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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 and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #36

 

Red Flannel Prince & Princess Registration

Sept. 7: The Red Flannel committee is inviting your child to participate in this year’s Red Flannel Festival Prince and Princess contest. The contest is open to all area kindergarten students. Registration is Saturday, September 7th from 9 am  – 12 pm at the Red Flannel Office located at 21 Maple St., Cedar Springs. The contest will be held on Wednesday, September 25th, at the Kent Theatre, located on Main St., downtown Cedar Springs. #36

 

Annual Chicken BBQ and Rummage Sale

Sept. 7: Chicken BBQ at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake, Rockford. Saturday, September 7 from 4 to 7 pm. $7.95 for a half chicken and fixin’s. Dine in or Carry Out. Bake and rummage sale on Friday, September 6 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, September 7 from 9 am to 7 pm. #35,36p

 

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 9: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 5th. Come in and show us what you’ve got. Tryouts on Monday September 9 at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #36

 

All Aboard! Connect with PBS’ Dinosaur Train

Sept. 12: A special story time featuring favorite characters from “Dinosaur Train.” Enjoy stories, crafts, and activities! For ages 6 and younger. Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 pm. Spencer Township KDL branch, 14960 Meddler. #36

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Sept. 12, 26: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month for an evening meal. 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. #36

 

Solon Township Fire Department Dinner

Sept. 14: The Solon Township Fire department is having a fundraising dinner on September 14th from 2 to 6 pm at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs. $5 per person includes 1 giant smoked hot dog, chips, potato salad and drink. #36,37p

 

Annual Fall Plant Sale

Sept. 14: This popular sale features a wide range of plants, shrubs, dried materials, and bulbs from the gardens of our members and from contributing businesses. Crafts and garden related items will also be available. Open to the public. Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent Rd. Greenville. #36

 

Pancake Breakfast & Auction Fundraiser

Sept. 14: Everyone is invited to support Have Mercy on Saturday, September 14 by spending a great time with your friends and neighbors eating a good breakfast and getting great items at the auction. 8 – 11 am, in conjunction with the Mercy Run at Klackle Orchards, 14 Mile Rd., $6 for adults and $4 for children 17 and under. The auction starts after the race and includes items for runners and non-runners. For more details, visit www.mercyrun.org. Funds raised will be used to provide emergency shelter to homeless families this winter. #36

 

Community Luncheon Series Kicks off September 19

Sept. 16: The third year of luncheons sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation will be held again on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Our first is Thursday, September 19 at Algoma Township Hall at 11:30 am. Cost is $7 for a catered lunch and a speaker. The speaker is from Home Acres Ceramics in downtown Cedar Springs and she will bring a craft for all to complete. Please join us and rsvp to 616-696-7320 by Monday, September 16 at 5 pm. #36,37p

 

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Annual Chicken BBQ and Rummage Sale

Sept. 7: Chicken BBQ at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake, Rockford. Saturday, September 7 from 4 to 7 pm. $7.95 for a half chicken and fixin’s. Dine in or Carry Out. Bake and rummage sale on Friday, September 6 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, September 7 from 9 am to 7 pm. #35,36p

 

“Let’s Make a Deal” Yard Sale at MCC

Sept. 7: Montcalm Community College hosts its “Let’s Make a Deal” yard sale on Saturday, September 7 from 8 am to 4 pm in the gymnasium, located on the college’s Sidney campus. A variety of surplus office items as well as gently used personal items donated by employees will be sold. All prices will be negotiated the day of the sale. Proceeds to benefit MCC Foundation scholarships and other college activities. #35

 

Mercy Run 2013

Sept. 14: Everyone is invited to participate in the Mercy Run 2013, a 5K and 10K run, at Klackle Orchards on Saturday, September 14th at 9 am. Have Mercy raise funds to support homeless families. For more information, to register for the run, or make donations please visit the website at www.mercyrun.org. #35

 

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Auditions for CS Community Players fall production

Aug. 21,22: Auditions for the Cedar Springs Community Player’s fall production “What is Susan’s Secret?” will be held on August 21st and 22nd at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 6 to 7:30 pm. Needed are 7 male and 7 female actors and actresses ages 20 – 75. Rehearsals are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to  9 pm. We also need volunteers to work backstage, build and paint the set, run the lights and sound. Lots of fun for everyone! Performance dates are October 17 – 19 at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. If you’re interested but unable   to attend auditions or have questions, call Laura B. at 616-901-1646. Also check out www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #33,34p

