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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.


Fall Festival at Cedar Springs UMC

Nov. 5: The annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday, November 5th from 9 am to 2 pm at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. Booths will include: Cookie Patch, Jewelry, Grandma’s Attic, Book Nook, Toys and Home Made Crafts. The church is located at 140 S. Main St. All are welcome. Celebrate the season with us. #43,44

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 5: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 5th 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. #43,44

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 7: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, November 7th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drinks. 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

Turkey Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Nov. 9: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., NE, Cedar Springs will have our annual Turkey Dinner on Wednesday, November 9th from 5 to 7 pm. The menu includes turkey, potatoes, gravy, squash, relishes, rolls and homemade desserts. Donation only. Public welcome! #44

Huge Book Sale

Nov. 11,12: The Friends of the Cedar Springs Library will be having their Red Flannel Day make-up sale on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12 at the Cedar Springs Senior Center at the corner of Park and Elm Streets. Friday the hours are from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am unto 5 pm. All books are 25¢ each or $1 per bag! Come and take advantage of these fantastic prices! #44

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 12: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 12th from 9 am to 3 pm. 50 vendors, 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 at 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come early, stay late! #44,45p

Widow’s Weekend Bazaar

Nov. 12: The American Legion Post’s Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a Widow’s Weekend Bazaar on Saturday, November 12th from 9 am to 3 pm. Craft items, bake sale, even some garage sale things. Plus the lunch kitchen is open. Come join us for all the fun and support our community. #44,45p

Craft Show

Nov. 12: Come to our fall Craft Show at the Coral Community Center, 4662 Bailey Rd., Coral. Saturday, November 12th from 9 am to 2 pm. Come and join in the fun! Sub sandwich lunches will be available. Presented by the Maple Valley Fire Department – Coral Auxiliary. #44,45p

The Life Reimagined Checkup

Nov. 17: Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. But it is never too late to make a change and discover your ‘what’s next?’ moment. Join us for a free Life Reimagined Checkup (a program of AARP) where you can reflect on your goals and aspirations, discover your personal strengths and get inspired to take the next step forward in life. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, so take it. The Life Reimagined Checkup is a free 2 hour workshop and open to anyone the community. Pre-registration required, please visit https://aarp.cvent.com/lr101016 to register. Thursday, November 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #44

 

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The Post travels to state of Washington

 

From L to R: Erika Cardinal, Kelsey Kiander, Sarah Kiander, and Anna Behrenwald.

From L to R: Erika Cardinal, Kelsey Kiander, Sarah Kiander, and Anna Behrenwald.

Sisters Kelsey and Sarah Kiander, and their friend, Anna Behrenwald, took the Post and went to the state of Washington this summer to visit another Cedar Springs friend, Erika Cardinal, while she was working on Blakely Island. They visited Seattle, Whidbey Island, Anacortes, Friday Harbor, and Blakely Island.

“We enjoyed all of the tourist attractions in Seattle; we also were able to go whale watching,” said Kelsey. “This picture was taken in Oak Harbor, Washington, on Whidbey Island, with a great view of Mount Baker.”

Thanks so much for taking us with you on your trip!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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From easy art to a sweet treat

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Family Features

Spooky, silly or symbolic, carved pumpkins are an essential ingredient to any Halloween celebration. This year, scare up some special fun for your party with a wicked watermelon carving instead—but don’t stop there.

After crafting your watermelon into an artful mummy, take advantage of the healthy, immune-system supporting qualities of the lycopene leader among fresh produce. At 92 percent water, as well as an excellent source of vitamins A and C, watermelon is a hydrating post-art snack.

Carving a creative design into a watermelon is a simple way to kick off the festivities and requires only a handful of common tools. Add a twinkling candle to make a fantastically frightful centerpiece. Or fill it with a fresh fruit salad or salsas for a more functional, practical approach.

Even if you’re planning on a hollowed-out carving, keep the sweet juicy fruit and make it a healthy addition to your Halloween party menu with a recipe that puts to use all your carving leftovers.

