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Hemisphere Design Works, Muskegon Sports Council Partner for Community Paddle Program

MUSKEGON, Mich.- When KL Outdoor of Muskegon, through its merger with GSC Technologies of Montreal, became the world’s largest kayak maker and established its headquarters in Muskegon, the city was destined to receive many positive benefits.



This summer those benefits will come in the form of an educational community paddle program known as Paddle Muskegon.



KL, as part of its merger with GSC, recently underwent an organizational makeover, changing the name of the combined entity to Hemisphere Design Works; investing in a new downtown corporate office space and taking steps to expand its local warehousing, distribution and manufacturing footprint. Unchanged, however, is the company’s continued commitment to the Muskegon community.  HemDW chose to partner with Muskegon Sports Council, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization best known for managing the Winter Sports Complex, to teach people about paddle sports.



The instructional paddle sports program offers lessons for first time paddlers  to advanced paddlers on both kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP).



“As the industry leader we’re happy to carry the torch and support causes that help people connect with nature and create human powered moments on the water.  Paddle Muskegon is a perfect opportunity for our brands and products to help people do just that.” Said Wes Mooney, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hemisphere Design Works.  “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Paddle Muskegon is right here in our backyard.  We think this is a great partnership for our organizations and will be a tremendous asset for the community.”



The program will launch from two locations throughout the summer, at Snug Harbor, in Muskegon State Park and Heritage Landing downtown.



“Our goal is to make paddling more accessible to people in Muskegon who may have never thought they could paddle before.” Said Eric Strickler, Lead Paddle Instructor for Paddle Muskegon. “Thanks to this partnership with Hemisphere Design Works, we believe we’re going to make Muskegon the paddle sports capital of the world.”



In addition to paddle lessons, Paddle Muskegon will also offer fun paddle sport events like Pints and Paddles; a partnership with Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, moonlight paddles, fitness paddles and maritime history paddles.



Drop in paddle sessions are offered from 10:00am to 4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. No reservation is required for these sessions.



A variety of other paddle sessions and events are offered at different times on week days throughout the summer.  Weekday paddle sessions are limited to approximately 15 – 20 people at a time. To guarantee a spot in a session, paddlers can purchase a ticket in advance at



The cost per paddle session ranges from $20 to $30 per person. A 30 day unlimited membership can be purchased for $75.



Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian At the Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art is marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of renowned photographer Edward Curtis by presenting 150 photogravures from The North American Indian, Curtis’s monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 700 large portfolio prints that sought to document the Native American tribes of the Western United States. The show will also feature the premiere of newly acquired copper plates used in the creation of the photogravures, a new gold-tone print of plate #1—The Vanishing Race, and several of the volumes. The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian runs through September 9, 2018.


Created over a span of decades, Curtis’s project was unique for its time, and was a passion that ultimately cost Curtis his health, livelihood, and family. But the enduring legacy of The North American Indian remains, a record of the humanity and strength of Native Americans, at a time when their way of life was under constant threat.


The Muskegon Museum of Art featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in a multi-gallery exhibition that attracted visitors from around the world. The exhibition was both a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country today.


The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian brings to view images that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in last year’s presentation.

The 2018 exhibition also examines some of the criticism of Curtis’s works, using the photos to present the dilemmas that are part of an understanding of the project’s legacy.



The Burden of Representation: Lecture by Ben Mitchell

Thursday, June 21

5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian is an invaluable record of many aspects of early 20th century Native American culture, but important questions about his work and methods persist. Ben Mitchell, guest curator of The North American Indian 2017 exhibition, offers an overview of the significant and enduring critiques of The North American Indian, both as art and as ethnography, employing the voices and observations of both Native and non-Native artists and scholars. Event is admission is free and open to the public.



Screening of Rumble: Indians that Rocked the World

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm

(103 mins.) Rumble tells the story of the missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. The film features music icons Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie,

Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, and many more. Film admission is free and open to the public.


The exhibition is underwritten by Nichols Paper & Supply, Fifth Third Bank, Northern Machine Tool, the Verplank Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and Deborah DeVoursney. Media sponsor is WGVU Public Media. Program support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Who: Thousands of children around the globe are participating in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ to help beat the leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 1-4. 40 kids and families will be on site at Muskegon High School to participate in this global event.