 

2014 Red Flannel Festival Planning

Aug. 26: Visionaries and historians needed! If you are creative, the Red Flannel Festival needs you! Please join us at the Festival building at 21 E. Maple Street on Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 pm for meeting to plan the 2014 Festival! It’s our 75th Diamond Anniversary and we are beginning the planning today! Please consider joining us for these brainstorming sessions on what special anniversary events we can hold! Please RSVP to President@redflannelfestival.org. #32-34p

 

Pastie lunch at Trufant Community Center

Aug. 22: Every Thursday from August 22 to mid September a pastie lunch will be served from 9:30 am to 1 pm at the Trufant Community Center (DBS Hall). Hot original Cornish Pastie, homemade coleslaw & drink for $6 or just a pastie for $4.50. All proceeds go toward a new roof on the Trufant Masons & Eastern Stars Lodge building. Flea market is on Thursday also. #34

 

Free Popcorn & Movie at Victory Baptist

Aug. 23: “How Big Is God?” Join Victory Baptist Church on Friday, August 23 for a free popcorn and a movie event as Louie Giglio examines a scientific look at God in every part of the universe. Doors open at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 7 pm. The church is located at 16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake – just two miles north of Tow’s Country Store. For more information or questions, please call 616-984-2525. #34

 

Senior Lunch

Aug. 28: Ma’s been yodeling back n forth with the cousins from the Alps country. They’ve convinced her to serve up a big batch of their favorite Swiss Steak. Now I didn’t hear the entire chorus so for the rest of the menu…. Well ya’ll age 60 and older, stop on by The Senior Cafe in our Family Life Center at Noon, Wednesday the 28th of August. The final yodel ringing through the hills echoes M-82 and Beech, you’ll find a seat. #34

 

Herbs and Flowers of Early America

Aug. 28: Advanced Master Gardner Connie Hanson will share her insight about plants and land use in colonial America. Wednesday, August 28 at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent Rd., Greenville. Sponsored by the Greenville Garden Club. Open the the public. #34

 

2nd Chance Golf Tournament

Sept. 28: The 1st annual 2nd Chance Golf Tournament will be held on September 2th 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. $75 per person. Proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance, a faith based school, whose mission is to offer a leaning 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. For more information or to register call Ron Silverman 616-293-2150. #34

 

Wheelin’ for a Cure

Sept. 14: On September 14th Two Trackers 4WD Club will be hosting a fund raiser event for Special Days Camp. Special Days is a camp for children with cancer. There will be a full day of activities, including a Virtual Scavenger Hunt route through the Allegan State Forest, breakfast, lunch, games, door prizes, raffles, and snacks. Everyone is invited. A vehicle capable of traveling state forest roads is suggested. Registration is $20 for adult driver, $10 for adult passengers, $5 for children 6-18, children 5 and under are free. Online pre-registration is available until August 28th  at twotrackerswheelinforacure.eventbright.com and includes a free T-shirt for the driver. Register at the event from 8 to 9 am at the Moose Lodge of Dorr, 4204 – 20th St. More information is available at www.twotrackers.org/wheelin-for-a-cure or Shari French at 269-760-1187, Bill Sherwood at 616-498-0616. #34

 

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National Model Aviation Day

Aug. 17: Wolverine Skyhawks Model Club AMA #1514 invite you to support a great cause (Wounded Warrior Project) and enjoy a fun day of RC Model Aircraft flying on Saturday, August 17 10am-4pm at the Cedar Springs field, 13540 West Street. Free admission to the Public. Spectators are welcome. All types of powered aircraft. Pilots from all over west Michigan will be flying a variety of  RC Aircraft. All proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project which provides programs and services for injured veterans and their families. #32,33p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 19: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss steak dinner on Monday, August 19th , from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. All dinners are $9, children $4.50. Enjoy home cooking, take out is available. 616-696-9160. #33p

 

Second Annual Keeler Brass Picnic

Aug. 20: The second annual Keeler Brass picnic will be held on August 20th at Gordon Park, 17298 Northland Dr. NE at 11 am. Bring a dish to pass and table service. For more information call 616-636-5342 or 616-696-0146. #33p

 

