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‘Love Your Lake’ Community Picnics Announced

The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC), Genesee County Parks and residents from the Flint Park Lake and Thread Lake neighborhoods are hosting two community picnics to celebrate the lakes that not only give the neighborhoods their names, but are viewed as tremendous assets by the residents in these areas. “These lakes and surrounding neighborhoods are the best kept secrets in the Flint area. We’ve been working with residents to help them make the experience even better. It is summer and so we all wanted to get outside to enjoy an evening together eating, playing games and soaking in the beauty of this special place. Everyone’s invited,” said Rebecca Fedewa, FRWC Executive Director. ‘Love Your Lake’ - Flint Park Lake Picnic is on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at the pavilion off Winthrop Blvd. ‘Love Your Lake’ - Thread Lake Picnic is a joint event with the International Academy of Flint on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm at McKinley Park near the Vista Center. Residents are… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

2014 SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM

Registration is  now available  for  the  2014  Summer  Recreation Program  held  at the  Bay  Gounty Community  Center.  You  can  find  the registration  form  on our website  at www.baycountymi.gov/communitlrcenter.  Walk-in registration  at the  Community Center is  available  Monday  -  Friday  from  7:30 a.m.  to  7:00 p.m.  and Saturday &  Sunday from  1:00 p.m.  to  5:00  p.m. Space  is  limited,  so register  early! The  County  sponsored  program  runs  from  June  16th  thru  August  7th, Monday  through  Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to  l2:30  p.m.  for  children  5-12 years  of  age. Cost  of  the program  is  $100.00 per child. Activities include:  swimming,  field  trips,  educational  activities,  sports clinics,  and more.  Offered  again  this  year  is  the  state funded  Summer Food  Service  Program  (SFSP).  The  SFSP is  a child  nutrition  program that  feeds  children  during  school  vacations,  and  is  free  to  any  person 18  years  of  age  or  younger.  Call  for  details.… Thursday, July 24, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

60th Annual Munger Potato Festival

The 60th Annual Munger Potato Festival will be held July 24th, 2014 through July 27th, 2014. Once again a major part of the celebration will be the parade, held on Sunday July 27, 2014. The parade procession will begin at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes

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 July. 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. All classes are held at the Genesee-Lapeer Chapter, located at 1401 S. Grand Traverse St. in Flint. JULY CLASSES: Adult CPR/AED ($70) Classroom option: When: 7/11/2014, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

BAY CITY DOG RESCUE MARKS 1-YEAR MILESTONE

Happy Tails Dog Rescue – a Bay City dog rescue specializing in difficult to place breeds – will mark its first anniversary next Saturday, July 26. Cofounded by longtime animal adoption advocates and fosters Michele Johnston and Michelle Gauthier, Happy Tails Dog Rescue was started to address the large number of difficult to place breeds in local animal shelters. “Many people get puppies and don’t understand the time and commitment required to raise and train well-adjusted, well-behaved dogs” said Gauthier. “Many dogs with great potential are passed over, and eventually euthanized, because they aren’t properly trained or are breeds with bad reputations.” Representatives of the rescue visit local animal shelters and personally select dogs to place with foster families. The rescue provides funding for food and vet bills, as well as assistance socializing and training the dogs. Once the dogs have a clean bill of health and have learned basic obedience skills, they are carefully matched with their forever f… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Bay City Public Schools 2014 Summer Food Service Program

Nutritious summer meals at no charge are being offered at the following Bay County sites: Bay Area Family Y (June 10 - Aug. 22) Monday-Friday, 8-9 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 225 Washington Ave. Bay City, MI, 48708 Boys & Girls Club - Bay City (June 10 - Aug. 15) Monday-Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 300 Lafayette Bay City, MI, 48708 Boys & Girls Club - Essexville (June 10 - Aug. 15) Monday-Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 213 Pine Street Garber HS) Essexville, MI, 48732 Boys & Girls Club - Pinconning (June 10 - Aug. 15) Monday-Friday, 9-10 a.m. 12:30-1:30 p.m. 201 North Street Pinconning, MI, 48650 Community Center (June 16 - Aug. 7) Monday-Thursday, 8-9 a.m. 11:45-12:30 p.m. 800 John F. Kennedy Bay City, MI, 48706 Bay County Civic Center (June 23 - 26, July 21- 24, Aug. 11 - 14) Monday-Thursday, 8-9 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 4231 Shrestha Dr. Bay City, MI, 48706 Central High School (June 10 - Aug. 21) Monday-Thursday, 8:30-… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Bay County Health Department Begins Mercury Collections

The Bay County Health Department (BCHD) is now collecting items that contain Mercury now through September 2014. BCHD will accept the following items: -  Non-electronic thermostats - Thermometers that contain the silver-colored liquid - Gauges (barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges with silver colored liquid) - Switches - Relays and sensor’s (appliances, farm equipment, float, tilt and pressure switches) - Dental amalgam - Hygrometers and hydrometers - Elemental mercury (silver-colored liquid metal) If  you  are  a  resident  of  Bay  County,  you  must  call  the  Health  Department  at  989-895-4006  to  schedule  the collection for  your mercury  items. Please note that thermometers that are red in color  do not contain mercury and are not considered hazardous waste. BCHD will only accept  mercury  items that are  first secured by being placed  in two ziptop  plastic bags and then placed  in a crush-proof sealed container, such as a coffee can, plastic margarine tub, or plas… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Community Action upcoming events

The following are Community events and updates that are happening among networks, community groups and local organizations. Community ACTION - Sessions are held every 2nd Saturday of each month. The next Community Action Session will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from Noon until 2 p.m. at Higher Quality of Life Ministries—5601 N. Saginaw St. in Flint. MCAR (Men’s Community Action Resource) Presents ‘A Day at the Lake’ Fishing and Camping Trip: This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014, and the weekend of June 6th, 7th and 8th All men– younger and seasoned—are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information and registration requirements, please call (810) 394-4105. Neighborhoods Without Borders - NWOB meetings are held every 3rd Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Sylvester Broome Center, located at 4119 N. Saginaw Street. Community Safety Forum—Hosted by Flint Lifelines—Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m.—7:1… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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, July 24, 2014.

Free Bystander CPR and AED Training Courses Offered

In an effort to prevent heart attack related deaths, MidMichigan Medical Center–Emergency Medical Services and MidMichigan Health are partnering together to offer free Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes for area community members who do not require a CPR certification card. These two-hour classes focus on essential life-saving skills, including “hands-only” CPR for adults, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke. Bystander CPR is recognized by the American Heart Association as a viable way to help someone in cardiac arrest. Studies show that for adults who collapse into cardiac arrest from a heart attack, performing continuous chest compressions with no mouth-to-mouth ventilations provides a survival benefit equal to that of traditional CPR. Class participants will also learn how to use the automated external defibrillator (AED). All classes start at 6 p.m. and are offered during the months of June and August in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Houghton Lake and… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Free Healthy Eating Classes for Cancer Survivors and Community at Covenant

Throughout the summer, the Covenant Cancer Care Center is offering two tracks of free healthy eating classes, one for cancer survivors and one for the general public. All classes have a focus on the ten recommendations for cancer prevention from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Covenant registered dietitian and nutritionist, Ann Hoffman, RDN, CDE, will be facilitating the sessions. Hoffman works with patients in cancer care and infusion therapy, radiation oncology, diabetes self-management, and cardiovascular health and wellness. She says, “I know everyone can benefit from these classes. It’s important for all of us, including cancer survivors, to maintain a healthy weight while eating an ample amount of nutritious foods that give us energy to enjoy life.” For Cancer Survivors Classes for cancer survivors are designed to help participants learn about nutritious foods and how healthy eating can enhance survivorship, aid in prevention of cancer recurrence,… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

GENESEE COUNTY “PUB PARTIES FOR THE HUNGRY” EVENTS TO SUPPORT CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUP KITCHENS

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities’ three soup kitchens.  Beginning July 19, and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County.               “We are in urgent need of food to keep shelves stocked at our three soup kitchens,” says Jon Manse, Director of Catholic Charities’ Community Services Programs.  “We feed an average of 500 or more individuals each day, which equates to more than 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food per year.” Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events.  Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest Hoe-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs, on October 25, 2014, to be entered into a drawing.  The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9, is tick… Thursday, July 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, July 24, 2014.

July events for the Public Libraries of Saginaw

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SERIES Enjoy our drop-in Preschool Storytime series for children ages 3-5.  Storytimes are held on: Tuesdays · 10:00 a.m. July 1, 8, 15 & 22 Hoyt Library · 505 Janes Fridays · 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18 & 25 Zauel Library · 3100 N. Center Fridays · 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18 & 25 Butman-Fish Library · 1716 Hancock SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Children can come enjoy the afternoon at the library watching the movie “Up” on Tuesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. at Wickes Library, 1713 Hess. Meet the “Ologies” Classroom Critters on Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at Hoyt Library, 505 Janes.  See and touch animals that represent the science of Mammalogy (the hairy animals), Ornithology (our fine feathered friends), and Herpetology (scaly and slimy critters). Animals from around the world are presented for viewing and touching in this child-friendly program. Wacky Science with Sheer Genius has two performances on Tuesday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Lawn Chair Film Festival

As Saginaw gears up for another beautiful summer, a group of volunteers enthusiastically prepares for their annual event. The Lawn Chair Film Festival–now in its twelfth year–will show its first film of the season on June 29th. The festival’s time and location are the same as with years past: every Sunday at sundown on the corner of North Hamilton and Ames. Eight films have been selected for this season, and are as follows. June 29: The modern crime-drama-comedy, American Hustle. With ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) it tells the thrilling story of the FBI’s ABSCAM operations of the late seventies / early eighties. Directed by David O. Russell; Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. ated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. July 6: The iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Recently selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, it centers around a young socialite and her high aspirations. Directed by Blake Edwards; Star… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Local educational company committed to help failing math students

Coolin and Schoolin is looking for local elementary students who need help with math.    Last year, thousands of students in Genesee County, failed the math portion of the MEAP test. “There’s a perfect storm on the horizon. The new state test is more rigorous than the MEAP and many local schools do not offer summer school for all of their students. There is definitely a need.” Coolin and Schoolin owner, Kimberly Coulter said. Students in grades 1 through 6 will be able to learn math through projects and games.  The free classes will be offered on a drop in basis at local libraries in the county during July and August. Participants will receive a Coolin and Schoolin certificate at the completion of each session. Contact Kimberly Coulter at (810) 835-8727 for a schedule of dates and times. Coolin and Schoolin, established in 2013, strives to create a unique line of mathematical resources that are made in the likeness of todays urban and minority students. The company’s mission is to broaden the oppor… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

MCC Offers Summer Basketball Day Camps for Kids Aged 6-15

The Mott Community College (MCC) Mott Bears are hosting basketball day camps for students aged 6-15 this summer. There will be three sessions of the Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camp for boys aged 6-15, and one session of Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp for girls aged 7-15. The Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camps are four-day programs. Session I is June 23- 26, Session 2 is July 28-31 and Session 3 is Aug. 4-7. All three sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $70 per session, with a two-session discount of $125 or two children in the same family pay only $60 per child for one session. The Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp is a three-day program Aug. 11-13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $55 per person or two children in the same family pay $45 each. Both boys and girls camps will be in the Ballenger Field House on the MCC campus. There will be emphasis on basketball skill development through station work and games. Each participant will receive a camp T-Shi… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Pit and Balcony Theatre Summer Theatre and Workshops

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Kendrick Kemp, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Luci Pumford, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions.… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Pub Parties for the Hungry fundraising event

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities' three soup kitchens. Beginning July 19 and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County. Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events. Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest How-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs on Oct. 25, 2014 to be entered into a drawing. The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9 is tickets for two at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; a four-night hotel stay; dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe; and an Excursion Cruise. Second prize is a 50" Flat Screen HD TV, and third prize is an outdoor storage container and solar lights. The punch card holder must be present to win and must show valid ID t… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Relay for Life at Chuck E. Cheese’s

You are invited to join team Chuck E. Cheese on June 20th and July 18th to raise money for the Saginaw county relay for life! On the dates stated above, 15% of all sales generated at the Saginaw Chuck E. Cheese will be donated back to the American Cancer Society, in an effort to find a cure for this relentless disease. All children in attendance will receive 25 free tickets. Just come in to the store, say you’re with American Cancer Society, and that’s it! All purchases, including pizza, tokens, drinks, merchandise, and coupons benefit American Cancer Society. Visit chuckecheese.com to obtain money saving coupons, print free token vouchers, and see our full menu with prices. Don’t forget to join us on Ojibway Island on August 9th for the actual relay, where Chuck himself will be working at our tent! At Chuck E. Cheese’s, we believe that today, more than ever, kids need a safe, wholesome environment in which they can laugh, play and simply enjoy being kids. Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Saginaw city residents picnics

7/12/14 at Diendorfer Woods Park from 1-4 p.m. Rain date of 7/13/14 from 1-4 p.m. At Weiss St./Barnard St. 7/17/14 at Bliss Park 4-7 p.m. 1441 N. Michigan Ave. 7/26/14 at St. Vincent's Park 3-6 p.m. Howard St./Emerson St. Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission final tire drive of summer

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission will be conducting their third and final tire drive of the summer during the week of July 21-25, 2014 from 1:00pm to 7:30pm at the following locations: Monday, July 21 – Saginaw County Mosquito Control Office, 211 Congress Ave, City of Saginaw Tuesday, July 22 – Spaulding Township Park, 5825 Cole, Spaulding Township Wednesday, July 23 – Brant Township Hall, 11012 S. Hemlock, Brant Township Thursday, July 24 – Taymouth Township Hall, 4343 E. Birch Run Road, Taymouth Township Friday, July 25 – Thomas Township Public Safety Building, 8215 Shields Drive, Shields The Commission cannot accept tires on rims or from any businesses. Large oversize tires (height plus width is greater than 60 inches) are not accepted at the tire drive site. Only Saginaw County residents are eligible to drop off tires and each household is limited to 10 tires per week. Further details and information in regards to our July tire drive can be found on our website at: www.sc… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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, July 24, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Saucecats Kick Off Summer Culture Celebration at the Castle Museum

The Castle Museum kicks off its fourth annual Summer Culture Celebration on July 10 with Zydeco and Blues band the Saucecats. The series this year comprises four performances, highlighting four different cultures. Performances will be at noon on Thursdays in July. “We have had a good response to this program,” said Lisa McCartney, marketing and special events coordinator at the Castle Museum. “The Saucecats are a fun, dynamic group that can really get the audience going. We felt they would be the perfect kick off to the Summer Culture Celebration this year.” Other programs are: o   The Kowalski Brothers Polka Band, July 17 o   The Bavarian Dancers of Frankenmuth, July 24 o   Midland Traditional Dancers, July 31 The Castle Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 989-752-2861 or go to www.castlemuseum.org. The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serving the community by telling the continuing story… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Sloan Museum announces American Adventure

American Adventure puts visitors into the shoes of the original colonists. This realistic role-play adventure presents one great challenge: To survive for one year. Sound easy? Think again… This exhibit opens on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Sloan Museum. The museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint. Sloan Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $9 adults, $8 Seniors (60+), $6 Youth age 2-11, children 1 and under are FREE. For more information about the exhibit visit SloanLongway.org. Of the original 104 settlers who arrived in the spring of 1607, fewer than 40 survived the first twelve months.  Visitors wind their way through interactive galleries in this challenging 2500 square foot maze, while struggling to overcome demands on their knowledge and decision-making skills.  A telltale Life Chart hanging around each visitor’s neck reveals their health is starting to suffer.  Earning or losing points at each turn of the maze, the goal is to… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital Greif Support Group

This support group is offered the first and third Mondays of each month. 6 p.m. All classes are free to attend and open to the community. 2014 Schedule May 5 May 9 June 2 June 16 July 21 August 4 August 18 September 15 October 6 October 20 November 3 November 17 December 1 December 15 *Classes will not be held on July 7 or September 1. For more information or to register for the Grief Support Group, contact Shella Hughes at 989-846-3441. Cost: FREE. Thursday, July 24, 2014. West Conference Room St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital 805 W. Cedar, Standish.

