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Traveling Zoo comes shows animal super powers

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N-Zoo2Last week Wednesday, July 15, Rhiannon, an animal handler from the John Ball Zoo, put on a presentation for the library’s Summer Reading Program at Cedar Springs Middle School. She shared about some amazing animals and their super powers. And she brought along some live animals, including a screech owl, a tortoise, a king snake, and a chinchilla.

With the phrase, “Eyes on the side, born to hide. Eyes in the front, born to hunt,” she taught us an easy way to identify whether an animal is a hunter or a prey animal,” said Kelly Roach, of the Cedar Springs Public Library. “It was a really great opportunity for the community of

Cedar Springs to learn more about some of the animals that live in our backyard, as well as animals that come from different areas!”

For more info on summer reading programs, visit www.cedarspringslibrary.org or call 696-1910.

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Waiting for years

 

A man and his wife had built their dream house some years ago, and furnished it with quality pieces as they could afford them. Now the delivery truck carrying the last purchase, a new bedroom suite, was pulling into the driveway.

“Finally!” the wife exclaimed, flinging open the front door as the driver walked up to the house. “I’ve been waiting twelve years for this!”

“Don’t blame me, lady,” he said. “I just got the order this morning.”

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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.

Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing

July 26: The Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Sunday July 26th at Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd. It is a 4 man scramble with a 2 pm shotgun start. Contact Tom Cargill at 616-299-1392 for more information or if you can’t play and would like to sponsor a hole. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Springs High School Joel Stone Scholarship. #28,29p

Nature’s Superheroes

July 28: Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the Go! For families. Tuesday, July 28th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #29

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 29: The cook books have been studied, the selection has been made.  The kitchen’s warming up; soon the aroma of Baked Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Blueberry Muffins will infiltrate your stuffins.  Are your taste buds beginning to dance?  We’re extending the invitation to those age 60 (perhaps a little more), to waltz thru our door.  Follow the aroma at Noon the 29th of July to our corner of M-82 and Beech. #29

The Porters in Concert

July 29: Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience. For families. Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

Model Airplane Airshow

July 29: Do you love airshows? How about model airplanes? The Wolverine Skyhawks join up with the Cedar Springs Library to put on a fantastic AIRSHOW out at their Landing Strip at 13540 West Street here in Cedar Springs on Wed., July 29 at 6pm. All summer readers up to 12th grade will get a ticket for a chance to win a model airplane! Grab a chair and join your friends for a great time! #29

Heritage Festival in Sidney

July 30-Aug. 1: The 29th annual Heritage Festival is July 30th through August 1st at Montcalm Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. The three day celebration features historical displays, events, refreshments and music for all ages. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about the Montcalm Heritage Festival. #29

17th Annual Shoot for Life

Aug. 1: Shoot for Life is a Sporting Clays Tournament to benefit Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs on Saturday, August 1st from 9 am to 3 pm. Your $50 entry fee per person includes: A tax-deductible donation to Alpha, a 50-target round of clays, a catered lunch, and 2 boxes of shotgun shells. If you bring your own shells, there will be an extra $12-15 to Alpha! Lewis Class scoring means anyone can win a trophy! Trophies for: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in 3 Open divisions, a Ladies’ Champion, and an 18-and-under Youth Champion. Please pre-register! For registrations, questions, directions, donations etc., please contact the Haymarsh Hunt Club, 11959 Jefferson Rd., Morley, MI 49336, 989-352-7050 or email tim@haymarsh.com. Station sponsorships and volunteers are welcomed and appreciated! #29

VBS at Huggard Bible

Aug. 3-5: Come join us for VBS and learn about God’s Word. August 3rd – 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Huggard Bible of Sand Lake. For ages 3 to the end of 6th grade. For more info call the church at 616-636-5561. #28-30p

Quilt Fundraiser for Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL

Aug. 15: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Friends of the Library are sponsoring a drawing for a “Bouquet of Violets” queen size hand-made quilt. Donations for a ticket are $10. Only 300 tickets are available. Tickets are available at the library. Drawing will be held on August 15th at 4 pm. Need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to the Sand Lake Summer Safari and the Orphan Train Program this fall. For information call 877-243-2466. #29,30p

