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One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

The offering plates were passed, then brought to the front and placed on the altar. The pastor was about to pray over them when he glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in the offering! He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with the congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.
A sweet little old lady sitting in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. When she did, he told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and asked her to pick out three hymns.
Her eyes brightened and a big grin spread across her face as she looked out over the congregation. She then pointed to the three most handsome men in the pews and said, “I’ll take him and him and him.”

 

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Hometown Happenings

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Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Book Sale

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: The Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch is holding a book sale on Thursday, October 30 from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday, October 31 from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, November 1 from 10 am to 2 pm (bag sale for $3. Special priced items will be half off). The sale will be held in the Community Room of the Library at 88 Eighth St, Sand Lake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. #44

Cedar Springs Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Main Street Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, October 31. Some of the free events include: spooky storytelling and crafts at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 4:30 p.m.; a haunted school house at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park 5-7 p.m.; a Kids Carnival, hosted by Calvary Assembly of God 5-7 p.m.; Trick-or-Treating at local businesses between 5-7pm; and Trunk or Treat at The Springs Church from 6 to 8 p.m. #44

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes—check. Oodles of goodies—check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun—doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs. #44

Family Harvest Celebration

Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp is having a Free family event including hayride, games, puppet show, cider, donuts and a trip through “Treat Town.” Please bring a bag for collecting treats. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Please call 616-696-8675 with questions. #43,44p

Trick or Treat Trail Walk at HCNC

Oct. 31: The Howard Christensen Nature Center will host a Trick or Treat Trail Walk on Friday, October 31 from 3 to 5 pm. A $1 donation is suggested but not required to offset costs. Bring your little ones all dressed up to find some goodies in the woods along one of our trails. Conveniently timed to allow for children to return to their neighborhoods for trick or treating and other Halloween events. Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #43,44p

Halloween Open House

Oct. 31: Courtland Fire Department is holding their annual Halloween Open House located at station #2 at 9535 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. They will have donuts, cider and candy for all kids of all ages from 5 – 8 pm on Friday, October 31st.

Variety Sale – Sand Lake Lions Club

Nov. 1: The Sand Lake Lions Club is hosting a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church’s Education building. Questions? Call 616-636-5425. #43,44p

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 3: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, November 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #44p

Ski Swap and Equipment Sale Fundraiser

Nov 7-9: The West Michigan Ski Patrols 43rd annual ski/snowboard swap and equipment sale will take place November 7, 8 and 9 at Cannonsburg Ski area located at 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont. There will be thousands of new and gently used equipment, clothes and accessories for all winter activities available on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these hugely discounted prices! Friday, November 7 from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday, November 8 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, November 9 from 11 am to 2 pm.  The fundraiser benefits the non-profit ski patrols of West Michigan including the Cannonsburg Ski Patrol, Pando Ski Patrol and the West Michigan Nordic Ski Patrol to purchase first aid supplies and life saving equipment to evacuate injured guests. Ski Patrols do not charge for emergency care, are volunteers, and have no funding from county or community.  #44

Hawks Hoops Girls Rocket Basketball for 3rd-6th Grades

Nov. 8: Practice start on Saturday, November 8th at Cedar Springs High School. Pre-registration is highly encouraged via online payment, mail or dropping off at Hilltop or attending the parent meeting at 6 pm on November 3rd at Hilltop Administration Building. Registration forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com as well as at Hilltop. Any questions can be directed to the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department at 616-696-7320 or by emailing director@csaparksandrec.com. #44,45b

Craft Show at Coral

Nov. 8: Come to our fall Craft Show at the Coral Community Center, 4662 Bailey Rd., Coral on Saturday, November 8th from 9 am to 2 pm. Sub sandwich lunches will be available to purchase. Proceeds go to Coral Fire Auxiliary. Come and join the fun! #44

