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Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.


Holiday Market

Nov. 26: The Tri County Music Boosters is hosting a Holiday Market on Saturday, November 26th at Tri County High School, 21338 Kendaville Rd., Howard City, from 10 am to 4 pm. Over 30 of your favorite vendors will be on hand offering specials for the holiday season on their unique items! Why fight the crowds in the malls when everything you could want can be found right here! Admission is only $2.00 and includes a raffle ticket of over two dozen fantastic door prizes. #47p

Sand Lake Tree Lighting & Carols

Nov. 27: There will be a Tree Lighting and carols in Sand Lake at Salisbury Park on Sunday, November 27th at 5:30 pm. Meet at the tree on the southeast corner of the park. Special music from Resurrection Lutheran Church Preschoolers. #46,47p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Nov. 27: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, November 27th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message and music will be shared by the group Riding for the Brand. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #47

Indoor Live Nativity

Dec. 2,3: Sand Lake United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is transformed into the city of Bethlehem for an indoor live Nativity on Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 3rd from 1 to 3 pm. See the baby in the manger and listen to the angels sing. Our free gift to you this Christmas. #46,47p

Annual Cookie Walk

Dec. 3: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 3rd at 310 E. Division in Rockford from 9 am until the cookies are gone. The cookies are sold by the pound and you pick the combination. This is the perfect time to pick up cookies for the holidays. Proceeds help our Mission Projects throughout the year. #47,48p

Vendor and Craft Show

Dec. 3,4: The Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Drive, is hosting a Craft and Vendor Show on December 2nd from 5 to 9 pm and December 3rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase. #47,48p

Holiday Marketplace

Dec. 3: Get a good start on your Holiday Shopping at the Greenville Area Senior Citizen Center, 715 S. Baldwin, Greenville, during their Holiday Marketplace event, taking place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm. Choose from a nice selection of quilts, crafts, dolls, holiday décor, gift items and baked goods, along with unique gift options from outside vendors. Entrance and free parking is in rear of building. Holiday Marketplace is part of a citywide holiday celebration. #47

Chalk Artist and Ventriloquist

Dec. 4: Chalk for Christ artist and ventriloquist, Rod Snow will present an entertainment show the whole family can enjoy, Sunday, December 4th at 4 pm in the sanctuary of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Please join us for an afternoon of fun! There is no charge for this event. #47,48p

Help Promote Literacy

Dec. 5,16,20,28: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Monday, December 5th at 10 am, Friday, December 16th at 2 pm, Tuesday, December 20th at 6 pm and Wednesday, December 28th at 10 am. 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 Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #47

HCNC Holiday Party

Dec. 9: The Howard Christensen Nature Center staff, board and volunteers would like to invite you (everyone) to our annual holiday party at the Center! Unlike the previous years potluck style dinner, this one will have a light faire provided with samplings of cider, wine, juice and pop! No need to bring anything, however HCNC always appreciates holiday donations. Mingle with those who make this place happen and get to know us a little more! FREE to all, but donations are appreciated. The center is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158, www.HowardChristensen.org. #47

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the Kent Theatre

 

Honor your special angel

By Terri Riggle

On Thursday, Dec. 8, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will open on the Kent Theatre stage. The play was adapted by Joe Landry and is essentially the same as the 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra. The play is staged as a radio production that takes place in the late 1940’s on a snowy Christmas Eve.

According to Wikipedia, the movie is “one of the most acclaimed films ever made, praised particularly for its writing. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made,  placing number 11 on its initial 1998 greatest movie list, and number one on AFI’s list of the most inspirational American films of all time.”

The play highlights the story of George Bailey, a small-town businessman, who in a panic one Christmas Eve, decides that he would be worth more dead than alive. But thanks to the interference of his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody AS2, he is saved and shown how much of a difference he truly made in the world of Bedford Falls. At one point in the play, Clarence points out that “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” which was what Clarence was eagerly hoping to earn by helping George.

The Players would like to offer our theater-going audience the opportunity to honor the people who have been an angel in their lives. Got someone in your life who has made a difference? Was it a teacher, a parent, a friend?  For $5, the Players will make a bell listing the name of your “angel.” It will then be added to a Christmas tree, which will be on display at the Kent Theatre. At the end of each performance, our actors will ring bells, honoring all of the special angels whose names adorn the tree.

The bells are available by sending $5 to The Cedar Springs Community Players, ATTN: Bell; PO Box 207; Cedar Springs, MI 49319. You can also purchase one before each performance in the Kent Theatre lobby. Please clearly print your name and the name of your angel and mail it, along with $5, to the Players.