Stingray Cove

The newest exhibit at the Michigan Science Center allows you to see and touch living sea creatures found on coral reefs and other tropical seas. Join MiSci as we learn about freshwater stingrays, starfish and other coral inhabitants. Gaze at sea horses, tropical fish and much more as you explore this hands-on exhibit. This is the perfect companion with the "Journey to the South Pacific" IMAX movie. Exhibit will run from June 21-Aug. 31, 2014. Thursday, July 24, 2014. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202.

SUMMER 2014 PROGRAMS FOR GENESEE COUNTY CHILDREN AND TEENS

Typically viewed as a time for rest and relaxation, the long days of summer can present challenges for families and children looking to fill those hours with safe, engaging activities that won’t stretch tight budgets. High-quality programming is particularly critical for school-age children and youths, many of whom can fall victim to the “summer slump,” which can have a negative impact on their academic performance as they return to school in the fall. In Flint, families are coping with these and other summertime challenges by utilizing a variety of free and low-cost programs available throughout Genesee County. For almost 80 years, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported activities for children and young people in Flint and Genesee County — and this summer is no exception.  If your news outlet is interested in taking a closer look at how local nonprofits are working to extend their services to those who need them, we’d be happy to connect you with staff from the organizations listed below, as we… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Summer Camps and Programs

Many programs have filled up and these still have room. Register now for these summer camps and programs that are out of this world! This summer Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium have almost 40 wonderful activities for kids age 4 through 8th grade. Get all the details and register online at SloanLongway.org or call 810.237.3409. Seasons July 15, 1:00-2:30pm Age: 4-5 year olds Fee: $6 @ Longway Planetarium Spring, summer, winter, and fall! What’s the weather like? Where do the leaves go? How do animals survive the long, cold winter? See how our environment changes throughout the year. Pre-registration required. Register online. Note: There is a fee of $2 for all online purchases. Michigan State Symbols July 17, 9:00-11:00am Ages: 1st-3rd Grade Fee: $8 @ Sloan Museum Michigan has a beautiful collection of State Symbols. Learn about the State Tree, State Bird, State Stone, and State Reptile. Polish a Petoskey stone and paint a turtle shell to take home with you! Pre-registration required.… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Summer Events at Pit and Balcony Theatre

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission. Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions. A scene workshop will be h… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

SWARTZ CREEK AREA ART GUILD HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS IN JULY”

The Swartz Creek Area Art Guild is proud to present its 4th Annual “Christmas in July” featuring local resident and internationally renowned watercolorist Peggy Abrams.  The show will run July 20 thru July 26 at the Swartz Creek Art Gallery, 8048 Miller Rd. Ste G. Swartz Creek, MI. Ms. Abrams’ endearing “Windswept Santas” artwork graces homes around the world.  The Art Gallery will be displaying framed and unframed originals, prints and Christmas cards -- all available for purchase. Come meet the artist at our Opening Reception on Sunday, July 20, 1pm to 3:30pm.  Lite refreshments will be served. The event is free; however donations to the Guild (a 501c3 nonprofit corporation) are always appreciated and help sustain our mission to promote interest in the visual arts in the Swartz Creek area and surrounding communities. In addition to viewing the students’ art, guests will also have an opportunity to enjoy the artwork of Guild members – oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, mixed-media, wood… Thursday, July 24, 2014. Swartz Creek Art Gallery 8048 Miller Rd. Ste G. Swartz Creek, MI.

THE WHITING ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-15 SEASON

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS, WANDA SYKES, CLINT BLACK, ANYTHING GOES, AND  SISTER ACT Are Just A Few In The Whiting's  Upcoming Season! The Whiting is proud to announce its brand new 2014-15 season line-up!  Get ready for a season of excitement as The Whiting presents a wide variety of performances from JACK HANNA, CLINT BLACK, and BLACK VIOLIN to PETER & THE STARCATCHER, SISTER ACT, and RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.  The new season kicks off on October 18, 2014 with a performance by HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and will run through May of 2015.  The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the beautiful Flint Cultural Center campus.   Become a Spotlight Subscriber and SAVE up to 20%! Mix and match to create a custom entertainment package of your own or for your convenience we've put together these amazing blockbuster packages:  The Complete Season, Bright Lights and Big Broadway, Music Mania, Night of Laughs, Girls' Night… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

TWO FREE SUMMER CONCERTS COMING TO GRAND BLANC

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is hosting two free summer concerts for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. Branches Band, a Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) music group, will perform an outdoor concert on Thursday, July 17, at 7:00pm.  Branches Band use guitar, piano, and voice to highlight God's love and grace. Their first ever appearance in Grand Blanc will include well-known hymns and popular modern songs. Chris Driesbach is returning to Gloria Dei on Friday, August 8, at 7:00pm. Chris hails from a WELS congregation in Madison, Alabama, and will use his original Christian songs in a variety of styles to give glory to God. After 33 years as an atheist, Chris uses his music to highlight the Holy Spirit's work in his life. His songs will range from silly to thought-provoking and are applicable to all ages. Both concerts will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5005 McCandlish Road, Grand Blanc. The concerts are FREE to the public.  There will be a free-will offering… Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Vic Canever Chevrolet Announces Third Annual “Canever Car Show” Dates

For the third year running, Vic Canever Chevrolet is hosting a Summer-full of car shows, with the first show taking place on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. The car shows are held on the dealership grounds, located at 3000 Owen Road in Fenton. All classic cars, hot rods and antique automobiles are welcome at the event. Participants will have the ability to show their vehicle while enjoying other unique vintage automobiles. Free hot dogs, pop and popcorn is available, along with music and on-site contests for great prizes such as free car washes, oil changes and a chance to drive a Volt for the weekend! Additional upcoming car shows take place Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. The August show will coincide with the Back to the Bricks Fenton Tune-Up Party, with Vic Canever scheduled as a Pit Stop for the event. Rain dates will be the fourth Thursday of each month, as needed. To learn more about the Canever Car Shows, visit us online at www.canever.com o… Thursday, July 24, 2014. 3000 Owen Road in Fenton.

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, July 24, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

American Adventure

Do you have what it takes to survive? Brave the maze and take a step back into history to find out. In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Minotaur Mazes' American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists. Sound easy? Think again. Only 38 of the 104 settlers survived. But don't worry - you're not tied to their destiny. You can beat the odds and determine your fate - it all depends on the choices you make...and a bit of luck. Blending historical accuracy and the complexities of real life and death decisions, American Adventure delivers a truly unique and effective learning experience. Visitors choose a unique Life Chart based on one of the original Jamestown colonists. Each chart features an… Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Camp 911

Free one day camp for kids age 6-12 to experience Public Safety Careers and equipment up close and personally as well as meet the everyday hero's from the street. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Clio Fireman's Park Wilson and Saginaw St Clio MI.

Vacation Bible School

Weird Animals: Where Jesus' love is one of a kind. Classes 3 - 8 year olds Lots of fun for the whole week! Bible Time, crafts, snacks, games, and songs! Come join us! Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Faith Lutheran Church 12534 Holly Rd Grand Blanc.

Youth Move Summer Camp

Join us for six weeks of summer fun: drumming, dancing, crafts, life enrichment and so much more. We serve breakfast and lunch. We run Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. McCree Theater 5005 Cloverlawn Drive Flint, MI 48505.

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, July 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

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, July 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Discovering DNA

See strings of DNA in person! Extract it from strawberries and bananas like a real scientist at the Flint Children's Museum July 22-25 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $6 admission includes science materials. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Flint Children's Museum 1602 University Ave. Flint, MI 48504. For more info visit flintchildrensmuseum.org.

Skeeter Scarecrow's Starry Sky

No shows on July 4th, Our narrator is a scarecrow named Skeeter. He tells us how the motion of the Earth causes day and night as we watch the Sun set. Skeeter shows us how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star for directions then takes us on a tour of the major constellations of each season. Then, he talks about the Moon, how it moves and its phases. Lastly, we learn about the planets and what makes each planet different. Suitable for children 6 years and older. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Learn to Knit! (Ages 8-14)

Your child will learn a skill she or he can use for a lifetime. This class is designed to teach the basics; casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Your child will make a washcloth and a scarf. Teacher Kaitlin Maday has been knitting and teaching for years. She loves to share her knowledge of knitting and spark the passion in others. A materials list will be provided. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

The Planets

We take a tour of the planets of our Solar System to learn what is currently known about them. Includes stunning visualizations and some of the latest images from our robotic explorers. The program concludes with a look at our current night sky. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew; Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Tell-A-Tail: Read to a real dog

Children will have the chance to practice their reading skills with our kind and gentle therapy dogs. While you wait, complete a craft. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Flint Public Library 1026 E. Kearsley Street Flint, MI.

Bead Night Thursdays

Learn to create unique jewelry using memory wire and beautiful beads and pendants. You will make bracelets and necklaces to keep for yourself or give as gifts. Bring your own beads or use ours (for an additional fee). Memory wire is provided. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit www.becreative360.org.

Discover the magic of fireflies! Annual Firefly Walk to be held at Applewood

Come to Applewood for a summer evening of music, hands-on activities and entertainment. Explore the amazing lives of fireflies, and learn what makes them glow! It all happens during the third annual Firefly Walk at Applewood on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. The grounds of Applewood will be open for strolling and visitors will enjoy several activities including music by a quintet of the Flint Symphony Orchestra, a demonstration by the Lumber City Base Ball Club, live exotic animals from the Wilderness Zoo,  arts and crafts, a performance by eccentric comedian-magician Nate “The Great,” and a Build-A-Bug project. Light, healthy refreshments will be available as well. This popular evening of outdoor fun is bigger than ever, and as in past years, many of the activities have been designed especially for children. Golf cart shuttles will be available for those with mobility challenges. All are welcome! Reservations are not necessary.  Parking, entrance to the grounds, and all activities and p… Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

‘Love Your Lake’ Thread Lake Community Picnic

The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC), Genesee County Parks and residents from the Flint Park Lake and Thread Lake neighborhoods are hosting two community picnics to celebrate the lakes that not only give the neighborhoods their names, but are viewed as tremendous assets by the residents in these areas. “These lakes and surrounding neighborhoods are the best kept secrets in the Flint area. We’ve been working with residents to help them make the experience even better. It is summer and so we all wanted to get outside to enjoy an evening together eating, playing games and soaking in the beauty of this special place. Everyone’s invited,” said Rebecca Fedewa, FRWC Executive Director. ‘Love Your Lake’ - Flint Park Lake Picnic is on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at the pavilion off Winthrop Blvd. ‘Love Your Lake’ - Thread Lake Picnic is a joint event with the International Academy of Flint on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm at McKinley Park near the Vista Center. Resident… Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. ‘Love Your Lake’ - Thread Lake Picnic is a joint event with the International Academy of Flint at McKinley Park near the Vista Center.

YMCA Camp Boomerang

YMCA of Greater Flint has received 128 new basketballs, thanks to a donation from NBA Cares, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Spalding®. The basketballs will be used in by several Y programs at the Downtown Branch, YMCA Camp Boomerang at the Pierson Road Branch, and Y Safe Places, a free after school and summer program. The aim of these programs is to encourage youth and their families to be physically active, develop skills, and learn sportsmanship. “The YMCA of Greater Flint is thrilled to have been selected to receive this generous donation from NBA Cares and its partners,” said Shelly MacArthur, Program and Community Director of the YMCA of Greater Flint.  “All of our facilities offer a safe location for youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, and they love when we get new equipment just for them. What kid doesn’t love playing with a new ball?” YMCA Camp Boomerang will have one last preview where families can tour the facility, meet the staff and have all their questions answered on June 6th from 5:30 pm… Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

"Chicago" the musical

Box office: (810) 687-2588, or purchase tickets online at www.cliocastandcrew.com. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:00 PM. Clio Cast and Crew's Theater 57 2220 West Vienna Road, Clio.

Public Auction

The Arnold Center provides training for individuals with disabilities and has established its own Auction House where it conducts year-round auctions. Join us for an auction of quality items received as part of an estate clean out as well as numerous pieces from private collections! For a detailed list and pictures go to www.arnoldcenter.org. - Doors open for preview at 4:30 - Concessions by Midland's 'Crave Cave' If you can’t join us in person, you can join us live online through AuctionZip.com (Auctioneer ID# 38575). Online bidding through AuctionZip begins at 7:00 PM. The online catalog is only a partial listing as many lots will sell live only. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:00 PM. 400 Wexford Ave. Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit www.auctionzip.com.

