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Here we grow again

 

The work of non-profit organizations in the community can often go unnoticed and needed funds for their tireless work can be a stress on the group. Extra expenses for necessary items are often put on the back burner. It’s a tremendous help when someone steps forward to relieve the burden and that is exactly what the Women’s Ministry of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church is attempting to do for the Alpha Family Center here in Cedar Springs.

Alpha Family Center is a Christian, pro-life, pregnancy care center offering necessary services to families faced with a crisis pregnancy, whether planned or unplanned. Alpha gives clients valid alternatives to abortion, while offering them the encouragement and support they may not get elsewhere. Alpha Family Center exists to affirm and promote the sanctity of human life and value of the family; they are devoted to providing spiritual, emotional, educational, and material support to individuals and families, guiding them towards Biblical relationships and lifestyles.

To help this organization that so greatly values the families of the Cedar Springs community, the SCWC Women’s Ministry will be hosting a “Like New” sales event (much Like a “Mom to Mom” sale) on Saturday, May 2, at the church, to benefit the wonderful works of Alpha. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and merchandise will consist of gently used clothing, toys and furniture for children aged birth to 5 years old, and women’s regular and maternity clothing, purses, shoes and accessories. Any remaining merchandise will be donated to the center, along with other charitable organizations in the Cedar Springs community.

The goal of this sale is to raise $2,500 to help Alpha purchase iPads and curriculum to aid in their mentoring programs.

Here’s how you can help:

#1. Donate items.  A list of needed items can be found on the church website at www.scwchurch.org. #2. Open volunteer opportunities are available to help with the sale.

#3. Most importantly, please come and shop, tell your friends and neighbors, and pray for the success of this event.

Please bring your items to the church. Donation dates are:  Saturday, April 18 from 10-Noon, Monday, April 20 from 10-noon, Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday April 25 from 10-Noon.  The last collection date will be Monday, April 27 from 3-7 p.m.

The church is located just north of 19 Mile Road at 15671 Algoma Avenue.

For more information, please call Kathy at (616) 696-3229, or email us at scwc1@juno.com.

 

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Fishing on the lake

 

A famous admiral and an equally famous general were fishing together when a sudden squall came up. When it died down, both eminent warriors were struggling helplessly in the water.

The admiral floundered his way back to the boat and pulled himself painfully in. Then he fished out the general, using an oar.

Catching his breath, the admiral sputtered, “Please don’t say a word about this to anyone. If the Navy found I can’t swim I’d be disgraced.”

“Don’t worry,” the general said. “Your secret is safe. I’d hate to have my men find out I can’t walk on water.”

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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.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library Book Sale

Apr. 16-18: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch spring book sale will be held on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am to 2 pm. See the new location at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr. in Sand Lake. 15,000 to 18, 000 items: books, magazines, cds, vhs, dvds, puzzles. Sponsored by the Friends of the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Library. #14,15p

Donations for Here We Grow Again

Apr. 18: Here We Grow Again – The Solon Center Wesleyan Church Women’s Ministry is accepting donations for a “Like New” sales event (much Like a “Mom to Mom” sale) to be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the church. All proceeds will benefit the work of Alpha Family Center. Donations of gently used clothing, toys and furniture for children aged birth to 5 years as well as women’s clothing(& maternity), purses, shoes and accessories can be dropped off at the church @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. Donation dates are as follows: Saturday, April 18th from 10-Noon, Monday, April 20th from 10-Noon, Wednesday, April 22nd from 6-8 PM and Saturday April 25th from 10-Noon. The last collection date will be Monday, April 27th from 3-7 PM. For more information, please call Kathy at (616) 696-3229, or email at scwc1@juno.com. For detailed information go to www.scwchurch.org. #15,16p

Roast Beef Dinner

Apr. 19: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park D. 330 Rockford Park Dr. will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday April 19th and every 3rd Sunday of each month thereafter. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desert, coffee and punch. Reasonably price at adults $9, kids 4 to 12 $7 and under 4 years free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #15

Dinner at the Legion

Apr. 20: On April 20th the American Legion will host a dinner with Swiss Steak. Adults $9 and $4 children. The dinner on April 20th will be Swiss Steak. We have to go boxes. American Legion Post 287, 80 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. #15p

Michigan Blood Drive

Apr. 21: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, April 21st from 12:30 to 7 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Attempt to donate and you could win a $100 Meijer gift card. Be somebody who shares! #15

Emerging Drug Trends

Apr. 21: Navigating the teen years has never been more challenging. This presentation goes beyond the basic drug facts and will talk about new drug, where youth are learning about these new drugs and how to engage in heart-to-heart talks about drugs. Tuesday, April 21 at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium from 6:30 to 8 pm. Sessions are open to parents, students and community members. Presented by Kent School Services Network. #15

Blood Drive at St. Peter’s

Apr. 23: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Thursday, April 23rd from 3 pm to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall at 310 East Division in Rockford, Michigan. #15p

