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The Post travels to Alaska

From L to R: Harry Eastwood, of Melbourne, Australia, and Mary Balon and Kim Gillow, of Cedar Springs.

The Post recently traveled to Alaska with Kim Gillow and Mary Balon, of Cedar Springs. “We met up with our Australian friend, Harry Eastwood, in Fairbanks and spent two weeks travelling around,” said Kim. “We went to Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Seward, Homer, and all of the points in between. Talkeetna was one of our favorites.”

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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Cedar Springs Community Players presents Alice In Wonderland, Jr.  

 Alice and her madcap friends are coming to the Kent Theatre on August 18, 19 and 20. Join them as they travel down the rabbit hole and experience their adventures in Wonderland. 

This musical is based upon Disney’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Carroll was noted for his skill at word play, logic and fantasy. During Alice’s encounter with the tree loving Cheshire Cat, Alice inquires:  “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” 

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” replies the Cat.  

A listless Alice responds, “I don’t much care where.” 

The Cat then inquires, “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go?”  

“So long as I get somewhere,” Alice states.  

Then the clever Cheshire Cat logically replies, “Oh you’re sure to do that if only you walk long enough.”

The young actors in this production include Natalie Schneider as Alice and Kateri Schneider as Small Alice.  Grace Berlin, Emily Ranschaert and Lauren David play Cheshire Cats. Heidi Ranschaert plays Mathilda; Ava Koester, the White Rabbit; Thomas Prina, the Doorknob; and Sienna Koester, the Dodo Bird.   Tweddle Dum and Tweddle Dee are played by Carol Olvera and Maggie Prina.  Eli Koester plays the Caterpillar; Willow Didlauskas the Mad Hatter; and Maddison Jenema the March Hare. Lydia Olivera is joined by Ben Flickinger as Queen and King of Hearts.  The beautiful singing flowers are played by Sage Sidlauskas, Anna Olvera, Chloe Kerrish, Avery Jennings and Lydia Morey. The chorus is made up of Lilly Scott, Elizabeth Jahns, Jesse Ranschaert, Monica Cole, Hannah Cole, Jordyn Kerrish, Lilly Wood, Olivia Wilbur and Jacob Ziolksowski.  Technical Assistants are Violet Sidluakas, Alyssa Cole, Oliva Cole.  Art Director and Prop Master are Heidi Ranschaert and Nolan Patin. Lighting Designer is Zach Koester.  The play is directed by Lori Koester with her children, Ava and Eli serving as assistant directors, choreographer and music director.

“We are so fortunate to have the Cedar Springs Community Players and Kent Theatre in our community,” noted Scott Phillips, President of the Community Players. “Together these two non-profit groups offer a platform for families to join together and create entertainment for our community. This production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. involves actors and families not only from our local area, but many Grand Rapids families come out to participate. While Lori oversees the production, she has done a fantastic job of allowing the young actors to participate in everything from lighting, directing, and choregraphing the dance scenes. It is truly a great family experience and I encourage people join.”

Show times are August 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. and August 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adult and $5.00 for 18 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Kent Theatre. For information on becoming a part of the Cedar Springs Community Players, please visit our Facebook Page or our website at cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.    

Upcoming auditions for the Players’ October performance of “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church August 22 and 23, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Cast includes 3 women and 11 men, several of which are minor roles providing an opportunity for aspiring actors to try out and experience community theatre. Technical positions are also available. Performances for “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be October 18, 19 and 20, 2018.

 

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Fire up those engines

 

A newspaper photographer was assigned to cover the wildfires raging through the California. The newspaper wanted to show some of the heroic work of the firefighters as they battled the blaze. The photographer realized that the smoke was so thick that it would make it impossible for him to photograph anything from ground level, so he requested permission to rent a plane and take photos from the air. He was told to report to a nearby airport where a plane would be waiting for him. He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate. He jumped in with his bag and shouted, “Let’s go!’’ 

