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Halloween fun 2020

What are you doing for Halloween this year? Public celebrations may be a little scaled back this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. If you’d like to see some of the events right here in our own community, turn to page 11. 

If you’d like to see some ideas of things you can do on your own, here are some suggestions from healthychildren.org.

Spooky movie night

Celebrate with a movie night and dress as your favorite characters. Do this as a family at home or consider letting your child watch with their friends while video chatting, with everyone starting the movie at the same time. 

Decorating pumpkins

This is one Halloween tradition that’s as safe and fun as ever. As always, just be careful to avoid pumpkin carving injuries. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting. When the carving is done, consider putting a battery-operated light rather than an open-flame candle inside. Roast the seeds​ from the pumpkin for a healthy snack!

​Halloween-themed treats​

Make some fun Halloween treats as a family. Decorate a pizza with toppings in the shape of a jack-o’-lantern, for example, or make tangerine pumpkins (peel the tangerine and stick a thin slice of celery on top to look like a stem). Make sure the treats are not choking hazards if you have children under age 3.

Outdoor community events

Look for community events focused on safe ways to have fun. These may include programs offered by a park district, arboretum, zoo or other outdoor venues in your area. Stay away from crowds and clustering and follow safe distance rules even when outdoors.

Avoid indoor events such as haunted houses 

A local haunted forest or corn maze may be a better option, as long as cloth face covering use, physical distancing and one-way walk through is enforced. If you think there may be screaming, leave extra distance to lower the risk of spreading respiratory virus. If you go to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, also use hand sanitizer before and after touching what you pick.

If your children will be outside, mark their costumes with reflective tape. Remind them to be careful around cars, as drivers may not see them. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or contact with flames.

If there is trick-or-treating in​ your community…

Trick-or-treating may be discouraged or cancelled in some areas this year. A family scavenger hunt for treats in your home or yard can be a fun alternative. If trick-or-treating is still on in your neighborhood, avoid large groups or clustering at doorsteps or anywhere else. If you hand out treats, consider sitting outside and lining up individually prepacked treat bags for families to take (don’t forget to wear your own mask). Non-edible treats are a good option, especially for children who suffer from food allergies.

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Sand Lake Oktober family funfest

Hold onto your lederhosen, Oktoberfest (or at least a family version of it) is coming to the Village of Sand Lake! Even though there are some slight differences from the world’s largest Volfsfest held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Oktober Family Fun Fest in the Village of Sand Lake will have many fun-filled activities for all members of the family.

The event will start on Friday, October 23at 6 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m. Pre-register your car ($5), enjoy the cruise show and food items from Big Red’s BBQ, Hungry Face, Majoor Concessions and Gretchen’s Kitchen. You can also enjoy local fare at Mr. E’s Pizza, Aiden’s Place, or Lakeside Inn and a cold beverage at Tri-County Eagles.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Saturday, October 24, brings food trucks, baked goods provide by Tri-County Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, family photo area, kids activities, pick a pumpkin, pop up shopping extravaganza, car judging and awards, and a special recognition ceremony where Sand Lake Firefighters will be acknowledged for their extraordinary service during these uncertain times. Registration for the car show is from 8-11a.m. Firefighter recognition at noon.  All other events run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you love family fun, cars, fall, firefighters or shopping for locally made crafts, Salisbury Park in the Village of Sand Lake is where you will want to be for Oktober Family Fun Fest (October 23 – 24).

Visit the official Village of Sand Lake’s facebook page for information on Halloween events.

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Local camp offers trunk or treat and camp activities

Ridge Fest provides a safe Halloween alternative event for families

Come join Pine Ridge Bible Camp for a late afternoon of fun for the whole family on October 31, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.! Partnering with a few local churches, the day will include free activities like trunk or treat, illusionist shows, puppet shows, wagon rides, music and other fun activities. For those that want even more fun, charged activities will include laser tag, go carting, ninja course, and archery. Open to people of all ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Payment for charged activities will be taken the day of event. Cash is preferred. Cost is $10/person for a wrist band that includes all activities except go carting. Single activity tickets, including go carting, can be purchased for $2 ticket (go carting will be 2 tickets). Food can be purchased for an additional fee from the snack shop.

Costumes are optional, but the camp requests that costumes be wholesome and not scary or gory.

For more information on this event, go to the Facebook page for Pine Ridge Bible Camp and search under events for Ridge Fest – 2 Fall Edition / Trunk or Treat – https://fb.me/e/399Zs2YEJ.

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Halloween Happenings 2020

Trick or treating might look a little different this year but you can still have some Halloween and harvest fun. Take a look at some of the events below. 

