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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 31, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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. Thursday, July 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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… Thursday, July 31, 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… Thursday, July 31, 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 31, 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… Thursday, July 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

YOGA-Kripalu Yoga for Health and Wellbeing AM Session II

Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit. Explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance. Learn breathing techniques that calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200). Thursday, July 31, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.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. Thursday, July 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 29-31 from 11 p.m.-3 p.m. $6 admission includes science materials. Thursday, July 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Bay City Oarty Graw Free Festival

Bay City Party Graw Free Festival coming to the Great Lakes Bay Region on July 31, August 1, 2 & 3, 2014 The Midland Street Historical Entertainment District in business owners are hosting this free event with no ticket sales! An event that will replace the ever popular Pig Gig weekend that has drawn thousands into our area. We hope to grow into an equally successful weekend for the Midland Street area and the City of Bay City. Much like the famous Cheeseburger in Caseville with its "Key West" theme, we hope to mirror our festival with a "Mardi Gras" theme. The four-day event will feature a kick off parade on Midland Street Thursday, July 31st, starting at 5:30. The "Makin Bacon" Parade is for any one who wants to enter. The cost will be a $3.00 Party Graw Festival button per person. Every parade participant is encouraged to throw beads, candy, toys or coupons. Join the parade walking, riding bikes, golf carts, lawn mowers, trailers, motorcycles, cars. Bring your kids, your dog, your goat. Anything goes in… Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:00 PM. Bay city historical Westside, Midland Street, bay City, MI. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

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 31, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit www.becreative360.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… Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

YOGA-Kripalu Yoga for Health and Wellbeing PM Session II

Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit. Explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance. Learn breathing techniques that calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200). Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

Film Screening: Sign Painters

This 2012 documentary, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, features interviews with over two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States--from established veterans and teachers, to young artists starting shops in San Francisco and New York. Despite the fact that many believe the skills developed by sign-painters have been rendered obsolete by the technological innovations, the documentary identifies a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a burgeoning renaissance in the trade. The event will feature a Q&A and book signing with directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. Tickets: $12; $5 Members; $8 Students & Seniors. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street). For more info visit www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Not Just Vanilla Summer Camp! (Ages 4 - 6 years)

In Creative 360’s Not Just Vanilla Summer Camps, your child will experience all the“flavors” of the rainbow in fun and fast moving interrelated arts activities. Led by Creative 360 cofounder and artist Linda Z. Smith. Reserve your child’s space early. Call 989-837-1885 to register. Boys and girls ages 4, 5 & 6 will enjoy art, sculpture, creative, dance, drama, music and unforgettable stories. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 9:00 PM – Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:00 AM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Miland, 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, August 1, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

August events from Public Libraries of Saginaw

END-OF-SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor Library, 1410 N 12th.  Claytor will be hosting an end of the summer ice cream social. The social will include party games, and a meet and greet. All are welcome to enjoy tasty ice cream at the program! LEGO Club will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at Butman-Fish Library, 1716 Hancock.  Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.  Call 799-9160 to register. Monday Matinees are held on August 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center.  Come out to Zauel Library and enjoy a Monday matinee! Contact:               Rhonda Farrell-Butler, 989-755-0904 ext. 1125 Chris Holubowicz, 989-755-9833 ext. 1127 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BINGO Play BINGO with us to win back-to-school supplies!  Children under 7 years of age must have a helper. Visit a library near you. Monday, August 11 – 3:00 p.m. Butman-Fish Library – 1716 Hancock Tue… Friday, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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,… Friday, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 2014.

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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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). Friday, August 1, 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, August 1, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Funtastic Family Fair

Funtastic Family Fair Hosted by Deckerville Community Hospital and Autumnwood of Deckerville Funtastic Exhibits, Demonstrations, Training & Hands-On Experiences will include: *Life Net Helicopter *Fire Truck * Smoke House Exhibit * Ambulance * Fit By 4 Program Fit Program-Interactive Exhibits for Kids (Sponsor: Sanilac County Healthy Lifestyles) *Child ID (Sponsor: Deckerville Masons) * Safety Town & Impaired Driving Simulation (Sponsor: Covenant Healthcare) *First Aid & Wilderness First Aid Training * CPR Training * Safe Sitter Demonstration (Sponsor: Sanilac County Medical Control Authority) * Car Seat Safety Checks * Good Form Running Clinics (Sponsor: Elite Feet of Port Huron) * Camp Good Grief (Sponsor: Home & Hospice Advantage) * Vision Screening * Food And So Much More! This event is FREE and open to everyone-exhibits and vendors will be appealing to all ages! Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Deckerville Community Schools. For more info visit www.deckervillehosp.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. Friday, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.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. Friday, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Washington Society Fish Fry

Friday, August 1, 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, August 1, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

YOGA-Kripalu Yoga for Health and Wellbeing PM Session II

Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit. Explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance. Learn breathing techniques that calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200). Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

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, August 1, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Main St Davison.

