Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/17/20 – 02/24/20
Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Movie Time: The Princess and the Frog
February 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, February 17 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Holton Library to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with a showing of The Princess and the Frog during Mid-Winter Break! After the show, there will be crafts and games exploring the rich New Orleans culture. Snacks and beverages are provided at this free event! For more information call (231) 821-0268.
14th Annual Soup for Suits
February 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 18 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, come to Fricano’s Event Center for the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s fundraiser, the 14th Annual Soup for Suits luncheon! Come and have a bowl of soup and bread on the Rescue Mission and help them reach the goal of providing 10,000 meals to the community through the proceeds of this event. Dessert and coffee are available for purchase from Grand Traverse Pie Company and Starbucks. There is no cost to attend, although a free-will donation will be accepted. To sponsor a table, contact Melissa Boughner at 231-727-6090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 18 @ 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 18 at 4:00pm, children ages 11 – 18 are invited to the Ravenna Library to explore and experiment with some of the amazing technology available through Muskegon Community College’s FabLab! This fun and educational event is absolutely free. For more information call (231) 853-6975.
Introduction to Cigars: Ladies Only
February 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Humidor in downtown Muskegon invites “Ladies Only” for an evening of instruction and fun as you learn the basics of cigars! You will be introduced to the basics of cigar selection, cutting, lighting, smoking and etiquette. For only $20 you will be guided by knowledgeable owner, Janelle, and that will also include a cigar and beverage. They’re looking for a catchy and appropriate name for the group, so please post your ideas in the comments of their Facebook page. For more information call 231-760-5133.
We Are Stars
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
January 14 – February 27, and March 10 – March 26, (no shows on March 3 and 5) come to the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the free show, “We Are Stars!” What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Narrated by Andy Serkis. This is a 35-minute presentation. For more information call 231-777-0289.
February 19 – February 23
Wednesday – Saturday, February 19 – 22 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 23 at 3:00pm, come to Overbrook Theatre at Muskegon Community College for the musical, “Cabaret!” Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are coming to power, “Cabaret” focuses on the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and revolves around a writer and his relationship with a cabaret performer. A subplot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, which serves as a metaphor for political developments in late Weimar Germany. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for MCC students. For more information call 231-777-0324.
MCC Black History Month Celebration: Film Festival
February 19 & 26 @ 5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate Black History Month 2020 with several events during the month of February. All of the events, with the exception of the Love In Action Awards Dinner, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Trynette Lottie-Harps in the MCC Community Outreach Office at (231) 777-0559.
The Black History Month Film Festival happens Wednesdays in February at 5:00pm in the Stevenson Center, Room 1300. There will be free popcorn and a discussion following each film. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327 or by email at email@example.com.
- February 19 – “Fences,” written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington, starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley, Russell Hornsby and Jovan Adepo.
- February 26 – “The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Amandia Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Algee Smith and Anthony Mackie
Ice Breaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday, January 8 – February 26 at 6:00pm, enjoy “Ice Breaker Wednesdays” at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! This is your chance to learn how to skate and cross country ski with free skate and ski lessons for beginners. Whether young or old, all beginners are welcome to participate. A $5 rink or trail pass is required for each activity. Rental equipment is also available for $5 inside the lodge. Lessons begin promptly at 6:00pm. All participants should arrive early enough to purchase a pass and get equipment on. For more information, visit www.msports.org.
Skate with the Jacks
February 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, skate with the Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey team at the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park! You can skate and play hockey with the hottest team in the USHL under the lights on 2 acres of outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile ice skating trail through the woods. A $5 rink pass is required for admission on to the ice. You can rent ice skates for $5. Hockey equipment is available for rent for $3 for a stick and $1 for a helmet. For more information, visit www.msports.org.
Movies + Music @TheBlock
February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm, it’s “Movies + Music @TheBlock!” This popular series is back, and this time the theme centers on music from around the world integrated masterfully into films that explore the art of animation.
