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Cedar Springs Youth Football

July 31, Aug. 2: Cedar Springs Youth Football, Thursday, July 31 from 6 – 8 pm at Skinner Field and Saturday, August 2nd are the final days of Football Sign-ups. During day camp, stop on in and get your child signed up for Rocket/ Middle school football. We will be there from 10 am – 2 pm. Prep Sports will be on site from 12 – 2 pm. You can also sign up at Take Two Game shop. #31

 

Family Fun Day at Metron

Aug. 1: Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffrey St., is having their Family Fun Day this Friday, August 1, from 4 – 6 pm. There will be food, games, entertainment and drawings. You are welcome to come and visit with us. Hope to see you Friday. #31

 

Solon Market is Going to the Dogs

Aug. 2: Solon Market is hosting its second annual Dog Daze of Summer Pet Expo featuring Trooper Cardeanas and his canine team (demo at 10 am), their Popular Pet Show for children and their pets, Humane Society of West Michigan, C-Snip and many other related businesses. It all happens this Saturday, August 2 beginning at 10 am. Please pre-register with Vicky at 616-696-4227 for the Popular Pet Show. Free entry – no door fee – voting will be by popular vote and through donations to the Humane Society. Prizes for each entry! Come support this worthy cause! Free picture with your pet via Solon Market’s Facebook page. Meet and greet some of our area rescue dogs and hear their stories. Pet Expo runs from 10 am to 1 pm. Market hours are from 8 am to 1 pm. 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs. #31

 

VBS at The Springs Church

Aug. 3-7: “Weird Animals”  – God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School kids ages 4 years to 6th grade will enter an epic adventure that will empower them to stand strong. Pre-registration is encouraged by downloading a registration form at www.thespringschurch.info and dropping it off at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. Also, be sure to check us out on Sundays this summer at 10:30 am. For more info please contact the church office at 616-696-2970.  #30,31p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 4: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, August 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #31p

VBS at St. John Paul II

Aug. 4-6: Come join us for a three day tour of SonTreasure Island, where kids discover God’s love! Monday – Wednesday morning, August 4 – 6 from 9 am to 12:15 pm. All children, pre-school through fifth grade are welcome! St. John Paul II Church, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs. Registration forms are online at jp2cedarsprings.org or call the parish office at 616-696-3904.  #31

Help Promote Literacy

Aug. 5: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday, August 5 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 locat4ed at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #31

Fun at Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL

Aug. 5&9: “Out of This World Party”: Join us for galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun! For all ages. Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30 am. “Pet Show”: Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages. Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 pm. “Touch a Truck” Are you wild about trucks? Get up close! Some of our municipal vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, front loaders and more will be stopping at the library, along with the pros who operate them. Decorate your own hard hat and other crafts. For all ages. Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch. 88 Eighth St. Sand Lake. 616-636-4251.#31

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

Aug. 6: “Nature Art/Crafts: Calling all children artist and children nature lovers. Nature has inspired many famous artists – is your child next? Spend the dat creating art pieces and crafts, finding great  art in the outdoors. Creating ‘works of art’ that reflect what each child has seen, with paint, leaves and more! We will be creating a peronal nature panorama per child. Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #31

 

Cedar Springs Community Player’s Summer Production

Aug. 7-9: On August 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Kent Theatre; all performances will be at 7:30 pm. “Seek Immediate Medical Attention” was written and directed my local playwright, David Schmuker. The play is a comedy, set in a medical office with the action revolving around a lovesick receptionist and a doctor who suffers from migraines. Add to the mix a sexy physician’s assistant and a set of wacky patients, and you have a prescription for zany antics and belly laughs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and younger. Tickets available at the box office before each performance: $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please call David at 616-551-7143 or go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #30,31p

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Aug. 7 & 21: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, August 7 and August 21. No charge – No registration required. Served from 6-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 11 Mile Rd. NE in Rockford. #31

West Michigan Snowmobile Museum Motorsport Swap

Aug. 9: The West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library will host a monthly Motorsport Swap on the 2nd Saturday of every month until Fall. All motorcycles, go karts, snowmobiles, mini bikes etc. are welcomed. Starts at 9 am to 4 pm. $10 to swap. Coffee, drinks and some food provided for a donation. 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs. Museum is located west of Meijer on 17 Mile Rd. For more info contact Ron Knapp 616-636-7232. #31p

 

3rd Annual Community Celebration Day

Aug. 9: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce would like you to come to downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday, August 9 from 10 am to 5 pm for their 3rd Annual Community Celebration Day – Business Sidewalk Sale Expo. Join us for some great deals, food, activities and entertainment. All of Main Street from Muskegon St. to Maple St. For more information call 855-6CSACOC (627-2262). #31,32p

 

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 12: 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. August 12 from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. August 14 from 6-9pm, and Sat. August 16 from 8 am-4:30 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #31,32p

