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Where is the BC?

 

A rather old-fashioned lady was planning a vacation in the Upper Peninsula. She wrote a letter to the campground asking for a reservation. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn’t know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter.

After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term “Bathroom Commode,” but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she rewrote the entire letter and referred to the “Bathroom Commode” simply as the “B.C.” Does the campground have its own “B.C.?” is what she actually wrote.

Well, the campground owner wasn’t old fashioned at all, and when he got the letter, he couldn’t figure out what the lady was talking about. That “B.C.” really stumped him.
After worrying about it for several days, the campground owner finally came to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church.
So he sat down and wrote the following reply:

“Dear Madam,

I regret the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure in informing you that the BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late.

The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC.

I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you, and introduce you to all the folks. This is really a very friendly community.”

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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.


Family Movie Night “The Shack,” Free movie!

July 8: Based on the bestselling book, “The Shack”.” Free Admission, free popcorn, free lemonade and reasonable soft drinks. Showing at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Saturday July 8th at 7:00 pm. #26,27b

Southern Gospel Concert at East Neslon UMC

July 8: Internationally known touring group, Keepers of the Faith Quartet, will be at East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs on Saturday, July 8th at 6:30 pm. You don’t want to miss this amazing group of singers. Their message is certainly powerful and their music superb. Please come and invite your friends for an evening of inspiration! The concert is free; a love offering will be taken. For more information call 616-696-0661. #26,27p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

July 9: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, July 9th  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 message and music will be shared by Wayne Jarvie, who sings country gospel music. 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! #27

Wolverine SkyHawks Model Airplane

July 12: Come out to the Wolverine SkyHawks Model Airplane Landing Strip at 13540 West St., Cedar Springs on Wednesday, July 12th at 6 pm. Students have a chance to win a model airplane all ready to fly! Hotdogs & Chips available for $2 donation. Bring your own drink and lawn chair. Sit back and enjoy the show. High winds and/or rain date: July 19th at 6 pm. #27

Potluck Picnic, Movie and Sidewalk Sales

July 14,15 : Christmas in July Community Potluck Picnic and Movie in Morley Park: The fun starts Friday, July 14th at  6 pm in Morley Park. This year the Cedar Springs area Chamber of Commerce has decided to add a community potluck/picnic to the Christmas in July movie in Morley Park event. This is a free event where everyone is welcome. Bring the family down & a dish to pass and enjoy dinner and yard games in the park before the movie starts! This year’s Christmas in July movie will be “Arthur Christmas”. Saturday July 15th over 90 businesses & vendors will participate in Christmas in July Sidewalk Sales. #27

Mobile Food Pantry

July 15: The Mobile Food Pantry will be at Red Pine Bible Church, 17195 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, MI 49330 on Saturday, July 15th and August 12th at 10 am. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Through Feeding America West Michigan. Contact person: Jerry Miller 616-262-5769. #27

Summer Camps at HCNC

July 18,27, Aug. 7,17: It’s summer, and here at Howard Christensen Nature Center, that means our camps are underway! These are the exciting camps left before summer ends! Archery: July 18-20, Survival: July 27-28, Team Building: Aug. 7-11 & Aug. 21-25, Jr. Backpacking: Aug. 17-18. For more details please Contact us at 616-675-3158 or go to our website www.howardchristensen.org. #27

Teens Cook It! at KDL

July 20,31: Food enthusiast Mandy Thompson is back to lead you on a fun, food filled cooking adverture. Pre-registration required. Thursday, July 20th at 6 pm at Spencer Township KDL, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen and July 31st at 1:30 pm at Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL, 88 Eighth St. 616-784-2007, www.kdl.org. #27

Fiber Jewelry Making at KDL

July 22: Participants will be introduced to the art of needle felting and use this process mixed with embroidery techniques to create a broach or another piece of jewelry to take home with you. For adults. All supplies are included. Pre-registration required. Saturday, July 22, 1:30 pm at Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL, 88 Eighth St. 616-784-2007, www.kdl.org. #27

VBS at Resurrection Lutheran Church

July 24-28: Vacation Bible School at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake will be held July 24th – 28th from 6 to 8 pm. Ages 4 years old to sixth grade (entering). For registration information, please email churchresurrection@yahoo.com or call 616-636-5502. #27-29b

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The detective goes camping

 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep.

Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: “Watson, look up at the sky, and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied: “I see millions and millions of stars.”

Holmes said: “and what do you deduce from that?”

Watson replied: “Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like earth out there. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life.”

And Holmes said: “Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent.”

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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.


God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

July 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. #26

Family Movie Night “The Shack,” Free movie!

July 8: Based on the bestselling book, “The Shack.” Free Admission, free popcorn, free lemonade and reasonable soft drinks. Showing at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Saturday July 8th at 7:00 pm. #26,27b

Southern Gospel Concert at East Nelson UMC

July 8: Internationally known touring group, Keepers of the Faith Quartet, will be at East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs on Saturday, July 8th at 6:30 pm. You don’t want to miss this amazing group of singers. Their message is certainly powerful and their music superb. Please come and invite your friends for an evening of inspiration! The concert is free; a love offering will be taken. For more information call 616-696-0661. #26,27p

Cedar Springs Youth Football SIGN-UPS

July 11-27: Flag: 4-7years olds / Rocket: 3rd-6th grades / Middle: 7th-8th grades. Skinner Field: Tues & Thurs 7/11-7/27 5:30pm-7:30pm. Contact: April Victorson (616)890-5869 csyflsecretary@gmail.com. #19-26b

VBS at Hillcrest Community Church

July 17-21: Incredible & Amazing VBS Thrills coming to Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, July 17 – 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Ages 3 through 5th grade will enjoy exploring God’s Creation. Our Amazement Park theme will culminate with a special carnival fun night on Friday, July 21st at 6:30 pm. You will also want to come on Sunday, July 23rd at 10 am for VBS Sunday. All kids will be singing and sharing. Register online at hillcrestcommunitychurch.blogspot.com or call 616-696-9333. #26

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Sand Lake 4th of July Celebration – June 29 thru July 4th

Thursday – June 29

10am-7pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale – Great deals on books, magazines, movies, music and more. Located in the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library program room. 

Dusk Firemen’s Parade of Lights line up at 8:30 p.m.

Friday – June 30

10am-7pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale

1pm-Midnight Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

Saturday – July 1

Kiddies Day • “Small Town Glory”

10am-2pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale – Great deals on books, magazines, movies, music and more. Located in the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library program room. 

10:30am-11:30am Decorate Your Bike and Celebrate the Fourth of July – Come to the Nelson Township/Sand Lake library and decorate your bike for the Fourth of July! We will have many patriotic decorations on hand to help you festoon your ride.

Noon Kiddies Day Parade Registration – Receive a grab bag and free entry for a bike giveaway for ages 6-12. Judging categories: Single (1 or 2 Kids), Bike and Float/Group (max of 5). No motorized vehicles driven by kids under the age of 17 in parade. @ 6th Street

12:30pm Kiddie Parade Starts (Judging after Parade)

1pm-Midnight Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

1pm Die Cast Car Races – All ages – Free to enter. Prizes for the winners. @ VFW

1:30pm-2:30pm Farm on the Go! Animal Petting – Visit friendly farm animals with Critter Barn of Zeeland  @ Nelson Township/Sand Lake library

2pm-4pm Kids Activities! Games, pries and fun for kids up to age 12. @ VFW

4pm Drawing for Bikes (One boy’s and one girl’s Ages 6-12) Child must be present at stage to win.

4pm Mini Tractor Pull @ Water Tower Event Area

8pm Country Music – MOONSHOT @ Lake Street Stage

Sunday – July 2

8am Registration for Classic Car/Antique Tractor Show @ corner of 4th and Lake Streets

9am-3pm Classic Car/Antique Tractor Show @ corner of 4th and Lake Streets

12pm-10pm Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

2pm Mini Horse Pull @ Water Tower Event Area

6pm-7pm Hymn Sing @ Lake Street Stage 

7pm Greased Pig Contest @ Water Tower Event Area

7:30pm Country Music – REWIND @ Lake Street Stage

Monday – July 3

12pm-10pm Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

2pm-10pm Bingo  at VFW – Smoke Free

5pm-7pm Live Music – Sand Lake Rodeo – LUKE WARM AND THE NOT SO HOTS @ Water Tower Event Area

7pm Sand Lake Rodeo – Tickets at the Gate @ Water Tower Event Area

Tuesday – July 4

11am Grand Parade Registration

12pm-10pm Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

1:30pm Grand Parade Starts

2pm-10pm Bingo at VFW – Smoke Free

3pm Gates Open for Demolition Derby – Pre-Sale tickets start at 2pm

6pm Demolition Derby @ Water Tower Event Area

8pm Live Music – LUKE WARM AND THE NOT SO HOTS @ Lake Street Stage

10:30pm FIREWORKS!

