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Auditions announced for upcoming mystery at the Kent

 

It’s murder and mayhem at the theatre

The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming one-act mystery productions. They include “Heat Lightning” by Robert F. Carroll, a thriller about a young woman who witnesses murder on a lonely country road one stormy night; “The Man Who Died Twice” by Robert Black, a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery; and “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, a thriller that takes place in the 1950s.

Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 8 and 9 at 6:30 -8 p.m. Needed are four males and two females, and five that can either be male or female, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are March 31, April 1 and April 2, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page to see details. Or you may call, 616-696-0949 and leave message.

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Fourth-grade logic

 

A fourth-grade teacher was giving her pupils a lesson in logic.

“Here is the situation,” she said.  “A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing.  He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help.  His wife hears the commotion, knows he can’t swim, and runs down to the bank.  Why do you think she ran to the bank?”

A girl raised her hand and asked,

“To draw out all his savings?”

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Auditions for Upcoming Play

Feb. 8,9: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming one-act mystery productions of “Heat Lightning” by Robert F. Carroll-a thriller about a young woman who witnesses murder on a lonely country road one stormy night; “The Man Who Died Twice” by Robert Black-a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery; and “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher-a thriller that takes place in the ‘50’s. Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 8 and 9 at 6:30 – 8 p.m. Needed are 4 males and 2 females, and 5 that can either be male or female, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are March 31, April 1 and April 2, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! Or you may call, 616-696-0949 and leave message. #5

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 9: 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. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #5

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Feb. 9, 10: Take aim at Valentine’s Day with a Nerf arrow competition, creation of anti-Valentine’s Day cards, decorate devastating cookies and watch the pilot episode of “The Walking Dead.” Tuesday, February 9th at 5 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen and Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #5

Heart to Heart Craft Party

Feb. 13: Roses are red, Violets are blue, join our Valentine event just for you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with snacks and crafts. For all ages. Saturday, February 13th at 10 am at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen and at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #5

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“Migration in Michigan” presentation kicks off lecture series

Director of the Michigan Office of New Americans Bing Goei presents “Migration in Michigan” on Feb. 9 at Montcalm Community College.

Director of the Michigan Office of New Americans Bing Goei presents “Migration in Michigan” on Feb. 9 at Montcalm Community College.

Bing Goei, director of the Michigan Office of New Americans, presents “Migration in Michigan” on Feb. 9 at noon in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Michigan is the third largest state of residence for refugees coming to the United States. Goei will discuss what immigrants need and what they have to offer the state.

“One of the crucial issues today is the Syrian refugee crisis, and the question of how and when Michigan can safely welcome those fleeing from civil war in their Middle Eastern homeland,” said MCC Dean of Instruction & Student Development Gary Hauck. “Critical concerns have surfaced since the recent attacks in Paris, which were carried out by a terrorist embedded within the Syrian immigrants. Gov. Snyder is hoping to find a way to reach out to deserving Syrian immigrants while at the same time providing the necessary safeguards against any threat of terrorism.”

“As the director of the Michigan Office of New Americans, Goei is best suited to discuss the critical challenges and questions facing Michigan today as we determine how to appropriately accept and assimilate today’s immigrants from around the world,” Hauck added.

Goei immigrated to Michigan from Indonesia with his family in 1960. In 2001, he purchased Eastern Floral out of bankruptcy and rebuilt the Eastern Floral Company, which has become a Top 50 Teleflora florist with six West Michigan locations in Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. His passion for entrepreneurship and diversity led him to create the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, a business incubator offering low-cost space to young, minority and female entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids. Gov. Rick Snyder named Goei the first director of the Michigan Office for New Americans because of his experiences as an immigrant and a job creator.

”Migration in Michigan” is the first of three presentations in the 2016 Stanley and Blanche Ash Lectureship Series, which aims to increase awareness of key issues of global and domestic importance, in partnership with the World Affairs Council.

Other lectures in the series include:

April 21: Brian Stout, author of the book “Trees of Life,” presents “Preserving Michigan’s Forests” from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC) on MCC’s Greenville campus.

