In brief

Ink for the Animals

FLINT —The Humane Society of Genesee County and Millennial Ink are hosting a tattoo day to support the Humane Society, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. at the Humane Society of Genesee County, G-3325 S. Dort Hwy., Burton. The awesome tattoo artists at Millennial Ink will be doing $30 black with one other color predrawn animal tattoos. Additional colors are $5 each. A portion of each tattoo will be donated to the Humane Society of Genesee County. There will also be a 50/50, raffle items, liquor basket raffle, and HSGC shirts for purchase. Details: P.S.

Thanksgiving Day at The Mounds 2019

MT. MORRIS — Genesee County Mounds ORV Park, 6145 E Mount Morris Rd., hosts the annual ‘Wheeling Against Hunger Canned Food Drive’ sponsored by “What Lies Beyond Jeep Club”, to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) Thursday, Nov. 28 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event has become a charity phenomenon on Thanksgiving Day when hundreds of vehicles line up well before sunrise to enjoy time well spent and camaraderie among fellow off roaders. Line-up begins at 6 a.m. and the park opens at 8 a.m. FOX 103.9 will broadcast live from 7–9 a.m. and you can visit with Sly the Fox! Don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food items or monetary donations to help the FBEM. Other important details at: events/486459221945619/ — P.S.

St. Paul’s features ‘Music in the Heart of the City’

FLINT —On Dec. 4 at 1 p.m., celebrate the beginning of the Advent season with glorious pipe organ music. With more than 80 ranks of pipes the Dalton Memorial Organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 711 S. Saginaw Street, visitors can enjoy Nicholas Schmelter’s production of wonderful music with his hands and feet. Schmelter is regarded for his creative programming, symphonic use of the organ, and virtuosic pedal technique. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2006 with a Master of Music degree in organ performance and is the Artist in Residence at St. Paul’s. There will be a free-will offering at the door. — P.S.

Old Newsboys fundraiser

FLINT — Luigi’s & El Toro Sports Bar host their annual Old Newsboys fundraiser “No Child is Forgotten” on Dec. 4. For only $20 you can have an evening of fun, dinner, music by the Blue Hawaiians (Elvis style) and a chance to put a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning. All $20 donations go 100 percent to the Old Newsboys. Save the date and make your reservations early by calling 810-234-9545. — P.S.

Christmas on Main Street

DAVISON — The Davison Downtown Development Authority will hold its annual “Christmas on Main Street” in downtown Davison on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

There will be carolers, hot cocoa, a Parade of Lights, the lighting of the Christmas Tree and the arrival of Santa Claus. — G.G.

The Magic of Christmas

DAVISON — Hosted by Mike Millinkov, the Magic of Christmas will be held at Davison High School’s Auditorium, 1205 Clark St., on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.

Join the Conjurors Magician’s Ring 36 in this incredible magic show, featuring a RED DRAGON and SANTA! You can purchase tickets ($15 per person. 2 years old and under free) at or by calling 810-591-0175. — G.G.

Pet and family Pictures with Santa

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Lucky Day Animal Rescue will host Pictures with Santa on Nov. 24 from 12–4 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, 11525 S. Saginaw St. (in the Heritage Mall). Come on out and get your picture taken with Santa–furry family members are welcome too! They are asking for a $5 donation and pictures will be sent via email. There will also be cats available for adoption. — P.S.

Community Thanksgiving Service

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The community is invited to a multi-congregational Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 7234 Fenton Road, on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by: First Baptist, First Congregational, Grand Blanc United Methodist, Holy Spirit Lutheran, Kirkridge Presbyterian, and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Churches. You are invited to bring your favorite pie (or other dessert) to share during fellowship after the service. Details: 810-424-6707. — P.S.

Toy collection

GRAND BLANC — Martin Funeral, Cremation, and Tribute Services will be participating in Operation Toy Soldier, a program to deliver new, unwrapped toys to U.S. military families. Owner Adam Martin is looking for businesses who would like to host a donation dropoff which will be held through Dec. 7.

On Dec. 7, Martins Grand Blanc location (8253 S. Saginaw) will host a special event featuring Santa from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to collect the donations which can still be dropped off at the funeral home up to Dec. 15 during regular business hours. Operation Toy Soldier is a national non-profit supporting military families. Details: Call 810-603-7249. — P.S.

Toy collection

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Family Care Chiropractic, 8200 S. Saginaw St. (Suite 600) is making Christmas a little brighter for kids in the community with a Toys for Tots drive for new, unwrapped toys until Dec. 18. For each toy donated, a person receives an entry into a Cozy Gift Basket raffle containing an hour massage, two cold laser treatments, and other goodies. Details: call 810-603-1497, visit Family-Care-Chiropractic-PLLC-96387731390/ or email— P.S.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

GRAND BLANC TWP. — VFW Post 822, G-5062 S. Saginaw Road, will be hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for homeless veterans or anyone who has no one to be with on Nov. 28 (doors open at 3 p.m.). Details: 810-742-1995. — P.S.

City tree lighting and ice rink grand opening

GRAND BLANC — The city will hold their 3rd Annual Festival of Lights Dec. 6, starting at 4 p.m. in the Grand Chalet Shoppes where they will have Santa available for visits with the kids. At 5 p.m. they will hold a grand opening of the ice rink just down Grand Blvd. in Physicians Parkfollowedbya6p.m.officialtreelighting back at the shops. Grand Chalet Shoppes are currently on seasonal (holiday) hours which are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (until Dec 15). — P.S.

Township Tree Lighting Event

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Grand Blanc Township and Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation announce the second annual tree lighting event Dec. 7 from 5–8 p.m. at Creasey Bicentennial Park, 1505 E. Grand Blanc Road. Don’t miss the second Annual Tree Lighting at the South Pavilion which will be merry and bright with hot drinks, cookies, and family activities like a sing along with the Grand Blanc Community School Choir and horse drawn wagon rides. Tree will be lit at 6 p.m. with Santa, bring your camera and get your picture with him! Special guests: Grand Blanc Township Police and Fire Departments, Santa Claus and “The Grinch”. Details: events/512912389539172/ P.S.

Holiday Concert

GRAND BLANC TWP. — New Century Chorale presents its Yuletide Festival concerts, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and the second Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, G-9020 S. Saginaw St. This family favorite brings a wonderful mix of traditional carols and contemporary sounds offering new or rarely heard festive holiday music featuring the Swartz Creek High School Madrigals. Tickets are $12 at the door or may be purchased on-line. If you plan to attend, please call 810-771- 8255 or purchase your tickets on-line at P.S.

Holly Dickens Festival “Home for the Holidays”

HOLLY — Friday, Nov. 29 kicks off all the old-fashioned festivities of the Dickens Festival,beginningwitha6p.m.withaCarol Singalong at the Presbyterian Church, 207 E. Maple St, and a Lighted parade at 7:30 p.m followed immediately by the arrival of Santa Claus in Historic Downtown Holly for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony (parade route begins at Holly Elementary – West on Maple Street, South on Saginaw Street – ending at the Christmas Tree). Week one of the annual Holly Dickens Festival,100-200 Battle Alley, goes from Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. to Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. (Saturdays: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sundays: 12-5 p.m.) but also spans three weekends through Dec. 15. Week two features the theme “Decked Out for Dickens”, Dec. 7 & 8th and week three is dubbed “God Bless us, Every One!”, Dec. 14 & 15. Details: G.G.