ties while viewing photos and artifacts from past pageants prior to the crowning of Miss Michigan 2018 at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is free to Muskegon County residents and museum members, or $3 admission for out of county residents and non-members.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

SJO Supercross Event
June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 16 @ 7:00 pm – June 17 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 – 17 at 7:05pm, come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Monarchs!  Admission is only $5!
In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com.

Lewis Farms: Free Father’s Day Admission for Dads
June 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 17 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, bring dad out to Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo for Father’s Day!  Dads will enjoy free admission, an apple cinnamon donut, coffee, and most importantly, spending time with the ones who adore him!  For more information, call (231) 861-5730.

Free Father’s Day Tours for Muskegon County Dads
June 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 17 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Muskegon County Dads receive free access to the historic sites of the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Tour the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and the Fire Barn Museum.  No registration is 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.

ONGOING EVENTS:

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/

Roll On Muskegon
June 11 @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
June 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
June 12 & 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays June 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
June 14 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
June 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/04/18 – 06/11/18

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

Crafting Yarn Flowers
Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Springtime is crafting time at Hackley Public Library!  Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm, come for a crafting session that will give you the chance to make your own collection of yarn flowers, as well as decorate a vase for your newly made bouquet.  Your flowers will adorn your springtime months, and carry on through summer.  Everyone is welcome and supplies will be provided.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Team Trivia Game Show: Racquet’s
Monday, June 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia: Fricano Place
Monday, June 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Michigan Notable Book Author Speaks: Cindy Hunter Morgan, HARBORLESS
Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
From Wayne State University Press:  “Harborless,” a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention.  The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death.  Each poem begins in a real, historical moment that Cindy Hunter Morgan transforms into an imagined truth.  The imaginative element is essential to this work as it provides a previously unseen glimpse into the lives affected by shipwrecks. In addition to winning the Michigan Notable Book Award, Harborless won the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry.  Don’t miss this intriguing program with Cindy Hunter Morgan!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Neil Jacobs
Tuesday, June 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The last Feeding of the Soul concert for the season will feature virtuoso guitarist Neil Jacobs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  Neil performs Gypsy and Balkan folk music as well as jazz and fingerpicking styles on 12-string guitar.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free coffee, tea and cookies will be served starting at 11:30am.  Attendees may bring their own bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

A Bobby Kennedy Conversation
Tuesday, June 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to see and discuss a collection of various items regarding Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death.  Mary McDonald, the collection owner, will be available to give an overview of the collection items and answer questions.  This intriguing event is sure to impress, so mark your calendars for a Bobby Kennedy Conversation!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Antique Tractor and Engine Show
Thursday –Saturday, June 7 – June 9
The Antique Farm Power Club is a local West Michigan chapter of the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association.  June 7-9, 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 9th 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.

Taste of White Lake
Thursday, June 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tonight at the Howmet Playhouse is the 10th annual Taste of White Lake, a Michigan-themed street fair!  Enjoy an eclectic mix of local businesses joining forces to provide an evening of fun featuring great food, Michigan beers & wines, live music, art and silent auctions.  It’s all to benefit the Howmet Playhouse!  Don’t miss out on this delicious event!  For more information, visit www.tasteofwhitelake.com.

History on Tap
Thursday, June 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center for “History on Tap,” a historic walking tour of Western Avenue with a brewing spin!  Learn some unique Muskegon history and brewing facts, and visit Muskegon’s own Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and Unruly Brewing Company.  Talk to the brewers and learn more about the production at these two facilities.  The cost is $20 for members or $25 for non-members.  Your ticket includes 1 drink at each brewery.  You must be 21 or older to participate. Only 25 spots are available!  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Bewitched
Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for “Bewitched,” presented by the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra! Preceding the concert at 6:30pm, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the music, its historical and cultural context, and the composers who wrote it. Tickets: $8 Adult, Students and Children under 18 FREE

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Dancing and Music
Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm with Lakeshore Big Band music celebrating the Lions Club 101st birthday.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

PAR-TEE for Paws Golf Outing
Friday, June 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 3rd Annual “PAR-TEE for Paws Golf Outing” to benefit the Noah Project is happening Friday, June 8 at Chase Hammond Golf Club!  This event is a 4-person scramble and golfers of any skill level are welcome. Check in at noon, shotgun start at 1:00 and dinner and prizes begin at 5:00pm. The cost is $70.00 per golfer and includes 18 holes, cart, two drink tickets, dinner, prizes (Including $10,000 Hole-In-One Cash Prize) and more.  For more information, contact Mary Muir at 269-377-2033 or fundraising@noahprojectmuskegon.org.

Parties in the Park: West Side Soul Surfers
Friday, June 8 @ 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 most Fridays from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in June, July and August. Tonight’s sponsor is Muskegon Sports Council

Muskegon Clippers Baseball –vs- Saginaw Sugar Beets
Friday, June 8 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, June 8 at 7:05pm, Muskegon’s summer collegiate baseball team, the Muskegon Clippers, open their 2018 season at home for a three game home stand against the Saginaw Sugar Beets!  The Clippers will also honor Jim Grevel and all that he has done for baseball, not only for Marsh field but also for the baseball community.  Opening night will also feature free magnet game schedules while supplies last.  Gates open at 6:00pm and the first pitch is set for 7:05.  Admission is just $5.00 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and $2 for children 6 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!

Movies on Deck: The Lion King
Friday, June 8 @ 9:00 pm
An “all-time best” movie line up is coming the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum deck this summer!  The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393.  The season kicks off tonight with this Disney animated classic. 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 lst393.org.

Scout Days at Michigan’s Adventure
Saturday, June 9 – June 10
June 9 – 10 Scout Days at Michigan’s Adventure!  Members of various scouting groups will be offered discount admissions. Are you looking for scout activities for your troop?  Scout Days are available to members of scouting programs and their families or troops only.  Tickets purchased at the Scout Days rate of $25 per person are non-refundable and are only valid only on the event dates.  Tickets 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.  Meal tickets are required and may be purchased along with your admission tickets.  The menu consists of a hot dog, macaroni salad, chips and a soft drink.  Guests may not bring food, beverages or coolers into the park. Wear your uniforms and show your pride in your organization!

White Lake Area Sportfishing Association Kids Fishing Contest
Saturday, June 9 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
The 36th annual Kids Fishing Contest is for kids ages 3 to 16 is happening. Register at Goodrich Park in Whitehall from 7:00am – 10:00am.  Kids will participate in shoreline fishing on White Lake, from Goodrich Park to the White River Fishing Bridge.  The event will award up to 60 winners for the top 10 fish in three age groups by gender.  Gift bags and pizza lunch will be provided to all!  For more information contact Pam Churchill at churpj1@hotmail.com

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6401 Harvey St.
Every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Muskegon Area Smart Commute Kickoff
Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Farmers Market, Saturday, June 9 from 9:00am – 12:00pm to learn about smart commuting!  There’ll be lots of perks from area businesses, and lots of information on how to safely commute.  If you’ve never ridden the bus before, there will even be a MATS bus on hand with MATS staff to help you figure out your route.  Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week (June 11 – 15) encourages the use of healthy alternatives to a single rider transportation. How many ways can you get to work?  To participate in Smart Commute Week and to be eligible for prizes, register online at www.muskegonsmartcommute.com.  It’s absolutely free to participate!

Civil War Weekend at Michigan’s Heritage Park
Saturday, June 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 9 – 10 from 10:00am – 4:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing to experience a Civil War Weekend!  Get lost in the 1860’s with the sights, smells, and sounds of one of history’s most famous conflicts.  See the soldiers in their camp and learn about what their lives were like dealing with the problems and issues of camp life.  Visit the civilians who followed them and learn about how the war affected life back home.  Visitors will also have a chance to watch a battle unfold on the activity field!  There will also be games and activities throughout the park for visitors to explore! “Freedom by the Pen and the Sword,” a talk by Kurt Troutman, will take place at 11:00am each day.  This talk is an introduction to the Emancipation Proclamation featuring President Lincoln’s historic declaration and the role of the First Michigan Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment.   A former US Peace Corps volunteer, his areas of teaching interest include the American Civil War and World War II. Pre-sale tickets are available online. This event is rain or shine and all sales final.  For more information, call (231) 894-0342.

Soulful Sudz: Pigeon Hill Brewing
Saturday, June 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Muskegon Yoga invites you to join them for “Soulful Sudz!”  Enjoy a one-hour vinyasa yoga class on the lawn of the historic Union Depot in downtown Muskegon, and then gather a few doors down at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a community hangout.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, or come on your own and meet some new friends.  The cost is only $10 for the yoga session (all levels welcome) and a level one beer from Pigeon Hill. Registration is highly encouraged, so sign up online at www.muskegonyoga.com.

Burning Foot Beer Festival 2018 Ticket Release Party
Saturday, June 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This event takes place in the sand at the downtown Muskegon volley ball courts, at the Western Market Chalets.  Enjoy a special Ticket Release Party price of only $45 per ticket for General Admission, with no processing fees. At 5:01pm, tickets will be available online for $45 each, plus a processing fee.  On Sunday, June 10, tickets will be available online for $50 each plus processing fees.  So save 5 bucks plus processing, and have a brew with your friends!  2018 is going to be a great year for Burning Foot so plan on coming down and getting your tickets before they sell out!  For more information, e-mail info@burningfoot.beer or visit the website below.

Muskegon Clippers –vs- Sugar Beets
Saturday, June 9 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays against the Sugar Beets!  Admission is only $5! In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit the Clippers on Facebook www.muskegonclippers.com.

Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, June 9 – June 10
Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends: An annual tradition. 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.

Fetch Brewing: Feet on the Street
Sunday, June 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Are you ready to kick off summer?  Join Fetch Brewing for “Feet on the Street!”  They’re going to shut down Colby Street and have lots of fun with music, activities, food and more!  Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 10!  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

Muskegon Clippers -vs- Sugar Beets
Sunday, June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays against the Sugar Beets!  Admission is only $5! In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit the Clippers on Facebook www.muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon Heights Festival
Monday, June 11 – June 16
Rowan Park, City block bounded by Maffet St. E. Broadway Baker St. & E. Columbia
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2018 is June 11-16!  This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, live music, a grand parade and much more!  It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave.  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.

American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure
Monday, June 11 – June 17
American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure!  They will be offering discounts for public safety employees (firefighters, police officers and EMTs) and any member of the Armed Forces a special admission rate of only $26.00 per person. All you need is a public safety employee ID or military ID.  (DD214 or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID also accepted.)  And as an added gesture of “Thanks” from Michigan’s Adventure, they’ll extend that offer to your spouse and children who enjoy the park with you that week.

Adam Miller: Folk Songs of the Great Lakes
Monday ,June 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, June 11 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for a free concert from Adam Miller playing “Folk Songs of the Great Lakes!”  One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

ONGOING EVENTS:

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
June 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. 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.

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

Roll On Muskegon
June 4 @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays June 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
June 9 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/29/18 – 06/04/18

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

Ted Talk: How to Find and Do Work You Love
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Tuesday, May 29 from 8:30am – 9:30am, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a viewing of the inspirational TED Talk, “How to Find and Do Work You Love!”  There will also be a guided panel discussion with some of the area’s most vibrant entrepreneurs.  For more information about this free event, call the Hub at 616-331-6900 or just register at Eventbrite.
Panelists:
•  Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Radio
•  Michael Hyacinthe, Wimage
•  Jenni Griswold, Dockside Salon

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
Ongoing
2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Edward Curtis.  Curtis is today known best for his masterpiece, The North American Indian, a monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 723 large portfolio prints that catalogued images and ethnography of the Native American tribes of the Western United States.  The Muskegon Museum of Art featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in an exhibition that was seen by over 30,000 visitors from every U.S. State and 28 other countries.  The exhibition was a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country.
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

54th Annual MCC Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public, the exhibit highlights outstanding artwork by MCC’s art and design students over the past academic year.  Art and design faculty selected the featured artwork from among several thousand pieces produced by more than 500 students.  The show features a range of cash awards, including $400 First Place, $300 Second Place, $200 Third Place, and $100 Honorable Mention prizes.  In addition, the President’s Purchase Awards for the MCC Art Collection will be announced.  The Place Awards are selected by an independent juror who is a practicing art professional.  This year’s awards juror is Grand Valley State University Professor of Art Timothy Fisher.  A free public reception and awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in the Overbrook Lobby and Gallery.  Light refreshments will be served.  Awards will be announced at 5:30pm in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information.
Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

5×5 Night Muskegon
May 30 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday, May 30 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for 5×5 Night!
•  5 Votes:  Community members vote for 5 favorite ideas
•  5 Ideas:  5 creators are chosen to pitch
•  5 Minutes:  Pitches are limited to 5 minutes and 5 slides
•  5 Judges
•  $5,000:  Best idea wins
For more information visit 5X5night.com

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

ReCon: Resilience Conference
May 31 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 31 at 8:00am, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Veteran’s Resilience Summit!
Pioneering a Veteran resilience movement starts with all of us.  That’s why ReCon: Resilience Conference is bringing in the best speakers, resources, and practices to equip you with the tools to continue encouraging and strengthening yourself and others.  The conference includes distinguished speakers, informative lectures and panel presentations, collaboration among peers, a resource fair, networking opportunities, and meals.  Registration begins at 7:00am.
Who should attend? Veterans, their families, community members, Veteran service providers, and anyone interested in supporting Veterans or gaining skills to grow resilience are invited to attend ReCon.

•  Dr. Vincent Felitti
Co-Principal Investigator for the original ACE study

•  James McCloughan
Medal of Honor Recipient

•  Captain Paul J. Ryan United States Navy, Retired
One of Michigan’s most decorated Veterans

•  FREE Training, Networking, Breakfast, Lunch and Resource Connection!

To learn more about the keynote speakers, view a full conference agenda, and sign up for a resource booth, visit the registration page at http://reconmuskegon.eventbrite.com.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570

Crash Course:  Capturing the Culture
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 31 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Crash Course:  Capturing the Culture” with photographers Bill Chardon and Jennifer Green.  Bill and Jennifer will join you in the gallery for a talk about their experiences photographing motorcycles and riders at rallies and festivals.  This special Crash Course is organized in conjunction with “American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle,” on display May 17 through August 12, 2018.  This event is free and open to the public and will have a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

D-Day Plus 74
June 1 – June 2
The D-Day Plus 74 event is happening Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2 aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  This community-wide commemoration of the sacrifices made by America’s heroes in World War II is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4 veterans support group and USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, a ship that was at Omaha Beach on D-Day 74 years ago for the invasion of Normandy.  All proceeds benefit the museum.
The day will include veteran and military displays, free tours of LST 393, an aerial display by historic aircraft, a Muskegon D-Day Pinup Contest, and much more! This event is free and open to the public.  Call 231-740-5610 for more information.

Friday and Saturday Events:
•  Static Displays – vehicles, equipment and artifacts
•  Free Kids’ Zone Area – Sucker Tree, Scavenger Hunt, Duck Pond, National Guard Blow-Up Obstacle Course
•  Battle Re-Enactment
•  Free LST 393 Ship Tours
•  Patrol Boat River Rides
•  Living History
•  Food Vendors
•  Saturday Events:
•  Pancake Breakfast 8:00am – 11:00am (All-You-Can-Eat $5.50)
•  Honor Ride – 9:00am (Escorting the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall – FREE)
•  Opening Ceremony – 10:00am (Marine Corps League Detachment #703)
•  Rolling Thunder Presentation of Purple Heart Plaque
•  1940’s Pin-Up Contest 11:00am
•  Battle Re-Enactment
•  Air Raid Muskegon (Hooligans Flight Team)
•  Closing Ceremony 6:00pm (American Legion Honor Guard Post 9)

NOTE:  Be sure to catch the Friday Night Swing Dance from 7:00pm – 11:00pm featuring a cash bar, photo booth and raffles.  Tickets are $10 or $15 a couple.  Kids 12 and under get in free!  http://www.facebook.com/muskegondday

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

25th Annual Arc Open
June 1 @ 8:00 am
Friday, June 1 at 8:00am, you’re invited to Stonegate Golf Club for the 25th Annual Arc Open!  This is a 4-person scramble featuring 18 holes with cart, continental breakfast, driving range, prizes, contests, beverages, golf goody bags and a delicious lunch!  The cost is $380.00 per team and supports the work of Arc Muskegon.  All golfers registered by May 17, 2018 will be eligible to win 2 Detroit Tigers tickets!  For more information, visit their website at www.arcmuskegon.org or call (231) 777-2006.

2nd Annual Local Sports Journal Golf Outing
June 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Second Annual Local Sports Journal Golf Outing is set for Friday, June 1 from 8:00am – 4:00pm at Oak Ridge Golf Course in Norton Shores.  Deur-Speet Motors’ “Hole-In-One Challenge” highlights 18 holes of golf and provides four chances to win four great prizes including a brand new 2018 Jeep Compass!
Aside from winning the 2018 Jeep Compass, golfers can also win: A luxurious four day, three night golf vacation to French Lick Resort; a set of Taylor Made Speedblade HL’s or $2,000 in complimentary golf courtesy of TeeOff.com.
Attendees start the day with a breakfast bar and Bloody Mary provided by Teddy Spaghetti’s Bella Maria’s Event Center.  Breakfast begins at 8:30am and is followed by 18 holes of golf, more food and a raffle with chances to win many more great prizes.  For more information, call Jim Goorman at 231-206-4458.

13th Annual No More Sidelines Golf Outing
June 1 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, June 1 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to participate in the 13th Annual No More Sidelines Golf Outing happening at Fruitport Golf Club!  Registration is from 12:00pm – 1:00pm with a 1:00pm Shotgun Start.  This is a 4-man scramble with a cost of $75.00 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf and 2 carts per foursome.  Register as a foursome or a single golfer.  Registration forms are available at The Folkert Community Hub or www.nomoresidelines.org.  Mulligans available to purchase at registration.  After a great round of golf, enjoy a steak dinner, as well as raffles, door prizes and games!
All proceeds from this event will support the ongoing efforts of No More Sidelines to provide children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in sport and community inclusion.  For additional information, email them at nomoresidelines@yahoo.com.

Relay For Life
June 1 @ 2:00 pm – June 2 @ 2:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2, come to Mona Shores High School for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, the world’s largest movement to end cancer.  If you’re looking to make the greatest impact to save lives from cancer, this is the most powerful event you will ever participate in.  Relay is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind experience that unites people in nearly every community to finish the fight against every kind of cancer.  Money and awareness raised from Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services.
Although it sounds like a running event, Relay For Life is actually a walk, and anyone can participate.  People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event.  Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.  Relay is traditionally an overnight event that is symbolic of the fact that cancer never rests, so neither do we.  There will be food, activities and entertainment to keep participants going the entire time!  For more information, call 616-551-4065 or visit http://www.relayforlife.org/MuskegonMI.

Friday Family Fun Night: Pollinator Garden Party
June 1 @ 5:30 pm
Friday, June 1 at 5:30pm, bring the kids to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Friday Family Fun Night: Pollinator Garden Party!”  Stop by the museum’s side lawn to help museum staff and the Muskegon Conservation District plant their new pollinator garden, then visit the Secrets of Bees exhibit inside the museum!  Learn what plants attract bees and other pollinators, and help beautify the downtown area. Kids will also have the opportunity to make their own bee home.
This event is free for Muskegon County residents and Museum Members, and museum admission for non-residents is just $3.  Advanced registration not required.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

1940’s Swing Dance Party Aboard the USS LST 393
June 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday, June 1 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm you’re invited aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for a USO-Style Swing Dance, featuring the Reeths – Puffer Jazz Band, authentic swing dancing, a cash bar, photo booth and more!  Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple.  Kids 12 and under are free.  This event is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4.  For more information, call (231) 722-4730.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
June 2 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

3rd Annual Muskegon Community College Family Fest
June 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The 3rd Annual MCC Community Family Fest returns to the Muskegon Lake shoreline on Saturday, June 2 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, when residents of all ages can enjoy fun and educational activities.  The event, which is free and open to the public, happens at the MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center.  For more information, contact Jennifer Cross at (231) 777-0422 or at jennifer.cross2@muskegoncc.edu.

Michigan Notable Book Author Speaks: Cindy Hunter Morgan, HARBORLESS
June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, June 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, 2018 Michigan Notable Book author, Cindy Hunter Morgan, will be visiting Hackley Public Library to give a reading on her book, “Harborless.”
From Wayne State University Press:  “Harborless,” a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention.  The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death.  Each poem begins in a real, historical moment that Cindy Hunter Morgan transforms into an imagined truth.  The imaginative element is essential to this work as it provides a previously unseen glimpse into the lives affected by shipwrecks.  The poems in Harborless confront the mysteries surrounding the objects that cover the floor of the Great Lakes by both deepening our understanding of the unknown and teaching great empathy for a life most of us will never know.
In addition to winning the Michigan Notable Book Award, Harborless won the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry.  Don’t miss this intriguing program with Cindy Hunter Morgan!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Crafting Yarn Flowers
June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Springtime is crafting time at Hackley Public Library!  Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm, come for a crafting session that will give you the chance to make your own collection of yarn flowers, as well as decorate a vase for your newly made bouquet.  Your flowers will adorn your springtime months, and carry on through summer.  Everyone is welcome and supplies will be provided.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Roll On Muskegon
June 4 @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Taste of Muskegon is Growing

tasteofmuskegonMuskegon, MI – Taste of Muskegon is expanding its offering for its 12th year. After two years of record shattering crowds, it has been decided it is time to make some changes. One area that has had a lot of feedback is the lines for food. Last year, the festival hosted 21 food vendors. This year Taste of Muskegon is expanding to 33 food trucks and restaurants. All of last year’s award winners will return, including Rad Dads’ Tacos & Tequila Bar, Bone Ends, Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars, Almond Scentsations, Hamburger Mikey’s and the People’s Choice winner, Rebel Pies. Other past favorites serving up their fare are Buzz’s Lakeside Inn, the Curry Kitchen/Naan Pizza, Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack, Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe, G55, Just Klassics/The Roast Bistro, The Lake House, Rootdown Yoga. Juice. Greens., Rosita’s Tacos, Ruth Ann’s Ice Cream and Uncle Bill’s Taco Wagon. Joining the event as rookies or for the first time in a long time are A & E Barbecue, Abeshi Ghanaian Cuisine, Aloha Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Country Dairy, Frank’s Taco Shack, Gouleese, Hobo’s Tavern/Handsome Hobo’s, JP’s Hot Dogs, Lively Up Kombucha, Los Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill, Rolling Stone Wood Fired Pizza Co., Summer Pops, Sutton Concessions, The Toasted Pickle, Yodels Frozen Yogurt and Wayne’s Deli.

“We heard the request for more vendors so we are responding. We are so excited about the variety of great food available in Muskegon. It’s a great opportunity to highlight everything Muskegon does well.” Ann Meisch, Director of Taste of Muskegon.

Taste of Muskegon Presented by Cole’s, being put on by the City of Muskegon for the first time, will take place on June 15th and 16th in Hackley Park. It joins Parties in the Park Friday night and will feature the West Michigan Offshore Club Powerboat Street Party as part of Powerboat weekend. Saturday will begin with the United Way’s Ride United bicycle event and offer a Kid’s Safety Saturday with fire trucks, a police K-9 unit, kid’s ID program and more. Awards for Taste of Muskegon’s best plates will take place Saturday afternoon and includes both judge and public votes. To learn more about the restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2018, visit their website at www.tasteofmuskegon.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/21/18 – 05/28/18

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

Marketing Mondays: Communication in a Digital World
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, May 21 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for their lunchtime series, “Marketing Mondays!”  This week’s focus is “Communication in a Digital World” where you’ll learn how to take an integrated approach to communications. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Lunch is included!  RSVP by noon, Friday, May 18.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

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

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Il Duo Lirico
May 22 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, you’re invited to historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for a free “Feeding the Soul of the City” concert featuring Il Duo Lirico, a duo with Nancy Steltmann on cello and Robert Byrens on piano, performing the music of Rachmaninoff and Schubert.  Both Nancy and Robert have performed for FSOC before and they are immensely talented musicians.  Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served for free starting at 11:30am.  You may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For more information, call the church at (231) 722-2112.

The Secrets of Bees Speaker Series: What’s the Buzz?
May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the third in a series of lectures, “What’s the Buzz?: Honey Bee Declines and How to Help” presented by Anne Marie Fauvel of the Bee Informed Partnership, University of Maryland.  Tickets are free for Muskegon County residents or $3 for non-residents.  RSVP by calling 231-722-0278 or e-mail jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Arts, Brushes & Brews
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing for the Arts, Brushes & Brews event!  This will be an evening of art, food and fun.  The cost is $35 and includes all artist materials to create your own 11″ x 14″ chalk art piece on a Michigan wood cutout.  Choose from 6 different designs! Come thirsty, Pigeon Hill has 16 different brews to try!
Customers can bring in their own food or order dinner from Topshelf pizza which is directly across the hall from Pigeon Hill.  No outside beverages.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184 or just sign up at https://www.hearts4thearts.com/signup/pigeonhillbrewing

Jamming in the Kitchen
May 22 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library as they host “Jamming in the Kitchen”, a class on making jams and jellies!
Jam and jelly season has arrived!  Making jam and jelly involves kitchen chemistry, meaning exact measurements and proper ingredients are important.  Discover everything you need to know to preserve that delicious fresh fruit taste with MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org . Registration begins one month before the program date.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289

Mythology Presentation
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for a Mythology Presentation!  To complement the current Realms of Fantasy art exhibit, renowned professor, Bill Jacobs will share his knowledge about Mythology, its history, cultural impact, and importance.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture, and events!  www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 23 – May 28
Enjoy good old fashioned family fun at Fruitport Old Fashioned Days May 23-28!  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.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.  This week, Dancing into the Sunset will take place on Wednesday, May 23 with the The Silverado Band!

