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Senior neighbors take a trip to the Kent


N-Senior-NeighborsThe historic Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs was the entertainment for the Sparta Senior Neighbors on Wednesday June 1.

The Sparta center was provided transportation to and from this nostalgic theatre by Senior Neighbors and Ride Link. This energetic group of seniors, ranging from age 60 and older, received a walk down memory lane as they entered this wonderfully restored theatre from days gone by. The seniors were treated to the movie Jungle Book, as well as popcorn and a drink served to them from the Theatre’s antique equipment. The smiles couldn’t have been brighter as these seniors enjoyed yet another day out together exploring what our community has to offer.

Senior Neighbors offers any Kent County resident 60 years and older a program that includes several valuable services.  The program may include wellness speakers, exercise classes, healthy lunches, parties, raffles with prizes, educational classes geared for senior citizens, games, fun outings, various crafting interest groups, worship services, bus transportation,  health related checks from blood pressure to hearing aid and foot care,  and more. The centers are located throughout Kent County, making it convenient for anyone to attend the functions and events offered Monday through Friday of every week.

The consensus from the large number of senior citizens who take advantage of the Senior Neighbor services is that they feel a part of an extended family and are given a sense of belonging. They also feel empowered with the educational and informative items discussed from day to day. The daily entertainment brings laughter and enrichment to these seniors’ lives.

The Senior Neighbors’ mission is to promote independent living for people age 60 years and older in our community. These essential services are offered to help senior citizens remain independent into their later years. Senior Neighbors is supported in part by the Kent County Millage, the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan, Kent County businesses and an advisory council of volunteers.

Lois Hall, a member of the Sparta Senior Neighbors center for the last seven years, said that she enjoys coming to the center to meet her friends and have company during her days. Lois said, “It’s a great place to meet people and to spend my day.” Lois commented that she never feels alone anymore.

Any senior citizen age 60 years and older is welcome at any center.  Please stop by a center near you to see what is happening and pick up a newsletter with a schedule of events and activities. You will receive a warm welcome by not only the center coordinator, but the other members of that particular center. Kent County centers are located in Sparta (ph: 887-1273), Walker (ph: 735-3240), Lowell (ph: 897-5949), Grand Rapids (ph: 459-3040) and Grandville (ph: 531-5250). Transportation is provided to the centers if needed.

“Together we can age with grace, dignity and a whole lot of fun,” added Sparta Center Coordinator Jane Ringler, who resides in Cedar Springs. Jane says that she loves going to her job at the center and it is because of the senior citizens she works for that make it such a pleasant and happy place to be.

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A House Divided


Audrey (played by Danielle Phillips) with onstage daughter Lily (Annie Bagin) in the Scott Phillips play A House Divided. It’s still playing this weekend at The Kent Theatre. Photo by T. Noreen.

Audrey (played by Danielle Phillips) with onstage daughter Lily (Annie Bagin) in the Scott Phillips play A House Divided. It’s still playing this weekend at The Kent Theatre. Photo by T. Noreen.

Reviewed by Tom Noreen

It’s May and time for another Scott Phillips production! I like Scott’s plays because they make me laugh and we all need to laugh. That’s not to say they don’t have a message, because they do. When I go to a play or a movie, I want to have a good time and that I did at A House Divided.

Not wanting to divulge the storyline, since I want you to see it yourself, it was a hoot. Suffice it to say, we all have a bit of friction in our families that we would like to replace with harmony and understanding. Scott’s stage family is no different. We can all identify with one character or another. There are plenty of funny lines in the script, but it is the cast’s delivery, facial features, gestures, and ability to play off one another that makes it such a great comedy. Phillips did a great job casting the roles.

The matriarch is Patsy (Julie Bratton) and her squabbling family Charlotte (Roshanah Dayton), her husband Jordan (Dave Schmuker) and daughter Sawyer (Madeline Wilcox); Isaac (John Bagin) and his son Albert (Jack Bagin); and Audrey (Danielle Phillips), her boyfriend Stone (Steve Hutchins), and daughter Lily (Annie Bagin). Then there is the nosey, well-meaning neighbor Sandra (Terri Riggle), her husband Roy (Doug Christensen), and son Jordan; and Roy’s friend Nelson (Russ Cole) who becomes Patsy’s “significant friend.” Finally, last but actually first on stage, is Maddie Ruth who goes toe-to-toe with Scott as they remind the audience of proper theater protocol.

