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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.


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Nov. 26: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church invites you to stretch your legs Thanksgiving morning before tucking them under the dinner table. Gather at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford, Nov. 26th at 9:30 am; walk the White Pine Trail (or run if you must) as far as 12 Mile and back; then enjoy a cookie and hot beverage before heading on your way. Bring a non-perishable food item donation for the North Kent Community Services food pantry and put your name in a drawing for a fresh, home-baked pie. #47

Free Christmas Card Class

Nov. 28: Join the FREE Christmas Card Class at the CS Library, Saturday, November 28th. Kits to make 3 classy cards for those special people in your life. Age-appropriate kits for children, as well. Must be at least 6. Sessions start at 10:15 and 11:30 am. Space is limited so reserve a place today! By phone: 616-696-1910 or by email: ced@llcoop.org. #47

Advent by Candlelight

Nov. 29: Advent by Candlelight for ladies of all ages. The theme is Mary Christmas. Sunday, November 29th from 6 to 8 pm at Mary Queen of Apostles Parish Center in Sand Lake. Bring an hors’ devour or a dessert to share. Please RSVP 616-636-5671. #47

Sand Lake Tree Lighting

Nov. 29: Sand Lake’s Tree Lighting celebration will be held on Sunday, November 29th at 5:30 pm. Come enjoy the Lutheran Preschool concert and carols. Everyone welcome! #47

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 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. #47

Super Why at KDL

Dec. 1: Join us for stories, music, crafts and activities during this special Storytime celebrating the PBS characters of Super Why. For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Township Library, 14960 Meddler, Gowen, 616-984-5680. #47

Live Indoor Nativity

Dec. 4,5: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., will present a Live Indoor Nativity on Friday, December 4 from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 5 from 1 to 3 pm. Experience the gift! $47,48p

Annual Cookie Walk

Dec. 5: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 5th 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

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran

Dec. 5: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake will be holding a Craft Show on Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to 2 pm, 30 vendors, bake sale and raffles. Great food! See you there. White elephant. #47,48p

Holiday Marketplace

Dec. 5: Get a good start on your Holiday Shopping at the Greenville Area Senior Citizen Center, 715 S. Baldwin, Greenville, during their Holiday Marketplace, taking place on Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to 3 pm. Dolls, marionettes, crafts, quilts and baked goods, crocheted little girl aprons, doll clothes, toy trains, Shep Shapiro carved apple heads, holiday décor, and much more. Free parking and entrance is in rear of building. This event is part of a citywide holiday celebration. #47

Wild Game Dinner

Dec. 5: The Kent City American Legion Post 123, 14111 Ball Creek Ave., Kent City, is holding a Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, December 5th starting at 5 pm with hors d’oeuvres, supper at 6 pm. Cost is $10.00. Various items will be raffled, including a Mossberg Patriot SSL with scope and 50/50s. Need not be present to win. Come enjoy good food and support the Legion. The public is welcome. License #R34380. #47

CS All Night Party Night with the Griffins

Dec. 19: Join the Griffins and Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party at the Griffins LEGO Night game on Saturday, December 19th at 7 pm at Van Andel Arena. Members of the Senior All Night Party will be selling Throw for Dough pucks on the concourse until the middle of the 2nd period. Tickets are $15 in the Upper Level and proceeds support the Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party. Tickets must be ordered by December 8th. For questions, please contact Lindsay Wolfarth – lwolfarth23@gmail.com – 616-255-4055. #47,48p

Winter Break Day Camp

Dec. 21-23 & 28-31: Send the Kids to day camp at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, during the Holiday Break. Program runs the duration of the two week break (no camp on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Multiple curriculums will be covered from crafts to animal interactions and showshoeing and ice skating (weather permitting). Make gifts and Christmas decorations, enjoy the fireplace and hot cocoa! $55 per child 5 and over (all 7 days of the program). Bring a sack lunch (cocoa will be provided). Register online www.HowardChristensen.org or call the office 616-675-3158. All camps require 9 students minimum to be held. #47

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Teens invited to enter Teen Film Festival

 

Lights! Camera! Action! Kent County teens in grades 6–12 have a chance to make a movie, win a prize and see their film on the big screen. Kent District Library is pleased to present the Kent County Teen Film Festival. Applications and film submissions are due Friday, January 22, 2016. The Festival will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Celebration! Cinema North and is free and open to the public.
A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories.