Verdant Grounds Neighborhood Art Parade

Join us for this summer's third monthly Neighborhood Art Parade in cooperation with the Light Up the City - Porch Light Initiative as we venture to the frontier of Flint's East Side. Inspired by Flint's many urban agricultural pioneers, this month's artistic interventions highlight the verdant, feral grounds sneaking through the shadows of the wreckage and abandonment. Wall murals by Jenny Montague and sporadically woven colorful webs curated by Cinthia Montague Kuzma and Candice Stewart will highlight the neighborhood's complex relationship between the built and natural environments. These fertile urban landscapes are teeming with new life, as long as you know where to look. Food: Jules Market Performers: Sweet Willie Tea, Nightfire Drumline East Side Organizations: Flintopia, Hispanic Technology Center, Peacemob Orchards, Flight Against Blight, Asbury United Methodist Church In partnership with Michigan State Police, Flint Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, Consumers Energy, Wal… Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 1501 Davison Rd. (the former Homedale School lot).

8 Track Sounds of The 70's

“Muth Community Players and the Bronner Performing Arts Center announces this summer’s hit musical, 8Track The Sounds of the 70's by Rick Seeber. 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. Music from The Emotions, The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and more! Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bronner Performing Arts Center 525 E Genesee St Frankenmuth MI 48734. For more info visit www.frankenmuth.k12.mi.us.

Cocktails and Canvas

Ready for a fun and creative evening? You don’t need an artistic bone in your body. You bring your favorite brew or cocktails, and we will provide the canvas, acrylics, brushes and the instruction. It’s like follow the leader for adults! Artist Ursula Steckert will lead you through the process, where everyone paints their own version of the featured painting. All art materials are provided. You’ll end up with your very own stretched canvas painting to take home. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

2014 SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM

Registration is  now available  for  the  2014  Summer  Recreation Program  held  at the  Bay  Gounty Community  Center.  You  can  find  the registration  form  on our website  at www.baycountymi.gov/communitlrcenter.  Walk-in registration  at the  Community Center is  available  Monday  -  Friday  from  7:30 a.m.  to  7:00 p.m.  and Saturday &  Sunday from  1:00 p.m.  to  5:00  p.m. Space  is  limited,  so register  early! The  County  sponsored  program  runs  from  June  16th  thru  August  7th, Monday  through  Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to  l2:30  p.m.  for  children  5-12 years  of  age. Cost  of  the program  is  $100.00 per child. Activities include:  swimming,  field  trips,  educational  activities,  sports clinics,  and more.  Offered  again  this  year  is  the  state funded  Summer Food  Service  Program  (SFSP).  The  SFSP is  a child  nutrition  program that  feeds  children  during  school  vacations,  and  is  free  to  any  person 18  years  of  age  or  younger.  Call  for  details.… Friday, July 25, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

60th Annual Munger Potato Festival

The 60th Annual Munger Potato Festival will be held July 24th, 2014 through July 27th, 2014. Once again a major part of the celebration will be the parade, held on Sunday July 27, 2014. The parade procession will begin at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes

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 July. 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. All classes are held at the Genesee-Lapeer Chapter, located at 1401 S. Grand Traverse St. in Flint. JULY CLASSES: Adult CPR/AED ($70) Classroom option: When: 7/11/2014, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm… Friday, July 25, 2014.

BAY CITY DOG RESCUE MARKS 1-YEAR MILESTONE

Happy Tails Dog Rescue – a Bay City dog rescue specializing in difficult to place breeds – will mark its first anniversary next Saturday, July 26. Cofounded by longtime animal adoption advocates and fosters Michele Johnston and Michelle Gauthier, Happy Tails Dog Rescue was started to address the large number of difficult to place breeds in local animal shelters. “Many people get puppies and don’t understand the time and commitment required to raise and train well-adjusted, well-behaved dogs” said Gauthier. “Many dogs with great potential are passed over, and eventually euthanized, because they aren’t properly trained or are breeds with bad reputations.” Representatives of the rescue visit local animal shelters and personally select dogs to place with foster families. The rescue provides funding for food and vet bills, as well as assistance socializing and training the dogs. Once the dogs have a clean bill of health and have learned basic obedience skills, they are carefully matched with their forever f… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Bay City Public Schools 2014 Summer Food Service Program

Nutritious summer meals at no charge are being offered at the following Bay County sites: Bay Area Family Y (June 10 - Aug. 22) Monday-Friday, 8-9 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 225 Washington Ave. Bay City, MI, 48708 Boys & Girls Club - Bay City (June 10 - Aug. 15) Monday-Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 300 Lafayette Bay City, MI, 48708 Boys & Girls Club - Essexville (June 10 - Aug. 15) Monday-Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 213 Pine Street Garber HS) Essexville, MI, 48732 Boys & Girls Club - Pinconning (June 10 - Aug. 15) Monday-Friday, 9-10 a.m. 12:30-1:30 p.m. 201 North Street Pinconning, MI, 48650 Community Center (June 16 - Aug. 7) Monday-Thursday, 8-9 a.m. 11:45-12:30 p.m. 800 John F. Kennedy Bay City, MI, 48706 Bay County Civic Center (June 23 - 26, July 21- 24, Aug. 11 - 14) Monday-Thursday, 8-9 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 4231 Shrestha Dr. Bay City, MI, 48706 Central High School (June 10 - Aug. 21) Monday-Thursday, 8:30-… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Bay County Health Department Begins Mercury Collections

The Bay County Health Department (BCHD) is now collecting items that contain Mercury now through September 2014. BCHD will accept the following items: -  Non-electronic thermostats - Thermometers that contain the silver-colored liquid - Gauges (barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges with silver colored liquid) - Switches - Relays and sensor’s (appliances, farm equipment, float, tilt and pressure switches) - Dental amalgam - Hygrometers and hydrometers - Elemental mercury (silver-colored liquid metal) If  you  are  a  resident  of  Bay  County,  you  must  call  the  Health  Department  at  989-895-4006  to  schedule  the collection for  your mercury  items. Please note that thermometers that are red in color  do not contain mercury and are not considered hazardous waste. BCHD will only accept  mercury  items that are  first secured by being placed  in two ziptop  plastic bags and then placed  in a crush-proof sealed container, such as a coffee can, plastic margarine tub, or plas… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Community Action upcoming events

The following are Community events and updates that are happening among networks, community groups and local organizations. Community ACTION - Sessions are held every 2nd Saturday of each month. The next Community Action Session will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from Noon until 2 p.m. at Higher Quality of Life Ministries—5601 N. Saginaw St. in Flint. MCAR (Men’s Community Action Resource) Presents ‘A Day at the Lake’ Fishing and Camping Trip: This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014, and the weekend of June 6th, 7th and 8th All men– younger and seasoned—are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information and registration requirements, please call (810) 394-4105. Neighborhoods Without Borders - NWOB meetings are held every 3rd Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Sylvester Broome Center, located at 4119 N. Saginaw Street. Community Safety Forum—Hosted by Flint Lifelines—Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m.—7:1… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Cool Fires

Unusual Operation Operation is now accepting submissions for its July exhibition, Cool Fires. Famous instigator, cultural icon, and wild menace — fire has been re-figuring the landscape around us for hundreds of thousands of years.  Flames are a symbol of energy, passion, and fearlessness; a merciless but seductive force, spurring growth in a wake of ash. This exhibition seeks to spark a conversation about the reality and romance of fire in the city of Flint. Artists in any medium are encouraged to apply. Applicants should include 1-5 photos of their work. Submit work to unusualoperationoperation@gmail.com no later than July 18th. All chosen work will be displayed in the art space from July 25th – August 8. After the exhibit, all images and sculptures will be installed in UOO’s permanent collection. Some work may be exempt from this if the artist wishes to have it returned. Donations collected at the opening will benefit the City of Flint Fire Department. Friday, July 25, 2014.

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, July 25, 2014.

Free Bystander CPR and AED Training Courses Offered

In an effort to prevent heart attack related deaths, MidMichigan Medical Center–Emergency Medical Services and MidMichigan Health are partnering together to offer free Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes for area community members who do not require a CPR certification card. These two-hour classes focus on essential life-saving skills, including “hands-only” CPR for adults, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke. Bystander CPR is recognized by the American Heart Association as a viable way to help someone in cardiac arrest. Studies show that for adults who collapse into cardiac arrest from a heart attack, performing continuous chest compressions with no mouth-to-mouth ventilations provides a survival benefit equal to that of traditional CPR. Class participants will also learn how to use the automated external defibrillator (AED). All classes start at 6 p.m. and are offered during the months of June and August in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Houghton Lake and… Friday, July 25, 2014.

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, July 25, 2014. Center for Hope Building (former School of Choice) 517 E. Fifth Ave. Flint, MI 48501.

Free Healthy Eating Classes for Cancer Survivors and Community at Covenant

Throughout the summer, the Covenant Cancer Care Center is offering two tracks of free healthy eating classes, one for cancer survivors and one for the general public. All classes have a focus on the ten recommendations for cancer prevention from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Covenant registered dietitian and nutritionist, Ann Hoffman, RDN, CDE, will be facilitating the sessions. Hoffman works with patients in cancer care and infusion therapy, radiation oncology, diabetes self-management, and cardiovascular health and wellness. She says, “I know everyone can benefit from these classes. It’s important for all of us, including cancer survivors, to maintain a healthy weight while eating an ample amount of nutritious foods that give us energy to enjoy life.” For Cancer Survivors Classes for cancer survivors are designed to help participants learn about nutritious foods and how healthy eating can enhance survivorship, aid in prevention of cancer recurrence,… Friday, July 25, 2014.

GENESEE COUNTY “PUB PARTIES FOR THE HUNGRY” EVENTS TO SUPPORT CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUP KITCHENS

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities’ three soup kitchens.  Beginning July 19, and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County.               “We are in urgent need of food to keep shelves stocked at our three soup kitchens,” says Jon Manse, Director of Catholic Charities’ Community Services Programs.  “We feed an average of 500 or more individuals each day, which equates to more than 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food per year.” Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events.  Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest Hoe-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs, on October 25, 2014, to be entered into a drawing.  The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9, is tick… Friday, July 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, July 25, 2014.

Joe's Garage Hosts: Roberts Band Reunion 2014/Poncho Palooza

Roberts Band: July 26 & 26, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Poncho Palooza: July 27, 1 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014.

July events for the Public Libraries of Saginaw

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SERIES Enjoy our drop-in Preschool Storytime series for children ages 3-5.  Storytimes are held on: Tuesdays · 10:00 a.m. July 1, 8, 15 & 22 Hoyt Library · 505 Janes Fridays · 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18 & 25 Zauel Library · 3100 N. Center Fridays · 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18 & 25 Butman-Fish Library · 1716 Hancock SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Children can come enjoy the afternoon at the library watching the movie “Up” on Tuesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. at Wickes Library, 1713 Hess. Meet the “Ologies” Classroom Critters on Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at Hoyt Library, 505 Janes.  See and touch animals that represent the science of Mammalogy (the hairy animals), Ornithology (our fine feathered friends), and Herpetology (scaly and slimy critters). Animals from around the world are presented for viewing and touching in this child-friendly program. Wacky Science with Sheer Genius has two performances on Tuesday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Lawn Chair Film Festival

As Saginaw gears up for another beautiful summer, a group of volunteers enthusiastically prepares for their annual event. The Lawn Chair Film Festival–now in its twelfth year–will show its first film of the season on June 29th. The festival’s time and location are the same as with years past: every Sunday at sundown on the corner of North Hamilton and Ames. Eight films have been selected for this season, and are as follows. June 29: The modern crime-drama-comedy, American Hustle. With ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) it tells the thrilling story of the FBI’s ABSCAM operations of the late seventies / early eighties. Directed by David O. Russell; Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. ated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. July 6: The iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Recently selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, it centers around a young socialite and her high aspirations. Directed by Blake Edwards; Star… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Local educational company committed to help failing math students

Coolin and Schoolin is looking for local elementary students who need help with math.    Last year, thousands of students in Genesee County, failed the math portion of the MEAP test. “There’s a perfect storm on the horizon. The new state test is more rigorous than the MEAP and many local schools do not offer summer school for all of their students. There is definitely a need.” Coolin and Schoolin owner, Kimberly Coulter said. Students in grades 1 through 6 will be able to learn math through projects and games.  The free classes will be offered on a drop in basis at local libraries in the county during July and August. Participants will receive a Coolin and Schoolin certificate at the completion of each session. Contact Kimberly Coulter at (810) 835-8727 for a schedule of dates and times. Coolin and Schoolin, established in 2013, strives to create a unique line of mathematical resources that are made in the likeness of todays urban and minority students. The company’s mission is to broaden the oppor… Friday, July 25, 2014.

MCC Offers Summer Basketball Day Camps for Kids Aged 6-15

The Mott Community College (MCC) Mott Bears are hosting basketball day camps for students aged 6-15 this summer. There will be three sessions of the Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camp for boys aged 6-15, and one session of Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp for girls aged 7-15. The Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camps are four-day programs. Session I is June 23- 26, Session 2 is July 28-31 and Session 3 is Aug. 4-7. All three sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $70 per session, with a two-session discount of $125 or two children in the same family pay only $60 per child for one session. The Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp is a three-day program Aug. 11-13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $55 per person or two children in the same family pay $45 each. Both boys and girls camps will be in the Ballenger Field House on the MCC campus. There will be emphasis on basketball skill development through station work and games. Each participant will receive a camp T-Shi… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Pit and Balcony Theatre Summer Theatre and Workshops

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Kendrick Kemp, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Luci Pumford, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions.… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Pub Parties for the Hungry fundraising event

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities' three soup kitchens. Beginning July 19 and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County. Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events. Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest How-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs on Oct. 25, 2014 to be entered into a drawing. The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9 is tickets for two at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; a four-night hotel stay; dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe; and an Excursion Cruise. Second prize is a 50" Flat Screen HD TV, and third prize is an outdoor storage container and solar lights. The punch card holder must be present to win and must show valid ID t… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Relay for Life at Chuck E. Cheese’s

You are invited to join team Chuck E. Cheese on June 20th and July 18th to raise money for the Saginaw county relay for life! On the dates stated above, 15% of all sales generated at the Saginaw Chuck E. Cheese will be donated back to the American Cancer Society, in an effort to find a cure for this relentless disease. All children in attendance will receive 25 free tickets. Just come in to the store, say you’re with American Cancer Society, and that’s it! All purchases, including pizza, tokens, drinks, merchandise, and coupons benefit American Cancer Society. Visit chuckecheese.com to obtain money saving coupons, print free token vouchers, and see our full menu with prices. Don’t forget to join us on Ojibway Island on August 9th for the actual relay, where Chuck himself will be working at our tent! At Chuck E. Cheese’s, we believe that today, more than ever, kids need a safe, wholesome environment in which they can laugh, play and simply enjoy being kids. Friday, July 25, 2014.

