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79th Annual MONTCALM COUNTY 4-H Fair

MONT-CO-FAIR-ASSOCIATION-LOGOJune 22-28, 2014

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MONTCALM COUNTY FAIRGrounds | 8784 W. PECK RD., GREENVILLE

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Freedom Cruise roars into West Michigan June 25-29

 

West Michigan veterans and local businesses will benefit when The Village Motorsports Freedom Cruise roars into West Michigan for five action-packed days from June 25th – June 29th. The inaugural event combines motorcycle and classic car cruises, a nationally-televised rock concert, golf tournament, car and bike expos, and appearances by History Channel stars Danny “The Count” Kolker, The Fugawis Motorcycle Club and Rick and Kelly Dale. Proceeds from the raffle of a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, special sponsorships and some food and beverage sales will benefit West Michigan veterans and the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

“This entire event has grown out of a simple desire to showcase our beautiful West Michigan landscape and provide a little help and fun for our veterans who gave their service and don’t ask for very much in return,” said Tom Antor, Board Chairman of Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund. “People have just jumped at the chance to get on board and support these heroes, and the event has grown into a national event.”

The featured event will be Saturday night’s “Freedom Rocks Concert” at The Deltaplex Arena. Danny Kolker’s “Count’s 77” band will headline the show which will also feature an emotional presentation of the American Fallen Soldier Project.

Each day has several events to choose from. On Wednesday, June 25, part of the lineup includes an honor cruise that starts at 6 p.m. at Comstock Park High School, and ends in Cedar Springs. There will be a similar honor cruise on Thursday, June 26, at 6 p.m. that starts at Comstock Park High School and ends in Sparta.

A complete schedule of events is available online at freedomcruise.net.

 

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Poker run for child abuse

 

Dominick’s Warriors is hosting a poker run on Saturday, June 21, to help combat child abuse, and one of the meeting spots is at the Mobil at M57 and Northland Drive.

The poker run is part of a larger event—their first annual Hog Run and Roast to end child abuse.

Proceeds will go to benefit the opening of Dominick’s House, a safe haven for children being placed into the foster care system.

If interested, meet at the Mobil Gas Station at 7:30 a.m. to register, stage and get first draw. There will be three more stops along M57 to draw cards as well.

The main event will be held in Clio, Michigan, and will feature a bike show, concerts, food, face painting, raffles, games, a silent auction and more.

For more information, visit their facebook page. Just search for Dominick’s Warriors Presents: Hog Run and Roast to End Child Abuse.

 

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Fathers and business

 

Four businessmen were sitting in a hospital waiting room because their wives were having babies.

A nurse comes out and says to the first businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had one baby.”

The man says, “What a coincidence! I’m the president of One-stop home improvement!”

The nurse goes away for awhile, and then comes back and says to the second businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had twins!”

“What a coincidence!” says the man. “I’m the owner of the Minnesota Twins!”

The nurse goes away again, and then comes back and says to the third businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had triplets!”

“Wow!” the man says, “What a coincidence! I work for Triple AAA!”

The nurse turns to leave the room and hears a muffled sob in the corner. She turns and sees the fourth businessman rocking back and forth in his chair crying.
“What’s wrong?” she asks. “Why are you crying?”

The man stares at her with red-rimmed eyes and wails, “I work for Seven Up!”

 

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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.

 

VBS at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

June 23: Set sail for the VBS Gangway to Galilee Adventure at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Join us June 23-26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Ages 3 years to 5th grade. #25

 

Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

June 24-28: Let’s Explore Geodes! Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 pm. DIY Spa Products for Teens. Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own papering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Wednesday, June 25 at 1:30 pm. Radical Reptiles. Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators, and turtles. For all ages. Saturday, June 28th at 10:30 pm.  Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL, 88 Eighth St. #25

 

Fun at Spencer Township KDL Branch

June 24,25: Let’s Explore Geodes! Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm. Kent County Teen Film Festival 2014 Encore! Due to popular demand, KDL is proud to offer another screening of the 2014 KCTFF! If you missed it the first time or just want to relive the awesomeness, here is your chance. Plus, learn how you can enter the 2015 Festival. While you are here enjoy some pizza from local pizzerias. For grades 6-12. Thursday, June 26 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen. #25

 

Snap! CS Public Library

June 25: Crichlow Alligator Sanctuary is a Reptile Rescue Zoo; a place where all reptiles and amphibians find a safe haven and proper care needed to live out their lives safely and securely. The goal of the Sanctuary is to continue to create a hands-on and up-close opportunity for people to observe the animals. Wednesday, June 25 at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School on the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Dr. #25

