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An Evening with the Bard


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Molly Alman, Leah Woltanski, Char Ambrose, David Block, and Faith Woltanski from the Shakespeare cast.

It will be a fun evening for the whole family, with Shakespearean comedy and drama, when Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan Presents “An Evening With The Bard,” at the Kent Theatre next weekend, April 11 and 12.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $4 for students, and $8 for seniors. Phone 874-5264 for more info.

Also appearing at Schulers Books April 24th (7 p.m.) on 28th St. in Grand Rapids.

 

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“Son of God” at The Kent


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The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs is bringing the popular movie “Son of God” to the theater for three days over Easter weekend—April 18, 19 and 20.

“A lot of people have expressed an interest in seeing it, and we thought this would be a good weekend to show it,” said Theatre president Len Allington.

A description of the movie says it “brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar (R)-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.” It is rated PG-13.

Admission is $3. Watch the Post for show times or visit http://kenttheatre.org and plan to see “Son of God” Easter weekend!

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Cedar Springs Community Players to present musical Nunsense


 

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the newly-revised musical, Nunsense, by Dan Goggins on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre.  The show is under the direction of Sue Harrison with Terri Riggle as stage manager and production coordinator and Bonnie Hitchingham, pianist.

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who are putting on a fundraiser to get enough money to bury the sisters who were accidentally poisoned by tainted soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). They need to raise the money before the health department discovers their secret.

The cast including Rev. Mother (Laura Johnson), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman)  and Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski),  have been rehearsing lines, songs and dancing to present a fun-filled show for everyone.  Songs in the show include “Nunsense Is Habit Forming”, “I Could Have Gone to Nashville”,  “We’ve Got to Clean Out The Freezer”, “Turn Up The Spotlight,” “Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step” and others.

Make plans now to attend this fun musical on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre. Pre-sale tickets are $12 and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, at Main Street Restaurant, or by calling 616-263-9363. Tickets at the door on nights of performance are $15. For more information, visit the Cedar Springs Community Players website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org

 

 

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First graders and families celebrate


N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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Police seek info on vandals


N-Vandalism1Vandals hit several areas in the City of Cedar Springs with black spray paint sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday evening, February 16, but before 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Vandals defaced the south side of  The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street with the numbers 666, an upside down cross, a series of letters, and foul language.

N-Vandalism2They also targeted a car parked in the public lot behind the Kent Theatre; the old Cooper’s Dry cleaning building at 30 E. Elm Street; and street signs at Oak and Park.

If anyone has any information on this malicious destruction of property, they should call Cedar Springs Police at 696-1311. Police also ask the public to keep a watchful eye out for possible malicious activity.

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First graders get library cards


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March is reading month—which means it’s time for all first graders to get a chance to sign up for their very first library card.

Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library team up to visit kids at school and get them excited about this new privilege.

Shannon Vanderhyde, Youth parapro at Cedar Springs, and Sara Magnuson, youth parapro at Sand Lake/Nelson Township, recently visited 11 first grade classrooms at Cedar Trails Elementary, and one at Creative Technologies Academy to hand out the envelopes with information on what to do. Algoma Christian will also receive a visit this year.

N-Library-cards2-webThe cards are good at any library in Michigan.

To celebrate, all first graders get to attend a movie March 3 and 4 at The Kent Theatre for free, with other family members welcome for $3 each. The movie is “The Nut Job.” Doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting at 6:30. A child’s library card or family library card entitles the first-grader to a free small popcorn that night. Just present your card at the concession stand.

 

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“Macaroni at Midnight” at the Kent


ENT-Macaroni-at-MidnightPresented by the Koinonia Sr. High Drama Players

 

Please journey with us as we experience the real life struggle of Dr. Donald Bartlette, as shown in the play “Macaroni at Midnight.” It is one of the most tragic, yet heart-warming dramas of our time. It is the true story of one Chippewa Indian’s struggle against a physical handicap, abuse, poverty, bullying, racial prejudice and faith. Through one Christian white woman, God worked a miracle as only He could perform.

The play will be presented by the Koinonia Sr. High Drama Players at the Kent Theatre January 31-Sunday February 2. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, January 31; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the Kent Theatre, or at the Koionia website www.koinoniahomeschool.com/

Dr. Bartlette will be coming to the area to attend the play.

 

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Kent Theatre to hold over “Frozen”


It was literally an outstanding crowd that came to see the children’s movie “Frozen” at the Kent Theatre over the weekend. “Out standing” is what they were doing—lined up in the cold, waiting to get in. And some were still turned away.

It’s the first movie sell-out the Kent Theatre has had since began showing movies again several years ago. “It was amazing,” remarked Len Allington, president of the Cedar Springs Theatre Association. He noted that it was a sell out weekend—more than 1,400 people saw 8 showings of “Frozen,” which had three showings Friday and Saturday, and two on Sunday.

To accommodate those people who did not get a chance to see the movie but tried to, they are holding it over for this Friday. It will show at 6 and 9 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, they will show “The Book Thief,” a film set in Germany during World War II. It is rated PG-13.

