Briefs 02.20.2020

Senior Center to host breakfast presentation - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a breakfast presentation on Tuesday, February 25, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Healthy Body & Brain, featuring Taylor Cramer, Program Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Gain insights into how lifestyle choices may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Breakfast includes an omelet station, hash browns, muffins, mixed fruit, juice, and coffee. Donations are appreciated. The breakfast and presentation will be held at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. For more information, call Tammy Findlay at (989) 348-7123. 
Classes offered to help prevent falls - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and the Michigan State University Extension will be offering a free series of eight classes on the subject of preventing falls called A Matter of Balance. This award-winning program led by trained facilitators Kaitlyn Grieb and Kaye Thomas-Hogan emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and is designed to help older adults manage their concerns about falling and increase their activity levels. The classes will be held twice a week for four weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Grayling Nature Center. Classes begin March 3 and end March 25. For more information or to register, contact the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123.
League of Women Voters to meet - The League of Women Voters Crawford County Unit will meet on Thursday, February 20, at noon in the City of Grayling meeting room. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information contact Marcia Koppa at (989) 348-2933.
COA to take all-day trip to Holland - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is now taking registrations for an all-day trip to Holland on May 7 from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $75 and includes travel, lunch at Evergreen Commons Senior Center, a showing of the Ah!Men singing group, and a tour of the windmill at the Windmill Island Gardens. A stop will be made at Burger King on the way home for dinner at your own expense. The deadline to sign up is March 19. For more information and registration, contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123. 
Art class offered at AAV - The AuSable Artisan Village will offer an art class, Introduction to Precious Metal Clay taught by Clare Spaulding, for adults on Saturday, February 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $40. There is a $35 additional fee for supplies and materials. Students are asked to bring cash to pay the instructor before the class begins. Time for lunch will be provided while projects dry. Students can pack their own or purchase one at a local restaurant. Beverages are also available at Paddle Hard, located next door. Students will learn to create a range of forms, surfaces, and textures with precious metal clay and then be guided through a firing experience. Upon completion of the class, everyone will take home a one-of-a-kind silver necklace. Register for AAV art classes online by going to
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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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