 

Rummage Sale at CS UMC

Aug. 13-14: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women are having a rummage sale in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, August 13th, and 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday, August 14th. #31,32p

 

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet

Sept. 7: All Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2014 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 7, 2014. The cost is $13 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner served at 1 pm. Reservations must be made prior to August 30 by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Maureen Jaquays, 13952 Coral Rd., Coral, MI 49322, phone 231-354-6506. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2938. Come join the fun and you may be a lucky winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the work to out-of-town classmates. #31

 

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Electronic Recycling in Greenville

Electronics recycling is available on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. A Comrenew trailer is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot. Visit www.comprenew.org/items for a list of recyclable items. Light bulbs and large appliances are not accepted. #30

 

Fun at Spencer Township KDL

July 22-31: “Rockets are a Blast!” Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, 616-984-5680. For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, July 22 at 4 pm. “Out of This World Party” – Join us for galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun! For all ages. July 29 at 4 pm. “DIY Tie-Dye for Teens” – Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Thursday, July 31 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #30

 

Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

July 28,29: “Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware” – Create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials. For teens, grades 6-12. Monday, July 28 at 1:30 pm. “The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd” -  Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstrations on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For all ages. July 29 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #30

 

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

July 30: “Trees & Plants”: Discover what it takes to make an organic garden. What can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants tat are edible and part of the animals buffet dinner daily/nightly. Children will make their own garden pots and take home to watch their plants grow with instructions from one our Naturalist. Children will also learn to identify poisonous plants. (Children will not be permitted to eat outdoor plants). Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #30

 

CS Public Library Celebration Carnival

July 30: The Celebration Carnival will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 2 to 4 pm at Morley Park in Cedar Springs. Games, snacks, prizes, fun inflatables, water slide, Double K Petting Zoo, activities and books with author Amanda Litz & illustrator Christy Beckwith. #30

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 30: All ‘round town the Town Crier spreads the news: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All ye citizens age 60 or more! Wednesday the 30th of July, Pine Grove Senior Cafe presents its famous Blue Plate Special. Chicken on the bone, corn and mashed taters with dessert to follow. All citizens and guests are requested at noon to take their seats in the location to be found on the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #30

 

Used Book Sale

July 31-Aug. 2: A book sale featuring a large selection on gently used books (no manuals, magazines or old encyclopedias), is July 31 – August 2 during Heritage Festival on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on July 31 and 9 am to 5 pm for August 1 and 2. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about Montcalm Heritage Festival. #30

 

A Walk Through the Garden

Aug. 2: Members of the Greenville Garden Club invite you to a garden tour. Saturday, August 2, 10 am to 2 pm. Free – Rain or Shine! There are 5 different garden locations for your enjoyment; A Fairy and Herb garden and container garden, peaceful water gardens, new shade garden (this is a garden in progress), city garden, and vintage garden. Chat with the knowledgable gardeners, share and collect information, enjoy nature’s beauty. Come see how it’s done…be inspired. Start the tour at the Sassafras Herb Garden, 11880 Sandy Bottom Rd., Greenville or Bunnies and Boutiques, 3524 Derby Rd., Sidney to pick up a map and register to win a beautiful door prize. For more info call 616-754-9759. #30

 

VBS at The Springs Church

Aug. 3-7: “Weird Animals”  – God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School kids ages 4 years to 6th grade will enter an epic adventure that will empower them to stand strong. Pre-registration is encouraged by downloading a registration form at www.thespringschurch.info and dropping it off at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. Also, be sure to check us out on Sundays this summer at 10:30 am. For more info please contact the church office at 616-696-2970.  #30,31p

 

Cedar Springs Community Player’s Summer Production

Aug. 7-9: On August 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Kent Theatre; all performances will be at 7:30 pm. “Seek Immediate Medical Attention” was written and directed by local playwright, David Schmuker. The play is a comedy, set in a medical office with the action revolving around a lovesick receptionist and a doctor who suffers from migraines. Add to the mix a sexy physician’s assistant and a set of wacky patients, and you have a prescription for zany antics and belly laughs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and younger. Tickets available at the box office before each performance: $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please call David at 616-551-7143 or go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #30,31p

 

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MCC Summer Camps

July & Aug: Registration for Montcalm Community College’s summer camps for youths is available now. Youths can focus on fine arts, language, culture, agriculture, writing, engineering, science and radio communication. Camps include: “Fine Arts Camp: Fairy Tales,” July 21-25 from 8:30 am to 4 pm daily in MCC in Sidney. The cost is $90. “Camp Aloha” August 4-7 from 9 am to 12 noon daily at MCC in Greenville. The cost is $55. “Spanish Camp,” August 4-7 from 9 am to 1 pm daily at MCC in Greenville. The cost is $55. “Pull Back Frenzy,” August 11 – 14 from 9 am to noon at MCC in Greenville or August 18-22 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm in Ionia. The cost is $129. “Dreamworld,” August 11 – 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at MCC in Greenville or August 18 – 22 from 9 am to noon in Ionia. The cost is $129. Visit www.montcalm.edu/camps for more information. #29