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Year in Review: Robberies plague city


Rite Aid was robbed on Friday, September 13.

Rite Aid was robbed on Friday, September 13.

Last year (2012) closed with a rash of robberies, and several more occurred in 2013.

It was just a year ago, on December 29, 2012, that the Kent Theatre was robbed during the 9 p.m. showing of a “Life of Pi.” Cedar Springs Police said that a man in a puffy gray jacket with a stocking cap pulled down over his face walked into the Kent Theatre about 10 p.m. and demanded money, while implying a weapon. He got an undisclosed amount of cash from the concession stand and grabbed the donation can before fleeing on foot. Dogs tracked the suspect to a house on First Street, and then back to the road, where they lost the scent. He has never been found.

The Kent Theatre robbery was the second in a string of robberies. The Admiral gas station had been robbed the week before, on December 22. The third robbery occurred on December 31, New Year’s Eve, at Family Video, at the corner of Main and Muskegon Streets, around 9:50 p.m. The man was described as having dark hair and dark clothing, about 30 years old. He walked around the store for about 20 minutes without a mask waiting for others to leave then pulled a stocking cap down over his face with eye holes cut out and approached the counter. He showed the clerks a 5 or 6-inch hunting knife and demanded money. He then walked away to the west, towards Second St. Dogs tracked him Second Street to Beech before losing the scent.

The robberies continued in 2014, with three more businesses being robbed: the Instant Cash Advance store on July 24, the Admiral gas station on August 17, and Rite Aid on Friday, September 13.

According to police, a tall black male entered the Instant Cash Advance Store at 151 S. Main Street and demanded money while showing a gun. After collecting the cash, he fled on foot. He was wearing a plastic mask, similar to one used in robberies in the city of Wyoming. Wyoming Police and the FBI subsequently arrested a man for bank robbery and robberies of other Cash Advance Stores, and they believe he may be tied to this one as well.

On August 17, a man entered the Admiral gas station about 12:40 a.m. with something in his hand and demanded money, and then fled on foot. A K-9 unit tracked  him a short distance to the area of Beech and First Street, and then lost the scent. The suspect did not wear a mask or try to cover his face. He was described as a white male in his twenties, 5 feet 9 inches and around 190 pounds. He had side burns and a pierced tongue. He wore a navy blue baseball style cap, blue shirt, and black shorts with a white stripe down the side.

_N-Robbery-rite-aid-suspectOn September 13, a man walked into the Rite Aid on 17 Mile in Cedar Springs about 4 p.m. and robbed the store at gunpoint. According to the police dispatch, he reportedly told the clerk he had killed two people, and would kill another.

A witness was standing at the counter waiting for the clerk, and saw the two ladies standing with the suspect and putting something in a yellow bag. He thought they were helping a customer. He said that the suspect then ran out, and the clerk said they had been robbed.

The witness then ran out and told his adult son, who was waiting for him in the car. The son then chased after the suspect, who ran west to the back of Subway, then south behind the strip mall and into the woods. But the man lost him at that point. “I didn’t see which way he went when he got to the woods,” he explained.

Both the witness and his son were upset about the robbery. “If I’d known sooner what was happening, I would’ve hit him in the throat so hard,” remarked the witness, who was a former police officer and security guard.

Several other police agencies helped Cedar Springs Police in the search for the suspect. Roadblocks were set up on White Creek Avenue by the Kent County Sheriff Department, and a Michigan State Police canine unit was called in, but the dog lost the scent and the suspect was not captured.

According to a witness, the suspect was about 5-foot four-inches, with a dark (tanned) face, sunglasses, black hair or wig, black hoodie, and light-colored jeans. Possibly in his mid-twenties.

Anyone with information on any of these robberies is asked to call the Cedar Springs Police at 696-1311, or contact Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. Silent Observer can be contacted confidentially by using the Report A Crime section on their website, which is www.silentobserver.org. Or, download their mobile app and send an anonymous tip right from your smartphone.

 

 

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Year in Review: Kent Theatre and Library make headlines


Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs. Post photo by J. Reed.

Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Kent Theatre, Cedar Springs Public Library, and area residents received some positive publicity from a local television station in February last year.

Fox 17 meteorologist Kevin Craig did a story on Cedar Springs for the channel’s West Michigan Stories segment. He did the interviews a month prior to airing, and then did live teasers from The Kent Theatre during the news segment. He started out by doing the weather outside of the Kent, and then talked to people inside before each segment.

Craig called Cedar Springs “the epitome of giving” for the way the residents pulled together to raise $50,000 towards the new library, as well as funding the $60,000 for the digital projector at the Kent Theatre. He also talked about the donations that were raised for Veterans Park. Librarian Donna Clark talked about the library in the segment, and both Len Allington and Jack Clark were interviewed about the Theatre.

The Red Flannel Festival Queen and Court and Cindy Patin were interviewed for a segment on the Festival.

A few dozen people showed up at the Kent for the live segment, despite the snow. The Kent handed out free popcorn, and the Red Flannel Festival gave away t-shirts and buttons.

 

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