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90th Michigan Regional Exhibition at Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI–The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition opens Thursday, August 30, 2018. An opening reception will be held that evening from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The awards program starts at 7:00 pm. Over $6,000 in cash prizes will be handed out to the winning artists at the program. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.


The annual Regional Exhibition is the longest-established exhibition of its kind in the state, continuing the MMA’s legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented newcomers to accomplished professionals. The competitive show presents a contemporary look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s artists. Featured media includes painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation works. According to MMA Senior Curator Art Martin, “The competitive show presents a contemporary look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring Michigan’s artists. A visitor favorite, the Regional is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation.” The 90th Regional runs August 30 through November 7, 2018.


Three hundred fifty-three artists submitted 658 artwork entries to be considered for inclusion in this year’s show. The juror, Marc Mitchell, selected 147 works by 150 artists to include in the exhibition.



Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/20– 08/27/2018

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Cops and Kids in it Together Cruise

Muskegon community,


The Aquastar cruise ship and Mart Dock in conjunction with the police departments of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights will be hosting a “Cops and Kids in it Together” cruise for local at-risk youth on August 22. The goal of this cruise is to foster the beginnings of a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship between local law enforcement and middle school-aged kids.



During the cruise, kids will be encouraged to interact with officers, court employees, and other area leaders as well as participate in social exercises. All passengers will have been hand-picked and given a’golden ticket’ by community leaders.



For questions about the event, contact Max McKee at (231) 722-6932 or or Elizabeth Tibbe at



Sincerely yours,



The Mart Dock and Aquastar Cruises


Strong Towns Curbside Chat Presentation

Hear a Curbside Chat Presentation at 7:00 Pm – 8:00 Pm with President and Founder of Strong Towns, Charles Marohn at Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon.
Charles will give a presentation on what it means to be a Strong Town and explain how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can impact our community! This core Strong Towns presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient. Limited seating – bring a chair!


Following record attendance three years in a row, the Michigan Irish Music Festival is expanding its grounds. The festival’s seventh covered stage will be positioned on The Point at Heritage Landing, a space previously inaccessible to festival patrons. The Belfast Stage will feature live music, new dining options, beverage offerings, and more.


The Belfast Stage is named for the capital of Northern Ireland, a fitting choice since The Point is the northmost location at Heritage Landing. Festival-goers will find everything they need near the new stage, including powder rooms with running water, a Blarney Bucks station, a bar, and two food vendors new to the festival. One such vendor is downtown Muskegon favorite Curry Kitchen, who will be serving butter chicken, samosas, and other Indian cuisine. The second vendor, Camzie’s Pizza, will offer two-topping wood-fired pizzas, as well as an Irish pizza option.


The Michigan Irish Music Festival runs from September 13th-16th. MIMF will kick off the 2018 festival with a Pub Preview Party on Thursday night. The Pub Party will give patrons a preview of the weekend with food, beverage, and three bands in the pub tent only. Admission is $5 (cash only Thursday). The full festival opens Friday, featuring over 30 bands on seven covered stages and an extensive selection of food, beverages (domestic beer, Irish whiskey, Irish cider, and local craft beer), shopping, and cultural offerings – including some returning favorites:


The Celtic Highland Games ​All day Saturday, the Celtic Highland Games return with competitors, both men and women, participating in the stone throw, sheaf toss, 16-lb. hammer toss, weight for height and distance, and the ever-popular caber toss (a log approx. 18’- 20’ long).


John “Red” Shea ​ The author of New York Times bestseller ​Rat Bastards returns to the festival after captivating audiences back in 2012. Shea talks about his life in the notorious Boston Irish mob, a compelling story of one of the most powerful Irish mobs in American history.


Celtic Beard Bout ​Presented by Lumbertown Beard Barons, this family-friendly beard and mustache competition celebrates facial hair of all shapes and sizes and the cultural significance of beards in Ireland.


Celtic Canines ​Come meet the dog breeds that originated from the Emerald Isle and learn about what each breed was originally intended to do. If you’re interested in owning one for yourself, chat with the owners to find out if the breed is right for you!


Limerick Contest ​Awaken the poet within you, or just come and enjoy one of Ireland’s most popular literary traditions. Not for the faint-of-heart, experience our local authors’ pithy and humorous takes on subjects such as sex, politics, love, death, and more.


Learn How to Play the Bodhrán ​This all-ages hands-on presentation is a great introduction to the bodhrán, a percussion instrument traditionally made with a wooden body and goat-skin head and played with a double- headed stick.


How to Speak Gaelic ​Through presentations and an ongoing exhibit by West Michigan Gaeltacht, patrons can enjoy learning and speaking the Irish language.


Session Tent ​Festival musicians are joined by walk-in amateurs as they participate in impromptu jam sessions, carrying on the Irish tradition of “session music.” Bring your instrument and join in the fun!


Wake House​ Visit Cathy Jo and Steve Smith for a glimpse into the cultural traditions of an actual Irish wake. Much more than a funeral, an Irish wake is a celebration of life with three days full of dancing, drinking, and singing.


Advance tickets and festival passes are available online through Wednesday, August 29th, after which tickets are only available at the Heritage Landing box office starting on Thursday, September 13th. Patrons can save $5 per ticket versus the gate price when they buy online. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday only from 5-6PM, sponsored by Family Financial Credit Union. Other major sponsors of the festival include G&L, Van’s Car Wash, and Budweiser. For complete festival information, visit ​​.


