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17th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 18: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile Rd.) will be hosting its 17th Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. 35+ crafters/artists, Granny’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the pound. Lunch is served 11 am – 2 pm. The bazaar is FREE – no cover charge. For info call Dawna: 616-866-0648. #45,46b

Pine Ridge Bible Camp Auction

Nov. 18: Pine Ridge Bible Camp’s annual Live and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, November 18th at the Cedar Springs High School. Registration begins at 5:30 pm with the silent auction starting around 6:30 pm. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening. For more information, please call 616-696-8675 or info@pineridgecamp.com. Adult only event. #45,46b

GET OUTSIDE with Stewardship Sundays

Nov. 19: Join the Naturalists at Wittenbach Wege Center, 11715 Vergennes SE, Lowell, on Sunday afternoons 2-3:30pm for a short hike and learn different land management techniques through stewardship. Participants should meet at the center shortly before 2pm. Registration is not required. November is Wild Turkeys and December is White-tailed Deer. The center is open 1-4pm on Sundays. #46

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 20: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef dinner on Monday, November 20th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #46

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 21: Need help getting through the holiday season? Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #46

Michigan Blood Drive

November 21: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on November 21st. at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Receive a FREE 10-12 lb. Open Acres or Spartan brand turkey at participating stores as our thanks for giving. ALSO, cookies baked by the Cedar Springs Women’s Club members will be served. More important, what a way to give Thanks by donating your blood to help 3 other Michiganders who need blood.  It will take only one hour of your time. The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate at the Cedar Springs blood drive. #46

Black Friday: Prairie Planting at Saul Lake Bog

Nov. 24: Land Conservancy of West Michigan and the Wittenbach Wege Center in Lowell invite you to get outside on Black Friday, November 24, 10am-12pm. On Black Friday, while others are fighting the crowds and the chaos of busy stores, we offer the chance to get outside and be a part of a project that will last for generations by helping to spread seed on the new prairie plots at Saul Lake Bog. Please RSVP at: https://naturenearby.org/events/black-friday-planting/. Tools, work gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. #46  

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Library Book Sale

Nov. 9-11: The Friends of the Nelson Twp./Sand Lake Library is hosting a book sale on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10th from 10 to 6 pm and on Saturday, November 11th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive in Sand Lake. #44,45p

Cedar Springs Pre-Holiday Open House

Nov. 11: Kick off your holiday shopping this year in downtown Cedar Springs! Saturday November 11th from 10 am to 7 pm. Visit our downtown stores and restaurants for all your holiday needs then walk over to the Rustic Roof Vintage Décor for Christmas Ornament crafts (11am to 2pm), and afterword stop at Perry’s Place llc for Herbs, Tea & More for story time (3pm)! Join the 2017 Cedar Springs Pre-Holiday Open House Facebook event to stay informed on all the latest sales and other happening for this event! #45b

Free Veterans Event in Sparta

Nov. 11: Join in the Sparta Community Celebration to Honor our Veterans! On November 11th at the Sparta High School Auditorium, there will be a documentary film “The Unknowns” about the unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training of the Sentinel Training Program soldiers must endure to be assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Sparta’s Specialist 3rd Class Don Bradford will narrate and share his story as Sparta’s only guard to have served at the Tomb. The event is at 2 to 4:30 pm (doors open at 1pm). The event is free. Present will also be Sparta’s Robert Shangle, LiveStatue. A color guard of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp recruiters will present the colors. There will be displays inside and out including about the Sparta POW camp in 1944 For more information please see our website at: www.spartahistory.org. The Sparta Township Historical Commission. Following the event these Sparta restaurants are serving a Free dinner to all Veterans after 5 pm! – Cellar Brewery – Downtown Trini’s – Garden Patch – Big Joe’s. #44,45p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Nov. 12: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, November 12th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music and Ministry will be shared by the gospel music group Terry Winright and friends. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #45b

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 14: Need help getting through the holiday season? Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #45

