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A Grizzly conversion


A priest, a minister, and a rabbi wanted to see who was best at his job. So they each went into the woods, found a bear, and attempted to convert it.

Later they got together. The priest began with his story: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his First Communion.”

“I found a bear by the stream,” said the minister, “and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.”

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying on a gurney in a body cast. “Looking back,” said the rabbi, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.”

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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.

Halloween Extreme at the CS Historical Museum

Oct. 29: Don’t miss Halloween Extreme at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park on Saturday, October 29th from 5 to 7 pm. This special evening is for teens and adults, a little scary for the little ones but loads of fun for our older visitors. #43p

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 31. Some of the free events include trick or treating from 4:30-7 p.m. at area businesses and City Hall, with maps available at the Library; The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be having their Haunted School House from 5- 7 p.m.; Apple Cider from the Kent County Traffic Squad and Candy by the Cedar Springs Fire Department at the Fire barn (Maple Street); The Springs Church Trunk or Treating from 6-8 p.m; warm up at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with hot chocolate and treats. #43

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up and rest station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Monday, October 31st from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate, popcorn and treats. Hope to see you then. #42,43p

Haunted School House 

Oct. 31: On Halloween night be sure to visit the Haunted School House in Morley Park. This Spooktacular event will be open from 5 to 7 pm. Our volunteers Marie and Nolon Patin along with Phil Mann will transform the one room school next to the museum into a fun and spooky place at visit. This event is suitable for all ages. #43

Trunk or Treat at Hillcrest

Oct. 31: Monday, October 31st: It’s Trunk or Treat fun time! Come check out our crazy trunks from 6 – 8 pm at Hillcrest Community Church of God located at 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Don’t miss out on the safe family fun! #43

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 1,8,15,22,29: 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. #43

Seuss on STEAM at KDL

Nov. 2,3: Kids are never too young to be introduced to basic scientific principles, especially when it involves fun activities based on their favorite Dr. Seuss books. For ages 6 and younger. Wednesday, November 2, 10 a.m. and Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., Spencer Twp. KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #43

Fall Festival at Cedar Springs UMC

Nov. 5: The annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday, November 5th from 9 am to 2 pm at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. Booths will include: Cookie Patch, Jewelry, Grandma’s Attic, Book Nook, Toys and Home Made Crafts. The church is located at 140 S. Main St. All are welcome. Celebrate the season with us. #43,44

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 5: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 5th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church ED building. Located on the corner of 6th and Maple Streets. Antiques/Vintage collectibles and crafts, quality used clothing, miscellaneous items. #43,44

HCNC Holiday Make and Take

Nov. 12: Nothing Says Happy holidays like a homemade gift from a youngster. Bring your kiddos to Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 1 pm to make holiday gifts, ornaments and other crafts that can become gifts from the heart and the pride of your child! Drop off your child (5 and over) for a few hours while you shop for them and they become some of Santa’s greatest Elves. $8 per child, $5 for members. HCNC requests pre-registration to all events. Pre-registration online allows us to ensure enough supplies for all attendees. 616-675-3158.  #43

HCNC Wreath Making

Nov. 12: Come on back and make this years wreath from natural supplies. While they may not last as long as an artificial wreath, they are sure to fill your home with that aromatic sense of the holidays and add even more beauty because you made it! Have kids? This is a great time for them to join other “elves” in the Make and Take at the same time! Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 1 pm. $10 per person, $5 for members.  Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. HCNC requests pre-registration to all events. Pre-registration online allows us to ensure enough supplies for all attendees. 616-675-3158.  #43

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Fun and Film

Nov. 21: Join KDL at Celebration Cinema North in the Wave Room for the ultimate Harry Potter experience! Wear your favorite Hogwarts costume, hang out with other fans and try your hand at wizard crafts. After the party, head downstairs for a 7 p.m. private showing of “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.” Seats in the theater are limited. Purchase tickets in advance any KDL location or online at www.kdl.org. Tickets are $15 per person and include pop and popcorn. For teens grades 6-12. Monday, November 21, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. #43

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The Post travels to West Virginia

_n-post-travels-west-virginia-reedfcSteve and Judy Reed, of Cedar Springs, traveled to Summerville, West Virginia over Labor Day weekend with their grandson, Landon Prater, 11, and Steve’s sister, Sandy Martin, to move her back home. While there they visited some of the sites around the area, including the Summerville Reservoir, the Gauley River National Recreation Area, and the famous New River Gorge and New River Gorge Bridge, which is also part of the National Park Service.

