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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.


American Legion Dinners End

After serving Monday night dinners at the American Legion Post in Cedar Springs for over 15 years, the Auxiliary has decided not to continue them. These dinners were often called “Mary’s Dinners.” Mary Goller Kilts loved to serve these dinners to her community. She and her workers made this a fun time with delicious food. Sadly at her passing and the aging of servers, these dinners have come to an end. Thank you to all of our friends who were there to support us and made these dinners so much fun. Thank you to our community. #8 

Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email naturetrails@montcalm.edu.#8

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Feb. 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, February 25th 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 and Ministry will be shared the the group Heart and Soul, who will share the message through 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! #8b

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 27: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #8

FX Peace

Mar. 3: Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument. Bring the whole family – we have something for everyone. Saturday, March 3rd at 3:30 pm at Rockford Res., 3233 – 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. Games, face painting, laser tag, ice cream. Remember the night – take a family picture in our FX photo booth. Then at 4:30 enter the auditorium for a show that will engage, encourage and entertain all ages. The FX team will teach a new character trait every month, that you can take and reinforce at home. Open to the public. All are welcome! 616-866-3377, rockfordres.org/fx. #8

Lucky Treasure Hunt at HCNC

Mar. 10: Do you think you could find treasure hidden on our property? Try your luck before St. Patrick’s Day! Follow the clues hidden here at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, to find the Pot of Gold! Saturday, March 10th from 1 to 3 pm. All ages welcome. Nonmembers $5/Members $3. Please preregister to ensure we have enough supplies. If there is no preregistration the event may be canceled, www.howardchristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #8

AYSO Soccer Registration

Mar. 10: AYSO Soccer Registration is open! $75 per player, financial assistance is available. Birth years 2014-1999. VIP (Special Needs Soccer) for all ages! $60 per player. No age limit. Register at www.ayso902.org. Deadline to register is March 10th. Questions email to aysoregion902@gmail.com. #8-10p

CSHS Class of 1973 Reunion

Aug. 18: Save the Date! The Cedar Springs High School Class of 1973 will hold their reunion on Saturday, August 18th. More information TBA as details get finalized. #8,9p

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The Post travels to Fellsmere, Florida

Mayor Gerald Hall from Cedar Springs and Mayor Joel Tyson of Fellsmere, Florida pose with The Cedar Springs Post.

The Post recently traveled with Mayor Gerald and Amy Jo Hall to Fellsmere, Florida, where they visited family. The Fellsmere Frog Festival, each January, has been a local favorite for 26 years. Fellsmere is part of the Sebastian-Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Shovel it in

 

A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

“Good morning,” said the young man. “If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners.”

“Go away!” said the old lady. “I haven’t got any money!” and she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. “Don’t be too hasty!” he said. “Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.”

And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

“If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder.”

“Well,” she said, “I hope you’ve got a good appetite, because the electricity was cut off this morning.”

 

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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.


Ice Cream Social Fundraiser

Feb. 20: Getting a late start but picking up speed is the Cedar Springs 6th grade Red Hawk Robotics Team. This is the first year for the program at this level in Cedar Springs. The program is guided by First with students participating at the First Tech Challenge level: this seasons challenge being First Relic Recovery. Our students have completed the physical construction of the robot and are working on the electrical system as well as the programming aspects. If you would like to see our robot please stop by our Ice Cream Social being held February 20th from 3:30 to 8 pm in the High School Cafeteria. Students are raising money for a new laptop and to help continue the program next year. #6,7p

Michigan Blood Drive

Feb. 20: There will be a Michigan Blood Drive at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 20th from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Because of flu season and the wintery conditions, donations have been down. BUT, the need is always there. Each donation has the potential to save three lives. The only cost to you is an hour of your time. The Michigan Blood Center thanks all who donate at the Cedar Springs site. #7

A Day at the Beach!

Feb. 20: Forget about the cold, snowy winter and enjoy a day at the beach! Bring your beach towel and join us in beachy reads, sandy activities and fun in the sun games! Tuesday, February 20th at 10:30 am, Nelson Township / Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #7

MCC Offers Trip to Chicago

Mar. 17: Montcalm Community College offers a one-day bus trip to Chicago on March 17. The cost is $24.13 for students and $45.14 for non-students. The fee covers the cost of transportation, and participants must pay for their food and for their entry fees to attractions. Popular options include the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Children ages 12-17 may attend with an adult. Children younger than 12 are not permitted to attend. Visit www.montcalm.edu/chicago for more information and a link to register. #7

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Velzy Park Fundraiser marks third year

Grab your sweetheart, bring your family and join us tomorrow, February 9, as Velzy Park hosts its third annual spaghetti dinner and dessert auction. The popular event features live music from Monique’s Quality Entertainment, a 50-50 raffle, a quality in-house cooked meal and, as ever, the highly competitive dessert auction, featuring some of our local ladies most prized recipes, as well as donations from area restaurants.  Joe Watson is again lending his talents to the auction with his lively style and wit.  

