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Make Your Own Slime – Hackley Family Crafts

Take time to create something new and unique with a monthly craft time for families at Hackley Public Library! On Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 am – 12 noon, visit with us to make Slime. Activities are designed for all ages and ability levels. Supplies are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

All ages welcome. Free.

 

Brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Public Library and The Coffee Factory.

 

About the Hackley Public Library
The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) conserving our national and local cultural heritage.

The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs.

For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Reference: 231-722-8011, Circulation: 231-722-8000, Youth Services: 231-722-8014, askus@hackleylibrary.org, or @hackleyref. Visit our Flickr PR album: http://bit.ly/1DSbZ6E

WeDo Robotics at Hackley Public Library

Explore LEGOs and coding at Hackley Public Library with these special WeDo kits! Instructors will be on hand to teach the group and guide individual learning. Recommended for ages 7-14.

 

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb 11 and 25. These events are free to the public.

 

Brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Public Library

 

About the Hackley Public Library

The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) conserving our national and local cultural heritage.

 

The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs.

 

For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Reference: 231-722-8011, Circulation: 231-722-8000, Youth Services: 231-722-8014, askus@hackleylibrary.org, or @hackleyref.  Visit our Flickr PR album: http://bit.ly/1DSbZ6E

 

Story Time at The Coffee Factory

Hackley Public Library and The Coffee Factory in Muskegon are teaming up for special Storytimes! 10:00 -10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25. We’ll have fun with reading books and singing songs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visit with us for a special story time at the Coffee Factory in Muskegon!

 

The Coffee Factory is located at 1402 Hudson St, Muskegon, MI 49441. Storytime is free.

 

Brought through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Public Library and The Coffee Factory.

 

About the Hackley Public Library

The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) conserving our national and local cultural heritage.

The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs.

 

For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Reference: 231-722-8011, Circulation: 231-722-8000, Youth Services: 231-722-8014, askus@hackleylibrary.org, or @hackleyref.  Visit our Flickr PR album: http://bit.ly/1DSbZ6E

Kelly Ross named Northern Recruitment Director for Aegin Place

Aegin Place of West MI is proud to announce our expansion into a northern territory. With the help of our new Northern Recruitment Director, Kelly Ross, we plan to grow into the Fremont, Hesperia, White Cloud, Grant and other surrounding areas.

 

Recruitment will be our biggest challenge in this aging territory, but we have come up with some creative ways to onboard potential employees in the area. Kelly is hitting the ground running; she is in the field as of 1/21/20 to get this expansion started.

 

Aegin Place of West MI is hoping to have trained caregivers in the field and ready to take on clients by the end of February 2020. This year holds a lot of change for our clients and our caregivers. This is just a small step towards the amazing things Aegin Place of West MI plans to do. Stay tuned for other highlights as we implement more changes that set us apart from any other Home Care company on the lakeshore.

Black History Month Events at the Hackley Public Library

All events are FREE to the public.
Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore.

 

Additional support from:
DTE Energy
The Friends of Hackley Public Library
WUVS 103.7 the Beat
Cumulus Broadcasting Company
McDonald’s of Michigan

 

 

Black History Month Kick-Off Event
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 28
Please join us at Hackley Public Library for an evening of inspirational music and some Black History during our Black History Month Kick-Off Event! The Kingdom Embassy Covenant Church Praise Team will share their singing talent that is sure to warm the heart. Additionally, we’ll enjoy a special Praise Dance performed by Tiffany and Triniti Jones. Visit with us from 6-7 PM, on Tuesday, January 28 for this amazing occasion! All ages are welcome. This event is free.

 

6th Annual Black History Trivia Contest
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 1
Do you think you know your Black History? Form a group with your friends and pit your knowledge against other teams in Hackley Library’s 6th annual Black History Trivia Contest! Call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-8011 or visit HPL’s online events calendar to register your team (up to 4 people per team). Teams will be asked questions on Black History. We’ll have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, as well as some consolation prizes! Come to cheer on your friends and family during this trivia contest, from 2-3 PM on Saturday, February 1. This event is free.

 

Poetry Open Mic Night and Black History Calendar Awards
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Monday, February 3
Enjoy an evening of poetry during Poetry Open Mic Night at Hackley Public Library. Share your own poetry, or read works from your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poet. If you wish to share a poem/piece, please register by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar. Walk-ins are also welcome! Poetry Open Mic Night will be from 6-7:30 PM on Monday, February 3. Additionally, from 6-6:30 PM, those who have been selected for our annual Black History month calendar will be honored, and the calendar will be distributed! All ages are welcome for this free event.

 

Sweet Soul Food Dessert Contest
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 8
Create something sweet for our Sweet Soul Food Contest at Hackley Library! Get your recipes out and find your best soul food dessert. Compete for the best in the city! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contestants in the adult category, and to the 1st place winner in the children’s category. Register your dish by calling 231-722-8011, or by visiting HPL’s online events calendar. Be sure to bring enough for attendees, plus the judge, to taste. All ages are welcome to participate! Visit with us for this tasty event from 2-3 PM on Saturday, February 8 at Hackley Library. This event is free.