To take advantage of all a watermelon has to offer—outside of the fun carving—try Frosted, Frozen Watermelon Balls or Kids Watermelon Pizza Supreme. These fun, simple recipes make it easy to incorporate a healthy snack after all your hard work carving up a Halloween masterpiece.

Find more recipes, carving patterns and inspiration at watermelon.org.

Carving Tips

Prior to carving, read through all of the directions.

Cuts are easiest when the watermelon is at room temperature. Once your handiwork is complete, chill the carving and contents before serving.

After drawing your design on the rind, insert toothpicks in key places to guide your cuts.

A sharp knife with a pointed tip makes the easiest, cleanest cuts.

Remove excess flesh in large pieces, when possible, to allow for easier melon ball or cube creation.

Use round toothpicks or skewers to attach pieces to your design as flat toothpicks are not strong enough to bear the weight or stand up to the thickness of the rind.

Choosing a Watermelon

With a thick rind covering the fruit inside, you may wonder how to choose the best watermelon at the market. Here are some tips for picking the perfect one:

Look it over. Look for a round, oval or oblong shaped watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.

Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size. On average, a 5-pound watermelon yields 15 cups of edible fruit.

Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

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Supplies and Tools:

Oval or round seedless watermelon

Cutting board

Kitchen knife

Small bowl

Dry erase marker

Paring knife

Melon baller, fluted or regular

Scoop

Assorted peelers

Cheesecloth

Straight pin

Battery-operated candle or light

Candy eyeballs or blueberries

Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.

On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and use kitchen knife to cut off 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch from bottom (end opposite stem), being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind.

Cut 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch from stem end to create opening large enough to fit small bowl.

Using dry erase marker, draw eyes, nose and mouth, along with wavy slits around carving to let more light flow through. Use paring knife to cut out design, being sure to cut through to red fruit.

Use fluted or regular melon baller to hollow out inside of watermelon. Use scoop to remove excess watermelon.

Peel green rind off outside of watermelon. (Tip: Different peelers work well for different parts of the watermelon, depending on how flat or round the melon is.)

Wrap thin strips of cheesecloth around mummy carving and secure with straight pin, if needed.

Put battery-operated candle or light into carving. Fit small bowl into top of carving and trim away excess rind to make bowl fit securely. Fill bowl with melon balls and attach candy or blueberries to make eyes.

hal-easy-art-watermelon-pizzaKids Watermelon Pizza Supreme

Servings: 6

1 watermelon slice (8-10 inches around and 1-inch thick), drained

1 cup strawberry preserves

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup sweetened shredded coconuts

Place watermelon slice on serving platter and cut into 6 wedges, leaving in shape of pizza.

Spread preserves over watermelon and sprinkle chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts and coconut.

 

hal-easy-art-watermelon-ballsFrosted, Frozen Watermelon Balls 

Servings: 35-40

1 small watermelon

1 package (3 ounces) watermelon or other red flavor gelatin dessert

Using melon baller, scoop out 35-40 small watermelon balls. Place on paper towels and set aside.

Pour gelatin into shallow bowl. One-by-one, gently drop watermelon balls into bowl, roll around, take out and place on plate covered with paper towel. Repeat until all gelatin is used.

Place plate of frosted watermelon balls in freezer. Allow at least 2 hours to make sure they are completely frozen. Remove from freezer and let sit a few minutes before eating.

Note: To serve with toothpicks, place toothpicks in before freezing to aid in serving.

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Crossfire Harvest Festival

 

Crossfire Church will hold their annual trunk or treat again this year, which they have renamed Harvest Festival.

The event will be held October 31 at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex (4758 Cornfield Drive), from 5-8 p.m.

Crossfire Church started the Halloween alternative in 2012, with dinner, candy and games, and have seen it grow each year. Two years ago they added awards for the candy givers in the categories of creative costumes and decorated vehicles.

