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May 2018

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Tuesday, May 1st, 4:45pm

Sheep Shearing Demonstration
Circle Rocking S Children's Farm, 5487 Tuttle Road, Free Soil.

Tuesday, May 1st, 7:30pm

LHS Choir Concert
Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Thursday, May 3rd

Worship Leaders' Conference by Waterfront Worship
Christian songwriters and worship leaders collaborate on new songs and approaches for worship. Featuring nationally known songwriter Michael Neale from Dallas, TX and Integrity Music president Jonathan (JB) Brown from Nashville, TN. $75 for two-day conference. Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

Thursday, May 3rd, 7pm

"On the Radio" 4/5th grade musical performance
Classes of LaCombe, Rivet, Vengen, Jones and Cooper. Peterson Auditoriu, Ludington.

Friday, May 4th

SS City of Milwaukee opens for the season
SS City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street, Manistee.
SS City of Milwaukee

Friday, May 4th, 5pm-7pm

First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Ludington's First Friday Art Walks give participants the opportunity to visit local businesses on the first Friday of each month to explore their galleries/stores, view art, and meet artists.
First Friday Art Walk

Friday, May 4th, 7pm

Waterfront Worship Concert
Christian Songwriters' Concert, a culmination of two-day songwriters' workshops. Open to the public. Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.

Friday, May 4th, 7pm

WSCC Commencement
Recreation Center, West Shore Community College, Scottville.

Saturday, May 5th

2nd Annual RRCA Gala
Annual gala fundraiser, "The Ramsdell Runs for the Roses" An Evening of Entertainment and Dining. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts., Manistee.

Saturday, May 5th

Historic White Pine Village opening day
Featuring the dedication of the new Train Station. Historic White Pine Village, S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington.
Historic White Pine Village

Saturday, May 5th, 7am-12pm

Win with Wellness Health Fair
Win With Wellness program hosts a health fair featuring free biometric screenings, consultations with a physician assistant, nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian, and tobacco cessation information from a tobacco treatment specialist. Main lobby of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Saturday, May 5th, 8am-12pm

Amber Township Cleanup Day
Amber Township Hall, 171 S. Amber Road.
Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 5th, 9am-1pm

Manistee Mom 2 Mom Sale
Faith Covenenat Church, 475 8th St., Manistee.

Saturday, May 5th, 11am-3pm

KND Elementary PTO Craft and Vendor Show
Kaleva Norman Dickson Elementary School, 4400 N. High Bridge Road, Brethren.
Manistee Arts and Crafts Shows

Saturday, May 5th

3rd Annual Pentwater Founder's Day
Various activities celebrating Pentwater founders including big wheels, two-man pull saw, logging implements, fudge making, interpretations, history displays, fireman's water battle, kids activities, movie "Throughout the Years", live music, biking historic homes tour, merchant sidewalk sales. Village Green and Downtown Pentwater.

Saturday, May 5th, 1pm-4pm

Mac and Cheese Cook-off
$5 to taste and judge and a raffle. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer's Association. Bud's Tap Room, 519 E. Dowland St., Ludington.

Saturday, May 5th, 6pm-10pm

Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber Annual Dinner
Including announcement of Business of the Year, Community Service Award and Future Five Awards. Lincoln Hills Golf Club, Ludington.

Saturday, May 5th, 6pm-8pm

Live Music on the Deck: Daniel James
Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar, 2501 N. Wilson Road, Mears
Summer Music

Saturday, May 5th, 8pm

John Michael Montgomery
Little River Casino Resort, Manistee.

Monday, May 7th, 10am-5pm

Big Sable Lighthouse Opens for Season
The Big Sable Lighthouse is located inside of the Ludington State Park. It is a two-mile hike out to see the 150-year-old lighthouse and keepers quarters. Guests can explore the downstairs of the quarters, the gift shop and watch a short video about the history of the light. Then climb the 130 stairs to see spectacular views of the State Park and Lake Michigan. Fee to climb the tower is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under; must be 40" tall to climb. Ludington State Park, 8800 W. M-116, Ludington.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Tuesday, May 8th, 7pm

"On the Radio" 4/5th grade musical performance
Classes of Massie, Fellows, Vaara and Mazur. Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Thursday, May 10th, 5pm-7pm

Pop-Up Show for Arin Scholtens photography
Free and Open to the public. Main Gallery of Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Thursday, May 10th, 7pm

Pentwater Junior High and High School Spring Band Concert
Pentwater High School, Pentwater.

