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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.

Mom 2 Mom Sale at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Mar. 15: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford is hosting a Mom 2 Mom Sale on Saturday, March 15th from 9 am to 1 pm. No entrance Fee! New and gently used kids clothes, toys, books, baby gear, etc. Free snacks available and free childcare available while you shop! Questions? 616-866-4298. #11

 

Annual Church Garage Sale

Mar. 15: On Saturday, March 15th from 9 am to 3 pm The Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Rd., Rockford will hold their annual huge sale to support their youth ministries. Money raised from this sale will go toward summer mission trips. For more information, call Deb Coon at 616-866-4829. #11p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 17: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onions dinner on Monday, March 17th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.50. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #11p

 

A Celebration of Saint Patrick’s Life

Mar. 17: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church invites you to join us on Saint Patrick’s Day for a dinner theater and celebration of Saint Patrick’s Life. You will be part of a TV stage audience at WOMG 3-17. Don’t miss the airing of  Name That Song with Joseph O Kelly, Nicole and Molly – This was Your Life by Scott Phillips with guest Saint Patrick and a WOMG TV Special, Celtic Songs of Inspiration. Free Tickets are required to assure a seat. They are available at: Alpha Omega Coffee and Games 32 S Main,  Blessed John Paul II Parish 3110, 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 140 S Main, Copies Plus 111 S Main, Story’s Fresh Meats And Deli 11761 Northland Drive and Take 2 Game Shop 18 S Main. Air Time is 6:30 PM Monday March 17 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Join us for this stage presentation and a meal of Corn Beef and Cabbage or Chix Nuggets and Mac for the Children. Deserts and beverages are included with both meals. #10,11p

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Mar. 18: 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 canceled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #11

 

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Mar. 18: 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. March 18 from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. March 20 from 6-9pm, Sat. March 22 from 8 am-4:30 pm and Tuesday, March 25 from 6-9pm. #10,11p

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Mar. 18: 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! Join us for dinner each Tuesday starting March 18th. Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Blessed John Paul II Church, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #11

 

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Mar. 19: East Nelson United Methodist Church is hosting a dinner on Wednesday, March 19th from 5 to 7 pm. Come enjoy corned beef and ham, cabbage, carrots, and 7 layer salad. #11

 

En Gedi Auction Fundraiser

Mar. 21:”Come Be Refreshed” on Friday, March 21 at the CS High School. Doors open at 6 pm. En Gedi is a local mission serving our Cedar Springs Community. This is sure to be a fun night for all. A wide variety of items to be auctioned including athletic event passes, a private air plane ride, various sports memorabilia, autographed baseballs from Al Kalin, Tori Hunter, and Max Scherzer, autographed jersey from Max Scherzer, grills, televisions, ton of wood pellets, leather recliner, tools, entertaining, lodging, and dining certificates, and much more. This once-a-year fundraiser benefits the after-school youth centers for 6th – 12th graders at Red Hawk Elementary School. Delicious appetizers will be served while you carouse the silent auction items. The live auction will feature larger items and begin around 7:00 pm. Take your chance at the money machine, dices, or treasure chest. All funds earned will be matched by CS Manufacturing. Tickets are $10 each and available at Take Two, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, and Perry’s Place all located on Main Street or e-mail SueQ@hughes.net. Also, still accepting donations for the auction to include products, services, or Sponsor-A-Student donations. #9-12p

 

Fish Fry at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Mar. 21: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut french fries, cole slaw, coffee, punch and dessert. 3 piece $8.50, 2 piece $6.50, 1 piece $4.50. Eat in or carry out. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, just south of M-57. More info at coumc.com. #11,12p

 

Mark Your Calendar – Annual Spring Bazaar

Mar. 22: Mamrelund Community Center’s Annual Springs Bazaar is March 22 from 9 am to 2 pm. $1 admission, children 12 and under admitted for free. Concessions, Bake Sale, and over 30 Vendors. Barrier free building and convenient parking. Located at 4085 Lutheran Church Rd. in Kent City. For more info visit www.Mamrelund.weebly.com #10,11p

 

Pancake Breakfast for Courtland Township Fire Dept.

