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American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes - Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Genesee County is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life!  Listed below are our course offerings for March and April. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrive. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor will prepare instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This course has been updated to include 2010 ECC Guidelines. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infa… Monday, April 21, 2014.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Flower Sale

Our spring flower sale is in full BLOOM!  We will be taking orders now through May 30th and the flower pick-up day is Friday, June 6th from 9 am – 6 pm. 410 E. Second Street · Flint, MI 48503 Phone:  810.235.0617 Fax:    810.235.0689 E-mail:   info@bbbsflint.org. Monday, April 21, 2014.

City of Midland’s popular Three Free program

CITY’S “THREE FREE” PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 14 To coincide with the start of the spring yard waste collection season, the City of Midland’s popular Three Free program begins Monday, April 14.  During these three weeks – set for April 14 to May 2 – residents may dispose of yard waste in kraft paper compost bags or yard waste bins without the City’s collection stickers. Yard waste sticker renewal notices have been mailed to City residents with blue yard waste bins.  If you have not received your renewal notice, call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.  Residents are encouraged to apply their sticker to their blue yard waste bin as soon as they receive it. Effective Monday, May 5, yard waste bins and all compost bags will require stickers. As a reminder, residents should not rake their yard waste into the street for collection.  Street leaf collection service is only provided in the fall. Yard waste is collected curbside, on the same day as residential refuse, in kraft paper co… Monday, April 21, 2014.

Crafters Wanted for Juried Craft Show

Crafters Wanted for a November 14-15 Holiday Craft Show and Sale. All items must be hand made. For information and an application, call 810 653-8735. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. Flint, MI 48507.

Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience. Monday, April 21, 2014.

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended Can Help New Gardeners Get Started Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet!  Each kit comes with 18 kinds of vegetable seeds and 10 types of transplants - $70 worth of plant material all for just $15.  Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs.  The kits are available to Genesee County residents.  The pre-purchased kits will be picked up Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Salem Housing and Community Development, 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI  48505 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The edible flint Garden Starters Kits are pre-purchased and can be paid with cash, check or money order, and are payable with completed application.  The application deadline is extended to Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 Garden Starters kit applications are available at the MSU Extension Office,… Monday, April 21, 2014. Salem Housing and Community Development 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI 48505.

GMCC Celebrates Month of the Young child with book drive

Young children are the future of our communities and Month of the Young Child provides an opportunity to reach out and help. To celebrate the recognition month, Greater Midland Community Centers is hosting a book drive at its operating units throughout Midland County. Starting Monday, April 14, collection boxes will be located at: ·         Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue ·         Midland Community Tennis Center, 900 E. Wackerly St. ·         North Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Rd. ·         Railway Family Center, 4839 Coleman Schools Dr. Coleman ·         Dow Chemical Company EDC Wellness Center ·         Dow Chemical Company Employee Fitness Center, 1287 Building The drive, which runs through April 23, is seeking new or gently used children’s books. “All children deserve high-quality early learning experiences that prepare them for the future – and reading serves as the main building block,” explained Ellen Lynch, director Midland Community Center Child Car… Monday, April 21, 2014.

Gothic Funk Press Seeks Submissions for Literary Anthology

The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press is currently seeking experimental literary submissions from Flint city residents for Mark's Hat, a forthcoming anthology of writing. Local writers are encouraged to submit their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of 7,000 words or less by April 30th to be evaluated by a panel of five readers. Gothic Funk Press, which specializes in innovative writing, defines “experimental” literature as “writing that is intentionally unusual, weird, contradictory, paradoxical, and/or self-aware.” The Press has published a short history of experimental literature at http://tinyurl.com/experimentallit. Detailed information and an online upload form is available at http://www.gothicfunkpress.com/submissions/. Mark's Hat, whose name is inspired by the vigorous public debate surrounding Mark's House, a 2013 art installation, will consist entirely of writing gathered from current Flint residents. The goal is to encourage new writers and new innovative writing from a uniquely Flint p… Monday, April 21, 2014.

Insta-Lube, Inc. Charity Day Tuesdays to support Genesee County Charities

In celebration of more than 30 years in the Genesee County area, beginning last October, both Genesee County Insta-Lube locations announced that they would donate $1 per service performed on Tuesdays to the customer’s selected charity.  Customers may choose from The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and Old News Boys of Flint or “write-in” their favorite charity.  In addition, customers who make personal donations to any of the five charities will receive free items such as Quaker State hats, travel mugs and umbrellas. Charity Day Tuesdays are expected to run indefinitely.  In the last five months, Insta-Lube has donated over $2,469.39 through the Charity Tuesday program.  The next time you need an oil change, please stop by Insta-Lube and help support a charity of your choice. Insta-Lube, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 1982 and has two Genesee County locations, one at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Street (G3520 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, MI… Monday, April 21, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Monday, April 21, 2014.

Preferred First Insurance "Pay It Forward Food Drive"

Starting Friday, April 4th, 2014-Monday, April 28th, 2014, drop off any non-perishable food item to any Preferred First Insurance location in Genesee or Saginaw county and Preferred First Insurance will match each donation with an additional two can food items. These food items will be distributed to LOCAL food pantries. Donation boxes are located in the lobby and are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Call (989)928-8260 for additional details. Monday, April 21, 2014. 5105 W Vienna Rd Suite C Clio, MI 48420 7773 Bay Rd Saginaw, MI 48604.

Saginaw Housing Commission Waiting List Open

Beginning January 2, 2014 the Saginaw Housing Commission will be accepting applications for all waiting lists, including Elderly/Disabled (High-Rises) and General Occupancy (Family). For more information you may call 989-755-8183 or visit www.saginawhousing.org. Phone: 989-755-8183. Monday, April 21, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps Celebrates Easter and Spring!

The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps welcomes the community to join us at our 211 W. Kearsley Street location in downtown Flint to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring by joining us at the following  free events. Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm - Special International Guests: The Salvation Army Norwegian National Band will be in concert at the downtown Flint Citadel. Invite your friends and family to  join you for this free concert open to the community! Friday, April 18 at 12:00 Noon - The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps presents their annual Community Good Friday Service. Everyone is welcome!  Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 - The Flint Citadel Brass Band and Songsters celebrate the season by hosting their Annual Spring Concert. Enjoy the beautiful music! Monday, April 21, 2014.

SPRING INTO ACTION AND HELP REDUCE POLLUTION GOING INTO SAGINAW BAY!

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER WAYS THAT EACH OF US CAN HELP PROTECT THE WATER QUALITY IN SAGINAW BAY. THE CITY OF BAY CITY AND SAGINAW HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE UNDERGROUND RETENTION TREATMENT BASINS TO ENSURE THAT UNTREATED SEWAGE OVERFLOWES INTO THE SAGINAW RIVER ARE FINALLY A THING OF THE PAST. CONSIDER DOING YOUR PART BY . . . . . . HAVING YOUR SEPTIC TANK PUMPED . . . INSTALLING A RAIN BARREL . . . PICKING UP YOUR DOG WASTE . . . DON’T’ FLUSH YOUR DRUGS! WHETHER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER OR HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, DRUGS SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET. MEDICATION CANNOT BE CLEANED UP LIKE SEWAGE, SO DRUGS CAN END UP IN THE BAY AFFECTING FISH AND WILDLIFE. LOOK FOR THE YELLOW JUG PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY. WHILE THE SAGINAW BAY IS CLEANER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO REDUCE POLLUTION. THIS MESSAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE SAGINAW BAY CO… Monday, April 21, 2014.

TEMPLE THEATRE PRESENTS EIGHTEENTH SEASON OF FARE AND FEATURE SERIES

Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the eighteenth season of Fare and Feature.  The Spring Series kicks off in March and runs through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.  Starring:  Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and Bradford Dillman | 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.  Starring:  Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, and Irene Papas | 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same… Monday, April 21, 2014.

The Ten Tenors

Monday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Ten Tenors will present a wonderful collection of Broadway's greatest hits sung by ten of Australia's hottest tenors. The Ten Tenors unique approach to opera has powered their rise to the top. Bringing rock and classical music, together. They have created a sound that is uniquely theirs. Expect them to bring the same contrast of raw power and soothing beauty to this special evening of the best of Broadway. Tickets are on sale by calling the Temple box office 989-754-7469 or by our website www.templetheatre.com. Monday, April 21, 2014. Temple Theatre 201 N. Michgian Ave. Saginaw, MI. 48607.

Tri-City Learning Center events

"Ancient History and the Bible" The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a class entitled "Ancient History and the Bible" to be held in the Community Education Room of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School, located at 3955 Kochville Road (the corner of Mackinaw and Kochville Roads), in Saginaw, beginning on - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6-7:45 p.m. (The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 22). There is no cost. It is a free service to the community, though free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover expenses. If you are interested in studying the relationship between the Bible and ancient history, take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in this course. For details or to register, please call 989-249-6768. "A Case for Intelligent Design" Seminar The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a series of video presentations entitled "A Case for Intelligent Design" to be h… Monday, April 21, 2014.

Works of MCC Photography Faculty featured in Exhibition at MCC Fine Arts Gallery

The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of photographs by Mott Community College photography instructors, Robert VanMarter, Nick Beccia and Bruce Edwards. Their work will be in the gallery through Tuesday, April 22, 2014. In addition, the participants will be in the gallery to talk about their work at 1 pm Tuesday, April 8, 2014. These events, made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust, are free and open to the public. Robert VanMarter has been a photographer since the 1970’s. He is currently a part-time faculty member in photography at Mott Community College and President of VanMarter Photography. Bruce Edwards is an adjunct instructor in photography at Mott Community College. After 30 years as staff photographer at the Flint Journal, he took a departure from journalism and is now pursuing fine art/landscape images. He has a BA in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University. His work can also be found through his Facebook photo… Monday, April 21, 2014.

Home Improvement Program

Genesee County Home Improvement Program provides assistance to low & moderate income residents that meet eligibility requirements to make improvements to their homes (new roof, well, windows, siding, etc). Monday, April 21, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

Church Wide Used Treasure and Bake Sale

Sale will be held April 25-26 from 9AM to 5PM at Trinity Uited Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd, Flint. There will be household goods, tools, clothing, furniture, craft items, etc. Monday, April 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. (Behind Kohl's) Flint, MI 48507.

Solid Foundation C.O.G.I.C. Closet Clothing Give Away

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Monday, April 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

Space: A Journey to Our Future

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE will ignite your desire for discovery, spark your imagination, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Touch the Moon and Mars - touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, and explore a future Lunar Base Camp. Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle. Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond. Experience the past, present and future of space through dozens of other displays, inter-actives and experiences. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11, Members Free. Phone: 810-237-3450. Monday, April 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

the Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War

The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War October 6, 2012-August 3, 2014 NOTE: This exhibit will not be available 9/24-28/2013 The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11. Phone: 810-237-3450. Monday, April 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Healthcare/Healthy Michigan Enrollment

Healthcare Enrollment Assistance --get possible Tax credits and co-payment reductions or see if you qualify for Healthy Michigan Insurance at no cost. Please contact April Cook 810-210-5045 or stop in Room 20. Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Michigan Works/Career Alliance 711 Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48503.

A Day at the Derby

The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. We are “Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” This event is the Flint Chapter’s annual College Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting deserving local area high school seniors. Date: May 3, 2014 Tickets: $50.00 Come out and join us! There will be food, entertainment, prizes for the best male and female “Derby Outfit” a Derby Raffle and of course the main event – “Watching the Kentucky Derby”. Please R.S.V.P to jack.jillderby2014@gmail.com by April 12th. For more information please contact Debra Jennings (810) 516-6602. Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience IINN 4800 S. Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48507.

Learn the sweet facts about beekeeping at the 4th annual free Bee Symposium!

Get up close with bees and learn the sweet facts about beekeeping at the 4th annual free Bee Symposium Acclaimed NOVA film “Tales from the Hive” to be shown Have you ever seen a queen bee mate in mid-air or watched as a colony of honey bees mobilizes to drive off invaders? You can view these and all the other highly organized and often mysterious activities that go on in a bee hive, and learn about the rewarding pursuit of beekeeping at the fourth annual free Bee Symposium April 21 at Mott Community College Regional Technology Center. The symposium will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and is open to the public. The evening will begin with the showing of the hour-long documentary “Tales from the Hive.” This spectacular production by NOVA was filmed with special macro lenses and chronicles a year in the highly social, disciplined life of a bee colony. The astonishing photography reveals seldom-seen activities such as the mid-air “wedding flight” of the colony’s queen when she mates with a drone and the… Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Mott Community College Regional Technology Center.

Dig In! edible flint Garden Starters Training Classes Available

edible flint is preparing for their 4th year of Garden Starters Training Classes! This is a 14-week training program teaching beginning and advanced gardeners how to grow food in an urban setting. The classes are open to anyone in Genesee County. Class topics range from getting along in the garden to composting, growing, harvesting and storing your bounty. The Training Classes will be held on Monday evenings, 5:30p-7:30p beginning February 3rd and continuing weekly until May 5, 2014. The classes will be held in the GCCARD building, located at 601 N. Saginaw. edible flint is now accepting applications, which can be found at edibleflint.org, along with a list of all of the class topics and descriptions. The cost is $65 for the total 14-week program; class materials and meals are provided. Applications are due by January 28th, 2014 along with the class fee. Participants should not feel discouraged to apply because of the fee; there are scholarships and payment plans available. There are many benefits to th… Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

This program is designed to assist homeless or at risk veterans to get back into the workforce and gain independence & self sufficiency. Veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions, be a resident of Genesee County, and be at risk of or in a homeless situation. Contact Scott at 810 600-6355. Cost: Free. Phone: 810-600-6355. Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:00 PM. 510 S. Averill Ave. Flint, MI 48506.

