From the Publisher November 2021

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The month of November begins the “Season of Giving’’ and Greater Flint is certainly abundant with ways to reach out and help those who need it.

In the spirit of giving, we offer a Charity Guide with information about how you can assist over a dozen local groups in their efforts to make the holidays brighter for our community members who need a helping hand. This month’s “My Community” pieces feature two non-profit organizations – D.R.E.A.M.S. and Invisible Giants – that also offer hope, opportunity and inspiration to many youth and young adults. Consider supporting their endeavors … it feels so good to give!

Another Flint non-profit providing a place of community and compassion (for over 30 years) is the Vista Center. Caring for special needs adults, their programs include art therapy and the Center now displays works created by its clientele at the Vista Visions Art Gallery in the Genesee Valley Center. Check out some of their talent and gracing our cover, painted by Greg Zafiroff.

My City has always been excited to highlight the robust local arts scene, and this month is no exception. We have features on the talented Flint Symphonic Wind Ensemble and a solo musician who has been entertaining in the area for decades (see “Rhythm & Groove,”). In addition, we get a sneak peek at the Flint Institute of Music’s preparations for bringing the magic of The Nutcracker back to The Whiting stage to enchant us for the holidays.

We recognize Veterans Day with a feature about Kevin Croom, who served in the Navy during Desert Storm and is now operations manager of Flint’s Asbury Church, rising above health challenges to joyfully serve the community he loves (p.28). And we are also happy to tell the story of a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps Band who has enjoyed a 20-year music career directing high school bands.

Of course, we have sports, history, food, hobbies and haps – something for everyone.

The Season of Giving is also a time to give thanks for our blessings. I hope this letter finds you well and I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanks for reading

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