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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/18 – 01/29/18

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/18 – 01/29/18

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Support Harbor Hospice Programs & Services, BIG Fundraiser August 18 and 19

Harbor Hospice Foundation has scheduled a two-day celebration this summer, and we hope you will join in the festivities!  The festive weekend will begin Friday night, August 18, with a ‘summer casual attire’ Event of Events ‘SUMMER SPLENDOR’.  This incredible night includes of specialty food catered by Harris Hospitality, live entertainment by Black Circle Radio, silent auction, raffle games and more!  All funds raised will benefit the programs of Harbor Hospice.  Hosted at the Event Center at Fricano Place in Muskegon, we expect to welcome 300 enthusiastic patrons.  Auction item/experience donations will be taken in through end of July.


The next morning, hundreds of sailing fans along the shores of Muskegon Lake will gather for the 10th Annual Harbor Hospice Regatta at the Muskegon Yacht Club. This hugely popular race is part of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance ( that has raised over $23 million dollars for hospice services across the country. West Michigan sailors love this race, and in the past 10 years have raised over $300,000 to support local hospice care.  A wonderful picnic will be available for $10 per lunch.


Open to the public, families throughout the western Michigan lakeshore communities are invited to attend the annual Harbor Hospice Regatta. Not only will guests be able to enjoy a beautiful view of sailboats on the lake, but they are also invited to participate in the family-oriented picnic as well as mingle and listen to vinyl played by Black Circle Radio. The event, which first began in 2008, will take place on Saturday, August 19, at the Muskegon Yacht Club.


“The Harbor Hospice Regatta is a wonderful, fun-filled event for families to enjoy,” said Ammy Seymour, Harbor Hospice Foundation Director of Development. “The proceeds from this event help to ensure that all Harbor Hospice patients facing a life-limiting illness have access to expert care as well as support for their families regardless of their ability to pay.”


The Race begins with the starting gun at 1 p.m. Muskegon Yacht Club hosts a shoreline picnic lunch, which is open to the public, from Noon-5:30 p.m. tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for a pick three menu for kids 12 and under.  Picnic tickets will be available day of the event.


Harbor Hospice is a member of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance, a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 association of hospice regattas, which independently raises money and awareness for local hospices.


For additional information, to become a sponsor or donate an auction item, please contact Ammy Seymour at 231.728.3442 or

The Frauenthal Center presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Date:  March 3, 2018
Time:  7:30 pm
Place:  Frauenthal Theater
Tickets:  $35 – $50


Muskegon, MI  —  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new Tony Award-winning Broadway smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.


On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that unbelievable musical moment to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration, unforgettable performances of such timeless and enduring hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.  This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.


Tickets are $35 – $50 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at


Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI  49440


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The Frauenthal Center presents AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO

Date:  February 2, 2018
Time:  7:30 pm
Place:  Frauenthal Theater
Tickets:  $20 – $30, $15 Youth/Group 6+


Muskegon, MI  —  Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx.  Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity contains all the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.  Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the like of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Marx foil Margaret Dumont.


Tickets are $15 Youth (ages 8-18) / Group (6+) / $20 – $30 Adult.


ADVISORY:  Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho is appropriate for ages 12 and up with very mild adult content.  The comical stylings of this iconic performer are sure to bring a smile and a chuckle to every audience member.


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


Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI  49440


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Winter Baseball Hitting League!

Winter Hitting League Starts January 31st!


Our Winter Hitting League will test your ability to hit line drives. Points are scored based on where in the tunnel you hit the ball! Pop it up, no points, drive it into the ground, no points, Line drive to the back net, 4 points!!! The better the hit, the more the points!


Players will compete against each other to see who can score the most points each week to become the champion of their age division. Prizes are awarded to the overall winners in each age group.


Leagues will last approximately 50 minutes per week, players will take turns hitting 10 pitches per at bat with a minimum of 5 at bats per night! You will get in a ton of swings each week all while having a lot of fun!


Age Divisions –
8-11 – (6:00-6:50pm)
12-14 – (7:00-7:50pm)
15-18 – (8:00-8:50pm)


League dates –
Wednesdays, January 31st, February 7, 14, 21


Cost –
$40 per player


Registration deadline is Sunday, January 28th. Space is limited and will fill up fast! Give us a call, or head to our website via the link below to register today! 231-799-8172.


Shoreline Vision Joins Great Lakes Management Services Organization

MUSKEGON, Mich., January 9, 2018 – Shoreline Vision, an eye care group practice with deep community roots in the West Michigan Lakeshore Region, has partnered with Great Lakes Management Services Organization (MSO). Shoreline Vision began in 1996 when five ophthalmologists decided to form an alliance to provide residents in their communities the best possible vision care available; since then, the group has grown to more than 150 staff at seven locations.


