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


Christmas card class 

Nov. 28: Join the free Christmas Card Class at the Cedar Springs Library, Saturday, November 28. Kits to make three classy cards for those special people in your life.  Age-appropriate kits for children, as well.  Must be at least 6.  Sessions start at 10:15 and 11:30. Space is limited so reserve a place today!  By phone: 616-696-1910 or by email: ced@llcoop.org.

2015 Cedar Springs Christmas – Mingle with Kris Kringle 

Dec. 5: Celebrate the kick off to the Christmas season with “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle,” presented by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Looking for something sweet? Pick up some awesome baked goods at the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Bake Sale at the Artisan Market Place 60 N. Main St.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Make two ornaments at the Cedar Springs Library, 43 W. Cherry Street—one to take home and one to take with you to decorate the Community Christmas tree at 3 p.m. (see below).

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ornament Making at the CS Historical Museum (for the first 100 kids) and a Victorian Christmas Display  (Cedar Street by Morley Park)

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Story time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more.. (corner of Maple and Main Street)

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Decorating the Christmas Tree with the CS Cheerleaders at the corner of Main and Ash Street ( get your picture taken with the cheer leaders and tree)

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free Hot Chocolate at the corner of Ash and Main Street

4 p.m. Double K Farms& Animal Junction 4H Club Petting Zoo & Bake Sale at corner of Main and Ash Street.

4 p.m. Parade Line Up corner of Second and Maple Street

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. candy canes handed out by Laura and Patrick Ensley

4:30 p.m. Christmas Parade starts at Maple and Main street**

4:45 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling at the corner of Main and Ash Street

5 p.m. Live Nativity Scene (reenacted by Calvary Assembly of God) then Mingling with Kris Kringle (at the corner of Main and Ash Street)

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The CS Cheerleaders will hand out candy canes (at the corner of Main and Ash)

Main Street will be closing down (from Oak Street to Beech) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the mini Christmas Parade, Tree lighting, and Mingle with Kris Kringle portion of the event.

Edible Christmas Tree Decorating at the library

Dec. 12: Make an ordinary ice cream cone magically turn into a fabulous Christmas tree at the Cedar Springs Public Library! An assortment of candy and fun awaits you! RSVP for sessions starting at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. RSVP by calling 616-696-1910 or stop by and sign up at 43 W. Cherry Street during open hours.

2015 Kent Theatre Christmas Concert

Dec. 12: The 2015 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Concert hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACOC) is scheduled for December 13th from 3pm to 5pm. Come out an have some holiday family fun! 

2015 Kent Theatre Dance Extravaganza

Dec. 13: The 2014 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACOC) is scheduled for December 14th from 3pm to 5pm. Come out an have some holiday family fun!

Watch ad in next week’s paper for more information.


Celebrate Christmas on the green in Greenville.

Hometown Christmas parade and Santa party

Dec. 4: Come join the fun in downtown Greenville on December 4! The Santa park party will take place from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Lafayette park. Get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy games and live music, 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!

Enjoy local events and shop local businesses Dec. 5

Dec. 5: Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent, will host a craft fair and indoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a make and take craft party from 10 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 5: Greenville Senior Center, 715 S. Baldwin, will host a holiday marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will dolls, marionettes, quilts, crafts and baked goods.

Dec. 5: The Daily News, 109 N. Lafayette, will host an arts, crafts and gifts bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 5: Flat River Historical Museum, 213 N. Franklin, will host a holiday open house 2-4:30 p.m. Santa visits from 2-3 p.m.

Dec. 5: Town and Country animal clinic, 9191 Greenville Rd, will offer pet photos with Santa, starting at noon. Bring in your pet and get a photo with Santa free.

Dec. 5: Handel’s Messiah at the Greenville High School performing arts center at 7 p.m. Free admission. Nearly 100 talented area musicians in the orchestra and chorus will perform.

Dec. 5: Check out deals at Greenville businesses for December 5 by going to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce webpage at http://www.greenvillechamber.net.

Gingerbread house decorating

Dec. 12: The Greenville Area Community Center will host a gingerbread house decorating workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration Deadline: December 4, 2015. Make sweet memories, we’ll clean up the mess! Icing and assorted candies will be provided. 900 E. Kent Rd., Greenville. (616) 754-9163.