Pine Ridge Bible Camp Auction

Nov. 8: Pine Ridge Bible Camp is holding their annual Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, November 8th at the Cedar Springs High School Cafeteria, 204 E. Muskegon St., Cedar Springs. The theme this year is “Unwrap the Joy!” Items include Walt Disney Park Hopper Passes, getaway, golf . photography packages, sports and arts passes and many gift certificates Registration begins at 5:30 pm followed by a large silent auction; the evening ends with a live auction. The auction is an adult only event. For more information, please call Pine Ridge Bible Camp at 616-696-8657. #44

Write Michigan Short Story Workshop for Teens

Nov. 8: Delve into the world of creative writing by exploring different techniques and short story ideas. This workshop offers the opportunity to share your work with other aspiring writers. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For teens Grades 6-12. Saturday, November, 8th at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #44

Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites Sale

Nov. 8: The Holy Episcopal Church is holding its annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites sale on Saturday, November 8th from 9 am to 3 pm. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives). Featuring our “world-famous” Cookie Walk – come early for the best selection- and baked goods, crafts and Santa’s Attic. Back by popular demand is a Silent Auction featuring a large variety of tickets, gift cards, and new merchandise. More information can be found on the church’s website: www.holyspiritbelmont.org. #44

Free Movie at CS United Methodist Church

Nov. 8,9: Come enjoy this great free movie event featuring “It’s a Wonderful Life.” One of those ageless movies that improves with age. Saturday, November 8th at 3 and 7 pm and Sunday, November 9th at 3 pm at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 140 S. Main St. Free popcorn and punch! Coming soon: “The Game Stands Tall.” #44

A Day to Remember: Holocaust Survivor

Nov. 10: Please join the Sparta Senior Center for: A Day to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg on Monday, November 10th at 12:15 pm. As a child in Nazi Germany, Marin Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps and lost 28 family members, including his parents and siblings. Hear his remarkable story of survival during this free event at the Sparta Senior Center, 100 Ida Red. Public Welcome! #44

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 15: Do your Christmas shopping at our largest craft bazaar ever! Saturday, November 15th from 9 am to 3 pm. 60+ vendors at 2 locations ½ mile apart. Delicious fresh baked goods, hand crafted items, and jewelry. There’s definitely something for everyone. Rolls and coffee and a lunch counter are also available. Two locations: Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd, and the Solon Township Hall, ½ mile south of the church (15685 Algoma Ave.). #44-46p

 

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Halloween Happenings

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Check out some of the fun, fall activities going on in our area for Halloween!

 

MCC Haunted Indoor Forest

Oct. 24, 25: Montcalm Community College Art Club hosts a Haunted Indoor Forest from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Instruction North Building, on the college’s Sidney campus. A $2 donation is suggested.

Harvest Brains at Sand Lake/Nelson Library

Oct. 25: Program for teens, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 25. Save your brains! Build a survival bag, practice your aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. The library is located at 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.

Harvest party

Oct. 25: Cedar Creek Community Church, at 2969 14 Mile RD NE Sparta, will host a harvest party on Saturday, October 25, from 5-8 p.m. There will be hayrides (using straw due to allergies), pumpkin painting, dunking for apples, cake walk, games, face painting, soup, hot dogs, popcorn, and lots of fun! All are welcome. Call 866-9829 for more info.

Pumpkin Carving and Lit Trails Walk

Oct. 25: Pumpkin/Carving and Pumpkin lit trail hike from 5-8:30 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16290 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, on Saturday, October 25. Suggested donation is $8 per person or $30 for family of four or more, including pumpkin to take home. (No one turned away for inability to pay. This donation helps keep HCNC operating.) Pumpkin carving from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and pumpkin lit walk through our spooky Enchanted Forest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Friendly enough for your toddlers. Non scary animals will be on display in the forest, weather permitting for the mock-animals). Includes pumpkin to take home or leave at the center for the wild animals to munch on. Dress up as your favorite nature character. Open to all ages.

Trunk ‘r Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC 

Oct. 25: It’s our fourth annual Trunk ‘r Treat for kids of all ages. Saturday, October 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE. Candy outdoors; hot dogs & baked beans indoors.

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 25: Bring your kids and come “Trunk or Treat” at East Nelson UM Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs on Saturday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. Warm up with hot chocolate and sloppy joes. Games and fun for all.

