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A Valentine’s Day party just for kids


Kids love Valentine’s Day almost as much as their parents do. And who wouldn’t love a party in the middle of February?

This one promises to be awesome. Hosted by Arts Rockford and Prides Young Artists, a local children’s theater group, the party is on Saturday, February 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  It’s going to be held at the Arts Rockford center at 6585 Belding Road, Suite D, in Rockford.

Prides Young Artists will be showing on-going video clips from some of their recent musical productions. And there will be Make & Take craft projects like Valentine masks and Happy Valentine’s Day cards as well as face-painting, balloons and activities with theater costumes for dress-up. An array of kid’s party food and drinks includes juice boxes, pop, cookies, cupcakes, animal crackers and Valentine’s Day candy.

What’s more, Prides Young Artists will be handing out information on their upcoming Spring Actors Workshop, and on their 2018 summer musical production, the hugely popular “Suessical” with auditions on May 17 and 18.

Adults are welcome to join the party, but with loads of adult supervision from teachers and librarians, parents could just cross the parking lot and enjoy a couple of quiet hours at Timbers restaurant. 

Admission is $6 for kids and $8 for adults at the door; cash, check or credit card.

Prides Young Artists is a part of Arts Rockford.

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The Obedient Wife


There was a man who had worked all his life, had saved all of his money, and was a real miser when it came to his money.

Just before he died, he said to his wife, “When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.”

And so he got his wife to promise him, with all of her heart, that when he died, she would put all of the money into the casket with him.

Soon after, he died. He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there dressed in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When they finished the ceremony, and the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, “Wait just a moment!”

She had a small metal box with her, and she got up and put it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. 

The woman’s friend stared at her. “Girl, I know you were not foolish enough to put all that money in there with your husband!”

The loyal wife replied, “Listen, I’m a Christian; I cannot go back on my word. I promised him that I was going to put that money into the casket with him.”

The friend’s mouth dropped open. “You mean to tell me you actually put the money in there?! 

“I sure did,” said the wife. “I got it all together, put it into my account, and wrote him a check. If he can cash it, then he can spend it.”

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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.

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Feb. 6,13,20,27: 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. #5

Velzy Park’s Spaghetti Dinner

Feb. 9: Velzy Park’s 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner has been set for Friday, February 9th at Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. Enjoy Live Music by Monique’s Quality Entertainment, Dessert Auction, 50/50 Raffle with your community members. Tickets, $10/person or $18/couple, can be purchased at the Township Hall. #5,6b

CS Library Used Book Sale

Feb. 10: Used book sale hosted by the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library will take place on Saturday, February 10th from 9 am to 5 pm. The event will be held in the Community Room in the Cedar Springs Public Library. Hardcover books are 50 cents each and paperbacks are 25 cents each. Any questions call the CS Library at 616-696-1910.  #5,6p

Annual Moms Market Sale

Feb. 10: Come Sip and Shop! Annual Moms Market Sale at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. Cedar Springs. Saturday, February 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. #5,6b

Free Childcare Available @ CSUMC

Feb. 10: Enjoy a date with your sweetie and we will take care of the kids! Certified childcare provided @ Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Saturday, February 10th from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Pizza and activities for the kids to do. Limited Registration:  Contact CSUMC office @ 616-696-1140. #5,6b

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Feb. 10: The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Saturday February 10th at 5:30 pm (dinner at 6:30 pm). Come to enjoy some good food, music, dancing and fellowship. Donation  $20 single and $35 per couple. St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information please call Len Kogut 276-591-8224 or John Falicki 231-357-2998. #5,6p

Cabin Fever Dinner Dance

Feb. 10: The American Legion of Rockford, 330 Rockford Park, is hosting a Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 10th . Dinner from 6 – 7 pm and the dance from 7 – 11 pm. Cost is $20 per person dinner/dance and $15 per person dance only. Call 616-866-2001 for more information about tickets. #5,6p

Heart to Heart Craft Party

Feb. 10, 13: Roses are red, violets are blue, join our Valentine event, just for you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with snacks and crafts. Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 am, Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14969 Meddler Ave, Gowen and on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:30 am, Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eight St. #5

Cedar Springs Women’s Scholarship Available

Mar. 15: The Cedar Springs Women’s Club awards an annual $1000 scholarship to a female of any age, who resides in the Cedar Springs Public School District. The recipient may be considering any type of skill training or degree program. This Scholarship is awarded by June 1st of each year at the direction of the membership of the CS Women’s Club, based on recommendations of the scholarship selection committee. All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion or national origin. Applications may be obtained at the Cedar Springs Public Library or at the counseling offices at Cedar Springs High School or Creative Technology Academy or by calling 616-696-0090 or 616-696-0456. Applications must be mailed to the Scholarship Committee at PO Box 182, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 and must be postmarked by March 15, 2018. #5

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Non-profit student exchange program seeks representatives


World Heritage International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students in our community. World Heritage provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements, and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American adventure. World Heritage representatives have the opportunity to support American high school students during this transformative year abroad.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, supervise the exchange students in their community throughout the year, and interview American students who wish to spend a semester, year or summer abroad. Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising, including opportunities to earn bonuses.

World Heritage says their primary goal is to contribute to international understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. World Heritage area representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible.

For more information about World Heritage or becoming an area representative, call the World Heritage office at 1-800-888-9040, email them at info@world-heritage.org or go to www.world-heritage.org to learn more.

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Incoming freshmen orientation


The class of 2022 will step into the world of high school and experience freshmen orientation next Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School.

