In brief

McLaren Flint Auxiliary offers rewarding volunteer opportunities

FLINT — The office of the McLaren Flint Auxiliary Volunteers invites others to join their talented and dedicated team. Opportunities are available in more than 25 different areas. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteering is a win/win: you give of your time, but the rewards are great. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to learn new skills as you help people in need. You will also meet and interact with people who share your interests.

Those interested can apply online at or call 810-342-2115. — G.G.

Tunes at Noon Festival taking place daily

FLINT — The fabulous and ever-popular Tunes at Noon Festival is set to get summer swinging in downtown Flint at Willson Park! Plan to bring your lunch any day, Monday through Friday, from now until August 16, and enjoy a sumptuous banquet of jazz, blues, rock, gospel and more performed by talented Michigan musicians.

“Once you get a taste of our free concerts, you’ll keep coming back for more,” promises Greg Fiedler, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Arts Council. “The music starts at 11:45 a.m. and keeps flowing until about a quarter past one in the afternoon. Grab something to-go from one of our many great restaurants downtown, then sit back and enjoy!”

Again, this year, Tunes at Noon will be staged in the serenity and shade of Willson Park, sandwiched between the University of Michigan-Flint and the Flint Farmers’ Market on Kearsley and First Streets.

So, bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and a friend or two and let the toe tapping begin. more-more-more Tunes at Noon Festival,

To see the complete 2019 Tunes at Noon menu, visit and click on the Tunes at Noon icon, or call the Greater Flint Arts Council at 810-238- ARTS. The Tunes at Noon Festival is also proudly sponsored by the University of Michigan- Flint. — G.G.

$20 million in grants available to expand Internet access in unserved areas of Michigan

LANSING — While much of Michigan has access to high-speed broadband internet service, there are still many rural areas lacking vital connectivity. But a new grant program could make it easier to expand internet access to more Michigan families and communities dealing with slow speeds or no connection at all.

The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) is now accepting applications for the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) grant program. It is offering $20 million in grants to internet service providers (ISPs) looking to expand access in unserved parts of the state.

Providers can apply for up to $5 million per grant and can apply for multiple projects. Applications will be scored on a number of criteria, including number of locations served and at what speed; the impact of the project on various community sectors including healthcare, public safety, and agriculture; and the applicant’s readiness to construct the new network.

The application window closes Aug. 30. Grant awards are tentatively scheduled to be announced in April of 2020, in time for the summer 2020 construction season, and all projects must be completed by Sept. 30, 2023. — G.G.