Briefs 01.17.19

Campaign Finance Presentation to be held - Craig Mauger, the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN), will give a presentation on Thursday, January 24, at 2 p.m. at the Grayling City Hall about how the role of money in state politics has changed and how it impacts policy decisions that affect everyone in the state. MCFN is a nonprofit organization that works to shine light on the role of money in Michigan politics. The public is invited at no charge. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Grand Traverse Area – Crawford County Unit. Any questions, contact Marcia Koppa at (989) 348-2933.
Help with Medicare available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street, will offer a presentation that will help demystify the issues surrounding Medicare on Thursday, January 24, at 5:45 p.m. Karl Schreiner, Advocacy & Resource Coordinator, and volunteer Medicare/Medicaid counselors will discuss the various parts of Medicare, including what is covered or not covered, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans, and how Medicare recipients who have low income can get assistance paying for Prescription Drug Plans and the Medicare Part B premium. Prior to the presentation enjoy a shepherd’s pie dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Those 60 and older eat for a suggested donation of $3.50. Those under 60 can eat for a cost of $5.50. For more information call (989) 348-7123.
Class to offer help with finances - Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Grayling Free Methodist Church offices (next to the church). The class deals with money management and building habits that will lead to financial freedom. The class begins on Wednesday, January 23, and is open to everyone. There are nine classes in all and child care for five and older is offered at the Awana program that is going on at the same time on Wednesday nights. If you have any questions regarding the class you can call (989) 390-4078.
Smart911 program assistance available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging is offering another opportunity to sign up for the Smart911 Program on Wednesday, January 23, from 1-3 p.m. Smart911 is a free service available in the area to help you when you call  9-1-1. Once you have signed up, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help them address your emergency. This information – including medical issues, current location and even pets – can help Police, Fire and EMS locate and help you. For more information call (989) 348-7123. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. 
Cornhole to be played inside - Cornhole will continue to be played inside at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center and everyone is invited to come and play. This activity is scheduled once a month after the Birthday Dinner. This month, cornhole is being held Tuesday, January 22, at 5:45 p.m. This is a free activity. A Swiss steak dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Those 60 years of age and over dinner is a suggested donation of $3.50. Those under 60 the cost is $5.50. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. For questions call (989) 348-7123.
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Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

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

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