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Bite-Size Ideas for Easy Entertaining

 

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Whether you’re prepping for an extravagant party or an impromptu get-together, being prepared with cupboard staples and entertaining tricks can help you take your gathering to the next level.

Make menu planning a breeze and put a unique twist on your party from start to finish with these great ideas from the experts at Dare Foods:

Snacks with flair. Use geometric cookie-cutters to bring thoughtful detail to essential hors d’oeuvres like crackers, cheese and melon slices.

Vivid votive. Fill mason jars with water and add slices of lemon or lime along with sprigs of rosemary. Float a tea light on top and place around the yard or on tables for a beautiful way to decorate your outdoor space.

Sparkler sendoff. Light up the night with festive sparklers for endless entertainment. Place them in a decorative pail and sit back as guests enjoy the photo opp.

When it comes to bite-size snacks, crackers are one pantry basic you can dress up or down for a wide range of party-worthy treats in minutes. For example, garden-fresh fixings atop crisp crackers make for light canapes that celebrate the best of summer flavors. Just start with one of Dare’s mouthwatering crackers, loaded with crunch and packed with flavor, and pile on the goodness.

If you’re looking for an elegant appetizer to wow dinner guests, a robust, crisp cracker makes the perfect base for a sweet corn salad and luxurious scallops. Or, for a delicious sweet treat, use Dare’s sweet potato cracker to lend a unique twist to a classic s’mores recipe.

Find more creative cracker recipes for your next event at darefoods.com.

Sauteed Corn, Feta, Cherry Tomato and Scallop Crackers

Scallop-crackersPrep time: 15 minutes

Servings: 10

  • 2 ears corn
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 10 large scallops
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced basil
  • pepper
  • 10 Brenton Vinta crackers

Slice corn off of cob.

Heat vegetable oil in pan until hot, saute corn until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In another pan, heat vegetable oil until hot. Salt scallops then sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Slice in half to create 10 round scallop discs.

Mix corn, feta, tomatoes and basil together. Season with salt and pepper.

To compile, place spoonful of corn salad on each cracker. Top with 2 pieces of scallop and 1 sprig of basil.

 

Marshmallow, Chocolate, Sweet Potato Crackers

Marshmallow-crackersPrep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 10

  • 10 large marshmallows
  • 20 Breton sweet potato and ancient grain crackers
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

Heat broiler to low (set rack in top two-thirds of oven if low-heat setting is unavailable).

Place marshmallows on one cracker and broil 1-3 minutes, or until they begin to brown and soften.

Remove from oven and place 1 teaspoon chocolate chips onto hot marshmallows.

Let sit 1 minute to allow chocolate to soften.

Place cracker on top and enjoy.

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Expiration dates

A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office.

“Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”

“Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her.

There was silence at the other end of the phone.

“Why do you ask?” prodded the doctor.

“I’m wondering just how long I have left to live,” she whispered. “This prescription is marked NO REFILLS!”

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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.

Red Flannel Prince and Princess Registration

ATTENTION KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!! Register your kindergarten boy or girl for the RED FLANNEL PRINCE AND PRINCESS Contest! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org to download a packet of information, pick one up at Kindergarten Roundup or call the Red Flannel Office at 616-696-2662. All students in the Cedar Springs School District (CTA, Algoma Chirstian, Home School) are eligible!! #33-36b

Tent Revival in Morley Park

Aug. 28: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church celebrates 150 years with a Tent Revival in Morley Park at 4 pm on Sunday, August 28th. Jolene DeHeere speaks on being Radically Committed. Music by Deb Eadie. Hotdogs, chips and water to follow. Bring your own chair and a Joyful Heart! Questions call 616-696-1140. #33,34b

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Aug. 28: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, August 28th 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 Old Gospel Singers with Lenny and Dorothy Massey. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #34p

Take off pounds sensibly

Aug. 30: 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

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Aug. 31: All Signors, Signoras and Signorinas age 60 and older, we welcome you to A Taste of Italia the 31st of August.  Mamma Mia!  We’re leaning towards a Meaty Pasta with Sauce and Cheese, Bread/Rolls with Garlic, a Veggie or not.  And then for Desert…well there lies a mystery.  And then you never know when a Relish Plate may appear.  Senior Café Italia opens at Noon in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of Beech & M-82. #34

Youth Soccer Challenge

Sept. 3: Calling all kids! The Sand Lake Knights of Columbus will be hosting a competitive soccer event on Saturday, September 3rd at 9 am at the Sand Lake Soccer Fields. All community youth are welcome to compete in the 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 up to age 17 (as of Sept. 1) are eligible to participate. Competition is divided into four age brackets and the top scoring girl and boy of each bracket will be awarded. All contestants will be recognized for their participation 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. #34

Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Canvas & Wine

Sept. 7: The Cedar Springs Lion’s Club will present Canvas and Wine with local artist Andra Lucas. Oh it’s that kind of pARTy! Wednesday, September 7th at 6 pm at Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. $50 includes canvas, paint supplies and a glass of wine. $45 for those under 21. Limited seating. RSVP by August 30th. Text or call Brynadette Powell 616-835-2624 or Dawn DeVreugd 616-240-0857 or register online www.ohitsthatkindofparty.com Funds raised from this event will go to Million Penny Mission to purchase equipment for the Cedar Springs Library. #33,34p

MCC Offers Trip to Stratford

Oct. 14: Montcalm Community College offers a one-day cultural trip to Stratford, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 14, to see Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Non-students may register for the trip starting September 1st, and the cost is $65. Anyone planning to participate in this trip must be age 12 or older, and have an enhanced driver’s license, United States Passport or Passport Card that is valid through October 2016. Participants ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.montcalm.edu/events/stratford-trip-2/ to download an application, call (989) 328-2204, or visit the Business Office at the Sidney or Greenville campus. There is a limited number of tickets, and registration is first come, first served. For more information about the trip, contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1248 or MCC Dean of Instruction and Student Development Gary Hauck at garyh@montcalm.edu. #34

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River Rock Church hosts annual summer festival August 21 

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Entire community invited to free event with something for everyone 

On Sunday, August 21, River Rock Church will host their annual summer Festival event from 4-7 p.m. The event, which is completely free of charge, will take place on the grounds of River Rock Church at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, Mich.

River Rock’s Festival event is an opportunity for the greater community to come together and simply have fun. What can you expect to do at Festival? Kids can enjoy inflatables, many kid’s games, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, a clown and more. But Festival isn’t just for kids! Adults who attend can listen to live music, play yard games, or sign up for a raffle drawing for prizes such as getaways to Double RR Ranch, local restaurant gift cards, a patio set and more! Plus, everyone can enjoy great food, grab a photo in the photo booth, have your caricature done by artist David Wodarek , be awed by local magician Alan Kazaam and reflect at the community prayer tent.

In 2015, River Rock welcomed approximately 900 people to Festival. And while a great turnout is expected, the true goal is to give back to the community.

“Since our beginning in 2000, River Rock Church has existed to prayerfully connect those in the greater Rockford community to Jesus and one another. We seek to do this in a variety of ways including worship services, serving opportunities inside and outside of our church, programming for all ages, and community outreach events like Festival,” said River Rock’s Senior Pastor, Jon Huizenga. “Festival is something we can give back to the community who has blessed our church in so many ways.”

For more information on River Rock’s Festival, visit www.riverrockcommunity.com or contact the church office at 616-874-0400.

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Kent County Veterans Services offers “Life Reimagined” workshop 

 

The Kent County Department of Veterans Services provides assistance to more veterans and their families every day, getting them the benefits they have earned. Many veterans may not know all of the benefits available to them. The “Life Reimagined Checkup” may help those families as they prepare or settle into retirement.

The Kent County Department of Veterans Services will host a workshop for veterans and their families in Grand Rapids on Friday, September 9, 2016, from 3-5 p.m., at the Kent County Veterans Services Office, 836 Fuller Ave. NE. The “Life Reimagined Checkup” will help participants understand where they are in life and what their next move could be.

“Retirement should be an exciting time for veterans and their families, but often, there are so many unanswered questions,” said Carrie Anderson, Manager of Kent County Veterans Services.  “We hope to take some of the guesswork and anxiety out of the process for those who served.”

Participants will build connections within their community, discuss the obstacles they face and learn how they can overcome challenges. Whether their goals are work, family, or health related, participants will discover new methods to reach their aspirations, all during this 2-hour session. The presentation is a combined effort of the Veterans Services Office, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Encore Program and AARP.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance: https://lifereimagined.aarp.org/events/detail/42363 or call Veterans Services at (616) 632-5722.

 

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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.

Register for the Red Flannel Prince & Princess Contest

ATTENTION KINDERGARTEN PARENTS! Register your kindergarten boy or girl for the RED FLANNEL PRINCE AND PRINCESS Contest! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org to download a packet of information, pick one up at Kindergarten Roundup or call the Red Flannel Office at 616-696-2662. All students in the Cedar Springs School District (CTA, Algoma Christian, Home School) are eligible! #33-36p

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool Open House

Aug. 23: Resurrection Lutheran Preschool Open House/Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd. Any and all families interested in enrolling their 3 or 4 year old in our preschool program for the 2016/17 school year please join us at 7 pm. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. #33p

Michigan Blood Drive

Aug. 23: Michigan Blood Drive will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm-7:00 pm on Tuesday August 23rd. This is your last chance to have a hot dog grilled by one of the ladies from the Cedar Springs Women’s Club. Chips and a drink will also be offered. Last month we collected 35 units of blood which has the potential to benefit 105 people! The Blood Center thanks all the people who attempt to donate. #33

