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Partial list of cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19

List compiled by Tanya Terry

*The Community Foundation of Greater Flint 2020 Flint Neighborhood Summit-originally scheduled for March 21-is canceled. The 2020 Neighborhoods Small Grants application is now available online at www.cfgf.org. Deadline for all Neighborhoods Small Grants Applications is April 16 at 5 p.m.

* The Flint Institute of Music is suspending all events and performances that include 100 people or more until April 11 at the Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and Flint Repertory Theatre. The Flint Institute of Music is still accepting registration and tuition assistance applications for the spring term which begins April 13. The Flint Repertory Theatre business office, as well as the Flint Institute of Music building and Flint School of Performing Arts business office, remain open for business.

* Genesee District Library-All branches of the Genesee District Library are currently closed and will remain closed through March 30.

* Mott Community College-Mott Community College (MCC) has closed all college sites to the general public through April 5. The MCC Board of Trustees meetings and the board committee meetings will take place and are open to the public for college business continuity purposes. During the week of March 16 – 22, college faculty, staff and students will prepare for tele-work and tele-learning. Extensive training opportunities will be offered on campus and online for using the new learning management system Canvas, Zoom videoconferencing and other technology products. The dates and times will be listed on the MCC COVID-19 information webpage at www.mcc.edu/Coronavirus.

Additionally, the college is canceling all non-essential events and gatherings regardless of their size (“non-essential events” are those that are not required for the day-to-day business continuity of the college) through the end of April 2020. Events related directly to spring 2020 graduation are still considered to be scheduled (not yet canceled), but are being assessed daily for their feasibility.

Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor their MCC email and for all updates. The public is encouraged to visit www.mcc.edu/Coronavirus for the most recent notifications about college operations.

There will be daily in-person “transition” sessions through, March 20 in the Prahl College Center, Room 2270, for students needing assistance with navigating and using e-learning tools. These sessions are limited in seating to provide proper social distancing. Sessions will be added based on demand. Students can sign up to get help with technical support for tele-learning by visiting https://mojo.mcc.edu/ click the blue tab “new ticket” and complete the request field.

Additionally, the Student Computer Lab CM1135 will be open March 16-21 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday to help students prepare for the transition to tele-learning.

The following college services should be accessed by phone or email through April 5:

MCC Main number: (810) 762-0200 or (810) 232-2695 or ken.martin@mcc.edu

Mott Community College will also be responding to questions and comments received through our official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

For help with anything else students are experiencing due to this change, students are encouraged to go to https://4me.mcc.edu/student/Pages/default.aspx and click “My Compass.” You can “raise your hand” for assistance. Instructions on how to use My Compass will be on the new COVID-19 webpage under “Important Student Information.”

You may still use our social media platforms and call center, but expect those services to experience higher than normal traffic.

Visit the college’s COVID-19 page which has important information and resources for students at

https://www.mcc.edu/campus-safety/covid-19-coronavirus.shtml#breadcrumbs2

* Genesee County Land Bank-The Genesee County Land Bank will be closed to the public until further notice.  The March 18 board meeting has also been canceled. All featured home showings will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date. If you have a payment due, please mail it in to 452 S Saginaw St, Floor 2, Flint, MI 48502 or use the locked drop box by the door. Please ensure the address or parcel identification number is referenced on your check or envelope.

Any offers on last week’s featured homes may be faxed to (810) 257-3090, e-mailed to offers@thelandbank.org, or dropped in the payment drop box by our door. Please ensure all additional information (photo or photocopy of identification, proof of funds, or 60 days worth of pay stubs) is included with your offer.

Phones will be working and staff will be available. Please call the office (810) 257-3088 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday –Friday with any questions you may have.

Please check the website and Facebook page for any updates.

* Michigan Department of Natural Resources-The following facilities will be closed to the public through April 13, as announced by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. These are closed-door facilities that draw large numbers (over 100) of people during the day.

The Outdoor Adventure Center, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and the Belle Isle Aquarium (Detroit).

The Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan (Lansing).

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum (Negaunee).

DNR visitor centers at state parks, and the Oden and Wolf Lake state fish hatchery interpretive centers.

*Flint City Hall remains closed to the public. Mayor Neeley also announced that the city of Flint is offering water service reconnection to residents. All residents are encouraged to continue paying their water bills and to pay online, if at all possible. To encourage online bill payment, the city of Flint is waiving all fees for online bill payment until further notice. The city of Flint also has a dropbox available for payment by check or money order. This red drop box is located outside the front doors of Flint City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw Street. No cash should be deposited into the drop box. Some grocery convenience stores also offer bill payment services for those who must pay in cash. Customer service agents remain available at 810-766-7015 to answer your call if you have any questions about your water bill.

*Consumers Energy-Consumers Energy is suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers through April 5. The timeframe could be adjusted depending on the spread and severity of the virus. Senior citizens and qualified low-income customers already enrolled in the Winter Protection Program have already had their end dates extended through May 3 without any additional actions required on their part.

*Genesee County Road Commission-In light of the concern regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Genesee County Road Commission is closing its facilities to the public until further notice. Anyone can contact GCRC during their temporary business hours from 7 a.m. -5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, at (810) 767-4920, as well as through email, Facebook or website www.gcrc.org.

Members of the public may call the Road Commission at (810) 767-4920 to obtain a phone number and an access code in order to access the board meeting and bid openings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Linda Kossak, secretary of the board at (810) 767-4920 ext. 243

*The New McCree Theatre-Due to Governor Whitmer’s advisory requsting Michigan citizens to avoid gatherings of 100 people or more as a means of preventing the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, McCree Theatre is postponing its Stylistics’ concert, originally scheduled for March 21 until further notice. The New McCree Theatre will be closing its office until further notice, effective 5 p.m. March 19. The theatre can be reached via telephone at (810) 787-2200 or online at cwinfrey@mccreetheatre.com for information, questions, and inquiries. Staff will continue the work of the theatre remotely.

