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Hometown Happenings

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theTable at The Springs Church

May 2,9,16,23,21: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

GED and High School Diploma Classes

May 2,9,16: Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs is offering free GED and High School Diploma classes every Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. All classes are offered through Sparta Adult Education, and open to anyone over 18 who wants to obtain a GED or High School Diploma. Classes are offered both online and on a drop in basis at Alpha Family Center. Evening hours are also available at Red Hawk Elementary School. Stop in to register between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm or call 616-887-7321 for more information. #17,18p

Spring Craft Bazaar

May 4: A Spring Craft Bazaar will be held at Howard City VFW Post, Federal Highway (Old 131) on May 4th from 9 am to 3 pm. Any questions call Sue at 231-648-6193. #17,18p

FX Experience

May 4: Join us for FX Experience “Perserverance” on Saturday, May 4th. Doors open at 4:30 pm and FX Live at 5:30 pm. Open to the public – All are welcome! Bring the whole family – we have something for everyone. Bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, ice cream. At 5:30 pm enter the auditorium for a show that will engage, encourage and entertain all ages. Free event. Rockford Res. 3233 – 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, 616-866-3377, rockfordres.org/fx. #17,18p

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner

May 4: Please join us for a benefit spaghetti dinner on Saturday May 4th from 4-6 pm at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street. All proceeds will be donated to the Beemer family, who lost their Sand Lake home to a fire in January. With no insurance at the time of the fire, these funds will hopefully help them to get little closer to getting a home on their property again. Hope to see you there. #18

Arbor Day at Ensley Nature Preserve

May 5: Come celebrate Arbor Day on Sunday, May 5th from 2 to 4 pm at Ensley Nature Preserve (take Cypress to 136th St. turn west, just after the church). Free trees. Bring a sack lunch or picnic to eat at the Pavillion Area, then enjoy the 40 acres of walking trails. #17,18p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

May 7,14,21,28: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #18

Friends and Family Night

May 9: Please join our new Cedar Springs church for Food – Community – Fun Friends and Family Night. Thursday, May 9th at 6 pm at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, 60 Cedar St. (Morley Park). All are welcome to come learn about our town as we compete in a photo scavenger hunt through downtown Cedar Springs. Dinner will be provided and prizes awarded. Bring a can of soup to benefit Hand2Hand and you’ll be entered to win an additional prize! #18,19p

Rummage Sale at Sand Lake UMC

May 9-11: A rummage sale will be held on  May 9th and 10th from 9 am to 5 pm and on May 11th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. #18,19b

Velzy Park Pancake Breakfast

May 11: Join us for our 2nd annual Velzy Park Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 11th from 9 am until 11 am, at the Solon Township Hall (15185 Algoma Ave.). Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and eggs, juice and coffee. $6 per person, children 3 and under are free. #18,19b

Morel Hunt at HCNC

May 11: Following a presentation on the ups and downs, ins and outs of morel mushroom huning – we’ll head to the woods in search of nature’s elusive little treats. Saturday, May 11th at 1 pm at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Preregister online or pay at the door, www.howardchristensen.org. #18

Large Sale at The Springs Church

May 16,17: Large Yard Sale! Multiple families are gathering in the parking lot at The Springs Church, corner of First and Oak Streets. Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th. Many Miscelleaneous items. #18,19b

Cub Scouts Golf Outing

May 18: The Cedar Springs Cub Scouts is hosting their 2nd annual Golf Outing at Cedar Chase, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, May 18th. Four man scramble: $50 per person. Enjoy 18 holes with cart, 1 food pass, 2 drink passes and games.  Sign in at 2 pm and Tee off at 3 pm. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lucianne at golfouting3220@gmail.com or sign up at tinyurl.com/3220golf. #18,19p

Apr. 25, May 2: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

GED and High School Diploma Classes

Apr. 25,May 2,9,16: Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs is offering free GED and High School Diploma classes every Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. All classes are offered through Sparta Adult Education, and open to anyone over 18 who wants to obtain a GED or High School Diploma. Classes are offered both online and on a drop in basis at Alpha Family Center. Evening hours are also available at Red Hawk Elementary School. Stop in to register between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm or call 616-887-7321 for more information. #17,18p

Poetry Practice Workshops

Apr. 27: The Cedar Springs Public Library is celebrating “April is Poetry Month” with Poetry Practice Workshops, April 27 from 10-11:30 am for teens and one for adults on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-7:30 pm at the Library. Learn poetry techniques that will help beginners and current poets perfect their works. We will cover rhyming and line breaks, simile and metaphor and abstraction and imagery. THEN…YOU and our entire community is invited to come to the Kent Theatre on April 30th at 6 pm and sign up to read a poem you wrote or one you love! It’s all FREE. These events are in partnership with Kent District Library’s Nelson, Spencer and Tyrone Township Branches. #16,17p

