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Bootacular at Solon Market

ENT-BooWhere do ghosts go for a good time in Cedar? Solon Market, of course!  The Market is hosting its second annual Bootacular Event this Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Ghoulies and Ghosties and little beasties are all welcome to participate in a costume contest, parade, trunk-or-treat and a craft.  There will be treats for everyone and special treat bags for the first 25 kids to arrive.  Prizes will be awarded for the most original, scariest and cutest costumes.  The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. so don’t be late!

ENT-BatsThen Zumba-ween with Monica Sanders.  The dance is on for a full hour of fun beginning at 11:00 a.m.!  Come in costume or come in streets, but be prepared for a fun-filled workout! Never tried Zumba? Here’s your chance! It’s free! It’s invigorating! It’s a blast! What are you waiting for?

Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Ave. Market hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Treats will be given out throughout the Market day, but the costume contest begins at 10:00 a.m. See you at Market!

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What to choose?

An angel suddenly appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean of the college that, in return for his unselfish and exemplary behavior, he will be given his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects infinite wisdom.

“Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a cloud of smoke and a bolt of lightning.

Now, all heads turn toward the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something wise.”

The dean looks at them and says, “I should have taken the money.”




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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.


Children’s Blessing of the Pets

Oct. 12: A children’s Blessing of the Pets will be held in the fellowship hall at The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, on Sunday, October 12th at 2 pm for children grade 6 and under. Medals for all. Please bring an adult and provide restraint for your pet. We would love to meet you and your pet. For more information contact Keith at 616-696-1246. #40,41p


TOPS weight loss support group

Oct. 14: 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. #38


Community Food Truck

Oct. 16: We will be having a Community Food Truck coming in to serve 100+ families food to take home. Thursday, October 16th starting at 4 pm. The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs. First come, first served. All people that are food deficient will be accepted. No income or other guidelines. If you need a little help show up! #41


Elvis Meets Tom Jones Tribute

Oct. 18: Elvis meets Tom Jones Tribute Performance by the International Award Winning Irv Cass! Saturday, October 18th at 7 pm at the Rockford American Legion – 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford. Doors open at 6 pm. Reserved VIP seats $15 – General admission $10. Call 616-866-2001 for more information and/or to purchase tickets. #41


Free Movie! “God’s Not Dead”

Oct. 18,19: A very powerful movie, with great explanations and scientific research. Free admission, free popcorn, free lemonade and reasonable soft drinks. Showing at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Saturday October 18th at 3 pm and 7 pm and Sunday October 19 at 3 pm. #41,42p


Y do You Hate Me?

Oct. 21: The Kent School Services Network is presenting “Y do You Hate Me?” (Anti-Bullying) with speaker Jeff Veley, President – Where Are You Going Productions. Jeff is a former troubled teen turned award-winning youth speaker with a powerful message for students, parents and educators. He engages diverse audiences through illusions, clean comedy, and speaking on topics like bulling and healthy relationships. Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium. Open to parents, students and community members. #41


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Write Michigan short story contest 

ENT-Write-Michigan-KidsBookSigningThe third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 900 Michigan writers in its second year, is back.

The contest is presented by the Kent District Library, Schuler Books and Music, and Herrick District Library.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up). Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult Something Strange and Deadly series, will present the keynote.

Participating libraries are offering writing workshops for adults, teens and children. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.html.

For more information, visit www.writemichigan.org.

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Montcalm Neighborhood Watch picnic


Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch program is teaming up again with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Montcalm County Emergency Services, the Montcalm Township Fire Department, numerous other area fire departments, and many additional agencies to offer an old-fashioned picnic for the whole family to enjoy and to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. The activities are planned for Saturday, October 4th from11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Montcalm Township Hall Complex located on M-91 in Turk Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy free hot dogs, chips, and ice cream, plus lots of fun, demonstrations, displays, and entertainment from WGLM 106.3 Radio who will be broadcasting live during the event.

This will be the seventh year this event has been held and it promises to be the best display of county services ever provided.

One of the most fascinating and informative exhibits over the past couple of years has been the demonstration of extrication procedures by the Montcalm Township Fire Department. They will be using the Jaws of Life to demonstrate their skill in extricating victims from two vehicles involved in simulated crashes. Several other area fire departments and their specialized equipment will also be present to represent the mutual aid cooperation that exists between agencies and to bring awareness to the National Fire Protection Week, which begins the following day.