Last year they moved it to the Cedar Rock Sports Plex to have enough room for booths, games, inflatables (a bouncy house and obstacle course) and of course, lots of candy.

This year they rebranded Trunk-or-Treat as Harvest Festival, and added an extra hour to present a special kids concert by the Hope Kidz (www.hopekidz.org), and more prizes will be given away.

Two additional churches have joined with Crossfire this year: Bella Vista Church and Rockford United Methodist, along with World Missions, who will have a booth displaying their Talking Bible.

A professional security team will oversee the safety of the evening, although adults will be responsible for the supervision of their own children.

Take your kids, grandkids, and neighbors, and head out on October 31 from 5-8 p.m. to the Cedar Rock Sports for a great time!

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Women’s Club and Rotarians assists with community meal

Members of the Women’s Club and Rotarians helping out with a meal at St. John Paul II Catholic Church. Courtesy photo.

Members of the Women’s Club and Rotarians helping out with a meal at St. John Paul II Catholic Church. Courtesy photo.

Several members of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club recently teamed up with the Cedar Springs Rotarians in providing one of the weekly community meals. These meals are served at St. John Paul II Catholic Church located just west of Meijer on 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

Each Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. the doors are opened by the church for all community members of all ages who want to enjoy a free hearty meal and fellowship. The menu varies each week and is provided by parishioners along with other area churches, youth, and community groups such as the Rotary and Women’s Club.

This week’s group served appetizers of fresh vegetables with cheese and crackers and then lasagna, corn, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls, and dessert. All are welcome at these weekly dinners!

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A Grizzly conversion

 

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi wanted to see who was best at his job. So they each went into the woods, found a bear, and attempted to convert it.

Later they got together. The priest began with his story: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his First Communion.”

“I found a bear by the stream,” said the minister, “and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.”

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying on a gurney in a body cast. “Looking back,” said the rabbi, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.”

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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.

Halloween Extreme at the CS Historical Museum

Oct. 29: Don’t miss Halloween Extreme at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park on Saturday, October 29th from 5 to 7 pm. This special evening is for teens and adults, a little scary for the little ones but loads of fun for our older visitors. #43p

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 31. Some of the free events include trick or treating from 4:30-7 p.m. at area businesses and City Hall, with maps available at the Library; The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be having their Haunted School House from 5- 7 p.m.; Apple Cider from the Kent County Traffic Squad and Candy by the Cedar Springs Fire Department at the Fire barn (Maple Street); The Springs Church Trunk or Treating from 6-8 p.m; warm up at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with hot chocolate and treats. #43

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up and rest station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Monday, October 31st from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate, popcorn and treats. Hope to see you then. #42,43p

Haunted School House 

Oct. 31: On Halloween night be sure to visit the Haunted School House in Morley Park. This Spooktacular event will be open from 5 to 7 pm. Our volunteers Marie and Nolon Patin along with Phil Mann will transform the one room school next to the museum into a fun and spooky place at visit. This event is suitable for all ages. #43

Trunk or Treat at Hillcrest

Oct. 31: Monday, October 31st: It’s Trunk or Treat fun time! Come check out our crazy trunks from 6 – 8 pm at Hillcrest Community Church of God located at 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Don’t miss out on the safe family fun! #43

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 1,8,15,22,29: 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. #43

Seuss on STEAM at KDL

Nov. 2,3: Kids are never too young to be introduced to basic scientific principles, especially when it involves fun activities based on their favorite Dr. Seuss books. For ages 6 and younger. Wednesday, November 2, 10 a.m. and Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., Spencer Twp. KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #43

Fall Festival at Cedar Springs UMC

Nov. 5: The annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday, November 5th from 9 am to 2 pm at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. Booths will include: Cookie Patch, Jewelry, Grandma’s Attic, Book Nook, Toys and Home Made Crafts. The church is located at 140 S. Main St. All are welcome. Celebrate the season with us. #43,44

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 5: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 5th 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. #43,44

