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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.

School Supplies Needed

Aug: Curves of Cedar Springs is collecting backpack and school supplies for kids in need that will be distributed to our local schools. Drop off times are Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 11 am and Monday  – Thursday, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Contact Christine Holman at 616-696-1689 for more information. #34

 

Annual 2nd Best Sale

Aug. 22,23: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 22 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, August 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. It is sponsored by the All Saints Guild (ECS) in support of parish activities. There is something for everyone: clothes, books, toys, housewares, sporting goods, furniture, electronics, craft supplies, jewelry, etc. Many vintage items. Everything is prices to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island, ¼ mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34p

 

Open House for Prayer

Aug. 25: Our church is having an Open House for Prayer, whereas folks are invited to come to the Old Chapel for whatever amount of time they may choose on Monday, August 25 from 7 to 8 pm to Pray for the Nation of Israel. Address: C. S. Christian Church, located on the campus of Creative Technologies Academy, 340 W. Pine Street. Confidential prayer requests may be submitted to Pastor Ryan Black at: pastor.ryanblack@cedarspringschristianchurch.org. Bible emphasis this month: the book of Revelations. #34

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Aug. 26: 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. #34

 

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

Aug. 27: “Dinosaurs come back” – Discover the world of Dinosaurs and other ancient history – children will go out looking for archeology finds, breaking open rocks to see what we can see. At the end of the day, we will bury our own plaster mode(s) in hopes of others someday discovering our history.  Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #34

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Aug. 27: EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! Pine Grove Senior Cafe presents ham, smashed taters and carrots all yummy no doubt. All readers age 60 or more, if you think so too; you know what to do. Come one come all as you have before, Wednesday the 27th of August at noon walk through our door. The location for this feast to be found is the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #34

 

Worship in the Park

Aug. 27: Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents Worship in the Park. Come join the fun at Salisbury Park in Sand Lake on Wednesday evening, August 27th. Free food will be offered at 6:30 pm followed by worship music from the band Gained Access. There will be inflatables for the kids and fun, fun, fun. Grab your picnic gear, a lawn chair, and enjoy the festivities. Everyone is welcome! #34p

Herbal Tea and Treats

Aug. 27: The Greenville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday August 27 at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 Kent Rd. Speaker Connie Hanson of Grand Shire Herb Farms will share her favorite recipes for tea party sweets and savories and ideas for theme teas. Learn how to make a different herbal tea blend for each month of the year. Bring your favorite teacup and enjoy. Open to the public. Please join us. #34

Beyblade Battles at KDL

Aug. 30: Test your skills and have fun competing in KDL’s Beyblade Battles! Bring your own Beyblades and areanas, or train and compete using the library’s equipment. Saturday, August 30 at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #34

 

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The bus stop

 

 

Two old men were sitting on a bench waiting for their bus. The buses were running late, and a lot of time passed. Finally, one man turned to the other and said, “You know, I’ve been sitting here so long, my butt fell asleep!”

The other man looked at him and said, “I know. I heard it snoring!”

 

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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.

2nd Chance Rummage Sale

Aug. 16: On Saturday, August 16 from 9 am to 3 pm. East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. will host a rummage sale. Proceeds to benefit 2nd Chance, a school for troubled teens who deserve a second chance. #33p

 

Garage Sale for Missions

Aug. 16: This Saturday,  August 16 from 9 am to 5 pm. The Springs Church, located on the corner of Oak and Grant Streets, is hosting a sale to benefit a Girl’s Home in Bogota, Columbia. Funds will be used to purchase building materials for the home. #33

 

Auditions for October Play 

Aug. 16 & 18: The Cedar Springs Community Players are seeking 5 adult females and 2 adult males for their Fall production of the comedy “Blythe Spirit,” written by Noel Coward and directed by Peter Huschilt. Show dates are October 23-25 at the historic Kent Theatre. Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am to noon and on Monday, August 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on Main Street in Cedar Springs. See our website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org for more info. #32,33p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 18: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef & Onions dinner on Monday, August 18th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, onions, veggies, salad, dessert, rolls 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. #33p

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Aug. 19: 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. #33

 

Michigan Blood Drive

Aug. 19: Be somebody who get a cool T-shirt and free hot dogs by just attempting to give blood.  The donor site is at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12 to 7 pm, on Tuesday, August 19. #33

 

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

Aug. 20: “Super Hero’s” Dress up or just wear the hat of your super hero – Fireman? Military? Superman? Spiderman? Let the imagination run and be a hero for just a day. The children will have the day to act out hero and save the nature world!  Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #33

