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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.


Services at Rockford Springs Community Church

Mar. 29, Apr. 1: You are invited to Easter Services at Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. Maundy Thursday Service on March 29th at 7 pm and Easter Worship on April 1st at 9:30 am. #13p

Good Friday “Walk to Remember”

Mar. 30: Good Friday “Walk to Remember” noon – 1:30 pm. Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran with stops at the Church of the Full Gospel and Mary Queen of Apostles and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. Refreshment after the walk. Transportation provided for those not able to walk. #12,13p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza @ Solon Center Wesleyan

Mar. 31: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church featuring a Special Needs Egg Hunt. There’ll be hot dogs, candy, face painting & 4,000 Easter eggs for egg hunts for all children up to 10 years. On display will be Solon Township fire and rescue trucks, a Michigan State Police cruiser & Kent County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and an authentic race car with driver Austin Hull. Registration begins at 11 am, and egg hunts begin at Noon. There will also be drawings and prizes, such as Easter baskets, a trip to Altitude Trampoline Park, and bicycles donated by Meijer will be given as grand prizes! For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All families welcome! #12,13b

“Gospel Message” at Hillcrest Community Church

Mar. 31,Apr.1: Are you curious? Are you looking for a safe environment for your children to learn about Jesus? Are you looking for a place to call home? Then come on down to Hillcrest Community Church and experience the “Gospel Message!” There will be two services, Saturday, March 31 at 6 pm and Sunday, April 1st at 10 am. We invite you and a guest to come, taste and see that the Lord is good and to welcome you home. Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd.l, Cedar Springs. #13

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Apr. 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. #13

Team Puzzle Contest

Apr. 14: There will be a Puzzle Contest on Saturday, April 14th at Cedar Springs Middle School, 2-3 pm, as part of the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library Quilt Show. Admission is $2 per person for the show. Bring your team of up to 4 people and try to be the first to put a 500 piece puzzle together. Proceeds of the quilt show go to the Cedar Springs Public Library. For more information, call Kaye @ 616-490-2493. #13,14p

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A great achievement at TOPS

Donna Ripley

Donna Ripley has become a 10-year KOP (Keep OFF Pounds) member of TOPS. Donna has been a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in Sand Lake for 13 years. When she joined TOPS she went to her doctor to get a goal weight. In order to get to her goal weight she needed to lose 40 pounds. This took Donna three years. After 10 years she still maintains her goal weight. She said that having a weigh-in each week keeps her accountable and the many friends that she has made at TOPS have kept her on track.

Congratulations on a great achievement.

TOPS meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 a.m. for weigh-ins followed by a meeting from 9-10. Everyone is welcome. If interested call Martha Bobb at 616-696-1039.

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American Red Cross Hosting Benefit Concert

Featuring local band The Accidentals

In 2017, American Red Cross volunteers responded to three historic back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma and Maria—and the deadliest wildfires in California’s history. These volunteers are heroes for their selfless service in time of need. West Michigan is also fortunate to have its own heroes serving our communities right here at home, and the Red Cross of West Michigan will honor them at the 2018 Hometown Heroes Encore Event on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids.

The Red Cross of West Michigan has celebrated more than 50 individuals over the past decade at this annual event for their commitment to service. The evening is a celebration of humanity, as well as an opportunity to connect with members of the community, Red Cross staff and volunteers. In addition to networking and live music, Hometown Heroes Encore will include a cocktail hour, sit-down dinner and a live auction.

The evening’s musical headliner will be The Accidentals, one of Yahoo! Music’s top ten bands to watch in 2017. The benefit concert portion of the evening is open to the public. Ticket information is available at www.redcross.org/HometownHeroesEncore.

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FRCP to perform “Wait until dark”

FRCP cast members in “Wait Until Dark” rehearsal – (from left) Kyle King, Chris Swanson, Becky Tower, Lyle Fales, and Jaci Taylor.