Food and Merchandise vendors will be located along lake street throughout the celebration

Please NOte:

  • Sale of knives with blades more than 3” is not permitted
  • No Airsoft Guns allowed at Carnival or Events
  • No Dogs Allowed in Midway

Download schedule here: 4thofJuly2017.pdf

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Sidewalk Chalk Contest

The City of Cedar Springs and the Cedar Springs Community Library are teaming up to put on a free sidewalk chalk contest on Saturday, July 8, at the Cedar Springs Community Library at 107 N. Main. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to sign-up at the new library by July 1 to help cover the sidewalks in color.

Chalking will take place from 9:30-11 a.m.; judging will be from 11-11:30 a.m.; and the awards ceremony will take place from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Art will judged in three groups: K-1st grade; 2nd-3rd grades; and 4th-5th grades.

Head on over to the library to sign up! Rain date will be July 22 from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Driving flash

 

A man was driving down the road. He passed a traffic camera and saw it flash.

Astounded that he had been caught speeding when he was doing the speed limit, he turned around and, going even slower, he passed by the camera.

Again, he saw it flash. He couldn’t believe it, so he turned and, going a snail’s pace, he passed the camera. Again, he saw the camera flash. He guessed it must have a fault, and home he went.

Four weeks later he received three traffic fines in the mail, all for not wearing a seatbelt.

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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.


Blessing of the Bicycles

June 24: Event to be held on Saturday, June 24th from 1-3 pm at The Springs Church parking lot, corner of Oak and First St. Several used Bikes have been graciously donated this year and will be available for those that may not have a bike, while supplies last. We will also have minor bike repairs on site and many fun things for the kids to do. The Blessing will be given at 2:30 pm by Pastor Greig followed by a new bike give away. Blessing is open to riders of all ages. Hope to see you there! #24,25p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

June 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, June 25th 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 message and gospel music will be shared by Jerry Pell and friend. Jerry is a member of the gospel music group “Alive” that has been at Cowboy Church.  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! #25p

61SYX Break Dance Crew

June 27: Join us for a blast with the 61Syx Teknique! They provide a high energy, interactive, all ages performance that displays the roots of HipHop Culture in its purest form. Tuesday, June 27th at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. #25

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

June 28:  Fellas take your gal and a few of your best friends, pile in the ol’ Packard and come on over to the Pine Grove Senior Grill and check out the new menu for this year’s Picnic.  The cooks are quietly planning back there in the kitchen.  There are whispers of Brats or Burgers or other picnic stuff hot off the grill.  Have heard of sides of Tater Salad, Baked Beans and Melon.  For all those age 60 and over we’re throwing our annual “Grill Picnic” at Noon the 28th of June.  Come ‘n help us celebrate an early Independence Day!  Our picnic ground grill can be found on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #25

Farm on the Go! 

July 1: Visit friendly farm animals with the Critter Barn of Zeeland. For all ages. Saturday, July 1st at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #25

Help Promote Literacy

July 6,10,19,28: 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 Thursday, July 6th at 2 pm, Monday, July 10th at 6 pm, Wednesday July 19th at 10 am and Friday, July 28th at 2 pm. 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. #25

Musical by the Flat River Community Players

July 7: Flat River Community Players present the musical, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” at 7:30 pm on July 7,8,14 and 15, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday July 9 at the Greenville Area Community Center. Tickets are $13 adults and $11 students & senior (60 and over). Reserve tickets with VISA or Mastercard at www.flatriver.showclix.com, or by clicking on the ShowClix link on the Players’ website www.frcp.org, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS (8425387). Tickets will also be available at the door. #25

Cedar Springs Youth Football SIGN-UPS

July 11-27: Flag: 4-7years olds / Rocket: 3rd-6th grades / Middle: 7th-8th grades. Skinner Field: Tues & Thurs 7/11-7/27 5:30pm-7:30pm. Contact: April Victorson (616)890-5869 csyflsecretary@gmail.com. #19-26b

