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CS Library Fundraiser

What do you get for someone who has everything? A brick in his/her honor to put at the entry of the new Cedar Springs Library! Stop by the Library at 107 N. Main St. and check out the 129 bricks already in place. A 4×8 brick is only $50 or get an 8×8 for $100. For more information call the Library at 616-696-1910. #48

2nd Chance Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Nov. 30-Dec.3: Support 2nd Chance School by purchasing a beautiful fresh Christmas Tree.
 Christmas trees will be available for sale, Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm,
 Saturday 1-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm, at 2nd Chance School, 810 17 Mile Road
 Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road, 4 miles west of 131).
 We have scotch pine, blue spruce, black hills spruce, and balsam fir. Sizes are 3’ – 10’ tall. There are also a few 24” Frasier Fir decorated wreaths for sale.
Support 2nd Chance by purchasing a Christmas tree. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150. #48

Christmas in Sand Lake

Dec. 1,2,8: A Live Indoor Nativity – Our Free Gift to You will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm at Sand Lake United Methodist Church Hall. Shepherds watching, Angels singing, Wise men searching and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments and stay as long as you like. Sand Lake Family Christmas Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30 am to 3 pm. “Selfie” with Santa 9:30 to 11:30 at the VFW. Cookies, Crafts & Christmas Wishes. Bring your ornaments to help decorate the trees from 11 am to 3 pm. Visit the Craft Sale and Live Nativity. Christmas Bake Sale at Independent Bank will be Friday, December 8th from 9 am to 5 pm. The Sand Lake United Methodist Women offer homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. #48

Animal Junction 4-H Gingerbread House Contest

Dec. 2: Animal Junction 4-H Club would like to extend an invitation to all of the Cedar Springs Community to visit the Cedar Springs Library during the week of Monday November 27th through Saturday December 2nd at noon to view the wonderful confectionary creations that our 4-H members have made to kick off this years holiday season. We would like the community to vote for the gingerbread house that they like best. Winners will be announced after the Community Christmas Tree Lighting downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday December 2nd. Each gingerbread house will also be up for sale throughout the week for our silent auction. The 4-H members are raising funds with the silent auction for their spring camp. #47,48p

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Dec. 2: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, will be holding a craft show on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm. Vendors – Bake Sale – White Elephant – Book Sale. #47,48p

Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 2: Santa is coming and events are happening all day long! Make & Take Crafts and Ornaments, 9 am to noon at the CS Library. Story Time with Mrs. Clause, 2 pm at Perry’ Place. Red Hawk Cheerleaders Meet & Greet, 3 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Double K Petting Zoo, 4 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Red Hawk Choir Christmas Caroling, 4:15 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Kris Kringle Parade, 4:30 pm starts at the corner of Maple & Main St. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:45 pm, corner of Ash & Main St. Live Nativity Scene with Calvary Church, 4:45 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St., Bake Sale with the Ladies Auxiliary, 5 pm at the American Legion. Historical Museum Book Sale, 5 pm at the American Legion. Pictures with Kris Kringle, 5 pm at the American Legion. Write a Letter to Santa, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Kris Kringle Coloring Activity, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Find us on Facebook – A Cedar Springs Christmas Mingle with Kris Kringle. #47,48b

Cookie Walk at St. Peter’s Lutheran

Dec. 2: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild is having their Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 2nd at 310 E. Division. It begins at 9 am until the cookies are gone. Stop in and pick up your holiday cookies. Cookies are sold by the pound and you select the combination. #47,48b

Casnovia Old School Bazaar

Dec. 2: Casnovia Old School Bazaar and Santa Day will be Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am to 1 pm. Craft show, Lions Club Breakfast, visits with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating. Questions call 616-914-9648. #48

All Aboooard the Bethlehem Express

Dec. 3: A FREE event filled with crafts, carols, snacks, and the Christmas story. Great for young and old, families and singles! Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Sunday, December 3rd from 5 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. #48

Dinner at the Legion

Dec 4: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, December 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, 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. #48p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 5,12,19,26: 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. #48