Spring Break Camp

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is offering a 2014 Spring Break Science Camp experience for 1st - 3rd and 4th – 6th grade ecologists. Campers will learn about the connections and delicate balance between living and nonliving organisms through hands-on activities and will experience 250+ hands-on exhibits plus theater and live stage performances. Call 313.577.8400, Option 5 to register. Phone: 313.577.8400, Option 5. Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:00 PM. 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202.

Temple Theatre Presents: 18th Season of Fare and Feature

Temple Theatre Presents Eighteenth season of Fare and Feature Movies Series Saginaw, Michigan – Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the Eighteenth season of Fare and Feature. The series kicks off in March and run through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford and Bradford Dillman 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. Starring: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold and Irene Papas 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However,… Cost: $65 Season (4lunches/4movies) or $5.00 General admission Movie only. Phone: 989-754-7469. Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:00 PM. 201. N. Washington Ave Saginaw, MI 48607.

"Landline Law" Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall meeting to inform residents about the recent “landline” law will be hosted by Joan Brausch, candidate for the 98th District Seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. This is an informational meeting in which Brausch will explain the law and take in-person comments from representatives of the Michigan Region 7 Agency on Aging, the Midland County Central Dispatch Authority, TDS Communications, and Century Link Communications, and written comments from AT&T and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. She will open the floor to residents for their questions and comments, which will be recorded and submitted to the governor and legislature. Monday, April 21, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Lincoln Township Hall, 1882 N. Hope Rd. Lincoln Township, Midland County, MI.

Lapeer “Starting a Business” workshop

A free “Starting a Business” workshop will be presented in Lapeer on Monday, April 21, 9-11:30am at the Mott Community College Campus on Lake Drive. There is no fee but advance and separate registration for each individual is required.  Online registration and class description are available at: https://clients.sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=63340004. Other dates and locations are available and can be viewed at https://clients.sbdcmichigan.org/events.aspx "Starting a Business" is a comprehensive overview of what it takes to evaluate market and sales potential for products/services, start-up costs, financing options, and business planning along with necessary steps to getting started. Every registered attendee will receive a copy of the 60 page book “Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business.” The seminar is presented by the I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) located in Flint at Kettering University serving Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer,… Monday, April 21, 2014, 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM. Mott Community College Campus on Lake Drive.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes - Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Genesee County is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life!  Listed below are our course offerings for March and April. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrive. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor will prepare instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This course has been updated to include 2010 ECC Guidelines. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infa… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Flower Sale

Our spring flower sale is in full BLOOM!  We will be taking orders now through May 30th and the flower pick-up day is Friday, June 6th from 9 am – 6 pm. 410 E. Second Street · Flint, MI 48503 Phone:  810.235.0617 Fax:    810.235.0689 E-mail:   info@bbbsflint.org. Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

City of Midland’s popular Three Free program

CITY’S “THREE FREE” PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 14 To coincide with the start of the spring yard waste collection season, the City of Midland’s popular Three Free program begins Monday, April 14.  During these three weeks – set for April 14 to May 2 – residents may dispose of yard waste in kraft paper compost bags or yard waste bins without the City’s collection stickers. Yard waste sticker renewal notices have been mailed to City residents with blue yard waste bins.  If you have not received your renewal notice, call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.  Residents are encouraged to apply their sticker to their blue yard waste bin as soon as they receive it. Effective Monday, May 5, yard waste bins and all compost bags will require stickers. As a reminder, residents should not rake their yard waste into the street for collection.  Street leaf collection service is only provided in the fall. Yard waste is collected curbside, on the same day as residential refuse, in kraft paper co… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Crafters Wanted for Juried Craft Show

Crafters Wanted for a November 14-15 Holiday Craft Show and Sale. All items must be hand made. For information and an application, call 810 653-8735. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. Flint, MI 48507.

Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience. Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended Can Help New Gardeners Get Started Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet!  Each kit comes with 18 kinds of vegetable seeds and 10 types of transplants - $70 worth of plant material all for just $15.  Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs.  The kits are available to Genesee County residents.  The pre-purchased kits will be picked up Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Salem Housing and Community Development, 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI  48505 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The edible flint Garden Starters Kits are pre-purchased and can be paid with cash, check or money order, and are payable with completed application.  The application deadline is extended to Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 Garden Starters kit applications are available at the MSU Extension Office,… Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Salem Housing and Community Development 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI 48505.

GMCC Celebrates Month of the Young child with book drive

Young children are the future of our communities and Month of the Young Child provides an opportunity to reach out and help. To celebrate the recognition month, Greater Midland Community Centers is hosting a book drive at its operating units throughout Midland County. Starting Monday, April 14, collection boxes will be located at: ·         Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue ·         Midland Community Tennis Center, 900 E. Wackerly St. ·         North Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Rd. ·         Railway Family Center, 4839 Coleman Schools Dr. Coleman ·         Dow Chemical Company EDC Wellness Center ·         Dow Chemical Company Employee Fitness Center, 1287 Building The drive, which runs through April 23, is seeking new or gently used children’s books. “All children deserve high-quality early learning experiences that prepare them for the future – and reading serves as the main building block,” explained Ellen Lynch, director Midland Community Center Child Car… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Gothic Funk Press Seeks Submissions for Literary Anthology

The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press is currently seeking experimental literary submissions from Flint city residents for Mark's Hat, a forthcoming anthology of writing. Local writers are encouraged to submit their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of 7,000 words or less by April 30th to be evaluated by a panel of five readers. Gothic Funk Press, which specializes in innovative writing, defines “experimental” literature as “writing that is intentionally unusual, weird, contradictory, paradoxical, and/or self-aware.” The Press has published a short history of experimental literature at http://tinyurl.com/experimentallit. Detailed information and an online upload form is available at http://www.gothicfunkpress.com/submissions/. Mark's Hat, whose name is inspired by the vigorous public debate surrounding Mark's House, a 2013 art installation, will consist entirely of writing gathered from current Flint residents. The goal is to encourage new writers and new innovative writing from a uniquely Flint p… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Insta-Lube, Inc. Charity Day Tuesdays to support Genesee County Charities

In celebration of more than 30 years in the Genesee County area, beginning last October, both Genesee County Insta-Lube locations announced that they would donate $1 per service performed on Tuesdays to the customer’s selected charity.  Customers may choose from The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and Old News Boys of Flint or “write-in” their favorite charity.  In addition, customers who make personal donations to any of the five charities will receive free items such as Quaker State hats, travel mugs and umbrellas. Charity Day Tuesdays are expected to run indefinitely.  In the last five months, Insta-Lube has donated over $2,469.39 through the Charity Tuesday program.  The next time you need an oil change, please stop by Insta-Lube and help support a charity of your choice. Insta-Lube, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 1982 and has two Genesee County locations, one at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Street (G3520 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, MI… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Preferred First Insurance "Pay It Forward Food Drive"

Starting Friday, April 4th, 2014-Monday, April 28th, 2014, drop off any non-perishable food item to any Preferred First Insurance location in Genesee or Saginaw county and Preferred First Insurance will match each donation with an additional two can food items. These food items will be distributed to LOCAL food pantries. Donation boxes are located in the lobby and are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Call (989)928-8260 for additional details. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. 5105 W Vienna Rd Suite C Clio, MI 48420 7773 Bay Rd Saginaw, MI 48604.

Saginaw Housing Commission Waiting List Open

Beginning January 2, 2014 the Saginaw Housing Commission will be accepting applications for all waiting lists, including Elderly/Disabled (High-Rises) and General Occupancy (Family). For more information you may call 989-755-8183 or visit www.saginawhousing.org. Phone: 989-755-8183. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps Celebrates Easter and Spring!

The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps welcomes the community to join us at our 211 W. Kearsley Street location in downtown Flint to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring by joining us at the following  free events. Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm - Special International Guests: The Salvation Army Norwegian National Band will be in concert at the downtown Flint Citadel. Invite your friends and family to  join you for this free concert open to the community! Friday, April 18 at 12:00 Noon - The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps presents their annual Community Good Friday Service. Everyone is welcome!  Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 - The Flint Citadel Brass Band and Songsters celebrate the season by hosting their Annual Spring Concert. Enjoy the beautiful music! Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

SPRING INTO ACTION AND HELP REDUCE POLLUTION GOING INTO SAGINAW BAY!

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER WAYS THAT EACH OF US CAN HELP PROTECT THE WATER QUALITY IN SAGINAW BAY. THE CITY OF BAY CITY AND SAGINAW HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE UNDERGROUND RETENTION TREATMENT BASINS TO ENSURE THAT UNTREATED SEWAGE OVERFLOWES INTO THE SAGINAW RIVER ARE FINALLY A THING OF THE PAST. CONSIDER DOING YOUR PART BY . . . . . . HAVING YOUR SEPTIC TANK PUMPED . . . INSTALLING A RAIN BARREL . . . PICKING UP YOUR DOG WASTE . . . DON’T’ FLUSH YOUR DRUGS! WHETHER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER OR HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, DRUGS SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET. MEDICATION CANNOT BE CLEANED UP LIKE SEWAGE, SO DRUGS CAN END UP IN THE BAY AFFECTING FISH AND WILDLIFE. LOOK FOR THE YELLOW JUG PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY. WHILE THE SAGINAW BAY IS CLEANER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO REDUCE POLLUTION. THIS MESSAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE SAGINAW BAY CO… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

TEMPLE THEATRE PRESENTS EIGHTEENTH SEASON OF FARE AND FEATURE SERIES

Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the eighteenth season of Fare and Feature.  The Spring Series kicks off in March and runs through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.  Starring:  Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and Bradford Dillman | 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.  Starring:  Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, and Irene Papas | 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Tri-City Learning Center events

"Ancient History and the Bible" The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a class entitled "Ancient History and the Bible" to be held in the Community Education Room of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School, located at 3955 Kochville Road (the corner of Mackinaw and Kochville Roads), in Saginaw, beginning on - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6-7:45 p.m. (The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 22). There is no cost. It is a free service to the community, though free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover expenses. If you are interested in studying the relationship between the Bible and ancient history, take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in this course. For details or to register, please call 989-249-6768. "A Case for Intelligent Design" Seminar The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a series of video presentations entitled "A Case for Intelligent Design" to be h… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Works of MCC Photography Faculty featured in Exhibition at MCC Fine Arts Gallery

The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of photographs by Mott Community College photography instructors, Robert VanMarter, Nick Beccia and Bruce Edwards. Their work will be in the gallery through Tuesday, April 22, 2014. In addition, the participants will be in the gallery to talk about their work at 1 pm Tuesday, April 8, 2014. These events, made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust, are free and open to the public. Robert VanMarter has been a photographer since the 1970’s. He is currently a part-time faculty member in photography at Mott Community College and President of VanMarter Photography. Bruce Edwards is an adjunct instructor in photography at Mott Community College. After 30 years as staff photographer at the Flint Journal, he took a departure from journalism and is now pursuing fine art/landscape images. He has a BA in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University. His work can also be found through his Facebook photo… Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Home Improvement Program

Genesee County Home Improvement Program provides assistance to low & moderate income residents that meet eligibility requirements to make improvements to their homes (new roof, well, windows, siding, etc). Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

Church Wide Used Treasure and Bake Sale

Sale will be held April 25-26 from 9AM to 5PM at Trinity Uited Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd, Flint. There will be household goods, tools, clothing, furniture, craft items, etc. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. (Behind Kohl's) Flint, MI 48507.

Distance Learning Systems Live Video Interactive RN Bridge Program

LPN's, Paramedics, and RT's who are ready to achieve their RN, come to this free seminar! If you cannot attend a traditional college and need more than just books in a box, please come check out our program! Call our Reservation Line at 888-561-0356 Seminar times: 9 AM, 11:30 AM, 4 PM & 6:30 PM. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Residence Inn 2202 West Hill Road Flint Township, MI 48507. For more info visit dlsii.com.

Flint Bowmen Spring 3-D League

Great for the entire family! $8 for non-members $5 for members $4 for non-members youth 17 and under $3 for members youth 17 & under All fees are per week 2 different distances for youth, depending on age/ability 3 different distances for adults to choose from Participants will shoot four different wooded courses throughout the league Flintbowmen.com All events open to the public1 For more information, contact Mike Alexander at 810-655-5670. Phone: 8. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 5478 S. Belsay Road Grand Blanc, MI, 48439 810-695-1660.

