Briefs 01.31.19

Snowmobile safety class offered - Sheriff Shawn M. Kraycs is offering a complimentary one-day snowmobile safety school on Saturday, February 2. The school will be held at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, 200 W. Michigan Avenue, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m.  Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Upon successful completion of the school, participants will receive a Michigan Snowmobile Safety School Certificate. A lunch break will be held and Sheriff Kraycs suggests that all participants bring a bag lunch and a drink. The class is limited to the first 25 participants and students must register by calling Melissa at (989) 344-3214, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration will close January 31 at 4:30 p.m.
No Excuse Mom exercise sessions to be held - No Excuse Mom meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Nature Center next to the City Park on James Street. The goal of No Excuse Mom is to encourage health, friendship, and community and offer positive role models for children. There is “no excuse” for not prioritizing health. Meetings are free and children are welcome. Sessions run from 7-8 p.m. Meetings include a workout and play time. Join the Facebook group No Excuse Moms Grayling for updates and information. Email questions about the program to Alley Godiva at
Veterans can get ride to VA hospital - Veterans living in Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon, Otsego, or Ogemaw counties can arrange to be picked up along the I-75 corridor for a ride to the VA hospital by a Disabled American Veterans van. Call the Veterans Service Office at (989) 344-3861.
Relay For Life seeks volunteers - Crawford County Relay for Life is seeking involvement from local cancer survivors, caregivers, and volunteers for the upcoming 2019 season. Relay for Life gives communities a chance to come together to help fight back against cancer and remember loved ones lost. If interested in being involved with Relay for Life, contact Crawford County Event Leader Ali Halfyard at
State representative to conduct local office hours - Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will conduct local office hours on Friday, February 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Goodale’s Bakery, located at 500 Norway Street. Residents may also contact Rep. Rendon at her Lansing office at (517) 373-3817 or
Frederic Satellite Meal to be held - The community is invited to the Crawford County Commission on Aging’s Frederic Satellite Meal on Friday, February 8, at 12 p.m. at the Frederic Township Hall. The lunch includes Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, Brussels sprouts, and grapes. Lunch is open to the public. The cost of the lunch is a suggested donation of $3.50 for those 60 and over and a $5.50 cost for those under 60. Munson Home Health will provide blood pressure and sugar checks and Bingo will be played following the meal. Call (989) 348-7123 for a reservation. The Frederic Township Hall is located at 6470 Manistee.
Learn to grow your own vegetables - Do you want to learn more about growing your own vegetables? Would you like to learn techniques that are smart for the environment and your pocketbook? There is still time to attend the MSU Extension Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 Webinar. This six-week series is designed specifically for introductory and beginning vegetable gardeners. Attend the live sessions, watching the webinar on the big screen and participating in the discussion following the webinar. The sessions are from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday evening running now through February 26. The online webinar is held at Munson Grayling Hospital in the Crawford Room located behind the hospital. You can register for the webinar by calling the Community Garden Friends at (989) 348-7123. 
Gentle Yoga offered at Senior Center - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center now offers Gentle Yoga every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Gentle Yoga is appropriate for all levels of experience but is particularly accessible to anyone new to the practice of yoga. Through a combination of movement, breath work, and quieting of the mind, yoga provides a gateway to improved physical and emotional health. The cost of each class is $5. If you need financial assistance, you may be eligible for help. Contact Kaitlyn at (989) 348-7123 for further information. The classes feature Certified Yoga Instructor Dianne South. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street.  
Free Zumba classes available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center offers two free Zumba classes. Zumba Stepping It Up is a higher-intensity dance fitness class that combines muscle conditioning and cardiovascular exercise while moving to the rhythm of the beat. Zumba Stepping It Up is offered on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with Certified Zumba Instructor and Fitness & Wellness Coordinator Kaitlyn Grieb. If you are interested in a low-intensity Zumba class, join Zumba Gold on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. with Certified Zumba Instructor Judy Morford. Zumba Gold is a low-intensity dance fitness class that focuses on range of motion, coordination, and balance while moving to a wide variety of rhythms. Both classes are free of charge and no sign up is necessary. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123.
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Crawford County Avalanche

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Grayling, MI 49738

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

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