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Christmas Coloring Contest

ChristmasColoringPage14Hey kids,

Would you like to win your very own Star Wars-The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Droid? It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win!  Please color the picture above with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose 3 finalists from three age groups: 5-7 years; 8-10 years; and 11-12 years. All finalists will be placed in a drawing and one lucky winner will be the Grand Prize winner of a  Star Wars-The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Droid (valued at over $100.)

Good Luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules!

Click on link below and print coloring page, don’t forget to print and fill out the entry form as well.


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MCC’s alumni & friends choir presents Händel’s Messiah 

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir practice for the Messiah concert.

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir practice for the Messiah concert.

December 5

SIDNEY – Area musicians combine their talents to present a performance of George Frideric Händel’s Messiah on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

“This is a special holiday tradition that has been performed in our community by local musicians every few years since the mid-1970s,” said Valerie Vander Mark, MCC Performing Arts Coordinator and concert producer. “Years ago it was sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, and I felt it was very important to continue the tradition. The most exciting thing about it for me is the different blend of talent that we get each time we perform it. Though Händel wrote this great work over 250 years ago, and we perform the same music each time, it is always a new mix of singers and instrumentalists, so it is never the same performance twice.”

Randy Masterson, of Saranac, will perform a tenor solo during the Montcalm Community College Alumni & Friends Choir performance of Messiah.

Randy Masterson, of Saranac, will perform a tenor solo during the Montcalm Community College Alumni & Friends Choir performance of Messiah.

Greg Vander Mark, of Greenville, is directing this year’s performance. He is also the director of the adult choir at the First Congregational Church in Greenville.

Händel composed Messiah in 1741 in just 24 days. It was first performed in a concert given for charitable purposes in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. Händel conducted the performance in person.

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir—a community choir made up of approximately 70 singers from the area—will perform the concert.  Former area music teachers Jean and Keith Hudson have selected musicians for the orchestra and have been rehearsing with them.

Soloists include Karen Lincoln, of Alma; Jeanne Haenisch, of Belmont; Deb Dieckman, Mark Dombroske, Ryan Garlick, Julie Momber, Larry Moss, and Valerie Vander Mark, all of Greenville; Marian Flynn of Mecosta; Cynthia Karaba of Sand Lake; Randy Masterson of Saranac; and Deborah Baldwin and Katrina Nelson, both of Sheridan.

For more information, contact MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Valerie Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1218.


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Searching for great Michigan Apple recipes


*ENT-Searching for great recipes Mich apple logoMichigan Apple Committee sponsors amateur recipe contest


LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) is looking for talented amateur cooks to submit their favorite Michigan apple recipe for the 2015 Michigan Apple Amateur Recipe Contest. The contest will run December 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015. To enter, see the contest rules and details at http://www.michiganapples.com/Recipes/RecipeContests.

“Michigan apples are a versatile food; they add great flavor to any dish,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “We are hoping Michigan’s tasty apples will inspire amateur cooks to get creative and develop something unique and delicious.”

Entries will be judged based on taste, originality, preparation and apple significance. Recipes that are easy to follow and where Michigan apples have a major role in the flavor of the dish will be important considerations. The three highest scoring recipes will receive a KitchenAid®, 250-Watt, 4-1/2-Quart, Stand Mixer, which is an approximate retail value of $250. Contest winners will be notified by Jan. 25, 2016.

To be eligible to participate, residents must be at least 18 years of age, and not a professional cook, chef, baker or home economist. Recipes must use Michigan apples. Entries should be typed on an 8 ½” x 11” paper, and must include the contestant’s name, address, phone number, email and a Michigan apple variety recommendation. No Granny Smith apples can be used. A full list of Michigan Apple varieties can be found at www.MichiganApples.com/varieties.  Entries can be mailed to the Michigan Apple Committee at 13750 S. Sedona Parkway, Suite 3, Lansing, MI 48906, or emailed to Staff@MichiganApples.com. Mailed entries must be received before Dec. 31, 2015, and email entries must arrive before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 31, 2015.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.


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Thanksgiving fun


Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?

A: They suspected it of fowl play.

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?

A: Because he had the drumsticks

Q: What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?

A: He had an arrow escape.

Q: What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey trot

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

A: Plymouth Rock.

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

A: Because they use such fowl language.

Q: How do you keep a turkey in suspense?

A: I’ll let you know next week.

