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Sparta celebration to honor veterans

 

On November 11, 2017 at the Sparta High School Auditorium, there will be a showing of the documentary The Unknowns. The film is about the unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training of the Sentinel Training Program soldiers must endure to be assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Sparta’s Specialist 3rd Class Don Bradford will narrate and share his story as Sparta’s only guard to have served at the Tomb. The event is from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 1:00.

Present will also be Sparta’s Robert Shangle, LiveStatue. A color guard of the Army,

Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp recruiters will present the colors.

Displays will include some local military uniforms, and information about Sparta’s POW camp presence in 1944, presented by the Sparta Township Historical Commission. The US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Sparta American Legion Post #107 will have booths and displays. Delia Tactical International—Kent County Sheriff Equipment will be on display outdoors.

Following the event these Sparta restaurants are serving a free dinner to all veterans after 5:00 p.m.: Cellar Brewery, Downtown Trini’s, Garden Patch, Big Joe’s.

For more information please go to www.spartahistory.org.

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Yard sale anger

 

A woman was taking her time browsing through everything at a friend’s yard sale. As she picked up a blue vase and studied it, she said to her friend, “My husband is going to be really mad I stopped at your yard sale.”

“I’m sure he’ll understand when you tell him about all the bargains you found,” her friend replied.

“Normally, yes,” she said. “But he just broke his leg, and he’s waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set.”

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Library Book Sale

Nov. 9-11: The Friends of the Nelson Twp./Sand Lake Library is hosting a book sale on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10th from 10 to 6 pm and on Saturday, November 11th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive in Sand Lake. #44,45p

Cedar Springs Pre-Holiday Open House

Nov. 11: Kick off your holiday shopping this year in downtown Cedar Springs! Saturday November 11th from 10 am to 7 pm. Visit our downtown stores and restaurants for all your holiday needs then walk over to the Rustic Roof Vintage Décor for Christmas Ornament crafts (11am to 2pm), and afterword stop at Perry’s Place llc for Herbs, Tea & More for story time (3pm)! Join the 2017 Cedar Springs Pre-Holiday Open House Facebook event to stay informed on all the latest sales and other happening for this event! #45b

Free Veterans Event in Sparta

Nov. 11: Join in the Sparta Community Celebration to Honor our Veterans! On November 11th at the Sparta High School Auditorium, there will be a documentary film “The Unknowns” about the unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training of the Sentinel Training Program soldiers must endure to be assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Sparta’s Specialist 3rd Class Don Bradford will narrate and share his story as Sparta’s only guard to have served at the Tomb. The event is at 2 to 4:30 pm (doors open at 1pm). The event is free. Present will also be Sparta’s Robert Shangle, LiveStatue. A color guard of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp recruiters will present the colors. There will be displays inside and out including about the Sparta POW camp in 1944 For more information please see our website at: www.spartahistory.org. The Sparta Township Historical Commission. Following the event these Sparta restaurants are serving a Free dinner to all Veterans after 5 pm! – Cellar Brewery – Downtown Trini’s – Garden Patch – Big Joe’s. #44,45p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Nov. 12: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, November 12th 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). Music and Ministry will be shared by the gospel music group Terry Winright and friends. 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! #45b

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 14: Need help getting through the holiday season? Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #45

17th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 18: Courtland Oakfiedl United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile Rd.) will be hosting its 17th Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. 35+ crafters/artists, Granny’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the pound. Lunch is served 11 am – 2 pm. The bazaar is FREE – no cover charge. For info call Dawna: 616-866-0648. #45,46b

Pine Ridge Bible Camp Auction

Nov. 18: Pine Ridge Bible Camp’s annual Live and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, November 18th beginning at 5:30 pm with the silent auction starting around 6:30 pm. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening. For more information, please call 616-696-8675 or info@pineridgecamp.com. Adult only event. #45,46b

Holiday Marketplace

Nov. 18: Start your Holiday Shopping at the Greenville Area Senior Citizen Center, 715 S. Baldwin, Greenville, during their Holiday Marketplace event, taking place on Saturday, November 18th from 9 am to 3 pm. Handmade crafts fro various vendors, homemade baked items, and Christmas décor and gifts available. Entrance and free parking is in the rear of the building. Proceeds from this sale go to fund the Senior Citizen, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that benefits senior citizens from Greenville and the surrounding area. #45

 

 

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MCC presents “The Fisherman and His Wife”

Montcalm Community College student Bethani Christie, of Edmore, on right, goes fishing and finds a magic talking fish played by MCC student Brendan Doolittle, of Sheridan, in “The Fisherman and His Wife,” adapted by Claudia Haas. Courtesy photo.

SIDNEY–Find out what happens when a couple strikes it rich after they find a magic talking fish and the wife’s greed brings consequences into their fairytale life. 

