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Raising of America 

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Community screening scheduled for documentary 

From the Kent County Health Dept.

We all want what is best for our children. We live in the richest country in the world. So why does child well-being in the U.S. rank 26 out of 29 rich countries? Why do we as a country allow our most vulnerable children to fall so much further behind?

The Kent County Health Department is teaming up with Strong Beginnings, First Steps, Great Start Collaborative, Family Futures, Healthy Kent, K-Connect, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, MomsBloom, and I Believe, I Become/Baby Scholars, in an effort to educate the public about the challenges of raising children in our diverse community. We are planning two screenings of “Raising of America,” a documentary that explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual learning, earning, and mental and physical health, but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America.

Raising of America is an hour-long episode that “interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive.” The documentary examines how social conditions affect childhood development.

“Issues of poverty, race, education, environment, safety and employment all have an impact on childhood development,” said Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “We need to create policies across all sectors—housing, labor, transportation, health, early childhood, etc.—in order to reduce inequities and give all children a level playing field. Finding successes today can improve the quality of life for our children and future generations.”

Join us for the Raising of America Screening and Community Conversation on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema South, 1506 Eastport Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Register for the screening and conversation going to www.eventbrite.com and searching for Raising of America. Learn more about the documentary series at www.raisingofamerica.org.

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The Dixie Swim Club 

 

April 17-19, 25-26

Opening the Flat River Community Players’ 41st season is a funny, touching story about the bonds between friends. The Dixie Swim Club is by the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The Players produced their comedy, Dearly Beloved, in 2012.

Opening at the Greenville Area Community Center, on April 17, Dixie follows five feisty gals who met years ago while members of their college swim team. They gather for a reunion at the same cottage every year and catch up on each other’s highs and lows of life. The play is kind of a mix of the heart-warming southern charm of Steel Magnolias and the sassy, fast-paced zingers of The Golden Girls. These ladies will make you laugh, inspire you, and send you home to hug your loved ones.

The FRCP production stars Patty Rockafellow as Jeri Neal McFeeley. She also has performed in the FRCP musicals Seussical, The Great American Trailer Park, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Veteran Player Jessica Gilbertson takes on the role of Dinah Grayson. She was last seen as Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Also the group’s head costumer, Jessica sees this show as a rare chance to get onstage. “I can get away without having to build many costumes from scratch,” she explains.

Roxanne Hutchinson joins the cast to play Vernadette Simms. This will be Roxanne’s first time onstage since junior high school. She was inspired to get involved after her grandson appeared in a middle school play.

Donita Coughlin returns to the FRCP stage after a four-year absence, to play Sheree Hollinger. She also performed in Cinderella, Nunsense, The Laramie Project, A Grand Night For Singing, And Sight Unseen.

Becky Tower will play the role of Lexie Richards. Her past FRCP productions include Dearly Beloved And Escanaba In Love.  She’s also appeared in a few dinner/theater plays at the Community Center.

Lyle Fales is directing, assisted by Denise Webb. Fales previously directed Dearly Departed, All My Sons, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, Eleemosynary. Hilda Sorvari is the show’s producer.

The Dixie Swim Club opens on April 17 with additional performances on April 18, 19 and 25, 26.  All curtains are 7:30 PM except for the Sunday matinee on the 19th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $13 adults, $11 students and senior citizens.  Order tickets in advance with VISA or Mastercard, either online at www.flatriver.showclix.com or by using the ShowClix link at the Players’ website, www.frcp.org.  Or call 1-888-71-TICKETS.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Fathers get support during conference in Grand Rapids

 

Fatherhood is full of excitement and joy… but it also has its share of challenges.  Healthy Kent’s Dads Count! is hoping to make being a dad a little less stressful, by offering a special educational event on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  The Focus on Fathers Fatherhood Conference will offer various topics for reinforcing positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.  Dads Count! is made up of multiple agencies in Kent County whose mission is to bring awareness on the importance of fathers and the crucial role fathers play in the raising of the next generations.