Performances of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, written by Joe Landry, will be Dec. 8, 9, and 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre. Tickets are available at the CS Public Library for $10 for adults 18 and older and $8 for students 17 and under. Tickets may also be purchased before each performance at the box office for $12 for adults 18 and over and $8 for students, 17 and under.

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Amash to host Academy Night

 

 

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI.) announced Academy Night for Third District high school students interested in learning more about the U.S. service academies. Academy Night is scheduled for Monday, November 21, 2016, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, from 7-9 p.m.

Officials from the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy will provide information about the academies and the application process. Representatives from the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters also will be available to answer questions.

Admission to the academies, except for the Coast Guard Academy, requires a nomination from the vice president, a U.S. senator, or a U.S. representative. Students typically begin the admissions process in the spring of their junior year of high school.

More information about the academy nomination process can be found at amash.house.gov.

 

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The pain of matrimony

 

At Sunday School, they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny, a child in the Kindergarten class, seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Later in the week, his mother noticed him lying down clutching his side.

“Johnny, what is the matter?” she asked.

Little Johnny groaned and responded, “I have a pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife!”

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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.


16th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 19: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church is hosting its 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 19th from 9 am to 3 pm. 35+ crafters, Grandma’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the Pound. Lunch served from 11 am to 2 pm. The Bazaar is free! Come enjoy! The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Rd, Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile Rd.) For more information call Dawna 616-866-0648. #45,46p

Silent & Live Auction

Nov. 19: Silent & Live Auction for Pine Ridge Bible Camp, Saturday, November 19th.  Come experience the Gift of Love, at Cedar Springs High School. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Auction begins at 6:30 pm.  We will have gourmet appetizers and desserts. This is an adult only event, no child care will be provided.  We currently have donations from Disney Theme Parks, Trek Bikes, The Shack, Guided Pheasant Hunt, Event Tickets, Homemade Items, Gift Baskets & much more. #46p

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 21: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Meatloaf dinner on Monday,  November 21st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, baked beans, 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.  #46

Michigan Blood Drive

Nov. 22: Michigan Blood Drive on November 22nd at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. The Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be furnishing homemade cookies as a special Thank You. Help make this a special way to pay it forward during the Thanksgiving week. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #46

Sand Lake Tree Lighting & Carols

Nov. 27: There will be a Tree Lighting and carols in Sand Lake at Salisbury Park on Sunday, November 27th at 5:30 pm. Meet at the tree on the southeast corner of the park. Special music from Resurrection Lutheran Church Preschoolers. #46,47p

Indoor Live Nativity

Dec. 2,3: Sand Lake United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is transformed into the city of Bethlehem for an indoor live Nativity on Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 3rd from 1 to 3 pm. See the baby in the manger and listen to the angels sing. Our free gift to you this Christmas. #46,47p

Holiday Home Tour

Dec. 3: The Friends of the Timothy C. Houenstein Reynolds Township Library will host a Holiday Home Tour on December 3rd from 1 to 5 pm. Advanced tickets are $10 and $12 the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Library in Howard City. #46

16th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 19: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church is hosting its 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 19th from 9 am to 3 pm. 35+ crafters, Grandma’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the Pound. Lunch served from 11 am to 2 pm. The Bazaar is free! Come enjoy! The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Rd, Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile Rd.) For more information call Dawna 616-866-0648. #45,46p

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Game show comes to Grand Rapids

Pastor Steve Lindeman, Cedar Springs UMC (left) and Pastor Ken Bremer, Rockford UMC (right), were both part of the game show fundraiser for North Kent Community Services last week. Contestants Lydia Syrba and Dave Jensen with game show host Dean Lichtenwalner.

Pastor Steve Lindeman, Cedar Springs UMC (left) and Pastor Ken Bremer, Rockford UMC (right), were both part of the game show fundraiser for North Kent Community Services last week.
Contestants Lydia Syrba and Dave Jensen with game show host Dean Lichtenwalner.

North Kent Pastors Square Off for food pantry fundraiser

Local pastors entertained community members and leaders to net more than $70,000 (after expenses) for North Kent Community Services Wednesday night, November 2, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The third annual fundraising event featured church leaders from Rockford, Sparta, and Cedar Springs stacked in a giant “Tic Tac Toe” square on stage (similar to the old TV show Hollywood Squares) before 550 guests and dozens of sponsors. Proceeds from this lively and hilarious competition benefit the programming and services of North Kent Community Services (NKCS).

“We are so grateful to our local pastors for their willingness to have fun and raise money for people in need in northern Kent County,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director at NKCS. “Each year, our generous community and sponsors step up to ensure NKCS is able to provide resources and lead people to self-sufficiency. We are truly blessed.”