“We know that Kent County teens have amazing artistic skills, whether it be acting, directing, editing or composing original music,” said Monica Walen, Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids Branch of Kent District Library. “The Film Festival is a great way for them to show off their talents to the entire community. Plus, they’ll be able to see their creations on the big screen!”

Festival rules and further information including a link to the entry form can be found at www.kdl.org/teens. Questions about the Festival can be emailed to teenfilmfestival@kdl.org. Celebration! Cinema North is located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is sponsored by CompuCraft and Grand Valley State University Film and Video Production.

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Adventures in eating

 

A couple went to a Chinese restaurant and ordered the “Chicken Surprise.”

The waiter brought the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot.

Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly, and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down.

“Good grief, did you see that?” she asks her husband.

He didn’t, so she asks him to look in the pot.

He reaches for it and again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down.

Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what happened, and demands an explanation.

“Please sir,” says the waiter, “what you order?”

The husband replies, “Chicken Surprise.”

“Ah! So solly,” says the waiter, “I bring you Peeking Duck!”

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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.


Totally 80’s, Totally Murder

Nov. 20: Get ready for a Rockin’ Radical Night of Mystery! Resurrection Lutheran Church/Preschool and The Murder Mystery Company presents: “Totally 80’s! Totally Murder! 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake on Friday, November 20th at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 per person, nonrefundable. Dinner: Salad, lasagna, spaghetti, chicken tetrazzini and dessert. For tickets call Nancy at 231-629-2346 or Julie at 616-636-5668. #45,46p

15th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 21: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile), is hosting their 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 21st from 9 am to 3 pm. Many crafters, Grandma’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the pound, lunch: 11 am to 2 pm. For more info: call Dawna at 616-866-0648. #45,46p

Tri County Country 4H Club Pie Sale

Nov. 21: On Saturday, November 21st from 9 am to 2 pm at Tractor Supply Co., corner of White Creek and 17 Mile, the Tri County Country 4H Club will have a Holiday Pie Sale. $10 for pecan, $8 for apple, pumpkin and more. #46

Mock Hunger Games

Nov. 21: The Cedar Springs 1st Annual Mock Hunger Games will be held at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, on Saturday, November 21st from 3 to 4 pm. Volunteer as a tribute to our modified dodge ball event for a chance to win a $10 gift card to NorthStar Cinema. Sign up for the reaping, train for the games, woo the sponsors, and enter the arena. Last teen standing wins! Will you volunteer as tribute? May the odds be ever in your favor. #46

Community Thanksgiving Service

Nov. 22: Join us for this service of Song and Testimonies. The Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, November 22 at 6 pm at the Cedarfield Community Center located next to Meijer, 3592 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. Brought to you by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association. #46

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Nov. 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church starting Sunday, November 22nd 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 will be shared by Gordy Wadds from Ovid, Michigan, nationally recognized quarter horse trainer, who has an amazing testimony to share. The music provided by the group, Two Outlaws and a Good Guy, from Midland Michigan, who will also share the words of Jesus Christ. 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 work and music. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. #46

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 24: 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. #46

Intro to Soap-Making

Dec. 3: Learn the centuries-old method of making traditional soap (a.k.a. cold process) from an experienced soaper. Class time runs 1.5 hours and you will leave with a soap bar that you mixed, colored and scented. Gloves, apron and goggles will be provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes, an old long-sleeved shirt and pants (or a log skirt) to protect your skin. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For adults. Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen, 616-984-5680. #46

Wish Tree at Metron

Dec. 18: Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffery, would like to announce that our facility will be displaying a Wish Tree from now until Christmas. Family and community members are welcome to choose an ornament from the tree which will outline specific Christmas gift items for our residents. Gift items are to be at the facility no later than December 18th. If you should have any questions, please contact Steven Nordwick, Life Enrichment Director at 616-696-0170. #46

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In Full View at the Kent Theatre

Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Rockford’s Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present  In Full View, an adult comedy,  at The Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, on Friday, Nov 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21.

It’s a fun-filled comedy about a bachelorette party and a charity event mix up, guys, gals, and misunderstandings.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. November 20, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 21. Tickets at the door: Adults $10. Students (16-17) $5. Seniors $8.

For further info 616-874-5264.

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Yard sale anger

 

A woman was taking her time browsing through everything at a friend’s yard sale, and said to her, “My husband is going to be very angry I stopped at a yard sale.”

