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The Great Divorce at DeVos Hall


ENT-Great-DivorceLost souls take a bus ride to Heaven. But will they stay? Or choose a life divorced from paradise?

The acclaimed theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce comes to the Grand Rapids market Saturday, April 18, at the DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Show times are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“This is C.S. Lewis at his imaginative best,” said Max McLean, founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts, the show’s producer. “In The Great Divorce, several of Lewis’ quirky, hopelessly-flawed characters take a bus ride from a suburb of Hell to the outskirts of Heaven. But the tantalizing question the play asks is: Will these lost souls choose to stay? Or do they actually prefer a life divorced from paradise?”

The Great Divorce is a Twilight Zone-like fantasy, an entertaining and moving morality tale about human choices featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit,” McLean says. “Lewis wrote, ‘There are only two kinds of people in the end, those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

The Great Divorce stars Michael Frederic (Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Off-Broadway), Joel Rainwater (The Lion King National Tour) and Christa Scott-Reed (The Pitmen Painters on Broadway).

The Great Divorce premiered in December, and the Grand Rapids engagement is part of a 21-city tour that includes Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and more.

Broadway World called The Great Divorce “a rare and welcomed treat!” and World Magazine hailed the production as “raising questions of eternal significance with disarming ease. Fantastic!” Charleston City Paper called it “a joy to watch!” The Arizona Republic said, “Brings Lewis to life with lively wit and generous humor!”

Fellowship for Performing Arts also produces the nationally-acclaimed hit The Screwtape Letters, which drew rave reviews off-Broadway and appeared in over 50 major cities throughout the United States, including Grand Rapids.

The Great Divorce will play on Saturday, April 18, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $59. Student seats are $25 (student ID required). For groups of 10 or more (including student groups) call 866.476.8707. Applicable ticket fees will apply.

To purchase tickets, visit www.CSLewisOnStage.com or call 800.745.3000. Tickets are also available at the DeVos Box Office, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Time Off 


Two men working in a factory were talking. “I know how to get some time off,” said one.

“How are you going to do that?”

“Watch,” he said, and climbed up on a rafter. The foreman asked what he was doing up there, and the man replied. “I’m a light bulb.”

“I think you need some time off,” the foreman said and the first man walked out of the factory.

After a moment, the second man followed him. “Where do you think you’re going?” the foreman shouted.

“I can’t work in the dark,” he said.

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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.

Recycled Reads

April 13: Get ready to breathe new life into old pages. Create an artistic “second chapter” by upcycling older books and book pages into a variety of possibilities. Make a cover for you Nook/Kindle/eBook device, create a wreath or decorative spheres or choose your own book-inspired project. Bring your own expired title or use ours. Monday, April 13, 6:30pm – Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.

TOPS weight loss support group

Apr. 14: 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. #11

Cedar Springs Community Night

Apr. 16: Come to the 29th Annual Cedar Springs Community Night. Free admission! There will be booths, demonstrations, performances, and more. There will be the performances and displays of CSPS Fine Arts Department. Food will be available for purchase at the Boosters concession stand. Thursday, April 16 from 6  to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs High School (off East Muskegon east of Main St.) Presented by the Community Action Network in cooperation with the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department. Proceeds will be given to community organizations. #12-14p

Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library Book Sale

Apr. 16-18: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch spring book sale will be held on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am to 2 pm. See the new location at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr. in Sand Lake. 15,000 to 18, 000 items: books, magazines, cds, vhs, dvds, puzzles. Sponsored by the Friends of the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Library. #14,15p

The Dixie Swim Club

Apr. 17-19, 24-25: Flat River Community Players presents “The Dixie Swim Club” at 7:30pm on April, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25, and at 2:00pm on April 19, at the Greenville Area Community Center. Tickets are $13 adults, $11 students and senior citizens. Reserve tickets with Visa or Mastercard at www.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. #14

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Apr. 18: The Cedar Springs Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast every third Saturday of each month January thru April. Come to the Cedar Springs Untied Methodist Church located on the corner of Main and Church Streets on Saturday, April 18 from 7 am to 11 am, for an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice and coffee. Adults $7, seniors $6, family $20, children under 12 free. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #14