Keynote speaker Carlton Brewster has a great perspective on being a father in West Michigan. Brewster, a Grand Rapids native, graduated from Creston High School and went on to Ferris State University, where he was an outstanding football standout. Brewster played in the National Football League and Arena Football League. After his football career, he earned a Masters of Education in Education Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Brewster will address “Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Your Life” and “Avoiding the ‘Traps’ Fathers Fall Into.”

There will be two 45-minute breakout sessions focusing on:

  • Work and life balance for fathers
  • Custody and child support
  • Parenting teenagers
  • Mothers Supporting Fatherhood
  • Depression in Men

The conference will be held at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center on Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, which includes a light breakfast, hot lunch and the workshops. There will be several information booths from various programs in the community and door prizes will be provided to those who visit the booths. If you are interested in attending the event, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for 2nd Annual Dads Count. You can also contact Aaron.Toffoli@kentcountymi.gov or call 616.632.7295 for more information.

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Doily Box

 

As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband’s ranch. She put a shoebox on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it.

For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna was old and dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important.

Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents. “My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she explained. “She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you.”

Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she’d only been mad at him twice.

“What’s the $82,500 for?” he asked.

Aunt Edna smiled and said, “That’s the money I made selling the doilies.”

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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.

Rummage Sale for Relay for Life

Mar. 28: The Cedar Steppers will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at Cedar Springs Middle School. All proceeds will be donated to Rockford  Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. We are also looking for more donations for the sale. We will accept good, clean items such as clothing, household items, toys etc. You may drop off your donations at Cedar Springs Middle Schools on Friday, March 27th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Please keep us in mind when you are doing your spring cleaning and donating your used items. The sale is for a great cause and your donations will help “celebrate more birthdays”! All items left after our sale will be donated to local charities. Thank you so much for your support of our Relay Team! #11,12p

Celebrate Spring with Butterflies

Mar. 31: Spread your wings, show your colors and help create a seasonal banner to decorate the library. For all ages. Tuesday, March 31st at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KLD Branch, 88 Eighth St. #12

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Apr. 3: Come to Sand Lake and walk with us Friday, April 3rd beginning at noon at Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church and progressing to the Church of the Full Gospel, Resurrection Lutheran Church and ending at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. We will meet and listen to the stories of characters from the Bible that were involved in the Crucifixion of Jesus. Families and youth are encouraged to join us. Sponsored by Sand Lake Village Churches. #12,13p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Solon Center Wesleyan

Apr. 4: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. All children 10 years and under are invited to attend. There’ll be games, an Easter Egg hunt, and a special Easter presentation. Two bicycles will be given away as grand prizes. For more information go to: scwchurch.org or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All welcome! #11-13p

Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch

Apr. 4: Howard Christiansen Nature Center will hold it’s 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch on Saturday, April 4th. Brunch will be served from 10 am to 2 pm. $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more and includes Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2 pm for all ages. Easter Egg Hunting is only $1 per egg hunter. 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #12

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Apr. 7: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. April 7th from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. April 9th from 6-9pm, and Sat. April 11th from 8 am-4 pm and Tues. April 14th from 6-9 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #12,13p

Help Promote Literacy

Apr. 7: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday, April 7th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund 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) to register. #12

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Apr. 7,14,21,28: 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. #12

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

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M*A*S*H comes to the Kent Theatre

 

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One of the most popular sitcoms in television history is coming to Cedar Springs this weekend, when Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the stage version of M*A*S*H.

Based on the successful TV series that aired between Sept. 1972 and Feb. 1983, it brings back the comedic team of doctors and nurses stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War.

Director Lesley Nadwodnik has the credentials for the job; she’s a veteran actor and comedian. “This classic sitcom is perfect for stage,’’ she said. “There’s a lot of laughs and the audience will certainly recognize many of their favorite characters.’’

They include Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye’’ Pierce, Major Margaret “Hotlips’’ Houlihan, the ever annoying Major Frank “Ferret Face’’ Burns, and the loveable company clerk Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar’’ O’Reilly.

“You’ll see many iconic characters along with some new favorites,’’ said John Bagin, a RRCTC board member and member of the cast.

