Party in the Park is the Muskegon tradition that gathers us, one and all, to make the best use of Hackley Park all summer on Friday nights.  We can commune to talk about what's going on in town, enjoy some cold refreshing drinks, tasty food from local vendors of all flavors, check out great bands and learn about the organizations that the Party in the Park is really all about.  It is a giant summer long fundraiser you know?  Amazing how we sneak in a way to strengthen and support great causes with a good time isn't it?

If you've never heard of Extreme Mountain Trail, good news!  Here's your introduction!  Extreme Mountain Trail is a horse park in Holland that was being used for the day as a dog course to help raise a little money for the organization and give dogs and owners a chance to enjoy the amenities that are available for the equine set.  Kris Lamb wears many hats at the trail and she's joining Jodi this week to talk about the park and it's purpose and we show you how the dogs make use of the grounds too. 

A few years ago, the idea was hatched that a day could be spent in the idea that 2 groups you'd never imagine benefitting from the same event could come together and see a successful day.  A bunch of bikers, wanting to do a good turn for the Muskegon County Motorcycle Division as well as No More Sidelines, a group of kids and families who have "unique abilities"?  Well, keep in mind where you live, this is Muskegon and collaboration is what we do and we're damn good at it. 

Making sure your dog is properly socialized is a key role in the development of their lives, and yours with them.  Getting pets used to things like noises, distractions, other people and animals and more takes some effort, but where and when is a good place to practice so many challenging "manners".  Well, in Whitehall, there's a spot called the Gnarly Heifer who can help out with that quick fast and in a hurry. 

Paranormal Muskegon recently met up with Earthwise Studio and Shop’s owner, Angel Coon at her new digs. Angel is the powerhouse behind Earthwise which recently opened up at this up and coming location. Angel is energetic, multitalented and has a great many interests. Besides being a business owner, she is an incredible professional photographer, event planner, artist, and intuitive card reader. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Angel for some time now and always inspired by her enthusiasm, energy, and creativity. Having had the opportunity to see her in action as an intuitive card reader, event, planner and artist, couldn’t wait to chat with her about the inspiration behind Earthwise.

To give you an idea of the goings on, one vendor will bring over 900 pounds of ribs for a days service at the 17th Annual Ribfest in Grand Haven at the VFW Post 2326 May 26th and 27th.  The fun gets underway on the 26th at 4p and the 27th at 11a with live music al day and night and the proceeds benefitting our area Veterans. 

When we first met Rob and Reyna Mathis, they were just getting going on an idea.  A new endeavor to help where help is needed called Citi Boi Corp.  The idea being that they would be the point where necessities could be found.  Food, clothing, shelter.  All of that is there.  They also went to work on helping people with things like referral services to agencies to help more, working on social justice to end racism through equity and inclusion and working to show that our differences are not all that different if we just stop and look at ourselves as humanity.  The idea grabbed hold, and it's time for Northside Summer Jams.

Take a whiff.  Scientists report that a dog's sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than a human's. One of the reasons a dog has a much better smelling ability than we do has to do with the number of scent receptors: For every scent receptor a human has, a dog has about 50.  Jodi Jarvis-Therrian is out with some of her scent work friends in Holland this week showing you how much fun it can be to interact with your dog in this discipline! 

We're crossing the Causeway....or...wait a minute....maybe they are crossing the Causeway?  The North Muskegon Choir is ready for their spring show and we're all in on a great weekend of entertainment at the Frauenthal this Friday and Saturday night.  Norse Beats is the production this year and to present the show on the grandest of stages in all of our area, it can be the only way! 



Norse Beats is a production of the entire school at North Muskegon.  Another really great thing about this production is how the students in choir work across the "age gap" to support one another in their endeavors and to help nurture the performance no matter the grade they are in.  At North Muskegon, with the Middle and High School in one building, it's an experience that's rather unique to the learning experience.  Where there's that cut off when a kid advances on, it's not quite as pronounced at North Muskegon and the retention of the kids in the building is a little easier as they navigate the teen years and work to find their calling.  In the choir, they are able to have the upperclassmen work with the newer kids as mentors and guides, and that was apparent in the rehearsal as the Choir instructor Beth Slimko reminded some of the younger kids that their older counterparts are not "bossing you around, they are helping guide you to what needs to be done".

The level of competition in Muskegon for the arts in schools is very healthy.  It's a good thing too.  A well rounded education includes so much more than reading, writing and arithmetic.  Yes, the basics are still the staples and the STEM education is taking up more and more of the time, but the creativity and use of expression are key in so many areas and the arts help foster that in young people.  Even if they are not destined to be in the limelight on a stage somewhere, someday, they will have the idea in their back pocket that at one point, they got up on a stage and sang, so maybe talking in front of a group won't be so bad.  It's a refined balance they are sneaking in on our students....and they are having fun doing it.

I met up with Riley McAvoy and Marilyn Gaston who are in the choir just before the rehearsal began at the Frau to learn a little more about how this program has enhanced their school career and we also hung around to give you a peek of the opening number, enjoy! 

TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS!  Get ya some and enjoy the performance this weekend Downtown Muskegon at the Frauenthal.  Our thanks to Beth Slimko for the invite out to hear about this years show.  

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