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Ricker family fundraisers

The Ricker Family

The Ricker Family

Various groups are putting on fundraisers over the next couple of weeks to help pay for medical bills for two teen brothers in our community that are battling cancer: Brison and Preston Ricker. Brison has an inoperable brain tumor (DIPG) and Preston recently had surgery for thyroid cancer. They are the sons of Brian and Kim Ricker, of Nelson Township. These are the ones we know about:

Varsity basketball fundraiser

FEB. 17: Please join the Cedar Springs Girls and Boys Basketball programs this Friday, February 17, as they host Forest Hills Central in a #rickerstrong game. Many activities are planned for the evening, which starts at 5:30 p.m. with the boys game. Please pack these stands and bring your wallets as we come together to raise money for this awesome family that is battling cancer! We will have a 50/50, raffling off these fabulous corn hole boards that Steve Elliston made and painted by hand and donated, as well as some half time shooting. It is also Senior Night-the last night these senior boys and girls will suit up and play in the Red Hawk gym.

FFA Silent Auction

FEB. 17-24: The FFA at Cedar Springs High School is holding a series of fundraisers for the Ricker family, in conjunction with National FFA week. The first is a silent auction at both Family Farm and Home and Quality Farm and Fleet, and starts this Friday, February 17 and runs until February 24. Several businesses have donated items, and the FFA will also include some of their own homemade maple syrup and pancake mix in the baskets. They hope to have a couple of tables set up at each store, so stop in at both stores and bid on your favorite items.

Movie at the Kent Theatre: Miracles from Heaven

FEB. 22: The FFA is sponsoring the movie “Miracles from Heaven” at the Kent Theatre on Wednesday, February 22, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $3. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of concession sales will go to the Ricker family. A donation jar will also be set up for anyone wishing to donate more to the family’s medical expenses. The movie, starring Jennifer Garner, is based on the true story of a young girl who was miraculously cured from her illness.

Spaghetti dinner 

FEB. 26: Classic Kelly’s Family Restaurant, 356 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs, is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Ricker family on Sunday, February 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. They will provide either a sit down or take out dinner for $10 each, with all proceeds going to the Ricker family. #Rickerstrong t-shirts will also be available to buy that night.

Dinner at Culver’s

FEB. 28: The FFA is holding a fundraising dinner for the Rickers at Culver’s of Comstock Park, located at 4280 Alpine, on Tuesday, February 28, from 5-30-8 p.m. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the Ricker family.

Other things the FFA is doing to support the Ricker family include selling bracelets at the high school that say  “Farming for a cause #rickerstrong” and running a “Kiss the Pig” contest in classrooms. For the Kiss the Pig contest, 24 piggybanks have been set up in various classrooms. According to teacher Larry Reyburn, the top five classrooms that collect the most change will win, and those lucky teachers will get to kiss a baby pig supplied by the FFA. Paper money doesn’t count, so if they don’t want to kiss the pig, they can stuff the piggyback with dollar bills. Fun stuff! FFA students Heather Beverwyk and Kate Hall have been in charge of organizing the current FFA fundraisers for the Ricker family.

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Cast auditions for 2017 CS Renaissance Faire

Photo by Fred Western of Universal Photographic Services.

Photo by Fred Western of Universal Photographic Services.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce would like to have more local talent involved in this year’s Renaissance Faire, so they are inviting those who would like to participate to audition for a role. Cast auditions for the 2017 Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire “Fellowship of the Springs” will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 5:30 p.m. “We welcome any and all family-friendly creativity for our event. J.R.R. Tolkien fans will love this year’s faire, especially those who read the books,” said Chamber president Perry Hopkins.
Cast Auditions will be held in the Kin of Hope Natural Health Dance & Fitness Studio, which is on the second floor above Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more… If you have a disability and cannot climb stairs please let them know and they will make special arrangements for you.

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Marriage wakeup coffee


As Barb was getting to know David and his family, she was very impressed by how much his parents loved each other.

“They’re so thoughtful,” Barb said. “Why, your dad even brings your mom a cup of hot coffee in bed every morning.”

David nodded. “I know. It’s great.”

After a time, Barb and David were engaged. Barb remarked again on David’s loving parents and how nice it was for his dad to serve his mom coffee in bed each morning. “Hopefully the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree,” she said, and winked.

David smiled. “You won’t be disappointed,” he said. “It runs in the family.”

The couple was soon married, and upon waking on that first morning as David’s wife, Barb woke up expecting to smell the intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Instead, her husband was snoring loudly beside her.

She shook him awake. “How about that coffee?”

“Two creams, one sugar,” he mumbled.

“No, I mean, why aren’t you getting me coffee?” asked Barb. “I thought you said it runs in the family.”

“It does,” replied a groggy David. “And I take after my mom.”

