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Learned from a snowman

All I need to know about life I learned from a snowman…. 

• It’s okay if you’re a little bottom heavy.

• Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.

• Wearing white is always appropriate.

• Winter is the best of the four seasons.

• It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.

• There’s nothing better than a foul weather friend.

• We’re all made up of mostly water.

• You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.

• Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

• Avoid yellow snow.

• Don’t get too much sun.

• It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet.

• It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.

• Always put your best foot forward.

• There’s no stopping you once you’re on a roll.

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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.

KDL Lab Experience: Cubelets, Robots in Disguise

Jan. 5: No heavy lifting required for these robots. Cubelets are robot blocks that connect together to create quirky little robots. Come and explore these bots to see what cool tricks and moves you can make the bots do by combining different cubes. For ages 6 and older. Saturday, January 5th, at 11:00 am, Spencer Township Branch,14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #52

Start your weight loss resolutions with TOPS

Jan. 8: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #52

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Jan. 8,15,22,29: 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. #52

CASSA Registration

Jan. 9: Cedar Area Select Soccer Association (CASSA) has extended our deadline to fill the U13/U14 boys spring team. Anyone interested and born between 2005-2006, please contact Mia Goeddeke and Adam Petty by emailing registrar@cassasoccer.com for more information. Player fees are $230. Last date to register is January 9, 2019. #52,1p

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Hometown Happenings

theTable at The Springs Church

Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #50,51b

Start your weight loss resolutions with TOPS

Jan. 8: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #51

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Christmas riddles

• What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a detective?
Santa Clues!

• What do you call Santa Claus when he doesn’t move?
Santa Pause!

• What happened to the man who shoplifted a calendar at Christmas?
He got 12 months!

• What do you call an Eskimo cow?
An Eskimoo.

• How does Santa take pictures?
With his North Pole-aroid.

• Who is Santa’s most famous elf?

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Justin Timberlake coming to Grand Rapids

Tickets for April 4 Concert at Van Andel Arena® Go On Sale December 17 Grand Rapids — Following wildly successful concerts in North America and Europe, Live Nation has now confirmed that Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” tour will make a return visit to both Detroit and Columbus with a very special first appearance in Grand Rapids. 

The tour, which features a “futurist spectacle of sleek angles and high-tech lights” (Commercial Appeal) hits Grand Rapids on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at SMG-managed Van Andel Arena. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, December 17 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. 

The show is being praised for its 360-degree multistage layout featuring an extensive winding walkway, simulating a path in the woods, which allows Timberlake and his dancers to get closer to fans on all sides of the arenas. Billboard Magazine said, “…whether through impressive choreography or mind-blowing special effects, the singer has always created a mesmerizing experience for his fans on tour—but The Man Of The Woods Tour takes that to a whole new level.” 

The performance includes sleek dance numbers, cutting edge lasers and 3D projections to bring to life the set list filled with fresh takes on his slew of hit songs from his five chart-topping albums, including “Mirrors,” “Sexyback,” “Suit &Tie,” “My Love,” and the Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” 

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public starting Wednesday, December 12 at 10 a.m. local time through Sunday, December 16 at 5p.m. 

Members of The Tennessee Kids Fan Club are also eligible for pre-sale ticket purchase Wednesday, December 12 at 10 a.m. EST through Friday, December 14t at 5 p.m. For complete The Man Of The Woods Tour VIP packages information or to purchase, visit https://vip.justintimberlake.com/. 

In addition to the tour, Timberlake recently announced the release of his book, HINDSIGHT & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me—which will give readers a peek into Timberlake’s creative process through an intimate collection of images from his personal archives that range from childhood to present day. Timberlake fills the book with anecdotes, reflections, and observations on his life and work to give readers more context behind what inspires him and what goes into producing a highly orchestrated live show and tour. The book, which was designed by Michael Bierut and which Timberlake wrote with Sandra Bark, is on sale now everywhere books are sold. 

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Hometown Happenings

the Table at The Springs Church

Meals are served every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #50,51b

Revival Services at Pilgrim Bible Church

Dec.9-16: Join us for Revival Services at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs with Evangelist Rev. John Case. Special music provided by Bro. and Sis. Case. Sunday, December 9th thru Sunday, December 16th. Service times are Sunday, December 9th at 10:45 am and 6 pm. Monday – Friday at 7 pm. Sunday, December 16th at 10:30 am and 6 pm. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Elwyn Joslin at 616-862-3435. #49,50b

Christmas Bake Sale at Independent Bank Sand Lake

Dec. 14: Homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. Friday December 14th  from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Sand Lake Independent Bank (corner of Northland and Lake Street). Offered by Sand Lake United Methodist Women. #49,50b

Cookie Walk – North Kent Presbyterian Church

Dec. 15: North Kent Presbyterian Church will host its 20th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk Saturday morning, December 15th from 9:00 am to noon (or until gone). Just $8.00/box or 4 boxes/$30.00…Public VERY welcome! Choose your own selection from more than 25 varieties of delicious homemade Christmas cookies. The church is located at 6175 Kuttshill Drive NE, Rockford (1 block west of Wolverine Blvd., north of Rogue River,  just north of Blythefield Country Club.) Come early for a great selection! Cookies make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, mail carriers, and friends, too! For further information contact our church office at 616-866-2230 Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. #49,50p

The Story of Christmas

Dec. 16: The Story of Christmas (music & drama) will be presented on Sunday, December 16th at 10 am. Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, 616-696-9333. Come and see #JesusChangesEverything. #47-50p

Michigan Blood Drive

Dec. 18: Tuesday, December 18th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S Main Cedar Springs. The drive is will go from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. To schedule an appointment visit https://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/99606. Don’t forget that homemade cookies will be provided by the Cedar Springs Women’s Club. #50

Ready for Reindeer @ KDL

Dec. 20: Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! Thursday, December 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #50

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Christmas Coloring Contest

Hey kids, 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards, one for each age group. Winners choose their own prize and get what they really want!