What: The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries with the goal of generating 1 billion media impressions for the Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ message by 2019.


When:  Thursday, June 21, 2018
10:30 am:   Media check-in begins
10:45 am:   WLSL pre-event kick off
11 am:   WLSL begins


Where:  Muskegon High Schoo

80 W Southern Ave

Muskegon, Michigan 49441



Why: The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ – tragically, drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 1-4.


Holly Alway (Injury Prevention, Mercy Health) and Bruce Spoelman (Muskegon YMCA) will be available for interviews, visuals of 40 children participating in the lesson taking place in the pool at Muskegon High School.


Please Call for Media Access and Parking
WLSL Local Event Contact: Kelsey Parker, 810-701-3966,




MUSKEGON, June 12, 2018 –The Muskegon McDonald’s restaurants located at 1491 E. Apple Avenue and 3586 E. Apple Avenue are inviting guests to experience McDonald’s in new and unexpected way, with a new level of choice, engagement and service. These changes, which include kiosks for ordering, table service, and mobile order and pay, put more choice and control in the hands of guests by evolving how they order, what they order, how they pay and how they are served.



The restaurants are celebrating their Grand Re-openings with special events all week and on Tuesday morning a ribbon cutting took place at the 1491 E. Apple location. Representatives from the city of Muskegon, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and local police and fire departments were on hand as 11-year-old Braden Schulz, the son of owners Lori and Matthew Schulz, cut a ribbon to officially re-open the restaurant. Additionally, Muskegon Vice Mayor Eric Hood presented a proclamation from the city, honoring Lori and Matthew Schulz for their commitment to Muskegon.


For those looking to order at their own pace, McDonald’s new digital self-order kiosks make ordering and paying for a meal easy. Kiosks empower guests to browse the menu, find new options and tailor their meal just the way they want. Guests’ orders are then delivered to tables by McDonald’s crew members, allowing customers to relax and enjoy a more custom dining experience. McDonald’s owner/operators and restaurant teams in Muskegon are placing a higher emphasis on hospitality by focusing on greeting customers, assisting with technology and ensuring a clean, welcoming environment.



“We’re excited to share this evolved experience at McDonald’s with our customers,” said Lori Schulz, owner/operator of seven Muskegon-area McDonald’s. “We appreciate and value our guests’ feedback on this new experience, and we’re looking forward to offering them a new way to dine at McDonald’s.”


These McDonald’s restaurants are part of a new restaurant model that has been successfully rolled out in more than 2,600 McDonald’s restaurants around the world and more than 100 in







Grand Rapids Chamber PAC Endorses Hughes for State Senate

Grand Rapids, MI –The Grand Rapids Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC), Friends of West Michigan Business, announced its candidate endorsement in the contested 34th district GOP primary would be Holly Hughes.


“The Chamber PAC endorses candidates who will work to advance policies that support continued economic growth in our region, improve educational outcomes and invest in roads and infrastructure,” said Chamber President & CEO, Rick Baker.



“Michigan’s economic recovery has been nothing short of amazing, but we still have many real challenges, and must elect experienced, knowledgeable leaders to move Michigan forward.” Said Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.



When asked what made the PAC so confident in their decision of endorsing Holly Hughes for State Senate, Rick Baker stated, “Representative Holly Hughes has been a relentless champion for West Michigan during her time in the House of Representatives. She is focused on policies that support job growth and strengthen the regional economy.”


Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/11/18 – 06/18/18

Muskegon Heights Festival

Monday, June 11 – June 16

Rowan Park, City block bounded by Maffet St. E. Broadway Baker St. & E. Columbia
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2018 is June 11-16!  This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, live music, a grand parade and much more!  It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave.  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.



American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure

Monday, June 11 – June 17

American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure!  They will be offering discounts for public safety employees (firefighters, police officers and EMTs) and any member of the Armed Forces a special admission rate of only $26.00 per person. All you need is a public safety employee ID or military ID.  (DD214 or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID also accepted.)  And as an added gesture of “Thanks” from Michigan’s Adventure, they’ll extend that offer to your spouse and children who enjoy the park with you that week.



Adam Miller: Folk Songs of the Great Lakes

Monday , June 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, June 11 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for a free concert from Adam Miller playing “Folk Songs of the Great Lakes!”  One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.



Team Trivia Game Show

June 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.



Team Trivia at Fricano Place

June 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.



Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants

June 12 – June 16

The Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants are coming to the Frauenthal Center June 12-16.  Tickets are available through Star Tickets outlets including Meijer Stores, (800-585-3737) or through the Frauenthal Center box office by calling 231-727-8001.  Frauenthal Center Box Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm



Writing Workshop with Jack Ridl

June 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for a Writing Workshop with Jack Ridl!  Jack taught at Hope College from 1971 until retiring in 2006. He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies.  He has given readings of his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country.  The cost is $25.  RSVP by e-mailing



Paddle and Pints

June 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, join Paddle Muskegon for “Paddle and Pints!”  Enjoy an evening on the working waterfront of Muskegon followed by some craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.!  You will have your choice of SUP or Kayak from 5:30p-7:00p. Parking is within Heritage Landing County Park on the northern pier near the restrooms.  The launch is the sandy bit of shoreline between the northern pier and the LaFarge pier.

The cost is $20.



Planetarium Show: Incoming!

June 12 & 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 14, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.



Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour

June 14 @ 5:30 pm

Thursday, July 14 at 5:30pm, the Lakeshore Museum Center invites you on a walking tour of Evergreen Cemetery to learn about some of Muskegon’s earliest residents!  Highlighted families will include Hackley, Hume, and Jonathan Walker.  This event covers up to a ½ mile distance outdoors, sometimes in uneven or rough terrain.  Members are free and can register by calling 231-724-5524 or emailing  Non-members can pay $5 fee via PayPal or over the phone.  Register soon, only 25 spots are available.



Taste of Muskegon / Parties in the Park: Whoopie Cat

June 15 – June 16

Taste of Muskegon will take place on June 15 – 16 in Hackley Park. On Friday June 15th, Whoopie Cat will be providing live music at the event.  Enjoy a “Taste” of the best Muskegon has to offer.  We are showing off our great restaurants, craft brews, boats, music and more!  Details will be added as they become available.  To learn more about the restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2018, visit their new website at



Power Boat Weekend

June 15 – June 17

June 15 – 17, join Lake Effect Boating for their annual “Power Boat Weekend!”  This is a spectator event featuring about 80 boats which hopes to raise over $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The fun starts Friday night with the Powerboat Street Party!  15 of the biggest and baddest boats will surround Hackley Park.  See boats with incredible paint designs and engine horsepower up to 2700, while tasting some of Muskegon’s best food and beverage at the Taste of Muskegon.

The fun continues on Saturday as the boats gather outside of the Shoreline Inn on Muskegon Lake at 12:00pm.  At 12:10pm, the boats will travel west on Muskegon Lake for the event favorite, the Parade of Power.  Spectators can watch the boats head to Lake Michigan for the Poker Run anywhere along the channel.  Once out the Muskegon Channel, boats will take off towards White Lake at 12:30pm for the 1st poker stop turning around and heading to Grand Haven for the 2nd.  Boats will return to Muskegon between 2:00 – 4:00pm for poker run stops.

Sunday, June 17 has no formal events, but ‘Sunday Funday’ will include boats rafting-off along the Muskegon State Park Dune Area and in the Breakwater Arms.



Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: Kooimans’ Store – The Neighborhood Corner Market:FREE Tours

June 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation!  Friday, June 15, the theme is Kooimans Store – The Neighborhood Corner Market,” featuring guests George Dornbos and his sisters.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.



Hackley and Hume Historic Site: All Access Tour

June 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Friday, June 15 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, come to the Hackley & Hume Historic site for the “All Access Tour!”  Go where no visitor has gone before!  Registration is required, but they will accept walk-ins if there is room.  To reserve your spot, contact Aaron Mace at or 231-724-5534.  The cost is $20 for non-members or $15 for members.



Movies on Deck: Singin’ in the Rain

June 15 @ 9:00 pm

An “all-time best” movie line up is coming the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum deck this summer!  The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393.  Friday, June 15, it’s “Singin in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly (1954) .Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.



