Flint gets jazzy for three-day weekend music festival

Flint gets jazzy for three-day weekend music festival

The sound of jazz is providing one more reason for visitors to explore the often-overlooked cultural jewels of Flint. The 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 11 and jams every evening through Sunday, Aug. 13 in the “Meadow,” on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center at Chavez Avenue and Longway Boulevard. […]

Opioid abuse explosion brings new opportunity for solutions

Opioid abuse explosion brings new opportunity for solutions

Opioid use disorder exploded by 493 percent in Americans diagnosed from 2010 to 2016, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS) study released this week. The nationwide epidemic of addiction that has particularly devastated the South and Midwest reflects an ongoing challenge for the healthcare, law enforcement and neighborhoods, including those in Michigan, […]

True Champions: Affordable housing champions deserve our applause

True Champions: Affordable housing champions deserve our applause

Applauding advocates of affordable housing Champions are more than competitors we celebrate after sports victories. They are everyday people, our friends and neighbors, who devote themselves to causes that benefit us all. One of those champions in the realm of affordable housing and community development is James L. Logue III, CEO of Develop Michigan and […]

Brotherly Love: Health expert brings care and commitment into homes

Brotherly Love: Health expert brings care and commitment into homes

More than a year after the city he serves faced a water emergency Patrick Hawkins remains vigilant. “Water is the one thing that can build or destroy you. Everything revolves around it,” says Hawkins, a prime mover in establishing health fairs and clinics for seniors in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis. With the […]

Christopher Paul Curtis and other authors with ties to Flint come home to woo us with words

Christopher Paul Curtis and other authors with ties to Flint come home to woo us with words

His writing is a reflection of us. That’s how Flint native and celebrated author Christopher Paul Curtis describes his personal style. “My effort, and the efforts of many other writers of fiction for young people, is, to paraphrase Jacqueline Woodson and Rudine Sims Bishop, to simply hold a mirror so that I can reflect the […]

Fertile Ground: Ruth Mott Foundation grants are seeding hope

Fertile Ground: Ruth Mott Foundation grants are seeding hope

Our cities and neighborhoods need more seed sewing. The spark of investment, financial or otherwise, is especially crucial in communities challenged by underemployment and lack of other growth opportunities. But who has the vision to help cultivate blocks of often cracked and worn concrete into fertile ground? Where the goal of sowing seed is transformation, […]

Take mom on an outdoor adventure this weekend

Take mom on an outdoor adventure this weekend

Moms do so much for families, and Mother’s Day is a great time to recognize her many efforts by spending the day together. This weekend, there’s a lot of entertaining activities for Mom, and to do with Mom, in and around Flint. There is geocaching, bird walks and butterfly fun to be had. Take a few pics […]