Saginaw city residents picnics

7/12/14 at Diendorfer Woods Park from 1-4 p.m. Rain date of 7/13/14 from 1-4 p.m. At Weiss St./Barnard St. 7/17/14 at Bliss Park 4-7 p.m. 1441 N. Michigan Ave. 7/26/14 at St. Vincent's Park 3-6 p.m. Howard St./Emerson St. Friday, July 25, 2014.

Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission final tire drive of summer

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission will be conducting their third and final tire drive of the summer during the week of July 21-25, 2014 from 1:00pm to 7:30pm at the following locations: Monday, July 21 – Saginaw County Mosquito Control Office, 211 Congress Ave, City of Saginaw Tuesday, July 22 – Spaulding Township Park, 5825 Cole, Spaulding Township Wednesday, July 23 – Brant Township Hall, 11012 S. Hemlock, Brant Township Thursday, July 24 – Taymouth Township Hall, 4343 E. Birch Run Road, Taymouth Township Friday, July 25 – Thomas Township Public Safety Building, 8215 Shields Drive, Shields The Commission cannot accept tires on rims or from any businesses. Large oversize tires (height plus width is greater than 60 inches) are not accepted at the tire drive site. Only Saginaw County residents are eligible to drop off tires and each household is limited to 10 tires per week. Further details and information in regards to our July tire drive can be found on our website at: www.sc… Friday, July 25, 2014.

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, July 25, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Saucecats Kick Off Summer Culture Celebration at the Castle Museum

The Castle Museum kicks off its fourth annual Summer Culture Celebration on July 10 with Zydeco and Blues band the Saucecats. The series this year comprises four performances, highlighting four different cultures. Performances will be at noon on Thursdays in July. “We have had a good response to this program,” said Lisa McCartney, marketing and special events coordinator at the Castle Museum. “The Saucecats are a fun, dynamic group that can really get the audience going. We felt they would be the perfect kick off to the Summer Culture Celebration this year.” Other programs are: o   The Kowalski Brothers Polka Band, July 17 o   The Bavarian Dancers of Frankenmuth, July 24 o   Midland Traditional Dancers, July 31 The Castle Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 989-752-2861 or go to www.castlemuseum.org. The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serving the community by telling the continuing story… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Sloan Museum announces American Adventure

American Adventure puts visitors into the shoes of the original colonists. This realistic role-play adventure presents one great challenge: To survive for one year. Sound easy? Think again… This exhibit opens on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Sloan Museum. The museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint. Sloan Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $9 adults, $8 Seniors (60+), $6 Youth age 2-11, children 1 and under are FREE. For more information about the exhibit visit SloanLongway.org. Of the original 104 settlers who arrived in the spring of 1607, fewer than 40 survived the first twelve months.  Visitors wind their way through interactive galleries in this challenging 2500 square foot maze, while struggling to overcome demands on their knowledge and decision-making skills.  A telltale Life Chart hanging around each visitor’s neck reveals their health is starting to suffer.  Earning or losing points at each turn of the maze, the goal is to… Friday, July 25, 2014.

St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital Greif Support Group

This support group is offered the first and third Mondays of each month. 6 p.m. All classes are free to attend and open to the community. 2014 Schedule May 5 May 9 June 2 June 16 July 21 August 4 August 18 September 15 October 6 October 20 November 3 November 17 December 1 December 15 *Classes will not be held on July 7 or September 1. For more information or to register for the Grief Support Group, contact Shella Hughes at 989-846-3441. Cost: FREE. Friday, July 25, 2014. West Conference Room St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital 805 W. Cedar, Standish.

Stingray Cove

The newest exhibit at the Michigan Science Center allows you to see and touch living sea creatures found on coral reefs and other tropical seas. Join MiSci as we learn about freshwater stingrays, starfish and other coral inhabitants. Gaze at sea horses, tropical fish and much more as you explore this hands-on exhibit. This is the perfect companion with the "Journey to the South Pacific" IMAX movie. Exhibit will run from June 21-Aug. 31, 2014. Friday, July 25, 2014. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202.

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus with ABC 12, the Salvation Army, your local Applebee’s and Cars 108. Help Stuff the Bus with back to schools supplies for kids in our local community. Support Mid-Michigan students with the tools they need to succeed: Backpack/Book Bags Large Pink Erasers Spiral Notebooks Black, Blue and/or Red Pens Markers/Highlighters Pocket Folders Crayons/ Colored Pencils Loose Leaf Filler Paper Pencil Pouches/Boxes Glue Sticks #2 Pencils/Sharpeners Rulers Boxes of Tissues (Kleenex) Scissors DONATE Friday, July 25 – Friday, August 15 at any of the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: APPLEBEE'S All Genesee County and Owosso area locations. CH SCHULTZ AND SONS 3245 W. Pasadena Flint, MI 48504 CHASSE BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE STUDIO 3180 W. Silver Lake Rd. Fenton, MI 48430 FOGELSONGER'S 3489 N. Linden Rd Flint, MI 48504 GENESEE DISTRICT LIBRARY Genesee Valley Mall & Grand Blanc McFarland branches  HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER One Hurley Plaza Flint Township, MI, 48503 VIC… Friday, July 25, 2014.

SUMMER 2014 PROGRAMS FOR GENESEE COUNTY CHILDREN AND TEENS

Typically viewed as a time for rest and relaxation, the long days of summer can present challenges for families and children looking to fill those hours with safe, engaging activities that won’t stretch tight budgets. High-quality programming is particularly critical for school-age children and youths, many of whom can fall victim to the “summer slump,” which can have a negative impact on their academic performance as they return to school in the fall. In Flint, families are coping with these and other summertime challenges by utilizing a variety of free and low-cost programs available throughout Genesee County. For almost 80 years, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported activities for children and young people in Flint and Genesee County — and this summer is no exception.  If your news outlet is interested in taking a closer look at how local nonprofits are working to extend their services to those who need them, we’d be happy to connect you with staff from the organizations listed below, as we… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Summer Camps and Programs

Many programs have filled up and these still have room. Register now for these summer camps and programs that are out of this world! This summer Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium have almost 40 wonderful activities for kids age 4 through 8th grade. Get all the details and register online at SloanLongway.org or call 810.237.3409. Seasons July 15, 1:00-2:30pm Age: 4-5 year olds Fee: $6 @ Longway Planetarium Spring, summer, winter, and fall! What’s the weather like? Where do the leaves go? How do animals survive the long, cold winter? See how our environment changes throughout the year. Pre-registration required. Register online. Note: There is a fee of $2 for all online purchases. Michigan State Symbols July 17, 9:00-11:00am Ages: 1st-3rd Grade Fee: $8 @ Sloan Museum Michigan has a beautiful collection of State Symbols. Learn about the State Tree, State Bird, State Stone, and State Reptile. Polish a Petoskey stone and paint a turtle shell to take home with you! Pre-registration required.… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Summer Events at Pit and Balcony Theatre

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission. Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions. A scene workshop will be h… Friday, July 25, 2014.

SWARTZ CREEK AREA ART GUILD HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS IN JULY”

The Swartz Creek Area Art Guild is proud to present its 4th Annual “Christmas in July” featuring local resident and internationally renowned watercolorist Peggy Abrams.  The show will run July 20 thru July 26 at the Swartz Creek Art Gallery, 8048 Miller Rd. Ste G. Swartz Creek, MI. Ms. Abrams’ endearing “Windswept Santas” artwork graces homes around the world.  The Art Gallery will be displaying framed and unframed originals, prints and Christmas cards -- all available for purchase. Come meet the artist at our Opening Reception on Sunday, July 20, 1pm to 3:30pm.  Lite refreshments will be served. The event is free; however donations to the Guild (a 501c3 nonprofit corporation) are always appreciated and help sustain our mission to promote interest in the visual arts in the Swartz Creek area and surrounding communities. In addition to viewing the students’ art, guests will also have an opportunity to enjoy the artwork of Guild members – oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, mixed-media, wood… Friday, July 25, 2014. Swartz Creek Art Gallery 8048 Miller Rd. Ste G. Swartz Creek, MI.

The First Tee of Eastern Michigan Expands to Lapeer County

The First Tee of Eastern Michigan is proud to announce that it will offer it’s unique Life Skills Program at Lake Nepessing Golfland in Lapeer, Michigan starting in June of 2014. “We have had a successful Junior Golf Camp here at Lake Nepessing Golfland for the past 18 years” said owner, Steve Carlson. “With the additional coach training and curriculum The First Tee provides, our staff can offer a program that will be unmatched in Lapeer County”. Since 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its inherent values to the more than seven million young people. On golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations, The First Tee has helped shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by teaching them values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.  In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, The First Tee’s character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success in high school, college and life.… Cost: $96. Friday, July 25, 2014.

THE WHITING ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-15 SEASON

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS, WANDA SYKES, CLINT BLACK, ANYTHING GOES, AND  SISTER ACT Are Just A Few In The Whiting's  Upcoming Season! The Whiting is proud to announce its brand new 2014-15 season line-up!  Get ready for a season of excitement as The Whiting presents a wide variety of performances from JACK HANNA, CLINT BLACK, and BLACK VIOLIN to PETER & THE STARCATCHER, SISTER ACT, and RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.  The new season kicks off on October 18, 2014 with a performance by HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and will run through May of 2015.  The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the beautiful Flint Cultural Center campus.   Become a Spotlight Subscriber and SAVE up to 20%! Mix and match to create a custom entertainment package of your own or for your convenience we've put together these amazing blockbuster packages:  The Complete Season, Bright Lights and Big Broadway, Music Mania, Night of Laughs, Girls' Night… Friday, July 25, 2014.

TWO FREE SUMMER CONCERTS COMING TO GRAND BLANC

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is hosting two free summer concerts for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. Branches Band, a Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) music group, will perform an outdoor concert on Thursday, July 17, at 7:00pm.  Branches Band use guitar, piano, and voice to highlight God's love and grace. Their first ever appearance in Grand Blanc will include well-known hymns and popular modern songs. Chris Driesbach is returning to Gloria Dei on Friday, August 8, at 7:00pm. Chris hails from a WELS congregation in Madison, Alabama, and will use his original Christian songs in a variety of styles to give glory to God. After 33 years as an atheist, Chris uses his music to highlight the Holy Spirit's work in his life. His songs will range from silly to thought-provoking and are applicable to all ages. Both concerts will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5005 McCandlish Road, Grand Blanc. The concerts are FREE to the public.  There will be a free-will offering… Friday, July 25, 2014.

Vic Canever Chevrolet Announces Third Annual “Canever Car Show” Dates

For the third year running, Vic Canever Chevrolet is hosting a Summer-full of car shows, with the first show taking place on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. The car shows are held on the dealership grounds, located at 3000 Owen Road in Fenton. All classic cars, hot rods and antique automobiles are welcome at the event. Participants will have the ability to show their vehicle while enjoying other unique vintage automobiles. Free hot dogs, pop and popcorn is available, along with music and on-site contests for great prizes such as free car washes, oil changes and a chance to drive a Volt for the weekend! Additional upcoming car shows take place Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. The August show will coincide with the Back to the Bricks Fenton Tune-Up Party, with Vic Canever scheduled as a Pit Stop for the event. Rain dates will be the fourth Thursday of each month, as needed. To learn more about the Canever Car Shows, visit us online at www.canever.com o… Friday, July 25, 2014. 3000 Owen Road in Fenton.

Women's Department of St. George Beth-El celebrates "A New Season"

Friday, July 25 - 7 p.m. "The View" Roundtable moderator: Missinoary LaTisha Bowie, Kingdom First Church Roundtable speakers: Women of St. Goerge Bethel COGIC Saturday, July 26 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rummage Sale Fun day, food, bounce house, carnival games Sunday, July 27: 11 a.m. speaker - Missionary Celeste Bogan                                  St. George Beth-EL COGIC 4 p.m. speaker - Evangelist Ruth C. Pryor                               Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC, Saginaw, MI. Friday, July 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, July 25, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

American Adventure

Do you have what it takes to survive? Brave the maze and take a step back into history to find out. In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Minotaur Mazes' American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists. Sound easy? Think again. Only 38 of the 104 settlers survived. But don't worry - you're not tied to their destiny. You can beat the odds and determine your fate - it all depends on the choices you make...and a bit of luck. Blending historical accuracy and the complexities of real life and death decisions, American Adventure delivers a truly unique and effective learning experience. Visitors choose a unique Life Chart based on one of the original Jamestown colonists. Each chart features an… Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Vacation Bible School

Weird Animals: Where Jesus' love is one of a kind. Classes 3 - 8 year olds Lots of fun for the whole week! Bible Time, crafts, snacks, games, and songs! Come join us! Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Faith Lutheran Church 12534 Holly Rd Grand Blanc.

Youth Move Summer Camp

Join us for six weeks of summer fun: drumming, dancing, crafts, life enrichment and so much more. We serve breakfast and lunch. We run Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm. Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. McCree Theater 5005 Cloverlawn Drive Flint, MI 48505.

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, July 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

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, July 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Discovering DNA

See strings of DNA in person! Extract it from strawberries and bananas like a real scientist at the Flint Children's Museum July 22-25 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $6 admission includes science materials. Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Flint Children's Museum 1602 University Ave. Flint, MI 48504. For more info visit flintchildrensmuseum.org.

Picnic and Awareness Day

The Disability Network and Genesee Health System invite you to join us for a Picnic and Awareness Day to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of "Americans with Disabilities Act" Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Come have some fun: Information on the ADA - know your rights Register to vote Free food and beverage Music and Dancing Games and Prizes Soccer Tournament Balloons Face Painting Accessible Bicycles Bingo Community Access Awards and much more!! Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Kearsley Park 1706 Kearsley Park Drive off Longway Boulevard.

Skeeter Scarecrow's Starry Sky

No shows on July 4th, Our narrator is a scarecrow named Skeeter. He tells us how the motion of the Earth causes day and night as we watch the Sun set. Skeeter shows us how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star for directions then takes us on a tour of the major constellations of each season. Then, he talks about the Moon, how it moves and its phases. Lastly, we learn about the planets and what makes each planet different. Suitable for children 6 years and older. Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Family Gaming Fridays

Families with young children, and teens and tweens, join the fun playing video games together every Friday through August 1. Bring your group of neighborhood kids to play with each other on Wii games and more. Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Flint Public Library 1026 E. Kearsley Street Flint, MI.

