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Loss of spouse grief support program

 

Hospice of Michigan will host a Loss of Spouse grief support program on Aug. 19.

The program will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hospice of Michigan’s office, 989 Spaulding Ave. SE in Ada, and will feature a presentation from Ron Gries, author of Through Death to Life. Gries’ book is a collection of poetry and prose he wrote during his wife’s five-year battle with cancer, which eventually took her life. During his presentation, Gries will reflect on his experience and discuss dying, living, grief, healing and hope.

The program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Sue Glover at 616.356.5255 or sglover@hom.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.

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug 11: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. August 11th, from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. August 13th, from 6-9pm, and Sat. August 15th, from 8 am-4:30 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #30,31p

Help Promote Literacy

Aug. 11: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday August 11th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 2 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. 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 Center 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. #31

Summer Rummage Sale

Aug. 12,13: A Summer Rummage Sale sponsored by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will be held August 12th from 9 am to 7 pm and August 13th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church fellowship hall at the corner of Church and Main St. #30,31

Kid’s Klub at East Nelson UMC

Aug. 13: Kid’s Klub for kids 4 to 12 will start on Thursday, August 13th from  6 – 8 pm at East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. Vacation Bible School doesn’t have to end. We are having it every week! Come and join us for a Bible Adventure with games, crafts, music and snacks. #31

Rocket Cheer Camp

Aug. 15: We have our last rocket cheer camp for this season on Saturday, August 15th from 9 am to noon at Red Hawk Elementary in the gym. Cost is $25 and camp is for grades 3rd thru 8th . Sign up by downloading a registration form at www.cedarspirngsyouthcheerleading.com or directly at the door the day of. Any questions, call April Pierson at 616-723-2049 or Ann Olszewski at 616-799-2370. #31

Keeler Brass Picnic

Aug. 18: The Fourth Annual Keeler Brass Picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 18th at 11 am. Potluck dinner – Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Salisbury Park on W. Lake St., Sand Lake. Please spread the word to others. If it rains the potluck will be held in the church across from the park. #31p

Give Blood in Honor of Zander

Aug. 21: Be somebody who gives in honor of Zander. Give blood on Friday, August 21st from 2 to 7 pm at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. – in the Gym. Appointments preferred – 866-MIBLOOD or https://donate.miblood.org & sponsor code 23872. On June 12th , 9 month old Zander was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. You can follow Zander’s progress on Facebook at Zander’s Journey. Feel free to post words of encouragement or advice.  #31

Pierson School Reunion

Aug. 22: Pierson School Alumni are invited to a reunion on Saturday, August 22nd from 9 am to 12 noon at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand, Pierson. A donation towards coffee and doughnuts is appreciated. For more information email Fran at sherm8523@comcast.net. #31

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 2: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 3rd. Come in and show us what you’ve got. Tryouts on Wednesdays September 2, 9 & 16 at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #31

Bramble Ramble at MCC

Sept. 26: Montcalm Community College’s Bramble Ramble 5K trail run and 1 mile walk is Saturday, September 26th at 9 am on the college’s Sidney campus. Early registration by September 18th is $20 per person and includes a swag bag. Registration after September 18th is on-site the day of the race and is $25 per person. Visit www.montcalm.edu/nature-trails for an entry form. For more information, email cherylm@montcalm.edu or naturetrails@montcalm.edu. #31

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Kent County Youth Fair – August 10th – 15th

KCYF-logoDaily Events – Free fun all day long!

Chase’s Racing Pigs… shows at 1pm, 4pm & 7pm Daily; Saturday at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, & 7pm… by Draft Horse Tent

Ag Adventure… play and learn about livestock and agriculture… Foreman Building

Meijer Children’s Barnyard… petting zoo by Fair Entrance

Antique Tractors on Display… Foreman Bldg

Draft Horse & Tractor Shuttles… park & ride in fair style

Free Entertainment Tent… fantastic events everyday… near Midway

BINGO… 1pm-5pm; 6pm-10pm Daily… next to Free Entertainment Tent

Track Events… Pulls and more, evenings on the track!