“As an actor, it’s been great being a part of bringing this American cultural classic back to the stage,’’ Bagin said. “It’s brought back many fond memories.’’

His wife and fellow thespian Kirsten Bagin agrees. “The audience is going to love this production,’’ she said. “There is always something happening on stage—sometimes something poignant and other times downright hilarious.’’

The script and cast are almost a distraction, she concedes. “The play features a large cast and I find myself laughing through every rehearsal.’’

Production assistants will transform the Kent Theatre stage into a true-to-life MASH unit and period costumes provide an extra measure of authenticity to the two-act play, Nadwodnik said.

“A lot of work is being done on the sets; it’ll take the audience back to the original MASH 4077,’’ Nadwodnik said. “We’ve been blessed to have volunteers from the arts community in Rockford helping out. It truly is a community theatre production.’’

Those born after the show left the air—its final episode the most watched television broadcast in American history—will find plenty to love. And that comes from Jack Bagin, who was just a glimmer in his parents’ eye when the ratings gusher ended.

“When I started this show, I had no idea what MASH was,’’ he said. “I learned quickly what this show was about; it quickly communicated all the laughter and silliness to a younger generation.’’

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday March 21. There will also be a matinee performance 2 p.m. Saturday.

Performances will be held at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 North Main Street in Cedar Springs.

For more information, visit RRCTC on Facebook or send an email to RRCTCRockford@gmail.com.

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Joining the team

 

Father Murphy walks into a pub and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

The man said, “I do, Father.”

The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.”

Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to got to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest.

Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”

The priest said, “I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

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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.

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 20: The annual En Gedi auction is scheduled for Friday, March 20 starting promptly at 6 pm in the High School Cafeteria. En Gedi is a Christ-centered organization focused on providing safe and fun opportunities for the youth of Cedar Springs and building family. The auction is the one and only fund raiser which allows for a free after school youth center serving 6-8th graders, 5th quarter events for high school students, and various community activities for families. There will be gourmet appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks provided. This year’s auction will have a wide variety of items you can bid on to include food, lodging, and entertainment certificates, MSU athletic tickets, gas grill, furniture, household decorating and cooking items, and much more!! CS Manufacturing will match all money earned at this auction. The event is open to adults for a $10 donation. Come learn more about a local mission and how you can help to support the young people in our community. Questions call Sue Wolfe 696-2246.  #10,11p

Quilt Show at the CS Public Library

Mar. 21: The Friends of the Cedar Springs Public Library would like to welcome the public to come to our annual Quilt Show.  The event will be on March 21 from 10am-4pm with a $2 admission fee. It will be held at the C.S. Middle School with vendors and quilt supplies. There is also a raffle for a quilt made by Louise King named Pieces of Baltimore.  Raffle tickets sell for $1 each or 6 for $5.  You can purchase raffle tickets and see the quilt at the public library.  There will also be a silent auction hosted by Women’s Life, who are accepting donations. #11

CS 1995 State Wrestling Championship Reunion

Mar. 21: What a season to remember! It was Spring of 1995 when Cedar’s wrestling team traveled to Battle Creek and brought home the State Trophy! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years already. So, lets celebrate it again and travel down memory lane. Join the 1995 wrestling team, coaches, parents and all other supporters on Saturday, March 21st at 6 pm in the High School cafeteria for a time of meet and greet. Other past wrestlers/parents/fans are also welcome! At 7 pm we will move into the auditorium to spend some time capturing some of the best pictures and lots of fond memories that we all experienced during that exciting season. We invite those who would like to, to share their “Story Behind the Story” at that time. For more information, contact Lonnie Armstrong at 616-984-6033 or Brandon Wood at 616-916-9751. You can also join our Facebook page – Cedar Springs 1995 Wrestling State Championship Team.  Hope to see lots of you there! #10,11p

Annual Church Garage Sale

Mar. 21: Rockford Reformed Church, located at 4890 – 11 Mile Rd., is holding their annual Church Garage Sale from 9 am to 3 pm. Proceeds will go towards the youth ministries summer trips. For more information, call Deb Coon at 616-866-4829. #11