Family Gaming Fridays

Family Gaming Fridays July 11—August 1, 2014, 2-4pm. Families and individuals can join the fun playing video games together every Friday in July! Bring your group of neighborhood kids to play with each other on Wii games and more! Drop-in. Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Flint Public Library 1026 E. Kearsley Street Flint, MI 48502. For more info visit www.fpl.info.

The Planets

We take a tour of the planets of our Solar System to learn what is currently known about them. Includes stunning visualizations and some of the latest images from our robotic explorers. The program concludes with a look at our current night sky. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew; Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up. Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

16th Annual Chatgamers Euchre Tournament

We are meeting for the 16th Annual Euchre Tournaments, we have room for 100 players, and you can get all the information on the website. Friday, July 25, 2014, 4:00 PM – Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00 AM. B's Bowling Center & Lounge, 750 S. Center Rd. Flint, MI 48506. For more info visit home.comcast.net.

Washington Society Fish Fry

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

YMCA Camp Boomerang

YMCA of Greater Flint has received 128 new basketballs, thanks to a donation from NBA Cares, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Spalding®. The basketballs will be used in by several Y programs at the Downtown Branch, YMCA Camp Boomerang at the Pierson Road Branch, and Y Safe Places, a free after school and summer program. The aim of these programs is to encourage youth and their families to be physically active, develop skills, and learn sportsmanship. “The YMCA of Greater Flint is thrilled to have been selected to receive this generous donation from NBA Cares and its partners,” said Shelly MacArthur, Program and Community Director of the YMCA of Greater Flint.  “All of our facilities offer a safe location for youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, and they love when we get new equipment just for them. What kid doesn’t love playing with a new ball?” YMCA Camp Boomerang will have one last preview where families can tour the facility, meet the staff and have all their questions answered on June 6th from 5:30 pm… Friday, July 25, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

"Chicago" the musical

Box office: (810) 687-2588, or purchase tickets online at www.cliocastandcrew.com. Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 PM. Clio Cast and Crew's Theater 57 2220 West Vienna Road, Clio.

Davison's Cruis'n Flag City Car Cruise

Cruis'n Flag City Car Cruise is Back Downtown Davison starting Friday May 16th 6 to 8:30 pm thru September 19 Enjoy the wider streets, New sound system, New vehicles welcome and more Prizes. Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Main St Davison.

8 Track Sounds of The 70's

“Muth Community Players and the Bronner Performing Arts Center announces this summer’s hit musical, 8Track The Sounds of the 70's by Rick Seeber. 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. Music from The Emotions, The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and more! Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bronner Performing Arts Center 525 E Genesee St Frankenmuth MI 48734. For more info visit www.frankenmuth.k12.mi.us.

2014 SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM

Registration is  now available  for  the  2014  Summer  Recreation Program  held  at the  Bay  Gounty Community  Center.  You  can  find  the registration  form  on our website  at www.baycountymi.gov/communitlrcenter.  Walk-in registration  at the  Community Center is  available  Monday  -  Friday  from  7:30 a.m.  to  7:00 p.m.  and Saturday &  Sunday from  1:00 p.m.  to  5:00  p.m. Space  is  limited,  so register  early! The  County  sponsored  program  runs  from  June  16th  thru  August  7th, Monday  through  Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to  l2:30  p.m.  for  children  5-12 years  of  age. Cost  of  the program  is  $100.00 per child. Activities include:  swimming,  field  trips,  educational  activities,  sports clinics,  and more.  Offered  again  this  year  is  the  state funded  Summer Food  Service  Program  (SFSP).  The  SFSP is  a child  nutrition  program that  feeds  children  during  school  vacations,  and  is  free  to  any  person 18  years  of  age  or  younger.  Call  for  details.… Saturday, July 26, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

60th Annual Munger Potato Festival

The 60th Annual Munger Potato Festival will be held July 24th, 2014 through July 27th, 2014. Once again a major part of the celebration will be the parade, held on Sunday July 27, 2014. The parade procession will begin at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014.

American Red Cross Offers Community Health & Safety Classes

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 July. 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. All classes are held at the Genesee-Lapeer Chapter, located at 1401 S. Grand Traverse St. in Flint. JULY CLASSES: Adult CPR/AED ($70) Classroom option: When: 7/11/2014, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Barons M/C Summerfest 2014 two-day event

Saturday, July 26 Family fun 10 a.m. - ? All proceeds to benefit Gaines Township Fire Department Sunday, July 27 Motorcycle Mania 1 p.m. - ? Come out and have some fun in the sun with the Barons Downtown village of Gaines & Barons M/C Clubhouse (101 Genesee St.) Free admission Everyone welcome. Saturday, July 26, 2014.

BAY CITY DOG RESCUE MARKS 1-YEAR MILESTONE

Happy Tails Dog Rescue – a Bay City dog rescue specializing in difficult to place breeds – will mark its first anniversary next Saturday, July 26. Cofounded by longtime animal adoption advocates and fosters Michele Johnston and Michelle Gauthier, Happy Tails Dog Rescue was started to address the large number of difficult to place breeds in local animal shelters. “Many people get puppies and don’t understand the time and commitment required to raise and train well-adjusted, well-behaved dogs” said Gauthier. “Many dogs with great potential are passed over, and eventually euthanized, because they aren’t properly trained or are breeds with bad reputations.” Representatives of the rescue visit local animal shelters and personally select dogs to place with foster families. The rescue provides funding for food and vet bills, as well as assistance socializing and training the dogs. Once the dogs have a clean bill of health and have learned basic obedience skills, they are carefully matched with their forever f… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Bay County Health Department Begins Mercury Collections

The Bay County Health Department (BCHD) is now collecting items that contain Mercury now through September 2014. BCHD will accept the following items: -  Non-electronic thermostats - Thermometers that contain the silver-colored liquid - Gauges (barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges with silver colored liquid) - Switches - Relays and sensor’s (appliances, farm equipment, float, tilt and pressure switches) - Dental amalgam - Hygrometers and hydrometers - Elemental mercury (silver-colored liquid metal) If  you  are  a  resident  of  Bay  County,  you  must  call  the  Health  Department  at  989-895-4006  to  schedule  the collection for  your mercury  items. Please note that thermometers that are red in color  do not contain mercury and are not considered hazardous waste. BCHD will only accept  mercury  items that are  first secured by being placed  in two ziptop  plastic bags and then placed  in a crush-proof sealed container, such as a coffee can, plastic margarine tub, or plas… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Community Action upcoming events

The following are Community events and updates that are happening among networks, community groups and local organizations. Community ACTION - Sessions are held every 2nd Saturday of each month. The next Community Action Session will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from Noon until 2 p.m. at Higher Quality of Life Ministries—5601 N. Saginaw St. in Flint. MCAR (Men’s Community Action Resource) Presents ‘A Day at the Lake’ Fishing and Camping Trip: This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014, and the weekend of June 6th, 7th and 8th All men– younger and seasoned—are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information and registration requirements, please call (810) 394-4105. Neighborhoods Without Borders - NWOB meetings are held every 3rd Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Sylvester Broome Center, located at 4119 N. Saginaw Street. Community Safety Forum—Hosted by Flint Lifelines—Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m.—7:1… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Cool Fires

Unusual Operation Operation is now accepting submissions for its July exhibition, Cool Fires. Famous instigator, cultural icon, and wild menace — fire has been re-figuring the landscape around us for hundreds of thousands of years.  Flames are a symbol of energy, passion, and fearlessness; a merciless but seductive force, spurring growth in a wake of ash. This exhibition seeks to spark a conversation about the reality and romance of fire in the city of Flint. Artists in any medium are encouraged to apply. Applicants should include 1-5 photos of their work. Submit work to unusualoperationoperation@gmail.com no later than July 18th. All chosen work will be displayed in the art space from July 25th – August 8. After the exhibit, all images and sculptures will be installed in UOO’s permanent collection. Some work may be exempt from this if the artist wishes to have it returned. Donations collected at the opening will benefit the City of Flint Fire Department. Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Davison Class of 1984 30th Reunion

Pleas contact Lora Hicks-Thorsby at lora_thorsby@centurytel.net or (810) 639-5966. Saturday, July 26, 2014. Madden's Lounge Davison,MI on July 26th, 2014.

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, July 26, 2014.

Free Bystander CPR and AED Training Courses Offered

In an effort to prevent heart attack related deaths, MidMichigan Medical Center–Emergency Medical Services and MidMichigan Health are partnering together to offer free Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes for area community members who do not require a CPR certification card. These two-hour classes focus on essential life-saving skills, including “hands-only” CPR for adults, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke. Bystander CPR is recognized by the American Heart Association as a viable way to help someone in cardiac arrest. Studies show that for adults who collapse into cardiac arrest from a heart attack, performing continuous chest compressions with no mouth-to-mouth ventilations provides a survival benefit equal to that of traditional CPR. Class participants will also learn how to use the automated external defibrillator (AED). All classes start at 6 p.m. and are offered during the months of June and August in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Houghton Lake and… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Free Healthy Eating Classes for Cancer Survivors and Community at Covenant

Throughout the summer, the Covenant Cancer Care Center is offering two tracks of free healthy eating classes, one for cancer survivors and one for the general public. All classes have a focus on the ten recommendations for cancer prevention from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Covenant registered dietitian and nutritionist, Ann Hoffman, RDN, CDE, will be facilitating the sessions. Hoffman works with patients in cancer care and infusion therapy, radiation oncology, diabetes self-management, and cardiovascular health and wellness. She says, “I know everyone can benefit from these classes. It’s important for all of us, including cancer survivors, to maintain a healthy weight while eating an ample amount of nutritious foods that give us energy to enjoy life.” For Cancer Survivors Classes for cancer survivors are designed to help participants learn about nutritious foods and how healthy eating can enhance survivorship, aid in prevention of cancer recurrence,… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

GENESEE COUNTY “PUB PARTIES FOR THE HUNGRY” EVENTS TO SUPPORT CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUP KITCHENS

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities’ three soup kitchens.  Beginning July 19, and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County.               “We are in urgent need of food to keep shelves stocked at our three soup kitchens,” says Jon Manse, Director of Catholic Charities’ Community Services Programs.  “We feed an average of 500 or more individuals each day, which equates to more than 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food per year.” Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events.  Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest Hoe-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs, on October 25, 2014, to be entered into a drawing.  The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9, is tick… Saturday, July 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, July 26, 2014.

Joe's Garage Hosts: Roberts Band Reunion 2014/Poncho Palooza

Roberts Band: July 26 & 26, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Poncho Palooza: July 27, 1 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014.

July events for the Public Libraries of Saginaw

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SERIES Enjoy our drop-in Preschool Storytime series for children ages 3-5.  Storytimes are held on: Tuesdays · 10:00 a.m. July 1, 8, 15 & 22 Hoyt Library · 505 Janes Fridays · 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18 & 25 Zauel Library · 3100 N. Center Fridays · 10:30 a.m. July 11, 18 & 25 Butman-Fish Library · 1716 Hancock SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Children can come enjoy the afternoon at the library watching the movie “Up” on Tuesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. at Wickes Library, 1713 Hess. Meet the “Ologies” Classroom Critters on Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at Hoyt Library, 505 Janes.  See and touch animals that represent the science of Mammalogy (the hairy animals), Ornithology (our fine feathered friends), and Herpetology (scaly and slimy critters). Animals from around the world are presented for viewing and touching in this child-friendly program. Wacky Science with Sheer Genius has two performances on Tuesday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Lawn Chair Film Festival

As Saginaw gears up for another beautiful summer, a group of volunteers enthusiastically prepares for their annual event. The Lawn Chair Film Festival–now in its twelfth year–will show its first film of the season on June 29th. The festival’s time and location are the same as with years past: every Sunday at sundown on the corner of North Hamilton and Ames. Eight films have been selected for this season, and are as follows. June 29: The modern crime-drama-comedy, American Hustle. With ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) it tells the thrilling story of the FBI’s ABSCAM operations of the late seventies / early eighties. Directed by David O. Russell; Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. ated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. July 6: The iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Recently selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, it centers around a young socialite and her high aspirations. Directed by Blake Edwards; Star… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Local educational company committed to help failing math students

Coolin and Schoolin is looking for local elementary students who need help with math.    Last year, thousands of students in Genesee County, failed the math portion of the MEAP test. “There’s a perfect storm on the horizon. The new state test is more rigorous than the MEAP and many local schools do not offer summer school for all of their students. There is definitely a need.” Coolin and Schoolin owner, Kimberly Coulter said. Students in grades 1 through 6 will be able to learn math through projects and games.  The free classes will be offered on a drop in basis at local libraries in the county during July and August. Participants will receive a Coolin and Schoolin certificate at the completion of each session. Contact Kimberly Coulter at (810) 835-8727 for a schedule of dates and times. Coolin and Schoolin, established in 2013, strives to create a unique line of mathematical resources that are made in the likeness of todays urban and minority students. The company’s mission is to broaden the oppor… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

MCC Offers Summer Basketball Day Camps for Kids Aged 6-15

The Mott Community College (MCC) Mott Bears are hosting basketball day camps for students aged 6-15 this summer. There will be three sessions of the Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camp for boys aged 6-15, and one session of Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp for girls aged 7-15. The Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camps are four-day programs. Session I is June 23- 26, Session 2 is July 28-31 and Session 3 is Aug. 4-7. All three sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $70 per session, with a two-session discount of $125 or two children in the same family pay only $60 per child for one session. The Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp is a three-day program Aug. 11-13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $55 per person or two children in the same family pay $45 each. Both boys and girls camps will be in the Ballenger Field House on the MCC campus. There will be emphasis on basketball skill development through station work and games. Each participant will receive a camp T-Shi… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Pit and Balcony Theatre Summer Theatre and Workshops

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Kendrick Kemp, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Luci Pumford, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions.… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Pub Parties for the Hungry fundraising event

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities' three soup kitchens. Beginning July 19 and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County. Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events. Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest How-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs on Oct. 25, 2014 to be entered into a drawing. The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9 is tickets for two at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; a four-night hotel stay; dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe; and an Excursion Cruise. Second prize is a 50" Flat Screen HD TV, and third prize is an outdoor storage container and solar lights. The punch card holder must be present to win and must show valid ID t… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Relay for Life at Chuck E. Cheese’s

You are invited to join team Chuck E. Cheese on June 20th and July 18th to raise money for the Saginaw county relay for life! On the dates stated above, 15% of all sales generated at the Saginaw Chuck E. Cheese will be donated back to the American Cancer Society, in an effort to find a cure for this relentless disease. All children in attendance will receive 25 free tickets. Just come in to the store, say you’re with American Cancer Society, and that’s it! All purchases, including pizza, tokens, drinks, merchandise, and coupons benefit American Cancer Society. Visit chuckecheese.com to obtain money saving coupons, print free token vouchers, and see our full menu with prices. Don’t forget to join us on Ojibway Island on August 9th for the actual relay, where Chuck himself will be working at our tent! At Chuck E. Cheese’s, we believe that today, more than ever, kids need a safe, wholesome environment in which they can laugh, play and simply enjoy being kids. Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Saginaw city residents picnics

7/12/14 at Diendorfer Woods Park from 1-4 p.m. Rain date of 7/13/14 from 1-4 p.m. At Weiss St./Barnard St. 7/17/14 at Bliss Park 4-7 p.m. 1441 N. Michigan Ave. 7/26/14 at St. Vincent's Park 3-6 p.m. Howard St./Emerson St. Saturday, July 26, 2014.

