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Michigan Friends of Education Offers Free Book Program for Michigan Students!

 

MFEfamily.org is all set to offer their free book program to all students from Michigan who either struggle to read or cannot afford to buy new books!

Michigan Friends of Education (MFE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community, especially for Michigan families who cannot afford to buy books for their children. The new book program makes it possible for families to get books for free. MFE believes that every child deserves an opportunity to learn, grow and fulfill their dreams. Therefore, this program is focused towards helping kids who struggle with reading or want to improve their reading skills.

“We worked closely with a variety of publishers and booksellers to make this program available to Michigan families,” said Menachem Kniespeck, president  & CEO of MFE. “The response from families has been overwhelmingly positive. Our volunteers are working extra shifts to quickly get books into the hands of thousands of kids.”

How to get books for free from MFEfamily.org

The books are free of charge and families may select as many as 14 books per order. Families are only responsible for the shipping charges along with a nominal handling fee of just $2. The shipping cost depends upon the total weight of books, packaging and package size.

Who is eligible for the MFEfamily.org Free Book Program?

Anybody residing in Michigan is eligible for this program. There are no income qualifications; however, families grappling with household finances, or those who have struggling school-aged readers, are encouraged to visit the site.

What kinds of books are available?

The free book program has a mix of chapter books, leveled-readers ,study aids, and activity books at all grade levels. The inventory changes frequently as new books arrive on a regular basis.

Donations

Those wishing to make a contribution towards the Michigan community and make the future better for the kids can visit the www.mfefamily.org site.

For more information about Michigan Friends of Education, visit www.mfefamily.org

 

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Laundry comments

 

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder how that happened?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

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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.

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.

 

BestLips2014.pdf

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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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