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Halloween Happenings


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

 

MCC Haunted Indoor Forest

Oct. 24, 25: Montcalm Community College Art Club hosts a Haunted Indoor Forest from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Instruction North Building, on the college’s Sidney campus. A $2 donation is suggested.

Harvest Brains at Sand Lake/Nelson Library

Oct. 25: Program for teens, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 25. Save your brains! Build a survival bag, practice your aim, and learn what it takes to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. The library is located at 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.

Harvest party

Oct. 25: Cedar Creek Community Church, at 2969 14 Mile RD NE Sparta, will host a harvest party on Saturday, October 25, from 5-8 p.m. There will be hayrides (using straw due to allergies), pumpkin painting, dunking for apples, cake walk, games, face painting, soup, hot dogs, popcorn, and lots of fun! All are welcome. Call 866-9829 for more info.

Pumpkin Carving and Lit Trails Walk

Oct. 25: Pumpkin/Carving and Pumpkin lit trail hike from 5-8:30 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16290 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, on Saturday, October 25. Suggested donation is $8 per person or $30 for family of four or more, including pumpkin to take home. (No one turned away for inability to pay. This donation helps keep HCNC operating.) Pumpkin carving from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and pumpkin lit walk through our spooky Enchanted Forest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Friendly enough for your toddlers. Non scary animals will be on display in the forest, weather permitting for the mock-animals). Includes pumpkin to take home or leave at the center for the wild animals to munch on. Dress up as your favorite nature character. Open to all ages.

Trunk ‘r Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC 

Oct. 25: It’s our fourth annual Trunk ‘r Treat for kids of all ages. Saturday, October 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE. Candy outdoors; hot dogs & baked beans indoors.

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 25: Bring your kids and come “Trunk or Treat” at East Nelson UM Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs on Saturday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. Warm up with hot chocolate and sloppy joes. Games and fun for all.

Fall Festival  

Oct. 29: Fall Festival for all ages at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs on Wednesday, October 29, from 6:30- 8 p.m. For families with children 5th grade and under. Games, prizes, snacks, boy and girl door prizes and candy, candy, candy! The church is located on Algoma, just north of 19 Mile Road.

Nightmare on Cherry Street

Oct. 30: Calling all 4th to 6th graders!  You are officially invited to come to our “Nightmare on Cherry Street” party at the Cedar Springs Library! The fun, games, and food will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 and go until 7:30. Registration is required, so come into the library to sign up or call 616-696-1910

Trick or Treat Trail Walk

Oct. 31: From 3-5 p.m. on Halloween, bring your kiddos by Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16290 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, to take a short walk down one of our trails to collect some candy, so we don’t get tricked!

Cedar Springs Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Main Street Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, October 31. Some of the free events include: spooky storytelling and crafts at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 4:30 p.m.; a haunted school house at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park 5-7 p.m.; a Kids Carnival, hosted by Calvary Assembly of God 5-7 p.m.; Trick-or-Treating at local businesses between 5-7pm; and Trunk or Treat at The Springs Church from 6 to 8 p.m. (see more details below).

Kids carnival

Oct. 31: Calvary Assembly of God will be presenting a free carnival during the Chamber of Commerce’s Spooktacular event from 5-7pm on Friday, October 31. The carnival will be at the corner of Ash and Main Street, next to DJ Nails, and will have lots of family-friendy games, with prizes and candy.

Haunted school house

Oct. 31: The Haunted School House is back this year at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park from 5-7 p.m. again. Nolan Patin has worked up another fun spooky event for the museum. We do adapt our spookiness when young children are coming through and will be handing out treats.

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.

Traffic Squad/Fire Department

Oct. 31: There will be cider, donuts and candy at the Cedar Springs Fire Department on Maple Street from 5 to 7 p.m. or while supplies last.

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, on Friday, October 31, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn, everyone is welcome to join us.

Halloween party – Courtland Fire

Oct 31:  Stop by the Halloween party at the Courtland Fire station #2, 9535 Myers Lake road from 5-9 p.m. Games, snacks candy, cider, coffee,  car trunks with treats welcome. Sponsored by women auxiliary, and many stores in the area.

