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The saga of the sewing machine ad

 

The following is an ad from a newspaper that appeared four days in a row–the last three hopelessly trying to correct the first day’s mistake.

Monday:
For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale.  Phone 948-0707 after 7 P.M. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap.

Tuesday:
Notice: We regret having erred In R. D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read “One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 p.m.”

Wednesday:
Notice: R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yesterday. The ad stands correct as follows: “For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 948-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him.”

Thursday:
Notice: I, R. D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I intentionally broke it. Don’t call 948-0707 as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she has now quit.

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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.


AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #43

2nd Chance School Rummage Sale

Oct. 31: 2nd Chance School will be having a rummage sale at the school building at 810 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs (on the corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd.) Saturday, October 31st from 8 am to 2 pm. Donations of goods for the rummage sale are welcome. Please contact us to arrange for drop off of items for the sale. Questions or drop arrangements, call 616-293-2150. #42,43p

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 31: The early bird gets the (Gummy) worm on Saturday, October 31st from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. Safe, friendly and fun. We’ll also be serving a free hot dog supper. #42,43p

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, October 31st, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone is welcome to join us. #42,43p

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes – check. Oodles of goodies – check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun – doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 pm. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for the kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs. #43

Monster Mash Bash

Oct. 31: The Rockford American Legion Post #102 presents: Monster Mash Bash with live music by Trilogy on Saturday, October 31st. Doors open at 6:30 pm. There will be a costume contest, prizes, 50/50 raffle, hors d’oevres, cash bar. Costumes are NOT required. Open to the public 21 and up. Advance tickets on sale at the Legion Lounge for $15 or reserve tickets with credit card by calling 616-866-2001. $20 at the door. 330 Rockford Park Dr. NE, Rockford (between 11 and 12 Mile off Northland Drive).   Proceeds to benefit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. #43

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 2: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, November 2nd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #43

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 3: 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 Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #43

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 3,10,17,24: 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. #43

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play

Nov. 5-7: Spies, murder, love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreate a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. Presented by the Rogue River Community Theater Company on November 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm with a special 2 pm Saturday matinee at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. #43,44p

Hunter’s Chili Dinner

Nov. 5: Howard Chirstensen Nature Center will present “Stuck in a Rut” and a chili dinner on Thursday, November 5th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Chili is served at 6 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. After filling up on Chili, join presenter David Kieft to learn basic biology details of Michigan’s favorite mammal: the white-tailed deer. Learn what really happens during the rut from the deer’s point of view.  The presentation will end with a class on scoring so be sure to bring in your own “rack” to score. Donation of $5 for the Chili Dinner and $5 for the Presentation or $8 for both. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #43

Ski Patrol Ski & Board Swap

Nov 6-8: West Michigan II Ski Patrols are hosting the largest ski and snowboard swap in Michigan. The 44th annual sale is set for November 6-8 at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd. Hours: November 6 from 10 am to 8 pm, November 7 from 10 am to 6 pm and November 8 from 11 am to 2 pm. The commissions earned from the sale will be used to purchase first-aid supplies and life-saving equipment used to evacuate injured guests in the event of an accident or emergency. The all-volunteer ski patrols do not receive any governmental funding. Don’t miss your chance to sell or buy from the terrific selection of new and gently used skis, snowboards, accessories and apparel for all winter activities and all season sports equipment. #43

Fall Festival at Cedar Springs UMC

Nov. 7: A Fall Festival Sale will be hosted by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Cedar Springs on Saturday, November 7 from 9 am to 2 pm. Booths are: Gifts from Grandma’s Attic, Mix Match Cookie Patch & Bakery, Jewelry Booth, Toy Booth, Crafts, and a new and used Book Booth. All proceeds go to missions. Sponsored by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Women. #43,44p

Variety Sale – Sand Lake Lions Club

Nov. 7: The Sand Lake Lions Club is hosting a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 7th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church’s Education building at Sixth and Maple. For more information call Karen at 616-636-5425 or Kandy at 616-347-6122. #43,44p