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Hometown Happenings

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Blood Drive

Feb. 21: Be someone who CARES and SHARES. Donating blood will take no more than an hour of your time and it could save/prolong someone’s life. The Michigan Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, February 21st at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate. The NEED is great. #7

Free Mexican Dinner

Feb. 22: Join us for a special FREE Mexican Dinner at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The church is located on the corner of Church and Main St. Sponsored by the UMC Men’s Group. #6,7p

Movie Benefit for Ricker Family

Feb. 22: A special showing for the movie Miracles from Heaven will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 4 and 7 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, as a benefit to the Ricker family. Tickets are $3.00. A donation jar will be available for those wishing to donate extra to the family for medical expenses. Sponsored by the Cedar Springs FFA. #7

Straw Building Bonanza at KDL

Feb. 23: With this unstructured building time, kids can build 2D and 3D geometric creations, vehicles, forts or whatever! We’ll provide all the materials, kids bring their imagination and curiosity. Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #7

Mom’s Market @ Solon Center Wesleyan 

Feb. 25: You are invited to our Mom’s Market Sale Event, Saturday, February 25th, from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. This isn’t a sale strictly for moms, but for all women, all ages. There are 45 booths filled with a variety of products, such as gently used children clothes and toys, handmade baby blankets, ponchos and jewelry of all sorts.  There’s even a Massage Therapist offering 10 minute head and facial massages for just $5! Come shop and have lunch too! Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road. #7,8p

AYSO Soccer Registration

Feb. 21,25: AYSO Region 902 Soccer Registration is now thru February 25th at www.eayso.org. We will be holding a registration event Tuesday, February 21st and Thursday, February 25th from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Red Hawk Elementary lobby. Cost is $65 per player or $60 per player for families with 3 or more players. Players must be 4 years of age prior to April 10, 2017 to play in the spring season. #7,8p

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Auditions for sci-fi fantasy one act plays


Feb. 13, 14

The Cedar Springs Community Players will be presenting three Sci-Fi Fantasy one act plays on March 24, 25, and 26th at the Kent Theatre. “Zombies, Werewolves and Aliens, oh my!” kicks off the 2017 Fantasy themed season. The three short comedies are set in the old west, modern day suburbia, and outer space in the future and feature hilarious encounters with an assortment of monsters and aliens.

People have always loved stories about monsters. Our literature is full of entities with mysterious origins with great strength or different abilities that we must somehow overcome. Traditionally, this is done with fierce battles and intestinal fortitude on the part of the hero.  And since conflict is a great plot device, these stories about monsters have long been a part of our film and theater history, too. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus” was published in 1818 and she is known to have seen a play based on it in 1823. And this popularity endures; in 2016 there was even a Frankenstein ballet.

And, of course, vampires, zombies, and aliens are everywhere these days, too. Over time, these scary monster stories started to take on a more humorous side. Low movie budgets led to cheesy looking special effects and a proliferation of odd titles like “Bride of the Monster,” “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” and the modern classic “Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies.”

And you can expect to see a fair amount of cheesiness and comedy on stage in March. We have a lot of roles to fill—both actors and monsters—in these three plays and would love to see you at auditions. And if you enjoy monster makeup, exotic costumes, know how to make a convincing looking ray gun or other things out of tin foil, please let us know! Auditions for the show are on February 13 and 14 between 6:30 and 8:00 at the United Methodist church. If you are interesting in helping out behind the scenes, please feel free to come to the auditions and introduce yourself or send us an email at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. This is going to be a fun show and we want you to be a part of it!

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Walking on water


A pastor and two of his deacons are out on the river fishing in their rowboat. Noon rolls around, and one of the deacons notices a nice spot on the bank to have lunch. He turns to the others and says, “That looks like a nice spot for lunch. What do you say we have lunch over there?”

The other deacon agrees, and so does the pastor. The deacon stands up in the boat, steps out onto the river and walks over to the bank. The pastor looks on in amazement, and thinks to himself, if his deacon is holy enough to walk on water, surely he can.

The other deacon stands up, picks up the picnic basket, steps out of the boat, and walks over to the bank and sits with the first deacon. The pastor is even more amazed. He thinks again, if his deacons are holy enough to walk on water, surely he can!

The pastor stands up, steps out of the boat, and sinks into the water. The first deacon turns to the second and says, “Think we should have told him where the rocks are?”

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Hometown Happenings

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Pray and Move Mountains at Hillcrest

Feb. 10,11: Life is full of opportunities and here is a prime opportunity to learn about prayer and what the Bible has to say about moving mountains. On Friday, February 10th from 6-8 pm and Saturday, February 11th from 9 am to 2 pm (light lunch provided). Pastor Rex Webb will be teaching on prayer at Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, visit hillcrestcommunitychurch.blogspot.com. #6

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Velzy Park

Feb. 11: Grab your sweetie and join us for our second annual Valentine Spaghetti Dinner/Dessert Auction at Solon Township office, 15185 Algoma Ave. this Saturday, February 11th.  Tickets are $10 each or 2 for $18. Doors open at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm and dessert auction to follow. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased by calling 616-696-4227 or 616-696-1848 or at the door. All proceeds go towards the construction of the Park. Desserts can be donated as well. We’ll save you a seat! #6p

Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents Fight Night! 

