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Beauty and the Beast starts tonight

 

Shows Feb. 5-8 at Cedar Springs High School

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, along with some good old-fashioned fun, as over 60 cast members take the stage tonight at Cedar Springs High School for their winter musical, Beauty and the Beast. 

This classic tale is a charming love story about a young woman (Belle) who falls in love with a beast, who happens to be a prince placed under a spell. In order to escape the spell, the Beast must learn to love and be loved. If he doesn’t learn this before time runs out, he and his home will be under the spell forever.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Leads include Alexis Lucarelli as Belle; Sean Murphy as Maurice; Brandyn Kirchoff as Beast/Prince; Remington Sawade as Gaston; Dallas Mora as Lefou; Alec Falicki as Lumiere; Roland Nulph as Cogsworth; April Roberts as Mrs. Potts; and Sam Owens as Babette.

Shows are February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10, and can be bought at the high school main office, online at http://www.hprodcshs.com, and at the door.

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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #5

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 10: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #5

Help Promote Literacy

Feb. 12: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Thursday, February 12th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. 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 Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #5

Valentine Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Feb. 13: East Nelson United Methodist Church Youth Group is having a fund raising romantic Valentine Dinner on Friday, February 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A single ticket is $12 and a double ticket is $20. The menu is: Lasagna, regular, chicken Alfredo or vegetarian, tossed or Caesar salad, garlic bread, apple crisp with ice cream and caramel sauce, warm brownies with ice cream and hot fudge. Please join us at East Nelson UMC Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. Tickets can be purchased by calling the church at 616-696-0661. #5

Free Movie at Cedar Springs UMC

Feb. 14: “The Song,” Free Movie, Free Popcorn, Free Drinks. At the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Saturday February 14th at 7:00 PM one showing only. Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander says,“I want to encourage you to grab your spouse and go check out THE SONG. It is an incredible movie. Korie and I watched it — and we loved it. So do yourself a favor and go see it.” “Ladies, I’m gonna tell you what you need to do,” echoed Duck Dynasty star Miss Kay Robertson. “Grab your husbands, your boyfriends, girls — whoever it takes — and go see THE SONG You will love it, and they will too. It’ll be worth it!” The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Main and Church. #5,6p

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk

Feb. 14: Enjoy this tour-guided excursion through Howard Christensen Nature Center’s scenic trails. Snowshoe equipment provided. A two-mile hike through candlelit trails. We will also stop after one mile for valentines stories around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. If there isn’t enough snow we will still have the candlelit trail walk. Be prepared to “Love Games” Saturday, February 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Donation of $10 per person includes hot chocolate, coffee and a light refreshment. All ages welcome! The $10 per person includes one movie ticket per person to complete your date night to be used at your convenience. Must be pre-registered to qualify for movie tickets. Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #5

Heart to Heart Craft Party

Feb. 14: Roses are red, violets are blue, join our Valentine event, just for you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with snacks and crafts. For all ages. Saturday, February 14th at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #5

Roast Beef Dinner

Feb. 15: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park D. 330 Rockford Park Dr. will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday February 15th and every 3rd Sunday of each month thereafter. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desert, coffee and punch. Reasonably price at adults $9, kids 4 to 12 $7 and under 4 years free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #5

CS Senior All Night Fundraiser

Feb. 20: The Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party Committee and Cedar Rock Sports Plex are hosting a fundraiser on February 20 from 9 to 11:30 pm. $8 per person ($2 skate rental). Come join in the fun! All ages are welcome. Ice skating and soccer. Cedar Rock Sports Plex 4758 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs. #5,6p

Whitetails Unlimited Banquet

Mar. 21: Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the 8th Annual Cedar Springs Banquet on Saturday, March 21, at the American Legion, 91 N. 1st Street, Cedar Springs. This special event will feature a buffet dinner, auction and prizes with a wide variety of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor-related equipment, artwork and collectibles only available at WTU events. The social hour begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 each, $25 for a spouse, or $25 for juniors 15 and under. Ticket order deadline is March 14th and tickets will not be sold at the door. To order tickets call Brian Egan at 616-291-5335, WTU Headquarters at 800-274-5475 or online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com. #5

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Ice Skating at HCNC

NOW: Ice skating is available on Tadpole Pond during business hours for $1 skate rentals. No registration is required, folks can simply show up, fill out the form and skate! We check the ice daily and will have it clearly posted if/when it is unsafe for skating. People may bring their own skates, at their own risk, but we ask for a donation to help cover the costs of maintaining the “rink”. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. Hours: closed Monday, Tuesday – Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, Friday, 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 pm.  #4

Help decorate CS Library with Valentines

Feb. 2: Starting February 2, help decorate the Cedar Springs Library for the month of February. Bring in a homemade Valentine decoration and receive a box of Valentine cards (28-34 in a box) while supplies last. The library is located at 43 W. Cherry Street, Cedar Springs. #4

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Feb. 3,10,17,24: 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. #4

Beauty and the Beast

Feb. 5-8: Cedar Springs High School is proudly presenting Beauty and the Beast for their winter musical. Evening shows are on February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00pm, with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00pm in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $10, and can be bought from any cast member, the high school main office, or online at http://www.hprodcshs.com. Tickets can be bought at the door if they are still available on the night of the show. #4.