“Every decision Shoreline Vision makes is dependent on improving our patients’ care, whether it is investing in the latest technology, adding sub-specialty physicians, or improving our facilities. Our latest decision to partner with Great Lakes MSO and the vast resources they can provide is consistent with that theme,” said Dr. John N. Oltean, a founding member of Shoreline Vision and board-certified ophthalmologist. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the organization that has included Grand Rapids Ophthalmology in its portfolio of premier ophthalmology practices in the country. We are certain this will benefit our patients, employees, and community for years to come.”


Shoreline Vision provides thorough, comprehensive eye examinations to patients of all ages. Their team of dedicated, eye-health professionals emphasizes clinical excellence and advanced technology to better serve patients’ needs, from the most basic eye exams to the latest in surgical procedures.


“Since its inception, Shoreline Vision has been dedicated to delivering the highest quality of eye care,” said Bill Hughson, CEO of Great Lakes MSO. “Their patient-care philosophy and approach to preserving and restoring eyesight are completely consistent with Great Lakes MSO’s vision of improving sight and changing lives.”


About Shoreline Vision

Since 1996, Shoreline Vision has been providing the West Michigan lakeshore communities with a wide range of eye care services from comprehensive eye examinations to cornea and retina care, and the most advanced techniques in cataract and ocular surgery. As witnessed by the long and dedicated history in their community, Shoreline Vision’s objective remains the same: to be the premier, fully-integrated regional eye care provider with the mission of preserving and improving vision. Shoreline Vision has a team of 13 providers and over 150 dedicated eye health professionals emphasizing clinical excellence and patient centered care throughout seven locations including a surgical center dedicated solely to eye surgeries and procedures. For more information, visit:


About Great Lakes Management Services Organization

Great Lakes Management Services Organization (MSO) is dedicated to providing world-class support to leading providers of eye care services. Great Lakes MSO was created in early 2017 through a partnership between Grand Rapids Ophthalmology and Sterling Partners. The Purpose of Great Lakes MSO is to Lead the Way, Improve Sight and Change Lives. The Vision of the organization is to be the model for unsurpassed patient experience, inspiring and empowering their team through innovation, dedication to excellence, and the creation of opportunity through growth. If you are interested in learning more about a partnership with Great Lakes MSO, contact Dan Hosler at:


About Grand Rapids Ophthalmology

Founded in 1982, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (GRO) is the largest fully-integrated eye care medical group in West Michigan. It offers a full suite of eye care services from routine eye exams, contact lenses and glasses, to the most advanced medical and surgical treatments such as LASIK, cataract, cornea, retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics, pediatric, and both cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. GRO employs the largest number of eye care specialists and professionals in the region: 11 ophthalmologists, 20 optometrists, and 50 certified opticians; with a total of 400 employees at 12 locations. For more information, visit:


About Sterling Partners

Sterling Partners is a private equity firm with a distinct point of view on how to build great companies. Founded in 1983 and having invested billions of dollars, Sterling is guided by its stated purpose, INSPIRED GROWTH®, which describes Sterling’s approach to investing in differentiated businesses and growing them in inspired ways. Sterling provides valuable support to the management teams of the companies in which the firm invests through a deep and dedicated team of professionals, including a strong network of outside directors and advisors. The people at Sterling believe in ideas and ideals, in people and in partnerships that drive long-term success. For more information, visit:

Health network names executive team

A new health care network serving West Michigan has named its executive team.


The Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, or SJMHS, in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in West Michigan have announced the executive team that will lead their unified statewide network, effective Jan. 1.


The network was announced last fall.


Mary Boyd. Courtesy Mercy Health

“These leaders have proven ability in their respective areas to advance strategic partnerships, growth initiatives and payer strategies in order to create a strong, people-centered care delivery network across Michigan,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO, Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.


  • Mary Boyd, chief integration officer, previously executive vice president of Regional Network and System Development for Mercy Health, will oversee strategy and business development, process excellence, accreditation, business health solutions, innovation hub, and medical group and provider services across the state.
  • Sally Guindi, general counsel, has led the legal team and governance for SJMHS for many years and will continue to work closely with the statewide executive leadership team and Trinity Health to establish key statewide affiliations and partnerships.
  • Michael Gusho, chief financial officer, chief financial officer for SJMHS and interim chief financial officer for Mercy Health since September 2017, will now assume the role statewide.
  • Ane McNeil, chief human resources officer, who previously served as chief human resources officer for SJMHS, will assume statewide HR leadership and responsibility for strategic HR practices that align within Michigan and Trinity Health.
  • Michele Szczypka, chief marketing and communications officer, previously chief marketing officer for SJMHS, will oversee marketing, communications, digital solutions group, call center functions and physician network marketing throughout Michigan.
  • Rosalie Tocco-Bradley, Ph.D., chief clinical officer, who currently serves as chief medical officer of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals and chief clinical officer for SJMHS, will work to integrate acute care flow, clinical research, quality, safety, risk, informatics, medical staff office and GME programs throughout Michigan.