Thursday, May 10th, 7pm

"On the Radio" 4/5th grade musical performance
Classes of Cefaratti, Bussey, Boyd and Larson. Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Friday, May 11th - Saturday, May 12th

MCC Middle School presents "The House at Pooh Corner"
Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm and 7pm. A.O. Carlson Gymnasium, Scottville.

Friday, May 11th, 7:30am

Mother's Day Flower Sale
Large variety of flowers and plants. Sale goes until sold out. Sponsored by Hospital Volunteers, proceeds to the Family Birthing Center. Spectrum Health/Ludington Hospital medical office lobby, Atkinson Drive, Ludington.

Friday, May 11th, 9am

SS Badger First Sailing Day
Climb aboard! The S.S. Badger sets sail for the first time this season.
SS Badger

Friday, May 11th, 5pm-7pm

Reception for Gateway 2 Success Art Exhibit
Free and open to the public. Performance Hall Lobby Gallery, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Saturday, May 12th - Sunday, May 13th

MIHA Jr. Equestrian Meet
Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.
Horse Shows

Saturday, May 12th

Women's Wine and Chocolate Walk
Six locations will have wines and five locations will have chocolates for tasting. Cost is $30/person; receive a tasting glass and wine charm. Downtown Manistee.

Saturday, May 12th

Pere Marquette Township Cleanup Day

Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 12th, 8am-11:30am

Free Soil, Meade Cleanup Day
Township residents may bring one pickup load to Free Soil Township Hall, 8480 N. Democrat St., Free Soil.
Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 12th, 8:30am-3pm

Rats & Rods Annual Car Party
Muzzleloaders Club, Camp Road, Manistee.
Manistee County Car Shows

Saturday, May 12th, 9am

LHS Booster Club 5k Fun Run
From LHS School to the School Forest, Ludington.

Saturday, May 12th, 9am-2pm

Multiple Indoor Sales Event
Ludington Area Catholic School, 700 E. Bryant Road, Ludington.

Saturday, May 12th, 9am-4pm

Coin and Stamp Show
Sponsored by Ludington Coin Club at Little River Casino Resort, Manistee.

Saturday, May 12th, 9am

Flock the Forest 5k trail & 1 mile run/walk
Register from 7:30-8:45am in LHS east parking lot. Race begins at 9am. Proceeds benefit LHS Athletic Programs. Ludington.

Saturday, May 12th, 10am-4pm

Quilt Show and Auction
Sponsored by Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center featuring quilts made and donated by the Manistee Victorian Quilters Guild. Held at 215 Maple St., Manistee.

Saturday, May 12th, 11am-1pm

Garden Club Annual Plant Exchange
Mason County Garden club members share plants from their own gardens with anyone in the community. Bring a plant to share, take a plant home. No fee. Leveaux Park corner of Ludington Ave & Staffon St., Ludington.

Saturday, May 12th, 6pm-8pm

Live Music on the Deck: Canopy Space
Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar, 2501 N. Wilson Road, Mears
Summer Music

Saturday, May 12th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

May Erlewine
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St., Manistee.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 12th, 8pm

Oak Ridge Boys
Little River Casino Resort, Manistee.

Sunday, May 13th, 12:30pm-5:30pm

Mother's Day Brunch and the MET Opera: Cendrillon (Massenet)
Tickets: Adult $20; Student (11-17)$10; child free. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee.
Performing Arts

Monday, May 14th, 7:30pm

MCC High School Band Concert
A.O. Carlson Gymnasium, Mason County Central School, Scottville.

Monday, May 14th, 7:30pm

WSCC Gold Coast Chorale
Center Stage Theatre, West Shore Community College, Scottville.
Performing Arts

Thursday, May 17th, 5:30pm

Friends of NRA Fundraiser
Event includes an auction and raffle. Reserved table packages available; contact Stan Bennette (231)690-1190. Lincoln Hills Golf Club, Ludington.

Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm

MCC High School Choir/Talent Show
A.O. Carlson Gymnasium, Mason County Central School, Scottville.

Friday, May 18th - Saturday, May 19th

Tight Lines for Troops
A charity fishing tournament for Michigan's disabled veterans, is held from the port of Manistee.
Tight Lines for Troops

Friday, May 18th - Sunday, May 20th

Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Activities in Baldwin with Blessing at the Baldwin Airport on Sunday. Baldwin.
Blessing of the Bikes

Friday, May 18th - Saturday, May 19th, 8am-4pm

AAUW- Forest Hills Yard Sale
All AAUW sales go to the new Promise Program and to scholarships to 4-year universities. 902 Manitou Lane (Forest Hills), Ludington.

