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Elvis meets Tom Jones Tribute Performance 


Saturday, October 18, 7 p.m. Rockford American Legion

Come enjoy a night of fun at the Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Drive, on Saturday, October 18, when the international award-winning performer Irv Cass does his Elvis meets Tom Jones Tribute Performance at 7 p.m.

Irv Cass has performed at places such as; House of Blues, Chicago, IL, Las Vegas Hilton, The Stratosphere, Las Vegas, NV, Hippodrome, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Elvis Birthday Tribute, Star, Plaza, Merrillville, IN, and Vancouver, British Fest, Ontario, Canada.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Reserved VIP seats are $15, general admission $10. Call 866-2001 for more information and/or to purchase tickets.


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Zombies take over Grand Rapids 


October 25 – Halloween nighttime 5K race is one of only a few in the U.S.

The 3rd annual Zombie Dash will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. The run, with waves from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., features a 5K course along the Grand River, including “Apocalypse Avenue,” full of junked cars and “Kill Hill,” a challenging climb up the tallest hill in Grand Rapids.

“It’s a 5K run at night, but it is definitely more than just a run,” said Mark VanTongeren, co-owner and race director of Michigan Adventure Racing LLC. “Its part run, part obstacle course and part haunted house.”

The race pits survivors against the undead in a 5K run occurring between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Runners follow a course along the Grand River. “Runners have three flag-football life strips to keep from the zombies, and each strip they keep gets them a minute shaved off their time,” said VanTongeren. “The runners have the most fun at Apocalypse Avenue. We drag in old cars and have the zombies on the cars. Over 100 of our 350 zombies are in that area and the runners have to dodge them.”

The race takes place from sunset to darkness. Those beginning before sunset can almost make it home before dark if they are quick. Survivors at later start times will race as darkness falls. Runners in later waves will be required to wear a headlamp or flashlight for safety.

You can register as either a runner or a zombie. The cost for runners is $45 (kids 10 and under free with parent/guardian) and zombies “eat” for free (or $15 if they want the shirt). For info and deadlines to register, go to http://thezombiedash.com.

The charity partner for this race is the Michigan Blood Stem Cell Program, which educates the public about the importance of the Be The Match registry and marrow/stem cell donation. Last year there were over 1,200 runners and 350 zombies who participated. $5,000 was raised for Michigan Blood’s Stem Cell Program.

“We are very honored that Michigan Adventure Racing has chosen us (Michigan Blood’s Stem Cell Program) again this year and are donating part of the proceeds to help us add more donors to the Be The Match registry,” said Katie McClain, Stem Cell Recruitment Specialist and Be The Match Representative at Michigan Blood.  “Only 55 percent of sick people find a match, so adding more to the registry will help find more matches, give hope, and ultimately save lives. Through recruitment efforts at last year’s race, a donor was matched with a 10-year-old boy needing a stem cell transplant which saved his life.”

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The saga of the sewing machine ad


The following is an ad from a newspaper that appeared four days in a row—the last three hopelessly trying to correct the first day’s mistake.

For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale.  Phone 948-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap.

Notice: We regret having erred in R. D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read “One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 p.m.”

Notice: R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yesterday. The ad stands correct as follows: “For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 948-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him.”

Notice: I, R. D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I intentionally broke it. Don’t call 948-0707 as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she has now quit.


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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.

Rummage Sale

Oct. 16-18: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 Maple St., is hosting a Rummage Sale on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, from 9 am to 5 pm and October 18, from 9 am to 12 noon. #42


Garage Sale for CSHS Wrestlers

Oct. 16-18: A garage sale for the Cedar Springs High School Wrestlers will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 16, 17 & 18 from 9 am to ?, at 4266 Ives Farm Lane, Cedar Springs, off White Creek Ave., north of Russell Rd. Furniture, household, clothes. All proceeds to support the CSHS Wrestlers upcoming trip to State. #42


Craft and Home Business Sale

Oct. 18: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild is sponsoring their Craft and Home Business Sale on Saturday, October 18th. Stop in at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 East Division St., Rockford between 9 am and 3 pm. Public is welcome. Free Admission. #42


Hayrides at Pioneer Church.