Velzy Park Fundraiser

Dec. 7: Finish your Christmas shopping with appetizing gifts in useful containers, and help raise funds for Velzy Park at the same time! You are invited to enjoy this opportunity with a demonstration of unique gift giving ideas on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. #48,49b

Christmas Open House at CS Library

Dec. 9: Come dressed in your pj’s for a time of celebration with a visit from Santa. Crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, listening to a reading of the Polar Express and a craft bazaar! Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. #48

Christmas Concert and Dance 

Extravaganza

Dec. 9,10: Join an annual Christmas tradition of watching local talent perform at Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs! Saturday, December 9th  will be the Christmas Concert from 3 to 5 pm. Bring the whole family for a fun night out listening to holiday songs.  On December 10th the Annual Dance Extravaganza will start at 3 pm. Enjoy an evening of watching an amazing dance concert featuring 3 local dance schools.  Admission is only $3 per person for either event. Check out the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook for more information and performance lineup. #48,49b

Adore…A Musical Celebration

Dec. 10: Join Solon Center Wesleyan Church for a special morning full of a variety of Christmas music including performances by the worship team, the children of the church, and a special Christmas ensemble. The service will be held @ 10 am on Sunday, December 10th. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. For questions please call 616-696-3229 or find us on the web @ www.scwchurch.org. #48

Advent Events at St. John Paul II Parish

Dec. 12,13: St. Come prepare your minds and hearts for the Advent and Christmas Season through Sacred Scripture, prayer and song at “Festival of Lessons and Carols” on December 12th at 6:30 pm! You won’t want to miss this beautiful evening! Advent Penance Service at 6 pm. Several priests will be available for confessions. Come prepare your souls for the coming of Christ at Christmas! Both events at St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. #48

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Christmas Coloring Contest

Hey kids, 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards, one for each age group. 

Please click on picture above and print it out and then color it with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose the three winners – one from each age group: 4-5 years, 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules! Please no help from parents or older siblings/helpers.

Rules: 

1. Only one entry per child. 

2. Only one winner per family. 

3. We are not responsible for lost mail. 

4. All entries must be at our office by December 18. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Winners will be announced in the December 21st issue of The Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay, get your entry in as soon as possible – deadline is Monday, December 18 by 5:00 p.m. but we’d like to display your entry on our windows throughout the month. Our office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am to 2pm on Fridays. We’re closed this Thursday & Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Print and fill out entry form below and submit it along with your colored tree to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Holiday happenings

 

Check out some of the fun, family activities going on in the area for the holiday season.

CEDAR SPRINGS

Dec. 2: The Cedar Springs area Chamber of Commerce presents Mingle with Kris Kringle from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Start the day off by making and taking crafts and ornaments at the Cedar Springs Community Library from 9 a.m. to noon. Decorate and fill a mug, or make an ornament for the downtown Christmas tree or one for your own tree. At 9 a.m. is story time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Place; meet and greet Red Hawk cheerleaders at 3 p.m. at the corner of Ash and Main Street where the downtown tree is; visit the Double K Farms Petting Zoo at 4 p.m. at Ash and Main; and at 4:15 p.m. the Red Hawk Choir will be caroling at Ash and Main. The Kris Kringle parade will start at 4:30 p.m. from the corner of Maple and Main and travel to Main and Ash, where Santa will light the tree at 4:45 p.m.; and there will be a live nativity there at 4:45 p.m. also. At 5 p.m. walk over to the American Legion Hall where you can get photos with Kris Kringle, and write a letter to Santa and do a coloring activity while waiting. You can also purchase baked goods from the ladies auxiliary.

Dec.2: Courtland Fire Department will be having Santa come to visit on December 2 from 1-4 p.m. We are located on 14 mile Rd just east of Myers Lake Rd. We will also be having punch and cookies.

Dec. 3: All abooooard the Bethlehem Express! A free event filled with crafts, carols, snacks, and the Christmas story. Great for young and old, families and singles! Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs, on Sunday, Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m., in the fellowship hall.

