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Christmas Coloring Contest

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visa-giftcardHey kids, 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards, one for each age group.

Please click on the stocking above, print out, and color the picture with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose the three winners – one from each age group: 4-5 years, 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules! Please no help from parents or older siblings/helpers.

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Click on entry form to print… and submit with your colored stocking.

Rules: 

1. Only one entry per child.

2. Only one winner per family.

3. We are not responsible for lost mail.

4. All entries must be at our office by December 19

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Winners will be announced in the December 22nd issue of The Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay, get your entry in as soon as possible – deadline is Monday, December 19 by 5:00 p.m. but we’d like to display your entry on our windows throughout the month. Our office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am to 2pm on Fridays. We’re closed this Thursday & Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Fundraiser in honor of local veteran

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A Luncheon this Sunday, December 4 at Church of God Ministry in White Cloud at 2pm will help support Richard Lee Lewis, a Rockford veteran who is in need of help from the community ASAP to fight multiple sclerosis.

Richard grew up in Newaygo County and went to White Cloud High School. He has been fighting MS for almost 20 years, and he now faces mobility issues and discomfort that will continue to decline without treatment. He may face paralysis and vision loss. He needs to raise enough money out-of-pocket to cover the expenses associated with a stem cell transplant that could help him to fight MS and reclaim an independent life.

All proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit HelpHOPELive in Richard’s honor. All funds raised will be managed by the nonprofit to be used for medical and related expenses only. Anyone who cannot attend can still make a tax-deductible donation at: https://helphopelive.org/campaign/12053

Click link below to download flyer: 

Lewis_Richard-Luncheon.pdf

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It’s A Wonderful Life is an American classic with a fascinating history

 

By Liz Clifford

 

The Cedar Springs Community Players is presenting “It’s A Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play” on December 8, 9, and 10 at the Kent Theatre. The play is inspired by the 1946 Frank Capra movie. From humble beginnings, this movie has become an enduring American holiday favorite.

But the story actually started out life in 1939 as a short story called “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern.  Stern was unable to get the story published and decided to use it as an elaborate Christmas card for his family and friends in 1943. The Christmas story caught the eye of a movie producer who bought the rights in the hopes of making a movie of it with Cary Grant. But the timing and script weren’t right and the rights were resold to Frank Capra’s movie company in 1945.

Capra had a vision for the film and created an enormous set for the town of Bedford Falls. The movie lot was on four acres and had several city blocks with over 75 buildings, a working bank building, and specially planted full size trees to make it look like a real, established small town. Local wild animals were even encouraged to make themselves at home on the set.

Everything in Capra’s movie town had to be perfect, including the snow.  Traditionally, movie snow was made of corn flakes. But Capra didn’t like the crunching noise it made as the actors walked on it. So a special “chemical” snow was created for the film.

But the extensive set, special inventions, and multiple script revisions all cost money and the movie was not a box office success. “It’s A Wonderful Life” won one Academy Award for technical achievement—the very exciting new snow. And, to add insult to injury, the FBI took an interest in the film. In 1947, the FBI stated that the film depicted the banker as the bad guy and showed that people who had money were despicable—a common technique used by Communists. In the anti-communist McCarthy era, this wasn’t the kind of attention you wanted your movie to receive.

So how did this movie become so beloved by Americans? Because of a clerical error over it’s copyright. The copyright problem meant the movie became available to show inexpensively on television and every station across the country showed it multiple times during the holiday season. Over the years, this movie was seen by so many people during the holidays that it became a part of the holiday traditions in millions of homes across America. Which is a pretty amazing turnaround for an unsellable short story that was made into a “pro-Communist” box office failure in 1946!

Come see the show and be part of the story that has been evolving for almost 80 years. “It’s a Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play” will be at the Kent Theater on December 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 at the Cedar Springs Library or $12 at the door and $8 for kids.

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Rockford prepares for first Live Nativity 

 

Area residents and guests are invited to join in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the first “Live Nativity and Christmas Caroling Celebration” to be held in downtown Rockford. The event takes place on Friday, December 16th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Those wishing to be a part of the caroling event are asked to meet at North Rockford Middle School or Rockford Baptist Church at 6:45 p.m. to walk down E. Bridge Street to the nativity. Please bring a battery operated candle, flashlight, or your cell phone to carry as you walk. A petting zoo for the children and refreshments will be available for all at Rockford United Methodist Church. Additional information can be found at www.rpmoll.com/Christmas.