Incoming Freshmen Orientation is the only corporate opportunity for students and their parents to learn about the Michigan Merit Curriculum and receive the CSHS Course Curriculum Guide, walk through the PowerSchool enrollment process, and get general questions about high school answered. 

This meeting is designed to provide parents with information they will need to ensure their child’s success in high school and beyond. 

Highlights include:

  • Review Graduation Requirements 
  • Gain an understanding of course offerings/sequence/credit requirements 
  • Develop a 4-Year Course Plan 
  • Outline PowerSchool Enrollment Process 
  • Discuss World Language Requirement 
  • Advanced Placement Course Information 
  • Dual Enrollment Requirements 
  • Tech 21 Academy Opportunity 
  • Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) & Kent Transition Center (KTC) 
  • College Board Information 
  • Highlight Athletic Requirements and Sports offered 
  • Identify Student Organizations and Clubs 

The event will take place in the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon, at 7 p.m.

Questions? Call 616-696-1200 or email: rebecca.kooi@csredhawks.org (Student Last Name A-K) orshelley.pero@csredhawks.org (Student Last Name L-Z). 

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Laundry comments


A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” 

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder how that happened?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

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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.

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Jan 28: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, January 28th 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 group, North Country Band, who will share their musical talent. 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! #4

The Family Experience

Feb. 3: Join us for a family fun event full of games, ice cream, skits that teach and lots of laughter! Oh, and did we mention that this is completely FREE for everyone! Check us out on Facebook “FX-The Family Experience”@rockfordres. Resurrection Life Church, 3233 – 10 Mile Rd., Saturday, February 3rd from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. #4

Make your own Valentine Cards

Feb. 5: Make your own valentine cards and other items on February 5th with Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation. Classes are $20 and include the supplies to make the card other than adhesives. Pre-registration is required by Friday, February 2nd and can be done online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at the office in CSPS Hilltop Monday-Wednesday. For more information visit the website or call 696-7320. #3,4

The Art of Papermaking

Feb. 6: Back by popular demand! Create unique handcrafted paper with artistic flair and style. Learn techniques to create decorative sheets of paper using various fibers and pulp, a mold and a deckle. Pre-registration required. For adults. Tuesday, February 6th at 6 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. Visit www.kdl.org for more information, 616-784-2007. #4

Auditions for Actors del Arte

Feb. 8: Actors del Arte Ensemble will be holding auditions and casting calls for the upcoming show “Saw Dust and Magic” a comedy/drama about the early circus life of the 1900’s. Casting call runs through February 8th. Looking for all ages, men women, teens and children. Interested parties please contact the director Patricia Rose at 616-874-5264. #4

Valentine’s Snowshoeing at HCNC

Feb. 10: Bundle up this February for a candle lit snow shoe walk! You will make your way on a guided walk to our bonfire, where you will enjoy refreshments and S’mores, before heading back out on your walk. If the snow decides not to show, this will be a trail walk. Remember to get goodies for your sweetheart at our bake sale. All ages welcome. Snow shoe equipment provided. Saturday, February 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Final walk leaves promptly at 8 pm. Non-members $5/ members $3. Pre-registration requested, www.howardchristensen.org. 616-675-3158, Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #4

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The Post travels to Empire snowmobile races

Charlie and Kathy Prahl and daughter, Katia Corwin, recently took the Cedar Springs Post to the Empire Airport Roy Taghon Memorial Snowmobile Races. It was a cold 15-degree day but they enjoyed watching the sleds race, visiting family and friends, and celebrating many memories of Roy (Kathy’s brother) who went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2008. 

Thank you to the Prahl family for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!


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National Popcorn Day

National Popcorn Day is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Various sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the “big game” falls on. The Popcorn Board is often asked about the origins of this day; unfortunately, we do not know how or when this celebration began. Some other individual or organization (with obvious good taste) began this tradition.

If you know of the origins of National Popcorn Day, please email us at: edu@popcorn.org.

In the meantime, here is a recipe to help you celebrate!

Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix


5 cups popped popcorn

3 cups whole grain oat cereal

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup peanuts (or other nuts)

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine

6 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoon light corn syrup


Stir together popcorn, cereal, raisins and nuts in large microwavable bowl; set aside.

Combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in small saucepan.

Heat until boiling; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly.

Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring and scrapping bowl after each minute.

Spread onto greased cookie sheet; cool.

Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

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Auditions to be held 


It’s a new year and a new season of great community theatre productions from the Flat River Community Players. The group is gearing up for three shows in 2018, all performed at the Greenville Area Community Center. They will be holding auditions for their first one, “Wait Until Dark,” on February 5 and 7. 

 “Wait Until Dark” is a classic thriller by Frederick Knott. First on Broadway in 1966, the play involves a lone woman who is the victim of a complex criminal plot.  

The action focuses on Susy, who unwittingly becomes trapped in the center of a dangerous con game. Three criminals cleverly convince her that her husband Sam is the prime suspect in a theft and murder, and that she must help them find the key to his innocence—a doll, which unbeknownst to Susy, contains smuggled heroin.  

Finding the doll and suspecting the men are not who they claim to be, she refuses to hand it over. Susy realizes she needs to force the bad guys to play by her rules…in the dark. And Suzy is blind!  What follows is one of the most tension-filled scenes in modern theatre.

Directed by Larry Moss, the FRCP production of “Wait Until Dark” runs for five performances,  April 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21. Auditions will be held on February 5 and 7. 

Watch the Post for details on the other two shows we will perform this year.

If you have any questions about the group, a particular show, or the audition process, please call the Players at (616) 754-8207, or visit the website www.frcplayers.org, where there is a link to the FRCP Facebook page.

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