Local Area Events to Add to Your Calendar


Local event announcements hit the news desk at The Lasco Press regularly. Here are some of the things happening in our area you might want to add to your social calendar.

Concert Series Event Set for Flint Church

This Sunday, September 30th, 2018, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church features the Avanti Guitar Trio performing as a part of their Music in the Heart of the City series. The concert is scheduled for 4:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary. Tickets are available at the door, Adult tickets are $10, students $5.

Photo Credit: Myles Schlicher

Music in the Heart of the City is an exciting new program that carries on St. Paul’s tradition of excellence in diverse musical offerings in downtown Flint. The Church is located at 711 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, 48502. The series continues with scheduled events through the first quarter of 2019.

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018 — 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 — 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 25, 2018 — 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 — 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019 — 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019 — 4:00 PM

HOWL-OWEEN SPECTACULAR, Grand Blanc K9 Unit Fundraiser

Happy Howl-oween! Join the Friends of the Grand Blanc Dog Park for a howling good time at their eighth annual Howl-oween Costume Contest. By popular demand, this year’s event will double the number of contest categories and will feature the most chances for your pooch to win in the region. The festivities will take place on Sunday, October 7, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. with registration from 1:30-2 p.m. at Creasey Bicentennial Park inside the main pavilion.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Grand Blanc Township K9 Unit to help purchase a new bite suit for training. The K9 Unit will put on several demonstrations during the event. The costume spectacular is hosted by the Friends of the Grand Blanc Dog Park who raised funds for the dog park located at the entrance to Bicentennial.

Grand Blanc Township K-9 Jimi

For a $5 donation every dog receives two costume entries along with a treat bag. Each additional entry is $5 registration per dog per costume category. Registration will be paid at the event. All proceeds to benefit the Grand Blanc Township K9 Unit to help purchase a new bite suit for training.


Awards will be given to the best costumes in the following categories: people’s choice, homemade costume, most creative costume, puppy costume, senior dog, kid/dog combination and owner/dog costume combination. Each winner will receive a bag of toys and treats from Pet Supplies Plus along with a custom ribbon as an award.

Professional photos will be taken by Kara Pattison Photography with a portion of proceeds going to the K9 Unit. Humans are invited to join their canine family members for photos to commemorate the day. The cost for photos will be $5.

In addition, to raising funds for the bite suit, participants are encouraged to bring food donations for local animal rescues. Donations for both dogs and cats will be collected at the event.


The Bicentennial Park is located on Grand Blanc Road between Fenton Road and Porter Road at 1505 E. Grand Blanc Rd, Grand Blanc, 48439. The pavilion is in the back of the park near the playground; the event will not be at the dog park site.

A member meet-up will take place immediately following the event at the dog park. Anyone interested in more information can visit the group’s page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grandblancdogpark or can email the group at isupportthedogpark@gmail.com. Vanessa Ferguson with Friends of Grand Blanc Dog Park can be reached at 810-252-3231.

Detroit Model Railroad Club Announces Open House Schedule

The Detroit Model Railroad Club was established in 1935 and is currently located in the old theater in historic downtown Holly, Michigan. The club’s O scale layout depicts the fictitious Detroit Union Railroad, a freelance double-track line running from Detroit to Dorrance, Michigan, with continuing single track and branch line service to Keatington, Millersburg, and beyond. Narrow-gage tracks interchange at Millersburg and serve customers up in the mountain region.

Detroit Model Railroad Club
Open House Hours are Noon to 5 pm on the following dates:
  • November 10th and 11th
  • November 23rd to 25th
  • December 1st and 2nd
  • December 8th and 9th
Open house admission:
Adults – $5.00
Seniors (65 and up) -$4.00
Children (5 – 18) – $2.00
Children under 5 – Free

During open houses, the railroad is operated with a dispatcher controlling railroad traffic on the mainline, and engineers driving multiple freight and passenger trains. The Club models the transition period in the 1950’s, so both steam and diesel locomotives will be found pulling freight and passenger trains on our railroad. You’ll also be able to listen in on the radio communications between the engineers and the Detroit Union dispatcher.

The Detroit Model Railroad Club Membership

In addition to the trains running, there are always a few club members around to answer your questions about how we build the railroad, and how you can become part of the fun.

The Detroit Model Railroad Club, Inc. has obtained 501c3 tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. Donations made to and accepted by the club may be deducted from the donor’s taxable income per current IRS rules.


The Detroit Model Railroad Club is located at 104 North Saginaw St., Holly, MI 48442
Phone: (248)634-5811. The phone is monitored once a week on Tuesday. Email inquires may be directed to president@dmrrc.org and is monitored daily.

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