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, July 26, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Saucecats Kick Off Summer Culture Celebration at the Castle Museum

The Castle Museum kicks off its fourth annual Summer Culture Celebration on July 10 with Zydeco and Blues band the Saucecats. The series this year comprises four performances, highlighting four different cultures. Performances will be at noon on Thursdays in July. “We have had a good response to this program,” said Lisa McCartney, marketing and special events coordinator at the Castle Museum. “The Saucecats are a fun, dynamic group that can really get the audience going. We felt they would be the perfect kick off to the Summer Culture Celebration this year.” Other programs are: o   The Kowalski Brothers Polka Band, July 17 o   The Bavarian Dancers of Frankenmuth, July 24 o   Midland Traditional Dancers, July 31 The Castle Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 989-752-2861 or go to www.castlemuseum.org. The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serving the community by telling the continuing story… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Sloan Museum announces American Adventure

American Adventure puts visitors into the shoes of the original colonists. This realistic role-play adventure presents one great challenge: To survive for one year. Sound easy? Think again… This exhibit opens on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Sloan Museum. The museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint. Sloan Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $9 adults, $8 Seniors (60+), $6 Youth age 2-11, children 1 and under are FREE. For more information about the exhibit visit SloanLongway.org. Of the original 104 settlers who arrived in the spring of 1607, fewer than 40 survived the first twelve months.  Visitors wind their way through interactive galleries in this challenging 2500 square foot maze, while struggling to overcome demands on their knowledge and decision-making skills.  A telltale Life Chart hanging around each visitor’s neck reveals their health is starting to suffer.  Earning or losing points at each turn of the maze, the goal is to… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital Greif Support Group

This support group is offered the first and third Mondays of each month. 6 p.m. All classes are free to attend and open to the community. 2014 Schedule May 5 May 9 June 2 June 16 July 21 August 4 August 18 September 15 October 6 October 20 November 3 November 17 December 1 December 15 *Classes will not be held on July 7 or September 1. For more information or to register for the Grief Support Group, contact Shella Hughes at 989-846-3441. Cost: FREE. Saturday, July 26, 2014. West Conference Room St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital 805 W. Cedar, Standish.

Stingray Cove

The newest exhibit at the Michigan Science Center allows you to see and touch living sea creatures found on coral reefs and other tropical seas. Join MiSci as we learn about freshwater stingrays, starfish and other coral inhabitants. Gaze at sea horses, tropical fish and much more as you explore this hands-on exhibit. This is the perfect companion with the "Journey to the South Pacific" IMAX movie. Exhibit will run from June 21-Aug. 31, 2014. Saturday, July 26, 2014. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202.

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus with ABC 12, the Salvation Army, your local Applebee’s and Cars 108. Help Stuff the Bus with back to schools supplies for kids in our local community. Support Mid-Michigan students with the tools they need to succeed: Backpack/Book Bags Large Pink Erasers Spiral Notebooks Black, Blue and/or Red Pens Markers/Highlighters Pocket Folders Crayons/ Colored Pencils Loose Leaf Filler Paper Pencil Pouches/Boxes Glue Sticks #2 Pencils/Sharpeners Rulers Boxes of Tissues (Kleenex) Scissors DONATE Friday, July 25 – Friday, August 15 at any of the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: APPLEBEE'S All Genesee County and Owosso area locations. CH SCHULTZ AND SONS 3245 W. Pasadena Flint, MI 48504 CHASSE BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE STUDIO 3180 W. Silver Lake Rd. Fenton, MI 48430 FOGELSONGER'S 3489 N. Linden Rd Flint, MI 48504 GENESEE DISTRICT LIBRARY Genesee Valley Mall & Grand Blanc McFarland branches  HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER One Hurley Plaza Flint Township, MI, 48503 VIC… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

SUMMER 2014 PROGRAMS FOR GENESEE COUNTY CHILDREN AND TEENS

Typically viewed as a time for rest and relaxation, the long days of summer can present challenges for families and children looking to fill those hours with safe, engaging activities that won’t stretch tight budgets. High-quality programming is particularly critical for school-age children and youths, many of whom can fall victim to the “summer slump,” which can have a negative impact on their academic performance as they return to school in the fall. In Flint, families are coping with these and other summertime challenges by utilizing a variety of free and low-cost programs available throughout Genesee County. For almost 80 years, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported activities for children and young people in Flint and Genesee County — and this summer is no exception.  If your news outlet is interested in taking a closer look at how local nonprofits are working to extend their services to those who need them, we’d be happy to connect you with staff from the organizations listed below, as we… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Summer Camps and Programs

Many programs have filled up and these still have room. Register now for these summer camps and programs that are out of this world! This summer Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium have almost 40 wonderful activities for kids age 4 through 8th grade. Get all the details and register online at SloanLongway.org or call 810.237.3409. Seasons July 15, 1:00-2:30pm Age: 4-5 year olds Fee: $6 @ Longway Planetarium Spring, summer, winter, and fall! What’s the weather like? Where do the leaves go? How do animals survive the long, cold winter? See how our environment changes throughout the year. Pre-registration required. Register online. Note: There is a fee of $2 for all online purchases. Michigan State Symbols July 17, 9:00-11:00am Ages: 1st-3rd Grade Fee: $8 @ Sloan Museum Michigan has a beautiful collection of State Symbols. Learn about the State Tree, State Bird, State Stone, and State Reptile. Polish a Petoskey stone and paint a turtle shell to take home with you! Pre-registration required.… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Summer Events at Pit and Balcony Theatre

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission. Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions. A scene workshop will be h… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

SWARTZ CREEK AREA ART GUILD HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS IN JULY”

The Swartz Creek Area Art Guild is proud to present its 4th Annual “Christmas in July” featuring local resident and internationally renowned watercolorist Peggy Abrams.  The show will run July 20 thru July 26 at the Swartz Creek Art Gallery, 8048 Miller Rd. Ste G. Swartz Creek, MI. Ms. Abrams’ endearing “Windswept Santas” artwork graces homes around the world.  The Art Gallery will be displaying framed and unframed originals, prints and Christmas cards -- all available for purchase. Come meet the artist at our Opening Reception on Sunday, July 20, 1pm to 3:30pm.  Lite refreshments will be served. The event is free; however donations to the Guild (a 501c3 nonprofit corporation) are always appreciated and help sustain our mission to promote interest in the visual arts in the Swartz Creek area and surrounding communities. In addition to viewing the students’ art, guests will also have an opportunity to enjoy the artwork of Guild members – oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, mixed-media, wood… Saturday, July 26, 2014. Swartz Creek Art Gallery 8048 Miller Rd. Ste G. Swartz Creek, MI.

THE WHITING ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-15 SEASON

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS, WANDA SYKES, CLINT BLACK, ANYTHING GOES, AND  SISTER ACT Are Just A Few In The Whiting's  Upcoming Season! The Whiting is proud to announce its brand new 2014-15 season line-up!  Get ready for a season of excitement as The Whiting presents a wide variety of performances from JACK HANNA, CLINT BLACK, and BLACK VIOLIN to PETER & THE STARCATCHER, SISTER ACT, and RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.  The new season kicks off on October 18, 2014 with a performance by HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and will run through May of 2015.  The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the beautiful Flint Cultural Center campus.   Become a Spotlight Subscriber and SAVE up to 20%! Mix and match to create a custom entertainment package of your own or for your convenience we've put together these amazing blockbuster packages:  The Complete Season, Bright Lights and Big Broadway, Music Mania, Night of Laughs, Girls' Night… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

TWO FREE SUMMER CONCERTS COMING TO GRAND BLANC

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is hosting two free summer concerts for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. Branches Band, a Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) music group, will perform an outdoor concert on Thursday, July 17, at 7:00pm.  Branches Band use guitar, piano, and voice to highlight God's love and grace. Their first ever appearance in Grand Blanc will include well-known hymns and popular modern songs. Chris Driesbach is returning to Gloria Dei on Friday, August 8, at 7:00pm. Chris hails from a WELS congregation in Madison, Alabama, and will use his original Christian songs in a variety of styles to give glory to God. After 33 years as an atheist, Chris uses his music to highlight the Holy Spirit's work in his life. His songs will range from silly to thought-provoking and are applicable to all ages. Both concerts will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5005 McCandlish Road, Grand Blanc. The concerts are FREE to the public.  There will be a free-will offering… Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Vic Canever Chevrolet Announces Third Annual “Canever Car Show” Dates

For the third year running, Vic Canever Chevrolet is hosting a Summer-full of car shows, with the first show taking place on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. The car shows are held on the dealership grounds, located at 3000 Owen Road in Fenton. All classic cars, hot rods and antique automobiles are welcome at the event. Participants will have the ability to show their vehicle while enjoying other unique vintage automobiles. Free hot dogs, pop and popcorn is available, along with music and on-site contests for great prizes such as free car washes, oil changes and a chance to drive a Volt for the weekend! Additional upcoming car shows take place Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. The August show will coincide with the Back to the Bricks Fenton Tune-Up Party, with Vic Canever scheduled as a Pit Stop for the event. Rain dates will be the fourth Thursday of each month, as needed. To learn more about the Canever Car Shows, visit us online at www.canever.com o… Saturday, July 26, 2014. 3000 Owen Road in Fenton.

Women's Department of St. George Beth-El celebrates "A New Season"

Friday, July 25 - 7 p.m. "The View" Roundtable moderator: Missinoary LaTisha Bowie, Kingdom First Church Roundtable speakers: Women of St. Goerge Bethel COGIC Saturday, July 26 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rummage Sale Fun day, food, bounce house, carnival games Sunday, July 27: 11 a.m. speaker - Missionary Celeste Bogan                                  St. George Beth-EL COGIC 4 p.m. speaker - Evangelist Ruth C. Pryor                               Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC, Saginaw, MI. Saturday, July 26, 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). Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

American Adventure

Do you have what it takes to survive? Brave the maze and take a step back into history to find out. In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Minotaur Mazes' American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists. Sound easy? Think again. Only 38 of the 104 settlers survived. But don't worry - you're not tied to their destiny. You can beat the odds and determine your fate - it all depends on the choices you make...and a bit of luck. Blending historical accuracy and the complexities of real life and death decisions, American Adventure delivers a truly unique and effective learning experience. Visitors choose a unique Life Chart based on one of the original Jamestown colonists. Each chart features an… Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Youth Move Summer Camp

Join us for six weeks of summer fun: drumming, dancing, crafts, life enrichment and so much more. We serve breakfast and lunch. We run Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. McCree Theater 5005 Cloverlawn Drive Flint, MI 48505.

16th Annual Chatgamers Euchre Tournament

12 Game Partners Tourney, 12 Game Progressive Tourney, and Dinner Furnished with paid entry. Get all the information on our website, room for 100 Euchre Players. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:30 AM – Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:30 AM. B's Bowling Center & Lounge, 750 S. Center Rd. Flint, MI 48506. For more info visit home.comcast.net.

4th Annual Storybook Hayride

Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to join us for the 4th Annual Storybook Hayride on Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 3pm.  This year’s hayride will take you through the trails at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum to meet the fascinating characters of Alice in Wonderland. Families with kids of all ages and abilities will enjoy this program and it’s all FREE!  Hayrides leave hourly starting at 10 am, with the last ride at 2pm. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.  If you are bringing an organized group, please call ahead 810-736-7100 extension 6. For-Mar is partnered with the Flint Youth Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland taking place at the FYT August 8th – 17th, learn more about this production at http://www.thefim.org/fyt-homepage. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Downtown Discovery Days

This summer the Saginaw Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will provide a unique opportunity to experience the numerous cultural attractions in Downtown Saginaw. The DDA and seven cultural institutions have partnered to create Downtown Saginaw Discovery Days. Running three Saturdays this summer, groups of four can purchase one pass for $20 ($7 per additional person). Passes provide transportation between locations and entrance to all participating institutions between 10am and 4pm that day. Day passes are not required to use transportation. The bus, run by Mitchell Motorcoach,Ltd. will stop at each location throughout the day: the Saginaw Art Museum, the Castle Museum, the Temple Theatre, the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, the Children’s Zoo, the Japanese Cultural Center and Hoyt Public Library.  From 10am to 12 noon, local Saginaw historian, Tom Trombley, will provide area information on the bus and at 12 noon will provide a History and Architectural walking tour of Old City Saginaw.  Passes… Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Shh! Let's Talk About Those Unmentionables

Have you ever wondered how many layers Gilded-Age ladies wore? Have you ever seen a nineteenth-century chemise? If you come to the Whaley Historic House Museum's exhibit, "Shh! Let's Talk About Those Unmentionables" you will get to learn about the many layers ladies of the nineteenth century wore. Actual artifacts as well as informational images will guide you through the museum as you imagine what it would be like to simply get dressed every morning. Children can play with Victorian style paper dolls while you learn about the health risks of tight-lacing corsets! The exhibit will be open during our regular tour hours on July 26, August 2, and August, 16 and will be available for appointments during the week. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Whaley Historic House Museum 624 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503.

