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Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Muskegon Bike Time returns with national act July 18

Muskegon Bike Time returns with national act July 18

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon Bike Time is back!

The weekend-long celebration will take over downtown July 19 through July 21.  Events include a July 18 kick-off performance by MINI KISS—a KISS tribute band made up of little people.    In 2010, MINI KISS was featured in Dr. Pepper’s Super Bowl Sunday commercial, which aired all year.  The band has been featured on A&E Network TV, TBS, HBO and other channels.  The live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. inside the tent at 6th Street and Western Avenue.  MINI KISS will take the stage at 9 p.m.

More than 60,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to fill Muskegon for Bike Time. Thousands of bikes will line Western Avenue, which is renamed “Steel Horse Alley” for the event.  Visitors can also check out vendor booths, enjoy food and drink and watch non-stop entertainment.

Tickets on sale for Jazz Fest on White Lake

Tickets on sale for Jazz Fest on White Lake

WHITEHALL, Mich. – A wine tasting, live jazz, appetizer and desserts, art for sale and a silent auction will be featured at the premier White Lake Wine & Jazz Fest on Aug. 3, 2013 from 3-7 p.m. at Goodrich Park.

This lakefront festival will include a variety of wines for tasting provided by Montague Foods wine distributors and served by local celebrities.  Live jazz will be performed by renowned area musicians Dave Collee and The Skylarks. Crosswinds On The Lake Restaurant will prepare a delectable variety of cheeses, and The Book Nook & Java Shop/Wine Cellar will offer tempting desserts.  Six Arts Council of White Lake artists will be on hand to display and sell their creations.

Muskegon welcomes Coast West Festival July 1st

Muskegon welcomes Coast West Festival July 1st

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- It's kind of hard to believe that July 1 is less than a month away. 

Sure it's been unseasonably cold and rainy and road construction season is upon us, but the start of summer brings renewal to Muskegon!

The Coast West Music Festival will be happening at Heritage Landing beginning July 1st and wrapping up July 6th.  "Why Andy-- what's new about that?" You ask.  Well, it's kind of like this: If you remember back to the Seaway Festival, or maybe Summer Celebration which concluded a great run two years ago, you probably remember the very picturesque setting, the cool breeze coming off Muskegon Lake and the good time had by all with the rides, carnival, music and so on.  New this year, Coast West is all about the music. 

There will be a total of 38 bands over the course of six days.  There will be three stages alternating back and forth with live music.  Miller Lite headliners like Cheap Trick,

Rock the Coast returns to Michigan's Adventure

Rock the Coast returns to Michigan's Adventure

MUSKEGON, Mich.—“Rock the Coast” will return to Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park on May 24.

This year, organizers have extended the event to two days.  Visitors can ride all day and rock all night to  Christian artists, including Audio Adrenaline and Tenth Avenue North.  For ticket information, visit the Rock the Coast website here.

Lakeshore Art Festival still looking for Michigan Food Market exhibitors

Lakeshore Art Festival still looking for Michigan Food Market exhibitors

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Lakeshore Art Festival is still looking for additional exhibitors for the Michigan Food Market and fine art categories of watercolor, oils, sculpture, and digital art. 

The Lakeshore Art Festival will no longer be accepting jewelry exhibitors, however applications for street performers of all varieties are still being accepted!

The Lakeshore Art Festival is July 5 and July 6. Look for more information at www.lakeshoreartfestival.org.  If you are interested in sponsorships or volunteering, please send an email to artfest@muskegon.org.

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

West Michigan businesses are honoring moms this Mother’s Day by offering freebies.

In Grand Rapids, moms can get in free to the Grand Rapids Children Museum on Sunday, May 12.  Admission is also free for moms who visit the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek with children or grandchildren in tow.

When it comes to food, Hooters has moms covered Sunday, offering free entrees (up to $10)  for mothers who bring a kid along and buy any drink.  Hooters has 10 locations in Michigan, including a restaurant in Portage.

And don’t forget dessert!  TCBY is offering a free six ounce ‘Fro-Yo’ to mother’s this Mother’s Day weekend.  Muskegon has a TCBY stand at the K-Mart Shopping Center on Henry Street.