Montcalm Community College’s drama class presents “The Fisherman and His Wife,” adapted by Claudia Haas, Nov. 4 and 5 at 2 p.m. in the Barn Theater on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free.

When a fisherman finds a magic talking fish, he is grateful for the fortune but is happy to continue his way of life. However, his wife takes advantage of the situation, causing the couple to experience the perils of greed with the help of the narrator, Scatman L’Adore, and the audience. 

Cast members include Brendan Doolittle, of Sheridan, as Scatman L’Adore; Bethani Christie, of Edmore, as Jonner, the fisherman; and Jessie Tribbette, of Saranac, as Maura, the fisherman’s wife. MCC Drama Class Instructor Carolyn Johnson is the director and Katelynne Bills, of Howard City, is the light and sound technician.

“The Fisherman and His Wife” is originally a fairytale by Brothers Grimm. Haas’s adaptation is interactive fun for the whole family and is appropriate for young audiences. 

For more information or to arrange a group performance, contact Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248. 

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Community pep rally – TONIGHT

UPDATE: from Cedar Springs Public Schools… The Community Pep Rally for tonight has been moved from the Red Hawk Stadium to the Cedar Springs High School gym due to the weather.

Thursday, November 2, 8 p.m.

From John Norton, Athletic Director, Cedar Springs High School

Come out this Thursday to Red Hawk stadium for a Community Pep Rally at 8:00 p.m. This is a completely free event where the school plans to celebrate the accomplishments of various sports teams and activities from this past fall. It will be a time to rally as a community and show support for those individuals that are representing our school and community at state level competitions this weekend. Music, introductions, giveaways and maybe a surprise or two. We hope to see everyone there! Go Red Hawks!

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American Legion Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 4: The American Legion Auxiliary is having their annual Holiday Bazaar on November 4th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cedar Springs Legion, 80 S. Main Street in Cedar Springs. Along with garage sale items and arts and crafts, we will also have a bake sale. #44

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 4: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 4th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church ED building. Located on the corner of 6th and Maple Streets. Antiques/Vintage collectibles and crafts, quality used clothing, miscellaneous items. #44

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 6: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, November 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, stuffing, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #44p

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 7: Need help getting through the holiday season? Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #44

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 7,14,21,28: 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. #44

Help Promote Literacy

Nov. 8,17,21: 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 Wednesday, November 8th at 6 pm, Friday, November 17th at 10 am and Tuesday, November 21st 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. #44

Voters Not Politicians Educational Town Hall

Nov. 9: Voters Not Politicians Town Hall with an educational presentation to explain what is gerrymandering and the Voters Not Politicians proposal to end it plus an opportunity for registered voters to sign the petition to get the proposal on the ballot. The event will be held on November 9th from 6 to 7 pm at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 107 Main St., Cedar Springs. Hosted by Voters Not Politicians, a non-partisan ballot committee seeking to put before voters a proposal to end gerrymandering in Michigan. The proposal would ask voters to amend the Michigan State Constitution to deny partisan politicians the ability to manipulate voting district boundaries to secure their own hold on power. It would instead give the authority for drawing those boundaries to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. This event will help educate and gather signatures to support the petition drive to gather nearly 316,000 valid signatures needed to put the anti-gerrymander proposal on the 2018 ballot. #44

Library Book Sale

Nov. 9-11: The Friends of the Nelson Twp./Sand Lake Library is hosting a book sale on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10th from 10 to 6 pm and on Saturday, November 11th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive in Sand Lake. #44,45p

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 11:Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 11th from 9 am–2 pm, delicious fresh baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Come early, stay late! #43,44p

Cookie Walk at Holy Spirit Episcopal

Nov. 11: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is holding its annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites sale on Saturday, November 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131). Featuring our “world-famous” Cookie Walk – Come early for the best selection. There will also be baked goods, crafts, Santa’s Attic and a silent auction. The Christmas Delites sale is sponsored by the Holy Spirit’s Episcopal Women group and funds their support for various church activities, such as kitchen supplies, funeral refreshments, the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, the Explore & Soar Reading Club, and more. More information can be found on the church’s website: www.holyspiritbelmont.org. #44

Free Veterans Event in Sparta

Nov. 11: Join in the Sparta Community Celebration to Honor our Veterans! On November 11th at the Sparta High School Auditorium, there will be a documentary film “The Unknowns” about the unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training of the Sentinel Training Program soldiers must endure to be assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Sparta’s Specialist 3rd Class Don Bradford will narrate and share his story as Sparta’s only guard to have served at the Tomb. The event is at 2 to 4:30 pm (doors open at 1pm). The event is free. Present will also be Sparta’s Robert Shangle, LiveStatue. A color guard of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp recruiters will present the colors. There will be displays inside and out including about the Sparta POW camp in 1944 For more information please see our website at: www.spartahistory.org. The Sparta Township Historical Commission. Following the event these Sparta restaurants are serving a Free dinner to all Veterans after 5 pm! – Cellar Brewery – Downtown Trini’s – Garden Patch – Big Joe’s. #44p

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Ghosts, goblins and spooks, oh my!