*Crim Fitness Foundation– Crim staff will remain in service on a full time basis to Flint and Genesee County; with the Crim Community Education team leading efforts with the Flint Schools in reaching out to all Flint families, providing wellness checks, assisting in food delivery, etc.

Crim public engagement programming will be halted effective immediately, including sports, mindfulness and nutrition education.

Staff travel is immediately restricted; including external work-related conferences, meetings, seminars or events. Alternatively, staff are encouraged to participate remotely in any external meetings or events.

The Crim office will be closed to the public until further notice;

The Crim Mindfulness Team will be sharing resources for addressing community and personal stress.

Community School Directors and school-based teams will continue to work at their school buildings with the leadership teams at each site.

The HAP Crim Festival of Races and the Adult Training Program remain on schedule.

*Michigan Humanities-All Michigan Humanities events are postponed, including Great Michigan Read author events, Michigan Humanities Awards, PrimeTime Family Reading Time and Poetry Out Loud. Michigan Humanities is re-evaluating events and deadlines and will keep the public informed as they closely monitor this quickly changing situation.

If there are any changes to MH operations in the coming weeks, an update will be posted at MichiganHumanities.org and on MH’s social media:

Twitter: @MIHumanities

Facebook: @MichiganHumanities

Instagram: @MIHumanities

*Genesee County government buildings- Genesee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Martin Cousineau, in consultation with all county elected officials, has ordered that all Genesee County buildings be closed to the public until April 5th.

*Social Security Administration-Effective March 17 Social Security offices will only offer phone service.

Online services remain available all local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service. This decision protects the population served by the Social Security Administration-older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions-as well as employees.

*GST Michigan Works!-GST Michigan Works! (GSTMW) is moving to an appointment only  system.
Nearly all services can be provided online or over the phone. Reminder: all job fairs, workshops, and non-essential services are canceled until further notice. Please call ahead to speak to a representative. Here is a link to contact GSTMW Service Centers: http://gstmiworks.org/job-seekers/gst-locations/

*City of Flint office of the city council- In the spirit of cooperation with the Flint administration, and after hearing from the governor and health officials, the Flint City Council is taking the following steps in light of the spread ofCOVID-19:

-Canceling the committee meetings scheduled for March 18

-The community budget hearing to be held on March 19 will be rescheduled.

-As of now, the Special Affairs Committee and city council meetings scheduled for

March 23  will still be held at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

-Any public meeting will be held in the city council c hambers and public safety standards

will be in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.

*Stellar Gospel Music Awards-In light of recent news and the declaration of the COVID-19 crisis as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), The 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will now take place August 14-16. Tickets purchased for the 35th Annual Stellar Awards at the Orleans Arena and Hotel will automatically transfer over to the new date, August 16. If you purchased a ticket for the 35th Annual Stellar Awards via Ticketmaster and want a refund, go to your Ticketmaster Account and select the “Refund” button within your order.

35TH ANNUAL STELLAR AWARDS PRE-SHOW, STELLAR AWARDS LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY SHOW AND GOSPEL MUSIC RADIO AWARDS –  ORLEANS HOTEL SHOWROOM

All tickets purchased for the Stellar Awards Showroom events noted above will require new tickets so each will be refunded.  Rescheduling of those events in the showroom and all dates and times for the Showroom events are forthcoming. If you purchased a ticket for the showroom events via Ticketmaster, go to your Ticketmaster Account and select the “Refund” button within your order. Please contact your Las Vegas hotel to cancel your reservation for the March dates.

*Michigan Department of Natural Resources- The Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. March 19, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, is taking place with major adjustments. There is a statutory requirement to hold a monthly NRC meeting; however, in response to the COVID-19 situation and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Directive 2020-02, there will be no voting, presentations or any deliberations at the meeting.

The DNR strongly encourages the public not to attend in person, but instead to submit any comments in writing to NRC@Michigan.gov.

The following meetings have been canceled:

Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee, March 19, Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit.

Upper Peninsula Wildlife Habitat Workgroup, March 24, River Rock Lanes, Ishpeming.

Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council, March 25, Marquette Township Community Center.

DNR’s Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council and the Marquette County Planning Department to provide input in the revision of Marquette County’s master plan, March 25, Marquette Township Community Center.

A public meeting on development of a DNR shooting range in Marquette County, March 26, Richmond Township Hall, Palmer.

State Historical Records Advisory Board, March 26, Michigan Library and Historical Center, Lansing.

Northern Inland Lakes Citizens’ Advisory Committee, April 17, Tuscarora Township Hall, Indian River.

Lake Michigan Citizens’ Fishery Advisory Committee, April 23, Jay’s Sporting Goods, Clare.

Frequently check the DNR boards, commissions, committees and councils webpages for updates on further meeting cancellations and postponements, as well as new meeting dates as they are confirmed.

The DNR Fisheries Division Coffee and Conversations events – which invite the public to discuss local and statewide fisheries management activities with DNR staff – have been canceled, with the exception of the northern and southern Lake Michigan management unit virtual meeting, scheduled for May 7. Some of these canceled events may be rescheduled as virtual meetings. Watch that webpage for updates.

Additionally, other DNR events and programs likely will be canceled or postponed in the coming weeks. Please check Michigan.gov/DNRCalendar often for up-to-date information.

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