Ron Wenger Memorial Tractor… play & learn on the tractor!… by Children’s Barnyard

Schedule of events

Friday, AUGUST 7TH

10am Dog Showmanship, Obedience & Rally… Klackle Orchards Pavilion

Saturday, AUGUST 8TH

10am-3pm Still Exhibit Judging… Free Ent Tent

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH

2:30pm Explore Recognition… Free Ent Tent

4:30pm-6pm Pork Dinner… bbq pork or chicken ($6.50) or hot dog ($4)… Event Tent

6:30pm Opening Ceremonies & Royal Court Coronation… Free Ent Tent

7pm Goat Team Fitting… Reath Barn

8pm Horse Kick-Off Event… Practice Arena

Monday, AUGUST 10TH - Heroes’ day

Heroes’ park free! Active military, Veterans, Fire, Police and EMT’s show your ID at the gate for free parking and The Kent County Youth Fair thanks you for your service.

9am Horse Judging: Showmanship… Horse Arena

9am-1pm Off Road Vehicle Safety Class… free, but please register at kcyf.org/off-road-vehicle-boating-safety-classes… King Building

9:30am Goat Judging: Showmanship Breed and Market Classes; Costume Contest follows… Reath Barn

Noon-2pm Youth Talent Contest Registration… entry forms available at kcyf.org… North Entrance

1pm Cavy Breed & Showmanship… Rabbit Tent

2pm Horse Judging: Grand & Reserve Showmanship… Horse Arena

3pm Horse Explorers: Explorer Showmanship & Riding… Horse Arena

4pm-7pm Michigan Blood Center Blood Drive… Get on the bus! Please register at kcyf.org to make an appointment or stop by the bus.

5pm Rabbit Breed Judging… Rabbit Tent

5pm Antique Tractor Pull Weigh In… Track

5pm-Close Carnival Rides Open… Wristband Special: $14; Mega Pass Specials*: Any 5 days for $50, a savings of at least $33; Any 3 days for $36, a savings of at least $17! *Mega Passes *Non-transferable *No Rain Checks *No Refunds *Available at the Fair Business Office.

6pm Swine Showmanship… Reath Barn

6pm Horse Judging: Senior/Horsemasters Presentations… Horse Arena

6:30pm Youth Fashion Show… Free Ent Tent

7pm Antique Tractor Pull: Open Event… Track

7pm Youth Talent Contest… Open Event with Cash Prizes; see kcyf.org/entertainment for more details… Free Ent Tent

7:30pm Horse Judging: Contesting: Down & Back; Poles… Horse Arena

Tuesday, August 11th - reading for rides day

10am-8pm The college of veterinary medicine… Meijer Children’s Barnyard

8am Horse Judging: Jumping… Horse Arena

9am Poultry Judging… Poultry Barn

9am Swine Judging: Market Class; Explorer Showmanship Following… Reath Barn

9am-2pm Boating Safety Class… free, but please register at kcyf.org/off-road-vehicle-boating-safety-classes… King Building

11:30pm Performing Arts Vocal & Instrumental: Registration… Free Ent Tent

Noon Performing Arts Vocal & Instrumental Judging… Free Ent Tent

Noon Horse Judging: Hunter Hack… Horse Arena

Noon-4pm Reading for Rides & Book Exchange… Kids ride carnival free with completed registration form!… Go to kcyf.org for registration form and complete rules… Midway

Noon-4pm Free blood Pressure Check… Event Tent

1:30pm Horse Judging: Hunt Seat Ground Poles… Horse Arena

2pm Cattle Fitting Clinic, Team Fitting Contest… Beef Arena

2pm-Close Carnival Rides Open… Wristband Special: $18; $3.00 off Carnival Coupon available at many locations in Kent County; Carnival coupon is good for Tuesday ONLY. Mega Pass Specials*: Any 5 days for $50, a savings of at least $33; Any 3 days for $36, a savings of at least $17!