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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.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Nov. 26: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church invites you to stretch your legs Thanksgiving morning before tucking them under the dinner table. Gather at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford, Nov. 26th at 9:30 am; walk the White Pine Trail (or run if you must) as far as 12 Mile and back; then enjoy a cookie and hot beverage before heading on your way. Bring a non-perishable food item donation for the North Kent Community Services food pantry and put your name in a drawing for a fresh, home-baked pie. #47

Free Christmas Card Class

Nov. 28: Join the FREE Christmas Card Class at the CS Library, Saturday, November 28th. Kits to make 3 classy cards for those special people in your life. Age-appropriate kits for children, as well. Must be at least 6. Sessions start at 10:15 and 11:30 am. Space is limited so reserve a place today! By phone: 616-696-1910 or by email: ced@llcoop.org. #47

Advent by Candlelight

Nov. 29: Advent by Candlelight for ladies of all ages. The theme is Mary Christmas. Sunday, November 29th from 6 to 8 pm at Mary Queen of Apostles Parish Center in Sand Lake. Bring an hors’ devour or a dessert to share. Please RSVP 616-636-5671. #47

Sand Lake Tree Lighting

Nov. 29: Sand Lake’s Tree Lighting celebration will be held on Sunday, November 29th at 5:30 pm. Come enjoy the Lutheran Preschool concert and carols. Everyone welcome! #47

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 1,8,15,22,29: 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. #47

Super Why at KDL

Dec. 1: Join us for stories, music, crafts and activities during this special Storytime celebrating the PBS characters of Super Why. For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Township Library, 14960 Meddler, Gowen, 616-984-5680. #47

Live Indoor Nativity

Dec. 4,5: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., will present a Live Indoor Nativity on Friday, December 4 from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 5 from 1 to 3 pm. Experience the gift! $47,48p

Annual Cookie Walk

Dec. 5: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 5th at 310 E. Division in Rockford from 9 am until the cookies are gone. The cookies are sold by the pound and you pick the combination. This is the perfect time to pick up cookies for the holidays. Proceeds help our Mission Projects throughout the year. #47,48p

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran

Dec. 5: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake will be holding a Craft Show on Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to 2 pm, 30 vendors, bake sale and raffles. Great food! See you there. White elephant. #47,48p

Holiday Marketplace

Dec. 5: Get a good start on your Holiday Shopping at the Greenville Area Senior Citizen Center, 715 S. Baldwin, Greenville, during their Holiday Marketplace, taking place on Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to 3 pm. Dolls, marionettes, crafts, quilts and baked goods, crocheted little girl aprons, doll clothes, toy trains, Shep Shapiro carved apple heads, holiday décor, and much more. Free parking and entrance is in rear of building. This event is part of a citywide holiday celebration. #47

Wild Game Dinner

Dec. 5: The Kent City American Legion Post 123, 14111 Ball Creek Ave., Kent City, is holding a Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, December 5th starting at 5 pm with hors d’oeuvres, supper at 6 pm. Cost is $10.00. Various items will be raffled, including a Mossberg Patriot SSL with scope and 50/50s. Need not be present to win. Come enjoy good food and support the Legion. The public is welcome. License #R34380. #47

CS All Night Party Night with the Griffins

Dec. 19: Join the Griffins and Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party at the Griffins LEGO Night game on Saturday, December 19th at 7 pm at Van Andel Arena. Members of the Senior All Night Party will be selling Throw for Dough pucks on the concourse until the middle of the 2nd period. Tickets are $15 in the Upper Level and proceeds support the Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party. Tickets must be ordered by December 8th. For questions, please contact Lindsay Wolfarth – lwolfarth23@gmail.com – 616-255-4055. #47,48p

Winter Break Day Camp

Dec. 21-23 & 28-31: Send the Kids to day camp at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, during the Holiday Break. Program runs the duration of the two week break (no camp on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Multiple curriculums will be covered from crafts to animal interactions and showshoeing and ice skating (weather permitting). Make gifts and Christmas decorations, enjoy the fireplace and hot cocoa! $55 per child 5 and over (all 7 days of the program). Bring a sack lunch (cocoa will be provided). Register online www.HowardChristensen.org or call the office 616-675-3158. All camps require 9 students minimum to be held. #47

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Teens invited to enter Teen Film Festival


Lights! Camera! Action! Kent County teens in grades 6–12 have a chance to make a movie, win a prize and see their film on the big screen. Kent District Library is pleased to present the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Applications and film submissions are due Friday, January 22, 2016. The Festival will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Celebration! Cinema North and is free and open to the public.
A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories.

