Congratulations to Maya Schuhknecht as Miss Michigan 2023, watch the highlight version of the final night here on the Muskegon Channel.

Life has gotten a little busy and being a couple days late with the Muskegon By the Stars Astrological Forecast is only the fault of the editor!  Marie has filed a great report to catch you up on your horiscope!  Take a listen. 

We've long been proud to be invited to tell you about the event held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Norton Shores.  Years past, they had a delicious pilaf dinner with the AMAZING food and the incredible fellowship that's provided by a congregation that is filled with love, laughter and builds a very inclusive environment.  It's safe to guess maybe that post pandemic, some reimagining happened and the idea that was settled on was GO BIGGER!  I was invited by Liz Danigelis to talk about the fun and  Rev. Fr. Joseph Gingrich joined us to talk about the faith and the parish as well.  It's a great chat about a super awesome newer and bigger event! 

A 17 year absence of an amazing event that was held so dear by an entire community is a long time.  The return of that event is a new beginning from every angle and with the Wings over Muskegon Airshow coming July 7th through the 9th we're ahead of the game to a degree because we're already moving at a lightning pace with our summer.  One thing that will grab your attention quick on this event, kids 15 and under are free!  Muskegon County Airport Executive Director Ken Efting dropped that one on me today.....I thought I knew everything going on, guess not. 

We had an amazing turnout for the Lakeshore Art Festival this past weekend Downtown Muskegon.  In fact, the entire area was buzzing with incredible things to do, be a part of and enjoy as the summer of 2023 continues to march toward the best on record in Muskegon.  Our community staples are still strong too, as Party in the Park takes a break when bigger events need the space, but it's right back when the time to gather as a community and just relax is upon us.

Kids and pets go hand in hand.  There's a special relationship between children and animals that is a tale as old as time, and not many of us can think back over our lives without the memory of a pet of ours or a neighbors that was a true standout for entertainment and companionship.  This week, Jodi and Paula have enlisted the help of a couple of grands to show you some great activities and best practices to make your kids and pets time together as great as it can be.  There are also some pretty great ways here to help your kids get familiar with a dog they may not know. 

Dog Blessed is all about people and pets living their best lives together.  Well, when that time is up for one half of that combination, it's a crushing defeat to all.  Paula Smith is the less seen half of the Dog Blessed family but, she's a big part of all of it, and her dog Pepper recently made the trip to the rainbow bridge after a wonderful life in companionship and competition as being a border collie often tends to lend itself to just that kind of life.

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.