3:30pm Horse Judging: Hunter Hack… Horse Arena

4pm Dog Agility Registration… Football Field

4pm Goat Trail Class… Reath Barn

4pm Horse Judging: Saddle Seat… Horse Arena

4:15pm The Illusionist, Tom Coverly… Free Ent Tent

4:30pm Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Construction… King Building

4:30pm Dog Agility Judging… Football Field

5pm Rabbit Judging: Showmanship… Rabbit Tent

5:30pm Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Parade… Midway to Horse Barns/Arena

7pm Horse Judging: Pleasure: Hunt Seat, Western… Horse Arena

7pm Club KCYF with the Mid-West Dueling Pianos… Free Ent Tent

Wednesday, August 12th – Community Day

Local non-profits join us at fair from 2pm to 7pm

8am Beef Steer Market Classes… Horse Arena

8am Horse Judging: Hunt Seat Equitation… Horse Arena

8:30am-10am Performing Arts: Storytelling, Puppetry & Theater Judging… Free Ent Tent

9am Goat Milking Contest… Goat Barn

9am Dairy Market Judging: Showmanship, Market, Explorer… Reath Barn

9am Horse Judging: Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and Western Riding Patterns… Horse Arena

10am-8pm The college of veterinary medicine… Meijer Children’s Barnyard

10:30am-Noon Performing Arts: Dance and other evaluations… Free Ent Tent

12:30pm-2pm Performing Arts: Clown Judging… Free Ent Tent

1pm-5pm Michigan Blood Center Blood Drive… North Entrance

1pm Feeder Beef Judging & Beef Breed Heifer Show (time approx. following lunch break)… Beef Arena

2pm Rabbit & Cavy Individual Quiz Bowl and Breed Identification… Rabbit Tent

2pm-7pm Visit Local Kid-Oriented Non-Profit Organizations… Midway

2pm-Close Carnival Rides Open… Wristband Special: $18; Mega Pass Specials*; Any 3 days for $36, a savings of at least $17

4pm Horse Judging: Reining and Bareback… Horse Arena

4pm Sheep Judging: Market, Showmanship & Breed… Reath Barn

5pm Dodge Ball Tournament… Teams of 5 will work their way to the top! Get rules & entry form at kcyf.org/dodgeball… Football Field

5pm Alpaca Obstacle Course… Football Field

6pm Rabbit & Cavy Costume Class & Adult Showmanship… Rabbit Tent

6:30pm Horse Explorers: Explorer Stick Horse Reining Event… Practice Arena

6:30pm Horse Judging: Contesting: Speed & Action and Keyhole… Horse Arena

7pm Draft Horse Pull… Using Barnyard Rules…Track

7pm Kari Lynch Band… Free Ent Tent

Thursday, August 13th – Agricultural Day

8am Horse Judging: Dressage Tests… Horse Arena

8am Beef Showmanship… Beef Arena

9am-11am Goat Quiz Bowl… Free Ent Tent

10am Rabbit & Cavy Explorer…Rabbit Tent

10am-2pm The college of veterinary medicine… Meijer Children’s Barnyard

Noon Horse Judging: Equitation: Dressage Seat; Western; Gymkhana… Horse Arena

Noon Livestock Auction begins… Small Animals Sale Order: Rabbit, Poultry, Goats followed by the Sale of Champions; Large Animals Sale approximately 2pm. Sale Order: Swine, Sheep, Feeder Calf, Gallon of Milk, Beef followed by the Sale of Champions… Reath Barn

1pm-3pm Youth Variety Show… Free Ent Tent

2pm-Close Carnival Rides Open… Wristband Special: $18; Mega Pass Specials*; Any 3 days for $36, a savings of at least $17

6pm Tractor Games Check-In… Bring your tractor and compete in various timed events… Track

6:30pm Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Contesting Event… Practice Arena

