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Muskegon changes zoning to allow breweries

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Muskegon is one step closer to getting its own brewery.

Thursday night the city planning commission approved re-writing a zoning ordinance to allow brewpubs, breweries, wineries and distilleries.  That clears the way for Unruly Brewing Company to potentially open this summer.

Downtown development officials say the beer business is booming in Holland, Grand Rapids and other areas so now is their chance to bring the growing industry to Muskegon.

Jeff Jacobsen, the co-owner of Unruly Brewing Company says, "The city's been really great about working with us."  We're just excited to finally bring some craft brew here to Muskegon."

Muskegon Rescue Mission Announces An Evening with FFH and Bebo Norman

Muskegon Rescue Mission announced artist details today for their 7th Annual Spring Benefit Concert. An Evening with FFH and Bebo Norman will be presented Friday, April 27th at 7:00 pm at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon.

Executive Director Kevin Newton announced the co-headliners with an invitation for the community to "come see a great show and support an even greater cause. We are thrilled to once again bring top tier Christian music to Muskegon and look forward to a wonderful evening. Attendees will be supporting the work of the Mission while being challenged and inspired by these two artists."

FFH and Bebo Norman are both past performers at the Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon and well known to Christian music fans nationwide.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Offers Activities and Hikes, Saturdays in March and April

As winter melts into spring, you can find adventure and exercise in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road, Muskegon. The park features 10 miles of hiking trails, 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center and nature programs suitable for all ages and interests. The Visitor Center will be the meeting place for the Exploring Nature programs. Each program includes an activity or short hike. The following programs are scheduled for March and April:

March 3:  Dune Fitness Terraining, 10:30 a.m.
Looking for an exciting outdoor workout? Join us for this dynamic hike. This 1.5-hour hike will cover varied dune terrain. Teens and adults only. Bring your fitness band.

March 10 : Spring Forward Hike, 10 a.m.
Hike Hoffmaster S. P. Homestead Trail, see signs of spring, hear the story of Hoffmaster homesteaders and learn about dune formations.

Muskegon Museum of Art hosting New Deal exhibition

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting a nationally touring exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first New Deal arts program, the Public Works of Art Project.

The exhibition is called "1934: A New Deal for Artists." It opens in Muskegon on Thursday with a reception and a special lecture that are free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through May 6.

The 55 paintings in "1934: A New Deal for Artists" are drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection of artworks created for the PWAP and form a visual record of America in the worst year of the Great Depression.

Farmers face charges for DNR violations

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Two Muskegon County men who raise deer on their property face misdemeanor charges for not properly maintaining records on their herds. The papers allow the Department of Natural Resources keep track of the movement of live and deceased deer. If disease, like chronic wasting or tuberculosis, is discovered sick deer can be tracked back to the farm they came from.

Wandering Whitetails near Fruitport was checked following a report to the DNR of dead deer. Conservation Officer Greg Patten says there were five dead deer at the farm. The owner David Jacobs was ticketed for improper fencing and failing to submit those dead deer for tuberculosis and chronic wasting tests. The farm is now closed.

Lumberjacks Alumni Game raises big money for charity

Lumberjacks Alumni Game raises big money for charity

The Muskegon alumni team got the better of the Detroit Red Wings alumni Saturday night at L.C. Walker Arena, but the big winner was the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation.

The Lumberjacks are pleased to announce the Red Wings Alumni Game, which attracted a lively sellout crowd of 4,802 local hockey fans, and the entire Alumni Weekend raised a total of $24,334 to benefit the MLCF.

“The outpouring of support from the community was great to see, especially since our programs are so new,” said Lumberjacks Community Relations Director Sarah Lambert. “It makes me excited for the future.

“With these funds we’ll be able to reach many more kids on our Reading Caravan and employ additional youth hockey initiatives as well.”

"1934: A New Deal for Artists" opens Thursday

"1934: A New Deal for Artists" opens Thursday

February 16 through May 6, 2012

This nationally touring exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project by drawing on the Smithsonian American Art Museum's unparalleled collection of vibrant artworks created for the program.

In 1934, Americans grappled with an economic crisis that feels all too familiar today. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration created the Public Works of Art Project—the first federal government program to support the arts nationally. The program enlisted artists all across America to paint murals and canvases depicting “the American Scene” for display in public buildings. Regional subjects, including labor and leisure, city and rural life, nature and people, reminded the public of quintessential American values of hard work, community, and optimism.