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The Holland Museum Hosts The Next Books And Blooms Activity At Windmill Island Gardens

The Holland Museum hosted the second Books and Blooms activity of the summer on Monday, June 24!

Each Books and Blooms will begin with a Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library at 10:00 am, followed by a fun, educational, and hands-on activity at 10:30 am. During the new Books and Blooms series located at Windmill Island Gardens, children can not only enjoy interactive stories, songs, and activities, but also enjoy our children’s carousel, playground, see our two Frisian horses, and 10 chickens all on the park grounds.

This Monday during the second Books and Blooms of the season, children were able to create their very own Blooming Shoes! Our friends from the Holland Museum joined us to help children create origami Dutch wooden shoes, or ‘klompen’, and create various flowers out of pipe cleaners, paper, and more to fill their shoes!

The Holland Museum is located in Downtown Holland and focuses on interaction with history, culture, civic responsibility, and one another. They tell the stories of Holland, and the region, not to dictate how our children and citizens engage the past, but to encourage them to change and build a better future. Visit the Holland Museum to see their current special exhibit ‘A Stich in Time: Lavina Cappon Tulip Time Legacy’ highlighting Lavina Cappon, a former Holland Public Schools teacher, and exploring her influence in shaping the unique aesthetic of Tulip Time. The Holland Museum is open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm with their current exhibit on display through September 16.

Families are invited to Windmill Island Gardens every other Monday morning for our new bi-weekly Books and Blooms series from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm through August 12. The bi-weekly Books and Blooms series will begin with an interactive Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library starting at 10:00 am, followed by a come-and-go style activity led by a local non-profit organization from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm. The full schedule of activities can be found below and on the Books and Blooms Facebook event page. Activities are free to attend for Holland residents, with regular admission rates applying to non-Holland residents. A parent or guardian must remain onsite the entire time to supervise their children. Activities take place in the park on the East side of the Posthouse building at Windmill Island Gardens (1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI, 49423).

For more details on Books and Blooms and other upcoming events at Windmill Island Gardens, visit Windmill Island Gardens is open daily from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (last admission sold at 5:00 pm) through October 1.

Upcoming Books & Blooms Dates

June 24
Blooming Shoes
Holland Museum

Join us to create your very own Blooming Shoes! With help from the Holland Museum, children will create origami Dutch wooden shoes, or ‘klompen’, and create flowers out of pipe cleaners, paper, and more to fill their shoes!

July 8
Planting Seeds & Yard Games
Holland Parks and Recreation

Join our friends from Holland Recreation as they guide participants in planting their very own seeds in pots they can proudly take home. After planting their pots, there will be a variety of yard games available for families to enjoy.

July 22
Water Conservation Rain Cloud Mobile
Holland Board of Public Works

Children can learn all about how water is essential to life! Join us to learn about 5 different water conservation tips on how you can save water in your everyday life by creating and decorating your own Rain Cloud Mobile to take home!

August 5
Dutch Games and Seedlings
Windmill Island Gardens

Our very own Windmill Island Gardens staff will show children how to play various Dutch games, try on Dutch costumes, and more! Children can also decorate biodegradable planters to bring home their very own plants grown right here at Windmill Island Gardens to plant and take care of at home!

August 12
Living Necklaces
MSU Extension

Children can create their very own Living Necklace with help from the MSU Extension! Learn about plant germination and take home your very own plant that you can care for, watch grow, and… wear!

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit
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Get outside on Father’s Day with free admission for dads at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Augusta, Mich. — Celebrate the dads in your life by visiting the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Dads enjoy free admission that day when visiting with their families from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk the Sanctuary’s picturesque trails and see birds of prey, waterfowl, gamebirds and songbirds as you explore. The Sanctuary is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the natural world around us.

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is located at 12685 East C Ave., one mile north of M-89 and just west of 40th Street.

About the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts.

About Kellogg Biological Station

As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit

Questions? Contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at or (269) 671-2510

Despite Bigger Paychecks, Struggling Households on the Lakeshore Continue to Increase

New ALICE Update shows wage growth was no match for inflation
after a decade of falling behind

Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties – Though wages for the lowest paid jobs have risen across the country at the fastest rate in four decades, the number of households struggling to get by in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties grew by nearly 6.5% (2,676 households) from 2021 to 2022. As a result, a total of 43,743 households or 45% were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a new Update from United Way of the Lakeshore and its research partner United For ALICE.

That calculation includes the 13,421 households in poverty as well as another 30,322 defined as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), earning above the Federal Poverty Level but less than what’s needed to survive in the current economy. ALICE workers include child care providers, home health aides and cashiers — those working low-wage jobs, with little or no savings and one emergency from poverty.

ALICE in the Crosscurrents: An Update on Financial Hardship in Michigan shows that while wages were increasing, so too were costs. For a family of four with an infant and a preschooler, the basic costs to live and work on the Lakeshore, excluding tax credits, rose from $56,624 in 2021 to $70,968 a year later. Compounding the issue in 2022 was the loss of up to $15,000 in federal child tax credits and stimulus payments that this family had access to in 2021.

“There is no doubt, bigger paychecks helped, but inflation and the loss of pandemic supports converged to keep ALICE trapped,” said Christine Robere, CEO of United Way of Lakeshore. “This latest data is a reminder that while we have made some progress — including expanding our state’s Earned Income Tax Credit and funding 2-1-1, a help line for any resident struggling with the costs of basic needs — our work is far from over.”

The findings in this one-year period are consistent with a more than decade-long trend: Since the end of the Great Recession, despite some ups and downs, the number of ALICE households in Michigan has been steadily growing. From 2010 to 2022, the total number of households rose by 6%, households in poverty decreased by 6% — and the number of ALICE households grew by 20%.

“The data is showing persistent and widespread financial hardship — a red flag that the current system isn’t working for ALICE,” said Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., United For ALICE National Director. “Current policy has not been enough to break down the barriers that trap ALICE households in financial hardship, from lack of access to housing and child care that’s affordable, to inadequate community supports such as broadband internet.”

Additional insights include:

From 2010 to 2022, people age 65 and over made up the fastest-growing age group on the Lakeshore — and the group with the largest increase of 880 households struggling to make ends meet.
Racial disparities persisted in the rates of financial hardship; 63% of Black and 44% of Hispanic households on the Lakeshore were either in poverty or ALICE in 2022, compared to 43% of white households.
Food assistance continued to elude many vulnerable families in Michigan. Partly due to the SNAP income eligibility level in the state (200% of the Federal Poverty Level), only 46% of all Michigan households in poverty and 20% of all ALICE households participated in SNAP in 2022.

To read the Update and access online, interactive dashboards that provide data on financial hardship at the state, county, and local levels, visit
Invitation to the United Way of the Lakeshore Annual Meeting: Media Welcome!

We invite members of the media to attend the United Way of the Lakeshore’s Annual Membership Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 28th, at 31 East Clay Avenue. The meeting will commence at 8:00 AM. At 8:30 AM, the Director of ALICE and Public Policy from the Michigan Association of United Ways will present the newly released report. This presentation will provide valuable insights and is not to be missed.

About United Way of the Lakeshore
United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. We tackle the toughest issues facing our community by mobilizing every resource, partner, and voice to solve those challenges. Our Bold Goal is to ensure 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.

For more information, visit us online at, and follow us on social media via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About United For ALICE
United For ALICE is a U.S. research organization driving innovation, research and action to improve life across the country for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and for all. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship has emerged. Harnessing this data and research on the mismatch between low-paying jobs and the cost of survival, ALICE partners convene, advocate and collaborate on solutions that promote financial stability at local, state and national levels. This grassroots ALICE movement, led by United Way of Northern New Jersey, has spread to 31 states and includes United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin; we are United For ALICE. For more information, visit:

Media Contact:
Dominique Bunker
Senior Director of Community Solutions
(231) 332-4006

Power of the Purse Fundraiser – October 12, 2023

Muskegon, MI – Every Woman’s Place annual auction gala, Power of the Purse, will be held October 12th from 5-9 PM at the Barclay Place Events Center. This year’s theme is “Glamour,” and will feature local celebrities modeling designer purses to purchase.

The event began in response to domestic and sexual assault survivors arriving at our shelter without the ability to have grabbed their purses. The purse symbolizes opportunities and healing on this night of support and strength. This night of fun, empowerment, and glam is a night you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are on sale now:
Please visit for information and tickets.

“Bras for a Cause Lakeshore” Annual Fundraiser – October 20, 2023

“Bras for a Cause Lakeshore” Aims to Break Records in 2023 with Its Annual Fundraiser
The Women’s Council of REALTORS® Lakeshore leads the charge in community-driven efforts to support breast cancer initiatives.