 

Dinner at the Legion

July 21: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, July 21, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #29p

Open House for Prayer

July 21: Come to an Open House for Prayer every Monday night from 7 to 8 pm. July 21 focus: Finances. Ps. 107:28-29. Let us pray for your needs. The Cedar Springs Christian Church, 340 W. Pine Street. Follow driveway down the hill of Creative Technologies Academy (no affiliation) for a sweet time of prayer. #29

Worship in the Park

July 23: Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents Worship in the Park. Come join the fun at Morley Park in Cedar Springs on Wednesday evening, July 23rd. A free picnic style meal will be served at 6:30 pm followed by worship music from our praise band. There will be inflatables for the kids and lots of fun, fun, fun! Grab a lawn chair and enjoy the music and festivities. Everyone is welcome. #29

Wild Wednesday at HCNC

July 23: “Reptiles & Amphibians” Hunt down a frog or two, possibly a snake. With this class you can get dirty and touch the outside world. Our Naturalist will lead children on an outdoor excursion in finding where amphibians and reptiles live, what the eat and their worlds. Children use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands on teaching. Wednesday, July 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors (no flip flops or crocs) Rain or shine. Ages 5 – 15. $8 per child. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Howard Christiansen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #29

The Terrible Misgivings of Dr. Frankenmuth

July 23: Frankenmuth had a terrible childhood, never went to the library, never got to check out any books, never got to see any great programs. So, like many Mad Scientists he has spent his life with an axe to grind; but his was against the most innocent: Books and Libraries. See what he mixes up to get revenge. Wednesday, July 23 at 2 pm. Cedar Springs Middle School. Presented by the Cedar Springs Public Library. 616-696-1910. #29

Skinner Field Flea Market

July 25: Come one, come all! On Friday, July 25th from 4 to 7 pm we welcome the public to come shop for crafts, home-made goods, Origami-Owl, and more. All proceeds will benefit “The Friends of Skinner Field Committee” in efforts to refurbish Skinner Field. Follow on Facebook at, Skinner Field Flea-Market. #29

Stormy the Magician

July 26: Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science. Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For all ages. Saturday, July 26th at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

July 28-31: Come join us at the “Workshop of Wonders”. Imagine and Build with God. Monday through Thursday evenings, July 18 – 30 from 6 to 8 pm. All children from pre-school through sixth grade are warmly welcome. Cedar Springs Untied Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs. Call 616-696-1140 for additional information or to pre-register. #29

Great Dads Seminar

Aug. 2: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church would like to invite all dads, past, present and future to attend a Great Dads Seminar on August 2 from 8:30 am until noon. Learn the basics of being a great dad and fellowship with fellow fathers. Get registration forms and information from the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, call 616-696-1140or email Tom Noreen@aol.com. #29

 

 

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God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

July 8: 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. #28

 

Fall 2014 Soccer Registration

July 8, 10:Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6 -8pm:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Beginning this year, all registrations must be completed online. New and returning players need to complete the application online at www.eayso.org. Individual player fees are $65 for fall only, or $110 if you are paying now for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2014. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Credit card payments are now accepted online. Our staff will be available at Burger King on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10 from 6 to 8 pm. to accept cash or check payments, verify age of new players. Computers will be available for families to access the online registration if needed. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2014!  #26-28p

 

Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club 

July 12,13: The Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club is hosting a 3 Gun Shoot on July 12 and 13 from 9 am to 3 pm. Participants shoot 10 rounds of trap, two rounds at each station, using a shotgun; five rounds each at 50 and 100 yard targets, using a rifle; then 10 rounds at 50 yards on the pistol range. Open to the public. The club is located at 7463 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #28

 

Archeology in Israel

July 14: The Cedar Springs Public Library presents: Archeology in Israel. Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Curator of Biblical Tamar Park and Cedar Springs resident, raised funds and volunteers to assist Israel in digging up this 3,000 year old city over the past two decades. Slides, actual artifacts and personal stories. Monday July 14th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School. Pre-register at 616-696-1910 or ced@llcoop.org. #28

 

Baffling Bill the Magician

July 15: POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation, and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading. For all ages. Baffling Bill the  Magician will be at Spencer Township KDL Branch on Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 pm. 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #28

 

Zumba-a-thon Fund Raiser

July 16: We hare having a Zumba-a-thon to help raise funds for the High School Cheer program to attend camp and pay for gymnastics instruction for their season. Everyone in the community is invited! Wednesday, July 16th at 7 pm at the Red Hawk Elementary Gym. Tickets are $10. They are on sale now (see a High School Cheerleader) and we will take walk in’s at the door. 100% of the profits go to the girls and the program. #27,28p

 

Hula Hoops! 