17th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 18: Courtland Oakfiedl United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile Rd.) will be hosting its 17th Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. 35+ crafters/artists, Granny’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the pound. Lunch is served 11 am – 2 pm. The bazaar is FREE – no cover charge. For info call Dawna: 616-866-0648. #45,46b

Pine Ridge Bible Camp Auction

Nov. 18: Pine Ridge Bible Camp’s annual Live and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, November 18th beginning at 5:30 pm with the silent auction starting around 6:30 pm. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening. For more information, please call 616-696-8675 or info@pineridgecamp.com. Adult only event. #45,46b

Holiday Marketplace

Nov. 18: Start your Holiday Shopping at the Greenville Area Senior Citizen Center, 715 S. Baldwin, Greenville, during their Holiday Marketplace event, taking place on Saturday, November 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. Handmade crafts fro various vendors, homemade baked items, and Christmas décor and gifts available. Entrance and free parking is in the rear of the building. Proceeds from this sale go to fund the Senior Citizen, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that benefits senior citizens from Greenville and the surrounding area. #45

 

 

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American Legion Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 4: The American Legion Auxiliary is having their annual Holiday Bazaar on November 4th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cedar Springs Legion, 80 S. Main Street in Cedar Springs. Along with garage sale items and arts and crafts, we will also have a bake sale. #44

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 4: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 4th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church ED building. Located on the corner of 6th and Maple Streets. Antiques/Vintage collectibles and crafts, quality used clothing, miscellaneous items. #44

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 6: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, November 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, stuffing, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #44p

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 7: Need help getting through the holiday season? Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #44

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 7,14,21,28: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #44

Help Promote Literacy

Nov. 8,17,21: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Wednesday, November 8th at 6 pm, Friday, November 17th at 10 am and Tuesday, November 21st at 2 pm. 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 Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #44

Voters Not Politicians Educational Town Hall

Nov. 9: Voters Not Politicians Town Hall with an educational presentation to explain what is gerrymandering and the Voters Not Politicians proposal to end it plus an opportunity for registered voters to sign the petition to get the proposal on the ballot. The event will be held on November 9th from 6 to 7 pm at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 107 Main St., Cedar Springs. Hosted by Voters Not Politicians, a non-partisan ballot committee seeking to put before voters a proposal to end gerrymandering in Michigan. The proposal would ask voters to amend the Michigan State Constitution to deny partisan politicians the ability to manipulate voting district boundaries to secure their own hold on power. It would instead give the authority for drawing those boundaries to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. This event will help educate and gather signatures to support the petition drive to gather nearly 316,000 valid signatures needed to put the anti-gerrymander proposal on the 2018 ballot. #44

Library Book Sale

Nov. 9-11: The Friends of the Nelson Twp./Sand Lake Library is hosting a book sale on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10th from 10 to 6 pm and on Saturday, November 11th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive in Sand Lake. #44,45p

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 11:Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 11th from 9 am–2 pm, delicious fresh baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Come early, stay late! #43,44p

Cookie Walk at Holy Spirit Episcopal

Nov. 11: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is holding its annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites sale on Saturday, November 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131). Featuring our “world-famous” Cookie Walk – Come early for the best selection. There will also be baked goods, crafts, Santa’s Attic and a silent auction. The Christmas Delites sale is sponsored by the Holy Spirit’s Episcopal Women group and funds their support for various church activities, such as kitchen supplies, funeral refreshments, the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, the Explore & Soar Reading Club, and more. More information can be found on the church’s website: www.holyspiritbelmont.org. #44

Free Veterans Event in Sparta

Nov. 11: Join in the Sparta Community Celebration to Honor our Veterans! On November 11th at the Sparta High School Auditorium, there will be a documentary film “The Unknowns” about the unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training of the Sentinel Training Program soldiers must endure to be assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Sparta’s Specialist 3rd Class Don Bradford will narrate and share his story as Sparta’s only guard to have served at the Tomb. The event is at 2 to 4:30 pm (doors open at 1pm). The event is free. Present will also be Sparta’s Robert Shangle, LiveStatue. A color guard of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp recruiters will present the colors. There will be displays inside and out including about the Sparta POW camp in 1944 For more information please see our website at: www.spartahistory.org. The Sparta Township Historical Commission. Following the event these Sparta restaurants are serving a Free dinner to all Veterans after 5 pm! – Cellar Brewery – Downtown Trini’s – Garden Patch – Big Joe’s. #44p

