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Fundraiser for Ricker brothers

 

Ricker brothers: Brison (left) and Preston (right)

Ricker brothers: Brison (left) and Preston (right)

May 7

There will be a fundraiser for Brison and Preston Ricker on Sunday, May 7, at Patterson Ice Arena, 2550 Patterson Ave SE, in Grand Rapids.

The fundraiser will run from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person with free skate rental.

There will be food provided for purchase by Classic Kelly’s restaurant, as well as silent auction items and bake sale items, with all proceeds going to the Ricker family.

On January 23, 2016, Brison was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain tumor known as DIPG, which also comes with a zero percent survival rate. However, with alternative treatment from the Burzynski Clinic (which is currently running $20,000 per month) Brison is beating the odds! His strength, determination and strong faith in God to not let cancer win is truly inspiring to everyone.

On December 23, 2016, just 11 months following Brison’s diagnosis, Preston was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer that also had spread to his lymph nodes. Preston had surgery on January 9 to remove the thyroid and affected lymph nodes, followed by radiation treatment. Like his big brother, he also has the strength, determination and faith in God to beat this.

You can follow their story on Facebook by liking the page Team Rickerstrong, and you can donate at gofundme.com/rickerstrong.

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Right or wrong?

 

The other day, a man and his wife got into a petty argument. Neither would admit the possibility that they might be in error.

The wife finally said, “Look. I’ll tell you what. I’ll admit I’m wrong if you admit I was right.”

“Fine,” said her husband.

She took a deep breath, looked him in the eye and said, “I’m wrong.”

Her husband grinned and replied, “You’re right.”

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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.

Craft & Vendor Show at Hillcrest Community Church

Apr. 29:  On Saturday, April 29 the Hillcrest Community Church (5994 18 Mile Rd.) will be hosting the Spring Craft & Vendor Show from 9 am – 2 pm. It is an opportunity to experience a time when you can set aside the fast paced world and slow down, enjoy some coffee or tea, browse the craft tables, enjoy a relaxing lunch and visit with friends. Mother’s Day is coming soon and this is a great opportunity to shop for mom. We will have flowers, hanging baskets and ferns too. #17

Huge Adoption Fundraiser

Apr. 29: Rockford Reformed Church is hosting a HUGE Adoption Fundraiser Garage Sale for a local family in the Church Gym (4890 Eleven Mile Rd.) on Saturday, April 29th from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a $5 bag sale beginning at 1 pm. Please join us for a great sale to support a great cause – tons of kids items, clothes, home décor, quality large furniture items and much more! #17p

Payton Christian in Cedar Springs

Apr. 30, May 1: Payton, an 18 year old actress/model/non-profit director/speaker, will share her testimony on Sunday, April 30 at North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta, MI 49345 at the 10 am service. At 5:30 pm Payton will speak to the youth at the community wide screening of “I’m Not Ashamed.” Monday, May 1 at 2:45 pm, Payton will speak to En Gedi Youth Center at Red Hawk School, 204 E. Muskegon St. Cedar Springs. For more information contact Pastor Craig Carter, Senior Pastor of North Kent Community Church, 616-550-6398. #17

Dinner at the Legion

May 1: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday,  May 1, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be baked chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, 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.  #17p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

May 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. #17

Parent and Child Yoga @ KDL

May 4: Amber Kilpatrick – founder of Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga & creator of The Mindful Classrooms Project – will be hosting a special Parent & Child Yoga session, perfect for young children. Come learn about yoga and try a few poses. A story is included! The library has a limited number of yoga mats. First come, first served. Please bring your own if possible and join us! Thursday, May 4, 6:30 pm,  at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #17

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, 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

Discover Small Museums

May 6,7: “Spring Into the Past” and discover the small museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network, including Cedar Springs Museum, Rockford Area Museum, Oakfield (Twp) Museum and Plainfield Township’s Hyser Rivers Museum in Belmont. These and 25 other member museums from Hastings to Edmore, Plainfield to Sunfield will be open from 11 am to 5 pm for your convenience. Pick up one at any member museum. Ask about the new Tri-River Quilt Trail too. #17

Pierson School Reunion

May 13: The Pierson School Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9 am to 12 noon at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson. Contact Dick Pierce or Francine Sherman, 616-550-4547. #17

Christian Women’s Retreat

May 13: The Carousel of Life – Strategies for Navigating Today’s World. Speaker – Leslie Anne Wood, Transforming Faith Ministries. Do you feel like you’re on a carousel? Life is spinning round and round and first you’re up and then you’re down. The music plays louder and louder. Let me off! But we can’t get off; we must learn how to ride the colored horses of life. We can do this with faith and perseverance and God’s help. Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Settlement Lutheran Church (1031 S. Johnson Rd., Gowen). Cost is $5 and includes registration, wake up coffee, snacks, and a light, healthy lunch. Register by Sunday, May 7 by calling Linda Hansen at 616-984-5557 or mailing her at 13680 Sprague St., Gowen 49326, or by emailing linda13680@sbcglobal.net. #17