Feb. 12: Come on February 12th for a live simulcast by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, from 7-9:30 pm. It’s a fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for your relationship. Fight Night; How to Fight Fair is a great date night and a game-changer for every relationship; newlyweds, “oldyweds,” seriously dating, engaged couples, anyone wanting to make a good relationship great. It’s free, and childcare is provided! To RSVP, please call the church office @ 616-696-3229. For more on Fight Night go to www.scwchurch.com. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road. #6p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church & Potluck

Feb. 12: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church and Potluck on Sunday, February 12th. Potluck will be at 5 pm and Cowboy Church at 6 pm. 2nd Chance will supply ham, table service and drinks. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music will be shared by the Pryer Times, Mary Pryer and Faith Pryer sharing their music and message. 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! #6p

Cookies & Crafts at the Library

Feb. 14: Come join us on Tuesday, February 14th for Cookies and Crafts at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry. Come and go as you please all day! Grab a cookie and make a bookmark, while browsing for books. #6

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Feb. 15: East Nelson United Methodist Church Ham Dinner will be Wednesday, February 15th from 5 to 7 pm. All are welcome for ham, potatoes, beets, carrots, cabbage, relish tray, rolls and homemade desserts. East Nelson is located at 9024 – 18 Mile NE. Come an enjoy the fellowship and good food. Free will donations. #6

Science Rocks!

Feb. 16: Explore earth science with hands-on activities. Become a detective and learn the skills geologists use to identify rocks. Take a journey through the rock cycle as if you were a rock yourself. Experiment with how meteorites create craters and use the magnetic force of the Earth to see who can make the longest magnetic chain. Create a piece of “rock-ing” art to take home, too. Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m., Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #6

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 20: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday on February 20th  from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $8 and Family $25. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. Other planned dates are March 19th and April 16th. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #6

Free Mexican Dinner

Feb. 22: Join us for a special FREE Mexican Dinner at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The church is located on the corner of Church and Main St. Sponsored by the UMC Men’s Group. #6,7p

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Velzy Park fundraiser


Grab your sweetie! Mark your calendars! The Velzy Park Committee is hosting their second annual (fall in love with Velzy Park) Valentine Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 11 at Solon Township Hall. All proceeds go towards the construction of the new park behind the Township office. The dinner includes a dessert auction as well as musical entertainment performed by our very own Courtney King! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Township office (15185 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs) Monday through Wednesday or at the door. Park committee members will be selling tickets as well. Ticket prices are $10.00 each or two for $18.00. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. with the popular dessert auction following.  There will be a 50/50 raffle as well. Join your neighbors and shake off the winter blues while helping to make this much needed park a reality! For more information, call 616-696-1718 or check out the Park’s facebook page (Solon Township’s Velzy Park).

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Comes to SMG-managed DeVos Performance Hall May 21

PBS KIDS Show comes alive on stage in Grand Rapids! Tickets on sale February 17 at 10 AM

Grand Rapids—The wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, WILD KRATTS, is coming to the live stage. Wild Kratts LIVE! will be at DeVos Performance Hall on May 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000 (24-hr ticketing line), and at the DeVos Place® & Van Andel Arena® box offices. Ticket prices are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $100 (VIP). Prices are subject to change.

Animated Kratt Brothers Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zoboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures, and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families, and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

In its sixth season, Wild Kratts was created and developed by real life brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt (both nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing For A Children’s Series). Wild Kratts features the brothers on incredible expeditions to meet wild creatures from the far corners of the earth, diving into the habitats of these unusual animals with the use of futuristic technology and Creature Power Suits that allow the brothers to take their funny and exciting adventures to where they’ve never gone before. Wild Kratts has received numerous awards since its inception in 2011 including Parents’ Choice, Kidscreen, Aurora, and 2 Emmy nominations. The series is a co-production of the Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment.

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United States Navy Band to appear in Muskegon


Saturday March 18, Frauenthal Theater

The United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C., will present a free concert hosted by Muskegon Community Concerts at the historic Frauenthal theater in Muskegon on Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Under the baton of Captain Kenneth C. Collins, the band will present a variety of popular and classical favorites. This special performance by the Navy’s premier musical organization is part of the Navy Band’s national tour. The band performs frequently at the White House and the U.S. Capital Building and has participated in 24 presidential inaugurals.

Members of several local high school bands will join the Navy Band on stage to perform John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March.”

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available starting on Monday February 13 at the Frauenthal Center box office in downtown Muskegon, 425 West Western Avenue, for more information, call 231.727.8001.

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