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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.

Cedar Springs Community Players Winter Production

Feb. 26: On February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and March 1 at 2pm at the historic Kent Theater. “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances.” We are teaming up with Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy to bring you an evening of one-act plays. Each play will be a glimpse into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne will be presented by Creative Technologies Academy. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School . “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet will be presented by the Cedar Springs Players. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under) and can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $12, students $8). For more information, visit our Facebook page (Cedar Springs Community Players) or our website (CedarSpringsCommunityPlayers.org). #7,8p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 2,16: Dinners are about to start again on March 2nd. It will be Baked Chicken and on the 16th will be Meatloaf. Adults $9 and $4 children. We have to go boxes. American Legion Post 287, 80 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. #8

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Mar. 3,10,17.24: 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. #8

Let’s Get Growing at HCNC

Mar. 3: Join seasoned gardeners in learning how to begin your garden early indoors. A great way to save money by avoiding costly plants at the nursery each spring and a wonderful way to even dictate an earlier harvest. Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood while feeding your family. Beans, peppers, tomatoes, pickles, squash and more! Donation of $8 includes pots, soil and seeds. Tuesday, March 3rd from 6 to 7:30 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #8

Creative Canvas Painting at KDL

Mar. 5, 9: Release you inner artist with the guidance of instructors from Wine and Canvas (sans wine). All supplies will be provided and no previous experience or talent is needed to create a masterpiece in our fun and relaxing environment. Pre-registration is required. Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. Monday, March 9 at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #8

Travel to Chicago with MCC

Mar. 21: Montcalm Community College offers a March 21 bus trip to Chicago. The cost is $40 for non-students and registration begins March 1. The fee covers the cost of transportation, and participants must pay for their food and for their entry fees to attractions. Participants have time to visit one or two attractions during the trip. Adult admission is $18 for the Field Museum of Natural History and $15 for students with a student ID and senior citizens; $8 for Shedd Aquarium; $12 for the Adler Planetarium and $10 for senior citizens; $23 for adults and $17 for students with a student ID and senior citizens at the Art Institute of Chicago; and $18 for adults and $17 for senior citizens at the Museum of Science & Industry. The bus leaves MCC in Sidney at 6:45 a.m., picks up passengers at the Greenville Wal-Mart parking lot at 7:15 a.m. and returns to MCC at 10:30 p.m. To register online visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment, call (616) 754-7706 or 1-877-328-2111, ext. 610. Checks, cash and major credit cards are accepted, and payment is due at registration. #8

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One act plays at the Kent 

 

The Cedar Springs Community Players are teaming up with two local high schools to bring a program of one-act plays to the Kent Theatre February 26 through March 1.

Their winter production, called “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances,” will feature one-act plays from Cedar Springs High School, Creative Technologies Academy, and the Cedar Springs Community Players. Each play will be a glimpse into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter.

Creative Technologies Academy will present The Ugly Duckling, by A.A. Milne, with Kresta Train directing. “This is Creative Technologies Academy’s first dramatic performance, and they are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Scott Phillips, spokesperson for the Community Players.

Cedar Springs High School will present Actor’s Nightmare, by Christopher Durang, with student Erika Cardinal directing.

The Devil and Daniel Webster, by Stephen Vincent Benet will be presented by the Cedar Springs Players. The play is co-directed by father-son team Todd Broskey and James Broskey.

Phillips said this is the first time they have collaborated with other groups, and they hope to make it an annual event.

Showtimes are February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and March 1 at 2pm at the historic Kent Theater. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under) and can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors.

Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $12, students $8).

For more information, visit their Facebook page (Cedar Springs Community Players) or website (CedarSpringsCommunityPlayers.org).

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Discount travel

 

Three engineers and three accountants are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket. “How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks an accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.

They all board the train. The accountants take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” says one perplexed accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.

When they board the train the three accountants cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the accountants are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, Ticket, please.”

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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.

