In brief

Santa Claus coming to town

FLINT TWP. — Santa Claus will arrive at Genesee Valley Center at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9, presented by the Genesee District Library. The Flint Township Fire Department will escort Santa to the Outdoor Village where the Flint Festival Youth Chorus will be on hand to herald his arrival.

Santa will then proceed inside for a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in the JCPenney Court.

Then he will ride the Mini Express train through the mall to his holiday home in Center Court where he reside with his Woodland Friends through Dec. 24. The Woodland Friends Santa display is based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods” by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick and is sponsored locally by Dort Federal Credit Union. Santa will be available for photos from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday through Dec. 23. Photo sessions on Christmas Eve will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Each child that visits with Santa receives a special gift.

For more information about Santa’s Arrival at Genesee Valley Center and other holiday promotions, events, sales and extended holiday hours log onto or “like” Genesee Valley Center on Facebook or become a follower of Shop_ GVC on Twitter. — R.S.

Church planning holiday bazaar and bake sale

FLINT TWP. — The annual holiday bazaar and bake sale at Congregation Beth Israel, 5240 Calkins Road, will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 4. Presented by the Sisterhood, the annual event will feature a variety of unique gift ideas from numerous artists and vendors. Homemade baked goods being sold will include pies, breads and cookies. Free coffee, cake and kosher hot dogs will be served. Event co-chairs are Sandy Gunsberg and Therese Leyton. — R.S.

Perennial Christmas tree lot approved

FLINT TWP. — Brett Jenkins of Lake City has again received permission from the township board to sell Christmas Trees at a vacant lot at 4189 Corunna Road. The lot is west of the Cash Store and east of Dutcher Road. The seasonal sale will be open seven days a week and run from Nov. 25 through Christmas Day. — R.S.

Church to host 10th annual Military Mass

FLINT TWP. — St. Pius X Catholic Parish and School is starting a new decade of honoring soldiers and their families at a Military Mass of Appreciation. It began as a prayer response to Sept. 11, 10 years ago.

The mass will be celebrated this year at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at St. Pius X, 3139 Hogarth Ave.

That date also is the birthday of the Marine Corp. and a day before the observance of Veteran’s Day, according to a press release.

A noted highlight of the mass are the moments when families come forward to light a candle during the “Reading of the Names.” The public is invited to attend. — R.S.

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