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Fantasy themed fun at the Kent Theatre

Local theater group rehearses latest production which opens at the Kent next Friday night.

Local theater group rehearses latest production which opens at the Kent next Friday night.

by Terri Riggle

Ghouls just want to have fun! Who doesn’t enjoy a few belly laughs now and again, even if you are the living dead? The Cedar Springs Community Players have selected three hilarious fantasy/science fiction/monster one acts for your entertainment!

The Players are just itching to perform their next project—the third annual Springtime One Acts at the Kent. This year it’s a trio of one-act plays featuring fiendish monsters and bone-chilling characters who will be performing on the Kent Theatre stage March 24-26.

The Rot features the perils of living in the suburbs and attempting to have a nice dinner with your future in-laws and a pesky zombie who won’t leave the yard!

Then it’s action in the old West as Zombie Gunslingers head into town to stir up trouble at the local saloon! There are no customers at the Wet Yer Whistle Saloon because the Temperance Ladies done smashed all the bottles of Red Eye whiskey, confiscated all the bullets and burned up all the Poker cards. While waiting for the next stage coach to arrive, the saloon girls hear of zombie gunslingers heading their way. Quick thinking and fast action have the girls concocting their own brew of Red Eye to keep the zombies satisfied.

Set in the future, Country Folk, Lycanthropes and Extraterrestrial Entities features alien visitors to our Moon’s dark side are prepared to take a pack of werewolves off to their planet, but, alas! The ship crash lands in the southeastern US and the locals are ready to do some shootin’ to rid the countryside of the Tourist Dogs in Clothes!

Showtimes are March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets $10 at the Cedar Springs Library. Tickets at the Kent Theatre are $12 at the door, $8 under 18.

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Competition for artists with disabilities 

 

Adult artists with disabilities have a chance to win $500 and have their artwork displayed in the Grand Rapids Art Museum and entered in ArtPrize 2017 thanks to the Legacy Trust Award Collection.

Back for its eighth year, the Legacy Trust Award Collection is soliciting artwork from Michigan artists with disabilities for its popular mini-competition in advance of ArtPrize. Four winning artists will each receive $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize, the radically open art competition, scheduled this year Sept. 20 through Oct. 8 in downtown Grand Rapids.

The statewide competition is open to all Michigan artists with disabilities and seeks paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages, mixed media and other works of art. Four winners will be chosen by popular vote, a panel of celebrity judges, and the LTAC Advisory Committee.

Artists must register with LTAC by Friday, April 24 to be considered for the 2017 competition.

Sponsored by Grand Rapids-based investment advisory and wealth management firm Legacy Trust, LTAC will be held this year in the Grand Rapids Art Museum May 22-23. A private reception for all artists, judges and LTAC supporters will be held on the evening of Monday, May 22.

The public will have a chance to view and vote for its favorite entry on Tuesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the GRAM, which is located in downtown Grand Rapids.

Winning artists will have their work displayed during ArtPrize at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Last year, 101 artists from around the state submitted artwork to LTAC, its seventh straight year of growth.

“After hitting triple digits for the first-time last year in artwork submissions, we are eager to see how much more LTAC will grow this year,” said Mary Ann Sabo, chair of LTAC Arts, the nonprofit arm that supports the event. “Each year, I am amazed by the incredible talent of the artwork submitted and by the personal stories of the artists.

“We are delighted to welcome artists from across the length and breadth of our state. And we are so pleased to again partner with Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Place for a fourth year, to showcase the talents of truly incredible Michigan artists.”

Winners of LTAC 2017 will be announced on Monday, May 30. Along with having their artwork entered into ArtPrize, the winning artists will each receive a cash prize of $500. All entry fees and promotion expenses for ArtPrize will be paid by Legacy Trust, which for the fourth year has secured the high-profile DeVos Place venue for the winning artists during ArtPrize.

Artists from all genres are invited to participate in the competition. All artists must submit an artist registration to Legacy Trust by April 24. All artwork must be completed and available for showing in Grand Rapids by 5 p.m. on April 28.

Following is a list of guidelines for submitting artwork:

* All participating artists must be a resident of Michigan and at least 18 years of age by April 3.

* All artwork must be original, attributable to the applicant and completed within three years prior to September 21, 2017.

* All artwork is subject to the Official Rules for Artists-ArtPrize, which can be found at http://www.artprize.org.

* The top four artists will retain ownership and all rights to their artwork, subject to the rules and restrictions of ArtPrize 2017. The artists agree to make themselves and their artwork available to LTAC and all partnering agencies and sponsors prior to and during ArtPrize for promotions and marketing efforts.

* The top four artists who receive the award will be entered into ArtPrize 2017 as a Legacy Trust Collection Award winner.

* LTAC artists agree that if their artwork wins any ArtPrize award, they will donate 25 percent of any award to create a special Legacy Trust Endowment Fund to continue arts programs for adults with disabilities in greater Grand Rapids.