Mar. 22: A pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 8 to 11 am at the Courtland Township Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice or milk. $7 Adults, $4 children 4 – 12 years, 3 and under are free. $20 Family special (2 adults, 2 children). Proceeds to benefit the Courtland Fire Department. #11,12p

 

Rummage Sale at Cedar Springs UMC

Mar. 26,27: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women are having a rummage sale in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. on Wednesday, March 26th from 9 am to 7 pm and March 27th from 9 am to 2 pm. #11,12p

 

Cedar Springs Community Players Spring Production

Mar. 27-29: “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin. This musical comedy follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent who are putting on a fundraiser to get enough money to bury the sisters who were accidentally poisoned by tainted soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). They need to raise money before the health department discovers their secret. Performances will be run at the historic Kent Theatre on March 27 – 29 starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door; $12 pre-sale; $10 is under 18. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant in Cedar Springs, the Cedar Springs Public Library or by calling 616-263-9363. “Nunsense” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Visit us at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #11,12p

 

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Michigan maple weekends celebrate sweet agricultural heritage

A traditional bucket tap and a plastic bag tap

A traditional bucket tap and a plastic bag tap

The Michigan Maple Syrup Association is planning three weekends of celebrations focused on the state’s oldest agricultural activity during the 2nd Annual Michigan Maple Weekend. Overall, more than 25 sugar makers are participating in the festivities.

Due to the state’s diverse weather and geographical elements, events are first held in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula (south of US10), March 15-16, followed by events in the upper half of the Lower Peninsula (north of US10), March 22-23 and throughout the Upper Peninsula, March 29-30.

“The weekend provides the people of Michigan and surrounding states a chance to see how our oldest crop is produced,” says Joe Woods, event coordinator. “For many people it is a chance for them to experience firsthand where their food comes from and the work and expense that goes into bringing a crop to market. For the producer it is a chance to meet new customers, educate consumers and display the workings of a sugar bush. Together this brings awareness of the maple syrup industry to the public.”

The family-friendly events held around the state are a great time for people to get out and get a firsthand look at how maple sap is collected, boiled down and turned into sweet maple syrup and other maple treats. Many of the farms will offer tours of their operation including tree tapping demonstrations, samples of their products, recipes for the use of maple syrup and local maple syrup products available to purchase.

Visitors to a local farm will have a chance to meet the farmers and their families that produce maple syrup and to get outside and enjoy Michigan’s early spring weather. Attendees are reminded to wear boots as mud and snow will still be abundant at this time of the year.

In Kent County, you can visit Maple Hills Sugar Bush at 9450 Grand River Drive, SE, in Ada, on March 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Give them a call at (616) 676-9568.

Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, is holding sugarbush community tours March 8 and 15, from 2-3:30 p.m., where you can get a glimpse into Native American, Pioneer, and modern methods of maple syrup production. You can see inside the sugar house too. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers.

Blandford Nature Center is also having their Sugarbush Fundraiser and Festival March 22. This annual program raises funds for the nature center. This year’s event is “Tapping into History to Solve a Mystery.”

Chris Cakes Inc will be providing a pancake breakfast. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes! Try to catch as many pancakes as you can from these fast flippers! Kids, parents, and grandparents will have a great time watching these talented pancake flippers flipping hundreds of pancakes. After you fill your bellies, its time to visit the sugarbush! Take part in fun family activities that will investigate the process of making pure maple syrup. From start to finish learn about the sugaring process and visit Blandford’s Sugarhouse to taste test the final product. While you’re there enjoy all the heritage buildings, face painting, puppet shows, horses, and much more. Solve history’s mysteries with interactive exhibits, interpretative sugarbush trail and delicious pancakes! Breakfast is held 9-noon, and the festival is noon to four. Cost for Breakfast & Festival is $10 members and $13 nonmembers; just the festival is $5 members and $8 for nonmembers.