SPRING LAKE, MI – The Women’s Council of REALTORS® Lakeshore is gearing up for its annual “Bras for a Cause” fundraiser, a standout event in the community’s fight against breast cancer. With a reputation for leading event-driven fundraising, the 2023 edition promises to be the most impactful yet, aiming to break records and change even more lives than in previous years.

Set for Friday, October 20, 2023, at the Trillium Event Center in Spring Lake, doors will open at 5:30 pm. The evening promises an abundance of activities, including a live auction featuring local men modeling custom, creative bras, silent auctions, raffles, a wine pull, gift cards, and more. Guests can indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres and a full cash bar. For added convenience, special room rates are available at the Holiday Inn Spring Lake, complete with a complimentary shuttle service.

“Our annual ‘Bras for a Cause’ event is not just about fundraising; it’s about community, support, and making a tangible difference,” said Stacey Ruwe of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Lakeshore. “This always sold-out event draws a diverse crowd from all over West Michigan, and we’re excited to see the community come together once again.”

The chosen beneficiary, Bluebird Cancer Retreats of West Michigan, is a hyper-local organization dedicated to providing retreats for those battling breast cancer, their supporters, and survivors. Their mission is clear: “TO ENHANCE THE LIVES OF THOSE EXPERIENCING CANCER.” Their services extend to support groups, assistance in finding the right services, transportation for treatments, lift chairs post-mastectomy, and much more.

Tickets, tables, and sponsorship packages are available for purchase at or through the event’s Facebook page at

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Tara Mulkey at 813-476-9714 or

About the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Lakeshore:
The Women’s Council of REALTORS® Lakeshore is committed to advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry, and the communities they serve. Their dedication to community service is evident in events like “Bras for a Cause Lakeshore.”

Canadiana Fest: Cultural Extravaganza in Kalamazoo

from the West Michigan Tourist Association

Kalamazoo, MI: Canadiana Fest is set to be at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site in downtown Kalamazoo on Saturday, October 7, 2023, with an electrifying lineup of Canadian musical talent. Presented by The Chef and Cooks Association – Kalamazoo /Battle Creek and Eclectic Events, this event aims to benefit the CCA Educational Fund and the South Michigan Food Bank.

Discover the Soul of Canada Through Music:

  • Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band: Experience the timeless classics of Gordon Lightfoot, paying tribute to the legendary icon.
  • Andrew Rathbun Ensemble: Enjoy the jazz stylings of the acclaimed saxophonist, proudly presenting his new recording.
  • Henpecked Dawgs: Immerse yourself in early Canadiana sound, delivered by a local quartet with a diverse instrument repertoire.
  • Tom Sawyer: A Tribute to Rush: Relive the golden era of Rush with this powerful trio from Chicagoland.

A Cultural Extravaganza: Canadiana Fest isn’t just about music; it’s a celebration of Canada’s rich culture and heritage. With support from a dedicated team of volunteers and community partners, including The Chef and Cooks Association of Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Discover Kalamazoo, and more, this event promises an unforgettable experience for all.

Join the Celebration: Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a lover of Canadian culture, or simply seeking a day of fun and festivity, Canadiana Fest welcomes everyone. Visit for tickets and updates. Follow us on Facebook at Canadiana Fest for the latest news.

About Canadiana Fest: Canadiana Fest celebrates the diverse tapestry of Canadian music, culture, and heritage. Presented by The Chef and Cooks Association – Kalamazoo /Battle Creek and Eclectic Events, the festival benefits the CCA Educational Fund and the South Michigan Food Bank. Join us for a day of music, festivities, and a heartfelt celebration of all things Canadian.

Free Family-Friendly Event, Encounter the Arts, Returns October 7th Featuring Art, Music, Theater, and Dance.

Grand Haven, MI – Encounter the Arts, hosted by Central Park Place, returns for its second year on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 2 pm – 5 pm. As a celebration of Arts and Humanities Month and local Grand Haven artists, this free event will feature numerous family-friendly workshops and performances. Performances will include dance, theater, cardio drumming, and live music. This year, a special kids-only craft area will also be set up on the lower level. Learn more at  

Central Park Place is partnering with Loutit Library ( to bring the Manhattan Short Film Festival ( to Encounter the Arts as a special event finale. A cocktail reception will start at 5 pm, with short film screenings beginning at 6 pm in the Acacia Theatre.

Sponsorship opportunities for Encounter the Arts are now available. Businesses can participate at one of four different levels or through in-kind donations. Sponsors receive numerous benefits, including social media promotion, advertising in print materials, giveaway participation, special mentions, showcase opportunities, and more. Local businesses that are interested in participating in Encounter the Arts should contact Char at or 616.842.2550. 

About Central Park Place

Central Park Place has been a staple in the Grand Haven community for over 50 years. As a central hub for visitors, families, and organizations, Central Park Place is a shared space for creativity, curiosity, and connection. It also has a rich history connecting many local individuals and organizations throughout the years. Learn more about its history at

Since unveiling a new logo and name last year, Central Park Place has focused its efforts on intentionally engaging within the arts community in Grand Haven and along the Lakeshore. The space often houses a variety of exhibits in its Atrium Gallery, from the Midwest Miniature Museum to the annual Lakeland Artists’ Spring Show. View the space, upcoming events, and more at  

Hearing Aid Giveaway Drawing – Sept. 29th

Hearing Wellness Center at 6653 Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores is giving away a pair of state-of-the-art hearing aids to the winner of a promotion to support Pound Buddies. Any person that drops off an item from the Pound Buddies donation list at the Grand Haven Road address will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of Phonak Audeo Paradise 70 hearing aids (a $6,305 value). The drawing will be held September 29th.

For more information, call Hearing Wellness Center at 231-798-2323; or email

St. Michael’s Annual Festival – TOMORROW – Coopersville, MI

An annual Festival & Chicken Dinner will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the church located at 17150 – 88th Ave, in Coopersville.

There will be a BBQ chicken dinner with all the trimmings. The cost for adults is $12.00, a senior citizen is $9, children 6-12 yrs. are $6, and 5 and under are free. Take-out dinners are available, as well as an indoor and an outdoor picnic area.

The festival includes a country store, baked goods and homemade crafts, raffles, a grocery wheel, Kiddie Train and many children’s games. The big raffle tickets, $5.00 each, offer a grand prize of $2,000. Second place receives $500; third place, $500; and fourth – 8th place, receive $100 each.

Muskegon Yacht Club’s Finish Party for Queen’s Cup Regatta

Muskegon Yacht Club Hosts ‘Reach to the Beach’ Finish Party for 84th Annual Queen’s Cup Regatta

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Yacht Club is pleased to announce the finish of the 84th Annual Queen’s Cup Regatta, on July 1, 2023, in Muskegon, Michigan. 

The race will begin on June 30 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with over 100 sailing yachts competing in the 69 nautical mile race across Lake Michigan and finishing in front of the pierheads at the mouth of the channel to Muskegon Lake. 

This year’s finish celebration, dubbed “Reach to The Beach” will be held on July 1, 2023, hosted by the Muskegon Yacht Club.  The event is open to the public and will include live music, games, with special beverages and food available for purchase. A schedule of activities can be found at Finish event sponsors include Pigeon Hill Brewing, Revel, McKenzie Price Insurance, Stewart Engineering and Sales Co., Torresen Marine, Inc., Sail Place Inc., Brickley DeLong, Certified Public Accountants, Choice One Bank, and Christine Mattson, Realtor.

The Queen’s Cup is one of the oldest trophies in yachting history. The trophy itself dates to the mid-1800s when it was crafted in St. Martins, England. American shipyards at the time were building very fast sailing vessels called clipper ships.  They were extreme designs built to outperform the new ships powered by steam. The trophy was won by the American clipper Silvie and brought to the New York Yacht Club in 1853. In 1938; it found its way to the South Shore Yacht Club, was eventually deeded to the club, and dedicated to an annual race across Lake Michigan. 

The Muskegon Yacht Club (MYC) was founded in 1934 and is located on the South Shore of Muskegon Lake, one mile from the channel to Lake Michigan. MYC has a long history of yacht racing on the Great Lakes, as well as promoting sailing and power boating in the local community. For more information on the Muskegon Yacht Club, please visit us at

Event Highlights for Lakeshore Art Festival June 24 and 25


Muskegon, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival will take place Saturday, June 24 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, June 25 from 9am-5pm. The nationally recognized event will feature a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun in Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Guests will experience over 250 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, a Children’s Lane, artisan food market, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, and so much more!

