In brief

Christmas Rainbow event to raise money for families

GENESEE COUNTY — Christmas Rainbow is an event that allows for Phoenix Soccer (a local soccer organization) to raise money for families in Genesee County. For $20 you and up to three members of your family can enjoy a meal, talent show, face painting, and a silent auction. Additional activities are available for a small donation. To order tickets or request additional information, please contact Jessica Sampson at 810-955-2215. The event takes place at Mayfair Bible Church, 5339 W. Pierson Rd, Dec. 16, from 5-9 p.m. — G.G.

Food donations still needed

GENESEE COUNTY — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents there’s still time to donate nonperishable food items at local Secretary of State branch offices as part of the 21st annual Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign. The 2011 Harvest Gathering goal is 300,000 pounds of food and $750,000. Last year, Michigan Harvest Gathering collected more than 180,000 pounds of food and $930,000. The campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, which supplies the state’s regional food banks through donations of food and money. The regional food banks serve food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in every Michigan county. The Food Bank Council wrapped up its annual campaign Nov. 10 but the Secretary of State’s branch office campaign runs until Dec. 16. Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424). — G.G.

Winter Registration open

GENESEE COUNTY — Full service registration for the 2012 Winter Semester at Mott Community College is open and continues to Jan. 13. The first day of classes for the Winter Semester is Jan. 14. Registration can be done in person at any MCC location or online at All students must apply for admission before registering for a class. There is no application fee. Details: Call 810-762-0200. — G.G.

McCain’s cousin to speak

FLINT — Dr. Lillie McCain, MCC instructor and cousin to Sen. John McCain, will keynote the 33rd annual Citywide Tribute, “Dream Keepers Encouraging Future Leaders,” honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The dinner celebration will be held Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sarvis Center. Corporate sponsorships are available and include a round dinner table for eight individuals for $240. Individual tickets are $30 per person. Birth records indicate Dr. McCain shares a family lineage with U.S. Senator John McCain, despite the obvious difference in the color of their skin. John McCain is white; Lillie McCain is black. Since the discovery, Dr. McCain has spoken publicly about the family connection in hopes of helping to erase cultural boundaries. It has been reported that John McCain has publicly denied the connection despite proof presented in 2000. His brother, Joe McCain, however, appeared with Lillie on the Mott campus in 2009 to discuss their common family heritage. Due to limited seating, reservations are required to attend the Citywide Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate sponsorship reservations must be made by Jan. 5. Individual reservations must be made by Jan. 6. Reservations: Call 810-762-0425. — G.G.

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