6:30pm Horse Judging: Contesting: Flag and Cloverleaf… Horse Arena

7pm Extrication Demonstration… Near Foreman Bldg

7pm Tractor Games… Track

7pm-9:45pm West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association Presents Steam Powered BlueGrass & Out of the Blue… Free Ent Tent

Friday, August 14th – Handi-capable Day

8am Horse Judging: Trail… Horse Arena

10am Dairy Showmanship Classes: Dairy Type Classes immediately following… Reath Barn

11am Rabbit Agility & Cavy Obstacle Course…Rabbit Tent

11am-2pm Carnival Rides & Luncheon for Special Needs Individuals… Lunch is 11am-1pm, rides from noon-2pm… King Building/Midway, attending is free but please register at kcyf.org/handi-capable-day

Noon Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Trail Event… Horse Arena

1pm Horse Judging: Grand & Reserve Equitation… Horse Arena

2pm-Close Carnival Rides Open… Wristband Special: $18 6pm Cow Pie Bingo Ticket Sales… Beef Barn

2pm Goat Parent “Fun bowl” Class… Rabbit Tent

2pm-4pm Teen Leadership Judging… Event Tent

2:30pm Tractor Driving Judging… Track

3pm Alpaca Showmanship (including Explorers)… Reath Barn

3pm Horse Judging: Versatility… Horse Arena

6pm Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Team Games… Horse Arena

6:30pm Horse Judging: Team Performance Games… Horse Arena

6:30-10:30pm Country Karaoke with Diva Productions… Free Ent Tent

7pm Extrication Demonstration… Presented by Lowell Fire Dept.

7pm Cow Pie Bingo, Silent Auction…Beef Arena

8pm-11pm Family Line Dance with Lia’s Line Dancing & Dance Moves… Reath Barn

Saturday, August 15th – Meijer Kids’ Day

9am-Noon $1 parking with 3 or more non-perishable food items. All food items will be donated to the food pantry at F.R.O.M.

All Day Scavenger Hunt… Get your scavenger hunt page at guest services or print at kcyf.org/kids-day. All who complete the hunt will be put into a drawing to win one of several bicycles… Fairgrounds

8:30am Showmanship Sweepstakes… Reath Barn

9am Horse Awards Ceremony… Free Ent Tent

10am Little Britches Rodeo- Slack… Horse Arena

Noon-5pm Live & Local… local youth bands… Free Ent Tent

Noon-6pm Carnival Rides Open… BOGO FREE Ride Armbands: Noon-2; Use your $2 off food coupon from Reading for Rides for some great food!

2pm Alpaca Costume Classes… Reath Barn

2pm Little Britches Rodeo… Rodeo fun for everyone!… Horse Arena

2pm Ice Cream Social hosted by the Milky Way 4-H Club… Free, while supplies last… Midway

3pm Princess Tea Party… King Building

3pm Puff the Dragon Pedal Pull: Youth Classes… Midway

5pm-8pm Release of Horses

6pm Little Britches Rodeo… Main Event. No cover charge… Horse Arena

7pm Truck Stop Cobras… Free Ent Tent

9pm Release of Breeding Stock & Still Exhibits

10pm Release of Market Animals

11pm Kent County Youth Fair Closes for 2015.

Release of all other Exhibits

See you in 2016!

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Some of the best two-line jokes

 

Parallel lines have so much in common.

It’s a shame they’ll never meet.

 

Someone stole my Microsoft Office and they’re gonna pay.

You have my Word.

 

How do you find Will Smith in the snow?

You look for the fresh prints.

 

I went to an emotional wedding Saturday.

Even the cake was in tiers.

 

We have a genetic predisposition for diarrhea.

Runs in our jeans.

 

What did the pirate say when he turned 80?

Aye Matey.

 

I took the shell off my racing snail, thinking it would make him run faster.

It just made him more sluggish.

 

How do you think the unthinkable?

With an itheberg.

