In brief

Paperback Blowout

FLINT TWP. — The Friends of the McCarty Library will host a used paperback book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and from 9 am- 12 p.m. Saturday, August 9 at the Flint Township Senior Center, 2071 Graham Rd. They will be selling eight books for $1. — R.S.

Robotics Yard Sale Fundraiser needs items

FLINT TWP. — Donations are now being accepted for a Robotics Yard Sale Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 30; Sunday, August 31 and Monday, Sept. 1 at 5301 S. Dyewood Drive, Flint, between Court Street and Calkins off Dye Rd. All proceeds go to the Carman-Ainsworth High School robotics team, which earned a trip to the world championship meet in St. Louis this school year. Contact robotics coordinator Ellen Crain by email at or by cell phone at 810-691-2810. — R.S.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department has received a grant to distribute a limited supply of smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors. One of each is available to residents living in the designated Community Development Block Grant area. A map showing these areas qualifying areas is posted on the township’s website at A picture ID is required to pick up the detectors at any one the three Fire Stations. For details, call he fire department between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 810-732-4413. — R.S.

Service now open to provide free work clothes

GENESEE COUNTY — Catholic Charities opened its new Work Ready Room, on Aug. 5, to provide interview and work apparel, along with support and information for clients who are job searching. The service is in partnership with area agencies, including the American Red Cross – Flint Chapter, Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan, the University of Michigan – Flint School of Social Work, the Christian Science Reading Room of the First Church of Christ Scientist, You’re Hired Specialized Career Services, Mott Community College Workforce and Career Development, Resource Genesee, and Genesee Health Systems.

The Work Ready Room will be open by appointment only and is intended for the clients of Catholic Charities who are actively seeing employment. It will also be available to individuals referred to Catholic Charities by local social service agencies. A volunteer will staff the Work Ready Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment. For more information or to donate items to the Work Ready Room, call Amy Start at 810-232-9950, ext. 143. — R.S.

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