Holiday make and take

Dec. 12: You do not want your kids to miss this one! We will help your child create a gift from their heart that can be cherished and passed down to their children for generations. They will make unique gifts and wrap them up with the assistance of our volunteer team. Voila! Your children’s holiday shopping is done.

This event is most appropriate for K-5th graders. A cherished gift from your child’s heart, what could be better! 10 to 12:30 p.m. Donation $6.00 per child (includes supplies). 16190 Red Pine Dr NW, Kent City.

Winter Break Day Camp

Dec. 21-23 & 28-31: Send the Kids to day camp at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, during the Holiday Break. This program run the duration of the two week break (no camp on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day) Multiple curriculums will be covered from crafts to animal interactions and of course plenty of showshoeing and ice skating (weather permitting). We’ll make gifts and Christmas decorations, enjoy the roaring fireplace and have plenty of hot cocoa! $55 per child and 5 and over (all 7 days of the program). Bring a sack lunch (cocoa will be provided). Register online www.HowardChristensen.org or call the office 616-675-3158. All camps require 9 students minimum to be held.


Discover a Rockford Christmas

Take a step back in time and capture the magic of the holidays with these special events!

Holiday lighting ceremony

Dec. 4: Holiday lighting ceremony from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rockford Dam overlook. Help us ring in the holiday season with the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy the sounds of the Rockford High School Jazz ensemble prior to the Rockford Choirs singing Christmas Carols. The Rockford Mayor will present a message of peace prior to thousands to lights coming to life in downtown Rockford and at the dam. This is a wonderful way for your family and you to start the holiday! Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

Also Holiday Carriage Rides at the Rockford Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m.

Santa Parade

Dec. 5: Join us for Rockford’s 72nd Annual Santa Parade on December 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Rockford. The jolly man in the red suit makes Rockford one of his first stops on his world tour. More than 60 floats line the downtown streets to welcome Santa Claus. He always arrives in style in a gorgeous white carriage. After the parade, he visits all good boys and girls in the Rockford Rotary Pavilion to hear their wish lists. The event features free photos, free milk and cookies, children’s activities, Christmas carols and each child receives a goodie bag after visiting with Santa.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides available after the parade from noon to 2 p.m.

Cookie walk

Dec. 5: St. Peter’s Ladies Guild Annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 5 at 310 E. Division in Rockford, from 9 a.m. until the cookies are gone. The cookies are sold by the pound and you pick the combination. This is a perfect time to pick up cookies for the holidays.  Proceeds help our Mission Projects throughout the year.

Santa at the Pavilion

Dec. 9: 6-8 p.m. Tired of battling the mall crowds? Why not bring your child to Rockford to visit Santa at the Rotary Pavilion, all in the idyllic setting of downtown. Kids can give Santa their wish lists, and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies!

Holiday carriage rides

Dec. 10-11: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Take a free horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area. It is a beautiful way to recapture the feelings of Christmases past and make memories with your loved ones.

Santa at the Pavilion with Live reindeer

Dec. 16: From 6-8 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion. Kids can give Santa their wish lists, and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies! Santa will be bringing his LIVE reindeer for the kids to get a closer look at these amazing animals.

Holiday carriage rides

Dec. 17-18: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Take a free horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area. It is a beautiful way to recapture the feelings of Christmases past and make memories with your loved ones.


Advent by Candlelight

Nov. 29: Advent by Candlelight, 6-8 p.m., for ladies of all ages, at Mary Queen of Apostles Parish Center in Sand Lake. The theme is Mary Christmas. Bring an hors d’oeuvre to pass. RSVP (616) 636-5671.

Live nativity

Dec. 4-5: Once again this year the Sand Lake United Methodist church fellowship hall will be transformed into the village of Bethlehem. The transformation is amazing as you are greeted by Roman soldiers registering you for the census (asking you to sign the guest book). You will make your way through the market place as you hear angels singing in the distance. Then you find a stable with a young couple inside with a newborn child as the angels sing their praises. Around the corner you will come to a garden where you will find a snack and a time to visit. On your way out, you may run into some wise men looking for the newborn king. And if you wish, you can pay your tribute (leave a free will donation). Come and experience the joy of the Christmas story with us! Friday December 4 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 from 1-3 p.m. Everyone is welcome!


‘Tis the season! Check out these fun Sparta holiday events.

Nov. 26: Turkey Trot in Sparta, Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. Race begins at Sparta Civic Center, 75 N. Union. Registration forms at spartachamber.com. Proceeds to Sparta Rugby club.

