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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.

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. #26

Dinner at the Legion

July 6: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, July 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, rolls, 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

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

July 7: 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. #26

Hooper Heroes

July 7: Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness. For families. Tuesday, July 7th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #26

Super Science

July 7: The World’s Coolest Nerd returns to delve into the SCIENCE behind all things super. Join us for hands-on fun that will unlock the scientific secrets behind the cape. For ages 6 and older. (This program is not recommended for children under age 6.) Tuesday, July 7th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch 88 Eighth St. #26

Flag and Rocket Football Signups

July 7-30: Stop by Skinner Field between 6 and 8 pm on any of the following dates and sign up your football players! Last chance for Flag football is July 7th. Cost is $25 for ages 4-7. Rocket Football Signup dates are: July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30. Cost is $65 for grades 2nd thru 8th. You may also sign up during business hours at Take Two Game Stop at 43 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. For more information, practice/training dates and sign up sheets go to www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.ask?url-cedarspringsyouthfootball or www.facebook.com/cedarspringsyouthfootball. #26

Secret Garden Tour

July 11: The Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library will present their 4th annual Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, July 11th from 10 am – 4 pm (rain date July 18th). Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the tour. For more information and to purchase tickets call TCH Reynolds Township Library – 231-937-5575 or Kindel & Company – 231-937-9090. #26

AYSO Fall Soccer Registration

July 14: Registration is open through July 14th. All players must be registered online at www.eayso.org. Registration fee is $65/player, $60/player for 3 or more from the same family. First time players need to provide a birth certificate for age verification. Players must be 4 by August 31, 2015. There will be a registration event for those having trouble online at Burger King in Cedar Springs on Tuesday, July 14th from 6 to 8 pm. For more information see our website: www.ayso902.org. #26

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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.

Kent Theatre Volunteer Sign-up

June 24,26: June 24th and June 26th from 10 am to 12 pm and from 1:30 pm to 3 pm in the Kent Theatre lobby. Volunteers are needed for the concessions area. We are usually open Friday thru Sunday, with occasional weekdays for plays and special events. We will consider groups and families but volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Work shifts vary from 4 hours to 10 hours on any given day. Volunteer hours can count as community service hours. Contact Mary Balon at 616-696-3168 or e-mail events@kenttheatre.org. #24,25p

Metron of Cedar Springs Open House

June 25: Metron of Cedar Springs is excited to announce our facility is hosting an Open House on Thursday, June 25th from 4 pm to 6 pm. Come and learn about the latest innovations in Cardiac Rehabilitation and our Ortho Rehabilitation programs. Please contact Cheryl Dreyer to RSVP, Cheryldreyer@metronihs.com to attend our Open House. Refreshments will be served, tours and door prizes will be provided. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Billie Vanderlaan at billie.vanderlaan@metronihs.com, or via phone 616-204-2615. #24,25p

Doctor Who Party for Teens

June 29: No Silence in this Library – we’re here to celebrate Doctor Who. Come together with fellow Whovians to engage in crafts, games and goodies. Allons-y! Monday, June 29th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #25

Artists Wanted

June 30: The Red Flannel Art Review is entering its third year and is once again seeking artists to compete for cash prizes. Local businesses will be graciously providing space for artists to display their work. Please visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration; the deadline to sign up is June 30th! #24,25p

Every Day Hero

June 30: Calling all grades 3 -6 to the Cedar Springs Library out on the lawn (inside if raining) from 11 am to 12 pm to join Every Day Hero … our very own Sgt. Jason Kelly of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department as he demonstrates some of the equipment that he used for his job every day. The police cruiser and radio will be on site for instruction for the curious. #25

PATH Diabetics Class at Solon Center Wesleyan

July 2: PATH Diabetics Class starting July 2nd at 9 am at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs. FREE class for anyone with diabetes. Two trained leaders guide workshops. It doesn’t matter how long you have had diabetes or how well or how poorly you think you are doing with your diabetes. The workshop covers many things about diabetes, but what you will really learn are ways to help take care of your health. In a workshop you will learn techniques to move more easily, take charge of your health, be more independent and communicate better with your health care team. You will learn to make weekly action plans that help you stay on track with your diabetes care. You and the other workshop participants will help each other learn to solve problems managing diabetes. #24,25p

Help Promote Literacy

July 6: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Monday, July 6 for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 2:00 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) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #25

Sweet! Cake Decorating for Teens

July 6&9: Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Hands-on fun included Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Monday, July 6th, at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., 616-636-4251 and on July 9th, at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen, 616-984-5680. #25

“Zeemo the Great”

July 8: The Cedar Springs Library invites you to the Cedar Springs Middle School on Wednesday, July 8th at 2 pm to join “Zeemo the GREAT” as her performs Way Cool tricks for the curious… yo yos, magnets, juggling, electrifying, shocking, engaging! Audience participation.

