In brief

Flint Central reunion planned

GENESEE CTY.— The 60th year reunion of Flint Central School Class of 1952 will be held at Genesys Conference & Banquet Center in Grand Blanc August 25, 2012. Mort Krasner of Flint Township and Norma Winters of Davison Township are the co-chairs for this event. For more information, contact Winters at 810- 653-2539. — R.S.

“Antiques Roadshow” appraiser coming Owosso

OWOSSO — On July 15, the Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso will host two public events. A representative from DuMouchelles, the Detroit based Auction House and Antiques Roadshow participant, will be available from noon to 3 p.m. for verbal appraisals of art and antique items. Due to time limitations only one item per person will be allowed. Also, specialists from Woodard furniture will be on hand to help you identify designs and date your Woodard furniture pieces.

In addition to the appraisals, the public is invited to place items in a Silent Auction that day from noon to 6 p.m. at the Arts Center. Sellers are welcome to bring as many items (not just Woodard furniture) as they would like and set a minimum opening bid for each item. Advance reservations are recommended for both the appraisals and silent auction. Cost is $5 with preregistration by July 7 for each activity/item. For details, contact the Arts Center at 989-723-8354. — R.S.

Local youth sell veggies at the Flint Farmer’s Market

FLINT — After the long winter, it’s finally time for fresh garden-grown veggies. Catholic Charities’ Mr. Rogers Program has announced its produce will be available at the Flint Farmers Market beginning June 21.

Youth will be selling vegetables Thursdays and Saturdays until the end of the summer. Shoppers can choose from fresh produce such as sweet vine-ripened tomatoes, as well as a variety of delicious greens, with more selections arriving later in the season.

The Mr. Rogers Program provides mentoring and teaches urban agriculture to area at- risk youth. Participants learn job skills, team work, and work ethics while planting, growing, harvesting and selling produce. The gardens are located at two sites, behind Ebenezer Ministries on Center Road in Burton and at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, on Coldwater Road in Flint.

Program participants also gain work experience at Streeter Farms in Davison. In addition, the young gardeners make fresh produce available to area seniors, who are on a fixed budget and are often unable to afford fresh foods.

“Our goal is to teach kids job skills that they can use the rest of their lives. We aren’t just cultivating vegetables here, we are cultivating the next generation to be productive members of our community,” says Greg Gaines, director of the Mr. Rogers Program.

In 2011, a culinary training component was added to round out the program. Under the direction of locally trained professional chefs, youth learn nutrition and food safety, as well as cooking and baking techniques, shopping on a budget and how to plan a healthy menu. Currently, sponsors are needed to help sustain the culinary program.

Catholic Charities’ Mr. Rogers Program has been serving Genesee County youth since 1989.

Today, the program as grown and expanded to mentor young women as well. This year, the program will employ more than 45 at risk youth across the county.

Details: Call 810-232-9950. — G.G.

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