“Through our efforts, we are better organized to serve patients with a healthier, stronger and more responsive statewide health care system,” Casalou said. “This leadership model will further align and advance our shared vision to be Michigan’s most trusted health partner for life.”


The new health system in Michigan includes eight hospitals with a total of 2,357 licensed beds, nine outpatient health centers, 12 urgent care facilities and more than 35 specialty centers. It will employ more than 22,500 colleagues and have a medical staff of nearly 4,000 physicians.


The new statewide structure is part of Trinity Health’s national strategy to integrate teams and resources to serve communities better.


Trinity Health recently combined five hospitals and other facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts to form Trinity Health of New England.



MLK Free Community Day Activities

The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the public to annual Martin Luther King Jr. Free Community Day on Monday, January 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities will include film screenings, arts and crafts, mini docent tours presented by Muskegon High School art students, and a special exhibition—Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert. All MLK Community Day admissions and activities are free.



MLK Community Day Schedule

  • Starting at 10:00 am, the film Up from the Bottoms (58 mins.) be screened on the hour all day.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Gallery tours led by MMA Docents
  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crafts in the classroom
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mini-tours with Muskegon High School AP Art Student Docents
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gallery tours led by MMA Docents



Support for Community Day has been provided by the Meijer Foundation and the Michigan Humanities Council.


Special Exhibition: Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert 


Winfred Rembert works in the medium of carved and dyed leather, creating vibrant and rhythmic imagery of his life in 1950s Georgia. A storyteller, Rembert reveals images of culture, community, family, and struggle through intense color and repeating patterns. His most recognizable pieces depict pickers at work in the cotton fields, a grueling task the artist himself experienced in his childhood and later on a prison chain gang. Over 25 works, including the premiere of several recent paintings by the artist, are featured in the exhibition. The artworks in Southern Roots appear courtesy of Adelson Galleries, Boston, and the artist. Southern Roots is on display through March 18, 2018. The exhibition is underwritten by the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation and PNC Bank. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Muskegon Museum of Art is located next to Hackley Public Library in downtown Muskegon. Call 231-720-2570 or go to for visitor information.



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Image Credits



Winfred Rembert

Blakely Street, Cuthbert, Georgia, 2009

Dye on carved and tooled leather

Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, Boston



Winfred Rembert

Chain Gang (A Web), 2012

Dye on carved and tooled leather

Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, Boston



2017 MLK Community Day craft activity

Courtesy of Muskegon Museum of Art


Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/08/18 – 01/15/18

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/08/18 – 01/15/18

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Betten Baker Announces Acquisition of Godfrey Chevrolet Buick

Cadillac, MI – Betten Baker is continuing to be Where Michigan Shops with news of yet another acquisition. The latest acquisition of Godfrey Chevrolet Buick located in Cadillac Michigan will not only expand the footprint of Betten Baker in Northern Michigan, but it will also add another excellent dealership to the already existing 13 locations.


After an impressive year of expansion and growth in 2017, Betten Baker is kicking off 2018 by continuing their growth trend. Betten Baker will be taking over operations of Godfrey Chevrolet Buick, their 14th location, immediately.


Betten Baker has made great strides by investing in new locations and updating existing infrastructures over the past few years and the economic impact has been substantial. Betten Baker auto group has locations in several counties and proudly employs over 600 employees. In addition they continue to use local contractors and give back to West Michigan communities through donations and sponsorships. “We’re most excited to connect with the people in Cadillac and surrounding communities.” Says co-owner Bryan Betten. We are ready to serve them with all of their automotive needs.”


“2017 was a great year for Betten Baker. We added several great locations and as this new acquisition implies, we are not stopping in 2018. We’re excited to hit the ground running with the existing Godfrey team in Cadillac.” Says Co-Owner Chris Baker. Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick in Cadillac will retain Evan Godfrey as General Manger as well as the current leadership team and employees.


Betten Baker Chevrolet Cadillac GMC celebrated 34 years in March and has continuously expanded their Henry Street presence over the last few years by adding Betten Baker Honda and Betten Baker Hyundai and another used car location. In addition, they have expanded to Coopersville, Twin Lake, Lowell, Grandville, Big Rapids, Allegan, Ludington and Cadillac.


Betten Baker’s Massive Motor Mall has continued to be a leader in automotive sales along the lakeshore and will continue this trend into new markets. Their progressive attitude and actions in the community allow them to not only remain a strong West Michigan employer, but also help them remain successful in the future by exceeding the needs and expectations of today’s consumers.


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Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 6th,  and July 7th, 2018.

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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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