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Ensley 5K Run/Walk

 

Picnic event to follow race

 

Ensley Township’s five-kilometer run and walk event will be held on Saturday, July 26.

The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Baptist Lake Park. Race day registration will start at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee for runners is $25.00 unless pre-registered by July 11. For more information, visit www.ensleytownship.org/crimewatch.htm or to register, call 616-636-8510 or e-mail: clerk@ensleytownship.org.

Proceeds from the event will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase rescue equipment.

The event is being sponsored by the Ensley Crime Watch, The Baptist Lake Association, and the Englewright Lake Association. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each of seven age groups. All ages are invited to participate in the race and the post-race activities.

The Ensley Community Picnic will be held after the race. The picnic is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. The firemen do the cooking, and there is lots of good food and refreshments to go along with it. A 50/50 raffle is held, a bounce house for the kids, fire trucks, the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Patrol and the Newaygo County Marine Patrol.

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No Novacaine

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.

“I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want Novacaine because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.”

The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?”

The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

 

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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.

MCC Summer Camps

July & Aug: Registration for Montcalm Community College’s summer camps for youths is available now. Youths can focus on fine arts, language, culture, agriculture, writing, engineering, science and radio communication. Camps include: “Fine Arts Camp: Fairy Tales,” July 21-25 from 8:30 am to 4 pm daily in MCC in Sidney. The cost is $90. “Camp Aloha” August 4-7 from 9 am to 12 noon daily at MCC in Greenville. The cost is $55. “Spanish Camp,” August 4-7 from 9 am to 1 pm daily at MCC in Greenville. The cost is $55. “Pull Back Frenzy,” August 11 – 14 from 9 am to noon at MCC in Greenville or August 18-22 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm in Ionia. The cost is $129. “Dreamworld,” August 11 – 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at MCC in Greenville or August 18 – 22 from 9 am to noon in Ionia. The cost is $129. Visit www.montcalm.edu/camps for more information. #29

 

Dinner at the Legion

July 21: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, July 21, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #29p

Open House for Prayer

July 21: Come to an Open House for Prayer every Monday night from 7 to 8 pm. July 21 focus: Finances. Ps. 107:28-29. Let us pray for your needs. The Cedar Springs Christian Church, 340 W. Pine Street. Follow driveway down the hill of Creative Technologies Academy (no affiliation) for a sweet time of prayer. #29

Worship in the Park

July 23: Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents Worship in the Park. Come join the fun at Morley Park in Cedar Springs on Wednesday evening, July 23rd. A free picnic style meal will be served at 6:30 pm followed by worship music from our praise band. There will be inflatables for the kids and lots of fun, fun, fun! Grab a lawn chair and enjoy the music and festivities. Everyone is welcome. #29

Wild Wednesday at HCNC

July 23: “Reptiles & Amphibians” Hunt down a frog or two, possibly a snake. With this class you can get dirty and touch the outside world. Our Naturalist will lead children on an outdoor excursion in finding where amphibians and reptiles live, what the eat and their worlds. Children use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands on teaching. Wednesday, July 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors (no flip flops or crocs) Rain or shine. Ages 5 – 15. $8 per child. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Howard Christiansen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #29

The Terrible Misgivings of Dr. Frankenmuth

July 23: Frankenmuth had a terrible childhood, never went to the library, never got to check out any books, never got to see any great programs. So, like many Mad Scientists he has spent his life with an axe to grind; but his was against the most innocent: Books and Libraries. See what he mixes up to get revenge. Wednesday, July 23 at 2 pm. Cedar Springs Middle School. Presented by the Cedar Springs Public Library. 616-696-1910. #29

Skinner Field Flea Market

July 25: Come one, come all! On Friday, July 25th from 4 to 7 pm we welcome the public to come shop for crafts, home-made goods, Origami-Owl, and more. All proceeds will benefit “The Friends of Skinner Field Committee” in efforts to refurbish Skinner Field. Follow on Facebook at, Skinner Field Flea-Market. #29

Stormy the Magician

July 26: Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science. Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For all ages. Saturday, July 26th at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

