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Easter Coloring Contest 2014

Hey Kids! Get out your crayons, markers or colored pencils and color the Easter Bunny and eggs… remember to be creastive! Winners will be chosen from 3 age categories: 4 and under • 5-7 years • 8-10 years

All winners will be announced in the April 17th Edition of The Cedar Springs POST, so hurry, entries have to be to The POST by Monday, April 14th at 5pm.

 

Click on bunny to enlarge and print out to color. Click on entry form to print out to enter.

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Volunteers needed for Resurrection Celebration

ENT-ResurrectionCelebration-logo-2Resurrection Celebration, a Cedar Springs community production celebrating the good news of the Easter story, is back for 2014 and is still in need of volunteers. We would love to have you join us! There are many positions to fill, including men, women and families to be part of the Biblical crowd scenes, ushers, childcare workers and food coordinators. The shows will be April 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Cedar Springs High School. If you would like to help out in some way, meet at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, this Sunday, March 30, from 2-4 p.m. or contact Cherryl and Jan at resurrectioncelebration@outlook.com.

 

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April Fools Day Office Pranks

 

1. Ring your friend before he / she goes to work and say “I’m so sorry to hear you got fired !” – Act surprised they didn’t know yet.

2. Use a 3M Post-it note placed underneath someone’s computer mouse – ensure that it covers the ball or the optical sensor on the bottom. When they go to use the mouse, it won’t work! On the 3M Post-it simply write April Fool!

3. Advertise your bosses job in the local newspaper (Great if you want to get fired !).

 

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Apr. 3,17: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, April 3rd & April 17th. 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.  #13

 

Giant Book Sale

Apr. 3-5: The Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library Book sale will be held April 3-5 at the Sand Lak VFW Hall. There are 50 tables of books, CD’s, magazines and more at great prices. Thursday, April 3 from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday, April 4 from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, April 5 from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be a $2 bag sale on Saturday. #13

 

Tom Plunkard: Beyond Magic – Show and Workshop

Apr. 9: Prepare to be astounded! Stick around after the show for a short workshop on how to perform some of his tricks. For all ages. Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #13

 

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Cedar Springs Community Players to present musical Nunsense

 

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the newly-revised musical, Nunsense, by Dan Goggins on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre.  The show is under the direction of Sue Harrison with Terri Riggle as stage manager and production coordinator and Bonnie Hitchingham, pianist.

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who are putting on a fundraiser to get enough money to bury the sisters who were accidentally poisoned by tainted soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). They need to raise the money before the health department discovers their secret.

The cast including Rev. Mother (Laura Johnson), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman)  and Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski),  have been rehearsing lines, songs and dancing to present a fun-filled show for everyone.  Songs in the show include “Nunsense Is Habit Forming”, “I Could Have Gone to Nashville”,  “We’ve Got to Clean Out The Freezer”, “Turn Up The Spotlight,” “Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step” and others.

Make plans now to attend this fun musical on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre. Pre-sale tickets are $12 and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, at Main Street Restaurant, or by calling 616-263-9363. Tickets at the door on nights of performance are $15. For more information, visit the Cedar Springs Community Players website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org

 

 

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

En Gedi Auction Fundraiser

Mar. 21:”Come Be Refreshed” on Friday, March 21 at the CS High School. Doors open at 6 pm. En Gedi is a local mission serving our Cedar Springs Community. This is sure to be a fun night for all. A wide variety of items to be auctioned including athletic event passes, a private air plane ride, various sports memorabilia, autographed baseballs from Al Kalin, Tori Hunter, and Max Scherzer, autographed jersey from Max Scherzer, grills, televisions, ton of wood pellets, leather recliner, tools, entertaining, lodging, and dining certificates, and much more. This once-a-year fundraiser benefits the after-school youth centers for 6th – 12th graders at Red Hawk Elementary School. Delicious appetizers will be served while you carouse the silent auction items. The live auction will feature larger items and begin around 7:00 pm. Take your chance at the money machine, dices, or treasure chest. All funds earned will be matched by CS Manufacturing. Tickets are $10 each and available at Take Two, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, and Perry’s Place all located on Main Street or e-mail SueQ@hughes.net. Also, still accepting donations for the auction to include products, services, or Sponsor-A-Student donations. #9-12p

