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MCC features inmate artists 


A variety of artwork by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities is included in Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit. Located in the Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the exhibit may be viewed Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 through Oct. 27.

A variety of artwork by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities is included in Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit. Located in the Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the exhibit may be viewed Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 through Oct. 27.

“Art From the Inside Out” exhibit Sept. 12-Oct. 27

SIDNEY—Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit features artwork created by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities.

Located in MCC’s Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the display is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 12 through Oct. 27.

This is the third time MCC has held an exhibit like this. The idea originally came from the University of Michigan’s annual exhibit of prisoner art.

“It is an excellent way for the MCC community to see artwork they wouldn’t usually be able to view,” said MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson. “At MCC, part of our mission is to allow our students to experience different ideas and expressions. Our art students critique and analyze the artworks and expand their perspective by observing work from people who have very different life experiences from the average college student.

“We have received responses from community members, as well as from our students, expressing how enlightening it is to see artwork created by a marginalized population,” she added. “Art is very personal. How we engage with art is very personal. It helps us to see through the eyes of people who live differently from us, as well as people throughout history and across cultures. Art helps us expand our ideas. The more we know about others, the more empathetic and understanding we are toward others.”

MCC expects more than 100 artworks in 2D and 3D from approximately 75 artists from four area institutions.

“It amazes me to see how strong the creative impulse is in humans,” Johnson said. “From picking up charcoal to adorn prehistoric cave walls, to kids building sand castles, there is an innate urge to make things of beauty.

“Many of the people taking part in this exhibit have never had any art education and only started to express themselves visually since being incarcerated,” she added. “Many of the artworks express ideas of remorse and sadness. Art is a safe way to explore the entire range of human emotions.”

MCC Art Instructor Debbie Bell said this art show is meant to educate and challenge students.

“This art is very psychological and has intense emotion within it, so most pieces hold a lot of meaning and pent up emotions,” Bell said. “This art show gives viewers a connection with people who they are unable to have contact with as they would with others in society.”

Johnson said it is important to realize that most of the people in prison will one day be released.

“When someone has paid their debt to society, we need to find ways for them to fit back into the outside world. Art can help them do just that. If these artists don’t have a creative outlet or positive way to interact with the outside world, they may revert to the behavior that got them incarcerated.”

Bell said all MCC art instructors have their students observe the art, write reflection papers on the artwork and discuss what materials were used.

“Some of the participating prison artists have family members in our community,” Johnson said. “Many people in our area are employed at area prisons. How much safer might their jobs be when prisoners have a safe outlet to express their emotions?”

Most of the artwork is available for sale. The prices range from $5 to $500, based on the piece’s size and the artist’s experience. Once a piece is taken out of the prison, it cannot be returned to the artist.

Visit MCC’s Instruction North Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus to view and/or purchase pieces. A ballot box in the Art Gallery allows visitors to vote for their favorite artwork and People’s Choice Awards will be given to the artists receiving the most votes at the end of the show.

Contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248 for more information.

 

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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.

Family Fun Day at Metron

Aug. 5: Metron of Cedar Springs located at 400 Jeffrey, Cedar Springs, would like to invite the community to our Annual Family Fun Day on Friday, August 5th from 4 to 6 pm. Activities for the day include: Bounce House, Games for the children, Live Musical Entertainment, food/drinks and fun for all. Hope to see you August 5th! #31

Free Lake Effect Concert

Aug. 7: Free Lake Effect Concert featuring the band “Round Brown Suitcase” will be held on Sunday, August 7th from 12 to 3:30 pm (band starts at 12:30 pm). The concert will be held at Bostwick Lake UCC Church, 7979 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford. Donations and food sales will benefit Pause with a Cause. Contact Lisa Atchison, 616-634-6459 with any questions. #30,31p

Take off pounds sensibly

Aug. 9: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support 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 weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #31

Rummage Sale at CS UMC

Aug. 10,11: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will hold a rummage sale in the fellowship hall on the corner of Main and Church Streets. August 10, Wednesday, from 9 am to 7 pm and August 11, Thursday, from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a bag sale on Thursday. Proceeds go toward their mission projects. #30,31p

