Students enjoy MCC's Sidney campus picnic area

Arts and Culture Events

Friday, Sept. 13  

Lifelong Learners “Good Grief, Charlie Brown” presented by Maureen Burns and Deb Christensen

10 a.m. to Noon, Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology & Learning Center on MCC's Greenville campus 

We live in a world with all kinds of loss happening around us. What do we say and do to help others as they grieve and go through hard times? How can we make it better? Maureen Burns and Deb Christensen will share a wealth of ideas and thoughts to guide us during such challenging times. Together they bring deep, personal, spiritual and caring insights (and, of course, laughter) to aid in this process. They will point out how everyone grieves differently and guide us in bringing compassion when needed. Men and women of all ages will benefit from this program. Burns is an author of six books, a weekly columnist and an international professional speaker. She has worked for years discussing this topic with insurance companies, hospitals, churches and suicide prevention groups. Christensen is co-chair of the non-denominational Ministry of Consolation at St. Charles Church. She is inspiring as she brings her unique message by sharing loss from a mother’s perspective.


Saturday, Sept. 14

Dealing with Invasives and Natives

This event is being rescheduled to another date. Please check back for details.

Hosted by the Montcalm Area Master Gardener's Association

10 a.m. to Noon, Greenhouse on MCC's Sidney campus

Come get your questions answered by the Montcalm Area Master Gardener's. Experts will be on hand to show you various plants and trees around MCC. The event will be hands-on and very informative.


Tuesday, Sept. 17

Constitution Day

12-1 p.m., rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC's Sidney campus

MCC Social Science Instructor explores the history and meaning of Constitution Day during this presentation. Lunch is provided for all attendees.


Tuesday, Sept. 17

One Book, One County Closing Celebration

6 p.m., Rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus 

Enjoy an evening with One Book author Karen Dionne. She will share her story of becoming an author including how she generates ideas, how she develops characters and how she approaches writing her books. In addition, she will talk about meeting readers across the country and discuss “The Marsh King’s Daughter.” Dionne will have time for questions from the audience and will end the evening by autographing copies of her book. Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP is necessary.


Saturday, Sept. 21

Bramble Ramble 5K Walk/Run and Michael Seaman 10K Run

9 to 11 a.m.,Start/Finish line at the Barn Theater located on MCC's Sidney campus

The Bramble Ramble 5K Run/Walk & Michael Seaman 10K Run showcases the variety and beauty of Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails.  Participants will cover smooth, open paths and rocky hills, winding trails through pines, oaks, fields, and swamps and finishing on a mowed field. Prizes will be awarded and t-shirts are included in registration. Family/group registrations are available. View for additional information and registration forms.


Friday, Sept. 27

Lifelong Learners Development “West Side Story” presented by Jeff Cook

10 a.m. to Noon, Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology & Learning Center on MCC's Greenville campus 

Do you ever wonder how the West side of Greenville came about? Jeff Cook will share this fascinating story using entertaining tidbits, PowerPoint, design concepts and development ideas. Learn how Greenville moved from a focus on the rural/farmlands to a focus on retail along with the concept of becoming a bedroom community to Grand Rapids. As a partner in Hathaway Properties, Cook was intimately involved in the planning and development of both the north and south sides of west M-57 in Greenville. From the initial development of the bowling alley and the Fisher Big Wheel store to the Meijer store and the residential neighborhoods to the south, he will bring this journey to life in a colorful, entertaining and extremely interesting way. Cook currently serves as President of Southwestern Oil Company in Greenville and is a partner in Hathaway Properties. He has served as a Board member and President of the Board for United Memorial Hospital, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Michigan Oil and Gas Association. He is a 1977 graduate of Greenville Public Schools and he and his wife, Caroline, raised their two children in Greenville.


Friday, Sept. 27

Introduction to Fall Fungi

6 to 8 p.m., Room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

Have you ever seen a mushroom and wondered what it was called? Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will introduce you to fall fungi. Learn the common parts of a mushroom as well as the basic life cycle, then head out on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails to hunt for and identify mushrooms. People of all ages are welcome.

Oct. 3

Harvest Dinner

5 to 6:30 p.m., Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan

An all-you-can-eat harvest dinner to benefit Montcalm Heritage Village is Oct. 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan. More details to follow.