 

Annual 2nd Best Sale

Aug. 22,23: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 22 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, August 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. It is sponsored by the All Saints Guild (ECW) in support of parish activities. There is something for everyone: clothes, books, toys, housewares, sporting goods, furniture, electronics, craft supplies, jewelry, etc. Many vintage items. Everything is prices to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island, ¼ mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34p

 

CSHS Class of 1970 to 1979 Picnic

Aug. 24: Cedar Springs Alumni from graduating years 1970 to 1979 (or whenever!) is invited to the Cedar Springs Class of 1970 to 1979 Picnic on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Noon til dusk at Long Lake Park, west side, open pavilion. Bring a dish to pass, hotdogs and buns, something to drink, your place settings, and yearbook. Name tags will be provided in case you forget who you are. For more information contact Janie Combs Merlington, Cindy A McMillan, or Jennifer Haney Brown on facebook. #33

 

Annual Alumni Banquet

Sept. 7: All Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2014 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 7, 2014. The cost is $13 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner served at 1 pm. Reservations must be made prior to August 30 by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Maureen Jaquays, 13952 Coral Rd., Coral, MI 49322, phone 231-354-6506. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2938. Come join the fun and you may be a lucky winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the word to out-of-town classmates. #33p

 

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50th Annual Danish Festival 

Danish-posterAugust 14 – 17, 2014

“The Red Shoes”

Friday, August 8

10:00am – 2:00pm Be A Prinsesse For A Day event Flat River Community Library

Must pre-register (ages 5-10)

Saturday, Aug 9

2:30pm Danish Festival Young Miss GHS Performing Arts Center

& Jr. Miss Pageant

7:00pm Danish Festival Queen’s GHS Performing Arts Center

Pageant & Prince & Princess

Sunday, Aug 10

5:30pm Community Dinner St. Paul Lutheran Church

7:00pm3rd Annual Danish Music Fest St. Paul Lutheran Church

(ticketed event)

Wednesday, Aug 13

6:00pm -7:30pm Scrapbook Contest Judging Hathaway Properties Club House

Thursday, Aug 14

6:00pm Hot Air Balloon Demonstration Baldwin Elementary School

6:00pm – 8:00pm Used Book Sale & Bake Sale Flat River Community Library

6:30pm Flag Raising Ceremony Heritage Park

7:30pm Danish Festival Band in Concert Tower Riverside Park

7:30pm Grand Marshal Celebration Flat River Museum

9:00pm – 10:00pm Lake of Illumination Baldwin Lake

Friday, Aug 15

9:00am – 5:00pm Used Book Sale & Bake Sale Flat River Community Library

9:00am – 8:00pm WAN- MarketPlace & Food Court Veteran’s Park

10:00am –5:00pm “Gamle Danske Landsby” Danish Cultural Center

(Old Danish Village) (Danish Brotherhood Hall)

10:00am –6:00pm Stage Performances Main Stage-Grove at Lafayette Street

10:00am – 8:00pm Downtown Activities Lafayette Street

Arts & Crafts Fair • Food Court • Souvenir Booth • Information Booth

10:30am – 12:00pm Storytelling by Storyweavers Flat River Library

12:00pm – 4:30pm Flat River Museum Tours Flat River Museum

12:00pm – 7:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Events: Hans Christian Andersen Park

Painting, coloring, to-do crafts & games

Special Lego Event

Danish Kids Crafts

Danish Land Midway

1:00pm – 4:00pm Fighting Falcon Military Museum Tours Cass Street

1:00pm – 5:00pm US Postal Service CommemorativeDane Station at Souvenir Booth

Danish Festival Cancellation Stamp

1:00pm -7:00pm WAN Music in the Park (local musicians) Veteran’s Park

3:00pm Danes @ Forest Home Cemetery Tour Forest Home Cemetery

5:00pm Lego Masterpiece Judging Hans Christian Andersen Park

5:00pm – 6:00pm Decades Concert Main Stage-Cass Street

6:00pm – 6:30pm Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Parade Barry/Cass Streets

6:00pm – 8:00pm Greenville Area Corvette Club Show Cass & Lafayette Street

6:00pm – 10:00pm Softball Tournament High School & Alan G. Davis Park

6:30pm “Princess and the Pea” Bed Race Cass/Berry Street

6:30pm I Scream, Ice Cream Contest HCA Park

6:30pm – 7:30pm Danish Festival Band Concert Main Stage-Grove at Lafayette Street

6:30pm – 8:30pm Fireman’s Parade Meet & Greet Greenville High School Parking Lot

Open to the Public

7:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center

“The Red Shoes”

7:00pm First Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

7:00pm 6th Annual “Dirt Diggin Danes” Montcalm County Fair Grounds

Truck & Tractor Pull M91 and Peck Road

Gate opens at 5:00 p.m.

