In Brief

Smiley to hold coffee hours this month

LANSING — State Rep. Charles Smiley (DBurton) will hold four coffee hours this month in Davison and Burton to meet as many residents as possible and listen to their concerns.

“As I work to create jobs, protect our schools and keep our communities safe, I want to be sure to keep in touch with folks throughout the community so I know what’s on their minds,” said Smiley. “The Legislature is facing tough decisions as far as the budget goes, and I know that many families, and especially seniors, have a lot of concerns. I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours or call my office and express their opinions if they can’t make it.”

The coffee hours will take place on:

 April 29, 9-11 a.m., Burton Senior Center, 3410 S. Grand Traverse St. Details: Call 810- 744-0960.

 April 29, 1-3 p.m., Burton City Hall, 4303 S. Center Rd., Details: Call 810-743-1500.

Residents who want details or additional information can contact Scott Neumann or Tim Sneller toll-free at 855-CSMILEY (276- 4539). — G.G.

MCC returns to tradition of community dance for students

FLINT — The Mott Community College Alumni Association is bringing back a traditional favorite among former students — a community dance alumni have frequently mentioned as one of the most beloved events of MCC’s early years.

“Let’s Dance for Mott” will be held on the eve of MCC’s graduation, April 29, from 7:30- 11:30 p.m. in the MCC Event Center. This event is open to the public.

Music will be provided by Charles Scales and will feature distinct, diverse styles of ballroom dance – from urban to traditional to Latin. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds from the dance will go to support the MCC Achieving the Dream Through Alumni Scholarships program.

Three expert instructors from the Flint area’s ballroom dancing community will join in the Graduation Dance festivities. They include Tony Caldwell, Advisor, MCC Ballroomers; Lucille Brown, Member, The Flint Connection Dance Club; and Missy Scibilia, President of the Flint Dance Club 810-423-6356,

Details: Call 810-762-0425 or visit — G.G.

Old Newsboys to partner with Genesee County Fair

FLINT— The Old Newsboys of Flint are partnering with the Genesee County Fair to encourage family fun for a good cause. The Genesee County Fair, running Aug. 15–21, have made available their Genesee County Fun Fair Pass which provides admission to the Fair all week and premium seating to all Grand Stand shows for $20, and all-week parking for $15 with a portion of every ticket sold through the Old Newsboys office to be donated back to the organization. Tickets are available at the Old Newsboys Office at 6255 Taylor Dr., Flint — or by calling 810-744- 1840.

Over the last 87 years the Old Newsboys organization has put presents under the tree for over 765,000 children across Genesee County. In 2010 alone, 5,653 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys. Each box provides warm clothing, socks and underwear, gloves and a stocking cap, dental hygiene products, and a toy to an at-risk child. The program is funded entirely through the annual paper sale, donations, and fundraisers like this one. — G.G.

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