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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.

Free Nutritional Options for Wellness

N.O.W. (Nutritional Options for Wellness) program held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church Food Pantry. Teaching disease self-management and healthy habits to those in need. Partnering with Access of West Michigan, we offer healthy food and nutrition education classes to low-income individuals who suffer from one of the following diseases: Cardiovascular, Diabetes, COPD, Renal Disease, Celiac Disease. Talk to your doctor today for referral into the program. For general questions, please call Nancy at Access of West Michigan, 616-774-2175 ext. 109. #49,50p

Lunch and Fun for Seniors

Attention Seniors! Come join us at the North Kent Senior Citizen’s Association at 44 N. Park St. in Cedar Springs on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Join the fun of eating lunch and playing Bingo or games. Hope to see you there! Contact info – 616-443-6463. #50p

Christmas Bake Sale

Dec. 19: The Tri County Country 4H Club Christmas Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, December 19th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Tractor Supply Co. in Cedar Springs. Packaged for holiday gift giving. #49.50p

Roast Beef Dinner

Dec. 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 December 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! #49,50p

Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars

Dec. 22: Cupcake wars are BACK! This time with a holiday twist. Teens are encouraged to wear their ugliest (most unique) holiday sweater and decorate a holiday-themed cupcake. Judges will give awards for the ugliest (most unique) sweater and for cupcake decorating skills. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For teens grades 6-12. Tuesday, December 22nd at 5 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen, 616-984-5680. #50

KDL Lab: Snap Circuits: Fun with Simple Electronics

Dec. 23: Create simple electronics with Snap Circuits! Learn the ins and outs of electricity with interactive, kid-friendly circuit boards. Create a lie detector, strobe lights, a color organ and many more projects! For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, December 23rd at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., 616-636-4251. #50

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Cheap skates

 

After being away on business for a week before Christmas, Tom thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift.

“How about some perfume?” he asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50.

“That’s a bit much,” said Tom, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.

“Thats still quite a bit,” Tom groused.

Growing disgusted, the clerk brought out a tiny $15 bottle.

Tom grew agitated. “What I mean,” he said, “is I’d like to see something real cheap.”

So the clerk handed him a mirror.

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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.


Free Nutritional Options for Wellness

N.O.W. (Nutritional Options for Wellness) program held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church Food Pantry. Teaching disease self-management and healthy habits to those in need. Partnering with Access of West Michigan, we offer healthy food and nutrition education classes to low-income individuals who suffer from one of the following diseases: Cardiovascular, Diabetes, COPD, Renal Disease, Celiac Disease. Talk to your doctor today for referral into the program. For general questions, please call Nancy at Access of West Michigan, 616-774-2175 ext. 109. #49,50p

“American Graffiti” fundraiser for CS Library

Dec. 11: The Kent Theatre is hosting a movie as a fundraising event for the new Cedar Springs Library on Friday, December 11th at 7 pm. For this event we will be showing the George Lucas film “American Graffiti”. This classic “coming of age” film about life in the early 1960s stars Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and many, many more. Come join us at the Kent Theatre for a fun and nostalgia filled evening and raise money for a great cause! Tickets are $5 each and 100% of the money raised will go to the new library. #48, 49p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Dec. 13: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church starting Sunday, December 13th 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 Bob “Toad” Cook, from Big Rapids, Michigan, retired Professional Rodeo Barrelman, who has an amazing testimony to share. The music will be provided by Ron Lynnes, from White Cloud, Michigan. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. There will be no service on December 27th so you can celebrate the Christmas weekend with your family. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. #49

Michigan Blood Drive

Dec. 15: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 to 7 pm. What a better Christmas gift than to give someone a blood donation. Each unit donated has the potential to help three people. The cost to you is an hour of your time. Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be providing homemade cookies. #49

Christmas Fund Distribution

Dec. 16: Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O – Janet Avery. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be received NO LATER THAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16th. **Note: If awarded some assistance, we will send you a letter informing you of your pick up times of 10am –noon and 7pm – 8pm on Wednesday, December 23rd at Cedar Springs UMC. All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance. #49

Gingerbread Lane at Two KDL Branches 

Dec. 17,19: Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages.