Solid Foundation C.O.G.I.C. Closet Clothing Give Away

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

Space: A Journey to Our Future

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE will ignite your desire for discovery, spark your imagination, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Touch the Moon and Mars - touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, and explore a future Lunar Base Camp. Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle. Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond. Experience the past, present and future of space through dozens of other displays, inter-actives and experiences. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11, Members Free. Phone: 810-237-3450. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

the Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War

The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War October 6, 2012-August 3, 2014 NOTE: This exhibit will not be available 9/24-28/2013 The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11. Phone: 810-237-3450. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

DCECU TO HOST EARTH DAY PAPER-SHREDDING EVENT

Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union will host an Earth Day paper-shredding event from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, to help members safely dispose of confidential paperwork in an environmentally responsible way. Representatives from Shred Experts – a paper-shredding company with security-trained employees and secure equipment – will be stationed in the credit union parking lot at 600 E. Lyon Rd. in Midland to provide a safe and secure means to dispose of sensitive information. Shred Experts is an environmentally conscious company that recycles the end waste and reintroduces the recycled product back into the paper stream. DCECU members can watch while their documents are shredded on-site. By securely disposing of documents, it is less likely the information can be used for identity theft or fraud. “DCECU staff members wanted to celebrate Earth Day in a way that benefited both members and the environment,” said DCECU President/CEO Dennis Hanson. “We understand that it’s often hard to dispos… Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

A Day at the Derby

The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. We are “Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” This event is the Flint Chapter’s annual College Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting deserving local area high school seniors. Date: May 3, 2014 Tickets: $50.00 Come out and join us! There will be food, entertainment, prizes for the best male and female “Derby Outfit” a Derby Raffle and of course the main event – “Watching the Kentucky Derby”. Please R.S.V.P to jack.jillderby2014@gmail.com by April 12th. For more information please contact Debra Jennings (810) 516-6602. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience IINN 4800 S. Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48507.

Foster Care & Foster Care Adoption

Bethany Christian Services invites you to a FREE informational meeting to learn how you can change a child’s life through Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption. For more information and to register, please call (810) 820-8144. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Bethany Christian Services 4180 Pier North Blvd. Suite A Flint, MI 48504. For more info visit www.bethany.org.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

This program is designed to assist homeless or at risk veterans to get back into the workforce and gain independence & self sufficiency. Veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions, be a resident of Genesee County, and be at risk of or in a homeless situation. Contact Scott at 810 600-6355. Cost: Free. Phone: 810-600-6355. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 PM. 510 S. Averill Ave. Flint, MI 48506.

Spring Break Camp

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is offering a 2014 Spring Break Science Camp experience for 1st - 3rd and 4th – 6th grade ecologists. Campers will learn about the connections and delicate balance between living and nonliving organisms through hands-on activities and will experience 250+ hands-on exhibits plus theater and live stage performances. Call 313.577.8400, Option 5 to register. Phone: 313.577.8400, Option 5. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 PM. 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202.

The Giver

In association with Young Audiences New York The Whiting presents The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® stage presentation of THE GIVER By Lois Lowry Performed by Mara Stephens Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron This Literature to Life® Award-winner was adapted in 2009 and marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life® roster. Newly adapted by American Place Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Elise Thoron, this piece features sixty minutes of solo-performance focusing on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver. As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the audience. Enhanced by interactive discussion, this performance allows the audience to explore themes including individuality, ethics, and social constructs. This presentation includes a 15 minute pre-show interactive discussion, a one hour performance, and is followed by a 15 minute… Cost: $30. Phone: 810-237-7333. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Whiting. For more info visit thewhiting.com.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes - Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Genesee County is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life!  Listed below are our course offerings for March and April. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrive. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor will prepare instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This course has been updated to include 2010 ECC Guidelines. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infa… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Flower Sale

Our spring flower sale is in full BLOOM!  We will be taking orders now through May 30th and the flower pick-up day is Friday, June 6th from 9 am – 6 pm. 410 E. Second Street · Flint, MI 48503 Phone:  810.235.0617 Fax:    810.235.0689 E-mail:   info@bbbsflint.org. Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

City of Midland’s popular Three Free program

CITY’S “THREE FREE” PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 14 To coincide with the start of the spring yard waste collection season, the City of Midland’s popular Three Free program begins Monday, April 14.  During these three weeks – set for April 14 to May 2 – residents may dispose of yard waste in kraft paper compost bags or yard waste bins without the City’s collection stickers. Yard waste sticker renewal notices have been mailed to City residents with blue yard waste bins.  If you have not received your renewal notice, call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.  Residents are encouraged to apply their sticker to their blue yard waste bin as soon as they receive it. Effective Monday, May 5, yard waste bins and all compost bags will require stickers. As a reminder, residents should not rake their yard waste into the street for collection.  Street leaf collection service is only provided in the fall. Yard waste is collected curbside, on the same day as residential refuse, in kraft paper co… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Crafters Wanted for Juried Craft Show

Crafters Wanted for a November 14-15 Holiday Craft Show and Sale. All items must be hand made. For information and an application, call 810 653-8735. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. Flint, MI 48507.

Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience. Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended Can Help New Gardeners Get Started Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet!  Each kit comes with 18 kinds of vegetable seeds and 10 types of transplants - $70 worth of plant material all for just $15.  Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs.  The kits are available to Genesee County residents.  The pre-purchased kits will be picked up Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Salem Housing and Community Development, 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI  48505 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The edible flint Garden Starters Kits are pre-purchased and can be paid with cash, check or money order, and are payable with completed application.  The application deadline is extended to Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 Garden Starters kit applications are available at the MSU Extension Office,… Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Salem Housing and Community Development 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI 48505.

GMCC Celebrates Month of the Young child with book drive

Young children are the future of our communities and Month of the Young Child provides an opportunity to reach out and help. To celebrate the recognition month, Greater Midland Community Centers is hosting a book drive at its operating units throughout Midland County. Starting Monday, April 14, collection boxes will be located at: ·         Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue ·         Midland Community Tennis Center, 900 E. Wackerly St. ·         North Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Rd. ·         Railway Family Center, 4839 Coleman Schools Dr. Coleman ·         Dow Chemical Company EDC Wellness Center ·         Dow Chemical Company Employee Fitness Center, 1287 Building The drive, which runs through April 23, is seeking new or gently used children’s books. “All children deserve high-quality early learning experiences that prepare them for the future – and reading serves as the main building block,” explained Ellen Lynch, director Midland Community Center Child Car… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Gothic Funk Press Seeks Submissions for Literary Anthology

The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press is currently seeking experimental literary submissions from Flint city residents for Mark's Hat, a forthcoming anthology of writing. Local writers are encouraged to submit their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of 7,000 words or less by April 30th to be evaluated by a panel of five readers. Gothic Funk Press, which specializes in innovative writing, defines “experimental” literature as “writing that is intentionally unusual, weird, contradictory, paradoxical, and/or self-aware.” The Press has published a short history of experimental literature at http://tinyurl.com/experimentallit. Detailed information and an online upload form is available at http://www.gothicfunkpress.com/submissions/. Mark's Hat, whose name is inspired by the vigorous public debate surrounding Mark's House, a 2013 art installation, will consist entirely of writing gathered from current Flint residents. The goal is to encourage new writers and new innovative writing from a uniquely Flint p… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Insta-Lube, Inc. Charity Day Tuesdays to support Genesee County Charities

In celebration of more than 30 years in the Genesee County area, beginning last October, both Genesee County Insta-Lube locations announced that they would donate $1 per service performed on Tuesdays to the customer’s selected charity.  Customers may choose from The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and Old News Boys of Flint or “write-in” their favorite charity.  In addition, customers who make personal donations to any of the five charities will receive free items such as Quaker State hats, travel mugs and umbrellas. Charity Day Tuesdays are expected to run indefinitely.  In the last five months, Insta-Lube has donated over $2,469.39 through the Charity Tuesday program.  The next time you need an oil change, please stop by Insta-Lube and help support a charity of your choice. Insta-Lube, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 1982 and has two Genesee County locations, one at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Street (G3520 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, MI… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Preferred First Insurance "Pay It Forward Food Drive"

Starting Friday, April 4th, 2014-Monday, April 28th, 2014, drop off any non-perishable food item to any Preferred First Insurance location in Genesee or Saginaw county and Preferred First Insurance will match each donation with an additional two can food items. These food items will be distributed to LOCAL food pantries. Donation boxes are located in the lobby and are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Call (989)928-8260 for additional details. Wednesday, April 23, 2014. 5105 W Vienna Rd Suite C Clio, MI 48420 7773 Bay Rd Saginaw, MI 48604.

Saginaw Housing Commission Waiting List Open

Beginning January 2, 2014 the Saginaw Housing Commission will be accepting applications for all waiting lists, including Elderly/Disabled (High-Rises) and General Occupancy (Family). For more information you may call 989-755-8183 or visit www.saginawhousing.org. Phone: 989-755-8183. Wednesday, April 23, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps Celebrates Easter and Spring!

The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps welcomes the community to join us at our 211 W. Kearsley Street location in downtown Flint to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring by joining us at the following  free events. Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm - Special International Guests: The Salvation Army Norwegian National Band will be in concert at the downtown Flint Citadel. Invite your friends and family to  join you for this free concert open to the community! Friday, April 18 at 12:00 Noon - The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps presents their annual Community Good Friday Service. Everyone is welcome!  Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 - The Flint Citadel Brass Band and Songsters celebrate the season by hosting their Annual Spring Concert. Enjoy the beautiful music! Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

SPRING INTO ACTION AND HELP REDUCE POLLUTION GOING INTO SAGINAW BAY!

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER WAYS THAT EACH OF US CAN HELP PROTECT THE WATER QUALITY IN SAGINAW BAY. THE CITY OF BAY CITY AND SAGINAW HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE UNDERGROUND RETENTION TREATMENT BASINS TO ENSURE THAT UNTREATED SEWAGE OVERFLOWES INTO THE SAGINAW RIVER ARE FINALLY A THING OF THE PAST. CONSIDER DOING YOUR PART BY . . . . . . HAVING YOUR SEPTIC TANK PUMPED . . . INSTALLING A RAIN BARREL . . . PICKING UP YOUR DOG WASTE . . . DON’T’ FLUSH YOUR DRUGS! WHETHER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER OR HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, DRUGS SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET. MEDICATION CANNOT BE CLEANED UP LIKE SEWAGE, SO DRUGS CAN END UP IN THE BAY AFFECTING FISH AND WILDLIFE. LOOK FOR THE YELLOW JUG PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY. WHILE THE SAGINAW BAY IS CLEANER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO REDUCE POLLUTION. THIS MESSAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE SAGINAW BAY CO… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

TEMPLE THEATRE PRESENTS EIGHTEENTH SEASON OF FARE AND FEATURE SERIES

Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the eighteenth season of Fare and Feature.  The Spring Series kicks off in March and runs through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.  Starring:  Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and Bradford Dillman | 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.  Starring:  Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, and Irene Papas | 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Tri-City Learning Center events

"Ancient History and the Bible" The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a class entitled "Ancient History and the Bible" to be held in the Community Education Room of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School, located at 3955 Kochville Road (the corner of Mackinaw and Kochville Roads), in Saginaw, beginning on - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6-7:45 p.m. (The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 22). There is no cost. It is a free service to the community, though free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover expenses. If you are interested in studying the relationship between the Bible and ancient history, take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in this course. For details or to register, please call 989-249-6768. "A Case for Intelligent Design" Seminar The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a series of video presentations entitled "A Case for Intelligent Design" to be h… Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Home Improvement Program

Genesee County Home Improvement Program provides assistance to low & moderate income residents that meet eligibility requirements to make improvements to their homes (new roof, well, windows, siding, etc). Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

Church Wide Used Treasure and Bake Sale

Sale will be held April 25-26 from 9AM to 5PM at Trinity Uited Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd, Flint. There will be household goods, tools, clothing, furniture, craft items, etc. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. (Behind Kohl's) Flint, MI 48507.

Solid Foundation C.O.G.I.C. Closet Clothing Give Away

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

Space: A Journey to Our Future

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE will ignite your desire for discovery, spark your imagination, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Touch the Moon and Mars - touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, and explore a future Lunar Base Camp. Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle. Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond. Experience the past, present and future of space through dozens of other displays, inter-actives and experiences. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11, Members Free. Phone: 810-237-3450. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

the Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War

The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War October 6, 2012-August 3, 2014 NOTE: This exhibit will not be available 9/24-28/2013 The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11. Phone: 810-237-3450. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Healthcare/Healthy Michigan Enrollment

Healthcare Enrollment Assistance --get possible Tax credits and co-payment reductions or see if you qualify for Healthy Michigan Insurance at no cost. Please contact April Cook 810-210-5045 or stop in Room 20. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Michigan Works/Career Alliance 711 Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48503.

A Day at the Derby

The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. We are “Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” This event is the Flint Chapter’s annual College Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting deserving local area high school seniors. Date: May 3, 2014 Tickets: $50.00 Come out and join us! There will be food, entertainment, prizes for the best male and female “Derby Outfit” a Derby Raffle and of course the main event – “Watching the Kentucky Derby”. Please R.S.V.P to jack.jillderby2014@gmail.com by April 12th. For more information please contact Debra Jennings (810) 516-6602. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience IINN 4800 S. Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48507.

"Coaches vs Cancer" Event

COME SUPPORT THE LADY BOBCATS AS THEY TAKE TO THE DIAMOND TO JOIN THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TO: STRIKE OUT CANCER T-SHIRTS $15.00 DONATIONS – DRAWINGS “SURVIVOR MEDALS” AWARDED COACHES VS CANCER IS A NATIONWIDE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY & THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COACHES. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Grand Blanc HS Softball Field 12500 Holly Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439.

Women's Hall of Fame induction

Wednesday, April 23rd reception 5pm, dinner 6pm and induction to be held around 7pm. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Flint Institute of Arts.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

This program is designed to assist homeless or at risk veterans to get back into the workforce and gain independence & self sufficiency. Veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions, be a resident of Genesee County, and be at risk of or in a homeless situation. Contact Scott at 810 600-6355. Cost: Free. Phone: 810-600-6355. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 PM. 510 S. Averill Ave. Flint, MI 48506.