7:00pm –12:00 Tivoli Gardens (Beer Tent) Klackle Orchards

Music by “Decades”

8:00pm – 9:30pm Flat River Big Band Street Dance Main Stage

8:00pm – 10:30pm Friday Night Teen Dance Greenville Middle School Cafeteria

(6-8 grade or 11-14 years of age)

8:30pm 9thAnnual Danish Festival Fireman’s Parade Starting at Greenville High School

Saturday, August 16

7:00am Second Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

8:00am – 10:30am Flat River Auto Show Cass Street

8:00am – 10:30am Danish Sisterhood Breakfast Danish Brotherhood Hall

8:00am – 9:00pm Softball Tournament High School & Alan G. Davis Park

8:00am – 10:30am Road Run Race & Fitness Walk Baldwin Heights Elementary

8:00am – 3:00pm “Gamle Danske Landsky” Danish Cultural Center

(Old Danish Village) (Danish Brotherhood Hall)

9:00am – 4:00pm Fighting Falcon Military Tours Cass Street

(closed during the Grand Dansk Parade)

9:00am – 5:00pm Used Book Sale & Bake Sale Flat River Community Library

9:00am – 6:00pm Downtown Activities Lafayette Street

Arts & Crafts Fair • Food Court

Souvenir Booth • Information Booth

9:00am – 8:00pm WAN- MarketPlace & Food Court Veteran’s Park

10:00am – 4:30pm Flat River Museum Tours

Flat River Museum

10:00am – 11:00am Stage Performances Main Stage – Cass Street

11:00am Danish Dandies Grand Dansk Parade

11:00am – 1:00pm Car Show Registration K-Mart -Greenville

11:00am – 1:00pm GRAND DANSK PARADE Cass Street

12:00am – 4:00pm Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Kmart – Greenville

12:00pm – 5:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Events: Hans Christian Andersen Park

Painting, coloring, to-do crafts & games

Special Lego Event

Danish Kids Crafts

Danish Land Midway

1:00pm – 3:00pm Three’s A Crowd Concert Main Stage-Cass Street

1:00pm – 6:00pm Stage Performances Main Stage – Cass Street

1:00pm – 8:30pm WAN Music in the Park (local Musicians) Veteran’s Park

2:00pm Danes @ Forest Home Cemetery Tour Forest Home Cemetery

3:00pm – 7:00pm Danish Dinner Settlement Lutheran Church

5:00pm – 6:00pm Grandpa’s Tater Dog Eating Contest Veteran’s Park

5:00pm3rd Annual Art @ the Green Voting Ends City of Greenville

Visit danishfestival.org for times and locations

7:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center

“The Red Shoes”

7:00pm Third Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

7:00pm – 9:00pm Danish Festival Presents: Klackle Orchards Pavilion

“The Rockshow’ – Journey Tribute

7:00pm –12:00pm Tivoli Gardens (Beer Tent) Klackle Orchards

Music by “Three’s a Crowd”

9:00pm Greenville Glows Klackle Orchards

10:15pm/Dusk Fireworks Celebration Klackle Orchards

Sunday, August 17

7:00am Fourth Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

8:00am – 9:00pm Softball Tournament High School & Alan G. Davis Park

11:45am Danish Heritage Church Service South Sidney Church

(Amble Memorial Sanctuary) Greenville

12:00 –3:00pm Dannebrog Lutheran Church Greenville

Open for tour

12:00pm – 4:00pm WAN- MarketPlace & Food Court Veteran’s Park

12:00pm – 4:00pm Danish Family Fun Day: Baldwin Heights Elementary School

(Laser tag, dunk tank, giant inflatables, big slide, bouncy boxing/jousting arena,

3-lane bungee run, airbrush tattoos, carnival games, safety corner, fire hose, photo booth, race truck, Toddler fun area for 5 and under, kid’s art)

