Briefs 01.09.2020

Alzheimer support group available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, offers a support group for caregivers of people who have Alzheimer or other related dementias. This support group is designed to provide an outlet for caregivers to talk, share, get support, learn coping skills, and get education about these dementias.  Conducted by trained facilitators, meetings take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Brook of Grayling, 503 Rose Street, at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend. If you are unable to leave your loved one alone, Respite Care services are available by contacting the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123.
Discussion on voter rights to be held - Join the League of Women Voters of Crawford County for a discussion of the new Voters Rights, Independent Redistricting Commission and the 2020 Census on Thursday, January 16, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Grayling City Hall on City Boulevard. Free to the public. 
Chair Yoga is back - Chair Yoga is back in action at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center starting January 16. Come sit to get fit on the third and fourth Thursdays of every month at 5 p.m. Chair Yoga aims to give you the experience of classical yoga, even if you have mobility issues or find regular yoga too challenging. Chair yoga will help improve flexibility, strength, balance, and focus.  Join Certified Yoga Instructor Dianne South and enjoy the many benefits of yoga. This class is free and open to the public.  
American Legion Auxiliary to meet - The American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Tuesday, January 14. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month.
Presentation on human trafficking to be held - Joyce Dixson-Haskett will present “From killer to the Capitol Building... A human trafficking victim’s story of survival” at the Columbian Home Event Center (formerly Knights of Columbus Hall) at 165 W. Federal Highway, Roscommon on Saturday, January 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
RAM Center to host drinking water hearing - The Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, located at 104 Conservation Drive, Roscommon, will host a public hearing on Michigan’s potential new drinking water standards (including PFAS) from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 16. Any interested person is invited to attend and present their views. It is requested that all statements be submitted in writing for the hearing record. Anyone unable to attend may submit comments in writing to the following mailing address by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31: Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Attention: Suzann Ruch, PO Box 30817, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-8311. Comments may be emailed to
Cross country ski lessons available - Hanson Hills Recreation Area is now offering cross country skiing lessons. The lessons are available every Saturday at noon. There is no cost for the lessons or use of the ski equipment, but Grayling Recreation Authority asks for a small donation to go toward trail grooming. To reserve a spot in the cross country lessons, contact Hanson Hills at (989) 348-9266.
Christian Help Center board to meet - The Christian Help Center’s annual board meeting will be held on Monday, January 13, at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.
VFW Post to host Country Breakfast - VFW Post 4159 will host a Country Breakfast on Sunday, January 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes homemade biscuits & gravy, eggs, hash brown potatoes, French toast, pancakes, sausage, toast, coffee or tea, and juice. Cost: adults $8, children (12 and under) $4. VFW Post 4159 is located across from the Roscommon Post Office. All proceeds from this event support area veterans and their families.
Meeting to focus on millage campaign - There will be a meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 13, at Bear’s Den Pizzeria to work on the campaign for the new Senior Center ballot proposal. All are welcome to come and help work on getting it passed.
Have an upcoming event? Announce it here - Upcoming event announcements can run one time in the Briefs. Public events or services that are ongoing may run once per month. Deadline for submission is noon on Monday each week. Submit Brief items to the Avalanche via email at or in person at the Avalanche office (108 Michigan Avenue). Please provide event date, time, place, appropriate details, a contact person’s email address, and a contact person’s phone number. There is no cost to be included in the Briefs. Brief page items are for local events, or outings elsewhere involving local people.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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