Auditions for CS Community Players

Aug. 21,22: Auditions for the Cedar Springs Community Player’s fall production “What is Susan’s Secret?” will be held on August 21 and 22 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 6 to 7:30 pm. Needed are 7 male and 7 female actors and actresses ages 20 – 75. Rehearsals are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to  9 pm. We also need volunteers to work backstage, build and paint the set, run the lights and sound. Performance dates are October 17 – 19 at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. If you’re interested but unable to attend auditions or have questions, call Laura B. at 616-901-1646. Also check out www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #33,34p

 

Annual 2nd Best Sale

Aug. 23,24: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 23 from 9am–4pm and Saturday, August 24 from 9am–2pm. It is sponsored by the All Saints Guild (ECW) in support of parish activities. There is something for everyone; clothes, books, toys, housewares, sporting goods, furniture, electronics, craft supplies, jewelry etc. Everything is priced to move! The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island, ¼ mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33

 

2014 Red Flannel Festival 75th Diamond Anniversary Planning

Aug. 26: Visionaries and historians needed! If you are creative, the Red Flannel Festival needs you! Please join us at the Festival building at 21 E. Maple Street on Monday, Aug. 26 at 7pm for meeting to plan the 2014 Festival, our 75th Diamond Anniversary! Please consider joining us for these brainstorming sessions on what special anniversary events we can hold! Please RSVP to President@redflannelfestival.org. #32-34p

 

Cedar Springs Class of 1978 Reunion

Sept. 7: The Cedar Springs Class of 1978 Reunion will be held on Saturday September 7, 2013 at Whitefish Lake Golf Course The Loon’s Nest. Admission to the event is $25 per person. There will be a cash bar. Make checks payable to Class of 1978 and mail to Bonnie (Haney) Engebretsen 8431 Je-Ne-Be Drive NE Rockford, MI 49341. You can “like” us on Facebook at “Cedar Springs Class of 1978.” Email questions to Dawn Johnson at idontno08@yahoo.com. #32,33p

 

Tri-County Alumni Reunion

Sept. 21: Tri-County Alumni Reunion for Classes 1963 – 1975 will be Saturday, September 21 at the Sand Lake VFW. Dinner at 6pm, $20.00 per person, Social Hour Only 7-10pm $5.00 per person, Doors open at 5pm. Appetizers 5-6pm. Please RSVP by September 7 to:
Gail Bergman Prentice, 3872 Wiersma, Cedar Springs, MI  49319. Make checks payable to:  TCHS Alumni Reunion. If questions, contact Gail at:  gmprentice@gmail.com  or by phone at:  616-696-1960. Also please spread the word to any classmates that you may have contact with.  We do not have addresses for everyone, but would not want to leave anyone out.  Please reply as soon as possible.  #32,33p

 

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Cedar Springs Garden Club meeting

Aug. 13: The Cedar Springs Garden Club will meet Tuesday August 13 at 7pm at the Community Garden (corner of First & Cherry Streets), no meeting if it rains. #32

 

Rummage sale

Aug 14 & 15: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women are having a rummage sale in the Fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 9-7 and Thursday, Aug 15th from 9-2. Fill a paper bag with goodies on Thursday for $3. #32

 

Cedar Springs Community Players present:

Aug. 15-18: “A Night at the Wax Museum.” The hysterical meets the historical in this comic spoof about the wackiest wax museum you ever hope to visit! Performances will be held at the historic Kent Theatre on Aug. 15-17 starting at 7:30 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 pre-sale; $8 for children 12 and under and seniors 65+. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee & Games or you can call 616-696-0949 to reserve tickets at the door. For more details go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #31,32p

 

Family Fun Day at Metron

Aug. 16: Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffrey, would like to invite the community to our Annual Family Fun Day on August 16 from 4 to 7 pm. Activities for the day include: Bounce House, Games for the Children, Live Entertainment, Antique Car Show, and Free Fingerprinting for children. Hope to see you August 16. #32

 

Dog Days of Summer

Aug. 17: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Donation $8.50. Looking for a way to make summer more fun for your lovable dog? Here is an event just for them. Dog baths, free dog treats, frisbee contest, ugliest and best looking dog contest, dog grooming advice, ticks, fleas, itching things, dog brushes, myths, Vets, dog obstacle course, dog walks, picnic lunch with your dog. All dogs must be leashed. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #32

 

