Community invited to Thanksgiving dinner

FLINT — International Academy of Flint, 2820 S. Saginaw St., hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The dinner is free, along with free clothing and a care package of personal hygiene items and food to those attending.

Art Wenzlaff, director of School & Community Relations for the Academy, indicates that the target audience are those families or individuals who may not be able to enjoy a complete Thanksgiving meal, in a warm, safe, and friendly environment. The event includes homeless, some of our school families, neighborhood residents and literally anyone who wants to attend from throughout the area. +

This year Carriage Town Ministries and the East Side Mission are partnering with the academy, along with Alternative Veterans Solutions, to better ensure veterans without a place to be on Thanksgiving may be able to enjoy the day. MTA Your Ride assists in this venture, as they provide free transportation to publicized predetermined locations within the city. As well, church vans are donated to allow those who may not be able to reach the designated pick-up sites to also be included in the event.

Last year, 462 meals were served, and it is estimated this year as many as 600 may be included. Wenzlaff indicates donations are welcome, particularly personal hygiene items, warm winter clothing, and blankets. The majority of attendees are adults, but families are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. Frequently, the children attending are in need. Details: Call Art

Wenzlaff at 810-600-5261 or e-mail awenzlaff@ — N.B.

Santa returns to GVC

FLINT TWP. — Santa Claus has arrved at Genesee Valley Center and joined 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 holidayfilled 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 or e-mail — N.B.

Holiday Wonder at FIA

FLINT — The FIA Art School 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.

Salvation Army Thanksgiving concert

FLINT — The community is invited to enjoy the talent of the Salvation Army Flint Citadel Band 7 p.m. Nov. 27 for its 78th Annual Thanksgiving Concert at The Whiting Auditorium.

This year’s concert features vocal soloist Gillian Morton. Morton has traveled extensively throughout the United Kingdom as a soloist as well as appearing at Royal Albert Hall in London. She has toured world wide as a member of the International Staff Songsters. The band and Gillian will join the Flint Citadel Songsters to perform special selections that will delight all.

The concert is free to the public; however, a free-will offering will be taken to help support the work of the Army in Genesee County. Details: Call 810-232-2199. — N.B.

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