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Meowy Christmas


Our office cat Waldo is always ready to greet our customers with a smile and a purr hoping for a little love. Here he is wishing you a Merry Christmas and wanting us to take the Santa hat off his head. 

He is full of Christmas cheer, or maybe it’s just catnip! 

Waldo and the staff at The Cedar Springs Post wish you and your family a Meowy Christmas.

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Christmas Coloring Contest Winners

Thank you to all who entered our Christmas Coloring Contest. Choosing a winner from each age group is always a tough decision. Congratulations to all our winners listed above. 

Winners may pick up their $50 Visa Gift Cards on Friday, Dec. 20 or next week at our office located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs or call for other arrangements 616-696-3655.Our Office hours are Friday 10am-2pm, Monday and Tuesday 10am to 5pm, Wednesday (Closed for Christmas), and Thursday 10am to 5pm..

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Tour of Lights

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. NW corner of Maple and First

2. 88 N. Grant Street (SE Corner of Maple and Grant).

3. SW corner of Maple and Grant.

4. Park Street, between Ash and Cherry.

5. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young 6. Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs is aglow.

7. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

8. 15581 Cedar Springs Ave. NE, Cedar Springs.

9. 2664 Wiersma, Cedar Springs.

10. 326 17 Mile Rd, Kent City, just east of Red Pine, on the south side of the road.

11. 17751 Meyers Lake Ave., Sand Lake

12. 143 S. Fifth St., Cedar Springs (north of 17 Mile). Home of Mayor Jerry Hall. Check out their neighbors across the street as well.

13. 21 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs. Brynadette Powell, Associate Broker of Arthur K. Eggerding Realty

14. 4640 Beckett Blvd., Cedar Springs. In Northland Acres Mobile Home Community. Make sure to roll your window down to hear the music, lights flash to the music.

15. Waxwing Court, and others in the Pines development. Take Main Street, to Pine  Street (by Wesco), to Needlewood, to Waxwing Court.

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Post collecting Toys for Tots


Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us to provide toys for children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program again this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys. 

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens and tweens are always especially needed.

“This is our 10th year of collecting toys for children who might not otherwise get one,” said Post editor Judy Reed. “We are humbled and grateful at the community’s response to helping others in need, and hope everyone will consider giving to this program, which helps less fortunate children have a merrier Christmas.”

The program runs now through December 16. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can’t make that time, call us to make other arrangements.

Other businesses in Cedar Springs with boxes include Family Farm & Home, 4175 17 Mile Rd; Wireless Zone, 4021 17 Mile Rd; and Choice One Bank, 4170 17 Mile Rd.

Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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It’s time for the tour of lights

This house on 17 Mile Rd, just west of Red Pine, is one of the entries in our Tour of Lights.

Some people go crazy at Christmas decorating their home. But you don’t have to go all out to get listed on the Cedar Springs Post Annual Tour of Lights! If you’ve decorated your home or yard with beautiful lights or know someone that did, please send us the address and we’ll add it to our list of places to visit. Send the address to news@cedarspringspost.com with “Tour of lights” in the subject line, or mail to Tour of Lights, c/o The Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Or, you can call us at 696-3655. There is no charge to be added.

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. NW corner of Maple and First

2. 88 N. Grant Street (SE Corner of Maple and Grant).

3. SW corner of Maple and Grant.

4. Park Street, between Ash and Cherry.

5. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

6. Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights on the trees and decorations on the lampposts. 

7. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

8. 15581 Cedar Springs Ave. NE, Cedar Springs.

9. 2664 Wiersma, Cedar Springs.

10. 326 17 Mile Rd, Kent City, just east of Red Pine, on the south side of the road.

11. 17751 Meyers Lake Ave., Sand Lake

12. 143 S. 5th St., Cedar Springs. North of 17 Mile Rd, the home of Jerry Hall is all decked out as well as some neighbors.

If you see home you think should be on this list, just email it to news@cedarspringspost.com, or give us a call at 696-3655.

