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Flint school board candidate slate will host ‘Meet and Greet’ events throughout August

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FLINT, MI — Five Flint Community Schools Board of Education candidates are hosting nine “Meet and Greet” events throughout the month of August.

The slate of candidates — Dylan Luna, Emily Doerr, Melody Relerford, Terae King Jr. and Michael Clack — are five of 15 registered candidates that will be on the ballot for five open positions in the Nov. 2 election.

Events will take place in all nine Flint wards. A schedule is listed below. Each event goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed.

Monday, Aug. 8: Clara Hilborn Park in Ward 1

Tuesday, Aug. 9: Windiate Park in Ward 9

Wednesday, Aug. 10: Kearsley Park in Ward 3

Saturday, Aug. 13: Court Street Village Office in Ward 7 (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 16: Longway Park in Ward 4

Monday, Aug 22: Sarvis Park in Ward 2

Tuesday, Aug. 23: Sarginson Park in Ward 8

Wednesday, Aug. 24: Ballenger Park in Ward 6

Monday, Aug. 29: Dort Park in Ward 5

In total, nine candidates are seeking three six-year term seats, two are seeking a four-year partial term and four are seeking a two-year partial term on the Flint Board of Education.

Only Joyce Ellis-McNeal and Laura McIntyre are not up for reelection.

Read more at The Flint Journal:

Flint’s superintendent wants to ask the Mott Foundation for help. Will the board let him?

Swartz Creek superintendent Ben Mainka leaves for Novi school district

Masks recommended, not required at Flint schools’ first day

Board member walks out as tempers flare at Flint schools meeting

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Kannapolis announces slate of new events, programs for the public – Salisbury Post

Kannapolis announces slate of new events, programs for the public - Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis residents are invited to join in a series of different activities encouraged to increase civic engagement in the upcoming weeks and months.

The city announced Monday plans to host a National Night Out gathering, a Kannapolis 101 program and a Citizens Police Academy for members of the community.

National Night Out will be Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Veteran’s Park. The event is one taking place across the country in numerous other communities, and is aimed at growing relationships between residents and their local law enforcement agencies.

The event will offer free food, school supply giveaways, live music, children’s games and more. Members of the police and fire departments will be on-hand to meet and talk with those attending.

The departments are also holding a new winter coat drive for children in grades K-12 across the community. So visitors are encouraged to bring a new coat to donate to the event and be entered into a prize drawing.

Several non-profit organizations will be on hand providing information on community services or on volunteering with an organization.

The city also announced that Kannapolis 101, a two-month program, will be held, beginning Sept. 13, on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

Kannapolis 101 is free to the public and teaches local residents about how Kannapolis operates, covering areas of government including:

• Finance
• Public works and water treatment
• Planning
• Police department
• Parks and recreation
• Fire department
• Economic development/downtown revitalization

Those participants in this program are also encouraged to join the Citizens Police Academy. The academy allows residents to take classes about patrol operations, traffic enforcement, defensive driving, firearms, K-9 operations, special operations (SWAT), felony investigations, interaction with the courts, community service programs and more.

The Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15, and continue on a weekly basis through Nov. 28. These free classes are taught by Kannapolis police officers in a fun and relaxed environment which allows residents to foster relationships with officers. 

It is recommended that participants take the Kannapolis 101 classes before enrolling in the Police Citizens Academy.

Seats are limited for both programs and registration is now open. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. Those interested in participating in either program can apply at  and

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Muskoka Pride Week kicks off next week with full slate of events

Muskoka Pride Week kicks off next week with full slate of events

Following two years of restrictions, organizers are ‘beyond thrilled to once again host the annual Festival and Parade in downtown Bracebridge’




Muskoka Pride has announced that the 2022 Muskoka Pride Week will run from July 14 to July 24. The annual week of activities celebrates the Muskoka lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. 

This year’s Pride celebration is a return to pre-pandemic events, including the first Festival and Parade since 2019, explains Merv Taylor-Morin, president of Muskoka Pride. 

“For the past two years, we have continued to celebrate Pride Week in smaller ways, following the COVID restrictions in place at the time. We are beyond thrilled to once again host the annual Festival and Parade in downtown Bracebridge this year,” Taylor-Morin said.

Muskoka Pride board member Shawn Forth explains: “It is so important for members of the LGBTQ+ community to see themselves represented in the greater community. When you identify as LGBTQ+ and grow up in a small community, you can feel isolated and as if you are the only one. It is important for there to be LGBTQ+ visibility in our communities.” 