The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States. Previous to the bridge being built in 1977, it took 40 minutes to get across the gorge in the Appalachian Mountains, and the only way was by traveling a pretty scary long, narrow, winding road down one side and back up the other. The Reeds took that road, but don’t think they would like to do it again! It now takes less than a minute to get across the gorge with the bridge.

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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Comedy to open at the Kent Theatre

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

The comedy “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, will be presented by the Cedar Springs Community Players at the Kent Theatre on Oct 13, Oct 14, Oct. 15, 2016.  The show, directed by Sue Harrison, will start at 7:30 p.m. each night. The show was one of Jack Clark’s favorite shows and is being dedicated to him. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Library or from any cast member for $10. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students under 18.

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Zombie Dash 5K back in Grand Rapids



Photo by: On The Run Photography

5k night-time race course challenges runners to escape zombies

Runners from near and far are once again invited to attend The Zombie Dash, Grand Rapids’ most beloved race for zombie enthusiasts and thrill-seekers at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

The five kilometer (3.1 miles) “quarantined” course requires runners to survive the new Apocalypse Avenue on Front Street and dodge zombies looking to grab life strips.  Runners will race against darkness to survive the zombie apocalypse, hoping to keep 3 of the flag football life strips for time bonuses until the finish.

The race will start and finish in Sixth Street Bridge Park this year, located at 647 Monroe NW, in downtown Grand Rapids. Runners and zombies must register online by 7 pm, Thursday, Oct. 20.

Registration is $45. Children 10 and under run free of charge with registered parent runner; group and armed forces discounts are available. Those who would like to offer zombie services are invited to do so free of charge, but must register beforehand online.

The Zombie Dash is professionally chip-timed and awards will be presented to the fastest finishers.

Go to TheZombieDash.com for registration information, event schedule, and other race information. Visit www.facebook.com/TheZombieDash to join the conversation. A portion of the event proceeds go to the Michigan Blood’s Bone Marrow Be The Match Registry.

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Special Families Fun Fest 


For families of individuals with special needs Oct. 15

The DeltaPlex Arena and Family Hope Foundation are proud to announce the 5th annual Special Families Fun Fest, Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DeltaPlex Arena. The event provides a low-cost, low-stress day filled with fun activities perfect for the whole family of individuals with special needs, no matter their age or disability. Admission is $5.00, which includes 10 carnival game tickets and all other shows and attractions. A talented caricature artist is back this year to go along with popular draws like carnival games for all abilities, a petting zoo, adaptive bike course and the all-time favorite mime, mini music therapy sessions and a dance performance by individuals with special needs. Tickets can be purchased at the DeltaPlex Box Office before or on the day of the event.

Activities are complemented by amenities that help individuals with special needs and their families relax and enjoy the day, including volunteers at every exit for safety, a sensory room for regulation, barrier-free access and a quiet room. Guests can also find information from community organizations offering products and services specifically designed for individuals with special needs. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available.

“The DeltaPlex is a wonderful partner in making Special Families Fun Fest a great success,” said Family Hope Foundation board chair, Lara Kitts. “Special Families Fun Fest is a day where the entire family can get out and have fun together, which is so important but can be a big challenge when a family member has special needs.”

Proceeds help support Family Hope Foundation’s scholarship program for therapy not covered by insurance. Family Hope Foundation organizes and publicizes a series of events designed to provide families of individuals with special needs with affordable, disability-friendly, low stress, fun activities that they can participate in as a whole family. More information is available by visiting the Family Hope Foundation website at www.familyhopefoundation.org, on Facebook, or by contacting Lara Kitts at (616)780-3839.

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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.

