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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: 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: awareness/calendar/12714751/. — 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: 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: 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 individuals know anyone that could use help to read or help with English as a second language, call the coalition!

For more information, volunteer opportunities or adults needing free help to read, 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.

FYT opens stag door to public for backstage sale

FLINT — Flint Youth Theatre hosts its 10th Backstage Sale 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 25. Admission to the sale is free. A special preview sale will take place 7-9 p.m. Sept. 24.

Admission to the preview is $5 per person and affords patrons the first opportunity to purchase items before the sale on Saturday. The Backstage Sale takes place on stage at FYT, 1220 E. Kearsley St. in the Flint Cultural Center.

FYT’s popular flea market includes scenery, props, costumes and theatrical equipment.

“With a wild assortment of one-of-a-kind merchandise, this is the per fect opportunity to shop for and create unique Halloween or Renaissance Festival-style costumes. We welcome families, individuals and representatives from area theatre companies, haunted houses, drama programs and churches,” said FYT Executive Artistic Director, William P. Ward. “The Backstage Sale has become a tradition for many people. We recommend arriving early to get the best selection.”

Details: 810-237-1530 or www.flint — N.B.

PAWS Adopt-A-Thon

SWARTZ CREEK — PAWS Animal Rescue will hold an Adopt-A-Thon 4-8 p.m. Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 11 and noon-5 p.m. Sept. 12 at PetsMart in Grand Blanc.

Details: — N.B.

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