DIY Spa

July 8: Make a variety of spa products from simple ingredients that you can take home, such as sugar and oatmeal scrubs, fizzy bath bombs and silky body lotion. Pre-registration is required. For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 pm. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. 616-636-4251. #25

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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.

Auditions announced for upcoming CSCP production

June 20,22: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming summer production of “Postal” by Herb Hasler, a wacky, two-act comedy. They will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to noon and Monday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Needed are 6 men and 6 women, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are August 13-15, 2015, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #22-24p

Forester Brothers Family at Ensley Baptist Church

June 21: The Forester Brothers Family will be Ensley Baptish Church, 7077 -120th St., Sand Lake (616-636-5581 on Sunday, June 21 at 6 pm. Join us for Gospel Music, Stand-Up Comedy, Puppets and more! Clean, Godly fun for the whole family. #23,24b

DIY Tie-Die for Teens

June 22: Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way to tie-die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt. Monday, June 22nd at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #24

TOPS weight loss support group

June 23: 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. #24

The Remarkable Mr. Tolsh and Other Puppet Vignettes

June 23: Join Kevin Kammeraad, Justin Haveman and their puppet crew as they share the stories of some uncommon heroes through music, movement and wordplay! For families. Tuesday, June 23 at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #24

Kent Theatre Volunteer Sign-up

June 24,26: June 24th and June 26th from 10 am to 12 pm and from 1:30 pm to 3 pm in the Kent Theatre lobby. Volunteers are needed for the concessions area. We are usually open Friday thru Sunday, with occasional weekdays for plays and special events. We will consider groups and families but volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Work shifts vary from 4 hours to 10 hours on any given day. Volunteer hours can count as community service hours. Contact Mary Balon at 616-696-3168 or e-mail events@kenttheatre.org. #24,25p

Food for the Mind – Food for the Body

June 24: On Wednesday, June 24th  at 7  pm, the Greenville Garden Club will feature speaker Marie Eldred, certified herbalist, nutritionist and dietician. The type and quality of the food that you eat greatly affects the health of your body and mind. Food for the Mind – Food for the Body – Food can Heal – Organic (and what organic means). Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent. Public is invited. #24

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

June 24: Fellas take your gal and a few of your best friends, pile in the ol’ Packard and come on over to the Pine Grove Senior Grill and check out the new menu for this year’s Picnic.  The cooks are quietly planning back there in the kitchen.  There are whispers of Brats or Burgers or other picnic stuff hot off the grill.  Have heard of sides of Tater Salad, Baked Beans and Melon. For all those age 60 and over we’re throwing our annual “Grill Picnic” at Noon the 24th of June.  Come n help us celebrate an early Independence Day!  Our picnic ground grill can be found on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #24

Metron of Cedar Springs Open House

June 25: Metron of Cedar Springs is excited to announce our facility is hosting an Open House on Thursday, June 25th from 4 pm to 6 pm. Come and learn about the latest innovations in Cardiac Rehabilitation and our Ortho Rehabilitation programs. Please contact Cheryl Dreyer to RSVP, Cheryldreyer@metronihs.com to attend our Open House. Refreshments will be served, tours and door prizes will be provided. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Billie Vanderlaan at billie.vanderlaan@metronihs.com, or via phone 616-204-2615. #24,25p

Before-TH of July Picnic and Concert

June 27: Join the HCNC staff, volunteers, instructors and board members for a traditional 4th of July picnic. Games, door prizes, and more! Saturday, June 27th from Noon to 2 pm. $8 per person or $25/family. $5 per person or $15/family when you bring a dish to pass. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. www.lilysfrogpad.com. #24

Artists Wanted

June 30: The Red Flannel Art Review is entering its third year and is once again seeking artists to compete for cash prizes. Local businesses will be graciously providing space for artists to display their work. Please visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration; the deadline to sign up is June 30th! #24,25p

PATH Diabetics Class at Solon Center Wesleyan

July 2: PATH Diabetics Class starting July 2nd at 9 am at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs. FREE class for anyone with diabetes. Two trained leaders guide workshops. It doesn’t matter how long you have had diabetes or how well or how poorly you think you are doing with your diabetes. The workshop covers many things about diabetes, but what you will really learn are ways to help take care of your health. In a workshop you will learn techniques to move more easily, take charge of your health, be more independent and communicate better with your health care team. You will learn to make weekly action plans that help you stay on track with your diabetes care. You and the other workshop participants will help each other learn to solve problems managing diabetes. #24,25p

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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.

