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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.

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk

Feb. 14: Date changed from Feb. 8. Enjoy this tour-guided excursion through the nature center’s scenic trails. Hot refreshments will be served and all snowshoe equipment will be provided. Hike through candlelit trails, stopping at our Campfire to hear romantic stories around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. This is for all ages so rekindle that love in the candlelit walk. Maybe the moon will shine. How romantic! Friday, February 14 from 7 to 10:30 pm. Donation of $5 per person/ $15/family of 4 or more. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #7

 

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 15: The Cedar Springs Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast every third Saturday of the  month thru April. Come to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located on the corner of Main & Church Streets on Saturday, February 15th from 7 am to 11 am, for an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee. Adults $6, seniors $5, Family $20, under 12 free. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #7

 

Valentine’s Dance and Vegas Night

Feb. 15: the Tri County Eagles of Sand Lake are hosting a Valentine’s Dance and Vegas Night on Saturday, February 15th from 6 pm to midnight. There are dinner specials, a 50/50 drawing and gift basket drawing. The band “Chapter 4” will perform from 8 pm to midnight. Open to the public. License #M85331. #6,7p

 

Get out “Leave No Family Inside”: Snowshoeing for Beginners

Feb. 16: What a better way to get out and enjoy our Michigan winters than to experience it on snowshoes. Join Cindy Perski as she guides you through the process of learning how to snowshoe (it’s so easy!) A guided hike around the nature center property will give you some practice with the new footgear and a chance to learn about our winter world. Best suited for ages 10-100 years old. Sunday February 16th from 10:30 to 12:30 pm. Donation of $6 person/ $10 family (4 or more).Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #7

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 18: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #7

 

East Nelson UMC Monthly Dinner

Feb. 19: East Nelson United Methodist Church is hosting their monthly dinner on Wednesday, February 19 from 5 – 7 pm. There will be baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, relish trays and homemade desserts. 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #7

 

Healing with Green Smoothies

Feb. 24: Presenter Linda Carrington demonstrates using natural plant oils with natural green smoothies to help target health challenges such as weight loss, allergies, infections, inflammation, cravings, blood sugar problems and more. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.  Monday Feb. 24th at 6:30 pm. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. 616-636-4251. #7

 

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Valentine’s Day jokes

 

What did the Valentine’s day card say to the stamp?

Stick with me and you’ll go places!

 

What do farmers give their wives on Valentine’s Day?

Hogs and kisses!

 

What did the painter say to her boyfriend?

“I love you with all my art!”

 

What is the difference between a calendar and you?

A calendar has a date on Valentine’s day.

 

Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Sure, they’re very scent-imental!

 

What did the man with the broken leg say to his nurse?

“I’ve got a crutch on you!”

 

Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank?

It was a case of guppy love.

 

What do you call two birds in love?

Tweethearts!

 

What did the chocolate syrup say to the ice cream?

I’m sweet on you!”

 

What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine’s Day?

A hug and a quiche!

 

What did one pickle say to the other?

“You mean a great dill to me.”

 

What did one oar say to the other?

“Can I interest you in a little row-mance?”

 

Why did the cannibal break up with his girlfriend?

She didn’t suit his taste!

 

 

 

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It’s time to VOTE for the Best Lips in Cedar Springs!

2013 Best Lips winner, Leah Almy

2013 Best Lips winner, Leah Almy

The 21st annual “Best Lips” Contest

 

Who has the most luscious lips in CedarSprings?

 

YOU be the judge – Vote below for your favorite lips!

 

The entries are in! Now, it’s your turn to be the Judge! Vote for your favorite below. The entries have been numbered and nicknamed so every entry has a fair chance to win – this is no popularity contest! Voting starts at 5pm on Thursday, February 6. You can vote once per day. Contest closes Tuesday, February 11, at 5pm. The person with the most votes at that time will be the grand prize winner. Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners. 