The Foreigner opens at the Kent

Oct. 13-15: The Foreigner, a two-act comedy, written by Larry Shue, will open on the Kent Theatre stage on Thursday, October 13th and run through Saturday, October 15th. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the CS Public Library, from any cast member or by calling 616-307-9473 for $10 for adults 18 and over and $8 for students 17 and under. Tickets are also available at the door for $12 for adults 18 and over and $8 for students 17 and under before each performance. #40,41p

Sand Lake UMC Annual Rummage Sale

Oct. 13-15: Rummage Sale – October 13 & 14 from 9am- 5pm and October 15 from 9am – noon at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. Sand Lake. #41

New Life UMC Craft Sale

Oct. 14,15: The folks at New Life United Methodist Church are having their Annual Craft Sale. 6584 (M-46) Howard City – Edmore Rd., in Six Lakes. Friday, October 14th from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, October 15th from 10 am to 4 pm. The Cafe will be open. Shop early, unique gifts for all occasions. #41

Fall Festival Harvest & Pig Roast

Oct. 15: Pilgrim Bible Church is hosting a Fall Festival & Pig Roast on Saturday, October 15th from 2 to 5 pm. We are located at 361 Pine Street across from Creative Technology Academy. We will be meeting in the Sicard Center, the large building on the north end of the property. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Join us for kid’s games, food, fun, hay rides, and friendship. We welcome the opportunity to meet new friends, renew old acquaintances and have a great time. Bring your family and come help us celebrate the harvest season together. If you have any questions please call Pastor Mike Shiery at 616-696-1020. #41p

Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 17: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef & Onions dinner on Monday, October 17th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, 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.  #41

Blood Drive

Oct. 18: Michigan Blood Drive on October 18th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Each pint collected has the potential of saving and/or extending 3 people’s lives right here in Michigan Communities. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate at the Cedar Springs blood drive. #41

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 19: On Wednesday, October 19th East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, will be serving a Salisbury Steak dinner from 5 to 7 pm. Steak & gravy, red potatoes, veggies, relish tray, rolls and homemade desserts! Donations will go to local missions. #41

Flu Shot and Community Luncheon

Oct. 20: Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation will host its monthly community luncheon at 11:30am on Thursday Oct. 20th at the Courtland Twp. Hall. Meijer will be there doing flu shots and answering questions. Lunch is provided for $8. Please bring a photo id and insurance card. Reservations are required by Tuesday Oct. 18th by calling 696-7320. #41

Alogoma Christian School Auction 

Oct. 22: Everyone welcome – Algoma Christian School Auction! Join us on Saturday, October 22nd for a delicious pulled pork dinner buffet, farmers market, and silent auction at 4:30 pm. Live auction beginning at 6 pm. Hundreds of items up for bid! Child care available (ages 4 to 5th grade). #41

Auditions announced for upcoming Christmas play

Oct. 24,25: Auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Show” adapted by Joe Landry will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 24 and 25, at the CS United Methodist Church from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Needed are youngsters 12 and up; and women and men of all ages. The play will be performed on the Kent Theatre stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 8, 9 and 10. Rehearsals will start on Oct. 27 and be held at the CS United Methodist Church. Actors should plan to attend three nights a week until the production moves into the Kent two weeks prior to opening night, then it will be four or more nights a week.  If you have questions, please call 616-307-9473.  #40,41

Fall Festival @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

Oct. 26: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 26th. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Fall fun for families with children 5th grade and under. Enjoy games, prizes, snacks, candy & lots of fun. Kids wear your costumes and bring a friend! The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome! #41,42

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Tragedy follows success for play’s author


Larry Shue

Larry Shue

Players to perform The Foreigner

by Terri Riggle

In just two weeks, the Cedar Springs Community Players will perform The Foreigner, a two-act comedy. In a sad twist of fate, the playwright, Larry Shue, was killed in a commuter plane crash in 1985, two years after his play made its debut performance. Shue, who was only 39 at the time of his death, was on the cusp of perhaps, some would say, international fame.

He had written two full-length plays, The Nerd and The Foreigner, which were both successful and continue today to find eager audiences all across the country. Both plays debuted in the early 1980’s, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he had been employed since 1977 as an actor. He turned to playwriting in 1979 at the suggestion of John Dillon, the Rep’s Artistic Director. The Foreigner opened in January of 1983 before moving on to Off Broadway in 1984. It ran for 686 performances and now is considered a staple of professional and amateur theatre.

