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En Gedi accepted into KidCents program


En Gedi, a free, non-profit after-school youth center for students in 6-8th grades, has been accepted as a qualifying participant in Rite Aid’s KidCents Program. Rite Aid also donated $5,000 to kick off their support.

“Rite Aid has long been committed to helping communities live well,” explained assistant store manager Melinda Silliman.

Sharlene Kent, long time Rite Aid employee and Cedar Springs resident, has worked for about two years to identify a worthy non-profit organization to partner with Rite Aid on this program.

Kent said, “I am thrilled Pastor Craig Owens, En Gedi Youth Center Executive Director, applied and was accepted for this program. The Rite Aid Foundation’s mission centers around children’s health and well-being, having donated over $80 million to help kids. I felt En Gedi would align with Rite Aid’s mission. Now, our Cedar Springs area children will be recipients of funds from the Rite Aid Foundation.”

Rite Aid will continue to donate to En Gedi as their customers round up to the nearest dollar through KidCents.

En Gedi, a Christ-centered organization, serves an average of 65 students per day with approximately 120 individual students participating throughout the school year. Special high school and community events are also hosted to align with the En Gedi mission of strengthening the community through the building up of families.

All funding for En Gedi is provided through corporate and personal donations primarily at the annual Fund Raising Auction each spring.

“The KidsCents Program will be a wonderful opportunity for local residents to donate by simply saying “Round Up for En Gedi” when checking out by using their Wellness + Card at any Rite Aid store,” shared Owens. “This donation is greatly appreciated and will significantly help continue the efforts of the En Gedi team.”

For details on En Gedi visit the website of www.EnGediYouthCenter.com or Facebook. To learn how you can participate with the KidsCents Program just ask Sharlene Kent or any Rite Aid staff member.

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Boys training to be Men of Honor


Approximately 17 6-9th graders, along with their chaperones, loaded the Men of Honor bus on April 26 to travel to Grand Rapids to watch the movie titled The Case for Christ.

Approximately 17 6-9th graders, along with their chaperones, loaded the Men of Honor bus on April 26 to travel to Grand Rapids to watch the movie titled The Case for Christ.

Courageous leadership, chivalry, and honor were once qualities held in high regard—especially by the knights of old. But those qualities don’t have to be a thing of the past, and a group of young men in Cedar Springs is learning what it means to become “Men of Honor.”

Randy Badge, a 30-year teacher and youth minister, is the area leader for this Christ-centered Men of Honor organization. Badge has teamed up with En Gedi, also a Christ-centered organization, to share space at the free after-school youth center at Red Hawk Elementary.

This international character-building program from Honor Ministries is aimed at 6-12th graders and meets on Thursdays from 2:40–3:40 in the Media Center.

Badge was thrilled to have 26 young men sign up this year for the nine-month Men of Honor program. “In all of human history there has never been a time when the call for strong men was louder or the need greater,” explained Badge. “I have witnessed firsthand the effects of young men who have no father or an uninvolved father in their lives. Many young men have no model of what real manhood is like.”

The group learns how to build character qualities such as integrity, courage, honesty, honor, perseverance, diligence, compassion, and leadership. Manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous for the Men of Honor.

Cristian Leggett said, “This is a fun group that teaches me how to grow as a man and connect better with God.” A good example of that was an event last week Wednesday, when the group and their chaperones traveled to Grand Rapids to watch the movie titled The Case for Christ.

Other students joined for different reasons.

When Trevor Marshall was asked why he joined the program he responded, “I thought it would be a good way to connect with other Christian young men.”

Matthew Maxwell shared, “I read about historical leaders who were men of courage. I wanted to learn how to grow in Christian courage and strength as they did.”

As these young man practice chivalry and strive to become Modern Day Knights, they must read three books written by Edwin Cole and complete the corresponding workbooks. Once completed, they receive a dagger. To become fully-commissioned, men must read nine books. They are then knighted and receive a beautiful Men of Honor sword for their accomplishments.

There are opportunities to earn tenant pins for leadership, courage, diligence, character, and compassion. A Men of Honor t-shirt is awarded by reciting the axioms, “I am a winner. I am a Man of Honor. I do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. My word is my bond. Being a male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of choice. There is no greatness outside of God. 1,2,3, YES!”

