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Fall 2012 Soccer Registration

June 18,22,26: American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Final registration opportunities for the Fall 2012 season: Mon. 6/18 from 7-8:30 pm at Boomer Park, 13440 Ritchie Ave., south of 17 Mile Rd.; Thurs., 6/20 and Tues., 6/26 from 6-8 pm at the Cedar Springs Family Fare on 17 Mile near the US 131 expressway. Complete the Pre-Registration Application online and use the registration Express Lane when you arrive – see details on our website: www.ayso902.org The registration fee is $55 per child for the fall season. Save $15 if you register for both fall and spring seasons now. Families registering 3 or more players will receive an additional discount of $5 per player, per season. Players must be at least 4 years old by 9/4/12. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Get registered NOW for the Fall/Springs 2012-13 Season! #24,25p

 

Coral Days Festival

June 23: Come join the fun! Coral Days Festival on Sat. June 23. Start your day with a free Pancake Breakfast at Cowden Lake Bible Academy, the Parade at 11 am, enjoy a Chicken Barbecue Dinner by Maple Valley Firemen, see the Bucket Brigade at 2 pm, the Soapbox Derby at 3 pm and the Gordon Russ Magic Show at 4 pm. A Time Capsule will be opened at 5 pm. Hear great music by “Stolen Horses” from 7 to 9 pm and finish your day with the Light Parade at dusk.  #23-25p

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

June 27: It’s High Noon the 27th of June. Summer’s already playing its hot tune. Senior Café is a real cool place; come on down, there’s plenty of space. Those aged 60 and those aged a tad more; we’re serving our first picnic to entice you to come thru our door. So tuck your napkin in even wear a bib cause our Sloppy Joes are mighty big. On the northeast corner of M-82 and Beech is where you’ll find our gig. #25

 

Blithe Spirit Auditions

June 28,29: Noel Coward’s, Blithe Spirit will be performed August 16, 17, and 18 by the Cedar Springs Community Players. Auditions for this hilarious comedy will be Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located on the corner of Church and Main in Cedar Springs. There are roles for 5 adult females and 2 adult males. For more information go to www.cscommunityplayers.org or call 616-696-5186.  #24,25p

 

North Kent Toastmasters Club – Where Leaders Are Made

July 3 & 17: Toastmaster members enhance valuable leadership and speaking skills through practice and encouragement. Members progress through the manual at their own pace. Guests always welcome. The meeting is at 7 pm, at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE, north of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church & 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. For directions call Sue 616-866-3509 or club website www.nkctm.org.  #25

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This week’s happenings…


Snowshoe Trails Open and Rentals Available
Jan. 19: (When conditions permit) Seven days a week, 9:30 am – 4 pm. Please call ahead to check on snow conditions and availability of rentals during the week. Families with young children: try out our smaller shoes for age four and older, or bring a sled to pull your toddlers. There is no guide. Snowshoe rental: $3.75/ adults, $3/ students & seniors. Trail use: no charge. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. If interested simply email cperski@lilysfrogpad.com.  #3

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
Jan 21:     The Cedar Springs Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast every third Saturday of each month January thru April. Come to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located on the corner of Main & Church Streets on Saturday Jan. 21 from 7 am to 11 am, for an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee. Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Children under 12 free. Proceeds to assist sight conservation.  #3

Winter Family Fun Day
Jan. 22: Ignore those folks who complain about winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. The wee-folks slide will be laid out for wee ones, take a short snowshoe walk with your family, snowman building contest, brisk walk of the trails, and join in other fun snow-filled games in our open prairie, then warm up with a bowl of chili and s’mores by our new campfire pit (near N entrance). Sunday, Jan. 22 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Cost is $6/ person or $15 for family (four or more). Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. If interested simply email cperski@lilysfrogpad.com.  #3

TOPS weight loss support group
Jan. 24: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss sport group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weight loss goals! Exercise 8-8:30am (optional), weigh-ins from 8:30am–9am and the meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclemeent weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Sporings schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #3

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk
Jan. 28, Feb. 11: Enjoy a gorgeous walk/ excursion through the nature center’s scenic trails, in the quiet of the night – listen to the nocturnal sounds as we go along. Hot refreshments  will be served and snowshoe equipment will be provided. A $2 discount is available to participants who bring their own snowshoes. Saturdays, Jan. 28 & Feb. 11 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Cost: $8/ adults, $5 seniors or $25 family (four or more). Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. If interested simply email cperski@lilysfrogpad.com.  #3