Join The Block for casual evenings as you explore the creative marriage of movies and music through a series of three acclaimed films. A panel discussion will follow. Doors and bar open at 6:30pm. General admission is $8. For more information call 231-726-3231.
Film: Waking Life (Drama/Fantasy)
A lush soundtrack of Nuevo Tango music weaves through this visually stunning animated film. Philosophical and at times pushing into the absurd, a man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (Films contain adult themes and are intended for mature audiences.)
David Ruck, President/Producer, Great Lakes Outreach Media
Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: Our Town
February 20 – 23, 27 – 29
Weekends, February 14 – 29, the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Our Town” on the Beardsley Theater stage! Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town tells the universal story of small town America and asks us to consider what is important in life. This American classic celebrates the beauty of life as it is played out against a simplistic back drop of daily rituals. The citizens of Grover’s Corners eat breakfast, work in town, do household chores, garden, gossip, got to school, attend choir practice, and admire the moonlight, providing us with a deeply moving glimpse into the concerns of all humankind. Tickets are $26.50 and available through the Frauenthal Box Office. For more information call 231-727-8001.
After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
February 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 20 from 4:45pm – 6:30pm, dive into history and learn details about Hackley Public Library during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45 PM to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms. The tours will begin at 5:00pm. Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour. Call (231) 722-8000 with any questions about this free event.
Second Annual Anthropology Day at MCC
February 20 @ 5:00 pm
Muskegon Community College will celebrate its Second Annual Anthropology Day on Thursday, February 20, with a talk by MCC Anthropology Instructor Dr. Evin Rodkey on “Cultural Representation in the Media: Do We See What We Think We See?” The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 5:00pm in Stevenson Center Room 1300.
Rodkey will discuss the exciting field of anthropology and the offerings at MCC. In addition, he will connect this material to a particular issue, focusing on how an anthropological approach can further our understanding. This year’s Anthropology Day, rooted in the history of how the culture of “other” groups has been represented, will address how various cultural forms are represented in the media today.
Anthropology Day, coordinated by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), brings awareness to the broad study of culture and human history. For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.
Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
February 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Swing Dance Instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in February. This is a fun opportunity to learn something new! Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals. The cost is $85 a couple or $60 for singles.
This is limited to the first 30 participants. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon Country Club member to participate. Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today.
Learn to Luge Weekends
Friday – Sunday
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 27 – March 8, enjoy “Learn to Luge Weekends” at the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! They offer one of only four luge tracks in the United States. Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill for first timers. The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and speeds around 30 mph. For more information call (231) 744-9629 or visit www.msports.org.
Lakeshore Restaurant Week
February 21 – February 29
Lakeshore Restaurant Week is happening in the Muskegon Area February 21 – 29! Local restaurants will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to experience eating establishments that they haven’t tried before.
“Our idea is simple,” explained Rich Berry, from the Cumulus – Muskegon Radio Group. “We are promoting that there are a lot of really good area restaurants on the Lakeshore. By offering special deals and discounts between February 21st and February 29th, we want people to do some experimenting and try new places. It’s amazing how many great places there are to eat in the Muskegon and the Lakeshore area. We want to promote that while also offering the consumer a great deal. It is our hope to make the Lakeshore Restaurant Week an annual event that residents and travelers will look forward to each year.”
Restaurants who are members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will receive a discount to participate. The promotion is being organized and promoted by the Muskegon branch of Cumulus Broadcasting, which consists of four radio stations: 98.3 WLCS; V-100 WVIB; Sunny 92.5 WWSN; and 97.5 NASH Icon WLAW. For more information, call Rich Berry at 231-903-0401.