Thursday, December 17th at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen, 616-984-5680 and Saturday, December 19th at 10:30 am the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. 161-636-4251. #49

HCNC Holiday Social

Dec. 18: Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, will provide wine, punch and hors d’oeuvres on Friday, December 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your whole family! Everyone is invited! Games for the kids, Directors annual report and a time to socialize with the staff and other supporters of HCNC. Questions, call 616-675-3158. #49

Christmas Bake Sale

Dec. 19: The Tri County Country 4H Club Christmas Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, December 19th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Tractor Supply Co. in Cedar Springs. Packaged for holiday gift giving. #49.50p

Roast Beef Dinner

Dec. 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 December 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! #49,50p

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Seats and feet drive

 

Collecting socks, underwear, and more at NKCS

North Kent Community Services is once again asking residents to help families in need during their “Seats and Feet” drive.

“Socks and underwear, along with pajamas and mittens, are the items most requested by our struggling families,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director at North Kent Community Services. “Many of our families are working but still cannot make ends meet. With winter coming, help us keep children warm by covering their seats and feet.”

They ask donors to please use the front door to drop off new and unopened packages of underwear, socks, and pajamas to North Kent Community Services, Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. All donations are needed by Monday, December 14 in time for the Christmas store. NKCS is located at 10075 Northland Dr. NE (north of 12 Mile Road) in Rockford.

They are also looking for something you might not think to donate: your tangled or broken Christmas lights.

Your unusable Christmas lights will be recycled for their glass, copper and plastic while NKCS receives a small amount per pound, money that goes toward the food pantry, educational programs and Christmas store.

You can drop off your old or broken Christmas lights seven days a week on the south side of the building, which is attended seven days a week.

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Out of the loop

 

Mr. Norton was in the hospital recovering from an operation, when the nurse on duty received a call from a man who asked how Mr. Norton was doing.

“Oh, quite well,” she told the caller. “We expect he’ll be released in the morning.”

“Very good, thank you.”

“May I ask who is calling so that I can tell Mr. Norton?” inquired the nurse.

The man chuckled. “This is Mr. Norton. The doctors don’t tell me anything!”

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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.


Lunch and Fun for Seniors

Attention Seniors! Come join us at the North Kent Senior Citizen’s Association at 44 N. Park St. in Cedar Springs on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Join the fun of eating lunch and playing Bingo or games. Hope to see you there! Contact info – 616-443-6463. #48

Live Indoor Nativity

Dec. 4,5: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., will present a Live Indoor Nativity on Friday, December 4 from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 5 from 1 to 3 pm. Experience the gift! $47,48p

Annual Cookie Walk

Dec. 5: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 5th at 310 E. Division in Rockford from 9 am until the cookies are gone. The cookies are sold by the pound and you pick the combination. This is the perfect time to pick up cookies for the holidays. Proceeds help our Mission Projects throughout the year. #47,48p

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Dec. 5: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake will be holding a Craft Show on Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to 2 pm, 30 vendors, bake sale and raffles. Great food! See you there. White elephant. #47,48p

Make & Take Ornaments

Dec. 5: The Cedar Springs Library invites YOU to make 2 Ornaments on Saturday, December 5 between 10am and 1pm; one to take home and one for the Community Christmas Tree in town. At 3pm come to the Tree Decorating Party on Main Street, across from City Hall. Cedar Springs Cheerleaders will be at the tree to help you and to share hot cocoa and good fun. #48

Annual Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 5: Old School Community Center Annual Holiday Bazaar and Santa Day on Saturday, December 5, 142 N Main Street in Casnovia.  Craft Show 8 am – 2 pm, all you can Eat Lions Club Breakfast 8 – 11 am. Cookie decorating for the kids. Santa visits from 10 am till Noon.  Free horse drawn wagon rides 10 am – Noon.   Lunch served  from  11 am till 1 pm.  Come shop and enjoy the fun.  For further information call Kelly at 616-914-9648. #48

Dinner at the Legion

Dec. 7: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday December 7th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, 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. This will be the last dinner until March 7, 2016. #48

The Reindeer Are Coming!

