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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.

TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 28: 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

 

Winter Family Fun Day at HCNC

Feb. 1: Be a proud Michigander get out and enjoy winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. Children’s games, free snowshoe walk with your family, snowman or snow animal building contest, hula hoop contest, bubble blowing (if temp is below 32), make a snow glove, use our water filled bottles of color to create snow art in our open prairie. Then warm up with a bowl of chili or some s’mores around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. Saturday, February 1 from12 noon to 3 pm. Donation of $6/person or $15 family. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #4

 

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

 

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Time to pucker up! LAST CHANCE TO ENTER – deadline Feb. 3

2013 Best Lips winner, Leah Almy

2013 Best Lips winner, Leah Almy

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time for some fun at the Post. As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female! Show us your lips by entering our 21st annual “Best Lips” contest by February 3. We’re going to let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper on Thursday, February 6. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 13 edition. Click link below for details.

 

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Daddy-daughter dance February 1

Buy tickets now—none available at the door

 

On Saturday, February 1, there will be a night to remember for 200 families. The 10th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be put on by the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department at Cedar Springs Middle School. This event has grown every year and is one of the most special moments of the year for many young girls in the Cedar Springs area. The dance is for girls of age 3 through the early teen years and the male role model in their lives. We understand that not every young lady has a father in their life, but they have a male that they look up to and that is special to them. That person may be an uncle, grandfather, older brother, or somone else. They can be the one that attends and helps create memories. The dance can be attended by anyone, not just residents of Cedar Springs. It is important that young ladies can have a night of fun and a chance to make memories that will last them a lifetime.

The dance is hosted by a father and daughter DJ service, Diverse Sounds, and has punch and snacks for the attendees as well. The doors will open for the event at 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Springs Middle School and the dance will kick off at 7 p.m. Included in the ticket price is a craft project for each girl to work on with their date while at the dance, and 5×7 photos that will be taken of each couple and provided after February 14. Noah’s Animal Workshop will be at the dance offering special stuffed animals to commemorate the night for an additional fee.

Tickets are on sale now during daytime office hours at Hilltop (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)  and at the Middle School on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m.  There is only room for 200 families and half of those are already reserved, so do not wait until the last minute. Tickets in advance are $15 for two people, or $20 for three, or $25 for a group of four or more.  There will not be any tickets available at the door.

For more information call 696-7320 or email director@csaparksandrec.com. We are also on Facebook and have a new website www.csaparksandrec.com, with mobile application and text alert options.

 

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What’s for dinner?

 

The young couple invited their elderly pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.

“Goat,” the little boy replied.

“Goat?” replied the startled man of the cloth, “Are you sure about that?”

“Yep,” said the youngster. “I heard Dad say to Mom, ‘Today is just as good as any to have the old goat for dinner.’”

 

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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.

Looking for Seniors to Play Euchre

Jan. 20: Got some free time on Mondays and love to play Euchre? We are looking for seniors to join us on Monday nights at 6 pm at Mildred Houting Leisure Acres’, 35 E. Maple, Sand Lake, community room for a game of Euchre. For more information call 616-255-2039. #3

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 21: 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! 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. #3

 

The Art of  Marriage Video Conference

Jan. 21,22: Maranatha Bible Church will host The Art of Marriage Video Conference. This 6 session series is designed to help couples understand what God’s Word says about how to have a marriage that honors Him, enjoys each other, and invests in generations to come. February 21 & 22. Friday from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Presented by Family Life. Cost is $40/couple, $20/singles. Register at our website: www.mbcmi.org or www.eventbrite.com or call our office at 616-784-5905. #3

 

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Pants dilemma

 

A young man came home from the office and found his bride sobbing convulsively. “I feel terrible,” she told him. “I was pressing your suit and I burned a big hole in the seat of your trousers.”

“Forget it,” consoled her husband. “Remember that I’ve got an extra pair of pants for that suit.”

“Yes, and it’s lucky you have,” said the woman, drying her eyes. “I used them to patch the hole.”

 

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Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Peter and the Wolf”

With Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Jan. 25

 

ENT-Peter-and-the-WolfYoung children will receive the perfect introduction to the sound of the orchestra when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the musical tale of “Peter and the Wolf,” Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.

This Russian classic will enthrall kids of all ages, especially with the addition of dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Associate Conductor John Varineau leads this Lollipops concert, sponsored by PNC.

Written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, “Peter and the Wolf” tells the story of a young boy who, ignoring his grandfather’s warnings, goes off in search of a big, grey wolf. During his journey through the forest, Peter befriends a bird, a duck and a cat, all of whom help him during his fearsome wolf encounter.

Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument and musical theme, allowing children to learn the distinct sounds made by orchestral instruments. The musicians will also be wearing colored t-shirts that will help identify the four instrument families—string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

The whimsical tale and charming music from “Peter and the Wolf” is likely familiar to many parents, as Disney animated the musical story in 1946. The popular musical themes have also been featured in the film “A Christmas Story” and children’s cartoons including “Muppet Babies” and “Tiny Toon Adventures.”

