In brief

CAHS theater presents “To Kill A Mockingbird”

FLINT TWP. — The Carman Ainsworth High School theater department will open its season with a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,’’ at 7 p.m. Nov. 8-10 in the high school auditorium. The classic drama is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book, published 50 years ago, by Harper Lee, which explores themes of racial injustice and tensions in the segregated South. Tickets are $5 each. — R.S.

Vets eat free this weekend

FLINT TWP. —With its concentration of restaurants and stores, the township business district will be hosting many free meals and discounts for area veterans and active service people in recognition of Veteran’s Day. Free offers at participating restaurants includes Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Outback Steakhouse, Bar Louie’s, Hooter’s and Red Lobster. Some meals are offered Sunday and Monday and some on Sunday only. In some cases, menu choices are limited. Proof of military service is required including IDs or wearing a uniform. Call ahead for details. —R.S.

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 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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