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove

June 25: Fellas take your gal and a few of your best friends, pile in the ol’ Packard and come on over to the Pine Grove Senior Grill and check out the new menu for this year’s Picnic. Burgers hot off the grill with sides of Tater Salad, Baked Beans, and Watermelon. For all those age 60 and over we’re throwing our annual “Grill Picnic” at noon the 25th of June. Come ‘n get ‘em. Burgers hot off the grill can be found on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #25

 

Greenville Garden Club

June 25: The Greenville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 Kent Rd. Speaker Donna Koledo will education us on the different types of ferns found in yards and woods, how best to grow them, and the ways they can enhance your garden. Soil requirements and exposure will be discussed. Donna is a flour design judge and accredited Master judge. Open to the public. Please join us. #25

 

VBS at East Nelson UMC

June 26: Let His ‘Kingdom Rock’ at East Nelson United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School on June 26 – 29. Ages 4 to 12 will have a great time! Please call 616-696-0661 for more information. We’d love to have you join us. 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #25

 

Craft Brewing Renaissance

June 26: The Cedar Springs Public Library presents: Craft Brewing Renaissance – How Did We Get Here? New C.S. Brewing  owner, David Ringler, explains how the modern craft brewing industry started and what it means. With degrees in History & Brewing Science, Dave is a German – trained brewer with 20 years experience in both Germany and Michigan. Thursday, June 26th from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School. Pre-register for this program at 696-1910 or ced@llcoop.org. #25

 

Game-aggedon!

June 28: Teens, do you have competitive spirit? Come to the Cedar Springs Public Library, on West Cherry St. and have a Blast! Many fun games and prizes! Bring a friend. Saturday, June 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. #25

 

Oakfield Pioneer Day

June 28: Oakfield Pioneer Day will be held Saturday, June 28th at the Oakfield Township Hall on M-57. A pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 am will be served up by Chris Cakes of Michigan, noted for their flying pancakes. $5/ person for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink and coffee. #25

 

Blood Drive at TSC

June 29: Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive in the bus at Tractor Supply Company on Sunday, June 29th. The drive runs from 2-5 pm. Everyone that registers to donate will receive a $10 gift card. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please email Grace at gbrunett@miblood.org or call 616-233-8509. #25

 

2nd Chance Golf Tournament

July 12: The 2nd annual 2nd Chance Golf Tournament will be held on July12th at Cedar Chase Gold Course, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. This is a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 am with hot dogs at the turn and a dinner immediately following play. There will be raffles, door prizes, and other challenges. A Golf Clinic will be at 9 am. $75 per person. For more information or to register call Ron Silverman 616-293-2150. Proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance, a faith based school,whose mission is to offer a learning experience in an agricultural setting for troubled teens who will be sent to the school through the court systems and is funded by grants and donations.  #25,26p

 

The Fallen Heros Golf Outing

July 26: The 5th Annual The Fallen Heros Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 2 pm at the North Kent Golf Club. Grand Prize is a fishing trip for 4. Hole in One contest, 50/50 raffle, other contests with prizes for all! $70 per person includes golf w/cart and steak dinner. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659, Alicia Brown 616-862-1463 or Stevie Brown 616-648-4013. Monies raised will be donated to the Fallen Heros & Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs for addition of Vietnam Memorial. #24,25p

 

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Fire up the fun with extreme burgers

Try this Ultimate Backyard Classic from “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers.”

Try this Ultimate Backyard Classic from “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers.”

(NAPS)—Nothing says summer like hamburgers and hot dogs sizzling on the grill. In fact, according to the 25th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, more than 80 percent of grill owners say that burgers are their favorite thing to grill, followed by hot dogs (75 percent).

To celebrate America’s love affair with hamburgers, brats and other classic grilled fare, Weber Grills has released “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers”—their first cookbook dedicated to fueling America’s passion for backyard classics.

“This book is truly a start-to-finish guide to throwing the ultimate backyard bash,” says New York Times best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance. “Each of the 160 recipes features a photo and goes beyond the burger, with fun twists on hot dogs, side dishes and even cocktails.”

“Weber’s Big Book of Burgers” also explores famous regional favorites in its America the Burgerful section, including Santa Fe, where the green chili cheeseburger rules, to Columbia, South Carolina’s own pimento cheeseburger.

An in-depth Sausage and Hot Dog Geography section salutes regional favorites like Classic Chicago-Style Hot Dogs topped with pickled “sport” peppers and neon-green relish, and New York Hot Dogs with Sweet Red Onions.

