Children with special needs share a moment with Santa at Genesee Valley Center’s sensory-friendly event

FLINT TWP. — Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S Linden Rd., will hold a sensory-friendly event with Santa Claus on Dec. 2 from 9-11 a.m. Santa welcomes children of all ages and abilities. This compassionate , sensory-friendly event allows families with children with all spectrums of special needs to experience the time-honored tradition of a Santa visit, in a comforting environment […]

MTA launches Vets to Wellness service

FLINT — The Mass Transportation Authority of Flint has launched a new health and wellness-related transportation service for area veterans and their spouses. Vets to Wellness, an expansion of the MTA’s Rides to Wellness program, will offer free door-to-door, same-day or prescheduled transportation to qualifying veterans. Service will be available for local transportation needs such as medical care or grocery […]

Toys for Tots continues to service the community despite changes

GENESEE COUNTY — At least 3,000 Genesee County children in need will be serviced through Toys for Tots this year, according to the program’s coordinator, Vicky Muckenthaler. Toys for Tots started in California in 1947 when a Marine’s wife starting giving handmade dolls to kids on a base, and it began in Genesee County in the late ‘70s. Walt Disney […]

Hurley Children’s Hospital could win a $50,000 donation in national online contest

FLINT — You could help Hurley Children’s Hospital win a $50,000 donation on behalf of America’s credit unions. Now through Dec. 18, go to http:// or to vote for Hurley every day. The hospital with the most votes will win $50,000. Second through fifth place will receive $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. In addition to voting you […]

How to make the holiday season more eco-friendly

With so much to do, it can be easy for people celebrating the holiday season to forget about the environment. But no matter how hectic the holiday season can be, there are always some simple opportunities to make it more eco-friendly. • Create an eco-friendly party theme. Many holiday parties have themes. For example, ‘ugly sweater parties’ have become so […]

Flint Symphony Orchestra brings Christmas cheer with Holiday Pops

FLINT — Catch the holiday spirit with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Chorus and community singers, and hosts Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin of ABC 12 as they come together to bring you festive favorites. Get your Student Rush Tickets! On the day of the performance purchase up to two tickets at $12 each. Must be purchased in […]

Cultural Center Holiday Walk returns Dec. 4

FLINT — The Flint Institute of Arts presents an evening of musical entertainment throughout the galleries on Dec. 4 with the Flint Cultural Center Holiday Walk. The celebration begins with the tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. in Durant Plaza, between Sloan Museum and The Whiting. The event will continue until 8 p.m. Enjoy this community event on the beautifully […]

YMCA Santa Run comes to downtown Flint

FLINT — Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are thousands of runners and walkers dressed in Santa suits. For the ninth straight year, participants in the YMCA Santa Run/ Walk will descend on downtown Flint, spreading Christmas cheer and helping to draw awareness to the YMCA and its services. The untimed 5k Fun Run race and one-mile walk […]

Pizza with Santa brings families together for a fun-tastic time

BURTON — The Pizza with Santa event gives families from Burton and the surrounding areas the unique opportunity for parent-child connection because parents normally stay near their children for it, according to Sue Warren, director of Parks and Recreation and director of human resources and labor relations for the city of Burton. Warren said Pizza with Santa also allows kids […]

McLaren welcomes new doctors to staff

FLINT — McLaren Flint has welcomed three new doctors to its staff. Omar Al-Subee, MD, FACG, FASGE, a board certified gastroenterologist, has joined the medical staff at McLaren Flint. Al-Subee is seeing patients at 4050 Walli Strasse Dr. in Burton. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Harper Hospital through Wayne State University in Detroit. He completed his residency at […]

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