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The Alchemist

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Last Monday, September 12, residents enjoyed the Readers Theatre put on by Actors del Arte at the Cedar Springs Public Library. The group presented Paulo Coehlo’s book, “The Alchemist.”

“We had a really great time,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “Seven actors, including Patricia Rose, Charlotte Ambrose, Shannon Rop, Tim Madden, Sr., Tim Madden Jr., Lucinda Zamani, and Brian Thomas did an outstanding job with their rendition of the Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. The audience loved the book and the entire evening was inspiring.”

She said that everyone also enjoyed the lasagna and apple crisp dessert provided by Diane Fish, local library enthusiast and long-time fan of the Actors del Arte.

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“The Foreigner” dedicated to Jack Clark

 

The Cedar Springs Community Players are both honoring the past and trying something new with their upcoming production of The Foreigner. The show is being dedicated to Jack Clark, a longtime member, who died earlier this year. The Foreigner was Jack’s favorite show and he would travel all over the state to see productions of it. There will be displays of photographs and stories about Jack’s participation in past productions at the theater.  If you have photos or a memory to share, please contact Bob Clifford at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.

The Players are also offering some fun sponsorship opportunities for their theater patrons. The Foreigner is a play with a single set and there are a number of items that appear on the set or are mentioned in the play—some of them quite humorously. Sponsors will receive special pins that they can wear during the play to show they are an official Croquet Mallet, Carrot, Spoon Rack, etc., sponsor. Sponsorships are as follows: Sauerkraut – $25; Carrot, Spoon Rack, Candle, Fork, or Lamp – $20; Apples or Fireplace – $10; Croquet Mallets, Harmonica, Suitcase, or Key to Room 7 – $5.

Sponsorships can be purchased at the theater on the day of the performance or in advance from a Players member or cast member. Sponsorships purchased in advance will be included in the program.

Friends of the Players and the cast and crew can also send well wishes to them in the program for $10. Please contact Bob Clifford at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.

 

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Free home maintenance classes at North Kent Community Services

North Kent Community Services (NKCS) has partnered with Home Repair Services to bring a series of free home maintenance workshops to northern Kent county. These workshops are open to the public; you do not need to be a client of NKCS to participate.

Home Maintenance Checkup

Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.

This class and its discussion will give you some of the basics needed for you to begin making your own do-it-yourself fixes around the house.

Basic Drywall Repair

Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m.

You’ll gain the knowledge and experience for do-it-yourself drywall repairs around your home.

Basic Electrical

Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m.

You will have an opportunity to do some hands on wiring of an outlet, switch, and a light. You will gain skill sets to do some basic electrical around the home.

These free trainings will be held at North Kent Community Services at 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford. Call (616) 241-2601 for more information and to R.S.V.P. for these workshops.

 

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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. 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.

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Sept. 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI  (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road). Message and the music will shared by the group, ALIVE. This is an outstanding gospel group, who will share an awesome message and their amazing musical talents. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each Service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150. SEE YOU THERE! #38

Take off pounds sensibly

Sept.27: 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

Red Flannel Talent Show Performers

Sept. 28: If you missed the Red Flannel Talent Show tryouts on September 14th it is not too late! A Dress Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 7 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Please come fully prepared with music and costume. Contact Len at 231-750-2337. The Red Flannel Talent Show will be held on Red Flannel Day, October 1st at about 4:30 pm (right after the parade). Tickets to the show are $3.00 each. #38

Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club’s Fun 3 Gun Shoot

Oct. 2: Fun 3 Gun Shoot, 9am-1pm at Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Open to the public. Shooting: pistol, rifle, shotgun. $10 per person, Lewis pay out at the end of the event. For any questions call 616-696-3711. #38p

AWANA Program Kicks Off

Oct. 5: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA program on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:30- 8 pm. AWANA is an action packed program running from October through March for children ages 3 years through 5th grade. It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it! Go to www.scwchurch.com to register or come a few minutes early the first night. Student Ministries (6th-12th) and adults will also meet. There’s something for everyone! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Questions? Call 696-3229. All welcome! #38,39p

St.Peter’s Lutheran Blood Drive

Oct. 5: St.Peter’s Lutheran Church is holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall at 310 East Division Street in Rockford. You can make an appointment online at www.MIBlood.org. Babysitting available. We need all Types. #38,39p

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Good Old Days

 

Grandpa was always going on about the good old days, and the lower cost of living, in particular.

“When I was a kid,” he told me, “my mom could send me to the store, and I’d get a salami, two pints of milk, 6 oranges, 2 loaves of bread, a magazine, and some new blue jeans…all for a dollar!”

My eyes grew wide in amazement. “Wow!” I said.

Then Grandpa shook his head sadly. “You can’t do that anymore… they got those new-fangled video cameras everywhere you look.”

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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.

