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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.

Blood Drive for Lizzie August

Mar. 10: Donate blood in honor of Elizabeth August. Lizzie was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4 in 2009 and during her treatments she has received 13 red blood and 29 platelet transfusions along with 2 bone marrow transplants. She is now 11 and in remission. There are so many more who need our help. Come donate blood to honor her journey and the journeys of all the young children fighting their own battles. Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine St., Cedar Springs on Thursday, March 10th from 1 to 6:45 pm. To schedule an call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559. Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be part of the bone marrow donor registry. American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org. #10

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 13: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 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 Pinky Hosford who has an amazing testimony to share, Music will be shared by Gospel Singers, Larry, Deb, George and Ray, traditional country and gospel singers. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #10

Job Seekers Workshop

Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25: Kent District Library and Michigan Works! Present free Workshops for Job Seekers. Workshops are on Mondays from 1 0 3 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch.  March 14th: Resume Development Workshop, March 28th: Interviewing Workshop, April 11th: Brand: You!, April 25th: Communications Skills. For more information, please visit www.kdl.org/events or call KDL at 616-784-2007 or 877-243-2466 (toll free). #9,10p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 14: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onion dinner on Monday, March 14th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, veggies, 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.  #10p

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 15: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 15th from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Is your blood really red or is it green enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as Irish? Find out. Attempt to donate and you could also potentially help three people in need. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #10

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Mar. 16: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., is hosting a Ham Dinner on Wednesday, March 16th from 5 to7 pm. The menu will include: ham, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, relish tray, rolls, homemade desserts. Everyone is invited. Donations accepted. #10

Fish Fry

Mar. 18: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 18th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut French fries, cole slaw, coffee and punch, dessert. 3 pieces – $9, 2 pieces – $7, 1 piece – $5. Eat in or carry out. 616-866-4298. #10,11p

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 18: Come Be Refreshed! Friday, March 18th with the High School cafeteria doors opening at 6 pm. This year’s event has many great items for you to choose from to include furniture, MSU football and basketball tickets, private golf session by MSU Coach Casey Lubahn, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, tools, hand-made dolls, private wild turkey and pheasant hunts, clothing, wood pellets, puzzles, and much more!!!! With a $10 entry donation you can enjoy delicious appetizers while you browse the items on the silent and live auction table. All funds earned on this event will be matched by CS Manufacturing. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing a FREE after school youth center, special high school and community events with a focus on building family. Donations of services or products (all are appreciated are greatly needed. Contact Sue Wolfe at 696-2246 or SueQ@hughes.net for tickets or for donation pick-ups. #10,11p

Pancake Breakfast 

Mar. 19: The Courtland Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 19th from 8 – 11 am. The fire department will be serving pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Adults – $7.00, Children 4-12 – $4.00, 3 and under are free. #10

Quilt Show Library Friends Fundraiser

Mar. 19: Saturday, March 19th from 10 am to 4 pm. Show your quilt! Last Call! Do you have a quilt that you want to show in the 4th Annual Friends of the Library Quilt Show? Call Barb at 616-236-9500 or Louise at 616-696-1376 to still get your quilt in the show. Quilts may be delivered to the Cedar Springs Middle School on Friday, March 18th between 4 and 6 pm or Saturday, March 18th between 7:30 and 9 am. Attendees will vote for their favorite quilts in each of the two categories, general and antique ( at least 50 years old). Admission is $2 per person and in addition to the quilt show there will be trunk shows for Red Button Quilt Co. and Blueberry Backroads, a silent auction, a quilting garage sale and a raffle quilt. Raffle tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Luv2Quilt on 14 Mile and at the show. See you there. #10

Mom2Mom Sale

Mar. 19: The Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake is hosting a Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions regarding the sale, please contact Nichole at 616-263-9662. #10,11p

Roast Beef Dinner

Mar. 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 March 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! #10,11p

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

HCNC Easter Egg Hunt w/Brunch

Mar. 26: Howard Christensen Nature Center will hold it’s 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch on Saturday, March 26th. Brunch will be served from noon to 2 pm. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly for all ages at 2 pm. Brunch is $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more and includes the Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Egg Hunting only $1 per egg hunter. Members are free. 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. www.howardchristiansen.org. #10