This past summer, Badge was certified in leadership training through the John Maxwell Team. Because of his certification, he can teach leadership skills to organizations, businesses, schools and churches. He also loves to encourage marriages, parents, men and teens through workshops and talks.

To get more information about the Men of Honor program, email Badge at rrbadge@hotmail.com or go to the Men of Honor website at HonorMinistries.com.   There also is a Ladies of Honor program, and while the group would love to see one started at Cedar Springs, they would need someone to lead it.

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Library Spring Book Sale

Apr. 20-22: The Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL branch will hold their Spring Book Sale on Thursday, April 20th from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday, April 21st from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm. The sale will be held in the Library Community Room. The library is located at 88 Eighth St. in Sand Lake. 616-784-2007. #15,16p

Mom2Mom Sale

Apr. 22: Come shop our huge selection of children’s items and mommy must haves! Stop by our bake sale for some yummy sweets, win a gift basket at the raffle table or even grab a bite to eat for lunch. This Saturday, April 22nd from 9 am to 2 pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St. in Sand Lake. For questions or concerns please contact Nicole at 616-263-9662. #16

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 23: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 23rd at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music will be shared by Ben Crofoot and the Crofoot family. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #16p

The Gathering Invites You

Apr. 23: Are you 18-29? Are you looking for a place to belong? The Gathering welcomes you and invites you to join us Sunday, April 23rd at 5:45 for a time of fun, fellowship, and worship. Come hear a positive message and make a difference in the community. We are located at Midtown, 130 N. Luray St., Greenville, MI 48838. Feel free to bring a friend and check us out on Facebook. #16

Free Family Event

Apr. 28: En Gedi and the YMCA are co-sponsoring a FREE Family Event at the Belmont YMCA on Friday, April 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The facility will be open to all families at no charge. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This opportunity is being provided with the En Gedi Mission of “building families”. More details on the En Gedi Facebook page or for any questions you can contact Pastor Craig at CraigTOwens1@gmail.com. #16

Youth Theatre Workshop

Apr. 29: The Cedar Spring Community Players will be putting on a theatre workshop for youth ages 8-18 on Saturday, April 29th. Sign up information and more details on www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #16

Volunteer Day at HCNC

Apr. 29: Volunteers are what makes Howard Christensen Nature Center happen. We always have a lot more work to be done than manpower to do it. Come on out and give us a hand anytime by calling the office. HCNC’s annual Spring work day, Saturday, April 29th all day, is a great opportunity to help us plant flowers, clean up trails from winter and get ready for another great summer of events. There will be a book and plant sale on that day. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #16

Carnival Bingo

May 6: Come join the fun, and help the North Kent Senior Citizens Association raise money to help pay for their furnace on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 3 pm. We will have a baked goods sale going on, and chances to win gift baskets as well. So come check out the Senior Center, 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs, and have a great time playing bingo! Only 25¢ for 3 bingo cards per game to play. #16

Hunter Safety Class at HCNC

May 9: Howard Chirstensen Nature Center will hold Hunter Safety Class starting on Tuesday, May 9th from 5-8 pm, Thursday, May 11th from 5-8 pm and Saturday, May 13th from 9-1 pm. Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director Dave all three days for our Spring Hunters Safety Class. After completion of this course you will leave with your certificate from the Michigan DNR affirming your knowledge of safety afield. $5 per person or Free for members. HCNC, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, requests preregistration, www.HowardChristensen.org. 616-675-3158. #16


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Community supports En Gedi fundraiser


Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth at their fundraiser last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth at their fundraiser last weekend. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs High School cafeteria was bubbling with excitement last Friday when approximately 175 attendees gathered for the one and only En Gedi annual fundraiser event. En Gedi is a Christ-centered Cedar Springs non-profit organization focused on keeping kids in our community safe, encouraged, and mentored. A free afterschool youth center is provided for students in grades 6-8th grades, along with special events throughout the year for high school students and community members.