Series Prepares Novice, Seasoned Athletes for Upcoming Races

With annual run and walk events fast approaching, MidMichigan Health and Midland Community Center will offer the “Run. Walk. Achieve. Race Prep Series.” The series will help train participants to run the ½ marathon at the Great Lakes Bay Marathons or the 10K or 5K walk or run at the Dow RunWalk; both part of the Dow Weekend of Races on May 17-18. Each course of the nine-week series includes classroom instruction and walking or running time. Topics include preparing your mind, body and spirit for training, how to prevent injury, proper stretching techniques, the right shoes and gear, how to protect hips and knees, maintaining proper running form, and nutrition, hydration and supplements. Series speakers include registered dietitians, fitness specialists, physical therapists and physicians specializing in sports medicine and sports psychology. Classes meet Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning March 19, and will take place in Conference Rooms H1221 and H1224, on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center-M… Cost: $35 per person. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Conference Rooms H1221 and H1224 campus of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland.

Spring Break Camp

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is offering a 2014 Spring Break Science Camp experience for 1st - 3rd and 4th – 6th grade ecologists. Campers will learn about the connections and delicate balance between living and nonliving organisms through hands-on activities and will experience 250+ hands-on exhibits plus theater and live stage performances. Call 313.577.8400, Option 5 to register. Phone: 313.577.8400, Option 5. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 PM. 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202.

Temple Theatre Presents: 18th Season of Fare and Feature

Temple Theatre Presents Eighteenth season of Fare and Feature Movies Series Saginaw, Michigan – Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the Eighteenth season of Fare and Feature. The series kicks off in March and run through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford and Bradford Dillman 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. Starring: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold and Irene Papas 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However,… Cost: $65 Season (4lunches/4movies) or $5.00 General admission Movie only. Phone: 989-754-7469. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 PM. 201. N. Washington Ave Saginaw, MI 48607.

Rep. Glardon helping sponsor radon awareness event in Owosso

State Rep. Ben Glardon is helping sponsor a radon awareness town hall event on Wednesday, April 23, in Owosso to give local residents the chance to learn more about the health risks associated with elevated indoor radon levels and ways to protect themselves and their families. The town hall starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso. "We can’t see or smell radon gas, so it’s important to learn more about the steps that are necessary to find out if elevated levels exist in your home," said Glardon, R-Owosso.  "I encourage area homeowners to attend this informational and free event in order to help protect yourself and your families." Leslie E. Smith III, an indoor air quality expert with the Michigan Indoor Radon Program, will attend the event to discuss what action is needed if elevated levels are detected.  Smith also will take questions.  Larry Johnson from the Shiawassee County Health Department also will attend to help answer questions. The Greater Shiawassee… Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso.

Shakespeare's Queen

A “Thinking with the Past” Penn History series lecture. Shakespeare, as we all know, was a history buff, and he particularly liked the tangled, often bloody history of English kings. What better source for dramatic plots, complex characters, and an abundance of moral lessons? But he wrote nearly all of his history plays during the reign of a queen, and a notably successful one at that. Although she is only mentioned in one of his plays (the co-authored and late Henry VIII), Elizabeth Tudor nonetheless established the context in which he wrote the rest, and her public persona both set the stage for contemporary dramatists and reflected their hopes for England’s peace and prosperity. This lecture will focus on both the queen herself and the visual and poetic propaganda that made her such a useful counterpoint to Shakespeare’s flawed kings. Margo Todd is a Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, specializing in early modern English and Scottish history and in the culture of Reformed (Calvinist) Protestan… Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Parkway Central Library, Rm #108 Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more info visit shakespeares-queen.eventbrite.com.

Cool 2 Duel Dueling Pianos

Temple Theatre Presents Dueling Pianos Saginaw, Michigan –Temple Theatre and Tri-Star Bank is proud to present Dueling Pianos on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Come and break up the monotony of your week with the fun entertainment of Cool 2 Duel dueling piano sing-along. The dueling piano “experience” is not only incredible fun, it is also very unique. The guests are not just entertained by the piano players, but they become part of the show. The focal point of all this fun is a pair of grand pianos on the stage where the piano players run the show as entertainment directors and are responsible for maintaining the enthusiasm that keeps the audience happy by developing fresh new routines around familiar songs. Here is our current lineup with more dates to come. April 23, 2014—Noel Leaman and Dan Louisell All shows start at 7:30PM and doors open at 6:30PM and are held in the Leopard Lounge in the Temple Theatre. Tickets are general admission and cost $10 in advance or at the door; also ava… Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Temple Theatre.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes - Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Genesee County is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life!  Listed below are our course offerings for March and April. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrive. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor will prepare instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This course has been updated to include 2010 ECC Guidelines. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infa… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Flower Sale

Our spring flower sale is in full BLOOM!  We will be taking orders now through May 30th and the flower pick-up day is Friday, June 6th from 9 am – 6 pm. 410 E. Second Street · Flint, MI 48503 Phone:  810.235.0617 Fax:    810.235.0689 E-mail:   info@bbbsflint.org. Thursday, April 24, 2014.

City of Midland’s popular Three Free program

CITY’S “THREE FREE” PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 14 To coincide with the start of the spring yard waste collection season, the City of Midland’s popular Three Free program begins Monday, April 14.  During these three weeks – set for April 14 to May 2 – residents may dispose of yard waste in kraft paper compost bags or yard waste bins without the City’s collection stickers. Yard waste sticker renewal notices have been mailed to City residents with blue yard waste bins.  If you have not received your renewal notice, call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.  Residents are encouraged to apply their sticker to their blue yard waste bin as soon as they receive it. Effective Monday, May 5, yard waste bins and all compost bags will require stickers. As a reminder, residents should not rake their yard waste into the street for collection.  Street leaf collection service is only provided in the fall. Yard waste is collected curbside, on the same day as residential refuse, in kraft paper co… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Crafters Wanted for Juried Craft Show

Crafters Wanted for a November 14-15 Holiday Craft Show and Sale. All items must be hand made. For information and an application, call 810 653-8735. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. Flint, MI 48507.

Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience. Thursday, April 24, 2014.

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended Can Help New Gardeners Get Started Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet!  Each kit comes with 18 kinds of vegetable seeds and 10 types of transplants - $70 worth of plant material all for just $15.  Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs.  The kits are available to Genesee County residents.  The pre-purchased kits will be picked up Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Salem Housing and Community Development, 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI  48505 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The edible flint Garden Starters Kits are pre-purchased and can be paid with cash, check or money order, and are payable with completed application.  The application deadline is extended to Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 Garden Starters kit applications are available at the MSU Extension Office,… Thursday, April 24, 2014. Salem Housing and Community Development 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI 48505.

Gothic Funk Press Seeks Submissions for Literary Anthology

The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press is currently seeking experimental literary submissions from Flint city residents for Mark's Hat, a forthcoming anthology of writing. Local writers are encouraged to submit their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of 7,000 words or less by April 30th to be evaluated by a panel of five readers. Gothic Funk Press, which specializes in innovative writing, defines “experimental” literature as “writing that is intentionally unusual, weird, contradictory, paradoxical, and/or self-aware.” The Press has published a short history of experimental literature at http://tinyurl.com/experimentallit. Detailed information and an online upload form is available at http://www.gothicfunkpress.com/submissions/. Mark's Hat, whose name is inspired by the vigorous public debate surrounding Mark's House, a 2013 art installation, will consist entirely of writing gathered from current Flint residents. The goal is to encourage new writers and new innovative writing from a uniquely Flint p… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Insta-Lube, Inc. Charity Day Tuesdays to support Genesee County Charities

In celebration of more than 30 years in the Genesee County area, beginning last October, both Genesee County Insta-Lube locations announced that they would donate $1 per service performed on Tuesdays to the customer’s selected charity.  Customers may choose from The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and Old News Boys of Flint or “write-in” their favorite charity.  In addition, customers who make personal donations to any of the five charities will receive free items such as Quaker State hats, travel mugs and umbrellas. Charity Day Tuesdays are expected to run indefinitely.  In the last five months, Insta-Lube has donated over $2,469.39 through the Charity Tuesday program.  The next time you need an oil change, please stop by Insta-Lube and help support a charity of your choice. Insta-Lube, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 1982 and has two Genesee County locations, one at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Street (G3520 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, MI… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Knee-high Naturalist Classes

For Preschool Children around 3 or 4 years old Thursdays or Fridays 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Enjoy nature with your child. All classes include a nature story, animals or animal mounts to touch, a hike (if weather permits), nature activities or games, nature crafts to take home, and a snack. Fee: $7.00 per child ($6.00 for members). Pre-registration is required by calling 810-796-3200. Animal Disguises September 19th & 20th Fall Fun October 24th & 25th Terrific Turkeys November 14th & 15th Gray, Red, Fox, and Flying Squirrels December 12th & 13th In the Snow, Who’s Been Here? January 23rd & 24th Bee My Valentine February 13th & 14th Excellent Eggs March 20th & 21st Slimy Salamanders April 3rd & 4th Squish – A Water Adventure May 29th & 30th. Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Preferred First Insurance "Pay It Forward Food Drive"

Starting Friday, April 4th, 2014-Monday, April 28th, 2014, drop off any non-perishable food item to any Preferred First Insurance location in Genesee or Saginaw county and Preferred First Insurance will match each donation with an additional two can food items. These food items will be distributed to LOCAL food pantries. Donation boxes are located in the lobby and are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Call (989)928-8260 for additional details. Thursday, April 24, 2014. 5105 W Vienna Rd Suite C Clio, MI 48420 7773 Bay Rd Saginaw, MI 48604.

Saginaw Housing Commission Waiting List Open

Beginning January 2, 2014 the Saginaw Housing Commission will be accepting applications for all waiting lists, including Elderly/Disabled (High-Rises) and General Occupancy (Family). For more information you may call 989-755-8183 or visit www.saginawhousing.org. Phone: 989-755-8183. Thursday, April 24, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps Celebrates Easter and Spring!

The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps welcomes the community to join us at our 211 W. Kearsley Street location in downtown Flint to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring by joining us at the following  free events. Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm - Special International Guests: The Salvation Army Norwegian National Band will be in concert at the downtown Flint Citadel. Invite your friends and family to  join you for this free concert open to the community! Friday, April 18 at 12:00 Noon - The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps presents their annual Community Good Friday Service. Everyone is welcome!  Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 - The Flint Citadel Brass Band and Songsters celebrate the season by hosting their Annual Spring Concert. Enjoy the beautiful music! Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Four-day family-oriented festival includes our famous "all you can eat" pancake, maple syrup and sausage meals served at the high school on Friday 3-7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Proceeds from the festival provide recreational activities for youngsters in the Shepherd School District, maintain a community park and further develop property north of the village where many of our events will be housed in the future. www.shepherdmaplesyrupfest.org. Thursday, April 24, 2014.

SPRING INTO ACTION AND HELP REDUCE POLLUTION GOING INTO SAGINAW BAY!

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER WAYS THAT EACH OF US CAN HELP PROTECT THE WATER QUALITY IN SAGINAW BAY. THE CITY OF BAY CITY AND SAGINAW HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE UNDERGROUND RETENTION TREATMENT BASINS TO ENSURE THAT UNTREATED SEWAGE OVERFLOWES INTO THE SAGINAW RIVER ARE FINALLY A THING OF THE PAST. CONSIDER DOING YOUR PART BY . . . . . . HAVING YOUR SEPTIC TANK PUMPED . . . INSTALLING A RAIN BARREL . . . PICKING UP YOUR DOG WASTE . . . DON’T’ FLUSH YOUR DRUGS! WHETHER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER OR HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, DRUGS SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET. MEDICATION CANNOT BE CLEANED UP LIKE SEWAGE, SO DRUGS CAN END UP IN THE BAY AFFECTING FISH AND WILDLIFE. LOOK FOR THE YELLOW JUG PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY. WHILE THE SAGINAW BAY IS CLEANER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO REDUCE POLLUTION. THIS MESSAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE SAGINAW BAY CO… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

TEMPLE THEATRE PRESENTS EIGHTEENTH SEASON OF FARE AND FEATURE SERIES

Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the eighteenth season of Fare and Feature.  The Spring Series kicks off in March and runs through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.  Starring:  Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and Bradford Dillman | 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.  Starring:  Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, and Irene Papas | 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Tri-City Learning Center events

"Ancient History and the Bible" The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a class entitled "Ancient History and the Bible" to be held in the Community Education Room of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School, located at 3955 Kochville Road (the corner of Mackinaw and Kochville Roads), in Saginaw, beginning on - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6-7:45 p.m. (The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 22). There is no cost. It is a free service to the community, though free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover expenses. If you are interested in studying the relationship between the Bible and ancient history, take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in this course. For details or to register, please call 989-249-6768. "A Case for Intelligent Design" Seminar The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a series of video presentations entitled "A Case for Intelligent Design" to be h… Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Home Improvement Program

Genesee County Home Improvement Program provides assistance to low & moderate income residents that meet eligibility requirements to make improvements to their homes (new roof, well, windows, siding, etc). Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

Church Wide Used Treasure and Bake Sale

Sale will be held April 25-26 from 9AM to 5PM at Trinity Uited Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd, Flint. There will be household goods, tools, clothing, furniture, craft items, etc. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. (Behind Kohl's) Flint, MI 48507.