- Seasons Gastropub
- Delta Hotels – The Mill
- Teddy Spaghettis
- Olive Garden
- The Coffee Factory
- Hamburger Mikey
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Rad Dads’
- Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
- Rolfs BBQ
- Lakes 23
- North Grove Brewers
Trees Are the Kindest Thing I Know
February 21 – April 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, February 21 – Saturday, April 11, from 11:00am – 5:00pm, Art Cats Gallery invites you to the exhibit, “Trees Are the Kindest Thing I Know.” Everyone loves trees, and there are a plethora of poems written about them. Art Cats will be pairing poetry and visual art in this show of winters work! Featured artists include Deborah Hoover, Christie Dreese, Maggie Bandstra, Karen Nichols, John Herron, Julie Pappuleas, Colleen Rockey and Christie Visser with jewelry by Delia Stone and Ceramic work by Louise Hopson and Ruchi Gupta. For more information call (231) 755-7606.
Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Games
February 21 & 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Catch home games Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Friday, it’s “Dash for Cash Night,” and Saturday is “Police Night” presented by Little River Casino. Tickets range from $10 – $17. For more information call (231) 724-5225.
Back Alley Comedy Club: Joe DeRosa
February 21 & 22 @ 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for live stand up with Joe DeRosa! This is a fundraiser for the Muskegon Junior Lumberjacks. Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (616) 570-8765.
Joe DeRosa: Writer, actor, and standup comedian, Joe has become a favorite on the comedy circuit. His brand of comedy, which mixes brutal honesty and frustration at the workings of the world, has won over comedy fans, radio listeners, and TV audiences nationwide.
Black History Month: Ebony Road Players – “The Meeting”
February 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to enjoy a performance from the renowned theater company, Ebony Road Players, as they present “The Meeting.” You won’t want to miss this compelling play, depicting the supposed meeting of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets await them. All ages are welcome at this free event! For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Mardis Gras Pub Crawl
February 22 @ 4:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Let’s bring a taste of New Orleans up to Muskegon! Join Downtown Muskegon Now for their 1st ever Mardis Gras Pub Crawl from 4:00pm – midnight, Saturday, February 22. There will be give-a-ways and drink specials all night. More details are forthcoming, so follow the Downtown Muskegon Facebook page for more information.
- 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
- 794 Kitchen&Bar
- BoomTown Market
- Burl and Sprig
- Hennessy’s Pub
- Mike’s Inn
- Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
- Racquets Downtown Grill
- Rake Beer Project
- Smash Wine Bar & Bistro
- Top Shelf Pizza & Pub
- Unruly Brewing
“My Heart Beats for You” Valentine’s Dinner Party
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Event Center at Fricano Place to enjoy a Valentine’s dinner party on Muskegon Lake! There will be delicious cuisine from Harris Catering, raffles and prizes, music, dancing and a cash bar. The benefits from this event go to the purchase of a new ultrasound machine for Muskegon Pregnancy Services.
Tickets are $45 and available through:
- Muskegon Pregnancy Services, (231)726-2677, 1775 Wells Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442
- Prince of Peace – Parish Office, (231)744-332, 1110 Dykstra Rd., North Muskegon, MI 49445
Polish Falcons Club’s Comedy Night
February 22 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00pm, come to the Polish Falcons Club’s Comedy Night featuring Michael Blais and special guest Ron Rigby! This comedy fundraiser is open to the public and tickets are $10.00 at the bar. For more information call (231) 755-1451.
Downtown Live Concert Series
February 23 @ 3:00 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020. Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.” Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more. For more information call 231-727-8001.
- February 23, 2020 – “MCC Music Spectacular” features MCC winds, percussion, vocals and strings – from soloists to large ensembles at 3:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater
- March 21, 2020 – West Michigan Concert WINDS will perform at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Center
- March 28, 2020 – West Michigan Concert WINDS Salute to Veterans
- April 19, 2020 – MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater
- April 19, 2020 – The MCC College Singers, Collegiates, and MCC Honors Orchestra will perform at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater
Black History Month: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 24 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as they discuss the compelling book, “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama. Copies will be available behind the HPL reference desk one month before the discussion on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring copies back to the discussion. Call 231-722-8000 with any questions about this free Black History Month event.