Dec. 9: Christmas open house at the Cedar Springs Community Library, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come dressed in your pjs for a time of celebration with a visit from Santa, crafts, decorating, Christmas cookies, listening to a reading of the Polar Express, and craft bazaar.

Dec. 9: The 2017 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Concert hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, December 9, from 3-5 p.m. Come out and have some holiday family fun! Admission tickets are $3 per person. This is a family friendly event that gives local talent the opportunity to perform live on stage and create holiday cheer. Line up to be announced.

GREENVILLE

Hometown Christmas parade and Santa party

Dec. 1: Come join the fun in downtown Greenville on Friday, December 1. The Santa park party will take place from 4-6 p.m. at Lafayette park (210 S. Lafayette). Enjoy holiday treats, games, activities & holiday merriment, then watch while Santa magically lights the Christmas Tree at 5:45 p.m. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. on Lafayette Street. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Dec. 2: 2017 Craft Fair and Flea Market, Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center, 900 E Kent Rd, Greenville. New and vintage items, handmade gifts, crafts and baked goods, all from local vendors and artisans. Free admission.

KENT CITY

Dec. 9: HCNC Wreath Making/Craft Make and Take. Make this year’s wreath with foraged cuttings, and personalize it with provided trimmings. While you enjoy your wreath making, let your children 5 & over do craft ornaments to make and take. This event is held at Howard Christensen Nature Center’s Camp Lilys, on 20 Mile Rd. Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to 1 pm. Wreaths $10 non-members, $5 members, Make and Take $5 non-members, $3 members. HCNC requests pre-registration online www.HowardChristensen.org, 616-675-3158. 

ROCKFORD

Dec. 1: Help us ring in the holiday season with the Holiday Lighting Ceremony at the Rockford Dam overlook, 25 Squires St. Enjoy the sounds of the Rockford High School Jazz ensemble prior to the Rockford Choirs singing Christmas Carols. The Rockford Mayor will present a message of peace prior to thousands to lights coming to life in downtown Rockford and at the dam. This is a wonderful way for your family and you to start the holiday! Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Also Holiday Carriage Rides at the Rockford Pavilion (50 Squires St) from 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 2: Join us for Rockford’s 74th Annual Santa Parade! Parade starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Rockford. The jolly man in the red suit makes Rockford one of his first stops on his world tour. More than 60 floats line the downtown streets to welcome Santa Claus. He always arrives in style in a gorgeous white carriage. After the parade, he visits all good boys and girls in the Rockford Rotary Pavilion to hear their wish lists. The event features free photos, free milk and cookies, children’s activities, Christmas carols and each child receives a goodie bag after visiting with Santa. Free Carriage Rides from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, 50 Squires St.

Dec. 6: Santa in the Rotary pavilion, 50 Squires St. Tired of battling the mall crowds? Why not bring your child to Rockford to visit Santa – all in the idyllic setting of downtown. Kids can give Santa their wish lists, and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies!

Dec. 7-8: Free horse-drawn carriage rides 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce sponsors horse-drawn carriage rides each year so that visitors to Rockford may enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area. Visitors are able to ride through the tree-lined streets free of charge. It is a beautiful way to recapture the feelings of Christmases past and make memories with your loved ones.

Dec. 13: Santa at the pavilion with live reindeer, 6-8 p.m. Tired of battling the mall crowds? Why not bring your child to Rockford to visit Santa—all in the idyllic setting of downtown. Kids can give Santa their wish lists, and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies! On December 16 Santa will be bringing his LIVE reindeer for the kids to get a closer look at these amazing animals. 50 Squires St.

Dec. 14-15: Free carriage rides 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce sponsors horse-drawn carriage rides each year so that visitors to Rockford may enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area. Visitors are able to ride through the tree-lined streets free of charge. It is a beautiful way to recapture the feelings of Christmases past and make memories with your loved ones.

SAND LAKE

Nov. 26: Sand Lake tree lighting and caroling at 5:30 p.m. at the tree at Lake and 4th Street. Special music by Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. Hosted by all Village Churches and Sand Lake Chamber.

Dec. 1: Live indoor nativity at Sand Lake United Methodist from 6-8 p.m. Shepherds watching, angels singing, wise men searching, and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments and stay as long as you like. 