Information about other farms participating in the Michigan Maple Weekend can be found on the Michigan Maple Syrup Association web site www.Mi-MapleSyrup.com, Michigan Maple Syrup Association Facebook, or by contacting members of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association. Information can also be found at Michigan Welcome Centers.

Michigan Maple Syrup Facts:

• Michigan ranks 5th in maple syrup production in the United States.

• Average maple syrup production in Michigan is about 90,000 gallons per year.

• Economic contributions of the pure maple syrup industry to Michigan are nearly $2.5 million annually.

• Maple syrup is a Michigan tourist benefit. It is a “thing” to buy.

• Maple syrup, as an agricultural commodity, benefits Michigan farm markets.

• There are an estimated 500 commercial maple syrup producers in Michigan with some 2,000 additional hobby or home use producers.

• Michigan law requires that processor of maple syrup must be licensed.

• The production of pure maple syrup is the oldest agricultural enterprise in the United States.

• Maple syrup is one of the few agricultural crops in which demand exceeds supply.

• Only about 1 percent of Michigan’s maple forest resource is used in maple syrup production.

• In an average year, each tap-hole will produce about 10 gallons of maple sap, enough for about a quart of pure Michigan maple syrup.

• Maple sap is a slightly sweet, colorless liquid.

• It takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.

• A gallon of standard maple syrup weighs 11 pounds and has a sugar content of 66 percent.

• Maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year.

• Maple syrup is not the recipient of any crop support or subsidy programs.

• A maple tree needs to be about 40 years old and have a diameter of 10 inches before tapping is recommended.

• The maple season in Michigan starts in February in the southern counties and runs well into April in the Upper Peninsula.

• Warm sunny days and freezing nights determine the length of the maple season.

• The budding of maple trees makes the maple syrup taste bitter. Thus, production ceases.

• Freezing and thawing temperatures create pressure and force the sap out of the tree.

• A very rapid rise in temperature (25 to 45 degrees) will enhance the sap flow.

• While the sugaring season may last 6 to 10 weeks, but during this period, the heavy sap may run only 10-20 days.

• Average sugar concentration of maple sap is about 2.5 percent.

• Maple sap is boiled to remove the water and concentrate the sugars in a process called evaporation.

• In a conventional evaporator one cord of hard wood is required for every 25 gallons of syrup produced.

• Tubing collection systems with vacuum can increase average sap yields approximately 50 percent.

• Maple sap becomes maple syrup when boiled to 219 degrees Fahrenheit, or 7 degrees above the boiling point of water.

• Pure Michigan maple syrup has 50 calories per tablespoon and is fat-free. It has no additives, no added coloring and no preservatives.

• Maple syrup has many minerals per tablespoon: 20 milligrams of calcium, 2 milligrams of phosphorus, 0.2 milligrams of iron, 2 milligrams of sodium, 35 milligrams of potassium.

• Maple syrup is classified as one of nature’s most healthful foods.

 

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Doing it yourself

 

When a guy’s computer began to run slow, he called a local repair shop, where a friendly man informed him that the computer probably needed to be cleaned of malware and viruses, as well as dust.

Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told him he might be better off reading the computer manual and trying the job himself.

Pleasantly surprised by the man’s candor, the caller asked, “Does your boss know that you discourage business?”

“Actually, it’s my boss’s idea,” the employee replied with a chuckle. “We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first.”

