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Rotary paper trailer: 4th Saturday Drop-Offs

By Tom Noreen

To help folks drop off their newspapers, beginning in April the club will man the trailer on the 4th Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. until noon. If you need help dropping your papers off, we will be there to take them from your vehicle.

For many years, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club paper trailer has been a solid source of funds for our good works projects in Cedar Springs. The club collects newsprint for NuWool, which makes insulation out of it. Magazines, pasteboard cereal boxes, and other items cannot be used by NuWool.

The paper trailer is located in the northwest corner of the Family, Farm and Home parking lot.

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MacGregor to hold office hours

State Senator Peter MacGregor will hold office hours on Monday, March 28, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Walker Fire Station #3, 1470 3 Mile Rd. NW, Walker, Mich. 49544.

I will be available to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have,” said MacGregor.

Office hours are a one-on-one meeting with constituents, and in order for him to see as many people as possible, he asks to please keep the conversation to 10 to 15 minutes. If your question requires additional time, contact his office to set up an appointment.

For more information or to contact Sen. MacGregor’s office, please visit www.SenatorPeterMacGregor.com or call 1-855-347-8028

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Amash to host town hall meetings

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) will be holding eight town hall meetings next week in the third district. The closest one to the greater Cedar Springs area will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Sparta Civic Center, 75 N. Union Street, in Sparta. He will also hold meetings in Lowell, Marshall, Hastings, Eureka, Portland, Battle Creek, and Caledonia.

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Easter Jokes for Kids

 

Q. How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself?

A. With a hare-dryer!

Q. Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road?

A. Because the chicken had his Easter eggs!

Q. What did the rabbit say to the carrot?

A. It’s been nice gnawing you!

Q. How did the Easter Bunny rate the Easter parade?

A. He said it was eggs-cellent!

Q. How does the Easter Bunny travel?

A. By hare-plane!

Q. How does the Easter Bunny stay fit?

A. Eggs-ercise and hare-robics!

Q. Why did the Easter egg hide?

A. He was a little chicken!

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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.

Good Friday Walk and Remember 

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Mar. 26: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 26th 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: scwchurch.com or call the church office  at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome! #11,12p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 27: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 27th 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 will be shared by Billi Brandt who has an amazing testimony to share. Music will be shared by Gitchel family singing and playing traditional 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #12

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Apr. 5: 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 Tuesday, April 5th, from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, April 7th, from 6-9pm,  Saturday, April 9th, from 8 am-4 pm, and Tuesday, April 12th from 6-9 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #12,13p

Help Promote Literacy

Apr. 14: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Thursday April 14th, for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find 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) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #12

Community Night

Apr. 21: Cedar Springs Community Night is April 21st and registration is underway. The deadline for registration is March 25th. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or you can call 616-696-7320. #12

CS Rotary Club Cow Plop

May 7: The Cedar Springs Rotary Club is hosting their annual Cow Plop on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to 12 pm, next to White Creek Lumber, 13861 White Creek. Tickets are $5.00 each. Prizes: $1,000, $350, or $150, depending on where the cow plops. See any Rotarian for Tickets and more information. #12

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Five unique ways to enjoy your favorite Easter candy

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Family Features 

The best parts of holiday celebrations are the special traditions that form lasting memories. Make Easter the most egg-cellent holiday by inspiring new traditions and creative activities, crafts and recipes for your family to enjoy for years to come.

1. Sweet Egg Decorating

Many people celebrate the Easter holiday with brightly decorated hard-boiled eggs, but why not decorate chocolate eggs, too, for a sweet twist on a traditional favorite holiday craft. You can use frosting and additional candy to decorate chocolate eggs, such as Cadbury Crème Egg Candy, in similar fashion to traditional eggs.

2. Candy Dish Treats

Think candy is only reserved for Easter baskets? Try filling a glass vase with your favorite colorful candies to create a colorful, delicious candy dish the whole family can enjoy. Place faux flowers in the candy-filled vase and tie a bow of festive ribbon around it to create a simple, sweet arrangement.

3. Share with the Easter Bunny

Santa isn’t the only one who likes sweets; this year, leave candies out for the Easter Bunny, too. Share this “hoppy” new tradition with family and friends using #HersheysEaster and make it part of your annual Easter Eve ritual.

