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FSO to perform music from Star Wars for July 4

FLINT — The Flint Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Star Wars on July 4 at Atwood Stadium in Flint. The gates open at 6:30 p.m., the show is at 7:30 p.m. and firework are at 9:40 p.m. Tickets are $3 or a family of five for $10.

Experience a galaxy far, far away with the Flint Symphony Orchestra as they present the music of Star Wars along with a selection of patriotic favorites. The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra with guest musicians from Limonest, France will open the show. Special guest — Flint native, and American Idol finalist La Kisha Jones will perform the national anthem. The concert will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display, presented by the Flint Downtown Development Authority. Details: Call 810-238-1350. — G.G.

Flint Water Festival returns

FLINT — The Flint Water Festival is excited to announce that Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay continues to give back and help raise awareness for the Water Crisis by promoting its 2nd annual charity event. Even though DuVernay will not be able to attend this year’s festivities, she is ‘happy to help with promotion via her social networks’.

The Flint Water Festival is an annual charity event dedicated to raising awareness for the water crisis and the nation’s aging water infrastructure, by providing enrichment services on July 4, from 1– 9 p.m. at Riverbank Park. Details: Visit — G.G.

Flint Folk Music Society has new festival location

FLINT — The Flint Folk Music Society moves its 2017 folk music festival location from Kearsley Park, where the festival has been held for the past several years, to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint, 2474 S. Ballenger Hwy in Flint.

The 18th Annual Flint Folk Music Festival will present musical performances from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on July 22.. Musical artists performing at the festival include Amilia Spicer, Mustard’s Retreat, Mark Dvorak, Matt Watroba and Robert Jones, Abigail Stauffer and Suzanne and Jim with Neil Woodward and Mike Vial. A donation of $5 is requested for each of the 5 main stage performances. Second stage performances and breakout sessions and the jam tent are free. The festival also includes a 50/50 raffle, a ukulele raffle, refreshments for sale and CD sales.

The lineup of 2017 Flint Folk Music Festival musical artists includes local, regional and nationally known performers. Amilia K. Spicer headlines this year’s concert. Mustard’s Retreat and Matt Watroba and Robert Jones bring Michigan talent to the festival. Mustard’s Retreat, a group that frequently plays in the area, brings their “songs to cure what ails you” and their unique ability to connect to audiences of all ages. Matt Watroba and Robert Jones sing music that matters — American Roots Music including folk, Blues, spirituals, work songs chants and more.

Details: Visit — G.G.

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