Benefit Dinner for John De Kraker

Nov. 7: A benefit dinner and auction for John De Kraker will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 4 to 7 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church at 15671 Algoma Ave. NE, Cedar Springs. John is attempting to receive a liver transplant and has been incurring heavy medical bills in the process. Let’s see if we can help John and his family with the costs! The evening includes baked goods for sale, silent auction, donation jar and spaghetti dinner. The cost is $7 in advance or $9 at the door, 12 and under are $2 in advance and at the door. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Juliann at 616-560-8847. #43

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 14: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 14th from 9 am to 3 pm. 50 vendors, delicious baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, refurbished furniture and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come early, stay late! #43-45p

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2015 Halloween Coloring Contest

HalloweenCC-pageHey kids,

Download and color the picture below and be creative! Add other Halloween symbols if you like. There will be one winner from each age group: 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. All winners will be announced in the October 29 edition of the Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay—get your picture in as soon as possible—deadline is Monday, October 26, at 5 p.m.! Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click and print coloring page below, don’t forget to print and fill out the entry form as well.

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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.


Enormous Sale for Mission Trip

Oct. 22-24: The Youth Group of North Kent Community Church is holding a huge indoor sale on October 22 & 23 from 9 am to 6 pm and October 24 from 9 am to 12 noon. Many wonderful items! Books for all ages, dishes, serving pieces, kitchen items, Tupperware, knick knacks, furniture, music, clothing, bikes. Too many items to list! Everything must go! All donations help fund the Youth Mission trip to Colima, Mexico in February, 2016 where they will minister to the children at the Hogar DeAmor Orphanage. NKCC is located at 1480 Indian Lakes Rd, Sparta, between Algoma and Pine Island Dr. #41,42p

Mom2Mom Sale

Oct. 22: Resurrection Lutheran Preschool is hosting a mom2mom sale on October 24th from 9 am – 1 pm. Numerous vendor booths will be set up selling their gently used children’s items, along with a bake sale table. 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake. #42

Fall Festival @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

Oct. 28: The Solon Center Wesleyan church presents its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Families with children 5th grade and under come and enjoy games & prizes, a petting zoo from Double K Farm (weather permitting), an obstacle course, and candy, candy, candy! Kids wear your costumes! The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome! #41,42p

Greenville Garden Club Meeting

Oct. 28: Join the Greenville Garden Club Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 pm for guest speaker Rick Sandtveit, Pres. of Trendwell Antrim, Inc. which owns and operates over 400 natural gas wells.  The basics of how oil and gas wells are discovered, explored, drilled and fracked.  If you are concerned about our environment and how our natural energy supplies are procured,  join us at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent Rd., Greenville. #42

KDL Lab: Mad Scientist

Oct. 28: Pull on a lab coat and get ready to think like a mad scientist. Create a plush Franken-Beanie creature to take home, create slimy bugs in the Creepy Crawlers Oven and plan your next mad scientist creation with a Franken-creature collage! For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 pm. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #42

Spark in the Dark Party

Oct. 28: There will be a Spark in the Dark Party at Rockford Reformed Church on Wednesday, October 28th from 6 – 8 pm. Everyone is invited for an evening of games, food, prizes, candy and more! Costumes welcome! Party takes place in the Rockford Reformed Church gym: 4800 – 11 Mile Rd. NE, Rockford. Phone: 616-866-2308. Email: connections.rrc@gmail.com. You can also view the info online at www.rockfordreformedchurch.org/spark-in-the-dark/. #42

Pumpkin/Carving Trail Walk

Oct. 30: Howard Christian Nature Center is hosting a Pumpkin /Carving Lit Trail Walk on October 30. $8 per person Pumpkin/Carving & Pumpkin lit trail hike from 5 to 8:30 pm. Carve pumpkins from 5 to 6:30 pm and 7 & 7:45 pm pumpkin lit walks with a guide. Hike departures are promptly at the above times only. Includes pumpkins. Open to all ages. A great date night for you and your loved ones! Donuts, cider and coffee provided. Howard Christian Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #42

