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Baker College of Flint hosting blood drive Jan. 18

FLINT — In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Baker College of Flint is planning multiple community service projects and activities on Dr. King’s birthday, Jan. 18.

Maureen Miller, coordinator of the Baker College MLK Jr. Day of Service, hopes that by the end of the day the college will be able to donate 250 personal care bags, 30 no-sew blankets, 50 new hats and gloves, and 65 pints of blood to area charities. If she can get three crocheted sleeping mats, she would be extremely pleased — they require a lot of time to make.

To achieve these goals, 100 volunteers are needed. To sign up, contact Miller by Jan. 16, at or 810-766-8752. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The blood drive, through the American Red Cross, will be in the Gym, noon to 5:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment at

Volunteer activities will be in the Baker College Student Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The 100 volunteers will have the option of helping make or assemble:

No-sew, fleece blankets for sick children in Genesee County, distributed through the Flushing Chapter of Project Linus, a not for profit organization.

Personal care bags filled with toiletries and sleeping mats made of crocheted plastic shopping bags for the homeless, distributed by Shelter of Flint Inc.

A $500 grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission is helping fund the projects.

Details: E-mail or call 810-766-8752. — G.G.

Spotlight Poetry of Witness to take place in Flint

FLINT — Artistic Visions Enterprise in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint presents Spotlight POW (Poetry of Witness.) POW is a spoken word event utilizing poetry as an artistic platform to give voice to societal issues. Poets are invited to present original works based on the topics of; Racism (Jan. 22), Water/Environmental Justice (Feb. 26), and Incarceration/School to Prison Pipeline (March 18).

To perform or present at POW, contact, Artistic Visions Enterprise at business. or 810-962- 5671 to submit an Artist Visions Enterprise Participation Agreement. Submission deadline for the individual events are the Wednesday, prior to performance; Jan. 20, Feb. 24 and March 16.

Poetry of Witness, as defined by Detroit born poet, Carolyn Forche’, is a response to painful socio/political realities through the art of words. Poets share themselves as a personal recorder of a larger social event.

Suggested donation for POW is $5. Dinner to be served at intermission for an additional $5. Contact information: 810- 232-4023 or — G.G.

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