Please click link to print out and color the picture below with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose the three winners – one from each age group: 4-5 years, 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules! Please no help from parents or older siblings/helpers.



1. Only one entry per child. 

2. Only one winner per family. 

3. We are not responsible for lost mail. 

4. All entries must be at our office by December 17 5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Winners will be announced in the December 20th issue of The Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay, get your entry in as soon as possible – deadline is Monday, December 17 by 5:00 p.m. but we’d like to display your entry on our windows throughout the month. Our office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am to 2pm on Fridays. We’re closed this Thursday & Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Baby’s First Christmas

Photos will be run at no cost to our readers, but space is limited so get your photos in early. Deadline is Monday, December 17 by 5 p.m. and pictures with name and date of birth will appear in the December 20th issue. We cannot guarantee return of photos. Show the community your precious gift!

We want to give you the opportunity to celebrate your baby’s very first Christmas in a special way. The  Cedar Springs POST will be featuring area newborns in “Baby’s First Christmas,” a special feature for babies celebrating their first Christmas. 

Photos may be dropped off at the Cedar Springs POST – 36 E. Maple St., or mailed to Baby’s First Christmas, P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or emailed to happenings@cedarspringspost.com. Please include baby’s name, and birth date, as well as a contact name and phone number.

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Santa brings smiles at holiday ceremony

Santa holds a young child at the “Merry Grinch-mas” celebration at the Cedar Springs Library. Photo by Kristen’s Flashback Photography.

Mrs. Claus poses with children after story time at Perry’s Place. Photo by Kristen’s Flashback Photography.

Hundreds turned out last Saturday, December 1, for the city’s annual Mingle with Kris Kringle holiday celebration.
The day started off with the Jingle Bell Run (a fundraiser for the Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party). Then over 700 people attended the “Merry Grinch-mas” at the Cedar Springs Library, where the community was invited to “Whoville” to make Christmas tree ornaments, decorate cookies, make gifts and cards, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, have popcorn popped onsite by Mayor Gerry Hall and Amy, and join “Whos” Melissa Dubridge and Cassie Hall for a great show in “Whoville.” Cindy Karafa, leader of 4H Animal Junction, came with 27 volunteers and 500 sugar cookies to decorate. All but 3 cookies were claimed. The 4H students competed for “Best Gingerbread House” recognition. The Library gave away 4 prizes in a free raffle (the favorite prize was a LEGO Model Car, donated by City Manager Mike Womack).
The Library provided supplies to make lovely ornaments for home and the City Christmas Tree, a necklace for mom, a key chain for dad, letters to Santa and holiday coloring pages
Santa and Mrs. Claus flew from the North Pole to Cedar Springs just to bring good cheer to Cedar Springs families. They chatted with kids and parents for three and a half hours.
Following the library celebration, story time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more was a big hit with children and parents a like. Later, the Cedar Springs High School choir sang at the tree while the crowd awaited the arrival of Santa Claus, who was a wee bit late. Double K Farms and Animal Junction (and 4H) brought their animal friends (goats, rabbit, etc.) out to have fun with everyone. The live nativity was canceled due to the weather.

Santa and Mayor Gerald Hall at the tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Kristen’s Flashback Photography.

After the Santa parade and tree lighting, Santa greeted children in the American Legion Hall. While they waited, children were able to do crafts and other activities, and were provided free hot chocolate by the Women’s Auxillary.
This weekend will be the second weekend of the holiday celebration, with music and dance at the Kent Theater on Saturday and Sunday, and free carriage rides on Monday. See ad on page 20 for more details.

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Post travels to Israel


The Post recently traveled to the holy land of Israel with Rachel (Reed) Hunt and her husband, Joshua, of Martin. The couple spent five days on the escorted tour. They stayed in Tel Aviv, and in Ginosar, near Tiberius, on the Sea of Galilee.

They visited quite a few sites, including Pzfat, a city well known for art, and they went to a couple of art galleries there; they toured the Golan Heights, which used to belong to Syria; visited the the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount; visited Capernaum, where they saw the ruins of the Apostle Peter’s house and the synagogue next door where Jesus taught; and in Caesarea they saw the ruins of Herod’s palace and visited a winery. 

In Jerusalem they visited the Holocaust museum and visited an Israeli museum where they saw the Dead Sea Scrolls. They toured the old city section of Jerusalem, where they saw the tomb of Schindler; visited the supposed site of King David’s tomb; visited the upper room where the last supper allegedly occurred before Jesus’ death; visited the Wailing Wall; and walked the Via De La Rosa which ended at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. On their last day they floated in the Dead Sea, after covering themselves in a sticky muck, which washed off in the water, but left their skin feeling soft and smooth. They also visited Masada.

“One of our favorite things was going to Masada,” said Rachel. “But it really was enjoyable seeing all the sites and learning about the history with a group of people.”

Thanks so much, Rachel and Josh, 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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