My Choice..My Health Diabetes Prevention Program

Aug. 15: This program will help you take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. You’ll learn about healthier eating habits, ways to be more physically active and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. The group will continue meeting monthly, completing a full year. My Choice..My Health Program will be held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs starting Monday, August 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. To register, visit www.nkfm.org/dpp or call the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 616-458-9520. #31,32p

Creating Local Herbal Remedies

Aug. 15: Join local plant enthusiast Rachel Potter for a discussion and demonstration of how to gather and use medicinal plants to make salves, teas, tinctures and other natural remedies that nourish and heal the body and keep it healthy year round. This workshop will teach you to nurture yourself with what is growing all around us. For adults. Monday, August 15th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #31

DIY Tie Dye for Teens

Aug. 16: Bring a white or light colored t-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie dye – with permanent markers! All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Tuesday, August 16th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #31

Auditions for CSCP Production of “The Foreigner”

Aug 22,23: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming production of “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue. This comedy has won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 22 and 23 between 6:30 -8 p.m. Needed are: 4 adult males, 1 teen male; 2 adult women, and 4 non-speaking extras, can be either male or female. Production dates are October 13, 14 and 15 at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #31,32p

Tri-County High School Annual Gathering

Sept. 10: The Tri-County HS annual gathering for 1963 – 1975 will be held on September 10th at the Sand Lake VFW. Appetizers and dinner from 5 to 7 pm with RSVP and $20 due by August 27th. Lou Fisk, 616-263-9054 or gfisk01@charter.net.  Social hour is from 7 to 10 pm.  Social hour only is $5 at the door. #31,32p

MCC Offers Trip to Art Prize

Sept. 30: Experience ArtPrize September 30th in Grand Rapids with Montcalm Community College. Buses depart from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on MCC’s Greenville campus at 8:30 am and from MCC’s Sidney campus at 9 am. Buses will arrive at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) at 10 am and depart at 5 pm. The trip is free to all who register. Admission to the GRAM is $4 per person. Anyone planning to participate in this trip must be age 12 or older; participants between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, email the registration form located at www.montcalm.edu/events/artprize-trip/ to karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 334, by September 15th. #31

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Visit MCC at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair


 

Written by MCC Communications Assistant Samantha Mack 

Hannah Salisbury, a Montcalm Community College student dual enrolled in Michigan State University’s applied horse science program, and her horse Autumn show off their awards during last year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

Hannah Salisbury, a Montcalm Community College student dual enrolled in Michigan State University’s applied horse science program, and her horse Autumn show off their awards during last year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

Sidney – Montcalm Community College and Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology are partnering to support the 81st annual Montcalm County 4-H Fair, which runs June 26 to July 2.

“We are pleased to partner with MSU in sponsoring this year’s 4-H fair,” MCC President Bob Ferrentino said. “The fair is a wonderful part of Montcalm County’s rich agricultural heritage and we at MCC could not be prouder than to be involved in this year’s event. Together with MSU, we are providing education and training programs in the all-important field of agriculture and bringing increased learning opportunities to Montcalm County residents.”

MCC and MSU representatives will be at the fair Sunday through Friday to support the 4-Hers and their achievements.

Samantha Plank, a Montcalm Community College student dual enrolled in Michigan State University’s agricultural operations program, shows her cow at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

Samantha Plank, a Montcalm Community College student dual enrolled in Michigan State University’s agricultural operations program, shows her cow at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

In 2015, MCC and MSU partnered to bring MSU’s agricultural operations, applied horse science, fruit and crop management and landscape management programs to MCC. Merry Kim Meyers serves as a liaison between the colleges to support students as they complete associate degrees at MCC and receive further certifications and degrees from MSU if desired.

“MCC and MSU sponsoring the Montcalm County 4-H Fair ties perfectly to our agriculture program,” Meyers said. “We want to be there for the 4-Hers because they already know ag, and they already show the dedication and effort to be successful. They’re exactly the people we want in our programs.”

MCC Director of Alumni Relations & Development Melissa Christensen said the co-sponsorship is a fantastic opportunity for both colleges to display their agriculture partnership.