What better way to start your Memorial Day weekend then a trip to the theater? Show dates are May 27 and 28 at 7:30 PM. All performances will be at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main, Cedar Springs.

Tickets for adults are $12 in advance/$15 at the door; under 18 years of age only $6.  Tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library. You can also reserve tickets at the advanced price by emailing Scott Phillips at phillips4ba@yahoo.com.

 

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“King Klong” at the Kent Theatre


Big King Klong.

Big King Klong.

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan of Rockford Mi. is presenting a 10-ft ape on stage this weekend at The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

The oversized primate with an attitude is hard to dismiss—he is the star attraction of the upcoming 2-act play.

The great ape and ensemble of 28 actors recreates the classic 1933 black and white film King Kong with a few modifications.

Great costumes, stage sets, and giant ape all add up to one legendary show,” said Play Director Patricia Rose, “one the whole family can enjoy.”

Rather than New York, the giant ape’s debut takes place in Chicago—so no Empire State Building take down. He ends up on Carnagie Towers instead, battling the bi-planes of the era.

It’s a love story between Klong and May Raye, and the efforts of a rich showman to exploit him. “He’s a money-maker and I’m doing all I can to capitalize on that, whether the ape likes it or not,” said Randy Galaszewski, who plays John King of Gold Star Productions. Galaszewski, who has appeared in scores of plays, locally produced movies, and television commercials, has the lead role, which he calls one of his favorites in his 30-year career. “How often do you get to fall in love with a starlet, only to have a knuckle-dragging primate get in the way?” he chuckled.

The audience will marvel at the ingenuity it took Brian Thomas to create this creature we call Klong. Hours of work—a labor of love actually on Brian’s part. There are a wide range of costumes created by Jenny Chertos and a beautiful back drop she has created for the story. So much talent we have invested in this production .

King Klong is really a laugh filled romp through the jungles of South America,

a true parody of the original,” said Patricia Rose director with over 50 years of theatre experience.

It takes you back to the Chicago of the Great Depression era, where the common man could sit in a darkened theater and for 20 cents escape the cold reality of the times and be transported to another world,” she said.

Ticket prices are Adults $10, Students $5 and Seniors $8. Tickets at the door.

Showtimes are Friday April 29 at 8 p.m., and Saturday at April 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre 8 N. Main St, Cedar Springs. For more info call 616-874-5264.

To see a video about the show go to : https://vimeo.com/162131441

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Kids celebrate reading month


Mike Metzger, who started the first library card roundup in 1997, was on hand to help celebrate this year’s event at the Kent Theatre. Here he poses with two Cedar Trails students. Movie-goers wait in line for popcorn at the library card  celebration at the Kent Theatre.

Movie-goers wait in line for popcorn at the library card celebration at the Kent Theatre.

Mike Metzger, who started the first library card roundup in 1997, was on hand to help celebrate this year’s event at the Kent Theatre. Here he poses with two Cedar Trails students.

Mike Metzger, who started the first library card roundup in 1997, was on hand to help celebrate this year’s event at the Kent Theatre. Here he poses with two Cedar Trails students.

It was  19 years ago—in 1997—that Mike Metzger had the idea to get first graders in the Cedar Springs Public School district to sign up for a library card. And every year since, the Cedar Springs Public Library has partnered with Kent District Library to reach out and get the job done.

This year the Cedar Springs Library partnered with both the Nelson/Sand Lake Library and the Spencer Township Library in sending home about 300 letters to the area first graders and in paying a share of the cost to get them in free to a movie at the Kent Theatre as part of the celebration.

Each year the Kent Theatre holds a special movie night on a Monday and Tuesday for the first graders and their families as part of the celebration, and they provide free popcorn to first graders. This year they showed “Norm of the North.” About 268 attended.

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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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Kent Theatre to show “The Revenant” with local actor


Joshua Burge, a 1998 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, plays Stubby Bill in several scenes of “The Revenant.”