 

Someone stole my mood ring,

I don’t know how I feel about that.

 

I tried to catch fog yesterday,

Mist.

 

I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high.

She looked surprised.

 

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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #30

BBQ Dinner for HCNC

July 31: Come join Howard Christensen Nature Center on Friday, July 31st, at the Cellar Brewing Company, 500 E. Division St., Sparta for a smoked BBQ dinner with all the fixins served from 5:30 pm until gone. Family friendly. Proceeds to benefit HCNC. #30

Greenville Fly-In, Drive-In, Walk-In Lions Club Breakfast

Aug. 1: Help support the Young Eagles Program by coming to the Greenville Fly-In, Drive-In, Walk-In Lions Club “Big” Breakfast on Saturday, August 1st from 7:30 am to 11 am at the Greenville Municipal Airport (6D6), 10593 Southwest Greenville Rd., Greenville. Hearty homemade breakfast. Menu includes breakfast burrito, sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage, hash browns, fruit, coffee, juice and doughnuts. Adults $6, Children ages 6-12 $4, ages 6 and under -free. Static display by Greenville Area Motorcycle and Corvette Clubs. Hosted by Greenville Area Aviation Association. Several door prizes! Free aviation toy for all ages 5-12 years of age! #30p

Friends of Skinner Field open house 

Aug. 2: The Friends of Skinner Field is an organization dedicated to the renovation and preservation of Skinner Field.  We will be holding an open house at the field on Sunday, August 2nd from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  We will have carnival games, concessions, and an adult corn hole tournament (registration begins at 12:00 pm).  Join us for food, fun and games.  Let us show you all the things that make Skinner Field the great place it is and share with you the many ways we would like to update the facility. #30

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 3: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, August 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, veggies, rolls, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #30p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Aug. 4,11,18,25: 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. #30

VBS at Huggard Bible

Aug. 3-5: Come join us for VBS and learn about God’s Word. August 3rd – 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Huggard Bible of Sand Lake. For ages 3 to the end of 6th grade. For more info call the church at 616-636-5561. #28-30p

Metron’s Annual Family Fun Day

Aug. 7: Metron of Cedar Springs located at 400 Jeffrey would like to invite the community to their Annual Family Fun Day on August 7, 2015, from 4pm to 7pm. Activities for the day include: bounce house, games for the children, live musical entertainment, food/drinks and fun for all. Hope to see you August 7. #30

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug 11: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. August 11th, from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. August 13th, from 6-9pm, and Sat. August 15th, from 8 am-4:30 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #30,31p

Golf For Kids

Aug. 11: The 15th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters is on Tuesday, August 11th at Candlestone Golf Resort. This is a 4 man scramble, shotgun start with registration at 9 am and starting at 10 am. There will be raffles and contests, new and traditional games. The cost for this event is $90/golfer or $360/team which includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner and various awards. Dinner guests are welcome at $25 each. Please pre-register by August 7th by calling 989-463-3434 or email us at kids@bbbsgm.org. #30

Summer Rummage Sale

Aug. 12,13: A Summer Rummage Sale sponsored by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will be held August 12th from 9 am to 7 pm and August 13th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church fellowship hall at the corner of Church and Main St. #30,31

Quilt Fundraiser for Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL

Aug. 15: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Friends of the Library are sponsoring a drawing for a “Bouquet of Violets” queen size hand-made quilt. Donations for a ticket are $10. Only 300 tickets are available. Tickets are available at the library. Drawing will be held on August 15th at 4 pm. Need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to the Sand Lake Summer Safari and the Orphan Train Program this fall. For information call 877-243-2466. #29,30p

Garage/Prom Dress Sale

Aug. 19-21: The Class of 2016 parents will be hosting a garage sale/homecoming and prom dress sale on August 19, 20 and 21st from 9 am – 8 pm. We are looking for donations of gently used formal dresses and other items to sell in order to raise funds for the senior all night party. If you are able to help please contact Teresa, 616-293-0380, or Patti, 616-881-9579 and we would be happy to make arrangements to pick up your donations. Make a note to come out to the middle school in August and look at all the dresses and other items we have for sale. #30