Summer Celebration Fireworks – View From the Hill

June 13: You are invited to enjoy the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration fireworks from the hill at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 – 11 Mile Rd. NE on Saturday, June 13th. Popcorn, refreshments and children’s activities provided. Please bring a chair or a blanket, your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty of the fireworks from atop the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Hope to see you there! #22,23p

Vacation Bible School at Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 14: Hey kids! Come for “G-Force” beginning Sunday, June 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. It’s family Night with an obstacle course that will keep everyone on the move. There will be a hot dog roast, so no need for dinner before you come! VBS continues through Thursday where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God. “G-Force” is for children 4 years old through the 5th grade. Please pre-register by calling the church office @ 696-3229 or online at scwchurch.org. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All children welcome! #22,23p

Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant

June 15: Final call for pageant contestants! The Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant is open to all girls who will be juniors this fall (2015-2016 academic year), with a 3.0 GPA or greater, who attend a school in the Cedar Springs School District or live in the Cedar Springs School District and attend a different school, such as Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, homeschool, etc. If interested, please email the pageant director at redflannelpageant@gmail.com by June 15th. #23p

Dinner at the Legion

June 15: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onions dinner on Monday, June 15th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, salad, veggies, rolls, 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. #23p

Cedar Area Soccer Association Tryouts

June 15-17: CASSA will be holding open tryouts at Boomer Park, 13440 Ritchie NE, Cedar Springs MI 49319. Monday, June 15: U9 – U13 boys, Tuesday, June 16: U9 – U13 girls, Wednesday, June 17: U14 – U19 boys and girls. Registration is at 6 pm, tryouts last approximately 2 hours. Please come prepared but do NOT wear any CASSA apparel. Please visit www.cassasoccer.com for details or contact the registrar, Anthony Shaw 616-292-4429. #22,23p

VBS at Snow Bible Church

June 15: Snow Bible Church, 1877 – 18 Mile Rd., Kent City, is having VBS June 15th  – 18th, “Camp Kilimanjaro”, from 6:30 – 8:30 for preschool – teens. Call Vickie at 616-901-5274 for information. #23

Michigan Blood Drive

June 16: There will be a Michigan Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 16th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 – 7 pm. Hot dogs are back! Attempt to donate and the ladies of Cedar Springs Women’s Club will grill you a hot dog. Better reason to give: supplies in the summer are lower. Come help fill the need. #23

Uno, Dos, Tres with Andres

June 16: Celebrate the sounds of Latin America and more with bilingual musica sure to delight the whole family. Tuesday, June 16th at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #23

Giant Games

June 17: Enjoy some open play time with giant-size games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4. For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, June 17th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #23

How to Draw Manga at Spencer KDL

June 18: Instructors from Kendall College of Art & Design will teach you in ins and outs of character design and illustration style of Japanese animation and manga. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Thursday, June 18th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen, 616-984-5680. #23

Summer Solstice Family Fun Night

June 19: Make your own wood grilled pizza and conclude the night with a movie. Kick off the “longest” weekend of the year! Friday, June 19 from 6:30 – 11 pm. Please pre-register. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. www.lilysfrogpad.com. #23

Auditions announced for upcoming CSCP production

June 20,22: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming summer production of “Postal” by Herb Hasler, a wacky, two-act comedy. They will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to noon and Monday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Needed are 6 men and 6 women, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are August 13-15, 2015, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #22-24p

Forester Brothers Family at Ensley Baptist Church

June 21: The Forester Brothers Family will be Ensley Baptish Church, 7077 -120th St., Sand Lake (616-636-5581 on Sunday, June 21 at 6 pm. Join us for Gospel Music, Stand-Up Comedy, Puppets and more! Clean, Godly fun for the whole family. #23,24p

Roast Beef Dinner Canceled

June 21: Canceled. The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.) has canceled the roast beef dinner on Sunday June 21st  due to Fathers Day. Join them every 3rd Sunday of each month. The next one will be July 19th. 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 $9 for adults, kids ages 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #23

Bus Trip to Tigers Game

July 19: On July 19th Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation is hosting a bus trip to Comerica Park to watch the Baltimore Orioles vs the Detroit Tigers! This bus trip includes transportation vis motor coach, a ticket in the right field stand (Section 104), free rides on the carousel and ferris wheels for the kids, and kids can run the bases after the game! The cost of this trip is $85.00 per person and the deadline is June 17th. The bus will leave and pick up at Cedar Springs Public Schools Campus. For more information or questions you can log onto www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #22,23p

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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.