Joshua Burge, a 1998 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, plays Stubby Bill in several scenes of “The Revenant.”

Last week we did a story on a Cedar Springs graduate, Joshua Burge, who appeared in the Academy Award-winning movie “The Revenant.” In honor of Josh’s appearance in the movie, The Kent Theatre secured the movie to show next weekend, March 10-13 at selected show times.

It will show Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday (March 11-12) at 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Admission is $3.

The movie is rated R, and not suitable for young children.

Another movie will be shown during the earlier showtimes.

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Auditions announced for upcoming mystery at the Kent


 

It’s murder and mayhem at the theatre

The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming one-act mystery productions. They include “Heat Lightning” by Robert F. Carroll, a thriller about a young woman who witnesses murder on a lonely country road one stormy night; “The Man Who Died Twice” by Robert Black, a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery; and “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, a thriller that takes place in the 1950s.

Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 8 and 9 at 6:30 -8 p.m. Needed are four males and two females, and five that can either be male or female, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are March 31, April 1 and April 2, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page to see details. Or you may call, 616-696-0949 and leave message.

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Movie fundraiser for new library


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How would you like to see a great movie and help build a new library at the same time?

The Kent Theatre is hosting the George Lucas film American Graffiti, as a fundraising event for the new Cedar Springs Library on Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m.

This classic coming of age film about life in the early 1960s stars Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and many, many more.

Come join us at the Kent Theatre for a fun and nostalgia-filled evening and raise money for a great cause!

Tickets are $5 each, and 100 percent of the money raised will go to the new library.

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In Full View at the Kent Theatre


Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Rockford’s Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present  In Full View, an adult comedy,  at The Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, on Friday, Nov 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21.

It’s a fun-filled comedy about a bachelorette party and a charity event mix up, guys, gals, and misunderstandings.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. November 20, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 21. Tickets at the door: Adults $10. Students (16-17) $5. Seniors $8.

For further info 616-874-5264.

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Pygmalion at the Kent Theatre


Actors rehearsing for Pygmalion are (r to l): Mrs. Higgins, Claire Mahave; Colonel Pickering, Doug Christensen; and Henry Higgins, Peter Huschilt. 

Actors rehearsing for Pygmalion are (r to l): Mrs. Higgins, Claire Mahave; Colonel Pickering, Doug Christensen; and Henry Higgins, Peter Huschilt.

If you’re familiar with the story line of My Fair Lady, you’ll recognize the story of Pygmalion. It’s a good dose of personality, with a little bit of satire, and a little bit of humor mixed in. And it’s happening at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs October 15-18, 2015.

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion begins at the portico of Saint Paul’s Church, during a surprise rainstorm. It is there, amidst the bystanders, that Henry Higgins, professor of phonetics and author of Higgins Universal Alphabet, not only meets a colleague that he intended to go to India to meet, but also a flower girl who will come to test the length and breadth of both his teaching ability and his personality.

When the flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) shows up at Higgins’ house, he’s quite surprised, but she’s determined to become a lady in a flower shop. So, with the help of his friend, Colonel Pickering, Higgins takes the challenge to turn a poor, common, Cockney flower girl into a proper English lady. To add to the excitement, he takes a bet he can do it in six months.

The title, “Pygmalion,” comes from a story in Greek mythology. According to the Greeks, Pygmalion was a sculptor from the island of Cyprus, who saw women as flawed creatures and wanted nothing to do with them, even to the point of avoiding all contact with them. Instead, he looked to his art to create for himself the perfect woman. The story goes that Pygmalion fell in love with his statue, and when he went to the temple of Aphrodite, she answered his prayer by bringing the statue to life. Aphrodite blessed them, they married, and they lived happily ever after.

Shaw’s Pygmalion is similar in some ways. Higgins, like Pygmalion, is a master at his art, and pours his skills and talents into his work in order to achieve the perfect model. However, Higgins’ art is already alive. She becomes his masterpiece, yes, but she has a life and a voice and a personality of her own that make the “happily ever after” a little more challenging.

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion will be playing at the historic Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, October 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and October 18 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Cedar Springs Public Library or from a cast member.

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