 

Extreme Burgers 

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Grilling Time: 6–8 minutes

Ingredients:

4 slices thick-cut bacon

1⁄3 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 ripe Hass avocados

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 pounds ground chuck (80 percent

lean)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon onion powder

8 thin slices cheddar cheese

4 hamburger buns, split

4 leaves Boston lettuce

Directions:

1 ripe beefsteak tomato, cut crosswise into 4 slices about ¹/3 inch thick

In a skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels.

Whisk the mayo ingredients, including ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mash the guacamole ingredients, including ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Mix the ground chuck with the Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, the smoked paprika and onion powder, and then gently form eight patties of equal size, each about ½ inch thick and a little wider than the buns.

Refrigerate the patties until ready to grill. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 500° F). Grill the patties over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness (160° F), 6 to 8 minutes, turning once.

During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time, place a slice of cheese on each patty to melt, and toast the buns, cut side down, over direct heat.

Build each burger on a bun with garlic mayo, a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice, two patties, as much guacamole as you like, a slice of bacon (torn in half) and more garlic mayo.

Serve immediately.

Learn more

For more information or to get a copy of “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers,” visit www.weber.com or www.amazon.com.

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Concert in the park next Thursday

ENT-Concert-in-park-Roosevelt-DiggsRoosevelt Diggs June 19 at Morley Park

 

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department is bringing music back for the 8th summer in Morley Park. Some great bands are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of June, July and August. The first band, Roosevelt Diggs, will appear next Thursday, June 19. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the park, right off Cedar Street. You can listen to some of their music at www.rooseveltdiggs.com.

The event is free to the public and will include a free raffle of door prizes during the band’s intermission. The door prizes are donated by local businesses. The concerts’ main sponsor, Independent Bank, is celebrating its 150th year, and will be giving away a $100 gift card at each concert to someone 18 or older.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack up the kids, and head out for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors and hear some great music!

In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 4 p.m. on whether to cancel the concert. They will broadcast their decision through text alerts and on their facebook page. You can sign up for text alerts by going to their website at www.csaparksandrec.com and clicking on text alerts in the right hand column, or visit their facebook page by searching for Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation.

The other bands scheduled for this summer include Cross Creek on July 17, and Don Middlebrook on August 21.

 

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Draft horse show coming to Red Flannel Saddle Club

 

By Elizabeth Letter

 

Red Flannel Saddle Club (RFSC) has a full slate of open shows scheduled for this summer, and we are excited to announce the addition of a draft show to the lineup!  This show will be held on Sunday, June 29, and it will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.  All breeds of draft horses are welcome, including draft crosses, Haflingers and Freisans.  Classes in halter, showmanship, driving and riding will be offered.  Lori Pillar will judge.  The entry fee is $5 per class with a $2 office fee for each horse/exhibitor combination.  The showbill can be found at the club’s website at Redflannelsaddleclub.org.

The Red Flannel show grounds are easy to find; located on 21 Mile Road just off Shaner Avenue in Sand Lake.  There is a large parking area with plenty of room for cars and horse trailers.  The cookshack serves  a nice selection of items at breakfast and lunch, plus snacks and beverages.  Covered bleachers afford a shady place from which to view the action, and real bathrooms with running water round out the amenities.  You will find lots of friendly people who compete and volunteer at RFSC shows.

RFSC was formed over 50 years ago.  The club puts on over 16 shows a year in a variety of disciplines, including speed, dressage, hunter-jumper and pleasure, with classes that welcome all breeds and levels of riders.  It takes a lot of manpower to run the shows, so we welcome new members at any time.  It’s easy to join and members receive special benefits.  For only $10 for individuals, or $20 for a family, plus the same amount of hours worked, members get half-off entry fees and invitations to special functions that are only for members.

For more information, contact Julie Humphreys at (231) 414-7935.

 

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Just cut your hair first

 

 

A young man comes home and says, “Dad, I just got my driver’s license and would like to use the family car.”

Father replies, “O.K., son. But, first, you have to get good grades in school, keep your room clean, make sure the yard is neat, and cut your hair. Come back in a few months and then we’ll see.”

Several months pass and the young man comes into the house with his report card in his hand. “Dad, I got great marks on my report card. I’ve been keeping my room as neat as a pin, and the yard is always ship-shape. How about letting me use the car?”

Father replies, “That’s true, but son you didn’t cut your hair.”

“But, dad,” says the son, “Jesus had long hair.”

“Yes, son, you’re perfectly right,” says his father, “and he walked everywhere he went.”

