In brief

62nd annual Fiesta Mexicana this weekend

FLINT — Come enjoy a taste of Hispanic culture from delicious food to exciting entertainment at the Fiesta Mexicana in Flint this weekend. The event is the largest celebration of Latin culture outside of Detroit and Grand Rapids and will take place on June 29-30 starting at 10 a.m. Festivities will run until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

“We invite the community to join us for the 62nd Annual Fiesta Mexicana. Our community is proud of our culture and want our friends in Flint, Genesee County and Mid-Michigan to experience the richness of the Hispanic culture” said Tòmas Tello, member of the Fiesta Mexicana Planning Committee.

The annual event showcases authentic food, musical acts, cultural exhibitions and vendors. Musical acts will be coming from Grand Rapids, Adrian and Chesaning. These include La Furia Del Ritmo from Grand Rapids; Los Hermanos Escamilla from Chesaning; Los Estrellas De Oro from Grand Rapids; and Gabriel Burciaga & The Bad Boyz from Adrian.

Entertainment will also be provided by El Ballet Folklórico Estudiantil, a youth-arts program focused on preserving the Mexican culture. The group will perform Mariachi style presentations throughout the weekend.

Admission is free and there will be events for the whole family. Attendees will be able to purchase authentic Mexican and Latin American food including fajitas, tacos, tamales, enchiladas and Pan de Dulce or sweet bread.

Fiesta Mexicana will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 2136 W. Coldwater Road, Flint, 48505.

Details: Call 810-516-5398. Learn more on Facebook at Fiesta Mexicana at Our Lady of Guadalupe. — G.G.

Time running out to keep tuition incentive benefits

LANSING — Time is running out for eligible individuals who graduated in 2015 with a high school diploma or equivalent to claim their Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) benefits, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The grant program – commonly referred to as TIP – encourages eligible Michigan Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance. Eligible TIP students have four years from high school graduation to initiate TIP benefits or permanently forfeit eligibility.

For the class of 2015, this means TIP students must be enrolled in college by the upcoming fall 2019 semester or become permanently ineligible to receive TIP.

“If you were identified as an eligible TIP student in 2015, time is running out to claim your benefits,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “This isn’t a loan. It is money to help pay for a certificate, associate degree or a portion of a four-year degree that doesn’t have to be paid back.”

All TIP students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA for short, to receive TIP benefits.

To learn more about TIP and how to start using it, go to contact MI Student Aid at mistudentaid@michigan. gov or 1-888-447-2687. — G.G.