Green Family and Friends Pumpkin giveaway

Oct. 24: On Saturday, October 24, from 2-7 p.m., come on out to the 2020 pumpkin giveaway hosted by the Green family and friends, City Impact and the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce at Cedar Trails Elementary. We will have pumpkins, food, and limited entertainment. We will make this as fun as we can, but due to restrictions, we will not be allowed to have games. It will be a drive through event. If you do not have a car, you’re still welcome to come. We will accommodate walkers. We don’t want to leave anybody out. But we will be enforcing social distancing. Enter from Holton street (off Northland Drive) next to Green Acres retirement village.

East Nelson Church Annual Trunk or Treat

Oct. 24: On October 24, from 4-6 p.m., East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd, will hold its annual trunk or treat. We will keep everything safe and follow all safety and health protocols. This year, everything will be kept outdoors. We will have sanitizing stations, social distance markers, and those passing out candy will be wearing masks and gloves. We ask that one family visit a trunk one at a time. As you leave, you will be served cider and donuts. 

The Springs Church Trunk or Treat

Oct. 31: The Springs Church will be having their annual trunk or treat on Saturday, Oct 31, from 4-7 p.m. at the corner of Oak & Grant Streets. Come join the fun and see the fun trunks for candy!

Businesses -Trick or treating

Oct. 31: Many businesses in Cedar Springs will host trick or treating at their business on Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be sheriff deputies helping kids cross the street between 5-7 p.m. Perry’s Place LLC will hold trick or treating from noon to 6 p.m. Other places open include the Red Flannel Festival, the Cedar Springs Public Library, The Springs Church, and more.

Waldo our office cat/greeter
will miss seeing you all this
Halloween.

NOTICE: The Post will not be participating in Trick or treating this year due to the holiday landing on the weekend and to protect our employees during this ongoing pandemic. We will miss seeing all of the costumes and smiling faces. Stay safe and have a wonderful Halloween!

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Ghostly jokes

Why do ghosts go on diets? 

So they can keep their ghoulish figures

Where does a ghost go on vacation? 

Mali-boo.

Why did the ghost go into the bar? 

For the Boos.

What is in a ghost’s nose? 

Boo-gers.

Why did the policeman ticket the ghost on Halloween? 

It didn’t have a haunting license.

Why do demons and ghouls hang out together? 

Because demons are a ghoul’s best friend!

What does a panda ghost eat? 

Bam-BOO!

What’s a ghost’s favorite dessert? 

I-Scream!

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Hometown Happenings 10-22-2020

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.

Virtual Cooking Class

Oct. 22: Calling all young bakers/chefs to check out the Cedar Springs Library’s virtual Cooking Class! A video will be posted to our page and YouTube Channel Thursday, October 22nd at 6pm where tweens/teens can create an easy dinner and dessert recipe that your family is sure to enjoy! Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube Channel by searching “Cedar Springs Public Library.” #43

Virtual Instapot 101 Class

Oct. 22: Join the Cedar Springs Public Library virtually for our Instapot 101 Class! Recipes are posted and the video link will be made available on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel starting Friday, October 16th at 7pm. Geared for adults. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube Channel by searching “Cedar Springs Public Library.” #43

Trunk or Treat at East Neslon Church

Oct. 24: Join East Nelson Church, 9024-18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, for our annual Trunk or Treat! October 24th from 4 to 6 pm. We will keep everything safe and follow all safety and health protocols. This year, everything will be kept outdoors. We will have sanitize stations, social distance markers, and those passing out candy will be wearing masks and gloves. We ask that one family visit a trunk one at a time. As you leave, you will be served cider and donuts! #42,43b

Silent Auction for Algoma Christian School

Oct. 24: Algoma Christian School will be hosting their Silent auction online starting on October 24th-November 5th. For more details go to algomachristian.net. Our live auction will take place on November 7th at 6:00 at Algoma Christian School gymnasium. Our address is 14471 Sparta Ave. Kent City. We will serve a pre-packaged dinner and a farmers market will be available with cash and carry items. #42,43p

Free Concert at Snow Bible Church

Oct. 25: Free live concert October 25 at Snow Bible Church, 1877 18 Mile Rd NW, Kent City, MI. The Royal Heirs with be live in concert 10:30 am at Snow Bible Church. All are invited to come here hear some good old Gospel music. #43

Halloween “Mask-A-Raid” 