White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival

June 16 – June 17

The 40th annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival is happening at Goodrich Park Annex, June 16-17!  This juried arts and crafts festival features continuous entertainment, a food court and over 75 booths.  Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.  Purchase a variety of hand-made art and crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items.  A great line-up of musicians will entertain the crowds throughout the weekend with a wide array of music!  There’ll be inflatables for the kids and a variety of carnival type food vendors. For more information on the Arts and Crafts Festival events, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 893-4585 or visit



Michigan’s Heritage Park Tractor Show

June 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, June 16 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for their first ever Tractor Show!  See a wide variety of tractors from years gone by and talk with owners to learn just how far farm equipment has come.  For more information, call (231) 894-0342.



Yoga in the Park

June 16 @ 8:00 am

Saturday, June 16, Taste of Muskegon invites you to “Yoga in the Park” in Hackley Park!  Bring a blanket or towel, a bottle of water and a sense of zen.

8:00am – 8:45am – Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens with a rejuvenating, all levels flow yoga class and peaceful relaxation

9:00am – 9:45am – Blue Horizons Wellness with gentle yoga and guided relaxation

10:00am – 10:45am – Muskegon Yoga Center with a light stretch and a sweet flow style yoga class ending in relaxation

Classes are free and open to all yoga levels.  Beginners are welcome!  For more information, e-mail



Ride United

June 16 @ 8:00 am

With five years in the books, the annual Ride United charity bike ride will be returning to Muskegon this summer.  Ride United, hosted by United Way of the Lakeshore, will take off at 8:00am Saturday, June 16, from downtown Muskegon.  Routes will begin and end at the corner of Third St. and Clay Ave.

Registration costs $35 for a wicking shirt, or $75 for a rider jersey.  Participants will also receive 10 Taste of Muskegon tickets to sample food and refreshment. For more information call 231-722-3134.



Victorian Tea at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site

June 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 16 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Hackley and Hume Historic Site for a Victorian Tea!  Tea, lemonade, and coffee will be served, as well as sandwiches and treats provided by Ryke’s Bakery.  Guests are encouraged to bring their fanciest hats to enter a contest and win a prize!  This year’s tea will include a Victorian Clothing presentation given by Wendy Batchelder of Grand Rapids.  The cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members and $10 for kids.  Reservations are required by contacting Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534 or e-mail



Stargazing Paddle

June 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 pm

June 16 from 10:30pm – 11:30pm, join Paddle Muskegon for a “Stargazing Paddle!”  Come explore the light shows overhead on a beautiful summer evening!  Paddles are scheduled as close to a new moon as possible and include interpretation of constellations from their stargazing gurus!  Come on out on your choice of kayak or paddleboard and see how many shooting stars and satellites you can spot!  Participants should be comfortable on the water in the boat of their choosing. For more information, call (616) 745-4287.



History of Miss Michigan

June 16 @ 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 16 at 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the “History of Miss Michigan!”  Learn about the history behind the Miss Michigan Pageant and its Muskegon ties while viewing photos and artifacts from past pageants prior to the crowning of Miss Michigan 2018 at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is free to Muskegon County residents and museum members, or $3 admission for out of county residents and non-members.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.



SJO Supercross Event

June 16 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 16 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call (231) 924-5778.



Muskegon Clippers Home Game

June 16 @ 7:00 pm – June 17 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, June 16 – 17 at 7:05pm, come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Monarchs!  Admission is only $5!

In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit



Lewis Farms: Free Father’s Day Admission for Dads

June 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 17 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, bring dad out to Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo for Father’s Day!  Dads will enjoy free admission, an apple cinnamon donut, coffee, and most importantly, spending time with the ones who adore him!  For more information, call (231) 861-5730.



Free Father’s Day Tours for Muskegon County Dads

June 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 17 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Muskegon County Dads receive free access to the historic sites of the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Tour the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and the Fire Barn Museum.  No registration is required.  Visitors are welcome to walk-in during open hours.  Tours leave the City Barn (Carriage House) every 20 minutes and leave in groups of 10 or less.  The last tour leaves at 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.





The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian 

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.



Roll On Muskegon

June 11 @ 6:30 pm

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.



54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception

June 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.



Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park

June 12 & 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.



Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place

Wednesdays June 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.



Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music

June 14 @ 7:00 pm

Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.



Sweetwater Local Foods Market

June 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit



Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours

Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570



Lighthouse Tours

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit



Randy Jansma, OD, Joins Blue Sky Vision

Fremont, Michigan., June 11, 2018 – Blue Sky Vision is pleased to announce the addition of Randy Jansma, OD, to its growing team of eye care providers. Dr. Jansma comes to Blue Sky Vision from Jansma Family Eye Care, which he founded in 1998. Dr. Jansma provides comprehensive eye care ranging from routine examinations to full-scope optometry for patients of all ages, including children. He specializes in contact lenses, managing ocular disease, including diabetes and glaucoma, and treating eye muscle issues.


