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Racing against time

 

Two gas company workers—a senior training supervisor and a young trainee—were out checking meters in a city neighborhood.

They parked their truck at the end of an alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house, a woman looking out her window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley and back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I saw two men from the gas company running as hard as you two were, I figured I’d better run too!”

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Free Photos with Santa

Dec. 18: Free pictures with Santa will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, December 18th at Sand Lake Thrifty Treasures, on Lake Street. #51p

 

Old Fashioned Christmas

Dec. 19: Would you like to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas program with quaint, charming, twinkling lights this Friday evening at 7 pm? The Cedar Springs Christian Church, located in the chapel on Creative Technologies’ campus, invites you to attend! Light refreshments will be served afterwords. It will be a joyful time to celebrate the Reason for this Season! Wishing all, “A Very Merry Christmas!” For more information contact number 616-696-1160. #51

 

Free Family Pictures

Dec. 19: Free Family Pictures as part of Sand Lake’s 12 Days of Christmas will be held at Sand Lake Thrifty Treasures, 53 Lake Street, on Friday, December 19th, beginning at 1 pm. #51p

 

Holiday Bake Sale

Dec. 20: Please join us for the annual Tri-County 4H Holiday Bake Sale! Saturday, December 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs. #50,51p

 

Sand Lake Village Church’s Progressive Advent

Dec. 21,24: The Sand Lake Village Churches Progressive Advent continues on Sunday, December 21st at the Church of the Full Gospel with “The Uniqueness of Jesus” at 11 am and on Wednesday, December 24th there will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Resurrection Lutheran. Please join us. #51p

 

The Wonderful WaterColorBot

Dec. 23: Watch with amazement while an image you create by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages. Tuesday, December 23 at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch. 88 Eighth St. #51

 

M*A*S*H* Auditions

Jan. 6,7: The Rogue River Community Theatre group is holding auditions for the play “M*A*S*H*” on January 6 and 7 at 6:30 pm at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium. Performance dates at March 19-21. Large adult cast, all experience levels welcome. Also looking for non-acting support roles. For more information go to www.rrctc.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rrctc. #51-53p

 

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It’s all in the numbers

 

 

Four expectant fathers were in a hospital waiting room while their wives were in labor.

The nurse comes in and tells the first man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”

“What a coincidence!” the man exclaims. “I work for the Minnesota Twins baseball team!”

The nurse returns a short while later and tells the second man, “Congratulations! You are the father of triplets.”

“Wow, what a coincidence!” he replies. “I work for the 3M Corporation.”

When the nurse comes again, she tells the third man that his wife has given birth to quadruplets.

“Another coincidence!” he tells her. “I work for the Four Seasons Hotel!”

At this point, the fourth guy faints. When he comes to, the others ask him what’s wrong.

He moans. “I work for 7-Eleven!”

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Christmas Fund Distribution

Dec. 12: Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O Janet Avery. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be submitted and post marked and received NO later than Friday, December 12th. Please note: If awarded some assistance, we will send you a letter informing you of your pick up times of 10 am – noon and 7 – 8 pm on Monday, December 22nd at Cedar Springs UMC. All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance. #49,50p

 

Make edible Christmas tree, ornament at library

Dec. 13: Make an edible Christmas tree with frosting and great candy decorations this Saturday, December 13. RSVP for sessions starting at 10am, 11am and 12pm. Great for kids preschool and up!  Also make a Christmas tree decoration for as long as supplies last!  RSVP by calling 616-696-1910 or stop by and sign up at 43 W. Cherry Street during open hours. Visit our website for more information: cedarspringslibrary.llcoop.org

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 16: 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. #50

 

Michigan Blood Drive

Dec. 16: Tuesday, December 16th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12 to 7 pm. Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be donating homemade cookies. Attempt to donate and you could win a $250 shopping spree. In the Spirit of Giving this Christmas, what better gift than the gift of life. For each unit you give, it will benefit three peoples’ life! It only costs you an hour of your time. #50

 