Fall Festival  

Oct. 29: Fall Festival for all ages at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs on Wednesday, October 29, from 6:30- 8 p.m. For families with children 5th grade and under. Games, prizes, snacks, boy and girl door prizes and candy, candy, candy! The church is located on Algoma, just north of 19 Mile Road.

Nightmare on Cherry Street

Oct. 30: Calling all 4th to 6th graders!  You are officially invited to come to our “Nightmare on Cherry Street” party at the Cedar Springs Library! The fun, games, and food will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 and go until 7:30. Registration is required, so come into the library to sign up or call 616-696-1910

Trick or Treat Trail Walk

Oct. 31: From 3-5 p.m. on Halloween, bring your kiddos by Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16290 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, to take a short walk down one of our trails to collect some candy, so we don’t get tricked!

Cedar Springs Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Main Street Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, October 31. Some of the free events include: spooky storytelling and crafts at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 4:30 p.m.; a haunted school house at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park 5-7 p.m.; a Kids Carnival, hosted by Calvary Assembly of God 5-7 p.m.; Trick-or-Treating at local businesses between 5-7pm; and Trunk or Treat at The Springs Church from 6 to 8 p.m. (see more details below).

Kids carnival

Oct. 31: Calvary Assembly of God will be presenting a free carnival during the Chamber of Commerce’s Spooktacular event from 5-7pm on Friday, October 31. The carnival will be at the corner of Ash and Main Street, next to DJ Nails, and will have lots of family-friendy games, with prizes and candy.

Haunted school house

Oct. 31: The Haunted School House is back this year at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park from 5-7 p.m. again. Nolan Patin has worked up another fun spooky event for the museum. We do adapt our spookiness when young children are coming through and will be handing out treats.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes—check. Oodles of goodies—check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun—doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs.

Traffic Squad/Fire Department

Oct. 31: There will be cider, donuts and candy at the Cedar Springs Fire Department on Maple Street from 5 to 7 p.m. or while supplies last.

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, on Friday, October 31, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn, everyone is welcome to join us.

Halloween party – Courtland Fire

Oct 31:  Stop by the Halloween party at the Courtland Fire station #2, 9535 Myers Lake road from 5-9 p.m. Games, snacks candy, cider, coffee,  car trunks with treats welcome. Sponsored by women auxiliary, and many stores in the area.

Family Harvest Celebration

Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp invites you to its annual Family Harvest Celebration on Friday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. This free event includes hayride, games, puppet show, cider, donuts and trip through Treat Town. Please bring a bag for collecting treats. It is a fun night for the whole family. Costumes welcome but not necessary. Please no witches, ghosts, monsters, etc. Pine Ridge is located just 5 miles east of town at 8415 17 Mile Rd. Call 616-696-8675 for more information.

Trunk or Treat at Crossfire Church

Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat at Crossfire Church, 4780 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs, from 6-8 p.m. There will be games and prizes, candy for the kids, hot dogs and chips available.

Ghostbusters at the Kent Theatre

Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov.2: Don’t let the Halloween weekend go by without spending some time at the Kent Theatre. A special showing of Ghostbusters will be on the big screen October 31, November 1 and 2, in celebration of Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary. Now in digital format, watch your favorite ghost busting team in action! Showing Halloween night at 6 and 9 p.m., Saturday at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 6 pm. Tickets are only $3.00.

Sand Lake Fire Department

Oct. 31: The Sand Lake Fireman’s Association will host their annual Halloween festivities at the fire station at 2 Maple Street in Sand Lake from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, a bounce house, prize drawings, goody bags, cider, donuts, and coffee. There will also be a costume contest. Judging is at 7:15, must be present to win the contest. Call 636-8854 for more info.

Trick or Treat at Meadowlark

Oct. 31: Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta loves having trick or treaters. Their doors will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 31. The residents can’t wait to see all the kids dressed up! Meadowlark is located at 65 Ida Red Ave, Sparta. Call 887-8891 ext. 102 for more info.