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Christmas season church services


Celebrate the joy of Christmas at one of the churches in our community.

CEDAR SPRINGS

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S Main, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Advent December Worship Series: “Let Heaven and Nature Sing”

Celebrating the 300th Birthday of “Joy to the World”

December 15: “Make the Blessings Known:Unabashed Joy” at 10:15 a.m. 

December 22: “Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy” at 10:15 a.m.

December 24: “The Lord is Come:Family Style Worship – Carols, Candles and Christmas Story at 7:00 p.m.

City Impact Community Center

288 N Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 (next door to Dollar General)

Saturday night service

December 21 at 6 p.m.

East Nelson Church

9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs MI 49319

December 1, 8, 15 and 22:  Christmas Worship Series “Believe” 9:30 a.m.

December 15: Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater – prizes and fun! 9:30 a.m.

December 22: Children’s No-rehearsal Christmas Pageant – costumes for all! 9:30 a.m.

December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight, Carols and Community – All welcome! 7:00 p.m.
December 29: Praise and Worship with favorite songs 9:30 a.m.

Hillcrest Community Church of God

5994 18 Mile Rd. NE Cedar Springs, MI 49319

December 22: Christmas Program at 10 a.m. 

December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. 

Maranatha Baptist Church

12786 Algoma Ave NE, Cedar Springs, MI

December 22: Christmas by Candlelight at 5:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of carols by candlelight as we celebrate this joyous season of Christ’s birth!

December 25: Christmas Morning Service at 8:00 a.m. 

Rise Up Church

Meets at Cedar Springs Middle School, 4873 16 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs

December 15: Fourth Monthly Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

December 22: Carols and Candlelight (plus Hot Chocolate), 5:00 p.m. at the Amphitheater in Heart of Cedar Springs park

January 12: Grand Opening and beginning of every Sunday worship

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs

December 22: Special Christmas Service and Children’s Christmas Program at 10 a.m. Here We Go a Caroling! 

December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m. 
Join us this Christmas as we take a look at one of the most well-known prophecies written about Jesus, Isaiah 9:6. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  

Saint John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Road. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

December 24: Vigil, The Nativity of the Lord at 4pm and Mass at Night at 10 p.m.

December 25: The Nativity of the Lord Mass at 10 a.m.

December 31: Vigil, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God at 4 p.m.

January 1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass at 10 a.m.

The Springs Church

135 N Grant Street, Cedar Springs, MI.

Dec 24; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7pm

ROCKFORD

BridgeWay Community Church

7700 Childsdale Ave NE Rockford, MI 49341

December 14: Christmas series “With Us” 6 p.m.

December 15: Christmas series “With Us” 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.

December 21: Christmas series “With Us” 6 p.m.

December 22: Christmas series “With Us” 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.

December 24: Christmas Eve Service 6 p.m.

Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford, MI

December 15:  worship 11:00 a.m. “Raising A Child Not Your Own”

December 22:  worship  11:00 a.m. “The Journey to Bethlehem”

December 24:  Candlelight Christmas Eve service 7:00 p.m. “Oh, What a Night!”

December 29: worship 11:00 a.m. “The Rest of the Story”

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341

December 22: Christmas Worship Service 9:45 a.m.

December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30 p.m.

 Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont, MI  49306

December 24: Christmas Eve Service with communion at 7 pm. 

December 25: Morning Prayer Service at 10 a.m. 

Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church

4865 Eleven Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341

December 24: Christmas Vigil Mass 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.

December 25: Christmas Day Mass 10 a.m.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Mass 5 p.m. 

January 1: New Year’s Day Mass 10 a.m.

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 14 Mile Rd. Rockford 49341

December 24:  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 9 p.m.

SAND LAKE VILLAGE CHURCHES

Dec. 12: Mary Queen of Apostles Advent by Candlelight (Dinner included) 6-9 p.m. 1 W. Maple St, Sand Lake.

