In brief

Walk-For-Freedom planned Aug. 10 at Flushing Park

FLUSHING — A Walk-For-Freedom will be held Aug. 10 at Flushing County Park, Pavilion #5, with registration at 10 a.m., and the walk begins at 11 a.m.

There will be games, prizes, a BBQ lunch, a Shriner’s clown, and face-painting.

A $10 minimum pledge is required to walk (lunch included). Pledge sheets are downloadable from the website,, under the tab “Walk- For-Freedom”. — G.G.

Local families needed to host exchange students

GENESEE COUNTY — Area families are still needed to host students who will study at local high schools for a semester or school year as part of an exchange student program.

Families of all types are eligible to host: those with young children or teens, or families with no children at home. They are expected to treat their exchange students as family members.

The students, who will arrive in August, are participating in the High School Exchange Program to learn firsthand about Americans and our way of life. They speak English, have medical insurance, and bring spending money for personal expenses. The SHARE! Program, sponsored by Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT), a global educational nonprofit foundation, was created to provide opportunities for greater understanding between Americans and peoples of the world.

Details: Call 810-429-7801, or email — G.G.

Boating for veterans to hold annual event

FLINT — Boat4vets is having its 5th annual outing on July 13 with a 10 a.m. sign-in time, free to veterans, on Lake St. Claire on Harsens Island. The event is hosted by the Idle Hour Yacht Club.

They will also have the second annual outing on Aug. 3, with a 10 a.m. sing-in, on Lake Fenton. Hosted by Skipper Bud’s Marina, veterans or boat owners who would like to donate a boat and time, an RSVP is needed to register.

Details: Call 810-742-0173 or 810-241- 8025. — G.G.

Flint Area Unity Council holding AA meetings

GENESEE COUNTY — The Flint Area Unity Council has 235 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings listed in its 2013 meeting book. The AA Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 810-234-0815. For meeting schedules and other information, visit the website at: — G.G.

Whaley House open for tour

FLINT — The Whaley House, 624 E. Kearsley St., is open for tours Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Visit for a full calendar of events. Details: Call 810-471-4714. — G.G.

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