Event highlights include:


Juried Fine Art: nearly 100 exhibitors in Hackley Park.
Craft & Artisan Food: 150 exhibitors on 4th St. and Western Ave.
Author’s Alley: 20 Michigan Authors at 4th St. and Clay Ave.
Food Vendors: 12 Food Vendors.
Children’s Lane: Many Interactive art and educational stations with free or low-cost activities.
Street Performers: Located in Hackley Park and at Olthoff Stage.
#LAFRocks Public Art Project: 6 local artists have created artistic masterpieces out of small boulders that will be displayed throughout the festival footprint. In addition, Muskegon Museum of Art will host a rock decorating booth in the roundabout for guests to express their creativity.

See the full line up and view this year’s Lakeshore Art Festival brochure here:

Thank you to our benefactor sponsors: DTE Energy Foundation, Muskegon Downtown Development Authority and iHeartMedia. Full sponsor list here.

More about the Lakeshore Art Festival:
The annual art festival brings thousands of guests, hundreds of fine art and craft exhibitors, a multitude of food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and interactive art to Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The festival ranks as one of the Top 200 in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine (multiple years running), has been recognized as People’s Choice Award: #1 Art Festival in West Michigan and as one of the Best Art Fairs in America by Since 2013, Lakeshore Art Festival has brought in over $9.3 million dollars to the Muskegon lakeshore area and supported a number of local non-profits. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer or local business partner, please contact Bre McCarthy at or visit


Muskegon – On June 27th, 2023, Every Woman’s Place will host an auction cruise on the Aquastar Cruise Line to help strengthen survivors’ healing journey. The event is an opportunity for the community to come together and show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. The evening will feature packages from local wineries and survivor art, live jazz, dancing, food & drinks, and sunset views from Lake Michigan. Tickets can be purchased through June 20th at; click Events, then select “Strengthen.”

About Every Woman’s Place

The mission of EWP is to strengthen lives in the community by providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. For over 40 years, EWP has been a place of hope, safety, and healing.

EWP provides support to survivors of domestic violence every single day of the year through our 24-hour crisis hotline, residential crisis center, non-residential and walk-in services, advocacy programs, and counseling services. We recognize that survivors are at various stages in their healing process. Our advocates are trained to walk alongside and help forge a path that extends from victimization to restoration and healing. We invite the community to learn more about our mission and services.

Kanin Announces “Taylor Swift Experience”

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Grand Rapids, MI: Michigan’s up and coming songwriter and vocal powerhouse, Kanin Wren, is taking on an ambitious side project this summer with over 12 shows in Michigan and Ohio. Rooted in a love and appreciation for Taylor Swift, Kanin is creating Kanin’s Taylor Swift Experience for fans of all ages to create a memory that will last a lifetime. 


With many dedicated fans unable to obtain tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour, Kanin has taken matters into her own hands. Often compared to Taylor Swift because of her mindful lyrics, catchy melodies, and big heart… and blonde hair, Kanin is determined to give Swifties like her a piece of the action in a new way. What started as a few covers in her original set has expanded into a night of unbelievable entertainment that keeps anyone who has seen it talking long after the last encore is played. Featuring the powerful voice of Kanin Wren, backed by a group of dynamite musicians, enjoy a 90 minute journey through Taylor Swift’s discography. Playing all of the greatest hits from the self titled debut record to the craze of Midnights, Kanin’s Taylor Swift Experience is packing dance floors and creating timeless once in a lifetime memories. With fun choreography, multiple costume changes, spot on musical delivery,  Kanin’s tribute to the genius of Taylor Swift is a must-see act. VIP experiences are available for super fans! 

As a joy filled powerhouse, Kanin’s undeniable gifts as a singer, songwriter, musician and performer demand the listener’s attention. Her voice captures open hearts with both a fierce intensity and a tender touch of warmth. She is currently recording her first full length record with critically acclaimed producers in Michigan and Nashville. 

Learn more about Kanin at

STEAM Along the Lakeshore – Free Family Fun & Learning – May 6th

STEAM Along the Lakeshore takes kids on a STEAM adventure in Downtown Muskegon


Muskegon, MI -Take an adventure around downtown Muskegon on Saturday, May 6, from 10 am – 3 pm to participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities.

STEAM Along the Lakeshore is a free family fun event in downtown Muskegon, Michigan that promotes STEAM learning in the community. Participants will be given a map to visit activity booths in Hackley Park, Hackley Public Library, Lakeshore Fab Lab of Muskegon Community College, Muskegon Museum of Art, and Muskegon Museum of History and Science. Each STEAM activity is different at every location and is sure to be a fun and educational experience to remember.

Participants will receive STEAM swag bags which consist of a take-home STEAM kit activity, a t-shirt, and a passport to collect stamps for completing each activity at the event. Passports can be turned in for raffle prizes and gifts from each location. Activities begin at all locations at 10 am, however, the swag bags and passports can be picked up in Hackley Park.

Organizers are excited to bring STEAM Along the Lakeshore back for a second year as the event had a great turnout from the community in its first year. Organizers include the Hackley Public Library, Lakeshore Fab Lab, Lakeshore Museum Center, MiSTEM Network, Muskegon Community College, and Muskegon Museum of Art.

The generous sponsors for STEAM Along the Lakeshore are the Howmet Aerospace Foundation, Gentex Corporation, Scherdel Sales and Technology, Webb Chemical, Hines Corporation, Eagle Alloy, Inc. MiSTEM Network of Greater West Michigan Region, and The Mart Dock.

Click the following link for more information: STEAM Along The Lakeshore – Muskegon

Tulip Time Announces 2023 Grand Marshals

submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association

Holland, MI-  Tulip Time Festival, Inc. is happy to announce the 2023 grand marshals for its’ parades. The Gentex Kinderparade co-grand marshals will be ODC Network and Gentex. The Quality Car Wash Volksparade co-grand marshals will be Frank Kraai and Judge Juanita Bocanegra. 

Continuing with tradition, the 94th annual Tulip Time festival will feature two celebratory parades: the Kinderparade and the Volksparade. Each year, Grand Marshals are selected to lead the parade in recognition of their leadership in our community. Grand Marshals for the 2023 Kinderparade are ODC Network and Gentex. Grand Marshals for the 2023 Volksparade are Mr. Frank Kraai and The Honorable Juanita Bocanegra.

This year’s Grand Marshals carry themes of vision, education, and mentorship woven through all four stories.

Gwen Auwerda, Tulip Time’s Executive Director, said, “We are thrilled to recognize the importance of education, specifically preschool education, and the partnership between ODC Network and Gentex. Frank Kraai is a treasure in this community, and we are honored to celebrate him and his contributions over the years. He had an immense impact on students when he was a teacher at West Ottawa, and Juanita Bocanegra is one of those students.”

The Kinderparade will be Thursday, May 11 at 2:00 pm, after the Tennant Street Scrubbing Parade which starts at 1:30 pm. It features elementary students in traditional Dutch costumes and celebrates Dutch heritage from arts to agriculture.

The Volksparade will be Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm. Many local businesses and nonprofits feature in floats and musical performances.

Experience Tulip Time at the 94th Festival, May 6 – 14, 2023. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time Festival 2023 and tickets are available at 

Public Comment Sought at Rural Transportation Planning Meeting on April 21, 2023

submitted by Joel Fitzpatrick, Transportation Program Director, WMSRDC

The West Michigan Rural Regional Transportation Task Force (Region 14), which is responsible for rural transportation planning in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties, is seeking public comment on the transportation planning process, project selection, and amendments at the regional level. The planning and project selection process includes projects being amended in the existing Fiscal Year 2023-2026 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The STIP lists federally funded transportation projects that are located outside Metropolitan Planning Organization boundaries and is developed in a cooperative effort between federal, state, and local officials and serves as the final link in the transportation planning process. Its primary purpose is to identify transportation programs and projects to be funded with federal aid in accordance with federal law and regulations. This plan is an outline of the transportation needs of the State of Michigan for the next four years.

A public comment period is scheduled at the following meeting:

  • The West Michigan Rural Transportation Task Force Meeting on April 21, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) offices located at 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340, Muskegon, Michigan 49440.

Hiding in Plain Sight: How West Michigan Teens Conceal Substance Use

submitted by Arbor Circle

HOLLAND, Mich. – Today, youth can easily conceal vapes, alcohol, and other substances with everyday objects. At first glance, a parent or teacher might see a hi-liter, but it is a vape pen. A water bottle on the nightstand looks normal but can come apart to stash substances.

