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Matter of balance class for seniors

 

Senior Neighbors, a nonprofit organization that is working tirelessly for senior citizens of Kent County, will host a “Matter of Balance” class this Fall.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.

“A Matter of Balance” is an award-winning program designed to educate people about balance and increase activity levels. This program emphasizes practical strategies to prevent falls. All people enrolled in this class will learn how to manage their concerns about falling. They will receive help in setting goals for increasing activity. They will find ways to make changes to reduce fall risks at home. They will learn to exercise in a way to increase strength and balance. And they will learn strategies to get off the ground if they should fall.

Anyone concerned about falls and have restricted activities because of falling would benefit from attending.

The class is no charge to attend and offered every Friday from 10-12 p.m., starting September 22 through November 10. It will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs.

Please contact Julie Lake, Senior Neighbors Wellness Coordinator at 616-233-0283 to register for the class or for more information.

 

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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.

Mom-to-Mom Sale

Sept. 23: Join us on September 23, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church for our Mom-to-Mom Sale. Gently used baby items. Bring your friends and just shop! Free • Prizes • Snacks. #37,38p

5K Run/Walk at MCC

Sept. 23: Montcalm Community College’s third annual Bramble Ramble 5k trail run and walk is Saturday, September 23rd at 9 am on the college’s Sidney campus. The course is a mix of flat, wide trails and narrow, wooded hills; pavement; and open fields. Parking is available at the Barn Theatre and in the college’s parking lots. The race starts and ends behind MCC’s Barn Theatre. Awards will be given to overall male and female, as well as age group winners. Registration on the day of the race is from 7:30 to 8:45 am and is $25 per person or $40 for a family. All proceeds benefit MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails for improvement, community outreach and education. For more information visit www.montcalm.edu/nature-trails or email naturetrails@montcalm.edu. #38

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Sept. 24: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, September 24th  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). Music and Ministry will be shared by the gospel group called “Just Out”, which includes Cliff Johnson, Claudia Long and Pat Decker. 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 616-293-2150. See you there! #38b

Auditions for Flat River Community Players

Sept. 25, Oct. 2: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 pm on Monday, September 25th and Monday, October 2nd at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. Performances are scheduled for December 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16 at the Greenville Area Community Center. Questions? Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207. Visit the Player’s website: www.frcplayers.org. #38

TOPS weight loss support group

Sept. 26: 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. #38

Solon Center Wesleyan Church AWANA Kicks Off

Sept. 27: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA Clubs program on Wednesday, September 27 from 6-8 PM. AWANA is an action-packed program for children ages 3 years through 5th grade, from September 27, 2017 through March 28, 2018.  It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it! Registration begins at 5:45 PM or you may preregister www.scwchurch.org. Student Ministry Discipleship  (6th-12th) and Adults Small Groups will also meet. There’s something for everyone! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road.  Questions? Call 616- 696-3229.  All welcome! #37,38p

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Sept. 27: Dear Senior Friends age 60 or more. Summer has slipped through our fingers and Fall sneaks in to takes its place.  These winds of change blew in a menu of Potato Soup served with Muffins you’d swear were Carmel Apples. Other tasty delights as yet have not blown in. But beware those winds of menu may change before the meal is served. The where and when has not changed. At Noon the 27th of September, ride that breeze to the corner M-82 and Beech. #38

Lumbering History of Michigan

Sept. 30: On Saturday, September 30th, Tom Noreen will present a program about the Lumbering History of Michigan and the local area at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park, 60 Cedar St., Cedar Springs. Included will be a demonstration of old lumbering and wood working tools with hands on use of some of them by the audience. The program, beginning at 1 pm will run about an hour. Seating is limited, so come early! #38

Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant – “Rockin Round the Clock” 

Sept. 30: Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium for our 73rd Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant! (Note time difference.) Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets available now at the Cedar Springs Library during open hours. Tickets also available at the door prior to the pageant. 50’s attire welcome! #37,38p