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, July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

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, July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Bohemian Blueberry Burns

What does Bohemian, Blueberry and Burns have in common?  The very entertaining music of 3rd Degree Burns performed live on July 26, 2014 from noon until 1:45 PM at the Imlay City Blueberry festival. The highlight of the show will be the kid’s rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.  Gary Burns, director and manager of 3rd Degree Burns says, “I have wanted to do Bohemian Rhapsody for so many years but the music and harmonies were a huge undertaking. This year, we did it thanks to the dedication of the kids and the extra practices with our very talented vocal coach, Julie Jackson.”   The entire family will enjoy the music of 40+ musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18.  This isn’t just a garage band.  Its is a finely tuned band featuring classic rock’n roll sprinkled with some of today’s popular music.  The 3rd Degree Burns band is a part of the Young Musicians Community, a non-profit organization which provides music lessons and performance opportunities to area youth at no cost. The word on the street is this organi… Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

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, July 26, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Skeeter Scarecrow's Starry Sky

No shows on July 4th, Our narrator is a scarecrow named Skeeter. He tells us how the motion of the Earth causes day and night as we watch the Sun set. Skeeter shows us how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star for directions then takes us on a tour of the major constellations of each season. Then, he talks about the Moon, how it moves and its phases. Lastly, we learn about the planets and what makes each planet different. Suitable for children 6 years and older. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Teen Productions: Babysitter's Academy

TEEN PRODUCTIONS: Babysitter’s Academy and CPR Certification: Two-Part Program: Ages 12 and up, Saturdays JULY 26, 1-4 PM AND AUGUST 2, 1-3 PM. Teens must attend both sessions to receive their CPR certification and graduate from the academy. Skills include safety for you and your charges; storytelling secrets and activities so kids will learn and listen, develop your resume and interview skills. Learn CPR training provided by Genesys Health System and receive a certificate from the FPL Babysitter’s Academy to proudly show your employer. This program is geared for teens and tweens, ages 12 years and higher. Registration required. Call 810.249-2170. Sponsorship of Teen Productions is provided by The WELCH Foundation. Summer Reading is funded in part by The Robert S. and Virginia R. Landaal Family Fund (CFGF) and Sunrise Rotary. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Flint Public Library 1026 E. Kearsley Street Flint, MI 48502. For more info visit www.fpl.info.

The Planets

We take a tour of the planets of our Solar System to learn what is currently known about them. Includes stunning visualizations and some of the latest images from our robotic explorers. The program concludes with a look at our current night sky. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew; Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Vintage Baseball Game

Games are free of charge! Bring your own chairs, picnic lunch, friends and family to enjoy a fun activity on the beautiful UM-Flint campus! Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:00 PM. UM-Flint Campus, 509 Harrison Street, Flint Twp. MI 48503 (Visit website for map). For more info visit www.whaleyhouse.com.

Spirit of America Laser Show

Celebrate the Independence Day with this fun family-friendly salute featuring patriotic songs and entertaining laser graphics. Recommended for all ages. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Hamady High School Class of 1974 Forty Year Reunion

What: Come out and join your fellow classmates from Hamady High School's Class of 1974 for a night of reuniting, reminiscing, and remembering. Who: Class of 1974 graduates and one additional adult guest per grad (must purchase 1 ticket per attendee.) How much: $50 per ticket, which covers the cost of the dinner, venue, and entertainment. Cash bar will also be available. A block of hotel rooms are reserved. The reservation number is 11X5N1. Group rate of $159 includes river view double or king and waterpark. Reservations can be made at 989-652-8747, Bavarian Inn Lodge. Regular price is $204. There is a shuttle bus from restaurant to the hotel, if you want to use it and not walk! FAQs But what if I can't make it? Unfortunately with a class as large as ours, we are not able to pick a date that works for everyone. However, if you would still like to be included in the class reunion information sheet please email Denise Churchill dchurchill.hamady40@yahoo.com Will Hamady High faculty or staff… Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Bavarian Inn Frankenmuth Michigan.

YMCA Camp Boomerang

YMCA of Greater Flint has received 128 new basketballs, thanks to a donation from NBA Cares, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Spalding®. The basketballs will be used in by several Y programs at the Downtown Branch, YMCA Camp Boomerang at the Pierson Road Branch, and Y Safe Places, a free after school and summer program. The aim of these programs is to encourage youth and their families to be physically active, develop skills, and learn sportsmanship. “The YMCA of Greater Flint is thrilled to have been selected to receive this generous donation from NBA Cares and its partners,” said Shelly MacArthur, Program and Community Director of the YMCA of Greater Flint.  “All of our facilities offer a safe location for youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, and they love when we get new equipment just for them. What kid doesn’t love playing with a new ball?” YMCA Camp Boomerang will have one last preview where families can tour the facility, meet the staff and have all their questions answered on June 6th from 5:30 pm… Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

"Chicago" the musical

Box office: (810) 687-2588, or purchase tickets online at www.cliocastandcrew.com. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:00 PM. Clio Cast and Crew's Theater 57 2220 West Vienna Road, Clio.

Fizz Bang Science

Did you know that you are a scientist every day?! Learn how we use science concepts in our daily lives. Explore the basics of chemistry and physical science as we experiment with things that fizz, bang, and sizzle. Join us every weekend throughout the summer for these fun activities. The theme changes every week, be sure to check our website for more. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:00 PM. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202. For more info visit www.mi-sci.org.

8 Track Sounds of The 70's

“Muth Community Players and the Bronner Performing Arts Center announces this summer’s hit musical, 8Track The Sounds of the 70's by Rick Seeber. 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. Music from The Emotions, The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and more! Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bronner Performing Arts Center 525 E Genesee St Frankenmuth MI 48734. For more info visit www.frankenmuth.k12.mi.us.

2014 SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM

Registration is  now available  for  the  2014  Summer  Recreation Program  held  at the  Bay  Gounty Community  Center.  You  can  find  the registration  form  on our website  at www.baycountymi.gov/communitlrcenter.  Walk-in registration  at the  Community Center is  available  Monday  -  Friday  from  7:30 a.m.  to  7:00 p.m.  and Saturday &  Sunday from  1:00 p.m.  to  5:00  p.m. Space  is  limited,  so register  early! The  County  sponsored  program  runs  from  June  16th  thru  August  7th, Monday  through  Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to  l2:30  p.m.  for  children  5-12 years  of  age. Cost  of  the program  is  $100.00 per child. Activities include:  swimming,  field  trips,  educational  activities,  sports clinics,  and more.  Offered  again  this  year  is  the  state funded  Summer Food  Service  Program  (SFSP).  The  SFSP is  a child  nutrition  program that  feeds  children  during  school  vacations,  and  is  free  to  any  person 18  years  of  age  or  younger.  Call  for  details.… Sunday, July 27, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

60th Annual Munger Potato Festival

The 60th Annual Munger Potato Festival will be held July 24th, 2014 through July 27th, 2014. Once again a major part of the celebration will be the parade, held on Sunday July 27, 2014. The parade procession will begin at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Barons M/C Summerfest 2014 two-day event

Saturday, July 26 Family fun 10 a.m. - ? All proceeds to benefit Gaines Township Fire Department Sunday, July 27 Motorcycle Mania 1 p.m. - ? Come out and have some fun in the sun with the Barons Downtown village of Gaines & Barons M/C Clubhouse (101 Genesee St.) Free admission Everyone welcome. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Bay County Health Department Begins Mercury Collections

The Bay County Health Department (BCHD) is now collecting items that contain Mercury now through September 2014. BCHD will accept the following items: -  Non-electronic thermostats - Thermometers that contain the silver-colored liquid - Gauges (barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges with silver colored liquid) - Switches - Relays and sensor’s (appliances, farm equipment, float, tilt and pressure switches) - Dental amalgam - Hygrometers and hydrometers - Elemental mercury (silver-colored liquid metal) If  you  are  a  resident  of  Bay  County,  you  must  call  the  Health  Department  at  989-895-4006  to  schedule  the collection for  your mercury  items. Please note that thermometers that are red in color  do not contain mercury and are not considered hazardous waste. BCHD will only accept  mercury  items that are  first secured by being placed  in two ziptop  plastic bags and then placed  in a crush-proof sealed container, such as a coffee can, plastic margarine tub, or plas… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Community Action upcoming events

The following are Community events and updates that are happening among networks, community groups and local organizations. Community ACTION - Sessions are held every 2nd Saturday of each month. The next Community Action Session will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from Noon until 2 p.m. at Higher Quality of Life Ministries—5601 N. Saginaw St. in Flint. MCAR (Men’s Community Action Resource) Presents ‘A Day at the Lake’ Fishing and Camping Trip: This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014, and the weekend of June 6th, 7th and 8th All men– younger and seasoned—are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information and registration requirements, please call (810) 394-4105. Neighborhoods Without Borders - NWOB meetings are held every 3rd Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Sylvester Broome Center, located at 4119 N. Saginaw Street. Community Safety Forum—Hosted by Flint Lifelines—Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m.—7:1… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Cool Fires

Unusual Operation Operation is now accepting submissions for its July exhibition, Cool Fires. Famous instigator, cultural icon, and wild menace — fire has been re-figuring the landscape around us for hundreds of thousands of years.  Flames are a symbol of energy, passion, and fearlessness; a merciless but seductive force, spurring growth in a wake of ash. This exhibition seeks to spark a conversation about the reality and romance of fire in the city of Flint. Artists in any medium are encouraged to apply. Applicants should include 1-5 photos of their work. Submit work to unusualoperationoperation@gmail.com no later than July 18th. All chosen work will be displayed in the art space from July 25th – August 8. After the exhibit, all images and sculptures will be installed in UOO’s permanent collection. Some work may be exempt from this if the artist wishes to have it returned. Donations collected at the opening will benefit the City of Flint Fire Department. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Free Bystander CPR and AED Training Courses Offered

In an effort to prevent heart attack related deaths, MidMichigan Medical Center–Emergency Medical Services and MidMichigan Health are partnering together to offer free Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes for area community members who do not require a CPR certification card. These two-hour classes focus on essential life-saving skills, including “hands-only” CPR for adults, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke. Bystander CPR is recognized by the American Heart Association as a viable way to help someone in cardiac arrest. Studies show that for adults who collapse into cardiac arrest from a heart attack, performing continuous chest compressions with no mouth-to-mouth ventilations provides a survival benefit equal to that of traditional CPR. Class participants will also learn how to use the automated external defibrillator (AED). All classes start at 6 p.m. and are offered during the months of June and August in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Houghton Lake and… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Free Healthy Eating Classes for Cancer Survivors and Community at Covenant

Throughout the summer, the Covenant Cancer Care Center is offering two tracks of free healthy eating classes, one for cancer survivors and one for the general public. All classes have a focus on the ten recommendations for cancer prevention from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Covenant registered dietitian and nutritionist, Ann Hoffman, RDN, CDE, will be facilitating the sessions. Hoffman works with patients in cancer care and infusion therapy, radiation oncology, diabetes self-management, and cardiovascular health and wellness. She says, “I know everyone can benefit from these classes. It’s important for all of us, including cancer survivors, to maintain a healthy weight while eating an ample amount of nutritious foods that give us energy to enjoy life.” For Cancer Survivors Classes for cancer survivors are designed to help participants learn about nutritious foods and how healthy eating can enhance survivorship, aid in prevention of cancer recurrence,… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

GENESEE COUNTY “PUB PARTIES FOR THE HUNGRY” EVENTS TO SUPPORT CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUP KITCHENS

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities’ three soup kitchens.  Beginning July 19, and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County.               “We are in urgent need of food to keep shelves stocked at our three soup kitchens,” says Jon Manse, Director of Catholic Charities’ Community Services Programs.  “We feed an average of 500 or more individuals each day, which equates to more than 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food per year.” Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events.  Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest Hoe-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs, on October 25, 2014, to be entered into a drawing.  The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9, is tick… Sunday, July 27, 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. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Joe's Garage Hosts: Roberts Band Reunion 2014/Poncho Palooza

Roberts Band: July 26 & 26, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Poncho Palooza: July 27, 1 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Lawn Chair Film Festival

As Saginaw gears up for another beautiful summer, a group of volunteers enthusiastically prepares for their annual event. The Lawn Chair Film Festival–now in its twelfth year–will show its first film of the season on June 29th. The festival’s time and location are the same as with years past: every Sunday at sundown on the corner of North Hamilton and Ames. Eight films have been selected for this season, and are as follows. June 29: The modern crime-drama-comedy, American Hustle. With ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) it tells the thrilling story of the FBI’s ABSCAM operations of the late seventies / early eighties. Directed by David O. Russell; Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. ated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. July 6: The iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Recently selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, it centers around a young socialite and her high aspirations. Directed by Blake Edwards; Star… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Local educational company committed to help failing math students

Coolin and Schoolin is looking for local elementary students who need help with math.    Last year, thousands of students in Genesee County, failed the math portion of the MEAP test. “There’s a perfect storm on the horizon. The new state test is more rigorous than the MEAP and many local schools do not offer summer school for all of their students. There is definitely a need.” Coolin and Schoolin owner, Kimberly Coulter said. Students in grades 1 through 6 will be able to learn math through projects and games.  The free classes will be offered on a drop in basis at local libraries in the county during July and August. Participants will receive a Coolin and Schoolin certificate at the completion of each session. Contact Kimberly Coulter at (810) 835-8727 for a schedule of dates and times. Coolin and Schoolin, established in 2013, strives to create a unique line of mathematical resources that are made in the likeness of todays urban and minority students. The company’s mission is to broaden the oppor… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

MCC Offers Summer Basketball Day Camps for Kids Aged 6-15

The Mott Community College (MCC) Mott Bears are hosting basketball day camps for students aged 6-15 this summer. There will be three sessions of the Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camp for boys aged 6-15, and one session of Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp for girls aged 7-15. The Mott Bears No Excuses Basketball Day Camps are four-day programs. Session I is June 23- 26, Session 2 is July 28-31 and Session 3 is Aug. 4-7. All three sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $70 per session, with a two-session discount of $125 or two children in the same family pay only $60 per child for one session. The Mott Bears Women’s Summer Basketball Day Camp is a three-day program Aug. 11-13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $55 per person or two children in the same family pay $45 each. Both boys and girls camps will be in the Ballenger Field House on the MCC campus. There will be emphasis on basketball skill development through station work and games. Each participant will receive a camp T-Shi… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Pit and Balcony Theatre Summer Theatre and Workshops

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Kendrick Kemp, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Luci Pumford, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions.… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Pub Parties for the Hungry fundraising event