Contestants Lydia Syrba and Dave Jensen with game show host Dean Lichtenwalner.

Contestants Lydia Syrba and Dave Jensen with game show host Dean Lichtenwalner.

The guests were treated to another version of the classic song, “American Pie”—with accompanying slideshow—by the singing duo Pastors Darrin Compagner (Blythefield Christian Reformed Church) and Jon Huizenga (River Rock Church). A new video highlighted how NKCS impacts our local community. Kimberly, one of the participants of the Thrive Empowerment Program, spoke about her journey of transformation because of Thrive.

The game show included guests as contestants trying to win prizes based on the pastors’ correct or incorrect responses. The 11 pastors bantered and bluffed their way throughout the evening, providing comical commentary to the amusement of all the guests. The celebrity square pastors were:

Jeff “Spanky” Amlotte of Mamrelund Lutheran; Paul Bradford, Rockford Reformed; Ken Bremer, Rockford United Methodist; Jeff DeRyke, Bridgeway Community; Fr. Darrel Kempf, Our Lady of Consolation; Steve Lindeman, Cedar Springs United Methodist; Mark Pietscher, Bella Vista; Justin Rowland, Rockford Baptist; Bryan Schneider-Thomas, Peace Lutheran; Laurie TenHave-Chapman, First Congregational Church; Nate Wagner, Sparta Baptist Church.

For pictures of North Kent Pastors Square Off and more information about North Kent Community Services, please visit www.nkcs.org.

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A Cautionary Tale at the Kent Theatre

Pictured left to right is Lucinda Zamani, Aaron Stites and Aaron Zachow, all actors in A Cautionary Tale.

Pictured left to right is Lucinda Zamani, Aaron Stites and Aaron Zachow, all actors in A Cautionary Tale.

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present A Cautionary Tale (Once upon a time re-visited) at the Kent Theatre on November 18 and 19.

The play takes an adult look at fairytales from their Jungian perspectives.

Showtimes are Friday Nov 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. For more information call (616) 874-5264.

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Church bulletin bloopers

 

Announcements found in church bulletins:

*Several members who have been in the hospital are not on their way to recovery, for which we are thankful.

*The Jack and Kill Daycare is looking for someone to help part time on Saturdays.

*We’ll kick off the Christmas season this morning with our first hymn, “The First Nowell.”

*Our Wednesday Night Family Cafeteria meal will feature a variety of Chinese dishes including One Ton Soup.

*Events: December 9th, Christmas Caroling at the Parkview Nursing Home 7:00 p.m., December 10th, Breakfast with Satan 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

*The Youth Group had a scavenger hunt, did face painting, and played a game called, “Find the gun.” They had a great time.

*The Pastor’s Corner: A Personal Massage from Jesus

*Due to Construction on the North side of the parking lot, we will soon be changing entrances. Please exit the new driveway, which is the one in between the old entrance and the old exit. Please exit from the new exit, which is the old entrance.

*Our Senior’s group is sponsoring a dance December 12. You can Dance the Night Away from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. for only $5 per person.

*What are you doing for Lunch Tuesday? Local Funeral Director Barry Gilbert will talk about the benefits of cremation.

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CSHS & H Productions Present: 110 Stories 

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From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there.

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

November 9, 10, 11 and 12 Curtain at 7:00pm

Tickets available at the door or https://hprodcshs.ludustickets.com/index.php

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Holiday String Light Recycling Stations Open

 

Grand Rapids, MI (October 27, 2016) –  If you pull your holiday string lights out of the storage box and find that they don’t work, please don’t trash them! Give them new life by dropping them off in a holiday light collection box at one of Kent County’s three recycling stations.

Kent County recently placed special collection boxes at all three recycling drop-off stations to collect string lights from holiday decorating. It is important to collect the string lights separately from the rest of the recyclables because the lights will damage sorting equipment at the Kent County Recycling & Education Center if they are mixed in with other recyclables. Kent County has offered this seasonal program since 2014 and has collected and recycled nearly 2.5 tons of string lights since then.

Once full, Kent County will transport the lights to a local metal recycler so the components can be separated and recycled. The boxes will be available until late-January 2017.

Rockford Recycling Station
North Kent Recycling & Waste Center
2908 Ten Mile, Rockford
Monday-Saturday 7:30am-5:00pm

Grand Rapids Recycling Station
Kent County Recycling & Education Center
977 Wealthy SW, Grand Rapids
Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm

Kentwood Recycling Station
Kentwood Public Works Facility
5068 Breton Road, Kentwood
Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:00pm
(and weekends and evenings when the gates are open)

To learn more about why string lights are NOT accepted in curbside recycling and how to recycle many other things, visit www.recyclekent.org.

 

 

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