“Montcalm County is one of the largest agricultural producers in Michigan, and it is only fitting that we highlight our four agricultural technology certificate and associate degree programs during the fair,” Christensen said. “Our state offers high demand careers in agricultural technology, and the MCC partnership with MSU brings our community the right training and education for those high-demand jobs.”

Meyers said MCC and MSU embrace this year’s fair theme, “There’s no place like a county fair.”

On June 29, visitors can enjoy the “MCC-MSU Know-place” to experience hands-on science and agricultural activities from 1 to 3 p.m. in the activities tent.

“Since Friday is Kids’ Day, we are planning special treats for the 4-Hers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” Meyers said. “From 3 to 4:30 p.m., 4-H teens can enjoy a ‘Fair Survivor Celebration’ and ice cream social where we’ll hand out discounted tickets to the rodeo and door prizes.”

“MCC is especially excited about Kids’ Day,” Christensen added. “We are planning some fun learning opportunities that will demonstrate agricultural science for the younger crowd.”

MCC students who are dual-enrolled in the MSU agriculture program will be present to offer 4-Hers advice and answer questions.

“We hope to connect to 4-Hers and have them think ahead for their career futures,” Meyers said. “We hope they’re thinking ag.”

The Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds are located at 8784 Peck Road in Greenville.

For more information about the MCC and MSU partnership, visit www.montcalm.edu/mcc-and-msu-are-partners-in-ag-education/.

To download The POST’s 4H Fair schedule in this week’s paper click the link below:

Montcalm4H2016.pdf

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One Book One County Montcalm announces 2016 discussion book


Longtime One Book One County Montcalm supporter Carole Cole, on left, Montcalm Community College Library Director Katie Arwood, in back, and Carson City Public Library and Crystal Community Library Director Beth O’Grady unveiled the 2016 One Book One County selection, “True Grit,” by Charles Portis, during a May 19 kickoff celebration at MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus.

Longtime One Book One County Montcalm supporter Carole Cole, on left, Montcalm Community College Library Director Katie Arwood, in back, and Carson City Public Library and Crystal Community Library Director Beth O’Grady unveiled the 2016 One Book One County selection, “True Grit,” by Charles Portis, during a May 19 kickoff celebration at MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus.

SIDNEY – “True Grit,” by Charles Portis, is the book everyone is reading as the 2016 One Book One County Montcalm selection.

The title was announced to a crowd of more than 100 people during a May 19 kickoff at Montcalm Community College’s Beatrice E. Doser Building on the college’s Sidney campus.

Considered as a great American adventure story, “True Grit” was first published in 1968. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just 14, when a scoundrel named Tom Chaney murders her father in Fort Smith, Ark. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s death. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the U.S. Marshal with the most “grit,” by her side, Mattie seeks retribution in Indian Territory.

One Book One County Montcalm began in 2005 as a part of a national One Book One County movement. In 2009, MCC joined the effort. This year, the public libraries of Montcalm County are hosting the program, which will include a variety of events and multiple book discussions.

Eight book discussions are scheduled throughout the county from June into August. Other events include a musical performance, a horse exhibit, free movie nights, a campfire, historical presentations and more.

“What can I say about this book that hasn’t been said before?” MCC Library Director Katie Arwood asked the crowd. “This book has been described as uncomplicated and pure. It is an adventure story; it is a thriller. It is a story of the evolving tenderness in a relationship between generations.

“Two famous films, 40 years apart, were made from this story,” she added. “My favorite description of it comes from bestselling author Donna Tartt: ‘In short, this story begins where chivalry meets the frontier.’”

One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County.

For discussion questions or more information, visit www.montcalm.edu/onebook.

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“Migration in Michigan” presentation kicks off lecture series


Director of the Michigan Office of New Americans Bing Goei presents “Migration in Michigan” on Feb. 9 at Montcalm Community College.

Director of the Michigan Office of New Americans Bing Goei presents “Migration in Michigan” on Feb. 9 at Montcalm Community College.

Bing Goei, director of the Michigan Office of New Americans, presents “Migration in Michigan” on Feb. 9 at noon in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Michigan is the third largest state of residence for refugees coming to the United States. Goei will discuss what immigrants need and what they have to offer the state.