The first production of 2018 for the Flat River Community Players is the classic thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” by Frederick Knott. First on Broadway in 1966, the play involves a lone woman who is the victim of a complex criminal plot.  

The action focuses on Susy, who unwittingly becomes trapped in the center of a dangerous con game. Criminal thugs cleverly convince her that her husband Sam is the prime suspect in a theft and murder. They urge her to help them find the key to his innocence—a doll, which unbeknownst to Susy, contains smuggled heroin.  

Finding the doll and suspecting the men are not who they claim to be, Susy refuses to hand it over. She realizes she needs to force the bad guys to play by her rules…in the dark! Oh, yes. One more important fact: Suzy is blind. What follows is one of the most tension-filled scenes in modern theatre.

Director Larry Moss, whose other directing credits with the FRCP include terrific productions of  “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Dracula,” and “A Few Good Men,” has chosen a cast for “Wait Until Dark” that’s a mixture of long-time Players with newcomers to the group.  

Leading the cast as Susy and Sam Hendrix are Becky Tower and Ryan Garlick. Appearing as Sgt. Carlino is Lyle Fales. New to the FRCP, Jaci Taylor is playing Sam and Susy’s young neighbor girl, Gloria. Kyle King is also a Player for the first time, taking on the role of Mike Talman. Chris Swanson plays Harry Roat, Jr. 

Working with Moss on the show is his producer/assistant director, Roxanne “Rocky” Hutchinson. Doug Stek is the set designer, and Brittany Bassett serves as stage manager. Jessica Gilbertson is the show’s costumer and set dresser. Skip Schuster is handling props.

The FRCP production of “Wait Until Dark” runs for five performances:  April 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at the Greenville Area Community Center.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens 60 and over, and $11 for students 18 and under. General seating admission tickets are available at the Greenville Area Community Center during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Tickets may be reserved online with MasterCard or VISA at www.flatriver.showclix.com (or by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS).     

If you have any questions about tickets, this show, or anything else about the FRCP, call the Players at (616) 754-8207. You can also visit the website www.frcplayers.org, where there is a link to the FRCP Facebook page.

The Flat River Community Players group has been producing live comedies, dramas, and musicals in the Greenville Area for over 40 years.  Every local production is great fun and a valuable learning experience for the participants, both onstage and in the audience!

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Who is more important?

 

An alleged radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland many years ago:

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. 

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. 

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. 

Canadians: No. I say again, you need to divert YOUR course. 

Americans: (Sternly) This is the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, that’s one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship!

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

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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.


Senior Center Starting in Sand Lake

Mar. 23,30: On Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm, we are starting a Senior Center. It is held at the Nelson Township Library in Sand Lake. Every Senior is welcome. We have available games, trivia, puzzles and other activities for Seniors. We have the coffee on and plenty of conversation. Come and join us ! #12

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 25th 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). Music and ministry will be shared by Michelle Emmory and Katie Schmidt with a special message from Joan Gitchel. 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! #12b

TOPS weight loss support group

Mar. 27: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #12

Sand Lake Village Churches

Mar. 30: Good Friday “Walk to Remember” noon – 1:30 pm. Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran with stops at the Church of the Full Gospel and Mary Queen of Apostles and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. Refreshment after the walk. Transportation provided for those not able to walk. #12,13b

Easter Egg-Stravaganza @ Solon Center Wesleyan

Mar. 31: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church featuring a Special Needs Egg Hunt. There’ll be hot dogs, candy, face painting & 4,000 Easter eggs for egg hunts for all children up to 10 years. On display will be Solon Township fire and rescue trucks, a Michigan State Police cruiser & Kent County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and an authentic race car with driver Austin Hull. Registration begins at 11 am, and egg hunts begin at Noon. There will also be drawings and prizes, such as Easter baskets, a trip to Altitude Trampoline Park, and bicycles donated by Meijer will be given as grand prizes! For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All families welcome! #12,13b

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The Post travels to Hawaii

The Cedar Springs Post recently left the chilly Michigan weather behind and traveled to warmer weather in our 50th state—Hawaii—with Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack.