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. #22

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating  t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant Meeting

June 7: Seeking pageant contestants! The Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant is open to all girls who will be juniors this fall (2015-2015 academic year), with a 3.0 GPA or greater, who attend a school  in the Cedar Springs School District or live in the Cedar Springs School District and attend a different school such as Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, homeschool, etc. If interested, please email redflannelpageant@gmail.com. Also, please plan to attend the parent and contestant meeting on Sunday, June 7 at 2 pm at the new Red Flannel Festival Office on Main Street. #22p

Tom Plunkard: Magic to the Rescue

June 10: This entertaining and hilarious show includes animals, audience involvement and amazing magic. For families. Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #22

Hooper Heros at KDL

June 13: Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness. For Families. Saturday, June 13th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #22

Summer Spectacular at HCNC

June 13: Come and enjoy live music, community expo – meet local businesses, seminars and program “samplers” all day, police K-9 demonstrations, meet and greet with firefighters, animal demonstrations, informative seminars. Concessions on site all day. Saturday, June 13th from 9 am to 4 pm. FREE but donations are greatly appreciated. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #22

Summer Celebration Fireworks – View From the Hill

June 13: You are invited to enjoy the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration fireworks from the hill at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 – 11 Mile Rd. NE on Saturday, June 13th. Popcorn, refreshments and children’s activities provided. Please bring a chair or a blanket, your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty of the fireworks from atop the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Hope to see you there! #22,23p

Vacation Bible School at Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 14: Hey kids! Come for “G-Force” beginning Sunday, June 14th from 6:30 – 8:30PM. It’s family Night with an obstacle course that will keep everyone on the move. There will be a hot dog roast, so no need for dinner before you come! VBS continues through Thursday where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God. “G-Force” is for children 4 years old through the 5th grade. Please pre-register by calling the church office @ 696-3229 or online at scwchurch.org. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All children welcome! #22,23p

Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Concert

June 14: Ragtime and boogie woogie pianist Bob Milne performs in the Barn Theatre on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus on June 14 at 2 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 989-328-2111, ext. 334 or email karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu. #22

Cedar Area Soccer Association Tryouts

June 15-17: CASSA will be holding open tryouts at Boomer Park, 13440 Ritchie NE, Cedar Springs MI 49319. Monday, June 15: U9 – U13 boys, Tuesday, June 16: U9 – U13 girls, Wednesday, June 17: U14 – U19 boys and girls. Registration is at 6 pm, tryouts last approximately 2 hours. Please come prepared but do NOT wear any CASSA apparel. Please visit www.cassasoccer.com for details or contact the registrar, Anthony Shaw 616-292-4429. #22,23p

Auditions announced for upcoming CSCP production

June 20,22: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming summer production of “Postal” by Herb Hasler, a wacky, two-act comedy. They will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to noon and Monday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Needed are 6 men and 6 women, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are August 13-15, 2015, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #22-24p

Bus Trip to Tigers Game

July 19: On July 19th Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation is hosting a bus trip to Comerica Park to watch the Baltimore Orioles vs the Detroit Tigers! This bus trip includes transportation vis motor coach, a ticket in the right field stand (Section 104), free rides on the carousel and ferris wheels for the kids, and kids can run the bases after the game! The cost of this trip is $85.00 per person and the deadline is June 17th. The bus will leave and pick up at Cedar Springs Public Schools Campus. For more information or questions you can log onto www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #22,23p

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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.

