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Kent County Youth Fair

KCYF-header-webKent County Youth Fair and fair grounds 225 South Hudson Lowell, MI 49331

616-897-6050

Daily Audacious Hoops; Performances daily at 1 PM, 4 PM & 7 PM., Saturday 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM & 7 PM. The Audacious Hoopers are a professional hula hoop dance troupe specializing in high energy, dynamic performances that elevate simple plastic circles into a compelling art form. Handcrafted hula hoops will be available for purchase. Next to children’s barnyard

Daily Back by popular demand, Chainsaw Carving! Take a log, a chainsaw and a very talented artist and what do you get? Beautiful works of art! Watch them be carved, if you like one you can bid on it our silent auction. South Entrance

Daily 1-5 PM, 6-10 PM Bingo Bingo Tent

Daily Meijer Children’s Barn Yard Kids young and old will love checking out the cute animals. By Entrance

Daily Exhibitor Show & Tell Tent By Children’s Barnyard

Daily Draft Horse & Tractor Shuttles Parking Lots

Friday August 1

10 AM Dog Showmanship, Obedience & Rally Klackle Orchards, 11466 W. Carson City Rd, Greenville MI.

Saturday August 1

10 AM-3 PM Still Exhibit Judging Free Entertainment Tent

Sunday August 3

2:30 PM Explorer Recognition (Special thanks to the 4H Council)Free Entertainment Tent

4:30 PM-6:30 PM Pork DinnerEvent Tent

6:30 PM Opening Ceremony and Royal Court CoronationFree Entertainment Tent

7 PM Goat Team Fitting Reath Barn

Monday August 4 – Heros’ Day

All Day Heroes’ park free! Active military, Veterans, Fire, Police and EMT’s show your ID at the gate for free parking

TodayMichigan Association of Veterinary Medicine – Science, Animals, Medicine and YOU!Children’s Barnyard

9 AM Horse Judging: Fitting & Showing Horse Arena

9 AM-1 PM Off Road Vehicle Safety Class – Presented by: Kent County Sheriff Dept.; The class is free, but please register at www.kcfg.org, Seating is limited. King Building

9:30 AM Goat Judging: Showmanship Breed and Market Classes Costume Contest follows Reath Barn

Noon-2 PM Youth Talent Contest Registration,  Free Entertainment Tent

1-4 PM Michigan Blood Center Blood Drive – Get on the bus! Please call 1-866-MIBLOOD to make an appointment or stop in at the bus! South Entrance

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1 PM Cavy Breed & Showmanship Rabbit Tent

2 PM Horse Judging: Grand & Reserve Showmanship Horse Arena

3 PM Horse Explorers: Explorer Fitting & Showing Horse Arena

3:30 PM Horse Explorers: Explorer 7 & 8 Year Old Riding Pattern Horse Arena

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Horse Judging: Horseless Showmanship Horse Arena

5 PM Antique tractor pull weigh in Track

5 PM-Close Carnival Rides Open Midway/Carnival

5 PM Rabbit Breed Judging Rabbit Tent

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

5 PM Rabbit Breed Judging Rabbit Tent

6 PM Swine Showmanship Reath Barn

6 PM Horse Judging: Senior/Horsemasters Presentations Horse Arena

6:30 PM Youth Fashion Show Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Antique tractor pull: Open event Track

7 PM Youth Talent Contest – Contest open to kids 19 or under on January 1st, 2014. Cash prizes. Note you must sign up between noon and 2 pm to take part in the contest. Free Entertainment Tent

7:30 PM Horse Judging: Contesting: Down & Back; Poles Horse Arena

Tuesday August 5 – Reading for Rides Day 

Today Michigan Association of Veterinary Medicine – Science, Animals, Medicine and YOU! Children’s Barnyard

8 AM Horse Judging: Jumping Horse Arena

9 AM Poultry Judging Poultry Barn

9 AM Swine Judging: Market Class Explorer Showmanship Following Reath Barn

9 AM-2 PM Boating Safety Class- Presented by: Kent County Sheriff Department; The class is free, but please register at www.kcfg.org, Seating is limited. King Building

10 AM-11 AM Grand Parents Coffee and Donuts Community Tent

Noon Horse Judging: Hunter Hack Horse Arena

Noon-4 PM Reading for Rides – Go to www.kcyf.org to print your registration form. Midway/Carnival