July 28-31: Come join us at the “Workshop of Wonders”. Imagine and Build with God. Monday through Thursday evenings, July 18 – 30 from 6 to 8 pm. All children from pre-school through sixth grade are warmly welcome. Cedar Springs Untied Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs. Call 616-696-1140 for additional information or to pre-register. #29

Great Dads Seminar

Aug. 2: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church would like to invite all dads, past, present and future to attend a Great Dads Seminar on August 2 from 8:30 am until noon. Learn the basics of being a great dad and fellowship with fellow fathers. Get registration forms and information from the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, call 616-696-1140or email Tom Noreen@aol.com. #29

 

 

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Sparta Town & Country Days

Sparta Town & Country Days 2014

Fun for the Whole Herd – July 16-20

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Wednesday July 16 Event Schedule

10 am to 2 pm:  Free Senior Health Fair

at Meadowlark Retirement Village, 65 Ida Red Ave. Graceful living, healthy options and access to health vendors, health screens and demos.

3 pm to 4 pm: Library time – Have a Whole Herd of Fun!

at Sparta Township Library, 80 North Union. Story time, craft & snack.

5 pm to 8 pm:   Scouts Honor Kids Carnival

Troop #704 in Rogers Park. Pizza Fun for kids age 3-10! 5 Tickets for $1, 1 Ticket per game

5 pm: Carnival Rides Open in the Village Parking Lot!

Unlimited Ride Armband: 5pm to close for $17.00.

5 pm to 7 pm: Community Pig Roast

At Sparta Civic Center. $7.00 (ages 10 and up) $4.00 (10 & under)

5 pm to 8 pm:  Historic Research Center OpenHouse

71 N. Union (across from the Sparta Library)

5 pm to 8 pm:  Historic Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

71 N. Union (across from the Sparta Library). Take a trip down memory lane on a horse drawn carriage ride with a commentated tour of Historic Sparta featured landmarks. $5 per person, 3 and under FREE

5:30 to 6pm: Martial Arts Demo

in Roger’s Park. Fun for the whole family!  Come watch as students, age 4 and up, demonstrate self defense, weaponry and karate techniques.

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Sparta Co-op Preschool Open House

at Sparta Co-op Preschool, behind Sparta Civic Center. Meet our teachers and see the benefits of a cooperative preschool!

6 pm: Opening and Coronation Ceremony

In Rogers Park. Including Sparta Police Department Officer of the Year,Sparta Fire Department, Firefighter of the Year. Introduction of the 2014 Parade Grand Marshals. 8th Annual Young Johnny Appleseed and Miss Apple Blossom Coronation Ceremony (Preregistered 5th Grade Finalists Only)

6:30 pm:  Concert in the Park

in Rogers Park. Live Band: Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son featuring country music. Bring lawn chairs for the free concert.

At Intermission:  Barnyard Dance. 

in Roger’s Park Come one, come all, join the fun!

7 pm to 8pm: Free Watermelon Social

in Rogers Park.

Ongoing: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

in Sparta Township Library. Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm – 7pm.

Thursday, July 17 Event Schedule

9 am to 4 pm: HCNC Junior Naturalist Day

16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Hiking, exploring, free hands-on activities and animals! Call 616-675-3158 or visit lilysfrogpad.com

9am – 11am: Myers Schoolhouse Museum

13 Mile Rd. & Division. Discover historic Sparta memorabilia at the Schoolhouse Museum

11am – 4pm: Historic Research Center Open House

71 N. Union (across from Sparta Library)

1 pm to 5 pm: Kid’s Bop N’ Bowl

at Sparta Lanes. Kids 17 and under bowl two free games. Adults 18 & over $1 game Free shoe rental!

5 pm to Close: Carnival Rides in the Village Parking Lot

5 pm: 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

in Balyeat Field parking lot  190 Olmstead. Visit www.spartafair.com for entry details! Age Divisions for youth AND adults.

5pm -8pm: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union St.. Follow the Footprints! Opening Night “Meet the Artists”.  View art entries from our local artists, young and old.  Anyone can enter, cash prizes awarded.  Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm -7pm.