Family Harvest Celebration

Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp invites you to its annual Family Harvest Celebration on Friday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. This free event includes hayride, games, puppet show, cider, donuts and trip through Treat Town. Please bring a bag for collecting treats. It is a fun night for the whole family. Costumes welcome but not necessary. Please no witches, ghosts, monsters, etc. Pine Ridge is located just 5 miles east of town at 8415 17 Mile Rd. Call 616-696-8675 for more information.

Trunk or Treat at Crossfire Church

Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat at Crossfire Church, 4780 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs, from 6-8 p.m. There will be games and prizes, candy for the kids, hot dogs and chips available.

Ghostbusters at the Kent Theatre

Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov.2: Don’t let the Halloween weekend go by without spending some time at the Kent Theatre. A special showing of Ghostbusters will be on the big screen October 31, November 1 and 2, in celebration of Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary. Now in digital format, watch your favorite ghost busting team in action! Showing Halloween night at 6 and 9 p.m., Saturday at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 6 pm. Tickets are only $3.00.

Sand Lake Fire Department

Oct. 31: The Sand Lake Fireman’s Association will host their annual Halloween festivities at the fire station at 2 Maple Street in Sand Lake from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, a bounce house, prize drawings, goody bags, cider, donuts, and coffee. There will also be a costume contest. Judging is at 7:15, must be present to win the contest. Call 636-8854 for more info.

Trick or Treat at Meadowlark

Oct. 31: Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta loves having trick or treaters. Their doors will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 31. The residents can’t wait to see all the kids dressed up! Meadowlark is located at 65 Ida Red Ave, Sparta. Call 887-8891 ext. 102 for more info.

 

 

 

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Read to Ride 


Left to right: Deb Elliott, Cedar Springs Librarian Donna Clark, and Lolita Johnson with her Read-to-Ride ticket.

Left to right: Deb Elliott, Cedar Springs Librarian Donna Clark, and Lolita Johnson with her Read-to-Ride ticket.

The Red-Reading Challenge—the Read-to-Ride Program, got off to a great start with the beginning of the new school year and climaxed with carnival rides on Red Flannel Day. 131 students, K-8th grades, turned in their Red Reading Logs, down about half from last year due to the chilly, wet weather.

Elliott’s Amusements has been Cedar Springs’ valued reading partner for 9 years now.  The Festival pitched the idea to Deb Elliott and the Cedar Springs Library in 2006 and it has been going strong ever since. In fact, it has been such a success, that this year we are having to rethink how we can reward our Red Readers in a way that Elliott’s Amusements benefits as much as our community readers do.

Next year we have agreed to print 150 free ride tickets to be given out to the first 150 students who request one at cash in. There will also be a second choice of a snow cone or bag of popcorn for another 200 students who prefer a concession. The Reading Challenge will continue to be 6 hours.

All reading logs would be traded in at the Cedar Springs Library on or before September 30 or until the 350 tickets were claimed.

 

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Read to ride


Mrs. Kate Norman’s 5th grade class

Mrs. Kate Norman’s 5th grade class

Mrs. Kate Norman’s 5th grade class walked to the Cedar Springs Library on Monday, September 8, for their back-to-school library orientation and to get their Read-to-Ride reading logs.

Students were delighted to find out that by reading only 6 hours they could earn two free tickets to ride two carnival rides on Red Flannel Day, compliments of Elliott’s  Amusements, in partnership with the Cedar Springs Library and the Red Flannel  Festival. Logs were also sent electronically to area schools, charter schools, private schools and home schooling families.

All area Red Flannel town citizens and fans, grades K-8, are invited to drop by the Library to get a log or print one from the Library’s website: cedarspringslibrary.org.

It’s a royal salute to 75 years of volunteers! Get your students to join the red reading challenge this year. Logs can be cashed in at the Cedar Springs Public Library during open hours or on Red Flannel Day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  at the Friends of the Library’s big book sale across the street from the Kent Theatre. Have you REaD a good book lately?