National Model Aviation Day

Aug. 17: Wolverine Skyhawks Model Club AMA #1514 invite you to support a great cause (Wounded Warrior Project) and enjoy a fun day of RC Model Aircraft flying on Saturday, August 17 10am-4pm at the Wolverine Skyhawks Field, 13540 West Street, Cedar Springs. All types of powered fixed wing aircraft are welcome. Merchant Raffles! Prizes! Buddy Box Fights! Paintball Shoot! Chicken Cookout! Participant Fees: Landing $10, Lunch $5. Pilots must be current AMA members, registration requested, register by August 15. Contact Eric Pipenger 616-666-FLY1 (3591) or eric@wolverineskyhawks.com. #32,33p

Wild Wednesdays “Nature Art/Crafts”

Aug. 21: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Nature Art/Crafts: Calling all children artists and children nature lovers. Spend the day 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! Ages: 5 – 15 years old. Dress children in “play clothing” long sleeves they can roll-up and pants/jeans. Bring child’s backpack for carrying things through woods. Please bring a snack and drink. $8 per child. (Parents always welcomed and encouraged to come along free of charge).  For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #32

 

2014 Red Flannel Festival 75th Diamond Anniversary Planning

Aug. 26: Visionaries and historians needed! If you are creative, the Red Flannel Festival needs you! Please join us at the Festival building at 21 E. Maple Street on Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 pm for meeting to plan the 2014 Festival! It’s our 75th Diamond Anniversary and we are beginning the planning today! Please consider joining us for these brainstorming sessions on what special anniversary events we can hold! Please RSVP to President@redflannelfestival.org. #32

 

Cedar Springs Class of 1978 Reunion

Sept. 7: The Cedar Springs Class of 1978 Reunion will be held on Saturday September 7, 2013 at Whitefish Lake Golf Course The Loon’s Nest. Admission to the event is $25 per person. There will be a cash bar. Make checks payable to Class of 1978 and mail to Bonnie (Haney) Engebretsen 8431 Je-Ne-Be Drive NE Rockford, MI 49341. You can “like” us on Facebook at “Cedar Springs Class of 1978”. Email questions to Dawn Johnson at idontno08@yahoo.com. #32p

 

Tri-County Alumni Reunion

Sept. 21: Tri-County Alumni Reunion for Classes 1963 – 1975 will be Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Sand Lake VFW. Dinner at 6 PM – $20.00 per person, Social Hour Only 7-10 PM – $5.00 per person, Doors open at 5 PM – Appetizers 5-6 PM. Please RSVP by September 7, 2013 to:
Gail Bergman Prentice, 3872 Wiersma, Cedar Springs, MI  49319. Make checks payable to:  TCHS Alumni Reunion. If questions, contact Gail at:  gmprentice@gmail.com  or by phone at:  616-696-1960. Also please spread the word to any classmates that you may have contact with.  We do not have addresses for everyone, but would not want to leave anyone out.  Please reply as soon as possible.  #32

 

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AA Meetings at Rebo’s House 

Rebo’s 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. #31

 

Dog Show at Solon Market 

Aug. 3: Solon Market, at 15185 Algoma Avenue, is hosting a dog show this Saturday, August 3, to kick off their Dog Daze of Summer! The popular pet show for kids and their pets begins at 11:30 and entrants must be there by 11:20. Dogs must be properly leashed. There is no entry fee or door fee. Children will be vying to collect the most money (via votes) to benefit the Humane Society. There will also be a popular vote. Everyone wins! Come and show your support for this worthy cause! Please pre-register at 696-4227. While the show’s focus is on dogs, it is not exclusively for dogs. Please consider how your pet might respond to dogs for its own safety and comfort. #31

 

Blessing of the Animals

Aug. 4: Blessing of the Animals Outdoor Service, Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church is Sunday, August 4 at 10 am. 10295 Myers Lake NE. Please note: Rescheduled due to unfavorable weather on July 28th.