5pm – Close: North Kent Eagles Club  186 E. Division

Open to the public.  Pull tabs & Keno.  Stop by for some food!

7:30 pm: “Double Yellow” HOT AIR BALLOON Launch

in Balyeat Field. Come and watch the beautiful “Double Yellow” lift off for your viewing pleasure.

Weather permitting.

~ PARTY ON MAIN ST! ~

Starts at 5pm.  All events are located in the downtown area between 

Union St. & Maple St. with the road closed!

5pm – 8pm: Kids Chalk Walk: The Creation Pasture!

Register your child to decorate their piece of pavement with chalk. FREE!

5pm – 8pm: Scout’s Carnival-Troop #704

An old fashioned penny, kids carnival for children age 3-10. 5 tickets for $1. One ticket per game.

5:30 – 8:30 pm: Celtic Corner

at Larson Law/Freeland Chiropractic, 200 E. Division. Learn more about the free, family festival August 9th, 2014 in Roger’s Park. Bring the kids for a free temporary knot work apple tattoo.

Irish Music & Dancers

Gasta will be performing on stage!  Enjoy a sampling of Celtic music & dancing to prepare for the Celtic Fest on August 9 in Roger’s Park!

Face Painting

FREE face painting for the young and young at heart!

Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Rootbeer Floats

Back by popular demand! Go back in time and watch the antique powered ice cream machine while you enjoy real old fashioned ice cream!

Trini’s Outdoor Mexican Fiesta

At Downtown Trini’s & Margarita Joe’s. Celebrate Trini’s 20th anniversary in the Outdoor Mexican Fiesta with their outdoor patio, live music and drink specials!

Live Entertainment featuring the Vida Band!

Playing classics and favorites on the Main stage from 5pm-9pm!

Paint the Town One Step at a Time (Footprint display)

Follow the footprints through downtown Sparta to see where they lead!  Your destination is at the Sparta Library for the Art in Sparta Exhibit from 5pm-8pm!

Antique Tractor Display

Stop downtown to check out the Antique Tractor Power Club display!

5:30pm – 6pm: Dance with me Dancers

Watch these young dancers in their street performance!

6 pm: Duct Tape Contest 

Get CrEaTiVe!  Entry details at spartafair.com

Friday, July 18 Event Schedule

Kid’s Day!

9am -7pm: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union St. View art entries from our local artists, young and old.  Anyone can enter, cash prizes awarded.  Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm -7pm.

9am – 11 am: Myers Schoolhouse Museum

at 13 Mile Rd. & Division. Discover historic Sparta memorabilia.

10 am to 4 pm: Railroad Depot Open House

400 N. Union. Come and tour Sparta’s 115 year old Depot, Caboose and Rail Cars. Fantastic replica model railroad in the Box Car.

11am-4pm: Historic Research Center Open House

71 N Union (across from the Sparta Library). Featuring Town & Country Days past memorabilia

11 am: Kid’s Parade

N. Union St. to Balyeat Field. Decorate bikes, wagons, strollers, etc. Helmets required for bikes, scooters, inline skates. Line up at Alma / N. Union. Popcorn & drinks served in Balyeat Field after the parade.

11 am: YMCA Youth Fitness Challenge in Balyeat Field

Fitness challenges like jump rope, standing long jump, hurdles etc…Prizes for the kids plus enter to win a FREE 1 Month YMCA membership!

11 am – 2pm: Painting Paper Weights for Wildflowers

In Balyeat Field. Paint a rock paper weight or try your hand at the bean bag toss. Donations benefit Old Orchard prairie at Sparta High School.

11 am to 4 pm: Petting Zoo

in Balyeat Field. Hands on petting zoo while the Jolly 4-H’ers teach about farm animals. Handwashing area available and always encouraged.

11 am to 5 pm: Wacky, Wild & Weird Hair

in Balyeat Field. Wacky hair, Feathers, Extensions and Eye Candy!