* Winning artists will be notified by Legacy Trust by May11 and will be entered into ArtPrize.

* There are no restrictions on artists who are not part of the Collection from entering ArtPrize on their own.

Artwork may be delivered by mail, UPS, FedEx or in person to Legacy Trust, 99 Monroe, Suite 600, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503 by 5 p.m. on April 28. See the registration form for additional rules and details at http://ltacarts.org.

ArtPrize, an international art competition that draws hundreds of thousands of people to West Michigan each fall, returns to Grand Rapids for its eighth year on Sept. 20 through Oct. 8.

More information on LTAC is available at www.LTACArts.org. Join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LegacyTrustAwardCollection and on Twitter with #LTAC.

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St. Patrick’s Day humor

 

Father Murphy walks into a pub and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

The man said, “I do, Father.”

The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.”

Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to got to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest.

Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”

The priest said, “I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

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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.


Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email naturetrails@montcalm.edu or call MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp (989) 328-1270. #11

Rockford Reformed Church Garage Sale

Mar. 18: The annual Church Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 9 am to 3 pm at Rockford Reformed Church located at 4890 – 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. Proceeds will go towards the youth ministries summer trips. For more information, call Deb Coon 616-866-4829. #11p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 20: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef and Onions dinner on Monday, March 20th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, 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.  #11

Blood Drive

Mar. 21:This has been a busy week to remember to do certain things: turn our clocks back and wear green Friday. But next week your top priority is to remember to donate blood. The need is great; the cost is free; time commitment is less than an hour and the reward is gratifying. Michigan Blood Drive is on March 21st. at the Cedar Springs Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Help to save lives. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #11

Anatomy – The Human Body at KDL

Mar. 23: Learn how the human body works through STEAM based activities. Create models to learn how your circulatory system, skeleton and lungs function. Discover what the inside of your body looks like using a human torso model and make your own brain hat to take home. For ages 6 and older. Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm, Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen.

Players perform at the Kent “Zombies, Werewolves and Aliens, oh my!”

Mar. 24-26: The Cedar Springs Community Players will be presenting three Sci-Fi Fantasy comedy one-act plays on March 24, 25, and 26 at the Kent Theatre. “Zombies, Werewolves and Aliens, oh my!” kicks off the 2017 fantasy-themed season. The three short comedies are set in the Old West, modern-day suburbia, and outer space in the future and feature hilarious encounters with an assortment of monsters and aliens. March 24th & 25th at 7:30 p.m. – March 26th at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets $10 at the Cedar Springs Library. At the Kent Theatre – $12 at the door, $8 under 18. #11,12p

Courtland Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 25: Courtland Fire Department’s Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 8 to 11 am at 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage and hash browns. Coffee, juice and milk. Adults – $7, kids ages 4-12 – $4, ages 3 and under free. #11

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High School Musical

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Reviewed by Tom Noreen

 

We attended the opening night performance of the Cedar Springs High School’s production of Disney’s High School Musical on February 9. Each year when I write a review of the High School’s musical I say it is better than last year’s. I will say the same this year.

Director Rebecca Casavant did an excellent job of casting. Every actor, whether first-timers or veterans, embraced their part and performed it with gusto. The non-verbals are so important to give life to the part and then to the overall experience. These students did a fantastic job as you watched them live out their roles.

This production had more dance numbers than any that I remember. Liz Bradford’s choreography added so much to the overall performance. I am sure she had kids out there that had never danced a step in their life dancing their heart out.

The musical was done to a CD and thus no musical conductor was there that could help when someone missed a cue or got out of sync with the music. Musical Director Linda Janik had them singing like pros. The actors had to know the music well to be ready to jump into a song without direction.

Layered onto this is the technical side of lights, sound, and stage. This too was done well. If you can’t hear or the lights don’t work, it takes away from the performance.

Now what is so amazing for any musical is the integration of these four elements: the acting, the singing, the dance and the technical. This was done so well and made it such a great experience.

Back to the actors: Nicole Von Seggern and Thomas Metiva as thespians Sharpay and Ryan Evans were super. They had their roles nailed tight as did Ethan Ream and Gabriella Montez as jock Troy Bolton and brainiac Leslie Hansen. Kaylee Tennant portrayed Kelsi Neilson, a fledging student playwright whose musical was the focus of the conflict between the Evans’ and Bolton and Hansen, not to mention it pitted Drama Teacher, Ms. Darbus, against Coach Bolton for the talents of Tray. They were played by Alice Casavant and Austin Nielsen respectively. As the musical unfolded, each of these roles evolved and the actors had to change to personify their new personality. Along with the leads, each of the supporting actors was just as believable and passionate.

I’ve seen the stage production at least two other times. Once in Belgium by the American High School and at the Civic in Grand Rapids and this one wins hands down.

None of this would be possible without the support of the school board, staff, faculty and parents. I want to commend them for making it possible.