July 16: Join Audria Larsen from Audacious Hoops as she hula hoop dances. You man even get to try it out! This Cedar Springs Public Library program will be held at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School on Wednesday, July 16. #28

 

Bust That Myth!

July 17: Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncy ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted! For teens grades 6 – 12. Thursday, July 17, 4:00 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #28

 

Elementary Volleyball Camps

July 17,18: Elementary Volleyball Camps are being held July 17 and 18 at the Cedar Springs Middle School. 1St – 3rd Graders, 4:30 – 6 pm & 9 – 10:30 am. Cost is $30. 4th – 6th Graders 4:30 – 7:30 pm & 9 am – noon. Cost is $50. Register with Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation at www.csaparksandrec.com. #28p

 

Open Air Breakfast with Aebleskivers

July 18: Considered the official kick-off of the annual Danish Festival, the Open Air Breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 am, July 18, at the corner of Cass and Lafayette streets in Greenville. The Open Air Breakfast invites the public to an outdoor treat of eggs, casserole, sausage, fruit, drinks and of course aebleskivers, which are pancake-like balls of dough cooked in a special aebleskiver pan, a Danish breakfast tradition. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children ages 11 and younger. Aebleskivers can be purchased to go during the Open Air Breakfast. #28

 

The Art and Science of Canning

July 19: Join Annette McBride as she explains the science behind canning fruits and vegetables at home and demonstrates how to get started with basic canning. For adults. Saturday, July 19, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

 

 

 

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Sand Lake Parade Participants

July 1: The Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce is taking registrations for the 4th of July Parade. If interested you can go to www.sandlakechamberofcommerce.com for an entry form or call Karen at 616-636-5425 or Michelle at 616-799-2110. Deadline is July 1st. #26

 

TOPS weight loss support group

July 1: 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. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #26

 

Kids and Teens Craft Show

July 2: Arts and crafts for sale by local kids and teens. Stop in the library to register as a seller or just come to shop. You’re sure to find some great bargains. For all ages. Wednesday, July 2 at 1 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

 

Bingo at the Sand Lake VFW

July 3-5: The Sand Lake VFW Post #7912 is celebrating the 4th of July with Carnival Bingo. Thursday, July 3, Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 from 2 to 9 pm. Refreshments available. #26,27p

 

DIY Tie-Dye for Teens

July 7: Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Monday, July 7 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

 

Dinner at the Legion

July 7: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, July 7th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #26p

 

Fall 2014 Soccer Registration

July 8, 10:Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6 -8pm:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Beginning this year, all registrations must be completed online. New and returning players need to complete the application online at www.eayso.org. Individual player fees are $65 for fall only, or $110 if you are paying now for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2014. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Credit card payments are now accepted online. Our staff will be available at Burger King on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10 from 6 to 8 pm. to accept cash or check payments, verify age of new players. Computers will be available for families to access the online registration if needed. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2014!  #26-28p

 

2nd Chance Golf Tournament

July 12: The 2nd annual 2nd Chance Golf Tournament will be held on July12th at Cedar Chase Gold Course, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. This is a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 am with hot dogs at the turn and a dinner immediately following play. There will be raffles, door prizes, and other challenges. A Golf Clinic will be at 9 am. $75 per person. For more information or to register call Mark Laws, 616-263-7562 or email markdlaws@hotmail.com. Proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance, a faith based school,whose mission is to offer a learning experience in an agricultural setting for troubled teens who will be sent to the school through the court systems and is funded by grants and donations.  #25-27p

 

Secret Garden Tour

July 12: The Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library would like you to join them on a Secret Garden Tour of five area gardens on Saturday, July 12th (rain date, July 19th). There are three gardens in Howard City, one in Sand Lake and one in Coral. Tickets are $10. for information and to purchase tickets contact TCH Reynolds Township Library, 231-937-5575 or Kindel & Company, 231-937-9090. #26

 

 

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VBS at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

June 23: Set sail for the VBS Gangway to Galilee Adventure at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Join us June 23-26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Ages 3 years to 5th grade. #25

 

Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

June 24-28: Let’s Explore Geodes! Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 pm. DIY Spa Products for Teens. Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own papering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Wednesday, June 25 at 1:30 pm. Radical Reptiles. Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators, and turtles. For all ages. Saturday, June 28th at 10:30 pm.  Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL, 88 Eighth St. #25

 