12:30 PM Performing Arts Vocal & Instrumental: Registration Free Entertainment Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM Performing Arts Vocal & Instrumental Judging Free Entertainment Tent

Noon-4 PM Free Blood Pressure Check Event Tent

1:30 PM Horse Judging: Hunt Seat Ground Poles Horse Arena

2 PM Cattle Fitting Clinic, Team Fitting Contest Beef Arena

2 PM-3 PM Grand Parents Coffee and Donuts Community Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides Open: Wristband Ride Special $18.00. $3.00 off Carnival coupon available at many locations in Kent County or visit http://kcyf.org to print coupon; Carnival coupon is good for Tuesday ONLY. Midway/Carnival

3:30 PM Horse Judging: Hunter Hack Horse Arena

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Dog Agility Registration Football Field

4 PM Goat Trail Class Reath Barn

4 PM Horse Judging: Bareback Horse Arena

4:30 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Construction King Building

4:30 PM Dog Agility Judging Football Field

5 PM Rabbit Judging: Showmanship Rabbit Tent

5:30 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Parade Midway to Horse Barns/Arena

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

6 PM Team Tractor Pull 4-person teams will pull a tractor and race against the clock. In front of the Free Entertainment Tent

6 PM Horse Judging: Saddle Seat Pattern Horse Arena

6 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Jumping Practice Arena

7 PM Horse Judging: Pleasure: Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, Western Horse Arena

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Draft Horse DemonstrationTrack

7 PM Club KCYF with the Mid-west Dueling Pianos Free Entertainment Tent

 

Wednesday August 6 – Community Day 

Today Local non-profits join us at fair from 3 PM to 7 PM

8 AM Beef Steer Market Classes Beef Arena

8 AM Horse Judging: Hunt Seat & Dressage Seat Equitation Horse Arena

8:30 AM-10 AM Performing Arts: Storytelling, Puppetry & Theater Judging Free Entertainment Tent

9 AM Goat Milking Contest Goat Barn

9 AM Dairy Market Judging: Showmanship, Market, Explorer Reath Barn

10:30 AM-12 Noon Performing Arts: Dance and other evaluations Free Entertainment Tent

11 AM Horse Judging: Hunt Seat, Western & Saddle Seat Riding Patterns Horse Arena

12:30 PM-2 PM Performing Arts: Clown Judging Free Entertainment Tent

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1 PM Feeder Beef Judging & Beef Breed Heifer Show (time approx. following lunch break) Beef Arena

2 PM Rabbit & Cavy Individual Quiz Bowl and Breed Identification Rabbit Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

3 PM-7 PM Visit local kid oriented non-profits Main Street

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Horse Judging: Saddle Seat Pattern & Equitation Horse Arena

4 PM Sheep Judging: Market, Showmanship & Breed Reath Barn

5 PM Dodge ball Tournament! Teams of 5 will work their way to the top! Get more rules and entry form at http://kcyf.org Football Field

5 PM Alpaca Obstacle Course Football Field

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

6 PM Rabbit & Cavy Costume Class & Adult Showmanship Rabbit Tent

6:30 PM Horse Explorers: Explorer Stick Horse Keyhole Event Practice Arena

7 PM The Brian Randall Band – come on down for some great rocking country music. Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Horse Judging: Contesting: Speed & Action; Keyhole Horse Arena

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Draft Horse Pull (Using Barnyard Rules) Track

 

Thursday August 7 – Agriculture Day 

8 AM Horse Judging: Dressage Tests Horse Arena

8 AM Beef Showmanship Beef Arena

9 AM -11 AM Goat Quiz Bowl Free Entertainment Tent

10 AM Rabbit & Cavy Explorer Rabbit Tent

Noon Horse Judging: Equitation: Dressage Seat; Western; Gymkhana Horse Arena

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM-3 PM Youth Variety Show Free Entertainment Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

2 PM Livestock Sale: Small Animals followed by the Sale of Champions Reath Barn

3:30 PM Livestock Sale Sale Order: Swine, Sheep, Feeder Calf, Gallon of Milk, Beef followed by the Sale of Champions, Buyers dinner  Reath Barn

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Horse Judging: Reining Horse Arena

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

6:30 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Reining Event Practice Arena

7 PM-9:45 PM West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association Presents Steam Powered Blue Grass & The Patchwork Band Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Horse Judging: Reining Horse Arena

7 PM Extrication Demonstration: Presented by: Lowell Fire Dept. Next to Foreman Building

7 PM Horse Judging: Contesting: Flag; Cloverleaf Horse Arena

 

Friday August 8 – Handi-Capable Day

Today Flush Tank Check the schedule on Main Street to see who will be getting dunked.