Not sure what to look for or even where to begin? That is okay. Parents can take a virtual tour through a teenager’s room staged with 44 different concealment containers, vape pens, and other indicators of youth substance use.

“Many of these items are trending among teens in West Michigan, which is why we placed them in the room,” says Leigh Moerdyke, program director of prevention and advocacy at Arbor Circle. “Keep in mind, not all of these items will be in a teen’s possession, but this will give an idea of different things to look for in a teen’s room or school bag.”

The virtual teen room tour comes through the collaborative efforts of the Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Allegan County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, with support from Arbor Circle, OnPoint, and

Since releasing the virtual room in September 2021, over 3,900 individuals have toured the space. Recent updates to the room include facts about current Ottawa County youth substance use and improvements in navigating the room.

Click here to take the tour.

About OSAP: Ottawa Substance Use Prevention (OSAP) works to create change regarding youth substance use in Ottawa County. OSAP consists of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use.

About ASAP: Allegan County Substance Use Prevention (ASAP) works to prevent and reduce youth substance use in Allegan County through education. ASAP consists of consists of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use.

About Arbor Circle: Arbor Circle provides mental health counseling, substance use treatment, family development support, adoption and foster care services, prevention programming and quality child care resources and referral services. The organization is well established in the West Michigan area with deep roots in our community and locations in 5 counties (Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Allegan, and Ottawa), and serves thousands of children, adults and families each year. Website: Facebook:

Artists Invited to Participate in #LAFRocks Public Art Project


Muskegon, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival, in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art, is organizing an exhibition of public art in Downtown Muskegon for the summer of 2023. Artwork will incorporate a small boulder/rock that will be on display beginning June 24. All artists 18 years or older are invited to submit an application to participate in the project no later than March 22.

Accepted artists will receive a stipend and a small boulder/rock. The boulders vary in size, approximately 19”x10”x6”, and are being provided by Preferred Lawn Care & Snowplowing. Designs must be weather resistant. If applicable, sculptural elements must be securely attached to the boulder. Artists will be responsible for picking up their boulder on April 21, and delivering their completed piece no later than June 19. It is anticipated that 5 artists will be selected.

In addition to the exhibition, the general public will be invited to participate in the #LAFRocks project during the festival on June 24 & 25. The Muskegon Museum of Art will be hosting a rock decorating booth in the roundabout on Western Avenue. More information to come.

Co-Director of the Lakeshore Art Festival, Bre McCarthy, comments, “We cannot wait to bring the community together through the multiple components of the #LAFRocks Project. Rock decorating can be done by many ages and degrees of ability, which is the beauty of this project, and aligns well with the mission of Lakeshore Art Festival.”

Click here to view the detailed application form. Artists with questions may contact This project is made possible by Muskegon Museum of Art, Preferred Lawn Care & Snowplowing, and a variety of event sponsors that can be viewed at

More about the Lakeshore Art Festival:
Saturday, June 24, 2023 & Sunday, June 25, 2023. The annual art festival brings thousands of guests, hundreds of fine art and craft exhibitors, a multitude of food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and interactive art to Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The festival ranks as one of the Top 200 in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine (multiple years running), has been recognized as People’s Choice Award: #1 Art Festival in West Michigan, and as one of the Best Art Fairs in America by Since 2013, Lakeshore Art Festival has brought in over $9.3 million dollars to the Muskegon lakeshore area and supported a number of local non-profits. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer or local business partner, please contact Bre McCarthy at or visit



Muskegon, MI – Put on your green and bring your family and friends to downtown Muskegon on Saturday, March 18 to the 10th annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Stepping off at 11 a.m. from 6th Street along Western Avenue to 2nd Street, the parade will celebrate Muskegon’s rich Irish Heritage. Shamrockin’ In Your Shanty will return to Western Ave for its third year following the parade. The parade is set to include a large array of local businesses and community members celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. 

This family-oriented parade is sponsored by JCI Greater Muskegon and Unruly Brewing Co. We are excited to announce Andy O’Riley from Positively Muskegon and as the Grand Marshal of the parade. All marchers and attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to benefit local non-profit organizations.

“We are very excited to bring back Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for its tenth year,” said Sara Sherwood, President of JCI Greater Muskegon. “The parade plays an important role in Muskegon’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and we are thrilled to continue the tradition.” 

Following the parade, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Shamrockin’ In Your Shanty will return to Western Avenue for its third year. Participants are invited to set up a shanty or tent and spend the day drinking and eating with friends from establishments in the Downtown Muskegon Social District. Shamrockin’ In Your Shanty registration costs $15 per shanty with a portion of sales benefitting local non-profit organizations fighting food insecurity in the area. Registration is required, and the event link and information can be found at Shamrockin’ In Your Shanty is sponsored by 4Front Credit Union. 

Also happening in downtown Muskegon on Saturday, March 18 is the Shamrock Shuffle 5K organized by Run Muskegon, Go-Green! Scavenger Hunt organized by 4-H Muskegon, Michigan Makers Market at the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, and live music and entertainment at Unruly Brewing Co. 

Rep. Meerman Celebrates Digital Learning Day, Calls on Governor to Fund Cyber Students Equitably

Legislator: Every student deserves an equal opportunity at success

State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) issued the following statement yesterday regarding National Digital Learning Day and Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to cut funding for public charter cyber students throughout Michigan:

“Digital Learning Day is an important reminder of the significant role cyber schools play in the lives of students with unique needs. Students who have been bullied account for a significant number of those who are enrolled in our cyber schools. They deserve to feel safe, secure and at ease while they are in school, and cyber schools give them that ability. These institutions are also a great option for students with mental health hurdles, children with physical health limitations, and gifted young athletes with irregular schedules.

“But today is also an important opportunity to draw attention to the funding discrepancy our governor is proposing for these specialized institutions. Despite our state’s historic budget surplus, Gov. Whitmer wants to cut funding for cyber students by 20 percent. Every child in Michigan has a constitutional right to a quality education, and that means funding them equally, no matter how they learn or where they live.”

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Announced Board Changes

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce welcomed 2023 board chair, Anna Urick Duggins (Partner/Attorney, Parmenter Law) to help lead the organization as businesses still recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“I am honored to lead this award-winning chamber,” says Urick Duggins. “Our firm has been an active member for decades so guiding policy discussion and outreach is a natural step for me. I plan to work closely with this outstanding network of board officers, directors and staff to further the chamber’s leadership position in our community.”

Additional changes to the chamber’s board of directors include vice board chair, Jonathan Wilson (Regional Manager, DTE Energy), treasurer, Joel Kamp (CEO/Owner, Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.), and secretary, Aaron Maike (President, Baker College Muskegon). Sharlene Shineldecker (Regional Vice President/Owner Transnation Title Agency Lakeshore Division) also joined the board of directors.

“We are pleased to welcome these highly respected and growing businesses to our board,” said Cindy Larsen, President of Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “They represent a cross section of our membership to make sure all industry sectors are represented. They will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead this chamber forward.”

Click here for a full list of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber’s board of directors.

Introducing the Lakeshore Living Show!

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Lakeshore Living Show! Formerly the Home, Garden, + Boat Show, the Lakeshore Living Show will feature products and services that showcase the unique lakeshore lifestyle that Muskegon County offers. With miles of beaches, inland lakes and rivers, residents take pride in beautiful homes and recreation. The best of the Muskegon Lakeshore businesses, products, food, and outdoor recreation will be on display at this waterfront lifestyle show. 

“Muskegon’s transformation is undeniable. This show will help you connect with people who can help you find your passion along the Lakeshore,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “We imagine that people will not only attend the show, but enjoy the downtown social district, while they are here.”

The Lakeshore Living Show will be held Friday, April 14 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center. Located in the historic waterfront downtown, the show will feature over 60 exhibitors who are experts in home, garden, outdoor recreation, and local cuisine. Demonstrations and seminars will also be offered. Applications for exhibitors are now open and can be found online at Applications close on February 10.

Tickets Now Available for Heels for Meals & More Fundraiser

Muskegon, MI – AgeWell Services of West Michigan is hosting its annual Heels for Meals & More event on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Trillium Event Center (17246 VanWagoner Rd, Spring Lake, MI 49456). This festive fundraising event helps raise funds critical to support older adults to redefine their age.

Originally established to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program in Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties, the event expanded last year to raise funds for five other programs offered by AgeWell Services including; Lunch & Activity Centers, Discount Dining Program, Wellness (55 and older), Senior Medical Transportation and SafeSeniors. This year, more than ever before, AgeWell Services’ programming is experiencing unprecedent demand and we need your help raising critical funds!

