In brief

Nov 1 deadline!

MID-MICHIGAN — The I-69 Thumb Region, a 7-county partnership is seeking entries for their 2018-19 I-69 Thumb Region Catapult Small Business Competition! Deadline to apply: Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Details: small-business-competition/ This competition aims to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners to start or grow their small businesses. Each of the seven counties will hold a county level competition via a public pitch event awarding $2,500 to the first place winner and $1,500 to the second place winner. County-level first place winners will move forward to compete for additional funds in the regional competition. Prizes awarded via public pitch will be $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place. — P.S.

2018-19 Friday Applewood Lecture Series

FLINT — The Mott Community College (MCC) Lifelong Learning office announces the 2018-19 Friday Applewood Lecture Series. The next program in the line-up is: Ric Mixter will present “The Most Famous Rescues on the Great Lakes,” on Nov.16, at 10 a.m., featuring the Coast Guard’s finest moments, including the tragic career of the Michigan built cutter “Escanaba”. This series especially designed for senior citizens, but is open to everyone runs through May. Tickets $10 in advance/$20 at the door includes continental breakfast at 9 a.m. prior to each lecture, plus door prizes. To make reservations, call 810-762-0960. — P.S.

YMCA offers free Saturday morning basketball program

FLINT — The YMCA of Greater Flint has a long tradition of creating professional athletes, many who started playing ball at a young age at the Downtown Branch’s gym. Flint youth will have the opportunity to play the same courts like such professional players as Miles Bridges and Kyle Kuzma in a new free program on Saturdays.

Starting Nov. 3, youth can attend a free basketball program from 9-11 a.m. at the Downtown YMCA, 411 E Third St, Flint MI. Skilled instructors will focus on strength and conditioning, offensive and defensive skills. Each day will end with full court game play. The program starts with breakfast served 9-9:30 a.m.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required and is open to the first 50 youth to sign up. Youth can sign-up in person or dropoff the attached completed registration form to the Downtown YMCA.

Details: Call 810-232-9622. — G.G.

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