Nov. 28: 3rd annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run, 9:30 a.m. Starts/finishes: Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 4085 Lutheran Church Rd., Kent City. Proceeds to Adopt a family and food pantry at Mamrelund. Register at michianatiming.com. Contact Cindy 616-799-0500 with questions.

Dec. 5: Horse-drawn trolley rides with Santa noon to 3 p.m. 112 E. Division.

Dec. 5: Festival of trees meet and greet noon to 3 p.m. Fenton Records 203 E. Division.

Dec. 5: Kid’s Day at Biggby Coffee 275 S. State. Come decorate a holiday picture to hang on our wall. Free kid’s drink with every picture (12 and under).

Dec. 8: Santa Workshop 6-8 pm at Maddie LaRoues, 126 E. Division. Hosted by Independent Bank. Free photos with Santa, activities, & more!

Dec. 10: Sparta High School holiday concert with concert band, jazz band, and choir. 6:45 p.m. Sparta High School auditorium.

Dec. 12: Horse-drawn trolley rides 1-4 p.m.

Dec. 12: Santa in the Santa house 1-4 p.m.

Dec. 12: Santa fly in! 7-9 p.m. Sparta Airport 9000 Vinton Ave. Indoor activities, gifts for 12 and under. Refreshments of cocoa and cookies.

Dec. 13: Children’s Christmas program 10:10 a.m. at Sparta United Methodist Church. All children who come (ages preschool through elementary) are invited to dress up and participate. No rehearsal necessary.

Dec. 14: Gingerbread House Decorating Party, 6-8 p.m. at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union. For all ages! Houses & decorating items will be supplied. Pre-registration required.

Dec. 14: Biggby snow ball celebration 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Contests, giveaways iand other special events. 275 S. State.

Dec. 15: Sparta Middle School band holiday concert 6:45 p.m. Sparta High School auditorium.

Dec. 17: Visit Santa Claus in the Santa House, 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 19 Visit Santa Claus in the Santa House, 11-1.

Dec. 19: Free horse-drawn trolley rides 11-1.

Dec. 21-24: Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 10 Mile Road, presents “The Living Nativity,” from 7-8 p.m.

Dec. 23: Visit Santa Claus in the Santa House, 6-8p.m.

Dec. 24: Children’s Christmas pageant at Holy Family Catholic Church 4 p.m.


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Homemade gifts for a heartwarming holiday season


(Family Features)

Instead of fighting crowds at the store, head to the kitchen and whip up Pinterest-worthy treats and crafts. Whether you’re gifting a gracious host or just want a few extra presents on hand for unexpected holiday guests, flavorful and aromatic kitchen creations are a delicious way to show you care this holiday season.

“Christmas cookies are always a popular gift but they’re not the only homemade option for the cookie lovers on your list,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “A small jar of spreadable Gingerbread Cookie Butter brings the taste of a classic holiday treat to unexpected places like toast and pancakes.”

Need more gift-giving inspiration? Discover new ideas and recipes for everything from homemade seasonal butters to fragrance jars by visiting McCormick Spice on Pinterest and Facebook.

Gingerbread Cookie Butter

Gingerbread Cookie Butter

Gingerbread Cookie Butter

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Servings: 24 (1 tablespoon each)

8 ounces gingerbread cookies, about 8 (3 1/2-inch long) cookies

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger

Pulse cookies in food processor until resembling fine crumbs. Add sugar; pulse until just blended.

Heat oil and water in small saucepan on low heat until coconut oil is melted. Slowly add oil mixture to processor while pulsing. Add vanilla and spices; pulse until just blended.

Cinnamon and Pine Fragrance Jar

Cinnamon and Pine Fragrance Jar

Cinnamon and Pine Fragrance Jar

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes: 1 jar

2-3 pine branches (4 inches long)

2 McCormick Gourmet Cinnamon Sticks

1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Whole Jamaican All spice


Place pine, cinnamon and allspice inside 8-ounce jar. Pour water to fill jar, leaving 1/2-inch headspace; seal.

To add a lovely fragrance around the house, pour all contents of jar into small saucepan. Simmer on medium heat 10-15 minutes or until fragrant, adding additional water as needed.

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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!

Every year The Cedar Springs POST hosts a Tour of Lights giving area residents the scoop on where the hot spots for Christmas lights are glowing.