Winter Snow Party

Dec. 18: Celebrate winter wonderland indoors with crafts, games and activities! For ages 6 and younger. Wednesday, December 18h at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #50

 

Gingerbread Lake at KDL

Dec. 20: Stroll down Gingerbread Lake and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. For all ages. Saturday, December 20th at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #50

 

Holiday Bake Sale

Dec. 20: Please join us for the annual Tri-County 4H Holiday Bake Sale! Saturday, December 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs. #50,51p

 

Holiday Potluck at HCNC

Dec. 20: On Saturday, December 20th at 6 pm to about 8 pm Howard Christensen Nature Center will host a Holiday Potluck. Bring a dish to pass – HCNC will provide turkey and ham. Bring your whole family! Everyone and anyone is invited. This year there will be an “Ugly Christmas Shirt Contest” with prizes. There will also be games. A White Elephant Gift Exchange will be held. The gift needs to be wrapped, marked “Male or Female or Either”, do not put your name (This is a secret!). 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #50

 

Snowshoeing at HCNC

Dec. 21: Learn to Snowshoe. You and our loved ones can enjoy snowshoeing together on our scenic trails with a snowshoe guide, snow permitting. Build a team, employee party, and join the festive fun. Sunday, December 21 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Donation of $5 per person, snowshoes included. Howard Christensen Nature Center 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #50

 

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Out of the loop

 

 

Mr. Norton was in the hospital recovering from an operation when the nurse on duty received a call from a man who asked how Mr. Norton was doing.

“Oh, quite well. We expect he’ll be released in the morning,” the nurse answered cheerfully.

“That’s good,” said the caller, “thank you.”

“May I ask who is calling so that I can tell Mr. Norton?” inquired the nurse.

“This is Mr. Norton,” responded the man gruffly. “The doctors don’t tell me anything!”

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Hospitals celebrate Tree of Lights and Tree of Love Events 

 

On Sunday, December 7, the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals will hold its annual United Hospital Tree of Lights celebration at 4 p.m. at United Hospital in Greenville. On Tuesday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Kelsey Hospital Tree of Love celebration will be held at United Church of Christ, 115 W Fifth Street in Lakeview.

The Tree of Lights and Tree of Love are free community events; everyone is invited to share in these special holiday traditions. Please join us and enjoy the musical sounds of the season and delicious refreshments. Names of those being honored and remembered through the Tree of Lights and Tree of Love will be read at the corresponding event. The sponsored names will also be thoughtfully displayed in United or Kelsey Hospital throughout the holiday season.

Funds raised will support your community hospitals. This year, funds from the United Hospital Tree of Lights will help launch an Oncology (Cancer) Nurse Navigator program for Spectrum Health Regional Cancer Center at United Hospital. A nurse navigator will help coordinate the care of cancer patients, provide education about the disease process and treatment and help connect them with important services.

Funds raised through the Kelsey Hospital Tree of Love will help support the growing needs of the Lakeview Youth Clinic. The Lakeview Youth Clinic is a school-linked adolescent health center that serves 10 to 21 year-olds. Gifts to the 2014 Tree of Love will help expand Lakeview Youth Clinic services to meet the growing needs for counseling, educational programs in the Lakeview Community Schools, and other medical services.

For more information on the Tree of Lights and Tree of Love, please visit http://give.spectrumhealth.org/united-kelsey or contact the foundation office at 616.225.6427. For information about United and Kelsey Hospitals’ programs and services, please visit www.spectrumhealth.org.

