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Pompeii: the Musical 

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The Cedar Springs Community Players will present Pompeii: the Musical, by Scott Phillips, this weekend and next weekend at the Kent Theatre.

A few years ago, a local theater group decided to perform Titanic: the Musical, a Broadway play. To local playwright, Scott Phillips, it seemed rather bizarre someone would take this horrific event and add a lot of song and dance. In keeping with Scott’s tradition of irony and sarcasm, he decided to write Pompeii: the Musical.

The play is set in ancient Rome and tells the story of two young lovers whose romance is in jeopardy. To the rescue comes the dysfunctional family and friends, along with a prominent Roman oracle. Adding to the mayhem is the increasing rumblings of the volcano, Vesuvius. Obviously, things don’t go so well. History tells us how Pompeii ends, but theater can always twist things a bit.

Pompeii is Scott’s 10th play and 5th musical.  Scott’s sister, Jill Detroit, and his nephew, Sean Anthony, wrote the music.  The cast includes:  Sammi Kunz, Scott Herdegen, Steve Hutchins, David Schmuker, Madison Ruth, Rob Kellner, Debbie Irwin, Cathy Anderson, Doug Christensen, Jessica Talsma, Russ Cole, Annie Bagin, Savana Williams, Jack Bagin and Kirstin Bagin.

Performances are at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main, Cedar Springs, on

Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 20 @ 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 21 @ 5:00 PM

Friday, May 26 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 27 @ 7:30 PM

Adult tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; tickets for those under 18 years of age are only $6.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Public Library, or reserved by emailing Scott at phillips4ba@yahoo.com.

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Tired son

 

A clergyman, walking down a country lane, sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off.

“You look tired, my son,” said the cleric. “Why don’t you rest a moment, then I’ll give you a hand.”

“No thanks,” said the young man. “My father wouldn’t approve.”

“Don’t be silly,” the minister said. “Everyone is entitled to a break. Come and have a drink of water.”

Again the young man protested that his father would be upset.

Losing his patience just a little, the clergyman said, “Your father must be a real slave driver. Tell me where I can find him and I’ll give him a piece of my mind!”

“Well,” replied the young farmer, “you can tell him whatever you like just as soon as I get this hay off him!”

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Hometown Happenings

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CS Renaissance Faire

May 20-21: 2017 Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire “Fellowship of the Springs” hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be held in Morley Park, Cedar Springs, on Saturday, May 20th from 12-8 pm, with a royal dinner and entertainment from 6-8 pm; and Sunday, May 21st from 12-6 pm. Vendors and live entertainment all afternoon both days (music, dancers, performers, and cosplay cast). #19,20b

Sing to the Lord

May 21: 2nd Chance will be having a gospel hymn sing on Sunday, May 21st at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music will be provided by Deb and Larry Eadie and the message shared by Ron Parson. Invite your family and friends. The Sing to the Lord hymn sings will be every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. It will also introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #20b

Spruce up Salisbury Park

May 21: The newly formed Community Engagement Committee is having their first event on Sunday, May 21st at 1 pm. The whole community is invited to Salisbury Park in Sand Lake to help clean out the horseshoe pits, power-wash the playground equipment, repair the gazebo, etc. Lemonade and cookies will be served. For more information you can contact Dave or Jan Dewey at 616-636-5982. #20

UMC Guitar Boot Camp 

May 22: Basic training for guitar will be taught at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Registration will be held Monday, May 22nd  at 7:00 PM. Students must be registered on this date.  To register enter at the South door Located on Church Street; class size is limited to 12 students. Registration fee is $60. A parent or guardian is required to sign. Guitar and all supplies are furnished these may be kept at the completion of the class. Classes will be Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting June 2nd. #19,20b

Auditions Canceled

May 22: The Cedar Springs Community Players regret to announce auditions for their next production, the classic tale of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” has been canceled. Production will be delayed until 2018. Any questions? Please use the following link  http://bit.ly/2ms32gX and leave your comment or question. #20

Cedar Springs Youth Football SIGN-UPS

May 23: Flag: 4-7years olds / Rocket: 3rd-6th grades / Middle: 7th-8th grades. Burger King: 5/23, 6/10, 6/20: 6pm-8pm. Shaner Ball Field: 5/18, 6/06, 6/14 6pm-8pm. Skinner Field: Tues & Thurs 7/11-7/27 5:30pm-7:30pm. Contact: April Victorson (616)890-5869 csyflsecretary@gmail.com. #19-26b