Kent Theatre Golf Fundraiser

Aug. 15: The Cedar Springs Theatre Association presents the 15th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Fundraiser on Saturday, August 15th, at The Falls at Barber Creek, 16030 Barber Creek Rd., Kent City. All 18 (new nine) holes will be open for play for this event! $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, Hit the Boat, raffle and other contests. Sign-up at 1 pm with a shotgun start at 2 pm. $240 for a team of 4 which includes golf cart, Texas style beef brisket/ smoked turkey dinner. Register before August 1st for $60 each. Entry fees are non-refundable. Rain or shine. For more information call Len Allington at 231-750-2337 or email Len@laphoto.com.  Proceeds go to renovations of the Kent Theatre. #29

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month

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A passionate gourmet, Thomas Jefferson acquired a stock of standard French recipes. Among the most popular of these recipes at Monticello was this one for vanilla ice cream, written by Jefferson, with his own recipe for Savoy cookies to accompany the dessert on the back.

Did you know that nine out of ten people love ice cream? Or that vanilla is the best selling flavor? Or that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790? Those are just some of the facts being celebrated National Ice Cream month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population.

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Besides Washington spending $200 on ice cream, inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream on this page. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream “Sunday” in the late 1890’s. The name was eventually changed to “sundae” to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

Check out some of the ice cream shops on this page—and don’t forget to cut out the coupon. You just might something new you like!

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Rockford Theatre company presents classic summer play 

 

ENT-Play-princess-and-the-peaPrincess and the Pea July 16-17 in Rockford

In the three years since it was launched, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company of Rockford has provided family-friendly entertainment to more than 1,000 people in myriad productions touching on everything from tragedy to comedy.

This legacy of entertainment has not gone unnoticed; its summer production of The Princess and the Pea, which takes the stage this week, is already sold out for opening night on Wednesday.

Tickets are still available for Thursday, July 16 and Friday July 17. The classic story by Hans Christian Andersen will be performed at North Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division St. in Rockford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“The buzz about the play has really taken off; this is the first time in our three years that an opening night performance has sold out,’’ said Matt Erste, RRCTC Board chairman.

“The play takes a classic and beloved story and brings it to life with a talented group of young performers from the Rockford area,’’ Erste said. “It’s a good mid-summer diversion and offers to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.’’

Fun and commitment to community are touchstones of the theatre group, which formed in the summer 2012 as the successor of Rogue River Theatre, launched in the 1990s.

For more information about the group and the upcoming play, visit its website at www.RRCTC.org.

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Community open house for North Country Trail

 

Tuesday, July 21

Come learn more about an effort to bring America’s longest national scenic trail through Kent County. The North Country Trail Association and National Park Service will have information and maps available at the Cedar Springs Community Development Building team meeting on July 21. They are conducting an Optimal Location Review (OLR) process to find the best route for the trail in this area. The community is invited to ask questions, get information, give feedback, and provide insight into possible routing options for the trail.

The meeting will be hosted at the Hilltop Community Resource Center in Cedar Springs, in the board room, on the 3rd floor, 204 E. Muskegon St.

The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m., with an open house style session, with the Community Development meeting following at 6:00 p.m. to discuss various route alternatives. Time will be set aside afterwards for further questions and discussion.

The North Country Trail seeks to connect with the most scenic, historical, cultural, and natural features in the areas it passes through, telling the story of the nation and the local communities. At 4,600 miles, the North Country Trail is twice as long as its famous cousin the Appalachian Trail, both intended for quiet outdoor recreation in a natural setting. Stretching from North Dakota to Vermont, it is a gem of natural beauty and diversity. Find out how else you can get involved to bring this great natural resource through your backyard. You can send any questions or comments to Luke at redrivervalley@northcountrytrail.org

For more info about the North Country Trail visit www.nps.gov/noco or www.northcountrytrail.org

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Paid for standing around


The owner of a manufacturing firm decided to make a surprise tour of the factory. While walking through the warehouse, he noticed a young man lazily leaning against a packing crate.

“Just how much are you being paid?” the owner demanded.

“A hundred dollars a week,” the young man replied.

The owner pulled out his wallet, peeled off five $20 bills and shouted at the young man, “Here is a week’s pay—now get out and don’t come back!”

Without a word, the young man stuffed the money into his pocket and left.
The warehouse manager, standing nearby, stared in amazement.

“Tell me,” the boss asked him, “How long has that guy worked for us?”