Dec. 13: United Methodist Women Christmas bake sale at Independent Bank 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7 p.m.: Mary Queen of Apostle Feast of the Immaculate Conception 7 p.m.

Dec.15: Resurrection Lutheran Children’s Christmas program 9:30 a.m. 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake.

Dec.22: Christmas worship services

9:25 a.m. Sand Lake United Methodist, 65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake

9:30 a.m. Resurrection Lutheran

10:55 a.m. South Ensley United Methodist 13600 Cypress, Sand Lake

11:00 a.m. Church of the Full Gospel “Come let us adore him” Corner of E. Lake and 2nd St, Sand Lake.

7 p.m. Evening Christmas service at South Ensley United Methodist

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services

7:00 p.m. Resurrection Lutheran Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

7:00 p.m. Mary Queen of Apostles Christmas Eve Vigil Mass

Dec. 25: Mary Queen of Apostles Christmas Day Mass 8:00 a.m.

Dec. 31: Mary Queen of Apostles Mary, Holy Mother of God Vigil Mass at 7 p.m.

Jan. 1: Mary Queen of Apostles Mary, Holy Mother of God Mass at 8 a.m.

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Holiday happenings


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

CEDAR SPRINGS

Dec.5: Cedar Springs Mingle and Shop Late  (see event on Facebook). Participating businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with added attractions from 5-8 p.m. Specials, refreshments, entertainment, drawings/giveaways, caroling, and more.

Dec.7: A Cedar Springs Christmas “Mingle with Kris Kringle”

9-noon: A day of Christmas in Cedar Springs on December 7 will start with the Cedar Springs Public Library hosting their Annual Holiday Open House: Winter Wonderland A Frozen Adventure on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Join Anna and Elsa for storytime occurring every 20 minutes throughout the event, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make ornaments/crafts/Christmas cards, decorate cookies, check out the Friends of the Library bake sale and more. All ages are welcome to attend and everything is free. Join us for some great family fun as we enter into the holiday season!  

12-2 p.m.: Christmas Cookie Decorating at The Rustic Roof with the Rustic Roof and City Impact. 

2-3 p.m.: Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Placellc for herbs, teas, and more…

3 p.m.: Ornament hanging with High School Cheerleaders at the new Cedar Springs  Christmas Tree in the Heart of Cedar Springs.

4 p.m.: Celebrating Christmas in the Heart of Cedar Springs. Visit the petting barn with Double K Farms, buy some goodies from the Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale, and sip on some hot chocolate at the Cedar Springs Library, all at 4 p.m.

4 p.m.: Christmas parade line up south end of White Pine Trail Staging Area.

4:30 p.m.: Kris Kringle Parade starting at Cherry Street by the White Pine Trail east to Second Street then North to Maple and west towards staging area 

4:45 p.m.: Nativity Scene Reenactment by Calvary Church in the Heart of Cedar Springs. 

4:50 p.m.: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

4:55 p.m.: Mingle with Kris Kringle in the new amphitheater (picture taking and candy canes) directly after tree lighting. There will be Kringle Coloring Activities and Crafts in the Library while waiting to see Santa, directly after tree lighting 

4:55 p.m.: Letters to Santa with the Cedar Springs Post at the Library, directly after tree lighting. 

Dec. 9: A Cedar Springs Christmas Carriage Rides December 9 from 5-8 p.m. Our second year of free carriage rides for the public (first come first served) starting at the White Pine Trail Staging Area. Hot Chocolate and Christmas Caroling/Music.

Dec. 12: Cedar Springs Mingle and Shop Late. Participating businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with added attractions from 5-8 p.m. Specials, Refreshments, Entertainment, Drawings/Giveaways, Caroling, and more.

Dec.14: Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Concert December 3-5 p.m. An annual tradition at the historic Kent Theatre showcasing local musicians live on stage for $3 a person.

