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Kidney cancer support group is back

FLINT — The next meeting of the Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group will be Sept. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington Ave. Flint. (off Robert T. Longway Blvd.-Between I- 475 & Dort Hwy.) Featured Speaker: Shahin Ip, program manager of Gilda’s club of Metro Detroit. Topic: “Services Available at Gilda’s Club for Cancer Survivors.”

The club is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community and has more than 70 volunteers. The meeting is open to the general public.

Details: Call 810-232-8233 or (810) 762-8226 or email at — G.G.

Consumers urges customers to file for heating credit

GENESEE COUNTY — Consumers Energy encourages qualifying residential customers who have not yet received a Home Heating Credit this year to file for a State of Michigan Home Heating Credit available through Sept. 30. Qualifying Michigan residents can get help paying their heating bills.

“With federal funding cuts for utility assistance anticipated this coming winter, the time to act is now,” said Whitney Skeans, Consumers Energy’s customer assistance coordinator. “Since January, over 130,000 Consumers Energy customers have received a credit on the average of $148 per household. When you consider that this represents about two months of heating cost, it’s no small change. Indeed, every bit helps.”

Last year, more than 484,000 Michigan residents received $66.8 million in aid through the Home Heating Credit program, which is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Home Heating Credit is based on household size and income. It can be applied to all heating costs, including propane and purchased firewood.

Details: Call 1-800-477-5050 or visit energyanswers. — G.G.

Auditions planned for The Hundred Dresses

FLINT — Flint Youth Theatre announces open auditions and technical interviews for The Hundred Dresses. Written by Mary Hall Surface and based on the Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses will be directed by FYT’s Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester and performed on the FYT stage Oct. 19-Nov. 4.

Flint Youth Theatre is looking for four girls and three boys, approximately middle schoolaged in appearance, for this period tale of friendship and bullying.

Open to all students grades 7 to 12. The Flint Youth Theatre is at 1220 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.

Auditions are Sept. 10, 6-9:30 p.m. with callbacks Sept. 11, 6-9:30 p.m. Tech Interviews will be held Sept. 10, 6-9:30 p.m.

Performances are:

Oct. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 24-25, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.; Oct. 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.; Nov. 1, 10 a.m .& 12 p.m.; Nov. 2-3, 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 3-4, 2:30 p.m. — G.G.

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