The pilot swung the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air. The photographer said, “Fly over the park and make two or three low passes so I can take some pictures.” 

“Why?” asked the pilot. 

“Because I am a photographer,” he responded, “and photographers take photographs.” 

The pilot was silent for a moment. Then he looked wide-eyed at the photographer. “You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”

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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.


Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the Kent Theatre

Aug. 17-19: The Cedar Springs Community Players will perform Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR through arrangement with Music Theatre International at the Kent Theatre August 17 and 18 at 7 pm and August 19 at 2 pm. This production of Alice’s “madcap adventures” is perfect for the whole family. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids and may be purchased at the door. #32,33b

Keeler Brass Picnic

Aug. 21: The 7th Annual Keeler Brass Picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 21st at 11 am. Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. Please bring a dish to pass. #32,33p

Michigan Blood Drive

Aug. 21: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on August 21st. at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Members of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be grilling hot dogs for all those who attempt to donate. Chips and a drink will be included. With people being on vacation and Labor Day traffic coming up, there is a high need of donors at this time. Each donation has the potential to save 3 Michigan lives and it takes only a hour of your time. The Michigan Blood Center thanks all the people that donate at the Cedar Springs blood drive. #33

Keepers of the Faith @ East Nelson UMC

Aug. 22: East Nelson Church presents internationally known touring group, “Keepers of the Faith” on Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The concert if free – Love offering will be taken. East Nelson Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. 616-696-0681. #32,33p

Concert at Velzy Park

Aug. 23: Mark your calendars!! Join us for a live Concert in the Park by local talent, Rhythm Masters, including steel guitar, bass cello, fiddle and guitar on August 23rd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Velzy Park, 15185 Algoma Avenue NE. The concert is free! – donations to Velzy Park’s matching grant campaign gladly accepted. Bring your lawn chairs – if it rains, concert will be inside. Hope to see you there! #33,34b

Holy Spirit’s Second Best Sale

Aug. 24,25: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual Second Best Sale is Friday, August 24 from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 25 from 9 am – 2 pm. There is a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8-9 am; after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone, and everything is priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34b

Auditions for Jane Eyre

Sept. 4,6: Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will be having Auditions with Casting Calls throughout September. for “Jane Eyre” (dramatic retelling of a much loved Classic). September 4th and Sept 6th (6-8pm). Looking for actors all ages (Adults-Children). Rockford Reformed Church in Rockford. Shows set for November at The Kent Theatre. Info (616) 874-5264. #33

Senior All Night Events

The CLASS OF 2019 Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party Committee would like to invite you to some really fun upcoming events.  These events are fundraisers to give this years graduating seniors a great night with their classmates to finish their High school career in a fun safe way.  Gather up your friends and family and enjoy some fun while supporting the class of 2019. More details to come on these upcoming events: “Tee it Up” 4 person golf scramble at North Kent Golf Course, come see if you can win a Ford Escape with your hole in one shot ~ Oct. 7th . “Glow Bowl” at Sparta Lanes ~ Oct. 12th  “Slots and Shops.” Coach bus trip to Michigan City (Blue Chip Casino and Lighthouse Place Outlets) ~ Nov. 10th. Look for these events on Facebook or contact: CSSANP19@gmail.com for more information. #33

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SafeChem event this Saturday

 

 

Do you have products with chemicals you need to get rid of? Reimagine trash will be hosting a SafeChem event this Saturday, August 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at the North Kent Recycling and Transfer station at 2908 10 Mile Rd in Rockford. All residents in Kent County can use the SafeChem drop off.

The following products will be accepted: oil-based paint, gasoline, oil solvents, flammables, lawn chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, cleaning products, etc.

Not accepted: explosives, ammunition, latex paint, sharps, medications, business waste.

This is a residential program only. Business and non-profit waste is not accepted.

For more information, call 616-632-7920, email safehomes@kentcountymi.gov or visit us at www.reimaginetrash.org/safehomes.

