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Beat the Boredom

Playing at an area park is just one of the ways for kids and parents to beat the boredom of long summer days until school starts again.

Playing at an area park is just one of the ways for kids and parents to beat the boredom of long summer days until school starts again.

By Judy Reed

When you’re a kid, the long, hot days of summer seem to go on forever. It’s not long before kids exhaust their ideas of what to do and moms hear the familiar refrain, “There’s nothing to do! I’m bored!” Well, don’t you believe it. With a little searching, you’ll find hundreds of activities taking place in West Michigan where families can have fun and spend some quality time together. In this week’s special pullout section of “Beat the Boredom,” you’ll find just a fraction of the many things going on this summer—festivals, summer enrichment programs, camps, plays, and more! Click below to download and see what’s on tap for you this summer!


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Rotary Cow Plop Winners

Rotary member John Rohrer with Ana the calf.

Rotary member John Rohrer with Ana the calf.

By Tom Noreen

The Cedar Springs Rotary Club conducted their Cow Plop Raffle on May 7 with the help of Ana the calf. The winners, thanks to Ana’s strategic aim, were Stacey Helsel, first place; Kurt Mabie, second place; and Amanda Gerhardt, third place.

The Rotary Club would like to thank everyone that bought a ticket in support of the club’s good works programs. The club sold 816 tickets and raised $2,380, which will be used to send students to Rotary District 6290’s Life Leadership Conference in June.

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“A House Divided” at the Kent Theatre

_ENT-A-house-divided-play“A House Divided”, a new comedy by Scott Phillips, will debut at the Kent Theater May 20. The story is about an older mother who wants her adult children to be one big happy family. But there is one big problem; the siblings can’t stand each other. That leaves Mom with only one alternative—trick and deceive her children into getting along. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned.

The cast  and crew includes Julie Bratton, Terri Riggle, Doug Christensen, John Bagin, Steve Hutchins, Jack Bagin, Roshanah Dayton, Annie Bagin, Dave Schmuker, Madeline Wilcox, Danielle Phillips, Russ Cole, Madison Ruth, Debbie Irwin and Kirsten Bagin.

Show dates are May 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be a matinee performance on May 22 at 3:00 p.m. All performances will be at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main, Cedar Springs, MI.

Tickets for adults are $12 in advance/$15 at the door; under 18 years of age only $6. Tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library. You can also reserve tickets at the advanced price by emailing Scott Phillips at phillips4ba@yahoo.com.

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The Post travels to Arizona

N-Post-travels-Arizona-Moleski1N-Post-travels-Arizona-Moleski2-Flat-GranChris and Kelly Moleski, along with boys Jaydon, Carter, and Elliot, traveled to Arizona for Spring Break. They took two special visitors with them—The Cedar Post and “Flat Gran.” While the Post seems to have ventured to Arizona many times recently (as chronicled in recent issues), this was a first for Flat Gran.  Their great-grandmother, Florence Eylander, had dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon. She was surprised to find that a Flat Stanley version of her was accompanying the family on their trip. Florence was delighted by the daily emails and pictures she received that documented her adventures throughout the beautiful state of Arizona, including climbing to the summit of Camelback Mountain; hiking and climbing the beautiful red rocks of Sedona; visiting Slide Rock State Park; exploring a cave in Flagstaff; taking in an Arizona Coyote and an Arizona Diamondbacks/Cubs game (Go Cubs!); and visiting the Grand Canyon.

Wow! It sounds like both Flat Gran and the rest of the Moleski family 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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Joke of the Week

Country refreshment

A man was on a long walk in the country. It got chilly as evening fell, and so he decided to stop at a little cottage and ask for something hot to drink.

The lady of the house invited him in and served him a bowl of soup by the fire. There was a wee pig running around the kitchen, then running up to the visitor and giving him a great deal of attention. The visitor commented that he had never seen a pig this friendly.

The housewife shook her head. “Ah, he’s not that friendly,” she said with a chuckle. “That’s his bowl you’re using.”

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“King Klong” at the Kent Theatre

Big King Klong.

Big King Klong.

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan of Rockford Mi. is presenting a 10-ft ape on stage this weekend at The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

The oversized primate with an attitude is hard to dismiss—he is the star attraction of the upcoming 2-act play.

The great ape and ensemble of 28 actors recreates the classic 1933 black and white film King Kong with a few modifications.

Great costumes, stage sets, and giant ape all add up to one legendary show,” said Play Director Patricia Rose, “one the whole family can enjoy.”

Rather than New York, the giant ape’s debut takes place in Chicago—so no Empire State Building take down. He ends up on Carnagie Towers instead, battling the bi-planes of the era.

It’s a love story between Klong and May Raye, and the efforts of a rich showman to exploit him. “He’s a money-maker and I’m doing all I can to capitalize on that, whether the ape likes it or not,” said Randy Galaszewski, who plays John King of Gold Star Productions. Galaszewski, who has appeared in scores of plays, locally produced movies, and television commercials, has the lead role, which he calls one of his favorites in his 30-year career. “How often do you get to fall in love with a starlet, only to have a knuckle-dragging primate get in the way?” he chuckled.