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Algoma Christian School Auction

Oct. 28: Algoma Christian School, 14471 Sparta Ave., Kent City, is hosting our annual auction on Saturday, October 28th. The Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm and the Live at 6 pm. A pulled pork dinner will be served. For more information please check out our website at www.algomachristian.net. #42,43p

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31: Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Trick or Treating in downtown area businesses will be from 5 to 6:30 pm. Apple Cider and Donut holes will be at the Fire Station. Maps to be handed out at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Residential Trick or Treating is from 5 to 8 pm. Put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. #43

Annual Fall Bazaar

Nov. 4: Faith Lutheran Church, 2957 S. Grow Rd. (corner of Grow & Sidney Rds.), Sidney, is hosting their annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 4th from 9:30 am to 2 pm. There will be homemade cookies by the pound, quilts that are made by our church ladies, crafts, lunch available. Come, bring your friends, eat with us and enjoy our bazaar! #43

Card Making Craft Classes

Nov. 6: Have you ever received a cute card and wanted to try to make some of your own? You can learn how with Annette DeJong through a class offered by the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation on November 6th. Classes are $20 and include most supplies, just bring scissors and adhesives for the projects. Registration is required by November 1st. Forms are online and at CSAPR offices. Check out www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #43

Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Live-Stream Event

Nov. 7: What if all your money questions could be answered in just one night, and all that was required of you was to attend a live stream webinar with a desire to learn? The Smart Money Live-Stream Experience will give you the proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth in seven steps. You’ll get a clear vision for your family’s financial future while learning to work together and communicate more effectively with your spouse. Join Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for this free, one-night-only event that will change the trajectory of your life forever! Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m. Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus, 16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343 616-984-2525. Register at www.gowenbible.org. #42,43p

Pie Making at HCNC

Nov. 9: Join us for another enjoyable Holiday Pie Making event at Howard Christensen Nature Center! Come just as you are, we provide all the fresh ingredients, including handmade dough. You will have three different pies to take home and bake (or freeze for later). We do suggest bringing a cooler or tote to transport your pies home. Thursday, November 9th from 6 to 8 pm. $20 non-menbers, $15 for members. Please register online at www.HowardChristensen.org. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #43

Chicago Bus Trip

Nov. 11: There is a group headed towards Michigan Ave. on Saturday, November 11th at there is about a dozen open seats that will go fast. Act quickly to reserve your seat for $49 by contacting Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation online at www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #43

Solon Center Wesleyan Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 11: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 11th from 9 am–2 pm. Delicious fresh baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Come early, stay late! #43,44p

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Halloween/Harvest Festival Listing

For all the area Harvest Festivals, Halloween Parties, or Trunk or Treat stops click here for our Halloween/Harvest Happenings. #42

“War of the Worlds” at the Kent Theatre

Oct. 20,21: The Cedar Springs Community Players will provide a reenactment of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. The radio production first aired October 30, 1938 and caused a nation-wide panic as radio listeners never realized that what they were listening to was part of a radio production aimed at taking listeners away from the popular Edgar Bergen and Charley McCarthy radio show on another station.  They, instead, believed the eye witness accounts and newscasters they were hearing describing an invasion of Martians was underway. Millions of Americans took to the streets, armed with guns ready to protect their loved ones from the marauding aliens. Nine Community Players will be taking the stage in various roles reenacting the production.  Tickets are available at the door and sell for $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for student 18 years of age and under. #42p

Carnival Bingo

Oct. 21: The 3rd Saturday of each month until December 16th from 10 am to 2 pm, we will be having Carnival Bingo. Come join the fun, and help North Kent Senior Citizens Association raise money to help pay for their roof. It’s only 25 cents per card to play a game of bingo! Food and popcorn available. So come join us at 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs and have a great time! Any questions you can contact Sue at 616-443-6468. #41,42p