Dec. 2: Sand Lake Family Christmas Celebration. Visit with Santa 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall. Visit the Christmas craft show at Resurrection Lutheran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Live indoor nativity at Sand Lake United Methodist from 1-3 p.m. Bring your ornaments to help decorate the trees. 

SPARTA

‘Tis the season! Check out these fun Sparta holiday events.

Nov. 23: Turkey Trot in Sparta, Thursday, Nov. 23. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m. at Sparta Civic Center, 75 N. Union. Registration forms at spartachamber.com. Homemade pies to first three males/females to cross finish line and first three kids under age 14. Cost is $20 plush two non-perishable foot items and/or gently used coats/hats/gloves to donate to local pantries. Also 50/50 raffle for prizes and jackpot. All proceeds to benefit Sparta Rugby club and Sparta Lions.

Nov. 27: 5th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run, registration at 8:30 a.m., race at 9:30 a.m. Starts/finishes: Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 4085 Lutheran Church Rd., Kent City. Proceeds to Adopt a family and food pantry at Mamrelund. Register at michianatiming.com

Dec. 2: Christmas at the Sparta Library 10 a.m. to noon. Santa & Mrs. Claus visits, story time, crafts & cookie decorating, bring your own camera.

Dec. 2: Candy cane hunt for kids in Civic Center parking lot starts at 10:30 a.m. Donations welcome to keep Candy Cane Lane lighted! 

Dec. 12: Santa Workshop 6-8 pm at Maddie LaRoues, 126 E. Division.

Dec. 14: Pet night with Santa at the Santa House 6 to 8 p.m. 80 N. Union (behind the Sparta Library).

Dec. 16: Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library (80 N. Union) from 1-3 p.m. Free horse and trolley rides.

Dec. 19: Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library (80 N. Union) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Dec. 21-24: Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 10 Mile Road, presents “The Living Nativity,” from 7-8 p.m.

Dec. 23: Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library (80 N. Union) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free horse and trolley rides.

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Author Cheryl Edwards-Cannon at CS Community Library

Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee 

Humor takes center stage in this new release by local author Cheryl Edwards-Cannon at the Cedar Springs Community Library on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee is a collection of humorous stories designed to help the reader cope with the challenges of caregiving. Cannon’s mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 1998, at a time when very little information was available to help her navigate the journey. The stories reflect Cheryl’s humorous side that allowed her to provide amazing care for her mother for more than 15 years. 

Cannon recorded stories over the last decade before deciding to publish her first book.  

“For me, the laughter kept me sane and motivated—and possibly out of jail. Once I understood that mom’s behavior was a result of the disease, the journey become manageable to navigate,” said Cannon.

She shares a variety of heartwarming stories about traveling, shopping, and dressing that became more and more complicated to do as the disease progressed. Each story resulted in a life lesson that transformed Cheryl into the woman she is today. Faithful to her Christian upbringing, Cheryl is quick to say, “I brought the muscle, but God had the plan.”

The public is welcome. The library is located at 107 N. Main Street NE, Cedar Springs.

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CTA presents Twain’s Tales 

CTA Drama Club students rehearse for the upcoming performance.

Creative Technologies Academy High School performers will pay tribute to the famous American storyteller, Mark Twain, in their performance of Twain’s Tales, a play written by David Taylor London. Directed by CTA’s drama teacher Jeremy Holtrop, Twain’s Tales includes five short stories penned by the well-known author including “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “Science vs. Luck,” “The Joke That Made Ed’s Fortune,” “The Belated Russian Passport,” “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” and an excerpt from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” 

“Since its inception last year, the CTA drama department has been building to a bigger production like Twain’s Tales, shared Holtrop. “We started with improv shows, then last year we moved to our first full-length play with a comedy/farce called Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit, and this year the students have risen to the challenge of a full-length play based on classic works of literature. It is amazing to see how much the students have grown!” 

The performance will last an hour and half and features eight performers in grades 9-12. 

Performances will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Creative Technologies Academy Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Presale tickets may be purchased in the administration office at 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs for $3.00. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00. 