11:30am – 1:30pm: Veggie Fear Factor

In Balyeat Field. Do you have “Veggie Valor”?  Take the veggie challenge for your chance to win prizes!  FREE!

11:30am – 2pm: Big Wheels

In Balyeat Field. Enjoy an up close and personal view of your favorite Big Wheeled Vehicles.

11:30am-2pm: $1 Pony Rides

In Balyeat Field

11:30am – 2:30pm: MallowCraft

In Balyeat Field. Be like Steve and help engineer a sweet tabletop marshmallow world!  FREE!

11:30am – 7pm: Stay and Play Kid Zone in memory of Patti Olin

Kid’s activity area including bubbles, water, sand and more!

11:30am – 7pm: Army Booth

In Balyeat Field. Rock Climbing Wall and US Army and Army Reserves Recruiting

Noon to Close: Carnival Rides

in the Village Parking Lot. Kid’s Day Ride Special: Noon – 5pm: $1 per ride! Unlimited Ride Armband: 5pm-Close for $17.00

Noon & 2pm: Stories to be Heard by All

In Balyeat FIeld. With Mary C. Riley and Sign Language Interpreter Curtis Borst. All ages welcome to watch and listen to a variety of tales.

4 pm to 12:59 am: Entertainment (Beer) Tent-Alumni Night

in Balyeat Field. $5.00 Cover. Featuring Budweiser beverages, pop & water.

2014 Live music by UNION GUNS starting at 8pm.

Only guests 21 & over with a valid photo ID will be admitted after 9:00 p.m. MICHIGAN LAW REQUIRES A VALID PHOTO ID!

4:30 pm to 7 pm: Lion’s Chicken BBQ

in the Sparta Civic Center. Half chicken & fries – $8.00

4 pm to 8 pm: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

in Balyeat Field. $5 per person, Kids 3 and under free.

5 pm: Kickball Tournament

in Rogers Park. Sponsor: Cascade Die Casting

5 pm – 5:30 pm – 6:00pm: Bale Toss Competition

in Balyeat Field. Win CASH and bragging rights! FREE registration at time of event. Kids at 5:00 – Ladies at 5:30 – Men at 6:00.

6:30pm -9pm: Dee Jay the Clown

in Balyeat Field

 

8 pm to Midnight: North Kent Eagle’s Club

186 E. Division. Open to the public with live entertainment with the Bimini Brothers. Pull tabs & Keno.

7:30 pm: Pedal Tractor Pull

in Balyeat Field. Kids ages 9 & younger compete for trophies & ribbons. Everyone “pulls” – starting with the youngest. Registration opens at 6:30.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 Event Schedule

8 am: 24th Annual Run/Walk Thru Sparta

Start and finish in Balyeat Field. A fast, flat & exciting 5K(3.1 Mile) course through Sparta’s neighborhood paved streets and rural roads! Register online at goracego.com. Race morning registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Sparta Town & Country Days and Sparta Sports Boosters.

8:40 am: Children’s Fun Run (FREE Event)

NEW Start / Finish in Balyeat Field. 12 years and younger. You can even Run for Rides! Ages 12 and under. Register online at goracego.com or race morning 6:30-7:45 am.

8 am to 9 pm: Men’s Softball Tournament

at Nash Field. Men’s double elimination, wooden bat tournament. $200 Team Registration. Home run derby & bat raffle. Contact Bill VanOs at 616-318-8916.

9am -2pm: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union St.. View art entries from our local artists, young and old.  Anyone can enter, cash prizes awarded.  Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm -7pm.

9 am to 3 pm: Petting Zoo

in Balyeat Field. Hands on petting zoo while the Jolly 4-H’ers teach about farm animals. Handwashing area available and always encouraged.

9 am to 4 pm: Commercial Expo

in Balyeat Field. Area businesses, local organizations and independent consultants showcase their goods, products and services.

9 am to 4 pm: Craft Show

in Balyeat Field. Crafts and wares from crafters near and far!

10 am: Beef Cattle Show

at Buth Field. 9 am registration.Beef & Feeder Steer Show. Beef Showmanship, Market & Breed Classes.