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‘Winter Tapestry’ concert Dec. 11

 

 

Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir performs its “Winter Tapestry” concert Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium in the Activities Building on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free.

“We will have a little bit of everything to appeal to our audience,” said Choir Director Val Vander Mark.

The choir will perform old favorite winter songs like “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland,” and newer favorites such as “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Santa Baby” and “Believe” from the film “Polar Express.”

“We will also be invoking Christmases of the 1950s with a medley of Alfred Burt carols and ‘Santa Baby,’” Vander Mark said.

“There are a few classical numbers sprinkled in, as well as a traditional spiritual, a comical version of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas,’ and, just for good measure, an                      audience sing-along of traditional Christmas carols,” she added.

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir has more than 40 members of various ages from the surrounding areas, including Saranac, Alma and Grand Rapids. Accompanying the choir will be instrumentalists Lori and Leigh Engelbrecht, Karen Maxfield and Jean Hudson, as well as pianists Janis Rohn and Chris Schut.

For more information, contact Choir Director Val Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu.

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Rest in peace

 

A new business was opening and one of the owner’s friends sent him flowers for the occasion. The flowers arrived at the new business site with a card reading, “Rest in Peace.”

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain.

After he told the florist about the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist replied,

“Sir, I’m really sorry for the mistake. But rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, ‘Congratulations on your new location.’”

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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.


Annual Cookie Walk

Dec. 3: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 3rd at 310 E. Division in Rockford from 9 am until the cookies are gone. We will have the traditional favorites plus some new delicious delights. They will be sold by the pound and you pick the combination. Stop in and pick up some cookies for the holidays. Proceeds help our Mission Projects throughout the year. #47,48p

Craft Show

Dec. 3: Resurrection Lutheran in Sand Lake, 180 Northland Drive, will be hosting a Craft Show on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 am to 2 pm. 30 vendors – food – raffle – book sale. #48p

Vendor and Craft Show

Dec. 3,4: The Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Drive, is hosting a Craft and Vendor Show on December 2nd from 5 to 9 pm and December 3rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase. #47,48p

Chalk Artist and Ventriloquist

Dec. 4: Chalk for Christ artist and ventriloquist, Rod Snow will present an entertainment show the whole family can enjoy, Sunday, December 4th at 4 pm in the sanctuary of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Please join us for an afternoon of fun! There is no charge for this event. #47,48p

Dinner at the Legion

Dec. 5: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, December 5th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be baked chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, 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.  #48p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 6,13,20,27: 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. #48

Drive-in Movie at KDL in Spencer

Dec. 7,8: What could be better than decorating you own “car” to sit in while eating popcorn and enjoying Mo Willem’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Please bring a sturdy box that your child can sit in. We’ll have craft supplies on hand to rev-up your child’s “car.” Come early to decorate your car and reserve your “parking space” for the film. Wednesday, December 7th at 10 am and Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm. Spencer Township Library, 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen. 616-784-2007, www.kdl.org. #48

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play

Dec. 8-10: The Cedar Springs Community Players is presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” on December 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. The play is inspired by the 1946 Frank Capra movie. From humble beginnings the movie has become an enduring American holiday favorite. Advance tickets are $10 at the Cedar Springs Library or $12 at the door and $8 for kids. #48

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show

Dec. 10: Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd. will host their show on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. Please check out our Facebook event for all the details and contact information or call Hillcrest at 616-696-9333 and leave a message. #48,49p

Visit Santa at Courtland Fire Department

Dec. 10: Santa will be visiting the Courtland Fire Department on Saturday, December 10th from 1 to 4 pm. The Fire Department is located at 7480 – 14 Mile Rd. just east of Myers Lake Rd. Punch and cookies will be served. #48

Newaygo Community Christmas Concert

Dec. 11: The Newaygo Community Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 11th at 6 pm at the Grant Fine Arts Center, 331 E. State Rd., Grant. Come an enjoy the sounds of the Christmas Season. Admission is FREE. #48,49p

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The Post travels to China

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Almost 70 Chinese high school students visited Cedar Springs last summer and took a little bit of Red Flannel Town home with them.