Street and Macro Photo Walk with Olympus
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 23 from 7:15pm – 9:00pm, join The Camera Shop of Muskegon for the “Street and Macro Photo Walk with Olympus!”  Downtown Muskegon, from the Monet Garden down Clay Ave., will be the inspiration for this fun photo-walk led by Olympus representative Mike Amico and pro photographer Justin Stubleski.   Meet at The Camera Shop at 7:15pm for a quick overview of tips and tricks for street and macro shooting before heading downtown.
Although this event is free, registration through Eventbrite is necessary as space is limited.  This event is open to all camera models.   For more information, call 231-733-1286.

Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Outing
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 24 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, the Muskegon Country Club hosts the “Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Outing” to benefit the Child Abuse Council.  Registration is $125 for individuals and $500 for teams of four.  Registration gets you greens fees, play pass, golf cart, lunch, access to driving range, prizes and happy hour. To register, go www.childabusecouncil.org/registration and secure your spot today.
The beautiful Muskegon Country Club features rolling terrain and fescue lined fairways.  This Donald Ross gem is as enjoyable to play as it is to view.  At 6,697 yards from the back tees, the golf course is relatively short which makes it very playable for the average player but the approach shots and difficult greens will challenge even the best players in the country.  Muskegon Country Club, in true Donald Ross fashion, will reward the good shots and penalize the poor ones.  www.muskegoncc.com/golf-course

Opening Reception: The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Edward Curtis.  Curtis is today known best for his masterpiece, The North American Indian, a monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 723 large portfolio prints that catalogued images and ethnography of the Native American tribes of the Western United States.  The Muskegon Museum of Art featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in an exhibition that was seen by over 30,000 visitors from every U.S. State and 28 other countries.  The exhibition was a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country.
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.
The Opening Reception is happening May 24 from 5:30pm- 8:00pm and is free and open to the public!  For more information, call (231) 720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

14th Annual Ribfest 2018
May 25 – May 26
Friday and Saturday, May 25 – 26, you’re invited to VFW Post 2326 for Ribfest 2018!  Enjoy live entertainment from Foundation, Perfect Storm, Bill Ellingboe, Three’s a Crowd and Mr. Whooha, as well as Kids’ Tent featuring balloon art and face painting.  Of course, the big attraction is those delicious ribs!  “Battle of the Bones” contestants include Big Moe’s, Famous Dave’s, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Stable Inn, Old Iron Bar & Grill, Up in Smoke, Paisley Pig Pub and Porkensteins!  There is no cover and the public is welcome!  For more information, call Josi at 231-740-4493.

Friday:  5:00pm – 12:30am
•  Foundation  6:00pm – 9:00pm
•  Perfect Storm  9:30pm – 12:30am

Saturday:  11:00am – 12:30am
•  Kids’ Tent (Sponsored by the USS Silversides Submarine Museum)  11:00am – 5:00pm
•  Bill Ellingboe  3:00pm – 5:30pm
•  Three’s a Crowd  6:00pm – 9:00pm
•  Mr. Whooha  9:30pm – 12:30am

Hackley Day: Free Tours for Muskegon County Residents
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 25 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents will enjoy free tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  In 1888, the Muskegon Board of Education declared May 25 “Hackley Day” to express their gratitude to lumber baron and philanthropist, Charles Hackley, for donating the money to build a library in downtown Muskegon.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.
Tickets are free for Muskegon County residents.  For non-residents normal admission is charged:
•  Combo Ticket $12
•  Adults $10
•  Seniors $8
•  Kids 2-12 $5

Western Market Chalets Open for the Season
May 25 @ 11:00 am
The Western Market Chalets open for the season May 25 in downtown Muskegon, offering a mix of delightful, local products.   The businesses are lined up in 12 chalets on W. Western Ave. across from the Farmer’s Market.  http://muskegonwesternmarket.com/

•  Monday & Tuesday:  Closed
•  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  11:00am – 6:00pm (open until 8:00pm 1st Friday of each month)
•  Saturday:  11:00am – 6:00pm
•  Sunday:  11:00am – 3:00pm

Gala Dinner Featuring Lt. Commander Matthew D. Post
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 25 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to a gala dinner featuring Lt. Commander Matthew D. Post!  Lt. Commander Post will share his experiences and stories of serving aboard the USS Michigan nuclear submarine (SSBN 727), US Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) and the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier (CVN 77).  This spring fundraiser will be held in the Channel View Room.  Catering is by Brann’s Steakhouse.  Please reserve your tickets by calling 231-755-1230 or visit the museum website at www.silversidesmuseum.org.  The cost is $50.

Open Mic Night
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every fourth Friday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, the Red Lotus Gallery comes alive with music, poetry, comedy, stories and more.  Everyone is welcome to participate, though parental discretion is advised due to adult language and themes.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture and events!  www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Lighthouse Tours
Ongoing
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Mercy Health Bear Lake Triathlon
May 26 – May 27
The Mercy Health Bear Lake Triathlon is happening Sunday, May 27!  This premier, long running, athlete and family friendly event offers an Olympic distance triathlon, sprint distance triathlon and a sprint distance duathlon.  Relay teams are also invited to participate in any of the events.  All three events will take place at Bear Lake Park which is located behind the North Muskegon High School.
The swim portion will take place in Bear Lake with a beach start.  The bike will take athletes out north of the City on smooth county roads and return to the City of North Muskegon.  The run takes athletes through the scenic, residential area of North Muskegon where volunteers and spectators will cheer and encourage athletes along the way.

The distances for the events are as follows:
•  Olympic Course Triathlon: 1500 meter swim / 40 – K bike / 10 – K run
•  Sprint Course Triathlon: 750 meter swim / 20 – K bike / 5 – K run
•  Sprint Course Duathlon: 5 – K run / 20 – K bike / 5 – K run
•  Relay teams welcome for all 3 events.

A pre-race expo will take place at North Muskegon High School on Saturday, May 26 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  Athletes and family can visit with event sponsors and vendors.  Packet pick up, body marking and late registration will also take place at the expo.  A free post-race picnic with burgers and hot dogs for athletes and volunteers will take place after you finish the event.  For general race information and questions e-mail raceinfo@bearlaketrianddu.com.

Gold Spike Trail Tour
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Gold Spike Trail Tour IV is happening Saturday, May 26 from 8:00am – 5:00pm!  The Gold Spike Trail Tour offers cyclists of all abilities a chance to explore the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail and the Musketawa Trail. Funds raised benefit The Friends of the Musketawa Trail (a 501 [c] [3] non-profit) for improved trail amenities, promotion and advocacy.  For more information, e-mail the Friends of Musketawa Trail or visit the website below.

The ride features:
•  A one day, organized bicycle ride of one or both trails
•  An out and back route that does not require cyclists to leave the trail at any point
•  Options to ride 12 miles (20K), 25.5 miles (41K), 37 miles (60K), 62 miles (100K) or to turn around at any point on the trail
•  A t-shirt with ride logo guaranteed for all early PAID registrants (early cutoff is April 15, 2018)
•  SAG stations with refreshments and light snacks at Marne (10K), Conklin (20.5K), Ravenna (30K) and Muskegon (50K)

Pickin’ on Pine Market
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Front Porch antique store is commemorating their second anniversary with a big, downtown party!  You are cordially invited to their 1st annual “Pickin’ on Pine Market” event!  This sale extravaganza will be closing Pine St. between Western Ave. and Clay Ave. to host 48 outstanding vendors from all over the area.  So, grab your friends and join them for a celebration of antiques, vintage & revived goods Saturday, May 26 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
If you are a rock star vendor interested in selling at this boutique style market, please email thefrontporchgoods@yahoo.com.  There will be 40 10 x 12 spots available for $75.

All Dogs Go to Heaven Motorcycle Run
May 26 @ 10:00 am
The first All Dogs Go to Heaven Motorcycle Run will honor and memorialize 30 dogs that died in a kennel fire in March while raising money for two local organizations.  Proceeds from the run will be used to purchase a memorial for the dogs that will be placed at the brand new downtown Muskegon PetSafe Bark Park. The remainder of the funds will be split evenly between the Bark Park and Pound Buddies.
This fundraising motorcycle run will take place on Saturday, May 26 and includes an entire afternoon of riding and stops at six Muskegon-area taverns.  Participants can also purchase t-shirts, raffle tickets, and take part in a poker run.

Schedule:
•  10:00am – 11:00am:  Registration at 46 Bar (3015 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon)
•  11:30am:  Kick stands up
•  12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Moorland Tavern (10380 Apple Ave., Ravenna)
•  1:30pm – 2:30pm:  Effin Bar & Grill (5837 Holton Rd., Twin Lake)
•  3:00pm – 4:00pm:  Full Moon Diner & Saloon (3408 Whitehall Rd., Muskegon)
•  4:30pm – 5:30pm:  Pat’s Roadhouse (157 S Getty St., Muskegon)
•  6:00pm: Watermark 920 (930 Washington Ave., # 1A, Muskegon)

Dinner from Fatty Lumpkin’s Sandwich Shack, a cash bar and entertainment from Segment 6 will all be offered at Watermark 920.

12th Annual Ride to Remember
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
“Ride, Ride to Remember is a 15-mile bike ride around Spring Lake to benefit Harbor Hospice and The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice residence.  Check-in begins at 10:30am and the ride starts at 11:00am, Saturday, May 26 from Fruitport Edgewood Elementary.  The registration fee is $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 16.  Registration includes a free Fruitport Old Fashioned Days lunch at the conclusion of the ride.  Advance registration is appreciated for pre-order ride t-shirts which will be available beginning May 11.  Registration forms are available at Harbor Hospice, Fruitport Chiropractic Center and Fruitport Lions club or at the website below.
For more information please call Fruitport Chiropractic Center at 231-865-6545, Amy Seymour at 231-728-3442 or 800-497-9559, or email info@HarborHospiceMI.org.
This event focuses on the joy of families spending time together.  After the Ride to Remember, why not spend the afternoon enjoying some of the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days events, many of which are free.

Lakeshore Museum Center: American Flag Craft
May 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 26 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center as they celebrate Memorial Day with an American Flag Craft Saturday Program where you create a make-n-take item to display proudly at home!  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm at the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are only $3.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Blessing of the Boats
May 27
Sunday, May 27, join the Port City Princess and Lake Effect Boating for the 13th 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 Port City Princess 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 Port City Princess for a blessing from a priest.  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.weebly.com.

Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Michigan’s Adventure
May 27 – May 28
Michigan’s Adventure wants to show their Armed Forces appreciation May 27 – 28.  They are offering free admission for military personnel of the Armed Forces, and National Guard and Reserve.  In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $26.00 each at the front gate.
Requirements:  Guests will be required to show one active military ID, DD-214, Veteran’s designated driver’s license or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID to qualify for the discount.  Tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable and are valid for admission on one of the listed dates only.  Tickets must be purchased at the park on the day of your visit.  www.miadventure.com

31st Annual Lost Boat Ceremony
May 27 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, May 27 at 11:00am, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 31st Annual Lost Boat Ceremony.  It features a tribute to the 52 submarines that were lost in World War II 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 – 75 years old and still running with crankshafts made right here in Muskegon.
Everyone is encouraged to take a small amount of their 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.

10:00am – Doors open
11:00am – Ceremony begins

•  Special guest speaker – LCDR Matthew Post
•  Warbirds Fly-Over
•  Starting of the USS Silversides engines
•  Free picnic lunch served after the ceremony

Lighthouse Tours in Honor of the Blessing of the Boats
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In honor of the annual Blessing of the Boats event happening Sunday, May 27, the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Duo Trumpets
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 27 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Duo Trumpets!”  Benjamin Hare is a talented trumpet player and aspiring studio orchestra performer with a Bachelors of Music Performance degree from McGill University, where he studied with Professor Richard Stoelzel.  Morgan Mitteer has a Bachelors in Music Performance trumpet major with a minor in jazz voice performance entering her third year at McGill University.  She is an aspiring studio orchestra performer with experience in solo, chamber ensemble, band, orchestra, jazz band, jazz combo, theater, and choral ensemble environments.  For more information or reservations, call 231-894-5333.

Enjoy a glass of wine and one of their featured plates:
•  Hummus plate with homemade wheat pitas
•  Focaccia bread basket with fruit and cheese
•  Chips and salsa

Memorial Day Weekend Affair with Dru Hill & Friends
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 27 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, you’re invited to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Memorial Day Weekend Affair!”  This is an R & B Show with Dru Hill & Friends!
This smooth and sexy R&B quartet became a household name back in the 90s, thanks to hits like “How Deep Is Your Love” and the solo career of Dru Hill member Sisqo.  Now, with an album in 2014, and a successful live show, a whole new generation is falling for Dru Hill.  In concerts, they still show off the signature mix of cool R&B and hip-hop sung in flawless four-part harmony, with original members Sisqo, Jazz, and Nokio joined by new addition Tao.  Their set includes a mix of old favorites and new tracks, like “Love MD,” off their 2010 album “InDRUpendence Day.”
Tickets are $37, $47 and $75 for VIP tickets that include a meet & greet after the performance.  Doors Open at 6:30pm.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8000.

Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade: Remembering Our Veterans
May 28 @ 9:00 am
The 2018 Greater Muskegon Memorial Day parade begins at 9:00am Monday, May 28.  Bands and marching units will highlight patriotism and citizenship and will begin from Morris Ave. by the Social Security building, then march to Terrace St. past the Muskegon Farmer’s Market, to Clay Ave., then to Hackley Park.  There will be a free memorial service at the Frauenthal afterward.  Details will be posted as they become available.  For more information, call Roger Knopf at 231-798-4123.  If you would like to participate in the parade, we have forms here at the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau (610 W. Western Ave.).

Ravenna Memorial Day Parade
May 28 @ 10:00 am
Monday, May 28 at 10:00am, bring the whole family to enjoy the Ravenna Memorial Day Parade!  The parade will begin at the corner of Stafford and Conklin and is sponsored by American Legion Post #297.  If your group or organization would like to participate, there’s no need to register, just be at Conklin St. at 9:30am.  For more information, call Mike Pierson at 231-670-3971.

2018 American Salute Memorial Day Concert
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The 2018 American Salute Memorial Day Concert will take place at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater, May 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  This free concert features patriotic musical selections from the Mona Shores band program.  Free and open to the public.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
May 28 @ 10:30 am
The Lakeside Memorial Day Parade happens Monday, May 28 beginning at 10:30am at the Lakeside Vets Club, located at Lakeshore and Bourdon drives.  It will proceed to McCracken St., to Sisson St., then to the veterans’ section of the Lakeside Cemetery where there will be a memorial service at 12:00pm.  Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Lakeside Vets Club for food and fun!  For more information, call the club at 231-755-2763.  To be part of the parade, call Lon (Chris) Cross at 231-759-8117.

Keep the Boat Afloat
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Memorial Day, May 28 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, don’t miss the “Keep the Boat Afloat” 2018 fundraiser to benefit the PBR 7331 and Operation Black Sheep!  The PBR 7331 will be docked at the Lodge from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.  There will also be a program to honor those who have given their lives for our country at 3:00pm, as well as raffles, a live auction, live entertainment by the Steeple Hill Band and fun food like burgers, brats, dogs and sides for purchase.  There will also be a cash bar.  Be sure to bring your lawn chair!  For more information, call (231) 755-1892.

Full Moon Float
May 28 @ 11:00 pm
At midnight during each full moon from May through October, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding “Full Moon Floats” down the Muskegon river. They start at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial park.  The cost is only $25 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2018 are May 28, June 28, July 27, August 26, September 25, and October 24.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/14/18 – 05/21/18

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

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Adventure
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, join Hackley Public Library for an evening of musical diversity with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay!  Fascinated by old and ancient music, Ray has built a remarkably diverse and historic repertoire of music that is familiar, intriguing and fun for everyone.  His beautiful voice and wry humor are matched by his fine mastery of the guitar, empowering him to play many different styles of music exquisitely.
Ray often tells the stories of the songs themselves, drawing the audience closer to his fine talent, and his love for music itself.  He has collaborated with several notable artists, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Interlochen and the Edinburgh Festival.  They are thrilled to have Ray perform, and they hope you can join them for this Americana musical adventure.
For more information, call (231) 722-8000 or visit www.hackleylibrary.org/events/locally-hosted-events/hpl/music/32038-ray-kamalay.

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

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
May 16 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the “Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series” presented by Muskegon Friends of Art!  This series is $45 per person or $30 per person for Friends of Art members.  Individual lectures are $15 at the door.  Registration forms are available in the MMA Gift Store or by calling 231-720-2580.
•  May 16 – Impressionism and the Two Claudes, Monet and Debussy with featured speaker, Greg Athnos.  What was Monet to do when the camera could now depict ‘reality’ much better?  The result was ‘Impressionism’ with the elimination of ‘perspective’ and concentration on ‘light’ and ‘color.’  Debussy had the same problem determining what to do after Wagner. His answer came in composing music that sounded like a Monet painting looks. Beware! The floodgates to the 20th Century are being opened.

2018 Worldwide Ride of Silence
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to participate in the “2018 Worldwide Ride of Silence.”  This will be a short, slow paced free ride raising awareness of cyclists rights to public roadways while honoring riders who have been injured or killed.  Arrive by 6:30pm for announcements.  The route is 7.5 miles.  For more information, contact Tom Lindrup at berryjunction@gmail.com.

Theatre and Poetry Night
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, visit the Red Lotus Center for the Arts for an evening of poetry, readings, and a one-man play.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 17 through August 12, 2018 come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan!”  Milwaukee based sculptor Marc Sijan is internationally recognized for his hyper-realistic, life-sized sculptures of the human figure.  Pores, veins, hair follicles, moles, and all the intricate and imperfect details of the human form are revealed in his works.  The exhibition will feature multiple full-size figures, accompanied by head and shoulder busts.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.
http://www.marcsijan.com/

Maritime Career Day
May 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, board the USS LST 393 for “Maritime Career Day!”  Take a first-hand look at what it takes to crew a Great Lakes Freighter from Captains and others in the industry.  This event is free, however, space is limited so RSVP to kmcdermott@sandproductscorp.com or call 231-722-6691.
Attendees will be touring a vessel, therefore you must dress accordingly including closed-toe shoes.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

17th Annual Bike Safety Rodeo
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Montague Fire Station for a Bike Safety Rodeo!  The event stresses safe biking habits and encourages wearing bike helmets, while also providing fun and prizes for the participants.  A free t-shirt will be given to all children through age 12 who bring their own helmet.  Children must bring a bike to participate and be eligible for prizes.  There will be an off-road obstacle course supervised by a Bike Patrol Officer, free hot dogs, soda, popcorn, and more.
Children will have the opportunity to go for bike tours with a Bike Patrol Officer and have their bicycles registered with their respective police department.  Many door prizes and new bicycles will be awarded at the end of the program, all courtesy of various donors.  An assortment of helmets will be available while supplies last, free of charges to any child who does not have one.  For more information, contact the Montague Police Dept. at 231-893-0810.

Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception at the Muskegon Museum of Art
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art invites you to a reception celebrating the opening of three new exhibitions:

•  Up Close and Personal: the Ultra Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle
•  Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

Event admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.  There will also be a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Docker’s Fish House Grand Opening Party
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Docker’s Fish House is finally open for the season!  Thursday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come and join them for their Grand Opening Party!  Enjoy live music by Flexadecibel, a cash bar and appetizers!  For more information, call (231) 755-0400.

Deadpool 2: Beer Tasting Event
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Cinema Carousel Theater for the “Deadpool 2: Beer Tasting Event!”  Enjoy an evening of craft beer and cinema featuring Deadpool 2 (R), sequel to the 2016 original. Sample beer from Grand Armory Brewing Company, Fetch Brewing Company and Pigeon Hill Brewing Company.  The cost is only $27 and includes pizza, beer and one Deadpool 2 ticket.  For more information, call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Thursday Night Music Club: Julia & the Greensides
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Norton Shores Library hosts Julia & the Greensides, Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room.
Based out of Muskegon, Julia & the Greensides is a contemporary folk trio with a repertoire of original material, as well as covers that range from The Lumineers to Katy Perry to Coheed and Cambria. Guitarist/vocalist Derek Dile and cellist Jacob Halmich, previous bandmates, were introduced to vocalist Cortney Reynolds in March of 2013 by a mutual friend.  After the initial jam session, gathered around Derek’s stairs at his house, the three knew that they would be playing music together until they died. This contemporary folk trio share tones as warm and sweet as a summer orchard.
This event is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays through August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.
May 17 – Music provided by Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ Service, including 1 – hour of country line dance lessons

55th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 9:00 am
The Muskegon YMCA’s 55th Annual White Elephant Sale is happening Friday and Saturday, May 18 – 19 at the Folkert Community Hub!  Saturday’s hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday’s are 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Early birds may be admitted at 8:00am Friday with a $5 donation.
Since 1963, the White Elephant Sale has given their club an opportunity to help children in a very positive away.  Because they all are volunteers, monies raised from the White Elephant Sale go primarily YMCA Camp Pendalouan.  The bulk of the money is used to finance camp scholarships for a significant number of children in the area.
You can help in a variety of ways:  Excess saleable inventory from businesses is most welcome.  They also move large amounts of furniture and household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies.  They will pick it up at no cost to you.  Should you be unable to donate any merchandise, you can support the White Elephant Sale by donating gift certificates or by making cash donations.  They are an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c-3) tax-exempt organization and will provide you with a receipt at the time of pick up to support your organization’s tax deduction.  To schedule a pick up or drop-off time, please call 231-727-9900.

Realms of Fantasy Opening Reception
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, join the Red Lotus Gallery for an evening of myths, legends, and folklore as local artists present their interpretations of “Realms of Fantasy!”  Be enchanted by far off castles, ancient dragons, and forgotten gods.  Dress in costume (or not!), meet their artists, and enjoy this evening of art, music, and light refreshments.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture, and events!  https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Lakeshore Museum Center: All Access Tours
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 18 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, go where no visitor has gone before on this All Access Tour of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site!  Explore areas that are usually not accessible to the public such as the attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  There will be a different All Access theme on the third Friday of each month such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new research discoveries, the Hackley House during the Red Cross, Hume as a Daycare Center and more.
Tickets are $20 or $15 for members.  RSVP is required, but they will accept walk-ins if space allows.  Contact Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231-724-5534.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Masterpieces
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Masterpieces!
Scott Speck, conductor
Guest Artist – Vadim Gluzman, violin

Wintory – Composer-in-residence new work
Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor

This final concert of the season features three great masterpieces.  Brahms’ iconic Violin Concerto in D major which features Russian-Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.  Tchaikovsky’s soulful and melodic Symphony No. 4 boasts one of the top ten endings in orchestra music.  And WMS composer-in-residence Austin Wintory creates his fourth world premiere for the WMS. It’s a thrilling season finale!  For more information, call 231-726-32

ForeShore Adventure Run
May 19
ForeShore Adventure Run is rolling, rumbling, tumbling, and running into year 4.  The Lakeshore’s premiere 5K adventure run returns to Pere Marquette Beach on May 19,2018 with new obstacles but the same mission: helping people to overcome life’s challenges.
New obstacles include Floatilla, where runners work their way over a 25-foot sand dune and take on a pond with dozens of inner tubes.  Other obstacles include the Drum Line, where runners will crawl over large blue barrels and splash into a man-made pond; and Tunnel Vision, where runners crawl through tunnels and meet a really cool surprise on the other side.
The Country Dairy Kid’s Zone returns, with miniature versions of the main course obstacles.  It’s a safe, enclosed course where kids can have fun, just like mom and dad.  Everyone who participates, even the kids, get medals.
Presenting sponsors are Huntington Bank, the City of Muskegon, Mercy Health, Pepsi, Rock Star Energy Drinks, Country Dairy Kids Zone, and RCP Marketing, are helping organizers make the event possible.  Your ticket purchase directly feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s food pantry and homeless shelters.  For more information, call Dan Skoglund at 231-727-6090.

White Lake Stage Race
May 19 – May 20
Whether you are a novice rider, experienced or accomplished elite, there’s a category for you at Weekend at White Lake Stage Race, happening May 19 – 20. And the leader–and champion–of each category goes home with a race-cut fit Champion Systems Visit Muskegon jersey!  Every registered racer receives keepsake bib numbers by Champion Systems, too.  Register now at USACycling.org while discounted pricing applies.

Armed Forces Salmon Assault
May 19
The Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the 8th annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women.  This year’s annual event will take place on May 19 on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Great Lakes Marina for a luncheon and awards ceremony.  Their goal for this year is to have 30 boats participate and host around 100 to 125 West Michigan area veterans.  All charity proceeds from this event will benefit West Michigan Veterans Inc.  This is a nonprofit organization that helps local area veterans with various types of assistance both big and small.
The Salmon Assault has several different segments to the event.  There are 2 different fishing tournaments, a big fish contest, and an award ceremony and luncheon.  The main tournament, the “DOD Challenge” will feature all five branches of the armed forces.  Participants will be selected at random to form a 4 person team which will represent their respective branch of the armed forces and will compete for the biggest 4 fish box being weighed in at the luncheon to follow the fishing portion of the event.  The secondary tournament, the “Post to Post Challenge,” will be between randomly selected West Michigan area VFWs, Legions and Clubs who submit a 4 person team, the same biggest 4 fish box rules apply, with a traveling trophy.  There is also a “Big Fish” contest which can be won by any individual participating.  For those veterans without a competitive side, they have several “at-large” boats for a leisurely morning on the water with some fishing.  All the participants will receive a free event t-shirt as part of the day’s festivities along with entrance to the luncheon and awards ceremony. The luncheon will include a pig roast with all the extras.
For more information, e-mail Info@salmonassault.com.