“Money Smart Kids Read” finance program

Apr. 18, 22: The Cedar Springs Public Library and ChoiceOne Bank have paired up to bring the “Money Smart Kids Read” initiative to the library. This program is especially geared towards children ages 7 and under The goal is to introduce kids to the idea of being responsible with finances at an early age. If you have children, ages 7 and under, join us at the library (located at 43 W. Cherry St.) on Saturday, April 18 or Wednesday, April 22, at 10:15am to learn this valuable life lesson. Preregister for this FREE program to receive a FREE book and other giveaway items. For more information, call the library at 616-696-1910. #14

Earth Day – Volunteer Day

Apr. 19: Celebrate Earth Day with HCNC on Sunday, April 19 from 12 noon to 3pm. Bring the entire family and join in the following activities: Planting seedlings and flowers, build a rain garden and help finish some of our winter projects; such as Timberland Playground. Join us outside for a fun day of volunteering as we make our 2015 improvements at the Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. For more info call 616-675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com #14

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Spring into action and donate blood with the Red Cross 


The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Free computer class at the CS Library


Do you wonder what a mouse is? How about a hard drive? Do you feel totally lost when the kids or grandkids start talking about [UTF-8]? URL’s and pages and sites on the Web? What is with all these commercials talking about going to their .coms? What is the difference between mail and email? Are computers just excess junk on my desk?

Join us at the Cedar Springs Library, Tuesday, April 07, from 11-noon and we will help you try and learn the answers to these questions.

Hopefully this session will help you understand why everyone seems so fascinated with these new fangled things called computers. Contact the Cedar Springs Library and 696-1910 to sign up.

Note: Please leave your cats at home—the mice are pets of the Library.

Tony Owen BS, MPA, and faculty member University of Phoenix will be facilitating this session. If there is a future session topic you would like to participate in please contact the library at 616.696.1910 to register.

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Easter Riddles


Q: What do you call rabbits that marched in a long sweltering Easter parade?

A: Hot, cross bunnies.


Q: What do you call a duck that just doesn’t fit in?

A: Mallardjusted.


Q: What do you call a duck who plays basketball?

A: A slam duck.


Q: Why was the rabbit rubbing his head?

A: Because he had an eggache! (headache)


Q: How do bunnies stay healthy?

A: Eggercise


Q: What does a rooster say to a hen he likes?

A: Your one hot chick!


Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?

A: A receding hareline.


Q: What do ducks have for lunch?

A: Soup and quackers!


Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain?

A: An egghead.


Q: Why are people always tired in April?

A: Because they just finished a march.


Q: Why did the magician have to cancel his show?

A: He’d just washed his hare and couldn’t do a thing with it.

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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

April: 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. #13

Passion Week at the CS United Methodist

Apr. 2-5: Please join us as we celebrate our Lord’s life, death and resurrection. We are located at 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Maundy Thursday, April 2nd: Holy Communion and Tenebrae worship service 7 pm. Everyone is welcome at our Lord’s Table. The Way of the Cross, Friday April 3rd and Saturday the 4th: A time for individual prayer and meditation, 9:30 am until 5:30 pm Friday and 9:30 am until 12:30 pm Saturday. Good Friday Joint Service April 3rd at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, at 6:30 pm. Easter Sunday, April 5th: Sunrise Service 8 am. Easter Breakfast, Sunday April 5th at 8:30am. Easter Worship Sunday April 5th: Easter Worship with Holy Communion, 10 am, One service only. Everyone is welcome at our Lord’s Table. For additional information call 616-696-1140. #13

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Apr. 3: Come to Sand Lake and walk with us Friday, April 3rd beginning at noon at Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church and progressing to the Church of the Full Gospel, Resurrection Lutheran Church and ending at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. We will meet and listen to the stories of characters from the Bible that were involved in the Crucifixion of Jesus. Families and youth are encouraged to join us. Sponsored by Sand Lake Village Churches. #12,13p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Solon Center Wesleyan