“I’m sure he’ll understand when you tell him about all the bargains you found,” her friend replied.

“Normally, yes,” she said.  “But he just broke his leg, and he’s waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set.”

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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.


Deer Widow’s Weekend Bazaar

Nov. 14: The American Legion Auxiliary is having their annual Deer Widow’s Weekend Bazaar on Saturday, November 14th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cedar Springs American Legion, 80 S. Main Street in Cedar Springs. Along with garage sale items and arts and crafts items, we will also have a bake sale. #44,45p

Annual Fall Craft/Vendor Expo

Nov. 14: The 2nd Annual Fall Craft/Vendor Expo sponsored by Blue Star Mothers/ MI 188 will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Ray I. Booth American Legion Hall, 1320 W. Washington (M57), Greenville, MI. Many Crafters with knit/ crocheted items, glasswear, jewelry, yard deco, etc. Vendors selling your favorite products, and some you’ve never heard of. Silent Auction! Must be present to win. Admission is free, but please bring a bag of candy that we will use send to our deployed troops. #44,45p

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 14: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 14th from 9 am to 3 pm. 50 vendors, delicious baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, refurbished furniture and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come early, stay late! #43-45p

Deer Hunter’s Widow War Chest Event

Nov. 14: If you knew you could do something as easy as buying a handmade piece of jewelry or other item to help women and children rescued from the sex trade, would you? You will have that chance on Saturday, November 14th, at the Springs Church from 5-8 p.m., at the Deer Hunter’s Widow War Chest event. The event is put on by Women at Risk International, a humanitarian organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have safe houses all over the world where they’ve rescued women and children out of sex trafficking and empower them to earn an income by making products to sell. Judy Wolter will speak about the program, and refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. All proceeds go to women at risk. For more info call Wendy at 616-460-1989. #44,45p

Roast Beef Dinner

Nov. 15: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday, November 15th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #45p

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 16: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onions dinner on Monday, November 16th, 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. #45

Blood Drive

Nov. 17: Michigan Blood Drive on November 17th 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. The last drive collected 25 pints which has the potential of saving and/ or extending 75 people’s lives right here in Michigan Communities. Help us collect 30 pints! The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate at the Cedar Springs blood drive. #45

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Nov. 18: Dear Senior Friends age 60 or more.  Tis the end of our season, you know the reason.  The Snow Birds fly south while Jack Frost blows cold blustery winds from his mouth.  With two holidays in the offing we’ve combined them in our offering.  There’ll be Turkey and potatoes. O Yes!  And the rest will be a guess.  Please, come join us on this week’s early date; it’s the 18th’ we can hardly wait. Where is the place to take your seat?  Well that’s right here on our corner of M-82 and Beech. #45

KDL Lab: Take It Apart 

Nov. 18: For kids who are curious about how things work or what is inside, we offer the chance to encourage interest in what makes things tick, without upsetting parents! Old telephones, keyboards and other gadgets will be provided for children to take apart and explore. For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30 pm. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #45

Senior Citizen Pot Luck

Nov. 19: Come join us at the North Kent Senior Citizens Association’s Pot Luck on Thursday, November 19th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs. Soup & Salad Potluck Bingo. Just bring a dish to pass and $1 for playing Bingo. We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Call 616-443-6468. #45

Totally 80’s, Totally Murder

Nov. 20: Get ready for a Rockin’ Radical Night of Mystery! Resurrection Lutheran Church/Preschool and The Murder Mystery Company presents: “Totally 80’s! Totally Murder! 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake on Friday, November 20th at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 per person, nonrefundable. Dinner: Salad, lasagna, spaghetti, chicken tetrazzini and dessert. For tickets call Nancy at 231-629-2346 or Julie at 616-636-5668. #45,46p

15th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 21: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile), is hosting their 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 21st from 9 am to 3 pm. Many crafters, Grandma’s Attic, Bake Sale, Cookies by the pound, lunch: 11 am to 2 pm. For more info: call Dawna at 616-866-0648. #45,46p

Natural Ornaments & Wreaths for the Holidays

Nov. 21: Create a selection of holiday ornaments made from natural and collected materials used to bring a bit of the outdoors into your home this season. Wreaths have been a favorite for years. Saturday, November 21 from 11 am to 1 pm. Donation of $10 includes supplies. Held at Camp Lily’s on 20 Mile Rd., Kent City. Perfect craft day for hunter’s widows. Take home a memory of a lifetime traditional memories. 616-675-3158. #45

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa

Nov. 21: Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products – foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm – to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96. Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #45

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Hospice of Michigan to host coping with holidays program

 

After a popular response, Hospice of Michigan will present three additional Coping with the Holidays, a free community outreach program in the Grand Rapids area that provides the bereaved with tips to deal with grief during a time when most are happy and expressing joy.