Friday, May 18th, 6pm

The Amazing Grace Race
Fundraising event for Covenant Christian School and Ludington Area Catholic School. Begins with a free kids-only 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, followed by the 5k Race, $25 to run and free for all FIT Club students. Ludington State Park, Ludington.

Friday, May 18th, 7:30pm

Hart Performing Arts Series: Hunter Eberly, principal trumpet of Detroit Syphony Orchestra
Hart Middle School Auditorium, Hart.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 19th

Petunia Planting Day 2018
30,000 petunias will be planting along Ludington Avenue and at the City Marina by volunteers. Downtown Ludington.
Ludington Petunia Parade

Saturday, May 19th

WMOEC Garden Tractor Pulls
Pulls at 10am (dead boat) and 1pm (transfer sled). West Michigan Old Engine Club grounds, Scottville Riverside Park, Scottville.
West Michigan Old Engine Club

Saturday, May 19th

Mason County 4-H Horse Show
Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.
Horse Shows

Saturday, May 19th, 9am-12pm

Victory Township Cleanup Day
Township residents may bring items to Waste Reduction Transfer Site, 5848 Stiles Road, Victory Township.
Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 19th, 10am

First Responders Benefit Softball Game
To benefit Spectrum Hospital Cancer Fund which assists local cancer patients offset medical expenses. Personnel from Mason County fire departments, law enforcement and emergency medical services. Oriole Field, Ludington.

Saturday, May 19th, 6pm-8pm

Live Music on the Deck: Mike Lenich
Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar, 2501 N. Wilson Road, Mears
Summer Music

Saturday, May 19th, 7pm

LACA First Ever Adult Prom
Attendees must be 21 or over. Tickets are $15/person and must be purchased prior to event. Cash bar, desserts and music spanning the 1950s-2000s. Dress in your favorite decade. Voting for King and Queen. Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Saturday, May 19th, 7pm-10pm

Conservatory of Dance Gala Performance
Held at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St., Manistee.
Performing Arts

Saturday, May 19th, 8pm

Night Ranger
Little River Casino Resort, Manistee.

Sunday, May 20th

Mason County Saddle Club Horse Show
Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.
Horse Shows

Sunday, May 20th, 1pm

Optimist Fred Slimmen Memorial Junior Golf Tournament
Upper & Lower divisions for boys and girls; $10/player; register at ludingtonoptimist@yahoo.com. Lincoln Hills Golf Club, Ludington.

Sunday, May 20th, 2pm-5pm

12th Annual Wine & Art by the Water
Sponsored by the Pentwater Women's Club to support college scholarships for graduating seniors. Enjoy fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, art work and gifts from local businesses for a silent auction. Pentwater Yacht Club, 206 S. Dover St., Pentwater.

Sunday, May 20th, 2pm

Manistee Spring Band Concert
Manistee High School, Manistee.

Sunday, May 20th, 2pm-4:30pm

LHS Spring Concert
Peterson Auditorium, Ludington.

Sunday, May 20th, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Walk for Life 2018
One-mile walk to raise funds and awareness for West Shore Pregnancy & Family Support. Walk is followed by a free meal and live music. Waterfront Park, 391 S. William St., Ludington.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 3pm-6pm

Open House at District Health Department #10
Food, prizes, and activities. District Health Department #10, 916 Diana St., Ludington.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 3pm

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Walk to raise behavioral health awareness. Register at West Michigan Community Mental Health office, 921 Diana St., to walk a symbolic mile to the Mason County Courthouse for a keynote speaker at 4pm. Ludington.

Thursday, May 24th, 7pm

MCE Graduation
Mason County Eastern School, Custer.

Friday, May 25th - Sunday, May 27th

Onekama Memorial Shakedown Fishing Tournament
From Onekama Marine, Onekama.
Manistee County Fishing Tournaments

Friday, May 25th - Saturday, May 26th

Annual Engine Club Swap Meet
9am-5pm both days. Western Michigan Old Engine Club grounds, Scottville.
Western Michigan Old Engine Club

Friday, May 25th, 9am-10:30am

Mini American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Grades 3-5 participate in a Mini Relay for Life walk at Oriole Field, Ludington.
Relay for Life

Friday, May 25th, 10am-5pm

Ludington North Breakwater Light Opens for Season
Built in 1924, the Ludington North Breakwater Light has been a beacon to mariners for over 90 years. Open 7 days a week, it features a gift shop and offers a climb of the tower to see a spectacular view of the Ludington Harbor. Admission to climb the tower is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under, must be 40" tall to climb. On the Ludington North Breakwater located off from Stearns Park in downtown Ludington.
Ludington North Breakwater Light

Friday, May 25th, 5pm-8pm

Big Daddy Fox
$5 cover charge; children 12 and under free. Outdoors at Shagway Arts Barn, 5949 Shagway Road, Ludington.
Shagway Arts Barn

Friday, May 25th, 7pm

Pentwater Graduation
Pentwater High School, Pentwater.