Apr. 4: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. All children 10 years and under are invited to attend. There’ll be games, an Easter Egg hunt, and a special Easter presentation. Two bicycles will be given away as grand prizes. For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All welcome! #11-13p

Free Family Easter Carnival

Apr. 4,5: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 – 13 Mile Rd., Rockford will be holding their Free Family Easter Carnival from 10 am to 11:30 am (Egg Hunt to follow at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 4.  Easter Services will be held on Sunday April 5 at 10:45 am. #13

Easter Worship Celebration at The Springs

Apr. 5: Have you heard about NBC’s new A.D. TV series? Jesus’ death and resurrection changed the world – but it’s just the beginning of the story! Learn more as we dive deeper into the stories from A.D. With inspiring messages and video clips from the TV series. Easter worship, April 5th, at 9:45 and 11:15 am. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616-696-2970. We are located at 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. We hope to see you at The Springs this Easter! #13

Dinner at the Legion

Apr. 6: On March 16th the American Legion will host a dinner with Pork Chops. Adults $9 and $4 children. The dinner on April 20th will be Swiss Steak. We have to go boxes. American Legion Post 287, 80 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. #13p

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Apr. 7: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. April 7th from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. April 9th from 6-9pm, and Sat. April 11th from 8 am-4 pm and Tues. April 14th from 6-9 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #12,13p

Gaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters

Apr. 8: Unplug from electronics. Challenge your brain and your friends with games of strategy and imagination, from classic to cutting-edge. For all ages. Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #13

Actors del Arte Ensemble at the Kent Theatre

Apr. 10,11: The Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will be presenting “Outer Space” a comedic/ parody on the Star Trek and Star Wars characters. Caught up on a secret mission to a far away galaxy, Captain Curt and Mr. Soc take you on a wild ride through the depths of outer space. A fun show for the whole family. Friday, April 10th at 8 pm and Saturday, April 11th at 2 pm and 8 pm at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. Tickets at the door. Adults $10, students $4, and seniors $8. #13

15-16 Rams Hockey Travel Teams & Tryout Dates

Apr. 14,15: 15-16 Rams Hockey Travel Teams & Tryout Dates: Cost is $10 per skate. LCAHL: Peewee A, Head Coach Kurt Romero (‘04) – April 15 and April 17, 6:00 – 7:00 pm @ Griff’s Ice House, East. Peewee AA, Head Coach Chris Rhodes (‘03) – April 14 and April 16, 6:00 – 7:00 pm @ Griff’s Ice House, East. Bantam AA, Heach Coach Greg Lockhart (‘01) – April 14 and April 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm @ Griff’s Ice House, East. WMJVL: JV, Head Coach Chris Davis (‘00-’99-’98) – April 14, April 16 and April 17,  7:00 – 8:30 pm @ Cedar Rock Sports Plex. Register for tryouts please at www.ramshockey.org (it includes risk and release waiver for participation). #13

Cedar Springs Community Night

Apr. 16: Come to the 29th Annual Cedar Springs Community Night. Free admission! There will be booths, demonstrations, performances, and more. There will be the performances and displays of CSPS Fine Arts Department. Food will be available for purchase at the Boosters concession stand. Thursday, April 16 from 6  to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs High School (off East Muskegon east of Main St.) Presented by the Community Action Network in cooperation with the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department. Proceeds will be given to community organizations. #12-14p

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Raising of America 


Community screening scheduled for documentary 

From the Kent County Health Dept.

We all want what is best for our children. We live in the richest country in the world. So why does child well-being in the U.S. rank 26 out of 29 rich countries? Why do we as a country allow our most vulnerable children to fall so much further behind?

The Kent County Health Department is teaming up with Strong Beginnings, First Steps, Great Start Collaborative, Family Futures, Healthy Kent, K-Connect, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, MomsBloom, and I Believe, I Become/Baby Scholars, in an effort to educate the public about the challenges of raising children in our diverse community. We are planning two screenings of “Raising of America,” a documentary that explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual learning, earning, and mental and physical health, but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America.

Raising of America is an hour-long episode that “interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive.” The documentary examines how social conditions affect childhood development.