Spring Into Lakeside
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to “Spring Into Lakeside!  This family friendly event features free activities for kids, such as a free bike helmet giveaway with fitting (while supplies last), bike registration with the police department, pony rides, a selfie contest, guessing games, community officers and fire trucks, cotton candy, popcorn bar, sidewalk chalk, yoga, art spot, and face painting.  The Annual Dog Parade takes place at Sitting Pretty Pet Spa as well as $4 movies all day at the Harbor Cinema.  For more information, call 231-755-7606.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Sound Waves
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, bring the kids to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the science of sound with a variety of hands-on activities!  Try a paper cup telephone line, then see and hear how a resonance bowl works!  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County residents.  Non-residents are only $3.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

SJO Supercross Event
May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Great Futures Gala
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful shores of Mona Lake for the “Great Futures Gala,” a high-profile fundraising event to ensure the continued funding of the Boys & Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore.  Funding needs to be sustained into the future and one of their key goals was establishing an annual signature fundraising event that would provide 11% ($100,000) of the ongoing funds needed to keep this important work going.  This is the third year they have hosted this event to call attention to the work of their Boys & Girls Club and the impact it’s had on our Muskegon area youth.  For more information, call the club at (231) 375-5576.
Tickets are $100 and include:
•  6 Piece Band – Blue Water Kings
•  Strolling Dinner by Harris Hospitality
•  Fireworks by Night Magic Displays
•  Cash Bar
•  Diamond Raffle
•  Silent & Live Auctions

Performances @The Block: Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as Vadim Gluzman is joined by his spouse, Tel Aviv-based pianist Angela Yoffe, for an intimate evening of classical chamber music.  Be sure to see him perform on Friday, May 18 with the West Michigan Symphony at the Frauenthal.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm with the concert at 7:30pm.

Retro Expo Spring Kick Off
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Retro Expo Spring Kick Off is Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  The Retro Expo is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  This is more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.
•  ATM on site
•  Credit Cards are accepted depending on individual vendors
•  Food and drinks on-site
•  Rain or Shine
•  Free Parking
•  No Admission

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser and Auction
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited aboard the national historic landmark, the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, for their annual Fundraiser & Auction!  This fun filled afternoon features brunch, door prizes, a raffle, cash bar and an auction for amazing items like an African Safari and Hot Air Balloon Rides.  The cost is $30 per person and tickets are available by calling 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.  100% of the proceeds will benefit “The Queen of the Great Lakes!”

Marketing Mondays: Communication in a Digital World
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, May 21 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for their lunchtime series, “Marketing Mondays!”  This week’s focus is “Communication in a Digital World” where you’ll learn how to take an integrated approach to communications. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Lunch is included!  RSVP by noon, Friday, May 18.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/07/18 – 05/14/18

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

It’s Asparagus Time with Sofia
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “It’s Asparagus Time with Sofia!”
Menu for this class:
•  Asparagus gratin with prosciutto and béchamel sauce
•  Asparagus risotto
•  Asparagus with hard boiled eggs Italian style
•  Asparagus “alla Milanese” with sunny side up eggs

Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon from Italy four years ago.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Crafting Paper Roses
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to learn how to make stunning paper roses that will never wilt!  Just in time for spring, you can use paper roses to enhance a gift, decorate your home, or brighten up a party!  This is free for everyone and supplies will be provided.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library, and led by Nancy Hartman.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

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

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Hackley & Hume Plaster Workshop
May 8 @ 8:00 am – May 9 @ 4:00 pm
May 8 – 9, 8:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site as the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, in partnership with the Hackley & Hume Historic Site and the Lakeshore Museum Center, offers a two-day, hands-on plaster workshop in Muskegon!  Participants will learn about the composition of historic plaster and the fundamentals of plaster repair/restoration, while having the opportunity to complete hands-on work with various methods for repairing/restoring plaster surfaces.  For more information, e-mail reintjes@mhpn.org or call 906-250-6301 or just sign up at the website below.  The cost is $50.

The Secrets of Bees Speaker Series: Pollinator Gardens
May 8 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the second of three lectures about bees, “Pollinator Gardens” presented by the Muskegon Conservation District.  Tickets are free for Muskegon County residents or $3 for non-residents.  RSVP by calling 231-722-0278 or e-mail jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Beer Run
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, join Pigeon Hill Brewing as they do an easy and fun 3 – 4 mile run from their taproom in downtown Muskegon!  They will be running part of the half and 10K course of the Seaway Run and then back for some brew!  Check in will start at 6:00pm and the run starts at 6:30pm.
The cost is $10 for a beer and raffle ticket with some awesome prizes including an entry to any one of the Mercy Health races!  There is no pre-registration, just show up!  Cash and cards will be accepted. For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series
May 9 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesdays, May 2 – 16 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm), come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the “Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series” presented by Muskegon Friends of Art!
This series is $45 per person or $30 per person for Friends of Art members.  Individual lectures are $15 at the door.  Registration forms are available in the MMA Gift Store or by calling 231-720-2580.
•  May 2 – Art and the Psyche: (Featured Speaker Suzanne Eberle) A brief look at art in the 19th to the 21st centuries that explores psychological issues, including our dreams, fears and desires.
•  May 9 – Michelangelo, Genius of the Renaissance, Bridge to the Baroque : (Featured Speaker Greg Athnos) Michelangelo stood across two major periods in western art as a painter, sculptor and poet. This lecture will describe Michelangelo and his contemporaries within the Renaissance and the primary focus on Michelangelo’s early “Pieta,” the “David” and the “Sistine Chapel.”
•  May 16 – Impressionism and the Two Claudes, Monet and Debussy (Featured Speaker Greg Athnos) What was Monet to do when the camera could now depict ‘reality’ much better?  The result was ‘Impressionism’ with the elimination of ‘perspective’ and concentration on ‘light’ and ‘color.’  Debussy had the same problem determining what to do after Wagner. His answer came in composing music that sounded like a Monet painting looks. Beware! The floodgates to the 20th Century are being opened.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Opens for the Season
May 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 10, the Muskegon Heritage Museum will open for the season!  The 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 also have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools, 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!
Hours are Thursday – Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Mid-May – Mid-October and by appointment year round.  For more information, call 231-722-1363.
ADMISSION:
•  Adults – $5.00, Students $2.00
•  Children under 6,  Active Duty Service personnel, MHA members – FREE
•  Special group and school tour rates may apply.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

ACWL on Tap
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 10 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, head to Fetch Brewing Company for a night of beer and art as they support the Arts Council of White Lake at this year’s “ACWL on Tap!”  Fetch Brewing has designed a new summer beer and are excited to release it as part of this year’s fundraiser.  Patrons can order the new beverage and proceeds will be donated back to program funding for the arts.  The event will host various art projects and crafts that attendees can participate in as they enjoy their drink.  You are also invited to submit a work of art to be featured on this year’s beer poster!  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

United Way 100 Year Celebration
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The United Way 100 Year Celebration is happening Thursday, May 10 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Frauenthal Theater.  Save the date for a special celebration that spans the decades!
•  Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails: delicious favorites from across the decades, with a cash bar.
•  A Walk Through Time: a fun look back at United Way of the Lakeshore and their Agency Partners.
•  Silent Auction: fundraising for the future, with unique gifts and amazing experiences!
•  Premiere of their 100 Year Video: “Images of Our Past,” with highlights from their 100 Voices impact project.
•  Live Entertainment: a celebration of the spirit of United Way through songs, dances, and spoken word.
For questions or information, please call (231) 332-4000 or email stephanie@unitedwaylakeshore.org.
Suggested attire: an outfit from your favorite decade!

Crazy About Cauliflower Cuisine with Chef Char
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Culinary Class “Crazy About Cauliflower Cuisine with Chef Char!”  Did you know that cauliflower makes a great replacement for commonly craved carbs like rice and pasta?  In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate how riced cauliflower can replace fried rice in a stir fry.  Also try some healthy snacking or creative side dish ideas with Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, Baked Caulitots, Cauliflower tortillas and Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks.  So healthy and so easy!  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.
•  May 10 – Music provided by Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ Service, including 1 – hour Swing Dance instruction taught by Steve Zaagman, creator of Grand Rapids Original Swing Society

Express Clydesdale Team Visits Muskegon
May 11 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, May 11 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Express Employment Professionals are bringing you the Express Clydesdales!  They will be visiting the shopping plaza on E. Sherman Blvd. by Pizza Ranch.  Bring the family to enjoy rides, pictures and games.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-739-6390.

Party in the Mark
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Friday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to Watermark 920 for “Party in the Mark!”  This is your chance to pick the beer line-up for this summer’s Parties in the Park in Hackley Park!  The cover is $5 and includes three samples.  Extra samples are $1 each.  There will be over 30 beers to sample, many brewed right here in Michigan, including Pigeon Hill, Unruly, Fetch and Blake’s.  Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack will offer food and Modern Entertainment will provide music.  For more information, visit Party in the Park’s Facebook page.

Music for Meds
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 11 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Folkert Community Hub & Banquet Center for the Music for Meds fundraiser featuring Billy Ryan and Matt Giraud on the “Dueling Pianos!”  Enjoy an evening of entertainment while raising money to benefit the emergency medical and dental fund of the Mission for Area People.  There’ll be an auction, heavy appetizers and a cash bar as well.  For more information, call 231-733-9672.

Metal Works Super Saturday
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 12 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the free family fun day, “Metal Works Super Saturday!” Metal working has ancient roots that can be traced back thousands of years.  Explore the work of two contemporary artists who combine traditional metal working techniques and new innovative methods for creating their art.  Super Saturdays are held on the 2nd Saturdays of the month (Note: No Super Saturday in June).  Super Saturday admission and activities are free!
•  10:00am & 1:00pm Film:  How to Train Your Dragon (98 mins.) Follow Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III on his mission to capture a dragon—that is until he finds himself befriending this strange creature.
•  10:00 am – 12:00pm:  Artist Demo with David Huang
•  11:00am – 2:00pm:  Make & Take – Explore metal working techniques and properties with a very common medium, Play Dough®!
•  11:00am – 1:00pm:  Guided Tour – Experience the Poetry of Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang with a museum docent.
For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Grand Opening: Pet Safe Bark Park
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 12 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come celebrate the grand opening of downtown Muskegon’s Pet Safe Bark Park!  The “dog days” of summer will see our whiskered companions playing in the grass, enjoying the obstacle course, and making new friends in the neighborhood.
Grand Opening Highlights:
•  Lindsay’s Mobile Dog Grooming Salon will be on site with information and swag
•  Must Love Dogs Boutique
•  Ebby’s Pet Bakery will have some give-aways
•  Muskegon Kennel Club will be micro-chipping dogs for $15
•  Wildflower Studios will be on hand providing mini photos sessions for you and your pup
•  Cumberland Command K9 will be on hand with info about their training school
•  The Coffee Factory will be offering hand-made lemonade with proceeds to benefit the park
•  Dirty Dog Pet Wash and Supplies will be on hand with coupons, info and dog food samples
•  Commemorative T-Shirts will be on sale to benefit the park

Park Quick Facts:
•  Size approximately 0.7 acres
•  Separate Large and Small Dog Areas
•  Dog Agility Equipment
•  Natural Grass Turf
•  Doggie drinking fountains
•  Agility tunnels
•  Agility bars
•  Picnic tables
•  Benches
•  Dog grooming area

For more information, call (231) 724-3180.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: 67 Years Powering Muskegon Industry
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation!  Saturday, May 12 the theme is “67 Years Powering Muskegon Industry,” featuring guests from the B.C. Cobb Plant and Consumers Energy.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

SJO Supercross Event
May 12 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 12 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under. For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Mother’s Day at Buzz’s Lakeside Inn
May 13
Sunday, May 13, bring the family to Buzz’s Lakeside Inn to celebrate Mother’s Day!  They’re offering a special Mother’s Day menu with unlimited salad bar and a dessert buffet.  Adults are $14.95 – $21.95.  Kids 12 and under are $9.95.  Enjoy all day drink specials, too!  Call 231-893-8315 or e-mail info@buzzslakesideinn.com for reservations or more information.

Bella Maria’s Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
May 13 from 10:30am – 2:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center for a Mother’s Day Brunch!  Reservations are recommended by calling 231-563-6914.  Adults are $30.95 and kids under 12 are $10.95.
This wonderful day features:
•  Mimosa and Champagne Bar (additional price)
•  Prime Rib Beef Carving
•  Pit Ham Carving
•  Rack of Pork
•  Smoked Salmon
•  Lobster Cannelloni
•  Blackened Catfish
•  Hot Pastas
•  Sausage, Bacon & Belgian Waffle Bar
•  Stuffed Hash Browns
•  Cajun Sausage with peppers & eggs
•  Scrambled Eggs
•  Biscuits & Gravy
•  Salad bar with fresh fruit
•  Artisan Breads
•  Dessert Bar with Gluten Free selections
•  Coffee Station
•  Special Children’s Buffet

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Lake House Waterfront Grille
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Celebrate Mom this Mothers’ Day at the Lake House Waterfront Grille! Sunday, May 13th from 10:30am-3:00pm, enjoy a mouthwatering buffet featuring:
•  Chef Carved Prime Rib, Maple/Bourbon Glazed Ham, their Famous Fried Lake Perch, and a Chilled Seafood Bar!
•  Belgian Waffles with Assorted Syrups and Whipped Cream
•  Build Your Own Parfait Bar
•  Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
•  Spinach and Artichoke Dip
•  Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Dip
•  Tuscan Chicken
•  Garlic Sautéed French Beans
•  Short Rib Eggs Benedict
•  Bacon & Sausage
•  Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
•  Seasonal Soup
•  Build Your Own Omelet Station
•  Garden Salad Bar
•  Freshly Baked Rolls
•  Homemade Breakfast Breads
•  A full bar will be available, complete with a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar (Beverages are not included in the price of the buffet).

Adults are $34.95 and kids ages 4-10 are $9.95.  For reservations, please call (231) 722-4461 or e-mail bill@thelakehousemi.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Treat Mom to something special this year!  Chef Tim and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!

Seatings will be available at:
11:00am | 12:00pm | 1:00pm | 2:00pm

Prices:
| Adults $30 | Kids (7-12) $15 | Kids (4-6) $7 | 3 & UNDER FREE |

Call 231-755-3737 for reservations soon!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 13 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, celebrate Mom with a delicious brunch buffet surrounded by family at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in downtown Muskegon!  Adults are $26.95 and children 5 – 12 are $9.95.  For reservations, please call 231-720-7116.

*Price subject to 6% sales tax and 20% service charge*

Rootdown and Raise Your Spirits: Mother’s Day Event
May 13 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, May 13 at 11:00am, come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for “Rootdown and Raise Your Spirits:   Love on Your Mother!”  In honor of Mother’s Day, come and practice yoga, followed by delicious cocktails!  Whether you’re a mother enjoying some well-deserved time for yourself or a son, daughter or husband looking for a way to spend time and treat a special mom in your life, they’ve got you covered.

Following a 50 minute yoga session at Rootdown Yoga right across the street, raise a glass to Mothers with hand crafted cocktails.  $15 per person reserves your spot and includes a cocktail (“A Moment to Myself” — vodka, fresh mango juice, fresh strawberry juice and a dabble of sugar)!

Space is limited, so please pre-register!  Please bring your own yoga mat, although there will be a few in case you forget.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Free Tours to Muskegon County Moms
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In honor of Mother’s Day, Muskegon County Moms will receive free access to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s historic sites, Sunday May 13 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm!  Sites inlcude the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Scolnik House of the Depression Era and the Fire Barn Museum.  Mother’s will also receive a complementary gift.  Tickets are free for Muskegon County moms.  All others will pay the normal admission:
•  Combo Ticket $12
•  Adults $10
•  Seniors $8
•  Kids 2-12 -$5
No registration is required.  Visitors are welcomed 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 4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Adventure
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, join Hackley Public Library for an evening of musical diversity with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay!  Fascinated by old and ancient music, Ray has built a remarkably diverse and historic repertoire of music that is familiar, intriguing and fun for everyone.  His beautiful voice and wry humor are matched by his fine mastery of the guitar, empowering him to play many different styles of music exquisitely.
Ray often tells the stories of the songs themselves, drawing the audience closer to his fine talent, and his love for music itself.  He has collaborated with several notable artists, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Interlochen and the Edinburgh Festival.  They are thrilled to have Ray perform, and they hope you can join them for this Americana musical adventure.
For more information, call (231) 722-8000 or visit the website below.

2nd Annual Port City Criterium Slated for May 6 in Downtown Muskegon

(Muskegon, MI) – Downtown Muskegon will host the 2nd Annual Port City Criterium on Sunday, May 6. The .8 mile, closed-circuit course is starting and finishing on Western Avenue 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.

NEW to the CRIT is a free women’s pre-race clinic with Pro Cyclist and Olympic Gold Medalist, Mackenzie Woodring at 830 am. Raffle prizes and free race entry will be awarded to juniors (ages 10-17), Ladies Cat 5, and Ladies Masters 45+ who attend.

Registration is now open with over $4,000 in cash prizes and medals being offered for many categories and experience levels. There is a limit of 100 riders in most races/categories. USA Cycling rules apply and any unlicensed riders can purchase a one-day Category 5 license to compete.

Categories include:
• Junior Men & Women
• Women (Cat. 3,4,5)
• Men (Cat. 4,5)
• Masters 40+/50+ (Cat. 1-4)
• Kids Races
• Masters 30+ (Cat. 1-4)
• Women (Cat. 1,2,3)
• Men (Cat. 3,4)
• Pro (Cat. 1,2,3)

Whether an experienced competitor or new to racing, the course provides the best of both worlds. Downtown businesses are partnering to create an exciting atmosphere for both spectators and competitors. Viewers will be able to walk along the boundaries of the race track as the cyclists race by on the course. A Cinco de Mayo “race packet pickup” party is planned on May 5 for racers and fans featuring pizza from Top Shelf, award-winning craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing, and raffle prizes.

Registration/Pricing:
• Kids Races – Free
• Women (Cat. 3,4,5) – $25
• Men (Cat. 4,5) – $25
• All other categories – $35
• Second Race – $15
• $20 late fee day of registration

Location:
Muskegon Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 W. Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440

Start Times Range:
• 8:40 am – 3:30 pm

For more information or volunteer details, visit www.portcitycrit.com. Major sponsors include Staples, Core Realty Partners, Nichols, Ignite, Velocity, Michelob Ultra, The Mart Dock, Meijer, Pro Med, Tyler Sales, Pigeon Hill Brewing, City Hub Cyclery, and Rock-n-Road Cycle.

Raising Awareness on Perinatal Mood Disorders in Muskegon County

Muskegon MI- On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the Lakeshore Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition (LPMD) will host a FREE movie screening of the Dark Side of The Full Moon. The screening will take place at the Celebration! Cinema Carousel from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Perinatal Mood Disorders consists of symptoms such as anxiety and depression that may be experienced during pregnancy or up to one year postpartum, and longer if untreated. One in seven women will experience a pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder, and one in one thousand will suffer from postpartum psychosis. Two women, Jennifer Silliman and Maureen Fura, both with first hand knowledge of this challenge, came together to give a face and a voice to the countless women who suffer in silence. With the help of Executive Producer, Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Dark Side of the Full Moon was produced.

The film can be triggering for those that have previously or are suffering from mental health conditions and is recommend only for ages 16 and older. LMPD will have professionals present to support women who may struggle during the screening.

The Lakeshore Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition will provide 200 FREE tickets to community members. To take advantage of this offer you must register on Eventbrite to reserve a seat. All registered guests will receive a FREE small pop and popcorn combo and will be entered into a raffle. LPMD coalition will also be providing local agency resources at the event to help moms affected by perinatal mood disorders and help them make the right connections.

RSVP at Eventbrite
https://darksideofthefullmoon2018.eventbrite.com

About Lakeshore Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition:
The Lakeshore Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition exists to improve the emotional health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women and their families through education, outreach, advocacy and support.

United Way of the Lakeshore’s 100 Year Celebration

Lakeshore Community to Celebrate the United Way and its 100 Years on May 10th at the Frauenthal: RSVP to attend HUGE, Free Event, Public Welcome!

(Muskegon, MI)  The community is invited to celebrate the United Way of the Lakeshore’s 100th year of service in the Greater Muskegon Lakeshore communities. Starting as the Muskegon War Chest in 1918, it established the Community Chest to serve the families of our troops and others across our community. The past 100-year history of the local United Way has consistently embodied its current mission—uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities.  Bringing together agencies, donors, advocates, and volunteers to identify and address the most pressing area human service needs has been the hallmark of the United Way.  Workplace campaigns over the years have raised funds from individuals to be directed to local community human service programs through a rigorous review and investment grant process in order to garner the greatest community impact.  After several changes in name and structure, the original War and Community Chest has evolved into a three-county human service agency. Its territory encompasses Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties, more than thirty-six hundred square miles, with a population of nearly a quarter-million. Today, 40 percent of families in the region are in need of help to meet their basic needs. To serve these families, in 2017 United Way of the Lakeshore raised in excess of $2 million in contributions from more than 7,000 caring donors to support programs in education, income stability, and health.  The public is invited to recognize and celebrate 100 years of caring, as event  participants revel in the agency’s  history through a walk across time that shares key stakeholders, agency partners, and community outcomes.  Participants will have hors d’oeuvres to nibble on, including delicious favorites from across the decades, and a cash bar. There will be a Silent Auction full of unique gifts and amazing experiences. Attendees will be delighted by live entertainment. This is an event that is truly a once in a century experience!

WHO: Public invited
WHAT: Free event to celebrate 100 years of service by the United Way of the Lakeshore
DATE: May 10, 2018
TIME: 5—8 p.m.
PLACE: Frauenthal Center
425 West Western Ave., Suite 200
Muskegon, MI 49440
VISUALS: Time line and artifacts by the decades; participants in period costumes – including a chance to meet historical characters resurrected for this special event; 100-year video montage; and annual report with graphs.
RSVP: Visit www.unitedwaylakeshore.org/100years for more information and to RSVP.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 23-30, 2018

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

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

Feeding the Soul of the City Lunchtime Concert
April 24 @ 12:00 pm-12:45pm
The upcoming Feeding the Soul of the City concert will feature Folias Duo, with Carmen Maret on flute and Andrew Bergeron on guitar, performing tango and folk music of South America.  This husband and wife team is based in West Michigan, but the couple has traveled the world with their music.  They will perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served for free starting at 11:30am.  Attendees may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

Comedy Night at Fetch Brewing
April 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Fetch Brewing, 100 W. Colby St.
It’s Comedy Night at Fetch Brewing Company featuring David Dyer and special guest Ricarlo Winston bringing another round of comedy back to the Tap Room!  The first time was such a success they HAD to do it again.  Entry is free!  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

The Secrets of Bees Speaker Series: Beekeeping 101
April 24 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the first of three speakers in a series about bees!  Beekeeping 101 is the topic in this lecture conducted by Clarence Rudat of the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology at Muskegon Community College.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Wednesday:

Vivant -VS- Stormcloud Beer Dinner
April 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to the Lake House Waterfront Grille for the Vivant Vs. Stormcloud Beer Dinner!  They are excited to be hosting their friends from Brewery Vivant & Stormcloud Brewing Co. as they team up for their third beer dinner of the year!  Tickets are $50 per person and include 10 beer tastes and a Chef prepared 5-course meal!  Representatives from both breweries will be there and there’ll be live music as well. Reservations are required in advance. To reserve your seat today call 231-722-4461 or e-mail bill@thelakehousemi.com.

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Who in the Dickens is Martin Chuzzlewit
April 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
You’re invited to the beautiful Frauenthal Center for the West Michigan Homeschool Theatre production of “Who in the Dickens is Martin Chuzzlewit!”  Charles Dickens’ book, “Martin Chuzzlewit,” has been adapted for the comedic stage to tell the story of a family’s struggle of learning to love by following the story of a man whose only goal is to get money in life.  There are many unique characters that he swindles for gain, but learning to love others and be selfless makes for hard lessons.  www.frauenthal.org

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Craft Cuts
April 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company offers a new take on old-school barbershops with “Craft Cuts!”  Emily from Hair.itage Salon & Day Spa is joining them to offer haircuts and beard trimming in the taproom.  You can sign up for a time slot in person on a first-come/first-served basis!  Please note that craft cuts is $20 for a haircut + Level 1 or Level 2 beer ($4.50 & $5.25 beers), which is still the best deal in town!  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Mexican Fiesta with Chef Char
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Mexican Fiesta with Chef Char!”  Learn an authentic guacamole recipe, how to make pico de gallo, grilled fajita strips, plus authentic accompaniments to tacos, fajitas or nachos. Secrets to the best crispy fried, honey-glazed ice cream will be revealed at the end of class for a “much bueno postre” (very good treat).  Bring your appetite and be ready to have some fun.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Crash Course:  Demo with David Huang: Metal Working
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for artist David Huang as he demonstrates his metal working techniques and shares a vessel in various stages of completion.  Admission is free.  There will be a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Art Talks Back:  Awards and Readings
Thursday,  April 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art to celebrate the winning poets from the “Art Talks Back: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Contest” and listen to their readings of the award winning poems!  The event will start at 5:30pm and the ceremony and readings will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Community College Presents Studio on Stage XX
April 26 @ 7:30 pm
Now in its 20th year, the College’s Studio on Stage provides performing arts students in theater courses the opportunity to bring their work from the classroom to the stage.  “In preparing for this performance the students have experienced improvisation techniques, verbal and nonverbal communication, and self-expression through body, voice, and collaboration techniques,” explained Center for Theater Director Sheila Kulp Wahamaki. “They are now ready to expand their performing abilities.” Her Acting II class students have focused on duo scenes from such plays as Almost Maine, Butterflies Are Free, It’s Not You It’s Me, Misadventure, and Sparks in the Park.  Performing students are: Lynsie Brandenburg, Noah Cross, Deshay Holmes, Richard Inbody, Tyler Lee, Alexx Lohman, Aubree Mitchell, Omega Osband, Jennifer Pelham, and Kristian Wachter. The Improvisation for Actors course, taught by Instructor Tom Harryman, will fill the evening with a variety of interactive games and performances.  Improv students are: Alexis Andersen, Robin Carpenter, Cole Halterman, Nicholas Horrisberger, Isaac Hunter, Neil Kuharevicz, Brandon Lemieux, Omega Osband, Ashley Poling, Joshua Powles, Madisen Schuppe, Kelly Stone, Tammy Tolar, Molly Veenstra, and Brody Yarian. “There will also be a surprise guest appearance you will want to see,” added Wahamaki. For more information, contact the Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324 or email sheila.wahamaki@muskegoncc.edu. This is a FREE event!