Not Just Vanilla Summer Camp! (Ages 4 - 6 years)

In Creative 360’s Not Just Vanilla Summer Camps, your child will experience all the“flavors” of the rainbow in fun and fast moving interrelated arts activities. Led by Creative 360 cofounder and artist Linda Z. Smith. Reserve your child’s space early. Call 989-837-1885 to register. Boys and girls ages 4, 5 & 6 will enjoy art, sculpture, creative, dance, drama, music and unforgettable stories. Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:00 PM – Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 AM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Miland, 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.… Saturday, August 2, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

August events from Public Libraries of Saginaw

END-OF-SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor Library, 1410 N 12th.  Claytor will be hosting an end of the summer ice cream social. The social will include party games, and a meet and greet. All are welcome to enjoy tasty ice cream at the program! LEGO Club will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at Butman-Fish Library, 1716 Hancock.  Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.  Call 799-9160 to register. Monday Matinees are held on August 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center.  Come out to Zauel Library and enjoy a Monday matinee! Contact:               Rhonda Farrell-Butler, 989-755-0904 ext. 1125 Chris Holubowicz, 989-755-9833 ext. 1127 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BINGO Play BINGO with us to win back-to-school supplies!  Children under 7 years of age must have a helper. Visit a library near you. Monday, August 11 – 3:00 p.m. Butman-Fish Library – 1716 Hancock Tue… Saturday, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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… Saturday, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 2014. 3000 Owen Road in Fenton.

Farmer's Breakfast

The menu will consist of Hot-Off-The-Griddle Pancakes, Fresh Baked Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Scrambled or Fried Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Hashbrowns, Cereal, Pastries, Fruit, Juices, Milk, Hot Tea, and Piping Hot Coffee. The cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children 5-12; and Free for children 4 and under. Proceeds benefit the Genesee County Fair. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Mount Morris Masonic Temple 810 North Street Mount Morris, MI 48458. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

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, August 2, 2014, 8:00 AM. Genesee County (outside the Cities of Flint, Flushing, Clio & Davison).

FRANKENMUTH FARM TOY SHOW

28th Annual Frankenmuth Farm Toy Show in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth. Buy-sell-trade- farm toys, toy trucks, and related merchandise. Handicap accessible. Call 989-213-4113 for more info. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth.

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, August 2, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Taking Business to the Next Level: Intensive Growth Strategies

Walethia Aquil, CEO of Grace and Charm Academy, and Leader of UP Woman Circle--Genesee County will host Taking Business to the Next Level: Intensive Growth Strategies Aug 2, 2014, 412 S. Saginaw from 9 am to 1:30 pm. This value packed conference is designed to provide women business owners, career professionals and service provivers or any one wanting to start a business; business growth strategies. This conference will help them accelerate their impact, influence and income. Participants  will have the opportunity to network, strategize and collaborate with some of the most influential savvy and successful business women speakers in the world. Rarely will you find these many powerful experts in one place. They will  have an opportunity to sit in a circle up close and personal with the expert speakers. This is an invaluable experience! Attendees will walk away with an execution plan on how to identify their ideal client, build a strong brand, build the perfect dream team and know the power of collabo… Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

Hospice Volunteer Training Day

Becoming an A-One Hospice Volunteer can be one of the most selfless and rewarding things you'll ever do. There are many ways you can get involved and donate your time locally. You do not need any medical skills; our volunteers only offer companionship. For example: You can sit and listen, pray together, just talk, listen to music, read a book, write letters, play a game, share a common hobby, do some light housekeeping or provide relief to a caregiver. You can do one, some or all of these things all in as short as an hour a week for as little as twice a month or more if you'd like. We provide professional training, the opportunity to affect a life and a chance to gain relationships that will change you forever! If this sounds like you please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@aonehospice.com for more information. Mark your calendar! The first Saturday of every month is training day for all new volunteers. Cost: FREE. Phone: (855)873-2263. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. A-One Hospice, Inc. 1040 S. State Rd. Davison, MI 48423. For more info visit aonehospice.com.

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, August 2, 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, August 2, 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, August 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

3rd Annual Health Fair Expo

Free Health Screening and Testing Inclusive of Blood Pressure. Cholesterol, Glucose, BMI, HIV/STD Testing, Weight Loss Information and Social Services Resoures, Fitness & Exercise Demonstrations, Line Dancing Demonstration; Fun Games for Kids. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 1035 E. Carpenter Rd.