Winter Family Fun Day at HCNC

Feb. 7: Be a proud Michigander, get our and enjoy winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. Children’s games, longest ball (golf) snowshoe walks (free) with your family, snowman or snow animal building contest, try doing the hula hoop contest (going the longest), bubble-blowing (watch them freeze if below 32), make a homemade snow glove, use our water filled bottles of color to create your own snow art in our open prairie. Then warm up with a bowl of chilli or some s’mores by the outdoor campfire. And yes cookies! Saturday, February 7th from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Donation of $6/ person or $20 for family. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #4

 

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Time to pucker up!

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time for some fun at the Post. As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female! Show us your lips by entering our 22nd annual “Best Lips” contest by February 2. We’re going to let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper on Thursday, February 5. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 12 edition.

Click link below to download and print your entry!

BestLips2015.pdf

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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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Fish Fry

Jan. 23: The American Legion in Cedar Springs on the corner of Main and Beech Streets, is hosting a fish fry on Friday, January 23rd from 5 to 7 pm. Fish, fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, coffee, punch and dessert. $8 per person, all you can eat. #3

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Jan 27: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #3

 

Help Promote Literacy

Feb. 3: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday, February 3rd for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. 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 Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #3

 

Make a Valentine

Feb. 7: Free Fabulous Valentine Fun – Create and make the sweetest card to give to a loved one at the Cedar Springs Public Library on February 7th. Two sessions available: 11 am – 12 pm or 12 pm to 1 pm. Call 616-696-1910 or stop by and sign up at 43 W. Cherry Street. Good for all ages! #3

 

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Weather forecaster

 

To tell the weather, go to your back door and look for the dog.

If the dog is at the door and he is wet, it’s probably raining.

But if the dog is standing there really soaking wet, it is probably raining really hard.

If the dog’s fur looks like it’s been rubbed the wrong way, it’s probably windy.

If the dog has snow on his back, it’s probably snowing.

If you can’t see the dog but hear him barking, it’s probably a blizzard.

Of course, to be able to tell the weather like this, you have to leave the dog outside all the time, especially if you expect bad weather.

Sincerely, The CAT

 

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Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Jan. 17: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday on January 17th from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $7, Seniors $6, Family $20, under 12 free. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #2

 

Free Movie at Cedar Springs UMC

Jan. 17: Join us for a free movie! Saturday, January 17th at 3 and 7 pm and Sunday, January 18th at 3 pm the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will be showing “When the Game Stands Tall”. Inspired by the extraordinary true story of high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur and his De La Salle Spartans. Rated PG. Free popcorn and drinks. #1,2p

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 20: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #2

 

Michigan Blood Drive

Jan. 20: There will be a blood drive on Tuesday, January 20th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, in Cedar Springs, from 12 noon – 7 pm. Donation usually takes less than an hour and it benefits three people! Attempt to donate and you could win 4 lower level tickets to the Detroit Red Wings vs the Winnepeg Jets on Saturday, February 14. Plus $50 gas card. #2

 

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Amazing race on snow

 

Largest winter adventure race in U.S. to take place in Rockford

ENT-Amazing-race-in-snow1The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition will be held February 7, 2015, at Camp Roger in Rockford. Registration is now open. Last year’s race drew 300 participants, making it the largest winter adventure race in the U.S.

Two-person teams will set out at 9:30 a.m., running through the woods to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a map, collecting as many points as they can within three hours. They’ll encounter Amazing Race-like challenges throughout the area along with short snowshoe and fatbike/snowbike sections. Snowshoes and fatbikes will be provided.

Newer racers find that the challenges and checkpoint hunting give them just enough of a break in between the running sections to catch their breath. Experienced adventure racers looking for a greater challenge will face several intermediate level orienteering checkpoints, requiring good map reading and basic compass skills (free clinic on January 31; details on the website).

ENT-Amazing-race-in-snow2“West Michigan has a culture for challenging outdoor sports like adventure racing and trail running that does not exist in many other areas in the nation. These races draw more people than Chicago, Indianapolis and other larger cities do to similar events,” says Mark VanTongeren, race director. “We always get a great turnout because of this. Racers are also looking forward to a new venue, Camp Roger, which gives us beautiful terrain and a warm place to hang, get a free massage and eat pizza after the race.

Friends, family and the general public are welcome to experience the race, although keeping up with the racers in the snow is an adventure in itself. Spectators can get copies of the race maps that will direct them to the challenges, many within easy walking distance.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Camp Roger. Camp Roger offers a weekly overnight summer camp experience for young people and serves 10,000 participants in the fall, winter, and spring.

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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Don’t throw it out—donate it

 

Even if it’s unusable, NKCS can use it

Cleaning out your closets? Taking down your Christmas decorations? Donate your unwanted items to North Kent Community Services—your donation destination.

They want your broken Christmas lights, metal (unusable frying pans, lamps, etc.), clean clothing and books. “The usable clothing is distributed to our clients in northern Kent County,” explains Claire Guisfredi, NKCS Executive Director. “The unwearable items, metal, wire and paper are recycled. We use the money to purchase meat, eggs, cheese and whatever else is needed in our pantry. It’s a win-win!” said Claire.

NKCS is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Drop off items at the south side of the building. There is an attendant in the donation area 7 days a week. Tax receipts are available.

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