Rummage Sale at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Sept. 15,16: A rummage sale will be held on September 15th and 16th from 9 am to 5 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake. Clothes, fishing supplies, shoes and boots. Proceeds to benefit the Ladies Guild projects. #37

Howard City Harvest Festival

Sept. 17: Howard City will hold its 14th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 17th. For more information please check out the event schedule online at www.howardcity.org. #36,37p

Red Flannel Wine & Craft Beer Tasting

Sept. 17: A Red Flannel wine & craft beer tasting will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 6-9pm at the Whitefish Lake Golf and Grill, 2241 Bass Lake Rd., Pierson, MI. Local craft beer and wine tasting includes a delicious dinner with beer and/or wine samples. Only $40 per person. Buy the tickets at the Red Flannel Offices, 18 S. Main St. There will also be a Silent Auction to benefits the RFF Queen’s Scholarship Fund. #36,37b

Greenville Garden Club Plant & Bake Sale

Sept. 17: The Greenville Garden Club’s annual plant, shrub and bake sale is on Saturday, September 17th from 10 am to 2 pm at the East Pavilion of the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent Rd., Greenville. Fall is a great time to plant your spring garden. You’ll find a wide selection of perennials and shrubs from the gardens of members and businesses. Delicious baked goods from member’s ovens. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Rain or shine, plan to attend. #37

Golf Outing – To benefit the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund

Sept. 18: Attention Golfers! Join us for an 18-hole, 4-person golf scramble at Whitefish Lake Golf Club on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, with a 9:00 a.m. shot-gun start, to benefit the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund. Cost is $65 per person ($260 per team). Lunch and prizes included. Call WhiteFish Lake Golf Club at (616)636-5260 today to reserve your spot! #37b

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

Sept. 18: This changes everything! Your money. Your story. Your life. Learn God’s ways of handling money with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Learn how to get out of debt and live like never before. The average turnaround is $8,000 in just the first three months! Even though the first class meets Sunday, September 18th, it’s not too late to sign up. We will help you catch up! Classes meet each Sunday evening from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus, 16415 Meddler Ave, Sand Lake for a total of nine sessions. Childcare is available. Register online at daveramsey.com/findaclass. Call 616-984-2525 or 616-366-3980 with questions. #37

Dinner at the Legion

Sept. 19: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Meatloaf dinner on Monday, September 19th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, baked beans, veggies, salad, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #37p

Take off pounds sensibly

Sept.20: 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. #36

Blood Drive at CS UMC

Sept. 20: The Michigan Blood Drive will be Tuesday, September 20th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Last month we collected 37 units which has an impact of saving 111 Michigan and Cedar Springs Area friends. The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate at the Cedar Springs Blood Drive. #37

Red Flannel Queen Pageant – ticket sales!

Sept. 24: Tickets are now available for pre-sale for the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant, held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Stop by the Red Flannel Festival Office, on Main Street, or the Cedar Springs Library, during open hours. Pre-sale Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and younger. Cost is $13 at the door. If you’d like to make a donation to the Queen Scholarship Fund, please send your donation, payable to Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Any donation of $100 or more received prior to the pageant will receive two complimentary tickets in our royal donor section. #37b

HCNC Red Pine Run

Oct. 9: Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, will be holding the Red Pine Run 5k on Sunday, October 9th at 2:30 pm. Walk or run this cross country style 5k with the best scenery in West Michigan. Post race refreshments will be provided and all participants registered by October 2nd will receive a T-shirt. Registration before October 8th is $20 and the day of the race is $25. Seniors, Youth and Differently Abled racers are $10 until October 8th. Opportunity drawings with lots of prizes and medals for the top 3 in each category. Register online at www.HowardChristensen.org or by calling the office, 616-675-3158. Staff will contact you for shirt and division information. #37

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Humane Society of West Michigan hosts Bark in the Dark

 

Glow-in-the-dark 5K & 1 Mile fun run/walk to benefit the animals at Humane Society of West Michigan

In the past year, more than 3,550 animals found new homes through the efforts of the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM). To continue serving the community and homeless animals, HSWM will host its fourth annual Bark in the Dark fundraising 5K and 1 Mile fun run/walk on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Park. Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs, as this will be a great opportunity for people and their canine companions to get active while supporting a great cause.

“Thousands of animals across West Michigan are waiting for their forever family,” said Tammy Hagedorn, Director of Development of HSWM. “Bark in the Dark is a fantastic occasion for individuals or families to come together with their four-legged friends to raise awareness for vulnerable animals throughout our community. We’re grateful for the continued support we receive from participants and sponsors during this popular event.”

This fun-filled event, perfect for the whole family, will feature a photo booth, face painting, and balloon animals before the run/walk from 5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by music, complimentary snacks, and a beer tent.

Register and create an online fundraising page, which can be shared on social media platforms or through email to facilitate donations to benefit HSWM. Because HSWM operates solely on donations, all funds raised from the event support their important mission—promoting humane treatment and responsible care of animals through education, example, placement, and protection.  Funds raised allow continuation of care for thousands of animals each year, which requires: daily care, medical treatment, spay/neuter surgeries, behavior assessments, training, exercise, and enrichment.