 

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Thanksgiving fun

 

Q: Why did the turkey cross the road?

A: It was the chicken’s day off.

Q: Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”?

A: Because they never learned good table manners!

Q: What sound does a space turkey make?

A: Hubble, Hubble, Hubble.

Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?

A: They suspected it of fowl play.

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?

A: Because he had the drumsticks

Q: What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?

A: He had an arrow escape.

Q: What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey trot

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

A: Plymouth Rock.

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?

A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

A: Because they use such fowl language.

Q: How do you keep a turkey in suspense?

A: I’ll let you know next week.

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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.


Christmas Fund Distribution

Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O Church Secretary. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance and a phone number you can be reached. All letters MUST include a contact number to be considered. Letters must be submitted and post marked and received NO LATER than Friday, DECEMBER 1st. All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance. #37

Small Business Saturday

Nov. 25: Show your love for small businesses & Shop Local, Shop Small! Join the Small Business Saturday in Cedar Springs Facebook event to stay informed on the sales happening and where to pick up a free tote bag! #47

Christmas in Sand Lake

Nov. 26, Dec. 1,2: Sand Lake Tree Lighting and Caroling will be held on Sunday, November 26th at 5:30 pm in Salisbury Park. Special music by Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. A Live Indoor Nativity – Our Free Gift to You will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm. Shepherds watching, Angels singing, Wise men searching and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments and stay as long as you like at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church. Sand Lake Family Christmas Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30 am to 3 pm. “Selfie” with Santa 9:30 to 11:30, Cookies, Crafts & Christmas Wishes. Bring your ornaments to help decorate the trees, visit the Craft Sale and Live Nativity. See full schedule in next week’s paper. #47

Animal Junction 4-H Gingerbread House Contest

Nov. 27-Dec. 2: Animal Junction 4-H Club would like to extend an invitation to all of the Cedar Springs Community to visit the Cedar Springs Library during the week of Monday November 27th through Saturday December 2nd at noon to view the wonderful confectionary creations that our 4-H members have made to kick off this year’s holiday season. We would like the community to vote for the gingerbread house that they like best. Winners will be announced after the Community Christmas Tree Lighting downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday December 2nd. Each gingerbread house will also be up for sale throughout the week for our silent auction. The 4-H members are raising funds with the silent auction for their spring camp. #47,48p

Decorate Pine Wreaths at MCC

Dec. 1: Join the Nature Trails Committee and fashion a pine wreath Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Collect your 18-inch pine branches no more than 48 hours ahead of time or join committee members from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to collect them on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails. Wreath frames and plant wire will be provided. Bring your own wire cutters, hand clippers and glue guns if you have them. Bring any natural decorations or ribbon. The cost is $5. Preregister by Nov. 28 by emailing naturetrails@montcalm.edu. For more information, visit www.montcalm.edu/events/decorative-pine-wreaths/. #47

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Dec. 2: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, will be holding a craft show on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm. Vendors – Bake Sale – White Elephant – Book Sale. #47,48p

Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 2: Santa is coming and events are happening all day long! Make & Take Crafts and Ornaments, 9 am to noon at the CS Library. Story Time with Mrs. Clause, 2 pm at Perry’ Place. Red Hawk Cheerleaders Meet & Greet, 3 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Double K Petting Zoo, 4 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Red Hawk Choir Christmas Caroling, 4:15 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Kris Kringle Parade, 4:30 pm starts at the corner of Maple & Main St. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:45 pm, corner of Ash & Main St. Live Nativity Scene with Calvary Church, 4:45 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St., Bake Sale with the Ladies Auxiliary, 5 pm at the American Legion. Historical Museum Book Sale, 5 pm at the American Legion. Pictures with Kris Kringle, 5 pm at the American Legion. Write a Letter to Santa, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Kris Kringle Coloring Activity, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Find us on Facebook – A Cedar Springs Christmas Mingle with Kris Kringle. #47,48b