Dec.14: Kent Theatre Christmas Karaoke 6-8 p.m. A new event at the historic Kent Theatre set up for a family-friendly time singing Karaoke with friends and family. $5 gets you a ticket in the door with a small drink (with one free refill) and small popcorn (with one free refill) 

Dec.15: Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza 3-5 p.m. An annual tradition at the historic Kent Theatre showcasing local dancers live on stage as a family-friendly holiday event for $3 a person.

Dec. 19: Cedar Springs Mingle and Shop Late. Participating businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with added attractions from 5-8 p.m. Specials, Refreshments, Entertainment, Drawings/Giveaways, Caroling, and more.

GREENVILLE

Dec. 6: Come join the fun in downtown Greenville on Friday, December 7. The Santa park party will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. at Lafayette park (210 S. Lafayette). Enjoy holiday treats, games, activities & holiday merriment, then watch while Santa magically lights the Christmas Tree at 5:45 p.m. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. on Lafayette Street. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Dec. 7: Make a gift. All ages are invited to stop by the Flat River Library anytime between 10 a,m, and 12 p.m. to make some thoughtful and simple gifts this holiday season. There will be several gift ideas for you to make and we’ll even wrap them up for you! 

HOWARD CITY

Dec. 14: Santa and activities 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. Santa will be there so take pictures with him, decorate a cookie and do Christmas Crafts.

2-4 p.m.: Annual Tree Lighting and parade. Come enjoy the festive time of year and enjoy the Village of Howard City’s Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at the Depot by the library. There will be a parade at 2 p.m. down Edgerton Street with Santa Claus making his annual appearance. Join the many downtown businesses who are hosting crafts, enjoy the festive lights, and find out which business will win the decorating contest! There will be something for everyone!

ROCKFORD

Discover a Rockford Christmas 2019. 

Dec. 6: Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Peppler Park on the Dam Overlook, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Free carriage rides from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 7: Santa Parade – Downtown Rockford from 10:45 am until noon. 

Noon to 2 p.m.: Santa Visits – Rotary Pavilion immediately following the parade. Enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies!

Noon to 2 p.m.: Carriage Rides (FREE) – Rotary Pavilion immediately following the parade.

Dec. 11: Santa Visits and Free Cocoa & Cookies at the Rotary Pavilion from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6-8 p.m.: Santa’s LIVE Reindeer at the Rotary Pavilion. 

Dec. 12-13: Carriage Rides (FREE) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 18: Santa Visits and Free Cocoa & Cookies at the Rotary Pavilion from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6-8 p.m.: Santa’s LIVE Reindeer at the Rotary Pavilion. 

Dec. 19-20: Carriage Rides (FREE) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 20: Live Nativity – corner of Bridge and Main Streets (Speed Merchants) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Also enjoy Christmas caroling strolling from Rockford Baptist Church down Bridge Street to Live Nativity.

SAND LAKE

Sand Lake Christmas events 2019.

Dec. 1: Tree lighting and caroling at the SE Corner of the Park (5th & Lake) from 5:30-6:00 p.m. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool will sing some of their Christmas songs and we can all join in with our favorite carols. 

4:30p.m. to 7 p.m.: Come early to Mary Queen of Apostles Hall (5th & Maple) for Children’s Activities & Dinner Fund Raiser. Games, Face Painting, and Sloppy Joe Fund Raiser proceeds to Alpha Center. 

Dec.6-7: Live indoor nativity at United Methodist Church (6th & Maple) from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 6, and from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 7. Live animals will greet you. Come inside to see and talk to Shepherds, Soldiers, Town Merchants, Angles, Wise men, Mary Joseph and the Christ child. Enjoy the refreshments and stay a while! 

Dec. 7: Christmas Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran (180 South 3rd –Northland Dr) from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Dec. 12: Advent by Candlelight (dinner included) at Mary Queen of Apostles Church from 6-9 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 7 to 616-636-5671 for dinner.

Dec. 13: Christmas bake sale at Independent Bank from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. Offered by United Methodist Women. 