10 am to 4 pm: Railroad Depot Open House

400 N. Union. Come and tour Sparta’s 115 year old Depot, Caboose and Rail Cars. Fantastic replica model railroad in the Box Car.

10am to 4pm: Army Booth

In Balyeat Field

Rock Climbing Wall and US Army and Army Reserves Recruiting

10:00 am until after parade: Hospitality Area & Restrooms

at Sparta Baptist Church. Music, free refreshments and hot dogs. Stick around to watch the Parade from the corner of State St. & Division. The building will be open for bathroom use, too!

11am – 4:30pm: Stay & Play Kid Zone in memory of Patti Olin

In Balyeat Field. Join in on the fun with bubbles, water, sand & more!

11am -5pm: Wacky, Wild & Weird Hair

in Balyeat Field. Wacky Hair, Feathers, Extensions and Eye Candy!

11:30 am: 6th Annual Balyeat Bags

in Balyeat Field. Registration Form – Click Here! THREE Division, double elimination, Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes. Contact Ryan at 616-262-2885 or spartacornhole@gmail.com

12:00 Noon: PARADE!

2014 Grand Marshals – Paul “Sharky” Badgerow & Donald Reed. Commentated with bleacher seating at Union & Division. Please enjoy the parade while keeping your kids curbside for safety!

12:00 Noon to Close: Carnival Rides

in the Village Parking Lot. Unlimited Ride Armband 5p-Close for $17.

Visit www.spartafair.com for 2$ COUPON! – Coming Soon!

Noon to 1 am: Entertainment Tent

in Balyeat Field. No Cover Charge. $2 beers Noon-6! Featuring Budweiser beverages, pop & water. Only guests 21 & over will be admitted after 8:00 p.m with a valid photo ID. MICHIGAN LAW REQUIRES A VALID PHOTO ID!

Live Music in Balyeat Field

2014 Live Music starts at 4:30pm with Mid West Dueling Pianos and concludes with Union Guns at 8:30pm.

1 pm – 4pm: Sparta Fire Dept. Safety Information Demo

in Balyeat Field Parking Lot. NEW! Fire safety information, check out the new rescue truck and see a live fire demonstration showing advantages of smoke detectors and sprinkler systems.

1 pm to 4 pm: La Placita de los Niños

in Balyeat Field. Children’s booth with free arts and crafts, games, prizes, face painting, and information on community resources.

1:30pm – 4pm: “Make your Own” Joyful Noise

In Balyeat Field

Get creative & make your own musical instrument.  Come back at 4pm to “Get Happy” with a community play along!

$1 Donation supports Sparta Band Boosters.

2 pm: Arm Wrestling Competition

in Balyeat Field. Jr. State Championship. Men, women, and children welcome. Weigh-ins -11 am to 1:30pm. Parent signature required if under 18. Call Matt & Tara at (616)893-3071 or visit Michiganarms.com.

2:00 pm: 8th Annual John Beuschel Memorial Antique Tractor Pull

at the Sparta Airport, 9100 Vinton NW. ENTRANCE ON VINTON south of 11 Mile! 1957 and older. $10 per class entry fee. Pull on transfer sled. Call Harvey at (616) 642-6239 for registration info.

Admission: $4.00 12 yrs. old and up, $1.00 for ages 11 and under. Concessions available.

3pm: Goat Show – NEW EVENT!

In Roger’s Park. 4-H sanctioned show open to all youth ages 5-19. Need not be 4-H member to participate. For more information call Beth (616) 915-8548 or visit spartafair.com. 1:45 – 2:30pm: Registration. 2:30-3pm: Showmanship Clinic with Mr. White. 3pm: Goat Show begins

3:30 pm: Barnyard Dance

Kid’s Stage in Balyeat Field. Come one, come all! Join the fun with your favorite barnyard character friends.

4:30pm – 8pm: Midwest Dueling Pianos

5 pm: USLMRA National Lawn Mower Races

at the Sparta Airport, Entrance on Division. Benefiting Huntington’s Foundation of MI. Rain or shine.

