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Program provides opportunity for early driver responsibility fee relief

LANSING — Individuals with outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees can receive early fee relief by participating in a workforce development program, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

In partnership with the Michigan Works! Association and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, individuals with outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees can enroll in a 10-hour workforce development program and have their fees waived upon completion.

To find a nearby location, go to or call 800-285-9675.

Individuals who do not participate in a workforce development program are still responsible for paying their Driver Responsibility Fees. For payment plan options, affected persons are asked to contact the state Treasury Department at 800-950- 6227.

Once entered into a payment plan or completing a workforce development program, individuals who have no additional license actions pending may be eligible to reinstate their driver’s license without paying a reinstatement fee through Dec. 31. All Driver Responsibility Fees will be completely relieved and no further payments will be collected after Oct. 1.

Driver Responsibility Fees have been waived for individuals who were on a payment plan on or before Feb. 1.

Details: Visit driverresponsibility. — G.G.

Communities First, Inc. provides a trip around the world with “A Taste of Culture”

FLINT — Communities First, Inc. will host the 4th annual “A Taste of Culture,” May 19, a family event created to build a sense of community while exposing people to cultures from around the world. The event is a part of the cultural outreach program, Culture Shock. As the title suggests, “A Taste of Culture” will integrate food with other educational activities to promote lifelong learning, create lasting memories and strong positive impressions of foreign cultures.

Attendees will be able to interact with cultural representatives from around the world, including Nigeria, China, India, Ethiopia, The Bahamas and Jamaica. Displays will be set up showcasing aspects of culture such as music, art and clothing. Adding to the experience, there will also be demonstrations of culture ranging from Bollywood and Mexican dancing to African drumming and bagpipes. The food tasting features a variety of international cuisine from local restaurants.

Admission to the event and all activities are free, however Communities First, Inc. does accept donations. An RSVP is not required to attend; however, it is recommended. Details: Visit

The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Greater Heights Academy, located at 3196 W. Pasadena Ave. in Flint. — G.G.

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