Dodgeball Night at CSHS

Apr. 24: The Class of 2015 All Night Party Committee will be hosting a dodgeball night on Friday, April 24th. The event will take place at the Cedar Springs High School gym from 7 to 11 pm. Teams will consist of 8 players. Register your team at the main office at Cedar Springs High School. The admission cost is $5 at the door. No passes will be accepted. Call 616-696-1204 fro more information. #15,16p

Youth Group Car Wash and Bake Sale

Apr. 25: A Youth Group Car Wash and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 2 pm at Courtland- Oakfield UMC, 10295 Meyers Lake NE. Proceeds will benefit the Morley Park Pavilion Eagle Scout Project. $15,16p

“Antique Roadshow” Style Appraisals

Apr. 25: An “Antique Roadshow” style appraisals will be held at the Sand Lake United Methodist Education Building on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 3 pm. Featuring certified appraiser Joan Bunn. $10 donation for each item verbally appraised. Vintage and Antique items for sale. There will be a bake sale and a light lunch is available. Come and spend the day! For more information call 616-636-5930. #15,16p

Craft Show in Coral

Apr. 25: Come to our Spring Craft Show at the Coral Community Center, 4662 Bailey Rd., Coral on Saturday, April 25th from 9 am to 2 pm. Sub sandwich lunches will be available. Come join the fun! Proceeds to Coral Fire Auxiliary. #15

HCNC Interpretive Center Grand Re-Opening

Apr. 25: Join the staff at Howard Christensen Nature Center in the grand re-opening of our new Interpretive Center! The dedication and recognition pot luck dinner will be on Saturday, April 25 from 4 to 9 pm. Please bring a dish to pass. Kieft Hospitality will donate and prepare the meat. A donation of $0 per person or $30 per family of four will be greatly appreciated. A wine and cheese social will precede the dinner. 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #15

Arbor Day at HCNC

Apr. 26: Join Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Wildlife Federation for a day filled with trees! Sunday, April 26th from 10 am to 1 pm. Free trees to be given away. The event is geared for all ages; bring your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother, sisters, and others to help! This will be a time to learn all about Michigan native trees as well as improve HCNC for future guests. 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #15

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Star Trek/Star Wars parody at the Kent Theatre

 

Pictured are Brian Thomas as Captain Curt and David Block as Mr. Soc.

Pictured are Brian Thomas as Captain Curt and David Block as Mr. Soc.

Outer Space performed April 10-11

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present “Outer Space,” a comedic/parody on the Star Trek and Star Wars characters, on April 10 and 11, at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs.

Caught up on a secret mission to a far away galaxy, Captain Curt and Mr. Soc take you on a wild ride through the depths of outer space. It’s a fun show for the whole family. Showtimes are Friday April 10, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. Adults $10, students $4 and Seniors $8.

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The Great Divorce at DeVos Hall

 

ENT-Great-DivorceLost souls take a bus ride to Heaven. But will they stay? Or choose a life divorced from paradise?

The acclaimed theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce comes to the Grand Rapids market Saturday, April 18, at the DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Show times are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“This is C.S. Lewis at his imaginative best,” said Max McLean, founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts, the show’s producer. “In The Great Divorce, several of Lewis’ quirky, hopelessly-flawed characters take a bus ride from a suburb of Hell to the outskirts of Heaven. But the tantalizing question the play asks is: Will these lost souls choose to stay? Or do they actually prefer a life divorced from paradise?”

The Great Divorce is a Twilight Zone-like fantasy, an entertaining and moving morality tale about human choices featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit,” McLean says. “Lewis wrote, ‘There are only two kinds of people in the end, those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

The Great Divorce stars Michael Frederic (Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Off-Broadway), Joel Rainwater (The Lion King National Tour) and Christa Scott-Reed (The Pitmen Painters on Broadway).

The Great Divorce premiered in December, and the Grand Rapids engagement is part of a 21-city tour that includes Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and more.

Broadway World called The Great Divorce “a rare and welcomed treat!” and World Magazine hailed the production as “raising questions of eternal significance with disarming ease. Fantastic!” Charleston City Paper called it “a joy to watch!” The Arizona Republic said, “Brings Lewis to life with lively wit and generous humor!”

Fellowship for Performing Arts also produces the nationally-acclaimed hit The Screwtape Letters, which drew rave reviews off-Broadway and appeared in over 50 major cities throughout the United States, including Grand Rapids.

The Great Divorce will play on Saturday, April 18, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $59. Student seats are $25 (student ID required). For groups of 10 or more (including student groups) call 866.476.8707. Applicable ticket fees will apply.

To purchase tickets, visit www.CSLewisOnStage.com or call 800.745.3000. Tickets are also available at the DeVos Box Office, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Time Off 

 

Two men working in a factory were talking. “I know how to get some time off,” said one.

“How are you going to do that?”

“Watch,” he said, and climbed up on a rafter. The foreman asked what he was doing up there, and the man replied. “I’m a light bulb.”