Oct. 11: Dr. Leela Fernandes, Glenda Dickerson Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan, presents “India’s Political and Cultural Climate Today” from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ash TLC on MCC’s Greenville campus.

Lunch or dinner is free for students with a current MCC student ID and is $2 for all others.

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New exhibit open at Grand Rapids Public Museum

 

Grand Fish, Grand River

ENT-New-exhibitThe Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced a brand new exhibition, Grand Fish, Grand River, that opened Saturday, Jan. 23. This new exhibit is a thematic extension of the current West Michigan Habitats exhibit, and includes two 10-month-old Lake Sturgeon.

Grand Fish, Grand River explores how the Great Lakes region’s largest and oldest fish, the Lake Sturgeon, once found in great abundance, is now a threatened species in our watersheds. The exhibit takes visitors through the connections to Native Americans, fishing history in the region and current science. Using artifacts from the GRPM Collections, along with the two live sturgeon, it will tie together the cultural, historical and scientific connections and explore rehabilitation efforts for this species in the Grand River and throughout the Great Lakes region.

Lake Sturgeon live along the rocky bottoms of our lakes and rivers, and are an important environmental indicator for the health of our ecosystem. These fish have fossil ancestors that from the Early Jurassic Period—the age of the dinosaurs. Lake Sturgeon have affected the region historically and culturally and still do today.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has identified 24 lake sturgeon populations as distinguished by major watersheds in Michigan waters: 2 in the Lake Superior drainage, 11 in the Lake Michigan drainage, 9 in the Lake Huron drainage and 2 in the Lake Erie/Lake St. Clair complex.

This exhibit has been made possible through partnership with the DNR, Fisheries Division, Tribal Coordination Unit; Oden State Fish Hatchery; Michigan State University, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and through sponsorship by Aqua Blue Aquarium Solutions, Blue Fish Aquarium, Grand Rapids Steelheaders Foundation, Great Lakes Fishery Trust and Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. The mission of the Museum is to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit grpm.org.

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TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 2: 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. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #4

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Feb. 2,9,16,23: 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. #4

KDL Lab: littleBits: Learn to invent with Electronics

Feb. 6: Explore, tinker and innovate with littleBits, the ultimate electronic building tool. Circuit modules snap together to help you build your ultimate electronic innovation. Create a music synthesizer, a robot or even a Mars Rover! Great learn-by-doing activity for kids who may be interested in a future in engineering and robotics. For ages 6 and older. Saturday, February 6, 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch, 88 Eighth St. 616-636-4251. #4

Help Promote Literacy

Feb. 9: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday February 9th, for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 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. #4

Women’s Day Retreat

Feb. 6: Need to get away from it all? A day away just for women will be held at the beautiful Loon’s Nest Banquet Center at Whitefish Lake on Saturday, February 6th from 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is at 8:30 am. The event called “G.R.O.W. – the Godly Rise of Women” is designed to encourage growth in women’s relationships, not only with God, but with spouses, family and personal friendships as well. Tickets are $35 which includes a delicious lunch, all day snacks and beverages, guest speaker Gail Ramesh the originator or the retreat ministry called Unveiled, and materials for special (hands on) breakout sessions. The day is sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. Tickets can be purchased at online at: https://scwchurch.cloverdonations.com/grow-registration/ or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The Loon’s Nest is located at 2241 Bass Lake Rd., Pierson. All women welcome! #4p

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Jogging your memory

 

An elderly couple had been experiencing declining memories, so they decided to take a power memory class where they teach you to remember things by association.
A few days after the class, the old man was outside talking with his neighbor about how much the class helped him.

“Who teaches the class?” asked the neighbor.
“Oh, ummmm, let’s see,” the old man pondered. “You know that flower, you know, the one that smells really nice but has those prickly thorns, what’s that flower’s name?”

“A rose?” asked the neighbor.
“Yes, that’s it,” replied the old man. He then turned toward his house and shouted, “Hey, Rose, what’s the name of the instructor we took the memory class from?”

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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.

