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Concert tonight at Morley Park


The summer concert series in Cedar Springs returns tonight, Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m., for its seventh season. The series will be held in Morley Park on the third Thursday of June, July and August. Tonight’s entertainment will be The JetBeats, a new 4-member rock and roll combo from Grand Rapids.
Their bio says “the group’s mission is to bring back the excitement from the high energy live shows of the early 60’s Beat Music era, as well as British Invasion classics and a healthy dose of American rockabilly and rhythm & blues.” See more at www.reverbnation.com/TheJetbeats.

Great Scott will be featured on July 18, and Decades on August 15.

These concerts, organized by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, are sponsored by local groups and businesses and will be free to the public. Door prizes will be given away during the band breaks, and concessions will be available for purchase. So bring your chairs and enjoy some snacks and entertainment with your Cedar Springs area neighbors! All concerts 7-9 p.m. In the event of bad weather, they will be moved to Cedar Springs Middle School if it’s available.


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Daddy daughter dance a big hit

The bond between a dad and his daughter is pretty special, and over hundreds of  dads and daughters got to experience that Saturday night, February 4, at Cedar Springs Middle School.

The 8th annual Daddy Daughter Dance, put on by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, keeps getting bigger every year, and this year’s dance was no exception. A little over 300 attended last year’s dance, and this year’s dance had a record 430 dads and daughters. The dance, held the first Saturday in February, is for girls ages 3 through early teens and their dad, grandpa, uncle, or other father figure.

Dads and daughters danced to the music of a daddy-daughter DJ team, and dances included the cha-cha slide, the hokey pokey, the locomotion, Footloose, the chicken dance, and a slow one—Butterfly Kisses.

The girls were also able to purchase and make stuffed animals with special clothing, even a Daddy Daughter Dance t-shirt.

“It was a special night that will create memories for all that attended,” said Amanda Gerhardt, organizer and Director of Parks and Rec.

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Concert in the park tonight

Music is back in Morley Park, in Cedar Springs, and there will be another concert tonight, Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. with the group “Brena.” It may be warm outside, but come try and relax to the sweet sounds of this awarding winning band, that even has their own CD.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be concessions and door prizes, along with cotton candy and frozen snacks. These frozen snacks and the cold beverages will help you counteract the heat. The event is free to the public and will include a free raffle of door prizes during the bands intermission. The door prizes are donated by local businesses.

This is the fifth year that the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department and local businesses have sponsored concerts in the park.  The events began in 2006 with one concert and grew in 2007 to holding three concerts.  The Cedar Springs businesses work with the department to offer these events at no charge to the community. “These concerts have grown in size and have become a mainstay summer event for the Cedar Springs area,” said CSAPR Director Amanda Gerhardt. “We enjoy watching the community come and relax for an evening. The hard economic times make it difficult for some families to do activities, so we are thrilled to provide them this opportunity to have some fun.”

An additional concert will be held on August 18 in Morley Park and will feature 50’s and 60’s music by “ The Sea Cruisers.”

Another event that the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department is sponsoring is the 3rd Annual  mud volleyball tournament on Saturday, August 13. Registration is open currently and continues through August 5. Forms are available online and at CS Public Schools District Office.

For more information on this program or others, please call 696-7320 Monday-Wednesday  or email director@csaparksandrec.com anytime.  There is also a Facebook page to stay aprised of programs and information, just search for “Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation.”

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Track and field camp and meet results

This summer nearly 70 youth from the Cedar Springs area participated in the annual Track and Field camp put on in June by the Varsity coaches and athletes. The camp took place at Red Hawk Stadium and was run through the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department.  During the two day camp the youth worked to learn many different track and field events including hurdles, softball throw (mimicking the shot put), standing long jump, relays, starting blocks and more. After they completed their training, the participants put their new skills to task and participated in a meet.

Hershey’s puts on track and field meets around the country and this event was the local one of its kind. The event is held to let the participants explore the sport of track and field, but also to act as a qualifier for a Hershey Track and Field state meet that was held on July 8th at Holt High School. To qualify for the state meet the athletes must win their event during the Cedar Springs Hershey Track and Field meet. They compete in various events based on age and gender. Thanks to all of the participants at this years camp, the high school athletes and coaches that helped instruct them and train them, and the support of their families. The first place finishers from the local meet are as follows:

Boys 9-10: 50 Meter-Dash Kaden Liggett; 100 Meter Dash-Graham Bayin; 200 Meter Dash-Brison Ricker; 400 Meter Dash-Logan Hull; Standing Long Jump-Grant Bisbee; Softball Throw-Brison Ricker; 400 Meter Relay-Kaden Liggett, Grant Bisbee, Graham Bayink, and Tyler Vanderlaan. This relay was 6th at the State Meet.