Cedar Springs High School Class of 1977 Reunion

Oct. 6: The 40th class reunion of the C.S.H.S. Class of 1977 will be held on October 6th. This is a casual get together at the Long Lake Park pavilion, 5 miles West of 131 on 17 Mile Road (M-46) from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bring a dish to pass if you’d like but not required and B.Y.O.B. Please get the word out to our classmates! #38,39p

Book Sale at CS Library

Oct. 6,7: The Friends of the Library will be holding at Book Sale at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. on Friday, October 6th from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, October 7th from 10 am – 5 pm. 616-696-1910. #38,39p


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The Post travels to Hawaii

Cayden Steinebach and Emily Fishman pose in front of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sign with their copy of The Post.

Curt and Carol Steinebach traveled with two of their children, Cayden Steinebach and Emily Fishman, to Hawaii in August and they took the Post along. They visited two of the Hawaiian islands; took a catamaran tour off the Na Pali Coast in Kauai; and also hiked some of the trails in Waimea Canyon in Kauai.  They also visited Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island (Hawaii) where they were able to see an active volcano. The family had a great time traveling Hawaii with the Post for the week!

Thank you to the Steinebach family for taking us with you. It sounds like you had a great time!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Seussical, Jr.

Over two dozen kids from ages 7 to 14 have worked hard to bring Suessical, Jr. to the stage at the Kent Theatre Sept. 22-24. Photo by Linda Christiansen.

By Tom Noreen

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present Seussical, Jr. on September 22-23 at 7 p.m. and a September 24 matinee at 2:30 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre.

Directed by Lori Koester, with musical Director Eli Koester, 27 kids from 7 to 14 will perform. In addition to acting, they are helping prepare the set by painting all of the props and background scenery. Eli knows how to teach the music to the kids, plus he plays Horton.

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss (mainly Horton Hears a Who!Horton Hatches the Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz) that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play’s story is a complex amalgamation of many of Seuss’s most famous books. Seussical, Jr. is written especially for youth performers.

Tickets are $10 at the door and can be reserved by emailing ticketscscp@gmail.com.

Look for the CSCP’s next show, Harvey, scheduled for October.

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The Moped and the Ferrari

 

A doctor buys a brand new Ferrari GTO that costs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and stops at a red light.

An old man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?”

The doctor replies, “A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars!”

“That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?”

“Because this car can do up to 250 miles an hour!” states the doctor proudly.

The Moped driver asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?”

“No problem,” replies the doctor.

So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right… but I’ll stick with my Moped!”

Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds, the speedometer reads 150 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear window and wonders what it could be and then…

WHHHOOOOOOSSSSSHHH! Something whips by him going much faster!

“What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?” the doctor asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 175 mph.

Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the Moped! Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the moped at 210 mph.

He was feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN! Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 250 mph.

Not ten seconds later, he sees the Moped bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out, and there’s nothing he can do!

Suddenly, the Moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end. The doctor stops and jumps out, and unbelievably, the old man is still alive. He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh my gosh! Is there anything I can do for you?”

The old man whispers, “Unhook my suspenders from your side mirror.”

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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.

Dave Ramsey – Financial Peace University

Sept 14: What if you could always buy what you need interest-free? What if you could actually keep a percentage of your paycheck? Guess what? You CAN! With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your money, we’d like you to join us at Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus (16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake). Classes run every Thursday evening, Sept. 14 through Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can register online at www.daveramsey.com. Contact Leslie Wood at leslie@lawood.net or 989-287-0167 for more info. #37

Dinner at the Legion

Sept. 18: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Meatloaf dinner on Monday, September 18th , from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #37

TOPS weight loss support group

Sept. 19: 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. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #37

Michigan Blood Drive

Sept. 19: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on September 19th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Now that Fall has settled in and the Summer rush is over, be sure to schedule an hour to donate blood. One hour of your time has the potential to save 3 lives in Michigan. The Michigan Blood Center thanks all the people that donate. #37