Plants from Community Garden

Oct. 21: The Cedar Springs Garden Club is renovating the Community Flower Garden at Cherry and First Street on October 21st. You may come and take your pick of the perennial plants for a donation to the Club for next year’s shrubs and plants. Bring pots or bags. Time is from 10 am to 2 pm, open house style. For more information call Sandy, 616-696-8660. #42p

Sand Lake UMC Rummage Sale

Oct. 21: The Sand Lake United Methodist will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am – 5 pm. One Day Event! Fill a bag for $1.00. Lots of merchandise. Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake. #42p

Craft Show in Coral

Oct. 21: The Coral Fire Department is sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am – 2 pm at the Coral Community Center, 4662 Bailey Rd., Coral. For more information call 231-414-4219. #42p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Oct. 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, October 22nd at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music and Ministry will be shared by the musically gifted Gitchel family who will share their musical talent and gospel lessons. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #42p

Algoma Christian School Auction

Oct. 28: Algoma Christian School, 14471 Sparta Ave., Kent City, is hosting their annual auction on Saturday, October 28th. The Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm and the Live at 6 pm. A pulled pork dinner will be served. For more information please check out our website at www.algomachristian.net. #42,43p

Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Live-Stream Event

Nov. 7: What if all your money questions could be answered in just one night, and all that was required of you was to attend a live stream webinar with a desire to learn? The Smart Money Live-Stream Experience will give you the proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth in seven steps. You’ll get a clear vision for your family’s financial future while learning to work together and communicate more effectively with your spouse. Join Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for this free, one-night-only event that will change the trajectory of your life forever! Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m. Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus, 16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343 616-984-2525. Register at www.gowenbible.org. #42,43p

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From the Pulpit: Rev. Chadrick Brown

 

Honesty

Do you remember when you and your friend would climb on one of those old seesaws? I don’t think playgrounds have them anymore because someone deemed them too dangerous, but if you ever watched two kids get on one, the same thing happens every single time. They giggle as one goes high into the sky and the other plops onto the ground. Then, with a hard push, the one at the bottom goes up, sending the other down. Up and down, up and down. Then, inevitably at some point, the two riders decide to balance on the seesaw. They tap the ground with the tips of their toes, trying to see if they can get the seesaw to stay parallel. What they have just achieved is balance.

Adults often feel like life is a constant ride on a seesaw and there is very little balance going on. We try to stop feeling like we are always going up and down by attempting to create balance among the parts of our various responsibilities. We usually discover, however, that achieving balance in life is as difficult as it is for two children to balance on a seesaw. That balancing act does not stay for very long.

But maybe trying to make life’s seesaw sit unmoving and parallel is not the ultimate goal. Instead, maybe the goal is to allow for “a time for everything.” All the parts of your life are important and deserve your time. The best way to find a sense of balance is to purposefully make time for everything, and when you’re there, be completely present, focused, and involved.

Life is always about priorities. And when you know your priorities, you can make time for them and be able to find time for everything. For instance, here are my priorities: My God, my wife, my kids and my job. I have learned that if I am not right with God, I will not be right with my wife or with my kids, and I really won’t be able to do my job. This has nothing to do with me being a minister either. So that is why He is priority number one. Daily being with Him is the first thing I do. And spending time in His church every Sunday is a must if I am going to maintain proper balance. My next priority is my wife. If I am not OK with her, then the balance of life is off kilter as well. I cannot be the best Dad that I can be, if I don’t make my relationship with my wife a priority. So, I spend time with her; care for her; love her.

I could keep going but you get the picture. I don’t think our lives are as unbalanced as we think they are. The problem is we have lost our sense of priority.

So, my friends, I want to encourage you today to prioritize your life and then you can find some balance. But staying balanced is not always the goal; being faithful to your priorities is. Life is indeed like a seesaw, so why not let out a giggle and enjoy the ride?