 

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Fundraisers for Rickers and Emma Orr

 

See scheduled fundraisers below for children in our community suffering with cancer: teen brothers Brison and Preston Ricker, and second grader Emma Orr. Brison was diagnosed a year ago with an inoperable brain tumor called DIPG, and his brother Preston was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December. Emma was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the fall of 2015, and relapsed six months later.

Rickerstrong can drive

March 13: Rickerstrong can drive will be held Monday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Meijer in Cedar Springs. It was rescheduled from Monday, March 6, due to the power outage.

25 cent event for Emma Orr

March 24: Come join the Beach elementary PTO in a fun night of shopping to help one of our students battling cancer for the second time. Booths will be set up with local direct sales consultants. Two raffle prizes will be available from each booth, each valued at a minimum of $25. Purchase 25-cent raffle tickets throughout the event and drop your tickets into the cup next to the raffle prize you wish to win. To make it even better, for every $10 spent at the booths, you will earn Golden Tickets. Golden Tickets get placed into a separate raffle drawing. One lucky winner will be announced at the end of the event. That lucky winner will receive a raffle prize valued at a minimum of $25 from EACH of the booths present. WOW! There will also be a custom Fight for Emma “No one fights alone” bracelet at the Plunder Design booth. Be sure to check that out.

Benefit BBQ dinner for Ricker family

March 25: Come out to the Peppermill Grill, 8 South Squires St., in Rockford, from 3-7 p.m. to support the Ricker brothers as they fight two separate cancers. $10 a plate will get you either a pulled pork BBQ or two hot dogs with homemade macaroni and cheese, baked beans and a beverage. All of the proceeds will go to the Ricker family! Carry out is also welcomed. T-shirts and wrist bands will be available for purchase. There will also be raffle tickets for basket drawings.

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Pretend Matrimony

 

On a long train trip where bunk beds were provided to passengers, a man and a woman were to sleep in a birth with two beds, one on top and one on the bottom. The man asked the woman which bunk she prefered and she said she would be fine with the bottom bunk. So he took the top. After that, they proceeded to go to sleep. A moment later, the man said to the woman, “Could I ask you a favor and get me a blanket?”

The woman said, “Well, would you mind if I pretended we were married?”

A little confused, but intrigued, the man replied, “Sure!”

To this the woman replied, “Get your own */%# blanket!”

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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.


Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 12: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 12th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message and music will be shared by the group, Gospel Jamboree. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #10p

Michigan Reads: Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

Mar. 15,16: Celebrate the 2017 Michigan Reads book, Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler, with crafts and activities. For ages 6 and younger. Wednesday, March 15th at 10 am and Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #10

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 18: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday, March 18th from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $8 and Family $25. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. The last planned date is April 16th. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #10

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Mar. 21: 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 Tuesday, March 21st, from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, March 23rd  from 6-9pm,  Saturday, March 25th, from 8 am-4 pm. Class size limited to 50 students. #9,10p

MCC hosts its annual Chicago trip

Mar. 25: Montcalm Community College offers a March 25th bus trip to Chicago. Registration for MCC students is $24.20, which includes a $2.20 service fee, and it is $45.30 for non-students, which includes a $3.30 service fee. The ticket covers the cost of transportation, and participants must pay for their food and for their entry fees to attractions. Participants have time to visit one or two attractions during the trip. Available attractions include the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science & Industry and Shedd Aquarium. The bus leaves MCC’s Sidney campus at 6:45 a.m., picks up passengers at the Greenville Wal-Mart parking lot at 7:15 a.m. and returns to MCC at 10:30 p.m. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-trip-tickets-28891469162. The deadline to register is March 23rd at noon. Children ages 12 to 17 may attend with an adult. Children younger than 12 are not permitted to attend. For more information, email karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or call (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334. #10

HCNC Spring Break Camp

Apr.3-7: We’re looking forward to another week of Spring Break Camp at Howard Christensen Nature Center! Each day will have a new theme while we cover team building, archery, animals from water and land, and a whole lot of fun games! April 3rd – 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. Pack a lunch (except for Friday’s Pizza Party), dress for the weather and don’t miss out! $40 per student, Members $30. Register online at www.HowardChristensen.org today! The center is located at 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #10

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Fundraiser for life saving equipment

 

The Cedar Springs Fire Department is raising money to help buy equipment to perform automatic chest compressions on patients who have suffered sudden cardiac arrest. The cost of the equipment is $15,000. Their first fundraising event will be a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, March 8, from 5-8 p.m. at Cedar Springs Big Boy, 13961 White Creek Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from any firefighter or medic. You may also purchase at the door. Call 696-1221 to order tickets. Leave a voicemail and the station will return your call.

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Fast driver

 

My mom has a lead foot, so I was not surprised when a state trooper pulled us over as we were speeding through Georgia.

Hoping to get off with a warning, Mom tried to appear shocked when the trooper walked up to the car.

“I have never been stopped like this before,” she said to the officer.

“What do they usually do, ma’am,” he asked, “shoot the tires out?”

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