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Improv Comedy Show


Whose Line is it anyway?!?! Come support CTA’s Drama club on Friday, April 22 and Saturday April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium as they host an improv show. Come ready to laugh and have a good time as CTA drama students make up scenarios based on audience suggestions. You may even get the chance to join us on stage for a game or two! Cost of admission is $1 at the door and the show will be different each night. We would love to see you there!

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Registration open for service animal eye exam event


Service Animal owners/handlers can  register for free eye exam 

Last year, 16-year-old Katie Krampitz, of Grand Rapids, and her father, brought her one-year-old black lab, Rue, to her veterinary ophthalmologist’s office for a check-up. But Rue’s visit was no ordinary exam, because Rue is no ordinary dog. For Katie, who has suffered from Type 1 Diabetes since she was a toddler, Rue is a literal lifesaver. Trained as a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) by Warren Retrievers, Rue’s primary job is to monitor Katie’s blood sugar level and alert her when it is too high or too low.

Knowing how important eyesight is to Service Animals like Rue, as well as how expensive the care and cost of such animals can be for many families and individuals, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)® developed the ACVO®/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event in 2008. The program allows for free screening eye exams for qualified Service Animals during the month of May.

In her job as a DAD, Rue’s eyesight is extremely important. She needs to always be aware of Katie’s surroundings and follow her wherever she goes. In public, Rue maintains eye contact with Katie, responding to nonverbal, as well as verbal instructions. When Katie’s blood sugar level is out of range, Rue will locate her testing kit and bring it to her. If her blood sugar level gets too low, Rue can retrieve a juice box for Katie and is also being trained to call 911, should Katie be unresponsive.

“Amazingly, within eight months of receiving Rue, Katie’s A1C was the lowest it has ever been,” said Ed Krampitz, Katie’s father. “That’s just one of the reasons we were so pleased to hear that Rue’s eyes looked perfectly normal and healthy at her exam last year. Service Animals require a significant investment, so having access to a free eye exam screening is a huge blessing. The screening itself was quick and stress-free. Thanks to ACVO and Stokes Pharmacy for making this service available!”

Since its inception in 2008, over 45,000 Service Animals have received free eye exam screenings – more than 7,000 in 2015 alone. The goal of the 9th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event is to provide as many free screening exams as possible to eligible Service Animals across the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico from May 1-31, 2016. Service Animals that may qualify include: guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and certified-current, registered therapy animals – all whom selflessly serve the public. This year, 260 to 280 ophthalmologists in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico are expected to participate.

Participating ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff and facilities at no charge to participate in the event.


To qualify, Service Animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area. Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so clients should try to register and make appointments early.

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Affordable health screenings 


May 2, at Solon Center Wesleyan

Residents living in and around the Cedar Springs, Michigan can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Solon Center Wesleyan Church will host this community event on Monday, May 2. The site is located at 15671 Algoma in Cedar Springs.

Screenings can check for:

The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.

  • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
  • Kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

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Doing the right thing


A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over.

Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” asks his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man is drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”

And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah please.”

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

And the drunk replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”

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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.

Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Apr. 23: The Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., is hosting a Spring Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, April 23rd from 9 am to 2 pm. Come and support your local crafters and vendors. Check out our yummy bake sale items! #15,16p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 14: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 24, 2016 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). The message will be shared by Ron Lynnes who will also be sharing his music with us. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #16p

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church 

Apr. 27: Ma n Pa Pinegrove are back from far flung warmer climes.  Cock your ear and take a listen, Ma’s bustling ‘round the kitchen.  Checkin this n checkin that, but what she’ll be cookin . . . . . well she’s keeping that under her hat.  So if you’re age 60 or perhaps even more, join us as we throw open our door.  The new season of Senior Café 2016 has begun.  Come on in, we’ll all have fun.  Twill be Noon the 27th of April, please do come if at all you are able.  Where O Where is it you beseech?  ‘tis here on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech. #16

“Spring Into the Past”

