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Multicultural Beach Festival starts today

Multicultural Beach Festival starts today

Muskegon Multicultural Beach Festival celebrates the land, lakes, rich diversity and culture that exist in Muskegon, while promoting the ideals of Healthy Lifestyles, Sustainability, Economic Development, Diversity, and Lifelong Learning.

The Festival held at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon will consist of a Fashion Show, Health Fair, College Resource Fair, Sand Sculpting contest, Beach Walk/Lose Big contest, Concert Series, (All proceeds will go to putting on the festival and keeping it free for the public ) Memorial Service for drowning victims of Lake Michigan, live performances and other forms of cultural entertainment. There will also be food vendors, exhibitors, and special guest speakers providing information and services feeding both the mind and body.

For information, 231-206-5780. www.muskegonmbf.org

The Tree of Life opens Friday at The Harbor Theater

The Tree of Life opens Friday at The Harbor Theater

The most recent film by award winning director, Terrance Malick, opens this Friday at The Harbor Theater.

The Tree of Life, staring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s.

The film won the 2011 Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious award, the Palme D'Orr.

Click Here to watch the trailer.

Oakridge, Zeeland East football previews

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The 2011 high school football season kicks off in West Michigan in two weeks. WZZM's "13 On Your Sidelines" is your source for the best highlights and analysis all season long.

It's a time of transition at Muskegon Oakridge High School. Gone is legendary head coach Jack Schugars (32 seasons, 262 wins, 19 conference titles, 3 state championships). Longtime assistant Cary Harger takes over for Schugars and says it's a different feeling. "The bigger decisions go through me. A lot of the little details, too. The paperwork that comes from the office, all the things that Jack used to do. But he did a great job grooming us and handing down those responsibilities."

The Unity Christian Music Festival begins in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- An annual Christian music festival is underway in Muskegon.  The Unity Christian Music Festival is celebrating 11 years.

The festival starts with a free concert Wednesday night called "Day Zero." Organizers say the free night is a chance for those curious about the festival to get a sample of what the event will be like the next three nights.

Last year the Unity Christian Music Festival set an attendance record with around 60,000 visitors. This year organizers believe they have a chance to break that record thanks to the festival line-up and forecasts for pleasant weather.

Click here to visit the event's website.

New coach aims to take Tigers to new Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - New Muskegon Heights head coach Tony Blankenship knows a thing or two about tradition.

The former U-M safety played for Bo Schembechler in the late 80's and now hopes to build the Tigers into a perennial contender.

Blankenship has head coaching stops at Detroit Murray Wright, Redford, Southwestern and Denby on his resume but says he feels at home on the west side.

"They care about the kids here and they care about the success that the kids have," Blankenship said.  "They care about their futures and that's what I stand for."

Heights is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history under former head coach Willie Snead III.  

The Tigers finished 2010 with a 6-5 record, falling to Oakridge in the Division 5 district finals 34-14.

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series continues with Westside Soul Surfers

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series continues with Westside Soul Surfers

Concerts are held at McGraft Park on Wickham Drive near Glen Avenue and start at 7:00 p.m.

Concert Schedule:

Tuesday, August 9 - Westside Soul Surfers
Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul

Tuesday, August 16 - Dave Collee and the Skylarks
Great American songbook; dancing

Tuesday, August 23 - Theresa’s Boys & The Grabinski Orchestra Polka, Variety

Fruitport man dies after motorcycle crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Fruitport man involved in a motorcycle crash has died.

Donald Lavern Matthews, 56, was riding north on U.S. 131 when police say his motorcycle hit the back of a car that was stopped in traffic near Leonard Street.

Matthews was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.