Thirty-two local pubs are gearing up to raise money to feed the hungry at Catholic Charities' three soup kitchens. Beginning July 19 and running through October 25, these businesses will participate in Pub Parties for the Hungry, each holding their own fundraisers throughout Genesee County. Community members are encouraged to help those in need by coming out to support the Pub Parties for the Hungry events. Punch cards can be picked up at any of the participating locations. Patrons who have their card punched at ten pub party events, can bring it to the Harvest How-Down for the Hungry at Wild Spurs on Oct. 25, 2014 to be entered into a drawing. The grand prize, provided by FOX 103.9 is tickets for two at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; a four-night hotel stay; dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe; and an Excursion Cruise. Second prize is a 50" Flat Screen HD TV, and third prize is an outdoor storage container and solar lights. The punch card holder must be present to win and must show valid ID t… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Relay for Life at Chuck E. Cheese’s

You are invited to join team Chuck E. Cheese on June 20th and July 18th to raise money for the Saginaw county relay for life! On the dates stated above, 15% of all sales generated at the Saginaw Chuck E. Cheese will be donated back to the American Cancer Society, in an effort to find a cure for this relentless disease. All children in attendance will receive 25 free tickets. Just come in to the store, say you’re with American Cancer Society, and that’s it! All purchases, including pizza, tokens, drinks, merchandise, and coupons benefit American Cancer Society. Visit chuckecheese.com to obtain money saving coupons, print free token vouchers, and see our full menu with prices. Don’t forget to join us on Ojibway Island on August 9th for the actual relay, where Chuck himself will be working at our tent! At Chuck E. Cheese’s, we believe that today, more than ever, kids need a safe, wholesome environment in which they can laugh, play and simply enjoy being kids. Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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. Sunday, July 27, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

Saucecats Kick Off Summer Culture Celebration at the Castle Museum

The Castle Museum kicks off its fourth annual Summer Culture Celebration on July 10 with Zydeco and Blues band the Saucecats. The series this year comprises four performances, highlighting four different cultures. Performances will be at noon on Thursdays in July. “We have had a good response to this program,” said Lisa McCartney, marketing and special events coordinator at the Castle Museum. “The Saucecats are a fun, dynamic group that can really get the audience going. We felt they would be the perfect kick off to the Summer Culture Celebration this year.” Other programs are: o   The Kowalski Brothers Polka Band, July 17 o   The Bavarian Dancers of Frankenmuth, July 24 o   Midland Traditional Dancers, July 31 The Castle Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 989-752-2861 or go to www.castlemuseum.org. The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serving the community by telling the continuing story… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Sloan Museum announces American Adventure

American Adventure puts visitors into the shoes of the original colonists. This realistic role-play adventure presents one great challenge: To survive for one year. Sound easy? Think again… This exhibit opens on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Sloan Museum. The museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint. Sloan Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $9 adults, $8 Seniors (60+), $6 Youth age 2-11, children 1 and under are FREE. For more information about the exhibit visit SloanLongway.org. Of the original 104 settlers who arrived in the spring of 1607, fewer than 40 survived the first twelve months.  Visitors wind their way through interactive galleries in this challenging 2500 square foot maze, while struggling to overcome demands on their knowledge and decision-making skills.  A telltale Life Chart hanging around each visitor’s neck reveals their health is starting to suffer.  Earning or losing points at each turn of the maze, the goal is to… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital Greif Support Group

This support group is offered the first and third Mondays of each month. 6 p.m. All classes are free to attend and open to the community. 2014 Schedule May 5 May 9 June 2 June 16 July 21 August 4 August 18 September 15 October 6 October 20 November 3 November 17 December 1 December 15 *Classes will not be held on July 7 or September 1. For more information or to register for the Grief Support Group, contact Shella Hughes at 989-846-3441. Cost: FREE. Sunday, July 27, 2014. West Conference Room St. Mary's of Michigan Standish Hospital 805 W. Cedar, Standish.

Stingray Cove

The newest exhibit at the Michigan Science Center allows you to see and touch living sea creatures found on coral reefs and other tropical seas. Join MiSci as we learn about freshwater stingrays, starfish and other coral inhabitants. Gaze at sea horses, tropical fish and much more as you explore this hands-on exhibit. This is the perfect companion with the "Journey to the South Pacific" IMAX movie. Exhibit will run from June 21-Aug. 31, 2014. Sunday, July 27, 2014. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202.

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus with ABC 12, the Salvation Army, your local Applebee’s and Cars 108. Help Stuff the Bus with back to schools supplies for kids in our local community. Support Mid-Michigan students with the tools they need to succeed: Backpack/Book Bags Large Pink Erasers Spiral Notebooks Black, Blue and/or Red Pens Markers/Highlighters Pocket Folders Crayons/ Colored Pencils Loose Leaf Filler Paper Pencil Pouches/Boxes Glue Sticks #2 Pencils/Sharpeners Rulers Boxes of Tissues (Kleenex) Scissors DONATE Friday, July 25 – Friday, August 15 at any of the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: APPLEBEE'S All Genesee County and Owosso area locations. CH SCHULTZ AND SONS 3245 W. Pasadena Flint, MI 48504 CHASSE BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE STUDIO 3180 W. Silver Lake Rd. Fenton, MI 48430 FOGELSONGER'S 3489 N. Linden Rd Flint, MI 48504 GENESEE DISTRICT LIBRARY Genesee Valley Mall & Grand Blanc McFarland branches  HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER One Hurley Plaza Flint Township, MI, 48503 VIC… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

SUMMER 2014 PROGRAMS FOR GENESEE COUNTY CHILDREN AND TEENS

Typically viewed as a time for rest and relaxation, the long days of summer can present challenges for families and children looking to fill those hours with safe, engaging activities that won’t stretch tight budgets. High-quality programming is particularly critical for school-age children and youths, many of whom can fall victim to the “summer slump,” which can have a negative impact on their academic performance as they return to school in the fall. In Flint, families are coping with these and other summertime challenges by utilizing a variety of free and low-cost programs available throughout Genesee County. For almost 80 years, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported activities for children and young people in Flint and Genesee County — and this summer is no exception.  If your news outlet is interested in taking a closer look at how local nonprofits are working to extend their services to those who need them, we’d be happy to connect you with staff from the organizations listed below, as we… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Summer Camps and Programs

Many programs have filled up and these still have room. Register now for these summer camps and programs that are out of this world! This summer Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium have almost 40 wonderful activities for kids age 4 through 8th grade. Get all the details and register online at SloanLongway.org or call 810.237.3409. Seasons July 15, 1:00-2:30pm Age: 4-5 year olds Fee: $6 @ Longway Planetarium Spring, summer, winter, and fall! What’s the weather like? Where do the leaves go? How do animals survive the long, cold winter? See how our environment changes throughout the year. Pre-registration required. Register online. Note: There is a fee of $2 for all online purchases. Michigan State Symbols July 17, 9:00-11:00am Ages: 1st-3rd Grade Fee: $8 @ Sloan Museum Michigan has a beautiful collection of State Symbols. Learn about the State Tree, State Bird, State Stone, and State Reptile. Polish a Petoskey stone and paint a turtle shell to take home with you! Pre-registration required.… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Summer Events at Pit and Balcony Theatre

Pit and Balcony Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton Street, announces Summer Theatre and Workshops for 2014. The theatre is hosting several events over the summer, including a benefit show, a children’s production, and workshops for adults. A benefit reading of Our Town written by Thornton Wilder will be performed for one night only on June 13th at 7:30pm. Performances by: Greg Branch, Donna Branch-Cottrell, William Federspiel, Suzanne Greenberg, George Gugino, John Humphreys, Hon. Darnell Jackson, Renee Johnston, Bill Koepke, Art lewis, Bridget Looby, Laureen Lutenski, Robert Martin, Arlene Maul, Kay Vanston, and John Vowell. Directed by Brandon S. Bierlein. Tickets available at the Box Office. $50 General Admission. Shakespeare in Performance: A monologue workshop will be held on  June 14th from 10:00 am -2:00pm. Actors may bring their own, personally selected monologues and some will be provided. This is a good opportunity to work on and/or develop classical monologues for auditions. A scene workshop will be h… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

THE WHITING ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-15 SEASON

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS, WANDA SYKES, CLINT BLACK, ANYTHING GOES, AND  SISTER ACT Are Just A Few In The Whiting's  Upcoming Season! The Whiting is proud to announce its brand new 2014-15 season line-up!  Get ready for a season of excitement as The Whiting presents a wide variety of performances from JACK HANNA, CLINT BLACK, and BLACK VIOLIN to PETER & THE STARCATCHER, SISTER ACT, and RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.  The new season kicks off on October 18, 2014 with a performance by HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and will run through May of 2015.  The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the beautiful Flint Cultural Center campus.   Become a Spotlight Subscriber and SAVE up to 20%! Mix and match to create a custom entertainment package of your own or for your convenience we've put together these amazing blockbuster packages:  The Complete Season, Bright Lights and Big Broadway, Music Mania, Night of Laughs, Girls' Night… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

TWO FREE SUMMER CONCERTS COMING TO GRAND BLANC

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is hosting two free summer concerts for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. Branches Band, a Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) music group, will perform an outdoor concert on Thursday, July 17, at 7:00pm.  Branches Band use guitar, piano, and voice to highlight God's love and grace. Their first ever appearance in Grand Blanc will include well-known hymns and popular modern songs. Chris Driesbach is returning to Gloria Dei on Friday, August 8, at 7:00pm. Chris hails from a WELS congregation in Madison, Alabama, and will use his original Christian songs in a variety of styles to give glory to God. After 33 years as an atheist, Chris uses his music to highlight the Holy Spirit's work in his life. His songs will range from silly to thought-provoking and are applicable to all ages. Both concerts will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5005 McCandlish Road, Grand Blanc. The concerts are FREE to the public.  There will be a free-will offering… Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Vic Canever Chevrolet Announces Third Annual “Canever Car Show” Dates

For the third year running, Vic Canever Chevrolet is hosting a Summer-full of car shows, with the first show taking place on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. The car shows are held on the dealership grounds, located at 3000 Owen Road in Fenton. All classic cars, hot rods and antique automobiles are welcome at the event. Participants will have the ability to show their vehicle while enjoying other unique vintage automobiles. Free hot dogs, pop and popcorn is available, along with music and on-site contests for great prizes such as free car washes, oil changes and a chance to drive a Volt for the weekend! Additional upcoming car shows take place Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. The August show will coincide with the Back to the Bricks Fenton Tune-Up Party, with Vic Canever scheduled as a Pit Stop for the event. Rain dates will be the fourth Thursday of each month, as needed. To learn more about the Canever Car Shows, visit us online at www.canever.com o… Sunday, July 27, 2014. 3000 Owen Road in Fenton.

Women's Department of St. George Beth-El celebrates "A New Season"

Friday, July 25 - 7 p.m. "The View" Roundtable moderator: Missinoary LaTisha Bowie, Kingdom First Church Roundtable speakers: Women of St. Goerge Bethel COGIC Saturday, July 26 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rummage Sale Fun day, food, bounce house, carnival games Sunday, July 27: 11 a.m. speaker - Missionary Celeste Bogan                                  St. George Beth-EL COGIC 4 p.m. speaker - Evangelist Ruth C. Pryor                               Victorious Believers Ministries COGIC, Saginaw, MI. Sunday, July 27, 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). Sunday, July 27, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

American Adventure

Do you have what it takes to survive? Brave the maze and take a step back into history to find out. In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Minotaur Mazes' American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists. Sound easy? Think again. Only 38 of the 104 settlers survived. But don't worry - you're not tied to their destiny. You can beat the odds and determine your fate - it all depends on the choices you make...and a bit of luck. Blending historical accuracy and the complexities of real life and death decisions, American Adventure delivers a truly unique and effective learning experience. Visitors choose a unique Life Chart based on one of the original Jamestown colonists. Each chart features an… Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Youth Move Summer Camp

Join us for six weeks of summer fun: drumming, dancing, crafts, life enrichment and so much more. We serve breakfast and lunch. We run Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. McCree Theater 5005 Cloverlawn Drive Flint, MI 48505.

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. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

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. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Discovering DNA

See real DNA in person! Extract it from strawberries and bananas like an actual scientist at the Flint Children's Museum July 27 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. $6 admission includes science materials. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Flint Children's Museum 1602 University Ave. Flint, MI 48504. For more info visit flintchildrensmuseum.org.

Skeeter Scarecrow's Starry Sky

No shows on July 4th, Our narrator is a scarecrow named Skeeter. He tells us how the motion of the Earth causes day and night as we watch the Sun set. Skeeter shows us how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star for directions then takes us on a tour of the major constellations of each season. Then, he talks about the Moon, how it moves and its phases. Lastly, we learn about the planets and what makes each planet different. Suitable for children 6 years and older. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

The Planets

We take a tour of the planets of our Solar System to learn what is currently known about them. Includes stunning visualizations and some of the latest images from our robotic explorers. The program concludes with a look at our current night sky. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew; Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Spirit of America Laser Show

Celebrate the Independence Day with this fun family-friendly salute featuring patriotic songs and entertaining laser graphics. Recommended for all ages. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

YMCA Camp Boomerang

YMCA of Greater Flint has received 128 new basketballs, thanks to a donation from NBA Cares, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Spalding®. The basketballs will be used in by several Y programs at the Downtown Branch, YMCA Camp Boomerang at the Pierson Road Branch, and Y Safe Places, a free after school and summer program. The aim of these programs is to encourage youth and their families to be physically active, develop skills, and learn sportsmanship. “The YMCA of Greater Flint is thrilled to have been selected to receive this generous donation from NBA Cares and its partners,” said Shelly MacArthur, Program and Community Director of the YMCA of Greater Flint.  “All of our facilities offer a safe location for youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, and they love when we get new equipment just for them. What kid doesn’t love playing with a new ball?” YMCA Camp Boomerang will have one last preview where families can tour the facility, meet the staff and have all their questions answered on June 6th from 5:30 pm… Sunday, July 27, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

"Chicago" the musical

Box office: (810) 687-2588, or purchase tickets online at www.cliocastandcrew.com. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:00 PM. Clio Cast and Crew's Theater 57 2220 West Vienna Road, Clio.

Fizz Bang Science

Did you know that you are a scientist every day?! Learn how we use science concepts in our daily lives. Explore the basics of chemistry and physical science as we experiment with things that fizz, bang, and sizzle. Join us every weekend throughout the summer for these fun activities. The theme changes every week, be sure to check our website for more. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:00 PM. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202. For more info visit www.mi-sci.org.