Resurrection Celebration ‘15

Feb. 22: It’s coming back! If you loved it last year and want to be a part of it this year, now’s your opportunity! If you love to act or sing with a focus on Jesus, this is for you! If you want to help backstage, this is for you too! Practices for this play will begin on February 22 from 2-4p.m. at The Springs Church. Only 5 Sundays of rehearsals. Dress rehearsals will be in the evenings the week of March 23. March 27 eve and 28 afternoon and eve performances. Questions? Contact Cherryl Rosenberger 616-862-3109 or Jan Malmo 616-260-1692. Check us out on facebook – Resurrection Celebration. #7

Languages of Love

Feb. 24: Anne King, Teacher & Motivation Consultant is the featured speaker. There are five basic love languages – five ways to express love emotionally. Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved. Learn to identify your language, the language of your family members and how to best relate to your child. Tuesday, February 24th at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium from 6:30 – 8 pm. Sessions are open to parents, students and community members. #7

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Feb. 25: East Nelson UMC, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE will have a dinner on Wednesday, February 25th. The menu includes: Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and relished, homemade desserts. The dinner will be served from 5-7 pm. Everyone is welcome. Donations for your meal appreciated! #7

Cedar Springs Community Players Winter Production

Feb. 26: On February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and March 1 at 2pm at the historic Kent Theater. “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances.” We are teaming up with Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy to bring you an evening of one-act plays. Each play will be a glimpse into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne will be presented by Creative Technologies Academy. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School . “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet will be presented by the Cedar Springs Players. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under) and can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $12, students $8). For more information, visit our Facebook page (Cedar Springs Community Players) or our website cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #7,8p

The Wonderful 

WaterColorBot

Feb. 26: Watch with amazement while an image you create is recreated by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages. Thursday, February 26th at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #7

Snowfall Friday at HCNC

Feb. 27: Come on out for a great way to enjoy the winter, escape the cabin fever blues and learn new ways to enjoy SNOW! We’ll have snowball targets, snow angel contests, snowman building and more. Prizes will be awarded to the first place winners in each category! Hot cocoa, coffee for the parents and other refreshments. Have a sled or skates? Bring them along and enjoy a day on Tadpole Pond all frozen over. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #7

3Doodler Dream It, Draw It

Feb. 28: Make your drawings come to life with our 3Doodler! Create simple 3D objects from your own imagination or use some of the provided stencils. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For all ages. Saturday, February 28th at 2:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #7

Wild Game Dinner

Feb. 28: Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St. (behind the Pierson Post Office) is hosting a wild game dinner. Every one is welcome! Saturday, February 28th at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite wild game dish ready to eat or come early and prepare you dish in our kitchen. There will be door prizes. Special speaker: Chuck Richardson. If you had an unlucky hunting or fishing season this past year, you’re still in luck because we’ll have plenty of food for everyone. #7

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We have a winner!

Winner of the Best Lips Contest 2015 is #7 Smurky: Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs

Winner of the Best Lips Contest 2015 is #7 Smurky: Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs

This year’s Best Lips contest was the most controversal yet—due to a technical glitch that made it appear that votes were not being counted.  When we set up the poll at polldaddy.com it had 3 choices for repeat voters 1. Don’t block repeat voting, 2. Block by cookie (safest), and 3. Block by cookie and IP address. We chose #3 to keep someone from voting several times a day from the same home using different accounts, which is how we set it up every year. This caused quite the controversy when voters tried to vote from the same IP address. We were accused of rigging the contest, which we find funny because if we wanted to rig it we’d go back to the old way where WE chose the winners.

We started putting the lips contest online for YOU, the readers, to vote on in 2012. It started out a little slow we only had  282 votes that first year. But it caught on with a vengence the following year with 5,702 votes — we’re still not sure if that was accurate or a glitch. Then last year we had 614 votes but had a problem with the contest not shutting down at 5pm.  This year we had 549 votes but had several people report that it wasn’t counting their votes. We changed the repeat voters setting from #3 to #2, which seemed to fix the problem.

Results from polldaddy.com

Results from polldaddy.com

But with all the controversy, is it time to retire the Best Lips contest? Let us know how you feel by commenting below, or contacting us  by email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or comment on our facebook page and we will determine if it needs to be laid to rest for next year.

Our grand prize winner was #7 Smurky aka Lynn Marion, of Cedar Springs, with 127 votes. She won a $50 gift visa gift card, flowers and candy, compliments of The Cedar Springs POST.

Coming in second was #3-Dainty aka Chorissa Misner, of Cedar Springs with 116 votes.

Coming in third was #2-Sassy aka Brendalynn Eustice, of Byron Center, with 98 votes.

A big thank you to all who participated—those who sent in their lips, and those who voted! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our grand prize winner may pick up her prizes at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs on Friday, February 13 between 10am-5pm. Please call 616-696-3655 if you need to make special arrangements for pick up.

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Cedar Springs Women’s Club scholarship available

 

The Cedar Springs Women’s Club awards an annual $1,000 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 or at the counseling offices at Cedar Springs High School or Creative Technology 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, 2015.

