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Tow nshi p VIEW Big Band Memories at McCarty Library FLINT TWP. — McCarthy Librar y, 2071 S. Graham Rd., hosts Big Band Memories 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

The highly-interactive program features trumpet player Bill Hart, who has performed with Vic Damone, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and stars of The Lawrence Welk Show.

The program is for adults. Details: Call 810-732-9150. — N.B.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day

FLINT TWP. — Puppy Mill Awareness Southeast Michigan announces a peaceful rally against The Family Puppy pet store inside Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Rd., noon-3 p.m. Sept. 18.

Details: Visit mill-awareness/calendar/ 12714751/. — N.B.

Farmers Market hosts MDA Fundraiser Sunday

GRAND BLANC — A fundraiser for MDA runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 5 at the City of Grand Blanc Farmers Market.

Local musician Michael Potbury will be playing for tips, and all tips will be donated to MDA. Potbury, who plays acoustic guitar and keeps crowds entertained with his renditions of classic countr y and rock songs, donated a day’s worth of tips last year to the organization. His donation sparked the idea to have an MDA fundraiser at the Farmers Market.

Those wishing to make a donation can visit the market this Sunday. Details: Visit, click on “News and Events” then “Farmers Market”. — N.B.

Volunteer drivers needed

GENESEE COUNTY — The American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter Med-A-Ride Program needs volunteer drivers. The Genesee-Lapeer Chapter works with Lapeer County residents who need help with transportation to out of town medical appointments.

The Chapter has a van that has been equipped with handicapped equipment, such as a chair lift, etc., in order to help these individuals. Volunteer drivers are needed one day a week.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Janet Hamm at 810-232-1401, ext. 304. — G.G.

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 galler y will be used for teaching ar t, as well as providing a space for local artists to show and sell their ar t to the public. The galler y also will serve as a venue for individuals and families to enjoy a cultural atmosphere.

The Guild has a list of items that are needed, and all donations are tax deductible. The Swartz Creek Area Art Guild is a non-profit organization.

Details or to donate items: Call 810- 449-3030. — N.B.

Van Slyke school reunion

MUNDY TWP. — Anyone who attended Van Slyke School, at the corner of Van Slyke and Maple roads, in Mundy Township —as well as friends, relatives and neighbors — is invited to a school reunion at South Mundy Methodist Church, at the corner of Linden and Baldwin roads, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. for a potluck lunch.

Details: Call Elizabeth (Chandler) Lea at 989-845-4839. — G.G.

Help someone read

GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County Literacy Coalition has a lineup of tutors waiting to assist adults who need help to read for free.

We have the Flint Public Library and ALL Genesee County District Libraries sites as places for students and tutors to meet. If you know anyone that could use help to read or help with English as a second language, please call us!

For more information, volunteer opportunities or adults needing free help to read, please call 810-239-9425. — G.G.

35th Annual Banjorama coming to St. John’s

DAVISON — The 35th Annual Banjorama, presented by the Flint Banjo Club, will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall in Davison. Tickets are $12.50.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Tickets are available by calling 810-631-4955. Tickets are also available at the door. — G.G.

Free evening of croquet

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Swartz Creek Kiwanis, hosts a free evening of croquet 6-8 p.m. Sept. 2 at the clubhouse at the Genesee Valley Meadows golf course, 5499 Miller Rd.

The chamber will have sandwiches and light items to snack on for reasonable prices, and individuals should come early. Attendees will discover the modern sport of six-wicket croquet, playing on speciallybuilt courts and using precision equipment to play the addictive game of skill and strategy. The free event is open to the public. Details or questions: Contact the Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce at or visit — N.B.

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