Throughout the fundraising event, guests will enjoy great food, signature drink, live music by Steffan CopenHaver, lead singer of the band Brena, auctions (live and silent), Best Shoe Contest and hand painted signature drink glasses. One of the most highly anticipated portions of the evening is the Best Shoe Contest. With six different categories (such as vintage and craziest / zaniest), attendees can enter the contest, show off their shoes and win prizes! This festive event is sure to knock your socks and shoes off!

New this year, the event will feature an easy online platform to assist with ticket purchasing, online auctions and live auction bidding. This feature will make it easy and seamless for guests to get involved with the festivities!

Tickets available for purchase now through April 14. To purchase tickets and learn more about available sponsorship opportunities, visit

Rep. Meerman: It’s Time For the Governor to Read the Room

State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s press conference where she announced minor tax rebates for Michigan families:

“The governor is looking for any way possible to distract taxpayers. The fact is, she wants to block permanent income tax relief that would save taxpayers for years to come, unlike her ploy to give taxpayers checks for a mere $180 – and just $90 each for joint filers.

“The state is sitting atop a mountain of cash – it’s a great time for workers to start keeping more of their own money in the form of ongoing, permanent income tax rollbacks. But the governor won’t confirm that she’s on board with permanent relief.

“Forward-thinking Republicans created a state law years ago that initiates a permanent income tax rollback if the state budget reaches a certain surplus level – the budget reached that level this year, and it means $700 million in savings throughout Michigan. That is, if Democrats don’t get in the way and undo savings workers are owed because they believe the government can spend tax dollars better than the people who earned them.

“It’s time for the governor and Democrats in the Legislature to wake up and read the room. The people need and deserve real relief, and Republicans will fight to ensure they get it.”

Rep. Meerman Announces Local Office Hours

Representative will make stops in Coopersville, Fruitport and Ravenna

State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) will hold office hours in Coopersville, Fruitport and Ravenna in March.

Meerman serves the 89th House District, which includes the Ottawa County townships of Allendale, Blendon, Chester, Polkton, Tallmadge, Wright, and the City of Coopersville, the Muskegon County townships of Casnovia, Egelston, Fruitport, Moorland, Ravenna, and Sullivan, and part of Tyrone Township in Kent County.

Office hours will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Saturday, March 18
    • From 8 to 9 a.m. at the Delly Belly Bakery located at 288 Main St. in Coopersville
  • Monday, March 27
    • From 8 to 9 a.m. at Village Inn located at 340 3rd Ave. in Fruitport
    • From 10 to 11 a.m. at Ravenna Round Table located at 12396 Stafford St.

“Accountability and availability of elected officials is vital to our system of government. I look forward to sharing a legislative update and hearing the thoughts and concerns of my constituents,” Meerman said. “I’ve had the chance to meet many of the people I now represent in the new 89th District at previous office hours and I hope to see some new faces this month.”

Rep. Meerman’s office can be reached by phone at (517) 373-0838 or by email at Letters should be addressed to Rep. Luke Meerman at P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48933.

New Scholarship Opportunity for Muskegon County High School Art Students

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MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Museum of Art – Friends of Art announce the first annual Alice Smith Art Scholarship Award. The award, worth $2,500, will be granted to two Muskegon County high school graduating seniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in art.

For over 100 years, the Muskegon Friends of Art (FOA) have been a strong supporting partner of the Muskegon Museum of Art. The Friends of Art have gifted over 70 significant works of art to the permanent collection, created an annual lecture series, financially supported exhibitions, donated funds to purchase furnishings and art supplies for the MMA’s art classroom, and most recently developed this new scholarship opportunity to support the artist youth in Muskegon County. The scholarship is named in honor of Alice Smith, who served as the first President of Friends of Art in 1923.

The 2023 Alice Smith Art Scholarship will consist of two $2,500 financial aid awards granted to two Muskegon County high school graduating seniors interested in pursuing an art degree from an accredited community college, university, or private college. The award will also include a one-year Friend Level membership to the Muskegon Museum of Art, which has reciprocal benefits to other museums throughout Michigan and the United States. The award of the scholarship is based on the quality of the individual artists’ portfolio and statement of intent. The duration of this award is on a one-time gifted basis.

1. Muskegon County high school senior
2. Must have taken an art class during high school
3. Must be pursuing an art degree

Application Requirements:
1. Present 3 – 5 examples of artwork that best represent you as an artist. Images presented do not have to be in the same medium. All art mediums considered.
2. Artist statement addressing your artwork and future educational plans.
3. Recommendation (character reference) from two adults one being an art teacher.
4. Artists determined as finalists must meet in-person or via Zoom with the selection committee.
5. Complete the scholarship application.

The scholarship application can be found at

Applicants can also print the scholarship application and send to:

Friends of Art – Alice Smith Art Scholarship
296 W. Webster Avenue
Muskegon, Michigan 49440

Deadline for entries:  March 3, 2023
Review of applications will take place in March with award notification by or before May 5, 2023

Any questions regarding this application can be directed to Al Burton at

Emergency Food & Shelter Funds Available On The Lakeshore – Application Deadline Friday, Feb. 10, 2023


Muskegon County has been chosen to receive $93,416 Newaygo County $22,461 and Oceana County will get $16,305 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the counties.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana County made up of representatives from local government and multiple area organizations, will determine how the funds awarded to the Emergency Needs Committees are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local Boards are responsible for recommending local recipient organizations to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofit organizations or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The Local Boards in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties have distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds to local organizations for 37 previous years. These organizations were responsible for providing food, meals, and lodging to those in need.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds will find an application at The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, February 10, 2023. Questions may be directed to Jana Routt, United Way of the Lakeshore at: or (231) 332-4004.

Visit Site For Applications

Community Open House to Celebrate New Orthopaedic Office in Grand Haven – Feb. 7

Community Invited to Open House to Celebrate New Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon’s Grand Haven Office


Grand Haven, Michigan – Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon (OAM), the largest orthopaedic practice on the lakeshore, will host a community open house to celebrate the opening of their new expanded office in Grand Haven. The open house will be held Tuesday, February 7 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Harbor Dunes Health Center, 1445 Sheldon Road. The open house is free to attend, and light refreshments will be served.


The new office is more than four times the size of the practice’s previous Grand Haven location, allowing OAM to increase services in northern Ottawa County. With the enlarged space, OAM now offers walk-in orthopaedic urgent care in Grand Haven for those who experience a bone or joint injury and need to be seen right away. The OAM orthopaedic urgent care center charges physician office rates, which are much lower than traditional urgent care centers and emergency rooms, and patients who visit OAM orthopaedic urgent care are seen immediately by an orthopaedic specialist. Urgent care hours at the Grand Haven location are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, with future plans to extend hours to weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.


In addition to walk-in orthopaedic urgent care, the new office includes more space for x-rays, new procedure rooms for pain injections, and a durable medical equipment (DME) store on-site. Several physicians have expanded their hours in order to see more patients at the Grand Haven location as well.

About Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon
Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon (OAM) is the largest orthopaedic practice on the West Michigan lakeshore, with 26 physicians who specialize in the treatment of all types of bone and joint issues. The practice has offices in Muskegon and Grand Haven, with orthopaedic walk-in urgent care at both locations. OAM provides state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical treatment therapies, including physical therapy, to treat disorders and injuries to the shoulder, spine, hip and knee, as well as the extremities – foot/ankle, leg, hand/wrist and elbow. For more information visit

Performances from Top Student Musicians Showcased at 18th Annual Michigan Music Conference – January 21, 2023

MCC Student’s Composition Selected for ‘Young Composers of Michigan Premier Concert’  

(Muskegon MI) – A composition created by Oscar Justian will premiere at the Michigan Music Conference on January 21, 2023.  Justian is a freshman at Muskegon Community College (MCC) and plays violin II in the MCC String Quartet. His piece, “Magic,” will be performed by a string quartet comprised of fellow MCC music students. 

His composition was selected by the Michigan Music Education Association, which assembled a panel of professional musicians to select the winning compositions.  Justian explained that he approached composing “Magic” as a way to “learn how to structure music.”  He submitted the composition in 2022 while attending Mona Shores High School.  

“I’m really excited,” said Justian.  “It’s a great chance to have a live performance, get publicity, and to get a glimpse into the world of how this would be as a career.”   

Oscar Justian, MCC Student

“Oscar is a wonderfully gifted musician and young composer,” explained Daniel Meyers, director of music at MCC. “His dedication to music, composition and performing is extremely admirable and we are so proud of his efforts and accomplishments.”   