Dec.14: Santa’s coming to town! At the VFW (5th & Lake) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fun for the whole family. Bring your cameras. Hot Chocolate & Cookies, Crafts, & Prizes. Then from 10 a.m. to noon there will be free Horse Drawn Carriage Ridesat Salisbury Park.

Dec. 21: Gingerbread Lane – Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities starting at 10 a.m. at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Branch of KDL (88 Eighth St.). Listen to seasonal music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration required.

Dec. 28: Holiday Craft Extravaganza at 10:30 a.m. Create fun, festive holiday crafts! A variety of crafts will allow children of all ages to make something wonderful. Drop in and get creative at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Branch of KDL (88 Eighth St., Sand Lake).

Dec. 31: Countdown to Happy Noon-Year starting at 11:30 a.m. We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2020 with a countdown, noisemakers, crafts and fun – at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes, at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Branch of KDL (88 Eighth St., Sand Lake).

SPARTA

Sparta Christmas Schedule 2019.

Nov. 28: Sparta Turkey Trot at 9:00 a.m. 5K walk/run starts at Sparta Civic Center, 75 N. Union.

Dec. 3: Santa Party – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Crafts, snacks, & Santa at Maddy Laroue’s, 126 Division, Sparta.

Dec. 7: Pancake Breakfast $5, 8:30-11:00 a.m. in Sparta Civic Center.

10 a.m.: Christmas Candy Hunt at Rogers Park 

3-5 p.m.: Pet Night with Santa at 80 N. Union. Bring your own camera, pet donations welcome.

Dec. 14: Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Library from 10-11 a.m. Cookie decorating & take your photo with Santa at 80 N. Union St.

1-2:30 p.m.: Santa in Santa House – bring your own camera to 80 N. Union.

Dec. 19: Santa in Santa House – bring your own camera to 80 N. Union. 6-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21: Santa in Santa House – bring your own camera to 80 N. Union. 10:30 to noon. 

Dec. 21, 22, 23: The Living Nativity at Ballard Church of Christ, 6:30-8 p.m.

SPENCER TOWNSHIP

The following events take place at the Kent District Library, Spencer Township Branch at 14960 Meddler Ave NE, Gowen, MI 49326

Dec. 12: Gingerbread Lane – Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. Listen to seasonal music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration required.

Dec. 19: Ready for Reindeer and Royal Arrivals – 6:30 p.m. Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Royal Arrivals princesses Anna and Elsa will also make a guest appearance. Dress warmly and don’t forget your camera!

Jan. 11: Snowflake Studio – Explore winter with your creative side! Drop in between 11:00 AM and noon for snowflake-themed arts and crafts for the whole family.

TYRONE TOWNSHIP

The following events take place at the Kent District Library, Tyrone Township Branch at 43 S. Main St., Kent City, MI 49330 

Dec. 10: Ready for Reindeer! Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library at 3:00 p.m. Dress warmly and don’t forget your camera!

Dec. 14: Gingerbread Lane – Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities starting at 11:00 a.m. Listen to seasonal music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Seating is limited; first come, first served. 

Dec. 18: Jingle Mingle Holiday Storytime at 10 a.m. Visit the library for a special holiday storytime. Mingle and make new friends while listening to stories and creating art together.

Dec. 31: Countdown to Happy Noon-Year from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2020 with a countdown, noisemakers, crafts and fun – at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes.

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Post collecting Toys for Tots

Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us to provide toys for children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program again this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys. 

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens are always especially needed.

The program runs now through December 16. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can’t make that time, call us to make other arrangements.

Other businesses in Cedar Springs with boxes include Family Farm & Home, 4175 17 Mile Rd; Wireless Zone, 4021 17 Mile Rd; and Choice One Bank, 4170 17 Mile Rd.

Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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Holiday gifts that keep on giving

By Melinda Myers

Amaryllis bulbs, like this Grand Amaryllis Trio, produce showy blooms that can last up to a month or more. Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company.

