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Solon Market opening day community sale

 

ENT-Opening-day-community-sale-SolonSaturday, June 6, is Community Sale Day at Solon Township Office! Solon Township is opening up the grounds and parking area to the public for a huge sale all in one location! Everyone is welcome!

There is no charge. Solon Market is asking residents to bring your garage sale items and join them for a fun and profitable day or come and check out the sales. Set-up is on the blacktop and the area behind the township office.  Sale hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and set-up begins at 8 a.m.

The event will coincide with Solon Market’s Opening Day and Solon Park Committee’s unveiling of the most recent concept drawings. Residents are invited to check out the drawings, make suggestions or comments and enjoy refreshments.

Come to market, visit your neighbors, check out crafts, produce and garage sale items as well as other merchandise.

Solon Township Office is located at 15185 Algoma Ave. between 18 and 19 Mile Rds.  Contact Vicky at 616-696-4227 for more information.

See you there!

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Smile for the DMV

 

When Tom went to get his driver’s license renewed, the local motor-vehicle bureau was packed.

The line inched along for almost an hour before he finally got his photo taken and his license renewed.

When Tom got his license in the mail, he decided he didn’t like his photo, so he went back to the DMV to complain.

“I was standing in line so long, I ended up looking pretty grouchy in this picture,” he griped to the clerk.

The clerk looked at his picture closely.

“It’s okay,” he reassured the man, “That’s how you’re going to look when the cops pull you over anyway.”

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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. #22

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating  t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant Meeting

June 7: Seeking pageant contestants! The Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant is open to all girls who will be juniors this fall (2015-2015 academic year), with a 3.0 GPA or greater, who attend a school  in the Cedar Springs School District or live in the Cedar Springs School District and attend a different school such as Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, homeschool, etc. If interested, please email redflannelpageant@gmail.com. Also, please plan to attend the parent and contestant meeting on Sunday, June 7 at 2 pm at the new Red Flannel Festival Office on Main Street. #22p

Tom Plunkard: Magic to the Rescue

June 10: This entertaining and hilarious show includes animals, audience involvement and amazing magic. For families. Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #22

Hooper Heros at KDL

June 13: Grab your magical lasso and learn how to hoop! Audacious Hoops will teach you basic hooping techniques for both fun and fitness. For Families. Saturday, June 13th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #22

Summer Spectacular at HCNC

June 13: Come and enjoy live music, community expo – meet local businesses, seminars and program “samplers” all day, police K-9 demonstrations, meet and greet with firefighters, animal demonstrations, informative seminars. Concessions on site all day. Saturday, June 13th from 9 am to 4 pm. FREE but donations are greatly appreciated. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #22

Summer Celebration Fireworks – View From the Hill

June 13: You are invited to enjoy the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration fireworks from the hill at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 – 11 Mile Rd. NE on Saturday, June 13th. Popcorn, refreshments and children’s activities provided. Please bring a chair or a blanket, your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty of the fireworks from atop the hill at Rockford Reformed Church. Hope to see you there! #22,23p

Vacation Bible School at Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 14: Hey kids! Come for “G-Force” beginning Sunday, June 14th from 6:30 – 8:30PM. It’s family Night with an obstacle course that will keep everyone on the move. There will be a hot dog roast, so no need for dinner before you come! VBS continues through Thursday where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God. “G-Force” is for children 4 years old through the 5th grade. Please pre-register by calling the church office @ 696-3229 or online at scwchurch.org. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All children welcome! #22,23p

Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Concert

June 14: Ragtime and boogie woogie pianist Bob Milne performs in the Barn Theatre on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus on June 14 at 2 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 989-328-2111, ext. 334 or email karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu. #22

Cedar Area Soccer Association Tryouts

June 15-17: CASSA will be holding open tryouts at Boomer Park, 13440 Ritchie NE, Cedar Springs MI 49319. Monday, June 15: U9 – U13 boys, Tuesday, June 16: U9 – U13 girls, Wednesday, June 17: U14 – U19 boys and girls. Registration is at 6 pm, tryouts last approximately 2 hours. Please come prepared but do NOT wear any CASSA apparel. Please visit www.cassasoccer.com for details or contact the registrar, Anthony Shaw 616-292-4429. #22,23p

