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Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour 2017 

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve comes to Grand Rapids on December 3 

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2017. Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. The 2017 winter tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, including a stop at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids for two shows on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Show times are 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $48.50, $58.50, $68.50, and $78.50 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local charities courtesy of TSO. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to every order and prices are subject to change.

TSO’s tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on The Ghosts of Christmas Eve for the 2017 tour. Beginning November 16, fans will experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2017’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America.

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Impressive Dinner

 

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea. “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

“I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother.

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”

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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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New teen outreach at Cedar Rock Sportsplex

 

On August 8, Refuge Youth Network Michigan met for the first time at Cedar Rock Sportsplex, Cedar Springs. Each Tuesday from 6:00-8:30 p.m. area teens from 6th-12th grades are invited to participate in this community outreach.

This ministry was birthed by Pastor Keith Hemmila from Crossfire church and Pastor Randy DonGiovanni, president of RandyDon Ministries. The objective of this ministry is to partner with area church youth leaders and provide an evening where young people can hang out, eat together, have positive input from adult leaders, play games and enjoy wholesome activity. Small interest groups will be developed as the ministry expands. This is a great opportunity for area churches to come together in a neutral setting for young people to get acquainted with one another and to invite their friends. This ministry is designed to complement local churches in our area.

Each Tuesday the format for the evening will be as follows:

6:00 p.m. Eat dinner together. September menu includes: Sept. 5 Tacos; Sept. 12 Spaghetti; Sept. 19 Sloppy Joes; Sept. 26 Deluxe Chips & Cheese.

7:00 p.m. Pastor Randy DonGiovanni sharing biblical truth with practical application.

7:20 p.m. Small group interaction

7:35 p.m. Corporate and small group games, which include volleyball, soccer, flag football, table games and visiting with friends.

8:30 p.m. Night ends!

If you have questions or would like to know more about this outreach, please contact Pastor Keith or Pastor Randy.

Email Pastor Keith at keith@crossfire-ministires.org, or call him at 616-263-9070 (church) or 616-706-3250 (cell).

Email Pastor Randy at randy@randydon.org or call 616-299-3330 (cell).

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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.

Monday:
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.

Tuesday:
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.”

Wednesday:
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.”

Thursday:
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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Cancer Benefit Sale for Emma Orr

Aug. 31: A Cancer Benefit Sale will be held August 31st to September 4th from 9 am – 6 pm at 3373 Egner, Cedar Springs. 9 year old Emma of Cedar Springs is battling neuroblastoma.100 percent of the proceeds will go to Emma and her family. For questions or to drop off donations for the yard sale please contact Nicole at 616-263-9662 or Robin at 616-696-2798. #35

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Sept. 5,12,19,26: 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. #35

Actors del Arte Ensemble Auditions

Sept. 5,7,12: Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will be holding auditions for a Hoot’n & Holler’n Comedy “Welcome to Chicken Scratch.” Sept 5th and 7th and Sept 12th (6-8pm) at Rockford Reformed Church 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. Looking for Adults,Teens and Children. Info 616-874-5264. #35

Help Promote Literacy

Sept. 5,12,14,29: 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, September 5th at 6 pm, Tuesday, September 12th at 2 pm, Thursday, September 14th at 6 pm and Friday, September 29th at 10 am. 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. #35

Food & Faith Free Family Picnic

Sept. 6: You are invited to a Food & Faith Family Picnic at CS United Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 6th at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. FREE family event. Food, games, prizes, for all ages. Contact Sally at 616-788-8225 or office@cedarspringsumc.org. Bring a dish to pass if you wish. #34,35b

Rickerstrong Fundraiser Soccer Game

Sept. 7: A fundraiser Soccer game with Cedar Springs vs Greenville will be held at Cedar Springs High School, 204 E. Muskegon, on Thursday, September 7th. There will also be an aluminum can drive, T-shirt sale and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to help the Ricker boys fight their battle with cancer. Read their story on facebook @ Team Rickerstrong. #35

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

A Different Kind of Selfie at KDL

Sept. 9: Creating Self-Portraits Using Mixed Media. Anyone can create art and what better subject than your own beautiful face! Using a variety of unique materials and a canvas, create your own version of yourself to show the world. For ages 6 and older. September 9th at 1:30 pm at Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #35

10th Anniversary 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

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The Post travels to Cozumel, Mexico

 

Kim Umphrey, Mike Umphrey, Karsen Dingman, Hailey Vinton, Kade Dingman, Spencer Bray, Cameron Umphrey, Jacob Hooker, Myla Umphrey and Kristi Couchie went on a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. While there, they enjoyed paddle boarding, snorkeling, shopping and taking in the amazing culture Mexico has to offer.

It sounds like you had a great trip! Thanks so much 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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Columbus ships to land in Muskegon and South Haven

Replicas of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed—the Nina (left) and Pinta (right) will dock at Heritage Landing in Muskegon next week. Photo from the Columbus Foundation, British Virgin Islands.

NOTE CORRECTION ON SOUTH HAVEN PRICING 8/28/2017

On Thursday, August 24, the Nina and Pinta—historical replicas of the Christopher Columbus ships—will arrive in Muskegon, and open to the public on Friday, August 25. The ships will be docked at Heritage Landing, 200 Heisman Harbor, until they depart early Wednesday morning, August 30.

