Mass of the Children

FLUSHING — St. Robert Chorale, Carman- Ainsworth Chorale, Carman-Ainsworth Women’s Ensemble, Flushing A Cappella Choir and St. Robert Youth Choir, accompanied by members of Flint Symphony Orchestra, present John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Robert Catholic Church, 310 Cherry St.

Tickets are $8. Details: Call 810-659-2501. —


Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive

— WCMU and the Genesee District Library (GDL) invite the community to participate in the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive Oct. 9-Dec. 18 at all branches of the GDL. Community members can donate new or gently worn sweaters to help keep a neighbor warm this winter. Details: Visit — N.B.

Volunteers needed for UM-Flint’s Commencement

— Volunteers are needed to help with the Dec. 12 commencement for the University of Michigan-Flint.

The UM-Flint Commencement Committee is seeking people to help with setting up at Perani Arena and Event Center, seating guests, handing out programs and helping the students get ready for graduation. Volunteers are needed between noon-3 p.m. to assist with these duties. Refreshments will be provided.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Pam Zemore at 810-424-5485 or e-mail — N.B.

Comedy Troupe performs at Churchill’s

FLINT — The Stephen James Comedy Troupe performs in the entertainment room at Churchill’s Food & Spirits, 340 S. Saginaw St., Wednesday nights from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door. Details:

810-618-7517 or e-mail stephenjamescomedy@

— G.G.

Meditation concert

— The community is invited to an Evensong Candlelight Meditation Concert 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at Life Enrichment Center, 2512 S. Dye Rd.

The concert, hailed as “a truly uplifting experience,” features Norma Gentile’s classically-trained voice assisted by chanting, a choir of Tibetan singing bowls and a Schruti Box, which is a devotional instrument in India. Attendees are invited to meditate and soothe their souls with the sounds of the concert, which is a time of sacredness and devoted to deep, inner healing.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and

students. For more information, visit www.healingchants.

com, or contact

Yvonne Sova at 810-820-8949 or yesova@comcast.

net. — N.B.

Send VG’s receipts to Humane Society

BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County, 3325 S. Dort Hwy., is collecting VG’s receipts to help feed and house its shelter pets.

Community members can clip off the bottom part of the receipt that says “Community Share Points” and send them to: ATTN: Terry Rozyla, The Humane Society of Genesee County, G-3325 S. Dort Hwy., PO Box 190138, Burton, MI 48519- 0138. — N.B.

Volunteer opportunities

GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County Parks is looking for large and small groups of people who are used to working together. Whether it’s volunteering at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad during Day Out With Thomas, creating gift bags for an upcoming event at the Parks Administration Office or working on the flowerbeds at For- Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities at Santa returns to GVC

FLINT TWP. — Santa Claus is arriving at Genesee Valley Center Nov. 12 on top a Flint Township Fire Truck, and the Flint Northern High School Marching Band will be on hand to herald his arrival. Santa will then parade through the mall, led by the marching band, to his home in Center Court. Samples of hot cocoa will be provided by Coffee Beanery and Pretzel Stix will be provided by Auntie Anne’s. Hot cocoa and pretzels provided in the JCPenney court, while supplies last.

Santa will join his Woodland Friends in Center Court through Dec. 24. The Woodland Friends Santa display is based on the children’s book Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, and is sponsored locally by Dort Federal Credit Union. Santa is available for photos 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. Photos are available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Each child that visits with Santa receives a special gift.

For more information about Santa’s Arrival at Genesee Valley Center and other holiday promotions, events, sales, extended holiday hours and a list of stores, visit or “like” Genesee Valley Center on Facebook or a follower of Shop_GVC on Twitter. — N.B.

Humane Society Holiday Open House

BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County, 3325 S. Dort Hwy., also announces its upcoming Holiday Open House 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11. The open house features an afternoon of holiday-filled activities. There will be Santa Paws photos for $5, and the community is encouraged to bring in their pets and/or children. There also will be the opportunity to make a PawCasso painting for $5, along with the society’s annual Cookie Walk. Boxes are $5 each and contain a variety of homemade and store-bought cookies.

The Humane Society Of Genesee County also is selling their holiday cards again this year and individuals can now buy them online. A pack of 10 cards is $5, plus $1 shipping. Customers can choose between dog cards and cat cards. The inside of the dog cards read “Wishing You a Great Howliday Season!” The inside of the cat cards read “Wishing You A Perrfect Holiday Season!”.