 

Kent County Youth Fair

Aug. 5-10: Have a great time at the Kent County Youth fair starting August 5 thru August 10. Enjoy carnival rides, animal judging, exhibits and entertainment! Something special every day. (See the center pages of the July 25th Post for details.)  Hours are 8 am to 11 pm. Most barns will close at 10 pm. Parking is $6 per day. Parking on Saturday, August 10 from 9 am to Noon is $1 with a donation of 3 or more non-perishable food items. Admission is free. Kent County Fair Grounds in Lowell. Visit www.kcfg.org for up to date scheduling information. #31

 

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 5: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, August 5th , from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. All dinners are $9, children $4.50. Enjoy home cooking, take out is available. 616-696-9160. #31

 

Preserving the Harvest

Aug. 5: Greenville Garden Club will be hosting a program entitled Preserving the Harvest at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville on Monday, August 5 at 6:30 pm. The program will cover making your own herbal tea bags, syrups, herbal rubs, and vinegars, and provide information on the different methods of drying and freezing herbs. The program is free and open to the public. The Flat River Library is located at 200 W. Judd Street. #31

 

Stars soccer camp

Aug. 5-7: Stars soccer camp is now offered by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and will be offered August 5-7 at Boomer Park fields. The CS high school coaches and athletes will be putting on the camp for ages 5-13. Times and prices vary: ages 5-8 is 5:30-7pm for $35 by July 29 or $40 after, ages 9-13 is from 5:30-8pm for $55 by July 29 or $60 after. Forms are at Hilltop or online at csaparksandrec.com. Please call 696-7320 with questions. #30,31b

 

Everywhere Fun Fair VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

Aug. 5-8: CSUMC invites kids (ages 4 years old – 6th grade) to step right up at Everywhere Fun Fair Where God’s World Comes Together. Explore and experience God’s welcoming love at Vacation Bible School! The fun begins on Monday, August 5 and ends Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm at CS United Methodist Church (140 S. Main St.) The fun fair includes interactive Bible fund and great music, cool crafts, global games, awesome snacks, and more. To be a part of all the excitement, call the church at 616-696-1140 to register. #30,31b

 

Register Now for Free Hunter Education

Aug. 6: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday August 6 from 6-9pm, Thursday, August 8 from 6-9pm, Saturday, August 10 from 8am-4:30pm. #30,31b

 

Panhandle National Night Out

Aug. 6: On Tuesday, August 6, the Panhandle National Night Out will join the rest of our country in recognizing and celebrating the relationship enjoyed between communities and law enforcement agencies. This special event will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm during the regularly scheduled “Music in the Park” in Howard City. The Howard City Police and Fire Departments, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Montcalm Neighborhood Watch will be present to offer information pertaining to crime prevention, drug awareness, and assistance in creating a safer neighborhood. Free food, door prizes and great music performed by the Blue Water Ramblers will be provided. #31

 

Adam Mellema, Storyteller Extraordinaire!

Aug. 6: Effervescent storyteller Adam Mellema is digging into Spencer with a menu of tasty summer stories! Adam’s zany style and love for books inspires whole families to read unto school bells ring again. Tuesday, August 6 at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. #31

 

Pet Show at Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL

Aug. 6: Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. Tuesday, August 6 at 10:30 am. #31

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Aug. 8,22: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month for an evening meal. 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

 

Eyeglass Drive at Community Celebration Day

Aug. 10: The Cedar Springs Lions club is holding an eyeglass drive on August 10th as part of the Community Celebration Day. Drop you used glasses off at the Lions Club booth from 9 am to 5 pm. The Lions Club will donate $1 to Cub Scout Troop 3222 for every pair collected – up to $500! #31

 

Wild Wednesdays Trees & Plants

Aug. 14: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Trees & Plants: Discover what it  takes to make an organic garden. What you can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants that 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 of our Naturalist. Ages: 5 – 15 years old. Bring Bag Lunch, Dress for the outdoors, $8 per child. (Parents always welcomed and encouraged to come along free of charge). Rain or Shine. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #30

 

Cedar Springs Community Players present:

Aug. 15-18: “A Night at the Wax Museum.” The hysterical meets the historical in this comic spoof about the wackiest wax museum you ever hope to visit! Performances will be held at the historic Kent Theatre on Aug. 15-17 starting at 7:30 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 pre-sale; $8 for children 12 and under and seniors 65+. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee & Games or you can call 616-696-0949 to reserve tickets at the door. For more details go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #31,32p

 

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Our Earth: Dig It!

