Break out the green on Saturday, March 15, 2014
for the third annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 11:00am
Stepping off at 11:00 a.m. from 4th Street and Clay Avenue and marching north along Clay to Jefferson Street this family-oriented event is sponsored by Hennessy’s Irish Pub and the Greater Muskegon Jaycees.
Come watch or join in! The only cost to march in the parade or sponsor a float is a non-perishable food donation to benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the parade for collection.
If your family, organization or group wants to march in the Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please contact the Greater Muskegon Jaycees at [email protected] or click http://muskegonjaycees.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Parade-Form.pdf for a complete registration packet.
For more information on the parade or any of the St. Patrick’s Day activities, contact the
Greater Muskegon Jaycees
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Email: [email protected]
Facebook Event Link https://www.facebook.com/events/816575751691657/
Winter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The “winter blues” are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they’re already here.
As if we needed another reason to get fit! Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. Plus, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours after you hit the showers. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
What and when you eat has a great affect on your mood and energy. Avoid refined and processed foods (like white breads, rice, and sugar). These foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they zap your energy levels and can affect your mood—causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. Try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies, fruit) and get your daily 8 cups of water. These healthy foods provide your body (and mind) with nutrients, and stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.
3. Get Some Sun
Most people know that sunlight provides us with Vitamin D. But did you know that it also improves your mood? Winter days are shorter and darker than other months, and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed—without knowing why! Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. Sit near windows in restaurants and during class. Try changing the light bulbs in your house to “full spectrum” bulbs. These mimic natural light and actually have the same affects on your mind as the real thing.
4. Act on your Resolutions
A recent study from the CDC showed a strong link between healthy behaviors and depression. Women who exhibited healthy behaviors (like exercising, not smoking, etc.) had less sad and depressed days than those whose behaviors were less than healthy. Although researchers studied women, the results are likely similar in men.
5. Avoid Binge Drinking
Staying in with a cold beer or a nice glass of wine may seem like the only thing to do in the winter months, and many people who feel down also tend to turn to alcohol when they’re feeling down. But alcohol is actually a depressant, and rather than improving your mood, it only makes it worse. Avoiding alcohol when you are already depressed is a good idea. Moderate drinking is fine for most people, but binge drinking (defined as having 5 or more drinks in one sitting) is never a healthy choice. The morning after will have you feeling sick, depressed, and even more tired, which will affect many aspects of your life. This will make your low energy and bad mood even worse.
6. Treat Yourself
Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. Winter seems endless! But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you’re anticipating it and when the event actually comes. Plan something that’s exciting to you—a weekend trip, a day at the spa, a party (but keep #5 above in mind), or special event like a play, girls (or guys) night out, or sporting event.
You’re busy! Work, class, family, friends, appointments, meetings—even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don’t be afraid to say “No” to extra opportunities (covering a shift for a co-worker, bringing food to your son’s class party). Try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing! Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep depression at bay.
8. Embrace the Season
Instead of always avoiding the cold and the snow—look for the best that it has to offer! Take up a winter sport like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, or even sledding! Enjoy these opportunities while they last—after all, they’re only here a few months per year. Staying active will boost your energy. Seeing winter in a positive light, with all the fun activities that it has to offer, will keep your spirits high.
9. Get Social Support
Don’t underestimate the power of friends, family, mentors, co-workers, and neighbors. Who can you turn to when you’re down and need a pick-me-up? Keep a mental list of these special people and don’t be afraid to ask for help or encouragement when you need it. Something as simple as a phone call, a chat over coffee, or a nice email or letter can brighten your mood.
10. Catch some Zzzz’s
People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. But with all we have going on, sometimes sleep is the first thing to go. With a little time management, and some self-discipline, you can meet your shut-eye needs. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent. That way, your sleeping patterns can normalize and you’ll have more energy. Try not to oversleep—those 12-hour snoozes on the weekend can actually make you MORE tired. Don’t forget naps! A short (10-30 minute) afternoon nap may be all you need to re-energize midday.
“MUSKEGON, MI – The possibilities of things that come to a person’s head the moment before jumping into the icy-cold waters of Muskegon Lake are endless.
For Muskegon resident Allan Hoffar, it was the movie “Titanic.”
“Don’t let go Jack,” he said, quoting an iconic scene from the 1997 film. “Don’t ever let go.”
On Saturday, more than 450 people participated in the 2014 Muskegon Polar Plunge, which raises money for athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. This year, a record $60,000 was raised as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Organizers said that number will be even higher when all the money is counted but the exact amount wont be known until Monday.