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Holiday Happenings


CEDAR SPRINGS
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 9: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Brian Way and produced through special arrangements with Baker’s Plays and the Cedar Springs Theatre Association, will be opening Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. on the Kent Theatre stage in downtown Cedar Springs. The production runs through Dec. 11 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 10th, and a final matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids 11 and under. They’re available at the Cedar Springs Public Library or by calling 616-696-0949 or 616-696-SHOW or before each performance at the Kent Theatre box office, which opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and at 1:30 p.m. for matinee performances.
Meet Santa
Dec. 10: Santa will be at Family Fare in Cedar Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.
Make a gingerbread house
Dec. 10: Calling all Kids to decorate a Gingerbread House at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Please preregister for supplies provided. Sign up for one of three sessions: 10-11am, 11:30-12:30pm or 1-2pm. Stop by the library to register, call 616-696-1910 or email your reservation in at ced@llcoop.org and put “Gingerbread House” in the subject line.
Santa at CTA
Dec. 15: Santa and his reindeer will be at Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine St., Cedar Springs, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family. Kids 2 and under free. Ticket Includes: photo with Santa, a craft, refreshments, interaction with Santa’s reindeer, and much more!
Holiday movie at library
Dec. 28: Looking for something fun to do during the holidays? A holiday movie will be showing at the Cedar Springs Public Library just for you from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
HOWARD CITY
Santa at the library
Dec. 10: Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library welcomes the Tri County Jazz Band, Saturday, December 10, at 11:00 am. Santa will be visiting from 11:00 am-1:30 pm. Bake Sale from 10:00 am–2:00 pm.
SAND LAKE
Community Christmas
Dec. 10: Sand Lake Community Christmas will be December 10, Saturday, in Sand Lake. The Santa parade will begin at 10 a.m., and Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. and winners of the Gingerbread house contest announced at that time.
Adopt a family
Join the friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club by donating a new toy, clothing item or food for area families in need this Christmas. Items collected until December 12.
SPARTA
Pet Night with Santa
Dec. 8: 6-8 pm in Santa House (94 N. Union, behind library). Bring your furry friends to visit with Santa! Free photo with a pet food or cash donation to go to the Humane Society.
Santa Train & Kids Parade
Dec. 10: 10:10 am Enter the free raffle to win a chance to ride with Mr. & Mrs.
Claus in the kids parade! Santa Train arrives Saturday morning at 10:10 am.
Kids Parade to the Santa House after the Santa Train departs. Santa Hours 10:30 am-Noon. Santa’s Reindeer 9 am- Noon & free horse & wagon rides from 11 am to 1 pm.
Round Again Elf Workshop
Dec. 10: 10 am-Noon Kids are welcome to stop by the Elf workshop to pick out
and wrap a surprise gift for free!
Christmas Musical
Dec. 10-11: 6 pm Sparta Nazarene Church, ticket required, Call 887-1169
Visit Santa
Dec. 17: Visit Santa from 10 a.m.-noon in the Santa House, 94 N. Union.
Dec. 22: Visit Santa from 6-8 p.m. in the Santa House.
Living Nativity
Dec 21-24:  41st Annual “The Living Nativity,” Ballard Church (1633 10 Mile Rd) from 7-8:30 p.m.
Horse-drawn trolley rides
Dec. 24:  Horse-drawn trolley rides through Harper Drive in Sparta 6-9 p.m. Loading zone and treats hosted at Sparta Fire Dept.
SPENCER TOWNSHIP
Gingerbread Lane
Dec. 8: Take a stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy some tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Registration is required and participation is limited. For all ages. Call 784-2016 to register.

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Hometown Happenings


Sand Lake United Methodist Church Rummage Sale

May 12: Sand Lake United Methodist Church will have its Rummage Sale on Thursday May 12 from 9 am – 5 pm. Friday May 13 from 9 am – 5 pm. Saturday May 14, 9 am – 12 pm. Saturday is fill a bag for $1.00.  #18,19p

Roast Beef Dinner at Rockford VFW

May 15: The Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946 at 4195 13 Mile Rd. will host a Roast Beef Dinner on May 15th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Adults $8.00, Children $3.50. The best dinner in town! Prepared by our chef Fred Chambers. Check out our Website, www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org.  #19

TOPS, weight loss support group

May 17: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weight loss goals! Exercise 8-8:30am (optional), weigh-ins from 8:30am – 9am and the meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #19

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

May 21: A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held for Norm Hershberger who has bladder cancer, on Saturday May 21 from 4 – 8 pm, at the VFW in Sand Lake. Adults, $6, Children under 12, $3. There will be a 50/50 drawing, bake sale and an auction will start at 6 pm.  #18-20p

Cedar Springs Rocket and Flag Football

May 17: If you have a son or daughter ages 4-7 interested in playing football this year we have flag football starting in July. Cost is $25 and includes a team t-shirt. Rocket (tackle) football is for ages 8-14 and begins in August. Cost is $50. Sign-ups for both programs begin May 17 at Skinner Field. Please check out our web site for registration forms and dates, times, and location of all our sign ups and any other information you may need. www.cedarspringsyouthfootball.com. #19p

Fall 2011 Soccer Registration

May 21 & June 4:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Don’t miss registration for the 2011-12 Membership Year at Boomer Park – 13440 Ritchie Avenue south of 17 Mile Road, 9am to 1pm. Complete the Pre-Registration Application online and use the registration Express Lane when you arrive– see details at our website:  www.ayso902.org The registration fee is $50 per child, per season (fall & spring) with a $15 discount if you register for both seasons now. Families registering 3 or more players will receive an additional discount of $5 per player, per season. Registering players from age 4 to 14. (Players must be at least 4 years old by their first practice.) First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Get registered NOW for the Fall/Spring 2011-12 Season! #19,20b

Cedar Springs Area Home School Cooperative – Informational meeting

May 23: The Legacy Homeschool Cooperative will hold a informational meeting on Monday, May 23 from 7-9pm at Alpha Omega Coffee, 32 S. Main St., Cedar Springs (east side next to Farmers Insurance). Group shall meet in Northern Kent County with location to be announced. Weekly classes for ages infant – 12th grade. Parent taught cooperative with minimal costs. Please RSVP to legacyfamilies@gmail.com. #19

Memorial Day program

May 30: The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 30, with Michigan Representative Peter MacGregor as guest speaker. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9am, Solon Cemetery at 10am, East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45am, and Veterans Memorial Park (in Cedar Springs) at 11:30am. There will be no program at the senior center this year. In case of bad weather, services will be held in the American Legion Hall at 9am.

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