Fun at Spencer Township KDL Branch

June 24,25: Let’s Explore Geodes! Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm. Kent County Teen Film Festival 2014 Encore! Due to popular demand, KDL is proud to offer another screening of the 2014 KCTFF! If you missed it the first time or just want to relive the awesomeness, here is your chance. Plus, learn how you can enter the 2015 Festival. While you are here enjoy some pizza from local pizzerias. For grades 6-12. Thursday, June 26 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen. #25

 

Snap! CS Public Library

June 25: Crichlow Alligator Sanctuary is a Reptile Rescue Zoo; a place where all reptiles and amphibians find a safe haven and proper care needed to live out their lives safely and securely. The goal of the Sanctuary is to continue to create a hands-on and up-close opportunity for people to observe the animals. Wednesday, June 25 at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School on the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Dr. #25

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove

June 25: 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. Burgers hot off the grill with sides of Tater Salad, Baked Beans, and Watermelon. For all those age 60 and over we’re throwing our annual “Grill Picnic” at noon the 25th of June. Come ‘n get ‘em. Burgers hot off the grill can be found on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #25

 

Greenville Garden Club

June 25: The Greenville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 Kent Rd. Speaker Donna Koledo will education us on the different types of ferns found in yards and woods, how best to grow them, and the ways they can enhance your garden. Soil requirements and exposure will be discussed. Donna is a flour design judge and accredited Master judge. Open to the public. Please join us. #25

 

VBS at East Nelson UMC

June 26: Let His ‘Kingdom Rock’ at East Nelson United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School on June 26 – 29. Ages 4 to 12 will have a great time! Please call 616-696-0661 for more information. We’d love to have you join us. 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #25

 

Craft Brewing Renaissance

June 26: The Cedar Springs Public Library presents: Craft Brewing Renaissance – How Did We Get Here? New C.S. Brewing  owner, David Ringler, explains how the modern craft brewing industry started and what it means. With degrees in History & Brewing Science, Dave is a German – trained brewer with 20 years experience in both Germany and Michigan. Thursday, June 26th from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School. Pre-register for this program at 696-1910 or ced@llcoop.org. #25

 

Game-aggedon!

June 28: Teens, do you have competitive spirit? Come to the Cedar Springs Public Library, on West Cherry St. and have a Blast! Many fun games and prizes! Bring a friend. Saturday, June 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. #25

 

Oakfield Pioneer Day

June 28: Oakfield Pioneer Day will be held Saturday, June 28th at the Oakfield Township Hall on M-57. A pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 am will be served up by Chris Cakes of Michigan, noted for their flying pancakes. $5/ person for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink and coffee. #25

 

Blood Drive at TSC

June 29: Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive in the bus at Tractor Supply Company on Sunday, June 29th. The drive runs from 2-5 pm. Everyone that registers to donate will receive a $10 gift card. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please email Grace at gbrunett@miblood.org or call 616-233-8509. #25

 

2nd Chance Golf Tournament

July 12: The 2nd annual 2nd Chance Golf Tournament will be held on July12th at Cedar Chase Gold Course, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. This is a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 am with hot dogs at the turn and a dinner immediately following play. There will be raffles, door prizes, and other challenges. A Golf Clinic will be at 9 am. $75 per person. For more information or to register call Ron Silverman 616-293-2150. Proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance, a faith based school,whose mission is to offer a learning experience in an agricultural setting for troubled teens who will be sent to the school through the court systems and is funded by grants and donations.  #25,26p

 

The Fallen Heros Golf Outing

July 26: The 5th Annual The Fallen Heros Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 2 pm at the North Kent Golf Club. Grand Prize is a fishing trip for 4. Hole in One contest, 50/50 raffle, other contests with prizes for all! $70 per person includes golf w/cart and steak dinner. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659, Alicia Brown 616-862-1463 or Stevie Brown 616-648-4013. Monies raised will be donated to the Fallen Heros & Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs for addition of Vietnam Memorial. #24,25p

 

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American Legion Garage – Bake Sale

June 14: The American Legion Auxiliary is having a Garage Sale/Bake Sale on Saturday, June 14 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Post, located at 80 S. Main St. in Cedar Springs. For more information please call 616-570-2830. #24

 

Tween Spa Fun

June 14: The Cedar Springs Public Library is hosting Spa Fun Day at the CS Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Saturday, June 14 from 1:30 – 3 pm. Enjoy some spa treatments and make your own! Limit of 20 people. Pre-register at the library or call 616-696-1910. #24

 

Open House for Prayer

June 16: Open House for Prayer every Monday night 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. June 16 Prayer Focus: Healing! Everyone is invited. The Cedar Springs Christian Church, 340 W. Pine Street. Follow driveway down the hill of Creative Technologies Academy (no affiliation) for a sweet time of prayer. #24

 

CASSA Soccer Try-Outs

June 16-18: Come to Boomer Park 13440 Ritchie Ave., Cedar Springs to try-out for CASSA Soccer from 6 – 8:30 pm on Monday, June 16 (U9-U12 Boys only), Tuesday, June 17 (U9-U12 Girls only) and Wednesday, June 18 (U13-19 Girls & U13-14 Boys) Players need shin guards, cleats, soccer ball & plenty of water. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate if never played in GVSA. For further information, please visit www.cassasoccer.com. #24

 

Dinner at the Legion

June 16: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef and Onions dinner on Monday, June 16th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #24

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

June 16: 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 Blessed John Paul II Church, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #24

 

TOPS weight loss support group

June 17: 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. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #24

 

Thinking About Home Education?