Registration Fee:

Kids under 5: FREE with registered adult

Youth 5-17: $10

Adults 18+: $35 ($40 on race day)

To learn more about Bark in the Dark, visit http://www.barkinthedark.org/

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Cast chosen for Community Players comedy The Foreigner

 

by Sue Harrison

Rehearsals are underway for the Cedar Springs Community Players fall comedy, The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Blocking is completed and actors are working on learning lines and creating a believable character role.

This is the 76th show by the Cedar Springs Community Players in the 45 years of producing plays and musicals in the community.  The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, is directed by Sue Harrison, with Nancy Noreen as Production Coordinator, Charlene Sommer as Stage Manager, and  Deb Irwin working with props.

Many of the cast members have worked with the Players before or with other community theatre groups. The cast includes:  Doug Christensen as “Froggy” LeSueur, a British officer; R.J.Moore as Charlie Baker, a pathologically shy British proof-reader; Laura Johnson as Betty Meeks, widow and owner of the resort; Mark Stoll as Rev David M. Lee; Anna Ambrose is Catherine Simms, a former debutante engaged to Rev. Lee; Rod Zamarron as Owen Musser, a backwoods scoundrel with tattoos; and Tom Johnson as Ellard Simms, a backward boy who is Catherine’s brother.

The comedy takes place in Betty Meek’s Fishing Lodge Resort in Tilghman County, Georgia. Mostly middle-income people come to this laid back, off-the-beaten- track resort to fish, swim, play a little cards and fill up on Betty’s down-home cooking. Now insert into the mix, Charlie, a foreigner and shy proofreader who is brought to the resort from England by his friend, “Froggy”. Charlie wants nothing more than to be left alone and is fearful of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy” tells the others that Charlie is a foreigner and speaks no English. The fun really begins when Charlie overhears more than he should and things get complicated. The show has one comic surprise after another and the “good guys” emerge triumphant!  Even though The Foreigner takes place in the recent past, the Golden Rule in dealing with people, even though they are “foreigners” is as relevant as it always has been.

The Foreigner will be presented at the Kent Theater on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 13, 14, and 15,  2016  at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door.

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MCC features inmate artists 

A variety of artwork by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities is included in Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit. Located in the Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the exhibit may be viewed Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 through Oct. 27.

A variety of artwork by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities is included in Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit. Located in the Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the exhibit may be viewed Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 through Oct. 27.

“Art From the Inside Out” exhibit Sept. 12-Oct. 27

SIDNEY—Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit features artwork created by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities.

Located in MCC’s Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the display is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 through Oct. 27.

This is the third time MCC has held an exhibit like this. The idea originally came from the University of Michigan’s annual exhibit of prisoner art.

“It is an excellent way for the MCC community to see artwork they wouldn’t usually be able to view,” said MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson. “At MCC, part of our mission is to allow our students to experience different ideas and expressions. Our art students critique and analyze the artworks and expand their perspective by observing work from people who have very different life experiences from the average college student.

“We have received responses from community members, as well as from our students, expressing how enlightening it is to see artwork created by a marginalized population,” she added. “Art is very personal. How we engage with art is very personal. It helps us to see through the eyes of people who live differently from us, as well as people throughout history and across cultures. Art helps us expand our ideas. The more we know about others, the more empathetic and understanding we are toward others.”

MCC expects more than 100 artworks in 2D and 3D from approximately 75 artists from four area institutions.

“It amazes me to see how strong the creative impulse is in humans,” Johnson said. “From picking up charcoal to adorn prehistoric cave walls, to kids building sand castles, there is an innate urge to make things of beauty.

“Many of the people taking part in this exhibit have never had any art education and only started to express themselves visually since being incarcerated,” she added. “Many of the artworks express ideas of remorse and sadness. Art is a safe way to explore the entire range of human emotions.”

MCC Art Instructor Debbie Bell said this art show is meant to educate and challenge students.

“This art is very psychological and has intense emotion within it, so most pieces hold a lot of meaning and pent up emotions,” Bell said. “This art show gives viewers a connection with people who they are unable to have contact with as they would with others in society.”

Johnson said it is important to realize that most of the people in prison will one day be released.

“When someone has paid their debt to society, we need to find ways for them to fit back into the outside world. Art can help them do just that. If these artists don’t have a creative outlet or positive way to interact with the outside world, they may revert to the behavior that got them incarcerated.”

Bell said all MCC art instructors have their students observe the art, write reflection papers on the artwork and discuss what materials were used.

“Some of the participating prison artists have family members in our community,” Johnson said. “Many people in our area are employed at area prisons. How much safer might their jobs be when prisoners have a safe outlet to express their emotions?”

Most of the artwork is available for sale. The prices range from $5 to $500, based on the piece’s size and the artist’s experience. Once a piece is taken out of the prison, it cannot be returned to the artist.

Visit MCC’s Instruction North Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus to view and/or purchase pieces. A ballot box in the Art Gallery allows visitors to vote for their favorite artwork and People’s Choice Awards will be given to the artists receiving the most votes at the end of the show.

Contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248 for more information.

 

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