Courtland  Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 21: The Courtland Township Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., is having a Pancake Breakfast on March 21st from 8 am to 11 am. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice or milk. Adults $7, Children 4 to 12 years $4, 3 years and under free.  Proceeds to benefit Courtland Fire Department. #11

Kent City Community Carnival

Mar. 21: The 64th annual Kent City Community Carnival will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 5:30 to 9 pm. Admission is 50¢ per person. Games, prizes, food and lots of raffle prizes! If you never came before, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good! Dr. Seuss. MI License #R29238. #11

TOPS weight loss support group

Mar. 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. #11

Spring Rummage Sale

Mar. 25,26: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will be holding our annual rummage sale in the fellowship hall of United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Church Streets. Wednesday, March 25th from 9 am to 7 pm and Thursday, March 26th from 9 am to 2 pm. #10,11p

Awesome Owls

Mar. 26th: You don’t want to miss this special program as Blandford Nature Center joins Howard Christensen Nature Center on Thursday March 26th from 6 to 8 pm, for a first ever, one of a kind, owl presentation provided by Blandford. Meet real live owls up close! The second half of the evening we will take what we learn to Owl’s Roost Forest and call in some live wild owls. This is an evening you are sure to remember forever! $5 donation per person. 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #11

Rummage Sale for Relay for Life

Mar. 28: The Cedar Steppers will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at Cedar Springs Middle School. All proceeds will be donated to Rockford  Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. We are also looking for more donations for the sale. We will accept good, clean items such as clothing, household items, toys etc. You may drop off your donations at Cedar Springs Middle Schools on Friday, March 27th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Please keep us in mind when you are doing your spring cleaning and donating your used items. The sale is for a great cause and your donations will help “celebrate more birthdays”! All items left after our sale will be donated to local charities. Thank you so much for your support of our Relay Team! #11,12p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Solon Center Wesleyan

Apr. 4: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. All children 10 years and under are invited to attend. There’ll be games, an Easter Egg hunt, and a special Easter presentation. Two bicycles will be given away as grand prizes. For more information go to: scwchurch.org or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All welcome! #11-13p

Free Money Management Classes

Apr. 8,15: Free “Money Smart Money Management” classes are April 8 and 15 from 6 to 9 pm in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technologies and Learning Center on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. To register contact Lisa Gardner at 989-328-1231 or lisar@montcalm.edu. #11

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Easter Coloring Contest

EasterCC-pg12Hey kids, 

Would you like to win an awesome Easter Basket? It’s time for our annual Easter 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: 3-4 years; 5-7 years; and 8-10 years. All finalists will be placed in a drawing and one lucky winner will be the Grand Prize winner of an awesome Easter Basket!

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

Click the link below to download and print your entry and entry form/rules:

EasterColorContest2015.pdf

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Puppet festival at Sparta Library

These puppets were created in puppet workshops leading up to the festival.

These puppets were created in puppet workshops leading up to the festival.

On Saturday, March 21, Sparta will host a Puppet Festival to celebrate the National Day of Puppetry Tally-Ho! Everyone is invited to join for the very active and interactive afternoon. Admission is free. The West Michigan Puppetry Guild of the Puppeteers of America is hosting the festival from 1 to 4 pm at the Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union, in Sparta.

There will be Interactive music with puppets, puppet sit down shows to watch, make-and-take puppet crafts, music sing-alongs, and more!

An all-star cast of puppeteers will be there from all over Michigan.

The festival includes:

1:00    Proclamation of National Day of Puppetry!

1:00-3:00 ongoing free Creative Puppet Making – all ages!

1:15    Purplesfull Puppets presents “The Empty Pot”

2:00    “All About Animals” Music and Puppets

2:30    Brad Lancaster Interactive Puppets

3:00    Tally-Ho! Group Photo with Artists and Audience

3:15    Kevin Kameraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe presents: “A Variety of Puppet Vignettes”

The West Michigan Puppetry Guild was chartered by Puppeteers of America in 2010 and is seeking new members.

 

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