web analytics

Archive | Arts & Entertainment

Write Michigan Short Story Contest 

 

Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music announce the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew over 700 Michigan writers in its third year.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org from September 1 through November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up).

Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online.

Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch. Adam Schuitema, author of the novel Haymaker and the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, will present the keynote. The ceremony is sponsored by Meijer.

Kent District Library is offering writing events for teens and adults. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.

For more information, please visit www.writemichigan.org.

Posted in Arts & EntertainmentComments (0)

Safe to swim here?

 

While fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?”

“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!”

Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?”

“We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said. “The sharks got ‘em.”

Posted in Joke of the WeekComments (0)

Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Preschool Enrollment

Aug. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake, has openings for 3 & 4 year olds in their preschool program. For more information call 616-636-8458. #33,34p

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #34

Free Food and Free Movie

Aug. 28: On Friday, August 28th at 6 pm, Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd., NE, Rockford will have free food for those in need. Public is welcome. A free movie will be shown at 4 pm and 6 pm. Free popcorn! Music! Fellowship!. #34

Michigan Blood Drive

Aug. 31: Michigan Blood will be conducting a blood drive on Monday, August 31st at the high school cafeteria from 2 to 7 pm. New donators are welcome. Preregister at www.miblood.org and use the code CSHS to schedule a time so there is no waiting. Everyone is welcome to come and donate. #34

TOPS weight loss support group

Sept. 1: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #34

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Sept. 1,8,15,22,29: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #34

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 2,9,16,24: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 3rd. Come in and show us what you got. Tryouts on Wednesday, September 2, 9 and 16, Thursday September 24 at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #34

Play Grow Read with Katie L.

Sept. 8: Elephant stories, songs, crafts and games with Katie L. Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. For children 6 and under.  #34

Registration for Prince & Princess

Sept. 12: Attention parents of Kindergarten children! Any child in the Cedar Springs School District (at any school or homeschooled) can register for the Red Flannel Prince and Princess contest! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org for registration forms. Registration is Saturday, September 12 from 9 am until noon at the RFF Office, 18 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Due to Labor Day being later this year, there is ONLY ONE registration period! #34-37p

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Sept 15: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. September 15th, from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. September 17th, from 6-9pm, and Sat. September 19th, from 8 am-4:00 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #34,35p

Posted in Hometown HappeningsComments (0)

Trading up

A blonde filled her car with gas at a self-service gas station. After she had paid and driven away, she realized that she had left the gas cap on top of her car. She stopped and looked and, sure enough, it was gone.
She thought for a second and realized that other people must have done the same thing, and that it was worth going back to look by the side of the road since even if she couldn’t find her own gas cap, she might be able to find one that fit. Sure enough, she hadn’t been searching long when she found a gas cap. She tried it on, and it went into place with a satisfying click.
She later told her husband about it. “You’ll be so proud of me!” she said. “I lost my gas cap, but I found another one that fits. And this one’s even better because it locks!”

Posted in Joke of the WeekComments (0)

Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Preschool Enrollment
Aug. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake, has openings for 3 & 4 year olds in their preschool program. For more information call 616-636-8458. #33,34p

Homecoming/Prom Dress and Yard Sale
Aug. 20,21: The Class of 2016 is hosting a homecoming/prom dress and yard sale on August 20,21 from 9 am – 8 pm at the Middle School to help raise funds for their senior all night party. Items so are include: twin bed/mattress, bikes, clothing, household items and hockey equipment. #33
Senior Lunch
Aug. 26: After a chilly beginning we’re squeezing out every bit of Summer Party Picnics we can find. Come one, come all, join us on our virtual blankie on the sand for a Beach Party featuring Cold Sammiches, Mac Salad, Jello and Blueberry Pie. We’re extending the invitation to those age 60 (perhaps a little more), to waltz thru our door. Follow our trail of sand at noon the 26th of August to our Beach on Beech and M-82. Pine Grove Community Church. #33

Life at Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary
Aug. 26: The Greenville Garden Club presents “Life at Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary” on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent Rd. Greenville. Speaker Ranger Steve Mueller has devoted his life to research, education and is an environmental education consultant. Ranger Steve is an exciting, highly knowledgable and charismatic speaker. Join us for a lecture and slide program. The public is invited. #33

Annual 2nd Best Sale
Aug. 28,29: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 28th from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 29th from 9 am – 2 pm. There will be a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8 – 9 am, after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by the All Saints Guild (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone and everything is priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, ¼ mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33

Help Promote Literacy
Sept. 2: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Wednesday September 2nd for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 10 am and 2 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #33

Youth Soccer Challenge
Sept. 5: Calling all kids! The Sand Lake Knights of Columbus will be hosting a competitive soccer event on Saturday, September 5th from 9 am to 10 am, at the Sand Lake Soccer Fields. All community youth are welcome to compete in this free opportunity to test their skills at a penalty kick competition. Each participant will be given 15 penalty kicks and points will be awarded depending on the area of the scoring zones through which the ball passes. All boys and girls age 9 to 14 (as of Sept. 1) are eligible to participate. Registration begins at 8:30 am at the fields. Written parental consent is required. For more information, about this event or the Knights of Columbus, contact Frank Sylvester, Soccer Challenge Chair, at 616-636-8151. #33

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet
Sept. 13: Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2015 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 13th. The cost is $15 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner served at 1 pm. Reservations must be made prior to August 28th by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Maureen Jaqauys, 13952 Coral Rd., Coral MI 49322, phone 231-354-6506. Come join in the fun and you may be a lucky winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the word to out-of-town classmates. #32,33p

 

Posted in Hometown HappeningsComments (0)

Solon Market is putting on the dog 

ENT-Solon-market-pet-dazeThe third annual Dog Daze of Summer Pet Expo and Popular Pet Show, at Solon Market, is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This year’s event features Trooper David Cardenas and his canine unit, Paws With a Cause, a petting zoo, and many related businesses.  Talk to trainers, groomers, sitters, rescues and massage therapists.  Bring your dog to Market for a free gift. Kids can enter the popular pet show, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Every entry receives a prize! Two grand prizes will be awarded for popular vote and monies donated for rescues. Please be sure to come early to register and sign in. Free pictures with your pet via Solon Market’s Facebook page.