Solid Foundation C.O.G.I.C. Closet Clothing Give Away

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

Space: A Journey to Our Future

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE will ignite your desire for discovery, spark your imagination, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Touch the Moon and Mars - touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, and explore a future Lunar Base Camp. Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle. Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond. Experience the past, present and future of space through dozens of other displays, inter-actives and experiences. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11, Members Free. Phone: 810-237-3450. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

the Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War

The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War October 6, 2012-August 3, 2014 NOTE: This exhibit will not be available 9/24-28/2013 The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11. Phone: 810-237-3450. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

April 24 Event to Feature Experts on Saginaw Bay Water Quality

The Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed, an environmental nonprofit that works to improve environmental quality in the Saginaw Bay and its watershed is hosting a free event on April 24, 2014 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI. The event features four experts who will share their research about Saginaw Bay water quality. Dr. Craig Stow, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, will provide an overview on the water quality status of the Saginaw Bay. Dr. Peter Esselman and Dr. Mary Anne Evans, of the United States Geological Survey, will discuss a new project to synthesize existing knowledge to determine likely outcomes associated with different nutrient levels in the Saginaw Bay. The synthesis will focus on the possible impact of different nutrient levels on productive fisheries, algae production, and beach quality. Dr. Donna Kashian, of Wayne State University, will discuss a project that… Thursday, April 24, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI.

A Day at the Derby

The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. We are “Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” This event is the Flint Chapter’s annual College Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting deserving local area high school seniors. Date: May 3, 2014 Tickets: $50.00 Come out and join us! There will be food, entertainment, prizes for the best male and female “Derby Outfit” a Derby Raffle and of course the main event – “Watching the Kentucky Derby”. Please R.S.V.P to jack.jillderby2014@gmail.com by April 12th. For more information please contact Debra Jennings (810) 516-6602. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience IINN 4800 S. Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48507.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception

Join artists Michael Estrada, Amy Gibas, Trecien Schultz, and Katie Stanton as they celebrate their graduation from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Saginaw Valley State University. Reception and Exhibition free and open to the public. Exhibition open April 21st- May 10th. For gallery hours, visit www.svsu.edu/artgallery. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM. University Art Gallery Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Road University Center, MI 48710. For more info visit www.svsu.edu.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry on the Davison Grub & Pub Crawl

Eat, drink and be merry on the annual Davison Area Chamber of Commerce Grub & Pub Crawl.  Travel Davison visiting nine local pubs and restaurants sampling delicious, complimentary food while sipping on specialty drinks offered at a special Grub & Pub price.  Transportation is provided at no additional cost.  The buses travel from each of the nine establishments non-stop from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale now for $14 at the Davison Area Chamber of Commerce or at the following establishments; Copper Ridge Golf Club, Tiebreaker Lounge (inside the Davison Athletic Club), Davison Country Club, Davison Eagles, Davison VFW, Little Caesars, Madden’s Lounge, M.D.’s Sports Tavern & Grill, and Whitey’s Restaurant.  Free fun photo opportunities are available when you stop at the Little Caesar’s.  Ticket prices on the day of are $20.  You must be 21 to buy and redeem tickets.      For more information about the Davison Grub & Pub Crawl, go to www.davisonchamberofcommerce.com or contact Tim Look, President of th… Cost: $14. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Grub & Pub Crawl

Travel from Pubs & Restaurants sampling great food. Each stop features complimentary food and offer drink specials. Transportation is provided as buses travel from each establishment throughout the circuit continuing nonstop for 4 hours. Come and join us for fun, food and friends. Bring a group with you to add to the excitement! Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Davison, MI.

Jon and Erin Lauderbach Named 2014 Honorary Chairs of ‘Chefs for Shelterhouse’

The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) of Midland and Gladwin Counties has named Jon and Erin Lauderbach Honorary Chairpersons for its annual spring fundraiser, Chefs for Shelterhouse.  The event will be held Thursday, April 24, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at a new location --  the Great Hall in Midland -- with The Dow Chemical Company as the premier sponsor.  Chefs for Shelterhouse is one of the main sources of operating funds for Shelterhouse, providing programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence for the next 12 months.  “Our community has so much to be proud of,” said Jon Lauderbach, “that it’s all too easy to ignore the suffering that’s going on around us.  Each day, domestic violence and sexual abuse occur here.  I learned in my six years on the bench that domestic violence and sexual abuse know no socioeconomic bounds, and do not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, religion, or education. We ask this generous community to join us in supporting Chefs… Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The Great Hall in Midland.

2014 Earth Day Celebration

Gladwin County Master Gardeners and Gladwin Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce their annual Earth Day Celebration to be held at the Gladwin High School on Thursday April 24, 2014. Doors open at 5:15pm and local vendors will be available with items for sale and there will also be free bulbs, trees and door prizes. Open to the public-Free admission. Featured Speaker, Brad Morgan will begin at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Gladwin County Master Gardeners. Many local educational providers will also be available to help with questions about environment and community projects. “Recycling, Renewable Energy Education & Why We’re Here” Join Brad Morgan, owner of Dairy Doo as he tells us where he came up with the idea for his business and how it has grown. 17 years ago, suffering from a manure management problem, Brad decided to look for alternative ways to dispose of residuals on his 200 head dairy farm. After many struggles, Brad and his father Dale created a signature compost that we kn… Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM. Gladwin High School.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Community Education/Information Session

Topics for Discussion: CKD: There are many questions about Chronic Kidney Disease and it’s impact on the individual, family and community. Dialysis: Information/Education (Share your Story!) Family Health History: Get some tips on how to share your family health history Join the Universal Kidney Foundation in an informative education session to learn more, share your story and gain insights on methods to help yourself, family members and friends. Bring a friend or family member!!! For further information: Call 810-744-1117 Universal Kidney Foundation 3089 Tri Park Drive Grand Blanc MI 48439. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Flint Public Library (Main Branch) 1026 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48502 Room 205.

Mott Community College to present Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program on April 24

Mott Community College believes that it is important to recognize the outstanding contributions that alumni make in their chosen professions and in service to the community. To that end, the MCC Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards program, honoring four local residents with the college's most prestigious recognition. The Distinguished Alumni Awards program is scheduled for 5:30 pm Thursday, April 24 at the MCC Event Center, located adjacent to the Mott Library on the MCC main campus, 1401 E. Court St. in Flint. Recipients of this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards are: Daniel M. Berezny (1974); Gregory C. Gaines (1976), Edwin Jakeway, Esq. (1957) and Beverly Jones, Ph.D. (1970). In addition, MCC will honor Professor Emeritus of Economics Stephany Diana as the Outstanding Retiree. She retired in June 2010. Family and friends of this year's honorees are invited to take part in the recognition. This event is also open to the public. Tickets for the dinner program ar… Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Pet Angel is April 24

Pet Angel Adoption & Rescue of Frankenmuth is holding its annual “spay”ghetti Dinner on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30pm to 8pm.  This year’s dinner will be held in the community room at the Frankenmuth Credit Union at 580 N. Main St, Frankenmuth.  Wendts Catering will be serving Salad, Spaghetti, dessert and coffee or Milk for a donation of $10 adults and $6.00 for children 6-12.  Children 5 and under are free.  Tickets are available now at Pet Angel, 380 List Street, Frankenmuth and will also be available at the door.  Pet Angel Adoption & Rescue is in its 10 year of rescuing stray, abandoned or homeless cats and kittens and finding them new homes.  Funds from the “spay”ghetti dinner will help pay for Spay/Neuters of this year’s incoming kittens.  For more information on the “Spay”ghetti dinner or on Pet Angel Adoption & Rescue call 989-652-0552. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Frankenmuth Credit Union 580 N. Main St, Frankenmuth.

Documentary: "Living Downstream"

This poetic documentary follows one woman's cancer journey as she realizes her diagnosis can be linked directly to the environment. This important film draws attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention. A half-hour discussion will follow the hour-long documentary, which is sponsored by the Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM. Grand Blanc McFarlen Library 515 Perry Road Grand Blanc, MI 48439.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

This program is designed to assist homeless or at risk veterans to get back into the workforce and gain independence & self sufficiency. Veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions, be a resident of Genesee County, and be at risk of or in a homeless situation. Contact Scott at 810 600-6355. Cost: Free. Phone: 810-600-6355. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM. 510 S. Averill Ave. Flint, MI 48506.

Spring Break Camp

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is offering a 2014 Spring Break Science Camp experience for 1st - 3rd and 4th – 6th grade ecologists. Campers will learn about the connections and delicate balance between living and nonliving organisms through hands-on activities and will experience 250+ hands-on exhibits plus theater and live stage performances. Call 313.577.8400, Option 5 to register. Phone: 313.577.8400, Option 5. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM. 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202.

Non-Fiction Book Club

Contact the branch for details at 810-629-7612. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30 PM. Fenton Winegarden Librar 200 E. Caroline Street Fenton, MI 48430.

Beyond Pontiac's Shadow

Michigan Notable Author Keith R. Widder will be speaking about his book Beyond Pontiac's Shadow which tells the story of Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763. Books will be available for sale and autographing after the presentation. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Shiawassee District Library--Owosso Branch 502 W. Main Owosso, MI 48867.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes - Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Genesee County is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life!  Listed below are our course offerings for March and April. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrive. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor will prepare instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This course has been updated to include 2010 ECC Guidelines. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infa… Friday, April 25, 2014.

Bay City Players: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

April 25-27 and May 1-4 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. www.baycityplayers.com. Friday, April 25, 2014. Bay City Players 1214 Columbus Avenue Bay City.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Flower Sale

Our spring flower sale is in full BLOOM!  We will be taking orders now through May 30th and the flower pick-up day is Friday, June 6th from 9 am – 6 pm. 410 E. Second Street · Flint, MI 48503 Phone:  810.235.0617 Fax:    810.235.0689 E-mail:   info@bbbsflint.org. Friday, April 25, 2014.

City of Midland’s popular Three Free program

CITY’S “THREE FREE” PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 14 To coincide with the start of the spring yard waste collection season, the City of Midland’s popular Three Free program begins Monday, April 14.  During these three weeks – set for April 14 to May 2 – residents may dispose of yard waste in kraft paper compost bags or yard waste bins without the City’s collection stickers. Yard waste sticker renewal notices have been mailed to City residents with blue yard waste bins.  If you have not received your renewal notice, call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.  Residents are encouraged to apply their sticker to their blue yard waste bin as soon as they receive it. Effective Monday, May 5, yard waste bins and all compost bags will require stickers. As a reminder, residents should not rake their yard waste into the street for collection.  Street leaf collection service is only provided in the fall. Yard waste is collected curbside, on the same day as residential refuse, in kraft paper co… Friday, April 25, 2014.

Crafters Wanted for Juried Craft Show

Crafters Wanted for a November 14-15 Holiday Craft Show and Sale. All items must be hand made. For information and an application, call 810 653-8735. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. Flint, MI 48507.

Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience. Friday, April 25, 2014.

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended Can Help New Gardeners Get Started Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet!  Each kit comes with 18 kinds of vegetable seeds and 10 types of transplants - $70 worth of plant material all for just $15.  Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs.  The kits are available to Genesee County residents.  The pre-purchased kits will be picked up Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Salem Housing and Community Development, 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI  48505 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The edible flint Garden Starters Kits are pre-purchased and can be paid with cash, check or money order, and are payable with completed application.  The application deadline is extended to Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 Garden Starters kit applications are available at the MSU Extension Office,… Friday, April 25, 2014. Salem Housing and Community Development 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI 48505.

Free Employment Workshops

Tired of not receiving calls for job interviews or a return call for a follow up interview? Maybe we can help you! Please join us and learn how to prepare for an interview and how to identify what mistakes you may not be aware of . Come meet Senior Branch Manager for Flagstar Bank Mrs. Cheryl Woodyard, as she shares insightful information for Professionalism & Interview Preparedness. Workshops are held every 4th Friday. Call ahead for seating ! Professional dress is required Phone: 810-553-2140 Fax: 810-715-1665 E-mail:centerforhigher@yahoo.com centerforhigher@one@example.com Cent er for Highe r Educat ional Achi evement Twitter:CHEA2011 Visit us on Facebook. Friday, April 25, 2014. Center for Hope Building (former School of Choice) 517 E. Fifth Ave. Flint, MI 48501.

Gothic Funk Press Seeks Submissions for Literary Anthology

The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press is currently seeking experimental literary submissions from Flint city residents for Mark's Hat, a forthcoming anthology of writing. Local writers are encouraged to submit their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of 7,000 words or less by April 30th to be evaluated by a panel of five readers. Gothic Funk Press, which specializes in innovative writing, defines “experimental” literature as “writing that is intentionally unusual, weird, contradictory, paradoxical, and/or self-aware.” The Press has published a short history of experimental literature at http://tinyurl.com/experimentallit. Detailed information and an online upload form is available at http://www.gothicfunkpress.com/submissions/. Mark's Hat, whose name is inspired by the vigorous public debate surrounding Mark's House, a 2013 art installation, will consist entirely of writing gathered from current Flint residents. The goal is to encourage new writers and new innovative writing from a uniquely Flint p… Friday, April 25, 2014.

Insta-Lube, Inc. Charity Day Tuesdays to support Genesee County Charities

In celebration of more than 30 years in the Genesee County area, beginning last October, both Genesee County Insta-Lube locations announced that they would donate $1 per service performed on Tuesdays to the customer’s selected charity.  Customers may choose from The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and Old News Boys of Flint or “write-in” their favorite charity.  In addition, customers who make personal donations to any of the five charities will receive free items such as Quaker State hats, travel mugs and umbrellas. Charity Day Tuesdays are expected to run indefinitely.  In the last five months, Insta-Lube has donated over $2,469.39 through the Charity Tuesday program.  The next time you need an oil change, please stop by Insta-Lube and help support a charity of your choice. Insta-Lube, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 1982 and has two Genesee County locations, one at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Street (G3520 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, MI… Friday, April 25, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Friday, April 25, 2014.

