2006-10-26 / Scene

Community Briefs -- 10/26/06

Trivia night
GRAND BLANC — Holy Family Church hosts a Trivia Game Night starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Father Bush Parish Center. All adults are welcome to attend and play at tables of eight competitors each who will vie for cash prizes
The evening is Halloween themed and prizes are awarded for best table decorations and costumes. The World Series Game 6 (if necessary) also will be shown and the event has food and refreshments.
To register, call Lana at 810-694-9072, Ext. 150 or visit the parish office, 11824 S. Saginaw Rd. — J.D.N.

Mascot picked
GRAND BLANC — East and West middle schools have officially chosen their mascots. With the approval of students, staff, parents and school board members, both schools will keep the name Bobcats.
The schools were going to have a student election to choose new mascots, but decided to keep the Bobcat symbol to preserve school unity and make use of the Bobcat clothing and athletic uniforms that the schools already have.
“We are still one big happy family who just happen to be living in two separate houses,” said Skip Harbin, assistant principal at East Middle School. — P.H.

New trees
GRAND BLANC — The city has been selected as a test site for the DNR ROOT (Restoration of Our Trees) program, a pilot program to restore trees lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. The city has spent several thousand dollars over the summer to remove dead trees.
Under the ROOT program, the city will receive 200 trees (seven different types of trees) to distribute throughout the community in April 2007. Applications for the trees will be available in February, with a maximum of two trees for each person. The city is one of seven distribution sites across the state taking part in the program. — J.D.N.

Check B.P.
GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Senior Activity Center, 12632 Pagels Dr., offers free blood pressure checks for center members from noon-2 p.m. every Tuesday.
The screenings allow people to keep a history of B.P. readings for personal use and to provide to physicians. Members receive a sheet to keep track of their readings. Call 810-695-3202 for details. — J.D.N.

Senior party
GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Senior Center, 12632 Pagels Dr., hosts an evening of dinner and dancing from 5-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. Jim and Betty Hedrich play music from the 1930s-60s, including swing, ballroom, waltz, country and Latin music.
Admission for the spaghetti dinner, snacks, dancing and entertainment is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. BYOB. Call the center at 810-695-4202 for tickets, information. — J.D.N.

Toddler tumbling
FLINT TWP. — Grand Blanc Gymnastics visits the Genesee Valley Center from 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Tuesday for a free hour of toddler tumbling and gymnastics.
Toddler Tuesdays are held in the JCPenney wing of the mall. GVC is on Miller and Linden roads in Flint Twp. — J.D.N.

Cancer patients
GENESEE COUNTY — Cancer patients living in Genesee County who need transportation assistance can call The American Cancer Society at 810-733-3702 to arrange rides to and from local cancer centers. — J.D.N.

Pancake breakfast
GRAND BLANC — St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 9020 S. Saginaw Rd., hosts its annual pancake breakfast from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to collect donations for FISH of Grand Blanc.
FISH helps those in need in the community and distributes food, clothing and other services on a temporary or emergency basis.
The fundraiser menu includes pancakes, syrup (sugar-free is available), sausage and beverages. Cost of the breakfast is a free-will offering from guests. For information, call 810-694-3600. — J.D.N.

Art classes
GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Senior Activity Center has started arts and crafts classes (offered by Michael’s Craft Store) at 1 p.m. Mondays. Classes are 1-2 hours long, all supplies are included and cost is $30 for four weeks of classes.
A “trinket box” (paint or decoupage) class is planned for Oct. 30. Call the senior center, 12632 Pagels Dr., at 810-695-3202 for registration, information. — J.D.N.

Flu shots
GENESEE COUNTY — Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan is offering flu and pneumonia vaccinations throughout October and November. The clinics will be set up at various locations in Genesee County. Here are dates and times for local stops:
• St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28
• First Congregational UCC, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29
• St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 29
Cost for the shots is $28 for flu and $40 for pneumonia. Billing for flu shots is available for Medicare Part B, Health Plus, Physicians Health Plan, HAP and any state employee insurance. Billing for pneumonia shots is available for Medicare Part B and Health Plus.
For information, call 810-496-8676 or visit www.vnsofmi.org. — P.H.

Guides needed
GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Heritage Museum is currently searching for volunteers to assist with museum tours.
The tours are normally conducted on Wednesdays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and mainly consist of elementary students from the Grand Blanc district. Museum staffers will provide training and training materials to those interested in teaching the history of Grand Blanc.
For information, contact museum director Dan Harrett at 810-694-7274, 810-695-8045 or dharrett@tir.com. — P.H.

Help needy
AREAWIDE — The Salvation Army is collecting new and gently used coats for those in need in Genesee County. “Coats for Kids” drop boxes are located in the Courtland Center and Genesee Valley malls. Coats can also be dropped off at any Salvation Army location.
The Salvation Army is also accepting applications from families in need of Christmas assistance until tomorrow. Families in the Grand Blanc area who would like assistance should apply at the Salvation Army location at 211 W. Kearsley St., downtown Flint.
Those applying need current ID for all adults, proof of residence, proof of dependents, current bills and proof of income. For more information, call 810-232-2196. — P.H.

New center
GRAND BLANC — First Congregational United Church of Christ is celebrating completion of its new family life center with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 5. There will be a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m.
The church is located at the corner of Perry and Belsay roads. For information, call 810-695-0550. — P.H.

FISH schedule
GRAND BLANC — FISH of Grand Blanc, a non-profit organization of community volunteers helping families in need, has set its 2006-07 meeting schedule.
FISH meets Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, and June 4 at 11:30 a.m. The Nov. 6 and May 7 meetings are at 7 p.m. All meetings are in the community room at Mason Elementary, 4455 E. Cook Rd.
Anyone interested in FISH activities can attend or call 810-695-1880 for information, to make a donation or become a volunteer. — J.D.N.

Open swim
GRAND BLANC — Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation is starting Fall Open Swim Nights at the Grand Blanc High School West pool through Nov. 29.
Hours are Monday and Wednesday evenings with sessions from 7-7:55 p.m. and 8-8:50 p.m. Cost is $2 per person, but if less than six people are in attendance or if school is cancelled, the session will be cancelled. Kids under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. — P.H.

Be an Optimist
GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Optimist Club is seeking new members. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the club should call Dan Draper at 810-714-9456 or e-mail gboptimist@yahoo.com.
The Optimist Club meets the first and third Wednesdays every month from 7:15-8:15 a.m. at Khios Restaurant, 8296 S. Saginaw St. — J.D.N.

Chair massage
GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Senior Activity Center, 12632 Pagels Dr., hosts Chair Massages by Christine from noon-2 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Massages are $10 for 15 minutes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details: 810-695-3202. — J.D.N.

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