Many other exhibits and demonstrations will be available including the ever popular Smoke House, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Marine Division, the Dive Team, the Mobile Command Center, Michigan Working Dogs, the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a dunk tank, and United Lifestyles Drunk Driving Course. A Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch representative will be available with information to help you keep yourself, your family and property safe.

A Michigan Blood Drive is being added this year as a way in which to give back to our community and its residents. They will be present from 10 until 2 for donations and state they would prefer appointments, if possible. Interested individuals may contact Clif Dickinson @ 616-754-1780.

For more information in the picnic, please contact Dawn Miles at 616-788-8602.


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CROP Walk in Howard City


Plans are under way for this year’s CROP Walk against hunger in Howard City.  The walk has become an annual event each fall in the Panhandle section of Montcalm County. The purpose of the walk is to raise money to help feed the hungry CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and is sponsored by Church World Services. This is a cooperative ministry of over 35 denominations across the country working together to erase poverty.

This year’s Crop Walk is slated for Sunday, October 12 at 1:30. The walk will start at Ensley Park in Howard City and will go for approximately 4.5 miles before ending back at the park. And if the prospect of walking over 4 miles is not all that enticing, walkers are not required to go the whole distance, but can do whatever portion they are comfortable with. Refreshments will be served to all participants at the end of the walk.

The CROP Walk itself is an over 65-year-old tradition that has raised millions of dollars. Each year walks are held in communities all over the country. Not only is money raised, but volunteers endeavor to raise public awareness of the problems of world hunger. The motto “We walk because they walk “ sums up the spirit of volunteers as they strive to make a difference.

One very important aspect of the CROP Walk is that 25 percent of all money raised stays in the local community. In our area this is the Helping Hands food pantry in Howard City. The rest of the money goes to Church World Services  to help fund their many programs both in the US and throughout the world. These programs cover a wide spectrum, ranging from emergency food in Africa, to supplying agricultural tools to farmers in S. America, to to building schools in Asia.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a person or group looking to make a difference. For more information, interested parties are urged to contact Heritage United Methodist Church at 231-937-4310.


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What did you say?


A farmer walked into an attorney’s office wanting to file for a divorce. The attorney asked, “May I help you?”

The farmer said, “ I want to get one of those dayvorces.”

“Do you have any grounds?” asked the attorney.

“Yeah, I got about 140 acres.”

“I mean do you have a case?”

“No, I don’t have a Case, but I have a John Deere,” replied the farmer.

“No you don’t understand,” said the attorney. “I mean do you have a grudge?”

The farmer smiled. “Yeah I got a grudge. That’s where I park my John Deere.”

“No sir, I mean do you have a suit?”

“Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it to church on Sundays.”

“Well sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?” asked the attorney.

“No sir, we both get up about 4:30.”

“Okay, let me put it this way. WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?”

The farmer shook his head. “Well, I can never have a meaningful conversation with her.”


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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 

Rebos 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. #40


Red Flannel Food at CS UMC

Oct. 4: Red Flannel Food, eat at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Saturday, October 4th from 10 am till 4 pm. Hot dogs, pulled beef BBQ, chips, Nacho chips, fruit and hot and cold drinks, all reasonably priced. Proceeds are used for camp scholarships and other Men’s Group missions. #39,40p


Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational

Oct. 4: This year marks the 54th year of continuous operation for the Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational. Performing at the Invitational this year at 17 bands from all over West Michigan and beyond. The Invitational begins on Saturday, October 4 at 8 am with Opening Ceremonies and concludes at 1:45 with an awards ceremony. The Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational is held at Red Hawk Stadium at Cedar Springs High School. Spectator admission to the Invitational is $5 for seniors and students and $7 for all others. We hope you will join us on this very special day of marching and music! #39,40p


Red Flannel Day Talent Show

Oct. 4: Come see great local talent perform on stage at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Saturday, October 4th, right after the Red Flannel Parade at about 4:30 pm. Tickets are  only $3.00. #39,40