June 17: Are you thinking about Home educating your children? Are you looking for a Home School support group? We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have. Please join us for an informational meeting about our home school group; Oakfield Home Education Alliance, meeting in the North Kent County area on Mondays thru the school year. We look forward to seeing you on June 17 at 7 pm at the Oakfield Learning Center, located at 11128 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. For more information please go to http://ohea.wordpress.com/ #24

 

Fizz! Boom! Fun!

June 18: Join Michigan State University students as they stir up some science fun. Caution! You might explode with laughter! Wednesday, June 18 at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School (the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Dr.). Presented by the Cedar Springs Public Library. #24

 

Minute to Win It at KDL

June 19: Pit your skills against the clock and against your peers. Set a personal record or challenge a friend. Prizes for all! Thursday, June 19 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #24

 

Book Buddies at KDL

June 21: Ever want to read to a princess, race car driver or a dinosaur? Now you can! Come check out a Book Buddy from the library and spend 10 minutes reading your favorite book together! There will be lots of special characters to choose from and each one is excited to hear you read. This is a special partnership between United Way, The Grand Rapids Public Library and Kent District Library. For families. Saturday, June 21 at 1 pm. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #24

 

MCC’s Camp WOWme

June 23-27: Writers will learn how to improve their skills during Montcalm Community College’s Camp WOWme – The World of Writing: Multimedia Enhances. Teens who love to write are invited to attend this week long day camp. They will write to different prompts, learn how to avoid getting writer’s block and practice how to convert their written work into amazing multimedia pieces. The camp is offered twice this summer. The first session is June 23 – 27 from 8 am to 4pm on MCC’s Greenville campus and the second camp is July 14-18 from 8 am to 4 pm on MCC’s Sidney campus. Kresta Train and Shannon Powell are the camp co-directors. It is open to youths in grades 7 through 12. The cost is $90. Advance registration is required. Visit www.montcalm.edu/campus for more information or to register, or call 616-754-7706 or 989-328-2111, ext. 610. #24

 

Hug a Bug! Bugs for Preschoolers

June 24: Let’s get BUGGY! Insect containers, nets and a bug-finding attitude will be at Howard Christensen Nature Center. To the woods, prairies and more to see what 6-legged creatures live here at HCNC. We will look for eggs and larvae, and inspect the lifecycle of insects. This is a hands on day, come dressed to get dirty, dress appropriately. Tuesday, June 24 from 12:30 to 2 pm. Donation of $4.50 per child – Parents free. Sign up as there is a limit of 25. 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #24

 

The Fallen Heros Golf Outing

July 26: The 5th Annual The Fallen Heros Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 2 pm at the North Kent Golf Club. Grand Prize is a fishing trip for 4. Hole in One contest, 50/50 raffle, other contests with prizes for all! $70 per person includes golf w/cart and steak dinner. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659, Alicia Brown 616-862-1463 or Stevie Brown 616-648-4013. Monies raised will be donated to the Fallen Heros & Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs for addition of Vietnam Memorial. #24,25p

 

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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. Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #23

 

Vacation Bible School @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 8: Hey kids! Come for “Jus’ Float My Boat” at Solon Center Wesleyan Church beginning Sunday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8 PM. It’s family Night with a gigantic Noah’s Ark bounce house and a hot dog roast for the whole family. VBS continues through Thursday, June 12th where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, learn all about Noah’s journey with God in the ark and have hands on with the animals. “Jus’ Float My Boat” 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! #21-23b

 

Montcalm County Walk to End Alzheimer’s

June 12: Montcalm County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kick Off will be held at Green Acres Greenville, 1601 Winter Creek Court, on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 pm. Featuring speaker Mary Ceccanese with “The Power of Gratitude and Its Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease.” There will be Silent Auction, Refreshments and Door Prizes. #23

 

Fun Events at Spencer Township KDL

June 12 & 17: DIY Spa Products for Teens. Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own pampering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Thursday, June 12, at 4:00 pm. June 17: Native American Dancers. Dancing, drumming and stories! Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer. For all ages. Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 pm. – Spencer Township Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #23

 