 

Fish Fry at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Mar. 21: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut french fries, cole slaw, coffee, punch and dessert. 3 piece $8.50, 2 piece $6.50, 1 piece $4.50. Eat in or carry out. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, just south of M-57. More info at coumc.com. #11,12p

 

Free Tickets to The LEGO Movie

Mar. 21,22: Join us to celebrate the 75th Diamond Anniversary Festival! Red Flannel Town weekend at the historic Kent Theatre Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22. The first 50 tickets on those nights at the 9 pm show… get in free… compliments of the Red Flannel Festival for The LEGO Movie! Get there a little early for lots of free Festival giveaways. Meet the Red Flannel Queen and Court on Saturday at 8:30 pm in the lobby! #12

 

Pancake Breakfast for Courtland Township Fire Dept.

Mar. 22: A pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 8 to 11 am at the Countland Township Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice or milk. $7 Adults, $4 children 4 – 12 years, 3 and under are free. $20 Family special (2 adults, 2 children). Proceeds to benefit the Courtland Fire Department. #11,12p

 

Rummage Sale at Cedar Springs UMC

Mar. 26,27: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women are having a rummage sale in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. on Wednesday, March 26th from 9 am to 7 pm and March 27th from 9 am to 2 pm. #11,12p

 

Greenville Garden Club Meeting

Mar. 26: On Wednesday, March 26th at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 Kent Rd., Greenville, the topic of the meeting is “Fairy Gardens.” Discover fairy neighborhoods, villages and even art colonies. Speaker Melinda Maher will explain how these delightful, tiny gardens are built using natural materials and a pinch of creativity. Open to the public. #12

 

Cedar Springs Community Players Spring Production

Mar. 27-29: “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin. This musical comedy follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent who are putting on a fundraiser to get enough money to bury the sisters who were accidentally poisoned by tainted soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). They need to raise money before the health department discovers their secret. Performances will be run at the historic Kent Theatre on March 27 – 29 starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door; $12 pre-sale; $10 is under 18. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant in Cedar Springs, the Cedar Springs Public Library or by calling 616-263-9363. “Nunsense” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Visit us at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #11,12p

 

Beyblades at Sand Lake KDL

Mar. 29: Test your skids and have fun competing in KDL’s Beyblade Battles! Bring your own Beyblades and arenas, or train and compete using the library’s equipment. For ages 6 and older. Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. Sand Lake. #12

 

Liscombe Cancer Benefit

Mar. 30: A spaghetti dinner benefit for Sue Liscombe will be held at Harvard Tavern, 12607 Harvard Ave. NE, on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm. There will be an auction at 3 pm, 50-50 raffle and two half hogs raffle. Dinner is at 1 pm with an $8 donation, kids 10 and under are $4. Following the auction music will be provided by Cross Creek and Kronick Payne. For more information call Kim at 616-901-9193. #12

 

Toastmasters Club Meeting

Apr. 1 & 15: At each meeting members gain self confidence, learn leadership skills and make every word count! Guests warmly welcomed. We meet at North Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division @ Wolverine Blvd. Follow the signs to the Faculty Lounge. Toastmasters – Where Leaders are Made! For more information, call Sue at 616-866-3509 or visit www.nkctm.org. #12

 

Call for Help at HCNC

Apr. 26: Call for help: If you know of a group that would like to help/ volunteer for April 26th, 10 am to 1 pm for Arbor Day, please send them our way. Arbor Day would make a great way to give back to your community! Get the employees out and help us plant 500 trees! We need about 40 – 50 volunteers, great opportunity for boy scouts, girl scouts, families, schoolchildren, grandma/ grandpa, singles, date day, group of employees, homeschoolers, Rotary Clubs, government bodies (townships), Foundations and more. The Nature Center Belongs to the community, please show your support! Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #12

 

 

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Who is more important?

 

An alleged radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland many years ago:

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you need to divert YOUR course.

Americans: (Sternly) This is the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, that’s one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship!

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

 

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MCC features inmate artists in ‘Art From the Inside Out’ exhibit

 A piece made from recycled paper materials, “Jonny’s Wagon” by Danny Johns, is priced at $25 as part of the “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit in the Instruction North Art Gallery on MCC’s Sidney campus.

