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Mid-East Festival coming July 15-17

FLINT TWP. — The Annual Mid-East Festival returns to the Greater Flint Area, July 15-17. Admission is free. The public is invited to taste the food and experience the rich history of Middle Eastern culture during this three-day festival held on the grounds of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 4133 Calkins Road in Flint.

Festival entertainment and activities include traditional dancing, live Arabic bands, belly dancers, church tours, children’s activities and a beer tent for those 21 and over.

There will be lots of homemade Middle Eastern food. Some of the delicacies that will be offered include: shawarma sandwiches, kibbee balls, hummus, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, meat pies, and spinach pies. For dessert, a variety of Arabic sweets including baklawa and homemade honey balls will be available.

Take-out and pre-ordering is available by calling the Church at 810-733-1259 or emailing MidEastFestival@gmail.com. Festival hours are Friday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m.-midnight, July 16 from noon-midnight and July 17 from noon-6 p.m. Details: Visit www.MidEastFestival.com. —R.S. Charter Township of Flint conducting survey

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township is updating its website to better serve its residents and businesses. Clerk Kim Courts is asking for input by logging into the township website at www.flinttownship.org to complete a brief survey. — R.S. Book sale planned July 8

FLINT TWP. — The Friends of the Genesee District Library McCarty branch will be hosting another book sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 8 at the library on Graham Road. They are raising funds to buy new carpet for the library. —R.S. Kidney Foundation Camp in Fenton

GENESEE COUNTY — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Kids’ Camp will take place July 17-22 at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, 10407 N. Fenton Rd. The camp is for children 8-16 who have chronic kidney disease (CKD), are on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis or who have had a kidney transplant. Children with CKD often have limited options for outdoor activities because of their need for dialysis treatment or medical attention, said Lindsay E. White, NKFM communications coordinator. The camp offers tons of fun activities for kidney patients to enjoy including swimming, boating, horseback riding and zip-lining. Kids’ Camp is staffed by medical personnel and provides access to dialysis and other medical treatment for the children. — R.S.


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