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Cedar View students make a difference


Raise money for library

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

When teachers encourage their fourth and fifth graders to scope out their community for worthy projects to support, it is a very good thing. Leading the way this year were Cedar View teachers Ms. Dawn Nielsen (4th grade) and Ms. Jennifer Kahler (5th grade). Arrangements were made with Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark to receive what turned out to be massive FUNds, according to the creativity and dedication of these students.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Nielsen’s class focused on raising donation dollars through their annual Read-a-thon. To add incentive, the Library promised a Red Hawk Beanie Baby to any student raising $35 or more. Twenty-two students collected a Red Hawk, including one student from Ms. Strumk’s 4th grade class. Students raised….DRUMROLL…$1,067! Half of that was given to the Library ($533.50) and half will be used for new books for the classroom.

While Clark was still rejoicing, another call came into the library, this time from 5th grade teacher Jennifer Kahler, informing her, “I have some very good news for you.  Room 12 has a surprise for the library. The students selected the Cedar Springs Library to be the recipient of their new fund raising effort, a store.  I gave each student $5 and their job was to come up with a product to make to sell at the store. With any luck, they would turn their $5 into a profit.” The conversation ended with Friday, April 30 being set as the day that Ms. Kahler’s class would present the Library with a check representing their creativity and hard work.

Mrs. Clark showed up at the appointed time, 9 a.m. The class chatted with Mrs. Clark about their store, consisting of everything from bookmarks to slime, and then asked her to guess how much they raised.

She guessed that doubling their $5 would mean a $300 donation for sure. Amidst grins and wiggles, it was clear that the class had raised much more. At that time two of the young ladies came forth and took turns sharing about how the money was raised.  The big moment arrived…DRUMROLL…a check for $496.11!  Shock,  smiles, and congratulations all captured on video. It was a moment to celebrate.

How will the money be used? Mrs. Clark encouraged the students to come up with a thorough list of books that they would like to check out from the library over the last weeks of school. By checking the Library’s website, cedarsprings.llcoop.org, students can check to see if the book they want is already owned by the Library. The Library also has a wish list of various things that are needed to improve the library and its services. Some of the money may be used for the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, June 9-July 30. All are invited to Opening Day of the Summer Reading Program Monday, June 9 from noon to 6pm, to sign up for a summer of 20 programs, receive a free bookbag  (Grades K- 12), eat free ice cream, check out the petting zoo and storybook characters and the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale.

 

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Quilt Show raises funds for library


Despite the wrath of Mother Nature and eight inches of snow overnight, the Friends of the Cedar Springs Library held their 2nd Annual Quilt Show at the United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25, as planned. The turnout was not what they had hoped for, nevertheless there were 32 excellent quilts on display—and they were beautiful, colorful and unique!

The quilts were judged by the public, according to personal favorite. First place went to Pauline Woronko, who entered a patriotic quilt with very intricate detail. She won a solid oak quilt rack donated by Bob and Betty Truesdale of Amish Warehouse Furniture and Gifts. Second place went to Nita White, who entered a beautiful “Wedding Ring” pattern, and third place to Kathy Marsman, with twisted stars on a vivid purple background. Nita and Kathy received gift baskets containing a new book, a warm Red Hawk sweater, and a Red Hawk beanie baby, with other things added in for fun.

The sale table included quilting and crafting magazines, books, fabric,  fat quarters, etc.  A silent auction was going on throughout the six hours, as was a bake sale operated by the youth group for Modern Woodmen of America.

Modern Woodsmen Youth Club (led by Annette Nelson) and Women’s Life (led by Liz Pigorsh and Dena Wever) each matched a portion of our profits with an equal donation, ($500 each). Amish Warehouse also donated the use of their truck and trailer to transport the quilt racks from approximately 70 miles away. We were able to raise just over $1000, matched for a grand total of over $2000!

We would like to thank all of our community supporters for helping us earn money for our Library.  Please join us next year—in the Spring!