Friday:

Spring Wine Tasting at SE4SONS
April 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to SE4SON for the Spring Wine Tasting event!  They will have seven different distributors with a variety of wines to sample.  Chef Tim will offer small bites to pair with these amazing wines which you can purchase at a discounted price.  The cost is $25 per person and tasting is from 5:30-8:30pm.  Call 231-755-3737 to make reservations.

The Alley Door Club: Yard Sale Underwear
April 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season. This is their last event of the season!  The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.

The Red Lotus Center for the Arts: Open Mic Night
April 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Red Lotus Center for the Arts presents “Open Mic Night” in the basement of Century Building from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, anything theatrical, poetry or readings, etc., you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  This event happens on the third Saturday of every month and is for persons 18 years and older.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Tango Caliente!
April 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Tango Caliente! Be transported by the seductive sounds of the dance of romance….the tango!  Star soprano Camille Zamora joins the WMS, together with four stellar Argentinian dancers and internationally acclaimed bandoneon artist Hector Del Curto, for a night of fiery tango classics including La Cumparsita, Oblivion, El Choclo, Volver, Por Una Cabeza, by Astor Piazolla, Carlos Gardel and others.  Fall in love with the seductive heart of tango. Caliente!  For more information, call 231-726-3231.

Left Lane Cruiser and Tiny Tree – Live @ Unruly Brewing
April 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Left Lane Cruiser is Indiana’s trash-blues outfit, back with an album of high-energy R&B.  “Claw Machine Wizard” is a return to the band’s two man format, and features barn burners like “Claw Machine Wizard” and “Booga Chaka”, alongside punked out blues numbers such as “Burn Em Brew” and “High Maintenance.” The album even includes a soul/reggae-influenced ballad titled “Lay Down”, showing that the boys can step out of their comfort zone.
Tiny Tree is a band out of Muskegon featuring a two man army of riffs and thunder.  Although rooted in heavy metal and the post punk/hardcore aesthetic, Tiny Tree music relies just as heavily on ambiance, atmosphere, and tone as it does complexity and aggression.  Not so much a band per se as a sonic collective, the two members made up of powerhouse drummer Paul Jensen and riff master Addison Eilers layer their compositions with feedback, thick guitar chords, quiet/loud dynamics, tribal like drums, experimentalism, and strong vocals.
The cover charge is $5.  For more information, call (231) 288-1068

Saturday:

Blue Ribbon 5K: No Excuse for Abuse
April 28 @ 9:00 am
Run to Heritage Landing on beautiful Muskegon Lake for the “Blue Ribbon 5K: No Excuse for Abuse” to benefit the Child Abuse Council!  Race Check-In time is 8:00am – 8:45am. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Run or walk to bring awareness to the thousands of children abused each year.  To register, go to www.childabusecouncil.org/registration

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

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday, April 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Muskegon Country Club’s Spring 2 Man Golf Event
April 28 @ 9:00 am – April 29 @ 9:00 am
Saturday and Sunday, April 28 – 29, come to the Muskegon Country Club for the Spring 2 Man Event!  This is a 2 man scramble and the cost is $150 per player (carts included) or $65 for MCC members.  The entry deadline is April 25, so call 231-755-1841 today.

Women of Accomplishment Awards Brunch
April 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Greater Muskegon Woman’s invites you to their Club Ballroom for the 22nd Annual Women of Accomplishment Awards Brunch to honor three women who have had a great impact on the community!  Tickets are $18 per person or $130 for a table of eight and must be purchased in advance.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.muskegonwomansclub.org.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Magnet Magic
April 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to explore the scientific magic of magnets with experiments in the Science Center.  You’ll even be able to make a maze for a magnet!  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum Opens for the Season
April 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum Opens for the Season Saturday, April 28!  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students to tour this World War II Landing Ship Tank.  The LST 393 is open to visitors for self-guided tours weekends in early May, and then seven days a week through mid-September. Tours begin at 10:00am. A complete tour of the five decks takes at least an hour, so the last tour ticket will be sold at 4:00pm and the ship closes at 5:00pm.Guided tours for small and large groups feature knowledgeable guides, customized itineraries, and are available by calling (231) 725-5918. Note for all tours: Access to various decks is by steep stairs or ladders.  Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated other than on the tank deck.

Lakeshore Camera Club Spring Show and Competition
April 28 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Discover local photographic talent, meet the photographers, use the photo booth for selfies and vote for your favorite photo to win!  There will be refreshments to enjoy and prints to purchase.  This event is free and open to the public at the Norton Shores Library. For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org

joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour: Skillet w/for KING & COUNTRY
April 28 @ 6:00 pm
Visit the L.C. Walker Arena as Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY join forces for “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour.”  This tour marks the second time these two critically-acclaimed, top-selling acts share the stage for an incredibly theatrical, high energy and laser/pyro-filled show!  Tickets are available at http://smarturl.it/fKCSkilletMuskegonMI and are $20 – $35.  VIP tickets are $60 and include early entry, no crowd merchandise shopping and a pre-show question and answer session.

Sunday:

Pigeon Hill Brewing: Game Day
April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Stop by Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for “Game Day!” They’re teaming up with Griffin’s Rest (located in downtown Muskegon) to bring you a fun game day in the taproom.  Griffin’s Rest is bringing in a handful of classic board games (monopoly, scrabble, etc.) as well as more adult geared games like Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, What Do You Meme, Codenames, Forbidden Island and more.  They’re fun, easy to learn games that are perfect for a social afternoon, especially when you add a pint!  Come solo or bring some friends and feel free to bring in some of your own games too! Also, check out our friend’s at Griffin’s Rest, they’re located at 121 3rd St, Muskegon, MI 49441 (right next to Hamburger Mikey’s & Curry Kitchen)

Meet the Author: Laurie Keller
April 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Read Muskegon invites you to join them for an afternoon of drawing and conversing with award-winning author, illustrator and Muskegon native, Laurie Keller!  Bring a friend and explore the process behind Laurie’s amazing illustrations and try your own hand at drawing.  No artistic experience required!  Wine, snacks and drawing materials will be provided.  RSVP soon to Tish Williams by calling 231-747-7273 or e-mail tish.williams@readmuskegon.org.  There is no cost to attend.

West Michigan Ironmen Semi-Finals
April 29 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  Tonight is their playoff semi-finals. You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.   For more information, call (231) 457-4288.

Monday:

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

Classic Italian Show with Sofia
April 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Classic Italian Show with Sofia!” Parmigiana eggplant, Saltimboca alla romana, Caponata & Tiramisu
Bring your appetite and learn from Sofia Occhialini who came from Italy to Muskegon four years ago. The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Wagon Wheel Series: Shaggy Show
April 30 @ 8:00 am
Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd.
beginning at 8:00am, you’re invited to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the Wagon Wheel Series “Shaggy Show!”  Clipped horses and show clothes are not required.  4-H rules apply.  For more information, call Nancy Smith at 231-343-2789.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 16-23, 2018

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

Monday:

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

Marketing Mondays: Common Sense in Online Marketing
Monday, April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a “Marketing Monday!”  This week’s focus is “Common Sense in Online Marketing,” presented by Tari & Jennifer Follett of Firelight.  Don’t get lost in endless data and trends!  Bring your feet back to the ground, keep your goals firmly in mind, and get ready for some real talk.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  RSVP by noon Friday, April 13.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Announce First Round of Playoffs
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16 @ 7:00 pm – April 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced dates for the first-round, best-of-three playoff series in the 2018 Clark Cup playoffs!  Muskegon will host all three potential games in the first round, and they will be played from Monday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 18.  All games will be held at LC Walker Arena and begin at 7:15pm.

•  Game one: Monday, April 16
•  Game two: Tuesday, April 17
•  Game three (if necessary): Wednesday, April 18

Muskegon does not know their opponent yet, but it will be either Chicago Steel, Dubuque Fighting Saints, or Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.  Playoff tickets are now on sale at the LC Walker Arena box office.  Call 231-726-2400 for single-game tickets.  To purchase a playoff passport (good for every home playoff game) call 231-724-5225.

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor
Monday, April 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Both events are free and open to the public. During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape. The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust. For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Tuesday:

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday:

Paint for a Cause
Wednesday, April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Get your friends together and come to SE4SONS Banquet Center to “Paint for a Cause!”  This will be a fun night of painting, great wine, and food specials.  Paint an 11″ x 14″ canvas with Create.a.frame Studio.  The cost is only $20 per painter and proceeds benefit Every Woman’s Place, Inc.  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!

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Spring In to Action: A Self-Advocacy Conference
Thursday, April 19 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This one-day event is an opportunity at Holiday Inn Muskegon to grow in self-advocacy, and is for and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  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.  Registration is required by calling (231) 777-2006.

Head-Shot Happy Hour
Thursday, April 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits in downtown Muskegon for the “Head-Shot Happy Hour!”  Don’t have a professional head-shot photo or need an updated one?  Here is your chance!  The Greater Muskegon Jaycees have teamed up with Truly Yours Photography and 18th Amendment Spirits Co. to bring you this much anticipated event!  There’ll be a mini photo shoot on-site and you’ll receive digital copies of your photos via e-mail within 2 weeks.  After you’ve smiled pretty for the camera, enjoy a cocktail as you network with other attendees.  Online pre-registration will be available soon.  The cost is $20 for Jaycees members or $25 for non-members.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Art Talks Back:  Awards and Readings
Thursday,  April 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art to celebrate the winning poets from the “Art Talks Back: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Contest” and listen to their readings of the award winning poems!  The event will start at 5:30pm and the ceremony and readings will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Vintage Flowers Paint Party
Thursday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 500 W. Western Ave.
It’s a Vintage Flowers Paint Party at Pigeon Hill Brewing! The cost is $35 for this adult (18+) event.  Alcohol is not included, but Pigeon Hill has a fabulous selection of beers to choose from.  Outside food is permitted.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Unruly Comedy Night: One Year Anniversary
Thursday, April 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Company’s “Unruly Comedy Night: One Year Anniversary!”  This month marks one year of jokes at the UBC.  As a special treat, they snagged some of the best and funniest comics that you’ve enjoyed the most over the past year.  Cover for this month is $5, and it will be worth every penny!  For more information, call (231) 288-1068.

Friday:

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Friday, April 20 – April 22
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Lakeshore Museum Center Family Fun Night:
Friday, April 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the fossils of Michigan and what they tell us about the past. Participants will have a chance to make a fossil mold and cast with students from Muskegon Community College and take home a real fossil.  There will also be a station led by TwoOldStoners, a rock company, making Petoskey stone necklaces.  Young visitors can color a picture of one of the oceans top predators of all time, Dunkleosteus. More info 231-722-0278

Main Street Dueling Pianos
Friday, April 20 @ 8:00 pm
You’re invited to Watermark 920 for the Main Street Dueling Pianos! Tickets are $15 for this 21+ only show. This is an all request party featuring amazing entertainers who have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving the audience an unforgettable experience.  You’ll sing, clap and dance the night away!  Please be advised this show may contain adult content, mature subject matter.  For more information, call (231) 727-0805 Ext. 4201.

MCC Events to Celebrate 2018 Earth Week
From Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 20, a Used Book Giveaway will be held in the MCC Science Center hallway.  The public is encouraged to stop by and pick up the books.  MCC faculty and staff may donate used books by no later than Friday, April 6, to Jennifer Darling in Room 1134.
From Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, a recycling display with information about the various types of recyclable items will be located in the MCC main entrance lobby.  Visitors can register for drawings for refillable water bottle prizes.
From Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, Earth Day-inspired paintings by students in MCC Instructor Tim Norris’ Painting I class will be displayed around campus.
“In connection to this year’s Earth Week theme of ‘End Plastic Pollution,’” the students are creating compositions contrasting either one plastic object against several natural ones or vice versa,” explained Norris. “They’re also embedding additive textural materials into the painting surfaces, developing it in relief with actual texture and three-dimensional projections. The idea here is to subtly suggest the contrast between nature and the human-made world without hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer to convey a visual message.”
For more information about the Earth Week events, contact MCC Joint Sustainability Council Chair Tamera Owens at (231) 777-0289.

Saturday:

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

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday, April 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Saturday, April 21 @ 10:00-5:00pm
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Matting and Framing Workshop
Saturday, April 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Matting and Framing Workshop with instructor Keith Downie!  There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. However, there are picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. The class is limited to 12 participants. To register, call 231-720-2571 at least one week before the session.  The cost is $20 or $15 for museum members.

1st Annual White Lake Princess Tea Party
Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the White Lake Senior Center for the 1st Annual White Lake Princess Tea Party, a children’s tea with light refreshments where you can meet Disney princesses, make princess wands and unicorn dream catchers, meet Prince Charming and win prizes!  The minimum age is 3 for princesses with one adult guest required per princess.  The cost is $30 for 1 princess and 1 adult and must be purchased in advance by calling 231-893-0515.

Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center
Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am – 12:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing for Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center! This is the best yoga class possible because it’s followed with pints!  The fun begins with a one hour vinyasa yoga session (all levels welcome).  Afterward, cool down and join them in the taproom with a pint of Pigeon Hill beer.  Registration includes a Tier I or Tier II beer and the cost is only $10!  Please bring your own yoga mat if you can.  They’ll have a few extras to borrow if you forget.  Register early to guarantee a spot.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Work at Michigan’s Adventure!
Saturday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Michigan’s premiere amusement and water-park, Michigan’s Adventure, is looking for summer help!  Saturday, April 21 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, managers will be onsite at the MA Training Center for interviews.  They are hiring 16 year olds starting at $10 per hour, while associates 18 years of age and older will start at a minimum of $11.00 per hour.  Perks include bonus potential, free admission and great food prices at the Cornerstone Café during your lunch.  For more information, call (231) 766-3377.

White Lake College Artist Solo Performance
Saturday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
You’re invited to hear the top 10 of some of the best college age musicians from schools across the state of Michigan at Ferry Memorial Church at the White Lake College Artist Solo Performance!  The White Lake College 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.  A free-will donation will be appreciated. For more information contact http://www.whitelakemusic.org/

Acrylic Paint Pouring
April 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
You’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for “Acrylic Paint Pouring!”  Sabryna Benmark of Sabryna’s Natural Creations will show you how to turn puddles of paint into gorgeous flowers.  Each student will learn the techniques and tools used to create their own 8″x 10″ canvas masterpiece.  This class is for ages 8+ (8-14 with adult supervision) and materials and tools will be provided.  Seating is limited to eight people, so please register ahead of time so they can plan for the proper amount of materials for the class.  Red Lotus members will receive a discounted class fee of $20.00.  For more information, call 231-981-8525.

Polish Palooza
Saturday,  April 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Polish Palooza is a Polish dinner and polka dance to benefit the Muskegon Polish Festival, happening Saturday, April 21 at the Polish Falcon Club!  Dinner, catered by Stevie Tejchma, will be from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, followed by music by Box on Polka Band from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Doors open at 4:30pm.  The cost is $20 per person and includes late night snacks.  Purchase advance tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or call Joane at 231-780-3162 or Tom at 231-780-5406.

Heels for Meals
Saturday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center presents “Heels for Meals!”  This event to benefit Meals on Wheels will be a great way for people to bring out their fun shoes and kick off Spring 2018!  The night features a delicious dinner, dessert bar, signature cocktails, hand painted wine and martini glasses, a live band, auctions and prizes in seven shoes categories.  Tickets are $45 each.  Get yours by calling (231) 733-8636 or email heather@agewellservices.org.

Sunday:

Buzzed Bard:  Happy Birthday, Master Shakespeare
Sunday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. in downtown Muskegon for “Buzzed Bard:  Happy Birthday, Master Shakespeare!”  This will be the second performance in their Buzzed Bard series, presenting famous drinking scenes from such plays as The Tempest,” “Henry IV” (Part 1), and “Twelfth Night,” along with music, improvisation and audience games.  There may even be a surprise appearance by Master Shakespeare himself!  Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in style.  The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple and includes a 4 course dinner!  Please call or e-mail the General Manager, Jo, at jo@18th-amendment.com to reserve your spot.  Payment is due at time of reservation and space is limited.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Sunday,  April 22 @ 12-3:00pm
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Monday:

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 9-16, 2018

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

Monday:

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!” The Menu: Minestrone, Baked leek and asiago frittata, Vegetable pie Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College: Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
Monday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

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

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month! April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.” Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 231-722-8000.

MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Muskegon Community College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform on Monday, April 9, at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for students and are available at the Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Directed by Daniel M. Meyers, the Wind Ensemble will perform four selections.  Following a brief intermission, the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play three pieces.  In honor of the late Leonard Bernstein, an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist whose 100th birthday would have been on August 25, the Wind Ensemble will open with two of his works, “America” and “Somewhere,” from the 1957 Broadway musical “West Side Story.”

Tuesday:

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday & Thursday:

West Michigan Student Showcase
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Student Showcase! This is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students from Mason, Muskegon, Newago, Oceana and Ottawa counties are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, literacy arts, performing arts and visual arts. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are$8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, $14 for an adult 2-night pack or $9 at door. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char!” What a sweet way to use a cast iron skillet! Make your own “giant cookie” and decorate with homemade piped frosting to leave an extra sweet message for someone special or just to decorate for your own enjoyment. This is a great class for all ages and tailored toward beginners in the kitchen. The cost is $35 and is from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Friday:

MCC Events to Celebrate 2018 Earth Week
From Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 20, a Used Book Giveaway will be held in the MCC Science Center hallway.  The public is encouraged to stop by and pick up the books.  MCC faculty and staff may donate used books by no later than Friday, April 6, to Jennifer Darling in Room 1134.
On Saturday, April 14, MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter is coordinating the clean-up of MCC’s Adopt-a-Highway section along Business 31.  The public is invited to participate.  Those interested should RSVP by email to ptk@muskegoncc.edu.  Participants are asked to meet at 9:45am by the Muskegon Community College sign near the front entrance doors and will carpool to the site.  Volunteers must bring their own gloves and wear closed-toed shoes. Everything else will be provided.
From Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, a recycling display with information about the various types of recyclable items will be located in the MCC main entrance lobby.  Visitors can register for drawings for refillable water bottle prizes.
From Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, Earth Day-inspired paintings by students in MCC Instructor Tim Norris’ Painting I class will be displayed around campus.
“In connection to this year’s Earth Week theme of ‘End Plastic Pollution,’” the students are creating compositions contrasting either one plastic object against several natural ones or vice versa,” explained Norris. “They’re also embedding additive textural materials into the painting surfaces, developing it in relief with actual texture and three-dimensional projections. The idea here is to subtly suggest the contrast between nature and the human-made world without hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer to convey a visual message.”
For more information about the Earth Week events, contact MCC Joint Sustainability Council Chair Tamera Owens at (231) 777-0289.

On Tap & Uncorked: A Michigan Beer, Wine, and Food Tasting Event
April 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “On Tap & Uncorked!”  This is a Michigan beer, wine and food tasting event where you can sample exceptional craft brews, wines and delicious food pairings from our area’s fine restaurants while experiencing the Expressions 2018 Student Art Exhibition and other great exhibitions. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $25 for museum members.  Tickets are on sale in the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at Pigeon Hill, Unruly, and Fetch brewing companies.  Each ticket includes five 4-ounce beverage tasting tickets and food.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  For ticket information, call 231-720-2580. Admission is open only to guests 21 years of age and older.  I.D.s will be checked at the door.

The Alley Door Club: Pop Fiction
April 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season. The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured 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. Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock. The last event of the season is Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Vince Carone – Don-a-Palooza
April 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. inside Sherman Bowling Center presents Vince Carone!  Tickets are $10.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.  Performing since 2001, Carone has become known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, combined with a stage presence.

Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale
April 13 – April 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm both days, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to find your next treasure at their “Junk to Jewels” event, an indoor rummage sale!  There’ll be a wide variety of furniture, books, home decor, clothes, and much more!  All proceeds will benefit the maintenance of their historic building.  www.muskegonwomansclub.org

Saturday

Express Yourself Super Saturday
April 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an “Express Yourself Super Saturday” free family fun day!  Student artists and visitors are some of their most important VIPs; you are the next generation of art lovers!  So come on in to this Super Saturday and explore art created by Muskegon County student artists.  For more information call 231-720-2570 10:00am & 1:00pm Film: The Brave Little Toaster (90 mins.) 11:00am – 1:00pm Guided Tours:  Visit Expressions Student Art Exhibition with a Museum docent. 11:00 – 2:00 pm Make & Take:  Choose your medium!  Ms. Ronace will have a selection of materials on hand for our budding artists to create with.  What’s your favorite medium?

The Tasting Station: Fusion Ghanaian Cuisine
April 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop by the Tasting Station at the Muskegon Farmers Market as Tacitus Bailey-Yabani returns to share another recipe from his home country of Ghana. Cooking demonstrations will be held at 10:00am, 11:30am and 12:15pm.  Come and learn, taste, shop the market and then have lunch at Just Klassics Roadside Deli!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Streaming Michigan Irish Music Initiative 2018
April 14 @ 3:00 pm
It’s Streaming MIMI 2018!  If you can’t be in Ireland to watch the Michigan Irish Music Initiative, then come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub in downtown Muskegon! What is the MIMI?  Michigan Irish Music Festival will bring together aspiring musicians associated with colleges or organizations, who focus on Irish traditional music.  They will participate in a high level competition taking place at the Spirit Store in Dundalk Co. Louth, Ireland. The winners will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage at The 2018 Michigan Irish Music Festival, receiving round-trip airfare, and accommodations with breakfasts/dinners included.

Cheers and Chocolate 2018
April 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You’re invited to Cheers and Chocolate 2018!  Cheers and Chocolate is West Michigan’s premiere pairing event.  This annual fundraiser pairs sweet and savory culinary delights with fine wines and beers at the state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) in downtown Muskegon.  Proceeds will support services that support domestic and sexual violence, and human trafficking, as well as services to pregnant or parenting teens at Every Woman’s Place.  For more information, call (231) 759-7909.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game: Indianapolis Enforcers
April 14 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.  Today they take on the Indianapolis Enforcers. call (231) 457-4288.

Benefit Comedy Show: Vince Carone
April 14 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 14, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for a dinner, silent auction and comedy show to raise funds for Orchard View’s Grad Night!  Doors open at 5:00pm, with dinner at 6:30pm and the comedy show beginning at 8:00pm.  Vince Carone, known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, will be performing.  The cost is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased by calling Tammy at 231-670-3704, Chris at 231-557-8208 or through the Back Alley Comedy Club’s website below.

Pigeon Hill Brewing: Cigar Rolling Demonstration
April 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for a Cigar Rolling Demonstration w/ Jorge’s Cigars!  Learn the art of properly rolling a cigar by hand.  You will have the opportunity to learn everything about the process; from the planting of seeds to the point of enjoying a well-rolled cigar from someone who loves to discuss the passion, history, and culture of the famous Cuban cigar brands.  Cigars will also be available for purchase from Jorge (cash or credit).  For more information, call (231) 375-5184. PLEASE NOTE:  Pigeon Hill Brewery Company is a non-smoking location.

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

Celtic Woman
April 14 @ 7:00 pm
Celtic Woman, the multi-platinum international music sensation, is returning with a brand new live show for an extensive North American tour beginning spring 2018 with a stop in Muskegon on April 14 at the Frauenthal Center.  The much-anticipated concert, ‘Homecoming,’ will play in more than 90 U.S. and Canadian cities from coast-to-coast.  Tickets go on sale beginning October 13 at Noon.  Tickets range from $33.00 – $106.00 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office, Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm, by calling 231-727-8001 or online at frauenthal.org or startickets.com.

