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Dance team spreads cheer

SWARTZ CREEK — The Competitive Dance Teams at Smooth Steps Dance and Gymnastics have been hard at work this holiday season. In addition to performing in the Swartz Creek Christmas Parade Dec. 4, they performed at the 3rd Annual Winter Fest at Carman-Ainsworth High School Dec. 11. Winter Fest is organized by Men at W.O.R.K. (Working on Relationships with Kids).

Three of the competitive dance teams have been hard at work since the first week of November preparing Christmas dances to perform and they did a terrific job said instructor Melissa Taylor.

“These dedicated dancers came to extra classes on Saturdays. Teachers Gail Kivett, Heather Stanley and Alison Kivett-Williston showed their dedication in showing up each week to teach the girls, and the dancers all looked very festive in their Christmas costumes,” she said. “The turnout at the event was great. Studio owner Alison Kivett-Williston is dedicated to teaching the girls not only dance, but about community service and giving back to those in need.”

“Thanks to all the community that showed up to watch and enjoy the Winter Fest. Unfortunately, the performance scheduled at Genesee Gardens on Dec. 12 had to be canceled due to illness and quarantine at Genesee Gardens. The dancers were all disappointed to miss out on performing for the residents there. These types of events would not be possible without the hard work of Gail Kivett, artistic director, and Alison Kivett-Williston, owner.” — N.B.

Genesee Area Bead Society meets first Tuesday of month

SWARTZ CREEK — The Genesee Area Bead Society meets at First Baptist Church of Swartz Creek from 6-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.

The society has speakers, demonstrations, potlucks, drawings, picnics and discount cards from three sponsoring bead shops. Other members of our group offer discounts as well.

A person’s first visit is free. Membership for the year is $10, which includes three “make and takes,” discount cards and more. The discount cards gives members a 10 percent discount all the time, and 20 percent off at the first full, three-day weekend of the month.

The three sponsoring shops are Beadin Mon’ on Miller Rd. in Flint Twp.; Bead Haven in Frankenmuth; and Beadifferant in Oxford. Attendance to the meetings is not required unless a member wants a “make and take.” Memberships are available by mail. Send SASE to: President Linda Wernette, 3109 Wagon Trail, Flint, MI 48507. Details: 810-230-8580, 810-964-1926 or — N.B.

Hopeful Hearts at C/A Senior Center

FLINT TWP. — Grace Hospice presents “Hopeful Hearts,” an ongoing grief support group, every other Wednesday at Carman Ainsworth Senior Center, 2071 S. Graham Rd.

The group is facilitated by Goodman (Goodie) Cox and are held at 1 p.m. Future dates are Dec. 29. Details: Call 810-230-0127. — N.B.

Donations for Genesee Valley Trail taken at Senior Center

FLINT TWP. — Individuals interested in making donations to the Genesee Valley Trail project can make those donations at the Carman- Ainsworth Senior Center, 2071 S. Graham Rd. Those who donate will receive a receipt. Details: Call 810-732-6290. — N.B.

Art Guild seeking donations

SWARTZ CREEK — The recently formed Swartz Creek Area Art Guild is seeking donations of money, goods and/or services for its upcoming art gallery at 8048 Miller Rd.

The gallery will be used for teaching art, as well as providing a space for local artists to show and sell their art to the public. Details or to donate items: 810-449-3030. — N.B.

PAWS needs VG’s receipts

SWARTZ CREEK — PAWS Animal Rescue collects VG’s receipts, and asks the community to send in their receipts to help the organization. Receipts can be sent to: PAWS Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 87, Swartz Creek, MI 48473. — N.B.

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