1:00pm – 3:00pm Sunday Christian Concert Klackle Orchards

1:00 – 2:00 performance – Glen Bultis

2:00 – 3:00 performance – Verticle Bridge

1:00pm – 4:00pm WAN Music in the Park (Christian Music) Veteran’s Park

1:00pm – 5:00pm Fighting Falcon Military Museum Tours Cass Street

2:00pm Danes @ Forest Home Cemetery Tour Forest Home Cemetery

2:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center

“The Red Shoes”

2:00pm – 4:30pm Flat River Museum Tours Flat River Museum

2:00pm – 6:00pm Geocaching Community Center

3:00pm Doggie Fashion Show Baldwin Heights Elementary

4:00pm Raffle Drawing – GRAND PRIZES Baldwin Heights Elementary

4:00pm Talent Show Baldwin Heights Elementary

4:00pm – 5:30pm Family Trail Walk Tower Park to

Shuttled from Community Center Community Center

With Ice Cream Social (FREE)

5:30pm Ugly Duckling Race Jackson’s Landing

Tuesday, August 26th

5:00 pm Deadline for Photo Contest Danish Festival Office

Huntington Bank-2nd floor

Friday, March 20st, 2015

5:00 pm Deadline for Poster Contest Danish Festival Office

“The Little Red Shoes” Huntington Bank-2nd floor

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Model aviation event to benefit wounded warriors

 

The Wolverine Skyhawks Model Club will be hosting a National Model Aviation Day regional event on Saturday, August 16, to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

The event will be held at Wolverine Skyhawks Field, at 13540 West Street, in Cedar Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All types of remote controlled aircraft are welcome. There will be merchant raffles, prizes, buddy-box flights, and a paintball shoot. Participant fees are $10 landing, and $5 for lunch. Pilots must be AMA members. Register by August 14 and ask about 90-day free AMA and Club membership.Come and support a great cause and enjoy a fun day of RC Model aircraft flying! Call Eric Pipenger at 616-813-4212 or email him at eric@wolverineskyhawks.com with your name, AMA number, how many planes you will fly, and how many spectators you are bringing.

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Great Lakes Aviators Build-off and Fly-in

 

The Great Lakes Aviators will hold their second annual Build-off and Fly-in on Saturday, August 16, at Paul C. Miller Airport, 9100 Vinton Avenue, in Sparta.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tour the airport grounds and see up close the many aircraft flown in to compete for the builder’s cup trophy. Juried competition showcases home built and restored aircraft.

There will be free flights for young Eagles (ages 8-17) from 8 a.m. to noon.

About 11:00 a.m. veterans of the 101st Airborne Association will join the group to watch a WWII type demonstration jump from a C-46 or C-47.

Parking and admission is free. Breakfast is $7, but free for pilot entrants, and kids 8 years old and under.

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Kid’s birthday party

 

 

A lady is giving a party for her granddaughter, and has gone all out. She hired a caterer, band and a clown to entertain the kids.

Just before the party starts, two bums show up looking for a handout. Feeling sorry for the bums, the woman tells them that they can get a meal if they will chop some wood out back. Gratefully, they head to the rear of the house.

Guests arrive, and all is going well, with the children having a wonderful time. But the clown has not shown up and she unsuccessfully tries to entertain the children herself. She happens to look out the window and sees one of the bums doing cartwheels across the lawn.

She watches in awe as he swings from tree branches, does midair flips, and leaps high in the air. She speaks to the other bum and says, “What your friend is doing is absolutely marvelous. I have never seen such a thing. Do you think your friend would consider repeating this performance for the children at the party? I would pay him $50!”

“I’ll ask him,” says the bum, then he shouts at his friend, “Hey Willie! For $50, would you chop off another toe?”

 

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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. #32

 

3rd Annual Community Celebration DayAug. 9: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce would like to come to downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday, August 9 from 10 am to 5 pm for their 3rd Annual Community Celebration Day – Business Sidewalk Sale Expo. Join us for some great deals, food, activities and entertainment. All of Main Street from Muskegon St. to Maple St. For more information call 855-6CSACOC (627-2262). #31,32p

 

Family Safety Day

Aug. 9: Courtland Fire Department is holding a family safety day on August 9th from 11 am to 2 pm at 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. The fire trucks and station will be open for touring. Michigan State Police and Kent County Sheriff will both be having cars there. We will have an ambulance from Rockford Ambulance available for tours. There will be water activities plus we will have lots of prizes. There will be hot dogs, chips, and a drink for a low price of $3 per person. Come out an support your local fire department. #32

 

Blessing of the Animals

Aug. 10: Join us on Sunday, August 10th at 10 am for Blessing of the Animals. Courtland- Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE. All animals welcome! #32