Honeybees: Pollinators, Stinging Insects and Honey Makers

May 25: Come learn about honeybees and their amazing abilities with Donald Rewa, seasoned beekeeper of 20 years. Followed by a Q&A. Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 pm, Spencer Township’s KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #20

Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 28: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 17th annual Memorial Cemetery walk on Sunday, May 28th at 2 pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years’ veterans will be Samuel Andrus, Civil War; Burton Smith, Spanish/American War; Leon Marsh, World War I; Neal Mackey, World War II; James Remington, Korean War; John Gardell, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 pm and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentation in the museum. #20,21b

CS Varsity Wrestling Fundraiser

May 31: The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling Team is striving to be their BEST this year! Support the team and purchase a tube of WHITENING Toothpaste by May 31st!The team would like to attend The University of Iowa Competition Camp this summer, June 26-30th. This program will help increase their skills, performance and make way for a successful upcoming season! Visit the fundraiser Facebook event “Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling Whitening Paste Fundraiser” and share on your social media platforms. COST: $20 per tube, plus shipping. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the wrestling team. Visit www.havewhiteteeth.com to order some today or email fundraising host Kim Shuck, at kimberlyshuck@hotmail.com with any questions. #20,21p

Red Flannel Queen Pageant Time

June 3: Attention all young ladies living in or attending school in the Cedar Springs School Public School District who will be in the 11th grade in the 2017-2018 school year (including homeschooled, or private school attendees that live within the Cedar Springs Public School District boundaries): There will be a mandatory meeting for any young lady who would like to participate in the 2017 Red Flannel Pageant and her parent (at least one). The meeting will be Saturday, June 3rd at 10 am at the Springs Church (135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs, Michigan). There will be a makeup meeting for anyone not able to attend the first meeting on Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm at the Springs Church. Informational packets can be picked up before the meetings in the main offices at Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy starting Tuesday May 16th. For more information, contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #20-22b

Irish Bowling Fun Day

June 3: Join Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Rd., Kent City, as we partner with the Sparta Celtic Festival for a day of Road Bowling on our trails. An exciting family fun experience that includes a pig roast, music and beverages! Saturday, June 3rd all day. Register online or call the office, www.HowardChristensen.org, 616-675-3158. The entirety of the HCNC property will be closed on this day to accommodate the event taking place on all the trails. Please plan accordingly, or simply join the Irish fun. #20

Alpha Family Center LifeWalk

June 17: Alpha Family Center will hold its 22nd Annual LifeWalk on Saturday, June 17th at 10 am Morley Park in Cedar Springs. There will also be a 5K LifeRun at 8:30 am and a Kids FunRun at 9:15 am. There is a coloring and short essay contest too. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 7th. For a pledge form or entry forms for contests stop by Alpha at 6 N. First St. in Cedar Springs or call 616-696-2616 for more information. You may also visit Alpha’s Facebook page to print off forms. #20,21b

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Cops and Robbers

 

My next door neighbor had three very active boys. One summer evening she was playing cops and robbers in the back yard after dinner. One of the boys “shot” his mother and yelled, “Bang! You’re dead.”

She slumped to the ground and when she didn’t get up right away, a neighbor ran over to see if she had been hurt in the fall.

When the neighbor bent over, the overworked mother opened one eye and said, “Shhh! Don’t give me away. It’s the only chance I’ve had to rest all day.”

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Mother’s Day Tea this Sunday

Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host, at last year's Mother's Day Tea event.

Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host, at last year’s Mother’s Day Tea event.

Meet Catherine Berendt, host of “My West Michigan”

Animal Junction 4H Club invites everyone to the 4H Mother’s Day Tea this Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. Host of WZZM’s “My West Michigan” TV show, Catherine Berendt, is the special guest. Come on out to the Montcalm County Fairgrounds Ash Building, 8784 Peck Rd., Greenville, to meet Catherine and enjoy beverages and desserts, free admission.

From left to right: Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host; Cynthia Karafa/Animal Junction 4-H Administrative Leader; Karen Marsman/Executive Director Alpha Family Center, Greenville.

From left to right: Catherine Berendt, WZZM “My West Michigan” Host; Cynthia Karafa/Animal Junction 4-H Administrative Leader; Karen Marsman/Executive Director Alpha Family Center, Greenville.

Proceeds from the benefit will assist Alpha Family Center in Greenville and 4-H youth programs.

There will also be a Spring Hat Show, hosted by Animal Junction 4H Club. Hats made by 4H members will be modeled and auctioned off.

For more information contact Cynthia Karafa of Animal Junction 616-696-2604 or the Montcalm County MSU Extenstion Office at 989-831-7500.