Details: Call 810-744-0511, visit www.geneseehumane.

org or e-mail tara.sturgis@geneseehumane.

org. — N.B.

Holiday activities at FIA

FLINT — The FIA Art School announces its Holiday Art Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27. During the camp, which is held in the art school studios, campers will create unique gifts for their family and friends using a variety of tools, mediums and techniques. Campers can sign up for one or both days, and each camper needs to bring lunch and a snack. Cost is $67 for members, $81 for non-members and the fee is per day.

Also, FIA presents its Holiday Wonder event 1-4 p.m. Dec. 18 in the art school studios. The event features a Nutcracker-inspired family activity where attendees can make garlands, stamp wrapping paper, create soldiers and sugar plum fairies and beaded snowflake ornaments. The event is for children ages 5-12 and is free.

Details: Visit — N.B.

Nutcracker-Holiday Pops Sneak Peek

FLINT — The Flint Institute of Music (FIM) presents the Nutcracker — Holiday Pops Sneak Peek 1-3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the FIM, 1025 E. Kearsley St.

The free, family event highlights the three upcoming FIM holiday programs, Flint Youth Theatre’s The Homecoming, Nutcracker and Holiday Pops. The Sneak Peek event features souvenir photos with little mice and soldiers in the giant chair from the Nutcracker set (a $5 charge may be applied toward the purchase of Nutcracker or Holiday Pops tickets); holiday favorites performed by the FSO Brass; carols sung by the Flint Festival Youth Chorus; dramatic readings from Flint Youth Theatre’s The Homecoming; Nutcracker character face painting; holiday favorites performed by soprano Pia Broden Williams, tenor Glen Holcomb and pianist Ina Yoon; preschool make-and-take project; creative movement sessions; musical instrument playground; free refreshments; viewing of Nutcracker dance rehearsals; a 105.5 FM remote broadcast with Stephanie K; and drawings for free tickets and other prizes.

Details: Visit — N.B.

Holiday Walk 2010

FLINT — The 27th Annual Holiday Walk 2010 returns to the Flint Cultural Center 5:30- 8:30 Dec. 7.

The tree lighting is at 5:15 p.m., and the festivities include caroling and live music; a visit with Santa Claus; free carriage rides; planetarium shows; fun, holiday theatre activities; hands-on arts and crafts; a live petting zoo; refreshment; and more.

The Holiday Walk is a free, community event; however, participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food, clothing or personal care item to donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Details: Call 810-237-7333 or visit — N.B.

Holidays in Hadley

HADLEY — Get ready to celebrate the holidays by attending the Holidays in Hadley event 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5.

Hosted by Le Fleur Decor, 3442 Hadley Rd., and Acorn Cottage Art, 4895 Hegel Rd. in Goodrich, Holidays in Hadley features a one-ofa kind shopping experience from local artists who will have their wares on display and for sale at the two businesses. Items for sale include fair, nature and holiday art, ornaments, jewelry, holiday decor, unique furniture, winter wearables and fresh greens. Refreshments also will be on hand.

For more information, call Le Fleur Decor at 810-797-4745 or visit; Acorn Cottage Art can be reached at 810-797- 5271. — N.B. Genesee County Parks.

If your company or organization has a volunteer hour requirement, there is no other place as fun as the Genesee County Parks to log your hours. Volunteers truly are the heart of Genesee County Parks.

Businesses and organizations who wish to volunteer at a Genesee County Parks, please contact Cindy Kimber, Volunteer Coordinator (, at 810- 736-7100, ext. 855. — G.G.

McLaren offering heart health, cholesterol and blood pressure help

FLINT — McLaren’s Nutrition Counseling Program is now offering “Heart Health- Controlling Your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure.” Have you been told that your cholesterol or blood pressure is high? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Do you want to learn how to prevent heart disease and be healthier? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions this class can help. Meal planning tips and recipes will be provided.

This class is being offered 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 10 at the McLaren Diabetes Education Program Dept., located at 3200 Beecher Rd in the Beech Hill Center building. The class fee is $30 and registration is required.

To register for one of the upcoming classes, or for questions, please contact McLaren’s Diabetes Education Program at 810-342-4110. — G.G.

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