Let the Kids Run Wild at HCNC

June 13: The children will be allowed to freely run through the trails (with constant supervision), giving them a chance to be a kid, be free, be outdoors where the air is fresh. They will be able to make noise, yell, and have a good time! We will be playing outdoor Nature Sports, challenging them physically, and giving them a sense of accomplishment. A fun “Nature Find” of finding things only in the outdoors, a day of exploration of Michigan and the beauty, wilderness and so much more. Your child will sleep well this night. Limited to 25 children. Bring a bag lunch. Donation of $4.50. Friday, June 13, 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine, at Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #23

 

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 14: The Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on June 14 at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Social hour starts at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. The banquet is open to anyone who attended Sand Lake School. Please RSVP by June 7 to Dick Braford at 616-984-2077 or Dick Pierce at 616-636-5258. #23p

 

West Michigan Snowmobile Museum Motorsport Swap

June 14: The West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library will host a monthly Motorsports Swap on the 2nd Saturday of every month until Fall. All motorcycles, go karts, snowmobiles, mini bikes etc. are welcomed. May 10 is the first swap. Starts at 9 am to 4 pm. $10 to swap. Coffee, drinks and some food provided for a donation. 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs. Museum is located west of Meijer on 17 Mile Rd. For more info contact Ron Knapp 616-636-7232. #23p

 

Fun Events at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

June 14 & 17: Super Fun Science Party! You’ll have such a great time playing, making and doing that you may not notice you’re exploring the principles of science at the same time on Saturday, June 14 at 1:30 pm. For all ages. June 17: Amazing Bats! Can you fly with your hands? Bats can. Meet and learn about the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bats from around the world. For all ages Tuesday, June 17 at 1:30 pm. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL, 88 Eighth St. #23

 

Designing a New Kitchen Garden

June 16: You can have a very productive garden even if you have only a small area to work with! Connie Hanson of Grand Shire Farm will present design ideas for raised beds, container gardening, companion planting and information on vegetables and herbs that grow well in small spaces. Monday, June 16, 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake/NelsonTownship KDL Branch. #23

 

Buggy about Bugs for the Big Kids

June 17: Six legged creatures among us, let’s find them! Study them! Grab a net and a plastic container or jar and we will be off to the prairie and the woods to see what 6-legged creatures live at HCNC. We will look for eggs and larvae while learning about insects’ life cycles, find predators and prey, catch, and release a bug or two. No log shall be left unturned in this insect adventure. At the end of our day we will recycle out insects in fish food at our lake Chrishaven. Grades: 8 years old up to 100. Limited to 25. Parents are encouraged to join along (not required). Bring a bag lunch. Donation of $4.50. Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 to 8 pm at Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #23

 

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A Thanksgiving Mass at St. John Paul II

May 31: St. John Paul II Parish will host a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, May 31 at 5:30 pm. The parish will thank the Lord for the historical canonization of the parish patron and express gratitude to God for all the blessings upon the parish within the first year. After the Mass, pilgrims will share their photos of the canonization with the public. All are welcome to attend. St. John Paul II Parish located 3110 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #22

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

June 5,19: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, June 5th and June 19th. No charge – No registration required. Served from 6-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 11 Mile Rd. NE in Rockford. #22

 

Help Promote Literacy

June 5: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Thursday, June 5 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 locat4ed at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #22

 

Vacation Bible School @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 8: Hey kids! Come for “Jus’ Float My Boat” at Solon Center Wesleyan Church beginning Sunday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8 PM. It’s family Night with a gigantic Noah’s Ark bounce house and a hot dog roast for the whole family. VBS continues through Thursday, June 12th where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, learn all about Noah’s journey with God in the ark and have hands on with the animals. “Jus’ Float My Boat” 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! #21-23b

 

Sounds a Little Fishy to Me

June 8: Have you always wanted to teach your kids to fish but never had the opportunity? This event is for participants between the ages of 5 and 100 who would like to go fishing and those who want to learn more about how to fish. Kids and adults will learn about things like casting, baiting a hook, fish handling, and more. Then they will get to practice their new skills while fishing on our own small lake that is filled with catfish! Ages: pre-K through 100 years old. Donation of $4.50/ person. Limited to 25 participants (sign up quickly). No license needed (free fishing weekend). Bring a brown bag lunch – bring your own fishing pole – Howard Christensen Nature Center will provide the worms. Sunday, June 8, from 2 – 4 pm. 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City, 616-675-3158. #22

 

Sign Ups for Rocket Cheer Camp

June 10:  Sign ups for Rocket Cheer Camp and Flag and Rocket Cheer Season are being held every Tuesday until June 10th from 6 to 7 pm at the Shaner Ave. Ball Field. Rocket Cheer camp is Saturday, June 21st from 9 am to noon at Cedar Springs Middle School for grades Kindergarten thru 8th grand. Flag Cheer – Ages K thru 2 nd grade. Season is the month of July. Rocket Cheer – ages 3rd thru 8th grade begins in August. Go to www.springsyouthcheerleading.com to download registration forms and for more details. #21,22p