Young Writers Workshop

Young Writers Workshop, August 2 and 16, 11am to 1pm. Teens and young adults are welcome to join this group of writers to learn, share and develop their writing skills. Participants will develop their writing and editing skills by working with writer and publisher Kellen Brandon of Brandon Publishing. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Flint Public Library 1026 E. Kearsley Street Flint, MI 48502. For more info visit www.fpl.info.

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, August 2, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

International Masons and Order of the Eastern Stars Grover Bradshaw Lodge District #2 Back to School Annual Community Cookout

Back to School Cookout! Lots of food, fun, prizes, games, music and excitement for the whole family. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Grover Bradshaw Lodge, 5122 Industrial Ave. (corner of Pierson Rd. and Industrial Ave.), Flint, MI 48505.

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, August 2, 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. Saturday, August 2, 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, August 2, 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.

FLOTILLA OFFERS FUN IN THE SUN ON FLINT RIVER

Everyone is invited to sit back and relax on the first ever Flotilla down the Flint River. A flotilla is an event where individuals bring floating devices to enjoy a leisurely float down a river complete with an after party.  The Flotilla will take place on Saturday, August 2 and is a fundraiser for the Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA). FRCA Director Janet Van De Winkle said, "The Flotilla is a great way for community members to gain a new perspective on the Flint River. We have done several practice floats and it has been a lot of fun for everyone who has participated." The event will take place on Saturday, August 2 starting at 3 p.m. Participants will drop their cars off at Mott Park Golf Course on Sunset Drive just east of Ballenger Highway near McLaren Hospital.  A shuttle will transport participants to launch from the Firehouse at 119 N. Grand Traverse St. in Flint. The route along the river takes approximately two hours to complete. Once arriving back at the Mott Park Golf Course, partic… Saturday, August 2, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

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, August 2, 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… Saturday, August 2, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

YOGA-Kripalu Yoga for Health and Wellbeing PM Session II

Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit. Explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance. Learn breathing techniques that calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200). Saturday, August 2, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

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, August 2, 2014, 6:00 PM. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202. For more info visit www.mi-sci.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.… Sunday, August 3, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

August events from Public Libraries of Saginaw

END-OF-SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor Library, 1410 N 12th.  Claytor will be hosting an end of the summer ice cream social. The social will include party games, and a meet and greet. All are welcome to enjoy tasty ice cream at the program! LEGO Club will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at Butman-Fish Library, 1716 Hancock.  Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.  Call 799-9160 to register. Monday Matinees are held on August 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center.  Come out to Zauel Library and enjoy a Monday matinee! Contact:               Rhonda Farrell-Butler, 989-755-0904 ext. 1125 Chris Holubowicz, 989-755-9833 ext. 1127 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BINGO Play BINGO with us to win back-to-school supplies!  Children under 7 years of age must have a helper. Visit a library near you. Monday, August 11 – 3:00 p.m. Butman-Fish Library – 1716 Hancock Tue… Sunday, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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). Sunday, August 3, 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, August 3, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

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, August 3, 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, August 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503. For more info visit sloanlongway.org.

Chicken BBQ Supports Local Youth

Come out to Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park Sunday, August 3rd (11am - 6pm) for the food, music & fun of The Nathan Weidner Foundation’s 18th Annual Chicken BBQ! Chicken dinners are $10 each, children 6 & under eat free. Funds raised during the event support the Foundation’s college scholarships and the forensic interviews of abused children conducted by the CAN Council – Nathan Weidner Center. $5 purchases a wristband for all-day access to the BBQ’s children’s activities including: bounce houses, obstacle course, inflatable slide, petting zoo, clown fun, and train rides. Musical entertainment provided by DJ Dave Wallace. Admission to the event’s Kruis’n Car Show is free. Fees collected for the Steven’s Motorcycle Poker Chicken Run support the Foundation. New to this year’s event, runners can compete in the Chicken Run 5K at 9am at Veterans Memorial Park. Age group and gender awards given immediately following. $25 entry fee includes race shirt. Register at runsignup.com. Purchase your BBQ ticket a… Sunday, August 3, 2014, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park.

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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

YOGA-Kripalu Yoga for Health and Wellbeing PM Session II

Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit. Explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance. Learn breathing techniques that calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200). Sunday, August 3, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

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, August 3, 2014, 6:00 PM. Michigan Science Center 5020 John R St Detroit, MI 48202. For more info visit www.mi-sci.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.… Monday, August 4, 2014. Bay County Community Center.

