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Community invited to celebrate milestone

FLINT – The community is invited to celebrate a milestone and sing “Happy Birthday” to one of Flint’s treasured landmarks.

Applewood Estate, the former Flint family home and gentleman’s farm of automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – and the public is invited to a free community birthday party from 5-8 p.m. on June 23.

A cake-cutting ceremony with the Ruth Mott Foundation Board of Trustees is planned for 6 p.m.Other highlights include horses in the historic barn, strolling house tours, lawn games, pony rides, petting zoo, apple cake and a photo booth, in addition to music and dance by a local group, El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil. Guests can also create birthday cards to be donated to the Genesee County “Meals on Wheels” program for senior citizens.

Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley St., was built in 1916 by Mott, one of the founding partners of General Motors. The estate is now owned and maintained by the Ruth Mott Foundation and located between the Flint Cultural Center and Mott Community College.

As part of the 2016 centennial celebration, Applewood is open to the public more than ever before, and for the first time the house is now open for free public tours – with online reservations strongly suggested. The grounds at Applewood have been opened on occasion since Ruth Mott passed away in 1999, but this is the first year the general public gets to tour inside the Mott family home. House tour reservations will not be needed during the birthday party event June 23.

Applewood is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday until Oct. 30, and admission is always free.

Details: Visit or call Applewood at 810-233-3835. – G.G.

MCC’s ECLC Pre-Kindergarten is Enrolling for Fall 2016

FLINT – The Mott Community College (MCC) Early Childhood Education Center (ECLC) is enrolling families in the free, state-funded prekindergarten program for fall 2016. Children who will be 4 on or before Sept. 4 may qualify for the program. MCC student parents, MCC employees as well as the community are encouraged to apply.

The NAEYC accredited Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) serves as the laboratory school for MCC students who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood and provides a high-quality learning environment for children of Mott Community College students, as well as for children from the community. The ECLC is licensed to provide child care for children ages 3 to 5 years of age and has served families since the 1980s. The NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of high-quality in early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, – G.G.

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