National Trails Day Celebration

May 30: Come celebrate National Trails Day at Long Lake Park Shelterhouse. There will be guided hikes, a petting zoo, free ice cream and hot dogs and educational talks. Saturday, May 30th from noon to 4 pm. #21

Gowen Bible Church Celebrates Second Campus

May 31: Gowen Bible Church is blessed and growing! We will celebrate the opening of our second campus at 16415 Meddler Ave, Sand Lake on Sunday, May 31st at 11 am. Plan to join us for a time of worship, thanksgiving and fellowship. The community is invited. For more information, contact us at 616-984-2525 or gowenbible.org. #21

Faith Based Guitar Boot Camp

June 1: Basic training for guitar will be taught at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for ages 10 thru 15 year olds. Registration will be held Monday, June 1st at 7 pm. To register, enter the South door located on Church Street. Students must be registered on this date and a parent or guardian is required to register them. Class size is limited to 12 students. Registration fee is $55. Guitar and supplies are furnished. Classes will be held Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting June 8th. #20,21b

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

June 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. #21

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating, t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

MCC offers Community Trail Day

June 6: Montcalm Community College’s first annual Community Trail Day is June 6th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails on the college’s Sidney campus. Guided walks, children’s activities and a hot dog lunch are provided. This free event is open to all. The event will be rescheduled to June 7th if it rains on June 6th. For more information, email naturetrails@montcalm.edu or hwesp@montcalm.edu. #21

Forest to Fork, the Basics of Foraging

June 7: Foraging with our expert naturalists is an excellent opportunity to learn about plant identification as well as learning the numerous edible plants in the forest. After your time foraging we’ll make some delectable edibles from the things we find and test our taste buds with 100% natural flavor. Sunday, June 7th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #21

Help Promote Literacy

June 11: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Thursday June 11th 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. #21

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 13: The 123rd annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour is at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Cost is $12. We wish to recognize all former “Miss Sand Lakes”. If you were a former “Miss Sand Lake” please call Dave Groner at 269-208-5716. Please RSVP by June 7th. Call your reservation to one of the following committee members; Dave Groner, 269-208-5716, Dick Pierce 616-636-5258, Betty Braford Clegg 517-487-3003, Verna White Smigiel 616-885-4913. #20,21p

MCC Offers Healthcare Courses

June 15,23: Montcalm Community College offers courses to become a dental assistant starting June 15 and a pharmacy technician courses starting June 23 from 6 to 9:30 pm on the college’s Greenville campus. For more information or to register, visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment. #21

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15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 24: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be: David Richmond, War of 1812; George Russell, Civil War; Cecil Dorman, World War I; Herold Stark, World War II; Thomas L Marsh, Korea; Michael Woodhull, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion color guard will assist in the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments at the completion of the walk. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event, in case of rain we will do the presentations at the museum. #19,20b

Butterfly Discovery

May 26-29: Come join us at HCNC and see the miracle of life as our butterflies begin to emerge from their winter slumber and spread their wings. See hundreds of different butterflies close up, help feed them and discover excellent photo opportunities. May 26 – 29 from 9 am to 8 pm each day. $5 donation There will be items available for sale. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #20

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 27:  Pine Grove Senior Café Presents A Taste of Italia.  All Signors, Signoras and Signorinas age 60 and older, come to our humble table(s) and dine with us.  Mamma Mia!  It’s Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Garlic Rolls, Beans or something Green and then for Dessert, Ice Cream.  And you never know when a Relish Plate may appear.  Senior Café Italia opens Wednesday May 27th at Noon in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of Beech & M-82. #20

Greenville Garden Club Meeting

May 27: On Wednesday, May 27th, the Greenville Garden Club will feature speaker Ed Robinette of Robinette Orchards. Lessons for the small home orchard – fruit production in West Michigan. Refreshments at 6:30, program at 7 pm, at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent. Public invited. #20

Open House at Pine Ridge Bible Camp

May 30: Come join us for our FREE Community Open House event on Saturday, May 30th from 1 to 4 pm. Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, located on the east side of Pine Lake. Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun day riding go-carts, visiting the petting farm, bounce house, rock wall, archery, canoeing and taking a tractor tour of the Camp. #20

Dinner at the Legion

June 1: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, June 1st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, veggies, rolls, 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. #20p

Faith Based Guitar Boot Camp

June 1: A basic training for guitar will be taught at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for ages 10 thru 15 year olds. Registration will be held Monday, Just 1st at 7 pm. To register, enter the South door located on Church Street. Students must be registered on this date and a parent or guardian is required to register them. Class size is limited to 12 students. Registration fee is $55. Guitar and supplies are furnished. Classes will be held Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting June 8th. #20,21b

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating  t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 13: The 123rd annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour is at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Cost is $12. We wish to recognize all former “Miss Sand Lakes”. If you were a former “Miss Sand Lake” please call Dave Groner at 269-208-5716. Please RSVP by June 7th. Call your reservation to one of the following committee members; Dave Groner, 269-208-5716, Dick Pierce 616-636-5258, Betty Braford Clegg 517-487-3003, Verna White Smigiel 616-885-4913. #20,21p

