Holiday happenings

Santa returns to GVC

FLINT TWP. — Santa Claus has arrived 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 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 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.

Old Newsboys support kids in Genesee County

DAVISON — The Davison VFW Post #4087, 9474 Lapeer Rd., has invited Santa to Brunch. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11, Jolly Old Saint Nick will be joining the kiddies for brunch. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children, with all proceeds to support the Old Newsboys’ Holiday Box Program. Attendees need to bring their appetites and wish lists.

The Old Newsboys’ Holiday Box Program provides warm clothing, two pairs of socks and underwear, gloves and a stocking cap, dental hygiene products and a toy to at-risk children. The program is funded entirely through the annual paper sale, donations and fundraisers. In its 86-year history, the Old Newsboys organization has put presents under the tree for more than 760,000 children across Genesee County. Last year alone, 5,892 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys.

“It’s all about the kids,” said the Newsboys’ Executive Director, Chris Hamilton. “I’m hoping the kids who can come out to support those who can’t.” — N.B.

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