The audience will marvel at the ingenuity it took Brian Thomas to create this creature we call Klong. Hours of work—a labor of love actually on Brian’s part. There are a wide range of costumes created by Jenny Chertos and a beautiful back drop she has created for the story. So much talent we have invested in this production .

King Klong is really a laugh filled romp through the jungles of South America,

a true parody of the original,” said Patricia Rose director with over 50 years of theatre experience.

It takes you back to the Chicago of the Great Depression era, where the common man could sit in a darkened theater and for 20 cents escape the cold reality of the times and be transported to another world,” she said.

Ticket prices are Adults $10, Students $5 and Seniors $8. Tickets at the door.

Showtimes are Friday April 29 at 8 p.m., and Saturday at April 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre 8 N. Main St, Cedar Springs. For more info call 616-874-5264.

To see a video about the show go to : https://vimeo.com/162131441

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Cedar Springs Museum open this weekend

The Cedar Springs Historical Museum at Morley Park will be open on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the Tri-River Historical Museum network’s event “Spring into the Past.” The event is to help residents discover the small local museums in over 20 communities. Located in quaint buildings, each museum is unique and displays the history of their community. Besides the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, other area museums that will be open include the Rockford Area Museum, Oakfield Township Museum, and Plainfield Township’s Hyser Rivers Museum in Belmont. These and 20 other member museums will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. those two days. You can download a guide at http://www.addorio.com/TriRiver/springintopast2016.pdf or pick one up at any member museum. Ask about the new Tri-River Quilt trail, too.

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And the cat came back


A man hated his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of it. So he put the cat in the car, and drove 20 blocks from home, and dropped it off in a strange neighborhood. By the time the man got home, the cat was already walking up the driveway.

The next day, the man decided to drop the cat 40 blocks away but the same thing happened.

He kept on increasing the number of blocks away from his house, but the cat kept getting home before him. At last he decided to take a meandering path into the country—drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again, then another right, then left, and so on, until he reached what he thought was a perfect spot, and dropped the cat there.

Hours later, the man called his wife at home and asked her if the cat was there.

“Yes, why do you ask?” answered the wife.

“Put that cat on the phone,” grumbled the man. “I’m lost and I need directions.”

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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.

Summer Reading Teen Crew Orientation

May 1: Enthusiastic and energetic teen volunteers are wanted to help with Summer Reading at KDL. Fun times are guaranteed, with the added benefit of service experience! Registration is required via a paper application. Applications available after May 1st. Visit your local Kent District Library branch for applications deadline and more details. For teens grades 6-12. #17

TOPS weight loss support group

May 3: 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. #17

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

May 3,10,17,24,31: 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

Kentucky Derby Party

May 7: 2nd Chance School invites you to join us at the Kentucky Derby Party Fundraiser on Saturday, May 7th at the Sparta Moose Lodge, 11510 N. Division, Sparta MI 49345, from 4 pm to 12 midnight. Watch the Kentucky Derby, pick a winner, Chinese Auction and other games. Gordon Thayer and his band providing music and entertainment from 8 pm to midnight. Lots of fun to be had to benefit 2nd Chance. #17

Red Flannel Queen Scholarship 

information meetings

May 10 & 17: Attention all young ladies living in the Cedar Springs School district, or attending school within the CS School District, who will be in the 11th grade in the 2016-2017 school year, with a 3.0 or greater GPA.  There will be after-school information meetings for anyone interested in being a part of the 2016 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant – Cedar Springs High School: Tuesday, May 10 at 2:40 pm in the auditorium. CTA: Tuesday, May 17 at 2:50 in the cafeteria. For more information, or if you can not make one of these meetings, contact pageant director Kaleigh Rosenberger at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #16,17b

Annual Morel 

Mushroom Hunt

May 14: Join a Seasoned Mushroom Hunter and let us see how many of these tasty morel mushrooms we can find! We will be going off trails – this is why a guide is best! Guided Morel Hunting ONLY on HCNC property. Saturday, May 14th from 12 – 4 pm. Morel Presentations at Noon and 2 pm. Guided hunts depart promptly at 12:30 and 2:30 pm only. $5/person, $15/family, Members $3. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #17

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Students Shine in the Spotlight

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

The day before spring break always signifies one thing at CTA: The Student Showcase. The 2016 Student Showcase was the 9th annual talent show, and like all the other years, CTA students shined in the spotlight with their top-notch talents!

This year’s event had sixteen acts that made the final cut, which was pared down from the 35 acts that auditioned. There was a broad variety of ages and talents on display with first grader

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

Reese Holtrop singing “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack, to senior Whitney Medwayosh bringing down the house with her version of “Reflections” by Christina Aguilera. There was also a variety of instrumental performances and dance/cheer routines. The participants had a great time performing and their peers had a fun time viewing the talents. “It really is a great way to kick off spring break, and the kids put in a tremendous amount of effort in hopes of making it past the audition and to the show,” said Dean of Students, David Oldebekking. “It is great to see their hard work come through in their performances.”

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

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