Holiday events




Carols & Bells Concert

FLINT TWP. — Central Church of the Nazarene invites the community

to attend the Christmas @ Central

special musical concert, Carols & Bells, 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the church, 1261 W. Bristol Rd.

This holiday concert of traditional Christmas music is presented by the Concert Choir and Orchestra with the support of the Central Church’s Handbell Choir. The congregation will enjoy hearing and singing the songs of the season as we celebrate the Christmas season. For more information on the concert, contact the church at 810-235-5671, e-mail office@centralnazarene.com or visit www.centralnazarene.com. — 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 www.geneseemall.com or “like” Genesee Valley Center on Facebook or a follower of Shop_GVC on Twitter. — N.B.

Humane Society 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 Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive

GENESEE COUNTY — 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: www.thegdl.org. — N.B.

Annual Scrapbook Crop

SWARTZ CREEK — The United Methodist Women of Swartz Creek United Methodist Church are sponsoring a scrapbooking crop 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 22.

The price of $28 includes a mini breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages and door prizes. A conslutant from Creative Memories will have a huge supply of scrapbooking products and classes will be available for beginners. For more information, contact Rhona at 810-630-0537. Send payment by Jan. 16 to UMW, Swartz Creek UMC, 7400 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, MI 48473. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit missions of the United Methodist Church. — N.B.

Volunteers needed for UM-Flint’s Commencement

FLINT — 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 pzemore@umflint.edu. — 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 stephen

jamescomedy@gmail.com. — G.G.

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. — 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 & Huckleberr y 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 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 ( ckimber@gcparks.org), at 810-736-7100, ext. 855. — G.G. 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 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 www.flintarts.org. — 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 non-perishable food, clothing or personal care item to donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Details: Call 810-237-7333 or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org. — 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 www.lefleurdecor.com;

Acorn Cottage Art can be reached at 810-797- 5271. — N.B.

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