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Six Muskegon county arts organizations to receive MCACA grant awards

Muskegon, Michigan, – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced the approval of 477 grants totaling $10,677,184 in awards across the state with over $200,000 of those funds going to organizations in Muskegon county.


Overall, grants were awarded to organizations in 56 Michigan counties of which Muskegon County garnered seven. MCACA stated it received 575 applications for funding and used the services of 126 peer reviewers over the course of the summer to determine eligibility for the awards.


The Block, a downtown Muskegon music-arts presenter and its parent organization the West Michigan Symphony were awarded grants for the 2018 funding year along with the Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Howmet Playhouse and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.


Funding recipients were approved at a Sept. 15 MCACA meeting at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. Recipients include nonprofit organizations such as arts-related festivals, arts-presenting venues, schools, historical societies, museums, dance groups and symphonies. The granted funds cover costs associated with operations, projects, capital improvements, arts-in-education residences, services to the field and regional re-granting initiatives.


“These grants provide vital support for the ongoing cultural development of communities throughout Michigan,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “We appreciate the support of Gov. Rick Snyder and the legislature for increasing funding to groups and events that inspire cultural pride and appreciation for the heritage of our communities.”


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Muskegon’s Lakeshore Art Festival Moves Up in National Ranking

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state of Michigan for Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by the Sunshine Artist Magazine. This ranking was up from #83 position in 2015. Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for high-quality content for the fine art and craft industry, ranks the nation’s most-profitable fine art and craft festivals based on subscribers’ sales performance each year resulting in – Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best!


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Muskegon’s Lakeshore Art Festival Moves Up in National Ranking!

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state of Michigan for Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by the Sunshine Artist Magazine. This ranking was up from #83 position in 2015. Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for high-quality content for the fine art and craft industry, ranks the nation’s most-profitable fine art and craft festivals based on subscribers’ sales performance each year resulting in – Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best!

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Muskegon Community College gets $1.5M donation to name downtown center

MUSKEGON, MI – Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center is the official name of Muskegon Community College’s downtown campus following a $1.5 million naming donation.


The Sturrus’ donation represents the largest – by more than $1 million – individual gift in MCC history. The donation was announced during an MCC Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20.


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Extra Inning’s Upcoming Clinics & Events!

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Baseball and Softball players check this out!

We have some great upcoming clinics for players of all skill levels!


– First up, continuing tonight is our Wednesday Night Open Hitting with Instruction! We had a great turnout last week and everyone got in a ton of swings! Please call or go online to register ahead of time so we know how many players we’ll have. These 45 minute sessions let you get in a ton of swings and our instructors will help you any way they can to improve your overall swing. These sessions are just $20 for non members and $15 for members, or save even more by paying for all 10 weeks at once!


– Then we have an All Skills Baseball Clinic coming up in October! This 3 session clinic will focus on many aspects of the game of baseball including hitting, fielding, base running, and more! Muskegon Clippers hitting coach Keith Williams will be running this always popular clinic! It will run for 3 Tuesdays in a row, October 10, 17 and 24th from 7-8pm! Players must pre register for this clinic, call us or click the link below to do so today!


– And last but certainly not least, our Fastpitch Softball Pitching Clinic with Coach Lisa will be taking place on 3 Wednesdays in October, the 11th, 18th and 25th from 7-8pm! This 3 session clinic will focus on all the mechanics and proper fastpitch pitching methods to help improve your overall pitching skills!


All Extra Innings Members receive a discount on these clinics. Did you know our year long memberships are just $19.95 per month?!? These MVP Memberships includes 1 FREE tunnel rental each month, this $20 value pays for the membership all by itself!


But on top of that you also receive half priced rentals after your free one, you will get up to $15 off the above full clinics, $10 off private lessons with our amazing coaching staff, $50 off lesson packs, as well as 10% off any purchases in our fully stocked pro shop!
All of these amazing benefits for just $19.95 per month!


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Thirteen area lakeshore women will be honored at this year’s 13 Annual Lakeshore ATHENA Award Luncheon.