He is shown here with the Post in front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue in front of Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

We are jealous, Mike! Please bring back some of that warm weather with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Saxophonist Steve Wilson in Concert at RHS

Jazz master saxophonist Steve Wilson will be in concert at RHS Fine Arts Auditorium Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. Photo credit: John Abbott.

The Rockford High School Jazz Band is excited to welcome to the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium one of the greatest names in jazz, saxophonist Steve Wilson, for a concert on Wednesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

According to Jazz Times, Wilson is known as “the consummate saxophonist-composer and one of the finest alto and soprano saxophonist of our time.” His distinctive sound has been featured in over a 100 recordings with such celebrated artists including Chick Corea, George Duke, among many others. He has also released eight recordings under his own name. 

In addition to performing, Wilson is in-demand educator and currently holds a position as an Associate Professor at City College of New York and serves on the faculty at Julliard School. While in Michigan, he will be the jazz artist-in-residence at Michigan State University and will conduct workshops at both the college and high school level.  

“It is such an honor to have these master jazz performers in house to work with our students,” according to RHS Jazz Band Director Cullen McCarthy.  “This will be a special night for jazz that the community will not want to miss.”

In addition to Wilson, the concert will also feature the award winning Rockford and Northview High School Jazz Bands and the MSU Be-Bop Spartans Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets will be available at the door at 6:00 pm or can be purchased on line at www.rocktix.org. Cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors age 62+. All seats are general admission.  

All proceeds to the Rockford and Northview Jazz Bands to further their students’ jazz studies. 

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A little Irish humor for St. Patrick’s Day

 

Q: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

A: Because they’re always a little short.

Q. Why don’t you ever iron a four-leaf clover?

A: Because you don’t want to press your luck.

Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?

A: He’s Dublin over with laughter!

Q: Why did St. Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland?

A: He couldn’t afford plane fare.

Q: What’s Irish and stays out all night?

A: Patty O’furniture!

Q: How did the Irish Jig get started?

A: Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!

Q: What do you call a diseased Irish criminal?

A: A leper con.

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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.


Free St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner & Music

Mar. 17: Dress in your green and join us for a great evening of food music and fun as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Saturday, March 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. All are welcome! #10,11b

Annual Church Garage Sale

Mar. 17: Rockford Reformed Church located at 4890 – 11 Mile Rd., Rockford is having their annual Church Garage Sale from 9 am to 2 pm. Proceeds will go toward the youth ministries summer trips. For more information, call Deb 616-884-5058. #11,12p

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 20: Michigan Blood will have a Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 20th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. The Drive will go from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Attempt to donate and be entered for a chance to win a 2 Night Stay in a Family Suite with water park passes compliments of Great Wolf Lodge. When you donate, you potentially help 3 lives of someone in Michigan. #11

TOPS weight loss support group

Mar. 20: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #11

Courtland Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 24: Courtland Fire Department’s Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 8 am 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

Current Events Discussion

Mar. 26: The Cedar Springs Methodist Church is initiating a current events discussion at the Cedar Springs Brewery on March 26 and April 9 starting at 7 pm. Our goal is to provide a time of fellowship, faith and food (if you want) in a relaxed atmosphere. If there is interest, we will continue the series every other week and adjust times to best fit schedules. The discussion topic is taken from a subscription service called the Wired Word. We will not know the topic until the Thursday before the meeting. If you would be interested in coming or would like more information, email Tom Noreen at TomNoreen@aol.com. A copy of the article will be emailed to you as soon as it is available. #11

Easter Egg Hunt at HCNC

Mar. 31: The Easter Bunny is back at Howard Christensen Nature Center this Easter! Saturday, March 31st. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1 pm. Nonmembers $1/ Members FREE. Bake Sale and refreshments provided. Come out early and see what goodies we have available at our bake sale! 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #11

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