8 AM Horse Judging: Trail Horse Arena

10 AM Dairy Showmanship Classes Dairy Type Classes immediately following Reath Barn

11 AM Rabbit Agility & Cavy Obstacle Course Rabbit Tent

11:30 AM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Trail Event Horse Arena

11 AM-2 PM Handi Capable Day – Carnival Rides & Luncheon for Special Needs Individuals. Lunch is from 11 AM to 1 PM, rides are from Noon to 2 PM. Attending is free but please register at www.kcyf.org so we can get a head count for lunch. King Building & Carnival

1-5 PM Bingo, Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1 PM Horse Judging: Grand & Reserve Equitation Horse Arena

2 PM Goat Parent “Fun bowl” Class Rabbit Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

2 PM-4 PM Teen Leadership Judging Event Tent

2:30 PM Tractor Driving Judging Track

3 PM Alpaca Showmanship (including Explorers) Reath Barn

3 PM Horse Judging: Versatility Horse Arena

4 PMAudacious Hoops South Entrance

6-10 PM Bingo,  Bingo Tent

6 PM Horse Explorer Stick Horse Team Games Horse Arena

6 PM Cow Pie Bingo Ticket Sales Beef Barn

6:30 PM-10:30 PM Country Karaoke With Diva Productions Free Entertainment Tent

6:30 PM Horse Judging: Team Performance Games Horse Arena

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Extrication Demonstration Presented by: Lowell Fire Dept. Next to Foreman Building

7 PM Cow Pie Bingo, Silent Auction Beef Arena

8 PM-11 PM Family Line Dance with Lia’s Line Dancing & Dance MovesReath Barn

 

Saturday August 9 – Meijer Kids Day & Dollar Day

All Day Scavenger Hunt Get your official scavenger hunt page at guest services or print it here. Everyone who completes the hunt will be put into a drawing to win one of several bicycles. Sponsored by “Fry Guy”! All Over

9 AM-Noon $1 parking with 3 or more non-perishable food items from 9 AM to Noon, they will be donated to the food pantry at F.R.O.M.

Noon-6 PMLook for $1 food specials through out the fairgrounds. Food vendors will have $1 specials, carnival rides just $1 each from noon to 6 PM !

8:30 AM Showmanship Sweepstakes Reath Barn

9 AM Horse Award Ceremony Free Entertainment Tent

9 AM Sidewalk Chalk Artist Richard Francisco, creates a masterpiece

Noon Sidewalk Chalk FunShow off your creative abilities and get some help from Richard Francisco! Next to the Foreman Building

Noon-6 PM Carnival Rides:$1 per ride from Noon to 6 PM! Special Food & Game Discounts Midway/Carnival

Noon-4 PM Disc Golf Fun! Football Field

Noon-11 PM Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

1-5 PM Balloon Animals and creations, by the Balloon Guys Picnic Area

1-5 PM Bingo,  Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

2 PM Ice Cream Social – Free, While supplies last Midway

2 PM Project Animal Expo Learn about showing livestock at the Fair! Exhibitors from each livestock area will explain how they care for and show their animals Horse Arena

2 PM Alpaca Costume Classes Reath Barn

2:30 PM Field Day Mixer & Photo Booth Have fun and celebrate with team games! All kids are welcome to join the 3-Legged Race, Blind-Folded Wheel Barrow Race, Relay Obstacle Course Race and Tug of War! Horse Arena

3 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

3 PM Princess Tea Party King Building

3 PM Puff the Dragon Pedal Pull: Youth Classes Midway

5 PM-8 PM Release of horses Horse Arena

5 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

5 PM Dodge ball! *** NOTE: THE DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT HAS MOVED TO WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6TH AT 5 PM ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD *** Get more rules and entry form http://kcyf.org

6-10 PM Bingo  Bingo Tent

7 PM Off the Radar You will be amazed at this Cover/Christian Rock band made up of very talented young people. Opening for Off the Radar will be Maya Eaton with her original and cover songs and The Preservers with their classic rock covers and original tunes. Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

9 PM Release of breeding stock

9 PM Release of still exhibits

10 PM Release of market animals

11 PM Kent County Youth Fair Closes for 2014 Release of all other Exhibits

 

 

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Ten common fishing terms explained 

 

Catch and Release – A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over its limit.