“One of the crucial issues today is the Syrian refugee crisis, and the question of how and when Michigan can safely welcome those fleeing from civil war in their Middle Eastern homeland,” said MCC Dean of Instruction & Student Development Gary Hauck. “Critical concerns have surfaced since the recent attacks in Paris, which were carried out by a terrorist embedded within the Syrian immigrants. Gov. Snyder is hoping to find a way to reach out to deserving Syrian immigrants while at the same time providing the necessary safeguards against any threat of terrorism.”

“As the director of the Michigan Office of New Americans, Goei is best suited to discuss the critical challenges and questions facing Michigan today as we determine how to appropriately accept and assimilate today’s immigrants from around the world,” Hauck added.

Goei immigrated to Michigan from Indonesia with his family in 1960. In 2001, he purchased Eastern Floral out of bankruptcy and rebuilt the Eastern Floral Company, which has become a Top 50 Teleflora florist with six West Michigan locations in Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. His passion for entrepreneurship and diversity led him to create the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, a business incubator offering low-cost space to young, minority and female entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids. Gov. Rick Snyder named Goei the first director of the Michigan Office for New Americans because of his experiences as an immigrant and a job creator.

”Migration in Michigan” is the first of three presentations in the 2016 Stanley and Blanche Ash Lectureship Series, which aims to increase awareness of key issues of global and domestic importance, in partnership with the World Affairs Council.

Other lectures in the series include:

April 21: Brian Stout, author of the book “Trees of Life,” presents “Preserving Michigan’s Forests” from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC) on MCC’s Greenville campus.

Oct. 11: Dr. Leela Fernandes, Glenda Dickerson Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan, presents “India’s Political and Cultural Climate Today” from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ash TLC on MCC’s Greenville campus.

Lunch or dinner is free for students with a current MCC student ID and is $2 for all others.

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The Post travels to China


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Kaleigh Vanderlip, of Coral, Michigan, traveled with a Post to Yantai, China, in May, as part of Montcalm Community College’s study abroad program. Three teachers and nine students, including Vanderlip, went to China for a week. They also spent one night in South Korea.

“While in China, we learned about their culture and we even got to do group presentations with some of the Chinese students,” she explained. “We did some traveling as well, and saw some amazingly beautiful sights.” She said the picture was taken from her dorm room at the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology.

Vanderlip, who graduated from New Beginnings High School in 2008, graduated from MCC this year with an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies.

Thanks, Kaleigh, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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MCC presents engineering summer camps


 

Students entering first through fourth grades can apply basic engineering and architectural principles using unique LEGO® kits during three summer camps at Montcalm Community College.

“Dreamworld” is July 20-23 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily. This four-day camp combines elements of engineering and architecture. Students will learn fundamental architectural principles, and general application of design principles for houses and commercial buildings. They will build a pullback car, summerhouse and restaurant.

“Pullback Frenzy” is July 20-23 from 6 to 9 p.m. daily. This four-day camp is designed to stimulate problem-solving and creativity. Students will build up to 15 cars while becoming mini-engineers. They will learn concepts such as gravity, potential energy and kinetic energy.

“Journey into Space” is July 27-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. daily. This four-day camp develops campers’ architecture and design skills, problem-solving and team building. Students will learn the importance of simple machines while building a spaceship and Apollo pullback car.

Each camp meets on MCC’s Greenville campus. The camp director is Bradley Davison and the cost is $59.

“We chose these camps because they focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or S.T.E.A.M.,” MCC Dean of Community & Workforce Education Susan Hatto said. “These encourage, educate and prepare today’s youth to pursue careers in S.T.E.A.M.-related fields through fun, interactive activities. Focusing on the classes that use unique LEGO® kits in particular is a great start for even the youngest of learners. Children enjoy playing with these blocks at home, so combining one of their favorite toys with learning is a great way to teach science and technology skills.”

All three camps utilize kits from All About Learning, Inc. Children will not keep the building kits. For more information, visit their website at www.allaboutlearning.co/. To register, visit www.montcalm.edu/camps.