Tim and Shelley Bauer, directors of Network 153, a local nonprofit organization, teamed up with Pine Ridge Bible Camp for the third summer in a row, worked with Lu He Cultural Training Center in Beijing to bring the students here for a three-week English immersion program. They spent two weeks with host families and one week having fun at camp.

When the students left, they each took a copy of the Post back to Beijing, and took a group photo.

Thanks so much to the Chinese students for visiting, and then taking us home with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Thanksgiving fun

 

Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?

A: They suspected it of fowl play.

 

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?

A: Because he had the drumsticks

 

Q: What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?

A: He had an arrow escape.

 

Q: What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey trot

 

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

A: Plymouth Rock.

 

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

 

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

A: Because they use such fowl language.

 

Q: How do you keep a turkey in suspense?

A: I’ll let you know next week.

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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.


Holiday Market

Nov. 26: The Tri County Music Boosters is hosting a Holiday Market on Saturday, November 26th at Tri County High School, 21338 Kendaville Rd., Howard City, from 10 am to 4 pm. Over 30 of your favorite vendors will be on hand offering specials for the holiday season on their unique items! Why fight the crowds in the malls when everything you could want can be found right here! Admission is only $2.00 and includes a raffle ticket of over two dozen fantastic door prizes. #47p

Sand Lake Tree Lighting & Carols

Nov. 27: There will be a Tree Lighting and carols in Sand Lake at Salisbury Park on Sunday, November 27th at 5:30 pm. Meet at the tree on the southeast corner of the park. Special music from Resurrection Lutheran Church Preschoolers. #46,47p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Nov. 27: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, November 27th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message and music will be shared by the group Riding for the Brand. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #47

Indoor Live Nativity

Dec. 2,3: Sand Lake United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is transformed into the city of Bethlehem for an indoor live Nativity on Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 3rd from 1 to 3 pm. See the baby in the manger and listen to the angels sing. Our free gift to you this Christmas. #46,47p

Annual Cookie Walk

Dec. 3: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 3rd at 310 E. Division in Rockford from 9 am until the cookies are gone. The cookies are sold by the pound and you pick the combination. This is the perfect time to pick up cookies for the holidays. Proceeds help our Mission Projects throughout the year. #47,48p

Vendor and Craft Show

Dec. 3,4: The Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Drive, is hosting a Craft and Vendor Show on December 2nd from 5 to 9 pm and December 3rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase. #47,48p

Holiday Marketplace

Dec. 3: Get a good start on your Holiday Shopping at the Greenville Area Senior Citizen Center, 715 S. Baldwin, Greenville, during their Holiday Marketplace event, taking place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm. Choose from a nice selection of quilts, crafts, dolls, holiday décor, gift items and baked goods, along with unique gift options from outside vendors. Entrance and free parking is in rear of building. Holiday Marketplace is part of a citywide holiday celebration. #47

Chalk Artist and Ventriloquist

Dec. 4: Chalk for Christ artist and ventriloquist, Rod Snow will present an entertainment show the whole family can enjoy, Sunday, December 4th at 4 pm in the sanctuary of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Please join us for an afternoon of fun! There is no charge for this event. #47,48p

Help Promote Literacy

Dec. 5,16,20,28: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Monday, December 5th at 10 am, Friday, December 16th at 2 pm, Tuesday, December 20th at 6 pm and Wednesday, December 28th at 10 am. 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 Literacy Center of West Michigan 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. #47

HCNC Holiday Party

Dec. 9: The Howard Christensen Nature Center staff, board and volunteers would like to invite you (everyone) to our annual holiday party at the Center! Unlike the previous years potluck style dinner, this one will have a light faire provided with samplings of cider, wine, juice and pop! No need to bring anything, however HCNC always appreciates holiday donations. Mingle with those who make this place happen and get to know us a little more! FREE to all, but donations are appreciated. The center is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158, www.HowardChristensen.org. #47

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