Performances @The Block: Robin Connell
April 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Come to The Block for a live performance by Robin Connell!  Originally from Detroit, Robin is equally at home as a jazz pianist or jazz pianist/vocalist, performing regularly in clubs, concerts and private parties as a solo pianist.  She is also leader of her own trio/jazz quartet.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets

Sunday

White Lake College Performance Series
April 15 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’re invited to Lebanon Lutheran Church for the White Lake College Performance Series featuring top ensembles from Grand Valley State University.  Four ensembles will be featured for this groundbreaking concert; The GVSU Whirlwind Quintet will perform works by Bathe, Pierne, Farkas, and Arnold; a clarinet and bassett horn duo will perform Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück No. 2; a GVSU string quartet will present the Mozart String Quartet in G Major; plus the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola, and piano will be featured.  The suggested donation is $5 at the door or free for all students.  More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

MCC Honors Orchestra and Vocal Ensembles

April 15 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
April 15 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra and Vocal Ensembles, featuring wind and string players as well as collegiate singers from MCC and area schools.  Tickets are $7 or $2 for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Monday

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

Marketing Mondays: Common Sense in Online Marketing
April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a “Marketing Monday!”  This week’s focus is “Common Sense in Online Marketing,” presented by Tari & Jennifer Follett of Firelight.  Don’t get lost in endless data and trends!  Bring your feet back to the ground, keep your goals firmly in mind, and get ready for some real talk.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  RSVP by noon Friday, April 13.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor
April 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Both events are free and open to the public. During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape. The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust. For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 2-9, 2018

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, April 2 @ 6:00 pm
Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Super Spring Break Days
April 2 – 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Super Spring Break Days!”  Take an adventure and explore the museum’s awesome art collection.  There is free admission for one adult accompanying a child.

Instructor: Ronace Hogan

•  11:00am – 1:00pm  Docent in the gallery
•  11:00am – 2:00pm  Arts and crafts in the classroom
•  11:30am –  Film in the auditorium

Monday:  Pastels (permanent collection)
Tuesday:  Beading and Weaving (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
Wednesday:  Tooling (The Poetry of Metal)
Thursday:  Paint! (Expressions Student Art Exhibition)

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

Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
April 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
It’s a Spring Break Open House at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Enjoy crafts, wind tunnel science, and more hands-on fun.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Free Family Movie Day:  Where the Wild Things Are
April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the historic Frauenthal Theater for a free family movie day featuring “Where the Wild Things Are!” A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants.  Max, following an incident with his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him, runs away from home.  Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.  This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament.  Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. The film is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia!” The Menu: Polenta e Frico (fried cheese and potatoes), Canederli (bread gnocchi), Polpette (meatballs), Gelato with warm blueberries Bring your appetite!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved here four years ago from Italy where she spent her entire life.  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Pajama Party at the Art Museum
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We will see you at the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pajama Party at the Museum!”  Wear your jammies (slippers optional) and have some fun as you enjoy an activity with their friends from the Lakeshore Museum Center, story time with their friends from Hackley Public Library, a hot cocoa station, art activity and a movie.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Robot Open House
Saturday, April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Robot Open House!  Try out many of the newer robots in the Museum’s Science Center.  Program and learn with the Cubelets, Code-a-pillar, Little Bits and more. Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

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

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game
Saturday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.   Saturday, April 7, they take on the Midway Marauders.  For more information, call (231) 457-4288.

The Swan Series
Sunday, April 8 @ 2:00 pm
Join host Robert Swan in a new lecture series entitled “The Swan Series.”  Bob will share many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 34 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others.  Lectures will be held at the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

On April 8 at 2:00pm, The Swan Series continues with “OUTSIDE AGAIN!”  Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING is one of the first uniquely American compositions both in concept and sound.  Bob Swan will explain why it is so “American” and so loved by people everywhere.  Quite selfishly, he hopes that by focusing on this masterpiece, winter’s grip on us will loosen.  The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

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

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!” The Menu: Minestrone, Baked leek and asiago frittata, Vegetable pie Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College: Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
Monday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/26/18 – 04/09/18

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


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Mondays @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia
March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia!”  Come learn how to make the genuine lasagna famous all over the world.  You will make it from scratch just like mom used to make it!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon four years ago from Italy.  Bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Feeding the Soul of the City Free Concert
March 27 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 27 at 12:15pm, you’re invited to the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunch time concert featuring excellent classical pianist, Solee Lee-Clark.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served for free starting at 11:30am.  Attendees may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For any questions or more information, feel free to contact the St. Paul’s office at 231-722-2112.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
March 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

White Lake Winter Lecture Series: The Art of Taste
March 27 @ 7:00 pm

The White Lake Winter Lecture Series, presented by the White Lake Music Society, comes to a close with a presentation by Chef Jill Hansen on March 27, at 7:00pm.  Ms. Hansen will share on “The Art of Taste” from her many years of experience as a master chef at Cichetti Culinary Studio.  This will take place at the Book Nook and Java Shop.

Join Chef Jill Hansen as the art of food is explored.  Food’s history is as complex as some of the finest French dishes.  Ingredients, preparation, social implications, and a look into the future as our planet faces real challenges.  Take home a new recipe and enjoy some samples.

Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit us online at www.musicwhitelake.org.

Launch Lecture Series
March 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Wednesday, March 28 from 9:00am – 10:00am, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub to hear Dr. Timothy Syfert speak on “The Importance of Creating Value for Your Customers.”  This lecture will provide insights and ideas to help you grow your business.  Breakfast is provided.  For more information, call  616-331-6900.

Page to Screen Noir: Rear Window
March 28 @ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired.  For March, participants will read “Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich and then watch the 1944 movie!

Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both with March’s book, Rear Window, which is actually a short story by Cornell Woolrich.  A laid-up magazine photographer witnesses a possible murder from his apartment window and decides to solve the crime himself.  The movie was released in 1954, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Grace Kelly and James Stewart.

Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn!  You’ll need to bring your own soft drinks!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.

Student Reception:  Expressions
March 28 @ 5:30 pm – March 29 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Expressions 2018: 36th Annual Muskegon County Student Art Exhibition!”  This is the annual collaboration between the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the MMA that showcases the artistic talents of Muskegon County K-12 students.  Artworks in a variety of media, selected by art specialists from each of the public, charter, and private schools in the county, will be in the show.  Visit the exhibition and attend student receptions to celebrate and support our county’s young student artists and their creative vision.  Refreshments will be served and event admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 30 @ 7:00 pm – March 31 @ 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, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Omaha Lancers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Hamlet
March 30 @ 7:30 pm
March 30 at 7:30pm, come to the Beardsley Theater as the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents, “Hamlet!”  Shakespeare’s masterpiece comes to life in this new production directed by Scott Lange.  Hamlet, prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death, and finds that his mother has married his uncle, and his uncle has become the king.  When the old king’s ghost demands revenge for his murder, Hamlet must decide what course he will take in this compelling tragedy.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

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

Easter Egg Hunt: Glenside
March 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Plan now to attend Glenside’s sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt at McGraft Park on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00am – 11:30am!  Enjoy free juice and donuts, meet the Easter Bunny, and enter the free raffle drawing for lots of prizes including two kids’ bicycles!  The hunts are divided into 3 age groups (3 and under, 4-7, and 8-12), so everyone comes away a winner!  For more information, call the Glenside Neighborhood Association at 231-855-8228.

Thanks to the very generous sponsors for contributing to this event, including Coldwell Banker Woodland-Schmidt, The Lube Shop, Great Lakes Fresh Market, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Skeetown Tavern, Positively Muskegon and The Camera Shop.

Easter Egg Hunt: Sheldon Park
March 31 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, March 31 at 10:00am, you’re invited to bring your kids ages 4 – 12 to Sheldon Park for an Easter Egg Hunt!  Enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny and enter a raffle for an adult Easter basket.  The rain location will be Evanston Ave. Baptist Church.  For more information, call Gordon Peterman at 231-724-6646 or 231- 773-0868.

LMC Saturday Program: Easter Craft
March 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 31 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “Easter Craft.”  Create your very own origami bunny bookmark to take home.

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Easter Egg Hunt: L.C. Walker Arena
March 31 @ 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 31 at 1:00pm, RAD DADS’, the City of Muskegon, the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Ironmen, and the Risers, invite you to the L.C. Walker Arena for the world’s greatest Easter egg hunt!  Come have fun with the family and search for over 5,000 Easter eggs with hunts for three age groups.  There will also be a few Golden Eggs with special surprises!  The event is free, but they will be taking donations for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon at the door.  For more information, call (231) 327-5290.

Easter Brunch at the Lake House
April 1 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday, April 1 from 10:30am – 3:30pm, the Lake House is excited to host their Annual Easter Brunch Buffet with Chef Jaime Knudsen!  The brunch will feature Chef Carved Prime Rib, Maple & Bourbon Glazed Ham, Fried Lake Perch, a Fresh Seafood Bar, a Build Your Own Omelet Bar and much more.  Reservations are required by calling 231-722-4461 or e-mail bill@thelakehousemi.com.  The cost is $34.95 for adults.  Kids 4 – 12 are $9.95.

Easter Brunch at SE4SONS
April 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join SE4SONS for their Annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am – 2:00pm!  They’ve got something for the whole family!  Whether its delicious food for the adults or the Easter Bunny for the kids, SE4SONS has it all.  Please call 231-755-3737 and save your spot soon, as this event fills up quickly.  Please have your party size, preferred time, number of adults & children, and a contact phone number ready when calling.

Adults $29
Kids (7-12) $14
Kids (4-6) $8
3 and under are free.

Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center
April 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s not too early to reserve your table for the Easter Brunch at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, happening Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  Hop to it and make your reservation to enjoy their slow roasted Prime Rib and Rosemary Ham at their carving station, as well as gourmet sides and desserts!  There is something for everyone!  For reservations, please call 231-720-7105 or email Sarah@himuskegon.com.

Super Spring Break Days
April 2 – 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Super Spring Break Days!”  Take an adventure and explore the museum’s awesome art collection.  There is free admission for one adult accompanying a child.

Instructor: Ronace Hogan
• 11:00am – 1:00pm  Docent in the gallery
• 11:00am – 2:00pm  Arts and crafts in the classroom
• 11:30am –  Film in the auditorium

Monday:  Pastels (permanent collection)
Tuesday:  Beading and Weaving (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
Wednesday:  Tooling (The Poetry of Metal)
Thursday:  Paint! (Expressions Student Art Exhibition)

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

Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
April 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30am – 12:30pm, it’s a Spring Break Open House at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Enjoy crafts, wind tunnel science, and more hands-on fun. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Free Family Movie Day:  Where the Wild Things Are
April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the historic Frauenthal Theater for a free family movie day featuring “Where the Wild Things Are!”

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants.  Max, following an incident with his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him, runs away from home.  Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.  This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament.  Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.

The film is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia!”

The Menu:
• Polenta e Frico (fried cheese and potatoes)
• Canederli (bread gnocchi)
• Polpette (meatballs)
• Gelato with warm blueberries

Bring your appetite!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved here four years ago from Italy where she spent her entire life.  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Pajama Party at the Art Museum
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pajama Party at the Museum!”  Wear your jammies (slippers optional) and have some fun as you enjoy an activity with their friends from the Lakeshore Museum Center, story time with their friends from Hackley Public Library, a hot cocoa station, art activity and a movie.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Robot Open House
April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 7 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Robot Open House!  Try out many of the newer robots in the Museum’s Science Center.  Program and learn with the Cubelets, Code-a-pillar, Little Bits and more.

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

The Swan Series
April 8 @ 2:00 pm
Join host Robert Swan in a new lecture series entitled “The Swan Series.”  Bob will share many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 34 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others.  Lectures will be held at the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

On April 8 at 2:00pm, The Swan Series continues with “OUTSIDE AGAIN!”  Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING is one of the first uniquely American compositions both in concept and sound.  Bob Swan will explain why it is so “American” and so loved by people everywhere.  Quite selfishly, he hopes that by focusing on this masterpiece, winter’s grip on us will loosen.  The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

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

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, April 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!”

The Menu:
• Minestrone
• Baked leek and asiago frittata
• Vegetable pie

Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Hats and Horses Fundraiser

hatsandhorsesMuskegon, MI: Pioneer Resources is pleased to announce the “Hats and Horses” fundraiser to be held May 5, 2018, as part of a funding campaign to complete a new group home being built by Pioneer Resources Inc. in Muskegon. We encourage you to get your tickets early and dress in your derby attire for this Kentucky Derby themed party held at the Lake House. The event starts at 5:00 pm with raffles, drinks, and food. After the race, the Westside Soul Surfers will entertain you until 10:00 pm.

Currently under construction, the new group home will be home to six individuals with developmental disabilities and is fully wheelchair accessible. The home is located in a beautiful setting on the east side of Muskegon.

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

For more information or tickets visit: www.pioneerresources.org/events/hats-and-horses/

Spring Lake Public Schools Child Find-Preschool Screening

The Spring Lake School District is conducting its annual Child Find-Preschool Screening on April 27. The purpose of the screening is to assure parents that their preschool child is developing normally and to identify children who have learning needs. All children from the Spring Lake School District who are three years old or who turned four after September 1, 2017  are eligible to be screened.

Parents who live in the Spring Lake School District and would like to set up an appointment for their child can contact Pam Massucci at 846-9240

Morea Chiropractic Celebrating 16 Years in Fruitport

Morea Chiropractic Wellness Center of Fruitport would like to announce that the practice is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month. Led by chiropractor Mike Morea, Morea Chiropractic provides non-invasive, drug-free pain management and injury rehabilitation, and complete wellness care to patients of all ages. The office also boasts state of the art technology, a supplement room and massage therapy.

drmike“Dr. Mike”, as his patients affectionately call him, graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Biology. From there he went on to Life University to receive his doctor of chiropractic degree. Dr. Mike is an active participant in the Michigan Association of Chiropractors. He is using the anniversary of his practice as an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of chiropractic care and to encourage families to learn more about how chiropractic care would enhance their loved ones lives. Morea Chiropractic will host a “Sweet 16” Anniversary celebration on March 24th, 2018 from 12pm-3pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Our mission is to help as many families in our lifetime by loving, giving, and serving.

Following our mission we are extending a special invitation to all families to come in and meet with Dr. Mike, receive a thorough chiropractic exam and consult for only $16.

To learn more about MCWC visit: www.moreachiro.com or call the office at 231-865-7474.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/19/18 – 03/26/18

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

Author Meet and Greet:  Mark Farina “Casey and the Flying Fortress”
March 19 @ 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
Monday, March 19 at 11:00am, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Author Meet and Greet:  Mark Farina “Casey and the Flying Fortress!”

Imagine rummaging through your dead mother-in-law’s closet and encountering a box full of postcards, letters, photos and diaries which are from your father-in-law’s time in the service during the Second World War.  This box of materials will trigger a quest by Mark Farina, a Chicago area sports announcer and a reporter, who will try to unlock the military exploits of his father-in-law, Casey Paulinski.  His quest will bring him across the United States and the Netherlands as he will retrace his service as a B-17 pilot and crew member.

In the all too familiar situation in which many veteran families find themselves in, Casey offered little about his military service while alive.  Mark will share his techniques, tips, and ways; he uncovered his father-in-law’s service history.  Come and listen to this riveting story.  There will be two free presentations of Casey and the Flying Fortress offered:

11:00am – USS Silversides Submarine Museum
6:00pm – Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center
Admission is free and open to all.  Mr. Farina will be signing and selling his book at each event.
www.silversidesmuseum.org

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 19 @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Pet Painting
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Arts Council of White Lake invites you to Pub One Eleven for the “Pet Painting” event to benefit the Muskegon Humane Society!   Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  When you register, you will be asked to email a picture of your pet. This will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  The cost is $40 and is for ages 16+.  Space is limited, so register today by calling 231-893-2524 or visit the website below.

Drip Cakes with Kathy DeHoag
March 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Drip Cakes with Kathy DeHoag!”  Learn to frost, make the drip for the cake, also different kinds of drops to use and learn difference decorating techniques.  You will go home with a decorated cake!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Vernal Equinox EcoTrek Fitness Adventure
March 20 @ 6:00 pm
Join Cari Draft and Lisa VanDonkelaar, Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System’s John J. Helstrom Nature Trail to celebrate the first day of SPRING with an adventure!  $10 drop-in includes an EcoTrek Fitness outdoor adventure workout at MCWW where you choose your pace: a little faster with more intensity with Cari leading, or stick to the back with Lisa!  You’ll get a great workout at your own fitness level while enjoying the natural beauty of this facility.  Please RSVP so they can have a parking pass reserved for you.  Bring a friend and you’ll each pay $5 instead of $10!  For more information, e-mail info@ecotrekfitness.com .

Address for your GPS: 698 N Maple Island Rd, Muskegon

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Opening Reception: Works by Southwest Michigan Printmakers
March 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
“Exquisite Corpse Project: Head-to Toe & In-between,” featuring artwork by 24 members of the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP), opens March 19 in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery and will be on display through April 20. This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Overbrook Gallery hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.  An opening reception and talk by the artists will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 3:30-5:00pm in the Overbrook Theater Lobby.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Erin Hoffman, MCC art instructor and Overbrook Gallery coordinator at (231) 777-0399.

Narnia the Musical
March 22 – March 24
March 22 – 23 at 7:00pm, and March 24 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, you’re invited to the Beardsley Theatre for “Narnia the Musical,” presented by Artios Academies of Grand Haven.  The famous story from the Chronicles of Narnia has become a musical presentation.  Entering Narnia are four siblings plucked from our world in unexpected ways to help Narnia and learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom throughout the whirlwind adventure.

Tickets are $10 general admission.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
March 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm|
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, and 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Back Alley Comedy Club: Pauly Shore
March 23 – March 24
March 23 and 24, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live stand-up from comedian Pauly Shore!

Pauly tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show “Totally Pauly” hit the airwaves to major fan approval.  The show ran for six years, leading him to numerous television and film roles including the one-hour HBO television special, “Pauly Does Dallas” and starring in the films “Encino Man,” “Son In Law”, “Jury Duty,” “In the Army Now,” and “Bio Dome.”  Pauly then went on to star and produce in his own projects including “Pauly Shore is Dead” for 20th Century Fox, which is now available on Amazon Prime.  He also produced and starred in two comedy specials, “Vegas is My Oyster,” and “Pauly-Tics,” which are both now available on Crackle.  In 2014, Pauly released “Pauly Shore Stands Alone,” a true-life road documentary that follows him as he performs in obscure towns throughout Wisconsin while dealing with his personal life back home, which is now on Amazon Prime.  He is currently producing a six-part documentary series based off of the original documentary “Pauly Shore Stands Alone.”  Additionally, Pauly recently debuted the video portion of his podcast “Pauly Shore Podcast Show,” on Crackle.  Pauly remains hard at work on a historical documentary of his life spanning the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s about his life growing up at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.  He recently played Stephen Miller in a viral Funny or Die video and stars in an upcoming Funny or Die sketch with Bobby Lee, Jay Mohr and Richard Schiff from “Ballers” entitled “Silver Lake Vice Squad.”

Shows are at 6:30pm and 9:00pm and tickets are $27.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Pigeon Hill’s Totally Majestic 4th Anniversary Party
March 23 – March 24
Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company in downtown Muskegon is celebrating four years in business!  They’ll have great entertainment from Flexadecibel, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish & The Crane Wives!  More details will be announced soon, so keep an eye on their Facebook page or call (231) 375-5184.

The Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night
March 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, bring the family to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “The Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night!”  Help celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit, The Secrets of Bees, with a special evening for families!  This hands-on exhibit examines the ways bees affect us, and our impact on them.  During their exhibit opening and Family Fun night, they will feature a bee related craft, as well as light refreshments.  The Muskegon Conservation District will have a station exploring how families can create bee habitats in their own yards and the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology at Muskegon Community College will have a station about their beekeeping program.  The program is free with regular paid admission. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

The Alley Door Club
March 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 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 cash bar and dancing.  Featured 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 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
• Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
• Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.

Performances @The Block: Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk
March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Frances Luke Accord.  Independent Chicago-based duo, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers head this modern folk band that draws copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul and rock.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Food as Art. Food is Art
March 24
Saturday, March 24, Chef Jill Hansen will prepare a fun and informative evening with famed Cichetti food on March 24 at Cichetti Culinary Studio!  This 4-course dinner and lecture/discussion will revolve around the topic, “Food as Art. Food is Art.”  The cost is $35 per person with proceeds benefitting the 9th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival (August 3-13).  A cash bar will be available.  Dress is casual and you are encouraged to bring a paper copy of one of your favorite recipes to share and discuss.  RSVP by March 14 to Jill Hansen at 231-855-4118.  For more information, please visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
March 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
March 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Green Eggs and Ham: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
March 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, join the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for a breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham!  Your child will visit with a Dr. Seuss character and also receive a Dr. Seuss book to take home.  The requested donation is $15 for an adult and one child and an extra $5 for each additional person.   For more information, call 231-788-3050.

Note:  The venue for this year is First Lutheran Church at 1206 Whitehall Rd. due to a boiler problem at the Woman’s Club.

Italian Easter Classic with Sofia
March 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Italian Easter Classic with Sofia!”  Create a classic Easter menu from the Italian tradition.

The Menu:
• Insalata russa
• gnocchi alla romana
• baked bread and parmesan stuffed tomatoes
• baked salmon with cherry tomatoes, cappers and olives

Come to this class hungry!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who just moved to Muskegon from Italy four years ago.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Michigan Fossils
March 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about millions of years of Michigan history with a hands-on examination of fossils.  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Craft Crawl
March 25 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
March 25, Girls Pint Out is hosting the first-ever “Craft Crawl” in downtown Muskegon, a bar crawl to raise money for a good cause!  Everyone over 21-years-old is invited to sample craft beer and cocktails from five different breweries in downtown Muskegon from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.  Participants start at Racquets Downtown Grill, where they give a donation then receive a punch card to take with them to each brewery they visit.  Other breweries taking part in the fundraiser include Unruly Brewing, Pigeon Hill, Mike’s Inn, and 18th Amendment Spirits.  Each of these locations will have a special drink specifically designed for this event.  Once the punch card is complete, they return to Racquets where they turn in the card and are entered in a drawing to win prizes.

All the money donated through this event will benefit MomsBloom, an organization that sends volunteers to help new parents with their babies.  They provide help with things like household tasks and infant care, along with emotional support.  Learn more at facebook.com/momsbloom.

Spring Film Fest
March 25 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  March 25th’s movie is “Dunkirk.” For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia
March 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Authentic Italian Lasagna with Sofia!”  Come learn how to make the genuine lasagna famous all over the world.  You will make it from scratch just like mom used to make it!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon four years ago from Italy.  Bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Shoreline Symphony Performs “What Dreams May Come” Concert

The Shoreline Symphony will present a concert entitled “What Dreams May Come” on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Frauenthal Center, 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon, MI.  This is the second performance in Shoreline Symphony’s 2017-2018 season Magic and Mystery.

If your dreams had soundtracks, what would they sound like?  What about your nightmares?

Composers have written music about dreams of every kind: waking and sleeping, peaceful and creepy, lucid and murky.  The Shoreline Symphony invites you to hear some of these imaginative pieces in its upcoming concert.

Featured music includes:
•  portions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (versions by both Mendelssohn and Purcell)
•  tone poems by Elgar and Nielsen
•  short selections from operas by Humperdinck (Hansel and Gretel) and Arensky (Dream of the Volga)
•  film music from Requiem for a Dream and The Secret of NIMH

Admission is $8 for adults.  Students and those under 18 are welcome to attend for free.

Tickets are only available through the Frauenthal Center.  To purchase them:
•  Call the Frauenthal box office at 231-727-8001
•  Visit www.frauenthal.org
•  Go to the Frauenthal box office at 425 West Western Ave., Muskegon, Michigan

Preceding the concert, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will talk about the music, the composers who wrote it, and their ideas about dreams.  Don’t miss her energetic, humorous discussion, which starts at 3:30 p.m.

Established in September 2012, the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra is celebrating its sixth season of creating quality classical music for Muskegon area audiences. Led by founding director Annette Jurcevic, the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra brings together professional and amateur musicians who play alongside students and faculty from several area colleges and universities.  The non-profit organization is the only all-volunteer orchestra in the Muskegon area to include woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings.

For more event information, contact Annette Jurcevic at 512-914-8628 or sajurcevic@gmail.com.

Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17

7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for Saturday, March 17

Family celebration of Muskegon County’s Irish Heritage seeks marchers, floats

Muskegon, MI – Break out the green on Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – for the 7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. from 4th Street and Clay Avenue and marching east along Clay to Jefferson Street.

This family-oriented parade is sponsored by Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant and the Greater Muskegon Jaycees, and is designed to celebrate Muskegon County’s Irish Heritage. Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event.

The Grand Marshalls for this year’s parade are members of the Mullally Family of Muskegon. James Mullally is the only living founder of the Muskegon Irish American Society, established over 45 years ago. Neil Mullally served as a Muskegon County judge for over 30 years, and has been a leader in numerous public service organizations. John Mullally is an author and retired long-time dentist. Richard Mullally has devoted many years of his life to honoring our Muskegon County World War II veterans. All Mullally’s, whether related or not, are invited to join the Grand Marshalls in the parade!

“We’re very pleased to again sponsor the 7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Nancy Hennessy, owner of Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 885 Jefferson Street in downtown Muskegon. “The parade has become an annual tradition in Muskegon, drawing hundreds of marchers and thousands of spectators, and this year, for our seventh parade, we’re planning for even more marching units and spectators at the parade. Everyone in Muskegon County and West Michigan is invited to participate!”

“We’re inviting families to march in the parade again too, to represent their Irish roots with banners and posters identifying their ‘home county’ back in Ireland,” added Mike Hennessy, Nancy’s husband and owner of Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Sponsor your group and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Avenue”! The only cost to march or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation to benefit The Food Pantry of Catholic Charities of West Michigan. The Jaycees will be accepting food donations from parade spectators along the route.

The Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. from 4th Street and Clay Avenue and proceeds east on Clay to Jefferson. Parade staging area will be in the Muskegon Community College Downtown Campus parking lot on Clay Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets. The general public is encouraged to line Clay Avenue along the parade route to enjoy the festivities.

All day on Saturday, March 17, Hennessy’s (www.hennessyspub.com) will offer live Irish entertainment, Irish dancing and a special St. Patrick’s Day menu in the restaurant and pub. Hennessy’s will open at 8:00 a.m., and remain open throughout the day until 12:00 midnight with live Irish entertainment.

“The Greater Muskegon Jaycees are excited to be involved in the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a great family event that also helps people in need throughout the county,” said Kara Zielinski, president of the Jaycees. “We encourage everyone to come on out and march in the parade or watch along Clay Avenue, and be sure to bring along non-perishable food items for The Food Pantry!”

If your family, organization, school, church or group wants to march in the 7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org for a complete registration packet, or pick up a packet in person at Visit Muskegon, the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon, 231-724-3100. Registration forms are also available at the Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade website at: http://www.muskegonjaycees.org/parade.html.

Again, there is no cost to march or participate in the Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, just a donation of non-perishable food items. Spectators are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the parade for collection by the Greater Muskegon Jaycees.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight with live Irish music.

11:00 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day Parade step-off
11:30 a.m. – Noon Free coffee and Hot Chocolate Tent
12:00 Noon Irish Flag Raising w/ Irish American Society
Music
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Dave McIntire and Scott Sheldon
3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Steeple Hill
8:30 p.m. – Midnight Knotwork Celtic
Costume Contest
9:30 p.m. Annual Costume Parade
10:00 p.m. Crowd judging of Costumes

For more information on the parade or additional the St. Patrick’s Day activities, contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org or the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100 or info@visitmuskegon.org.

March in West Michigan

What’s Included This Month

We’re starting to move towards spring, here in West Michigan. With the change in seasons comes Spring Break. Spring Break gives you and your family time to take a little vacation (or staycation!) before the spring and summer travel seasons get into full swing. Get the most out of your Spring Break with Spring Lodging Specials. Many West Michigan destinations are offering discounts and special packages to help you plan your next getaway without breaking the bank.

There are two holidays on the horizon, starting with St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17th. The festivities start early to get you in the mood for this Irish holiday, with parades, fun runs, Irish food, and more. You’ll find even more fun throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend: the peak of this festive holiday.

It’s also time to start preparing for Easter, which is on Sunday, April 1st. West Michigan is celebrating with many Easter traditions: egg hunts, brunch, and visits from the Easter Bunny. Figure out your family’s Easter plans early by placing reservations for brunch and creating an itinerary of activities!

The history of West Michigan and the Great Lakes is rich with Lighthouses. They have lit the way for boats on the Great Lakes for decades, and many still stand as historic landmarks and tourist attractions. WMTA is celebrating these lighthouses with the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Lighthouse Map + Circle Tour, available in April. Click here to request the new Lighthouse Map + Circle Tour, and we’ll have it mailed to you for free.

Don’t forget to view our brand-new 2018 West Michigan Travel Guide online to help plan your trip, and enter for a chance to win a gift pack from Arcadia Brewing Company!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/12/18 – 03/19/18

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 12 @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia!”  Crostoli E Frittelle are fried sweets, a traditional must on every Carnival Italian’s table.  Carnival or “Carnevale” is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy.  Famous for its masks (Venice Carnival), it starts on January 7 until the Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.  You guessed it, you will be making Italian fried sweets in this class and learning about Carnevale from Sofia who was born, raised and lived in Italy until coming to Muskegon four years ago.

Masks are welcome although you may need to remove them while cooking!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

LMC Speaker Series: The Sojourners and the Single Girl
March 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for the Lakeshore Museum Center Speaker Series featuring “The Sojourners and the Single Girl!”  Local historian Marjorie Viveen will be sharing a presentation about West Michigan fur trader, Rix Robinson, and his fur trade crew of 1830.  The license he secured for his trading granted him rights on the Grand River and Vicinity and he employed one woman and 21 men at posts scattered from Little Traverse Bay to St. Joseph.  This event takes a close look at one of our local fur trading outfits and promises to be very informative.  RSVP by calling 231-894-0342.  The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Marjorie Viveen, Ed.S. is a retired School Psychologist and lifelong resident of Grand Haven.  She chaired committees to preserve the Ottawa County Poor Farm Cemetery, the Grand Haven Central Park Fountain, their Town Clock, and led a year-long celebration of the Grand River Greenway in celebration of Ottawa County Parks’ Silver Anniversary.  Viveen founded the Dusty Dozens History Group and was named TCHM’s 2010 “Historian of the Year.”  In 2012 she authored “Historic River Road: A Self-Guided Auto Tour for All Seasons, co-authored Our People, Their Stories with Wallace Ewing, Ph. D., and has written numerous articles.  A second book on Grand River fur trade is in the works.  She currently serves on the Ottawa County Parks Foundation Board, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s Editorial Board, and is the chairperson of the Ottawa County Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee.

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Honoring Our Veterans Dinner
March 14 @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30pm, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the Honoring Our Veterans Dinner!  This special evening will include dinner, a presentation of the Robert E. Garrison Award to Billy Charles Walker, Jr. in recognition of faithful and diligent service to country and community.  Tickets are $40 and seating is limited, so please call soon to make your reservation.  Tickets may be purchased individually or tables may be sponsored by you or your organization to help honor this wonderful community of veterans.  Tickets will not be held beyond 4:00pm, Monday, March 12 without payment.  To make reservations, please contact Teresa Folkmier at 231-755-1230, e-mail tfolkmier@silversidesmuseum.org or purchase them online at www.silversidesmuseum.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game Wednesday, March 14 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
March 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in March!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!  This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.

East & West Coast Swing
Class Dates: March 15, 22, 29
Class Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single

Iconic Women of U.S. History: Audrey Hepburn and Susie Bright
March 15 @ 6:00 pm
The Center for Experiential Learning at Muskegon Community College is presenting a three-part lecture series on the “Iconic Women of U.S. History:  Audrey Hepburn and Susie Bright,”  Thursday, March 15, at 6:00pm.  Free and open to the public, the talk is part of the Women’s History Month celebration throughout March and will be held in the Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab on the first floor.  MCC Distinguished Faculty Award recipient and Emeritus Instructor, Bill Jacobs, will offer insights into the lives and times of prominent American women.  For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Thursday Night Music Club: Uneven Ground
March 15 @ 7:00 pm
As part of their free Thursday Night Music Club concert series, the Norton Shores Library hosts live Celtic music from Uneven Ground, Thursday, March 15 at 7:00pm!

‘Grounded’ in the roots of traditional Irish music, Uneven Ground presents a blend of songs molded from hundreds of pub tunes from around the Celtic region.  By teaching the history of their music mixed with their nonsensical humor, each performance offers the listener an escape from the busyness of life. Figuratively named after the Irish slip jig ‘On the Rocky Road to Dublin,’  members include Courtney Hutson, fiddle, vocals; Dave Closz, guitar, vocals; Tim Staudacher, mandolin, guitar; Larry Halverson, whistle, flute and bodhrán.

For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Michigan Irish Music Festival’s St. Patrick’s Day Party
March 16 @ 5:30 pm – March 17 @ 11:00 pm
March 16 – 17, you’re invited to Bella Maria’s Event Center for the Michigan Irish Music Festival’s St. Patrick’s Day Party!  Enjoy flavorful Irish fare, savory snacks, delicious drinks and the BEST Craic (“Craic” (/kræk/ KRAK) or “crack” is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland).  The shenanigans happen from 5:30pm – 11:00pm both nights with live entertainment provided by Jimmy Keane & Dennis Cahill and Brother Crowe!  There will also be performances by Ardan Academy of Irish Dance and the Celebrated Silent Auction.  For more information, keep an eye on the Michigan Irish Music Festival’s Facebook page!

Raise the Roof
March 16 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, March 16, the Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity presents River City Improv for a night of comedy!  Raise the Roof tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door.  A cash bar will be available, but not included in the ticket price.  Doors open at 6:00pm along with dinner being catered by The Hearthstone Bistro, Bar and Grill.  A raffle will take place with items donated from local businesses who support their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  The show starts at 8:00pm and the evening will conclude with the raffle drawing.  For more information, call (231) 727-6020.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
March 16 @ 7:00 pm – March 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Run Muskegon’s 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k
March 17 @ 9:00 am
Run Muskegon’s 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k is happening Saturday, March 17, on the Lakeshore Trail behind Fricano Place!  Register for this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day race to benefit Run Muskegon’s snow removal efforts that keep the trail clear during the winter months.

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

•  Overall Top Male & Female Finisher
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the best Costume

All ages are welcome for this family friendly event.  Packet pick-up will be Friday, March 16 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and March 17 from 8:00am – 8:55am at Fricano Place.  The cost is $20 without a t-shirt or $25 with a t-shirt.  You must register by March 7 to get the shirt.  After that, they’ll be available for purchase at the race in very limited quantities.  The Family Rate (3 or 4 people at same address) is $15 each without a t-shirt or $20 each with a Short Sleeve Tech T-shirt.

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

Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, March 17, the Annual Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is stepping off at 11:00am from 4th St. and Clay Ave. and marching east along Clay to Jefferson St.  Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event! Sponsor your “clan” and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Street!”  The only cost to march in the parade or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation.  The Greater Muskegon Jaycees “Cart Corps” will perform along the parade route, accepting food donations from the parade crowd and entertaining the assembled masses with their synchronized grocery cart maneuvers!  If your family, organization or group wants to march in the inaugural Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at parade@muskegonjaycees.org for a complete registration packet.  For more information, call 231-412-0705.

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
March 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt!

LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3. www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Back Alley Comedy Club: Mat Alono-Martin
March 17 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm), the Back Alley Comedy Club presents Mat Alono-Martin with special guest Dwight Simmons!  Advance tickets are $7 or $10 the day of the show.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.

Mat Alano-Martin comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as a member of several unknown bands and as a tour manager for much more successful, well known bands.  Mat has a comedic style that bridges the social and political views of his indie-rock background with the attitude and sensibilities of his rural and blue collar youth.  Alano-Martin’s debut album “Profiled as Such” can be heard on the Sirius/XM Raw Dog comedy channel.  He has appeared on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show, Laughs on Fox TV and at several festivals across the country.  He is also the co-founder of the Limestone Comedy Festival and Arch City Comedy Festival.
Dwight Simmons has an engaging comedic presence that has allowed him to connect with audiences all over the country.  In 2015, his debut album “Pacifist Aggressive” reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts.  More recently, Dwight has been selected to the Memphis, Limestone, Crom and Crossroads Comedy Festivals.

Spring Film Fest
March 18 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up
•  2/11 Tombstone
•  2/18 African Queen
•  2/25 MASH
•  3/4 Dr. Strangelove
•  3/11 The Quiet Man
•  3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
•  3/25 Dunkirk

What Dreams May Come
March 18 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “What Dreams May Come,” presented by the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra!

This family-friendly performance features a variety of music: from animated film (The Secret of NIMH) to Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to opera (Hansel and Gretel), and more.

Preceding the concert at 3:30pm, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the music, its historical and cultural context, and the composers who wrote it.

Tickets are $8 for adults and students.  Children under 18 are free.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Pet Painting
March 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
March 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Arts Council of White Lake invites you to Pub One Eleven for the “Pet Painting” event to benefit the Muskegon Humane Society!   Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet.  When you register, you will be asked to email a picture of your pet. This will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event.  Images may be cropped to best fit the canvas.  The cost is $40 and is for ages 16+.  Space is limited, so register today by calling 231-893-2524 or visit http://www.artswhitelake.org/event-2829704/Registration.

Muskegon County Clerk’s Full Service Saturday – 03/10/18

Muskegon County Clerk’s Full Service Saturday on Saturday, March 10th. Doors open at 9:30 for service between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

We know everyone is busy and it is difficult to get away during the week.
We will provide all services provided during the week:
· certified vital records including births, deaths, marriage, and divorce records;
· apply for a marriage license and/or schedule to be married by County Clerk Waters;
· register your business name;
· apply for a CPL,
· get documents notarized,
· and do genealogy research.

When do you need a Certified Birth Certificate? A few reasons are:
· New REAL ID now requires a certified copy of your birth certificate and any other document changing your name.
· Kids starting school
· Kids playing sports
· Driver’s education

Come prepared, check our website: www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk
Nancy A. Waters
Muskegon County Clerk
Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice
990 Terrace Street, 1st Floor
Muskegon, MI 49442

Phone: 231-724-6221
Fax: 231-724-6262
E-mail: clerk@co.muskegon.mi.us
Most services require photo ID.

 

Full Service Saturday

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/05/18 – 03/12/18

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
March 5 @ 6:00 pm
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Live Celtic Music: Uneven Ground
March 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live Celtic music from “Uneven Ground!”  This is a four-piece traditional Celtic band blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey.  They play Celtic, Irish, English, Scottish music.  The members are Courtney Hutson, fiddle,vocals; Dave Closz, guitar,vocals; Tim Staudacher, mandolin,guitar; and Larry Halverson, whistle, flute. www.hackleylibrary.org

Southern Classic Shrimp and Grits with Chef Jamie
March 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Southern Classic Shrimp and Grits with Chef Jamie!”  Chef Jamie grew up in Louisiana, so who better to teach you the classic southern dish of Shrimp & Grits? Shrimp and Grits can be used as an appetizer or main course.  Learn what to pair with it to create a well-balanced meal.  Bring your appetite and a container to go.  This class is for older teens and adults and is limited to 12.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Michelle Vallier
March 6 @ 7:00 pm
The White Lake Classical Series at the Book Nook & Java Shop continues Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm with Dr. Michelle Vallier performing music of Bach and Brahms on violin.  The cover charge is $5.  Dr. Vallier has performed throughout the country, including recital tours across the Midwest, Florida and Arizona.  In spring 2012, she gave a series of lecture recitals on Carl Nielsen’s two works for solo violin at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and Wichita State University.  She is an active solo performer in the greater Muskegon area.

Dinner will be at 6:15pm, featuring Hawaiian Pork Stir-Fry, Brown Rice, Glass of House Wine, Mango Crisp with Raspberries and Almonds for $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop by calling (231) 894-5333.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show
March 9 – March 10
The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 9 and 10!  The 2018 Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more!  Back by popular demand, the Do It Yourself and Educational seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!

In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with purchase of $5 home show admission ticket. Kids 12 and under are free.  Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2018.  For more information, call contact Carla Flanders at 231-724-3176.

The Alley Door Club
March 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 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 cash bar and dancing.  Featured 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 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).

Louie Anderson
March 9 @ 7:30 pm
March 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater to enjoy iconic comedian, Louie Anderson!  Louie is a three-time Emmy Award® winner and one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time!”  His career has spanned more than 30 years.  He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Tickets are $49, $39 and $29.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

White Lake Business Expo
March 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 10 from 8:00am – 12:30pm, come to the 6th White Lake Business Expo and take a first-hand look at the diverse products and services offered by White Lake Area businesses at Whitehall High School.  There’ll be an emcee and give-aways every hour, a grand-prize drawing, and other business freebies, discounts and give-aways!

The Expo, presented by the Chamber and free to the public, is held in conjunction with the popular Rotary Pancake Breakfast.  More than 50 businesses are anticipated to participate!  For additional information, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at info@whitelake.org or 231-893-4585.  Sponsorships at varying levels are still available!

Gold Sponsor: Scheid Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
Silver Sponsors: Boardwell Mechanical Services Inc. & Redi Rental
Bronze Sponsors: Muskegon Co-Op Federal Credit Union, White Lake Assisted Living, & White Lake Beacon

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char!”  What a sweet way to use a cast iron skillet!  Make your own “giant cookie” and decorate with homemade piped frosting to leave an extra sweet message for someone special or just to decorate for your own enjoyment.  This is a great class for all ages and tailored toward beginners in the kitchen.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Illustration Super Saturday
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
March 10 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, it’s an Illustration Super Saturday at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  This free family fun day celebrates all of those great artists that make portable art for little people, especially Yuyi Morales and her illustrations for Thunder Boy Jr.  Admission and activities are free!

• 10:00am & 1:00pm – Film: Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads (90 mins.) This award winning animated film brings a classic children’s book to life. Follow an unlikely crew of creatures as they outsmart the sneaky weasel.
• 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Guided Tours: Explore Thunder Boy Jr: The Illustrations of Yuyi Morales with a Museum docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take: Taking inspiration from the various textures that Yuyi uses in her illustrations, you will layer your artwork with a variety of textures.

Full Service Saturday
March 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon County Clerk’s “Full Service Saturday” is Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 2:00pm!  Do you have a hard time getting away during the week?  The Clerk’s Office will be open on this special Saturday with all of their regular services:

• certified vital records including births, deaths, marriage, and divorce records
• apply for a marriage license and/or schedule to be married by County Clerk Waters
• register your business name
• apply for a CPL
• get documents notarized
• genealogy research

When do you need a Certified Birth Certificate? A few reasons are:

• New REAL ID now requires a certified copy of your birth certificate and any other document changing your name.
• Kids starting school
• Kids playing sports
• Driver’s education

For more information, call (231) 724-6221.

The Ride
March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Ride is Muskegon’s premier indoor cycling event!  This gathering of like-minded people focuses on living heart-healthy lifestyles and inspires others to do the same.  To date, The Ride has raised over $480,000 benefitting cardiac patients in need, including:

• The development and enhancement of the Mercy Health High School Heart Screening Program
• Specialized equipment for patients receiving rehabilitation services at the Mercy Health Heart Center
• Scholarships for those in need of cardiac rehabilitation but whose financial or insurance-coverage status precludes them from receiving services

Anyone may form a team of eight members. Your team of eight cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for 25-minute intervals and compete for team trophies and individual medals. Prizes are awarded for various categories, ranging from most mileage ridden to most spirited team.

Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual biker, The Ride has a spot for you and your team. All participants will receive a commemorative gift and refreshments. The entry fee is $400 per team, or $50 per rider. The entry fee for a Youth Team is $200 per team or $25 per rider. Some teams ask area businesses to help sponsor their teams.

Register your team before Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and receive $50.00 off registration fee.
NOTE: Teams must provide one bike to be mounted on a trainer.

Volunteer
Don’t want to work up a sweat? The Ride needs many volunteers as team hosts (timing the riders and assisting the teams during competition), set-up and tear down. Training for team hosts will be provided. For more information, please call the Office of Philanthropy at 231-672-6976.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Native Americans
Saturday, March 10 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about Michigan’s Native Americans with a hands-on examination of museum artifacts.  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Black Tie for the Y Annual Gala
March 10 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 at 7:00pm, come to the beautiful Century Club Ballroom for the “Black Tie for the Y” annual gala and auction to benefit the Muskegon YMCA!  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, raffles, a cash bar and dessert.  Black tie is optional.  Corporate sponsorships are available.  For more information, call 231-722-9622 ext. 240 or e-mail carla@muskegonymca.org.

Spring Film Fest
March 11 @ 2:00 pm
Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up
• 3/11 The Quiet Man
• 3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
• 3/25 Dunkirk

Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia
March 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Crostoli E Frittelle with Sofia!”  Crostoli E Frittelle are fried sweets, a traditional must on every Carnival Italian’s table.  Carnival or “Carnevale” is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy.  Famous for its masks (Venice Carnival), it starts on January 7 until the Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.  You guessed it, you will be making Italian fried sweets in this class and learning about Carnevale from Sofia who was born, raised and lived in Italy until coming to Muskegon four years ago.

Masks are welcome although you may need to remove them while cooking!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

LMC Speaker Series: The Sojourners and the Single Girl
March 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, March 12 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for the Lakeshore Museum Center Speaker Series featuring “The Sojourners and the Single Girl!”  Local historian Marjorie Viveen will be sharing a presentation about West Michigan fur trader, Rix Robinson, and his fur trade crew of 1830.  The license he secured for his trading granted him rights on the Grand River and Vicinity and he employed one woman and 21 men at posts scattered from Little Traverse Bay to St. Joseph.  This event takes a close look at one of our local fur trading outfits and promises to be very informative.  RSVP by calling 231-894-0342.  The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Marjorie Viveen, Ed.S. is a retired School Psychologist and lifelong resident of Grand Haven.  She chaired committees to preserve the Ottawa County Poor Farm Cemetery, the Grand Haven Central Park Fountain, their Town Clock, and led a year-long celebration of the Grand River Greenway in celebration of Ottawa County Parks’ Silver Anniversary.  Viveen founded the Dusty Dozens History Group and was named TCHM’s 2010 “Historian of the Year.”  In 2012 she authored “Historic River Road: A Self-Guided Auto Tour for All Seasons, co-authored Our People, Their Stories with Wallace Ewing, Ph. D., and has written numerous articles.  A second book on Grand River fur trade is in the works.  She currently serves on the Ottawa County Parks Foundation Board, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s Editorial Board, and is the chairperson of the Ottawa County Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee.

Visit Muskegon Events February 26 – March 5, 2018

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Sherri Winston and the Pathfinders Youth Gospel Choir
Monday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as local Author Sherri Winston hosts a multi-media presentation incorporating an imaginative PowerPoint display, music, lively discussion and Black History trivia.  The program will weave black history’s literary figures and how their presence impacted her life.  Her recent book, “The Sweetest Sound,” has recently been named one of Kirkus magazine’s best books of the year.  It is coming out in January in paperback.


Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia
Monday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, February 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia!”  There are so many ways that the Italians use this delicious and versatile vegetable.  Here are four of Sofia’s favorites that you will prepare in this class: zucca and gorgonzola quiche, zucca gnocchi zucca flan, baked zucca with soy sauce. There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet in concert
Tuesday, February 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
We will kick off the second half of the Feeding the Soul of the City’s 2017-18 season with a popular barbershop quartet from Owosso, Michigan–the Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet- at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon (1006 Third St.). The concert is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available for free starting at 11:30 a.m.   Attendees may bring a bag lunch that they may enjoy before or during the concert. A few minutes of prayer will be held just before the concert starts.

Winter Lecture Series: History of the Blues
Tuesday, February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., Montague
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter Lecture Series features engaging and stimulating presentations!  The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, a wide variety of expertise and talent will be showcased. February 27, in honor of Black History Month, Lazaro Vega will speak on “The History of the Blues”. Suggested donation is $6 at the door.  For more information, please visit www.musicwhitelake.org.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursday @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight!” The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Page to Screen Noir: Double Indemnity

Wednesday, February 28 @ 1:30 pm
Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd.,Norton Shores,
The Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired.  For February, participants will read “Double Indemnity” by James M. Cain and then watch the 1944 movie.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Mad for Macaroons with Kathy DeHoag

Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Mad for Macaroons with Kathy DeHoag!”  Make two different kinds of batter, coloring, flavors, fillings and all different ways to decorate macaroons.  There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home. The cost is $35. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Poetry in Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang

Thursday, March 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Poetry in Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang!  The reception starts at 5:30 pm and is followed by a presentation by both artists.  This event is free and light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a cash bar. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by docents, compliments of Meijer! For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Iconic Women of U.S. History: Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm
Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay
The Center for Experiential Learning at Muskegon Community College is presenting a three-part lecture series on the “Iconic Women of U.S. History:  Eleanor Roosevelt,” Thursday, March 1 in the Sturrus Technology Center.  Free and open to the public, the talk kicks off the Women’s History Month celebration throughout March and will be held in the Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab on the first floor. MCC Distinguished Faculty Award recipient and Emeritus Instructor, Bill Jacobs, will offer insights into the lives and times of prominent American women. For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Cocktails & Canvas
Friday, March 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Watermark 920, 930 Washington Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441 United States
Come to Watermark 920 for Cocktails & Canvas! Create.A.Frame Studio will be there with step-by-step instructions and techniques on how to create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The cost of this class will be $20 per person and includes all of the supplies needed. Class space will be limited, so register soon! This is a 21+ event with wine, mixed drinks and beer available for purchase. The Coffee Factory will be offering a variety of desserts, sandwiches and soups. Painting begins at 6:00pm, but please come early for cocktail hour! Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3335500.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Classical Music for Everyone – Romantic Nationalism
Friday, March 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200 Muskegon,
$10 – $57
Come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Classical Music for Everyone – Romantic Nationalism! Explore Romantic music via the countries from which they originate. You’ll experience classical music’s Romantic era as it developed in Scandinavia, Spain, France, America, Bohemia and Russia. The concert closes with one of the most important cello concertos ever written, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto featuring Russian cellist Alexey Stadler. For more information, call 231-726-3231.

The Back Alley Comedy Club Presents: Dustin Diamond
Friday & Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm – March 3 @ 8:00 pm
Platinum Room @ Sherman Bowling Lanes, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live stand-up comedy from Dustin Diamond!  He played the bad guy on Celebrity Fit Club and has been hailed as the “Dark Prince of Comedy”. Dustin Diamond is a pop culture icon, and is best known for his role as Screech on Saved by the Bell. Dustin played Screech through all 10 seasons of the show, and to this day, Saved by the Bell is still seen in syndication 16 times per week in 105 countries. For the past 17 years, Dustin has toured the world as a stand-up comedian. His act is suitable for the now grown-up fans of Saved by the Bell. It is adult-oriented, hilarious, and definitely not the same squeaky-clean, Saturday morning comedy that he spent 10 years doing as Screech. Tickets are $17 when purchased in advance. For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Friday & Saturday March 2 & 3 & @ 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, for five years running!