Rev. Rev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE, Cedar Springs 

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Wine and Watercolor at HCNC

Sept. 30: Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, is hosting Wine and Watercolor on Saturday, September 30th. Meet our resident artist Tracey, as she takes you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece! Joined by Kare, our Sommelier, you are sure to have an enjoyable evening, full of laughter. You don’t drink? No problem! Come along for our reduced price and learn to paint with us. Pre-registration deadline is September 29th. This is an adult only event. Members and Non Drinkers: $20. Non Members: $35. Please pre-register online at www.HowardChristensen.org. 616-675-3158. #39

Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 2: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, October 2nd from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing & gravy, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #39

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Oct. 2,10,17,24,31: 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. #39

Help Promote Literacy

Oct. 3,12,18,27: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Tuesday, October 3rd at 10 am, Thursday, October 12th at 6 pm, Wednesday, October 18th at 10 am and Friday, October 27th at 2 pm. 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 Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #39

Cedar Springs High School Class of 1977 Reunion

Oct. 6: The 40th class reunion of the C.S.H.S. Class of 1977 will be held on October 6th. This is a casual get together at the Long Lake Park pavilion, 5 miles West of 131 on 17 Mile Road (M-46) from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bring a dish to pass if you’d like but not required and B.Y.O.B. Please get the word out to our classmates! #38,39p

Book Sale at CS Library

Oct. 6,7: The Friends of the Library will be holding at Book Sale at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. on Friday, October 6th from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, October 7th from 10 am – 5 pm. 616-696-1910. #38,39p

Fiddlers Jamboree

Oct. 7: The Original Michigan Fiddlers Association is putting on a Fiddlers Jamboree on Saturday, October 7th at the Coral Community Center located at 4662 Bailey Rd. Open to the public and FREE of charge. Donations welcome at the door. Anyone who plays an acoustic instrument and desires to join in is welcome to play back-up, fiddle at the microphone, or jam with other musicians. Fiddlers performing at the microphone all afternoon from 1-4 pm, open microphone from 4-5:30 pm, during the dinner hour, square and round dancing begins at 5:30 pm. Food and refreshments will be available. Need more information? Contact Jean Kain 616-984-2206. #39

Acoustic Instrumental Group

Oct. 9: Come join in for worship and fun through Christmas music. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:15 pm. October 9th  thru December 4th at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. For more information call Keith Caldwell, 616-696-1246. #39,40p

Fairy Festival at HCNC

Oct. 14: Fairy Princesses and Princes! Come one come all, to our Fairy Festival on Saturday, October 14th from 10 am to 2 pm at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Join us for a tea party, spritely crafts and, of course, an enchanted walk in the woods. See if you can spot our Fairy homes while on your adventure! Please dress in your Fairy best, and remember to invite your other magical friends. $5 non-members/ $3 for members. Please pre-register online at www.HowardChristensen.org. #39

2018 Class Reunion of 1973

Aug. 18: SAVE THE DATE for Saturday, August 18, 2018 for the Class of 1973 Reunion. More info in Spring. Look for Facebook page soon. #39,40p

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Mom-to-Mom Sale

Sept. 23: Join us on September 23, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church for our Mom-to-Mom Sale. Gently used baby items. Bring your friends and just shop! Free • Prizes • Snacks. #37,38p

5K Run/Walk at MCC

Sept. 23: Montcalm Community College’s third annual Bramble Ramble 5k trail run and walk is Saturday, September 23rd at 9 am on the college’s Sidney campus. The course is a mix of flat, wide trails and narrow, wooded hills; pavement; and open fields. Parking is available at the Barn Theatre and in the college’s parking lots. The race starts and ends behind MCC’s Barn Theatre. Awards will be given to overall male and female, as well as age group winners. Registration on the day of the race is from 7:30 to 8:45 am and is $25 per person or $40 for a family. All proceeds benefit MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails for improvement, community outreach and education. For more information visit www.montcalm.edu/nature-trails or email naturetrails@montcalm.edu. #38

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Sept. 24: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, September 24th  at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music and Ministry will be shared by the gospel group called “Just Out”, which includes Cliff Johnson, Claudia Long and Pat Decker. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #38b

Auditions for Flat River Community Players

Sept. 25, Oct. 2: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 pm on Monday, September 25th and Monday, October 2nd at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. Performances are scheduled for December 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16 at the Greenville Area Community Center. Questions? Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207. Visit the Player’s website: www.frcplayers.org. #38

TOPS weight loss support group

Sept. 26: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every

Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake.

Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15- 9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for

more information. #38

Solon Center Wesleyan Church AWANA Kicks Off

Sept. 27: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA Clubs program on Wednesday, September 27 from 6-8 PM. AWANA is an action-packed program for children ages 3 years through 5th grade, from September 27, 2017 through March 28, 2018.  It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it! Registration begins at 5:45 PM or you may preregister www.scwchurch.org. Student Ministry Discipleship  (6th-12th) and Adults Small Groups will also meet. There’s something for everyone! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road.  Questions? Call 616- 696-3229.  All welcome! #37,38p

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Sept. 27: Dear Senior Friends age 60 or more. Summer has slipped through our fingers and Fall sneaks in to takes its place.  These winds of change blew in a menu of Potato Soup served with Muffins you’d swear were Carmel Apples. Other tasty delights as yet have not blown in. But beware those winds of menu may change before the meal is served. The where and when has not changed. At Noon the 27th of September, ride that breeze to the corner M-82 and Beech. #38

Lumbering History of Michigan

Sept. 30: On Saturday, September 30th, Tom Noreen will present a program about the Lumbering History of Michigan and the local area at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park, 60 Cedar St., Cedar Springs. Included will be a demonstration of old lumbering and wood working tools with hands on use of some of them by the audience. The program, beginning at 1 pm will run about an hour. Seating is limited, so come early! #38

Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant – “Rockin Round the Clock” 

Sept. 30: Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium for our 73rd Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant! (Note time difference.) Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets available now at the Cedar Springs Library during open hours. Tickets also available at the door prior to the pageant. 50’s attire welcome! #37,38p

Cedar Springs High School Class of 1977 Reunion

Oct. 6: The 40th class reunion of the C.S.H.S. Class of 1977 will be held on October 6th. This is a casual get together at the Long Lake Park pavilion, 5 miles West of 131 on 17 Mile Road (M-46) from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bring a dish to pass if you’d like but not required and B.Y.O.B. Please get the word out to our classmates! #38,39p

Book Sale at CS Library

Oct. 6,7: The Friends of the Library will be holding at Book Sale at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. on Friday, October 6th from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, October 7th from 10 am – 5 pm. 616-696-1910. #38,39p


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Dave Ramsey – Financial Peace University

Sept 14: What if you could always buy what you need interest-free? What if you could actually keep a percentage of your paycheck? Guess what? You CAN! With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your money, we’d like you to join us at Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus (16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake). Classes run every Thursday evening, Sept. 14 through Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can register online at www.daveramsey.com. Contact Leslie Wood at leslie@lawood.net or 989-287-0167 for more info. #37

Dinner at the Legion

Sept. 18: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Meatloaf dinner on Monday, September 18th , from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #37

TOPS weight loss support group

Sept. 19: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #37

Michigan Blood Drive

Sept. 19: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on September 19th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Now that Fall has settled in and the Summer rush is over, be sure to schedule an hour to donate blood. One hour of your time has the potential to save 3 lives in Michigan. The Michigan Blood Center thanks all the people that donate. #37

Social Media 101 CSACoC Mixer

Sept. 21: Join the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce on September 21 at the historic Kent Theatre (8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs) from 7pm to 9pm to mingle with other business owners/community leaders and hear Matt Muscat (Treadstone Mortgage) explain the ins and outs/dos and don’ts of using social media to help grow your business or organization. Evening agenda: 7pm – Welcome, tour, and brief history of the historic Kent Theatre, 7:20pm – Matt Muscat Social Medial 101 presentation, 8:20pm – Business Networking. This event is limited to the first 295 seats. Please RSVP to csacocsecretary@gmail.com. #37p

Mom-to-Mom Sale

Sept. 23: Join us on September 23, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church for our Mom-to-Mom Sale. Gently used baby items. Bring your friends and just shop! Free • Prizes • Snacks. #37,38p