“We are very excited to have Dr. Randy Jansma join Blue Sky Vision,” said Bill Hughson, Blue Sky Vision’s CEO. “His passionate commitment to providing high-quality, personal care to his patients and to serving our local communities is consistent with the values we hold dear at Shoreline Vision, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, and across the Blue Sky Vision family of practices. We are honored to be able to support Dr. Jansma in the continuation of his successful optometric practice.”


“Dr. Jansma’s success is a testament to his positive interactions with patients,” said Grand Rapids Ophthalmology’s Thomas Dunning, OD. “He takes the necessary time during appointments to achieve the best possible vision for his patients and they appreciate that.”


Dr. Jansma has been an optometrist since 1989. He received his Doctor of Optometry from Ferris State College of Optometry and is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. As part of Blue Sky Vision, he will see patients at Shoreline Vision in Fremont and at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology’s Grandville and 68th St locations.


“I am excited to continue my career with such a forward-thinking and caring group,” said Dr. Jansma. “I’ll now be able to consult with the best surgeons immediately and refer my patients to them when necessary. Having so many resources at my fingertips is a blessing. Blue Sky Vision’s state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated support staff will make every day a pleasure.”


About Blue Sky Vision
Blue Sky Vision (MSO) is dedicated to providing world-class support to leading providers of eye care services. Blue Sky Vision was created in early 2017 through a partnership between Grand Rapids Ophthalmology and Sterling Partners. Our Purpose is to Lead the Way, Improve Sight, and Change Lives; our Vision is to be the model for unsurpassed patient experience, inspiring and empowering our team through innovation, dedication to excellence, and the creation of opportunity through growth. To date, Blue Sky Vision partners include: Vitreo-Retinal Associates, Michigan Optical, Shoreline Vision, Walker Surgical Center, Lakeshore Eye, Surgical Care Center of Michigan, and Grand Rapids Ophthalmology. If you are interested in learning more about a partnership with Blue Sky Vision, contact Dan Hosler at or visit:


About Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Founded in 1982, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (GRO) is the largest fully-integrated eye care medical group in West Michigan. GRO offers a full suite of eye care services from routine eye exams, contact lenses and glasses, to pediatrics, and the most advanced medical and surgical treatments such as LASIK, cataract, cornea, retina, glaucoma, and oculoplastics, including cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. For more information, visit:


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 Visionʼs objective remains the same: to be the premier, fully-integrated regional eye care provider with the mission of preserving and improving vision. For more information, visit:


Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health appoint Kelly Smith statewide chief strategy officer

CANTON and NORTON SHORES, Mich. – (May 31, 2018) Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health are pleased to announce that Kelly Smith has been appointed chief strategy officer for the state of Michigan.  As a member of the Michigan Executive Team, Smith will act as an expert resource and advisor to statewide leaders to strengthen and drive strategic and business competencies across Michigan.


“The elevation of Kelly to this statewide role fulfills our strategic and operational objective on a broader and more effective scale,” says Mary Boyd, chief integration officer of SJMHS and Mercy Health.  “Her appointment represents an expansion of Kelly’s previous responsibilities within Mercy Health in west Michigan to a statewide focus, all while keeping our management structure lean and responsive.”



Smith’s professional career in healthcare spans over 25 years.  Formerly the regional chief strategy officer of West Michigan, Smith has experience in many areas including strategic planning, service line leadership, physician network organization, master facility planning, medical staff relations, external partnerships, governance, community relations, new program development and executive leadership in hospital operations.



Smith earned her Master’s Degree in hospital administration and her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University.  She was a recipient of Crain Detroit’s 40 Under 40 award and participated in the Leadership Detroit program, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber for existing and emerging regional leaders.  She is active in many professional and community organizations.




About Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a regional, multi-campus, Catholic health care system serving West Michigan and the lakeshore with four hospital campuses, more than 60 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 colleagues, and hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs more than 500 physicians and advanced practice professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and the lakeshore. Mercy Health has annual operating revenues of about $1.4 billion and returns about $80 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. Mercy Health, a member of Trinity Health, is committed to being a trusted health partner for life, transforming the communities we serve, by providing high-quality care that is the most accessible, compassionate and personalized in West Michigan. Visit us at



About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit


SJMHS and Mercy Health are member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 131,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of about $24 billion. Additionally, the organization returns roughly $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.



Taste of Muskegon Adds Kids Safety Saturday

Muskegon, MI (June 4, 2018) – Taste of Muskegon is expanding their offering for the 2018 Festival. On June 16, Kids Safety Saturday will fill Webster Ave and 3rd St with family-fun activities. Starting at 11 am, Muskegon Heights fire trucks, the smokehouse, Pro Med’s ambulance and Muskegon County Sheriff’s operations vehicle and K-9 unit will offer kids opportunities to interact with our local safety teams. The Michigan Child ID program and the Lion’s Project KidSight will also be available for the event. Other additions to the Kids Zone include meet-and-greet opportunities with local sports teams, Noah’s Project craft tent, and Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s portable luge.


New this year as well is Yoga in the Park, three free yoga sessions run by Rootdown, Blue Horizons Wellness and Muskegon Yoga. Tyler Sales is hosting a beer garden and, on Saturday, a craft beer contest between Pigeon Hill Brewing Co., Unruly Brewing Co., Fetch Brewing Co. and Grand Armory Brewing Co. Rad Dad’s Taco & Tequila Bar and Chef Jack Page will be sharing their expertise with tastings in a Tequila Cantina. By popular demand, Taste of Muskegon merchandise will be available along with Watch Muskegon gear. This addition also allows for Taste tickets to be purchased by credit card at the merchandise tent. The Muskegon Farmers Market and Kitchen 242, the benefactors of Taste of Muskegon, will be in the park offering cooking demonstrations. Taste will host 12 more food vendors than last year and a fresh music lineup featuring The Accidentals on Friday night.


“The festival is growing and we are excited about all the new additions we are able to offer. Friday is usually a party atmosphere so we are bringing bands that will play to that well. Saturday is all about family so we decided to have the Kids’ Zone take over the street for the day with a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy.” Ann Meisch, Director of Taste of Muskegon. Taste of Muskegon Presented by Cole’s, being put on by the City of Muskegon for the first time, will take place on June 15th and 16th in Hackley Park. It joins Parties in the Park Friday night and will feature the West Michigan Offshore Club Powerboat Street Party as part of Powerboat weekend. Saturday will kick off with United Way’s Ride United and feature Let There Be Rock, an AC/DC tribute band in the evening. Awards for Taste of Muskegon’s best plates will take place Saturday afternoon and includes both judge and public votes. To learn more about the music, restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2018, visit their website at


We’re Growing – Making Muskegon’s Residents And Economy Healthier

Here in Muskegon we have two major movements happening – becoming a healthier, more active community and growing into the amazing community people want to live, work and play. To that end Shoreline Natural Wellness & Fitness (SNW Fitness) is celebrating a grand re-opening at their beautiful North Muskegon location on June 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.


SNW Fitness has been helping the community become healthier since 2009 and now they are doubling in size to bring healthy living to more people. Their purpose is to improve the health and happiness of their clients so they may live the healthy and happy lives they were created for.


A member, Greg M sums up beautifully what SNW Fitness is all about: “Not all exercise places are created the same. The extras (they) provide are amazing. They seriously care about you. This is by far, the most personal, intense, caring, exercise program I have ever been a part of.”


SNW Fitness cares deeply for their members and loves to celebrate their successes. At the short ceremony during the Grand Re-Opening, they will be spotlighting 5 amazing members who are nothing short of inspirational.


In addition to the ribbon cutting, member celebration and short ceremony, light appetizers and desserts will be available, tours of the new facility, raf]le drawings, a photo booth, and a free two-week membership to all who attend.


This is an event that should not be missed! Be sure to put June 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on your calendar and come out to celebrate with SNW Fitness located at 1500 Whitehall Rd, suite C!


Our clients turn to us for kind and expert coaching, personalized programming and lifestyle focused results found through life-changing programs that help you to find your healthier, happier self. We serve those who feel failed or intimidated by the traditional sweaty, noisy, impersonal, ]itness only gyms. We help our clients ]ind a healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle.



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! Join us on July 5, and July 6, 2019.

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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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