MCC’s Golf Outing is Aug. 28

Aug. 28: Montcalm Community College’s second annual Golf Outing is Aug. 28 at Brookside Golf Course in Gowen. Registration and a networking breakfast are from 8 to 8:45 a.m., followed by a welcome and event program from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Tee time is at 9:30 a.m. Lunch also is provided. Registration is due Aug. 14 and is $50 per person or $200 per four-person team, which includes breakfast and lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart and prizes. If you don’t have a team and you still want to golf, you may sign up as an individual and be added to a team. To attend only the lunch is $10. All proceeds from the golf outing will go toward the purchase of updated training equipment for education. To register, go to www.montcalm.edu/golfouting. For more information, contact Ryan Wilson at (989) 328-1245 or ryan.wilson@montcalm.edu. #30b

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Traveling Zoo comes shows animal super powers

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N-Zoo2Last week Wednesday, July 15, Rhiannon, an animal handler from the John Ball Zoo, put on a presentation for the library’s Summer Reading Program at Cedar Springs Middle School. She shared about some amazing animals and their super powers. And she brought along some live animals, including a screech owl, a tortoise, a king snake, and a chinchilla.

With the phrase, “Eyes on the side, born to hide. Eyes in the front, born to hunt,” she taught us an easy way to identify whether an animal is a hunter or a prey animal,” said Kelly Roach, of the Cedar Springs Public Library. “It was a really great opportunity for the community of

Cedar Springs to learn more about some of the animals that live in our backyard, as well as animals that come from different areas!”

For more info on summer reading programs, visit www.cedarspringslibrary.org or call 696-1910.

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Waiting for years

 

A man and his wife had built their dream house some years ago, and furnished it with quality pieces as they could afford them. Now the delivery truck carrying the last purchase, a new bedroom suite, was pulling into the driveway.

“Finally!” the wife exclaimed, flinging open the front door as the driver walked up to the house. “I’ve been waiting twelve years for this!”

“Don’t blame me, lady,” he said. “I just got the order this morning.”

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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.

Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing

July 26: The Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Sunday July 26th at Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd. It is a 4 man scramble with a 2 pm shotgun start. Contact Tom Cargill at 616-299-1392 for more information or if you can’t play and would like to sponsor a hole. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Springs High School Joel Stone Scholarship. #28,29p

Nature’s Superheroes

July 28: Nature has its own cast of Superheroes! Learn how plants and animals use their superpowers to preserve our super environment. Explore through hands-on activities, games and animal observations with Nature on the Go! For families. Tuesday, July 28th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #29

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 29: The cook books have been studied, the selection has been made.  The kitchen’s warming up; soon the aroma of Baked Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Blueberry Muffins will infiltrate your stuffins.  Are your taste buds beginning to dance?  We’re extending the invitation to those age 60 (perhaps a little more), to waltz thru our door.  Follow the aroma at Noon the 29th of July to our corner of M-82 and Beech. #29

The Porters in Concert

July 29: Come swing and dance to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience. For families. Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

Model Airplane Airshow

July 29: Do you love airshows? How about model airplanes? The Wolverine Skyhawks join up with the Cedar Springs Library to put on a fantastic AIRSHOW out at their Landing Strip at 13540 West Street here in Cedar Springs on Wed., July 29 at 6pm. All summer readers up to 12th grade will get a ticket for a chance to win a model airplane! Grab a chair and join your friends for a great time! #29

Heritage Festival in Sidney

July 30-Aug. 1: The 29th annual Heritage Festival is July 30th through August 1st at Montcalm Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. The three day celebration features historical displays, events, refreshments and music for all ages. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about the Montcalm Heritage Festival. #29