2nd Chance School Rummage Sale

Oct. 31: 2nd Chance School will be having a rummage sale at the school building at 810 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs (on the corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd.) Saturday, October 31st from 8 am to 2 pm. Donations of goods for the rummage sale are welcome. Please contact us to arrange for drop off of items for the sale. Questions or drop arrangements, call 616-293-2150. #42,43p

Trick or Treat Trail Walk

Oct. 31: Bring the kiddos on out to HCNC to wander the trails in search of scavenger hunt items and goodies. Return to the Interpretive Center with your filled sheet and get a goodie bag to start the candy collection. October 31st from 2 to 4 pm. $1.00 donation. Conveniently scheduled to allow time to return to your neighborhoods for traditional Halloween activities. Howard Christian Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #42

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 31: The early bird gets the (Gummy) worm on Saturday, October 31st from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. Safe, friendly and fun. We’ll also be serving a free hot dog supper. #42,43p

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, October 31st, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone is welcome to join us. #42,43p

Awesome Autumn Adventure

Oct. 31: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and bountiful farmyard fun! Please bring your own pumpkin. For all ages. Saturday, October 31st at 10:30 am. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #42

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Bootackular at Solon Market

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With Fall comes football, pumpkins and Solon Market’s third annual Boo-tackular!  Solon Market will be hosting its last annual event for the season this Saturday, October 17. Join them for fun, games and refreshments from 10:00am to 11:00am, costume contest beginning at 11:00am and Trunk or Treat during Market hours—9am until 1pm. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, cutest and most original costumes.  Alternative rain date has been set for October 31.  Market season ends, Saturday, October 31.

Solon Market can be found at 15185 Algoma Avenue, west of Cedar Springs.  Check out their facebook page and like them for updates.

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What to choose?

 

An angel suddenly appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean of the college that, in return for his unselfish and exemplary behavior, he will be given his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects infinite wisdom.

“Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a cloud of smoke and a bolt of lightning.

Now, all heads turn toward the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something wise.”

The dean looks at them and says, “I should have taken the money.”

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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.


Rummage Sale

Oct. 16-18: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake, will be hosting a rummage sale on Thursday and Friday, October 16 – 17 from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, October 18th from 9 am to 12 noon. #41

Harvest Festival

Oct. 17: Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 – 14 Mile Rd., Sparta, 616-866-9829, will be hosting a FREE Harvest Party on Saturday, October 17th starting at 5 pm. There will be hayrides (straw), pumpkin bowling, bounce houses, cake walk and games for all ages, soup, hot dogs and popcorn. Lots of fun and fellowship. All are welcome to this free and fun event. #41

Roast Beef Dinner

Oct. 18: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday, October 18th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #41

Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 19: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss steak dinner on Monday, October 19th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be baked beans, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #41p

Michigan Blood Drive

Oct. 20: On Tuesday, October 20th at the Cedar Spring United Methodist Church will host a Michigan Blood Drive from 12:30 pm to 7 pm. Average time of donation is one hour from the time you register until you walk out the door. Please consider giving the Gift of Life! #41

The Boomer Social Club

Oct. 21: Gather for a fun mixer with your peers of people “who remember when….” Test your knowledge, play Bingo, relive the 50’s and 60’s with trivia and even speed date if you are so inclined! A variety of stations with activities and refreshments will be available of an open house style social gathering for the Baby Boomer generation! Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #41

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 21: On Wednesday, October 21st East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, will host a Swiss Steak dinner with red potatoes, green beans and corn, salad, beets, rolls, and homemade desserts. The dinner will be served from 5-7 pm. Everyone is welcome. Donations for your meal appreciated! #41