In order for us to make an accurate listing, one that includes YOUR house as a “drive-by” we need you to lead the way.

Simply mail your name and address to Tour of Lights, P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. You can also email them to news@cedarspringspost.com or call the office at 616-696-3655 to let us know.

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Baby’s First Christmas

BFC-Atlas-santa-hat1We want to give you the opportunity to celebrate your baby’s very first Christmas in a special way. The  Cedar Springs POST will be featuring area newborns in “Baby’s First Christmas,” a special feature for babies celebrating their first Christmas.

Photos will be run at no cost to our readers, but space is limited so get your photos in early. Deadline is Monday, December 21 by 5 p.m. and pictures with name and date of birth will appear in the December 24th issue. We cannot guarantee return of photos. Show the community your precious gift!

Photos may be dropped off at the Cedar Springs POST – 36 E. Maple St., or mailed to Baby’s First Christmas, P.O. Box 370,    Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or emailed to news@cedarspringspost.com. Please include baby’s name, and birth date, as well as a contact name and phone number.

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Letters to Santa Claus

Hey kids, it’s time to write a letter to Santa!  Photo courtesy of S. Read.

Hey kids, it’s time to write a letter to Santa!
Photo courtesy of S. Read.

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post will have a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter, in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Postal Service Holiday Shipping Deadlines 


If you mail packages to friends and family for the holidays, you will want to take note of the 2015 holiday shipping deadlines released by the U.S. Postal Service.

Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services) 

• Dec. 15 – Standard Post
Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

• Dec. 19 – First Class Mail
Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.

• Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent, variety of Flat Rate options.

• Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations.
Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on usps.com.

• Mail-by Dates (International Services)
Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines. Please visit the International Shipping page on usps.com for more information.


Mail-by Dates (Military) 

The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays. Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines can be found https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm.

Shipping Supplies 

As an added convenience, the Postal Service offers a wide variety of shipping supplies in multiple sizes at local Post Offices and online at usps.com. Some supplies, such as Priority Mail products, can also be delivered to the sender free of charge.

Shipping supplies available online and at local Post Offices include:

• Priority Mail boxes: complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service.

• Priority Mail non-padded envelopes: complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service.

• ReadyPost boxes: beginning at $4.29.

• ReadyPost bubble mailers: beginning at $1.79.

• ReadyPost clear packing tape: $3.29.
Customers may also ship using their own materials. As a reminder, all packages weighing more than 13 ounces and bearing only stamps as postage cannot be deposited in collection boxes or given to letter carriers. These packages must be presented to a Postal Service employee at a retail window counter.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Halloween Coloring Contest 2015 winners

Kate Hanes Age 4, of Cedar Springs

1 st Place Winner Age Group 3-4 years Kate Hanes
Age 4, of Cedar Springs

1 st Place Winner  Age Group 5-7 years Taylor McLean Age 6, of Gowen

1 st Place Winner
Age Group 5-7 years
Taylor McLean
Age 6, of Gowen

1 st Place Winner  Age Group 8-10 years Emma Lange Age 10, of Rockford

1 st Place Winner
Age Group 8-10 years
Emma Lange
Age 10, of Rockford












Congratulations to our winners of the 2015 Halloween Coloring Contest! Winners may pick up their prizes at The POST on Friday, October 30th, between 10am and 2pm. Or call 616-696-3655 to make other arrangements.


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Halloween Happenings

Check out some of the fun, fall activities going on in our area for Halloween!

Heritage Village hosts trick-or-treaters 

Oct. 24: Montcalm Heritage Village will host trick-or-treaters Oct. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to dress for the holiday and enjoy a hayride, cider, donuts and trick-or-treating throughout the village. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Maxfield at karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334.

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 24: Bring your kids and come “Trunk or Treat” at East Nelson UM Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, October 24 from 5-7 p.m. You can also set up a trunk if you like. Come inside and warm up with hot chocolate and a sloppy joe, or a hot dog and snacks. There will be games, prizes, activities and fun for all!

Spark in the Dark Party

Oct. 28: Rockford Reformed Church is holding a Spark in the Dark Party on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 6-8pm. Everyone is invited for an evening of games, food, prizes, candy, and more! Costumes welcome! Takes place in the Rockford Reformed Church gym: 4890 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Phone: 866-2308. Email: connections.rrc@gmail.com.