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Board game drive for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

 

Those who donate new board games will be entered in a GrandCon giveaway

DeVos Place, Kent District Library and GrandCon Gaming Convention will host a board game drive at select locations throughout the month of August to benefit the children and families at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Community members can donate new board games for a chance to win three GrandCon badges and three GrandCon. There will be a registration box to enter the GrandCon giveaway at every drop-off location.

Community members can drop off new board games at the following locations:

  • SMG administrative office located inside Van Andel Arena Monday through Friday, Aug. 13 to Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kent District Library in Grandville on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kent District Library in Plainfield on Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kent District Library in East Grand Rapids on Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In an effort to keep patients safe, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital requests that all donated board games be new and easy to sanitize. Suggested games include: Guess Who, Sorry, Connect 4, Trouble, Checkers & Chess, Battleship, Ticket to Ride, UNO, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Monopoly Deal or regular decks of cards.

GrandCon and DeVos Place staff will personally deliver the donated board games to the children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Sept. 13 for a kids’ game day.

A portion of all GrandCon proceeds go directly to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. GrandCon Gaming Convention will take place at DeVos Place Sept. 14 to Sept. 16. For more information about GrandCon or to purchase GrandCon badges, visit grand-con.com.

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Jungle adventure

 

A lost dog strays into the jungle. A lion sees him from a distance and thinks, “This guy looks edible, never seen one of his kind before!” 

So the lion rushes toward the dog with menace. The dog notices and starts to panic, but as he’s about to run he sees some bones next to him and gets an idea. He loudly says, “Mmm…that was some good lion meat!”

The lion abruptly stops and thinks, “Woah! This guy might be tougher then he looks, I better leave while I can.”

In a nearby treetop, a monkey had witnessed everything. The monkey realizes the he can benefit from this situation by telling the lion and getting something in return. So the monkey goes after the lion and tells him what really happened. 

The lion get angry and says, “Get on my back, we’ll go get him together!”

So the lion starts rushing back to the dog with the monkey on his back. The dog sees them and realizes what happened and starts to panic even more. He then gets another idea and shouts, “Where the heck is that monkey? I told him to bring me another lion an hour ago!”

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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.


Artists, Authors & YOU! At CS Library

Aug. 11: Artists, Authors & YOU!, a continually-changing art exhibit sponsored by the Cedar Springs Public Library, will be reviewing potential entries on Saturday, August 11th at 10:30 am for its next quarterly installation.  If you’re an artist who’s interested in participating in the program, or you own a piece of art you’d like to share with the community, please visit the library for your Request to Participate form and instructions about the August 11th meeting. #31,32p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Aug. 12: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, August 12th 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). Ron Lynnes and Company will share their message and their musical talents. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church 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 616-293-2150. See you there! #32b

Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the Kent Theatre

Aug. 17-19: The Cedar Springs Community Players will perform Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR through arrangement with Music Theatre International at the Kent Theatre August 17 and 18 at 7 pm and August 19 at 2 pm. This production of Alice’s “madcap adventures” is perfect for the whole family. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids and may be purchased at the door. #32,33b

Keeler Brass Picnic

Aug. 21: The 7th Annual Keeler Brass Picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 21st at 11 am. Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. Please bring a dish to pass. #32,33p

Keepers of the Faith @ East Nelson UMC

Aug. 22: East Nelson Church presents internationally known touring group, “Keepers of the Faith” on Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The concert is free – Love offering will be taken. East Nelson Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. 616-696-0661. #32,33p

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The Post travels to China

Shana Poll, a 1994 graduate of Tri County High School, spent 16 days in China. The first 10 days she taught PE at the Zhaingjaigang Liangfeng International School, a sister school to the Rochester Hills school where she teaches PE. Then she returned to Shanghai for more sightseeing before returning home.

She is shown above at a traditional restaurant in Zhaingjaigang.

Thanks so much, Shana, for taking us with you!

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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American Pickers to Film in Michigan!

Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of American Pickers

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Michigan! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region in September 2018.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History.

The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST. facebook: @GotAPick

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