 

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Home party expo to raise funds for new library


Do you like to go to home parties? Maybe you want to buy local this Christmas season. We have the perfect opportunity for you to accomplish all of that and more. The Cedar Springs Library is raising funds towards a new building and is holding a large home party sale on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The sale will be at the Cedar Springs Middle School on the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Drive. The event runs from 9 a.m. until Noon and is free to attend. There will be over a dozen home businesses represented, and the home business consultants will be donating a portion of sales to the library fund and are also donating items for you to win through a door prize system. So what are you waiting for? Come on out and have some fun shopping while supporting a great cause! Call Amanda at CS Area Parks and Rec at 696-7320 for more info.

 

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Library celebrates reading program


ENT-Library-carnival1About 180 local readers gathered on the grounds of the Cedar Springs Library on Wednesday, August 21, to celebrate reading and the end of the 20 programs just completed in the 6 weeks of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program.

Spartan Stores/Family Fare sponsors the celebration each year, donating dozens of prizes, ice cream sandwiches, water, a couple of bicycles, and bringing in the fun—a water slide, music, a petting zoo and bouncy houses and games, all local vendors.

ENT-Library-carnival2Adding to the fun was Independent Bank with the popcorn, ChoiceOne Bank with a bean bag toss, Pastor Craig Owens and Sue Wolfe with a basketball toss game, and the Cedar Springs Fire Chief, Marty Fraser, with his team of Fire Fighters and the beautiful, big red fire truck! Kids love fire trucks and firemen!

A big thanks to all who have taken part in the Library’s summer reading program. Please see the POST’s half-page ad the Library ran on August 1 to see the exhaustive list of local businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals. This literacy outreach is supported by our entire community in a grand way. To see pictures of the Carnival, go to the Cedar Springs Public Library’s Facebook page.

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Golf outing fundraiser for library


The Friends of the Cedar Springs Library are hosting a golf outing (18-hole scramble) to help raise funds for a new library.

The golf outing will be held Saturday, September 14, at Cedar Chase, and will include a sizzler steak dinner. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and golf starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $75.

Hole sponsorship is $50 and includes a sign with your company name on a hole.

For more info, call the library at 696-1910 or Chris at (616) 293-5131.

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Fun at the Cedar Springs Library


July 11: On Thursday, July 11, you won’t want to miss an evening of fun with Mr. Jim! A fast and hilarious cup stacker, Mr. Jim will be showing off his skill and is prepared to share cups with your family Thursday evening, July 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the CS Middle School.

July 16: Calling all teens Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-8pm to the Cedar Springs Library to find out what it would be like to live in an underground farm. National award-winning green builders, Roger and Adam Bearup, constructed a unique underground farm in Michigan. The library is located at 43 W. Cherry St.

July 17: On Wednesday, July 17, at 11:15 a.m., the Cedar Springs Library will be “Digging Dinosaurs” with you and your preschooler. Come and enjoy dinosaur stories, crafts and wiggle to a tune or two. Bring your blankie or beach towel and enjoy the fun outside at the Library, 43 W. Cherry Street.

July 17: Wednesday, July 17, 2-3pm the Cedar Springs Library invites you and your family to the Cedar Springs Middle School to meet a Miner 49er. Our digging theme has led us to dream of striking it rich and digging for gold in the gravel at the bottom of creek beds. Find out what kind of gold we found!

 

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Fourth-graders raise money for library


Mrs. Baas’s class with Librarian Donna Clark (left)

Mrs. Baas’s class with Librarian Donna Clark (left)

The fourth-grade students at Cedar View Elementary celebrated “March is reading month” by holding a read-a-thon to raise money for the Cedar Springs Library and the Cedar View PTO.

Each student had a goal to raise $35 for the all-day reading marathon. About 54 students reached that goal, and each one of them received a Red Hawk beanie baby from the library for their effort.

The students raised a total of $1,356 for the library, and $1,356 for the PTO.

On Tuesday, March 26, Librarian Donna Clark went to each class and handed out the beanie babies and spoke to the classes. She left one beanie baby for each of the teachers to remind the students that March isn’t the only month for reading. “I hope they continue to read and come to the library this summer because we have a great summer reading program,” noted Clark. “I really want to thank the students for being so community-minded and raising the money for the library.”

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