A piece made from recycled paper materials, “Jonny’s Wagon” by Danny Johns, is priced at $25 as part of the “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit in the Instruction North Art Gallery on MCC’s Sidney campus.

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit features artwork created by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities. Located in MCC’s Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the display is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through March 27.

Having another inmate art show at MCC “fulfills MCC’s mission” and “provides a window into a part of humanity that few of us are in contact with,” according to MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson and Visual Arts Instructor Debbie Bell. “MCC is a liaison to link both worlds together to learn. Inmates can learn from our feedback while students and those in our community have the opportunity to analyze artwork and its content from someone in a restricted environment.”

Jonathan Chapman, an inmate sculptor whose work is included in the show, creates his pieces from whatever materials he can salvage, buy or recycle within a maximum security prison. In a letter Chapman submitted with his artwork he wrote, “I want to spend my idle time doing something positive that can help others.”

Chapman, who goes by Danny Johns as an artist, created “Jonny’s Wagon,” a red wagon made out of recycled paper materials, which resembles a small version of a childhood toy, and “Time Consuming Keepsake Box,” a gazebo-like piece made out of paper.

“I know I am getting better with every project I do,” wrote Chapman, “by the instant reaction I get from those that know what I have to work with and where I’m at.”

His artwork is among about 100 pieces created by inmates that are displayed in cases or line the walls of the art gallery. Some show struggle and confinement, but they are all beautiful and full of vibrant creativity.

“Journey Down the River” by R. Petush, is a watercolor piece that is available for $60 at MCC’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit.

“Journey Down the River” by R. Petush, is a watercolor piece that is available for $60 at MCC’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit.

Regardless of the emotion portrayed within the artwork, there is a lot of value for both the creator and the viewer, Johnson and Bell said.

“The value for the inmates is the fact that it gives them the ability to have a positive outlet as they have so much time on their hands,” they said. “They are able to release pent-up expressions through a creative process and stay busy practicing, which leads to the improvement of their skills, even with limited resources. The artists are also able to receive feedback from reflective papers written by our students. This will help them to improve and see how others may be observing/interpreting their artwork.”

As for the students, “It promotes great discussions psychologically and artistically,” they added. “Students really enjoy trying to interpret the art by finding the meaning or message within it.”

Community members also can reflect on the display.

“The community is able to compare art by inmates with art by free artists. We have a great deal of judgment and criticism against people in prison. This exhibit helps to put a vulnerable human face on this often shunned group of our own culture,” Johnson and Bell said. Many of the displayed creations capture an outdoor scene, with or without various animals, or a person who seems to be on the “outside.” Ducks, skulls, and pairs of various kinds are also repeated throughout the artwork, even though the artists are all different. Most of the artwork is available for sale, but some pieces are already sold. The prices range from $5 to $195, based on the piece’s size and the artist’s experience. There are four poems on display, as well, but they are not for sale. Once a piece is taken out of the prison, it cannot be returned to the artist.

Visit MCC’s Instruction North Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus to view and/or purchase pieces. A ballot box in the Art Gallery allows visitors to vote for their favorite artwork, and People’s Choice Awards will be given to the artists receiving the most votes at the end of the show.

Contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248 for more information.

 

 

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Volunteers needed for Resurrection Celebration

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Resurrection Celebration, a community production celebrating the good news of the Easter story, is back for 2014 and is still in need of volunteers. We would love to have you join us! There are many positions to fill, including stage parts, singers, back stage help, costumes, ticket takers, and many other areas. We have just the spot for you! Join us this Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. for a meeting at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street. Come and help us tell the Easter story! For more information, contact Cherryl Rosenberger at cherrylbear@hotmail.com.

 

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A little Irish humor for St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

Q: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

A: Because they’re always a little short.

 

Q. Why don’t you ever iron a four-leaf clover?

A: Because you don’t want to press your luck.

 

Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?

A: He’s Dublin over with laughter!

 

Q: Why did St. Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland?

A: He couldn’t afford plane fare.

 

Q: What’s Irish and stays out all night?

A: Patty O’furniture!

 

Q: How did the Irish Jig get started?

A: Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!

 

Q: What do you call a diseased Irish criminal?

A: A leper con.

 

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