HCNC Holiday Make and Take

Nov. 12: Nothing Says Happy holidays like a homemade gift from a youngster. Bring your kiddos to Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 1 pm to make holiday gifts, ornaments and other crafts that can become gifts from the heart and the pride of your child! Drop off your child (5 and over) for a few hours while you shop for them and they become some of Santa’s greatest Elves. $8 per child, $5 for members. HCNC requests pre-registration to all events. Pre-registration online allows us to ensure enough supplies for all attendees. 616-675-3158.  #43

HCNC Wreath Making

Nov. 12: Come on back and make this years wreath from natural supplies. While they may not last as long as an artificial wreath, they are sure to fill your home with that aromatic sense of the holidays and add even more beauty because you made it! Have kids? This is a great time for them to join other “elves” in the Make and Take at the same time! Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 1 pm. $10 per person, $5 for members.  Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. HCNC requests pre-registration to all events. Pre-registration online allows us to ensure enough supplies for all attendees. 616-675-3158.  #43

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Fun and Film

Nov. 21: Join KDL at Celebration Cinema North in the Wave Room for the ultimate Harry Potter experience! Wear your favorite Hogwarts costume, hang out with other fans and try your hand at wizard crafts. After the party, head downstairs for a 7 p.m. private showing of “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.” Seats in the theater are limited. Purchase tickets in advance any KDL location or online at www.kdl.org. Tickets are $15 per person and include pop and popcorn. For teens grades 6-12. Monday, November 21, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. #43

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The Post travels to West Virginia

_n-post-travels-west-virginia-reedfcSteve and Judy Reed, of Cedar Springs, traveled to Summerville, West Virginia over Labor Day weekend with their grandson, Landon Prater, 11, and Steve’s sister, Sandy Martin, to move her back home. While there they visited some of the sites around the area, including the Summerville Reservoir, the Gauley River National Recreation Area, and the famous New River Gorge and New River Gorge Bridge, which is also part of the National Park Service.

The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States. Previous to the bridge being built in 1977, it took 40 minutes to get across the gorge in the Appalachian Mountains, and the only way was by traveling a pretty scary long, narrow, winding road down one side and back up the other. The Reeds took that road, but don’t think they would like to do it again! It now takes less than a minute to get across the gorge with the bridge.

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Comedy to open at the Kent Theatre

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

The comedy “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, will be presented by the Cedar Springs Community Players at the Kent Theatre on Oct 13, Oct 14, Oct. 15, 2016.  The show, directed by Sue Harrison, will start at 7:30 p.m. each night. The show was one of Jack Clark’s favorite shows and is being dedicated to him. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Library or from any cast member for $10. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students under 18.

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Zombie Dash 5K back in Grand Rapids

 

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Photo by: On The Run Photography

5k night-time race course challenges runners to escape zombies

Runners from near and far are once again invited to attend The Zombie Dash, Grand Rapids’ most beloved race for zombie enthusiasts and thrill-seekers at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

The five kilometer (3.1 miles) “quarantined” course requires runners to survive the new Apocalypse Avenue on Front Street and dodge zombies looking to grab life strips.  Runners will race against darkness to survive the zombie apocalypse, hoping to keep 3 of the flag football life strips for time bonuses until the finish.

The race will start and finish in Sixth Street Bridge Park this year, located at 647 Monroe NW, in downtown Grand Rapids. Runners and zombies must register online by 7 pm, Thursday, Oct. 20.

Registration is $45. Children 10 and under run free of charge with registered parent runner; group and armed forces discounts are available. Those who would like to offer zombie services are invited to do so free of charge, but must register beforehand online.

The Zombie Dash is professionally chip-timed and awards will be presented to the fastest finishers.

Go to TheZombieDash.com for registration information, event schedule, and other race information. Visit www.facebook.com/TheZombieDash to join the conversation. A portion of the event proceeds go to the Michigan Blood’s Bone Marrow Be The Match Registry.

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