 

Ebony Road Players present “The Meeting” – a play
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 22
Mark your calendar to enjoy a theater performance by the Ebony Road Players, as they present “The Meeting.” You won’t want to miss this moving play, which depicts 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. This performance will be from 2-3 PM, on Saturday, February 22 at Hackley Library. All ages are welcome! This event is free.

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama
New Year Nonfiction Book Discussion
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Monday, February 24
Kick off the New Year with one of 2019’s bestselling non-fiction titles! Join us for Hackley Library’s New Year Nonfiction Book Discussion, as we discuss 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. This discussion will take place from 6-7 PM, on Monday, February 24 in Hackley Library. Please bring copies back to the discussion. Call 231-722-8000 with any questions. Free to the public!

 

Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary BLACK MAN
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 29
Muskegon native Jon Covington’s documentary Black Man comes to life in a live version at Hackley Public Library! Unfolding past and present-day stories of African American men, this compelling event will showcase influential and universal stories from all walks of life. Don’t miss the riveting occasion, Jon Covington and the Men from the Documentary BLACK MAN, happening from 2-4 PM on Saturday, February 29 at Hackley Library. All ages are welcome! This event is free.

 

Hackley Public Library
316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440
https://hackleylibrary.org/
231.722.8000 – Main phone number / Circulation Desk
231.722.8011 – Reference Desk
231.722.8014 – Youth Services
https://www.facebook.com/HackleyPL/

 

About the Hackley Public Library
The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) conserving our national and local cultural heritage.
The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs.
For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Reference: 231-722-8011, Circulation: 231-722-8000, askus@hackleylibrary.org, or @hackleyref. Visit our Flickr PR album: http://bit.ly/1DSbZ6E

Lakeshore Restaurant Week Coming to the Muskegon Area February 21-29, 2020

A promotion designed to bring more people into local eateries in Muskegon and on the Lakeshore is planned for February 21st through February 29th.
The promotion, called Lakeshore Restaurant Week, 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.

 

The idea is to band together a group of restaurants that will offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to try restaurants that they otherwise have not 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,” said Berry. “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.

A list of participating restaurants will be released in the next several weeks. A special web page, muskegonlakeshorerestaurantweek.com, is being designed to list the restaurants and their discounts. A Facebook page is also being designed according to Berry.

 

“We are moving quickly to get this started,” said Berry, “I think that everyone is going to love this idea.”

Theo Wilson to Address 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Jan. 17

Theo WilsonTheo Wilson, a Renaissance man who infiltrated the alt right and now offers insights into hate speech, will provide the keynote address at the sold-out 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Muskegon Community College’s Collegiate Hall.

 

The annual event celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and seeks to build understanding in the community.  Immediately following his talk, Wilson’s first book, “The Law of Action” published in 2017, will be available for purchase and he will be signing copies.

 

At 10 a.m., the next dialogue of the Community Gathering Initiative, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Stevenson Center Room 1300.

 

Wilson’s natural knack for artistic expression had him dabbling in, and even mastering, almost every art form he encountered. Battling manic depression from an early age, these outlets would save his life and shape an award-winning career as a spoken word artist, pianist, actor, singer, rapper, dancer, and activist.

 

He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. Upon graduating, he interned as a full-time actor in the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where he was introduced to Slam Poetry, and has never looked back. He is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011.

 

A resident of Denver, CO, Wilson teaches and lectures on poetry with the Art-From-Ashes nonprofit poetry therapy organization. In 2013, he began speaking with Rachel’s Challenge, an organization started by the family of Columbine victim Rachel Scott.

 

Wilson has opened for performers such as Dead Prez, The Flobots, Bahamadia, Saul Williams, Taylor Mali and Universes. He has participated as a featured speaker in several TEDx Mile High Productions. In 2017, his TED Talk entitled, “A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right,” was seen worldwide, amassing a total of over 12 million views.  He has been featured on BuzzFeed, CNN, Good Day Canada, and TV One.

 

For more details, call Dan Rinsema-Sybenga (231) 777-0569.

Muskegon Credit Unions Join Forces, CEO retires

Service 1 Federal Credit Union is excited to announce a partnership with cross-town credit union SB Community Federal Credit Union. The two entities merged after SB Community FCU members overwhelmingly approved the union in September, 2019.

 

SB Community FCU’s nearly 2,000 members were added to the Service 1 FCU membership as of October 1, 2019, bringing the overall membership to more than 21,000 in three states: Michigan, Missouri and Alabama.

 

The former SB Community FCU—formed in 1952 as Shaw Box Employees Federal Credit Union—remains open to serve members at 991 W. Broadway Ave. in Roosevelt Park. Upgrades including new signage, computer equipment, and additional office space have been added.

 

“We’re excited for the opportunity to serve SB members with enhanced services over a larger network of locations,” said Service 1 FCU CEO Kim Bourdo. “Adding this location in Roosevelt Park makes us stronger, more convenient, and well equipped to competitively serve members into the future.”