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

Gardeners as well as practical family members and friends will enjoy the dual purpose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) provides. This popular European holiday plant is gaining popularity in holiday celebrations here in the U.S.  Recipients will enjoy up to two months of blossoms indoors when grown in a cool bright location. Once the danger of frost has passed, it can be moved outdoors into a full or partially shaded spot in the garden for years of added beauty.

Even non-gardeners will be fascinated by the amaryllis as its beauty erupts from the bulb. Everyone will eagerly watch for the bulb to sprout, flower stems to quickly grow and eventually produce several large trumpet-shaped blooms.

Make it easy and fun for all with a waxed amaryllis bulb. Dipped in colorful wax, these freestanding bulbs need no soil or water. Just set the waxed bulb in a space where they can be enjoyed and watch the magic happen as the amaryllis breaks through the wax coating and grows into a colorful specimen.

Impress avid gardeners with unique varieties like Papillio Butterfly amaryllis. The flowers resemble orchids and are quite striking with maroon striped green petals. The narrow chartreuse lily-like blossoms of Evergreen eventually turn apple green, making it stand out among the red amaryllis and poinsettias of the season.

Dress up your amaryllis gift by planting the bulb in a pretty container, setting it on stones in a glass hurricane or combining it with spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Provide some aromatherapy, flavor and beauty with fragrant flowers and herbs. Lily-of-the-valley may be a bully in the garden, but it’s a fragrant beauty sure to brighten a winter day when planted in a container and enjoyed indoors. The calming fragrance of Spanish lavender can be enjoyed fresh or the stems and flowers snipped, dried and added to bouquets and sachets.  Rosemary’s flavor makes it a perfect gift for the foodies on your list. And everyone, including non-cooks, will enjoy its fragrance. Grow it indoors in a cool location with morning sun or under artificial lights.

Take care of this and multiple holidays throughout the year with a subscription of 3, 6 or 12 Months of Blooms (gardeners.com). Your recipient will enjoy bouquets of bulbs or flowers sent on this and other holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, and more. Just place your order once and you’re set for a few or all of the major holidays throughout the year. This is the perfect gift for the person who has everything or anyone that can use a little floral pick-me-up.

Make this the year you give the perfect gift; one that’s unique and is sure to provide instant smiles and weeks or months of fragrance and beauty.

Melinda Myers is the author of more than 20 gardening books and host of The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything DVD series. Her website, www.MelindaMyers.com, offers gardening tips and videos.

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Christmas season church services

Celebrate the joy of Christmas at one of the churches in our community.

Cedar Springs and Rockford

Dec. 16, 19, 24: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church welcomes you to our Advent Worship on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. “All I Want for Christmas is…An Awakening…A God-Pleasing Life…Freedom from Fear…And a Peaceful Future.” You are invited to our Children’s Christmas program on Wednesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m., and on December 24, Candle Light Christmas Eve Worship for all at 7 p.m. Join us as we welcome the Prince of Peace in our hearts and our homes this season! We are located at 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs. For questions please call 616-696-1140.

Dec. 16, 23, 24: East Nelson Church welcomes you to attend our Advent worship series entitled “Prepare the Way” Sundays at 9:30 a.m. On Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m. all children are invited to a no rehearsal children’s pageant. All kids attending will be offered a costume and a role with no lines to memorize and no pressure to perform. The Christmas story will unfold as Lionel the Lamb puppet will share the blessed story of the birth of Jesus. Christmas Eve candlelight Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Dec. 24. This will be a wonderful way to usher in Christmas with Carols and candlelight. All are welcome at East Nelson Church, 9024-18 Mile RD. NE, Cedar Springs.  For more info call (616) 696-0661.

Dec. 16, 23, 24: Solon Center Wesleyan Church invites you to experience a Children’s Christmas program as our kids present Born is the King, on Sunday, December 16, at 10 a.m.  That evening at 6 p.m. we will celebrate with a Christmas Night of Worship, a casual time to enjoy some fantastic Christmas goodies and music.  Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Dec. 24, from 6-7 pm. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion, the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. All are welcome! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. For questions please call the church office at 616-696-3229.