KDL Lab: littleBits Learn and Invent with Electronics

Oct. 21: Explore, tinker and innovate with littleBits, the ultimate electronic building tool. Circuit modules snap together to help you build your ultimate electronic innovation. Create a music synthesizer, a robot or even a Mars Rover! Great learn-by-doing activity for kids who may be interested in a future in engineering and robotics. For ages 6 and older. Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #41

MCC hosts College Day on Oct. 22

Oct. 22: High school students and adults considering attending college can gather information from more that 40 colleges, universities and the military during the 25th annual College Day on October 22nd at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. Between 9 am and noon, attendees can discuss courses of study, costs and other college information with college and military representatives. A transfer fair for current MCC students is from noon to 1:30 pm. Admission is free. Visit www.montcalm.edu or contact MCC Director of Recruitment, Enrollment & Outreach Ryan Wilson at ryan.wilson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1245 for more information. #41

Enormous Sale for Mission Trip

Oct. 22-24: The Youth Group of North Kent Community Church is holding a huge indoor sale on October 22 & 23 from 9 am to 6 pm and October 24 from 9 am to 12 noon. Many wonderful items! Books for all ages, dishes, serving pieces, kitchen items, Tupperware, knick knacks, furniture, music, clothing, bikes. Too many items to list! Everything must go! All donations help fund the Youth Mission trip to Colima, Mexico in February, 2016 where they will minister to the children at the Hogar DeAmor Orphanage. NKCC is located at 1480 Indian Lakes Rd, Sparta, between Algoma and Pine Island Dr. #41

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 24: Trunk or Treat will be form 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, October 24th at East Nelson UMC, 9024 –  18 Mile Rd. NE. Come and set up a trunk or bring your family to Trunk or Treat. Then come inside and warm up with hot chocolate and a sloppy joe or a hot dog and snacks. We will have games and prizes, as well as activities. This is a family event and all are welcome. #41

Algoma Christian School Auction & Dinner

Oct. 24: You’re invited to attend the Algoma Christian School Auction & Dinner on Saturday, October 24th! A farmers market, silent auction, and dinner buffet will kick off the evening at 4:30 pm with a live auction to begin promptly at 6 pm. Hundreds of items up for bid and purchase, gift certificates, produce, vacation packages, gift baskets, baked goods, handmade items, and much much more! For more information find us online @ algomachristian.net or like us on Facebook #41

Fall Festival @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

Oct. 28: The Solon Center Wesleyan church presents its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Families with children 5th grade and under come and enjoy games & prizes, a petting zoo from Double K Farm (weather permitting), an obstacle course, and candy, candy, candy!  Kids wear your costumes!   The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd.  All welcome! #41.42p

Chicago Bus Trip

Nov. 14: You can go to Chicago and enjoy a day of shopping, museums, a show, etc. The chartered bus will bring you downtown and pick you up, but you can enjoy the day as you please. The bus will leave CSPS at 7 am and keep you comfortable with Wi-Fi access without the stress of traffic and parking! The bus will leave Chi Town at 6 pm Central/ 7 pm Eastern. Cost is just $45 and space is limited. You can access registration forms online at www.csaparksandrec.com or call Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation at 616-696-7320 Monday – Wednesday before 2:30 pm. #40-41p

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Doggie dash promises a waggin’ good time

Runner at the finish line.  © James Falk

Runner at the finish line.
© James Falk

The Kent County Parks Foundation is pleased to be hosting the 16th annual Bailey’s Doggie Dash on October 17, at Wabasis Lake County Park. Dogs of all sizes and owners of all ages are encouraged to participate in this race to raise money to support Kent County’s 38 parks and four inter-community trails.

The race begins at 9:00 a.m. and there are several opportunities for participation. Runners can choose from a 5k run/walk as well as a one-mile course. After the race, there is a costume contest for dogs and their owners that is judged by WGVU Morning Show Host, Shelley Irwin.