July 30: Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center as we dig deep into the world beneath our feet. Meet earthworms and roly-poly pill bugs and their soil neighbors and discover how they survive. We’ll dig deeper into what makes soil and how it is different from dirt, and we’ll find some deeply buried treasures. Tuesday, July 30th at 1:30pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St.. #30

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 31: Fellas, didja miss yer chance ta take yer gal ta the “Brat Picnic” last year? Now’s yer 2nd chance! Take your gal and a few of your best friends, pile in the ol’ Packard and head on over ta the Pine Grove Senior Grill for Brats on the Barbee. Just letting all those age 60 and those aged even more, we’re throwing our annual “Brat Picnic” at noon the 31st of July. Come n get ‘em, brats hot off the grill can be found on the northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #30

 

Summer Reading Program Celebration Carnival

July 31: The Cedar Springs Public Library invites you to the Summer Reading Program Celebration Carnival at Morley Park in Cedar Springs on Wednesday, July 31 from 2-4pm. Come join us for games, snacks, prizes, fun inflatables, water slides and Double K Petting Zoo. Special activities and children’s books for sale. Special appearance from local children’s book author Amanda Litz and illustrator Christy Beckwith. #30

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

Aug. 1-3: Our TNT Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake /Nelson Township Library, is held in conjunction with the town-wide garage sales. Thursday, August 1 from 9am – 5pm. Friday, August 2 from 9am – 5pm and Saturday, August 3, from 9am – 2pm. 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #30

 

Beneath the Surface: Marble Magnets 

Aug. 1: Create a set of magnets for yourself or a friend. What lies beneath the surface is for you to decide — they’re easy and fun to make! Thursday, August 1, 4 pm at the Spencer Township Branch of KDL, 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen. #30

 

Heritage Festival is Aug. 1-3

Aug. 1-3: A variety of historical activities and displays is available during the 27th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival Aug. 1-3 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. The three-day celebration features historical displays, events, refreshments and music for all ages. The festival runs from 10am to 4pm Aug. 1 and 9am to 5pm Aug. 2-3. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about Montcalm Heritage Festival. #30

 

Senior Stroll

Aug. 2: Starting on August 2nd through the fall join us at Howard Christensen Nature Center for a stroll every Friday from 2-4pm. Coffee and refreshments provided. Donation of $4.50. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #30

 

Car Show in Downtown Greenville

Aug. 3: On Saturday, August 3, over 200 cars will fill the streets in downtown Greenville for the annual Greenville Car Show. Automotive enthusiasts are invited to come out and enjoy an evening of cool cars, music, awards, 50/50 raffle, prizes and everything else that encompasses car culture. The show is 6 – 8:30pm. This year’s event will feature a “Pit Stop” area that includes games and activities for  families. Proceeds from the event go to the Greenville Area Chamber to support community programs/events. #30

 

Stars soccer camp

Aug. 5-7: Stars soccer camp is now offered by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and will be offered August 5-7 at Boomer Park fields. The CS high school coaches and athletes will be putting on the camp for ages 5-13. Times and prices vary: ages 5-8 is 5:30-7pm for $35 by July 29 or $40 after, ages 9-13 is from 5:30-8pm for $55 by July 29 or $60 after. Forms are at Hilltop or online at csaparksandrec.com. Please call 696-7320 with questions. #30,31b

 

Everywhere Fun Fair VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

Aug. 5-8: CSUMC invites kids (ages 4 years old – 6th grade) to step right up at Everywhere Fun Fair Where God’s World Comes Together. Explore and experience God’s welcoming love at Vacation Bible School! The fun begins on Monday, August 5 and ends Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm at CS United Methodist Church (140 S. Main St.) The fun fair includes interactive Bible fun and great music, cool crafts, global games, awesome snacks, and more. To be a part of all the excitement, call the church at 616-696-1140 to register. #30,31b

 

Register Now for Free Hunter Education

Aug. 6: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday August 6 from 6-9pm, Thursday, August 8 from 6-9pm, Saturday, August 10 from 8am-4:30pm. #30,31b

 

Wild Wednesdays Reptiles & Amphibians

Aug. 7: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Hunt down a frog or possibly a snake – 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 they eat and their worlds. Children will use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands on teaching. Ages: 5 – 15 years old. Bring Bag Lunch, Dress for the outdoors, $8 per child. (Parents always welcomed and encouraged to come along free of charge). Rain or Shine. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #30

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet

Aug. 31: Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2013 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The cost is $12 per person with open house at 11am and dinner served at 1pm. Reservation must be made prior to August 31, 2013 by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: June Miller, Treasurer, 237 4th Street, Trufant, MI 49347, 616-984-2396. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2983. Come join in the fun and please spread the word to out-of-town classmates. #30

 

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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.