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

July 12,19,26: Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, is offering Wild Wednesdays this summer (July & August) for ages 5 – 15 starting on July 12th from 10 am to 2 pm. July 12th “Insect Inspection”, July 19th “Turtles, Frogs and things under logs.” $8 per non-member (per day). Please dress for the outdoors. HCNC requests pre-registration to all events online at www.HowardChristensen.org. Call 616-675-3158 for more information. #25

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Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown

From L to R: Stephanie Ondersma as Pepa and Cassandra Jansma as Candela rehearse a scene from “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

Up next for the Flat River Community Players is a relatively new musical, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Coming to the Greenville Area Community Center in July, “Women on the Verge” is based on the 1988 Pedro Almodovar movie classic of the same title. In 2011, Bartlett Sher, Jeffrey Lane, and David Yazbek took the affecting yet funny tale, gave it a satirical comic style, and set it to an enticing Latin beat.

“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” is a story about miscommunication, coincidences, and crossed-paths.  It’s about the fury of women scorned and the men who sometimes pursue and sometimes reject them. It’s about the choices we make, both good and bad, and the consequences every step of the way.

Central to the plot is Pepa (Stephanie Ondersma), a gal whose friends and lovers are trying to navigate life in 1980s Madrid.  Somehow, everyone keeps dropping by her apartment. Good thing Pepa keeps gazpacho on hand to serve company!

Along with Pepa, there’s her missing and possibly cheating lover, Ivan (Ryan Garlick), and Ivan’s ex-wife, Lucia (Shannon Rop), whose mental stability is highly questionable. Candela (Cassandra Jansma) is Pepa’s best friend.  She’s excited about her new boyfriend, Malik (Shawn Jansma), but he seems to have nefarious ties to a terrorist group. Carlos (Caleb Kellogg) is Ivan and Lucia’s son, and Marisa (Cynthia Karaba) is his girlfriend.

The Taxi Driver (Tim Addis) supplies Pepa with much needed advice and tissues, and more wisdom with shoulders to cry on come from Ivan’s Concierge (Charlotte Ambrose) and Pepa’s Concierge (Mercedes Gonzalez).  Others in the cast are:  Hector (Nathan LaLone), Rosalia (Mary McDonough), Paulina (April Bohjanen),the Repairman (Doug Christianson), and the Detective (Raymond Koren).

Kent Schuster directs “Women on the Verge.”  He has wanted to direct this show ever since hearing the movie was being adapted into a stage musical.  “I’ve always loved low-budget, independent, foreign films,” he explains. “I love the weirdness of them, and Pedro Almodovar is my favorite director.”

Kent is assisted on this production by a terrific staff. Musically, Katy McDonough takes on vocal direction and Skye Hayes handles instrumental direction.  Joseph Curry serves as Choreographer, Brittany Bassett as Tech Director, and Becky Tower as Costumer. Pat Cradit is the producer for this FRCP show.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on July 7, 8, 14 and 15. There will be a 2:00 PM matinee on Sunday, July 9.  Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (60 and over), and $11 for students (18 and under).

General seating admission tickets are available at the Greenville Area Community Center during regular business hours Monday through Friday.  Tickets may be reserved online with MasterCard or VISA at www.flatriver.showclix.com (or by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS).  Call the Players at (616) 754-8207 if you have questions or concerns.

The FRCP does caution parents.  “Women on the Verge” is a PG-13 rated show. It includes a little strong language and adult situations that may not be suitable for younger kids.

The trailer for the movie version of this show goes something like this:  “It’s a romance, but it’s not about love.  It’s a comedy, but not everyone’s laughing.  A deliriously deranged comedy that follows no rules, spares no victims, takes no prisoners.”  Yup, that’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Don’t miss it!

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Lifeboat

 

After a ship sank in the ocean, three men ended up stranded in a lifeboat. They floated around for days without food or water. One afternoon a bottle floated up to the boat. The men grabbed the bottle and when they pulled the cork out of the bottle, a genie appeared.

“I’ll grant each of you a single wish,” said the genie.

“I wish I was home,” said the first man. Then, poof! He disappeared.

“I wish I was home, too,” said the second man. Poof! He disappeared, too.

The third man looked around. “Gee, I’m kind of lonely,” he said. “I wish my friends were here with me.”

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