 

5th Annual Free Community Picnic

Aug. 10: Come join us for the 5th annual Free Community Picnic on Sunday, August 10 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at Salisbury Park in town, Sand Lake. Free lunch, live band, games, bounce house and school supplies. All free. Hosted by Sand Lake area churches, Resurrection Lutheran, Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake United Methodist and Ensley Methodist. Free and open to the public. #32

 

Foraging: Wild Plants for Food and Medicine

Aug. 11: Join herbalist and forager Lisa Rose Starner to learn about local plants and “weeds” that can be used for food and herbal medicine. Monday, August 11 at 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #32

 

VBS at Resurrection Lutheran

Aug. 11-15: “Gold Rush” VBS starts on August 11 thru August 15th. Free dinner served at 5:30 pm every night followed by an exciting and energetic evening mining for the truest Gold Rock. We welcome any and all children pre-K – 5th grade. Please have your children bring in non-perishable food items as we are also hosting a competitive and rewarding food drive all week long. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake.

 

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 12: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. August 12 from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. August 14 from 6-9pm, and Sat. August 16 from 8 am-4:30 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #31,32p

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Aug. 12: Join us for dinner everyTuesday. 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. #32

 

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

Aug. 13: “Buggy about Bugs” Six legged creatures among us, let us find them! Study them! Grab a net and a plastic container and we will be off to the prairie and the woods to see what 6-legged creatures live here at HCNC. We will look for eggs and larvae while learning about insects’ life cycles, find predators and prey and catch and release a bug or two. No log shall be left unturned in this insect adventure. At the end of the day, we will recycle our insects into fish food at our lake Chrishaven. Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #32

 

Rummage Sale at CS UMC

Aug. 13-14: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women are having a rummage sale in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, August 13th, and 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday, August 14th. #31,32p

 

The Art and Science of Canning

Aug. 14: Join Annette McBride as she explains the science behind canning fruits and vegetables at home and demonstrates how to get started with basic canning. Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #32

 

Container Garden Show and Display

Aug. 14-16: The Greenville Garden Club invites you to enter your favorite plant/flower/edible container arrangement for display at the Flat River Community Library. All ages… Kids can use their toys, trucks, etc. to create cool planters. Open to the public. Winners selected by people’s choice voting. Children’s division – 5-12 yrs, Teen division – 13-17 yrs, and adults. The display will be open Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm, Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. Entries to be brought to the Library between 11 am and 7 pm on Thursday. Public voting will take place on Friday, August 15. Registration for entries no later than Monday August 11. Late entries will be accepted on a space available basis. Call 616-754-9759 for registration form info. $32

 

Pierson School Reunion

Aug. 16: Pierson School Alumni are invited to a reunion on August 16th from 9 am to 12 noon at Pierson Bible Church in Pierson Michigan. Contact Francine Sherman for more information, 616-550-4547. #32

 

Rocket Cheer Camp

Aug. 16: Sign up not for Cedar Springs Rocket Cheer Camp! Grades 3rd thru 8th grade – everyone welcome. Camp will be Saturday, August 16th from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Red Hawk Elementary in the gym. Go to www.cedarspringsyouthcheerleading.com and download registration forms and mail them in. We will take registrations at the door however, you will not be guaranteed a camp T-shirt. Please register by August 10th to make sure we have enough time to get shirts ordered. If you have any questions please contact April Pierson at 616-723-2049 or Anne Olszewski at 616-799-2370. #32

 

Auditions for October Play 

Aug. 16 & 18: The Cedar Springs Community Players are seeking 5 adult females and 2 adult males for their Fall production of the comedy “Blythe Spirit,” written by Noel Coward and directed by Peter Huschilt. Show dates are October 23-25 at the historic Kent Theatre. Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am to noon and on Monday, August 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on Main Street in Cedar Springs. See our website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org for more info. #32,33p

 

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Kent County Youth Fair

KCYF-header-webKent County Youth Fair and fair grounds 225 South Hudson Lowell, MI 49331

616-897-6050

Daily Audacious Hoops; Performances daily at 1 PM, 4 PM & 7 PM., Saturday 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM & 7 PM. The Audacious Hoopers are a professional hula hoop dance troupe specializing in high energy, dynamic performances that elevate simple plastic circles into a compelling art form. Handcrafted hula hoops will be available for purchase. Next to children’s barnyard