After they leave Muskegon, the ships will sail to South Haven, and open on Thursday, August 31. They will be docked at the Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., until their departure early Tuesday morning, September 5.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century.

Both ships will be touring together as an enhanced sailing museum, for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. In Muskegon, the prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $6 for students 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

In South Haven, visitors can experience self-guided tours aboard both ships while at the Museum docks as well as all exhibits at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Tickets will be available at the Museum daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. There are no advanced tickets available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children (under 4 free). Make history come alive at the Michigan Maritime Museum!

As large crowd are expected at this event, the Museum has secured free off-site parking at South Haven High School. There will also be a free shuttle available Saturday-Monday from 9am to 5 pm to pick up and drop off visitors at the Museum.

To accommodate these amazing vessels, the Museum’s own tall ship Friends Good Will will be docked at the South Haven south municipal marina August 30-September 4 and all ticket holders will depart and return to that dock. The Museum will also be operating river cruiser Lindy Lou on the regular schedule, a great opportunity to see these ships from the water!

For more information on this event in South Haven, visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org or call 269-637-8078.

For more info, visit www.ninapinta.org.

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Supporting a family

 

Jake had proposed to young Gina and was being interviewed by his prospective father-in-law.

“Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?” the older man asked the suitor.

“Yes, sir,” replied Jake, “I’m sure I am.”

“Think carefully now,” said Gina’s father. “There are twelve of us…”

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Auditions for the play Harvey

Aug. 24,25: Auditions for the Cedar Springs Community Players production of Harvey will be held 6:30 p.m. August 24 and 25 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located in downtown Cedar Springs. The play Harvey is a comedy, written by American playwright Mary Chase in 1944. It received the Pulitzer Prize for drama and was most notably adapted for film in the 1950 production starring Jimmy Stewart. The production calls for a cast of 12-13 and will be directed by Peter Huschilt.  Performances will be held October 20, 21 and 22 at the Kent Theatre. #34

Annual Second Best Sale

Aug. 25,26: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual Second Best Sale is Friday, August 25 from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 26 from 9 am – 2 pm. There is a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8-9 am; after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone, and everything is priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34b

CS Marching Band Car Wash

Aug. 26: On Saturday, August 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cedar Springs Public Schools Marching Band will be having a car wash fundraiser. It will happen in front of Family Farm and Home. Your support and donations help to cover the cost of trips, uniforms, and other necessities. Come see us at the car wash. We’ll put the shine in your day. #34

Special Speaker at Crossfire Church

Aug. 27: Crossfire Church, 4780 Cornfield Dr., Cedar Springs invites the community of North Kent County to hear Kamal Saleem, former Muslin terrorist, share his journey from his Muslim foundation to becoming a follower of Christ. Sunday, August 27th  at 6:00 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken for Koome Ministries at the close of the service. Children’s ministries will not be provided. #34p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Aug. 27: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, August 27th  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 Ron Lynnes and Company, including Pat Decker and Mike Hubert.  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! #34b

Improv Night at the Kent

Aug. 30: Fans of Improv need look no further than the Kent Theatre as the Cedar Springs Community Players hold Improv Night at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 30th on the stage of the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. The Players held its first Improv Night in February and are excited to offer another night of comedy on August 30th. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there! #33,34b

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church 

Aug. 30: The Pine Grove Senior Café presents Grandma’s Table.  She’s serving Baked Chicken with Roasted Potatoes, Corn Muffins and her special Cinnamon Streusel Cake.  Ya know there’s a strong possibility she’ll set a veggie, salad or relish plate down in front of ya.  For all those age 60 and over we’re offering you a seat at Grandma’s Table at Noon the 30th of August.  In case you forgot where Grandma’s Table is, it’s right over here on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #34

CSUMC August Rummage Sale

Aug. 30,31: Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will holding our annual rummage sale in the fellowship hall of United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Church Streets. Wednesday, August 30th, 9 am to 7 pm & Thursday, August 31st, 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a $3.00/bag sale all day Thursday on clothing and linens. #33,34b

Free Labor Day Airshow

Sept. 4: The Wolverine Skyhawks invite the community to join us for a free airshow on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th from 10 am – 4 pm at the club’s flying site, 13540 West St. Cedar Springs. This is our 5th annual celebration of National Model Aviation Day. Pilots will be demonstrating their skills flying Remote Controlled aircraft of all types, Helicopters, Drones, Electric, Gas, Nitro planes and even turbine jets. Admission is free. Food and pop available for purchase. Bring the family and your lawn chairs. #34

Food & Faith Free Family Picnic

Sept. 6: You are invited to a Food & Faith Family Picnic at CS United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 6th at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. FREE family event. Food, games, prizes, for all ages. Contact Sally at 616-788-8225 or office@cedarspringsumc.org. Bring a dish to pass if you wish. #34,35b

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 13,20,28: 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 7th. Come in and show us what you got. Tryouts on Wednesday, September 13th and 20th, Thursday September 28th at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, October 5th. 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. #33,34p

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