The Symphony’s Lollipops concerts are designed for children ages four through seven, but the program can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Complimentary lollipops will be given to children as a sweet treat after the performance.

Tickets General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony box office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4 (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800/982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare store and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.

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Kent Theatre to hold over “Frozen”

It was literally an outstanding crowd that came to see the children’s movie “Frozen” at the Kent Theatre over the weekend. “Out standing” is what they were doing—lined up in the cold, waiting to get in. And some were still turned away.

It’s the first movie sell-out the Kent Theatre has had since began showing movies again several years ago. “It was amazing,” remarked Len Allington, president of the Cedar Springs Theatre Association. He noted that it was a sell out weekend—more than 1,400 people saw 8 showings of “Frozen,” which had three showings Friday and Saturday, and two on Sunday.

To accommodate those people who did not get a chance to see the movie but tried to, they are holding it over for this Friday. It will show at 6 and 9 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, they will show “The Book Thief,” a film set in Germany during World War II. It is rated PG-13.

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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.

Snowshoe Fun at HCNC

Jan. 12: What a better way to get out and enjoy our Michigan winters than to experience it on snowshoes at the Howard Christensen Nature Center. Beginners can join Kare Greenup as she guides you through the process of leaning to snowshoe (it is so easy!) and then take a slow guided hike. Best suited for ages 15 – 100! Donation of $6 per person or $10 for a family of 4 or more. Serious Snowshoe Sundays are January 12 & 19, Feb. 2, 9 & 16 from Noon to 3 pm. Are you serious about getting in shape this winter? Snowshoeing is a great cardiovascular workout. Start with an indoor warm-up program, then suit up and hit the trails for a bout of invigorating exercise. Best suited for teens and adults. Bring your own shoes or borrow ours, included in the price. Donation of $5 session or $20 for the entire series (5 weeks). If snow conditions are not adequate, a vigorous hike will substitute walk. Located at 16190 Red Pine Dr NW, Kent City, MI 49330. #2

 

Start the New Year right with TOPS

Jan. 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #2

Beyblade Battles at KDL

Jan. 18: Test your skills and have fun competing in KDL’s Beyblade Battles! Bring your own Beyblades and arenas, or trail and comptete using the library’s equipment. For ages 6 and older. Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #2

 

Auditions for Spring Musical “Nunsense”

Jan 20-21: Auditions for Cedar Springs Community Players spring musical “Nunsense” by Dan Groggins, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 20-21 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Roles for 5 women are available and all require solos and group singing. Auditions will involve reading from the script with others and bringing to auditions a prepared one minute song to sing for vocal evaluation. Tech positions are also available. The show, directed by Sue Harrison, will be presented on March 27, 28 and 29 at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs at 7:30 pm. For more information call Sue at 616-696-0456. Also see www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #1,2p

 

Quilt Show at the Cedar Springs UMC

Jan. 25: We had so much fun last year we had to do it again! A Quilt Show benefit for the Cedar Springs Library will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is only $2 per person (under 12 free) and you get to vote for your favorite quilt! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Quilters will need to bring quilts in on Friday January 24th between 1 & 6 pm or on Saturday, January 25 before 9:30 am. Fees are $10 for the first quilt and $5 for each additional quilt. If you need more information call the Cedar Springs Library at 696-1910 or Louise King at 696-1376. Come and enjoy the show to benefit our Library! #2

 

The Art of Marriage Workshop

Jan. 31: Family Life presents The Art of Marriage at Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, on Friday, January 31st from 7 – 9:30 pm and Saturday, February 1st from 9 am – 4 pm. The cost is $37.50 per participant and registration deadline is January 17th. Email kevin.grifhorst@pineridgecamp.com or call 616-696-8675. Includes, continental breakfast Saturday at 8:30 am, lunch and one workbook per participant. #2

 

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Year in Review: Kent Theatre and Library make headlines

Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs. Post photo by J. Reed.

Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Kent Theatre, Cedar Springs Public Library, and area residents received some positive publicity from a local television station in February last year.

Fox 17 meteorologist Kevin Craig did a story on Cedar Springs for the channel’s West Michigan Stories segment. He did the interviews a month prior to airing, and then did live teasers from The Kent Theatre during the news segment. He started out by doing the weather outside of the Kent, and then talked to people inside before each segment.

Craig called Cedar Springs “the epitome of giving” for the way the residents pulled together to raise $50,000 towards the new library, as well as funding the $60,000 for the digital projector at the Kent Theatre. He also talked about the donations that were raised for Veterans Park. Librarian Donna Clark talked about the library in the segment, and both Len Allington and Jack Clark were interviewed about the Theatre.

The Red Flannel Festival Queen and Court and Cindy Patin were interviewed for a segment on the Festival.

A few dozen people showed up at the Kent for the live segment, despite the snow. The Kent handed out free popcorn, and the Red Flannel Festival gave away t-shirts and buttons.

 

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