Market hours are 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  To pre-register for the pet show or for more information, please contact Vicky at 616-696-4227. Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Ave. between 18 and 19 Mile Rds. Check out their FB page and “like” them for updates.

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, FeaturedComments (0)

ArtPrize meets Amazing Race

 

ENT-Artprize-meets-amazing-race-webOctober 10 adventure race is only one of its kind 

The fifth annual Michigan Adventure Race: ArtPrize Edition will be held October 10, 2015. Registration is now open and is limited to 600 racers. Designated an Official ArtPrize Event, the race will incorporate art venues from the art competition as part of its course. Course designers may also work with artists to use art exhibits as mental and/or physical challenges that racers face along the way. Part bike race, part running race and part Amazing Race, the ArtPrize Edition is believed to be the only sporting event that blends a world-class art festival into its race course.

Two-person teams will start off from Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids and bike or run (and even kayak this year) to checkpoints pre-marked on a map – kept secret until 45 minutes before the race – collecting as many points as they can within four hours. Racers will encounter Amazing Race-like challenges in popular downtown spots and out-of-the-way venues. Examples of past challenges include riddles that racers must solve related to art installations, a Pictionary-like challenge where one teammate had to draw a piece of art well enough for their teammate to enter an exhibit hall and identify, a massive paint by numbers challenge, and an egg launch and catch with giant water balloon launchers.

“We’re excited that ArtPrize endorses this race as part of its social experiment. It’s a great way to expose people to out-of-the-way exhibits as well as to the electric atmosphere of the downtown venues,” says race director Mark VanTongeren. “Racers love getting in a great workout, experiencing a fun and challenging race with an Amazing Race feel, and seeing a good deal of ArtPrize all at the same time. We love putting on an event that is done nowhere else on Earth. It’s rewarding to be a small part of what makes West Michigan special.”

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to experience the race. Maps and a guide provided at the start will direct people to the most entertaining challenges. It is a challenging race to follow however as racers head off in dozens of directions.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Camp Anew, operated by Living Beyond Grief with minimal overhead and no employees. Camp Anew provides hope to kids 7-17 who are living beyond grief associated with the death of a loved one. Money raised will enable more kids to go to camp each summer at Grace Adventures near Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

For more information about the race, go to www.miadventurerace.com or www.facebook.com/MiAdventureRace.

Posted in Arts & EntertainmentComments (0)

Fire up those engines

 

A newspaper photographer was assigned to cover the wildfires raging through the California. The newspaper wanted to show some of the heroic work of the firefighters as they battled the blaze. The photographer realized that the smoke was so thick that it would make it impossible for him to photograph anything from ground level, so he requested permission to rent a plane and take photos from the air. He was told to report to a nearby airport where a plane would be waiting for him. He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate. He jumped in with his bag and shouted, “Let’s go!’’

The pilot swung the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air. The photographer said, “Fly over the park and make two or three low passes so I can take some pictures.”

“Why?” asked the pilot.

“Because I am a photographer,” he responded, “and photographers take photographs.”

The pilot was silent for a moment. Then he looked wide-eyed at the photographer. “You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”

Posted in Joke of the WeekComments (0)

Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Roast Beef Dinner

Aug. 16: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday August 16th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #32p

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 17: The American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onions dinner on Monday, August 17th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be baked beans, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, rolls, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #32p

TOPS weight loss support group

Aug. 18: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #32

Michigan Blood Drive

Aug. 18: There will be a Michigan Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 18th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 to 7 pm. Attempt to donate and you could win a $100 Meijer Gift Card. Also, last chance to get a grilled hot dog served up by the Cedar Springs Women’s Club. The need for blood never takes a vacation but blood donors do. Please help out at this high-need time. #32

Rummage Sale to Benefit Adoption

Aug. 20-21:Huge Multi-family Indoor Rummage Sale at Grace EFC on the corner of Northland Drive and 13 Mile Rd. Thursday & Friday, August 20 & 21 from 8 am to 6 pm. All proceeds help fund a local family’s international adoption process. 616-696-0471 for details. #32

Annual 2nd Best Sale

Aug. 28,29: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 28th from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, August 29th from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8 to 9 am, after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by the All Saints Guild (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone and everything priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island, ¼ mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #32

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet

Sept. 13: Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2015 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 13th. The cost is $15 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner served at 1 pm. Reservations must be made prior to August 28th by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Maureen Jaqauys, 13952 Coral Rd., Coral MI 49322, phone 231-354-6506. Come join in the fun and you may be a lucky winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the word to out-of-town classmates. #32p

Posted in Hometown HappeningsComments (0)

Are You Really Sure?

 

A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, “Wanna hear a blonde joke?”

In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something.”

“What?” asked the blind man.

“Well, for starters, our bartender is blonde, and so is the bouncer. On top of that, I’m a 6-foot tall, 200-pound black belt. The guy sitting next to me is 6-foot 2-inches, weighs 225, and he’s a rugby player. The fella to your right is 6-foot 5 inches pushing 300 and he’s a wrestler. Each one of us is blonde. That makes five of us. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?”

The blind guy chuckles. “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.”

Posted in Joke of the WeekComments (0)