 

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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. #49

 

Wish Tree at Metron

Dec. 4: Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffrey, would like to announce that our facility will be displaying a Wish Tree from now until Christmas. Family and community members are welcome to choose an ornament from the tree which will outline  specific Christmas gift items for our residents. Gift items are to be at the facility no later than December 17th. If you should have any questions, please contact Nick Wahl, Life Enrichment Director at 616-696-0170. #49

 

Live Indoor Nativity

Dec. 5: A live indoor Nativity will be held at Sand Lake United Methodist Church on Friday, December 5th from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Come stroll the streets of Bethlehem and see the miracle of Christmas unfold. This is your first stop in our Village Churches Progressive Advent. All are welcome.  #49

 

Rockford Community Holiday Concert

Dec. 7: Enjoy the delightful sounds of the season as the Rockford Community Band, Choir and Orchestra present their annual holiday concert. Sunday, December 7th from 3 to 5 pm at the Rockford High School Auditorium, 4100 Kroes St. NE, Rockford MI 49341. They will be playing all of your seasonal favorites and snacks will be served during intermission. Come be a part of a Rockford tradition! Admission is free but donations are welcome. #49

 

Christmas Fund Distribution

Dec. 12: Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O Janet Avery. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be submitted and post marked and received NO later than Friday, December 12th. Please note: If awarded some assistance, we will send you a letter informing you of your pick up times of 10 am – noon and 7 – 8 pm on Monday, December 22nd at Cedar Springs UMC. All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance. #49,50p

 

12 Days of Christmas in Sand Lake

Dec. 13: The 12 Days of Christmas in Sand Lake kicks off on Saturday, December 13th from 10 am to 4 pm. Fun for everyone and special savings all around town. Santa at the Library, Kids Games & Crafts, Cookie Contest, Outhouse Races, Quilt Show & Raffle, Ugly Sweater Contest, Vintage Snowmobile Show, Soup/Chili Luncheon, and Community Caroling. There is still time to enter the contests. For more information see our ad on page 8 or visit www.sandlakechamberofcommerce.com #49

 

Craft Sale

Dec. 6: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake, is having a craft sale on December 6th from 9 am to 3 pm. #48,49p

 

A Christmas Night of Worship

Dec. 7: Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents: A Christmas Night of Worship… Coffee, Candles, Carols and Praise. Sunday, evening, December 7th at 6 pm. World class desserts and coffee will be served during the concert. The church is located on Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come join us for a great night of celebrating Christmas. All welcome! www.scwchurch.org. #48,49p

 

Visit Santa at Courtland Fire Department

Dec. 13: The Courtland Fire Department will be having Santa come to visit on December 13th from 1 to 4 pm for all ages. He will be located at 7480 – 14 Mile Rd. We will be serving punch and cookies to all to visit. #49

 

Holiday Cookie Walk

Dec. 13: The North Kent Presbyterian Church’s annual Holiday Cookie Walk will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 9 am to 12 noon. $7 per box. You pick. Come early for the best selection. North Kent Presbyterian Church 6175 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, MI. Phone 616-866-2230. $49

 

Holiday Card Making

Dec. 13: “Holiday Card Making” meets on December 13th from 9 am to noon in the Stanley and Blanche Ashe Technology and Learning Center on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. The cost is $19. Advance registration is required. Visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment for course details or to register online or email community@montcalm.edu or call MCC’s Greenville Campus at 616-754-7706 for more information. #49

 

CPR Course or Refresher at MCC

Dec. 16,17: “CPR Health Care Provider – Refresher” meets on December 16 from 1 to 5 pm on MCC’s Sidney campus. The cost is $45. “CPR Full Course” meets on December 17 from 8 am to 5 pm in Sidney. The cost is $65. Advance registration is required. Visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment for course details or to register online or email community@montcalm.edu for more information. #49

 

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Yes, we have no chocolate

 

 

A man goes into an ice cream parlor and says, “I’d like two scoops of chocolate ice cream, please.”

The girl behind the counter says, “I’m very sorry, sir, but our delivery truck broke down this morning. We’re out of chocolate.”

“In that case,” the man says, “I’ll have two scoops of the chocolate ice cream you have left.”

“You don’t understand, sir,” the girl says. “We have no chocolate.”

“Just give me some chocolate!” he says.

Getting angrier by the second, the girl says, “Sir, will you spell VAN, as in vanilla?”

The man says, “V-A-N.”

“Now spell STRAW, as in strawberry.”

“OK. S-T-R-A-W.”

“Now,” the girl says, “spell STINK, as in chocolate.”

The man hesitates. Then he says, “There is no stink in chocolate!”