Kingdom Rock VBS at The Springs
July 21-25: Send your kids on an epic adventure at The Springs Church this summer that will empower them to stand strong! At Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale—it changes kids forever! Kids ages 4-years through 6th grade are invited to attend this adventure, July 21-25, Sunday through Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 135 N. Grant Street. Download a registration form from www.thespringschurch.info. Call the church at 696-2970 for more info. #28,29

Down in the Dirt Nature Crafts
July 23: Dig into nature-inspired crafts with ideas and materials from Mother Nature. For all ages. 

Tuesday, July 23, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township KDL branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #29

Language of Flowers-Tussie Mussie Workshop
July 24: The Greenville Garden Club invites you to join them for a Language of Flowers-Tussie Mussie Workshop on Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent Road, Greenville. Advanced Master Gardener Joyce Kebless teaches the meaning of flowers and how they are used to make tiny bouquests tied with lace. Lecture is free. A small materials fee will be charged to non-members enrolling in the workshop. RSVP to Joyce at 616-754-9759. #29

Benefit for Sue Cramer Frost
July 27: Sue was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer in both lungs. Sue has always been involved with helping others in need and this is our way of giving back to her. All proceeds will go to Sue to help  with anything she may need. Auction, food and drinks, cash back and live music! Please join us on Saturday, July 27th from noon to 7 pm at Local 4 Union Hall, 240 Ashfield St., Belding. Donations are welcome. For more information call Dee @ 616-255-7226 or Tom at 616-835-7120. #28, 29

Gold Rush VBS at Ensley Baptist
July 29-Aug. 2: Vacation Bible School, July 29 – August. 2, 9:30 am – noon, Pre-K – 6th Grade, GOLD RUSH, “Discovering the Rock of Ages”. Sunday night Kick-off Party & Cookout, July 28, 6 pm. Ensley Baptist Church (near the corner of 120th and Cypress), 7077 – 120th St., Sand lake, 616-636-5581. #29

Wild Wednesdays Creepy-Crawly Insects
July 31: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Children, come touch, examine, find, and learn of our insect world, learn why insects are important to our ecology and insect habitats. Children will be going outside and collecting their own insects, examining under microscopes and learning fascinating facts of the insect world. Ages: 5 – 15 years old. Bring Bag Lunch, Dress for the outdoors, $8 per child per day or $20.00 for all four classes prepaid. (Parents always welcomed and encouraged to come along free of charge). Rain or Shine. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #29

 

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Fall 2013 Soccer – Late Registration

July 11: Thursday, July 11, 2013:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Join us under the tent in the Family Fare parking lot on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs. Individual player fees – $60 for fall only, or $105 for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Please complete your application online at www.eayso.org before meeting with us. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2013. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2013! #26-28p

 

Ensley Baptist Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

July 13,14: Come join us at Ensley Baptist Church July 13 & 14 for our 150th Anniversary Celebration. Saturday, July 13th noon – 5 pm. Pig Roast/Potluck at Noon, followed by sharing of former pastors at 1 pm and children’s activities throughout the afternoon. Sunday, July 14th, 10:45 am worship service with Pastor Timothy Decker with potluck lunch following. Ensley Baptist Church is near the corner of 120th and Cypress at Ensley Center, 7077 120th St., 616-636-5581. #28

 

Dinner at the Legion

July 15: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef dinner on Monday, July 15th , from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be onions, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. All dinners are $9, children $4.50. Enjoy home cooking, take out is available. 616-696-9160. #28p

 

Family Building Bricks Party

July 16: Design, build and bond. Bring the whole family together and create a towering monument using the library’s building bricks. The best part? No big mess at home to clean up. Tuesday, July 16th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., 616-784-2007. #28

 

Drop-in Craft Time

July 17: Drop in at the library for some creative fun with this self-directed activity. Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., 616-784-2007. #28

 

Beneath the Electronic Surface

July 18: Like to tinker? Are you curious about how things work beneath the surface? Old telephones, keyboards and other gadgets will be provided for teens to take apart and explore. Spark your interest for what’s beneath the surface! Thursday, July 18th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., 616-784-2007. #28

 

HayDay! Vacation Bible School at First Baptist

July 19-21: Kids will be up to their elbows in farmin’ fun as they explore one simple Bible truth: Jesus will always love us. July 19 – 21 at First Baptist Church, on the corner of Muskegon and Main St., Cedar Springs. Friday from 6 to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and Sunday from 10:45 am – 12 pm. Ages 3 – Grade 6. #28