Justian, who started playing viola in fifth grade, plans to transfer to Western Michigan University to study music composition after completing his studies at MCC.  “It’s fun and more advanced,” said Justian of his experience in the MCC music program. “It’s a great opportunity to learn and grow.”    

The Young Composers of Michigan Premier Concert will take place at 11am Saturday, January 21, 2023 in the Pantlind Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel in Grand Rapids.  The Grand Haven High School Chamber Orchestra and The Mona Shores High School Wind Ensemble also earned the honor of performing at the conference. Ticket information is at

In addition to 85 areas of study, MCC offers the opportunity to participate in two vocal performance groups, four instrumental performance groups, dance classes, and theater opportunities. Muskegon Community College, which was founded in 1926, has locations in Muskegon, Ottawa, Newaygo, and Grand Traverse Counties. Visit to learn more. 

Parmenter Law Announces New Partner


Matthew D. Mills
Phone: (231) 722-5419

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – Parmenter Law is pleased to announce that Matt Mills has been named partner in the law firm. Matt joins the other Parmenter Law partners: Anna Urick Duggins, Christopher L. Kelly, William J. Meier, Joshua A. Reece, and John C. Schrier.

“Matt began with our firm during law school in our Summer Clerkship Program. Over the last several years, Matt has enhanced our firm’s civil and probate litigation practice and currently chairs our firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Matt has successfully pursued and defended claims across the Michigan state and federal courts. We have enjoyed watching Matt’s hard work and dedication payoff. He has become an exceptional lawyer and it was without hesitation that we invited Matt to join us as partners.” Christopher L. Kelly – Co-Managing Partner

“Our firm is better because of Matt. We are excited about the future of the law firm. Parmenter Law is more than a law firm. It is a family, a team, and a culture of support and trust. Matt embodies our culture very well.” Anna Urick Duggins – Co-Managing Partner

Matt is a native of North Muskegon, Michigan and attended high school at North Muskegon High School. After graduating law school, Matt moved back to North Muskegon. Matt’s practice focuses on civil and probate litigation, family law, and alternative dispute resolution. He enjoys pursuing and defending claims on behalf of his clients and takes pride in understanding the unique goals of each client.

Matt earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, Cum Laude, in 2012, and his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2014.

About Parmenter Law – For over 70 years, Parmenter Law has served clients along the lakeshore, in Muskegon, and nationwide. The firm’s practice areas include Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate, Business, Public Sector, and Civil Litigation. Their office is located in downtown Muskegon at 601 Terrace Street.

For more information about Parmenter Law, visit or send an email to

Parmenter Law Announces New Associate Attorney


Kayla P. Kolbe
Phone: (231) 722-5403

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – Parmenter Law is pleased to announce the addition of Kayla P. Kolbe as a new Associate Attorney.

Kayla is a graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School and is thrilled to be returning home to begin her legal career. Kayla intends to focus her practice on business law and estate planning, helping individuals and closely held businesses address their present challenges and plan for the future.

Kayla earned her law degree from Michigan State College of Law in 2022 with honors. During law school, she clerked for Legal Services of South-Central Michigan and served on the International Law Review board. Additionally, Kayla spent both of her law school summers clerking with Parmenter Law.

Prior to attending law school, Kayla received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2019. While at Michigan, Kayla had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant in Greece for a summer. Kayla also studied abroad in New Zealand during her junior year and it was during this experience that she took a law and policy course that ultimately inspired her to pursue a career in law.

In Kayla’s spare time, she enjoys spending time on the water with her family and dog, reading, traveling, and watching the latest TV shows.

“We are thrilled to add Kayla to the firm,” said Josh Reece. “Her outstanding intellect, work ethic, and energy leaves no doubt that she will be a tremendous asset to Parmenter and our community.”

Kayla can be reached at (231) 722-5403 or

About Parmenter Law – For over 70 years, Parmenter Law has served clients along the lakeshore, in Muskegon, and nationwide. The firm’s practice areas include Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate, Business, Public Sector, and Civil Litigation. Their office is located in downtown Muskegon at 601 Terrace Street.

For more information about Parmenter Law, visit or send an email to

Muskegon County Homelessness Survey in Need of Volunteers

Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Winter Point-in-Time Survey in Need of Volunteers

Muskegon, MI – On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Outreach Committee is conducting the Winter Point in Time (PIT) Survey. Volunteers are needed to help our community take to the streets and help identify individuals who may be homeless and in need of services.

“We are reaching out to our community in hopes that they will join our Outreach Team in making everyone count; we as a community have to capability to make sure that all of our neighbors are able to receive help if they are in need.” states, Outreach Committee.

The PIT survey is conducted nationwide by communities to help analyze the number of people who are homeless and to help support requests to private and public entities for funding for both housing and services, all with the goal of ending homelessness. Without the data to support the need of our community, funds for assistance programs will not be made available. We need our community’s support.

“The PIT is extremely important to the work of stakeholders in this community who are committed to eradicating homelessness; it gives us pertinent data that is required to leverage federal and state funds for housing and most importantly it is an opportunity to interact with members of our community experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and help them connect with services” states, Miranda Paggeot, Muskegon County Homeless Network Coordinator.

What: Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Winter Point in-Time Survey
When: Wednesday, January 25th at 8 p.m.
Where: 1128 Roberts St Muskegon, MI, 49442

Volunteers and community members can meet the Outreach Team before conducting the survey at specific localities in Muskegon County.

If your agency or organization provides services to the homeless/at-risk population and would like to get involved, please contact Miranda Paggeot at

About the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network: The MCHCCH is a Muskegon Community based organization that is supported by neighboring health and community-based organizations. Its main goal is to end homelessness in Muskegon County and to provide resources and services to the poor and homeless. For more information, visit

MCC Faculty Boost Student Success with New Nationally Recognized Teaching Credential

ACUE Certification improves teaching, student success 

(Muskegon MI) – Muskegon Community College (MCC) leaders celebrated 38 faculty members for earning Certificates in Effective College Instruction from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). Faculty demonstrated their commitment to student success and equity by completing coursework that equips them with the evidence-based teaching practices shown to improve student engagement, increase persistence, and close equity gaps.   

ACUE Certification, the only nationally recognized collegiate teaching credential endorsed by the American Council on Education, ensures faculty have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and skills across all core teaching competencies. Certificates, pins, and medallions were presented during an award ceremony on the main campus on Wednesday, January 4.   

“I have the utmost respect for those who participated in this program,” said Dr. Kelley Conrad, Provost and Chief Student Services Officer, during the ceremony.   “You showed grit, tenacity, and commitment to your peers, your craft, and your students.”  Conrad acknowledged that faculty completed the program over the period of about 10 months while teaching full-time and simultaneously influencing thousands of students. 

MCC President, Dr. John Selmon, joined Conrad in praising the commitment of faculty.  “We know the core of what we do is all about teaching and learning and your efforts demonstrate our commitment to student success.”  Selmon acknowledged that faculty and others on campus will continue pursuing professional development in support of the college ‘aspiring to be the best.’  

Faculty members recognized for earning a Certificate in Effective College Instruction, as of January 2023, include: 

  • Rudy Bartels, Geography 
  • Hollie Benson, College Success Center 
  • Ed Breitenbach, Academic Affairs/English 
  • Sandra Burley, Spanish 
  • Karin Burrell, Math 
  • Eric Carballido, Geography 
  • Shanika Carter, Communications 
  • Diana Casey, Geography 
  • Irene Church, Business 
  • Tonya Clevenger, Education 
  • Matthew Cooper, Biology 
  • Anna Cunningham, Nursing 
  • Dawn Gainor, Psychology 
  • Debbie Grube, Respiratory Therapy 
  • Audra Gustafson, Math 
  • Amy Herrington, Nursing 
  • Heather Johnson, Medical Assisting 
  • Michael Johnson, English 
  • Jennifer Jones, Education 
  • Mick Kilburn, Physics 
  • Jenny Klingenberg, English 
  • Shawn Macauley, Biology 
  • Anita MacDonald, Biology 
  • Wanda MacLeod, Medical Assisting 
  • Ashley Nederveld, Psychology 
  • Nicholas Palmer, Music 
  • Kathy Pollock, Biology 
  • Jennifer Riggs, Respiratory Therapy 
  • Evin Rodkey, Anthropology 
  • Virginia Rogers, English 
  • Les Rorick, Theater 
  • Janna Rosenkranz, English 
  • Jason Shaughnessy, Health and Physical Education 
  • Deb Spoors, Psychology 
  • Heather Vanderzanden, Nursing 
  • Farris Withers, College Success Center 
  • Sarah Woycehoski, History 
  • Jamie Wright, Writing Center 

Full- and part-time faculty had the opportunity to participate in two cohorts, “Effective Teaching Practices,” and “Effective Online Teaching Practices,” both with 25 modules intended to develop faculty competencies in designing an effective college class, establishing a productive learning environment, using active learning strategies, and promoting higher order thinking. Faculty also had the option to earn the ACUE micro-credential, “Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners.”   