 

Hook – (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his life savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman’s wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

 

Line – Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

 

Lure – An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

 

Reel – A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

 

Rod – An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

 

School – A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

 

Tackle – What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

 

Tackle Box – A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.

 

Test – (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming “that darn line” for once again losing the fish.

 

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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.

 

Cedar Springs Youth Football

July 31, Aug. 2: Cedar Springs Youth Football, Thursday, July 31 from 6 – 8 pm at Skinner Field and Saturday, August 2nd are the final days of Football Sign-ups. During day camp, stop on in and get your child signed up for Rocket/ Middle school football. We will be there from 10 am – 2 pm. Prep Sports will be on site from 12 – 2 pm. You can also sign up at Take Two Game shop. #31

 

Family Fun Day at Metron

Aug. 1: Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffrey St., is having their Family Fun Day this Friday, August 1, from 4 – 6 pm. There will be food, games, entertainment and drawings. You are welcome to come and visit with us. Hope to see you Friday. #31

 

Solon Market is Going to the Dogs

Aug. 2: Solon Market is hosting its second annual Dog Daze of Summer Pet Expo featuring Trooper Cardeanas and his canine team (demo at 10 am), their Popular Pet Show for children and their pets, Humane Society of West Michigan, C-Snip and many other related businesses. It all happens this Saturday, August 2 beginning at 10 am. Please pre-register with Vicky at 616-696-4227 for the Popular Pet Show. Free entry – no door fee – voting will be by popular vote and through donations to the Humane Society. Prizes for each entry! Come support this worthy cause! Free picture with your pet via Solon Market’s Facebook page. Meet and greet some of our area rescue dogs and hear their stories. Pet Expo runs from 10 am to 1 pm. Market hours are from 8 am to 1 pm. 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs. #31

 

VBS at The Springs Church

Aug. 3-7: “Weird Animals”  – God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School kids ages 4 years to 6th grade will enter an epic adventure that will empower them to stand strong. Pre-registration is encouraged by downloading a registration form at www.thespringschurch.info and dropping it off at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. Also, be sure to check us out on Sundays this summer at 10:30 am. For more info please contact the church office at 616-696-2970.  #30,31p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 4: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, August 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, 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. #31p

VBS at St. John Paul II

Aug. 4-6: Come join us for a three day tour of SonTreasure Island, where kids discover God’s love! Monday – Wednesday morning, August 4 – 6 from 9 am to 12:15 pm. All children, pre-school through fifth grade are welcome! St. John Paul II Church, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs. Registration forms are online at jp2cedarsprings.org or call the parish office at 616-696-3904.  #31

Help Promote Literacy

Aug. 5: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday, August 5 for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is locat4ed at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #31

Fun at Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL

Aug. 5&9: “Out of This World Party”: Join us for galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun! For all ages. Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30 am. “Pet Show”: Is your pet a star? Every critter’s a winner in this unique show designed to put the spotlight on your furry, scaly or feathered friend. All acts must pre-register. Visit the library for more details. For all ages. Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 pm. “Touch a Truck” Are you wild about trucks? Get up close! Some of our municipal vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, front loaders and more will be stopping at the library, along with the pros who operate them. Decorate your own hard hat and other crafts. For all ages. Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch. 88 Eighth St. Sand Lake. 616-636-4251.#31

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

Aug. 6: “Nature Art/Crafts: Calling all children artist and children nature lovers. Nature has inspired many famous artists – is your child next? Spend the dat creating art pieces and crafts, finding great  art in the outdoors. Creating ‘works of art’ that reflect what each child has seen, with paint, leaves and more! We will be creating a peronal nature panorama per child. Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #31

 