“He didn’t work here,” replied the warehouse manager. “He was just the Fed-Ex guy delivering a package.”

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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.

Free Concert in Morley Park

July 16: Music starts at 7 pm and features the fun Caribbean style from Don Middlebrook. He will play from 7 to 9 pm with a break for door prizes at 8 pm. All individuals 18 and older will be eligible for a $50 gift card drawing at 9 pm from Independent Bank. The concert is put on by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and Display Pack. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more info on this concert and others log on to www.csaparksandrec.com. #28

NFL: Pass Punt Kick Competition

July 25: Friends of Skinner Field presents: NFL Pass Punt Kick Competition on Saturday, July 25th from 10 am to 2 pm. Free for all Boys/Girls ages 6-15. Sign ups on Tuesday/ Thursday: July 16, 21 & 23 at Skinner Field Concessions from 6-8 pm and Saturday, July 25 from 9:30 – 10:30 pm. Find us on Facebook for more information, Info@Skinner Field. Questions, please call April Victorson, 616-890-5869. #28

Roast Beef Dinner

July 19: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday July 19 and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably price at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #28p

Dinner at the Legion

July 20: American Legion Post 287, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a meat loaf dinner on Monday, July 20th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, salad, rolls, veggies, drink and desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #26

Blood Drive

July 21: Did you know? Summer is a high-need time for blood. Please help us keep the blood supply up! Be somebody that saves lives. And, one of the ladies from the Cedar Springs Women’s Club will grill a hot dog for you. Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Tuesday, July 21st from 12:30 to 7 pm. #28

Jibber Jams

July 21: This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish! For families. Tuesday, July 21st at 10:30 am, at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

VBS at East Nelson UMC

July 22-25: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., NE, Cedar Springs will be having Vacation Bible School on July 22 – July 25th. “Savannah Safari” will be a fun adventure for all kids age 4 – 12. Call 616-696-0661 to get a registration form or come on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 pm to register and start the adventure! There will be a potluck on Saturday at 1 pm to wrap up the program. #25

Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing

July 26: The Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Sunday July 26th at Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd. It is a 4 man scramble with a 2 pm shotgun start. Contact Tom Cargill at 616-299-1392 for more information or if you can’t play and would like to sponsor a hole. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Springs High School Joel Stone Scholarship. #28,29p

Saving Seeds From Your Backyard Garden

July 27: Save money by reusing your heirloom seeds year after year. Get the latest hands-on tips and tricks for harvesting and saving seeds from Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm. For adults. Monday, July 27th at 6:30pm at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

VBS at Huggard Bible

Aug. 3-5: Come join us for VBS and learn about God’s Word. August 3rd – 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Huggard Bible of Sand Lake. For ages 3 to the end of 6th grade. For more info call the church at 616-636-5561. #28-30p

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Christmas in July at Solon Market

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Where does Santa go in the summer? Solon Market, of course! That’s right—Santa will be coming to Market on July 11 to help kick off Christmas in July. There will be free gifts and activities, as well as Solon Fire and Rescue. Come prepared to run through the spray or man the hose. There will be pictures with Santa and/or the fire truck, downloadable from our Market FB page. Solon Market will be open for business as usual with bargains galore. Market hours are 9am-1pm. Santa  and firemen arrive at 10:00. For more information contact Shelly at 696-1848.

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Ensley 5K Run/Walk

 

Picnic event to follow race

Ensley Township’s five-kilometer run and walk event will be held on Saturday, July 25.

The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Baptist Lake Park. Race day registration will start at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee for runners is $25.00 unless pre-registered by July 11. If registered by July 11, kids 12 and under run for just $15.00 and everyone over 12 is $20.00.

Proceeds from the event will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase rescue equipment.

The event is being put on by the Ensley Crime Watch, The Baptist Lake Association, and the Englewright Lake Association. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each of six age groups. All ages are invited to participate in the race and the post-race activities.

The Ensley Community Picnic will be held after the race. The picnic is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.  The firemen do the cooking, and there is lots of good food and refreshments to go along with it. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a bounce house for the kids, fire trucks, and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Patrol and the Newaygo County Marine Patrol are all scheduled to be at the lake.

For more information, visit www.ensleytownship.org/crimewatch.htm or to register, call 616-636-8510 or e-mail: clerk@ensleytownship.org.

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