Knee-high Naturalist Classes

For Preschool Children around 3 or 4 years old Thursdays or Fridays 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Enjoy nature with your child. All classes include a nature story, animals or animal mounts to touch, a hike (if weather permits), nature activities or games, nature crafts to take home, and a snack. Fee: $7.00 per child ($6.00 for members). Pre-registration is required by calling 810-796-3200. Animal Disguises September 19th & 20th Fall Fun October 24th & 25th Terrific Turkeys November 14th & 15th Gray, Red, Fox, and Flying Squirrels December 12th & 13th In the Snow, Who’s Been Here? January 23rd & 24th Bee My Valentine February 13th & 14th Excellent Eggs March 20th & 21st Slimy Salamanders April 3rd & 4th Squish – A Water Adventure May 29th & 30th. Friday, April 25, 2014.

Preferred First Insurance "Pay It Forward Food Drive"

Starting Friday, April 4th, 2014-Monday, April 28th, 2014, drop off any non-perishable food item to any Preferred First Insurance location in Genesee or Saginaw county and Preferred First Insurance will match each donation with an additional two can food items. These food items will be distributed to LOCAL food pantries. Donation boxes are located in the lobby and are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Call (989)928-8260 for additional details. Friday, April 25, 2014. 5105 W Vienna Rd Suite C Clio, MI 48420 7773 Bay Rd Saginaw, MI 48604.

Saginaw Housing Commission Waiting List Open

Beginning January 2, 2014 the Saginaw Housing Commission will be accepting applications for all waiting lists, including Elderly/Disabled (High-Rises) and General Occupancy (Family). For more information you may call 989-755-8183 or visit www.saginawhousing.org. Phone: 989-755-8183. Friday, April 25, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps Celebrates Easter and Spring!

The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps welcomes the community to join us at our 211 W. Kearsley Street location in downtown Flint to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring by joining us at the following  free events. Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm - Special International Guests: The Salvation Army Norwegian National Band will be in concert at the downtown Flint Citadel. Invite your friends and family to  join you for this free concert open to the community! Friday, April 18 at 12:00 Noon - The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps presents their annual Community Good Friday Service. Everyone is welcome!  Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 - The Flint Citadel Brass Band and Songsters celebrate the season by hosting their Annual Spring Concert. Enjoy the beautiful music! Friday, April 25, 2014.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Four-day family-oriented festival includes our famous "all you can eat" pancake, maple syrup and sausage meals served at the high school on Friday 3-7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Proceeds from the festival provide recreational activities for youngsters in the Shepherd School District, maintain a community park and further develop property north of the village where many of our events will be housed in the future. www.shepherdmaplesyrupfest.org. Friday, April 25, 2014.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

April 25-27 and May 1-4 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. www.baycityplayers.com. Phone: 989-893-5556. Friday, April 25, 2014. Bay City Players 1214 Columbus Avenue Bay City.

SPRING INTO ACTION AND HELP REDUCE POLLUTION GOING INTO SAGINAW BAY!

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER WAYS THAT EACH OF US CAN HELP PROTECT THE WATER QUALITY IN SAGINAW BAY. THE CITY OF BAY CITY AND SAGINAW HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE UNDERGROUND RETENTION TREATMENT BASINS TO ENSURE THAT UNTREATED SEWAGE OVERFLOWES INTO THE SAGINAW RIVER ARE FINALLY A THING OF THE PAST. CONSIDER DOING YOUR PART BY . . . . . . HAVING YOUR SEPTIC TANK PUMPED . . . INSTALLING A RAIN BARREL . . . PICKING UP YOUR DOG WASTE . . . DON’T’ FLUSH YOUR DRUGS! WHETHER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER OR HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, DRUGS SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET. MEDICATION CANNOT BE CLEANED UP LIKE SEWAGE, SO DRUGS CAN END UP IN THE BAY AFFECTING FISH AND WILDLIFE. LOOK FOR THE YELLOW JUG PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY. WHILE THE SAGINAW BAY IS CLEANER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO REDUCE POLLUTION. THIS MESSAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE SAGINAW BAY CO… Friday, April 25, 2014.

TEMPLE THEATRE PRESENTS EIGHTEENTH SEASON OF FARE AND FEATURE SERIES

Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the eighteenth season of Fare and Feature.  The Spring Series kicks off in March and runs through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.  Starring:  Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and Bradford Dillman | 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.  Starring:  Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, and Irene Papas | 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same… Friday, April 25, 2014.

Tri-City Learning Center events

"Ancient History and the Bible" The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a class entitled "Ancient History and the Bible" to be held in the Community Education Room of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School, located at 3955 Kochville Road (the corner of Mackinaw and Kochville Roads), in Saginaw, beginning on - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6-7:45 p.m. (The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 22). There is no cost. It is a free service to the community, though free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover expenses. If you are interested in studying the relationship between the Bible and ancient history, take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in this course. For details or to register, please call 989-249-6768. "A Case for Intelligent Design" Seminar The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a series of video presentations entitled "A Case for Intelligent Design" to be h… Friday, April 25, 2014.

Home Improvement Program

Genesee County Home Improvement Program provides assistance to low & moderate income residents that meet eligibility requirements to make improvements to their homes (new roof, well, windows, siding, etc). Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

Church Wide Used Treasure and Bake Sale

Sale will be held April 25-26 from 9AM to 5PM at Trinity Uited Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd, Flint. There will be household goods, tools, clothing, furniture, craft items, etc. Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. (Behind Kohl's) Flint, MI 48507.

Workshop to Help Landowners Manage Forest Land

What:              What to do with your woods: Exploring sustainable management to create the forest you want. When:             Friday, April 25, 2014. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.         Where:            Homer Township Hall – 522 N. Homer Rd. Midland, MI Cost:               $20/person ($15 for additional family members) Information:   Call Elan Lipschitz at 989.835.4886 or email elipschitz@littleforks.org MIDLAND – The Michigan Forest Association, Saginaw Conservation District and The Little Forks Conservancy will host a day-long workshop Friday, April 25 to assist landowners who manage forest land. The workshop, “What to Do with Your Woods,” will examine forest management plans from a landscape perspective. “Woodlands are important,” said Elan Lipschitz, the Conservancy’s director of land conservation, “because they protect our water quality, provide wildlife habitat and provide a potential source of income for the owner. This workshop will help landowners optimize their forest management to benef… Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Homer Township Hall – 522 N. Homer Rd. Midland, MI.

Genesee Valley Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the NEW Lane Bryant store

The NEW Lane Bryant is located in the former Ruby Tuesday space, with an exterior entrance. We suggest parking between Burlington Coat Factory & Macy’s. CK 105.5 will broadcast LIVE from 9:30am-11:30am. Special gift card giveaways will take place throughout the day. Did You Know? Lane Bryant is one of the original retailers at Genesee Valley Center. Join us to celebrate their 44th year of business at GVC, in their brand new location! Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM.

Solid Foundation C.O.G.I.C. Closet Clothing Give Away

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

Space: A Journey to Our Future

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE will ignite your desire for discovery, spark your imagination, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Touch the Moon and Mars - touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, and explore a future Lunar Base Camp. Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle. Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond. Experience the past, present and future of space through dozens of other displays, inter-actives and experiences. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11, Members Free. Phone: 810-237-3450. Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

the Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War

The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War October 6, 2012-August 3, 2014 NOTE: This exhibit will not be available 9/24-28/2013 The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11. Phone: 810-237-3450. Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

The Flint Women's Forum 2014 Celebration of Women Luncheon

Join the Flint Women's Forum for our Annual Celebration of Women Meeting and Luncheon. Michelle Becker Mueller, third generation owner of Becker's Bridal will address the crowd at the April 25, 2014 event. Hear the history of how this general store transformed into a bridal store that is celebrating its 80th year in business, including how it inspired the book "The Magic Room". Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Flint Golf Club. For more info visit flintwomensforum.org.

A Day at the Derby

The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. We are “Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” This event is the Flint Chapter’s annual College Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting deserving local area high school seniors. Date: May 3, 2014 Tickets: $50.00 Come out and join us! There will be food, entertainment, prizes for the best male and female “Derby Outfit” a Derby Raffle and of course the main event – “Watching the Kentucky Derby”. Please R.S.V.P to jack.jillderby2014@gmail.com by April 12th. For more information please contact Debra Jennings (810) 516-6602. Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience IINN 4800 S. Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48507.

FLINT WOMEN’S FORUM ANNOUNCES SPEAKER FOR 2014 CELEBRATION OF WOMEN EVENT

Join the Flint Women’s Forum for our Annual Celebration of Women. The Flint Women’s Forum (FWF) is pleased to announce the speaker for their 2014 annual Celebration of Women Annual Meeting and Luncheon.  Michelle Becker Mueller, third generation owner of Becker’s Bridal, will address guests at the April 25, 2014 event. Hear the history of how this general store transformed into a bridal store that is celebrating its 80th year in business, including how it inspired the book “The Magic Room”. The event will be held at The Flint Golf Club in Flint from 11:30am until approximately 1:30pm.  Those wishing to attend can register at flintwomensforum.org. Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Washington Society Fish Fry

Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1942 Joslin Street Saginaw, MI.

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Michigan, Genesee County Chapter Spring Banquet

Speaker will be a Michigan Attorney speaking on the legality of reaching children in the public schools with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please RSVP 810 487-0068 or 810 687-9909. Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Mayfair Bible Church 5339 W Pierson Rd Flushing MI.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

This program is designed to assist homeless or at risk veterans to get back into the workforce and gain independence & self sufficiency. Veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions, be a resident of Genesee County, and be at risk of or in a homeless situation. Contact Scott at 810 600-6355. Cost: Free. Phone: 810-600-6355. Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 PM. 510 S. Averill Ave. Flint, MI 48506.

Spring Break Camp

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is offering a 2014 Spring Break Science Camp experience for 1st - 3rd and 4th – 6th grade ecologists. Campers will learn about the connections and delicate balance between living and nonliving organisms through hands-on activities and will experience 250+ hands-on exhibits plus theater and live stage performances. Call 313.577.8400, Option 5 to register. Phone: 313.577.8400, Option 5. Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 PM. 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202.

Temple Theatre Presents: 18th Season of Fare and Feature

Temple Theatre Presents Eighteenth season of Fare and Feature Movies Series Saginaw, Michigan – Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the Eighteenth season of Fare and Feature. The series kicks off in March and run through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford and Bradford Dillman 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. Starring: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold and Irene Papas 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However,… Cost: $65 Season (4lunches/4movies) or $5.00 General admission Movie only. Phone: 989-754-7469. Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 PM. 201. N. Washington Ave Saginaw, MI 48607.

Wild GameDinner

A variety of wild game meat and meat dishes. Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Lennon United Methodist Church 1014 Oak St Lennon Mi 48449.

Enter Planted Kingdom - a transformative theatrical experience in healthy lifestyle change

Planed Kingdom Project presents: Semaj Brown's one woman show: Onion Revolt! Dr. James Brown Breaking it down! Perscrption: Laughter and musical accompaniment! Join us on Facebook.com/plantedkingdom Please contact us at 810-733-5501 or info@plantedkingdom.com. Cost: $35. Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Bower Theater 1220 E Kearsley St. Flint, MI, 48503.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes - Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Genesee County is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life!  Listed below are our course offerings for March and April. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrive. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor will prepare instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This course has been updated to include 2010 ECC Guidelines. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infa… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Bay City Players: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

April 25-27 and May 1-4 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. www.baycityplayers.com. Saturday, April 26, 2014. Bay City Players 1214 Columbus Avenue Bay City.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Flower Sale

Our spring flower sale is in full BLOOM!  We will be taking orders now through May 30th and the flower pick-up day is Friday, June 6th from 9 am – 6 pm. 410 E. Second Street · Flint, MI 48503 Phone:  810.235.0617 Fax:    810.235.0689 E-mail:   info@bbbsflint.org. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

City of Midland’s popular Three Free program

CITY’S “THREE FREE” PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 14 To coincide with the start of the spring yard waste collection season, the City of Midland’s popular Three Free program begins Monday, April 14.  During these three weeks – set for April 14 to May 2 – residents may dispose of yard waste in kraft paper compost bags or yard waste bins without the City’s collection stickers. Yard waste sticker renewal notices have been mailed to City residents with blue yard waste bins.  If you have not received your renewal notice, call the Department of Public Services at 989-837-6900.  Residents are encouraged to apply their sticker to their blue yard waste bin as soon as they receive it. Effective Monday, May 5, yard waste bins and all compost bags will require stickers. As a reminder, residents should not rake their yard waste into the street for collection.  Street leaf collection service is only provided in the fall. Yard waste is collected curbside, on the same day as residential refuse, in kraft paper co… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Crafters Wanted for Juried Craft Show

Crafters Wanted for a November 14-15 Holiday Craft Show and Sale. All items must be hand made. For information and an application, call 810 653-8735. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. Flint, MI 48507.

Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce Debwewin - Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indiana Industrial Boarding School Experience. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended

edible flint 2014 Veggie Garden Kits – order deadline extended Can Help New Gardeners Get Started Have you been thinking about starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? edible flint Garden Starters Kits have everything you need to plant a vegetable garden as big as 30 feet by 50 feet!  Each kit comes with 18 kinds of vegetable seeds and 10 types of transplants - $70 worth of plant material all for just $15.  Kits also include a helpful planting guide and sample garden designs.  The kits are available to Genesee County residents.  The pre-purchased kits will be picked up Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Salem Housing and Community Development, 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI  48505 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The edible flint Garden Starters Kits are pre-purchased and can be paid with cash, check or money order, and are payable with completed application.  The application deadline is extended to Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 Garden Starters kit applications are available at the MSU Extension Office,… Saturday, April 26, 2014. Salem Housing and Community Development 3216 M.L. King, Flint, MI 48505.

Flint Youth Theater Hosts "Onion Revolt!" A Healthy Comedy Where Vegetables Get Star Billing

This original theatrical performance uses humor, and colorful characters to get its message across. Vegetables have never been more celebrated as they are in the one-woman show, "Onion Revolt!"  Semaj Brown is the show's creator and star of the healthy comedy, and her husband family physician Dr. James Brown is the composer of the show's music, and its musician. The talented husband and wife team are taking their years of teaching healthy lifestyle living to the next level by staging a full theatrical performance at the Bower Theater in Flint, Michigan, April 26, 2014. The Browns are essentially bringing their former radio broadcast to life with "Onion Revolt!" They became a local healthy living cult favorite when they hosted their radio show, and generated a lot of excitement during Dr. Brown's "Pounds Down Challenge" where he challenged members of the community to change their diet, exercise and to make a permanent healthy lifestyle change in their lives.  The incentive to participate in the challenge… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Gothic Funk Press Seeks Submissions for Literary Anthology

The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press is currently seeking experimental literary submissions from Flint city residents for Mark's Hat, a forthcoming anthology of writing. Local writers are encouraged to submit their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry of 7,000 words or less by April 30th to be evaluated by a panel of five readers. Gothic Funk Press, which specializes in innovative writing, defines “experimental” literature as “writing that is intentionally unusual, weird, contradictory, paradoxical, and/or self-aware.” The Press has published a short history of experimental literature at http://tinyurl.com/experimentallit. Detailed information and an online upload form is available at http://www.gothicfunkpress.com/submissions/. Mark's Hat, whose name is inspired by the vigorous public debate surrounding Mark's House, a 2013 art installation, will consist entirely of writing gathered from current Flint residents. The goal is to encourage new writers and new innovative writing from a uniquely Flint p… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

IMA Brookwood Golf Club to Host 43rd Annual Best Ball Tournament

IMA Brookwood Golf Club in Burton will kick off the 2014 golf season with the 43rd annual IMA Two-Person Best Ball tournament on April 26 and 27, 2014.  The field will be flighted after the first day of play and tee times will begin at 9:00 a.m. both days with players going off both front and back nines. “This is one of our biggest events of the season” said Chris Allard, General Manager of IMA Brookwood Golf Club.  “Entries are limited to the first 72 teams registered. The tournament usually sells out so we are encouraging teams to sign up early to ensure a spot in the event”. Entry Fee is $55 for season passholders and $75 for non-season passholders and includes carts and greens fees for two days and gift certificates.  Players can register on-line at www.brookwoodgolfclub.com or at IMA Brookwood’s Golf Shop.  Practice rounds will be available on Friday, April 25 for $20 per round with cart for all paid participants. Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  “Our players are really excited for… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Insta-Lube, Inc. Charity Day Tuesdays to support Genesee County Charities

In celebration of more than 30 years in the Genesee County area, beginning last October, both Genesee County Insta-Lube locations announced that they would donate $1 per service performed on Tuesdays to the customer’s selected charity.  Customers may choose from The Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, and Old News Boys of Flint or “write-in” their favorite charity.  In addition, customers who make personal donations to any of the five charities will receive free items such as Quaker State hats, travel mugs and umbrellas. Charity Day Tuesdays are expected to run indefinitely.  In the last five months, Insta-Lube has donated over $2,469.39 through the Charity Tuesday program.  The next time you need an oil change, please stop by Insta-Lube and help support a charity of your choice. Insta-Lube, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 1982 and has two Genesee County locations, one at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Street (G3520 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, MI… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

JOIN OUR EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AND CLEAN-UP BAY CITY!

Start cleaning your garage and basement as the City offers residents multiple ways toreduce, reuse and recycle. The Mayor, Citizen District Council Members and City Staff will be ready to accept your bulk trash and recyclable items on Saturday, April 26 th, the City will be hosting the Ed Golson 20th Compost and Clean Up Bay City! Events. Ed Golson 20th Annual Compost Event – The City is proud to partner with the Bay City Little League Association and Little Caesars’ Pizza to provide 400 cubic yards of free compost for Bay Area Residents at Veterans Memorial Park Boat Launch Parking Lot. This year the entrance will begin at the parking lot for the ball diamonds – watch for signs and city staff to help direct you. If you go, keep in mind the following: •  Hours: 8 a.m. until compost is gone •  Little League Teams will be collecting donations at the gate to offset their utility expenses •  Residents are advised to bring their own containers and shovels •  Residents will need to load their own ma… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Preferred First Insurance "Pay It Forward Food Drive"

Starting Friday, April 4th, 2014-Monday, April 28th, 2014, drop off any non-perishable food item to any Preferred First Insurance location in Genesee or Saginaw county and Preferred First Insurance will match each donation with an additional two can food items. These food items will be distributed to LOCAL food pantries. Donation boxes are located in the lobby and are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Call (989)928-8260 for additional details. Saturday, April 26, 2014. 5105 W Vienna Rd Suite C Clio, MI 48420 7773 Bay Rd Saginaw, MI 48604.

Saginaw Housing Commission Waiting List Open

Beginning January 2, 2014 the Saginaw Housing Commission will be accepting applications for all waiting lists, including Elderly/Disabled (High-Rises) and General Occupancy (Family). For more information you may call 989-755-8183 or visit www.saginawhousing.org. Phone: 989-755-8183. Saturday, April 26, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps Celebrates Easter and Spring!

The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps welcomes the community to join us at our 211 W. Kearsley Street location in downtown Flint to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring by joining us at the following  free events. Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm - Special International Guests: The Salvation Army Norwegian National Band will be in concert at the downtown Flint Citadel. Invite your friends and family to  join you for this free concert open to the community! Friday, April 18 at 12:00 Noon - The Salvation Army Flint Citadel Corps presents their annual Community Good Friday Service. Everyone is welcome!  Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 - The Flint Citadel Brass Band and Songsters celebrate the season by hosting their Annual Spring Concert. Enjoy the beautiful music! Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Four-day family-oriented festival includes our famous "all you can eat" pancake, maple syrup and sausage meals served at the high school on Friday 3-7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Proceeds from the festival provide recreational activities for youngsters in the Shepherd School District, maintain a community park and further develop property north of the village where many of our events will be housed in the future. www.shepherdmaplesyrupfest.org. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

April 25-27 and May 1-4 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. www.baycityplayers.com. Phone: 989-893-5556. Saturday, April 26, 2014. Bay City Players 1214 Columbus Avenue Bay City.

SPRING INTO ACTION AND HELP REDUCE POLLUTION GOING INTO SAGINAW BAY!

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER WAYS THAT EACH OF US CAN HELP PROTECT THE WATER QUALITY IN SAGINAW BAY. THE CITY OF BAY CITY AND SAGINAW HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE UNDERGROUND RETENTION TREATMENT BASINS TO ENSURE THAT UNTREATED SEWAGE OVERFLOWES INTO THE SAGINAW RIVER ARE FINALLY A THING OF THE PAST. CONSIDER DOING YOUR PART BY . . . . . . HAVING YOUR SEPTIC TANK PUMPED . . . INSTALLING A RAIN BARREL . . . PICKING UP YOUR DOG WASTE . . . DON’T’ FLUSH YOUR DRUGS! WHETHER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO THE CITY SEWER OR HAVE A SEPTIC SYSTEM, DRUGS SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET. MEDICATION CANNOT BE CLEANED UP LIKE SEWAGE, SO DRUGS CAN END UP IN THE BAY AFFECTING FISH AND WILDLIFE. LOOK FOR THE YELLOW JUG PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCALLY OWNED NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY. WHILE THE SAGINAW BAY IS CLEANER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN YEARS, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO REDUCE POLLUTION. THIS MESSAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE SAGINAW BAY CO… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

TEMPLE THEATRE PRESENTS EIGHTEENTH SEASON OF FARE AND FEATURE SERIES

Continuing with tradition, the Temple Theatre is proud to present the eighteenth season of Fare and Feature.  The Spring Series kicks off in March and runs through June with the following movies: The Way We Were – March 27, 2014 In this 1973 classic, two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.  Starring:  Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford, and Bradford Dillman | 118 minutes • color • romance/drama • PG rating Anne of the Thousand Days – April 24, 2014 In this 1969 classic, Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.  Starring:  Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, and Irene Papas | 145 minutes • color • drama/history • approved rating An American in Paris – May 22, 2014 In this 1951 classic film, three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Tri-City Learning Center events

"Ancient History and the Bible" The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a class entitled "Ancient History and the Bible" to be held in the Community Education Room of the Tri-City Seventh-day Adventist School, located at 3955 Kochville Road (the corner of Mackinaw and Kochville Roads), in Saginaw, beginning on - Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 6-7:45 p.m. (The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 22). There is no cost. It is a free service to the community, though free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover expenses. If you are interested in studying the relationship between the Bible and ancient history, take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in this course. For details or to register, please call 989-249-6768. "A Case for Intelligent Design" Seminar The Tri-City Learning Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach will conduct a series of video presentations entitled "A Case for Intelligent Design" to be h… Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Holly Christmas In Action WORKDAY 2014

Join us for WORKDAY 2014 by volunteering to help repair homes for local low income seniors. Skill trades all the way down to someone who likes to do yard work or wash windows! WE HAVE A JOB for everyone! Sponsorship & Donations available. Please contact Marie Todorovsky marketing@hollycia.org Christmas in Action is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit agency that has successfully implemented the "tried and true" idea of "neighbor helping neighbor" by partnering with the community to repair the homes of low-income and/or disabled homeowners. Local, state and federal government programs are "out there" for low-income young couples and children, and yet, there are virtually no programs to help the elderly and disabled who are living on fixed incomes. Think of it .. trying to live on Social Security or disability anywhere from $500 - $800/month! Imagine paying for a roof, plumbing, wheelchair ramp, etc. while trying to pay for prescriptions and food on this kind of income. Without Christmas in Action, literally thousand… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Holly Michigan.

Home Improvement Program

Genesee County Home Improvement Program provides assistance to low & moderate income residents that meet eligibility requirements to make improvements to their homes (new roof, well, windows, siding, etc). Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

Church Wide Used Treasure and Bake Sale

Sale will be held April 25-26 from 9AM to 5PM at Trinity Uited Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd, Flint. There will be household goods, tools, clothing, furniture, craft items, etc. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Trinity United Presbyterian Church 5151 Lennon Rd. (Behind Kohl's) Flint, MI 48507.

Conference on Animal Welfare in China and Taiwan

The 2014 First Annual Conference on Animal Welfare in China and Taiwan, designed to raise awareness in the Northern California area regarding the issues of animal welfare in China and Taiwan, to inspire action on the animals behalf, and to raise money for Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project’s Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival campaign. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Golden Gate University’s Law School 536 Mission street, San Francisco, CA 94105. For more info visit www.duoduoproject.org.

Forest Township Library Used Book Sale

Come on out to the Forest Township used book sale to support your library while getting a great deal on a book or two. The sale runs Saturday, 9am - 3pm. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Forest Township Library 123 W. Main Street Otisville, MI 48463. For more info visit www.thegdl.org.

Great Cloth Diaper Change of Mid-Michigan

A non-profit fundraiser event that compliments Earth Day celebrations, join us for tons of excitement as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of most number of diapers changed simultaneously. Additionally, a Natural Parenting Expo will be held from 9am-1pm with businesses and organizations on hand to share their goods and services. There will also be raffle prizes, a photo station and activities to entertain the older kids. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church 7234 Fenton Rd. Grand Blanc, MI 48439.

Health Department Holds Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The Bay County  Health Department will hold  a  Household  Hazardous  Waste  Collection  event  on Saturday,  April 26th from 9:00am until  1:00pm at the  Bay County Fairgrounds, 800 Livingston Ave, Bay City, MI 48708.  This event is by appointment only. The free  collection is  intended for homeowners in Bay County, and not local businesses.  Materials that can be disposed of on collection day are household products such as leftover household cleaners, household chemicals, and oil based paint products. For a complete list of disposable items, please visit the Bay County Health Department’s Environmental Health webpage at: http://www.baycounty-mi.gov/Health/HouseholdHazardousMaterialsDisposal.aspx For those without internet access, please contact the Environmental Health Division at (989) 895-4006, press option 3, for information  regarding  disposable  items.   Residents  must  schedule  an  appointment  for  Household  Hazardous  Waste Collection  by  calling  the  Environmental  Health  Division  for… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Bay County Fairgrounds 800 Livingston Ave Bay City, MI 48708.

Mom To Mom Sale

Parents As Teachers in Grand Blanc Community Schools Fundraiser. New and gently used children's clothing, toys, furniture, and more. Tables are still available, no vendors please. Strollers after 10am. $2.00 entry fee Over 70 tables. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Perry Center 11920 S. Saginaw Rd Grand Blanc MI 48439.