4. Easter Egg Hunt Prep

Step up your Easter egg hunt game by setting up prep stations with everything your family will need. Equip them with decorative baskets to put their eggs in, leave clues of where the eggs are hidden on festive note cards and get them started with a sweet treat, such as their favorite candy, to kick it off.

5. Cooking with Candy

An Easter basket isn’t the only way you can enjoy sweets. Get creative in the kitchen and find new ways to enjoy your favorite candies, such as this recipe that combines ice cream, cookies and Cadbury Crème Egg Candy for a one-of-a-kind dessert.

For more Easter inspiration and delicious recipes, visit CelebrateWithHersheys.com.

EAS-Five-ways1-treatsCandy Egg Ice Cream Sandwiches

Serves: 4

2 cups vanilla ice cream

3 Cadbury Crème Egg Candy

8 large sugar cookies

1/4 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy

Set ice cream on counter for 15-20 minutes, or until it begins to thaw and is easy to scoop.

Unwrap and chop egg candy into small pieces. Pour candy pieces (including gooey center off knife and cutting board) into medium mixing bowl.

Scoop ice cream into bowl with chopped candy. Using plastic spatula, stir candy and ice cream until well combined.

Pour ice cream mixture into rectangular or square 2-quart dish and spread into even layer, making sure candy is evenly distributed. Cover with plastic wrap and place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes, or until ice cream has set again.

In food processor, pulse mini egg candies until finely chopped.

Remove ice cream from freezer.

Place chopped mini candies in shallow bowl wide enough to fit a cookie. Place 4 cookies bottom up on plate. Top each cookie with scoop of ice cream then top ice cream with another cookie (bottom facing ice cream). Press down on sandwich until ice cream reaches cookie edge.

Immediately roll ice cream edges of sandwich in chopped mini candies, turning sandwich until all edges are coated. Place sandwich on a dish and return to freezer. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

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My School Color Run

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ENT-ColorRun2The Cedar Springs Senior Class of 2016  All Night Party Committee is hosting the first ever My School Color Run fundraising event on April 30, 2016.

You can walk, jog, and run your way toward a healthier life while raising funds for the Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party!

The Color Run is open to everyone in the community. It is an untimed fun run held on a designated cross country course. Throughout the course, participants will experience color splash zones where they’ll be doused in color! All ages are welcome. Make it a family event!

The event will be held at Cedar View Elementary, 204 E Muskegon St, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. Check in begins at 8:00 a.m., and the run begins at 9:00 a.m.

Registration is $35 for adults (19 and up) and $25 for children (18 and under). Group rate discounts available through online registration only.

Register early for discounted pricing! Registration includes a race bib, color packet, and tshirt if you register by 4/13/16. You can pick up your items at the registration table the day of the event.

Register at www.CedarSpringsColorRun.EventBrite.com

For more information about the Cedar Springs My School Color Run event, visit us online at http://www.CedarSpringsColorRun.EventBrite.com.

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Gaither Vocal Band coming to Sunshine Church

 

ENT-Gaither-vocal-bandOn Friday, April 8, at Sunshine Community Church in Grand Rapids, multi-Grammy Award-winner Bill Gaither will host a spectacular evening of music, laughter and encouragement featuring the talent of the prestigious Gaither Vocal Band.

The Gaither Vocal Band, with the all-star line-up of David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles, and Bill Gaither, will share timeless gospel classics, as well as refreshing, inspiring new favorites embraced by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Few events have the ability unite individuals from all walks of life the way Gaither concerts do.

Year after year, Bill Gaither has brought the Homecoming Tour into cities worldwide, performing to packed houses with collective attendance figures exceeding 1.1 million people and being ranked among the top concerts for tickets sold worldwide in any music genre during the past decade.  Each concert showcases gospel music’s finest talent and draws new listeners with every city. This Tour stop will feature the multi-award winning Gaither Vocal Band, and showcase many of the songs included on their latest, Sometimes It Takes A Mountain recording. Joining The Gaither Vocal Band for this special evening will be talented female vocalist, Charlotte Ritchie and powerful male vocalist Gene McDonald, as well as guitarist and comedian, Kevin Williams.