This year’s event brought in proceeds totaling $20,995.50, with those funds being matched by CS Manufacturing and equaling almost $42,000. “Once again the business owners and community members have been extremely supportive of En Gedi. This event continues to be a humbling experience due to the outpouring of support,” explained John Huffman, En Gedi Board Trustee and Event Chairman.

The evening began with 12 tables lined with a wide variety of items ranging from college sports tickets, home furnishings, outdoor and hunting equipment, games, tools, collectable dolls, athletic training items, subscriptions, and many more items attendees could bid for through a silent auction.

The En Gedi 8th Grade Student Leaders gave testimonials on why they appreciate the after-school youth center. While the program is free to all students, the estimated cost is $150 per student per year. The center serves an average of 75 students per day and approximately 130 different students per school year.

The last segment of the event included a live auction with opportunities to Sponsor-a-Student and then bid on the larger items, which included a speed bike, kayak, leather recliner, Tiger tickets, guided pheasant hunt, and more.

En Gedi is dependent upon donations to achieve the organization’s mission of “building up families in our community.” In addition to Huffman’s leadership on this year’s event, he was assisted by Kevin Pike, Jodi Coxon, Liz Pigorsh, Chris Mabie, as well as all the En Gedi board members.

A Free Family Day at the Belmont YMCA is currently scheduled for Friday, April 28, an early release day for Cedar Springs Public Schools. Please check out the En Gedi Facebook page or contact Pastor Craig for more details and to register. All families in the area are welcome.

Pastor Craig Owens serves as the Youth Center Director, assisted by Pastor Josh Schram and Tabi Carter, along with volunteer adult and high school honor society students.

“Part of our goal at the youth center is to introduce various hobbies, life skills, and special interests to our young people. If community members would like to get involved, please contact me at Craig@CSCalvary.org,” said Pastor Owens.

Huffman added, “The entire En Gedi Team would like to thank everyone who has and continues to support this local mission within our community. Your commitment to the youth of our community is greatly appreciated. Mark your calendars now for next year’s event in mid-March!”

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Student Leadership Council update


 

Student Leadership Council is focusing on “giving back” and “family engagement” at the Middle School. Students brought in over 1,000 food items for a Food Drive. Students were able to build 10 baskets for our local families. Food Baskets included everything needed for a Thanksgiving Day feast and then some. Additional items were donated to North Kent Community Services, which also helps to support our families from the Cedar Springs and neighboring areas.

The group of students also suggested more opportunities for family nights. Their wishes were answered, and thanks to our partnership with En Gedi, Craig Owens was able to help us kick off a Family Fun Night at the Middle School. Parents, students and their siblings competed in Bubble Soccer. Pizza was provided. It was a great night with lots of laughs.

Students are working to coordinate the following for future give-back opportunities:

• Taking a “field trip” to Degage Ministries to help out

• Visiting the residents at Metron of Cedar Springs

• Volunteering some time to help support St. John Paul II Community Dinners

• Writing letters to our Veterans

If you or your child have any ideas for Family Fun Nights or Giving Back, please contact Jodi West at jodi.west@csredhawks.org or (616) 696-7326. Student Leadership is not an exclusive group. All students are welcome to drop in. Meeting are every other Thursday from 2:20-3:15, resuming on January 5, 2017.

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En Gedi receives donations


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En Gedi, a Christ-centered non-profit Cedar Springs organization formed in 2009 that focuses on building up families in the community, recently received three significant donations from area organizations.

En Gedi is funded only by donations typically received at their annual spring auction. However, three area organizations recently provided significant donations outside of the event. Cherryl Rosenberger, a representative of the recently dissolved non-profit Resurrection Celebration, presented a check for $900.00.

“The organization’s governing body wanted to give the remaining funds back to our community and felt En Gedi was a perfect fit,” explained Rosenberger.

East Nelson Methodist Church donated a wide assortment of games, school supplies, and other items needed at the youth center along with a check for $25.00. Lynn Zank, a member of the church along with a personal supporter of En Gedi, delivered the items and said, “Our parishioners continue to support En Gedi as a local mission and believe the youth center provides young people with a safe and fun place to hang out after school.”

