In brief

Diabetes workshop series starting in Flint in August

FLINT — Are you living with diabetes? Learn how to live a healthier life and take better care of yourself! People with diabetes and their loved ones can learn to manage diabetes in a six-week workshop, offered at no cost to you.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting the evidence-based Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (D-PATH) program in Flint in August at Fairhaven Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1379 Louis Ave., Flint.

Six weekly sessions start on Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and continue at the same time and place every Tuesday through Sept. 17. To register, call: 800-482-1455 or email

The interactive workshop features certified leaders to help participants engage in a healthier, more enjoyable life. This program was designed by the developers of the Chronic Disease Self- Management Program at Stanford University (known as the PATH program in Michigan). Diabetes PATH focuses on the following: managing everyday activities with an action plan; avoiding diabetes complications; monitoring and balancing blood sugar and its importance; communicating effectively with loved ones and health care providers; managing symptoms and decreasing stress; and increasing energy and improving overall health. — G.G.

Food Truck Festival coming August 23

FLINT TWP. — The third night of the Flint Township Food Truck Festival is Aug. 23 at Vehicle City Harley-Davidson, 2400 Austins Parkway . The family-friendly event is open to the public and is sponsored by the township Downtown Development Authority. The food trucks are open from 4 to 9 p.m., and a live band plays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Some of the food truck offerings include barbecue, Korean tacos, shrimp tacos, gourmet cheeses, Frankenmuth chicken, reuben sandwiches, tacos, burritos, chips and salsa, pizza, Cuban sandwiches, popcorn, kettle corn, ice cream, apple cider doughnuts and homemade desserts and sweets.

The remaining night for the Food Truck Festival is Sept. 6. For more information on the food trucks, call Carol Pfaff-Dahl at 810-252- 2049. — J.J.

Food pantry hours

SWARTZ CREEK — The United Methodist Church, St. Mary Queen of Angels and Messiah Lutheran sponsor the Swartz Creek Area Food Basket from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Methodist Church, 7400 Miller Road. The pantry is closed on holidays and when Swartz Creek Community Schools are closed due to weather. Organizers ask people to be there as soon as possible after opening, and no later than 15 minutes prior to closing.

To be eligible, the head of household must fill out a form. Photo identification is required as proof of residency within the Swartz Creek Community Schools district.

For information or to donate food, personal care items or funds, call the church at 810-635- 4555 or St. Mary Queen of Angels church at 810-635-3240. — L.R.