GRAND HAVEN, Mich., September 18, 2017 –   Patti Poppe, President and CEO of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy will be the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Lakeshore ATHENA Award luncheon. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Trillium Catering and Event Center,

17246 Van Wagoner Road, Ferrysburg |Spring Lake.  Poppe was elected to this position in July 2016 leading Michigan’s largest utility and the nation’s fourth largest combination utility. Poppe held a variety of automotive management positions and served as power plant director at Detroit, Michigan based DTE Energy before returning to her hometown of Jackson to join Consumers Energy in 2011. She earned a master’s degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.  As President and CEO, Poppe has focused on connecting the company more closely with its customers and adapting lean operating system principles throughout the utility.


The Lakeshore ATHENA Award Luncheon is a program of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg; the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and is presented annually to recognize outstanding lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, have provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assist women in reaching their full potential and who exhibits the spirit of regional collaboration.   This year we celebrate eight ATHENA Nominee Finalists and five ATHENA Young Professional Nominee Finalists.


2017 ATHENA Nominee Finalists

Liz DeLaLuz ~ Greater Ottawa County United Way

Darcy Komejan ~ Children’s Advocacy Center

Reyna Masko ~ Ottawa County Court Investigator

Geri McCaleb ~ City of Grand Haven Mayor

Jennifer Owens ~ Lakeshore Advantage

Kelly Springer ~ Metal Flow Corporation

Rachel Terpstra ~ Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy, PLC

Mirka Wilderer ~ Evoqua Water Technologies


2017 ATHENA Young Professional Nominee Finalists

Elizabeth Carson ~ The Shoreline Center

Stefanie Herder ~ Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Colleen Hill ~ Huntington Bank

Elizabeth Kidd ~ Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area

Nicole Paquette ~ Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area



Reservations are required for the Tuesday, October 3, 2017 event.  Cost to attend is $45 per person for Chamber members, $55 per person for non-members or $430 for corporate table of eight.  A portion of all tickets sales supports the ATHENA Scholarship Program.  Reservations can be made by calling The Chamber Grand Haven 616.842.4910 by September 27, 2017 or you may register on line at  PNC Bank is the premier sponsor of the Lakeshore ATHENA® Program.


CONTACT:  Pamela Blake

The Chamber






Muskegon County Calendar of Events 9/18/17-9/25/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Celebrate the Community’s Vibrant Culture, Arts, and Entertainment!


<Muskegon, MI>  The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


“This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”


The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theatre organ and classical music to, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.


The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.


“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”


Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and the city

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible with support from John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague


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Career Tech Center students explore MSU medical school

High school seniors Kristina Herder (Mona Shores High School), Stephanie Vasquez (Muskegon High School), and Madison Woods (Western Michigan Christian High School) were among 100 students throughout the state to be selected to participate in the OsteoCHAMPS program at Michigan State University’s College of Medicine (MSU-COM) in July. OsteoCHAMPS is a nine-day exploration into what it’s like to attend medical school.


Students participated in a challenging academic curriculum taught by MSU faculty in anatomy, biochemistry, medical research, and writing, as well as leadership and team building activities. The week wasn’t all work, though. Students also enjoyed a dance, ice skating, and a Lansing Lugnuts game.


“MSU selected 17 students from West Michigan with about 100 students from around the state attending,” shared Health Science Academy Instructor Kathy Andrews. She added, “Students must complete a lengthy application process in order to be selected–it is very competitive!”


OsteoCHAMPS is the brainchild of Dr. Margaret Aguwa, Associate Dean Emeritus and OsteoCHAMPS Founder at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Aguwa, who is originally from Nigeria, was alarmed at the lack of minority, economically and academically disadvantaged, and other nontraditional college students in the osteopathic school.


In 2000, Aguwa dreamed up the idea of OsteoCHAMPS — a program to introduce students to the wonders and rigors of medicine while they were still in high school, with the hopes they’d want to pursue osteopathy as a profession. She identified two areas to start recruiting students: Detroit and Muskegon County. A year later, the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan signed on as a sponsor.


As of 2017, more than 500 high school juniors and seniors successfully completed the summer academic enrichment program. Herder, Vasquez and Woods are beginning their final year in the Health Science Academy program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.


To view the photos, visit OsteoCHAMPS google drive here!


Kathy Andrews, Health Science Academy Instructor,, 231-767-3675
Stephanie Hoekenga, Student Outreach Specialist,, 231-767-3613



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 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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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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