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Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Launches DUNEiversity

MUSKEGON, Mich.- The Lake Michigan sand dunes are more than 3,000 years old, but there’s something new in the sand dunes around Muskegon State Park.


The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is launching its first year-round program with a DUNEiversity, an educational program that teaches team building as well as environmental awareness and how to stay active and healthy outdoors.


Groups ranging from elementary students, to sports teams, to corporate leadership teams can arrange a private reservation to spend a day in the sand dunes with a facilitator learning and developing team skills.


The program uses experiential learning as a way of teaching, where both kids and adults are taught how to work together as a team through playing games and adventuring  in the outdoors. Each game is followed up with a period of reflection facilitated by a DUNEiversity staff member.


“Last summer we beta tested the program with kids from local schools and some local businesses like the Community Foundation and Holiday Inn managers,” said Bill Bailey, DUNEiversity’s Adventure Planner.


“What we found is adults have just as much fun playing outdoors and can learn just as much as any kid can. You’re never too old to play and learn,” said Bailey


The program will be in place year-round and groups interested in participating can work with DUNEiversity staff to set goals and arrange an outing.


The Winter Sports Complex is operated by the Muskegon Sports Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Last spring the organization announced plans to develop a zip line canopy tour and other year-round attractions. A portion of the plan was crowd funded last fall and construction will begin later this year.


“DUNEiversity will play a big role in advancing our mission into year-round activities,” said Jim Rudicil,” Executive Director of the Muskegon Sports Council.


“We want to make Muskegon County a healthier place and we believe we’ll reach that goal by working with our local teachers and employers to get more students and working class individuals active in the outdoors through team building,” said Rudicil.


DUNEiversity has already booked school field trips and corporate team building reservations for this spring. After memorial day the program will also offer summer day camps for kids and paddling classes. Teams who wish to make a reservation can start working with a DUNEiversity Adventure Planner at their website,


Artists Invited to Participate in Kayak Sculpture Public Art Project

Application Deadline – Friday, April 20

Muskegon, Michigan – The Lakeshore Art Festival, in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, is organizing an exhibition of public art in Downtown Muskegon for the summer of 2018.  Artworks will incorporate a real kayak and will be on display beginning July 5. All artists 18 years or older are invited to submit an application to participate in the project no later than Friday, April 20.


Accepted artists will receive a $500 stipend and a kayak with stand. Kayaks are being provided by KL Outdoor, the world’s largest kayak manufacturer, which recently chose to locate their corporate headquarters in Muskegon.


Designs must measure no more than eleven feet high and six feet wide and must be weather resistant with all sculptural elements securely attached to the kayak. Artists will also be responsible for picking up their kayak between May 1-4 and delivering their completed sculpture no later than June 25. Artists can also elect to make their sculpture available for sale.


Click here ( to view the detailed application form. There is an application fee of $35. Artists may contact Suzanne Velarde with questions at or call (616) 402-1625.


This project is made possible by Signature Sponsor KL Outdoor.


The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July and will take place July 6 and 7, 2018. The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of 300+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, specialty food booths, interactive art stations, Children’s activities and so much more in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Local businesses interested in supporting this locally and nationally recognized festival through sponsorship can contact Carla Flanders at For more information visit


ThrivePOP Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as an official Woman Owned Business Enterprise

[Muskegon, MI]—April 3, 2018—ThrivePOP, a business specializing in Website Development and Marketing Services and Support, located in Muskegon, MI is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Owned Business Enterprise by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).


“WBENC was instrumental in assisting me with the certification process, and guiding me with the proper documentation and attention to detail that is required to obtain this certification. This certification will help me grow my business into arenas that I would not normally have opportunities in. I am proud to be recognized as on Official Woman Owned Business,” states Michele Ringelberg


WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Great Lakes Business Council is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.


By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.


About ThrivePOP:
ThrivePOP is an innovative Digital Marketing Agency that specialized in website development and marketing services for small to medium sized businesses and is located in Muskegon, Michigan but services companies nationwide.  ThrivePOP’s specialty is build amazing websites, driving quality traffic that converts into leads for businesses. To learn more about ThrivePOP, please visit


About WBENC:
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 2-9, 2018

Click here for the Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 2-9, 2018



New Assistant Director at Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI — The Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation has announced the promotion of Catherine Mott to Assistant Director, effective March 20, 2018. She has been employed at the Museum since 2007 as Curator of Education. She will assist Executive Director Kirk Hallman with lead administrative responsibilities in her new role.


Ms. Mott has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with a minor in math, from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She resides in Montague, Michigan with her husband and two children.


Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation President Charles Johnson, II, comments, “In her eleven years at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Cathy has excelled in creating vibrant educational programs for both students and the public. Her contributions to the MMA’s vitality as a world class community art museum cannot be understated and her skill sets have continually expanded, making her a natural choice for this important position. “


The MMA is taking applications for the position of Curator of Education. Application information and the job description are posted at


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




Marguerite Curran

231.720.2574 |

Muskegon Museum of Art | 296 W. Webster Ave. | Muskegon, MI 49440


Cheers and Chocolate At the Culinary Institute of Michigan in Downtown Muskegon

Muskegon, MI – Cheers and Chocolate to benefit Every Woman’s Place will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Culinary Institute of Michigan.


