Briefs 03.12.2020

Wing Ding Dinner to benefit baseball team - The Grayling High School baseball program will conduct its annual Wing Ding Dinner fundraiser on Monday, March 16, at Gray Rock Pub & Grub (2123 Industrial Street) from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Price is $8 (includes wing dings, fries, dinner roll, and a drink). Takeout meals will be available. All proceeds go to support the GHS baseball program.
Celebrity Server Night to help United Way - On Wednesday, March 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails, Crawford County United Way will hold its 9th annual LAST BLAST Celebrity Server Night. All tips and 10% of all food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be donated to CCUW. Celebrities that evening all represent the Crawford AuSable School District with Superintendent Justin Gluesing, Grayling High School Principal Sarah Allen, Grayling Middle School Principal Tim Sanchez, Grayling Middle School teacher Bret Krabill and, back for another gig, Grayling Middle School Paraprofessional Chad Patterson. CCUW is accepting tips online prior to, during, and after the event for those who may not be able to come for dinner. Go to and click on the Donate button at the top of the page. Be sure to indicate which server you are tipping. 
Sign up for Smart911 - The Crawford County Commission on Aging is offering an opportunity for Crawford County residents to sign up for the Smart911 Program on Wednesday, March 18, from 1 p.m. to 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. 
Indoor walking sessions to be held - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center invites you to join them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for five weeks starting March 16 for indoor walking. The group will meet at Kirtland Community College Room 1411 on Mondays & Fridays from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays at Grayling Elementary School from 4-5 p.m. Registration is not required and participants can join this free program at any time.  
Breakfast presentation topic is scams/fraud - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a breakfast presentation on Tuesday, March 17, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Scams, Schemes, and Frauds featuring Trooper Brian Koboldt from the Michigan State Police. Join the event for breakfast and information about some of the internet scams impacting the senior citizen community. 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 Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. 
First Aid/CPR certification class offered - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center and the American Heart Association are hosting a First Aid, CPR with AED Certification Event on Thursday, March 19, from 2-7 p.m. The class will be taught by Captain Dana Swander of the Frederic Fire Department. The skills covered in this course include first aid, choking relief, addressing sudden cardiac arrest, and education in the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine. The cost is $65 if you want the two-year certification. To just attend the class and learn the material, the cost is $50. To register call the Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123. 
Diabetes class available - Dining with Diabetes is a fun and interactive series for individuals with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, members of their support system and/or anyone interested in learning more about healthy eating and diabetes prevention. Participants will learn how to make healthier food choices and incorporate balanced menus into their dining experience. Participants will also get to sample and taste the delicious foods that are made during each class. The class begins Tuesday, March 31, and runs for four weeks from 5-7 at the St. John Lutheran Church, 710 Spruce Street. This class is free and is funded by a grant from Lions Club International. To register call Jamie at (989) 344-3264, ext 0. This is a four-session series. By registering you are committing to attend all four sessions.
Baby to Toddler Closet seeks donations - The Baby to Toddler Closet is asking for donations of any excess material and yarn for its volunteers to make items for the children in the community (boppie pillars for nursing mothers, quilts, car seat covers, leg warmers, and more). The Baby to Toddler Closet is also looking for items for craft show to sell in order to buy diapers, wipes, underwear, socks, shoes, cribs, mattresses, safety, and toilet training items. For more details contact Rose Mary Nelson at (989) 348-2985.
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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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