Forth explains that just last month, Muskoka Pride donated rainbow benches to all municipalities in Muskoka to help ensure a year-round visible symbol of the commitment to diverse and inclusive communities. The funding was provided through the District of Muskoka’s Community Enhancement grant. 


Muskoka Pride Week will feature in-person events throughout Muskoka over 11 days. 

Pride Week starts off with the theatrical production Twelfth Night by Timberbeast Productions on Thursday, July 14, at the Gravenhurst Wharf gazebo. 

The party starts on Friday, July 15, with Disco Muskoka. In partnership with the Huntsville Theatre Company, Muskoka Pride is hosting a disco party at Canvas Brewery in Huntsville. Tickets are available on the HTC website. 

Pride Church Services will be held on July 17 at Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst and on July 24 at Bracebridge United Church.

On Thursday, July 21, Bracebridge Hall will host MQFF After Dark, a film screening for 19+ which features films from this year’s Muskoka Queer Film Festival that could not be broadcast due to content. Tickets are available on the Muskoka Pride Website or pay at the door. 


All municipalities in Muskoka will be raising the Progress Pride flag on Monday, July 19. Members of the public are encouraged to join us for ceremonies at their local municipality office to celebrate the annual flag raising. 


Muskoka Drag Royalty is holding four events this year, including Drag Trivia at Bracebridge Barrelhouse on July 18, a 19+ show at Sawdust City Brewery on July 22, and two all-ages shows on July 20 and July 24. 


Muskoka Pride has taken great care to ensure that many events are geared toward the entire family. Many families participate to show their allyship with the community, to support their LGBTQ+ family members, and as an opportunity for their families to experience their first Pride Festival. 

The annual Six Mile Lake boat parade will take place on Saturday, July 16, at 6 Mile Lake in Georgian Bay Township, starting at 1 p.m. 

The annual Rainbow Road Tour on Sunday, July 17, which was first introduced during the pandemic, will take place again. It is a great opportunity for the entire family to tour around Lake Muskoka. This year’s route will incorporate some of the newly installed rainbow benches and will end with a BBQ and musical performance at Muskoka Brewery. 

Tuesday, July 19, is Pride Night at the Muskoka Drive-In. Featuring three short films from the Muskoka Queer Film Festival (MQFF) and the feature film Dawn, Her Dad, and the Tractor, tickets are available on the Muskoka Pride website or pay cash at the gate.

On Thursday, July 21, the 10th annual Muskoka Pride Mini-Golf Tournament will be held at Northern Escapades Mini Putt. Families and individuals can golf for a special rate between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and try for their chance at the trophy. 

Two Drag Shows are planned, which are aimed at all ages: Wednesday, July 20, a Driveway Drag Show is planned at a private residence in Bracebridge, and the Memorial Park Drag Show is planned as part of the annual Pride Festival on Sunday, July 24. Both shows feature many local performers from Muskoka Drag Royalty. 

Muskoka Bay Resort is hosting a Pride Pool Party on Saturday, July 23, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature live music, games, prizes, and food. Admission is free. Please contact the resort to add your name to the guest list. 


For the first time since 2019, Muskoka Pride will host the annual Pride Festival in Memorial Park on Sunday, July 24t, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring vendors, live music, and activities for the family. The band Dirty Little Swing Thing will be performing under the bandshell, and local singer Briar Summers will be performing on a second stage. Muskoka Drag Royalty will be hosting a drag show starting at 2:30 p.m. 

The annual Pride Parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Manitoba Street. This year, the parade will be starting at Memorial Park and going through downtown Bracebridge. 

Everyone, no matter how you identify, is welcome to attend Muskoka Pride events. 

Muskoka Pride receives funding from the Government of Canada through the Local Festivals – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage grant. 

We would like to thank our Silver Sponsors: The Town of Bracebridge, YWCA Muskoka, TD Ready Commitment, Muskoka Bay Resort, and Deerhurst Resort. We would also like to acknowledge our Bronze Sponsors: McMaster’s Muskoka, Lakeland Networks and our Media Sponsor: Star Metroland Media. 

To see a full schedule of events, visit this website or click “Events” on the Muskoka Pride Facebook Page.


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Full slate of events planned at Alton Mill next weekend

Full slate of events planned at Alton Mill next weekend

May 12, 2022   ·  

By Constance Scrafield

Once again, a beautiful weekend is planned for the Alton Mill Arts Centre on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22.