Auditions announced for upcoming CSCP production

June 20,22: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming summer production of “Postal” by Herb Hasler, a wacky, two-act comedy. They will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to noon and Monday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Needed are 6 men and 6 women, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are August 13-15, 2015, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #22-24p

Bus Trip to Tigers Game

July 19: On July 19th Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation is hosting a bus trip to Comerica Park to watch the Baltimore Orioles vs the Detroit Tigers! This bus trip includes transportation vis motor coach, a ticket in the right field stand (Section 104), free rides on the carousel and ferris wheels for the kids, and kids can run the bases after the game! The cost of this trip is $85.00 per person and the deadline is June 17th. The bus will leave and pick up at Cedar Springs Public Schools Campus. For more information or questions you can log onto www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #22,23p

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Celebrate National Trails Day 

 

May 30, Long Lake Park

Welcome the North Country Trail to Cedar Springs by celebrating the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day at Long Lake Park (in the pavilion), 13747 Krauskopf NE, (south off 17 Mile), from noon to 4 p.m.

The event, hosted by the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team and North Country Trail, will be fun for the whole family. They will offer hot dogs, ice cream, a petting zoon, games, music, popcorn, face painting, a ham radio demonstration, a guided hike on the North Country Trail at 3 p.m., a chance to identify medicinal plants, and a history of logging in northern Kent County. Residents will also get to offer ideas on what cool sites hikers in the area should see.

You won’t want to miss it!

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Black snake

 

It was the first camping experience for Jed.

As soon as he had pitched his tent, he went for a hike in the woods. In about fifteen minutes, he rushed back into camp, bleeding and disheveled.

“What happened?” asked a fellow camper.

“I was chased by a black snake!” cried the frightened Jed.

The camper laughed and retorted, “A black snake isn’t deadly.”

Jed groaned. “He is if he can make you jump off a fifty-foot cliff!”

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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.

National Trails Day Celebration

May 30: Come celebrate National Trails Day at Long Lake Park Shelterhouse. There will be guided hikes, a petting zoo, free ice cream and hot dogs and educational talks. Saturday, May 30th from noon to 4 pm. #21

Gowen Bible Church Celebrates Second Campus

May 31: Gowen Bible Church is blessed and growing! We will celebrate the opening of our second campus at 16415 Meddler Ave, Sand Lake on Sunday, May 31st at 11 am. Plan to join us for a time of worship, thanksgiving and fellowship. The community is invited. For more information, contact us at 616-984-2525 or gowenbible.org. #21

Faith Based Guitar Boot Camp

June 1: Basic training for guitar will be taught at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for ages 10 thru 15 year olds. Registration will be held Monday, June 1st at 7 pm. To register, enter the South door located on Church Street. Students must be registered on this date and a parent or guardian is required to register them. Class size is limited to 12 students. Registration fee is $55. Guitar and supplies are furnished. Classes will be held Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting June 8th. #20,21b

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

June 2,9,16,23,30: 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. #21

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating, t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

MCC offers Community Trail Day

June 6: Montcalm Community College’s first annual Community Trail Day is June 6th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails on the college’s Sidney campus. Guided walks, children’s activities and a hot dog lunch are provided. This free event is open to all. The event will be rescheduled to June 7th if it rains on June 6th. For more information, email naturetrails@montcalm.edu or hwesp@montcalm.edu. #21

Forest to Fork, the Basics of Foraging

June 7: Foraging with our expert naturalists is an excellent opportunity to learn about plant identification as well as learning the numerous edible plants in the forest. After your time foraging we’ll make some delectable edibles from the things we find and test our taste buds with 100% natural flavor. Sunday, June 7th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #21

Help Promote Literacy

June 11: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Thursday June 11th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund 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. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #21

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 13: The 123rd annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour is at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Cost is $12. We wish to recognize all former “Miss Sand Lakes”. If you were a former “Miss Sand Lake” please call Dave Groner at 269-208-5716. Please RSVP by June 7th. Call your reservation to one of the following committee members; Dave Groner, 269-208-5716, Dick Pierce 616-636-5258, Betty Braford Clegg 517-487-3003, Verna White Smigiel 616-885-4913. #20,21p

MCC Offers Healthcare Courses

June 15,23: Montcalm Community College offers courses to become a dental assistant starting June 15 and a pharmacy technician courses starting June 23 from 6 to 9:30 pm on the college’s Greenville campus. For more information or to register, visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment. #21

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Wedded Abyss

Tony (Steve Hutchins) and Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), both standing, help their daughter, Jessica (Anna Ambrose sitting) plan her wedding in Scott Phillips’ latest comedy at the Kent Theatre.