“Issues of poverty, race, education, environment, safety and employment all have an impact on childhood development,” said Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “We need to create policies across all sectors—housing, labor, transportation, health, early childhood, etc.—in order to reduce inequities and give all children a level playing field. Finding successes today can improve the quality of life for our children and future generations.”

Join us for the Raising of America Screening and Community Conversation on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema South, 1506 Eastport Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Register for the screening and conversation going to www.eventbrite.com and searching for Raising of America. Learn more about the documentary series at www.raisingofamerica.org.

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The Dixie Swim Club 


April 17-19, 25-26

Opening the Flat River Community Players’ 41st season is a funny, touching story about the bonds between friends. The Dixie Swim Club is by the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The Players produced their comedy, Dearly Beloved, in 2012.

Opening at the Greenville Area Community Center, on April 17, Dixie follows five feisty gals who met years ago while members of their college swim team. They gather for a reunion at the same cottage every year and catch up on each other’s highs and lows of life. The play is kind of a mix of the heart-warming southern charm of Steel Magnolias and the sassy, fast-paced zingers of The Golden Girls. These ladies will make you laugh, inspire you, and send you home to hug your loved ones.

The FRCP production stars Patty Rockafellow as Jeri Neal McFeeley. She also has performed in the FRCP musicals Seussical, The Great American Trailer Park, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Veteran Player Jessica Gilbertson takes on the role of Dinah Grayson. She was last seen as Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Also the group’s head costumer, Jessica sees this show as a rare chance to get onstage. “I can get away without having to build many costumes from scratch,” she explains.

Roxanne Hutchinson joins the cast to play Vernadette Simms. This will be Roxanne’s first time onstage since junior high school. She was inspired to get involved after her grandson appeared in a middle school play.

Donita Coughlin returns to the FRCP stage after a four-year absence, to play Sheree Hollinger. She also performed in Cinderella, Nunsense, The Laramie Project, A Grand Night For Singing, And Sight Unseen.

Becky Tower will play the role of Lexie Richards. Her past FRCP productions include Dearly Beloved And Escanaba In Love.  She’s also appeared in a few dinner/theater plays at the Community Center.

Lyle Fales is directing, assisted by Denise Webb. Fales previously directed Dearly Departed, All My Sons, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, Eleemosynary. Hilda Sorvari is the show’s producer.

The Dixie Swim Club opens on April 17 with additional performances on April 18, 19 and 25, 26.  All curtains are 7:30 PM except for the Sunday matinee on the 19th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $13 adults, $11 students and senior citizens.  Order tickets in advance with VISA or Mastercard, either online at www.flatriver.showclix.com or by using the ShowClix link at the Players’ website, www.frcp.org.  Or call 1-888-71-TICKETS.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Fathers get support during conference in Grand Rapids


Fatherhood is full of excitement and joy… but it also has its share of challenges.  Healthy Kent’s Dads Count! is hoping to make being a dad a little less stressful, by offering a special educational event on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  The Focus on Fathers Fatherhood Conference will offer various topics for reinforcing positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.  Dads Count! is made up of multiple agencies in Kent County whose mission is to bring awareness on the importance of fathers and the crucial role fathers play in the raising of the next generations.

Keynote speaker Carlton Brewster has a great perspective on being a father in West Michigan. Brewster, a Grand Rapids native, graduated from Creston High School and went on to Ferris State University, where he was an outstanding football standout. Brewster played in the National Football League and Arena Football League. After his football career, he earned a Masters of Education in Education Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Brewster will address “Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Your Life” and “Avoiding the ‘Traps’ Fathers Fall Into.”

There will be two 45-minute breakout sessions focusing on:

  • Work and life balance for fathers
  • Custody and child support
  • Parenting teenagers
  • Mothers Supporting Fatherhood
  • Depression in Men

The conference will be held at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center on Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, which includes a light breakfast, hot lunch and the workshops. There will be several information booths from various programs in the community and door prizes will be provided to those who visit the booths. If you are interested in attending the event, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for 2nd Annual Dads Count. You can also contact Aaron.Toffoli@kentcountymi.gov or call 616.632.7295 for more information.

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