In brief

Come see CAMS student perform at FIM

FLINT TWP. — Melvin A. Bishop, a seventh grader at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, has the lead role in the Flint School of Performing Arts production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” There will be free performance for the public at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13 at the MacArthur Recital Hall of the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 East Kearsley Street. — R.S.

Petco hosting “Santa Dog Day”

FLINT TWP. — Dogs dressed like Santa Claus parading outside (begging for food/ money donations) will be part of the fun of “Santa Dog Day,” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Petco Superstore, 3559, Miller Road, in cooperation with PAWS Rescue.

Bring your own dog to take a photo with a human Santa Claus inside the store for a $10 fee. Donations of dog food or cash are needed for PAWS spay/neuter fund. PAWS dogs will be available for adoption There also will be a family reunion of last month’s highly publicized TV rescue of Bree, a dog and her puppies, from under an abandoned garage. — L.R.

Holiday Book Swap underway at C-A High

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth High School Media Center is sponsoring a Holiday Book Swap. Participants can drop off a gently used book and choose another to take home. Book drop-offs are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 18. Book pick-ups can be made December 21-22. For more information contact the Media Center at 591-5543. — R.S.

Last weekend for Toys for Tots sign up

GENESEE COUNTY — Applications are due by Saturday, December 12, to receive a Christmas package for children from this year’s U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Flint Township Hall, 1490 S. Dye Road, is one of hundreds of sites countywide that help collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December for distribution as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. For help this year, residents can apply at 4425 S. Saginaw St., Flint (Old Local 581 Union Hall) by Saturday. You must apply in person and it normally takes three days after before packages are ready to be picked up. Children from birth through the age of 15 are eligible to receive toys. Children over 15 will be referred to the Old Newsboys. According to Gary Stanley, Toys for Tots director, they expect to give out approximately 7,000 toys this year, and are currently experiencing a shortage of toys for kids 2 and under and ages 13-15. For a list of donation drop-off sites countywide, visit online at: local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donatetoys. aspx — P.S.

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