“We know that Kent County teens have amazing artistic skills, whether it be acting, directing, editing or composing original music,” said Monica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch of Kent District Library. “The Film Festival is a great way for them to show off their talents to the entire community. Plus, they’ll be able to see their creations on the big screen!”

Festival rules and further information including a link to the entry form can be found at www.kdl.org/teens. Questions about the Festival can be emailed to teenfilmfestival@kdl.org. Celebration! Cinema North is located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by CompuCraft and Grand Valley State University Film and Video Production.

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Adventures in eating


A couple went to a Chinese restaurant and ordered the “Chicken Surprise.”

The waiter brought the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot.

Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly, and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down.

“Good grief, did you see that?” she asks her husband.

He didn’t, so she asks him to look in the pot.

He reaches for it and again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down.

Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what happened, and demands an explanation.

“Please sir,” says the waiter, “what you order?”

The husband replies, “Chicken Surprise.”

“Ah! So solly,” says the waiter, “I bring you Peeking Duck!”

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Hometown Happenings

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Totally 80’s, Totally Murder

Nov. 20: Get ready for a Rockin’ Radical Night of Mystery! Resurrection Lutheran Church/Preschool and The Murder Mystery Company presents: “Totally 80’s! Totally Murder! 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake on Friday, November 20th at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 per person, nonrefundable. Dinner: Salad, lasagna, spaghetti, chicken tetrazzini and dessert. For tickets call Nancy at 231-629-2346 or Julie at 616-636-5668. #45,46p

15th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 21: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile), is hosting their 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 21st from 9 am to 3 pm. Many crafters, Grandma’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the pound, lunch: 11 am to 2 pm. For more info: call Dawna at 616-866-0648. #45,46p

Tri County Country 4H Club Pie Sale

Nov. 21: On Saturday, November 21st from 9 am to 2 pm at Tractor Supply Co., corner of White Creek and 17 Mile, the Tri County Country 4H Club will have a Holiday Pie Sale. $10 for pecan, $8 for apple, pumpkin and more. #46

Mock Hunger Games

Nov. 21: The Cedar Springs 1st Annual Mock Hunger Games will be held at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, on Saturday, November 21st from 3 to 4 pm. Volunteer as a tribute to our modified dodge ball event for a chance to win a $10 gift card to NorthStar Cinema. Sign up for the reaping, train for the games, woo the sponsors, and enter the arena. Last teen standing wins! Will you volunteer as tribute? May the odds be ever in your favor. #46

Community Thanksgiving Service

Nov. 22: Join us for this service of Song and Testimonies. The Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, November 22 at 6 pm at the Cedarfield Community Center located next to Meijer, 3592 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. Brought to you by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association. #46

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Nov. 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church starting Sunday, November 22nd 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 Gordy Wadds from Ovid, Michigan, nationally recognized quarter horse trainer, who has an amazing testimony to share. The music provided by the group, Two Outlaws and a Good Guy, from Midland Michigan, who will also share the words of Jesus Christ. 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 work and music. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. #46

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 24: 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. #46

Intro to Soap-Making

Dec. 3: Learn the centuries-old method of making traditional soap (a.k.a. cold process) from an experienced soaper. Class time runs 1.5 hours and you will leave with a soap bar that you mixed, colored and scented. Gloves, apron and goggles will be provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes, an old long-sleeved shirt and pants (or a log skirt) to protect your skin. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For adults. Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen, 616-984-5680. #46

Wish Tree at Metron

Dec. 18: Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffery, 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 18th. If you should have any questions, please contact Steven Nordwick, Life Enrichment Director at 616-696-0170. #46

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In Full View at the Kent Theatre

Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Rockford’s Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present  In Full View, an adult comedy,  at The Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, on Friday, Nov 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21.

It’s a fun-filled comedy about a bachelorette party and a charity event mix up, guys, gals, and misunderstandings.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. November 20, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 21. Tickets at the door: Adults $10. Students (16-17) $5. Seniors $8.

For further info 616-874-5264.

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Yard sale anger


A woman was taking her time browsing through everything at a friend’s yard sale, and said to her, “My husband is going to be very angry I stopped at a yard sale.”

“I’m sure he’ll understand when you tell him about all the bargains you found,” her friend replied.

“Normally, yes,” she said.  “But he just broke his leg, and he’s waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set.”

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