Saturday’s event took place in temperatures in the teens and a nearly constant snowfall, but for most, the good cause is well worth braving the freezing waters and chilly temperatures.
“I was really nervous. I can’t breathe,” said Muskegon resident Morgan Witmer, who participated for the fourth year in a row. “But we have a friend who has a daughter with Down syndrome and she’s so inspiring, so that’s why we’re here.”
Witmer’s group “Team Lilly” raised more than $8,500.”
(Source: mlive.com. Read more and view more pictures @ http://bit.ly/1kttX7t)
Here are some pictures from the Polar Plunge Facebook page.
MUSKEGON, MI – The Community Foundation for Muskegon County is asking: Why are you here?
In a three-minute video produced by the Muskegon-based marketing firm Revel, the community foundation wanted to establish what Muskegon is all about and to challenge the community to get involved to make it better in the future.
The video was premiered Thursday, June 27 at the Frauenthal Theater as part of the community foundation’s annual gathering. Instead of having an outside guest speaker such as urban strategist Peter Kageyama who got the community to Love Muskegon, the foundation used Revel’s creativity to generate a Muskegon video unlike any other recently produced as a community promotion.
“Why are you here?” is an unvarnished acceptance of who we are in Muskegon, what makes this community unique and what potential the future holds. The stars are everyday Muskegon citizens against an everyday Muskegon backdrop.
“This is not a perfect place and there are people who will tell you that. Do they live here? They don’t speak for us. We know our faults but we know our strengths too,” begins the video script put together by the Revel staff as partner Andy Maciejewski directed the community foundation video project.
The script, the realistic visuals of Muskegon County and the booming voice of Canadian radio broadcaster and professional voice-over artist Rory O’Shea creates a video that is like a Pure Michigan advertisement meeting the Clint Eastwood Detroit Chrysler television advertisement.
“We are generations of hard working people who don’t always agree,” the video states about the real Muskegon. “That’s the way we like it. You can’t build something great without a little … adversity.”
The community foundation video shows all aspects of Muskegon County from downtown urban scenes to farm fields and small-town life. It captures the diversity of people and locations from Holton to Ravenna and Muskegon Heights. It concludes that “we are more than beaches and we’re certainly not a big city.”
The video gives honor to Muskegon’s history in referring to the get-it-done spirit of the economic eras from lumber to manufacturing and now a mixed economy being built on all aspects of quality of life: “We’ve rebuilt cities and we’ve helped win wars.”
The video concludes by asking all who are not part of the solution to “choose to lead or step aside.” The video asks those that are doing things for their community to do more and those needing help to ask for a hand.
“It’s time to make this place what we want it to be,” according to the video. “Raise your family. Open a business. Stop complaining.”
The video simply ends with: “Are you with us?”
The community foundation audience certainly responded Thursday in the affirmative. Foundation President Chris McGuigan said the video was produced in a year that the $150 million foundation had record giving and record grant awards. It is a year that great changes are taking place in town, she said.
The community foundation wanted to honor Muskegon for what it is and challenge citizens to do what they can to move the community forward. The video is a call to action.
“It’s not about money,” the video states. “It’s not about where you’re from or who your friends are. It’s about doing your part. It’s about all of us – marching block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood — until we get it right. It can be done.
“So, why do you live here? Because this is our home.”
Check out the video and feel free to leave some comments below.
XFC 27: Muskegon, MI | Dec. 13th, 2013
The XFC – Xtreme Fighting Championships have set their sights on Muskegon, MI Friday Dec. 13th, 2013 for their year ending, action packed, nationally televised professional MMA Event! Join us as several of the top local and national Male & Female superstars give the fans and the XFC all they’ve got live on AXS TV!
Doors open at 6:00pm ET, Fights start at 7:00pm ET LIVE on AXS TV Fights at 9pm ET
Tickets on sale at Beafantickets.com (Select your fav fighter)
Posters for Download & Sharing: Click Here
XFC 27 FIGHT CARD
Main Event Featherweight Championship:
Farkhad Sharipov (14-5) vs. Deivison Ribeiro (24-9)
Co-Main Event :
Dom O’Grady (15-6-1) vs Eric Reynolds (18-6) @ Lightweight 155 lbs.
Alexander Trevino (5-3) vs Dave Courchaine (15-6) @ Lightweight 155 lbs.
Marcus Reynolds (9-7) vs Dequan Townsend (5-2) @ Catchweight 180 lbs.
Daniel Swain (10-2) vs. JP Reese (10-7) @ Featherweight 145 lbs.