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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 

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. #10

 

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at HCNC

Mar. 8: Imagine buttered pancakes, smothered in warm maple syrup, hot sausage, orange juice & coffee. Our pancakes will only be made from the finest of ingredients (Bisquick, eggs and whole milk). Please help us in keeping Howard Christensen Nature Center a wonderful, flourishing, Nature Center. Help support our Community Nature Center and get your belly filled up – all you can eat (no take outs). 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #10

 

Cedar Springs Garden Club Meeting

Mar. 11: The Cedar Springs Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant St. Please use the south side entrance. A tutorial on making glass sculptures will be presented. Everyone is welcome. #10

 

Cedar Springs Band Auction

Mar. 13: The 2014 Cedar Springs Band Auction will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 each and pre-sale only. Includes dinner and entertainment provided by Cedar Springs High School and Middle School Jazz Bands. Tickets are on sale in the High School Office and High School Bank Room until March 13th. Please note that no tickets will be sold at the door. Must have ticket to enter. For more information and tickets, call 616-696-1200. #10

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Mar. 13,27: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, March 13th & March 27th. No charge – No registration required. Served from 6-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 11 Mile Rd. NE in Rockford. #10

 

CS Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 15: The Cedar Springs Lions Club will host a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 15th from 7-11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Church St. Adults are $7, Seniors $6, Family $10, and under 12 are free. All you can eat – pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, juice and coffee. Proceeds assist sight conservation. #10

 

Cosplay Costume Workshop

Mar. 15: Meet up with other fans and begin designing your cosplay look. Supplies and equipment will be provided to help you rock the runway at JAFAX or the KDL Anime Festival. For teens grades 6-12. Saturday, March 15 at 1:30 pm. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St.

 

“MCC’s Drama Class Performs “Aesop’s Fables Redux”

Mar. 15: Montcalm Community College’s drama class presents “Aesop’s Fables Redux,” a comedy by Susan Pennington, on March 15 at 2 pm and March 16 at 2 and 4 pm in the Barn Theater on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission is free. Contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248 for more information. #10

 

Stuart Leitch to Perform at First Congregational Church of Christ

Mar. 16: Stuart Leitch, pianist/organist at First Congregational Church of Christ in Rockford will be holding a special Lenten concert on Sunday, March 16th at 4 pm. The music “Musica Callada” by Frederick Mompou; 28 brief mysterious pieces inspired by writings of St. John of the Cross. The style is a unique blend of impressionism, minimalism, and Catalan folk music. The church is located at 192 E. Bridge St. in Rockford. A free will offering is encouraged and refreshments will be served. #10

 

A Celebration of Saint Patrick’s Life

Mar. 17: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church invites you to join us on Saint Patrick’s Day for a dinner theater and celebration of Saint Patrick’s Life. You will be part of a TV stage audience at WOMG 3-17. Don’t miss the airing of  Name That Song with Joseph O Kelly, Nicole and Molly – This was Your Life by Scott Phillips with guest Saint Patrick and a WOMG TV Special, Celtic Songs of Inspiration. Free Tickets are required to assure a seat. They are available at: Alpha Omega Coffee and Games 32 S Main,  Blessed John Paul II Parish 3110, 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 140 S Main, Copies Plus 111 S Main, Story’s Fresh Meats And Deli 11761 Northland Drive and Take 2 Game Shop 18 S Main. Air Time is 6:30 PM Monday March 17 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Join us for this stage presentation and a meal of Corn Beef and Cabbage or Chix Nuggets and Mac for the children. Desserts and beverages are included with both meals. #10,11p

 

Register Now for Free Hunter Education

Mar. 18: 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. March 18 from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. March 20 from 6-9pm, Sat. March 22 from 8 am-4:30 pm and Tuesday, March 25 from 6-9pm. #10,11p

 