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Red Flannel Ribbon Cutting

May 16: Join the Red Flannel Festival Board Saturday, May 16 at Noon for the Ribbon Cutting of our new Red Flannel Office at 18 S. Main Street! Free give aways, Free refreshments and a speech by Mayor Pro-Tem Pamela Conley! Hope to see you there! #19b

Dinner at the Legion

May 18: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a meatloaf dinner on Monday, May 18th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, salad, veggies, rolls, 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. #19p

TOPS weight loss support group

May 19: 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. #19

Blood Drive at CS UMC

May 19: There will be a Michigan Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 19th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 to 7 pm. Attempt to donate and you could win a $100 Meijer Gift Card! Every one who attempts to donate is very appreciated. Your donation can save up to 3 people. #19

BBQ Chicken Dinner at East Nelson UMC

May 20: East Nelson UMC, 9024-18 Mile Rd. is expanding their monthly meals to include another one on Wednesday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m. BBQ Chicken, Broccoli Apple Salad, Cole Slaw & Homemade Desserts will be on the menu. Everyone is welcome! #19

Wildflower Explosion with Kare

May 20: Join Kare, Naturalist and flower expert, for a day of planting native Michigan wildflowers. Kids can make “Flower grenades” at explode when you throw them into the fields and you’ll even get some seeds or bulbs to take home to plant in your own yard. Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. $5 per person. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #19

Crossfire Church Mission Rummage Sale

May 21,22: Crossfire Church Mission Rummage Sale will be held on Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd from 9 am to 5 pm. Large selection of items including golf clubs and golf bags. Located on the southwest corner of Cornfield and Northland Drive, Cedar Springs. #19

Roast Beef Dinner

May 21: 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 May 21st  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! #19

15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 24: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be: David Richmond, War of 1812; George Russell, Civil War; Cecil Dorman, World War I; Herold Stark, World War II; Thomas L Marsh, Korea; Michael Woodhull, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion color guard will assist in the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments at the completion of the walk. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event, in case of rain we will do the presentations at the museum. #19,20b

Michigan Blood Drive

May 26: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church (15671 Algoma Ave.) from 3 to 7 pm. Call the office at 616-696-3229 to set up an appointment and walk-ins are welcome! #19

Cedar Springs Bands Golf Scramble

May 30: Come join us for the 1st Annual Cedar Springs Bands Golf Scramble on Saturday, May 30th at Cedar Chase Golf Club. Registration at 9 am and shotgun start at 10 am. $50 per golfer, $200 per team.  Includes 18 holes with cart, lunch games and fun! Registration and payment may be dropped off at Cedar Chase Golf Club or mailed to Cedar Springs Music Boosters, PO Box 811, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Registration and payment must be received by Thursday, May 22nd. For information contact Cedar Chase Golf Club, 616-696-2308, Julia Moore 616-723-5532, JuliaMooreRealtor@gmail.com. Registration form is available at www.cedarspringsbands.org. #19

Celebrate National Trails Day

May 30: Come Celebrate National Trails Day on May 30, 2015! It will be a Fun Filled Day with Prizes, Games, Hiking, Music, Food and More! The event is FREE and Everyone is Welcome! Great for Kids! Learn about the North Country Trail, how we’re working to route the Trail through Cedar Springs and Solon Township and other exciting developments in our community! Join us at Long Lake Park Shelter from Noon to 4 PM. Bring a Friend! #19

CS Rocket Cheer Camp

June 20: Cedar Springs Rocket Cheer Camp for ages K-8th grade will be Saturday, June 20th at Red Hawk Elementary School 9 am until noon. Cost will be $25. this will include their camp shirt, snacks and crafts. We will be a Shaner Ave. Ball Fields every Tuesday and Thursday in May from 6 until 7:15 pm to take signups for camp and for the Flag Cheer Season! Flag Cheer is for grades K – 2nd grade and will be held during the month of July! Download all registration forms and get additional information on our website: www.cedarspringsyouthcheerleading.com #19

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Calling all Preschoolers

The Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry, is inviting you for some songs and some stories every Wednesday at 10:15 am. Bring your favorite adult to join in the fun. #18