Admission $5.00 per person 12+. Pit pass $5.00. www.letsmow.com.

Concessions available.

Bring your own lawn chairs. Closed course modified lawn mower racing.

Enter to win your own race-ready lawn mower!

5 pm: Bike Giveaway

at the Balyeat Field Bridge. One boys bike and one girls bike will be given away.

5 pm to 9 pm: 16th ANNUAL Evening CAR & TRUCK Cruise IN

in Balyeat Field RAIN or SHINE

Come out with your classics, customs or hot rods and enjoy a summer evening

filled with fun and live entertainment. Vehicle registration – any non-perishable food pantry donation.

All donations will benefit the local Peace Lutheran Church food pantry.

No judging….just a good time!

8 pm to Midnight: North Kent Eagles Club

186 E. Division

Open to the public – LIVE entertainment featuring The Bimini Brothers

Pull tabs and Keno available.

8 pm to 10 pm: Sky Lanterns

in Balyeat Field

Hosted by: Knowlton & McFall Dentistry

$6 each or 2 for $10. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Sky Lanterns Release at 10pm! Bring your own lighter.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 Event Schedule

1 pm: Jim Keech Memorial USLMRA National Lawn Mower Races

at the Sparta Airport, Entrance on Division. Benefiting Huntington’s Foundation of MI. Rain or shine.

Admission $5.00 per person 12+. Pit pass $5.00. www.letsmow.com. Concessions available. Bring your own lawn chairs. Closed course modified lawn mower racing. Enter to win your own race-ready lawn mower!

1 pm: 3rd Annual ThingamaBOG (Mud Bogs)

at the Sparta Airport, 9100 Vinton NW. West Michigan Mud Runs will bring this FAMILY FUN event back to Sparta! $7 Adult Admission, Kids 4-12 – $5, Kids 3 and under – Free. Entrance on Vinton south of 11 Mile Rd. Concessions available. Check out our progressive style track as we prepare to do some Muddin’! You won’t want to miss this…..trucks gettin’ dirty and slingin’ mud like you wouldn’t believe!

3pm: Community Concert

At Peace Lutheran Church, 12 Mile Rd. Featuring the West Michigan Lutheran Chorale.

An ice cream social will follow this FREE fun-filled event!

5pm: Community Picnic

in Roger’s Park. Bring a dish to pass and your own picnic necessities (blanket, beverage, utensils, lawn chair etc..)

6 pm: A Night of Worship and Praise

in Roger’s Park. An evening of uplifting contemporary Christian music!

8 pm to 10 pm: Sky Lanterns

on the Sparta Middle School front lawn. $6 each or 2 for $10, Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Sky Lantern release at 10 pm. Bring your own lighter!

10 pm: Sky Lantern RELEASE!

10:15 pm: FIREWORKS

Fireworks launched from Ridgeview. Enter at 12 Mile ONLY.

VIP Spectator parking is available at the High School for a $5 donation per car.

Pre-fireworks festivities: Music, and Bounce House included with parking donation.

Rain Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Be sure to watch WZZM 13 and WOOD TV 8 for the latest schedule details!

 

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The Sword of the Spirit 

This lady surprised a burglar in her kitchen. He was all loaded down with the things he was going to steal. She had no weapon and was all alone. The only thing that she could think to do was quote scripture. So she holds up a hand and shouts: “ACTS 2:38!”

The burglar quakes in fear and then freezes to the point that she is able to get to the phone and call 911 for the cops. When the cops arrive, the burglar is still frozen in place. They are very much surprised that a woman alone with no weapon could do this. One of them asked the lady: “How did you do this?”

The woman replied, “I quoted scripture.”
The cop turned to the burglar: “What was it about the scripture that had such an effect on you?”

The burglar replied: “Scripture! What scripture? I thought she said she had an ax and two 38s.”

 

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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.