Cookie Walk at St. Peter’s Lutheran

Dec. 2: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild is having their Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 2nd at 310 E. Division, Rockford. It begins at 9 am until the cookies are gone. Stop in and pick up your holiday cookies. Cookies are sold by the pound and you select the combination. #47,48b

HCNC Wreath Making/Craft Make and Take

Dec. 9: Make this year’s wreath with foraged cuttings, and personalize it with provided trimmings. While you enjoy your wreath making, let your children 5 & over craft ornaments to make and take. This event is held at Howard Christensen Nature Center’s Camp Lilys, on 20 Mile Rd. Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 1 pm. Wreaths $10 non-members, $5 members, Make and Take $5 non-members, $3 members. HCNC requests pre-registration online www.HowardChristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #47

 

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Post travels to Rocky Mountains

The Post traveled to the top of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, 11,800 feet, well above the timberline, with Mary Ann Misner and John Cornell, both of Cedar Springs. This was part of their two and a half week trip exploring the Rocky Mountain region – from Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to northern Red Lodge, Montana, to Durango, Colorado.

They drove over several mountain passes that were above 10,000 feet, including the million dollar highway of Durango through the mining towns of Silverton and Ouary. One of the hightlights of the trip was watching a horseback rider and two dogs on top of a mountain above the timberline in northern Wyoming, herding a large herd of sheep (approximately 500) across the road in front of them. They also saw wild mustangs in Montana before traveling over Bear Tooth Pass into Yellowstone National Park, and about 200 buffalo in the park. Arches National Park was also beautiful, with the evening sun shining on the arches.

The most dangerous part of the trip was dealing with a herd of free range cattle in the middle of the road after dark. Unlike our Michigan deer, their eyes didn’t shine in the headlights and they didn’t dash out of the way. The cattle have the right-of-way there, and if you hit one you have to pay the rancher. The cattle seemed to know this. At night time, they recommend driving slowly or not at all, if you ever have the chance to visit free range country in this beautiful area. 

Thanks so much 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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Howard City student contributes to art exhibit

 

 

MCC students Makenna Anderson, of Howard City, on left, and Sarah Rittersdorf, of Belding, will present some of their most recent pieces in the Montcalm Community College Winter Artists’ Market Art exhibit.

MCC art exhibit opens Nov. 20

Montcalm Community College presents its annual Winter Artists’ Market art exhibit and sale Nov. 20-21, Nov. 27-30 and Dec. 4-7.

The exhibit features artwork created by MCC students, the MCC Art Club and local artists for viewing and for sale. The event is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Instruction North Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission is free.

MCC students Makenna Anderson, of Howard City, and Sarah Rittersdorf, of Belding, are currently taking Introduction to Art with MCC Art Instructor Debbie Bell. 

“I never had a chance to take an art class in high school, so I figured now would be the best time to get a good underlying base for my art education before I head off to a university,” Anderson said.

Anderson is also in Drawing I with MCC Art Instructor Carolyn Johnson. 

“As the K-12 curriculum gets narrower due to budget cuts and continuous standardized testing, MCC can be the open door to quality higher education in the arts,” Johnson said. 

“As time goes on, I see more and more students like Makenna who have not had access to art classes before coming to MCC,” she added. “It’s sad to see gifted and motivated students denied opportunities, but how wonderful that we have MCC to be a leader in arts education for our community.”

Anderson and Rittersdorf both plan to create art for a living.

“Both student artists have had a passion for and interest in art prior to this class, but practice has helped them to see more and grow as artists,” Bell said.

“I want to be an artist for a living, so putting my pieces in this exhibit will be a good experience,” Rittersdorf said.

Anderson said the exhibit is also beneficial for the community.

“Art is such a wonderful thing,” Anderson added. “I think the exhibit is a great way for others to experience art created by those in our community.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1248. 

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Christmas fund distribution

 

Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas.  The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O – Church Secretary. 

 All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance and a phone number you can be reached at. All letters MUST include a contact number to be considered. Letters must be submitted and post marked and received no later than, Friday, December 1. 

**Note: If awarded some assistance, we will notify you of your pick up times of 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, December 13 at Cedar Springs UMC. 

All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance.

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