Catch two home games at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Rebel Road Winter Burnout
Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3

C.I.O. Union Headquarters, 490 W. Western Ave.
It’s going to be one heck of a party at the Rebel Road Winter Burnout, a fundraiser for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon!   The party kicks off at 7:00pm, Friday, March 2 at Racquet’s Downtown Grill with drink specials and Cards Against Humanity! Then, on Saturday, March 3 get ready to rock at the CIO Hall! Doors open at 6:00pm and your $5 cover includes entry for a drawing to win an awesome Rebel Road 4’ x 8’ poster! •6:00pm – Burn Out Pit by Vic •8:00pm – DJ Eazy E, DJ Lowercase g, and DJ Freak’n Fonger will be spinning vinyl, taking you back through the 70’s,80’s and 90’s •10:00pm – Let There Be Rock/A Tribute to Early AC/DC is back!!! •All Night – 50/50 raffles. This event is for persons 21+. For more information, find “Rebel Road Winter Burnout” on Facebook or call (231) 327-5290.

A Raisin in the Sun
Through Saturday, March 3 @ 7:00 pm
Through March 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre! Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.  When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago.  Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man.  Beneatha dreams of medical school.  The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
Saturday & Sunday March 3 & 4 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes. Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%. Ages 4 and under are free. Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales. Catch their next home game Saturday at 5:00pm as they take on the Windy City Groove and Sunday watch The Lake Hawks against Oakland County Cowboys. GO HAWKS!


Indoor Farmers’ Market
March 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251. They are located at 242 Western Ave.


Sweet Water Local Foods Market
Saturday, March 3 @ 9:00am-Noon
Every Saturday year round Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s! You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village 6401 Prairie St. Norton Shores. www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org
Lakeshore Museum Center: Robot Open House
Saturday, March 3 @ 1:00pm
Both boys and girls will love to try out the many of the newer robots in the Science Center. This program runs from 1:00-3:00 and is FREE to Muskegon County residents and just $3.00 for non- residents.


Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char
Saturday, March 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char!” Learn the fun of making your own pizza dough and a homemade marinara sauce for the start of a good pizza.  Find out how to make an herbed crust, stuffed crust and even a cinnamon crust for a sweet treat fruit pizza.  Choose and add your own toppings for pizzas that can be eaten in class or taken home for later.  Ages 7+.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Robert H. Fischer’s 5th Annual Pasta for Paws
Saturday, March 3 @ 4:00 pm

Mona Lake Boating Club, 372 W. Randall, Norton Shores
Come to the Mona Lake Boating Club for the annual Pasta for Paws event to benefit Pound Buddies Animal Shelter! Doors open at 4:00pm, with dinner from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Enjoy spaghetti and meatball dinner, silent auction, 50/50/raffles, cash bar and live music and dancing with The Root Doctor beginning at 9:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. For more information call Linda at 231-329-2085 or Lana at 630-816-6409.

Norsemen Family Festival
Saturday, March 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

North Muskegon Elementary School, 1600 Mills Ave
Bring the kids to the Norsemen Family Festival! This fundraiser at North Muskegon Elementary School features carnival games, bounce houses, balloon animals, face painting, a silent auction and refreshments. There’s also a raffle with a top prize of $500!   For more information, e-mail pto@nmps.net.


The Block: Gaudete Brass – Chamber Music
Saturday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
$10 – $20
Come to The Block as the Gaudete Brass Quintet encourages appreciation of the art of brass chamber music through live performance, recordings and new works. The quintet presents an evening of works featuring all-brass instrumentation. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.

Million Dollar Quartet
Saturday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm

Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Million Dollar Quartet!” This Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by an electrifying true story, will rock the Frauenthal stage. On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together four young musicians – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Team Gershwin, in association with the Barter Theatre. General management is provided by Dhyana Colony/Colony Creative Group. Tickets are $50, $45, $40 and $35. For more information, please visit the Million Dollar Quartet website at www.MillionDollarQuartet.net. For tickets, call the box office at 231-727-8001.


The Music of Scott Joplin
Sunday, March 4 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for “The Music of Scott Joplin!” Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across America in solo recitals, at chamber music festivals, ragtime & jazz music festivals, and as guest soloist in concerto engagements. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 for adults. Youth tickets are $12. For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Sushi 101 with Chef Damon
Sunday, March 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kitchen 242, 242 W. Western Ave.
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Sushi 101 with Chef Damon!” Learn simple and easy sushi recipes with Chef Damon. Everyone can learn and enjoy the basic art of sushi making. This will be a hands-on learning experience that will teach you how to spread, layer, tuck and roll sushi and then taste the fruits of your labor. It starts with perfect rice! This is a great couples class, but you can attend by yourself, too. You will be using raw fish and seafood in this class. The cost is $45. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Spring Film Fest: Dr. Strangelove
Sunday, March 4 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, March 5 @ 6:00 pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.
Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230.

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A Raisin in the Sun
Through March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Through March 3, come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.  When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago.  Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man.  Beneatha dreams of medical school.  The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Through April 2 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm through April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.


The Ebony Road Players: The Meeting
February 19 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, February 19 at 7:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts The Ebony Road Players as they perform excerpts from the play “The Meeting.”

This is a fascinating and eloquent play by Jeff Stetson that depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them.  No registration or tickets required.

This production is designed to tie in with “X: A Novel,” the 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read title.  The Great Michigan Read is intended for young adults to senior citizens, with broad goals of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about our state and individual identities.  Copies of “X: A Novel” are available at the Library to check out now while supplies last.

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


Soup for Suits
February 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The 11th annual Soup for Suits luncheon is happening Tuesday, February 20 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Fricano Event Center in Muskegon!  Come and have a bowl of soup and bread on Muskegon Rescue Mission, and help them reach the goal of providing 10,000 meals to the community through the proceeds of this event.  Dessert and coffee will be available for purchase from Grand Traverse Pie Company and Starbucks.  For more information, call 231-727-6090.


Cooking with Craft Beer with Chef Jamie
February 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, February 20 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cooking with Craft Beer with Chef Jamie!”  Beer, especially our local craft beer, can be used in so many ways.  In this class, you will focus on a simple BBQ sauce for ribs, a salad dressing for a side and dessert.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursday @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Dancing with the Local Stars 2018
February 22 – 24

Muskegon’s highly popular charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars, is back for its 10th star-studded year and accepting applications from local food pantries and food programs.

The event, produced by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, benefits food pantries and food programs in Muskegon, upper Ottawa and lower Oceana counties.  The first nine events enabled WDCC to donate more than $755,000 to those food-giving organizations thanks to generous community members and business leaders.

Traditionally, Dancing with the Local Stars pairs local dignitaries, business leaders and people of interest with local dance professionals in four performances. However, this year’s event will feature more than 60 returning cast members in nine dance teams with 11 professional dancers in six performances happening February 16-17 and February 22-24, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon.  www.womensdivision.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Cherry Pastries with Chef Char
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 22 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cherry Pastries with Chef Char!”  No matter if you believe the story of the President who chopped down the cherry tree, there are awesome things to be made with tart cherries harvested locally.  This class will cover the basics of tasty, tart and sweet cherry sauce folded into strudel, turnovers or tarts for baking in class or taking home for later.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Thursday Night Music Club: Jazz with Edye & Mike Hyde
February 22 @ 7:00 pm

The Norton Shores Library hosts “Jazz with Edye & Mike Hyde” on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room!

Edye and Mike Hyde will perform music from the great American songbook in the style of our only true American art form: jazz!  The Hydes will demonstrate and discuss the relationship between musical improvisation and political freedom.  Grand Rapids residents, Edye and Mike both currently teach classes at Hope College in Jazz and Contemporary Music.  Edye also directs the Hope College Gospel Choir and is the founder and executive director of a Grand Rapids theatre company, Ebony Road Players.

This performance is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Kaleidoscope of Cultures
February 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, February 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for their February Family Fun Night as they welcome cultural organizations from around Muskegon County!  Groups such as the Muskegon Polish Festival, Muskegon Public Schools’ Spanish Two-Way Immersion program and the NAACP will share information and activities or crafts that relate to their organizations.  They will also host a Native American presenter who will share both historical and modern customs.  Admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!

Are you part of an organization that would be interested in participating?  Contact Program Manager, Jackie Huss, at jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org or 231-724-5526.


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 23 @ 7:00 pm – February 24 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch two home games, Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Sioux City Musketeers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist
February 23 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Theater for Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist!  Jay is a legendary escape artists and one of the most awarded illusionists in history!  His one night only new show is called “Dare To Believe!”, an illusion spectacular.  The show has been voted by audiences and critics alike as “One of the Top Live Shows in America”.  Jay has amazed millions on T.V. in “Masters of Illusions” and  ‘Magic on the Edge.’  The Salt Lake Tribune calls him “Simply Amazing!” and The Tokyo Times calls the elaborate production “Truly Magic, a Must See!”  Jay welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible.  You will experience a night of grand illusions with the most amazing magic in the world, Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes, and inspiring storytelling.

Proceeds will benefit preventing tigers and cheetahs from extinction through RareSpeciesFund.org.  As a Thank You for your support, VIP Gold Ticket holders receive: Premium Seating, Souvenir Lanyard, Souvenir Program, VIP Badge for Backstage Meet and Greet with Jay and one of the Tigers!   Tickets are $29, $39, VIP $69.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

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Indoor Farmers’ Market
February 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Kids Cooking: Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char
February 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Kids Cooking – Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char!”  Forget the powdered cheese mixes from a box and learn how to make a variety of delicious, creamy roux-based cheese sauces to pour over an assortment of noodles.  You will add extra garnish for three healthy ways to serve the noodles and cheese as a complete meal.  There’ll be plenty for tasting in class and to take home.  Kids ages 7+.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble
February 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for live music from the “In the Tradition” jazz ensemble!

In The Tradition began in Detroit in the early 1990’s when 5 members of the Neal Henry Septet formed the Christopher James/Charles Hopkins Quintet.  Over the years they became In the Tradition and found their calling. Through the works of In The Tradition they “seek to educate listeners around the world about the African story, and hook the culturally disenfranchised members of the ‘Diaspora’ back into their heritage, laying on them [the] ensemble’s refined expression of African-American classical music, in as authentic a presentation as they can muster.” (Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13)

“This band’s métier is straight-ahead Jazz, unplugged and resplendent in all its acoustic simplicity and textural earthiness, and underpinned by rhythms inspired by all parts of the far-flung reaches of the African Diaspora”…Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13.

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Art at the Redi
February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s “Art at the Redi,” presented by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective!   This will be the LVAC’s first pop-up art show, featuring live music, a cash bar and great eats provided by Righteous Cuisine in the urban warehouse space behind Muskegon’s Redi Rental facility.  Enjoy the work of 20 area artists, many of whom are from the Muskegon area.  There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door.  All door donations and 10% of all art sales will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon.  Join them for a wonderful evening of art and community and support local artists and art programs for Muskegon area kids at the same time!  For more information, visit the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective website at www.lakeshorevac.com.


Muskegon Community College 2018 Winter Concert
February 24 @ 7:30 pm

The Muskegon Community College 2018 Winter Concert, which highlights the wide variety of musical and vocal performance groups at the college, will take place at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon on Saturday, February 24 at 7:00pm.  The MCC Wind Ensemble, conducted by MCC Music Director Daniel M. Meyers, will perform music by John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and Ralph Vaughn Williams.  The MCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play music by Miles Davis, Don Rayder and Paul Baker.  The College Singers, directed by James Hylen, will perform musical selections by John Rutter and Z. Randall Stroope.  The Honors Orchestra, directed by Philip DeYoung, will perform the music of Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak.  Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $2 for students and may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office or online at www.startickets.com.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.


Spring Film Fest
February 25 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm through March 25, come to the Harbor Theater for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels!  Tickets are only $6.  For more information, call (231) 375-5228.

The Line-Up

•  2/11 Tombstone
•  2/18 African Queen
•  2/25 MASH
•  3/4 Dr. Strangelove
•  3/11 The Quiet Man
•  3/18 The Manchurian Candidate
•  3/25 Dunkirk


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
February 25 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, February 25 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!


The Sweetest Sound: Sherri Winston and the Pathfinders Youth Gospel Choir
February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as local Author Sherri Winston hosts a multi-media presentation incorporating an imaginative PowerPoint display, music, lively discussion and Black History trivia.  The program will weave black history’s literary figures and how their presence impacted her life.  Her recent book, “The Sweetest Sound,” has recently been named one of Kirkus magazine’s best books of the year.  It is coming out in January in paperback.


Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia
February 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Zucca (Butternut Squash) with Sofia!”  There are so many ways that the Italians use this delicious and versatile vegetable.  Here are four of Sofia’s favorites that you will prepare in this class:

•  zucca and gorgonzola quiche
•  zucca gnocchi
•  zucca flan
•  baked zucca with soy sauce

There’ll be plenty for tasting and to take home.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/12/18 – 02/19/18

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, located at 1346 Bluff St. for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight!” The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break) For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art! Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists. Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum. Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm. The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out! Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th. For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Movies @ the Library: Hidden Figures
Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Come to Hackley Public Library for the film “Hidden Figures” (127 mins. PG) as they celebrate Black History Month! This film portrays the true story of how NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.“Movies @ the Library” happens first Tuesday of the month. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game
Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:00 pm       

Spend Wednesday February 14 (Valentine’s Day) at Lumberjacks home game. The puck drops at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. GO JACKS!


Dining in the Dark
Wednesday, February 14 6:00pm – 9:00pm,

Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Dining in the Dark,” an event that will heighten four of your five senses. Enjoy a fun, out-of-your comfort-zone experience while dining in a whole new way. Enjoy a delicious meal by Chef Jack Page, designed to stimulate the palate and challenge your sense of smell and taste. Of course, all of this will happen while eating completely in the dark! Wearing older clothing is encouraged. There is limited seating and this event will sell out! A cash bar will be available with Happy Hour from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Dinner begins at 7:00pm. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. Please indicate any restrictions by emailing ann.meisch@shorelinecity.com. Tickets are $50 and available through www.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! Call 231-720-2570.


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States! Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind. The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn:

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders. All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled. An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled. Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge. While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph. The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter:

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you! Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill. If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect:

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace. The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment. During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session. The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


A Raisin in the Sun
Friday, February 16- March 3 @ 7:00 pm – March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Come to the Beardsley Theater for “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre! Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Dancing with the Local Stars 2018
Friday, February 16- Saturday 17 & Feb 22-24

Muskegon’s highly popular charity event, Dancing with the Local Stars, is back for its 10th star-studded year and accepting applications from local food pantries and food programs.The event, produced by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, benefits food pantries and food programs in Muskegon, upper Ottawa and lower Oceana counties. The first nine events enabled WDCC to donate more than $755,000 to those food-giving organizations thanks to generous community members and business leaders. Traditionally, Dancing with the Local Stars pairs local dignitaries, business leaders and people of interest with local dance professionals in four performances. However, this year’s event will feature more than 60 returning cast members in nine dance teams with 11 professional dancers in six performances happening February 16-17 and February 22-24, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon. To apply for funds from the event, food pantries and food programs should download the WDCC Donation Request Form found under the “Quick Links” on the home page at www.womensdivision.org. Completed applications must be submitted by January 15, 2018 to Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Ways & Means Committee, P.O. Box 1665, Muskegon, MI 49443. WDCC will inform donation recipients in April after the event.


Wine Away the Winter Blues
Friday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come to SE4SONS and “Wine Away the Winter Blues,” featuring the Rick Hicks Band. Tickets are $20 per person and include four hours of live music, five 2 oz. pours and light appetizers. Se4sons is located in the Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Dr. This is open to the public. Join them for dinner before, during or after at SE4SONS Gastropub. Be sure to make your reservations early by calling 231-759-3405.


Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, February 17 – February 18

Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends: An annual tradition. 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. For many, the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become a tradition – a time to get together and have some fishing fun. While some may find time to reflect while fishing, there are no limits to variations on a great theme!


Pierogis and Dumplings with Chef Char
Saturday, February 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Pierogis and Dumplings with Chef Char!” In this class, you’ll work with two similar types of dough to make a classic American comfort food and a traditional Polish treat. Pierogis will be constructed and stuffed with an assortment of fillings before cooked or prepared for your freezer. Fluffy dumplings will also be prepared to make a hearty kettle of chicken and dumplings to try in class or take home. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $40.


Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Special
Saturday, February 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bring your sweetie to the Back Alley Comedy Club, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. (in Sherman Bowling Center) for the Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Special! Your evening begins with a delicious dinner catered by Ryke’s, then it’s Clue style goodness that happens right in front of your table. The moment you walk through the door you will be immersed in a thrilling murder mystery experience, mingling with crazy characters and shady suspects in a game of murder you get to play! As the night continues you will get to interrogate the suspects, gather the clues, and work with your team to help their mystery experts crack the case before the killer gets away! Tickets are $40 when at Sherman Bowling Center or $42 when purchased online. Pre-Show drinks and mingling begin at 7:00pm with dinner at 7:30pm. The show will begin at 8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Spring Film Fest
Sunday, February 18 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday at 2:00pm, February 11 – March 25, come to the Harbor Theater, 1937 Lakeshore Dr. in Lakeside for the Spring Film Fest to benefit Muskegon’s historic military vessels! Tickets are only $6. For more information, call (231) 375-5228. Today you will view “African Queen


Winners and Winds
Sunday, February 18 @ 4:00 pm    

Come to the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave. for “Winners and Winds,” presented by the West Michigan Concert Winds! The Winds will honor senior solo scholarship recipients, as well as share the stage with two area high school band members and their conductor. Tickets are $12 for adults and students. Children under 18 are free with a ticketed adult. For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Authentic African Cuisine with Chef Damon
Sunday, February 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm      

February is African Heritage Month! Sunday, February 18 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market, 242 W. Western Ave. will celebrate by exploring the many essences of authentic African Cuisine and prepare a four course meal that you will sit and enjoy at the end of class. This four course meal will utilize local, seasonal market ingredients. The cost is $50. For more information, call (231) 769-2202. The Menu: •Callaloo •Shrimp Piri Piri, •Lamb Curry & Yellow Rice •Banana Fritters & Pure Honey


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 19 @ 6:00 pm

Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, 1346 Bluff St. for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! This film will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230


The Ebony Road Players: The Meeting
Monday, February 19 @ 7:00 pm   

The Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Rd., hosts The Ebony Road Players as they perform excerpts from the play “The Meeting.” This is a fascinating and eloquent play by Jeff Stetson that depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them. No registration or tickets required.

This production is designed to tie in with “X: A Novel,” the 2017-2018 Great Michigan Read title. The Great Michigan Read is intended for young adults to senior citizens, with broad goals of making literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about our state and individual identities. Copies of “X: A Novel” are available at the Library to check out now while supplies last.

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

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Frauenthal Center Presents: Comedian Louie Anderson

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Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $29 – $49

Muskegon, MI — Iconic comedian Louie Anderson takes the Frauenthal stage in a one-night only hilarious stand-up act! The three-time Emmy Award winner is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.”

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Anderson currently co-stars in the hit FX comedy series Baskets, winning the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Tickets are $29 – $49 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Frauenthal Center Presents Richard Dowling: The Music of Scott Joplin

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $20 – $30 / $12 Youth

Muskegon, MI — RICHARD DOWLING: THE MUSIC OF SCOTT JOPLIN‘s piano concert features the beloved Scott Joplin ragtime piano works used in the 1973 Academy Award winning movie, “The Sting,” (including The Entertainer) plus many other dazzling, delightful, and rarely-heard Joplin compositions.

The program features an Audience Choice selection — a Joplin work randomly selected by an audience member from the remaining complete Joplin piano repertoire (53 rags, waltzes, marches and cakewalks). Richard Dowling is the first pianist in the world to perform all of Scott Joplin’s piano works in public. On April 1, 2017 — exactly 100 years to the day that Joplin died in New York City — Mr. Dowling performed the complete Joplin cycle in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York. Rivermont Records recently released Mr. Dowling’s 3-CD definitive set of The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin, recorded on a magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano.

Tickets are $20 – $30 Adult / $12 Youth (18 and under) and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 5-12, 2018

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art.  Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists.  Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum.  Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm.  The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out!  Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia
Monday, February 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia!”  In this informative and fun class, Sofia will unveil the secrets of the authentic “al dente” pasta and sauce, then show you how to pair a variety of pasta shapes with their ideal sauces.  Instructor Sofia Occhialini moved here with her family from Italy four years ago. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


Comedy Night at Fetch Brewing: Adam Degi
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm       

It’s Comedy Night with Adam Degi at Fetch Brewing Company! Fetch is located at 100 W. Colby St. in Whitehall. Adam isn’t just another straight white male comedian. He’s bald, and his talent and joke writing separates him from the pack. The opener is Matt Lauria and your MC for the night is Ricarlo Williams-Winston from Muskegon! For more information, call (231) 292-1048.


White Lake Classical Series: 4-Hand Piano
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm    

You’re invited to the Book Nook & Java Shop at 8744 Ferry St. Montague, for another installment in the White Lake Classical Series featuring Steve Thielman and Bryan Uecker playing 4-hand piano and performing the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Satie and Cui. The cover charge is only $5. Come early at 6:15pm to enjoy a dinner of Chicken Parmesan with homemade marinara over linguine, broccoli, glass of house wine and double chocolate mocha Napoleon for only $17. Please RSVP for dinner by calling 231-894-5333.


Reception and Special Program – All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
Thursday, February 8 @ 5:30 pm  

Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 West Webster, downtown Muskegon for a reception and a special program, “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert!” Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement. The reception begins at 5:30pm and the film (60 mins.) is at 7:00pm. Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert will be on display at the museum December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018. For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char
Thursday, February 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm     

Thursday, February 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 located at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for the culinary class, “Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char!” Warm Up with a hot bowl of homemade soup and a delicious pretzel-style bread bowl. Two soups will be made to try and take home, including loaded baked potato soup and creamy roasted tomato basil. Also learn the secrets to making a delicious bread bowl to serve your soup in. All culinary skill levels are welcome. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $40.


James and the Giant Peach Jr.
Thursday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm – February 10 @ 9:00 pm        

Come to Mona Shores High School, 1121 W. Seminole Rd. for a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, “James and the Giant Peach JR.” performed by the Mona Shores Middle School Allegrettos. It’s a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Tickets are $10. Call 231-332-8540 or 616-309-4390.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! Call 231-720-2570.


Bling Thing
Friday, February 9 – February 10  

This event is held at the Century Club Ballroom, 356 W. Western Ave. Bling Thing is a fundraiser event to benefit the Hackley Public Library! Friday, the 9th, it’s the early-sale party with wine and chocolate. A minimum $10 donation is requested. Saturday, the 10th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm is the public sale of items, free entry, coffee and hot chocolate provided by Biggby Coffee. Buy costume, vintage and fine jewelry as well as purses, scarves, jackets and other “bling!” For more information, visit www.fohpl.org .


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 9 @ 7:00 pm – February 10 @ 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, for five years running! Catch two home games, Friday, February 9 and Saturday the 10th at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Madison Capitols at the L.C. Walker Arena located at 955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club: Swinging Stem Cells – Classic Rock
Friday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club, upstairs at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave. 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 cash bar and dancing. Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com. Tables may be reserved: $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets). Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis. The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies
Friday, February 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm        

Come to the Frauenthal Center located at 425 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon as the West Michigan Symphony presents Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies! Scott Speck, conductor Guest Artists – Diane Penning, soprano Paul Langford, piano Join Diane, Pa Diane and Paul return to the WMS to sing a variety of titles from the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Best Songs from Movies” list. Titles include, Climb Every Mountain, Somewhere, The Way We Were, Moon River, and Love is an Open Door from the motion picture Frozen. For more information, call 231-726-3231.ul and the West Michigan Symphony and be transported through a series of treasured movie memories.


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States! Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind. The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders. All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session. Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled. An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled. Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge. While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph. The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you! Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill. If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace. The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment. During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session. The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Postcards Super Saturday
Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  

Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for a “Postcards Super Saturday” Free Family Fun Day! Postcard Salon is one of the most popular exhibitions and the artwork is small, but the creativity is limitless. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month.
•10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
•11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours – Find surprises in Postcard Salon, led with a Museum docent.
•11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take – Create your own postcard-size art.

For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Kids Cooking: Homemade Chicken Pot Pies with Chef
Char
Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 located at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon for the culinary class, “Kids Cooking: Homemade Chicken Pot Pies with Chef Char!” In this class, the recipe and techniques for a flaky homemade butter crust will be produced, rolled out and filled with delicious assorted vegetables, roasted chicken and savory gravy to be assembled for a tiny meat pie with a big bold taste. Kids ages 7+ Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information. The cost is $35.


Sip & Shop
Saturday, February 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  

Watermark 920, located at 930 Washington is proud to host their first Sip & Shop! They will have a variety of local vendors and crafters offering an array of goods from LulaRoe to handmade jewelry! Sip while you shop! A cash bar will be open for the event featuring Mimosas, Wine, Beer and mixed drinks. Non-Alcoholic beverages will also be available! Fatty Lumpkins will be on site serving their sandwiches as well.


Taste at the Lakes
Saturday, February 10 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Lakes Mall located at 5600 Harvey St. invites everyone for “Taste at the Lakes!” Taste craft beers and wines while enjoying their many entertainers throughout the mall. Proceeds will benefit the Muskegon Child Abuse Council. For more information, call (231) 798-7104.


3rd Annual Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest
Saturday, February 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    

Come to Hackley Public Library located at 316 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon for the 3rd annual Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest! Get out your recipe files and get registered for a chance to win! Please bring enough to share. Judging will be by Executive Chef Megan Gorstecki with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as a People’s Choice award. Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Walk / Skate for Warmth Fundraiser
Saturday, February 10 @ 3:30

L.C. Walker Arena located at 470 W. Western Ave. downtown Muskegon is hosting this event. 3:30 is registration and 4:00 pm is when the skate or walk begins. The walk is FREE. Skating is $5 plus rental. All skating proceeds will benefit Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership. All participants will receive a discounted ticket voucher for that evening’s Muskegon Lumberjack hockey game.


Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two with Chef Sofia
Saturday, February 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   

You’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two with Chef Sofia!” In this class, you’ll spend the night with your honey and learn some kitchen skills together along the way. A succulent and romantic hands-on menu includes appetizer, Prosecco Risotto, Martini Chicken with baked rosemary potatoes and chocolate mousse. Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202. The cost is $75 per couple.


Performances @The Block: Ian Maksin and Gabrielle Datcu – World Music
Saturday, February 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  

Cellist Ian Maksin returns to The Block, located at 360 W. Western Ave. bringing guitarist Gabriel Datcu for a concert of jazz and world music. Maksin has gained international recognition for his beautiful tone, his own unique innovative style. Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm


Local Author: Cookbook Release Party at Fetch
Sunday, February 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to Fetch Brewing Co. located at 100 W. Colby St. Whitehall as they celebrate Muskegon’s own entrepreneur Valerie Hanson and the release of her humorous and instructive new cookbook, “What Have We Learned!” Valerie is the owner and operator of Bygone Basics Cooking School and Bakery in Montague, where she also owns and operates Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast along with her husband, John. Their release party will feature a book signing and sampling of foods created by Valerie herself from her recipes! For more information, call (231) 292-1048. Muskegon is proud of you Val.


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, located at 1346 Bluff St. for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns! Each episode will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission. Members are free. For more information, call 231-755-1230.


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Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar Series

Webinar series assists participants to properly evaluate solar power proposals
by M. Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight on urban rooftops and rural properties across the U.S. The declining cost of equipment and installation makes installing a behind-the-electric-meter (net metered) solar electric system enticing for consumers. Evaluating the financial prudence of an investment in solar requires careful consideration of installation costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs.

Michigan State University Extension is offering a six part webinar series entitled Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar starting Thursday, January 18. It is important to note that even though the webinars are geared to an agricultural audience, the information that will be shared applies to anyone looking for information on making a wise solar energy investment.

This six part webinar series will provide practical guidance to anyone considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each session is 60 minutes long followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers. Participants will be given access to every webinar presentation as well as other information pertinent to the specific webinar topic. Participants will also be able to go back and view any webinars they missed.

The webinar series features two solar power experts, Eric Romich with Ohio State University Extension and John Hay with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and is based on the six bulletins in the Solar Electric Investment Analysis Bulletin Series. Over the six sessions Romich and Hay will help webinar participants take a critical look at the investment required for a solar electric system. Registration information and a complete schedule can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/SolarAnalysisWebinar/.

If you have questions about the webinar series, or would like more information on energy efficiency practices or renewable energy projects, feel free to contact Charles Gould at 616-994-4547 or gouldm@msu.edu or Al Go at 517-353-0643 or goaluel@egr.msu.edu.

Frauenthal Center Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $35 – $50

Muskegon, MI — MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new Tony Award-winning Broadway smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that unbelievable musical moment to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration, unforgettable performances of such timeless and enduring hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.

Tickets are $35 – $50 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/29/18 – 02/05/18

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Mondays @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.


5×5 Night Muskegon
January 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5 x 5 Night is back at the Muskegon Innovation Hub on Tuesday, January 30 beginning at 5:00pm.  Got a great idea you’d like to pitch?  Visit 5x5night.com to submit your idea or to vote for your top five picks.  The top five ideas with the most votes will then be selected to give a five minute pitch before a panel of 5 judges.  The winning idea wins $5,000!  The public is welcome to attend.  For more information, call 616-331-6900.


Holy Trinity Inspirational Choir and Victory in Praise Choir
January 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 30 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to hear some of the best Inspirational/Gospel singing along the Lakeshore!  Holy Trinity Inspirational Choir from Holy Trinity Church, led by Michelle Harris, will grace the Hackley Public Library stage.  Joining them on the program will be Brandon Davis and the Victory in Praise Choir, a community choir comprised of Christians from various denominations from the greater West Michigan area.  The choirs will perform individually and together for a truly great evening of vocal music.  You won’t want to miss this!

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


The White Lake Winter Lecture Series
January 30 @ 7:00 pm

The White Lake Winter Lecture Series, presented by the White Lake Music Society, begins Tuesday, January 30, 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop!  Blue Lake Radio host, Foley Schuler, will speak on “From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick – Classical Music Goes to the Movies.”

Mr. Schuler will share his love of both classical music and cinema in this examination of the nexus of the two art forms in the work of several master film directors in whose hands certain works from the classical music repertoire become much more than mere accompaniment to the images, but are organic to the ultimate vision itself.  Through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes, we’ll see how these works have been essential in advancing the narrative, creating dramatic effect (at times almost acting another character), and, in general, contributing to an aesthetic synergy in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Other lectures include:

•  February 27 – In honor of Black History Month, Lazaro Vega will present “The History of the Blues.”

•  March 27 – Enjoy a presentation by Chef Jill Hansen as she speaks on “The Art of Taste.”

Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, please contact Director Sondra Cross at 231-329-3056 or visit them online at www.whitelakemusic.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Postcard Salon
February 1 – February 15

Don’t miss the “Postcard Salon” exhibition happening February 1 – 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.

The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art.  Join them this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.

Beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists.  Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum.  Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55pm.  The sale ends at 8:00pm, so don’t miss out!  Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Cooking with an Electric Pressure Cooker with Chef Char
February 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Did you get an electric pressure cooker (aka Instant Pot) for Christmas?  Or, maybe you have had one and afraid to use it or want new recipe ideas?  Or, maybe you want one but wondering what to use it for?  Thursday, February 1 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market as Chef Char demonstrates the use of an electric pressure cooker and makes three different recipes for your tasting during this two hour class.  Recipes will be shared as well as lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These new 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.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Snowfest
February 2 – February 3

The Greater Muskegon Jaycees annual Snowfest event will return to downtown Muskegon Friday, February 2 – Saturday, February 3.  Enjoy Cornhole and Snow Volleyball Tournaments, the popular Battle of the Bowls Chili Cook-off and much more.  Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information on getting involved or event details, visit the website at www.muskegonjaycees.org/snowfest or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuskegonJaycees.

Friday, February 2

 •  First Fridays6:00pm – 8:00pm (Western Ave. between 3rd & 4th streets)
 •  Moonlight Movies:  Happy Feet (PG)6:10pm – 8:00pm (Western Ave. between 3rd & 4th streets)

Saturday, February 3

 •  Cornhole Tournament/$30 for a team of 2 (Western Ave.)
Registration 9:00am, Start 10:00am, End 2:00pm

 •  Snow Volleyball Tournament/$60 for a team of 4 (Western Ave.)
Registration 9:00am, Start 10:00am, End 2:00pm

 •  Battle of the Bloodies/$25 pre-sale or $30 at the door (Racquet’s Bar & Grille)
Registration 9:30am, Start 10:30am, End 1:30pm

 •  Battle of the Bowls/$10, $5 – Full/Half Pre-sale or $15, $10 Full/Half at Door (SMASH Bistro)
Registration 9:30am, Start 11:00am, End 2:00pm

 •  Snowfest Downtown Pub Crawl/FREE (Register at Racquet’s Bar & Grille)
Registration 3:00pm – 5:00pm, End 2:00am


Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


Comedian Mitch Fatel – Shoreline Stix Fundraiser
February 2 @ 6:30 pm

Friday, February 2 at 6:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Mitch Fatel!  You’ve seen him on Comedy Central, HBO, The Tonight Show and more!  Doors open at 6:00pm, with dinner at 6:30pm and the opening act taking the stage at 7:30pm.  This is a fundraiser for the Shoreline Stix team and includes raffles and a silent auction.  All tickets include dinner and are $25 a person.  A table for 10 is $250 or get the V.I.P. table for 10 for $350.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Sweetheart Ball
February 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, February 2 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Sweetheart Ball at the Watermark 920!  This is a date night for dads & daughters, moms & sons, grandmas & grand kids, aunties, nieces, nephews…everyone is welcome!  Dance the night away with your little one!  Dressy attire is encouraged but not necessary.  Enjoy crafts, a dessert bar, cookie decorating, dancing and more!

Tickets are $5 (plus service fees) per person in advance online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3233650 or physical tickets will be available at The Coffee Factory beginning January 19.  Tickets at the door are $7 per person with kids 2 and under admitted free!


An Evening with Groucho
February 2 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 2 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “An Evening with Groucho!”

Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity.  The two-act comedy consists of the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields and Marx foil Margaret Dumont.

This show is not recommended for children under age 8.  If you choose to bring a child 7 or younger, please purchase a youth ticket.  Tickets are $30, $25 and $20 for adults.  Youth tickets (8-18) are $15.  All ages need a tickets.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Wild about Wings and Other Super Bowl Snacks with Chef Char
February 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 3 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Wild about Wings and Other Super Bowl Snacks with Chef Char!”  Do you like to tailgate or eat and entertain while watching your favorite sporting events?  Score big points with fellow sports and food fans with game day style crispy wings and an assortment of rubs, sauces and dips.  Experiment with baked, fried, battered and crumb-coated wings in class, toss wings in one of four from scratch sauce recipes (Buffalo, Asian Zing, Parmesan Garlic or Spicy BBQ) or dip your own yogurt version of ranch or avocado dips.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


4th Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest
February 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

So you think you know your Black History?  Form a group with your friends (up to 4 per team, 6 teams total) and pit your knowledge against other teams.  Call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-7276 or visit https://hackleylibrary.org/events/locally-hosted-events/hpl/black-history-month/26680-4th-annual-black-history-trivia-contest to register your team by February 2.

On February 3, at 2:00pm come to Hackley Public Library to see the contest.  Teams will be asked questions on Black History and will win prizes for First, Second, and Third place as well as some consolation prizes.  Cheer on your friends and family!

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
February 3 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, February 3 at 5:00pm as they take on the La Crosse Showtime!


Muskegon Humane Society Pizza for Paws
February 3 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Muskegon Humane Society on Saturday, February 3 at 6:00pm for their largest annual fundraiser, “Pizza for Paws!” Held at Fricano’s in Muskegon, this event will include all you can eat Fricano’s pizza, along with salad & breadsticks.  There will be raffles and auctions with lots of must have items available.  For the sports fan in your life, there will be the opportunity to purchase a SIGNED Red Wings jersey by Justin Abdelkader!  Foodies will love packages from Pekadills, Chateau Chantel & Fetch (both of which feature wine tastings).  For the traveler, there will be hotel stays offered from Little River Casino and the Spring Lake Holiday Inn.  Many more “pawsome” items will be on hand as well!  The night will be emceed by Andy O’Riley and will also feature dancing, a cash bar and a photo booth!  Make it a date night with your sweetheart!  Tickets are $40 per person, or bring a group and reserve a table for $250.  To order your tickets or for questions, call (231) 773-8689.


Winter Try-Athlon
February 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

February 4 from 10:00am-4:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for your opportunity to try three Winter Olympic sports; luge, ice speedskating and cross country skiing.  This event is family friendly and geared toward those who may have never done at least one of these sports.  Of course, serious competitors are welcome as well.  The MWSC recognizes that many people may have very little experience in some of these sports and will teach you everything you need to know in continuous 20 minute clinics at each venue.  For more information, call 231-744-9629.


The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia
February 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “The Best Italian Pasta Sauces with Sofia!”  In this informative and fun class, Sofia will unveil the secrets of the authentic “al dente” pasta and sauce, then show you how to pair a variety of pasta shapes with their ideal sauces.  Instructor Sofia Occhialini moved here with her family from Italy four years ago.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/18 – 01/29/17

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


Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Coin Appraisal Event
January 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, you’re invited to Community Shores Bank as HCC Rare Coins conducts a Free Coin Appraisal!  No appointment is necessary, so stop by with your collection of any size to see what it may be worth.  They are buying, but there is no obligation to sell.  For more information, please call 1-800-422-4405.


Yooper Talk
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a talk with Kathryn Remlinger, author of the forthcoming book “Yooper Talk!”

Drawing on sixteen years of fieldwork, including interviews with seventy-five lifelong residents of the UP, Kathryn examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged.  Considering UP English in relation to other regional dialects and their speakers, she looks at local identity, literacy practices, media representations, language attitudes, notions of authenticity, economic factors, tourism, and contact with immigrant and Native American languages.  The book also explores how a dialect becomes a recognizable and valuable commodity:  Yooper talk (or “Yoopanese”) is emblazoned on t-shirts, flags, postcards, coffee mugs and bumper stickers.

For more information about the book, the author, and UW Press, please visit https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5561.htm.”

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


Lager & Luge
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

January 23 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Fetch Brewing will offer a shuttle bus from their brewery to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!  The Shuttle, offered by Lakeshore Transportation, will cost $20 per person and will include round-trip transportation AND a Crowler per person to-go!  You must purchase tickets in advance at www.fetchbrewing.com.  The Shuttle will leave Fetch at 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and return to Fetch at 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Once there, you can take advantage of a discounted all-access pass for only $10 which will give you access to all available sports and rentals!  Or, just take the bus out there and simply enjoy a bonfire, some smores and your Crowler/Growler next to the fire for no additional cost.  Spaces are limited to 14 passengers per shuttle, 28 total tickets available, so don’t wait!  You must be 21+ to particpate.  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Page to Screen Noir: The Big Sleep
January 24 @ 1:30 pm

Wednesday, January 24 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired!  Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both!  January’s book is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.  Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family and before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.  The movie was released in 1946, directed by Howard Hawks and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  Rotten Tomatoes calls this movie “The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle…”  Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn—bring your own soft drink!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 25 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Thunder Boy Jr. and Art Talks Back Kickoff Event
January 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art opens a new exhibition, ‘Thunder Boy Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales,’ and its annual Art Talks Back Poetry Competition on Thursday, January 25, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.  The MMA invites the public to a kickoff event that includes refreshments, a poetry writing salon, and special reading and art activities.  The writing salon will be geared toward adults, while the reading and art activities may be enjoyed by all ages.  Admission and refreshments are free!  Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.  Call 231-720-2570 or go to www.muskegonartmuseum.org for more information.


Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia
January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 25 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class “Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia!”  Risotto is a Northern Italian classic comfort food.  You will learn how to make the perfect risotto with the right ingredients.  Sofia Occhilaini is a new culinary instructor at Kitchen 242 and moved here from Italy with her husband four years ago.  She has trained with several well-known chefs and is anxious to share her knowledge and creativity in the kitchen with her new community.  Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $35.


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 26 – 28 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a home game, Friday, January 26 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA U17 at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 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 cash bar and dancing.  Featured 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 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 12:  Vincent Hayes – blues, funk & soul
Friday, January 26:  Big Daddy Fox & Friends – blues
Friday, February 9:  Swinging Stem Cells – classic rock
Friday, February 23:  West Side Soul Surfers – R & B, funk & soul
Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


Performances @ The Block: The Oblivion Project
January 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for The Oblivion Project, dedicated to the exploration and performance of the over 3000 Nuevo Tango works of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.  The group is blazing trails as they visit The Block on their Midwest tour.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Homemade Pasta with Chef Char
January 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 27 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Homemade Pasta with Chef Char!”  Homemade pasta is easy and delicious.  In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch.  Take the pasta making a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection. You will also make a big batch of marinara sauce to try in class and take home.  Learn how to use the Kitchenaid pasta tools as well as how to roll and cut by hand.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


Polar Plunge
January 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Muskegon Polar Plunge which benefits Special Olympics Michigan, takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake January 27 beginning at 12:00pm!  Registration begins at noon with “The Plunge” starting at 2:00pm.  The awards and After Splash Bash commence at 4:00pm.  There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers.  There will be a $10 fee for guests which includes pizza.

If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre Registration on Friday, January 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Fricano’s.  This will also be a Pre-Plunge Party featuring Northbound!  For more information, call (800) 644-6404.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 27 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, January 27 at 5:00pm as they take on the Kentucky Enforcers!


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
January 29 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

The Frauenthal Center Presents “An Evening With Groucho”

Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $20 – $30, $15 Youth/Group 6+

grouchoMuskegon, MI — Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity contains all the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the like of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Marx foil Margaret Dumont.

Tickets are $15 Youth (ages 8-18) / Group (6+) / $20 – $30 Adult.

ADVISORY: Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho is appropriate for ages 12 and up with very mild adult content. The comical stylings of this iconic performer are sure to bring a smile and a chuckle to every audience member.

Tickets and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Muskegon Museum of Art 2018 January & February Calendar

JANUARY

January 4, 11, 18
Evening Open Public Tours
5:00–7:00 pm

Thursday, January 11, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
J.M.W. Turner
(30 mins.) Joseph Mallord William Turner was a barber’s son who eventually went on to become one of Britain’s most renowned painters. At the age of fourteen he entered the Royal Academy art school and from there nothing would stop his passion for painting. Produced by the National Gallery of Art and part of media exchange that NGA provides for art museums. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, January 11, 6:00 pm
Walk and Talk of Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII
@the Lakeshore Museum Center
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Lakeshore Museum Center as we team up to go in depth on the art and history of Muskegon’s own, Wally Berg. Take a guided tour of the Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center with Exhibits Curator Pat Horn and Muskegon Museum of Art educator Cathy Mott as we talk about the style, techniques, and life history of Wally Berg. Tickets are $8 for non-members or $5 for members of either museum. Call 231.722.0278 to register.

January 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Farm Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
MOOOOOve over…There are lots of animals here! There are lambs in the gallery, a painting of goat on a leash, and have you seen the horse made of steel?! Bring the kids (real kids, no baby goats please) to check out the farm animals hanging out in the galleries. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Look
Can you find all of the farm animals in the artwork?
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own farm friend. Animals will get structure from pipe cleaners and then get covered in various materials such as cotton balls, felt, and feathers.

Monday, January 15, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Community Day
We open our doors to welcome the community during this day of observation in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom and mini docent tours from Muskegon High School art students. Free admission. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm
Date Night
What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
Limited Spaces
$35/$30 MMA Member price
Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting? We won’t taste the paintings, but we will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique. The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.

Thursday, January 25, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Stonefaced
(16 mins.) This documentary follows architect and photographer Robert A. King as he takes viewers around New York City to showcase some of his favorite gargoyles, something that he has been documenting and photographing as a hobby throughout his lifetime. Directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

January 25 – March 29, 2018
2018 Art Talks Back
A Poetry Contest Based on Art
All adult/college area writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on one of 10 selected works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets. Starting January 25, competition guidelines, images of selected works, and required entry forms will be available at the Museum gift store or may be downloaded from the Museum’s website: www.muskegonartmuseum.org. The competition ends on March 29, 2018. The awards ceremony and poetry reading will be held April 19. Questions? Call 231.720.2587 or email: cmott@mpsk12.net.
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Art Talks Back Writing Salon
We will kick off the competition at a special writing salon. Bring your notebooks and get inspired. Light refreshments will be served. The event also opens the exhibition Thunder Boy, Jr: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales. Cash bar.
Art Talks Back is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan. Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

 

FEBRUARY

February 1-15, 2018
Postcard Salon
Exhibition: February 1-15, 2018
Salon Sale event: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Postcard Sale: Begins at 7:00 pm, February 15 and ends at 8:00 pm
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity. Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.
The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join us this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.
Beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists. Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum. Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55 PM. The sale ends at 8:00 PM, so don’t miss out. Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.
Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio

February 1, 8, 22
Evening Open Public Tours
5:00–7:00 pm

Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm
Crash Course: The Fine Art of Cleaning Art
Join the MMA staff as we talk about how we clean objects in the collection, everything from paintings to glass all have unique cleaning needs. What tools do we use? How can you care for your artwork at home? Learn all this and more during this Crash Course. Free admission. Cash bar.

Thursday, February 8, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
(60 mins.) Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, February 8
Reception and Special Program
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Film: All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (60 mins.)
Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. This film was directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Ducat is a native New Yorker and strong advocate for the arts. She will join us for the screening and in a Q & A with artist Winfred Rembert following the film. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

February 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Postcards Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Postcard Salon is one of the most popular exhibitions and the artwork is small, but the creativity is limitless. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours
Find surprises in Postcard Salon, led with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own postcard-size art.

Thursday, February 22, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream
(60 mins.) The documentary explores the massive African American migration from the rural south to the prosperous north during the war years and beyond. Narrator, Cicely Tyson takes the viewer through not only facts, but stories and lives that were challenged and changed during this historic period of time right here in Muskegon, Michigan. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Through January 21, 2018
Shift: The Glass of Daniel Clayman
Shift examines the career of Daniel Clayman through a development of recurring ideas, punctuated by singular pieces that informed his evolution as an artist. From theater lighting to discrete objects to room-size installations, this exhibition, comprised of objects selected by the artist, looks from the beginning of his practice to the full circle return to the shaping of the space we inhabit. This body of works specifically addresses his ongoing explorations of the ability of glass forms to hold light and air, or to break and divide them. The smoky, semi-transparent glass both reflects and diffuses the light, revealing subtle color characteristics within both the physical object and its transmitted light and cast shadows. Monumental and dramatic, this is a must-see exhibition for followers of contemporary studio glass. Shift is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with Habatat Galleries of Royal Oak, MI. Underwritten by Chris and Stephanie Witham.

Through January 14, 2018
Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift
Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift merges recently acquired contemporary photography with similarly themed works from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The result is an exploration of shared aesthetics and visual and conceptual subject matter. Images of the water, still lifes, landscapes, and Americana play out through the gallery, in artworks both familiar and less frequently seen. Underwritten by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers

December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018
Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert
Winfred Rembert works in the medium of carved and dyed leather, creating vibrant and rhythmic imagery of his life in 1950s Georgia. A storyteller, Rembert reveals images of culture, community, family, and struggle through intense color and repeating patterns. His most recognizable pieces depict pickers at work in the cotton fields, a grueling task the artist himself experienced in his childhood and later on a prison chain gang. Underwritten by Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation and PNC Bank. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018
Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America
Sarah Wagner sculpts in wood and fabric, creating animals and environments that address the fragility and resilience of Nature and humanity’s impact on its surroundings. Her art is inspired and informed by the city of Detroit, where she lives and works. For her Muskegon Museum of Art exhibition, Wagner is creating a new installation inspired by the history of the cultivation of cotton, and its impact on the development of capitalism and industrialism around the world. Support for Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America has been provided by MMA Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor Blue Lake Public Radio.

January 25 through May 20, 2018
Thunder Boy, Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales
This exhibition includes illustrations and sketches created by Yuyi (Zu-Zee) Morales for the children’s book Thunder Boy, Jr., written by Sherman Alexie. This vibrant, striking children’s book is about Thunder Boy Jr., a Native American boy who isn’t crazy about his name. He wants to change it to a name that is “normal.” The unique talents of both artist and author are apparent in the book; Alexie reflects on real life and humor and Morales explores color, pattern and textures of her life and experiences in Mexico and California. Underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media sponsor: WGVU Public Media

February 1-15, 2018
Postcard Salon
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity. Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.
The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join us this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018. The exhibition ends with a Salon Sale event on Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/16/18 – 01/22/18

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


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea
January 17 @ 2:00 pm

Wednesday, January 17 at 2:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea with local authors Bonnie Jeane-Marie and Kittye Sharron!  She’ll share her challenging and amazing life experiences as detailed in her books that emphasize the importance of faith with honesty and sincerity.

Copies of the authors’ works will be available for purchase.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Date Night: What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to “Date Night” at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  “What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art” has limited spaces at the cost of $35 or $30 for members.

Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting?  You won’t taste the paintings, but you will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique.  The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.  For tickets or more information, call 231-720-2570.


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 19 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.


Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Comedian Dwayne Gill – Muskegon Junior Jacks Fundraiser
January 19 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, January 19, you’re invited to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live, stand-up comedy from Dwayne Gill!  This is a fundraiser for the Muskegon Junior Jacks.

A native of Detroit, Gill has been a US Marine, State Trooper and, of course, a comedian.  He has won many awards and shared the stage with top comedians such as Alonzo Bodden, Kathleen Madigan, John Heffron and many more!  If you’ve never met a cop with a sense of humor, then you’ve never met Dwayne.

Doors open at 6:30pm with appetizers and a cash bar available.  The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Buy a table for 10 for $250 to guarantee your party can sit together.  VIP tables are $350 and offer front row seating, one drink ticket per person and goodies.  There will also be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.  Tickets can be purchased online or by e-mailing brooks529@gmail.com.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Snow Shoe Saturday at Heritage Park
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

January 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park for a “Snow Shoe Saturday!”   The cost is $3 for members or $5 for non-members.  Bring your own shoes or rent a pair for $5 from the park.  They carry sizes from toddler to adult!  There’ll be a warming station with hot drinks provided and different historic sites open each time!  For more information, contact the park at (231) 894-0342.


Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, January 20 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley Davidson for their 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off!  All proceeds benefit Pioneer Trials Camp.  Join The Boars Belly, Hennessy’s Pub, Texas Roadhouse and Just Klassics Deli as they compete for the title of Chili Champion!  Get free samples and vote for your favorite, while supplies last.  Get a bowl of your favorite for a donation to Pioneer Trails Camp.

Plus, “Pick Your Pepper” for a sizzling hot deal.  Get 15% – 25% off officially licensed products.  Your discount will be drawn at time of purchase and applies to regular priced items.  Cannot be combined with any other offers.  Motorcycles, labor and select special orders are excluded.  For more information, call 231-722-0000.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
January 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.