Daily Back by popular demand, Chainsaw Carving! Take a log, a chainsaw and a very talented artist and what do you get? Beautiful works of art! Watch them be carved, if you like one you can bid on it our silent auction. South Entrance

Daily 1-5 PM, 6-10 PM Bingo Bingo Tent

Daily Meijer Children’s Barn Yard Kids young and old will love checking out the cute animals. By Entrance

Daily Exhibitor Show & Tell Tent By Children’s Barnyard

Daily Draft Horse & Tractor Shuttles Parking Lots

Friday August 1

10 AM Dog Showmanship, Obedience & Rally Klackle Orchards, 11466 W. Carson City Rd, Greenville MI.

Saturday August 1

10 AM-3 PM Still Exhibit Judging Free Entertainment Tent

Sunday August 3

2:30 PM Explorer Recognition (Special thanks to the 4H Council)Free Entertainment Tent

4:30 PM-6:30 PM Pork DinnerEvent Tent

6:30 PM Opening Ceremony and Royal Court CoronationFree Entertainment Tent

7 PM Goat Team Fitting Reath Barn

Monday August 4 – Heros’ Day

All Day Heroes’ park free! Active military, Veterans, Fire, Police and EMT’s show your ID at the gate for free parking

TodayMichigan Association of Veterinary Medicine – Science, Animals, Medicine and YOU!Children’s Barnyard

9 AM Horse Judging: Fitting & Showing Horse Arena

9 AM-1 PM Off Road Vehicle Safety Class – Presented by: Kent County Sheriff Dept.; The class is free, but please register at www.kcfg.org, Seating is limited. King Building

9:30 AM Goat Judging: Showmanship Breed and Market Classes Costume Contest follows Reath Barn

Noon-2 PM Youth Talent Contest Registration,  Free Entertainment Tent

1-4 PM Michigan Blood Center Blood Drive – Get on the bus! Please call 1-866-MIBLOOD to make an appointment or stop in at the bus! South Entrance

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1 PM Cavy Breed & Showmanship Rabbit Tent

2 PM Horse Judging: Grand & Reserve Showmanship Horse Arena

3 PM Horse Explorers: Explorer Fitting & Showing Horse Arena

3:30 PM Horse Explorers: Explorer 7 & 8 Year Old Riding Pattern Horse Arena

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Horse Judging: Horseless Showmanship Horse Arena

5 PM Antique tractor pull weigh in Track

5 PM-Close Carnival Rides Open Midway/Carnival

5 PM Rabbit Breed Judging Rabbit Tent

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

5 PM Rabbit Breed Judging Rabbit Tent

6 PM Swine Showmanship Reath Barn

6 PM Horse Judging: Senior/Horsemasters Presentations Horse Arena

6:30 PM Youth Fashion Show Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Antique tractor pull: Open event Track

7 PM Youth Talent Contest – Contest open to kids 19 or under on January 1st, 2014. Cash prizes. Note you must sign up between noon and 2 pm to take part in the contest. Free Entertainment Tent

7:30 PM Horse Judging: Contesting: Down & Back; Poles Horse Arena

Tuesday August 5 – Reading for Rides Day 

Today Michigan Association of Veterinary Medicine – Science, Animals, Medicine and YOU! Children’s Barnyard

8 AM Horse Judging: Jumping Horse Arena

9 AM Poultry Judging Poultry Barn

9 AM Swine Judging: Market Class Explorer Showmanship Following Reath Barn

9 AM-2 PM Boating Safety Class- Presented by: Kent County Sheriff Department; The class is free, but please register at www.kcfg.org, Seating is limited. King Building

10 AM-11 AM Grand Parents Coffee and Donuts Community Tent

Noon Horse Judging: Hunter Hack Horse Arena

Noon-4 PM Reading for Rides – Go to www.kcyf.org to print your registration form. Midway/Carnival

12:30 PM Performing Arts Vocal & Instrumental: Registration Free Entertainment Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM Performing Arts Vocal & Instrumental Judging Free Entertainment Tent

Noon-4 PM Free Blood Pressure Check Event Tent

1:30 PM Horse Judging: Hunt Seat Ground Poles Horse Arena

2 PM Cattle Fitting Clinic, Team Fitting Contest Beef Arena

2 PM-3 PM Grand Parents Coffee and Donuts Community Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides Open: Wristband Ride Special $18.00. $3.00 off Carnival coupon available at many locations in Kent County or visit http://kcyf.org to print coupon; Carnival coupon is good for Tuesday ONLY. Midway/Carnival