 

 

 

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Read to Ride 

Left to right: Deb Elliott, Cedar Springs Librarian Donna Clark, and Lolita Johnson with her Read-to-Ride ticket.

Left to right: Deb Elliott, Cedar Springs Librarian Donna Clark, and Lolita Johnson with her Read-to-Ride ticket.

The Red-Reading Challenge—the Read-to-Ride Program, got off to a great start with the beginning of the new school year and climaxed with carnival rides on Red Flannel Day. 131 students, K-8th grades, turned in their Red Reading Logs, down about half from last year due to the chilly, wet weather.

Elliott’s Amusements has been Cedar Springs’ valued reading partner for 9 years now.  The Festival pitched the idea to Deb Elliott and the Cedar Springs Library in 2006 and it has been going strong ever since. In fact, it has been such a success, that this year we are having to rethink how we can reward our Red Readers in a way that Elliott’s Amusements benefits as much as our community readers do.

Next year we have agreed to print 150 free ride tickets to be given out to the first 150 students who request one at cash in. There will also be a second choice of a snow cone or bag of popcorn for another 200 students who prefer a concession. The Reading Challenge will continue to be 6 hours.

All reading logs would be traded in at the Cedar Springs Library on or before September 30 or until the 350 tickets were claimed.

 

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John Ball Zoo goes Boo

 

See Hannah Ringler as a singing mermaid at John Ball Zoo this weekend.

See Hannah Ringler as a singing mermaid at John Ball Zoo this weekend.

Cedar Springs’ very own Miss Great Lakes State teen 2014, Hannah Ringler, 18, is volunteering as a singing mermaid at the John Ball Zoo goes Boo event this weekend, October 25 and 26.

Hannah has been giving her time to this event for the past three years. “Seeing the kids smile as I serenade them makes it all worth it,” she said.

Hannah, a wonderful vocalist, can be found in the zoo aquarium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where she will be enchanting children of all ages with songs of the sea. “I love to perform the songs that are familiar to children and asking them to help me by singing along. It’s a great time.”

Hannah has been mentoring children for a number of years and this event is a perfect example of giving something special to kids. Hannah is looking for sponsors so that she can attend the National Miss American Coed pageant in November, in Florida. She hopes to promote her platform “Mentor a Child Today, Improve the World of Tomorrow,” as well as foster care and open adoption awareness. Hannah is a happy product of an open adoption and a spokesperson for this cause.

Hannah hopes to take a piece of Cedar Springs with her to Florida and represent the great state of Michigan. If you are interested in supporting this young woman, please email hannahringler.dreamer@gmail.com. 

 

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The haircut

A young man had just gotten his driving permit.  He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you.  You bring your grades up, study your bible a little, and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it.”

A month later the young man came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said, “Son, I’m real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get a hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking about that.  You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair.”

His father replied, “Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!”

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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.

“Blithe Spirit” Opens at the Kent

Oct. 23-25: Cedar Springs Community Players presents, “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. When socialite and novelist Charles Condomine decides that he needs background for a novel he’s writing about the occult, he decides to entertain a medium in order to observe her in action. Expecting to expose Madam Arcati as a fraud, he is profoundly shocked to discover that she does, indeed, have a way to speak with the dead. A surprise twist leads to an unexpected conclusion and will have you laughing all the way to the final curtain. “Blithe Spirit” is being directed by Peter Huschilt. All performances are the the Kent Theatre located in downtown Cedar Springs and begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library, Main Street Restaurant, or by calling Jon at 616-263-9363. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Student tickets under age 18 are $8. #43

Pumpkin Walk and Carving

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

 

Flu Shot Clinic

Oct. 27: Courtland Oakfield UMC is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, October 27 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE. Bring your traditional Medicare, Medicare+Blue, Blue Care Network, Priority Heath or Aetna Medicare insurance card. #43

 

Fall Festival

Oct. 29: Fall Festival for all ages at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs on Wednesday, October 29th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. For families with children 5th grade and under. Games, prizes, snacks, boy and girl door prizes and candy, candy candy! The church is located just north of 19 Mile Rd. #43