CS Community Players Mystery Trivia

Mar. 30: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce “Murder at the Kent”, a collection of three one act plays which will be performed at the Kent Theatre on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st.  The plays are Sorry, Wrong Number, Heat Lightning, and The Man who Died Twice.  These short, thrilling plays will delight the mystery lovers and send shivers down the spines of the audience.  And since every good mystery story requires some anticipation, the Players have devised a series of mystery themed trivia to build up the suspense before opening night.  These questions will appear in The Cedar Springs Post each week in the month before the production, starting on March 3rd.  Solve the riddles and bring your answers to one of the performances at the Kent Theatre to be entered to win prizes that night. #10p

Community Night

Apr. 21: Cedar Springs Community Night is April 21st and registration is underway. The deadline for registration is March 25th. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or you can call 616-696-7320. #10b

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Kent Theatre to show “The Revenant” with local actor

Joshua Burge, a 1998 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, plays Stubby Bill in several scenes of “The Revenant.”

Joshua Burge, a 1998 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, plays Stubby Bill in several scenes of “The Revenant.”

Last week we did a story on a Cedar Springs graduate, Joshua Burge, who appeared in the Academy Award-winning movie “The Revenant.” In honor of Josh’s appearance in the movie, The Kent Theatre secured the movie to show next weekend, March 10-13 at selected show times.

It will show Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday (March 11-12) at 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Admission is $3.

The movie is rated R, and not suitable for young children.

Another movie will be shown during the earlier showtimes.

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Original Model T plant open for Autorama Days!

An original Model T at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. The plant will be open for tours Feb. 26-28 Photo by Will Lawson.

An original Model T at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. The plant will be open for tours Feb. 26-28
Photo by Will Lawson.

Do you have a love for vintage cars? How would you like to travel back in time to visit the plant where the first Model T was constructed? If that’s the case, you may want to plan a trip to Detroit next weekend.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, located at 461 Piquette Street, Detroit, Michigan, has announced it will be open for the 2016 Autorama. The Plant will be open to the public beginning Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2016. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Docent-led tour times are at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.

Admission prices are: $12/adults, $10/seniors, $5/students, and children 12 and under are free. Please dress warmly as the Piquette Plant is not heated. Our complimentary hot cocoa bar will be available!

Visiting the Piquette Avenue Plant is a unique experience—it is the oldest auto plant open to the public anywhere in the world. Walk the worn wood floors and touch the brick walls where Henry Ford and his team of automotive pioneers developed the car that led to an automotive and social revolution.

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Fundraiser to benefit Brison Ricker

 

WERQ dance fitness workout March 11

Join us for a dance fitness party to raise funds that will go towards Brison Ricker’s medical care. Brison Ricker is a 15-year-old Cedar Springs student who was diagnosed in January with inoperable brain cancer.

What better way to raise funds than to come together for a 90-minute dance fitness party? Sweat to some of your favorite songs for a good cause. Let’s do what we can to help kick cancer’s butt!

No experience necessary—anyone can do it! Just throw on your fitness gear, bring a water bottle, a sweat towel, and your favorite dancing/workout friends!

The fundraiser will be Friday March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary. The cost is $10.  It will last 90 minutes, with multiple WERQ Instructors, and fun routines to your favorite radio hits!

Just DO IT!

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The Vacuum Test

 

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.


Free Movie

Feb. 19: Resurrection Lutheran Church at 180 S. Third St. in Sand Lake, will be having a FREE showing of the the War Room this Friday, February 19th at 7 pm. Free appetizers will also be served. There will also be a FREE movie and fun activities planned for the children. This is all free! We encourage the community to come out and enjoy a great movie! For any questions please contact us at 616-636-5502. #7

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 20: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday on February 20th from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $8 and Family $25. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. Other planned dates are March 19th and April 16th. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #7

Fund Raiser at N. Kent Senior Center

Feb. 20: The North Kent Senior Citizens Association is having a fund raiser/open house Saturday, February 20th from 10 am to 4 pm. The Senior Center is located at 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs. We will be having chair massages, Reflexology, foot soaks, baked goods sale, raffle items, music, and a book sale going on with the CS Friends of the Library. Come join us for some fun! Questions – call Sue at 616-443-6468. #7

Roast Beef Dinner

Feb. 21: 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 February 21st 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! #6,7p

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 23: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #7

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The Post travels to New Mexico

Left to right: Laurie Bahmer, her niece Lisa, and brother Jeff Bahmer.

Left to right: Laurie Bahmer, her niece Lisa, and brother Jeff Bahmer.

The Post traveled recently to New Mexico with Laurie Bahmer, of Howard City. “My brother and his family live in Las Cruces, NM. I went to visit them, as I hadn’t seen them in many years,” she said.

