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Flint City Derby Girls to hold tryouts

GRAND BLANC — The Flint City Derby Girls are having open tryouts Jan. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tryouts will be held at Rollhaven, 5315 S. Saginaw St. They are accepting new and experienced skaters (18+). Details: e-mail — G.G.

McLaren Health Care earns accredition

FLINT — McLaren Health Care has earned full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). It’s a major milestone for McLaren’s research community, according to Lana Gevorkyan, corporate director of McLaren’s Human Research Protections Program.

“AAHRPP provides tangible evidence that the McLaren system is committed to maintaining the highest standards for research by protecting the rights and welfare of our research participants,” she said.

The primary purpose of AAHRPP accreditation is to strengthen protections for research participants in order to build public trust and confidence in research.

Included in the McLaren accreditation are all of its medical centers throughout the state – in Bay City, Flint, Lapeer, Lansing, Mount Clemens, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey and Pontiac – and McLaren Cancer Institute headquartered in Burton.

“AAHRPP accreditation signifies an organization’s commitment to the highest level of research protections—all to the benefit of the research participants we are pledged to protect,” said Elyse Summers, AAHRPP president and CEO.

The institutional official for McLaren’s research and its human research protections program is Alice Gerard, McLaren Bay Region president and CEO.

AAHRPP accreditation is available to U.S. and international organizations that conduct biomedical, behavioral or social sciences research involving human participants. — G.G.

Davenport Univ. needs volunteers for MLK event

FLINT — Davenport University’s Flint Campus is in need of 100 volunteers to help make no-sew blankets for the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The no-sew blankets are for Project Linus, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing “security through blankets” for ill or traumatized children and teens. The organization is named after the lovable, blanket-wielding character in Charles Shultz’s Peanuts cartoon.

The event will take place at Davenport University, 4318 Miller Road, Flint, on Jan. 20 between 10 a.m.-2 pm. Volunteers will cut fleece material, tie fringes on crib blankets and compose handwritten notes to accompany the blankets. Light refreshments will be served.

Details: Call 810-396-3635 or e-mail at — G.G.

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