For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays often elicit emotions of grief and sadness,” said Sue Glover, grief support services manager at Hospice of Michigan. “Though it may be a difficult time for those grieving, it can also be a wonderful time to remember a loved one’s memory. Our program is designed to give the bereaved the tools they need to once again enjoy this special time of year.”

HOM’s Coping with the Holidays program teaches that the holidays may be challenging but there are techniques to help handle grief and find comfort, such as:

*Planning ahead. Bereaved individuals who seem to have the most difficulty with the holidays are often those who have given little thought to the emotional challenges they will encounter.

*Accepting your limitations. Family and social pressures, in combination with decision-making challenges, can be overwhelming. Choose a few issues to deal with and limit the number of decisions you need to make so they won’t overwhelm you.

*Taking care of yourself. Exercising, eating a proper and balanced diet and getting the proper amount of rest are critical.  Avoid the temptation of excessive alcohol.

*Lowering expectations. Go easy on yourself and try not to overextend in order to reduce overall stress.

Events will be held:

Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Vista Springs Senior Living, 2708 Meyer Ave., SW, Wyoming from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22 at Johnson Feuerstein Funeral Home, 203 S. Pleasant St., Belding from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 7 at Adams Park Apartments, 1440 Fuller Ave., SE, Grand Rapids from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The Coping with the Holidays program is open to all those dealing with grief, whether a loved one died recently or decades ago.  Participants are invited to enjoy refreshments and listen as grief experts discuss holiday coping techniques such as planning ahead, accepting limitations and finding someone who will listen.

To register or receive additional support, please contact Glover at 616.356.5255 or sglover@hom.org.

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Who is going to move?

 

Through the pitch-black night, the captain sees a light dead ahead on a collision course with his ship.

He sends a signal: “Change your course ten degrees east.”

The light signals back: “Change yours, ten degrees west.”

Angry, the captain sends: “I’m a Navy captain! Change your course, sir!”

“I’m a seaman, second class,” comes the reply. “Change your course, sir.”

Now the captain is furious. “I’m a battleship! I’m not changing course!”

There’s one last reply. “I’m a lighthouse. Your call.”

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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.


Fall Book Sale

Nov. 5-7: Friends of the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library presents the Fall Book Sale on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6th from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, November 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. The book sale is at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake. #44

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play

Nov. 5-7: Spies, murder, love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreate a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. Presented by the Rogue River Community Theater Company on November 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm with a special 2 pm Saturday matinee at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. #43,44p

Fall Festival at Cedar Springs UMC

Nov. 7: A Fall Festival Sale will be hosted by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Cedar Springs on Saturday, November 7 from 9 am to 2 pm. Booths are: Gifts from Grandma’s Attic, Mix Match Cookie Patch & Bakery, Jewelry Booth, Toy Booth, Crafts, and a new and used Book Booth. All proceeds go to missions. Sponsored by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Women. #43,44p

Benefit Dinner for John De Kraker

Nov. 7: A benefit dinner and auction for John De Kraker will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 4 to 7 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church at 15671 Algoma Ave. NE, Cedar Springs. John is attempting to receive a liver transplant and has been incurring heavy medical bills in the process. Let’s see if we can help John and his family with the costs! The evening includes baked goods for sale, silent auction, donation jar and spaghetti dinner. The cost is $7 in advance or $9 at the door, 12 and under are $2 in advance and at the door. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Juliann at 616-560-8847. #43,44p

Variety Sale – Sand Lake Lions Club

Nov. 7: The Sand Lake Lions Club is hosting a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 7th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church’s Education building at Sixth and Maple. For more information call Karen at 616-636-5425 or Kandy at 616-347-6122. #43,44p

Silent & Live Auction

Nov. 7: A Silent & Live Auction for Pine Ridge Bible Camp will be held on Saturday, November 7th. Come experience the Wonder of Christmas 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, 3 Trek Bikes, The Shack, Crystal Mountain Condo with Golf Package, Guided Pheasant Hunt, Event Tickets, Homemade items, Gift Baskets and much more. #44p

