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Extra Inning’s Upcoming Clinics & Events!

Extra Innings Muskegon

 

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

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.visitmuskegon.org

 

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FRAUENTHAL CENTER HOSTS FREE SEASON LAUNCH PARTY

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

 

CONTACT: Kelly Walden- Marketing Coordinator

231.332.4137 KWalden@cffmc.org

 

 

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!

 

Contacts
Kathy Andrews, Health Science Academy Instructor, kandrews@muskegonisd.org, 231-767-3675
Stephanie Hoekenga, Student Outreach Specialist, shoekeng@muskegonisd.org, 231-767-3613

 

 

Free seats still open in full-day Muskegon County preschools

Seats are still open in preschool classrooms at Explorers Learning Center in Roosevelt Park, Reeths-Puffer’s McMillan Early Childhood Center, Montague, Muskegon Heights, Oakridge, and Ravenna’s Beechnau School. The free, full-day openings are available through the state-funded Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) are for children who turned four between September 2, 2016 and September 1, 2017.

 

Children enrolled in GSRP attend Monday through Thursday and enjoy breakfast, lunch and a snack. A variety of fun activities are offered and revolve around stories, art, music, math, science and play. Circle time, sharing, and interacting with their first-ever classmates and teachers help children get ready for kindergarten.

 

School staff are eager to enroll new students right away as classes have already started. As part of the enrollment process, staff will help families determine if they meet income eligibility guidelines.

 

Last year about 67% of the over 2,000 4-year-olds in Muskegon County attended preschool. According to Stuart Jones, MAISD Director of Early Childhood Services, a preschool experience has long lasting positive impacts on young learners. “Specific research on GSRP shows that children who attend these high-quality preschools do better developmentally than those who do not attend a high-quality preschool program,” said Jones.

 

Great Start Readiness Program preschool classes operate through May or early June. Currently, a family of four would be eligible for the free program if their annual income was $61,500 or less. To learn more about enrollment call the MAISD at 231-767-8300 or visit www.muskegonisd.org/earlychildhood/gsrp.

 

Contacts:

Stuart Jones, MAISD Director of Early Childhood Services at 231-767-7272 or sjones@muskegonisd.org

Kristin Tank, MAISD Public Information Officer at 231-894-5419 (cell) or ktank@muskegonisd.org

 

 

FRAUENTHAL CENTER HOSTS FREE SEASON LAUNCH PARTY

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Kelly Walden- Marketing Coordinator
231.332.4137 KWalden@cffmc.org

 

FRAUENTHAL CENTER HOSTS FREE SEASON LAUNCH PARTY
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 theater organ and classical music, to R&B Funk, 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 along city streets.
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 by the generous sponsorships made by 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, Above & Beyond, Bella Maria’s, Chalet Floral, Fatty Lumpkins, Hearthstone, Ryke’s Catering, Smash Wine Bar and Bistro and Teddy Spaghetti’s.

 

Puppies arrive at Muskegon airport in Hurricane Harvey’s wake

MUSKEGON, MI – Puppies from shelters in Texas arrived in Muskegon this weekend in an effort to make room for dogs rescued from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

 

“I couldn’t believe how happy they were, said Tamara Owen, executive director of the Noah Project.

 

The no-kill animal shelter located near Muskegon began sharing updates on Facebook about the operation on Thursday, Aug. 31. The dogs arrived at the Muskegon County Airport Sunday, Sept. 3.

 

“I don’t know if they were just happy because they were happy, if they were happy to be in Michigan, or happy because what they’ve been through,” Owen said.

 

 

Noah Project teamed up with nonprofit Pilots N Paws to transport about two dozens dogs in two planes from shelters on the Gulf Coast Sunday.

 

From Muskegon, they will find new homes in Michigan and nearby states, Noah Project board member Jane McGregor said.

 

Officials said 46 shelters from Michigan and more from nearby states have already contacted the Muskegon shelter saying that they are willing to assist in housing the animals. Another 40 foster volunteers and 30 transport-related volunteers have stepped up to help in the process.

 

Owen said she was surprised by the willingness of people to help.

 

“We knew we were going to have young dogs, so we wanted stuffs like Kongs, nylabones and peanut butter,” she said. “And as soon as we put it on the Facebook page, within four hours, we had all of them.”

 

McGreggor said the pets will be transported to the local shelter, where they can eat and rest before close examination.

 

Kitchen 242 – Donna Jeanne’s Sweet Dreams

We finally caught up with Amy and Brad Major of Donna Jeanne’s Sweet Dreams.  Those normal early morning or late night baker hours and their 307 W. Western Avenue growing business has keep them quite busy since May 2017 when they launched their small batch, nostalgic sweet shop at the Muskegon Western Market Chalets on Western Avenue.  “It was a perfect time for us to get serious about doing this” said Amy.  “We owned an ice cream truck and operated in Grand Rapids a few years ago so we knew we would venture into another business at some point.”  “We also enjoy cooking and baking together.”   Brad’s motto also may have contributed to jumping in when they did.  He lives by “go out on a limb, which is where the fruit is.”

 

Amy offered that their theme since they opened has been all about learning, and since she is a Principal in the Forest Hills School District, learning is right up her alley. Several of the things they learned were planning for the right quantities of their baked goods to ensure freshness and quality which they live by; learning what days of the week would be busier, taking cues from customers and yes some of the items they thought would be popular turns out they were not, so adjusting their product mix based on customer feedback. Most of the recipes they use are family recipes. They had great support from both Amy’s and Brad’s parents who not only supported them with their time but also helped them perfect their techniques while making those family recipes. Their daughter who is now in college also helped out with the business this summer.

 

To continue reading about Donna Jeanne’s Sweet Dreams, visit Kitchen 242. 

 

 

 

 

 

Charitable hammock company wins $5K at Muskegon 5×5 Night

MUSKEGON, MI – High Hopes Hammocks is soaring after winning the $5,000 prize at a business pitch competition.

 

Five entrepreneurs pitched their ideas at Start Garden’s 5×5 Pitch Night in Muskegon on Tuesday, Aug. 29. At the end of the evening, Connor Moynihan, with High Hopes Hammocks, came out on top.

 

Moynihan, a recent Central Michigan University graduate, founded High Hopes Hammocks in 2015.

 

The company donates a hammock, a meal, or survival kit to someone living in poverty for every hammock sold. Since 2015, the company has sold more than 2,500 hammocks and made donations all over the world.

 

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Christian Writers Conference To Host Well Known Publishers

Norton Shores, MI September 28, 2017:

 

The Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference celebrates its 40th year of providing writers with the tools and resources to get published. This is a great conference for bloggers, teachers, church staff, and for the book writer who needs to know what to do next. There are informative sessions for all types of writing. You will meet with well known publishers, agents, and editors from Zondervan, Kregel, Moody, Tyndale and many more. This conference will equip you for the rapidly changing publishing world.  Register now to take advantage of the limited space in our pre-conference options. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your writing to its fullest potential while on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.

 

Contact: Bonnie Emmory

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference

Phone # 231.798.2161

bonnie@maranathachristianwriters.com

 

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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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