Prizes: A FREE Class from Moxie Fitness, FREE Shampoo & Cut from B&B Beauty Salon, Lotion & Tanning Pkg. from Awesome Tan, $25 Gift Certificate from Geek Worx, FREE cup of Tea from Perry’s Place llc, 15 Minute Chair Massage from Kin of Hope, $50 of makeup from Hair Craft Company, $30 Gift Certificate to Big Boy Restaurant (Cedar Springs location), 2 movie tickets and 2 medium combos from The Kent Theatre, and more!

Due to a discrepancy in the time of the closing of the polls, the winner of the Best Lips contest will be announced in Thursday’s paper. 

 

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Football makes sense

 

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to the Super Bowl—her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience.

“Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.”

Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?”

“Well, they flipped a coin. One team got it, and then for the rest of the game, everyone kept screaming, ‘Get the quarter back! Get the quarter back!’ I’m like, Hello-o-o? It’s only 25 cents!”

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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.

 

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebo’s House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #6

 

Springs Soccer Registration

Feb. 4&6: Springs 2014 Soccer Registration for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6 at Burger King Restaurant, 4065 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs from 6 – 8 pm. Fee for the Spring Session is $60 per child with a $5 discount per child for families registering 3 or more players. Players must be at least 4 years of age by March 24, 2014. First time players – please bring Birth Certificate for age verification. Please complete online application at www.eayso.org – print two copies and take advantage of our Express Lane! These will be the final registration dates for the Spring Season. Please tell you friends and neighbors. If you have questions please contact us through the link on our website: www.ayso902.org. #4-6p

 

Family Sledding and Winter Fun Day

Feb. 8: Pine Ridge Bible Camp is planning an awesome, fun filled day for the entire family. Sledding, broom hockey, snowman building competitions, ice skating, and more are all part of the day. Please bring your own sleds, ice skates, and decorations for your snowman. Concessions will be available in the dining hall. Saturday, February 8th from 1 to 4 pm. 8415 – 17 Mile Rd. #6

 

Sand Lake Winterfest

Feb. 8: The Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce presents the 4th Annual Winterfest. Saturday, February 8th. Events include a Snow Maze at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, Outhouse Races are at 1 pm near the VFW and a Pinewood Derby and Hot Wheel races at 2:30 pm at the VFW. The Resurrection Lutheran Church has lots of events for children. Every one is welcome! #6

 

Bake Sale and Winter Fun at Sand Lake UMC

Feb. 8: Have a great family fun day at Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple, on Saturday, February 8th from 10 am to 1 pm. Bake sale, children’s games and crafts, raffle and walk the snow maze. #6

 

Cedar Springs Garden Club

Feb. 11: The Cedar Springs Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, February 11 at 8:30 am at the Cedar Cafe on Main St. in Cedar Springs. We are alternating between breakfast and evening meetings this year. We would love to have you join us for either or both meetings. #6

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 11: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #6

 

Help Promote Literacy

Feb. 11: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Tuesday, February 11 for prospective volunteer tutors to find 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. At lease 6,000 adults cannot speak or understand English well. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. Please call us at 616-459-5151(ext. 10) to register. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 204, Grand Rapids. #6

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

Feb. 13,27: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, February 13th & February 27th. 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. #6

 

Beyblades at KDL

Feb. 15: Test your skills and have fun competing in KDL’s Beyblade Battles! Bring your own Beyblades and arenas, or train and compete using the library’s equipment. For ages 6 and older. Saturday, February 15 at 10:30 am at Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL branch. 88 Eighth St. #6

 

First Snowshoe Race at HCNC

Feb. 15: The 2 mile route is located on Natures Habitat (trail). Trail will be groomed and as flat as possible. Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 am. Donation of $15 per person. Entry fees are non refundable. Race fees include refreshments, a chili lunch (crackers, drink and cookies), and cash prizes to the top three finishers. 1st place $100, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25. Registration opens at 8:30 am. Or you may send an email to cperski@lilysfrogpad.com and send your payment to HCNC – Box 42, Kent City, MI 49330. #6

 