Otisville Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Come check out the Otisville Friends of the Library used book sale and support your local library. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Forest Township Library 123 W. Main Street Otisville, MI 48463.

Story Time Tennis

Story Time Tennis is a preschool-kindergarten program designed to inspire children through play and imagination. Using a careful blend of developmentally sound physical activities, tennis skills and storytelling in an on-court environment, kids and parents get to play together and have fun. Story Time Tennis is founded on six key elements: My World-develops interaction with the environment including people and spaces Jump Start-lessons including letters, numbers, colors, and shapes Traveling-locomotion skills including running, jumping, and skipping Shaping-controlling body position and posture Coordination-manipulation skills including throwing, catching, and rolling Creativity-using imaginations to remember skills more easily and to have fun. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Hill Road Sports Complex G-5431 Hill 23 Drive Flint, MI 48507 810-422-5612.

Dodging for Dollars for Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint, we are hosting a dodge ball event! This is our way to extend the fun and unique experiences of our Club members to community supporters. We are currently recruiting teams and sponsors for this event. For more information, please contact Sarah at (810) 249-3452 or email spinder@bgclubflint.org. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Grand Blanc High School Yearbook’s Kolor Run

My name is Taylor Bradburn and I am the Grand Blanc Marketing Editor for the gbhs yearbook. Every year yearbook charges the students reduced price for the books to loosen the financial burden for families. Last year as a way to regain these loses we held the first ever "Kolor Run". It’s already been a year since the debut of Grand Blanc High School Yearbook’s new 5k “fun-run” around the downtown area of Grand Blanc. Since then, “Color Runs” have popped up all over Genesee County due to our success. This year’s run is going to be even bigger and better than before. Additions to this years’ run include: - A greater variety of colors - More powder - An affordable raffle for gift cards to local businesses - More delicious food along with music at the end - Better weather (Hopefully!) The run will be held Saturday, April 26th beginning at 10 a.m. Similar to last year, the race will begin in the High School East Campus parking lot. It will cover 3.1 miles of familiar sites in downtown Grand… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Local Author Showcase

Come meet authors with genres ranging from Speculative Fiction to Graphic Novels. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information email jrfischferguson@gmail.com. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Grand Blanc McFarlen Library 515 Perry Road Grand Blanc, MI 48439.

Mom 2 Mom Sale

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 4241 Williamson Road Bridgeport.

Recycling & Spring Cleaning Day

We will be having a recycling day on April 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm. We will be accepting computers, monitors, printers, small appliances, small electronics, clothing, toys, bikes, toys, and more. Items must be small enough to be lifted by one person. We will also be accepting non-perishable food items on this day as well to benefit a local food pantry. We will be serving FREE hot dogs, chips, and pop during this event. While supplies last. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Swartz Creek Computers.

Registration now open for Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race

Race prepared with alternate route in event of inclement weather this year Think spring and set your sights on the Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race on April 26. The annual event will start at 10:00 am with a 5K run and 5K walk, followed by a 1 mile run run at 11:00 am. All events start between Dow Diamond and the new East End Development on Main Street and continue along the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. “The race route is one of the best in the area, but we are prepared with an alternate route in the event of flooding or other inclement weather this year,” said Gigi McIntyre, race director. Registration for the race includes a lawn ticket to the April 26 Loons game and a race t-shirt. All proceeds from the Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race will benefit the Midland Public Schools Track and Field teams. To register, visit MyMCC.org/MyRaces. Packets will be available for pick-up at the Midland Curling Center on Friday, April 25 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and on race day at Dow Diamond starting at 8:00 am.… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Rotary Auction

Vassar Rotary Auction will include new & used items including furniture, coins, small appliances, household goods, artwork, & weight equipment. It also includes gift cards for salons, fitness centers, restaurants, sporting events, gas and several local merchants. A concession stand will be open with snacks for sale. All proceeds will support Rotary Community Service Projects. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Ivan Middleton Hall Vassar Fairgrounds.

Solid Foundation C.O.G.I.C. Closet Clothing Give Away

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

Space: A Journey to Our Future

SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE will ignite your desire for discovery, spark your imagination, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Touch the Moon and Mars - touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, and explore a future Lunar Base Camp. Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle. Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond. Experience the past, present and future of space through dozens of other displays, inter-actives and experiences. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11, Members Free. Phone: 810-237-3450. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

the Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War

The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War October 6, 2012-August 3, 2014 NOTE: This exhibit will not be available 9/24-28/2013 The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee county’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Cost: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Youth 3-11. Phone: 810-237-3450. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change World Record Breaking Attempt

The Great Cloth Diaper Change World Record Breaking Attempt – Diaper Parties by Pamela to Host Mid-Michigan Site Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past ten years, and The Great Cloth Diaper Change event serves to raise awareness of cloth diapering and create some added buzz and excitement too! To do this, several people in the cloth diapering movement, including Diaper Parties by Pamela, have joined forces with the nonprofit Real Diaper Association to participate in the fourth annual Great Cloth Diaper Change international event taking place on Saturday, April 26, 2014. To date there are over 275 locations and counting – more than 173 in the USA and sites in 15 other countries including Chile, Australia, and Belgium. So far that’s at least 6,900 babies around the world being changed into cloth diapers at one time. The combined sites are already on their way to attempt to break the current Guinness World Record of 8,301 babies changed at one time. In 2013, the overall total of 10,029 participa… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church 7234 Fenton Rd. Grand Blanc Twp, MI 48439.

Ladies Garden Party

To kick off the third annual Pink Day celebration in May, Roy Kutchey’s Greenhouses of Midland will host a Ladies Garden Party on Saturday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event, held at 3515 N. Eastman Road in Midland, will feature a lunch and a presentation by Stephanie Szostak, Midland horticulturist, who will talk about garden design and more. The cost is $15 per person and proceeds will go the Mammogram Fund at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. Then, on Saturday, May 24, the Greenhouses team will host the Pink Day event. Patrons can enjoy a day filled with in-store activities and special sales to raise monies for the Mammogram Fund. This fund helps women who qualify have access to a mammogram if certain criteria are met. To register for the Ladies Garden Party, or for more information on the Pink Day celebration, call Roy Kutchey’s Greenhouses at (989) 835-2546. For more information on the Mammogram Fund visit www.midmichigan.org/donations or call MidMichigan’s Fund Development Department at… Cost: $15 per person. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. 3515 N. Eastman Road in Midland.

Holly Jolly Days in Downtown Midland

Make your shopping experience extra special during the Holly Jolly Days in Downtown Midland. On Saturdays and Sundays, December 7 & 8, 14 & 15 you and your family can enjoy great shopping deals along with these fun activities from noon – 4 pm: ·         FREE Horse-drawn carriage rides – pick up location in front of the H Hotel. These rides are sponsored by Pizza Sam’s, H Hotel and Chemical Bank. ·         FREE Hot Cocoa available at Pizza Sam’s, Heather ‘n Holly, Journey’s Coffee House, Ray’s Bike Shop and Wise Guys. ·         Santa’s House is Open! Visit www.midlandfoundation.org for Santa House hours. ·         $5 Coupon (off a $25 purchase) You can use this coupon (available at www.downtownmidland.com) at EACH of the following businesses: 1.    Ace Hardware 2.    Amazing Deli 3.    B-Xtreme Cycle and Sport 4.    CherryBerry Yogurt Bar 5.    Coyer Candle Co. 6.    Gems by Em 7.    Go Totally Tan 8.    Hamilton Pastries 9.    Heather ‘n Holly 10. Imagine That Local A… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Ask the Expert: Clean Energy

Here’s your chance to learn more about a variety of science topics from local experts. On April 26, stop by Mi-Sci’s Toyota Engineering Theater to hear Wayne State University Professor Eranda Nikolla introduce us to concepts related to clean energy, fuel cell technology, and the impact on the environment. Professor Nikolla will also demonstrate the importance of engineers and scientists in shaping the future and saving the environment. Phone: 313.577.8400, Option 5. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202.

Earth Day Craft

Come celebrate Earth Day at the library and take home a mini terrarium. Registration is required by calling 810-230-3327 or by visiting the Events page at www.thegdl.org. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 PM. Goodrich Library 10237 Hegel Road Goodrich, MI 48438.

Comcast Cares Day - Volunteers Needed!

Lend a hand in your community! Make change happen! Everyone is invited! Friends of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint, we want you to know that for 50 years, Comcast has been committed to improving the quality of life in the local communities where its employees and customer live and work.  Comcast helps communities and local organizations like ours 'power dreams' by providing access to innovative technology, volunteering time, offering financial support and engaging in other community service efforts. As you may be aware, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, local Comcast employees, their families and our non-profit community partners will participate in the company's annual national company-wide day of service.  Comcast Cares Day is their signature day of service and the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country.  This year, Comcast will have more than 85,000 volunteers working at over 790 project sites around the country. Volunteers will paint schools and community centers, plant tre… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Haskell Youth Center.

Snakes, Alligators, & Lizards, Oh My!

If you've never seen an alligator in the library this is your chance. You can (safely) handle all kinds of reptiles too. Registration is required by calling 810-230-3327 or by visiting the Events page at www.thegdl.org. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:00 PM. Mt. Morris Library 241 Feher Drive Mt. Morris, MI 48457.

Taco Dinner Fundraiser for Anna

This fundraiser is being held to help Anna and her family with the many expenses due to her illness. At age 11, in Nov. 2009, Anna was rushed to U of M hospital in Ann Arbor and diagnosed with a rare, chronic disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis with polyangiitis. If you can't attend the fundraiser, please feel free to make checks payable to: Cindy Montpas 300 Elm Street Flushing, MI, 48433. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. VFW Hall 201 Airport Drive Holly, MI 48442.

A Day at the Derby

The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. We are “Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” This event is the Flint Chapter’s annual College Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting deserving local area high school seniors. Date: May 3, 2014 Tickets: $50.00 Come out and join us! There will be food, entertainment, prizes for the best male and female “Derby Outfit” a Derby Raffle and of course the main event – “Watching the Kentucky Derby”. Please R.S.V.P to jack.jillderby2014@gmail.com by April 12th. For more information please contact Debra Jennings (810) 516-6602. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience IINN 4800 S. Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48507.

Pickleball Open Play

HRSC offers open play every Saturday from 4pm-7pm. Drop In Rates start at $5.00 Pickleball is a fun, fast paced game that combines elements of badminton, ping-pong, racquet ball and tennis. It is played on a badminton sized court and to play you use a hard wood paddle and a wiffle ball. What makes this game so unique is it’s a game that everyone can play! Because the courts are smaller it appeals to a greater variety of age groups by providing a low impact workout while still being engaging and fun. All first time players must fill out a liability at the front desk. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Hill Road Sports Complex G-5431 Hill-23 Drive Flint, MI 48507.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

This program is designed to assist homeless or at risk veterans to get back into the workforce and gain independence & self sufficiency. Veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions, be a resident of Genesee County, and be at risk of or in a homeless situation. Contact Scott at 810 600-6355. Cost: Free. Phone: 810-600-6355. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:00 PM. 510 S. Averill Ave. Flint, MI 48506.

Up Next Concert

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit club937.com.

Enter Planted Kingdom - a transformative theatrical experience in healthy lifestyle change

Planed Kingdom Project presents: Semaj Brown's one woman show: Onion Revolt! Dr. James Brown Breaking it down! Perscrption: Laughter and musical accompaniment! Join us on Facebook.com/plantedkingdom Please contact us at 810-733-5501 or info@plantedkingdom.com. Cost: $35. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Bower Theater 1220 E Kearsley St. Flint, MI, 48503.

LIVE: SNL Almuni

Join us for an evening of stand-up with hilarious former Saturday Night Live alumni that includes Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, and more! The years these comedians spent on SNL propelled them to fame, landing them on many roles on both the big and small screen. JON LOVITZ has appeared in over 30 movies that include Little Nicky, The Wedding Singer, Big, A League of Their Own, The Stepford Wives, and The Producers. He has guest starred on numerous television shows including Friends, Seinfeld, and Two and a Half Men. TIM MEADOWS, one of the longest running SNL cast members, can be seen in the films Mean Girls, The Benchwarmers, and alongside his former SNL co-star Adam Sandler in the comedy hit Grown Ups. He can also be seen on the hit television shows The Office, Reba, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Colbert Report to name a few. Cost: $29-$59. Phone: 810-237-7333. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Whiting. For more info visit thewhiting.com.

Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents: Spring Landscapes

Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra presents: Spring Landscapes Brett Mitchell, Music Director Angela Fuller, guest violin After our long Michigan winters, the arrival of spring is most welcome indeed. As the sun returns, nature awakens from its winter hibernation, reinvigorating us as spring surges ahead in full bloom. The three works on this final program all warm the heart and soul with their positive, life-affirming messages. John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances is a delightful work of good springtime cheer, and opens our concert on a boisterous note. Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto is one of the most gorgeous works for soloist and orchestra ever composed, and guest violinist Angela Fuller returns to the Temple Theatre stage to share its sublime, youthful beauty. Spring comes late to the harsh climes of Scandinavia, but Jean Sibelius’s Second Symphony is full of warmth and joy throughout. Sibelius went to great lengths to create this work, mirroring the struggles of his fellow countrymen throughout Fi… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Temple Theatre 201 N. Washington Ave. Saginaw, MI. 48607.

Run Like a Wildebeest - Greg Flint's Run

Cost: See website for details. Phone: 8103090594. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Flushing High School 5039 Deland Road Flushing, MI. For more info visit runlikeawildebeest.com.