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. #18

Sand Lake UMC Annual Rummage Sale

May 7-9: Rummage Sale – May 7 and 8, 9am- 5pm and May 9, 9am – noon at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. Sand Lake. #18

Rummage Sale at North Kent Community Church

May 7-9: The North Kent Community Church Youth Group is holding a rummage sale and delicious bake sale on May 7 and 8 from 9 am to 6 pm and May 9 from 9 am to 3 pm. All proceeds are going to help with the costs of a youth mission trip to Colima, Mexico where they will be helping with work projects and ministering to the children at the Hogar De Amor orphanages. NKCC is located at 1480 Indian Lakes Rd. between Algoma and Pine Island. #18

Cedar Springs Band Auction

May 8: Come enjoy an evening out and support Cedar Springs Bands at our annual Silent Auction! Friday, May 8th at Sparta Moose Lodge 11510 N. Division, Sparta at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the CSHS Office for $15. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the event go directly to the CS Band program to help pay for uniforms, instrument repair, meals before competitions, etc. For more information contact: Stacey Velting, 616-745-1262 or Julia Moore, 616-723-5532. #18

Hope Lutheran Sale

May 8,9: Stop in to see us! Lots of great pre-owned, clean merchandise just waiting to go home with you! Friday, May 8th from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to 1 pm. Hope Lutheran (Community) Church, 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. Contact Judy at 616-340-2820 for info. #17,18p

Fire Benefit

May 9: There will be a 15 Family Benefit Community Sale on Saturday, May 9th at the Frisbee Park – Scram Lake from 9 am to 5 pm. Come hunt for bargains and treasures priced to sell. Also, raffles and a silent auction. Band Jam starts at noon. A Horseshoe Tournament will be held with registration at noon, partners drawn at 12:30 and shoes fly at 1pm. $10 entry ($5 donation, $5 towards cash prizes). Lawn chairs encouraged. Concessions available! All proceeds go to Devin and Tracy Hallengren’s family who lost everything in a house fire. Go to www.facebook.com/firebenefit for all the latest info. #17,18p

Hunter Safety Classes at HCNC

May 12-16: Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director Dave Kieft for 3 separate days to receive your hunters safety certificate. Classes are limited by the MDNR to 50 students. May 12 and 14 from 5 – 8  pm and May 16 from 10 am to 2 pm. Facility cost is $5 per student. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #18

Help Promote Literacy

May 13: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Wednesday, May 13th 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. #18

Used Book Sale

May 14-16: The Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library is having a used book sale on May 14, 15 and 16 in the library’s community room, 117 W. Williams St., Howard City. Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. #18

Morel Mushroom Hunting

May 16: Join a seasoned mushroom hunter and let us see how many of these tasty morel mushrooms we can find! We will be going off trails – this is why a guide is best! Guided Morel Hunting only on HCNC property. Saturday, May 16 from 12 to 4 pm. Donation of $4 per person. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #18

Computer Basics 1

May 19: Join us at the CS Library, 43 W. Cherry St., Tuesday, May 19th from 11 am to 12 noon and we will help you try to learn the answers to some computer 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 at 616-696-1910 to sign up. Note: Please leave your cats at home, the mice are pets of the Library. #18

Howard City Alumni Banquet

May 23: The Howard City Alumni Banquet will be held at Heritage United Methodist Church, 19931 W. Kendalville Rd., Pierson, on Saturday May 23rd. Punch bowl and time to visit at 6 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 per person which includes punch bowl, meal, tax, tip and hall rental. Menu: two meats, potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls, coffee and dessert. RSVP your reservation on or before May 16th by calling or sending your check to: Don Bauman, 22313 W. M-82, Howard City, MI 49329, phone 231-937-5648. Email Don Boezwinkle at djboezwinkle@aol.com. #18

Artists Wanted!

June 30: Artists Wanted! The Red Flannel Festival Art Review is entering its 3rd year and is once again seeking artists to compete for $900 in total cash prizes! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration form. Deadline to register is June 30th! #16-18p

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Here We Grow Again

May 2: A “Like New” sale (much Like a “Mom to Mom” sale) for Women and small children. This Saturday, May 2nd from 9 AM – 3 PM. Solon Center Wesleyan Church, just north of 19 Mile Road. All proceeds will benefit the work of Alpha Family Center. Items include toys, clothing, books, videos & women’s clothing and accessories. For more information, please call Kathy at (616) 696-3229, or email at scwc1@juno.com. For detailed information go to www.scwchurch.org. #17p