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Jan. 24: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, January 24th 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 will be shared by Keith Caldwell from Cedar Springs, Michigan, Minister at Turk Lake and Belding United Methodist Churches, who has an amazing story to share. The service will be a different format and show you how to work through the winter blues. The music group will share the words of Jesus Christ through their many musical styles, blues, country and gospel. 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! #3

Handcrafted Valentines

Jan. 30: Handcraft beautiful Valentines for your Special Loved Ones at the Cedar Springs Library, 43 W. Cherry Street. For all ages. Reserve a session for Saturday, January 30th , Sessions: 10:15 – 11:15 am or 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, by calling 616-696-1910 or signing up at the Library. #3

Teen Extreme Party

Jan. 30: Are you a Teen? Do you like to sing or watch others singing Karaoke? Do you like pizza? This is the party for you! Come and bring your friends to the Cedar Springs Library on Saturday, January 30th from 2 – 4 pm. Reserve a spot by calling 616-696-1910 or stop by 43 W. Cherry Street. We are on the web: cedarspringslibrary.org (Teen Extreme) and on facebook! Like us! We like YOU! #3

Mush! Meet the Sled Dogs of Tun-Dra

Feb. 2: Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages. Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. 616-984-5680. #3

Women’s Day Retreat

Feb. 6: Need to get away from it all? A day away just for women will be held at the beautiful Loon’s Nest Banquet Center at Whitefish Lake on Saturday, February 6th from 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is at 8:30 am. The event called “G.R.O.W. – the Godly Rise of Women” is designed to encourage growth in women’s relationships, not only with God, but with spouses, family and personal friendships as well. Tickets are $35 which includes a delicious lunch, all day snacks and beverages, guest speaker Gail Ramesh the originator or the retreat ministry called Unveiled, and materials for special (hands on) breakout sessions. The day is sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. Tickets can be purchased at online at: https://scwchurch.cloverdonations.com/grow-registration/ or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The Loon’s Nest is located at 2241 Bass Lake Rd., Pierson. All women welcome! #2,3p

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Popular Cabin Fever party returns to Rockford American Legion 

 

The Rockford American Legion will once again be hosting the ever-popular Cabin Fever night on January 16, 2016.

“We are privileged to have Mid-Life Crisis (www.mlcband.com) back with us to rock Cabin Fever VII,” said Terri Huffman, Manager of Post 102.

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Cabin Fever fundraiser is being held and it will benefit The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and ongoing Veterans activities at the Rockford Post.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV) is a long-term care, state veterans home, located on Monroe Ave NE, near the Grand River. It was originally constructed on that property in 1885 and is one of 143 state veterans’ homes throughout the nation. Initially founded in response to the needs of veterans in the aftermath of the Civil War, GRHV continues the tradition of serving the needs of Michigan’s veterans today, changing and adapting to the needs of the current and future veteran populations. Veterans at the GRHV have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and therapeutic activities, both on site and throughout the community. Your Rockford American Legion, its Legion, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders members, volunteer their time to the GRHV.

“We are committed to ensuring our veterans at the GRHV continue to have numerous opportunities to participate in spiritual, social, recreational and educational activities, both on-site and in the surrounding communities,” said Steve Gerencer, co-chair of the event. He went on to say that the importance of conducting these types of events at the Rockford Post could not be understated. “We have a wonderful venue that we will continue to use for the support of all of our Veterans.”

Mid-Life Crisis is a popular 5-piece West Michigan band that has been rocking crowds for 14 years. Loving music from the 60’s and 70’s, they have opened for many national bands such as ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Kansas and many others. MLC has a very large West Michigan following, and has been named “Best Band in Grand Rapids” six years in a row by the Grand Rapids Magazine. They have earned three “Golden Townie” Awards for best band in Grand Rapids by On-The-Town Magazine. The Grand Rapids Press Readers Poll has also named MLC “Best Band in Grand Rapids.” Their music has been nominated for 2 Jammie

Awards by WYCE Radio. “Get ready to dance. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with what is arguably the best band in West Michigan,” said Gerencer.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and MLC will fill the venue with great music starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10. They are available in the Legion Lounge and can also be reserved with a credit card for pickup at the door, by calling the Legion Lounge at 616-866-2001. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. The Rockford American Legion is located at 330 Rockford Park Drive NE, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile on Northland Drive.

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