Boy Scouts Collect Food Donations

Apr. 27: Boy Scout Troop 222 will be collecting food donations for Hand 2 Hand Ministries. April 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Boy Scout Cabin in Morley Park. Hand 2 Hand works to ensure children within our community have enough to eat outside of school hours. Items needed include individually packaged breakfast items (single-serve cereals, oatmeal packets, cereal bars, etc.) and snack food items (fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, beef sticks, etc.) as well as single serve drinks (shelf stable milk, juice, water, etc.). Please call 616-439-0153 with any questions. #16,17p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 28: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 28th  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). We will be blessed with the musical talents of the Woods Worship Team, who will share their message through their  music. 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! #17b

Poetry Reading to Celebrate Poetry Month

Apr. 30: Bring your best poem to read aloud. Open to Poetry Practice Participants, as well as community member who have written their own verse. Please bring poetry that is appropriate for an all-ages program. Presented by the Kent District Library in partnership with the Cedar Springs Public Library at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs on Tuesday, April 30th from 6 to 8 pm. #16-17p

Common Ground Coffee House at Hillcrest

May 1: Common Ground Coffee House starts Wednesday, May 1st from 6-8 pm. Come one and come all – Come share your talent with us on Open Mic Night! Schedule is every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs MI. Questions? Call Ron O 231-303-7077. #17

Fundraisers for 2nd Chance School

May 4, 11: 2nd Chance will be having 2 fundraisers and are inviting to join us in the fun and to support 2nd Chance School for troubled teens. May 4, 2019 will be the Kentucky Derby Party at the Sparta Moose Lodge from 4:00 pm until the fun is done. Come and watch the Kentucky Derby Race and chose your favorite horse. There will be food, games, bucket auction, and great music from the Gordon Thayer Band. May 11, 2019 we will be having a Cornhole Tournament at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex on Northland Drive. Bags will fly at 4:00 pm. There will be games and many bags being tossed. There is a $40.00 team registration to participate as a team or your business or organization can be a $350.00 lane sponsor, which includes custom built corn hole boards with your logo and a 2 person team who can compete in the event. The entry form and information will be posted on Facebook in the near future. You won’t want to miss either of these 2 events and would invite you to join us to have fun while supporting 2nd Chance and enhancing their success for the future. For information, please call 616-293-2150. #15,16,17b

Spring Craft Bazaar

May 4: A Spring Craft Bazaar will be held at Howard City VFW Post, Federal Highway (Old 131) on May 4th from 9 am to 3 pm. Any questions call Sue at 231-648-6193. #17,18p

FX Experience

May 4: Join us for FX Experience “Perserverance” on Saturday, May 4th. Doors open at 4:30 pm and FX Live at 5:30 pm. Open to the public – All are welcome! Bring the whole family – we have something for everyone. Bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, ice cream. At 5:30 pm enter the auditorium for a show that will engage, encourage and entertain all ages. Free event. Rockford Res. 3233 – 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, 616-866-3377, rockfordres.org/fx. #17,18p

Jewell Skirmish at Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club

May 4,5: You are invided to the “American Civil War Shooting Association” Skirmish on May 4th & 5th. Named in rememberance of the Cedar Springs Jewell branch of the Grand Army of the Republic. This is NOT a reenactment, this is a live fire competition with teams representing both Union and Confederate units using Civil war weapons. This is a kid/family friendly event. Concessions are being provided by our Cedar Springs Cub Scout Pack #3222. Free admission to attend. A table will be set up for guests to see and use Civil War weapons. Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club, 7463 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Starting at 9 am and continuing all day (12 noon meal – please support the Cub Scouts) on Saturday, May 4th will be; Repeater match, Smooth bore musket match, Carbine match, Revolver match, and Mortar match. Sunday, May 5th has the Opening Ceremony at 9:30 and the Rifled musket match follows. For more information on this event call Jon at 616-510-5932. #17

Arbor Day at Ensley Nature Preserve

May 5: Come celebrate Arbor Day on Sunday, May 5th from 2 to 4 pm at Ensley Nature Preserve (take Cypress to 136th St. turn west, just after the church). Free trees. Bring a sack lunch or picnic to eat at the Pavillion Area, then enjoy the 40 acres of walking trails. #17,18p

May 4, 11: 2nd Chance will be having 2 fundraisers and are inviting you to join in the fun and to support 2nd Chance School for troubled teens. May 4, 2019 will be the Kentucky Derby Party at the Sparta Moose Lodge from 4:00 pm until the fun is done. Come and watch the Kentucky Derby Race and choose your favorite horse. There will be food, games, bucket auction, and great music from the Gordon Thayer Band. May 11, 2019 we will be having a Cornhole Tournament at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex on Northland Drive. Bags will fly at 4:00 pm. There will be games and many bags being tossed. There is a $40.00 team registration to participate as a team or your business or organization can be a $350.00 lane sponsor, which includes custom built corn hole boards with your logo and a 2 person team who can compete in the event. The entry form and information will be posted on Facebook in the near future. You won’t want to miss either of these 2 events and would invite you to join us to have fun while supporting 2nd Chance and enhancing their success for the future. For information, please call 616-293-2150. #15,16b

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