Tony (Steve Hutchins) and Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), both standing, help their daughter, Jessica (Anna Ambrose sitting) plan her wedding in Scott Phillips’ latest comedy at the Kent Theatre.

Reviewed by Tom Noreen

Wedded Abyss is a comedy that anyone who is married, is in the planning process of getting married, or knows someone who is any of the above can take to heart. At some point, writer Scott Phillips hits on about every aspect of the marriage process from proposal to the fait accompli. Intertwined in the irreverent treatment of the institution of marriage are pearls of wisdom. Jill Phillips’ music complements the dialog like a fine wine with a gourmet meal.

The laughs start with Scott’s instructions on proper audience etiquette and Grace Berlin’s critique of his performance and keep right on rolling until the very last line is spoken. Park people, flasher/bum Jon Gamm and his self-righteous bag lady cohort, Roshanah Dayton, are a hoot as they observe/participate in Kyle’s (Mark Stoll) proposal to Jessica (Anna Ambrose) in the local park. Before Jessica gets home to officially announce the engagement, her domineering mother, Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), has already begun planning the dream wedding of any young lady. Helping her with the details is wedding planner extraordinaire, Ambrosia (Terri Riggle) and Jessica’s teenage sister, Tiffany (Bre’Anna Schultz), who wants to ensure that the standard set is high enough for her own future wedding. All the while, Jessica’s dad, Tony (Steve Hutchins), is counting the pennies in his checkbook.

The first counseling session with Pastor Tom (Russ Cole) turns into a three ring circus, as more and more unannounced folks show up to put their two cents in to the pot.

At the other end of the spectrum are Kyle’s parents, Michelle (Lynda Ambrose) and Jake (Skip Schuster), who were never married and do not live together, yet got along very well.

As the planning continues, with little consideration for either the bride or groom, stress begins to build. The breaking point comes at Kyle’s house as the planning group tries to put their stamp on the rehearsal dinner. At this point the wedding is off.

To find out how it ends, you will have to buy a ticket for one of this week’s performances on either May 22 or 23. Adult tickets are $12 if purchased or reserved in advance, and $15 at the door.  If you are under 18 years of age, the price is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or by sending an email to phillips4ba@yahoo.com. For more details, please visit the CSCP website at http://www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org or access the events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1397681320550106.

 

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Summer Reading at KDL Returns to Kent District Library

 

Last year, Kent District Library had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan with 29,291 participants. This year’s Summer Reading at KDL program runs from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, August 8. With reading activities and prizes for babies, kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of free summer programs, including Hooper Heroes, Jibber Jams, Magic to the Rescue, DIY Spa, Cupcake Wars, De-stressing Techniques at your Fingertips and so much more!

Studies show that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. Kent District Library’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. It’s a great way for families to Celebrate Heroes this summer.

Sign up for Summer Reading at KDL starting June 1 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations. For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

 

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Hospice of Michigan to Honor Michigan Veterans

 

Metron of Cedar Springs May 27

Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with two pinning ceremonies in West Michigan in honor of Memorial Day.

Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service. The pinning ceremonies may also include a special Missing Man ceremony honoring MIA/POW service members, a candle-lighting ceremony honoring the sacrifice of family members of veterans, a rifle volley or a performance of taps.

HOMs pinning ceremonies are open to the public. Services will be held as follows:

Thursday, May 21 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s, 1050 Four Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27 at Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffery St., 2:30-4 p.m.

Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services.

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Final exams

 

At the end of the semester, there were two Michigan State sophomores who were taking organic chemistry. They had done well on all of the quizzes, midterms, labs, etc. and had solid A’s. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week, they decided to go to Central Michigan to party with some friends, even though the chemistry final was on Monday. They went and had a great time. However, they ended up staying longer than they planned, and they didn’t make it back to State until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final, they found their Professor after the final and explained to him why they missed it.

They told him that they went to Central for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back and didn’t have a spare and couldn’t get help for a long time. So they were late getting back to campus.

The professor thought this over and agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved. So, they studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms, handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about free radical formation and was worth 5 points. “Cool,” they thought, “this is going to be easy.” They did that problem and then turned the page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said: (95 points) “Which tire?”

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