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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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Travel to Stratford with MCC on Sept. 19


Montcalm Community College offers a one-day cultural trip to Stratford Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 19, to see Shakespeare’s “King Lear.”
Buses depart from MCC at 6 a.m. and return about midnight. Buses also stop at Meijer in Ionia to pick up and drop off participants.
Student registration is available now and the cost is $30. Nonstudents may register for the trip starting Sept. 5, and the cost is $65. Registration includes the cost of the bus trip and the theater ticket. Participants are responsible for buying their own meals. Student costs are partially underwritten by the MCC Foundation and the Student Activities Fund.
Anyone planning to participate in this trip must have an enhanced driver’s license, United States Passport or Passport Card that is valid through October 2014.
Visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment for course details or to register online, or call 616-754-7706 or 1-877-328-2111, Ext. 610, for more information.
Contact MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1218, MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1248, or MCC Language Arts Instructor Joel Brouwer at joelb@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1267 for more information.

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MCC features inmate artists in ‘Art From the Inside Out’ exhibit


 A piece made from recycled paper materials, “Jonny’s Wagon” by Danny Johns, is priced at $25 as part of the “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit in the Instruction North Art Gallery on MCC’s Sidney campus.

A piece made from recycled paper materials, “Jonny’s Wagon” by Danny Johns, is priced at $25 as part of the “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit in the Instruction North Art Gallery on MCC’s Sidney campus.

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit features artwork created by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities. Located in MCC’s Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the display is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through March 27.

Having another inmate art show at MCC “fulfills MCC’s mission” and “provides a window into a part of humanity that few of us are in contact with,” according to MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson and Visual Arts Instructor Debbie Bell. “MCC is a liaison to link both worlds together to learn. Inmates can learn from our feedback while students and those in our community have the opportunity to analyze artwork and its content from someone in a restricted environment.”

Jonathan Chapman, an inmate sculptor whose work is included in the show, creates his pieces from whatever materials he can salvage, buy or recycle within a maximum security prison. In a letter Chapman submitted with his artwork he wrote, “I want to spend my idle time doing something positive that can help others.”

Chapman, who goes by Danny Johns as an artist, created “Jonny’s Wagon,” a red wagon made out of recycled paper materials, which resembles a small version of a childhood toy, and “Time Consuming Keepsake Box,” a gazebo-like piece made out of paper.

“I know I am getting better with every project I do,” wrote Chapman, “by the instant reaction I get from those that know what I have to work with and where I’m at.”

His artwork is among about 100 pieces created by inmates that are displayed in cases or line the walls of the art gallery. Some show struggle and confinement, but they are all beautiful and full of vibrant creativity.

“Journey Down the River” by R. Petush, is a watercolor piece that is available for $60 at MCC’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit.

“Journey Down the River” by R. Petush, is a watercolor piece that is available for $60 at MCC’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit.

Regardless of the emotion portrayed within the artwork, there is a lot of value for both the creator and the viewer, Johnson and Bell said.

“The value for the inmates is the fact that it gives them the ability to have a positive outlet as they have so much time on their hands,” they said. “They are able to release pent-up expressions through a creative process and stay busy practicing, which leads to the improvement of their skills, even with limited resources. The artists are also able to receive feedback from reflective papers written by our students. This will help them to improve and see how others may be observing/interpreting their artwork.”

As for the students, “It promotes great discussions psychologically and artistically,” they added. “Students really enjoy trying to interpret the art by finding the meaning or message within it.”

Community members also can reflect on the display.

“The community is able to compare art by inmates with art by free artists. We have a great deal of judgment and criticism against people in prison. This exhibit helps to put a vulnerable human face on this often shunned group of our own culture,” Johnson and Bell said. Many of the displayed creations capture an outdoor scene, with or without various animals, or a person who seems to be on the “outside.” Ducks, skulls, and pairs of various kinds are also repeated throughout the artwork, even though the artists are all different. Most of the artwork is available for sale, but some pieces are already sold. The prices range from $5 to $195, based on the piece’s size and the artist’s experience. There are four poems on display, as well, but they are not for sale. Once a piece is taken out of the prison, it cannot be returned to the artist.

Visit MCC’s Instruction North Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus to view and/or purchase pieces. A ballot box in the Art Gallery allows visitors to vote for their favorite artwork, and People’s Choice Awards will be given to the artists receiving the most votes at the end of the show.

Contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248 for more information.

 

 

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