Gaither continues to be delighted by audiences’ response to the concerts, now more than 40 years after he quit his day job as a teacher. “I’ve always said it all starts with a great song, and we are fortunate that each concert includes great songs that have stood the test of time. With all the musical choices that are available now, there is still a special place for the joy and optimism that resides in Gospel music. Good news never gets old.”

Named ASCAP’s Songwriters of the Century, Bill and Gloria Gaither have written more than 700 popular gospel songs throughout their multi-decade career, including favorite standards “He Touched Me,” Because He Lives,” and “There’s Just Something About That Name.” Since 1992, when Gaither began recording the celebrated Homecoming series of DVDs and CDs, most every volume has gone gold or platinum with sales totaling approximately 100 million volumes. The programs appear regularly on television networks around the world.

This Gaither Vocal Band concert at the Sunshine Community Church in Grand Rapids, MI, will celebrate timeless themes of faith, unity and eternal hope through a variety of music the whole family will enjoy.  The concert will begin at 7:00pm. Complete information, including ticket pricing, is available by calling 616-364-4242 or visiting www.gaither.com or www.premierproductions.com. To charge tickets by phone call 1-855-484-1991 or visit www.premierproductions.com. Group tickets are also available by calling 1-855484-1991.

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Losing the shirt off your back

 

A woman who played cards one night each month with a group of friends was concerned because she always woke up her husband when she came home around 11:30.

One night after cards, she did her best not to wake him. She undressed in the living room and, purse over her arm, tiptoed nude into the bedroom—only to find her husband sitting up in bed, reading.

“Good grief woman!” he exclaimed. “Did you lose everything?”

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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.

Fish Fry

Mar. 18: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 18th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut French fries, cole slaw, coffee and punch, dessert. 3 pieces – $9, 2 pieces – $7, 1 piece – $5. Eat in or carry out. 616-866-4298. #10,11p

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 18: Come Be Refreshed! Friday, March 18th with the High School cafeteria doors opening at 6 pm. This year’s event has many great items for you to choose from to include furniture, MSU football and basketball tickets, private golf session by MSU Coach Casey Lubahn, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, tools, hand-made dolls, private wild turkey and pheasant hunts, clothing, wood pellets, puzzles, and much more!!!! With a $10 entry donation you can enjoy delicious appetizers while you browse the items on the silent and live auction table. All funds earned on this event will be matched by CS Manufacturing. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing a FREE after school youth center, special high school and community events with a focus on building family. Donations of services or products (all are appreciated are greatly needed. Contact Sue Wolfe at 696-2246 or SueQ@hughes.net for tickets or for donation pick-ups. #10,11p

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 19: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday on March 19th from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $8 and Family $25. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. The next planned date is April 16th. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #11

Mom2Mom Sale

Mar. 19: The Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake is hosting a Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions regarding the sale, please contact Nichole at 616-263-9662. #10,11p

Annual Church Garage Sale

Mar. 19: Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 – 11 Mile Rd., Rockford, will be hosting their Annual Church Garage Sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 3 pm. Proceeds will go towards the youth ministries summer trips. For more information, call Deb Coon at 616-866-4829. #11p

Roast Beef Dinner

Mar. 20: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday March 20th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #10,11p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 21: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onion dinner on Monday, March 21st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, veggies, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #11p

Good Friday Walk and Remember 

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Mar. 26: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 26th 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: scwchurch.com or call the church office  at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome! #11,12p

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Mar. 30: During this hour and a half workshop you will learn the basics of playing the Ukulele. This fun and relaxed program will teach you the basic chords, rhythm and strumming you’ll need to play a few songs by the end of the workshop. Our instructor, Dean Wiers-Windemuller of Southtown Guitar will lead the hands-on workshop. Players of all levels are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required. For teens grades 6-12. Wednesday, March 30th at 3:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., 616-636-4251. #11

HCNC’s Spring Break Day Camp

Apr. 4: Spring Break 2016 is right around the corner! Howard Christensen Nature Center’s Spring Day Camp begins on April 4th and runs the entire week. Crafts, exploring the property, and getting up close  and personal with animals only begins to scratch the surface of this fun filled week! Registration is now open. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. www.howardchristiansen.org. #11

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