This picture of The Post with part of the Bahmer Family was taken at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum on January 14th, 2016. This museum highlights New Mexico’s ranching and farming history with indoor and outdoor exhibits. “It is a working ranch and farm, and you never know from year to year what they will be growing in the fields,” said Laurie.

She explained that the entire campus is 47 acres and in addition to the fields they have livestock corrals, Skaggs Dairy Barn, a sheep and goat barn, and a green house. “In the horse and cattle barn is a saddle shop featuring saddles made by the legendary saddle maker Austin ‘Slim’ Green. There is also a working blacksmith shop where people can actually apprentice!” she remarked.

Indoors you will find Ventanas Rooms (windows), the Tortugas Gallery (turtles), the Rio Hondo Room (deep river), along with a theater, gift shop, and a corridor dedicated to…nuts!”

Las Cruces grows and exports pecans, peanuts, pistachios, and piñones. “Our favorite was dark chocolate covered pecans. Another of our favorites was Peanut Butter & Co All Natural Dark Chocolate Dreams. It tastes just like Reese’s but doesn’t have all that sugar. This is a peanut butter spread that they won’t let you take in your carry-on on the airplane. Next time we plan to mail it to ourselves,” she explained.

In New Mexico they also grow and export chiles. An interesting fact is that red and green chiles come from the same plant. The green chile is younger and hotter, while the red chile is sweeter and milder. Apparently, people in New Mexico are constantly having competitions to see who can come up with the hottest chiles. Expect to have chiles or salsa with everything you eat, including huevos y tocino (eggs and bacon).”

Thanks, Laurie, 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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Cocktail Tips for Winter Entertaining

ENT-Winter-entertainingWinter is the perfect time for entertaining guests in the comfort of your home — and nothing beats cozying up by the fireplace with a delectable winter cocktail.

From warming treats to rich flavor concoctions, vodka can be a terrific ingredient for wintertime cocktails.

A party calls for something special. If you’re going to be serving cocktails, get prepared with creative, festive spirits and mixers. Plan ahead with some simple, fun recipes for a cozy cocktail party without all the hassle.

For instance, check out the more than 40 playful flavors that Pinnacle Vodka offers such as Pinnacle Raspberry and Pinnacle Whipped – as well as its premium Original variety – which are great for any cool weather gathering.

Need some mixology inspiration? This recipe for Hot Cocoa is sure to warm up the crowd:

• 1 part Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

• 2 parts Hot Chocolate

• Pour into a mug and garnish with whipped cream and cherries.

Having friends over for a boozy brunch? Watching the game? Let this Sunday Funday recipe make a splash with partygoers.

• 1 part Pinnacle Original Vodka

• 2 parts Tomato Juice

• Dash of Tabasco Sauce

• Dash of Horseradish

• Dash of Worcestershire Sauce

• Shake, then add celery and other fun toppings.

More information, recipes and entertaining inspiration can be found at www.PinnacleVodka.com and www.TheCocktailProject.com.

Amid the fun, remember, please drink responsibly!

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Landing Check

 

A man was inspecting communications facilities in Alaska. He had little experience flying in small planes, and was nervous when they approached a landing strip in a snow-covered area. The pilot descended to just a couple hundred feet, then gunned both engines, climbed, and circled back. While the man’s heart pounded, the passenger beside him seemed calm.

“I wonder why he didn’t land,” said the nervous man.

“He was checking to see if the landing strip was plowed,” said the man sitting beside him.

As they made a second approach, the nervous man glanced out the window.  “It looks plowed to me,” he said.

“No,” said his seatmate. “It hasn’t been cleared for some time.”

“How can you tell?” asked the nervous man.

“Because,” said the man, “I’m the guy who drives the plow.”

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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.

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Feb.14: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, February 14th 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 Joann Gitchel from Howard City, Michigan, who has an amazing story to share. The Gitchel family musical group will also share the words of Jesus Christ through their music. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #6

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 16: 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 8:15-9 am, meeting starts at 9:15 am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #6

Blood Drive

Feb. 16: Michigan Blood Drive on February 16th at the Cedar Springs Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. A great Valentine’s present to someone in need – right from your heart. Your donation has the potential to help 3 people. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #6

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Feb. 17: East Nelson UMC, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. will be having a Roast Beef dinner on Wednesday, February 17th from 5 – 7 pm. The menu will include roast beef, red potatoes, carrots, pasta salad, rolls, desserts, relish tray. Everyone is welcome. #6

Roast Beef Dinner

Feb. 21: 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 February 21st 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! #6,7p

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