On Saturday, as the media person for Headwaters Arts, Susan Powell told the Citizen, “It’s a long weekend of events, with an arts market place under the tent. We can fit 16 vendors under there and let’s see what kind of response we get for this on May 21.”

Artisans will be set up outside the Mill itself, using the shelter and space of the covered Annex; some will be on the lawn.

“It would be nice to see how this goes,” Ms. Powell commented further. “I know they’re keen but nervous to get out there. They don’t have to bring a tent or anything if they’re under the cover in the Annex.”

Caledon Music Festival [as an organization] is doing a concert on May 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“They also rehearse there during the week,” she told the Citizen. “It was open and under shelter. This will be a ticketed event.

“It’s fascinating,” she said. “You don’t know how people are feeling about coming. It’s outside. The musicians just want to get out there. It has to be a ticketed event; the musicians need to get paid.”

The musicians are for sure among the best, she promised with a great repertoire and Ms. Powell went on to note the quality of music being played here in Alton. People will drive into Toronto, pay for parking, tickets to the concerts and this is right here. The musicians performing at the Mill next weekend are the same musicians who play for the TSO.

Naturally, Headwaters Arts is hoping for a good crowd for the market. The artists are from Tottenham, Wasaga Beach, Waterloo, and Terra Nova.

“We’ve opened it up and we’re charging reasonable booth space cost.”

While the market is visiting artists, the Mill artists were welcome to participate and encaustic artist, Karen Brown is showing her work in the market. The market is free for visitors.

We took a couple of moments to speak to one of the coming artists, a water colourist who specializes in pet portraits, Patrice Clarkson. Asked which was the most unusual, she demurred, saying, “Well, they are all special and the connection with the people is great. I’m commissioned to paint their pet and then it’s the relationship with the dogs is special. I have done cats and horses too. I usually meet them afterwards because I work from photos. Some I meet before to take pictures of them, which is really fun.”

Ms. Clarkson also has products with her art on them, tote bags and other small items. She does not need owners’ permission as she has the rights to the art.

Her planned attendance to Alton Mill’s market place next Saturday came from an email invitation to come, “So, I just thought, why not?” said she. “I’m going there for the first time for this, selling original art and samples of my work, some of my products.” 

She was “really excited” to tell us she is working on putting her art on clothing . She recently received an email from a company [that prints on clothing] in Montreal and there were artists from Orangeville using the company. Her totes are coming from the States at the moment.

“I’ve never been to the Alton Mill,” Ms. Clarkson reported. “But I’m going there this weekend to see what it’s all about.”

A metal sculptor working with horse shoes will also attend as vendor and Wood turn pens is another. Andrea Elmhirst, a textile and felting artist is coming from Tottenham with her stitch purses and other items.

We were reminded that the market is the one day only on May 21with the concert to follow in May 22.

Event organizers have encouraged the markets participants to think of this as day of just shopping from every price point. A variety of cost is what the customers are looking for.

The Mill itself is open all weekend and will be busy too with the tenant artists.

Good news: the cafe is open and a bar will be set up for the concert on Sunday.

Terry Lim, coordinator for the Caledon Music Festival spoke to the Citizen about the upcoming concert on Sunday, May 22 and how pleased they are to be coming back to the Mill. This is the third time the music festival has performed at the Alton Mill.

“We came as the Belfountain Music Festival,” he commented. “Last year the tent was up and we were one of the few assembles to perform there. I went to check the acoustics and they are very good. It’s beautiful. We always worry about doing concerts outside because of the acoustics but at the Mill, it sounds like being in a castle.”

Although Mr. Lim plays the flute and he sometimes plays in the concerts, because of all the “running around” for this event, he is sticking to the organizing.

He took over running the Caledon Music Festival, of which the major event is in August. He had been running it with another person with whom they decided that using Caledon as the name for the music festival worked better. 

“I do love the arts,” he said. “I have a couple of other ensembles in Toronto, as well general promo work for music events. Before studying music and I also studied commerce. I like to blend them together.”

There are six string players for this concert, violin, viola and cello, playing mostly Vivaldi (Spring from his Four Seasons – “so suitable and the most popular of the four”) and Tchaikovsky.

“Also, an original by the viola player,” he enthused. “An electronic singing using his own music – it’s fantastic.”

A performance of a cello duos called VC2 – Colour You Like.

After intermission, the program follows with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

“That’s a big piece for a string -sextet, big and a real crowd pleasing piece,” said Mr. Lim. “Ringing out in a place like that! These musicians are playing in TSO or COC.”

The concert this weekend will be exceptional.

