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34th Annual Flint Jazz Fest coming Aug. 14-16

FLINT — The 34th Annual Flint Jazz Festival will be produced on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center Aug. 14–16, 2015. Riverbank Park, home of the Flint Jazz Festival, will be closed this summer for renovations. This made it necessary for Greater Flint Arts Council to find a suitable location for this year’s Jazz Fest. “We searched the county, looking at more than a dozen possible venues;” states Greg Fiedler, President and C.E.O. of Greater Flint Arts Council.

The Flint Jazz Festival was started by percussionist, Joe Freyre in 1981 in cooperation with the Peoples’ Jazz Band. Due to health concerns, Mr. Freyre sought help from Greater Flint Arts Council to keep the festival going in 2000.

This will be the 15th year GFAC will produce the event. This will only be the second time in Flint Jazz Festival history that it has not been in Riverbank Park.

“We saw their need and reached out to Greg Fiedler and Greater Flint Arts Council;” said Crystal Dillard, the Flint Cultural Center Corporation’s Campus Coordinator. “The area we call

The Meadow just north of the Flint Institute of Music was available for those dates and we felt it would be an ideal place for a music festival.” “One of the goals of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation is to identify ways to activate the entire cultural center campus for the community and region. Playing host to the Flint Jazz Festival 2015 provides that opportunity, and we are delighted to be able work with GFAC in their efforts. We look forward to a wonderful event.”

Flint Cultural Center has agreed to fence the area as the Flint Jazz Festival has been a gated event for the past three years. — G.G.

Shriners to hold car show

CLIO — One of the biggest and most scenic classic car shows is coming to Clio at the Shriners Park compound next month as the Elf Khurafeh Shrine holds its annual car show on July 12.

This show, in its 11th year promises to once again provide a wide open and relaxing classic car show on its sprawling campus.

Since the Shrine has its focus on family, their events are no different – with a reasonable entrance fee of $10 for a show car it has become a local favorite with car buffs in Mid Michigan.

The annual show will once again provide over 30 trophies including “Potentates Choice” and “Peoples Choice” among others.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the field opens at 11 a.m. The show runs until 4 p.m. with a picnic pavilion, a silent auction and refreshments will be available. A silent auction will be showcased and provided by the Lady Shriners.

Details: Call 810-397-4328. — G.G.

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