Valentine’s Dance and Vegas Night

Feb. 15: the Tri County Eagles of Sand Lake are hosting a Valentine’s Dance and Vegas Night on Saturday, February 15th from 6 pm to midnight. There are dinner specials, a 50/50 drawing and gift basket drawing. The band “Chapter 4” will perform from 8 pm to midnight. Open to the public. License #M85331. #6,7p

 

Whitetails Unlimited Fundraising Event

Mar. 8: Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the 7th Annual Cedar Springs Banquet on Saturday, March 15, at the American Legion, 91 N. First St., Cedar Springs. This special event will feature a buffet dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products for hunting enthusiasts. Proceeds will go toward projects that uphold WTU’s mission. The social hour begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 each, $25 for a spouse, or juniors 15 and under. Ticket order deadline is March 8th and tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets call Brian Eagan 616-291-5335 or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471 or go online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com. #6

 

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3 easy steps to sweeten someone’s Valentine’s Day

VAL-3-easy-stepsCreative gift solutions offer a simple way to show you care

 

(BPT) – Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them.

A recent survey revealed that most people do have multiple “loves” in their lives. In fact, significant others aren’t the only ones who get Valentine’s Day gifts these days. This survey, which was commissioned by Rich Products, a leading provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, showed that Valentine’s Day now extends way beyond that one special person. Forty four percent of people said that they purchase gifts for multiple people on Valentine’s Day. When asked to identify their “other loves,” friends were at the top of the list; and surprisingly, among their favorite gifts were fresh baked goods ranging from cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats. -

So to sweeten your relationships all year round, small thank you gifts are both welcomed and appreciated. And keep in mind it’s not the size of the gift that matters. Survey results show that good things come in small, personalized packages.

Give the gift of deliciousness.

To get started, remember showing your appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming. Gifts can be purchased on your weekly (or daily) trip to the grocery store then personalized and decorated with things that you have around the house. You can stock up on these inexpensive supplies at your local craft store.

Here are some simple, low-cost steps to show someone you care:

Step 1: Visit the bakery department in your local grocery store for a variety of fresh and delicious options. From frosted cookies, to cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and doughnuts, you’ll find a treat to please everyone on your list – and there’s no baking involved.

Step 2: Personalize each gift by selecting a baked good and using basic art or wrapping supplies (think ribbon spools and tissue paper leftover from Christmas) that you have around the house to dress up your gifts.

Step 3: Attach a personalized, handwritten note on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Cut the paper to size, punch a hole to thread a ribbon through and tie it to your gift.

Other ideas for a quick and easy do-it-yourself ways to dress up your gift:

* Homemade gift bags: Cut hearts out of construction paper and glue onto a lunch bag.

* Decorative plates: Find inexpensive, seasonal or colored ceramic plates at your local discount store and wrap with cellophane and a bow.

* Sweet surprise: Grab a small gift box, place some tissue inside, add your selected baked good and tie with a colored bow. Make sure that the baked good is secure in the box. You don’t want it to crumble.

For more simple and creative gifting and packaging ideas, visit the Bakery Because Pinterest board at www.pinterest.com/bakerybecause.

 

 

 

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Cedar Springs Women’s Club Scholarship Available

 

The Cedar Springs Women’s Club awards an annual $1000 scholarship to a female, of any age, who resides in the Cedar Springs Public School District. The recipient may be considering any type of skill training or degree program.

This Scholarship is awarded by June first of each year at the direction of the membership of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, based on the recommendations of the scholarship selection committee. All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or national origin.

Applications may be obtained at the Cedar Springs Public Library; at the counseling offices at Cedar Springs High School; at Creative Technologies Academy; or by calling 616-696-0090 or 616-696-0456.

Applications must be mailed to the Scholarship Committee and must be postmarked by March 15, 2014.

 

 

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The Obedient Wife

There was a man who had worked all his life, had saved all of his money, and was a real miser when it came to his money.

Just before he died, he said to his wife, “When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me.”

And so he got his wife to promise him, with all of her heart, that when he died, she would put all of the money into the casket with him.

Soon after, he died. He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there dressed in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When they finished the ceremony, and the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, “Wait just a moment!”