 

Radical Reptiles

June 10: Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators and turtles. Tuesday, June 10 at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #22

 

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Red Flannel Festival Scholarship Pageant Meeting

May 22: Attention young women who will be juniors in the fall! The Red Flannel Festival Pageant informational meeting will be held Thursday, May 22 at 2:30 pm at the CSHS Auditorium. All young women living in the Cedar Springs School district are welcome to attend! Also, all Red Flannel Queen and Court members since 1939 are being honored at this year’s Pageant! Please email president@redflannelfestival.org with your contact information or call 616-696-2662 to make sure you are included! #21p

 

3rd Annual Prayer for Farmers

May 24: Local pastors from several area churches will come together with area farmers Saturday, May 24th at 10 am for a non denominational time of prayer and thanksgiving for our upcoming growing season. Any and all are welcome to attend as we ask God to bless our farms, farmers and households this year. Service will be held at Mamrelund Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 4085 Lutheran Church Rd., Kent City. For more information contact Mike Finkler at 616-690-6221 or Katheryn at mrsyapple@gmail.com. #21

 

Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 25: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 14th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 25th at 2 pm. This year we will honor the following representative veterans of all wars; War of 1812, Henry Ralph Phelps; Civil War, Daniel Dove; Spanish American War, Custer Borst; World War I, John Manbeck; World War II, Richard Arnold; Korea, Douglas Hamel; Vietnam, Kenneth Heaton. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each grave site. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist in the presentation. Meet at the museum in Morley Park at 2 pm. Transportation will be provided to Elmwood Cemetery and back to the museum for refreshments. If there are severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In the event of rain we will do the presentations at the museum. #20,21p

 

“God’s Not Dead” at the Kent Theatre

May 27,28: En Gedi will be sponsoring the nationally acclaimed family movie “God’s Not Dead” at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs On Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28. The first 100 people in the door each night will be FREE! Those after that will pay only $3 per person. Movie starts at 6 pm and is a G-Rated film. #21p

 

Sign Ups for Rocket Cheer Camp

May 27:  Sign ups for Rocket Cheer Camp and Flag and Rocket Cheer Season are being held every Tuesday until June 10th from 6 to 7 pm at the Shaner Ave. Ball Field. Rocket Cheer camp is Saturday, June 21st from 9 am to noon at Cedar Springs Middle School for grades Kindergarten thru 8th grand. Flag Cheer – Ages K thru 2 nd grade. Season is the month of July. Rocket Cheer – ages 3rd thru 8th grade begins in August. Go to www.springsyouthcheerleading.com to download registration forms and for more details. #21,22p

 

Greenville Garden Club Meeting

May 28: Compost is the best form of organic matter to add to your soil. It is a balance of micronutrients using such things as grass clippings, garden waste. And kitchen scraps. Speaker Juliette Cowell will explain what to avoid and what to use, and the difference between a hot pile and a cold pile. Container gardens or large plots alike will flourish with natural composting. Wednesday, May 28 at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 Kent Rd. #21

 

Dinner at the Legion

June 2: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, June 2nd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.50. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #21p

 

Auditions for August Play 

June 2,3: Call for auditions for Cedar Springs Community Player’s August Production: “Seek Immediate Medical Attention,”  June 2 & 3, 2014 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Synopsis: A lovesick receptionist, a doctor with nagging migraines, a sexy physician’s assistant with an itch that can’t be scratched.  There’s almost nothing that can’t be cured with modern medicine and a little therapy, but sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.  Written and directed by local playwright – David Schmuker.  Needed are 5-8 adult men, 4-5 adult women, 1 teen boy and 1 teen girl.  Evening rehearsals start the week of June 16th. Performance dates are August 7, 8 & 9 at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs.  Questions? Call Jon at 616-263-9363.  www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.  #20,21p

 

Teddy Bear Clinic

June 3: Bring your teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal friend to the library for a quick check-up. Learn ways to keep them healthy and happy and even get a clean bill of health. For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, June 3 at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 88 Eighth St. #21

 

Vacation Bible School @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 8: Hey kids! Come for “Jus’ Float My Boat” at Solon Center Wesleyan Church beginning Sunday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8 PM. It’s family Night with a gigantic Noah’s Ark bounce house and a hot dog roast for the whole family. VBS continues through Thursday, June 12th where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, learn all about Noah’s journey with God in the ark and have hands on with the animals. “Jus’ Float My Boat” 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! #21-23b

 

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 14: The Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on June 14 at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Social hour starts at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. The banquet is open to anyone who attended Sand Lake School. Please RSVP by June 7th to Dick Braford at 616-984-2077 or Dick Pierce at 616-636-5258

 

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