Dec. 23, 24: Grace Rockford welcomes you to join us for our Christmas Worship service on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9 a.m. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. We are located at 4714 13 Mile Rd NE, Rockford. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: 616-866-2647.

Dec. 23, 24: River Rock Church welcomes you for one of our special Christmas services titled “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” on either Dec. 23 at 7:00 p.m. or Dec. 24 at 4:00 pm. We are located at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, MI 49341. Contact the office at 616-874-0400 with questions.

Dec. 24: Calvary Assembly of God invites you to one of our favorite gatherings of the whole year! Our annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. A quiet, reflective evening of Christmas carols, special music, a fun Christmas story, and a reminder of why this time of year is so special. We meet in the Red Hawk Elementary building on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. You can get more information on our Facebook page, at http://cscalvary.org/http://cscalvary.org, or by calling (616) 222-5020. 

Dec. 24: Rockford Springs Community Church would like to invite you to our Christmas Eve Candle Light Service on December 24 at 9 p.m. We are located at 5815 14 Mile Rd, Rockford, Please call the office at 616.696.3656 if you have any questions.

Dec. 24: The Springs Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve candlelight service held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. Kids are welcome to come in their pajamas! We are located at 135 N Grant Street in Cedar Springs. You can find us on Facebook or call 616.696.2970 with any questions.

Dec. 24: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church invites you to “Hear the story told, sing the songs of old” on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford. Call 866-4298 for information. 

Dec. 24, 25: St John Paul II Parish will be celebrating the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ on Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. (Vigil Mass) and 10 p.m. (Mass at Night) and on Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. (Mass during the Day). All are welcome! St John Paul II Parish is located at 3110 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. Please contact the parish office with questions at 616-696-3904. 

Dec. 24, 25: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church welcomes you as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. will be a worship service with Communion, lessons and carols. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. worship will be Morning Prayer. We are located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont, Michigan 49306, just 1/4 mile from the Post Drive exit (Exit 95) of US Hwy 131. For information please call (616)784-1111 or visit our website at www.holyspiritbelmont.org. 

Dec. 24, 25: Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church welcomes you to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior at the following Masses: Christmas Eve (4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10:00 p,m,) and Christmas Day (10:00 a.m.).  Several opportunities for individual reconciliation are also scheduled for your convenience please see our parish website for more details. olcparishrockford.com 4865 Eleven Mile Rd NE, Rockford.

Sand Lake Village Churches

You are welcome in all of our churches on your journey to Christmas.

Experience the Miracle of Jesus’ Birth and the Hope of all generations.

Dec. 16: 9:30a.m. Resurrection Lutheran Children’ Christmas program. 

11:00 a.m. “Breaking News” Christmas Service at the Church of the Full Gospel.

Dec 21: 6:00-9:00p.m. Mary Queen of Apostles Advent by Candlelight (Dinner Included) RSVP by Dec7 to 616-636-5671 for dinner.

Dec 23: Christmas worship services 

9:25 a.m.  Sand Lake United Methodist; 

9:30 a.m.  Resurrection Lutheran

10:55 a.m. South Ensley United Methodist 

11:00 a.m. Church of the Full Gospel

7:00 p.m. South Ensley United Methodist

Dec 24:  Christmas Eve 

7:00 p.m. Resurrection Lutheran Christmas Eve Candlelight Service  

7:00 p.m. Mary Queen of Apostles Christmas Eve Vigil Mass

Dec. 25: Christmas Day

8:00 a.m. Mary Queen of Apostles Christmas Day Mass  

Dec 31: New Year’s Eve  

7:00 p.m. Mary Queen of Apostles Mary, Holy Mother of God Vigil Mass

Jan 1: New Year’s Day

8:00 a.m. Mary Queen of Apostles Mary, Holy Mother of God Mass

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