“I think you need some time off,” the foreman said and the first man walked out of the factory.

After a moment, the second man followed him. “Where do you think you’re going?” the foreman shouted.

“I can’t work in the dark,” he said.

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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.

Recycled Reads

April 13: Get ready to breathe new life into old pages. Create an artistic “second chapter” by upcycling older books and book pages into a variety of possibilities. Make a cover for you Nook/Kindle/eBook device, create a wreath or decorative spheres or choose your own book-inspired project. Bring your own expired title or use ours. Monday, April 13, 6:30pm – Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.

TOPS weight loss support group

Apr. 14: 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. #11

Cedar Springs Community Night

Apr. 16: Come to the 29th Annual Cedar Springs Community Night. Free admission! There will be booths, demonstrations, performances, and more. There will be the performances and displays of CSPS Fine Arts Department. Food will be available for purchase at the Boosters concession stand. Thursday, April 16 from 6  to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs High School (off East Muskegon east of Main St.) Presented by the Community Action Network in cooperation with the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department. Proceeds will be given to community organizations. #12-14p

Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library Book Sale

Apr. 16-18: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch spring book sale will be held on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am to 2 pm. See the new location at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr. in Sand Lake. 15,000 to 18, 000 items: books, magazines, cds, vhs, dvds, puzzles. Sponsored by the Friends of the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Library. #14,15p

The Dixie Swim Club

Apr. 17-19, 24-25: Flat River Community Players presents “The Dixie Swim Club” at 7:30pm on April, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25, and at 2:00pm on April 19, at the Greenville Area Community Center. Tickets are $13 adults, $11 students and senior citizens. Reserve tickets with Visa or Mastercard at www.ShowClix.com, or by clicking on the ShowClix link on the Players’ website www.frcp.org, or by calling 1-888-71-Tickets (8425387). Tickets will also be available at the door. #14

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Apr. 18: The Cedar Springs Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast every third Saturday of each month January thru April. Come to the Cedar Springs Untied Methodist Church located on the corner of Main and Church Streets on Saturday, April 18 from 7 am to 11 am, for an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice and coffee. Adults $7, seniors $6, family $20, children under 12 free. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #14

“Money Smart Kids Read” finance program

Apr. 18, 22: The Cedar Springs Public Library and ChoiceOne Bank have paired up to bring the “Money Smart Kids Read” initiative to the library. This program is especially geared towards children ages 7 and under The goal is to introduce kids to the idea of being responsible with finances at an early age. If you have children, ages 7 and under, join us at the library (located at 43 W. Cherry St.) on Saturday, April 18 or Wednesday, April 22, at 10:15am to learn this valuable life lesson. Preregister for this FREE program to receive a FREE book and other giveaway items. For more information, call the library at 616-696-1910. #14

Earth Day – Volunteer Day

Apr. 19: Celebrate Earth Day with HCNC on Sunday, April 19 from 12 noon to 3pm. Bring the entire family and join in the following activities: Planting seedlings and flowers, build a rain garden and help finish some of our winter projects; such as Timberland Playground. Join us outside for a fun day of volunteering as we make our 2015 improvements at the Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. For more info call 616-675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com #14

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Spring into action and donate blood with the Red Cross 

 

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Free computer class at the CS Library

 

Do you wonder what a mouse is? How about a hard drive? Do you feel totally lost when the kids or grandkids start talking about [UTF-8]? URL’s and pages and sites on the Web? What is with all these commercials talking about going to their .coms? What is the difference between mail and email? Are computers just excess junk on my desk?

Join us at the Cedar Springs Library, Tuesday, April 07, from 11-noon and we will help you try and learn the answers to these questions.

Hopefully this session will help you understand why everyone seems so fascinated with these new fangled things called computers. Contact the Cedar Springs Library and 696-1910 to sign up.

Note: Please leave your cats at home—the mice are pets of the Library.

Tony Owen BS, MPA, and faculty member University of Phoenix will be facilitating this session. If there is a future session topic you would like to participate in please contact the library at 616.696.1910 to register.

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Easter Riddles

 

Q: What do you call rabbits that marched in a long sweltering Easter parade?

A: Hot, cross bunnies.

 

Q: What do you call a duck that just doesn’t fit in?

A: Mallardjusted.

 

Q: What do you call a duck who plays basketball?

A: A slam duck.

 

Q: Why was the rabbit rubbing his head?

A: Because he had an eggache! (headache)

 

Q: How do bunnies stay healthy?

A: Eggercise

 

Q: What does a rooster say to a hen he likes?

A: Your one hot chick!

 

Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?

A: A receding hareline.

 

Q: What do ducks have for lunch?

A: Soup and quackers!

 

Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain?

A: An egghead.

 

Q: Why are people always tired in April?

A: Because they just finished a march.

 

Q: Why did the magician have to cancel his show?

A: He’d just washed his hare and couldn’t do a thing with it.

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