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The Post travels to Ohio and Kentucky

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Kathy and Katia Corwin took the Cedar Post and spent spring break with Dave and Diane Taghon visiting relatives in Ohio, celebrating Katia’s 16th Birthday, and touring the National Air Force Aviation Museum. They then traveled to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, Keeneland Horse Race Track, and Kentucky Horse Park. The vacation ended with them enjoying The Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum, also in Kentucky.

It sounds like you had a great time! Thanks so much 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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“A Rose of a Play” comes to Kent Theatre Friday and Saturday

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Ever wonder what goes into bringing a play to the stage when you’re dealing with dysfunctional, eccentric actors and a director who has seen it all?

That’s the backdrop of a new production called “A Rose of a Play,’’ which is being presented at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.

Play author and director Brian Thomas takes 10 years of community theater experience and rolls it into what he calls  “one grand ole’ spoof of community theater.’’

Center to the play – and its namesake, is Patricia Rose, a local stage veteran who has produced scores of community plays in a career of more than 50 years.

The production casts a spotlight on the hijinks and hilarity that comes with putting a play on the stage – ranging from absentee actors to questionable props.

“A Rose of a Play is based pretty much on real experiences I’ve had while acting with Mr. Rose and her theater groups,’’ Thomas said. “Several of the actors were in many of her plays; they have first-hand experience for the parts they’re playing.

“This show is to honor Ms. Rose and the experiences and memories she has opened for many, many people,’’ Thomas said.

Shows are Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Kent Theatre is located at 8 N. Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs.

The cost of admission is $10 for those ages 13 and up and $5 for those 12 and under.

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Michigan Warrior Day to be held in Grand Rapids

 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan (April 13, 2017) – The Michigan Warriors Hockey Program (MWHP), the 2017 USA Hockey Warrior/Standing Amputee National Champions, have announced the first ever “Michigan Warrior Day” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 6th. 

The purpose of MWHP is to give wounded or injured veterans the opportunity to play hockey in a safe and adaptive environment, as well as to provide a place for disabled veterans to form friendships and network.

This event is being held to welcome new players to the MWHP in the West Michigan area.  Players do not need to have any prior hockey or skating experience, and participation in MWHP is provided at little to no cost to the participants.  The general criteria required to participate in the MWHP program is; having served in the Military (with DD214 as proof), a disability rating through the VA of 10% or greater and/or a Purple Heart (pending VA claims are also accepted on a case by case basis with restrictions in some Warriors tournaments).

The event will kick off on Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 am at Patterson Ice Center, 2550 Patterson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The day will start with a “Stick and Puck” session from 11:30-1:00pm (for MWHP qualified Veterans with their own hockey gear and hockey experience), followed by a “Try Hockey for Free” session (for MWHP qualified Veterans who have little to no skating or hockey experience) from 1:00-2:30 pm.  The MWHP will have safety equipment available for both sessions.

After the ice time concludes, we invite all in attendance to join us for lunch and an informational session.  This will provide an opportunity to meet current leadership and members of the organization, along with learning more about who the MWHP is, how they help the disabled Veteran community and the philanthropic goals of the MWHP.

Later that afternoon, at 3:30 pm, the current members of the MWHP will take on the Michigan State Police Hockey Team for an exciting, fast-paced game. The proceeds from the events of the day will go towards Autism Support of Kent County (ASK), an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for autism-related programs in West Michigan, including but not limited to autism safety and awareness training for law enforcement officers and first responders, providing funding to the West Michigan Special Hockey Association as well as funding the Project Lifesaver Program.

On Sunday at noon, everyone is invited to join members and leadership of the MWHP along with members of the Michigan State Police as they walk in the “2017 Walk for Autism” at John Ball Zoo to continue to raise funds and support for ASK.  If you wish to donate, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/grmichwarrior

For more information on becoming a member of the Michigan Warrior Hockey Program, please email JD Dunn, Chief of Hockey Operations at jdunn@miwarriors.com.  For media inquiries, to make a donation, or more information on the “Michigan Warrior Day”’ events, please email Marie Sly at marie@wmspecialhockey.org.  The Michigan Warriors website can be found at www.michiganwarriorshockey.com

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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.