Dec. 10: Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! For all ages. Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #48

“American Graffiti” fundraiser for CS Library

Dec. 11: The Kent Theatre is hosting a movie as a fundraising event for the new Cedar Springs Library on Friday, December 11th at 7 pm. For this event we will be showing the George Lucas film “American Graffiti”. This classic “coming of age” film about life in the early 1960s stars Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and many, many more. Come join us at the Kent Theatre for a fun and nostalgia filled evening and raise money for a great cause! Tickets are $5 each and 100% of the money raised will go to the new library. #48, 49p

Decorate an Edible Christmas Tree

Dec. 12: Want to decorate a Christmas Tree and then eat it? Come to the Cedar Springs Library on December 12th to create your very own Edible Christmas Tree! An assortment of candy and fun awaits you! Pick a Session and reserve your space today! Session 1 – 10am, Session II – 11am, Session III – 12pm Stop by or call 616-696-1910 to sign up! #48

Santa at Courtland Fire Department

Dec. 12: Santa will be at Courtland Fire Department located at 7450 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford, 49341. Santa will be available Saturday, December 12th from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will also have cookies, punch and candy canes for everyone. #48

Holiday Make & Take at HCNC

Dec. 12: You will not want your kids to miss this one! We will help your child create a gift from their heart that can be cherished and passed down to their children for generations. They will make unique gifts and wrap them up with the assistance of our volunteer team. Voila! Your children’s holiday shopping is done. This event is most appropriate for K – 5th graders. A cherished gift from your child’s heart, what could be better! Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, on Saturday, December 12th from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Donation of $6 per child includes supplies. #48

Last Chance for Bricks at The Kent

Dec. 15: The Kent Theatre is extending this last chance for you to have a brick engraved on the south side of the building. Through the years bricks have been ordered to honor, in memorial, in celebration or just for the fun of it. The Cedar Springs Theatre Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization, would like to get this last set of bricks engraved before winter sets in for the season, so they are offering a normal $50 brick for $40 until December 15th. You can have 3 lines with 11 characters, spaces or punctuation on each line. To order a brick you can mail your order and check to CSTA, PO Box 237K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, call Len Allington at 231-750-2337 or email events@kenttheatre.org. Proceeds go to construction projects such as the back stage areas and restroom. #48

CS All Night Party Night with the Griffins

Dec. 19: Join the Griffins and Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party at the Griffins LEGO Night game for a night of fun and entertainment on Saturday, December 19th at 7 pm at Van Andel Arena. Members of the Senior All Night Party will be selling Throw for Dough pucks on the concourse until the middle of the 2nd period. Tickets are $15 in the Upper Level and proceeds support the Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party. Tickets must be ordered by December 8th. For questions, please contact Lindsay Wolfarth – lwolfarth23@gmail.com – 616-255-4055. #47,48p

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Christmas Coloring Contest

ChristmasColoringPage14Hey kids,

Would you like to win your very own Star Wars-The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Droid? It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win!  Please color the picture above with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose 3 finalists from three age groups: 5-7 years; 8-10 years; and 11-12 years. All finalists will be placed in a drawing and one lucky winner will be the Grand Prize winner of a  Star Wars-The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Droid (valued at over $100.)

Good Luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules!

Click on link below and print coloring page, don’t forget to print and fill out the entry form as well.