 

John Ball Traveling Zoo

July 20: Dig into the world of animals! The zoo comes to the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. Learn about special animals that live, search for food or hibernate underground. Zoo staff will bring three live animals and biological artifacts. Participants will also receive a zoo bookmark. Saturday, July 20th at 1:30 pm. 616-784-2007. #28

 

Kent Theatre’s Annual Golf Outing

July 20: The Cedar Springs Theatre Association will hold the 13th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Fundraiser on Saturday, July 20th at The Falls at Barber Creek in Kent City. There is still time to put together a team for this fun day on the golf course. $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin contests. This 4 person scramble has a shotgun starts at 2 pm. Pulled Pork sliders during the round and a Pork Loin Dinner afterwards. Call Len Allington at 231-750-2337 to reserve your spot at the pre-registration price of $60 per person. #28

 

Kingdom Rock VBS at The Springs

July 21-25: Send your kids on an epic adventure at The Springs Church this summer that will empower them to stand strong! At Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale—it changes kids forever! Kids ages 4-years through 6th grade are invited to attend this adventure, July 21-25, Sunday through Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 135 N. Grant Street. Download a registration form from www.thespringschurch.info. Call the church at 696-2970 for more info. #28

 

Rotary Golf Outing 

July 24: The annual Rotary Golf Outing will be held July 24t at Cedar Chase. Teams of four are $230, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. Proceeds go towards scholarships for high school students and to support local organizations like the Boy Scouts, the CS Library, and the Historical Society. For registration please call Amanda Gerhardt at 696-7320. #28

 

Benefit for Sue Cramer Frost

July 27: Sue was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer in both lungs. Sue has always been involved with helping others in need and this is our way of giving back to her. All proceeds will to to Sue to help  with anything she may need. Auction, food and drinks, cash back and live music! Please join us on Saturday, July 27th from noon to 7 pm at Local 4 Union Hall, 240 Ashfield St., Belding. Donations are welco

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AA Meetings at Rebo’s House 

Rebo’s 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. #27

 

Register Now for MCC Summer Camps for Youths

July 8 & 16: There is still time to sign up for Montcalm Community College’s 2013 summer camps for youths. “Fine Arts Camp: Superheroes” is July 8 – 12 at MCC’s Barn Theater in Sidney. The cost is $90. “Youth Science – Science Day” is July 16 at MCC in Sidney. The cost is $15. Visit www.montcalm.edu/camps for more information. #27

 

Fall 2013 Soccer – Late Registration

July 9 & 11: Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11, 2013:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Join us under the tent in the Family Fare parking lot on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs. Individual player fees – $60 for fall only, or $105 for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Please complete your application online at www.eayso.org before meeting with us. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2013. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2013! #26-28p

 

Joel Tacey’s Underground Comedy Show at KDL

July 9: Joel’s new program is a subterranean celebration of reading! Join Michigan’s family funnyman on an exciting adventure as he takes the gift of books to Paulie the Possum’s Birthday Party with comedy, juggling, magic, music and more. Tuesday, July 9 at 1:30 pm at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St. and at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. #27

 

Egyptian Pyramid Dig

July 10: Explore the pyramids, create hieroglyphics and make your own accessories to dress like an Egyptian. Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 pm at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St. #27

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

July 11, 25: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month for an evening meal. 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. #27

 

Underground Music

June 13: Come check out what’s going on in the underground music scene, which is the great stuff you won’t normally find through more traditional sources. Hear great live music, get a chance to talk with  musicians and musical experts about underground music, check out some great sources of other local and national underground music information (magazines, CD’s, DVD’s, etc.) and much more. Thursday, June 13 at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. #27

 

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

July 14: A spaghetti dinner benefit for Allen Hudson is being held on Sunday July 14th starting at 4 pm at the Howard City VFW Hall. There will be an auction and 50-50 raffle. Allen Hudson is suffering from kidney failure and is an active candidate for a kidney transplant. Unable to work and with daily dialysis and several surgeries, Allen’s family is suffering financially. Any donations can be sent to: Tracy Hill, c/o Benefit for Allen Hudson, 16405 Doe Drive, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. #27

 

Photography: Digging Beneath the Surface

July 15: Discover your inner photographer! Learn the basics of framing and composition. Bring your own camera and capture images that symbolize your own unique perspective. Monday, July 15 at 1:30 pm. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St. #27

 

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