The Cedar Springs Post is ready for ghosts, spooks, fairies, monsters, princesses and other forms of ghouls that will fill the streets of Cedar Springs this Halloween with a pile of candy* to appease the scary (or pretty) masses.

But beware, there may be a few monsters residing here at our local newsp aper as well. If you say the magic words, “Trick or Treat” they will hand over their candy with a smile and maybe a growl. But do not fear, none of them actually bite!

For more information on Spooktackular Fun courtesy of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, click link to see Hometown Happenings.

*Only available while supplies last!

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Actors del Arte present “Welcome to Chicken Scratch”

Tim Madden Jr. and Tim Madden Sr., of Rockford, to appear in “Welcome to Chicken Scratch” at the Kent Theatre Nov. 10-11.

The Actors del Arte of West Michigan ensemble will bring the musical comedy “Welcome To Chicken Scratch” to the Kent Theatre, Nov. 10-11.

If you like red neck humor and blue grass music, this show’s for you.

Show times are Friday, November 10 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 11 at 2 and 8 p.m. The Kent Theatre is located at 8 N Main St., in Cedar Springs.

Tickets at the door are adult $10, students $5, and seniors $8.

Call (616) 874-5264 for more info.

 

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The nun and the cab driver

 

A cab driver picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver won’t stop staring at her.

She asks him why he is staring.

He replies, “I have a question to ask you, but I don’t want to offend you”. 

She answers, “My son, you cannot offend me. When you have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.” 

The man hesitates and says, “Well, I’ve always wanted to kiss a nun.” 

The nun smiles. “Well, let’s see what we can do about that. But first, you have to be single and you must be Catholic.” 

The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!” 

“OK,” the nun says. “When we get to my stop we will see what we can do.” 

When the driver stops the cab, the nun gets into the front seat and plants a whopper of a kiss on the cabbie. As she gets out, the cab driver starts crying.

“My dear child,” says the nun, “why are you crying?” 

“Forgive me, but I’ve sinned. I lied. I must confess, I’m married and I’m Jewish.” 

The nun chuckles. “That’s OK, my name is Stan and I’m going to a Halloween party.”

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Algoma Christian School Auction

Oct. 28: Algoma Christian School, 14471 Sparta Ave., Kent City, is hosting our annual auction on Saturday, October 28th. The Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm and the Live at 6 pm. A pulled pork dinner will be served. For more information please check out our website at www.algomachristian.net. #42,43p

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31: Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Trick or Treating in downtown area businesses will be from 5 to 6:30 pm. Apple Cider and Donut holes will be at the Fire Station. Maps to be handed out at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Residential Trick or Treating is from 5 to 8 pm. Put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. #43

Annual Fall Bazaar

Nov. 4: Faith Lutheran Church, 2957 S. Grow Rd. (corner of Grow & Sidney Rds.), Sidney, is hosting their annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 4th from 9:30 am to 2 pm. There will be homemade cookies by the pound, quilts that are made by our church ladies, crafts, lunch available. Come, bring your friends, eat with us and enjoy our bazaar! #43

Card Making Craft Classes

Nov. 6: Have you ever received a cute card and wanted to try to make some of your own? You can learn how with Annette DeJong through a class offered by the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation on November 6th. Classes are $20 and include most supplies, just bring scissors and adhesives for the projects. Registration is required by November 1st. Forms are online and at CSAPR offices. Check out www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #43

Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Live-Stream Event

Nov. 7: What if all your money questions could be answered in just one night, and all that was required of you was to attend a live stream webinar with a desire to learn? The Smart Money Live-Stream Experience will give you the proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth in seven steps. You’ll get a clear vision for your family’s financial future while learning to work together and communicate more effectively with your spouse. Join Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for this free, one-night-only event that will change the trajectory of your life forever! Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m. Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus, 16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343 616-984-2525. Register at www.gowenbible.org. #42,43p

Pie Making at HCNC

Nov. 9: Join us for another enjoyable Holiday Pie Making event at Howard Christensen Nature Center! Come just as you are, we provide all the fresh ingredients, including handmade dough. You will have three different pies to take home and bake (or freeze for later). We do suggest bringing a cooler or tote to transport your pies home. Thursday, November 9th from 6 to 8 pm. $20 non-menbers, $15 for members. Please register online at www.HowardChristensen.org. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #43

Chicago Bus Trip

Nov. 11: There is a group headed towards Michigan Ave. on Saturday, November 11th at there is about a dozen open seats that will go fast. Act quickly to reserve your seat for $49 by contacting Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation online at www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #43

Solon Center Wesleyan Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 11: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 11th from 9 am–2 pm. Delicious fresh baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Come early, stay late! #43,44p

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