The girl smiles. “Exactly.”

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Enter to Win Cash for Christmas

Sand Lake Christmas Scavenger Hunt and Christmas Cookie Contest will award cash prizes. $50 to the Scavenger Hunt Drawing winners and $25 each for the Best Christmas Cookie in 3 categories: Drop, Bar, Rolled and Overall Best Christmas Cookie. For more information visit www.sandlakechamberofcommerce.com. #48p

 

5th Annual Rockford Turkey Trot

Nov. 27: The 5th Annual Rockford Turkey Trot, benefit for North Kent Community Services will be held on Thursday, November 27th at 9:30 am. Meet at the Rotary Pavillion, Squire Street, downtown Rockford. Walk/Run the White Pine Trail to 12 Mile Rd. (choose your own distance and pace). Work off the calories BEFORE your feast plus help provide for folks needing food. Please bring a donation of nonperishable foods or paper products for NKCS. Cash also accepted. Hot beverages and a light snack will be provided after the Trot. Door prizes! Hosted by the Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church. #47,48p

 

Sand Lake Tree Lighting and Concert

Nov. 30: Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas performed by Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. Help us light our tree in Salisbury Park, Sand Lake. #48p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Dec. 1: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, December 1st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #48p

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 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. #48

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 2,9,16,23,30: 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

 

Sand Lake Village Churches Progressive Advent

Dec. 5,6,14,21,24: Visit each of our churches on your journey to Christmas. “Live Indoor Nativity” at United Methodist Church, “Journey to Bethlehem” with Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Christmas program, “The Uniqueness of Jesus” at Church of the Full Gospel, and “Christmas Eve Candlelight Service” with Resurrection Lutheran church. See our ad on page 5 for times and locations. #48

 

Museum Open December 6th

Dec. 6: The Museum will be open after the lighting of the Christmas tree on Main St., Cedar Springs, the 6th of December for a candlelight tour of the museum and school house, from 5 to 7 pm. Inside the museum we have an antique sleigh set up in front of a wintery scene backdrop. Families are welcome to take pictures of their children in the old sleigh. This will be a great photo op for families! #48

 

Holiday Make & Take

Dec. 6: You will not want your kids to miss this one! We will help our child create a gift from their heart that can be cherished and passed down to their children for generations. They will make unique gifts and wrap them up with the assistance of our volunteer team. Voila! Your children’s holiday shopping is done. This event is more appropiate for K – 5th graders. A cherished gift from your child’s heart, what could be better! Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 12:30 pm. A donation of $6 per child includes supplies. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. #48

 

Craft Sale

Dec. 6: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake, is having a craft sale on December 6th from 9 am to 3 pm. $48,49p

 

Casnovia Bazaar

Dec. 6: Old School Community Center, Annual Holiday Bazaar and Santa Day, on Saturday, December 6th, 142 N. Main St., Casnovia. Craft Show 8 am to 2 pm. All you can eat Lions Club breakfast 8 am to 11 am. Cookie decorating for the kids. Santa visits 11 am to 1 pm. Free horse drawn wagon rides 11 am to 1 pm. BBQ lunch served at noon. Come shop and enjoy the fun. For more information call Kelly at 616-675-9648. #48

 

A Christmas Night of Worship

Dec. 7: Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents: A Christmas Night of Worship… Coffee, Candles, Carols and Praise. Sunday, evening, December 7th at 6 pm. World class desserts and coffee will be served during the concert. The church is located on Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come join us for a great night of celebrating Christmas. All welcome! www.scwchurch.org. #48,49p

 

Winter Snow Party

Dec. 10: Celebrate winter wonderland indoors with crafts, games and activities! For ages 6 and younger. Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #48

 

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Traveling too light

 

A porter loaded down with suitcases followed the couple to the airline check-in counter.

As they approached the line, the husband glanced at the pile of luggage and said to his wife, “Why didn’t you bring the piano, too?”

“Are you trying to be funny?” she replied.

“No, I really wish you had,” he groaned.  “I left the tickets on it.”

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