Oct. 26-31: The Cedar Springs Public Library will be having a Halloween “Mask-A-Raid” starting on Monday, October 26th through Saturday, October 31st! Dress in costume (if you’d like), but get this…IT’S MAINLY ABOUT THE MASK THIS YEAR! HA! The Plan is to take photos of everyone “In Mask” and post them on Facebook for FUN! The RAID part is when you say, “Trick-or-Treat” for a special Halloween treat. Come anytime during normal business hours Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm and Sat. 9am-12pm. Don’t forget to wear your mask, after all, it IS Halloween! #43

Trunk or Treat at Pine Ridge Bible Camp

Oct. 31: Come join Pine Ridge Bible Camp for a late afternoon of fun for the whole family on Saturday, October 31 from 3 to 6 pm! The day will include free activities like trunk or treat, illusionist shows, puppet shows, wagon rides, music and other fun activities. For those that want more fun, charged activities include laser tag, go carting, ninja course and archery. $10/person for wrist band for all activities except go carting. Single activity tickets can be purchased for $2 per ticket (go carting will be 2 tickets). Open to people of all ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Food can be purchased at the snack shop. Costumes are optional, but the camp requests that costumes be wholesome and not scary or gory. For more information go to the Facebook page for Pine Ridge Bible Camp and search under events for Ridge Fest – 2 Fall Edition /Trunk or Treat – https:/fb.me/e/399Zs2YEJ. #43

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Post Travels to Myrtle Beach, SC

Bruce Chapman and his niece Staci Ramirez enjoy the beach.
Mike and Belinda Sanderson pose with
the Post in the Atlantic ocean.

The Chapman’s and the Sanderson’s, along with Staci Ramirez, enjoyed celebrating The Feast of Tabernacles in Myrtle Beach, SC this October.   They stayed in a condo on the beach and enjoyed the Atlantic ocean. 

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows.

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Help stock the Cedar Springs food pantry

Edward Jones is collecting food Oct. 15-Nov. 19

Would you like to have a chance to really make a difference in the community?

Buy a few extra items when you buy groceries this week to donate to the local food pantry and drop them off at our local Edward Jones branch.

The Cedar Springs Community Food pantry, located at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Main Street, works in conjunction with North Kent Community Services. The pantry feeds hundreds of local families each year and depends on the community to help restock their shelves, especially during the busy fall and winter months. One local business spearheads a drive each year to do just that.

Edward Jones, 4027 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, achieved their goal last year of collecting 2,500 pounds of food, and so they’ve raised the goal this year. They hope to collect a whopping 2,750 pounds of food this year by November 19! In a year where grocery shopping is hard, this may be a challenge but if we pull together we can do it!

They started this annual food drive in 2010, and over the last 10 years, they’ve collected over 18,000 pounds to benefit our neighbors in need.

Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the Edward Jones office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Suggestions for the pantry include boxed or canned meals such as soups, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, baking and pancake mix; and canned meats. Personal care items such as bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper will also be accepted, but not weighed. No cash donations accepted.

Call 696-9370 for more information.

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Fall Jokes

1. Why did the tree worry that he would never get his leaves back after autumn?
He didn’t be-leaf in himself!

2. Why was the robot couple’s anniversary in the fall?
They were autumn mated.

3. What month does every tree dread?
Sept-timberrrrrrr!

4. What did the leaf say to autumn?
I’m falling for you!

5. What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi

6. What type of vehicle should you use for a fall hayride?
An autumn-mobile!

7. Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize?
Because he was out-standing in his field

8. Why did the lions move at the end of summer?
Because the pride goeth before the fall!

9. Why are trees so carefree and easy going?
Because every fall, they let loose

10. Did you hear about the tree who deserted the forest at the end of fall?
He was absent without leaves!

11. What did one autumn leaf say to another?
I’m falling for you.

12. How do you fix a broken pumpkin?
With a pumpkin patch

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Hometown Happenings 10-15-20

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.

Trunk or Treat at East Neslon Church

Oct. 24: Join East Nelson Church, 9024-18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, for our annual Trunk or Treat! October 24th from 4 to 6 pm. We will keep everything safe and follow all safety and health protocols. This year, everything will be kept outdoors. We will have sanitize stations, social distance markers, and those passing out candy will be wearing masks and gloves. We ask that one family visit a trunk one at a time. As you leave, you will be served cider and donuts! #42,43b

Silent Auction for Algoma Christian School

Oct. 24: Algoma Christian School will be hosting their Silent auction online starting on October 24th-November 5th. For more details go to algomachristian.net. Our live auction will take place on November 7th at 6:00 at Algoma Christian School gymnasium. Our address is 14471 Sparta Ave. Kent City. We will serve a pre-packaged dinner and a farmers market will be available with cash and carry items. #42,43p

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