Girls 9-10: 50 Meter Dash-Morgan Reyers; 100 Meter Dash-Kaleigh Hull; 400 Meter Dash-Reese Gonzales; Standing Long Jump-Isabelle Korody; Softball Throw-Reese Gonzales; 400 Meter Relay-Paige Pierson, Emily Pierson, Tonya Tepin, and Katia Corwin.

Boys 11-12: 100 Meter Dash-Jake Mead; 200 Meter Dash-George Gonzales Jr.; 400 Meter Dash-Evan Lewis; 800 Meter Dash-Christian Holloway; Standing Long Jump-Jake Mead; Softball Throw-George Gonzales Jr.; 400 Meter Relay-George Gonzaeles Jr., Nick Rathemel, Christian Holloway, and Jake Mead. This relay won the State Meet.

Girls 11-12: 100 Meter Dash-Maddie VanDusen; 200 Meter Dash-Tara Tepin-she finished 8th at the State Meet in 31.85; 400 Meter Dash-Alexis Gonzales; 800 Meter Dash-Baylie Vandyke-she finished 3rd at the State Meet in 3:00.85; Standing Long Jump-Grace Dault; Softball Throw-Mariah Alger; Maddie Nichols represented Cedar Springs at the State meet in the softball throw and finished 4th with a throw of 113 ft 5inches; 400 Meter Relay-Grace Dault, Shelby Shotko, Tara Tepin and Baylie Vandyke. This relay finished 2nd at the State Meet.

Boys 13-14: 100 Meter Dash-Luke Dault-he finished 8th at the State Meet with a time of 13.22; 200 Meter Dash-Josh Bray; 800 Meter Dash-Remington Sawade; 1600 Meter Run-Cameron Umphrey-he finished 4th at the State Meet with a time of 5:37.35; Standing Long Jump-Luke Dault-he finished 2nd at the State Meet with a jump of 8 ft.; Softball Throw-Taylor Vandyke-he finished 8th at the State Meet with a throw of 188 ft.; 400 Meter Relay-Luke Dault, Lane Gott, Cameron Umphrey, and Taylor Vandyke. This relay finished 2nd at the State Meet.

Girls 13-14: 800 Meter Dash-Kenzy Hunter.

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Sand Lake artist to speak at senior lunch

Next one is Thursday, January 20 at Algoma Twp. hall

Is the winter weather making you feel trapped in your home? You now have a reason to get out and socialize with your neighbors. Senior Citizen/Retirees are getting together on the third Thursday of every month for a luncheon through the organization of the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department. These luncheons begin in the fall and rotate each month to one of the partner orgnaizations of the department. The department features partnerships with Algoma, Courtland, Nelson and Solon townships, the City of Cedar Springs and the Cedar Springs Public School District.
The January luncheon will take place at the Algoma Township hall on Thursday, January 20, at 11:30 a.m. The cost is only $5 per person and includes a catered lunch and guest speaker. The guest speaker for January is David Huang. David is a Sand Lake resident who has competed in Art Prize 2009 and 2010. In the 2010 year he was featured in the entrance to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and received enough votes to put him in the top 25 of all the pieces.
If you are interested in registering for this program, reservations can be made by calling the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department at 616-696-7320. Reservations must be received by the end of the day Monday, January 17.  For any other questions, please call the department or email director@csaparksandrec.com.

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Get fit with Parks and Rec

zumba classAre you making a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy in 2011? Then Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation can help! They are kicking off their new winter schedule with a free demonstration night on January 4 at 6:30 p.m., and with programs for all fitness levels beginning January 10.
On the free demo night you can try out some of the hottest trends in fitness—kickboxing, body bootcamp, yoga and Zumba! Kickboxing helps you punch away trouble areas as you burn calories with short but high intensity drills; body bootcamp combines the kickboxing with sculpting and abdominal exercises and is suitable for all fitness levels; yoga helps build flexibility and reduce stress; and Zumba helps you get a workout while dancing.
You can also see a demonstration of two new programs on January 4—intro to ballroom dancing and cake decorating basics. People who sign up for ballroom dancing will learn the Foxtrot, the East Coast Swing, and the Rumba. No partner is necessary. With cake decorating participants will learn how to create icing flowers, ribbon roses, rosettes, and more.
Other classes being offered this winter session include Tae Kwon Do, Men’s open basketball, and co-ed open volleyball. Youth volleyball begins Feb. 2, and a 12-week program called “Springs runs the river” will start Feb. 9 to get everyone ready to participate in the Fifth Third River Bank run later in the spring.
For more information on what’s being offered and to download a registration form, visit www.csaparksandrec.com or call 696-7320.

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