Dom Steele (9-4) vs Ryan Thomas (17-7) @ Welterweight 170 lbs.
Jacob Butler vs Joel Vincent @ 140 catchweight.
Tale of the Tape Fight Cards
XFC 27 – Farkhad Sharipov vs Deivison Ribeiro Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Dom Ogrady vs Eric Reynolds Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Alex Trevino vs Dave Courchaine Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Marcus Reynolds vs Dequan Townsend Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Daniel Swain vs JP Reese Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Dom Steele vs Ryan Thomas Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Ray Lopez vs Shamir Garcia Undercard Prelims
XFC 27 – David Rohn vs Drew Morais Undercard Prelims
The annual downtown Muskegon Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Hackley Park.
The park was decked out in Christmas décor and the tree, which stands about 25 feet tall, was lit at approximately 5:30 p.m. The event included Christmas caroling by a barbershop choir and appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Food from Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack and hot drinks from Drip Drop Coffee was also be available.
Downtown Muskegon holiday events on Nov. 30
• Artisan Market at the Great Muskegon Woman’s Club — 280 W. Webster Ave.
• Craft Market at the Century Club Retail Center — 356 W. Western Ave.
• Teddy Bear Breakfast at the Muskegon Museum of Art — 296 W. Webster Ave.
• Historic holiday tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Scolnik Depression Era Home and the Fire Barn Museum — Various locations. Visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org for more information.
• Public Ice Skating from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena — 470 W. Western Ave.
• Christmas Tree sales at 4 p.m. at Hackley Park
• Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at Hackley Park
• Sing with Sam Cerniglia and Sylvia Yacoub at 6:30 p.m. at the Olthoff Street Stage — Corner of Third Street and Western Ave.
• Warren Miller ski/snowboard adventure film Ticket to Ride at 7 p.m. at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts — 425 W. Western Ave.
• Muskegon Civic Theatre’s The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays at 7:30 p.m. at the Beardsley Theater — 427 W. Western Ave.
Over the weekend I decided to take my kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art on a mission to try something new. Our first stop was to the lower level to participate in there arts, and crafts day. My children had a ball designing their own personal Christmas decorations with the help of the friendly staff. Our participation in the decorating activities earned us a free admission to the festival of the trees which takes place November 21-December 1.
After decorating we entered the movie theater where the grinch that stole christmas was playing. It was very enjoyable watching all the kids view this traditional holiday movie some for the first time.
Next we took a trip upstairs to take a look at all the art on display. Each room was filled with different pieces labeled with the dates, and a brief history about the creator. My children were amazed by all the colors, shapes, and designs of the pictures, and sculptures to choose from. I was very impressed at their reaction, and the details they noticed with each piece of art we encountered.
To end our day at the museum we took a trip down to the gift shop where we bought some nice items to commemorate our first family trip to the Museum. On a scale of 1-10 our trip to the Museum was an 11. My kids are still talking about all the activities we did, and we are planning another trip to see the festival of trees this weekend. If you have not had the chance to check it out you are missing some good old fashioned family fun, and you should plan a trip as soon as possible.
Shopping at Lakeshore Vapors was an experience to remember. I was tired of smoking and have been trying to quit for years, so when my friend told me about the store, I figured I would give vaping a try. The staff could instantly tell I was a “newbie”, and welcomed me with open arms. I was able to sample different flavors, and put together a starter kit with a flavor that fit me. I was trained on how to use my new device, and I am proud to say I have never been happier. Vaporizing is not only healthier for myself, but for all the people around me, not to mention my clothes are smoke free, and I don’t smell like cigarette smoke anymore.
Thank you to Lakeshore vapors for assisting me in my life change, and I will definitely use Lakeshore Vapors for all my vaporizing needs.
The Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is held annually on the first Saturday of November at Mona Shores High School. It’s the Lakeshore’s biggest show of the season!
Mona Shores Community Services announces its 33rd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Mona Shores High School, 1121 Seminole Road. More than 170 booths with exhibitors from across Michigan & Illinois selling handcrafted items. Shop in three gyms and cafeteria! It’s the Lakeshore’s biggest show of the season! Admission just $1. Start your holiday shopping here!
Saturday, 03 November, 2012
09:00 AM – 03:00 PM
Mona Shores High School
1121 Seminole Road
Muskegon, MI 49441
New Vendors: Applications are mailed out during the month of March. To be added to our mailing list, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Mona Shores Community Services, 121 Randall Road, Norton Shores, MI, 49441. If you prefer, you may print the online application. Our show for 2013 is full.
For additional information, please call our office at (231) 780-4748 or contact us by e-mail.