Oct. 4

Stratford Trip: 'Othello'

6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

Join other Shakespeare enthusiasts on the MCC cultural trip to Stratford, Ontario, Canada to see 'Othello' on Friday, Oct. 4. The bus leaves MCC's Sidney campus at 6 a.m. and a second pick-up is at 6:30 a.m. in the Ionia Meijer parking lot. The bus arrives in Stratford, Ontario at 11:30 a.m., departs from Stratford at 5:30 p.m., and returns to Ionia at 12:30 a.m. and then MCC's Sidney campus. All participants must have either a valid enhanced driver's license, a U.S. Passport or a Passport Card to participate in this trip. Visit for more information about applying for an enhanced driver's license, which takes three weeks to process, or for information about applying for a Passport or Passport Card. Children younger than 12 are not permitted to attend. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $25 for current MCC students and $70 for non-students. Visit to register. For more information contact MCC Cultural Events Coordinator at or call 989-328-1334.


Friday, Oct. 11

Lifelong Learners Development “Speaking on Silent Movies of the Silver Theater” presented by Keith Hudson

10 a.m. to Noon, Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology & Learning Center on MCC's Greenville campus 

Keith Hudson will share slides and music from the Roaring 20’s. He has put together a delightful PowerPoint of 140 posters from the silent movies at the Greenville Silver Theater. He will also share tales of silent screen star, Genevieve Hamper, a Greenville native. History comes alive as he shares people and tidbits, emphasizing our local ties to this long ago entertainment. Hudson says, “This is my favorite program that I have ever done.” Sounds like LLL folks will enjoy it, too. Hudson is a retired band and orchestra teacher from Greenville Public Schools. He is still an active performer with numerous groups. He manages the Flat River Big Band, directs the Danish Festival Band and is President of the Flat River Historical Society. He says, "I love everything about Greenville and its history. What a story we have to tell!”


Saturday, Oct. 12

Mushroom Cultivation on Logs

10 a.m. to Noon, Room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will teach you how to grow mushrooms on logs (all materials provided). Species that may be available include shiitake, oyster mushroom, and lion’s main. Christensen will also talk about other commonly cultivated species and cultivation methods, including log spawning and cultivating mushrooms alongside plants in vegetable gardens. When you leave, you’ll have a healthy dose of fungal knowledge and hopefully a spawning log capable of producing mushrooms within a few weeks. There is a $5 charge per person, which is payable at the event; however, pre-registration is encouraged by Monday, Sept. 30, to ensure enough supplies are available. To pre-register, email


Friday, Oct. 25

Lifelong Learners Development “What’s so Great About the Great Lakes?” presented by Dr. Michael Stafford

10 a.m. to Noon, Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology & Learning Center on MCC's Greenville campus 

Join Cranbrook Institute of Science Director and Freshwater Forum Founder Dr. Michael Stafford for a comprehensive overview of the Great Lakes. Learn about how the Great Lakes came to be, the environmental balance in which they function and how people have used and impacted the Lakes, both in the distant past and the present. Of special emphasis will be how human activities are impacting the Great Lakes in terms of their overall vitality and sustainability, as well as how changes in our daily decisions and actions will be necessary to keep the Great Lakes healthy for generations to come. The Cranbrook Institute of Science founded the Freshwater Forum 10 years ago to educate the public and drive advocacy for the Great Lakes. Today, the Institute’s Freshwater Forum impacts more than 30,000 people statewide each year with intensive programming, water festivals and supporting resources. This illustrated lecture will offer a unique opportunity to deepen your personal knowledge about our planet’s largest freshwater resource and a true gem for our country and beyond.


Saturday, Oct. 26

'Halloween at the Village'

4 to 6 p.m., Montcalm Heritage Village on MCC’s Sidney campus

Halloween at the Village features trick-or-treating for children of all ages, a hayride and refreshments at Montcalm Heritage Village on the college’s Sidney campus.


Wednesday, Oct. 30

"The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute" performance by Mikes Fornes, Ash Lectureship Series

4 to 6 p.m., Rooms D303/305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC's Sidney campus

Mike Fornes appears as Gordon Lightfoot, live in concert on Oct. 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Rooms D303/305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC's Sidney campus. This story-telling, musical program focuses on the stories of the crew members, their families and the ironies of a doomed ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald, in one of the worst storms in Great Lakes history. 

Native American Month

MCC observes Native American Month in November. Programs to be determined.


Monday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day

Sunday, Dec. 8

MCC Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra "Celtic Christmas" concert

3 p.m. in Gymnasium in the Activities Building on MCC's Sidney campus

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra present their “Celtic Christmas” concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Gymnasium in the Activities Building on the college's Sidney campus. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, contact Val VanderMark at

Cultural Events Coordinator Teresa Snyder