En Gedi Auction Fundraiser

Mar. 21:”Come Be Refreshed” on Friday, March 21 at the CS High School. Doors open at 6 pm. En Gedi is a local mission serving our Cedar Springs Community. A wide variety of items to be auctioned including athletic event passes, a private air plane ride, various sports memorabilia, autographed baseballs from Al Kaline, Torii Hunter, and Max Scherzer, autographed jersey from Max Scherzer, grills, televisions, ton of wood pellets, leather recliner, tools, entertaining, lodging, and dining certificates, and much more. This fundraiser benefits the after-school youth centers for 6th-12th graders at Red Hawk Elementary School. Appetizers will be served. The live auction will begin around 7:00 pm. Take your chance at the money machine, dice, or treasure chest. All funds earned will be matched by CS Manufacturing. Tickets are $10 each and available at Take Two, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, and Perry’s Place all located on Main Street or e-mail SueQ@hughes.net. Also, still accepting donations for the auction to include products, services, or Sponsor-A-Student donations. #9-12p

 

Save the Date – Annual Spring Bazaar

Mar. 22: Mamrelund Community Center’s Annual Springs Bazaar is March 22 from 9 am to 2 pm. $1 admission, children 12 and under admitted for free. Concessions, Bake Sale, and over 30 Vendors. Barrier free building and convenient parking. #10,11p

 

Travel to Chicago with MCC

Mar. 22: Montcalm Community College offers a March 22 bus trip to Chicago. Registration is under way and the cost for a non student is $40. The fee covers the cost of transportation and participants must pay for their food and entry fees to attractions. Participants have time to visit one or two attractions during the trip. Adult admission is $8 for Shedd Aquarium; $12 for the Adler Planetarium and $10 for senior citizens; $23 for adults, $17 for students with a student ID and senior citizens at the Art Institute of Chicago; and $18 for adults and $17 for senior citizens at the Museum of Science & Industry. The bus leaves MCC at 6:45 am, picks up passengers at the Greenville Wal-Mart parking lot at 7:15 am and returns to MCC at 10:30 pm. To register online visit www.montclam.edu/careerdevelopment, call 616-754-7706 or 1-877-328-211, ext. 610. Checks, cash and major credit cards are accepted and payment is due at registration. #10

 

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Rotary Life Leadership Conference and Scholarships

 

for Juniors and Seniors

The Cedar Springs Rotary Club is now accepting interest forms to attend a Life Leadership Conference for High School Juniors and Seniors in Tustin, Michigan, June 18-21. The conference fee, along with transportation to and from the conference, is covered by the Cedar Springs Rotary Club. Students learn about leadership styles and identify strengths and weaknesses of those styles. Small group discussions include an understanding of various political, cultural, ethnic, gender, and religious groups. Two $1,000 scholarships will then be awarded based on Interviews, Applications, Presentations and Essays submitted by the students chosen for the conference.

Last years attendees were Dani George, Samantha Lovell, Esther Couturier, Emma Bishop and Katie Tow. Interest Forms are available in the Cedar Springs High School Counselor’s office, CTA Counselor’s office, Independent Bank or White Creek Lumber, with a response deadline of Friday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.

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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.

 

 

Star Gazing at HCNC

Mar. 1: Do you have in interest in Astronomy? This class will help satisfy that desire to know more about the heavens and show you how to see objects in the night. The class covers information about the earth, moon, planets and stars – from making a scale model of our systems to understanding the difference between stars. Instruction is given in viewing the night sky using binoculars and natural sight. Following the workshop, we will go outside to view the stars. Basics will be given on how to use (provided) binoculars to see the planets and stars. Saturday, March 1 from 1 to 9 pm. $5 donation per person, $15/ family of four or more. Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #9

 

Festival of the Sleds

Mar. 1: The West Michigan Snowmobile  Museum and Library is holding a snowmobile show and swap meet on Saturday, March 1st from 10 am to 3 pm at 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs. “Festival of the Sleds” will celebrate snowmobiles – old and new, have about 100 snowmobiles on display and enjoy old and new friends. Everyone is welcome. #9

 

