In Brief

McLaren hosting Community Health Services event

FLINT — McLaren Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Department is partnering with multiple community organizations to offer a free health services event March 2 with registration from 5:30-6 p.m. and the program from 6-7:30 p.m.

The event will offer information about diabetes, nutrition, and low or no cost health related services available in Genesee County. Some of the community organizations that will also have representatives on hand include: United Way, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Genesee County Free Medical Clinic and Resource Genesee. Speakers for the event include Carolyn Joseph, RN, from Genesee Health Plan, as well as dietitians from McLaren. Registration is not required; light refreshments will be served.

The event will be at McLaren Regional Medical Center’s Ballenger Auditorium, 401 S. Ballenger Hwy., Flint. Free event and parking in the McLaren Visitor’s Ramp. No registration required and there will be light refreshments served. — G.G.

Genesys offers breastfeeding help for new moms

GENESEE COUNTY — The Family Birthing Center of Genesys now offers help for moms who need guidance with breastfeeding. Sometimes, problems arise after breastfeeding begins, and sometimes new moms need assistance as they begin breastfeeding their baby. Women can turn to Genesys and its outpatient breastfeeding clinic for assistance, resources and support. A pediatrician — Sara Pendleton, MD, medical director of Pediatrics at Genesys; and a lactation consultant staff the clinic.

Mothers can find help for the following at the Genesys outpatient breastfeeding clinic: poor latch, insufficient milk supply, engorgement, painful breastfeeding, poor weight gain, prematurity, cleft palate, Down Syndrome and tongue-tie. The clinic at Genesys is one of the first physician-led clinics in Michigan. Mothers can make their own appointments or request a referral from their family physician. Details: Call 810-606-5898. — G.G.

Instructor to retire

FLINT — After an illustrious 35-year teaching career, Carolyn Gillespie is calling it a day. She has been a professor with the UM-Flint Department of Theatre and Dance since moving to Flint in 1987 and has prepared countless students for successful careers in film, television, stage- and life.

To honor her, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present a special tribute Feb. 19. The event will coincide with that night’s performance of The Ruby Sunrise, her final directorial production. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $10 general admission, $8 for students, seniors, alumni and faculty. To purchase tickets, please call: 810-237-6520. — G.G.

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