Kentucky Derby Party

May 2: Come have fun at a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 2nd from 4 to 12 pm. Watch the Kentucky Derby, enjoy music by the Gordon Thayer Band, food and raffles. Proceeds benefit 2nd Chance School. Sparta Moose Lodge, 11510 N. Division, Sparta. #17

Adoption Fundraiser

May 2: On Saturday, May 2nd Rockford Reformed Church will be hosting a huge adoption fundraiser garage sale from 9 am to 3 pm! All proceeds from the sale will support Luke and Amanda, members of our church family, as they pursue adopting a child. Find great deals and help Luke and Amanda offset expenses involved with adoption! RRC is located at 4890 – 11 Mile Rd. NE. #17

Flat River Community Players Auditions

May 3-5: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for the musical “9 to 5”, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, on Sunday May 3 at 1 pm and Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5 at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Greenville. Director Amanda Hall and music director Katy McDonough are looking to cast 4 adult women and 3 adult men, all of varying ages 20 and over, and one older teenaged boy. Also a mixed chorus of older teens on up. Auditioners should bring a prepared solo, Broadway song preferred, with either sheet music or recorded accompaniment. Five performances are scheduled for July 10-12 and July 17-18. Questions? Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207. Visit the Player’s website: www.frcp.org. #17

Dinner at the Legion

May 4: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, May 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, veggies, rolls, 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. #17p

Afternoon Read

May 4: Adult Book Discussion of the book “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, will be on Monday, May 4th at 1 pm. If you’ve read the book, join us to talk about it. If you haven’t, stop by the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry, to grab your copy. #17

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

May 5,12,19,26: 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. #17

Jiggly Wiggly Frog Hunting

May 5: This event is for children of all ages. Our staff will lead you on an excursion through the pond and swamps in an attempt to gather frogs for observation. While learning about Michigan frogs, we will provide refreshments and a light snack. Tuesday, May 5th from 6 to 8 pm at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. A donation of $5 per person is appreciated. #17

Gaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters!

May 6: Unplug from electronics. Challenge your brain and your friends with games of strategy and imagination, from classic to cutting-edge. For all ages. Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #17

Rummage Sale at North Kent Community Church

May 7-9: The North Kent Community Church Youth Group is holding a rummage sale and delicious bake sale on May 7 and 8 from 9 am to 6 pm and May 9 from 9 am to 3 pm. All proceeds are going to help with the costs of a youth mission trip to Colima, Mexico where they will be helping with work projects and ministering to the children at the Hogar De Amor orphanages. #17

Hope Lutheran Sale

May 8,9: Stop in to see us! Lots of great pre-owned, clean merchandise just waiting to go home with you! Friday, May 8th from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to 1 pm. Hope Lutheran (Community) Church, 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. Contact Judy at 616-340-2820 for info. #17,18p

Fire Benefit

May 9: There will be a 15 Family Benefit Community Sale on Saturday, May 9th at the Frisbee Park – Scram Lake from 9 am to 5 pm. Come hunt for bargains and treasures priced to sell. Also, raffles and a silent auction. Band Jam starts at noon. A Horseshoe Tournament will be held with registration at noon, partners drawn at 12:30 and shoes fly at 1pm. $10 entry ($5 donation, $5 towards cash prizes). Lawn chairs encouraged. Concessions available! All proceeds go to Devin and Tracy Hallengren’s family who lost everything in a house fire. Go to www.facebook.com/firebenefit for all the latest info. #17,18p

Meet the Author

May 11: Come to Timothy C. Houenstein Reynolds Township Library and meet the author! Join Barbara Rylko-Bauer at the Howard City Library. Hear the story of her mother as “she endured three Nazi concentration camps and a forty-two day death march, spending part of this time working as a prisoner-doctor to Jewish slave laborers.” Monday May 11 at 6:30 pm. The library is located at 117 W. Williams in Howard City. #17

Computer Basics 2

May 12: So now you know how to turn on the computer, and you and the computer are getting to be friends. How do you save pictures? What is email? What is a flash drive? How do you move around inside the window? How do you open and close the window? The Cedar Springs Library, 43 W. Cherry, is having a Computer Basics Class on Tuesday, May 12th from 11 am to noon. Contact the library at 616-696-1910 to sign up. #17

Artists Wanted!

June 30: Artists Wanted! The Red Flannel Festival Art Review is entering its 3rd year and is once again seeking artists to compete for $900 in total cash prizes! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration form. Deadline to register is June 30th! #16-18p

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