ChristmasColoringContest2015-web

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MCC’s alumni & friends choir presents Händel’s Messiah 

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir practice for the Messiah concert.

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir practice for the Messiah concert.

December 5

SIDNEY – Area musicians combine their talents to present a performance of George Frideric Händel’s Messiah on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

“This is a special holiday tradition that has been performed in our community by local musicians every few years since the mid-1970s,” said Valerie Vander Mark, MCC Performing Arts Coordinator and concert producer. “Years ago it was sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, and I felt it was very important to continue the tradition. The most exciting thing about it for me is the different blend of talent that we get each time we perform it. Though Händel wrote this great work over 250 years ago, and we perform the same music each time, it is always a new mix of singers and instrumentalists, so it is never the same performance twice.”

Randy Masterson, of Saranac, will perform a tenor solo during the Montcalm Community College Alumni & Friends Choir performance of Messiah.

Randy Masterson, of Saranac, will perform a tenor solo during the Montcalm Community College Alumni & Friends Choir performance of Messiah.

Greg Vander Mark, of Greenville, is directing this year’s performance. He is also the director of the adult choir at the First Congregational Church in Greenville.

Händel composed Messiah in 1741 in just 24 days. It was first performed in a concert given for charitable purposes in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. Händel conducted the performance in person.

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir—a community choir made up of approximately 70 singers from the area—will perform the concert.  Former area music teachers Jean and Keith Hudson have selected musicians for the orchestra and have been rehearsing with them.

Soloists include Karen Lincoln, of Alma; Jeanne Haenisch, of Belmont; Deb Dieckman, Mark Dombroske, Ryan Garlick, Julie Momber, Larry Moss, and Valerie Vander Mark, all of Greenville; Marian Flynn of Mecosta; Cynthia Karaba of Sand Lake; Randy Masterson of Saranac; and Deborah Baldwin and Katrina Nelson, both of Sheridan.

For more information, contact MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Valerie Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1218.

 

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Searching for great Michigan Apple recipes

 

*ENT-Searching for great recipes Mich apple logoMichigan Apple Committee sponsors amateur recipe contest

 

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) is looking for talented amateur cooks to submit their favorite Michigan apple recipe for the 2015 Michigan Apple Amateur Recipe Contest. The contest will run December 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015. To enter, see the contest rules and details at http://www.michiganapples.com/Recipes/RecipeContests.

“Michigan apples are a versatile food; they add great flavor to any dish,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “We are hoping Michigan’s tasty apples will inspire amateur cooks to get creative and develop something unique and delicious.”

Entries will be judged based on taste, originality, preparation and apple significance. Recipes that are easy to follow and where Michigan apples have a major role in the flavor of the dish will be important considerations. The three highest scoring recipes will receive a KitchenAid®, 250-Watt, 4-1/2-Quart, Stand Mixer, which is an approximate retail value of $250. Contest winners will be notified by Jan. 25, 2016.

To be eligible to participate, residents must be at least 18 years of age, and not a professional cook, chef, baker or home economist. Recipes must use Michigan apples. Entries should be typed on an 8 ½” x 11” paper, and must include the contestant’s name, address, phone number, email and a Michigan apple variety recommendation. No Granny Smith apples can be used. A full list of Michigan Apple varieties can be found at www.MichiganApples.com/varieties.  Entries can be mailed to the Michigan Apple Committee at 13750 S. Sedona Parkway, Suite 3, Lansing, MI 48906, or emailed to Staff@MichiganApples.com. Mailed entries must be received before Dec. 31, 2015, and email entries must arrive before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 31, 2015.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.

 

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Thanksgiving fun

 

Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?

A: They suspected it of fowl play.

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?

A: Because he had the drumsticks

Q: What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?

A: He had an arrow escape.

Q: What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey trot

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

A: Plymouth Rock.

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

A: Because they use such fowl language.

Q: How do you keep a turkey in suspense?

A: I’ll let you know next week.

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