Numerous independently validated impact studies show that students learn more and that equity gaps close when courses are led by ACUE Certified faculty. The training was coordinated by English faculty Jenny Klingenberg and Medical Assistant faculty Heather Johnson. 

Classes related to 85 areas of study are taught by 84 full-time and 211 part-time faculty members.  Muskegon Community College, which was founded in 1926, has locations in Muskegon, Ottawa, Newaygo, and Grand Traverse Counties. Visit to learn more. 

Les Rorick, MCC Theater faculty, receives his ACUE Certificate at the college’s Winter 2023 Faculty Seminar Day.

Art Gallery & Collaboration Facilitator to Host Networking Event for Women


Grand Rapids, MI: Local consulting firm Crooked Tree Creative and new local gallery, All Art Works are partnering to present a female focused networking event benefiting Girls Rock Grand Rapids. Ladies’ Night is happening on Friday, January 20th, starting at 6pm at one of the hottest new spots for creatives- All Art Works (333 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW). This event is an effort to cultivate relationships and collaboration between female professionals who are already beginning to make their mark in Grand Rapids. This event is open to female and non-binary identifying professionals, creatives, and community members in West Michigan.

Because of All Art Works history of helping create unique opportunities and events for artists, it was a natural fit for Crooked Tree Creative’s Ladies’ Night Series. Crooked Tree Creative is a local female owned consulting agency based on collaboration. Elle Lively, owner of CTC and founder of the Ladies’ Night series, says “I continue to be inspired by the number of female creative professionals in the West Michigan area and their ambition, drive and talent.” In the true spirit of collaboration, there are endless opportunities when such forces come together. The event will feature a rotating art show featuring female and non-binary artists, curated by Artist at Large, Calli Salazar. Calli Salazar is an abstract artist who started her full time career right here in Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids really inspired me to take the risk to take my art to the next level. Events such as this one continue to give local artists a place to showcase their work, and to be proud of the community they are a part of.”

During the course of the evening, the art on the walls will change multiple times for maximum impact. In the spirit of collaboration, there will also be a featured community art piece that all attendees are encouraged to interact with and leave their mark on. There will be multiple business card drawings for gift cards, artwork and more. In addition to a cash bar, permanent jewelry vendors and more, DJ Super Dre will be spinning a female artist-centric playlist. Whether it’s a new connection, piece of art, or idea, every attendee will take something home.

Ladies’ Night is a way to engage, educate and excite its attendees about the future and potential of women in the Grand Rapids arts and culture scene, to meet collaborators and build a network, and to pursue their career in Grand Rapids. Elle Lively says “There is a need in our community for female forward events that cater to young professional females in the arts practices. There are very few female focused events that directly relate to the passions we have made our profession.” She believes that creating smarter events for women to network will create strong connections resulting in collaboration and new ideas. In August 2022, she tested this idea with a private invite only event that required no marketing, prep, or fiscal obligation. Over 30 women attended the invite only event and made lasting connections that have produced even more collaboration. For example, two of those women have now started a business together.

This event is open to the public and no private invite is required. CTC and AAW have partnered with Girls Rock Grand Rapids to collect a $5 suggested donation at the door to benefit their programming. Additionally, AAW has generously agreed to donate 10% of any art sold during the event time frame to Girls Rock Grand Rapids.

The $5 suggested donation gets you access to:
● A rotating art show featuring female and non-binary artists, curated by artist at large, Calli Salazar
● Beats from live female DJ
● Cash bar from Beer City Bread Co.
● Opportunity to be part of a collaborative art piece at the event
● Business card raffle with gift cards, art from Calli Salazar, and more from local female owned businesses
& more surprises!

About Elle Lively of Crooked Tree Creative (co-presenter, event series founder):
Crooked Tree Creative is a local boutique artist development company focused on improving the quality of life in our communities by empowering artists with hands-on skills, tools, and collaboration opportunities. In the past 5 years, founder Elle Lively has coached hundreds of artists, started a related nonprofit, and produced dozens of events. Elle’s goal is to continue collaboration efforts as the sole driving force of this company. You’ll see several productions from CTC this year, but this series is something distinctly different.

About All Art Works (co-presenter, venue):
AllArtWorks is a platform created to connect art with homes. They are a juried platform that carefully vets quality and price. Through their long-standing relationships with multiple NYC galleries and private dealers we represent secondary market work by such renowned artists as Arthur Dove, Robert DeNiro Sr., Fairfield Porter, Philip Pearlstein and many others. Learn more at

About Girls Rock Grand Rapids (nonprofit partner):
Girls Rock! Grand Rapids (GR!GR) is a week-long summer camp that exists to empower girls and gender-expansive youth through music. Each year, kids and teens at camp get to participate in instrument exploration, workshops, band forming, song writing, and logo and album art creation. They also get to record their new songs in a professional recording studio and then perform them live in front of an audience. It seriously rocks. Learn more at

LMCU Announces 2022-23 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest

Grand Rapids, MI. – Lake Michigan Credit Union (“LMCU”) has announced the topic for its annual Llyod F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest. The contest provides local high school seniors the opportunity to win one of 20 individual $2,000 college scholarships. This scholarship program honors the legacy of LMCU founder and teacher, Lloyd F. Hutt, and his lifelong commitment to education and community involvement.

The 2022-23 Hutt Scholarship essay topic is: “What act of kindness have you experienced or witnessed that has positively influenced you most? How will you carry it into your future?”

The entry period officially opened November 1, 2022 and will remain open until January 31, 2023. Applicants are required to write an original 750-1,500-word essay exploring the topic. Essays will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges, and the principal determining factor in selecting scholarship recipients is the applicant’s passion for the topic. Additionally, the committee will use comprehension of subject, organization, language use, originality, clarity, spelling, and grammar as criteria for selecting the recipients.

Lake Michigan Credit Union is proud to support area students in their pursuit of academic and real-world success. Since 1991, LMCU’s Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship program has provided over $500,000 in scholarship dollars to 292 students. Last year, 1,442 essays were received for consideration.

Interested high school seniors must complete an application online at before the January 31, 2023 deadline. Winners will be notified directly and publicly announced around May 2023 on LMCU social media pages and

All applicants must be high school seniors, including home school students, who plan to enter a trade school, college, or university in the next academic year. All applicants must be one of the following: a resident of Michigan or Florida, a member of LMCU, or the child of an LMCU member. More eligibility details are available at

Lake Michigan Credit Union, established in 1933, is the largest credit union in Michigan and 13th largest in the country. Employing a staff of over 1,550 and serving over 540,000 members, LMCU’s assets exceed $11.8 billion, with a mortgage servicing portfolio of over $14.3 billion. LMCU has 68 convenient branch locations overall, including 20 across Central and Southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, investments, and commercial banking.

To find out more, visit

Annual Holiday Meal Set for December 15th


Muskegon, Mich. – It’s that time of year when families begin to gather, memories from the past are shared, and hopes for the New Year fill the air. For over a decade, AgeWell Services of West Michigan have partnered with the DTE Energy Foundation and Senior Resources of West Michigan to bring special holiday meals to those 60 and over in Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the DTE Energy Foundation and Senior Resources of West Michigan to provide this special meal to our aging neighbors,” said Kris Collee, Executive Director of AgeWell Services. “Their support allows us to provide a little extra joy in people’s lives, especially for some who may have a hard time during the Holidays.”

This year the annual meal is Thursday, December 15 at nine locations around Muskegon and Ottawa counties. Meals will be offered as dine-in but a few to-go meals will be available at each site.

This year’s menu is cranberry brie stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, chunky applesauce with cinnamon, Prince Charles veggies, dinner roll with butter, and dessert.