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Baseball in heaven

 

Two senior citizens, Abe and Sol, are sitting on a park bench feeding pigeons and talking about baseball, like they do every day. Abe turns to Sol and says, “Do you think there’s baseball in heaven?”

Sol thinks about it for a minute and replies, “I don’t know. But let’s make a deal: if I die first, I’ll come back and tell you if there’s baseball in heaven, and if you die first, you do the same.”

They shake on it and sadly, a few months later, poor Abe passes on. One day soon afterward, Sol is sitting there feeding the pigeons by himself when he hears a voice whisper, “Sol…Sol…”

Sol responds, “Abe! Is that you?”

“Yes it is,” whispers Abe’s ghost.

Sol, still amazed asks, “So, is there baseball in heaven?”

“Well,” says Abe, “I’ve got good news and bad news.”

“Give me the good news first,” says Sol.

Abe says, “Well, there is baseball in heaven.”

“That’s great!” says Sol. “What news could be bad enough to ruin that?”

“You’re pitching on Friday.”

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Hometown Happenings

Free Movie at Cedar Springs UMC

Feb. 14: “The Song,” Free Movie, Free Popcorn, Free Drinks. At the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Saturday February 14th at 7:00 PM one showing only. Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander says,“I want to encourage you to grab your spouse and go check out THE SONG. It is an incredible movie. Korie and I watched it — and we loved it. So do yourself a favor and go see it.” “Ladies, I’m gonna tell you what you need to do,” echoed Duck Dynasty star Miss Kay Robertson. “Grab your husbands, your boyfriends, girls — whoever it takes — and go see THE SONG You will love it, and they will too. It’ll be worth it!” The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Main and Church. #5,6p

Adoptive Family Meeting

Feb. 16: The Cedar Springs Area Adoptive Family Group will meet on February 16th from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Any adoptive family in the area is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Deidra Artecki at 616-458-7945. #6

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 17: 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. #6

Blood Drive

Feb. 17: Michigan Blood will have a blood drive at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs on Tuesday, February 17th. Note the TIME CHANGE: The drive begins at 12:30 pm and ends at 7 pm. After Sharing your heart on Valentine’s Day, share your blood the next Tuesday. #6

CS Senior All Night Fundraiser

Feb. 20: The Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party Committee and Cedar Rock Sports Plex are hosting a fundraiser on February 20 from 9 to 11:30 pm. $8 per person ($2 skate rental). Come join in the fun! All ages are welcome. Ice skating and soccer. Cedar Rock Sports Plex 4758 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs. #5,6p

Cabin Fever Family Movie Night

Feb. 22: Join friends and family at Camp Lily’s for an evening of fun watching a family friendly movie. Check our website or call the office to find out what movie we will be screening. Sunday February 22nd from 6 to 8:30 pm. Donation of $3/ person or $10/family of four or more. Donation covers the cost of popcorn and beverages that will be provided. Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #6

Cedar Springs Community Players Winter Production

Feb. 26: On February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and March 1 at 2pm at the historic Kent Theater. “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances.” We are teaming up with Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy to bring you an evening of one-act plays. Each play will be a glimpse into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne will be presented by Creative Technologies Academy. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School . “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet will be presented by the Cedar Springs Players. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under) and can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $12, students $8). For more information, visit our Facebook page (Cedar Springs Community Players) or our website (CedarSpringsCommunityPlayers.org). #7,8p

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Time to Vote for Best Lips!

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lip

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

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

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 5. You can vote once per day. Contest closes Tuesday, February 10th, at 5pm. The person with the most votes at that time will be the grand prize winner. 

 

 

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Beauty and the Beast starts tonight

 

Shows Feb. 5-8 at Cedar Springs High School

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, along with some good old-fashioned fun, as over 60 cast members take the stage tonight at Cedar Springs High School for their winter musical, Beauty and the Beast. 

This classic tale is a charming love story about a young woman (Belle) who falls in love with a beast, who happens to be a prince placed under a spell. In order to escape the spell, the Beast must learn to love and be loved. If he doesn’t learn this before time runs out, he and his home will be under the spell forever.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Leads include Alexis Lucarelli as Belle; Sean Murphy as Maurice; Brandyn Kirchoff as Beast/Prince; Remington Sawade as Gaston; Dallas Mora as Lefou; Alec Falicki as Lumiere; Roland Nulph as Cogsworth; April Roberts as Mrs. Potts; and Sam Owens as Babette.

Shows are February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10, and can be bought at the high school main office, online at http://www.hprodcshs.com, and at the door.

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