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Tips to save on Mother’s Day flowers 

 

1. Buy early. Offers.com recommends placing your flower order on or before Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in order to take advantage of the early bird discounts many flower retailers are offering. You can find discounts as much as 30% off.

2. Choose a different delivery day. Instead of having your flowers delivered to your the special mother in your life on Mother’s Day, have them delivered the day or two before and hand deliver them in person. Not only will this save you a few bucks but you’ll be able to see the excitement of the recipients face when you hand them off.

3. Shop online. Don’t have the time to price check every local florist near you, or see if they can deliver in your area? Online retailers like 1800Flowers, FTD, and ProFlowers give you the chance to shop and compare bouquets, prices and a variety of different types of flowers.

4. Skip the vase. Many florists, both online and instore, will try and upcharge you the price of a vase to include in your flower delivery. Vases can cost as much as $20 or more and chances are good that you have a vase or spare mason jar lying around the house that will show off your floral arrangement just as good as the red heart vase they are trying to sell you.

5. Use a coupon. It may be more difficult to find a coupon or deal when shopping local, but if you’re shopping online coupons are plentiful. Score 20% off with an FTD coupon, a ProFlowers Coupon, or 25% off early Valentine’s Day orders from 1800Flowers.com.

6. Shop local. Local florists may have a different selection of flowers than what you can find online depending on their location. You can score a great deal on flowers that are considered to be in season in the region.

7. Skip roadside stands.  These stands seem to pop up out of thin air once the month of May hits our calendar. Avoid buying at these stands as their flowers are known to be of poorer quality and quick to die. “If the product is outside of a cold chamber, which is 32 to 36 degrees, they lose life for every minute they’re outside that cold,” says Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the Association of Floral Importers (AFIF).

8. Florist add ons. As with the vase, skip buying add ons like teddy bears, chocolates, or chocolate covered strawberries. The florist addons are often sub par to retailers who specialize in these types of things. Try out Shari’s Berries if you want to treat her to succulent berries dipped in high quality milk, white, and dark chocolate. There is even a coupon for those too!

9. Ask for replacements. You wouldn’t go to a deli and be satisfied with leaving with bad cuts of meat. If you are unsatisfied with the quality of the bouquet, or even a single flower within the arrangement, say something. It is your right as the consumer to be pleased with your purchase. If you don’t want a replacement, opt to ask for a discount.

10. Paper Bouquet.  Is your mother allergic to flowers, crafty or otherwise despises real flowers? Creating a custom paper bouquet for your mom is a great way to show that you put effort into your Mother’s Day gift. This is also a great way to get the kids involved in the gift.

11. Mix it up. Bouquets made from the same flower, in the same color, are seen as more traditional gifts and thus more popular. To pinch a few pennies, opt for a mixed bouquet of different flowers and different colors.

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Running for the Rickers 5K

Teen cancer victims Brison (right) and Preston (left) Ricker.

Teen cancer victims Brison (right) and Preston (left) Ricker.

Have you been looking for a way to help teen cancer victims Brison and Preston Ricker and their family? You won’t want to miss this brand new event—Running for the Rickers 5K! It will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 9 a.m. at Cedar Springs Middle School. It is a 5K Run/Walk with designed stops between Cedar Springs Middle School, the Ricker Home, and Cedar Springs High School.

Come on out and have some fun and support the Ricker family as they win the fight against cancer! All proceeds go to the family.

There are three ways you can participate: attend the race, run your own virtual 5K, or just make a donation. Donations are $35 Adults, $20 Teen (ages 13 – 18), $10 Child (12 and under).

You can register at goo.gl/cj3KIX. For more on Brison’s and Preston’s story, visit https://www.gofundme.com/rickerstrong.

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Senior citizen “speed” friendship event

 

May 19

In what may be the first event of its kind, the Sparta Senior Neighbors is hosting a senior “speed” friendship day for seniors in Kent and surrounding counties.

“The quest is to bring excitement to our local senior citizen’s lives and the hope is that all seniors participating will have a chance to meet new people and make a lasting friendship,” explained Jane Ringler, of Sparta Senior Neighbors. “All seniors from any county are invited; no senior citizen will be turned away, no matter where they are from.”

The day will start with a movie called “Age of love” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sparta Senior Center, 100 Ida Red Ave., Sparta, Mich. The movie, which is a documentary, follows the humorous and poignant adventures of 30 seniors ages 70 to 90 years old who live in Rochester, N.Y.  The “Age of Love” film takes viewers where no documentary has gone before—directly into the lives of older singles who still yearn to be seen and understood, who still desire another’s touch, who seek a new chance at love, and those who want to meet others for friendship.