She had a small metal box with her, and she got up and put it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away.

The woman’s friend stared at her. “Girl, I know you were not foolish enough to put all that money in there with your husband!”

The loyal wife replied, “Listen, I’m a Christian; I cannot go back on my word. I promised him that I was going to put that money into the casket with him.”

The friend’s mouth dropped open. “You mean to tell me you actually put the money in there?!

“I sure did,” said the wife. “I got it all together, put it into my account, and wrote him a check. If he can cash it, then he can spend it.”

Thanks to Gordon Welch for this joke. He gave it to us 6 years ago. RIP Gordon. We miss your weekly visits.

 

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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.

 

Actors del Arte Auditions

Feb. 3: Actors del Arte Ensemble of Western Michigan is having auditions for a Shakespearean Comedy “Ragnil’s Folly” Monday, February 3rd at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 – 11 Mile Rd. in Rockford from 6 to 8:30 pm. Looking for teens (16-18), adult men and women. For details 616-874-5264. #5

 

Green Acres HeArt Prize

Feb. 3: Green Acres HeArt Prize will be held February 12 – 15 from 10 am to 4 pm. 1601 Winter Creek Court, Greenville. No charge to enter or attend but donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association. Art entry deadline is Monday, February 3. Anyone interested is entering their artwork please contact Sue or James at 616-754-8850 or visit Green Acres Greenville. #5

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 4: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #4

 

Preschoolers Happy Birthday “Howie”

Feb. 4: Come Celebrate Howie’s birthday party; Who doesn’t love a party; we are keeping the memory of the individual that HCNC is all about “Howard Christensen”. We will have cake, ice cream, birthday games and so much fun. Games will be pin the tail on the White Tailed Deer, Find and Insect, Sing along with Froggy our mascot, indoor mock turtle race and other fun games. Tuesday, February 4 from 1 to 2:30 pm. Free for children and their guardians. Please give a gift of food for the animals (sun flower seeds, pig food, goat oats, turtle worms, bunny food) or a cash gift donation in Howard’s memory. 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #5

 

Spring Soccer Registration

Feb. 4&6: Spring 2014 Soccer Registration for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6 at Burger King Restaurant, 4065 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs from 6 – 8 pm. Fee for the Spring Session is $60 per child with a $5 discount per child for families registering 3 or more players. Players must be at least 4 years of age by March 24, 2014. First time players – please bring Birth Certificate for age verification. Please complete online application at www.eayso.org – print two copies and take advantage of our Express Lane! These will be the final registration dates for the Spring Season. Please tell you friends and neighbors. If you have questions please contact us through the link on our website: www.ayso902.org. #4-6p

 

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk

Feb. 8: Enjoy this tour-guided excursion through the nature center’s scenic trails. Hot refreshments will be served and all snowshoe equipment will be provided. A two-mile hike through candlelit trails. We will also stop after one mile for romantic stories around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. This is for all ages so rekindle that love in the candlelit walk. Maybe the moon will shine. Saturday, February 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Donation of $5 per person/ $15/family of 4 or more. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #5

 

Heart to Heart Craft Party!

Feb. 11: Roses are red, violets are blue, join our Valentine event, just for you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with snacks and crafts. For all ages. Tuesday, February 11 at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St. #5

 

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“Macaroni at Midnight” at the Kent

ENT-Macaroni-at-MidnightPresented by the Koinonia Sr. High Drama Players

 

Please journey with us as we experience the real life struggle of Dr. Donald Bartlette, as shown in the play “Macaroni at Midnight.” It is one of the most tragic, yet heart-warming dramas of our time. It is the true story of one Chippewa Indian’s struggle against a physical handicap, abuse, poverty, bullying, racial prejudice and faith. Through one Christian white woman, God worked a miracle as only He could perform.

The play will be presented by the Koinonia Sr. High Drama Players at the Kent Theatre January 31-Sunday February 2. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, January 31; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the Kent Theatre, or at the Koionia website www.koinoniahomeschool.com/

Dr. Bartlette will be coming to the area to attend the play.

 

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