Dena Wever, President of Woman’s Life Chapter 841, noted the local chapter has donated approximately $28,000 to Cedar Springs Area organizations over the last four years. “A matching donation totaling $800.00 is being presented with an appreciation of the En Gedi goals and efforts. Some of our members have had or still have students attending the youth center and have seen the great things happening at En Gedi,” Wever explained.

The youth center is offered free of charge to 6-8th grade students Monday-Thursday between 2:15 and 5:30 p.m. on school days. New this year, En Gedi is also open on early release Fridays. An average of 65 students have been attending the program, which provides a healthy snack, tutoring, guest speakers, engaging activities, study and fellowship times, and mentoring.

Eighth graders can apply to serve as Assistant Leaders for Pastor Craig Owens, Executive Director of the Youth Center. Four of the Leaders were present for the presentation of the donations, including Casey Fisk, Alex Andringa, Carley Shears, and Maddie Boomgaard.

“I am grateful En Gedi provides high school students and adult tutors to assist with homework, if needed,” explained Fisk.

“En Gedi is a safe place to be refreshed and relax after a hard day’s work,” added Andringa.

“The entire En Gedi team wishes to thank all three organizations for their generous donations,” said Owens. “Our mission to serve this community will be greatly enhanced from this support. Hope to see you all at the 2017 En Gedi Auction on Friday, March 17.”

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Auction raises fund for En Gedi youth center


Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth.

Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth.

The Cedar Springs High School cafeteria was bubbling with excitement last Friday with an approximate 120 attendees for the one and only En Gedi annual fundraiser event.

En Gedi is a Christ-centered Cedar Springs non-profit organization focused on keeping kids in our community safe, encouraged, and mentored. A free afterschool youth center is provided for students in grades 6-8th along with special events for high school students and community members.

This year’s event hit new record highs in donations from area businesses, attending participants, and net profits. Bidders are first allowed to anonymously submit their offer on a wide variety of items ranging from college sports tickets, home furnishings, outdoor equipment and supplies, hunting adventures, games, collective dolls, athletic training items and many more items. A few En Gedi students then presented a short original skit along with a viewing of the En Gedi video. The last event of the night includes a live auction for larger items as well as an opportunity to Sponsor-a-Student.

En Gedi is dependent upon donations to achieve the group’s goal of “building up families in our community.” Kevin Pike, En Gedi Board Secretary, and Jodi Coxon co-chair the event, which netted over $46,000, covering En Gedi’s yearly expenses.

Pastor Craig Owens serves as the Youth Center Director, assisted by Pastors Shasta and Joe Gross, and many adult and high school volunteers. “If you would like to get involved and share your hobby, gifts, and talents with our young people, please get in touch with me at Craig@CSCalvary.org,” said Pastor Owens.

Event Co-Chair Kevin Pike added, “The entire En Gedi Team would like to thank everyone who has and continues to support this local mission and especially this year’s event. Your commitment to the youth of our community is greatly appreciated.”

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Fish Fry

Mar. 18: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 18th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut French fries, cole slaw, coffee and punch, dessert. 3 pieces – $9, 2 pieces – $7, 1 piece – $5. Eat in or carry out. 616-866-4298. #10,11p

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 18: Come Be Refreshed! Friday, March 18th with the High School cafeteria doors opening at 6 pm. This year’s event has many great items for you to choose from to include furniture, MSU football and basketball tickets, private golf session by MSU Coach Casey Lubahn, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, tools, hand-made dolls, private wild turkey and pheasant hunts, clothing, wood pellets, puzzles, and much more!!!! With a $10 entry donation you can enjoy delicious appetizers while you browse the items on the silent and live auction table. All funds earned on this event will be matched by CS Manufacturing. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing a FREE after school youth center, special high school and community events with a focus on building family. Donations of services or products (all are appreciated are greatly needed. Contact Sue Wolfe at 696-2246 or SueQ@hughes.net for tickets or for donation pick-ups. #10,11p

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Mar. 19: The Cedar Springs Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be held this Saturday on March 19th from 7 – 11 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Church. Adults $8 and Family $25. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, juice, coffee. All you can eat. The next planned date is April 16th. Proceeds to assist sight conservation. #11