The movie will be followed by lunch from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Senior Center, then they will all travel to the Sparta Library for the Friendship speed event. According to Ringler, this event will run with two people sitting across from each other. All couples will receive 5 minutes to talk (some ice breakers left on the tables) and then a bell will ring, and one person from each table will rotate to the next seat. “We hope this event will be a success and several friendships are created,” she said. “It’s all about friendships, not dating.”

Each participant will be given score sheets, and later each senior will be sent information on those people who are interested in a friendship.  Refreshments will be served to the seniors as well as a give-a-way drawing to be held at the end.

For more information, call Sparta Senior Neighbors at (616) 887-1273.

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Tired son

 

A clergyman, walking down a country lane, sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off.

“You look tired, my son,” said the cleric. “Why don’t you rest a moment, then I’ll give you a hand.”

“No thanks,” said the young man. “My father wouldn’t approve.”

“Don’t be silly,” the minister said. “Everyone is entitled to a break. Come and have a drink of water.”

Again the young man protested that his father would be upset.

Losing his patience just a little, the clergyman said, “Your father must be a real slave driver. Tell me where I can find him and I’ll give him a piece of my mind!”

“Well,” replied the young farmer, “you can tell him whatever you like just as soon as I get this hay off him!”

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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.

Carnival Bingo

May 6: Come join the fund and help the North Kent Senior Citizens Association raise money to help pay for their furnace. We will have a baked good sale going on and chances to win gift baskets as well. So come check out the Senior Center, 44 N. Park, Cedar Springs, from 10am to 3pm and have a great time playing bingo! Only 25 cents for 3 bingo cards per game to play. #17,18p

3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party

May 6: Watch the Kentucky Derby, listen to music by Gordon Thayer Band, enjoy a Mint Julep, food, raffle, and silent auction. Pick your favorite horse. Saturday, May 6th from 4 to 12 midnight at Sparta Moose Lodge, 11510 North Division, Sparta. Benefit to support 2nd Chance School a school for troubled teens of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. Questions? Call 616-293-2150. #17,18p

Rickerstrong Fundraiser

May 7: A fundraiser for the Ricker brothers will be held on Sunday, May 7th at Patterson Ice Arena, 2550 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $5 per person with FREE skate rental. Food will be available for purchase as well as silent auction items and bake sale items with all proceeds given back to the family. #18

Sing to the Lord

May 7: 2nd Chance will be having a gospel hymn sing on Sunday, May 7th at 6:00 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road). Music will be provided by Deb and Larry Eadie and the message shared by Ron Parson. Invite your family and friends. The Sing to the Lord hymn sings will be every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Sing to the Lord hymns sings will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150. See you there! #18p

4-H Mother’s Day Tea

May 7: The 4-H Mothers Day Tea will be held on Sunday, May 7th at 2 pm at the Montcalm County Fair Grounds Ash Building, 8784 Peck Rd., Greenville, MI 48838. Special guest is Catherine Berendt, host of “My West Michigan” TV show. Beverages and desserts served. Spring hat show hosted by Animal Junction 4-H Club, hats made by 4-H members will be modeled and auctioned. Proceeds to benefit “Alpha Family Center” located in Greenville and 4-H programs. For more information contact Cynthia Karafa, Animal Junction 616-696-2604. #18

Library Planting Party

May 8-10: Come help plant about 70 trees, shrubs and bushes at our new Community Library. Volunteers are needed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm. Meet at the library and wear your gardening clothes. Bring a shovel, wheelbarrow, broom and rake if you have one. Any segment of volunteer labor you can provide would be greatly appreciated. #18

Morel Mushroom Hunting

May 13: Join a seasoned Mushroom Hunter at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, as we travel to find these scrumptious little beauties. Saturday, May 13th from 9 am to 5 pm. Guided Hunts begin promptly at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm only. Please no little 4 legged friends for this afternoon. For all ages. $8 person, $4 members. Please pre-register at www.HowardChristensen.org. Unguided hunting is strictly prohibited on HCNC property. #18

Jiggly Wiggly Frogs

May 15: Come one and all to learn about the frogs and their importance in our ecosystem. Let’s go hunting. Not to keep but to experience them in their natural habitats. Bring a friend or a parent or even call out to a grandparent. Monday, May 15th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. $5 per student. Pre-registration required, www.HowardChristensen.org. #18


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