Cedar Springs Community Player’s Summer Production

Aug. 7-9: On August 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Kent Theatre; all performances will be at 7:30 pm. “Seek Immediate Medical Attention” was written and directed my local playwright, David Schmuker. The play is a comedy, set in a medical office with the action revolving around a lovesick receptionist and a doctor who suffers from migraines. Add to the mix a sexy physician’s assistant and a set of wacky patients, and you have a prescription for zany antics and belly laughs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and younger. Tickets available at the box office before each performance: $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please call David at 616-551-7143 or go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #30,31p

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Aug. 7 & 21: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, August 7 and August 21. No charge – No registration required. Served from 6-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 11 Mile Rd. NE in Rockford. #31

West Michigan Snowmobile Museum Motorsport Swap

Aug. 9: The West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library will host a monthly Motorsport Swap on the 2nd Saturday of every month until Fall. All motorcycles, go karts, snowmobiles, mini bikes etc. are welcomed. Starts at 9 am to 4 pm. $10 to swap. Coffee, drinks and some food provided for a donation. 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs. Museum is located west of Meijer on 17 Mile Rd. For more info contact Ron Knapp 616-636-7232. #31p

 

3rd Annual Community Celebration Day

Aug. 9: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce would like you to come to downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday, August 9 from 10 am to 5 pm for their 3rd Annual Community Celebration Day – Business Sidewalk Sale Expo. Join us for some great deals, food, activities and entertainment. All of Main Street from Muskegon St. to Maple St. For more information call 855-6CSACOC (627-2262). #31,32p

 

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 12: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. August 12 from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. August 14 from 6-9pm, and Sat. August 16 from 8 am-4:30 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #31,32p

 

Rummage Sale at CS UMC

Aug. 13-14: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women are having a rummage sale in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, August 13th, and 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday, August 14th. #31,32p

 

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet

Sept. 7: All Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2014 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 7, 2014. The cost is $13 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner served at 1 pm. Reservations must be made prior to August 30 by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Maureen Jaquays, 13952 Coral Rd., Coral, MI 49322, phone 231-354-6506. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2938. Come join the fun and you may be a lucky winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the work to out-of-town classmates. #31

 

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Boogie and Ragtime piano sensation at Heritage Festival

 

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Attorney turned Boogie, Blues, & Ragtime musician, Matthew Ball aka The Boogie Woogie Kid, will heat up the piano keys at The Montcalm Community College Barn Theater next Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m., with an all-American program of family piano favorites, from the swing era, for a finale celebration of the Heritage Festival!

With over 2.7 million YouTube views of his past performance and at home video footage, Ball has truly become a phenomenon, with descriptions of his performances like “Awesome!” “Crushing!” Fantastic!”

You won’t want to miss this special toe-tappin’ program of family piano fun featuring classics like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Entertainer, In the Mood, Bumble Boogie and so many more!

The Barn Theater is located at 2800 College Drive
Sidney MI 48885.
Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be a two-hour show, including intermission.

For more information, contact Karen Maxfield at 989-328-2111, Ext. 334, or by e-mail at Karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu.

Check out Matthew Ball’s website at www.boogiewoogiekid.com.

 

 

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New events at Montcalm Heritage Festival

A bake sale and historic displays will be featured in the Sidney General Store during Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31 through Aug. 2, on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

A bake sale and historic displays will be featured in the Sidney General Store during Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31 through Aug. 2, on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

SIDNEY – A glider demonstration by Brent Wickerham, of Greenville, is new to this year’s 28th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31-Aug. 2 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Wickerham is an experienced hang-glider who is able to launch from flat ground. If the weather is conducive, he will launch Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. in the north field. If the weather and/or wind speed is not suitable for launch, he will wear his outfit and talk about hang-gliding.

Also new this year, the American Mountain Men will have a camp all three days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the south field. They will demonstrate fire starting with flint and steel as well as how to fire off a muzzle-loading flintlock musket. They will also provide other demonstrations by request with other various items utilized between 1820 and 1840.

Other new features include a cake walk and a watermelon toss. The cake walk will be all three days at 12:30 p.m. at the gazebo. The watermelon toss will be Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. in Heritage Village.