3:30 PM Horse Judging: Hunter Hack Horse Arena

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Dog Agility Registration Football Field

4 PM Goat Trail Class Reath Barn

4 PM Horse Judging: Bareback Horse Arena

4:30 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Construction King Building

4:30 PM Dog Agility Judging Football Field

5 PM Rabbit Judging: Showmanship Rabbit Tent

5:30 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Parade Midway to Horse Barns/Arena

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

6 PM Team Tractor Pull 4-person teams will pull a tractor and race against the clock. In front of the Free Entertainment Tent

6 PM Horse Judging: Saddle Seat Pattern Horse Arena

6 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Jumping Practice Arena

7 PM Horse Judging: Pleasure: Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, Western Horse Arena

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Draft Horse DemonstrationTrack

7 PM Club KCYF with the Mid-west Dueling Pianos Free Entertainment Tent

 

Wednesday August 6 – Community Day 

Today Local non-profits join us at fair from 3 PM to 7 PM

8 AM Beef Steer Market Classes Beef Arena

8 AM Horse Judging: Hunt Seat & Dressage Seat Equitation Horse Arena

8:30 AM-10 AM Performing Arts: Storytelling, Puppetry & Theater Judging Free Entertainment Tent

9 AM Goat Milking Contest Goat Barn

9 AM Dairy Market Judging: Showmanship, Market, Explorer Reath Barn

10:30 AM-12 Noon Performing Arts: Dance and other evaluations Free Entertainment Tent

11 AM Horse Judging: Hunt Seat, Western & Saddle Seat Riding Patterns Horse Arena

12:30 PM-2 PM Performing Arts: Clown Judging Free Entertainment Tent

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1 PM Feeder Beef Judging & Beef Breed Heifer Show (time approx. following lunch break) Beef Arena

2 PM Rabbit & Cavy Individual Quiz Bowl and Breed Identification Rabbit Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

3 PM-7 PM Visit local kid oriented non-profits Main Street

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Horse Judging: Saddle Seat Pattern & Equitation Horse Arena

4 PM Sheep Judging: Market, Showmanship & Breed Reath Barn

5 PM Dodge ball Tournament! Teams of 5 will work their way to the top! Get more rules and entry form at http://kcyf.org Football Field

5 PM Alpaca Obstacle Course Football Field

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

6 PM Rabbit & Cavy Costume Class & Adult Showmanship Rabbit Tent

6:30 PM Horse Explorers: Explorer Stick Horse Keyhole Event Practice Arena

7 PM The Brian Randall Band – come on down for some great rocking country music. Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Horse Judging: Contesting: Speed & Action; Keyhole Horse Arena

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Draft Horse Pull (Using Barnyard Rules) Track

 

Thursday August 7 – Agriculture Day 

8 AM Horse Judging: Dressage Tests Horse Arena

8 AM Beef Showmanship Beef Arena

9 AM -11 AM Goat Quiz Bowl Free Entertainment Tent

10 AM Rabbit & Cavy Explorer Rabbit Tent

Noon Horse Judging: Equitation: Dressage Seat; Western; Gymkhana Horse Arena

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1-5 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

1 PM-3 PM Youth Variety Show Free Entertainment Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

2 PM Livestock Sale: Small Animals followed by the Sale of Champions Reath Barn

3:30 PM Livestock Sale Sale Order: Swine, Sheep, Feeder Calf, Gallon of Milk, Beef followed by the Sale of Champions, Buyers dinner  Reath Barn

4 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

4 PM Horse Judging: Reining Horse Arena

6-10 PM Bingo, Sponsored by Lowell Moose Lodge Bingo Tent

6:30 PM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Reining Event Practice Arena

7 PM-9:45 PM West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association Presents Steam Powered Blue Grass & The Patchwork Band Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Horse Judging: Reining Horse Arena

7 PM Extrication Demonstration: Presented by: Lowell Fire Dept. Next to Foreman Building

7 PM Horse Judging: Contesting: Flag; Cloverleaf Horse Arena

 

Friday August 8 – Handi-Capable Day

Today Flush Tank Check the schedule on Main Street to see who will be getting dunked.