Greenville Garden Club

Aug. 24: On Wednesday, August 24th the Greenville Garden Club meeting at 7 pm will feature speaker Tony Wernette. Tony is a MAEAP technician with the Mecosta County Conservation District, working to help develop and implement economically feasible, effective, environmentally sound pollution prevention practices. Learn the roles that horticulture and agriculture play in our state’s water quality, as well as how gardeners and greenhouse growers can be more conscious of their water use and input management practices. The public is invited. Greenville Area Community Center, 900 E. Kent Rd., Greenville. #33

Annual 2nd Best Sale

Aug. 26,27: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 26th from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 27th  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 Episcopal Church Women (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, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33

Tent Revival in Morley Park

Aug. 28: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church celebrates 150 years with a Tent Revival in Morley Park at 4 pm on Sunday, August 28th. Jolene DeHeere speaks on being Radically Committed. Music by Deb Eadie. Hotdogs, chips and water to follow. Bring your own chair and a Joyful Heart! Questions call 616-696-1140. #33,34b

Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Canvas & Wine

Sept. 7: The Cedar Springs Lion’s Club will present Canvas and Wine with local artist Andra Lucas. Oh it’s that kind of pARTy! Wednesday, September 7th at 6 pm at Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. $50 includes canvas, paint supplies and a glass of wine. $45 for those under 21. Limited seating. RSVP by August 30th. Text or call Brynadette Powell 616-835-2624 or Dawn DeVreugd 616-240-0857 or register online www.ohitsthatkindofparty.com Funds raised from this event will go to Million Penny Mission to purchase equipment for the Cedar Springs Library. #33,34p

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Fundraiser for Brison Ricker

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Would you like to be inspired and help out someone in need at the same time? Then mark your calendar and purchase tickets to hear some great speakers at Cedar Springs High School on Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from tickets sold will go to help local teen Brison Ricker, who is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.

Speakers are Tracey Casey-Arnold, founder/CEO of W.I.T. Wellness Consulting, founder of WIT Ministry and Whatever it Takes Radio Network; and Matt Lehr, former NFL football player, NPC Super Heavy Weight and GASP athlete, and NPC Texas Judge. Arnold will speak about using faith to help win in life; Lehr will speak about overcoming adversities.

Tickets are $25 each, with the option to donate more. They ask that you please purchase tickets ahead of time at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brison-ricker-fundraiser-event-with-tracey-arnold-and-matt-lehr-tickets-26959235800. Or go to eventbrite.com and search for Brison Ricker.

For info on this and other fundraisers for Brison, search for the Team Brison page on Facebook.

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The Black Snake

 

It was the first camping experience for Jed.

As soon as he had pitched his tent, he went for a hike in the woods. About a half hour later, he trudged back into camp, bleeding and dishevelled.

“What happened?” asked a fellow camper.

Jed struggled to catch his breath. “I was chased by a black snake!”

The camper laughed. “A black snake isn’t deadly.”

“Listen,” groaned Jed, “if he can make you jump off a fifty-foot cliff, he’s deadly!”

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Fundraiser for Solon’s Velzy Park

 

The Velzy Park Committee is continuing fundraising efforts with a 50/50 raffle this Saturday, August 13, at Solon Market’s Dog Daze Pet Expo. The planned park behind Solon’s Hall will need additional funding before Phase One can begin, as monies slated for the Walking Trail became necessary for a matching grant proposal.  The Park is looking to the community for donations of cash or in-kind donations for construction of the park, as well as to meet the grant requirements. Fund-raising efforts began in February with a spaghetti dinner and dessert auction and have continued throughout the summer. Saturday’s raffle will run during Market hours from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Solon Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave. Plans are underway for a car bash in September—more to be announced at a later date. Be sure to watch the Post for additional information and check out the Velzy Park facebook page (Solon Township’s Velzy Park) for updates.  Donations can be made to Solon Township/Velzy Park.

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It’s Dog Daze at Solon Market

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Calling all kids, pets and pet owners Solon Market is once again hosting their Dog Daze Pet Expo and Popular Pet Show Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring your dog to Market for a free gift. The popular pet show, which benefits area rescues and services, begins at 11 a.m. Each child who enters will get a bag of goodies for them and their pets, courtesy of area businesses. The Market is adding a third prize this year for best costume. Two other grand prizes will be awarded for popular vote and most monies earned for area rescues (votes by cash). Prizes include dog beds, $25 gift cards, toys and treats. A local photographer has graciously offered to take photos of the entrants to share on Solon Market’s Facebook page and she will be available to do other portraits as well. Children can register for the Pet Show by calling Vicky at 616-696-4227.

Dogs and dog owners alike will enjoy the ambiance of the open Market, have a chance to visit with their neighbors and browse the 20+ Dog Daze booths inside, watch demos and visit the Market family as well.  It’s free, it’s fun, it’s a dog’s dream.  For more information or for a schedule of events and businesses, check out Solon Market’s page on Facebook.  Like them for updates.  Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Ave.

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