Oct. 18: Join us for hayrides, hotdogs and cider this Saturday starting at 6 pm at Pioneer Church. A wagon will travel along our 1 mile path located at the corner of Algoma and 17 Mile Rd. Follow the two track up the hill or enter from the Algoma Ave. driveway. Any questions, visit our website: www.pioneercrc.org or give us a call at 616-696-9120. #42


Free Movie! “God’s Not Dead”

Oct. 18,19: A very powerful movie, with great explanations and scientific research. Free admission, free popcorn, free lemonade and reasonable soft drinks. Showing at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Saturday October 18th at 3 pm and 7 pm and Sunday October 19 at 3 pm. #41,42p


Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 20: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, October 20th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #42p

Sensational Senses!

Oct. 21: See, hear, smell, touch, taste! Come join us as we explore the world through our five senses! For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, October 21 at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #42

Spectacular Pumpkins and Gourds

Oct. 22: The Greenville Garden Club presents: Spectacular Pumpkins and Gourds on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 pm. The feature speaker is Julie Glover, a member of the Michigan Gourd Society and the Gourd Society of America. She will share techniques for carving, painting and preparing gourds. Public is welcome. Greenville Area Community Center, 900 Kent Rd. For more information call 616-754-9163. #42

Free Money Management Classes

Oct. 22: “Plan your Financial Future” classes are Oct. 22 and 29 from 6 to 9 pm in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. Registration is free by calling 616-754-7706. #42

MCC’s Haunted Indoor Forest

Oct. 24,25: Montcalm Community College’s Art Club hosts it Haunted Indoor Forest from 6 to 8 pm on October 24 and 25 in the Instruction North Building on the college’s Sidney campus. A $2 donation is suggested for admission. #42

Pumpkin Walk and Carving

Oct. 25: Pumpkin carving and trail walk at Howard Christensen Nature Center. $8 per person (includes one pumpkin). The evening begins at 5 pm at the Red Pine Center with pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving contest. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. After carving and judging, the pumpkins will be lit and laid out along a trail where a pumpkin lit trail walk will take place. Event lasts until approximately 8:30 pm. 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #42,43


Harvest Brains at KDL

Oct. 25: Save your brains! Build a survival bag, practice your aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Saturday, October 25 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth Street. For teens, grades 6-12. #42

Exotic Pet Bird Fair and Expo

Oct. 25: The Great Lakes Avicultural Society’s 38th Annual Exotic Pet Bird Fair and Expo will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 10 am to 4 pm at the 28th Street Showplace, 1256 28th St. SW Wyoming, Michigan. This is the largest bird fair in west Michigan and features birds for sale, toys, cages, food and other supplies. There will also be raffles, a bake sale, and educational displays about companion birds and their proper care. NO birds may be brought in by the general public. For more info: 616-361-0140 or email mawtiel@aol.com. #42


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Bootacular at Solon Market

ENT-BooWhere do ghosts go for a good time in Cedar? Solon Market, of course!  The Market is hosting its second annual Bootacular Event this Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Ghoulies and Ghosties and little beasties are all welcome to participate in a costume contest, parade, trunk-or-treat and a craft.  There will be treats for everyone and special treat bags for the first 25 kids to arrive.  Prizes will be awarded for the most original, scariest and cutest costumes.  The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. so don’t be late!

ENT-BatsThen Zumba-ween with Monica Sanders.  The dance is on for a full hour of fun beginning at 11:00 a.m.!  Come in costume or come in streets, but be prepared for a fun-filled workout! Never tried Zumba? Here’s your chance! It’s free! It’s invigorating! It’s a blast! What are you waiting for?

Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Ave. Market hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Treats will be given out throughout the Market day, but the costume contest begins at 10:00 a.m. See you at Market!

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What to choose?

An angel suddenly appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean of the college that, in return for his unselfish and exemplary behavior, he will be given his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects infinite wisdom.

“Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a cloud of smoke and a bolt of lightning.

Now, all heads turn toward the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something wise.”

The dean looks at them and says, “I should have taken the money.”




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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.


Children’s Blessing of the Pets

Oct. 12: A children’s Blessing of the Pets will be held in the fellowship hall at The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, on Sunday, October 12th at 2 pm for children grade 6 and under. Medals for all. Please bring an adult and provide restraint for your pet. We would love to meet you and your pet. For more information contact Keith at 616-696-1246. #40,41p


TOPS weight loss support group

Oct. 14: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #38


Community Food Truck

Oct. 16: We will be having a Community Food Truck coming in to serve 100+ families food to take home. Thursday, October 16th starting at 4 pm. The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs. First come, first served. All people that are food deficient will be accepted. No income or other guidelines. If you need a little help show up! #41


Elvis Meets Tom Jones Tribute

Oct. 18: Elvis meets Tom Jones Tribute Performance by the International Award Winning Irv Cass! Saturday, October 18th at 7 pm at the Rockford American Legion – 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford. Doors open at 6 pm. Reserved VIP seats $15 – General admission $10. Call 616-866-2001 for more information and/or to purchase tickets. #41


Free Movie! “God’s Not Dead”

Oct. 18,19: A very powerful movie, with great explanations and scientific research. Free admission, free popcorn, free lemonade and reasonable soft drinks. Showing at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Saturday October 18th at 3 pm and 7 pm and Sunday October 19 at 3 pm. #41,42p


Y do You Hate Me?

Oct. 21: The Kent School Services Network is presenting “Y do You Hate Me?” (Anti-Bullying) with speaker Jeff Veley, President – Where Are You Going Productions. Jeff is a former troubled teen turned award-winning youth speaker with a powerful message for students, parents and educators. He engages diverse audiences through illusions, clean comedy, and speaking on topics like bulling and healthy relationships. Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium. Open to parents, students and community members. #41


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Write Michigan short story contest 

ENT-Write-Michigan-KidsBookSigningThe third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 900 Michigan writers in its second year, is back.

The contest is presented by the Kent District Library, Schuler Books and Music, and Herrick District Library.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up). Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult Something Strange and Deadly series, will present the keynote.

Participating libraries are offering writing workshops for adults, teens and children. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.html.

For more information, visit www.writemichigan.org.

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Montcalm Neighborhood Watch picnic


Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch program is teaming up again with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Montcalm County Emergency Services, the Montcalm Township Fire Department, numerous other area fire departments, and many additional agencies to offer an old-fashioned picnic for the whole family to enjoy and to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. The activities are planned for Saturday, October 4th from11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Montcalm Township Hall Complex located on M-91 in Turk Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy free hot dogs, chips, and ice cream, plus lots of fun, demonstrations, displays, and entertainment from WGLM 106.3 Radio who will be broadcasting live during the event.

This will be the seventh year this event has been held and it promises to be the best display of county services ever provided.

One of the most fascinating and informative exhibits over the past couple of years has been the demonstration of extrication procedures by the Montcalm Township Fire Department. They will be using the Jaws of Life to demonstrate their skill in extricating victims from two vehicles involved in simulated crashes. Several other area fire departments and their specialized equipment will also be present to represent the mutual aid cooperation that exists between agencies and to bring awareness to the National Fire Protection Week, which begins the following day.

Many other exhibits and demonstrations will be available including the ever popular Smoke House, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Marine Division, the Dive Team, the Mobile Command Center, Michigan Working Dogs, the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a dunk tank, and United Lifestyles Drunk Driving Course. A Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch representative will be available with information to help you keep yourself, your family and property safe.

A Michigan Blood Drive is being added this year as a way in which to give back to our community and its residents. They will be present from 10 until 2 for donations and state they would prefer appointments, if possible. Interested individuals may contact Clif Dickinson @ 616-754-1780.

For more information in the picnic, please contact Dawn Miles at 616-788-8602.


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