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Read Muskegon Presents: Vox Vidorra & The EduKators

Join us at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, May 21st for a great night of music by two talented West Michigan bands. All event proceeds will support Read Muskegon’s mission of providing free literacy programs to the over 21,000 low literacy adults in our county.

Vox Vidorra (voxvidorra.com) is a four person indie/soul quartet from Grand Rapids whose name means “the voice of the life you were meant to live.”   Their recent album, Promise Land, won the 2016 Jammie Album of the Year and was selected as the featured song of Art Prize 2015.

“…a singularly infectious mix of soul, rock and jazz.” – localspin.com

“…Vox Vidorra wowed the audience with their energetic, soulful live performance.” – Tom Stankard, Daily Globe.

“Vox Vidorra craft rich, colorful soul songs with flecks of jazz and indie rock” – revuewm.com

“Vox Viodorra will get you to put that cell phone down.” –mlive.com

The Edukators spend their spare time as teachers and administrators in Muskegon County schools.  Playing a blend of old and new favorites, they’ve filled venues like the Howmet Playhouse in support of great causes and a good time. There’s nothing better than discovering your biology teacher leads a secret life as a rock star!

 

Click here for tickets.

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7th Annual Scrabble FUNdraiser ~ March 5th

 

Join Us For The

7th Annual

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Saturday, March 5th, 6-9 pm

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Gather up your favorite Words With Friends addicts or your wordy co-workers
for an evening of friendly competition and a little bit of healthy local rivalry
all in support of Read Muskegon’s mission of creating
a more literate Muskegon County.
$100 registration fee for teams of 2-4 players.  
Includes a light dinner.
Cash bar ~ Raffle
Prizes for high and low score, highest single word score
and most creative team name/costumes

6:00 Check-in, Food & Drinks
7:00 Games Begin
Register online at www.readmuskegon.org

For more information please contact Louise at 231-769-5985 or louise.schaallema@readmuskegon.org

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2016 Tutor Training Dates

Read Muskegon relies on volunteers to provide the majority of our services.   From 1-1 tutoring, to providing support in one of our classes, to helping at a family literacy event, there are a variety of ways you can make a difference.  You don’t need to be a teacher to volunteer, just a desire to help someone change their life through the gift of improved literacy.  We provide extensive training and ongoing support to all of our volunteers.

 

For more information, contact Sarah Klassen at 231-766-5040.

 

2016 Training Dates:

January 26 & 27

March 22 & 23

May 24 & 25

July 26 & 27

October 25 & 26

November 8 &9

 

All trainings are from 5:45 – 9:00 pm and are held at the Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd St., Muskegon.

An orientation is required prior to the training to provide you with a better understanding of our mission and the various volunteer opportunities.

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The Gift of Literacy – Part 2

In mid-December, we hosted our 2nd Annual Holiday Literacy Village for families involved in Read Muskegon programs, enrolled in local Head Starts or participating in other parent support programs. Parents and children made their way through nine stations, each focused on fun ways to build early literacy skills. Before heading home, each child was able to select several books to keep and each parent was provided with a literacy resource bag. Thank you to all of those who helped make this event possible including our many individual donors. And a big thanks to the Whitehall High School NHS students who got up bright and early on a Saturday morning to volunteer! The gift of literacy is one that will last a lifetime.

 

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Read Muskegon is Moving!

We are excited to announce that we will be moving our offices over the next few weeks.  We have enjoyed the last several years working out of the Muskegon Area District Library offices on Airline Road and are thankful for their partnership, but our long-term goal has always been to move to downtown Muskegon so that we would be more accessible to our learners.

Our new office will be located in the heart of downtown, at Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd Street.  The church is also the home of Kid’s Food Basket.

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Over the next several weeks, we will still be providing services but our office space will be closed while we paint, move and reorganize.  If you need to check out or return resources during that time, please contact Sarah at 766-5040 and she will arrange to meet you.  Our phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same.

We’ll have an open house at our new space early in 2016.  Hope to see you all there!

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It’s Pumpkin Time at EXIT!

The October Family Literacy Dinner at EXIT was all about Halloween!  The EXIT participants were able to decorate pumpkins with their families which was the highlight of the night.  Special thanks to our friends at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Muskegon for providing a delicious dinner and to Todd Greiner Farms of Hart for donating the beautiful pumpkins.

 

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Read Muskegon Fall 2015 Newsletter

Read Muskegon’s Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available online. Read stories from our learners and find out how we are changing lives.  Stay up to date on our programs and trainings. Check out photos from our events. Click here Fall 2015 Newsletter to read all about it. And don’t miss out on our next issue, head to the home page of our website, scroll to the bottom and subscribe today!