8 AM Horse Judging: Trail Horse Arena

10 AM Dairy Showmanship Classes Dairy Type Classes immediately following Reath Barn

11 AM Rabbit Agility & Cavy Obstacle Course Rabbit Tent

11:30 AM Horse Explorers: Stick Horse Trail Event Horse Arena

11 AM-2 PM Handi Capable Day – Carnival Rides & Luncheon for Special Needs Individuals. Lunch is from 11 AM to 1 PM, rides are from Noon to 2 PM. Attending is free but please register at www.kcyf.org so we can get a head count for lunch. King Building & Carnival

1-5 PM Bingo, Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

1 PM Horse Judging: Grand & Reserve Equitation Horse Arena

2 PM Goat Parent “Fun bowl” Class Rabbit Tent

2 PM-Close Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

2 PM-4 PM Teen Leadership Judging Event Tent

2:30 PM Tractor Driving Judging Track

3 PM Alpaca Showmanship (including Explorers) Reath Barn

3 PM Horse Judging: Versatility Horse Arena

4 PMAudacious Hoops South Entrance

6-10 PM Bingo,  Bingo Tent

6 PM Horse Explorer Stick Horse Team Games Horse Arena

6 PM Cow Pie Bingo Ticket Sales Beef Barn

6:30 PM-10:30 PM Country Karaoke With Diva Productions Free Entertainment Tent

6:30 PM Horse Judging: Team Performance Games Horse Arena

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

7 PM Extrication Demonstration Presented by: Lowell Fire Dept. Next to Foreman Building

7 PM Cow Pie Bingo, Silent Auction Beef Arena

8 PM-11 PM Family Line Dance with Lia’s Line Dancing & Dance MovesReath Barn

 

Saturday August 9 – Meijer Kids Day & Dollar Day

All Day Scavenger Hunt Get your official scavenger hunt page at guest services or print it here. Everyone who completes the hunt will be put into a drawing to win one of several bicycles. Sponsored by “Fry Guy”! All Over

9 AM-Noon $1 parking with 3 or more non-perishable food items from 9 AM to Noon, they will be donated to the food pantry at F.R.O.M.

Noon-6 PMLook for $1 food specials through out the fairgrounds. Food vendors will have $1 specials, carnival rides just $1 each from noon to 6 PM !

8:30 AM Showmanship Sweepstakes Reath Barn

9 AM Horse Award Ceremony Free Entertainment Tent

9 AM Sidewalk Chalk Artist Richard Francisco, creates a masterpiece

Noon Sidewalk Chalk FunShow off your creative abilities and get some help from Richard Francisco! Next to the Foreman Building

Noon-6 PM Carnival Rides:$1 per ride from Noon to 6 PM! Special Food & Game Discounts Midway/Carnival

Noon-4 PM Disc Golf Fun! Football Field

Noon-11 PM Carnival Rides: Wristband Ride Special $18.00 Midway/Carnival

1-5 PM Balloon Animals and creations, by the Balloon Guys Picnic Area

1-5 PM Bingo,  Bingo Tent

1 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

2 PM Ice Cream Social – Free, While supplies last Midway

2 PM Project Animal Expo Learn about showing livestock at the Fair! Exhibitors from each livestock area will explain how they care for and show their animals Horse Arena

2 PM Alpaca Costume Classes Reath Barn

2:30 PM Field Day Mixer & Photo Booth Have fun and celebrate with team games! All kids are welcome to join the 3-Legged Race, Blind-Folded Wheel Barrow Race, Relay Obstacle Course Race and Tug of War! Horse Arena

3 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

3 PM Princess Tea Party King Building

3 PM Puff the Dragon Pedal Pull: Youth Classes Midway

5 PM-8 PM Release of horses Horse Arena

5 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

5 PM Dodge ball! *** NOTE: THE DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT HAS MOVED TO WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6TH AT 5 PM ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD *** Get more rules and entry form http://kcyf.org

6-10 PM Bingo  Bingo Tent

7 PM Off the Radar You will be amazed at this Cover/Christian Rock band made up of very talented young people. Opening for Off the Radar will be Maya Eaton with her original and cover songs and The Preservers with their classic rock covers and original tunes. Free Entertainment Tent

7 PM Audacious Hoops South Entrance

9 PM Release of breeding stock

9 PM Release of still exhibits

10 PM Release of market animals

11 PM Kent County Youth Fair Closes for 2014 Release of all other Exhibits

 

 

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Ten common fishing terms explained 

 

Catch and Release – A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over its limit.

 

Hook – (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his life savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman’s wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

 

Line – Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

 

Lure – An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

 

Reel – A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

 

Rod – An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

 

School – A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

 

Tackle – What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

 

Tackle Box – A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.

 

Test – (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming “that darn line” for once again losing the fish.

 

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