The fundraiser marks the continuing efforts of Solon Township’s Velzy Park Committee to raise money for construction of Phase One of the park, which includes a restroom and playground. Velzy Park currently offers a community walking trail, gazebo and picnic area. 

The event takes place in Solon’s community room at 15185 Algoma Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner slated at 6:00 PM. The dessert auction follows. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from committee members for $10 each or $18 a pair. For questions, please call 616-696-4227.  

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Five Valentine’s Day gift ideas she’ll love

(Family Features) Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift has been a challenge for ages. Whether your relationship is new or has withstood the test of time, it’s the perfect time to remind her that she plays an important role in your life.

It turns out all that worry may be for nothing. A survey by PANDORA Jewelry found 65 percent of women agree that they receive the gift they want when they drop hints. This year, make the gift-giving process seamless by watching for hints, reading between the lines and considering one of these sure-to-please gift ideas.

Put a sparkle in her eye. According to the survey, the majority of women consider jewelry to be the most covetable gift, yet 77 percent normally receive flowers or chocolates. Read between the lines and give her a desirable gift, like pieces from the PANDORA Jewelry Valentine’s Day collection. From stacking rings to gorgeous pendants, the Lock Your Promise and Explosion of Love collections are full of high-quality, hand-crafted, stylish pieces that nearly any woman would be thrilled to receive this year.

It’s the thought that counts–really. Most women agree that a thoughtful gift, not the most expensive one, is a winner. Something that shows you really know her can send a strong message. For example, if you decide to give flowers, instead of defaulting to the usual dozen red roses, think about her favorite bloom, or choose a flower that may have special meaning in her life. 

Make time the treasure. A busy pace of life means that there’s rarely enough time to spend together without distractions. A gift doesn’t have to be a physical object, but rather an experience you can share together. Plan a date night away from home, enroll in a class to learn a new hobby together or make a point to simply enjoy each other’s company.

Simple and sentimental. Even if sappy isn’t your standard MO, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to get a little sentimental. Give a copy of the movie from your first date, or revisit a restaurant that holds special meaning in your relationship. Make it meaningful and you’ll see how a simple idea can earn a big response.

When in doubt, ask. If you’re out of ideas or inspiration, ask your beloved what she’d enjoy most. That’s not to say you must forgo the element of surprise. Remember that just because she suggests jewelry doesn’t mean she knows exactly what you’ll choose. 

Find more tips for Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Pandora.net.

 

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Valentine’s recipes you’ll love to share

(Family Features) If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, there’s no better way to start off this Valentine’s Day than with a homemade breakfast prepared with love. 

Whether you’re whipping up a breakfast for a spouse with a sophisticated palate or trying to tempt the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired.

Red is the color of love, so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries, which pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up a simple cereal.

For a more sensible menu, opt for a fruity berry smoothie or a parfait layered with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt and granola. Add a hint of loving indulgence by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings on top.

Show your affection with a plate of these colorful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes featuring rich 100 percent cocoa, buttermilk and fresh berries. Heart-shaped cookie cutters lend a special touch to these fluffy, flavorful pancakes. Add sweet garnishes like powdered sugar and berries for a sensational way to say “I love you.”

Find more recipes you’ll love to share with your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day at Culinary.net.

Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Nestlé

Servings: 10 pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
  • butter, for garnish (optional)
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
  • fresh berries, for garnish (optional)

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir well.

In separate large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes.

Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes, or until bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired. 

Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so pancakes don’t stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping.

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Football makes sense 

 

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to the Super Bowl—her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience.

“Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.”

Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?”

“Well, they flipped a coin. One team got it, and then for the rest of the game, everyone kept screaming, ‘Get the quarter back! Get the quarter back!’ I’m like, Hello-o-o? It’s only 25 cents!” 

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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.


Go Snowshoeing on MCC’s Nature Trails

Feb. 8-22: Join Montcalm Community College Instructor Cheryl Meyer for snowshoeing on Thursdays Feb. 8-22 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails. Any ability level is welcome, and the instructor can provide tips to help you get started. Bring your own snowshoes. If there is no snow, there will be hiking or running instead. Please meet at the Recreation Desk in the Activities Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. For more information, email Meyer at cherylm@montcalm.edu. #6

Velzy Park’s Spaghetti Dinner

Feb. 9: Velzy Park’s 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner has been set for Friday, February 9th at Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. Enjoy Live Music by Monique’s Quality Entertainment, Dessert Auction, 50/50 Raffle with your community members. Tickets, $10/person or $18/couple, can be purchased at the Township Hall. #5,6b