 

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American Legion Garage – Bake Sale

June 14: The American Legion Auxiliary is having a Garage Sale/Bake Sale on Saturday, June 14 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Post, located at 80 S. Main St. in Cedar Springs. For more information please call 616-570-2830. #24

 

Tween Spa Fun

June 14: The Cedar Springs Public Library is hosting Spa Fun Day at the CS Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Saturday, June 14 from 1:30 – 3 pm. Enjoy some spa treatments and make your own! Limit of 20 people. Pre-register at the library or call 616-696-1910. #24

 

Open House for Prayer

June 16: Open House for Prayer every Monday night 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. June 16 Prayer Focus: Healing! Everyone is invited. The Cedar Springs Christian Church, 340 W. Pine Street. Follow driveway down the hill of Creative Technologies Academy (no affiliation) for a sweet time of prayer. #24

 

CASSA Soccer Try-Outs

June 16-18: Come to Boomer Park 13440 Ritchie Ave., Cedar Springs to try-out for CASSA Soccer from 6 – 8:30 pm on Monday, June 16 (U9-U12 Boys only), Tuesday, June 17 (U9-U12 Girls only) and Wednesday, June 18 (U13-19 Girls & U13-14 Boys) Players need shin guards, cleats, soccer ball & plenty of water. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate if never played in GVSA. For further information, please visit www.cassasoccer.com. #24

 

Dinner at the Legion

June 16: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef and Onions dinner on Monday, June 16th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #24

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

June 16: 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 Blessed John Paul II Church, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #24

 

TOPS weight loss support group

June 17: 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. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #24

 

Thinking About Home Education?

June 17: Are you thinking about Home educating your children? Are you looking for a Home School support group? We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have. Please join us for an informational meeting about our home school group; Oakfield Home Education Alliance, meeting in the North Kent County area on Mondays thru the school year. We look forward to seeing you on June 17 at 7 pm at the Oakfield Learning Center, located at 11128 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. For more information please go to http://ohea.wordpress.com/ #24

 

Fizz! Boom! Fun!

June 18: Join Michigan State University students as they stir up some science fun. Caution! You might explode with laughter! Wednesday, June 18 at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School (the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Dr.). Presented by the Cedar Springs Public Library. #24

 

Minute to Win It at KDL

June 19: Pit your skills against the clock and against your peers. Set a personal record or challenge a friend. Prizes for all! Thursday, June 19 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #24

 

Book Buddies at KDL

June 21: Ever want to read to a princess, race car driver or a dinosaur? Now you can! Come check out a Book Buddy from the library and spend 10 minutes reading your favorite book together! There will be lots of special characters to choose from and each one is excited to hear you read. This is a special partnership between United Way, The Grand Rapids Public Library and Kent District Library. For families. Saturday, June 21 at 1 pm. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #24

 

MCC’s Camp WOWme

June 23-27: Writers will learn how to improve their skills during Montcalm Community College’s Camp WOWme – The World of Writing: Multimedia Enhances. Teens who love to write are invited to attend this week long day camp. They will write to different prompts, learn how to avoid getting writer’s block and practice how to convert their written work into amazing multimedia pieces. The camp is offered twice this summer. The first session is June 23 – 27 from 8 am to 4pm on MCC’s Greenville campus and the second camp is July 14-18 from 8 am to 4 pm on MCC’s Sidney campus. Kresta Train and Shannon Powell are the camp co-directors. It is open to youths in grades 7 through 12. The cost is $90. Advance registration is required. Visit www.montcalm.edu/campus for more information or to register, or call 616-754-7706 or 989-328-2111, ext. 610. #24

 

Hug a Bug! Bugs for Preschoolers

June 24: Let’s get BUGGY! Insect containers, nets and a bug-finding attitude will be at Howard Christensen Nature Center. To the woods, prairies and more to see what 6-legged creatures live here at HCNC. We will look for eggs and larvae, and inspect the lifecycle of insects. This is a hands on day, come dressed to get dirty, dress appropriately. Tuesday, June 24 from 12:30 to 2 pm. Donation of $4.50 per child – Parents free. Sign up as there is a limit of 25. 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #24

 

The Fallen Heros Golf Outing

July 26: The 5th Annual The Fallen Heros Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 2 pm at the North Kent Golf Club. Grand Prize is a fishing trip for 4. Hole in One contest, 50/50 raffle, other contests with prizes for all! $70 per person includes golf w/cart and steak dinner. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659, Alicia Brown 616-862-1463 or Stevie Brown 616-648-4013. Monies raised will be donated to the Fallen Heros & Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs for addition of Vietnam Memorial. #24,25p

 

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