August events from Public Libraries of Saginaw

END-OF-SUMMER FUN FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Claytor Library, 1410 N 12th.  Claytor will be hosting an end of the summer ice cream social. The social will include party games, and a meet and greet. All are welcome to enjoy tasty ice cream at the program! LEGO Club will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at Butman-Fish Library, 1716 Hancock.  Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.  Call 799-9160 to register. Monday Matinees are held on August 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center.  Come out to Zauel Library and enjoy a Monday matinee! Contact:               Rhonda Farrell-Butler, 989-755-0904 ext. 1125 Chris Holubowicz, 989-755-9833 ext. 1127 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BINGO Play BINGO with us to win back-to-school supplies!  Children under 7 years of age must have a helper. Visit a library near you. Monday, August 11 – 3:00 p.m. Butman-Fish Library – 1716 Hancock Tue… Monday, August 4, 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-… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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. Monday, August 4, 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. Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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,… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 2014.

ITT Open Houses dates

First Quarter:                     Saturday, January 18                      10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, February 22                    10AM-1PM Second Quarter:               Saturday, April 12                             10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, May 17                             10AM-1PM Third Quarter:                   Saturday, July 12                              10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, August 16                        10AM-1PM Fourth Quarter:                Saturday, October 11                     10AM-1PM                                                 Saturday, November 15                10AM-1PM. Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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. Monday, August 4, 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. Monday, August 4, 2014. 1803 Norman Street Saginaw MI 48601.

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… Monday, August 4, 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. Monday, August 4, 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. Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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.… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 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). Monday, August 4, 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… Monday, August 4, 2014, 9:00 AM. Sloan Museum 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Vacation Bible School

Trinity Lutheran Church invites children ages potty-trained through sixth grade to attend "The Kingdom Chronicles" Vacation Bible School (VBS). Are your kids ready for adventure? Then they won't want to miss a minute at The Kingdom Chronicles, the most exciting place around! At The Kingdom Chronicles, kids will learn the truth of God's Word as they enjoy songs, crafts, games, goodies and dramas. The Kingdom Chronicles promises to be filled with excitement, so register your children today! We're calling all knights and fair maidens to join us in standing strong in the battle for truth! VBS is FREE; children do not have to be members of the church to attend. For additional information or to register, visit www.trinitydavison.org or call 810-658-3000. www.trinitydavison.org. Monday, August 4, 2014, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Trinity Lutheran Church 706 West Flint Street Davison, MI.

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

Would you call me and let me know you received this announcement. Thank you. Cost: free. Phone: (810)444-6870 Gail Sewell. Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 3730 North St. Flint, Mi. 48505 Corner of North and Add.

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. Monday, August 4, 2014, 12:30 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

BACK TO THE BRICKS TUNE UP PARTY AT GENESEE VALLEY CENTER

For the third consecutive year, Geneseee Valley Center will kick-off the Back to the Bricks Tune Up Party Week.  Flint Township is the first community host for the Tune Up Party Week with the event starting at Genesee Valley Center at 2:00pm on Monday, August 4th. The first two-hundred and fifty vehicles will receive a ticket for a commemorative Tune Up Party t-shirt, participants can collect a different design at each of the six community Tune Up parties.  Back to the Bricks volunteers will distribute tickets for event shirts, beginning at 2:00pm at Genesee Valley Center with shirt distribution taking place at Duke’s Car Stereo at 7:30pm.  Genesee Valley Center will host a DJ, concessions by Hot Dog Heaven and Roaring 20’s Ice Cream Parlour as well as special giveaways during the event.  The event will take place in the south parking lot of Genesee Valley Center near Logan’s Roadhouse, rain or shine.  At 5:00pm the event will move to Duke’s Car Stereo on Miller Road, where the festivities will continue un… Monday, August 4, 2014, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Genesee Valley Center.

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. Monday, August 4, 2014, 2:00 PM. Longway Planetarium. For more info visit www.sloanlongway.org.

Wood Burning

Students will transform plain wood boxes, plaques, and birdhouses into unique personalized artworks under the guidance of Diana Bradley. Children are welcomed with a caring adult. July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25. Monday, August 4, 2014, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.

Bead Night Mondays

Make bracelets, necklaces, or rings! Bring your own beads or use ours ($6.00 a class). Memory wire is favorite. With Diana Bradley. Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.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… Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

YOGA-Kripalu Yoga for Health and Wellbeing PM Session II

Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind, and spirit. Explore yoga postures that fit your body and meet your needs as you stretch and tone muscles, release tension, and improve balance. Learn breathing techniques that calm restless thoughts, improve concentration, and support mental clarity and confidence. Each class ends with relaxation and meditation to integrate your practice on and off your mat. With Kripalu Yoga certified instructor, Ann Butzler (RYT200). Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Creative 360 1517 Bayliss Street Midland, MI 48640. For more info visit becreative360.org.