CSPS Class of 1964 Reunion

Oct. 4: The CSPS Class of 1964 is holding its 50 year reunion on Saturday, October 4.  Social time will start after the parade at the Cedar Springs Rod and Gun Club on 18 Mile Road.  The cost is $25.00 per person.  You are welcome to make a late reservation.  Contact Joyce Hansen at 696-2173 or jkhansen@surfmagnus.com. For further information or to make a reservation. #40p


The Springs Red Flannel Bounce Bash

Oct. 4: Question: What’s red, sails through the air, and has a smile a mile wide? Answer: Your kids at The Springs Red Flannel Bounce Bash! The Springs Church will have five different bounce houses set up in their parking lot at 135 N. Grant Street, for kids of all ages, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Red Flannel Day. And that’s not all—there will be free food as well. Free inflatables plus free food = free fun! So get your bounce on and head over to The Springs! For more info call 696-2970.


Acoustic Instrumental Group

Oct. 6: Come join us for worship and fun through Christmas music. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:15 pm, October 6 thru November 24 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. For more information call Keith Caldwell 616-696-1246. #39,40p


Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 6: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, October 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, bakes beans, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #40p


God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Oct. 7,14,21,28: 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. #40


Blood Drive at St. Peters Lutheran Church

Oct. 9: St. Peters Lutheran Church is having a blood drive on Thursday, October 9 from 2 pm to 7 pm at St. Peters Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 310 East Division in Rockford. We need all Types! #40


Hope Community Church Fall Craft & Vendor Expo

Oct. 11: The best of your favorites plus a mix of exciting new crafters! Unique glassware – recycled artful items, glass blocks – really cool things for in and outdoors; wood items, toys, huge assortment of crochet/knit/sewn items from necklaces to totes to doll clothes and accessories. There will be many popular vendors there representing products we all know and love! Saturday, October 11 from 10 am to 3 pm. 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford (just north of Belding Road). For more information call Judy 616-340-2820 or judygistinger@yahoo.com. #39,40p


Thankful for You Day

Oct. 11: KDL is wrapping up nearly two years of Happiness Project with a major celebration of the folks who most make us happy – our customers! Help us celebrate YOU with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises during  our branch celebration. Saturday, October 11 at 9:30 am at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #40


Children’s Blessing of the Pets

Oct. 12: A children’s Blessing of the Pets will be held in the fellowship hall at The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, on Sunday, October 12th at 2 pm for children grade 6 and under. Medals for all. Please bring an adult and provide restraint for your pet. We would love to meet you and your pet. For more information contact Keith at 616-696-1246. #40,41p


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Score a Touchdown This Football Season

(Family Features) Football season can only mean one thing – time to grab the best seat in the house, and we’re not talking about at the stadium. In fact, 77 percent of Americans think the best seat in the house is at home in front of an HDTV, according to a recent survey by McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco brand products. Instead of heading to the stadium, keep the tailgate at home and throw a “homegating” party.

The ultimate homegate is not only about the football game, it’s about the food. No matter what’s happening on the field, the spread can be the real game-changer. In fact, the survey found the following:

78 percent of American adults think good food can make up for a bad game.

Americans spend, on average, 42 percent of the game eating or drinking.

Over half of Americans (57 percent) voted the grill as the most important appliance when hosting a homegate.

For a homegate touchdown, banish the boring and serve beer-infused chili, which is sure to please all your family, friends and football fans. For other ways to spice up game day, visit www.tabasco.com.


Super Good Chili

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 (12 ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (12 ounce) can or bottle beer

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies

1 tablespoon TABASCO brand Original Red Sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese,


Heat oil in 5-quart saucepot over medium heat. Add beef and cook until well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove to bowl.

Add onion and garlic to drippings remaining in skillet; cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.

Return meat to saucepot; stir in cumin. Cook 1 minute. Stir in diced tomatoes with liquid, pinto beans, red kidney beans, beer, green chilies, Tabasco Sauce and salt. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.

Serve with cheese, if desired.


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Friends of the Cedar Springs Library Quilt Raffle


How would you like to help out the Cedar Springs Library and stay warm this winter, too? Here’s your chance! You have a chance to win the fabulous, new Christmas quilt to help build the new Cedar Springs Library! Tickets are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6 chances. View the quilt now online at: cedarspringslibrary.org, stop by the Library on 43 W. Cherry or view it on Red Flannel Day at the Friends Book Sale between 10 and 5pm. Drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Buy your tickets at the Cedar Springs Library.


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