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Oct. 29: The frost is on the pumpkin, the fodder’s in the shock. Our cooks are in the kitchen busy fillin that ol stock pot. They’re choppin this and stirrin that creating a tasty bounty for all the Seniors in the county. So if you’re age 60 or perhaps even more, we invite you please, to pass through our door. The 29th of October, the hour is Noon, on the corner of M-82 and Beech, we hope to see you soon. #43

 

“Nightmare on Cherry Street”

Oct. 30: Calling all 4th to 6th graders! You are officially invited to come to our “Nightmare on Cherry Street” party at the Cedar Springs Library! The fun, games, and food will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 30 and go until 7:30 pm! Registration is required, so come into the library to sign up or call 616-696-1910. #43

 

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs UM Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Friday, October 31 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone is welcome to join us. Sponsored by CSUM Church. #43

 

Family Harvest Celebration

Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp is having a Free family event including hayride, games, puppet show, cider, donuts and a trip through “Treat Town.” Please bring a bag for collecting treats. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Please call 616-696-8675 with questions. #43,44p

Trick or Treat Trail Walk at HCNC

Oct. 31: The Howard Christensen Nature Center will host a Trick or Treat Trail Walk on Friday, October 31 from 3 to 5 pm. A $1 donation is suggested but not required to offset costs. Bring your little ones all dressed up to find some goodies in the woods along one of our trails. Conveniently timed to allow for children to return to their neighborhoods for trick or treating and other Halloween events. Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #43,44p

“Break Every Chain” Tent Revival

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Today is a new day! Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. Get ready to break free! Spirit-led tent revival. October 31 from 5 to 8 pm, Harvest Festival. November 1 at 2 pm, Spanish Service with Rev. Sal Lopez, November 1 at 6 pm, Youth Praise and Worship with Rev. Nathaniel Bryan and November 2 at 2 pm, “Get Ready & Break Free” with Pastor D.N. Bryan. Solid Rock Worship Center, 11862 Shaner Ave., Cedar Springs, 616-696-1900. #43

 

Variety Sale – Sand Lake Lions Club

Nov. 1: The Sand Lake Lions Club is hosting a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church’s Education building. Questions? Call 616-636-5425. #43,44p

 

Sparta Senior Bash Ladies Expo

Nov. 1: Come join us on Saturday, November 1st from 9 am to 3 pm for the Sparta Senior Bash Ladies Expo. Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 – 12 Mile Rd. NW, Sparta. #43

 

MCC Presents “Music of the Seas”

Nov. 2: Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra present their fall concert, “Music of the Seas,” on November 2nd at 3 pm in the gymnasium in the Activities Building on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free. #43

 

CS Music Boosters Wreath Fundraiser

Nov. 3: The Cedar Springs Music Boosters Wreath Fundraiser. Get a 24 inch Wreath decorated with pinecones, red holly berries and a red velvet bow for  only $20.00. All orders must be received with payment (checks made payable to CSMB) by November 3rd. To order, please contact Angela Swinehart swinehart1031@msn.com or 253-985-7135. All proceeds will go towards the Band Students’ Florida Trip and to build student accounts. #43

 

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The POST Pumpkin Coloring Contest 2014

Hey KIDS,

Click and print out and then color the pumpkin (below) with crayons, markers, or colored pencils, and make your funniest or scariest face. There will be one winner from each age group: 3-4 years, 5-7 years and 8-10 years. All winners will be announced in the October 30th edition of the Cedar Springs POST. So, hurry, pumpkins have to be to the POST by October 27 at 5 pm. Our office is located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs. Our office hours are 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday. If you would like to mail it, you can mail it to P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

 

Halloween-ColoringContest

 

Coloring Contest Rules:

Only one entry per child.

Only one winner per family.

We are not responsible for lost mail.

All entries must be at our office by October 27, 2014 by 5 pm.

Use crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Be creative!

Click and print the entry form below and submit with your colored pumpkin.

Halloween-EntryForm

 

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Elvis meets Tom Jones Tribute Performance 

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

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

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

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

 

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Zombies take over Grand Rapids 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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