2009-04-23 / Scene

Community Briefs 04/23/2009

Heritage Association hosts canning program
GRAND BLANC — Grand Blanc Heritage Association will hold a public program on the history of canning at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Heritage Museum, 203 E. Grand Blanc Rd.
Joe Follett, president of the Montrose Historical Society, will be on hand to discuss the many fine examples of vintage and antique canning jars. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This free program is open to the general public. For details, call the Grand Blanc Heritage Museum at 810-694-7274 or Director Dan Harrett at 695-8045. — S.S.

Preschool story time
BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County announces preschool story time for children ages 2-5 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 29, May 27 and June 24.
During the event, children will learn about furry friends through stories, hands-on activities and playing with puppies and kittens. The story time is free and open to parents/caregivers.
The humane society is located at G-3325 S. Dort Hwy. No registration is necessary. Details: www.genesee humane.org or 810-744-0511. — N.B.

Volunteers needed at the Humane Society
BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County seeks volunteers in the following categories: dog walkers, cat grooming/socializing, community events/photo assistants, customer service and newspaper unfolding/laundry.
Interested individuals need to print off an online application for the volunteer position they are interested in. There is a $10 fee for each category of volunteering they wish to participate in, and the fee covers a T-shirt and badge. Individuals then need to mail the application to the Humane Society of Genesee County, P.O. Box 190138, Burton, MI 48519, Attn: Terry.
Training for volunteers is mandatory and individuals will be notified by mail when the workshop training dates are. Workshops are one hour and will be held on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings. Pre-registration for workshops is required. The Humane Society reserves the right to refuse applications that do not meet the requirements necessary to perform the volunteer task.
Details: 810-744-0511. — N.B.

Travel show coming
BURTON — With a new season that has just arrived comes the time to think more about upcoming travel plans and fun destinations. And so comes time for a spring travel show designed for local senior citizens interested in planning some warm-weather travel.
The event is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. April 29 at the Burton Senior Center, 3410 S. Grand Traverse. Seniors will able to register for upcoming vacations and other planned trips. Trips include lighthouse tours, treks to various casinos & resorts, fall color tours, and a variety of day trips. Refreshments are provided and door prizes are also featured during this exciting showcase.
Details: 810-744-0960. — S.S.

Sloan programs
FLINT —- Sloan Museum presents an upcoming program designed to expand the mind.
On May 2, Sloan presents a ceramics class from 1-2:30 p.m.
Participants will heat up a real space shuttle tile, then create a piece of ceramic art. Children will then investigate the properties that make ceramic materials useful in science and art. The program is for ages eight and up and cost is $8 per person, which includes museum admission, or $6 for pass holders. Advance registration is due April 27.
Details: 810-237-3409. — N.B.

FSPA free preschool holds qualification day
FLINT — The Flint School of Performing Arts will hold a qualification day for its Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP) Program 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24 at the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 E. Kearsley St.
To qualify for the fall 2009 program, children must be four years old on or before December 1, 2009. Parents need to call 810-238-0434 prior to qualification day to obtain information about what paperwork to bring with them.
GSRP is a state-funded, state-certified program to help qualified four-year-olds prepare for kindergarten. At the Flint Institute of Music, GSRP features an arts focus and specially trained early childhood development specialists. — N.B.

Driver’s training courses available through GB Schools
GRAND BLANC — Driver’s training courses are being offered to the public through Grand Blanc Community Schools this summer.
Both Segment One and Segment Two will be offered from June 16 to July 2 and July 13 to July 30. The cost is $370 per student, and classes will take place at Grand Blanc High School.
In order to take Segment One, a student must be 14 years and 8 months old. In order to obtain a Level One permit, a student must be 14 years and 9 months old.
For more information, go to www.gbdrivered.com. — S.H.

Humane Society needs VG’s receipts
BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County, 3325 S. Dort Hwy., is collecting VG’s grocery store receipts to earn money for feeding and housing animals in the shelter through its Community Share program.
When a receipt is redeemed, the shelter receives one percent of the total grocery amount. To help the shelter, participants can clip off the bottom portion of the receipt where it says Community Share Points and send them to the shelter or drop them off from noon-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday.
Details: 810-744-0511 or www. geneseehumane.org. — N.B.

Luncheon, fashion show
BURTON — The Holy Redeemer Council of Catholic Women hosts a luncheon and fashion show April 25 in the Family Life Center, 1227 E. Bristol Rd.
Doors open at noon, a catered luncheon is at 1 p.m. and the fashion show will follow with clothing provided by the Dress Barn of Flint Twp. Cost is $15. Reservations required. Details: Mary at 810-659-5311 or Lorraine at 810-232-1094. — N.B.

Grant money available for arts
LANSING — The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced Friday the availability of $432,100 in grant funding.
The majority of the grant money comes from the National Endow-ment for the Arts as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The remaining money comes from Arts Midwest, with the goal to restore and retain jobs in the state’s arts and cultural sector.
The application deadline is May 15 for funding to be spent between May 1 and Sept. 30. Applicants may request from $5,000 to $15,000.
Applicants will be judged on a list of criteria, including: quality of the organization; potential of the project to have a significant and immediate impact on the arts work force; significance of the project and position(s) to the mission and core work of the organization; likelihood that the project will achieve the identified outcome(s) and the feasibility of the proposed performance measurements; ability to carry out the project, including the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved and the qualifications of the project’s personnel; the applicant’s track record of responsiveness in current and past awards in terms of meeting MCACA contracting and reporting requirements.
Application guidelines are available online at www.michigan.gov/arts or by calling 517-241-4011. There is no application fee for this program. — VIEW Staff

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