Mobile Food Pantry

Sept 23: Mobile Food Pantry at Red Pine Bible Church, 17195 Red Pine Dr, Kent City, Mi 49330 through Feeding America West MI. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 1:00pm, registration starts at 12:30 pm. Contact person: Jerry Miller – phone # (616) 262-5769. #37

Solon Center Wesleyan Church 

AWANA Kicks Off

Sept. 27: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA Clubs program on Wednesday, September 27 from 6 -8 PM.  AWANA is an action-packed program for children ages 3 years through 5th grade , from September 27, 2017 through March 28,2018.  It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it!   Registration begins at 5:45 PM or you may preregister www.scwchurch.org.  Student Ministry Discipleship  (6th-12th) and Adults Small Groups will also meet.  There’s something for everyone!  The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road.  Questions?  Call 616- 696-3229.  All welcome! #37,38p

Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant “Rockin’ Round the Clock”

Sept. 30: Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium for our 73rd Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant! (Note time difference.) Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets available now at the Cedar Springs Library during open hours. Tickets also available at the door prior to the pageant. 50’s attire welcome!! #37,38p

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Chicken BBQ and Rummage Sale

Sept. 8,9: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford, is having their annual Chicken BBQ, Rummage and Bake Sale. The rummage and bake sale is Friday, September 8th from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, September 9th, from 9 am to 7 pm. BBQ Chicken will be available on Saturday, September 9th from 4 to 7 pm. Half chicken and fixin’s, dine in or carry out. $10.00. All proceeds go toward community programs in 2018. #35,36b

Rockford American Legion Picnic

Sept. 10: American Legion Post #120 in Rockford will hold its 10th Anniversary Picnic on Sunday, September 10th from 12 noon to 6 pm. Public Welcome! Chicken Dinner, Adults $6.00, kids $2.00. Games, horseshoe tournament, music and prizes. #35,36p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Sept. 10: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, September 10th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The music and ministry will be shared by The Old Time Gospel Singers music group.  Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #36b

Kidzone & GriefShare at Hillcrest Community Church

Sept. 13: On Wednesday, September 13th Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., will host two events. Kidzone returns to the church at 6-7:30 pm for ages 4 to 5th grade and GriefShare, a nationally recognized program for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. The next session begins on Wednesday, September 13th, 6-7:30 pm. Please contact Tammi for more information. 616-914-7081. #36

The Gathering at Calvary Baptist Church

Sept. 17: The Gathering, a young-adults group (18-29) of Calvary Baptist Church, would like to announce a series that starts Sunday, September 17th: “What’s Next: Navigating Adulthood”. The Gathering is open to young adults from any church, and those not connected to a church at all. 5:45 pm at 130 N. Luray, Greenville (Mid-Town Campus) Check us out on Facebook: @thegathering18to29. Questions? joshua@calvarygreenville.org. #36

Wine and Water Colors RESCHEDULED

Sept. 20: This event has been rescheduled from September 9th to the 20th. Meet our resident artist Tracey, as she takes you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece! Joined by Kare our Sommelier, you are sure to have an enjoyable evening, full of laughter. Saturday, September 20th from 6 to 8 pm. $35 per person, $20 for members. This is an adult only event. Location to be determined. Pre-registration requested www.howardchristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #36

Red Pine Run

Oct. 8: Howard Christensen Nature Center will host the Red Pine Run on Sunday, October 8th at 2 pm.  $25 or create at team of 4 people and receive $3 off per entry/ members $20. Walk or run our cross-country style 5k, with the best scenery in West Michigan! Everyone registered by October 1st will receive a free T-shirt. Refreshments provided post-race. Drawings with prizes, and medals to the top three in each category. Register online, or by calling the office. Staff will contact you for division, and T-shirt information. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, www.HowardChristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #36

y, September 10th from 12 noon to 6 pm. Public Welcome! Chicken Dinner, Adults $6.00, kids $2.00. Games, horseshoe tournament, music and prizes. #35

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