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Los Gatos police release slate of ‘community engagement’ events

Los Gatos police release slate of ‘community engagement’ events

In an effort to boost relationships with the community, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department is hosting a series of community policing initiatives throughout 2022.

The department announced last week that it will offer events like Coffee with a Cop, Walk with a Cop and the Community Police Academy to interact more with the community in “non-crisis situations.”

The first of these events, Coffee with a Cop, was set for May 3 at the Los Gatos Civic Center, where residents could meet with police officers over coffee to discuss interests, concerns and public safety insights.

Community policing is “a framework for establishing trust, exchange of information and transparency, and a positive engagement between law enforcement and the community,” the department said.

Police departments across the country are facing lack of trust from their communities. A 2021 national Gallup poll showed about 27% of Black Americans and 56% of White Americans had confidence in the police. These numbers are up from 2020’s record-low confidence rating of 48% among all Americans, marking the first time in Gallup’s 27-year history that confidence dipped below 50%.

Police Chief Jamie Field took over the department amid a dispatcher shortage and several officer retirements earlier this year. She said in January that one of her top priorities as chief would be community engagement.

The department also has two golden labradoodles, Gary and JJ, for its Therapy Canine Program. The dogs promote wellness in the department, are a resource for officers and assist in the response and treatment of trauma and mental health, as well as community outreach and engagement.

The dogs will be out at several community events this year, including a session on May 16 at Venture School.

The department will offer its first classroom-style Community Police Academy this fall for residents in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, who can participate in presentations and demonstrations to learn more about the department.

Topics include patrol operations, laws of arrest, investigations, records processing, traffic law, communications, defensive tactics and de-escalation and supportive services. The goal is to increase education and understanding between the community and the department.

May through October, the department will host Walk with a Cop, which is modeled after the nationwide program to bring the police and community together in non-crisis situations.

“By walking through a neighborhood with community members, an officer can truly see the neighborhoods and business districts they protect and serve through the eyes and experiences of the community,” the department said in a press release. Any resident can sign up for a walk with a police officer online.

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ASU to dedicate $192 million sustainable facility amid full slate of Earth Week events

ASU to dedicate $192 million sustainable facility amid full slate of Earth Week events

Arizona State University will punctuate a week of Earth Day events on Tuesday with a dedication ceremony for its new, $192 million research and teaching facility, currently known only as “Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7.”

The school has kept mum about who it will honor when it names the building, even among faculty of the interdisciplinary research effort comprising the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, who started moving into the building’s sleek offices and laboratories in January.

Diane Pataki, director of ASU’s School of Sustainability, which now falls under the expansive umbrella of the Global Futures Laboratory, is excited for the public to learn more about the innovative work being done at the university to address the climate crisis and the opportunities for students to build careers in the field.

She says the green job market just keeps growing and that ASU is leading the charge on preparing workers for employment in sustainability fields, and attracting top researchers along the way. She moved her Urban Greening Lab to ASU from the University of Utah last year.

“It’s all supposed to now be more than the sum of its parts, by linking all of these schools together,” Pataki said. “So that’s why I came here and there’s no other university that I know of, especially in the U.S., that’s made this kind of commitment to have an impact outside of academia and to serve the public good. It’s really exciting.”

The new building and laboratory initiative bring together natural scientists, social scientists and experts in humanities and business, among others, with stakeholders and decision-makers to help chart the best path forward in the midst of warnings about climate change that grow louder with each subsequent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

More: Climate experts say the world ‘is at a crossroads,’ but offer hope with concrete actions

ASU brought in Peter Schlosser, a leading Earth scientist, to enact the vision in 2018. As the Global Futures Laboratory’s vice president and vice provost, he says the work being done by the assembled experts is happening not a moment too soon. 

“We are looking for a global future in which lives thrive on a healthy planet. The mission simply is to design options for sustainability and to improve well being for all humankind, very straightforward,” Schlosser said.

“We see the pressures on the Earth system from the growing population. We are looking for solutions that are economically feasible and we’re looking at whether or not we have the institutions to implement them. That’s a lot of work that is absolutely necessary,” he said. “If we are not doing that, we just will keep going down the road and rolling toward the abyss, with very dire outcomes.”

More: ‘Medical school for the Earth’: New ASU lab to focus on sustainable solutions for the future

Schlosser and Pataki are optimistic that humanity can roll back from that abyss with the type of work and leadership happening at ASU. In addition to the events being curated for the public for next week, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in various aspects of sustainability science, including sustainable food systems, sustainable energy and sustainable economics.