Library Spring Book Sale

Apr. 20-22: The Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL branch will hold their Spring Book Sale on Thursday, April 20th from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday, April 21st from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm. The sale will be held in the Library Community Room. The library is located at 88 Eighth St. in Sand Lake. 616-784-2007. #15,16p

Mom2Mom Sale

Apr. 22: Come shop our huge selection of children’s items and mommy must haves! Stop by our bake sale for some yummy sweets, win a gift basket at the raffle table or even grab a bite to eat for lunch. This Saturday, April 22nd from 9 am to 2 pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St. in Sand Lake. For questions or concerns please contact Nicole at 616-263-9662. #16

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 23: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 23rd 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 shared by Ben Crofoot and the Crofoot family. 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! #16p

The Gathering Invites You

Apr. 23: Are you 18-29? Are you looking for a place to belong? The Gathering welcomes you and invites you to join us Sunday, April 23rd at 5:45 for a time of fun, fellowship, and worship. Come hear a positive message and make a difference in the community. We are located at Midtown, 130 N. Luray St., Greenville, MI 48838. Feel free to bring a friend and check us out on Facebook. #16

Free Family Event

Apr. 28: En Gedi and the YMCA are co-sponsoring a FREE Family Event at the Belmont YMCA on Friday, April 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The facility will be open to all families at no charge. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This opportunity is being provided with the En Gedi Mission of “building families”. More details on the En Gedi Facebook page or for any questions you can contact Pastor Craig at CraigTOwens1@gmail.com. #16

Youth Theatre Workshop

Apr. 29: The Cedar Spring Community Players will be putting on a theatre workshop for youth ages 8-18 on Saturday, April 29th. Sign up information and more details on www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #16

Volunteer Day at HCNC

Apr. 29: Volunteers are what makes Howard Christensen Nature Center happen. We always have a lot more work to be done than manpower to do it. Come on out and give us a hand anytime by calling the office. HCNC’s annual Spring work day, Saturday, April 29th all day, is a great opportunity to help us plant flowers, clean up trails from winter and get ready for another great summer of events. There will be a book and plant sale on that day. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #16

Carnival Bingo

May 6: Come join the fun, and help the North Kent Senior Citizens Association raise money to help pay for their furnace on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 3 pm. We will have a baked goods sale going on, and chances to win gift baskets as well. So come check out the Senior Center, 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs, and have a great time playing bingo! Only 25¢ for 3 bingo cards per game to play. #16

Hunter Safety Class at HCNC

May 9: Howard Chirstensen Nature Center will hold Hunter Safety Class starting on Tuesday, May 9th from 5-8 pm, Thursday, May 11th from 5-8 pm and Saturday, May 13th from 9-1 pm. Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director Dave all three days for our Spring Hunters Safety Class. After completion of this course you will leave with your certificate from the Michigan DNR affirming your knowledge of safety afield. $5 per person or Free for members. HCNC, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, requests preregistration, www.HowardChristensen.org. 616-675-3158. #16


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The Post travels to the Bahamas

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The Post recently traveled to the Bahamas with the Mabie family. Shown here is June Mabie, with her great-granddaughters, Emerson and Failla, in the Bahamas during the first week of March.

Thanks so much for taking us with you to the warm, sunny Bahamas!

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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What a hoot

 

Each evening, bird lover Tom stood in his backyard, near some woods, hooting like an owl. One night, an owl called back to him. For a year, the man and his feathered friend hooted back and forth. He even kept a log of the “conversation.” He just knew he was on the verge of a breakthrough in interspecies communication, when he caught the flu and had to be in bed for several days.

After 3 days of being in bed, Tom’s neighbor, Bob, came over to cheer him up. Tom was feeling a little stronger, so they went outside and sat on Tom’s deck.

“I’ve really missed being out here with the owls,” said Tom. “It’s been 3 days since I’ve been able to talk to them.”

“I know what you mean,” said Bob. “There’s one owl that visits the woods behind our house almost every night. I never see him, but he loves to talk. I think he even answers me.”

“Really?” asked Tom. “It must be the same one that talks to me.”

“Could be,” said Bob. “The only problem is it stopped answering me 3 days ago.”

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Community Night

 

By Tom Noreen

 

Come join the Community Action Network for their 31st Annual Community Night on April 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cedar Springs High School. There you meet with local business owners and see the many products they have to offer. Visit with the libraries that serve our community and learn about upcoming programs and events. Representatives from our area nonprofits can update you on everything from the progress with the “Heart of Cedar Springs” to the global efforts to rid the world of polio. Our area churches and camps will be there to encourage you to visit them. Support the Music Boosters at their food court and take a break by stopping in the auditorium for an evening of entertainment. Local schools will have art on display and the high school’s industrial arts program will showcase their students’ award winning projects. Mark your calendars for April 20 and an evening of fun.

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