Apr. 30-May 1: “Spring Into the Past” and discover the small museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network including Cedar Springs Museum, Rockford Area Museum, Oakfield (Twp) Museum and Plainfield Township’s Hyser Rivers Museum in Belmont. These and over 20 other member museums from Hastings to Edmore, Cedar Springs to Portland will be opne from 11 am to 5 pm. Download a guide at www.addorio.com/TriRiver/springintopast2016.pdf or pick up one at any member museum. Ask about the new Tri-River Quilt Trail, too. #16

Auditions for “Young Frankenstein”

May 1-3: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein” on Sunday, May 1st from 1 to 3 pm and Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville. Director Amanda Hall and music director pending are looking to cast 3 adult women and 7 adult men and a mixed chorus: all of varying ages late teen/20’s through 60-70’s. Auditioners should bring a prepared solo, Broadway song preferred, with either sheet music or recorded accompaniment, no a capella, please. Five performances are scheduled for July 8 – 16. Questions? Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207. Visit the Players’ website: www.frcp.org.

Hunter Safety at HCNC

May 10,12,14: Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director David Kieft for 3 separate days to receive your hunters safety certificate. May 10th from 5 – 8 pm, May 12th from 5 to 8 pm and May 14th from 10 am to 2 pm. Classes are limited by the MDNR to 50 students. Facility cost is $5 per student. Online students MUST register for the field day as this is included in the state required class capacity. Register online, www.HowardChristensen.org, or by calling 616-675-3158. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #16

Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant information meetings

May 10 & 17: Attention all young ladies living in the Cedar Springs School district, or attending school within the CS School District, who will be in the 11th grade in the 2016-2017 school year, with a 3.0 or greater GPA.  There will be after-school information meetings for anyone interested in being a part of the 2016 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant – Cedar Springs High School: Tuesday, May 10 at 2:40 pm in the auditorium. CTA: Tuesday, May 17 at 2:50 in the cafeteria. For more information, or if you can not make one of these meetings, contact pageant director Kaleigh Rosenberger at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #16b

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Spring into the past

On Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, Spring into the Past and discover the small local museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network, including the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, the Rockford Area Museum, Oakfield Township Museum, and Plainfield Township’s Hyser Rivers Museum in Belmont. These and 20 other member museums from Hastings to Edmore, Cedar Springs to Portland, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. those two days. You can download a guide at http://www.addorio.com/TriRiver/springintopast2016.pdf or pick one up at any member museum. Ask about the new Tri-River Quilt trail, too.

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Community Night

By Tom Noreen

Community Night is April 21 from 6-8:30 PM at the Cedar Springs High School. We’ve made changes to reduce congestion in the hall by putting more exhibits in the gym. Local businesses, non-profits and church groups will have booths with their offerings.

Some of the special events for this year are:

*Creative Technologies Academy art displays

*Cedar Springs Community Players thespian entertainment

*Chamber of Commerce Renaissance Faire reenactors

*Martial Arts demonstrations

*PiYo demonstrations

*Dance demonstrations

Plus more in the works.

Food will be available from the booster booth near the gym.

Hope to see you there!

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Joke of the Week: Genealogy (April 14, 2016)

A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?”

The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and from them came the whole human race.”

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys, from which the human race evolved.”

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, why is it that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”

The mother smiled and answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”

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MCC presents ‘Carmina Burana’ concert collaboration

WHAT: “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, performed by MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir, MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company

WHEN: April 17 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Greenville High School Performing Arts Center

HOW: Tickets are general admission and are $3 each. Purchase tickets at the UPS Store at 703 S. Greenville West Drive in Greenville or in the Montcalm Community College Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building at 2800 College Drive in Sidney. Payment must be cash or check made payable to MCC.



By Samantha Mack

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company rehearse for the April 17 performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company rehearse for the April 17 performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

SIDNEY—Montcalm Community College’s Alumni and Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, along with members of the Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company, have joined for a production of epic proportions April 17 at 5 p.m. at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

Performed by more than 150 area artists, “Carmina Burana” will feature powerful rhythms, unforgettable vocal parts and flowing dancers.