Power Weekend at Hillcrest Community Church

Feb. 9-11: If you would like to feel the powerful presence of God, then you need to attend Power Weekend. Power Weekend is an annual event held every February at Hillcrest Community Church in Cedar Springs. Rex Webb, Pastor of Alma House of Prayer is an anointed powerhouse and will be leading focused prayer at the February 9, 10 and 11th event. Shelby Kerkes and Frank will be leading spirit led worship. Please join us for the power weekend, you will not be disappointed when you come with great expectation of meeting Him there! Friday, February 9th from 7 – 9 pm, Saturday, February 10th from 9 am to 2 pm (light lunch provided) and Sunday, February 11th at 10 am. #6

CS Library Used Book Sale

Feb. 10: Used book sale hosted by the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library will take place on Saturday, February 10th from 9 am to 5 pm. The event will be held in the Community Room in the Cedar Springs Public Library. Hardcover books are 50 cents each and paperbacks are 25 cents each. Any questions call the CS Library at 616-696-1910.  #5,6p

Annual Moms Market Sale

Feb. 10: Come Sip and Shop! Annual Moms Market Sale at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. Cedar Springs. Saturday, February 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. #5,6b

Free Childcare Available @ CS UMC

Feb. 10: Enjoy a date with your sweetie and we will take care of the kids! Certified childcare provided @ Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Saturday, February 10th from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Pizza and activities for the kids to do. Limited Registration:  Contact CSUMC office @ 616-696-1140. #5,6b

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Feb. 10: The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Saturday February 10th at 5:30 pm (dinner at 6:30 pm). Come to enjoy some good food, music, dancing and fellowship. Donation  $20 single and $35 per couple. St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information please call Len Kogut 276-591-8224 or John Falicki 231-357-2998. #5,6p

Cabin Fever Dinner Dance

Feb. 10: The American Legion of Rockford, 330 Rockford Park, is hosting a Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 10th . Dinner from 6 – 7 pm and the dance from 7 – 11 pm. Cost is $20 per person dinner/dance and $15 per person dance only. Call 616-866-2001 for more information about tickets. #5,6p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Feb. 11: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church, Bonfire and Hot Dog Roast on Sunday, February 11th  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). We will be having a bonfire and hot dog roast along with a message and a lot of fellowship. We will be roasting hot dogs outside or will bring them in for those who prefer to not be outside. 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! #6

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 13: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #6

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Feb. 13,14: Play some anti-Valentines games and feast on food. For teens. Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm, Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 pm, Nelson Township / Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #6

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser

Feb. 20: Getting a late start but picking up speed is the Cedar Springs 6th grade Red Hawk Robotics Team. This is the first year for the program at this level in Cedar Springs. The program is guided by First with students participating at the First Tech Challenge level: this seasons challenge being First Relic Recovery. Our students have completed the physical construction of the robot and are working on the electrical system as well as the programming aspects. If you would like to see our robot please stop by our Ice Cream Social being held February 20th from 3:30 to 8 pm in the High School Cafeteria. Students are raising money for a new laptop and to help continue the program next year. #6,7p

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir Rehearsals

Feb. 22: Rehearsals for Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir begin Feb. 22. This is a community and student non-audition choir that welcomes everyone, high school age and above, who has an interest in singing in a choral group. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from Feb. 22 through April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room M211 in the Morford Building on the college’s Sidney campus. The cost is $15 per person. The spring 2018 “Out of This World” concert with MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra is April 22 at 5 p.m. on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission to the concert is free. For a link to register, visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment. #6

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A Valentine’s Day party just for kids

 

Kids love Valentine’s Day almost as much as their parents do. And who wouldn’t love a party in the middle of February?

This one promises to be awesome. Hosted by Arts Rockford and Prides Young Artists, a local children’s theater group, the party is on Saturday, February 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  It’s going to be held at the Arts Rockford center at 6585 Belding Road, Suite D, in Rockford.

Prides Young Artists will be showing on-going video clips from some of their recent musical productions. And there will be Make & Take craft projects like Valentine masks and Happy Valentine’s Day cards as well as face-painting, balloons and activities with theater costumes for dress-up. An array of kid’s party food and drinks includes juice boxes, pop, cookies, cupcakes, animal crackers and Valentine’s Day candy.

What’s more, Prides Young Artists will be handing out information on their upcoming Spring Actors Workshop, and on their 2018 summer musical production, the hugely popular “Suessical” with auditions on May 17 and 18.

Adults are welcome to join the party, but with loads of adult supervision from teachers and librarians, parents could just cross the parking lot and enjoy a couple of quiet hours at Timbers restaurant. 

Admission is $6 for kids and $8 for adults at the door; cash, check or credit card.

Prides Young Artists is a part of Arts Rockford.

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