Several events run all three days including historical displays in Heritage Village buildings, a tool and machinery show in the blacksmith shop, display of a 1937 Chevrolet-General Pumper fire truck, Civil War encampment, craft demonstrations, music, printing demonstrations, ice cream parlor and dairy equipment display, used book sale and antique small engine displays.

Ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball, known as “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” comes to MCC’s Barn Theater for one performance on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. (See story this page.)

On Aug. 2, the MCC Foundation will host its pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. in MCC’s Activities Building. Proceeds from the breakfast support MCC scholarships. The cost is $5 per person in advance or $6 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling (989) 328-1284 or by emailing terrys@montcalm.edu.

Vintage Base Ball will return to Montcalm Heritage Festival on Aug. 2 on MCC’s south lawn. Following rules and customs from the 1860s, all cranks, or fans, are invited to watch as three club nines, or teams, try to score enough aces, or runs, to win the game. MCC’s Sidney Stars, Kent Base Ball Club and Fallasburg Flats will play. Games start at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Other special events on Aug. 2 include children’s activities, live music, tractor/wagon rides, a Historic schoolhouse reenactment and festival games.

Montcalm Heritage Village was established in 1986 on MCC’s campus and has grown to include 28 buildings and hundreds of artifacts from local areas depicting life in Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 31 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 1-2. The opening ceremony is July 31 at 10 a.m. at the gazebo.

Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for a complete schedule of events or for more information about Montcalm Heritage Village.

 

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Dog daze at Solon market

 

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The “Dog Daze of August” at Solon Market will be here before you know it! Children are welcome to bring a pet to the popular pet show on Saturday, August 2, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at 15185 Algoma Ave. Pre-register for the show with Vicky at 696-4227, or via their Solon Market Facebook page. They are limited to the first 20 entries. The entry can be any pet they choose (not necessarily a dog).

Every child who enters will receive a prize. It is also a benefit for the Kent County Humane Society and other animal rescue shelters. Two grand prizes will be awarded—one for popular vote, and the most money collected for the Humane Society.

 

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 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

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SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

 

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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.

 

Electronic Recycling in Greenville

Electronics recycling is available on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. A Comrenew trailer is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot. Visit www.comprenew.org/items for a list of recyclable items. Light bulbs and large appliances are not accepted. #30

 

Fun at Spencer Township KDL

July 22-31: “Rockets are a Blast!” Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, 616-984-5680. For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, July 22 at 4 pm. “Out of This World Party” – Join us for galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun! For all ages. July 29 at 4 pm. “DIY Tie-Dye for Teens” – Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Thursday, July 31 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #30

 

Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

July 28,29: “Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware” – Create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials. For teens, grades 6-12. Monday, July 28 at 1:30 pm. “The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd” -  Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstrations on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For all ages. July 29 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #30

 

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

July 30: “Trees & Plants”: Discover what it takes to make an organic garden. What can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants tat are edible and part of the animals buffet dinner daily/nightly. Children will make their own garden pots and take home to watch their plants grow with instructions from one our Naturalist. Children will also learn to identify poisonous plants. (Children will not be permitted to eat outdoor plants). Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #30

 

CS Public Library Celebration Carnival

July 30: The Celebration Carnival will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 2 to 4 pm at Morley Park in Cedar Springs. Games, snacks, prizes, fun inflatables, water slide, Double K Petting Zoo, activities and books with author Amanda Litz & illustrator Christy Beckwith. #30

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 30: All ‘round town the Town Crier spreads the news: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All ye citizens age 60 or more! Wednesday the 30th of July, Pine Grove Senior Cafe presents its famous Blue Plate Special. Chicken on the bone, corn and mashed taters with dessert to follow. All citizens and guests are requested at noon to take their seats in the location to be found on the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #30

 

Used Book Sale

July 31-Aug. 2: A book sale featuring a large selection on gently used books (no manuals, magazines or old encyclopedias), is July 31 – August 2 during Heritage Festival on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on July 31 and 9 am to 5 pm for August 1 and 2. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about Montcalm Heritage Festival. #30

 