Mom2Mom Sale

Mar. 19: The Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake is hosting a Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions regarding the sale, please contact Nichole at 616-263-9662. #10,11p

Annual Church Garage Sale

Mar. 19: Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 – 11 Mile Rd., Rockford, will be hosting their Annual Church Garage Sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 3 pm. Proceeds will go towards the youth ministries summer trips. For more information, call Deb Coon at 616-866-4829. #11p

Roast Beef Dinner

Mar. 20: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday March 20th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #10,11p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 21: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onion dinner on Monday, March 21st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, veggies, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #11p

Good Friday Walk and Remember 

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Mar. 26: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 26th from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. All children 10 years and under are invited to attend. There’ll be games, an Easter Egg hunt, and a special Easter presentation. Two bicycles will be given away as grand prizes! For more information go to: scwchurch.com or call the church office  at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome! #11,12p

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Mar. 30: During this hour and a half workshop you will learn the basics of playing the Ukulele. This fun and relaxed program will teach you the basic chords, rhythm and strumming you’ll need to play a few songs by the end of the workshop. Our instructor, Dean Wiers-Windemuller of Southtown Guitar will lead the hands-on workshop. Players of all levels are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required. For teens grades 6-12. Wednesday, March 30th at 3:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., 616-636-4251. #11

HCNC’s Spring Break Day Camp

Apr. 4: Spring Break 2016 is right around the corner! Howard Christensen Nature Center’s Spring Day Camp begins on April 4th and runs the entire week. Crafts, exploring the property, and getting up close  and personal with animals only begins to scratch the surface of this fun filled week! Registration is now open. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. www.howardchristiansen.org. #11

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Blood Drive for Lizzie August

Mar. 10: Donate blood in honor of Elizabeth August. Lizzie was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4 in 2009 and during her treatments she has received 13 red blood and 29 platelet transfusions along with 2 bone marrow transplants. She is now 11 and in remission. There are so many more who need our help. Come donate blood to honor her journey and the journeys of all the young children fighting their own battles. Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine St., Cedar Springs on Thursday, March 10th from 1 to 6:45 pm. To schedule an call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559. Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be part of the bone marrow donor registry. American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org. #10

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 13: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 13th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message will be shared by Pinky Hosford who has an amazing testimony to share, Music will be shared by Gospel Singers, Larry, Deb, George and Ray, traditional country and gospel singers. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #10

Job Seekers Workshop

Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25: Kent District Library and Michigan Works! Present free Workshops for Job Seekers. Workshops are on Mondays from 1 0 3 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch.  March 14th: Resume Development Workshop, March 28th: Interviewing Workshop, April 11th: Brand: You!, April 25th: Communications Skills. For more information, please visit www.kdl.org/events or call KDL at 616-784-2007 or 877-243-2466 (toll free). #9,10p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 14: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onion dinner on Monday, March 14th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, veggies, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #10p

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 15: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 15th from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Is your blood really red or is it green enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as Irish? Find out. Attempt to donate and you could also potentially help three people in need. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #10

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Mar. 16: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., is hosting a Ham Dinner on Wednesday, March 16th from 5 to7 pm. The menu will include: ham, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, relish tray, rolls, homemade desserts. Everyone is invited. Donations accepted. #10

Fish Fry

Mar. 18: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 18th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut French fries, cole slaw, coffee and punch, dessert. 3 pieces – $9, 2 pieces – $7, 1 piece – $5. Eat in or carry out. 616-866-4298. #10,11p

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 18: Come Be Refreshed! Friday, March 18th with the High School cafeteria doors opening at 6 pm. This year’s event has many great items for you to choose from to include furniture, MSU football and basketball tickets, private golf session by MSU Coach Casey Lubahn, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, tools, hand-made dolls, private wild turkey and pheasant hunts, clothing, wood pellets, puzzles, and much more!!!! With a $10 entry donation you can enjoy delicious appetizers while you browse the items on the silent and live auction table. All funds earned on this event will be matched by CS Manufacturing. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing a FREE after school youth center, special high school and community events with a focus on building family. Donations of services or products (all are appreciated are greatly needed. Contact Sue Wolfe at 696-2246 or SueQ@hughes.net for tickets or for donation pick-ups. #10,11p