The Foreigner was still running in New York at the time of Shue’s death, and he was working on a film adaptation of the play for Disney. He also was preparing for his first big Broadway role, as Reverend Crisparkle in Joseph Papp’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

But how did Shue come up with such a loony plot? According to a 2013 St. Louis Dispatch article written by theater critic Judith Newmark, it followed Shue’s own life. Ed Stern, an actor at the Milwaukee Rep loves to recall the story. Stern explains that Shue was an actor at the Rep but he was not a happy man.

“Larry was very shy—painfully shy,” Stern says. “He was the kind of man who never seemed comfortable anyplace. He had gone to Georgia with his wife to open a dinner theater, and while they were there, she left him. He was just terribly withdrawn.”

At that time, the Milwaukee Rep had a strong relationship with Tadashi Suzuki’s theater company near Kyoto, Japan. (A hugely influential international theater artist, Suzuki is famed for his highly disciplined system of actor training.) When Suzuki’s company invited the Wisconsin theater to send an actor to join them for a short stay, Shue surprised his fellow actors by volunteering to go.

“John Dillon was the artistic director in Milwaukee then, so he went to see Larry off,” Stern says. “And when John got to the airport, there he was—dressed in Western boots and a cowboy hat. This was so unlike him that John got worried. He said, ‘Larry, what are you doing?’ And Larry said, ‘I think in Japan, they probably don’t know much about Americans. But I’m sure that they know about cowboys. So if I’m a cowboy, maybe they’ll like me better.’”

Shue’s instincts were correct. For the first time in his life, he made friends easily. He returned to Milwaukee with a self-confidence he had never expressed before—cowboy hat in hand, now decorated with the signatures of all his new Japanese friends.

“They loved him there, and he came back a changed man—a wonderful, outgoing guy,” Stern says. “He never withdrew again.”

Larry Shue was born in New Orleans on July 23, 1946, and grew up in Chicago. He was graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he received a B.F.A. in 1968. He served in the Army, and then began his career as professional actor and playwright with the Harlequin Dinner Theatre of Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

His acting credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Delacorte in New York; American Buffalo with Berkeley Repertory; and television’s One Life to Live. Film appearances include a short bit in Sweet Liberty. Shue wrote and appeared in the shorts A Common Confusion; The Land of the Blind: or the Hungry Leaves; and Another Town, all directed by Daniel Krogh. Jerry Zaks won an Obie for his direction of The Foreigner, and Anthony Heald received a performance award.

“Larry Shue found himself by being a foreigner,” Stern says. “That’s what’s so brilliant about this play: its silliness has a rock-solid core. Its heart is absolutely glowing.”

Shue’s The Foreigner opens at the Kent Theatre on Thursday, October. 13 and runs through Saturday, October 15. Tickets are available from any cast member, at the CS Public Library or by calling 616-307-9473. Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and over, and  students 17 and under are $8. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

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Bootacular! at Solon Market this Saturday

ent-bootacularIt’s a scream! It’s spootacular! It’s October! Looking to start your trick-or-treating early this year? Look no further than Solon Market! The Market’s fourth annual Bootacular takes place Saturday, October 8 at 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, inside the Township Hall. Games, refreshments, a costume contest, and treats are all part of the planned entertainment. Browse the Market as well, as Solon Market wraps up this year’s free events for the season. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s a scream! Market hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The games will take place between 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with the costume contest following at 11:15 a.m.  For more information, contact Shelly at 616-696-1848 or check out the event on Solon Market’s facebook page. See you at Market!

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What did the Buddhist ask the hot dog vendor?

“Make me one with everything.”

Why aren’t koalas actual bears?

They don’t meet the koalafications.

What do you get when you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac, and an agnostic?

Someone who lays awake at night wondering if there is a dog.

What does a pepper do when it’s angry?

It gets jalapeño face!

How did the hipster burn his mouth?

He ate the pizza before it was cool.

I waited and stayed up all night and tried to figure out where the sun was.

Then it dawned on me.

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