“We are excited to be hosting this race for the 16th year,” stated Kate Meyer, Executive Director. “This is a fantastic way to spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy the autumn beauty of our county parks, and support the enhancement and expansion of our parks system.”

Registration is $25 per person before the event, and $35 per person for day of the event registration. Registration for Children 12 and under is only $10. Awards are given to the top three finishers in each age group, as well as for top male and female masters runners, top male and female finisher, and Bailey’s Choice Costume Contest.

“The Kent County Parks Foundation’s fundraising projects help to build, expand, and sustain Kent County parks, while keeping our community engaged and informed,” Meyer added. “By preserving the natural beauty of Kent County though our parks, we are helping to ensure that there will be wildlife habitat and public recreation areas, and—most importantly—that we all will be able to enjoy the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits that our parks offer to everyone.”

For more information and registration, please visit www.kentcountyparksfoundation.org.

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Pygmalion at the Kent Theatre

Actors rehearsing for Pygmalion are (r to l): Mrs. Higgins, Claire Mahave; Colonel Pickering, Doug Christensen; and Henry Higgins, Peter Huschilt. 

Actors rehearsing for Pygmalion are (r to l): Mrs. Higgins, Claire Mahave; Colonel Pickering, Doug Christensen; and Henry Higgins, Peter Huschilt.

If you’re familiar with the story line of My Fair Lady, you’ll recognize the story of Pygmalion. It’s a good dose of personality, with a little bit of satire, and a little bit of humor mixed in. And it’s happening at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs October 15-18, 2015.

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion begins at the portico of Saint Paul’s Church, during a surprise rainstorm. It is there, amidst the bystanders, that Henry Higgins, professor of phonetics and author of Higgins Universal Alphabet, not only meets a colleague that he intended to go to India to meet, but also a flower girl who will come to test the length and breadth of both his teaching ability and his personality.

When the flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) shows up at Higgins’ house, he’s quite surprised, but she’s determined to become a lady in a flower shop. So, with the help of his friend, Colonel Pickering, Higgins takes the challenge to turn a poor, common, Cockney flower girl into a proper English lady. To add to the excitement, he takes a bet he can do it in six months.

The title, “Pygmalion,” comes from a story in Greek mythology. According to the Greeks, Pygmalion was a sculptor from the island of Cyprus, who saw women as flawed creatures and wanted nothing to do with them, even to the point of avoiding all contact with them. Instead, he looked to his art to create for himself the perfect woman. The story goes that Pygmalion fell in love with his statue, and when he went to the temple of Aphrodite, she answered his prayer by bringing the statue to life. Aphrodite blessed them, they married, and they lived happily ever after.

Shaw’s Pygmalion is similar in some ways. Higgins, like Pygmalion, is a master at his art, and pours his skills and talents into his work in order to achieve the perfect model. However, Higgins’ art is already alive. She becomes his masterpiece, yes, but she has a life and a voice and a personality of her own that make the “happily ever after” a little more challenging.

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion will be playing at the historic Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, October 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and October 18 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Cedar Springs Public Library or from a cast member.

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What did you say?

 

A farmer walked into an attorney’s office wanting to file for a divorce. The attorney asked, “May I help you?”

The farmer said, “ I want to get one of those dayvorces.”

“Do you have any grounds?” asked the attorney.

“Yeah, I got about 140 acres.”

“I mean do you have a case?”

“No, I don’t have a Case, but I have a John Deere,” replied the farmer.

“No you don’t understand,” said the attorney. “I mean do you have a grudge?”

The farmer smiled. “Yeah I got a grudge. That’s where I park my John Deere.”

“No sir, I mean do you have a suit?”

“Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it to church on Sundays.”

“Well sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?” asked the attorney.

“No sir, we both get up about 4:30.”

“Okay, let me put it this way. WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?”

The farmer shook his head. “Well, I can never have a meaningful conversation with her.”

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