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KENT CITY/COOPERSVILLE, MI – The Betten Baker Auto Plaza in Coopersville has completed construction on the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram facility and has no sight on slowing down. They have acquired Kent City Ford and are relocating the Ford brand to Coopersville. This Automotive Plaza will soon be home to all of the “Big Three” automotive brands. This is a first for the area as no other location will allow customers to shop seven new domestic brands and fifty plus new models all at one location. These brands include Chevrolet, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Ford coming soon. The expansion puts Coopersville on the map as home to the largest Auto Plaza in Michigan.


In addition, the largest pre-owned center in Michigan will be built in the Auto Plaza campus, offering even more brands and models for customers to shop. Betten Baker will not be leaving Kent City and will continue to sell pre-owned vehicles as well as service and parts.


“We are so excited for this next chapter in Betten Baker history.” says co-owner Chris Baker, “This is one of the biggest expansions we have done at Betten Baker, something that will not only change our company but the way people shop for decades to come.”


The all-new state of the art Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store is now open and the Ford store in Coopersville is expected to open early 2019. The groundbreaking for the pre-owned center will happen at the end of this summer. This state-of-the-art Betten Baker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram facility is located west of the current Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick store just off 68th Street and I-96 in Coopersville.


The combination of the new dealerships will bring 100+ new jobs to the Coopersville area and will enhance the traffic to all of the retailers and fast food restaurants in the area.


With the addition of all the new locations, Betten Baker now employs over 850 people. This takes the total Betten Baker location count to 18, with hints of 3 more coming soon. This would make a total of 21 locations for the Betten Baker Auto Group. For the past 36 years, the Betten Baker Automotive Group has consistently led in automotive sales along the lakeshore and is confident they 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 be successful in the future by exceeding the needs and expectations of today’s car buyers.



Dynamic Conveyor Corporation Completes Office Expansion

Dynamic Conveyor Corporation recently completed an office renovation and expansion at its Norton Shores, Michigan facility. Dynamic Conveyor is a second generation, women owned business offering innovative conveyor solutions to the parts manufacturing and food processing industries.



With the introduction of a second conveyor line, Dynamic Conveyor entered the food processing and packaging market in 2011. Since that time the company has been experiencing steady growth. Additional personnel has been hired to support the growth and the company found that it was running out of space. The new space includes additional offices, a larger conference room and break room that expands for company-wide gatherings.



Dynamic Conveyor was founded in 1991 when it introduced the DynaCon® conveyor system to the plastic molding industry. The DynaCon conveyor systems offer parts manufacturers the ability to build their own conveyors using modules (like Lego® building blocks) to configure and later reconfigure their conveyor layouts. Modules are built using plastic injection molded parts, which bring strength and durability to the conveyor system, while remaining light-weight enough to be easily reconfigured. Reconfiguration of DynaCon conveyors offers an eco-friendly and sustainable solution.



The DynaClean® line of conveyors was introduced to food processors as a cost saving alternative to traditional stainless steel conveyors. DynaClean conveyors offer a patented design that is simple, quick and easy to disassemble and clean. There are no tools needed, no small parts to lose, and no nooks and crannies to clean. DynaClean conveyors have a very open design with no place for food or bacteria to hide and are much easier to clean than traditional food processing conveyors. DynaClean conveyors are known in the food processing industry for reducing cleaning times in half.



All conveyors offered by Dynamic Conveyor provide flexibility of design which includes choices for length, width, inclines, declines, lateral turns, belt styles and an array of accessory options. The systems are designed to require no maintenance, lubrication or need for belt tracking.



For more information about Dynamic Conveyor visit or call 231.798.1483.


Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/13 – 08/20/2018

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Parents invited to “stock up” on school supplies August 15 &16

This month families are invited to gather at fun “School Stock Up Backpack Giveaway” events at The Gateway church on Pontaluna Road and at Lebanon Lutheran Church on Mears Avenue. Children will receive free backpacks stocked with school supplies and enjoy free meals, fun activities, resource tables, and free vision and hearing screenings. Between the two churches, 750 backpacks will be distributed!


The Gateway Church stock up event will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 1641 Pontaluna Road in Spring Lake. An optional, face-to-face, walk-in pre-registration will be held on Monday, August 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.



Lebanon Lutheran Church will host their event on Thursday, August 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 1101 South Mears Avenue in Whitehall.



Each child must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian and an ID is required for both adults and children. Supplies are limited and are given away on a first come, first served basis.



Each year both churches work together to partner with area businesses and organizations to offer the popular giveaways. This year’s sponsors include Arconic, Dog ‘n Suds Drive-In, and Thrivent Financial Services.




Pastor Ben Vegh of The Gateway Church said, “We want to help ease the financial demand that preparing to go back to school can have on families.” Vegh said it costs between ten and twenty dollars to purchase a backpack and the supplies inside. Both churches are still raising funds to help pay for the items.



“We have a strong team of people dedicated to serving the families who live in our communities,” said Lebanon Lutheran’s Pastor Doug Ogden. “Seeing a child’s ear-to-ear grin when they receive their backpack makes it all worth it,” he added.



For more information about these events, contact the office at Lebanon Lutheran Church at 231-893-5745 or the office at The Gateway Church at 231-799-2141.


Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/06 – 08/13/2018

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