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Bravehart and the double crossings at the Kent

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe cordially invites you to our original Monty Python inspired performance of “Bravehart and the Double-Crossings.”

This telling of a telly tale…as told by the tellers of the tale to us, when we were but wee lads in the back country of Worcestershire, begins with the Queen Princess’ proclamation ordering the peasants of their quaint, but miserable little village to be exterminated by any means necessary.  

The untimely demise of Bravehart’s stout and hardy wife, the loss of Sven Svine’s various vegetables and Crazy Mary’s loss of honor (or lack thereof) leads the troupe on a quest of double-crossing and revenge.

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe is a group of old and new friends who laugh during practice and bond over post-practice beverages.  Please come out to support their amazing efforts, while enjoying a moderately entertaining story!  

The performances are at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 North Main St., in Cedar Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Tickets are $6 for twelve and younger and $12 for thirteen and older. 

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Poetry workshops and reading

On Tuesday April 30, there will be a poetry reading at the Kent Theater, 8 N. Main St, Cedar Springs for all ages. To sharpen your skills check out one of the following Poetry Practice workshops at a library near you.

Tyrone Township: On Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m. for third grade through high school age. 

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Saturday, April 13, 1:30 p.m. for third grade through high school. 

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. for teens and adults.

Spencer Township: Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. for third grade through high school.

Then, on Tuesday, April 30, bring your best poem to read aloud. It is open to poetry participants as well as community members who have written their own verse. Please bring poetry that is appropriate for an all-ages program. The program is in partnership with the Cedar Springs Public Library.

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White House photos of President Ford on exhibit

Exhibit at Gerald R. Ford Museum opens March 25 with ribbon cutting and discussion featuring photographer David Hume Kennerly and Susan Ford Bales.

Pulitzer Prize winning and presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly’s exhibit “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display for the first time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibit is scheduled to open on March 25 with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. featuring Kennerly and Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.

 “David’s work not only captured historic images of our father’s presidency, but also the personal side of our family,” said Bales. “We are blessed to have this beautiful photography available and open for the public to view.”

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” follows Ford’s presidency from the day he was appointed vice president to the end of his presidency. The exhibit is a collection of behind-closed-door images, including the inner workings of the White House, the Ford family, and the end of Ford’s presidency after losing to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.

 “Mr. Kennerly’s unprecedented access to President Ford and his family offers a candid look into historic events surrounding some of our nation’s darkest times while highlighting the president’s efforts to heal the country,” said Elaine Didier, director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. “We are honored to have these images on display and give the public an opportunity to view history as seen through the eyes of one of the nation’s highest regarded photographers.”

In 1972, Kennerly was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for a portfolio of his photos from the Vietnam War, the Ali-Frazier fight, refugees from East Pakistan in India, and combat in Cambodia. Two years later, at age 27, he accepted an appointment to serve as Ford’s chief presidential photographer.

 “I photographed every major event during President Ford’s time in office. I think the most important image that emerged from the thousands of photos was a close-up portrait of the president’s humanity,” said Kennerly. “It is a privilege to bring these images to the home of President Ford and allow the community to experience his presidency and the Ford family’s personal side.”

Kennerly was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography,” by American Photo Magazine. He served as contributing editor for Newsweek for more than a decade and a contributing photographer for Time and Life magazines. Kennerly has published several books of his work: “Shooter,” “Photo Op,” “Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld,” “Photo du Jour,” “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” and “David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone.” He covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN, and was a major contributor to the network’s book, “Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything.”  His exclusive photo of Trump taken two weeks after he was elected was featured on the cover.

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display through Sept. 2, 2019. The March 25 ribbon cutting and presentation are free and open for the public to attend.  

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Trucker lingo

A trucker came into a truck stop restaurant and placed his order. “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards.”

The brand-new waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. … What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?”

“No,” the cook said. “Three flat tires means three pancakes; a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up; and a pair of running boards is two slices of crisp bacon!”

“Oh … OK!” replied the waitress. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer.

The trucker asked, “What are the beans for?”

She replied, “I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!”

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Amazing Race at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Hundreds of racers will experience the largest and arguably the most scenic adventure race in the United States at the Michigan Adventure Race: Silver Lake Edition on June 1. Registration and details at www.miadventurerace.com.

Like the popular Amazing Race on television, teams (1-4 people) will set out running and biking in and near the Silver Lake Sand Dunes state park to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a map, finding as many as they can within the time limit. They’ll also encounter two special sections along the way: a short paddleboard on Silver Lake and an adrenaline-inducing plummet down the dunes on a sandboard (like a snowboard but they can sit or stand).

Racers can pick from either the 5-hour or 8-hour race. The courses are the same except the 8-hour race adds more gravel and paved road biking and an extra on-foot orienteering section in a hilly, forested dune area. For those who have never done an adventure race or used a compass, a free compass and navigation clinic will be offered on Saturday, May 18). Online resources are available for those who can’t attend (takes 15-30 minutes to learn to use a compass).

Friends and family are welcome to experience the race, although keeping up with the racers is an adventure itself. They can get copies of the race maps that will direct them to best areas to watch the racers.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Grace Adventures, a year-round Christian organization working to strengthen spiritual, personal, and professional relationships for children, adults, and families through training, retreats, and camps. Proceeds from the race will go towards their scholarship program, which provided over $30,500 to students attending our summer camps in 2018.

For more information about the race and to register, go to www.miadventurerace.com and visit www.facebook.com/miadventurerace to join a growing community of adventure racers.

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Post travels to South America

Bill Pollock, formerly of Cedar Springs, is traveling from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles, on a 30-day cruise. He is shown here at the southernmost city in South America—Ushuaia, Argentina. They visited the Falkland Islands and saw penguins; they passed Cape Horn during the night; visited Chile and more. 