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Nov. 9: We would like to officially invite you to our Youth Group Fundraiser as they host a Spaghetti Dinner on November 9th from 6 to 8 pm. Suggested donation is $10 a person and $25 per family. All proceeds go towards the youth and their mission trip in February to go to Colima, Mexico to help an orphanage there. The address is 1480 Indian Lakes Rd., NE Sparta, MI 49345. A RSVP is NOT needed, just come out and enjoy a meal and bless our youth. Questions, call Pastor Craig Carter @ 616-550-6398. #44

Free Movie at the Kent Theatre

Nov. 10-12: The box office hit movie titled “Woodlawn,” recently released and based on a true story about a small town football team, will be shown at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs on Tuesday, November 10; Wednesday, November 11, and Thursday, November 12 with all showings to begin at 7 pm. The first 500 total people will be admitted free, compliments of En Gedi, Cedar Springs Ministerial Association, and Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home. Part of En Gedi’s mission is to “build up families in our community” along with providing a free after school youth center for students in grades 6-8th. Once the 500 free admittance has occurred, the usual $3/per person fee will be instated. Simply show up at the theatre for the free tickets. “This is a great family movie that addresses both race and faith. You won’t want to miss!!”, says En Gedi Youth Center Director, Craig Owens. #44

Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Metron

Nov. 11: As we honor those who served this country, Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffrey, invites the community to join us for our annual flag ceremony presented by members of the American Legion Post 287. Opening prayer will be presented by Pastor Steven Lindeman, and music provided by the Cedar Springs High School Band, on Veteran’s Day, November 11 at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to stay immediately following the ceremony for refreshments and musical entertainment. #44

Holiday Pie Making

Nov. 12: Join Chef Dave for another exciting make, take and bake class where we’ll be making holiday pies and other baked goods that you can take home and freeze for the holidays (or bake and eat before the family comes home). Thursday, November 12 from 6 to 8 pm at Howard Christiansen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. $15 per person includes 3 pies of your choice to make and take. #44

Deer Widow’s Weekend Bazaar

Nov. 14: The American Legion Auxiliary is having their annual Deer Widow’s Weekend Bazaar on Saturday, November 14th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cedar Springs American Legion, 80 S. Main Street in Cedar Springs. Along with garage sale items and arts and crafts items, we will also have a bake sale. #44

Annual Fall Craft/Vendor Expo

Nov. 14: The 2nd Annual Fall Craft/Vendor Expo sponsored by Blue Star Mothers/ MI 188 will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Ray I. Booth American Legion Hall, 1320 W. Washington (M57), Greenville, MI. Many Crafters with knit/ crocheted items, glasswear, jewelry, yard deco, etc. Vendors selling your favorite products, and some you’ve never heard of. Silent Auction! Must be present to win. Admission is free, but please bring a bag of candy that we will use send to our deployed troops. #44,45p

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 14: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 14th from 9 am to 3 pm. 50 vendors, delicious baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, refurbished furniture and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come early, stay late! #43-45p

Deer Hunter’s Widow War Chest Event

Nov. 14: If you knew you could do something as easy as buying a handmade piece of jewelry or other item to help women and children rescued from the sex trade, would you? You will have that chance on Saturday, November 14th, at the Springs Church from 5-8 p.m., at the Deer Hunter’s Widow War Chest event. The event is put on by Women at Risk International, a humanitarian organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have safe houses all over the world where they’ve rescued women and children out of sex trafficking and empower them to earn an income by making products to sell. Judy Wolter will speak about the program, and refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. All proceeds go to women at risk. For more info call Wendy at 616-460-1989. #44,45p

Kent County Teen Festival: Filmmaking 101

Nov. 14: Working in groups, students (grades 6-12) will discover the basics of camera work, lighting, sound and editing. Students will spend the day working under the guidance of two instructors, progressing through the entire process of creating a video from start to screening. Of course, there will be a pizza break as well! Pre-registration is required. Saturday, November 14 at 11 am at the East Grand Rapids KDL Branch, for more information please visit www.kdl.org or call 616-784-2007. #44

Boomer Social Club: Avoid the Scam

Nov. 16: Some deals seem too good to be real, and many of them are! Get tips from the Kent County Sheriff’s department on how to avoid getting scammed through the mail or online. While senior citizens are especially encouraged to attend, this program is recommended for all adults. Monday, November 16th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #44

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