Free cooking class offered - The Crawford County Commission on Aging (COA), along with MSU Extension staff, will be having a free hands-on cooking class with new food experiences and nutrition lessons. Classes will be Friday afternoon on March 8 through April 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The six-week class will be held at the COA kitchen. The focus will be on budget friendly, nutritious foods and participants will be provided with plant-based food preparation techniques along with the recipes used. The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. To register for this class, call (989) 348-7123.
Senior centers to take day trip to Holland - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is joining the Bellaire Senior Center for an all day trip to Holland on May 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $75 and includes lunch at the Civic Center, a visit to the Veldheer’s Tulip Farm/Wooden Shoe Factory, and a Step on Tour of Holland. A stop on the way home for a quick dinner will be on your own. For deadlines, information, and registration, contact Beth Lacy at (231) 533-8703, Antrim COA.
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 email@example.com.
Race to raise money for ski programs - The 9th Annual Mike Wieland Tribute Race, a fundraiser for the Grayling High School and Middle School ski teams, will be held on Sunday, March 3, at Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Races begin at 1:30 p.m. Entry fees are $30 for those 19 and up or $10 for those 18 and under. Lift ticket and pot luck banquet included. The event will feature a $100 payout to the top male alumnus and the top female alumna.
Spay and neuter service coupon available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center still has money available for spay and neuter services at the Grayling Hospital for Animals due to financial support from Fick and Sons. Eligible people may obtain a coupon for 50 percent off the spay and neuter procedure. The coupon is only good for this service. To be eligible for this assistance, a person must be a resident of Crawford County, age 60 or older, and have income at or below $1,518 per month for an individual ($2,058 for two people). In addition, a person will also qualify if they receive Food Stamps, SSI, or Medicaid. People who believe they may qualify for this assistance should call the Senior Center at (989) 348-7123.
Line dancing class to start - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will begin a new Line Dancing classon Tuesday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. Dancers form a line and do a repeated set of steps that is choreographed to many different types of music. Because line dancing involves low-impact cardiovascular exercise while remembering steps and the need to think, it is a workout for the brain as much as the body. Other benefits include improved balance and motor coordination, flexibility, and strengthened bones. Instructor Susan Lynch facilitates the free classes. The class continues every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. No dance experience is needed and no sign up is necessary. For more information, contact the Senior Center at (989) 348-7123.
Frederic Satellite Meal to be held - The community is invited to the Crawford County Commission on Aging’s Frederic Satellite Meal on Friday, March 8, at 12 p.m. at the Frederic Township Hall. The lunch includes pork roast, baked potato, green beans, and a pear. 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.
Dinner to benefit karate students - A benefit dinner/silent auction for New World Karate students will be held at Tinker’s Junction on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. There will be food served and also live karate demonstrations. New World Karate is looking to raise money to pay for gear and uniforms for the students. The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, February 24, but organizers moved it due to weather concerns.
Basic self-defense skills being offered by Kirtland - Need to stretch your legs and your boundaries? A class covering the basics of the “Right Self Defense for Today” is being offered on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Kirtland’s West Branch location and again on Wednesday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Grayling campus. Taught by Kirtland’s Director of Public Safety, Glenn Gutierrez, the course covers modern safety awareness training, self-defense techniques, prevention strategies, and social media need-to-knows. It’s ideal for high school/college students or those transitioning to independent living. Registration is required and can be done at www.kirtland.edu/community-education. For answers to questions, call (989) 275-5000, ext. 284, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Day of Prayer to be held - World Day of Prayer will be held at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church on Friday, March 1, at 1 p.m. The country will be Slovenia.
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