“You need a lot of information and a lot of methods and a lot of partners to make sustainability happen,” Pataki said. “I think, personally, that it was ASU pushing sustainability as a concept that led to some of the popularity in these programs that we see now. But it’s going to be even bigger. We’re moving into global futures territory, which is even bigger than sustainability.”

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 to mark the anniversary of the modern environmental movement, according to the organization,  which aims to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”

This year, April 22 falls on a Friday. But starting on Monday, ASU has lined up a full slate of educational events on what its leaders are doing to advance the field of sustainability research and what the public can do too.

Highlights of Earth Day activities

On Monday:

  • At 9 a.m., Schlosser will welcome Earth Week revelers in the ISTB7 auditorium with a panel discussion on “how we think about and approach energy in the context of building better futures at a global scale.”
  • At 11 a.m., a panel titled “Don’t Look Down” will discuss the need to engage diverse voices to make sure scientific and technological advances benefit everyone.
  • At 12:30 p.m., the judge of a competition for female entrepreneurs will guide a discussion of sustainable business practices.
  • From 2 p.m.-6 p.m., youth are invited to learn how to use spatial data to create the type of maps needed to address issues in global resilience. Free pizza is included.
  • At 4:30 p.m., a panel examines “Arizona’s Energy Journey” through recent legislation.

More: Climate report draws an arc toward environmental justice, seeking equitable emissions cuts

On Tuesday:

  • After the building dedication at 10 a.m., tours of the facility will be offered from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • At 2:30 p.m., a session on “The Future of Conservation” will include a “photographic journey” and input from global-thinking authors, scientists and even a surfer.
  • At 4:30 p.m., a presentation will highlight “Opportunities for Climate Solutions and Green Careers.”
  • At 6 p.m., former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a live virtual address on how threats to democracy impact climate activism.

On Wednesday:

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Exhibits offer more information on the Global Futures Laboratory while food trucks keep visitors to sustainability booths sustained.
  • The ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is hosting a “Democracy and Climate Change Conference” all day in the Pima Ballroom at the ASU Memorial Union.
  • At 2:30 p.m., a panel will explore the role a $620 billion sports industry plays in the search for sustainable solutions.
  • At 4:30 p.m., Diné chef Brian Yazzie will host a session on cooking and food sovereignty. Register online. 

On Thursday:

  • At 10 a.m., experts will discuss the decision-making structure for global solutions and how to decide who those decision-makers should be.
  • At 1:30 p.m., three Indigenous women sustainability scientists will talk oceans, languages, science and culture.
  • At 4:30 p.m., students in ASU’s College of Global Futures will share highlights from sustainability-related internships and projects.

More: The EPA released state-specific emissions reports. Arizona isn’t on the list

On Friday:

  • At 8:30 a.m., a collaborative panel between Kings College London and ASU will discuss “Ecologies and Infrastructures of Environmental Management.”
  • At 10 a.m., Schlosser will lead a panel on the importance of staying hopeful in a climate-ravaged world.
  • At 11:30 a.m., winners of the inaugural “Climate Narratives Prize” will be announced and their work discussed.

On Saturday:

  • Between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ASU will celebrate the end of its Earth Week events — but not the end of its commitment to the Earth — by inviting volunteers to help clean up the Salt River. Those interested should register online and meet on the west side of 91st Avenue, one mile south of Broadway Road.

Joan Meiners is the Climate News and Storytelling Reporter at The Arizona Republic and azcentral. Before becoming a journalist, she completed a Ph.D. in Ecology. Follow Joan on Twitter at @beecycles or email her at

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Check out the slate of prep events for Saturday, March 26, 2022

Check out the slate of prep events for Saturday, March 26, 2022

TF South at Glenbard East Invitational, 9 a.m.

TF South Invitational No. 2, 9:30 a.m.

TF South at Windy City Classic at Reavis, TBA

Portage at Jennings County, 10 a.m.

Crown Point at Lockport, 11 a.m.

Southern Warrior Classic (field includes Andrean), TBA

HSR State Meet at IU Bloomington (field includes Crown Point, Hanover Central, Hobart, Lake Central, Merrillville), 10 a.m.

Prep Top Times at Normal (field includes Marian Catholic), TBA

Legends Classic at LaSalle, Cincinnati, Ohio (field includes Lake Central), 8 a.m.

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HSR State Meet at IU Bloomington (field includes Crown Point, Hanover Central, Hobart, Merrillville), 10 a.m.

Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational (field includes TF United), 9 a.m.

Marist Tournament (field includes Marian Catholic), TBA