Carmina Burana” is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection “Carmina Burana.” The original manuscripts, written in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, reflect the life and worldviews of poets at that time.

MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark, who is coordinating the production, said she is excited to bring this cultural opportunity to a local audience, and to pay tribute to Orff, who was an influential music educator.

Part of Orff’s educational philosophy was that children learn best by encountering rhythm first. That philosophy is evident in this piece,” Vander Mark said. “This work is not very difficult pitch-wise for singers, but it has some passages that are very difficult for the orchestra.

With its fast tempos and constantly-changing meters, it is quite challenging rhythmically for everyone,” she said. “It is also written in Latin and German. That is difficult enough, but we are using the pronunciations of the languages that would have been used in the time when the poetry was written, so even those singers who are familiar with the languages have a challenge mastering the differences between the modern and ancient versions.

The Philharmonic Orchestra is tackling the challenge extremely well, and the string section of the Greenville High School orchestra is joining them for extra rehearsals,” she added. “The difficulty will stretch everyone’s abilities in reading and playing music, but beyond that, the rewards of performing and getting to know this great work so intimately cannot be described. We have a huge amount of talent in Montcalm County. I have been just overwhelmed by the quality of musicianship that is represented in this group.”

A special aspect of the ‘Carmina Burana’ production is our partnership with the community in this endeavor,” said MCC Dean of Instruction & Student Development Gary Hauck. “This is a stellar example of our college and community relationship.”

Vander Mark said this epic composition takes a lot of work from many performers and requires two pianos. In addition to Greenville High School’s grand piano, an 1890 Steinway grand piano will be featured during the performance. The classic instrument is on loan from Alex Kapteyn, owner of Central Michigan Pianos, in Carson City. Kapteyn acquired the piano from the estate of longtime Greenville resident Dorothy Oliver, a musician and founder of the Danish Festival. Kapteyn spent about 10 months restoring it, and it is now in his home.

I am very pleased to have this piano utilized for the concert, for in a small way it allows me to pay tribute to Dorothy Oliver and her years of service to the Greenville school system,” Kapteyn said.

Vander Mark said the performance will be a rare event.

We are hoping that the large audience will give many people who knew Dorothy a chance to see and hear this equally-rare instrument,” Vander Mark said. “Having known Dorothy personally, I know what an extraordinary person and musician she was, and how much this will mean to so many people in our community,” she added. “It just makes the whole experience that much more meaningful for both the musicians and the audience. The idea that this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime event that we are privileged to be part of is exciting.”

Tickets for “Carmina Burana” are general admission and cost $3 each. They may be purchased at the UPS Store, located in the parking lot south of Applebee’s at 703 S. Greenville West Drive, Suite 7, Greenville, and at Montcalm Community College’s Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building at 2800 College Drive, Sidney. Payment must be cash or check made payable to Montcalm Community College.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the Montcalm Community College Foundation Ash Community College Enhancement Fund.




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“Spring Cleaning in Seven Days” program

North Kent Community Services (NKCS) wants to make your spring cleaning easy by providing you a schedule of what to clean (and what to donate). For seven days, starting on Monday, April 11, NKCS will post on its website (nkcs.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/NorthKentCommunityServices) an easy project to help you tackle your spring cleaning. Some examples are:

Day 1: While you’re getting dressed this morning, take 10-15 minutes to pull out the items you haven’t worn in the last six months. Torn, ripped or stained? No problem! NKCS will take clean clothing in any condition.

Day 6: Going out to enjoy the warm weather? Spend a few minutes organizing your golf clubs, fishing poles, tennis rackets, and skateboards. Did you find something that the kids (or you) aren’t using? Bring it to NKCS; the donation area is attended seven days a week.

Get the kids involved! Cleaning should be a fun, family activity. Turn up some music, open the windows, and celebrate that spring is finally here. Don’t forget to check the NKCS website and Facebook page daily.


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