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

July 8: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #28

 

Fall 2014 Soccer Registration

July 8, 10:Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6 -8pm:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Beginning this year, all registrations must be completed online. New and returning players need to complete the application online at www.eayso.org. Individual player fees are $65 for fall only, or $110 if you are paying now for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2014. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Credit card payments are now accepted online. Our staff will be available at Burger King on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10 from 6 to 8 pm. to accept cash or check payments, verify age of new players. Computers will be available for families to access the online registration if needed. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2014!  #26-28p

 

Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club 

July 12,13: The Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club is hosting a 3 Gun Shoot on July 12 and 13 from 9 am to 3 pm. Participants shoot 10 rounds of trap, two rounds at each station, using a shotgun; five rounds each at 50 and 100 yard targets, using a rifle; then 10 rounds at 50 yards on the pistol range. Open to the public. The club is located at 7463 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #28

 

Archeology in Israel

July 14: The Cedar Springs Public Library presents: Archeology in Israel. Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Curator of Biblical Tamar Park and Cedar Springs resident, raised funds and volunteers to assist Israel in digging up this 3,000 year old city over the past two decades. Slides, actual artifacts and personal stories. Monday July 14th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School. Pre-register at 616-696-1910 or ced@llcoop.org. #28

 

Baffling Bill the Magician

July 15: POOF! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill the magician arrives to amaze with illusion, comedy, audience participation, and Gus the Bunny to celebrate summer reading. For all ages. Baffling Bill the  Magician will be at Spencer Township KDL Branch on Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 pm. 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #28

 

Zumba-a-thon Fund Raiser

July 16: We hare having a Zumba-a-thon to help raise funds for the High School Cheer program to attend camp and pay for gymnastics instruction for their season. Everyone in the community is invited! Wednesday, July 16th at 7 pm at the Red Hawk Elementary Gym. Tickets are $10. They are on sale now (see a High School Cheerleader) and we will take walk in’s at the door. 100% of the profits go to the girls and the program. #27,28p

 

Hula Hoops! 

July 16: Join Audria Larsen from Audacious Hoops as she hula hoop dances. You man even get to try it out! This Cedar Springs Public Library program will be held at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School on Wednesday, July 16. #28

 

Bust That Myth!

July 17: Can soda pop really clean a gross penny? Can you separate two intertwined phone books? Can you make your own bouncy ball? Test out these myths and more to determine whether they are confirmed or busted! For teens grades 6 – 12. Thursday, July 17, 4:00 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #28

 

Elementary Volleyball Camps

July 17,18: Elementary Volleyball Camps are being held July 17 and 18 at the Cedar Springs Middle School. 1St – 3rd Graders, 4:30 – 6 pm & 9 – 10:30 am. Cost is $30. 4th – 6th Graders 4:30 – 7:30 pm & 9 am – noon. Cost is $50. Register with Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation at www.csaparksandrec.com. #28p

 

Open Air Breakfast with Aebleskivers

July 18: Considered the official kick-off of the annual Danish Festival, the Open Air Breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 am, July 18, at the corner of Cass and Lafayette streets in Greenville. The Open Air Breakfast invites the public to an outdoor treat of eggs, casserole, sausage, fruit, drinks and of course aebleskivers, which are pancake-like balls of dough cooked in a special aebleskiver pan, a Danish breakfast tradition. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children ages 11 and younger. Aebleskivers can be purchased to go during the Open Air Breakfast. #28

 

The Art and Science of Canning

July 19: Join Annette McBride as she explains the science behind canning fruits and vegetables at home and demonstrates how to get started with basic canning. For adults. Saturday, July 19, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

 

 

 

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Hometown Happenings

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Sand Lake Parade Participants

July 1: The Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce is taking registrations for the 4th of July Parade. If interested you can go to www.sandlakechamberofcommerce.com for an entry form or call Karen at 616-636-5425 or Michelle at 616-799-2110. Deadline is July 1st. #26

 

TOPS weight loss support group

July 1: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #26

 

Kids and Teens Craft Show

July 2: Arts and crafts for sale by local kids and teens. Stop in the library to register as a seller or just come to shop. You’re sure to find some great bargains. For all ages. Wednesday, July 2 at 1 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