Benefit for Clinton Bresnahan and Lynn Marion

Mar. 2: Please come join us at The Harvard Bar for a benefit on Sunday, March 2nd. This benefit is for Clinton Bresnahan and Lynn Marion, who lost everything to a house fire. There will be a spaghetti dinner for $8 a plate, a luck of the draw dart tournament (sign up begins at noon, first tournament around 2 pm), and a bake sale and auction by IMC Motorcycle club. Donations may be dropped off at The Harvard Bar all week, through the day of the benefit,including all donations for the auction. #9

 

Help Promote Literacy

Mar. 3: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Monday, March 3 for prospective 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. At least 6,000 adults cannot speak or understand English well. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. Please call us at 616-459-5151(ext. 10) to register. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 204, Grand Rapids. #9

There’s a Mouse in the House

Mar. 4: What could be more exciting that a mouse in your house? Celebrate all things “mousy” with stories, crafts, rhymes, fingerplays and puppets. For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #9

 

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 9: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, March 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.50. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #9p

 

En Gedi Auction Fundraiser

Mar. 21: “Come Be Refreshed” on Friday, March 21 at the CS High School. Doors open at 6 pm. This is sure to be a fun night for all. A wide variety of items to be auctioned including athletic events, tools, entertaining and dining certificates, lodging, shopping, musical items and much more. This once-a-year fundraiser benefits the after-school youth centers for 6th – 12th graders at Red Hawk and the High School. Delicious appetizers will be served while you carouse the silent auction items. The live auction will feature larger items and begin around 7 pm. Tickets are $10 each and available at Take Two, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, and Perry’s Place, all located on Main Street or email SueQ@hughes.net. #9-12p

 

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Expiration dates

A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office.

“Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”

“Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her.

There was silence at the other end of the phone.

“Why do you ask?” prodded the doctor.

“I’m wondering just how long I have left to live,” she whispered. “This prescription is marked ‘NO REFILLS’.”

 

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Coverup Catch

 

This guy had an awful day ice fishing on the lake, sitting in the freezing cold all day, without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four catfish.

He told the guy behind the meat case, “Hey Joe, pick out four large catfish and throw them at me, will you?”

“Why do you want me to throw them at you?” he asked.

“Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.”

“Okay,” said Joe, “but I suggest that you ‘catch’ the orange roughy.”

“Why?” asked the guy, with a puzzled look on his face.

“Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to ‘catch’ orange roughy. She prefers that for supper tonight.”

 

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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.

Crew needed for Resurrection Celebration

Feb. 23: Resurrection Celebration, a community production celebrating the good news of the Easter story, is back for 2014 and in need of volunteers. We would love to have you join us! There are many positions to fill, including stage parts, singers, back stage help, costumes, and many other areas. We have just the spot for you! Join us at our first meeting on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street. You know the Easter story, now come live it! For more information, contact Cherryl Rosenberger at cherrylbear@hotmail.com. #8

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 25: 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. #8

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We have a winner!

VAL-BestLipsComing in first was #13-Kissy aka Amanda McGovern, of Sand Lake, with 171 votes. She won a dinner for two at Big Boy ($30 value); a free movie for two at the Kent Theatre with two medium combos; $50 worth of makeup from the Haircraft Company; and a month of free classes for two at Moxie’s Fitness and Health.

Coming in second was #1-Succulent aka Trisha Dart, of the City of Cedar Springs with 168 votes. She won a lotion and tanning package from Awesome Tan, a shampoo and cut from B&B Beauty Salon, and free class from Moxie Fitness and Health.

Coming in third was #10-Pouty aka Micki Martin, of Sand Lake, with 112 votes. She won a $25 gift certificate from Geekworx, a chair massage from Kin of Hope, tea from Perry’s Place, and a free class from Moxie Fitness and Health.

A big thank you to all who participated—those who sent in their lips, those who voted, and all of the businesses that donated prizes! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Winners may pick up their prizes at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14 between 10am-5pm. Please call 616-696-3655 if you need to make special arrangements for pick up.

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