Pancake Breakfast 

Mar. 19: The Courtland Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 19th from 8 – 11 am. The fire department will be serving pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Adults – $7.00, Children 4-12 – $4.00, 3 and under are free. #10

Quilt Show Library Friends Fundraiser

Mar. 19: Saturday, March 19th from 10 am to 4 pm. Show your quilt! Last Call! Do you have a quilt that you want to show in the 4th Annual Friends of the Library Quilt Show? Call Barb at 616-236-9500 or Louise at 616-696-1376 to still get your quilt in the show. Quilts may be delivered to the Cedar Springs Middle School on Friday, March 18th between 4 and 6 pm or Saturday, March 18th between 7:30 and 9 am. Attendees will vote for their favorite quilts in each of the two categories, general and antique ( at least 50 years old). Admission is $2 per person and in addition to the quilt show there will be trunk shows for Red Button Quilt Co. and Blueberry Backroads, a silent auction, a quilting garage sale and a raffle quilt. Raffle tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Luv2Quilt on 14 Mile and at the show. See you there. #10

Mom2Mom Sale

Mar. 19: The Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake is hosting a Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions regarding the sale, please contact Nichole at 616-263-9662. #10,11p

Roast Beef Dinner

Mar. 20: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday March 20th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #10,11p

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

HCNC Easter Egg Hunt w/Brunch

Mar. 26: Howard Christensen Nature Center will hold it’s 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch on Saturday, March 26th. Brunch will be served from noon to 2 pm. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly for all ages at 2 pm. Brunch is $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more and includes the Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Egg Hunting only $1 per egg hunter. Members are free. 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. www.howardchristiansen.org. #10

CS Community Players Mystery Trivia

Mar. 30: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce “Murder at the Kent”, a collection of three one act plays which will be performed at the Kent Theatre on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st.  The plays are Sorry, Wrong Number, Heat Lightning, and The Man who Died Twice.  These short, thrilling plays will delight the mystery lovers and send shivers down the spines of the audience.  And since every good mystery story requires some anticipation, the Players have devised a series of mystery themed trivia to build up the suspense before opening night.  These questions will appear in The Cedar Springs Post each week in the month before the production, starting on March 3rd.  Solve the riddles and bring your answers to one of the performances at the Kent Theatre to be entered to win prizes that night. #10p

Community Night

Apr. 21: Cedar Springs Community Night is April 21st and registration is underway. The deadline for registration is March 25th. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or you can call 616-696-7320. #10b

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En Gedi fundraiser sets new records


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The 2015 En Gedi auction set new records in attendance and funds earned last Friday, March 20, during the non-profit organization’s annual and only fundraiser held at the Cedar Springs High School cafeteria.

The evening started with gourmet appetizers and dessert being served while the approximate 120 attendees visited and browsed the wide variety of items on the silent auction tables. At 7 p.m., auctioneer Kelly from Art Smith Auctioneer began to close bids on each table with a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm.

Trey Reed and Ellen Pike managed the Plinko game while others sold raffle tickets for a new television.

There was a short presentation sharing the En Gedi highlights from the youth center, high school 5th quarter activities, and community events over the last year. Volunteers and Youth Center Director Craig Owens and Assistant Director Joseph Gross were recognized and thanked for their leadership.

They also debuted a recently created DVD showing what the  6-8th grade students liked about the free after-school program held at Red Hawk Elementary School.

Then, the auctioneer conducted a segment allowing attendees to sponsor a “student-for-a-year,” which  brought in $3,880.

This was followed by a live auction of 10 specialty items allowing bidders to compete for the prize.

The total amount earned at the auction was approximately $45,000, which includes corporate sponsorship from CS Manufacturing.

“We have a tremendous group of caring business professionals and community members who again came out in support of the En Gedi mission to serve the youth and build families within Cedar Springs,” said En Gedi Board Member and Event Co-chair Kevin Pike. “This is the 4th year of this event. This year’s outcome certainly exceeded our expectations. We will now be able to continue our services and expand on some opportunities. Our entire En Gedi Team would like thank everyone who so graciously donated to and attended the event as well as those who mailed cash donations,” he said.

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