 

Bingo at the Sand Lake VFW

July 3-5: The Sand Lake VFW Post #7912 is celebrating the 4th of July with Carnival Bingo. Thursday, July 3, Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 from 2 to 9 pm. Refreshments available. #26,27p

 

DIY Tie-Dye for Teens

July 7: Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie-die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Monday, July 7 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

 

Dinner at the Legion

July 7: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, July 7th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #26p

 

Fall 2014 Soccer Registration

July 8, 10:Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6 -8pm:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Beginning this year, all registrations must be completed online. New and returning players need to complete the application online at www.eayso.org. Individual player fees are $65 for fall only, or $110 if you are paying now for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2014. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Credit card payments are now accepted online. Our staff will be available at Burger King on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10 from 6 to 8 pm. to accept cash or check payments, verify age of new players. Computers will be available for families to access the online registration if needed. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2014!  #26-28p

 

2nd Chance Golf Tournament

July 12: The 2nd annual 2nd Chance Golf Tournament will be held on July12th at Cedar Chase Gold Course, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. This is a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 am with hot dogs at the turn and a dinner immediately following play. There will be raffles, door prizes, and other challenges. A Golf Clinic will be at 9 am. $75 per person. For more information or to register call Mark Laws, 616-263-7562 or email markdlaws@hotmail.com. Proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance, a faith based school,whose mission is to offer a learning experience in an agricultural setting for troubled teens who will be sent to the school through the court systems and is funded by grants and donations.  #25-27p

 

Secret Garden Tour

July 12: The Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library would like you to join them on a Secret Garden Tour of five area gardens on Saturday, July 12th (rain date, July 19th). There are three gardens in Howard City, one in Sand Lake and one in Coral. Tickets are $10. for information and to purchase tickets contact TCH Reynolds Township Library, 231-937-5575 or Kindel & Company, 231-937-9090. #26

 

 

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Joke of the week

God will provide

A young woman brought home her fiance to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man.  So the father invites the fiance to his study for a drink.

“So what are your plans?” the father asks the young man.

“I’m going to be a Bible scholar.” he replies.

“A Bible scholar. Hmmm,” the father says. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in, as she’s accustomed to?”

“I will study,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.”

“And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” asks the father.

“I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.”

“And children?” asks the father. “How will you support children?”

“Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replies the fiance.

The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions, the young idealist insists that God will provide.

Later, the mother asks, “How did it go, Honey?”

The father answers, “He has no job and no plans, but the good news is he thinks I’m God.”

 

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Fire Day at Solon Market

*ENT-Fire Day Solon MarketThe Solon Market will feature their annual Firefighters Event this Saturday, June 28, from 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cool off in the spray! Bring the kids—browse the Market. They will be giving away a stuffed firedog and taking pictures, which they will post on their facebook page.

Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Avenue. For more information call 616-696-1718.

 

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Oakfield Pioneer Day

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society. To celebrate the milestone, the Oakfield Township Historical Commission is planning a “Pioneer Day” Saturday, June 28th to be held at the Oakfield Township Hall, 10300 14 Mile Rd, NE. The public is invited.

The event will feature a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., served up by Chris Cakes of Michigan, noted for their flying pancakes flipped right to your plate!  Cost is $5 per person for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink or coffee.

The pancake breakfast will be held in the recently renovated space formerly used by the township’s fire department for their vehicles. This brightly decorated space can now be used for elections, instruction and other meetings and activities.

The Oakfield Township Fire Department will also host an open house at the Pioneer Day event to show off its new addition, which houses its vehicles and equipment. The fire department’s various trucks will be on display and their “Safety House” will be open to give children instruction and materials in fire prevention and safety procedures in case of fire.

Several exhibits of historical nature will also be on display during the event to create interest in the past and encourage folks to visit the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Museum in the future.

Enter off M-57 (just east of Harvard Avenue), park in the large lot at the back of the property and enjoy a great breakfast, learn about the fire department and fire safety, and see history first hand. The event is handicap accessible as well. Bring the whole family to enjoy this special event!

 

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