Thanks so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows.

P.S. We prefer you to take a printed edition of the Post on your travels. You can pick one up right in our office. Bill lives on the East Coast and gets his Post electronically, and when he contacted us from the far side of the world, we allowed him to use his digital copy. 

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Losing the shirt off your back

Losing the shirt off your back

A woman who played cards one night each month with a group of friends was concerned because she always woke up her husband when she came home around 11:30. 

One night after cards, she did her best not to wake him. She undressed in the living room and, purse over her arm, tiptoed nude into the bedroom—only to find her husband sitting up in bed, reading.

“Good grief woman!” he exclaimed. “Did you lose everything?”

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Hometown Happenings

theTable at The Springs Church

Mar.7,14,21,28: 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! #tfn

Radio Classics at the Kent Theatre

Mar. 14-16: Performances of “Radio Classics,” staged by the Cedar Springs Community Players, will be held at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs from March 14-16, starting at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults; $8 for students 18 and under. You may purchase tickets before each performance at the Kent Box Office for $12 for adults and same admission of $8 for students. The house opens at 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at that time. Please check the website for the Library for their operating hours. #10,11b

Free Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner and Music!

Mar. 16: Dress in your green and come join us for a great evening of food, music and fun as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Saturday, March 16, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 South Main St., Cedar Springs. Free tickets are available at the CSUMC office Mon. – Thu. 9:00am – 1:00 pm. And at the following locations: Perry’s Place 90 N. Main or Rustic Roof 6 S. Main. #10,11b

Huge Sale at Rockford Reformed Church

Mar. 16: Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Rd NE, will be holding their HUGE annual sale on Saturday March 16th from 9 am to 2 pm. A $5 bag sale will be held from 1pm-2pm. All proceeds benefit our youth ministries summer mission trips. #11

Free Hunter Safety Class

March 19,21,23: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, 7463 – 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs. Classes will be Tuesday, March 19th  from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, March 21st from 6-9pm,  Saturday, March 23rd from 8 am-4:00 pm. To register call 616-696-9791 after 5 pm. #10,11b

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 19: Michigan Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, March 19th 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/103960 Women and girls receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; men and boys receive 47 percent. #11

Annual Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 23: Courtland Fire Department’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 8 am-11 am. All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage and hash browns. Coffee juice and milk. Adults-$7, Kids ages 4-12-$4, ages 3 and under free. #11

FREE UFOlogy Classes

Mar. 31: Dr. Ron Pleune will be offering a FREE 9 week power-point series on UFOlogy and the Billy Meier Contactee story beginning March 31.  Topics will cover alien visitations, spaceship technology, history of the earth, abductions, the human spirit, Bermuda Triangle, Mt. Shasta, Easter Island, Germany’s UFO program, energy/time and space, pyramids, alien glass and metal, where different races came from, time travel and much more including how you can contact UFO! BYOB, notebook and pen for notes and handouts! Dates: March 31, April 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9. Time: 4:30-6 p.m. At: White Creek, Country Estates, 15851White Creek Ave. Cedar Springs. #11,12p

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CS Players to perform “Radio Classics” in March

On March 14, the Kent Theatre stage will be the scene of the latest offering from The Cedar Springs Community Players—a performance of a series of entertaining old-time radio and TV skits that includes Abbott and Costello, George and Gracie Burns and Nick Danger: Third Eye, from the popular TV show Fireside Theater. 

Many folks remember the quirky Gracie Allen, who was married to comedian George Burns. Together they became an iconic American comedy duo that successfully worked together for over 40 years. They spanned the gamut of entertainment venues of the time including vaudeville, film, radio and television. Their 30-minute radio show aired weekly from 1934 to 1950. They then had their own television sitcom that debuted in 1950 and ran until 1958. Their TV show garnered a total of 11 Primetime Emmy Awards and TV Guide ranked it number 56 on its 1997 list of the 100 greatest shows. They were inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1988 and inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.

Some may not recall the early TV show Fireside Theater (also known as Jane Wyman Presents). It was the first successful filmed series on American television, airing on NBC from 1949 to 1958. It was panned by critics at the time but remained in the top 10 most popular shows for most of its run. Guest stars included the likes of Gene Barry, Claude Akins, Imogene Coca, Hans Conried, Joseph Cotton, Peter Lawford, Lee Marvin, Vincent Price, Fay Wray and Jack Elam. It had a run of seven years with a total of 268 episodes. 

Former burlesque performers Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comprised the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and first worked together in 1935 after Abbott’s regular partner became ill and unable to perform. The duo quickly became a permanent pair at the urging of Abbott’s wife. They became the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their “patter” routine “Who’s on First?” is one of their best-known comedy bits. Due to a series of hit films, the duo was voted the third biggest box office attraction in America in 1941. 

Performances of “Radio Classics” will be held at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs from March 14-16, starting at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults; $8 for students 18 and under. You may purchase tickets before each performance at the Kent Box Office for $12 for adults and same admission of $8 for students. The house opens at 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at that time. Please check the website for the Library for their operating hours. 

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Prediabetes program at CS Library

Do you have prediabetes? The National Diabetes Prevention program is a no-cost program proven to help motivate and support people at a risk of developing diabetes and those with prediabetes to make practical real-life changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You will get to work with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who share the same goal. The program can show you how to make better food choices, be more physically active and find helpful ways to cope with problems and stress.

The information session will be March 7 from 6-7 p,m, at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

The program begins March 14 from 6-7 p.m.

The full program will consist of 16 weekly sessions within the first 6 months followed by 6 monthly sessions. 

You must register by March 14. Contact Christi Demitz at 616.632.7881 or demitzch@msu.edu.

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