Fall Festival at Solon Center Wesleyan Church

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

KDL Lab: Mad Scientist

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

Pumpkin/Carving Trail Walk

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

Bootacular at Solon Market

Oct. 31: The third annual Bootacular at Solon Market will take place Saturday, October 31. Fun, games and refreshments from 10:00am to 11:00am, costume contest beginning at 11:00am and Trunk or Treat during Market hours—9am until 1pm. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, cutest and most original costumes. Solon Market can be found at 15185 Algoma Avenue, west of Cedar Springs. (This was rescheduled from October 17.)

Awesome Autumn Adventure

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

Trick or Treat Trail Walk

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

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

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

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 31. Some of the free events include: trick or treating from 4:30-7 p.m. (maps can be picked up at the CS Library); The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be having their Haunted School House from 5- 7 p.m.; the Cedar Springs Library will be open as a Haunted Library 5-7 p.m.; Calvary Assembly of God will have lots of games and candy and prizes at the corner of Main and Ash from 5-7 p.m.; hot chocolate (lactose free available) at 90 N. Main Street; Apple Cider from the Kent County Traffic Squad and Candy by the Cedar Springs Fire Department at the Fire barn (Maple Street); The Springs Church Trunk or Treating from 6-8 p.m.

Halloween Hospitality Center

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

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

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

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month


*ICE-National Ice cream month Jefferson recipe

A passionate gourmet, Thomas Jefferson acquired a stock of standard French recipes. Among the most popular of these recipes at Monticello was this one for vanilla ice cream, written by Jefferson, with his own recipe for Savoy cookies to accompany the dessert on the back.

Did you know that nine out of ten people love ice cream? Or that vanilla is the best selling flavor? Or that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790? Those are just some of the facts being celebrated National Ice Cream month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population.

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Besides Washington spending $200 on ice cream, inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream on this page. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream “Sunday” in the late 1890’s. The name was eventually changed to “sundae” to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

Check out some of the ice cream shops on this page—and don’t forget to cut out the coupon. You just might something new you like!

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Sand Lake 4th of July Celebration

Sand Lake 4th of July Celebration

July 1 – 5


“Small Town Super Heroes”

Thursday July 2

Kiddies Day • “Small Town Super Heroes”

10:00am-5:00pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale

Friends of the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library

Noon Kiddies Day Parade Registration

At registration receive a grab bag and a free entry for bike giveaway for ages 6-12. Judging categories: Single (1 or 2 kids), Bike and Float/Group (max. Of 5). No motorized vehicles driven by kids under the age of 17 in parade.

Noon-2:00pm Museum Open

1:00pm Kiddie Parade Starts (Judging after Parade)

2:00pm Midway Opens – Wade Shows

Rides & Attractions

2:00pm-4:00pm Kids Activities for all ages!

Mini Carnival. Prizes and fun for kids to age 12.

2:15pm Frog Jumping Contest B.Y.O.F. (Bring your own frog)

There will be two heats (Junior and Senior Division)

4:00pm Drawing for Bikes (One boy’s and one girl’s) Ages 6-12

Child must be present at stage to win


Great fun for kids ages 1 to 99!


Friday, July 3

10:00am-5:00pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale

Friends of the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library

Noon-2:00pm Museum Open

1:00pm Midway Opens – Wade Shows

Rides & Attractions

3:00pm Die Cast Car Races – All ages.

1/64 scale model car! Cars will also be on sale for $1.00. FREE to enter, fun to race, prizes for the winners! 

7:00pm Sand Lake Rodeo

Tickets at the gate

8:00pm-Midnight Music: MATT PORTER BAND


Saturday, July 4

10:00am-Noon Queen’s Tea

11:00am Grand Parade Registration

Noon Crowning of the 2015 Miss Sand Lake

1:00pm Midway Opens – Wade Shows

Rides & Attractions

Noon-2:00pm Museum Opens

2:00-9:00pm Bingo at VFW – Smoke Free

1:30pm Grand Parade Starts

3:00pm Gates Open for Demolition Derby

6:00pm Demolition Derby

8:00-Midnight Music: LUKE GITCHEL BAND



Sunday, July 5

8:00am Coffee and Donuts at VFW

8:00am Registration for Classic Car Show

9:00am-2:00pm Classic Car Show and Tractor Show

Noon-2:00pm Museum Opens






PROGRAM AND EVENT UPDATES AT www.sandlakechamberofcommerce.com

Throughout the celebration food and merchandise vendors will be located along Lake St.

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