A Walk Through the Garden

Aug. 2: Members of the Greenville Garden Club invite you to a garden tour. Saturday, August 2, 10 am to 2 pm. Free – Rain or Shine! There are 5 different garden locations for your enjoyment; A Fairy and Herb garden and container garden, peaceful water gardens, new shade garden (this is a garden in progress), city garden, and vintage garden. Chat with the knowledgable gardeners, share and collect information, enjoy nature’s beauty. Come see how it’s done…be inspired. Start the tour at the Sassafras Herb Garden, 11880 Sandy Bottom Rd., Greenville or Bunnies and Boutiques, 3524 Derby Rd., Sidney to pick up a map and register to win a beautiful door prize. For more info call 616-754-9759. #30

 

VBS at The Springs Church

Aug. 3-7: “Weird Animals”  – God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School kids ages 4 years to 6th grade will enter an epic adventure that will empower them to stand strong. Pre-registration is encouraged by downloading a registration form at www.thespringschurch.info and dropping it off at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. Also, be sure to check us out on Sundays this summer at 10:30 am. For more info please contact the church office at 616-696-2970.  #30,31p

 

Cedar Springs Community Player’s Summer Production

Aug. 7-9: On August 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Kent Theatre; all performances will be at 7:30 pm. “Seek Immediate Medical Attention” was written and directed by local playwright, David Schmuker. The play is a comedy, set in a medical office with the action revolving around a lovesick receptionist and a doctor who suffers from migraines. Add to the mix a sexy physician’s assistant and a set of wacky patients, and you have a prescription for zany antics and belly laughs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and younger. Tickets available at the box office before each performance: $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please call David at 616-551-7143 or go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #30,31p

 

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Christmas in July? You betcha!

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Want to cool off on a hot summer day? Think snow. Think sleigh bells and mistletoe. Think Christmas.

Solon Market is hosting its third annual Christmas event this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 15185 Algoma Ave. There will be cookies to decorate, pictures with Santa shared via Facebook, games and activities. Santa will arrive at 10:00 a.m. but activities begin when Market opens at 8:00 a.m. Browse the Market while the kids are occupied.  Get an early start on your Christmas shopping or pick up flowers for the garden.

Solon Market is a nonprofit entity catering to the community.  We are located at 15185 Algoma Ave. in Cedar Springs. Call us at 616-696-4227 or 616-696-1718.  Like us on Facebook for updates.

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Cedar Springs Author/Publisher Partners with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to Host Event Featuring Other Local Authors

Amanda Litz is the owner of Traveler’s Trunk Publishing and also the author of various children’s fiction – including chapter/early reader books and a picture book. Her latest book is The Traveler’s Trunk: Medieval Quest.

Amanda Litz is the owner of Traveler’s Trunk Publishing and also the author of various children’s fiction – including chapter/early reader books and a picture book. Her latest book is The Traveler’s Trunk: Medieval Quest.

Cedar Springs, MI – This Thursday, July 17th, local author Amanda Litz is slated to host an event at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum called  AuthorPalooza! — a family–friendly event where kids will receive free books and get the chance to meet other local authors.

Litz created this year’s event – hopefully the first of many – because she wanted to create a unique and personal interactive experience where kids can meet local authors and get free copies of their work – enriching their overall experience with books.

“Traveler’s Trunk Publishing is dedicated to promoting literacy in children, and is excited to find new opportunities that not only help kids discover new books, but also help fuel their desire to read more,” said Litz.

AuthorPalooza! runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and coincides with “Family Night” at the Grand Rapids Children’s Muse m – where admission is only $1.50 per person, ages 1 year and above starting at 5:00 pm.

The other authors/illustrators participating in this year’s event includes:

• Christy Beckwith – illustrator of multiple books including The Great Gumshoe: The Case of the Missing Bear and The Traveler’s Trunk: Medieval Quest.

• Katie Seifert – author of four picture books. Her most recent title is Littleleaf Linden.

• Laura Becklar – author of an interactive, rhyming picture book called, Bumblebee Bumblebee.

• Dave Stricklen – author of the YA fantasy series, Blackwater Pond. His newest book is Through the Eyes of the Beast.

• Sharon Willett – author of a middle–grade trilogy including, Country and the Rock and Country Captured.

• Anneke Huisman – author and illustrator of two picture books. Her lasts release is Wet Giraffe.

• Wendy Nystrom – author of the James and Syvok Adventure series, which is set to release its’ fourth book, Amongst the Clouds, in July.

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