Friday, May 25th, 7pm

MCC High School Graduation
A.O. Carlson Gymnasium, Mason County Central School, Scottville.

Friday, May 25th, 7pm

Ludington High School Graduation
Hawley Gymnasium, Ludington High School, Ludington.

Saturday, May 26th

34th Annual Memorial Weekend Amateur Salmon & Trout Fishing Derby
Registration May 25 from 4-8pm at Pentwater Municipal Marina. Weighin station open May 26 & 27 from 12pm-2pm and 6pm-8pm and May 29 from 10am to 12pm. Awards at 2pm. Pentwater.

Saturday, May 26th - Sunday, May 27th

19th Annual Lakeshore Beef Classic
Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington.

Saturday, May 26th

Cider-Ritaville Party
11:30-1pm TBD; 2-5pm Fremont John with Mike Carden. Douglas Valley Vineyards, Manistee.

Saturday, May 26th

Manistee Saints vs Michigan Senior Braves
Games at 1pm and 3:30pm. Rietz Park, Manistee.
Manistee Saints Baseball

Saturday, May 26th

Fountain Area 58th Annual Horsepull Weekend
Bakesale at Fountain Fire Station at 9am. Horseshoe Tournament behind Delaneys at 10am, various food booths, vendors, craft sales. Horse pull at 1pm. Fireman's Ball at Sherman Township Hall with food, dancing, BYOB and live music at 7pm. Fountain.

Saturday, May 26th, 9am-12pm

Pentwater Annual Plant Sale
Sponsored by Pentwater Garden Club at Bell Park, next to Pentwater Village Office, downtown Pentwater.

Saturday, May 26th, 10am

WMOEC Antique Tractor Pull
West Michigan Old Engine Club grounds, Scottville Riverside Park, Scottville.
Western Michigan Old Engine Club

Saturday, May 26th, 12pm-9pm

Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Opens for Season
Newly redesigned in 2017 Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf at the Stearns Park Beach opens for the season. End of Ludington Avenue at Stearns Park Beach, Ludington.
Ludington Jaycees Minigolf Course

Saturday, May 26th, 3pm-4pm

Hamlin Lake Panfish Tourney
Free panfish tournament. Prizes. Bring one of a species for weigh-in from 3-4pm at Wilson Hill Park, Hamlin Lake.

Saturday, May 26th, 5pm-8pm

Brad Lee
$5 cover charge; children 12 and under free. Outdoors at Shagway Arts Barn, 5949 Shagway Road, Ludington.
Shagway Arts Barn

Saturday, May 26th, 7pm

Manistee High School Graduation
Manistee High School, Manistee.

Saturday, May 26th - Sunday, May 27th, 8pm-1am

Memorial Day Cabaret
$15/advance, $20/at door. Mid Michigan Idlewilders Event Center, Idlewild.

Sunday, May 27th

Pentwater Movies on the Green
At Sunset on the Pentwater Village Green, downtown Pentwater.
Pentwater Movies

Sunday, May 27th

Manistee Saints vs Michigan Senior Braves
Games at 1pm and 3:30pm. Rietz Park, Manistee.
Manistee Saints Baseball

Sunday, May 27th, 8am-12pm

Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast
Pentwater Boy Scout Troop 1145 fundraiser at Pentwater VFW Hall, north of Pentwater.

Sunday, May 27th, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Sundays on the Porch: Dags & Doc Probes
Douglas Valley Vineyards, Manistee.
Manistee Summer Music

Sunday, May 27th, 6pm-8pm

Live Music on the Deck: Dean Dostal
Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar, 2501 N. Wilson Road, Mears
Summer Music

Monday, May 28th, 10am

Pentwater Memorial Day Parade
Line up at 9:30am on First Street. Services at Municipal Marina, Village Green and Pentwater Cemetery, Pentwater.

Thursday, May 31st - Saturday, June 2nd

Camp GreenSky Music Festival
Three-day music festival at Wellston.

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