West Michigan’s premiere pairing event, Cheers & Chocolate, pairs sweet and savory delights with fine wines and beers at the state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of Michigan, located in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Since its inception, Cheers & Chocolate has raised over $600,000 to help victims of domestic and sexual violence, as well as pregnant and parenting youth.


Tickets are $60 each and include a commemorative wine glass, as well as wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and dessert tastings. This event accommodates over 600 guests and has sold out for the last several years. Tickets can be purchased online at Guests must be 21 years of age or older and provide picture ID at the event.


Michigan wineries will be featured on the third floor in the Michigan Wine Room. The Beer Garden will feature Michigan microbrews and ciders paired with great food.


This event raises funds to support the work of Every Woman’s Place. For over 40 years, Every Woman’s Place has provided support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. EWP provides safe shelter, a 24-Hour Crisis Line, counseling, a Sexual Assault Response Team, legal advocacy and services for children who have witnessed violence.


Contact: Lori Rasmussen

231-759-7909 ext. 223


Rehmann named one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

TROY, Mich – For the 16th consecutive year, Rehmann is honored to be recognized as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.


The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.


Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. Associates at Rehmann enjoy benefits such as flexible work environments, tuition reimbursement and personalized development plans.


“We are honored to receive this award consistently over the last 16 years,” said Katie Strehler, Rehmann’s chief human resources officer. “The firm has exceptional talent and we pride ourselves in offering a positive work environment that also fosters associate growth. It is because of our people that we can deliver business wisdom and grow with our clients year after year.”


Rehmann is also excited to announce that Trivalent Group, Rehmann’s newest combining firm and a top 100 managed IT service provider, was recognized for this honor as well.


Companies featured on this year’s list will be honored on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, MI.


Contact: Holly Shier



Selena Gomez, Betty Boop, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo take top spots at local hair show

MUSKEGON, MI:  “Lights, camera, action,” was the theme behind this year’s hair show put on by Nuvo College of Cosmetology. The event took place Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) and featured Cosmetology students from the MACTC as well at Nuvo. Celebrity model look-alikes of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Selena Gomez, and Betty Boop were the judges’ top picks. A total of 55 students, 41 from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, participated.


Hair show entries are presented on live models that students spent the afternoon preparing. Each model walked a catwalk to show off the stylist’s creation. Participants were judged on four categories: hair, makeup, nails, and overall look. Winners were selected by a panel of judges. For a $1 donation, guests could choose their favorite for the popular vote.


The winning designs, chosen by the judges, were Carolyn Skuse (Ravenna) for her model of Lisbeth Salander from, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This is the second year in a row Carolyn has been awarded first place by the judges. Second place went to Nuvo student Xochitl Gutierrez for her interpretation of Selena Gomez. Third place went to Haylee Martin (Orchard View) for her Betty Boop model.


In the popular vote, guests awarded first place to Kennedi Ogle (Mona Shores) with her model of American gymnast Jordyn Wieber. Second place went to Haylee Martin with Betty Boop. Skylar Nelson (Orchard View) placed third with her version of actress Veronica Lake.


All proceeds from the show were donated to the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon.


For more information on Cosmetology or any of the other 14 programs available at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, visit


Health Science students earn top spots among 3,300 at state competition

Allied Health Technologies and Health Science Academy students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) were among roughly 3,300 students to participate in the HOSA: Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference, March 22-23, 2018. The conference took place at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over 50 students from the MACTC competed in a variety of healthcare events.


Competitions tested the skills and knowledge of high school students from Michigan high schools and techn


“HOSA was an amazing experience. I met students, who shared the same interests as me, from all over the state,” said Marco Cuevas of Muskegon High School. “As a HOSA Bowl competitor, I gained better communication and teamwork skills. We all worked together and that’s what brought us to the finals,” h

ical centers in the areas of health professions. Categories include clinical nursing, sports medicine, presentational speaking, HOSA Bowl, and many others. Written exams were required for several categories including pathophysiology and pharmacology. The MACTC was recognized as an outstanding HOSA chapter, receiving a plaque of distinction for enrolling over 100 members as well as the 100% Membership Award.

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The following students placed in the Top 8:

Marco Cuevas Muskegon Silver Medal HOSA Bowl


Dalton Giddings Holton Silver Medal HOSA Bowl


Trevor Pant Oakridge Silver Medal HOSA Bowl


Bryce Ward Holton Silver Medal HOSA Bowl


Andi Elder Reeths-Puffer Bronze Medal Clinical Nursing


Madison Woods West MI Christian Bronze Medal Courtesy Corp Volunteer


Caleb Banninga Reeths-Puffer Top 8 Prepared Speaking


The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality healthcare by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the medical community.


For more information on the Allied Health Technologies or Health Science Academy programs, as well as the other 13 career-related programs at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, visit


Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/26/18 – 04/09/18

Click here for the Muskegon County Calendar of Events 03/26/18 – 04/09/18


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

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