17th Annual Shoot for Life

Aug. 1: Shoot for Life is a Sporting Clays Tournament to benefit Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs on Saturday, August 1st from 9 am to 3 pm. Your $50 entry fee per person includes: A tax-deductible donation to Alpha, a 50-target round of clays, a catered lunch, and 2 boxes of shotgun shells. If you bring your own shells, there will be an extra $12-15 to Alpha! Lewis Class scoring means anyone can win a trophy! Trophies for: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in 3 Open divisions, a Ladies’ Champion, and an 18-and-under Youth Champion. Please pre-register! For registrations, questions, directions, donations etc., please contact the Haymarsh Hunt Club, 11959 Jefferson Rd., Morley, MI 49336, 989-352-7050 or email tim@haymarsh.com. Station sponsorships and volunteers are welcomed and appreciated! #29

VBS at Huggard Bible

Aug. 3-5: Come join us for VBS and learn about God’s Word. August 3rd – 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Huggard Bible of Sand Lake. For ages 3 to the end of 6th grade. For more info call the church at 616-636-5561. #28-30p

Quilt Fundraiser for Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL

Aug. 15: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Friends of the Library are sponsoring a drawing for a “Bouquet of Violets” queen size hand-made quilt. Donations for a ticket are $10. Only 300 tickets are available. Tickets are available at the library. Drawing will be held on August 15th at 4 pm. Need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to the Sand Lake Summer Safari and the Orphan Train Program this fall. For information call 877-243-2466. #29,30p

Kent Theatre Golf Fundraiser

Aug. 15: The Cedar Springs Theatre Association presents the 15th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Fundraiser on Saturday, August 15th, at The Falls at Barber Creek, 16030 Barber Creek Rd., Kent City. All 18 (new nine) holes will be open for play for this event! $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, Hit the Boat, raffle and other contests. Sign-up at 1 pm with a shotgun start at 2 pm. $240 for a team of 4 which includes golf cart, Texas style beef brisket/ smoked turkey dinner. Register before August 1st for $60 each. Entry fees are non-refundable. Rain or shine. For more information call Len Allington at 231-750-2337 or email Len@laphoto.com.  Proceeds go to renovations of the Kent Theatre. #29

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month

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A passionate gourmet, Thomas Jefferson acquired a stock of standard French recipes. Among the most popular of these recipes at Monticello was this one for vanilla ice cream, written by Jefferson, with his own recipe for Savoy cookies to accompany the dessert on the back.

Did you know that nine out of ten people love ice cream? Or that vanilla is the best selling flavor? Or that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790? Those are just some of the facts being celebrated National Ice Cream month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population.

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Besides Washington spending $200 on ice cream, inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream on this page. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream “Sunday” in the late 1890’s. The name was eventually changed to “sundae” to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

Check out some of the ice cream shops on this page—and don’t forget to cut out the coupon. You just might something new you like!

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Rockford Theatre company presents classic summer play 

 

ENT-Play-princess-and-the-peaPrincess and the Pea July 16-17 in Rockford

In the three years since it was launched, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company of Rockford has provided family-friendly entertainment to more than 1,000 people in myriad productions touching on everything from tragedy to comedy.

This legacy of entertainment has not gone unnoticed; its summer production of The Princess and the Pea, which takes the stage this week, is already sold out for opening night on Wednesday.

Tickets are still available for Thursday, July 16 and Friday July 17. The classic story by Hans Christian Andersen will be performed at North Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division St. in Rockford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“The buzz about the play has really taken off; this is the first time in our three years that an opening night performance has sold out,’’ said Matt Erste, RRCTC Board chairman.

“The play takes a classic and beloved story and brings it to life with a talented group of young performers from the Rockford area,’’ Erste said. “It’s a good mid-summer diversion and offers to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.’’

Fun and commitment to community are touchstones of the theatre group, which formed in the summer 2012 as the successor of Rogue River Theatre, launched in the 1990s.

For more information about the group and the upcoming play, visit its website at www.RRCTC.org.

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