For more information, call 211 or visit

About AgeWell Services
AgeWell Services of West Michigan was founded in 1973. AgeWell Services invites adults 60 and over to redefine their age. We provide vital connections to keep our most vulnerable population nourished, active, learning, and living independently. AgeWell Services is a private nonprofit. With support of a 3-county Board of Directors, a programming advisory committee, 90 staff members and 300 volunteers, we provide 6 different services to adults 60 and over in Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties – Meals on Wheels, Lunch & Activity Centers, Wellness (55 and over), Senior Medical Transportation, Discount Dining Program, and SafeSeniors. For more information on AgeWell Services visit: or follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter: @AgeWellServices

Temporary Shoreline Drive Lane Closures Begin October 3rd

MUSKEGON, MI – The first phase of the “road diet” study by the City of Muskegon on Shoreline Drive is scheduled to roll out this fall, starting the week of Oct. 3.

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With the goal of informing potential uses along this corridor — including increased walkability, bicycling and other pedestrian amenities and recreational opportunities — the first phase of the pilot project will reduce lanes for approximately six weeks on the four-lane US-31 Business Route (Shoreline Drive) through the city’s downtown waterfront. A single lane of Shoreline Drive will be closed in each direction between Seventh Street and Terrace Street so that routine road maintenance can be conducted on Shoreline Drive.

With a “road diet,” city officials are hopeful that slower traffic speeds and fewer vehicular accidents will make this roadway safer and easier to cross from the historic downtown to the waterfront.

After City of Muskegon Department of Public Works’ crews complete half of the concrete pavement repairs, the lane closures will switch to the other two lanes the week of Oct. 17. All of the lane closures and maintenance work on Shoreline Drive through the downtown should be completed by the week of Nov. 14. Engineers will use this routine maintenance closure to collect preliminary data on the road diet and have those results to the city commission and community by the end of the year.

Phase two of the “road diet” study is tentatively planned for spring/summer of 2023 – but still needs commission approval. This timeframe will allow for higher traffic volumes that come with tourism and lakeshore events, according to Public Works Director Leo Evans. Traffic control devices such as traffic cones, pavement markings, barriers and planters will temporarily eliminate one lane in each direction. The public space created by the lane reductions will be tested for bicycle use, landscaped plantings, public art and community gathering areas.

The cost of the project is approximately $100,000 and has been partially approved by the Muskegon City Commission. With the observations and data from the two test periods, the city’s consultant Progressive AE will provide results and recommendations to city officials in the second half of 2023.

Any permanent reconfiguration of Shoreline Drive will require approval through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and could be a lengthy process of public input, design, funding and construction. The city will conduct public forums to seek community input on any proposed changes to Shoreline Drive. A study preview event on July 25 was well attended.

The public can track the Shoreline Drive study at:

Sanborn’s Jewelers ‘Rock Your World’ Bridal and Wedding Event and Giveaway – September 8-10

Sanborn’s Jewelers Giving Away Two-Carat, Lab-Grown Diamond at ‘Rock Your World’ Bridal and Wedding Event

Muskegon, MI – August 31, 2022: Sanborn’s Jewelers is thrilled to announce its largest in-store event since 2020. The Rock Your World Bridal and Wedding Event will be held September 8-10, 2022, at 821 W. Broadway Ave., Muskegon. 

“Whether you’re a bride or groom, a bridesmaid or groomsmen, or a wedding guest, this event will have something for everyone,” says Sanborn’s Jewelers owner Sue Sanborn-Poulin. “Customers will be able to talk with representatives from our most popular engagement and wedding band lines. We will also be showcasing a huge selection of unique gift ideas; for the largest in-store event in over two years, we’re pulling out all the stops.”

In addition to having representatives from popular lines like Kim International and Benchmark in attendance, the event will also feature wedding inspiration ideas, full bridal lines, wedding bands, curated gifts, and a candy bar station. Attendees will be eligible to enter a giveaway for a two-carat lab-grown diamond. Those who preregister for the event at will receive an additional entry. More information, including giveaway rules, are available on the event website. The winner of the diamond will be announced on Monday, September 12. 

The Rock Your World Bridal and Wedding Event will occur during Sanborn’s regular hours of operation: Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

On the evening of September 10, from 6-8:30 p.m., Sanborn’s Jewelers will participate in the Waterfront Wedding Expo at Lynn Sherwood Waterfront Stadium, 1 N. Harbor Place, in Grand Haven, Mich. This free event will feature live music, a bridal show walkway, games, trivia, giveaways, and representatives from local businesses promoting services and products for weddings in the lakeshore area. 

Sanborn’s is the Muskegon area’s oldest jeweler. Sue Sanborn-Poulin is the third-generation owner, following her father, Don Sanborn, and her grandfather, Dean Sanborn, Sr., who established the business in 1954. For more information about Sanborn’s and its product offerings, visit

About Sanborn’s Jewelers
Sanborn’s Jewelers has deep Muskegon community ties and rich family tradition, established as a business in Muskegon in 1954. We offer diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, and custom-designed pieces, along with watches, bracelets, necklaces, and other fine jewelry. For more information about Sanborn’s Jewelers, visit

Last Chance to Visit the Koalas at John Ball Zoo

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Join us for 3 days of Wild and Wonderful at Koalapalooza this Labor Day Weekend. John Ball Zoo will host Koalapalooza, a three-day celebration of all thing’s koalas – raising awareness for their conservation and saying “farewell” to Noorundi and Iluka, two male koalas that have been visiting John Ball Zoo since May.

Koalapalooza runs Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th from 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. each day. Daily events include a steel drum band, live music lineup, face painting, strolling animal experiences and daily cookouts that include turkey legs, BBQ Brisket sandwich, polish sausages and more. Guests attending Koalapalooza can watch Zookeepers interact with the koalas at 10:30a.m. with an additional feeding at 3:00p.m. each day.

Koalapalooza is included in the cost of daily admission and is free to members. To speed up your entry to the event, purchase your tickets in advance at

Noorundi (4 yrs), and Iluka (2 yrs), are visiting John Ball Zoo on-loan as part of the San Diego Zoo’s Koala Education and Conservation Program. After Labor Day, the koalas will be heading back to the San Diego Zoo.

Koalas were recently raised from the status of Vulnerable, to Endangered in Queensland, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC). Threats to koalas include habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires, and road accidents.

The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance maintains the largest koala population outside Australia. This program generates funding to support research and conservation initiatives ranging from habitat mapping to studying koala biology in collaboration with partners. There is a strong element of conservation education and outreach to the program, which has been in place for more than 30 years. Koalas have recently been listed as Endangered due to rising threats to their native populations in Australia.

John Ball Zoo does not have plans to bring koalas under our care permanently, but we are happy to have partnered with the San Diego Zoo to host Noorundi and Iluka for the past several months and to help continue spreading awareness of this adorable species.

Below is the full itinerary for the event!

Saturday, September 3rd

*   9:00am-10:30am
         *   Pangea Steeldrum Band
*   10:30am-11:30am
         *   Koala habitat cleaning & Koala weighing
*   12:00pm-2:00pm
         *   Brandon Ward, keyboards & vocals
*   3:00pm
         *   Koala feeding
*   3:30pm-5:30pm
         *   Live Music

Sunday, September 4th

*   9:00am-10:30am
        *   Pangea Steeldrum Band
*   10:30am-11:30am
        *   Koala habitat cleaning & Koala weighing
*   12:00pm-2:00pm
        *   Live Music
*   3:00pm
        *   Koala feeding
*   3:30pm-5:30pm
        *   Project 90 Band

Monday, September 5th

*   9:00am-10:30am
         *   Moonshot Duo
*   10:30am-11:30am
         *   Koala habitat cleaning & Koala weighing
*   12:00pm-2:00pm
         *   Whiskey Bound Band
*   3:00pm
         *   Koala feeding
*   3:30pm-5:30pm
         *   Pangea Steeldrum Band

Pal’s Diner Grand Opening – September 1, 2022

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Kick off the holiday weekend – 50’s style – with a retro Bike Night at Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon on Thursday September 1, 2022 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Everyone is invited.

Get your first look at the fully restored 1950’s PALS Diner and enjoy burgers and fries by Hamburger Mikey. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 50’s or 60”s attire. Prizes will be awarded.

Adult beverages will be served from the T-N-T Bar inside Hot Rod Harley Davidson. Live music featuring music of the 50’s & 60’s performed by “The Fabulous Oldies But Goodies Band” will keep you rockin’ all night long.

The diner originally opened in 1954 in New Jersey, before being moved to the Grand Rapids area in the 90’s. The diner closed its doors in 2020. In 2021 the diner was purchased by the owners of Hot Rod Davidson, Mark & Scott Campbell, and transported in spectacular fashion to Muskegon. They reattachedthe entrance and restored the 67-year-old landmark to its previous Pal’s Diner name and glory, fixing neon signs, lighting, décor and rotting wood.