Social Media 101 CSACoC Mixer

Sept. 21: Join the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce on September 21 at the historic Kent Theatre (8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs) from 7pm to 9pm to mingle with other business owners/community leaders and hear Matt Muscat (Treadstone Mortgage) explain the ins and outs/dos and don’ts of using social media to help grow your business or organization. Evening agenda: 7pm – Welcome, tour, and brief history of the historic Kent Theatre, 7:20pm – Matt Muscat Social Medial 101 presentation, 8:20pm – Business Networking. This event is limited to the first 295 seats. Please RSVP to csacocsecretary@gmail.com. #37p

Mom-to-Mom Sale

Sept. 23: Join us on September 23, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church for our Mom-to-Mom Sale. Gently used baby items. Bring your friends and just shop! Free • Prizes • Snacks. #37,38p

Mobile Food Pantry

Sept 23: Mobile Food Pantry at Red Pine Bible Church, 17195 Red Pine Dr, Kent City, Mi 49330 through Feeding America West MI. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 1:00pm, registration starts at 12:30 pm. Contact person: Jerry Miller – phone # (616) 262-5769. #37

Solon Center Wesleyan Church 

AWANA Kicks Off

Sept. 27: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA Clubs program on Wednesday, September 27 from 6 -8 PM.  AWANA is an action-packed program for children ages 3 years through 5th grade , from September 27, 2017 through March 28,2018.  It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it!   Registration begins at 5:45 PM or you may preregister www.scwchurch.org.  Student Ministry Discipleship  (6th-12th) and Adults Small Groups will also meet.  There’s something for everyone!  The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road.  Questions?  Call 616- 696-3229.  All welcome! #37,38p

Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant “Rockin’ Round the Clock”

Sept. 30: Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium for our 73rd Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant! (Note time difference.) Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets available now at the Cedar Springs Library during open hours. Tickets also available at the door prior to the pageant. 50’s attire welcome!! #37,38p

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Post travels to Big Bay

The Post recently traveled with Art and Linda Gould, of Nelson Township, to Big Bay, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior. They went there to visit with friends. While there, the couple said they had good weather and a good time.

Thank you Art and Linda, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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River Rock Church hosts annual summer festival September 10

Entire community invited to free event with something for everyone 

On Sunday, September 10, River Rock Church will host their annual summer Festival event from 3-6 p.m. The event, which is completely free of charge, will take place on the grounds of River Rock Church at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, Mich.

River Rock’s Festival event is an opportunity for the greater community to come together and simply have fun. What can you expect to do at Festival? Kids can enjoy inflatables, many kid’s games, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, a clown, prizes such as an American Girl Doll and electric scooter and more. But Festival isn’t just for kids! Adults who attend can listen to live music, learn to square dance, and new this year, play a game of bubble soccer thanks to Grand Rapids Battle Ball.

Festival is free to attend but guests are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to support Hand2Hand Ministries, which delivers hope to hungry children—early childhood through high school—by mobilizing schools and churches to provide nutritious food over the weekends. Hand2Hand is active in Rockford Public Schools.

In 2016, River Rock welcomed approximately 800 people to Festival. And while a great turnout is expected, the true goal is to give back to the community.

“Since our beginning in 2000, River Rock Church has existed to prayerfully connect those in the greater Rockford community to Jesus and one another. We seek to do this in a variety of ways including worship services, serving opportunities inside and outside of our church, programming for all ages, and community outreach events like Festival,” said River Rock’s Senior Pastor, Jon Huizenga. “Festival is something we can give back to the community who has blessed our church in so many ways.”

For more information on River Rock’s Festival, visit www.riverrockcommunity.com or contact the church office at 616-874-0400.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour 2017 

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve comes to Grand Rapids on December 3 

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2017. Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. The 2017 winter tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, including a stop at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids for two shows on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Show times are 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $48.50, $58.50, $68.50, and $78.50 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local charities courtesy of TSO. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to every order and prices are subject to change.

TSO’s tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on The Ghosts of Christmas Eve for the 2017 tour. Beginning November 16, fans will experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2017’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America.

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Impressive Dinner

 

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea. “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

“I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother.

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”

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