 

Longtime SB Community FCU CEO Pam Hanophy announced her retirement with the transition. “Dedicating my career to the credit union movement has been an honor,” remarked Hanophy. “I’m grateful to have worked with a wonderful board of directors and many talented individuals whose mission is to improve the lives of members. The highlight will always be the wonderful people I’ve met.”

 

Hanophy led the $13.2 million credit union through changes in the financial landscape for 22 years. She served on the M.O.O.N. Chapter of Credit Unions Executive Board and on the board of the Michigan Credit Union Foundation, and is a board member of the Roosevelt Park Downtown Development Authority. She began serving as the supervisory committee chairperson for the Service 1 FCU Board of Directors in November.

 

Service 1 FCU members can take advantage of exclusive benefits like low loan rates, electronic and mobile banking options, rewards checking and savings, high-yield share certificates and IRAs, special kids’ club accounts and other financial service solutions at three area locations: 1075 E. Sherman Blvd., near Roberts; 1625 Eastwind, off Harvey St., and 991 W. Broadway Ave., off Henry St. Hours vary by location and can be found by visiting www.service1fcu.com.

The Phoenix Quadplex Development to be “dropped” on December 23

On Monday, December 23rd between 9 am and noon, downtown Muskegon will see the start of another new housing development. Community enCompass will be installing its second modular “urban smart home” this year. Called “The Phoenix”, the quadplex will create 4 units of affordable rental housing for working wage families. The Phoenix Quadplex Development follows the first-ever modular urban smart home which Community enCompass set in September 2019, now for sale with a number of interested buyers.

 

With the basement and foundation already complete, on December 23rd the street will be blocked off, allowing for a crane to “drop” the four boxes that make up the quadplex on the foundation, in a matter of hours.

 

The first commitment for funding for The Phoenix Quadplex came from Community enCompass itself, an organization committed to rehabbing and rebuilding homes in Muskegon’s core city neighborhoods. With the demolition of hundreds of blighted homes over the last few years, opportunities abound to create a new kind of housing on vacant lots.  Core-city neighborhoods situated adjacent to downtown Muskegon’s central business district, make a perfect place to add structures that increase density, and create neighborhoods full of diversity where we all want to live, work, play, and BE!  Ten years ago, an accidental kitchen fire at a Community enCompass apartment building in Nelson Neighborhood burned the building to the ground.  No one was injured, but a 100-year-old architectural beauty had to be demolished, leaving a gaping hole in the landscape of the block. Fast forward 10 years. Through intentional stewardship of Community enCompass’ assets and the generosity of donors, the Board of Directors has committed the first $100,000 to the construction of a new four-unit apartment building where the previous structure once stood. The Phoenix refers to the Greek mythological concept of rising, being reborn from its own ashes. Redemption!

 

The Phoenix will be located at 380 Houston Ave in the heart of the Nelson Neighborhood. This building is designed to match the size, scale, and character of the surrounding houses and buildings in the neighborhood. With 4 apartment units, 3 units are 2-bedrooms, including full bathrooms and a total living space of approximately 800 square feet each; the 4th unit is  a fully accessible one-bedroom apartment of the same size. The Phoenix has been built with the latest in energy efficient technology to keep utility bills low. Rents are set to be affordable for families who earn 30% – 80% of the Area Median Income. The Phoenix will allow residents to begin saving money, helping them build stability and a financial cushion to build credit.

 

Other funding partners include the City of Muskegon (through HOME Funds) and the Federal Home Loan Bank, with additional assistance provided through Chemical Bank and a couple of important individual donors.

 

After the house is “dropped” on December 23rd, all installation and finish work will be completed within two months. Applications for potential residents of the Phoenix Quadplex will be accepted in late January 2020.

Date: December 23rd, 2019

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM

Location: 380 Houston, Muskegon, MI 49441

Contact: Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga, Community enCompass’ Executive Director

Email: sarah@communityencompass.org

Ph: 231.740.5676

Lakeshore Art Festival Wins Best Art Fairs Award!

 Lakeshore Art Festival is a winner in the 8th annual “America’s Best Art Fair Awards” competition.  The national survey from Art Fair Calendar recognized Lakeshore Art Festival as one of the finest juried art fairs in the country. (See the entire list at this link.)

 

Sponsored by ArtFairCalendar.com, the #1 website for art fair event listings, the 2019 online survey opened voting beyond the traditional “art fair insiders” such as artists and show staff to focus on voting by art fair patrons, fine art collectors and the public that attends art shows and festivals nationwide.

“The Lakeshore Art Festival has always been popular among art fair lovers in the Muskegon area, but our 8th annual national Best Art Fairs Awards survey proves that both art collectors and artists nationwide love it, too,” said Connie Mettler, Publisher of ArtFairCalendar.com. “We’re happy to give a “America’s Best Art Fair Award to the Lakeshore Art Festival today.”

 

“We are so thrilled to be the only Michigan festival to make the top 10 list!” said Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. “Standing alongside art festival greats from Chicago to Park City. This recognition by our patrons and artists, not only boosts our local pride but it shines a light on the Muskegon Lakeshore area on a national scale.”

Major sponsors for the Lakeshore Art Festival include: DTE Energy Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Leaf Filter, PADNOS and Envigor.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at www.lakeshoreartfestival.org.