In brief

2019 Santa Run and Walk

FLINT — The Flint YMCA hosts the Santa Run, Dec. 7 from 12– 3 p.m. starting at the Flint YMCA, 411 E. 3rd St. The YMCA Santa Run is a combination of 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk a for families and the casual walker / runner. This is a fun charity event and is not timed. A 5-piece Santa Suit is included in your registration fee that we ask each participant wear on the day of the event. This event raises money for the YMCA of Greater Flint scholarship assistance program and provides assistance to youth and families in our community so they may participate in YMCA programs. Details/tickets: www.facebook.com/events/887931898234063/ P.S.

Christmas Open House

FLINT — The Genesee County Historical Society hosts a Christmas Open House, Dec. 11 from 5–7 p.m. at the Genesee County Historical Society, 316 W. Water St. Join us at the Durant Dort Carriage Company building for a fun filled evening featuring tours of the museum, a silent auction, and more! Many board members and some historians will be at this event and happy to chat with you about Flint, history, preservation, etc. So come with questions if you wish. This event is FREE, however, space is limited so you must RSVP! You can register for this event by messaging us on Facebook (link below), calling 810-410-4605, or email: gchs1@comcast.net. Please include your name, email address, and number of people attending. — P.S.

Hip Hop Nutcracker

FLINT — The Whiting hosts the 5th Annual Hip Hop Nutcracker, Dec. 12 from 7:30–10:30 p.m. at The Whiting, 1241 East Kearsley Street. This holiday mash-up for the whole family features Emcee Kurtis Blow and Director/ choreographer Jennifer Weber in a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a deejay, a violinist, and one of hip hop’s founding fathers, Kurtis Blow, who opens the show with a short set. Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year. — P.S.