Dispose of unused medications - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medicines no longer used may pose grave and unnecessary dangers to families and the people visiting their homes. In addition, National Take Back Day helps to divert medicines from entering the environment. Gather your unused and expired medications and take them to a disposal site. Grayling has three sites: City Hall located at 1020 City Boulevard (available 24 hours), Crawford County Sheriff’s Department located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue (available 24 hours), and Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 500 James Street in Grayling during business hours. Call Karl Schreiner at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123 if you have any questions.
GPA to present Pictionary Olympics - The Grayling Promotional Association will conduct its annual Pictionary Olympics at the Eagles Hall in Grayling on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. This year’s event will collect money and item donations for River House Inc. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams, and the lowest scoring team will receive the “Doesn’t Have A Clue” award. The first place team will receive a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant. During the halftime break, the best dressed team costume award will be presented. Teams consist of four people. Cost is $40 per team. To register, contact email@example.com.
Explore the trails around Crawford County - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center invites you to explore the trails around Crawford County every Wednesday starting May 1 at 1 p.m. Meet at different trailheads every Wednesday and walk as a group throughout the woods. Explore trails such as Hartwick Pines State Park, Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Mason Tract Pathway, North Higgins Lake State Park, and the Beal Plantation. If you do not have a Recreation Passport on your vehicle, a $16 cost per vehicle is needed to enter state parks. The group will try to carpool to decrease the cost. To sign up for the Walk in the Woods program and for meeting locations contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123.
Water Aerobics class offered - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will now be offering a Water Aerobics class beginning May 15 at 10 a.m. Join the group every Wednesday at the Grayling Super 8 to build muscular strength and boost cardiovascular endurance. The water aerobics class is easy on the joints and includes a warm-up, light cardio, and strength-training session, followed by a cooldown. No equipment is required; all you need to bring is a towel, a swimsuit, and water to stay hydrated. There is a $5 charge per class or the option to purchase a punch card (eight punches) for $24 for adults 55 or older. To sign up contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123. The Grayling Super 8 is located at the Four Mile exit on I-75.
Celebrate World Tai Chi Day - Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day at The Gift: A Wellness Community (4304 M-72, just east of the I-75 overpass) on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. “Join over 90 countries as we move together and breathe together, bringing world peace and harmony in a wave around the world for 24 hours. Each country and each time zone will participate at their respective 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” event organizers said. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special day with Tai Chi/Qigong Instructor Kaye Thomas-Hogan in these ancient Chinese arts and sciences to promote mindfulness, health, balance, and peace of mind. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes. No cost to participate. For more information, contact Kaye at (989) 348-1722.
Presentation to discuss scams - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a presentation with Frank Dame of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday, April 30, at 1 p.m. to discuss two scams: home repair and improvement, and in-home care and senior residences. The presentation will be held at the Grayling City Hall, 1020 City Boulevard. This presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call Karl Schreiner at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123 to register or for more information.
COA to take trip for Older Michiganians Day - On Wednesday, May 15, join the Commission on Aging staff and other older adults from Crawford County as they head to Lansing for Older Michiganians Day. This free event takes place on the lawn of the Capitol building where older adults will have the opportunity to meet their state legislative representatives and advocate for issues impacting older Michigan residents. Included will be keynote speakers and meetings with your legislators. There will be a box lunch available, which will be served on the lawn of the State Capitol. Contact Karl Schreiner at (989) 348-7123 for information about free tickets and transportation.
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