Briefs 06.13.19

Shred Day to benefit Relay For Life and COA - One way to keep your identity safe is to shred documents containing personal information. Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church Relay for Life Team for the 4th Annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails, 301 N. James Street. Shred Experts, LLC will be on-site providing document destruction for individual households on a donation basis. Suggested donations of $10 for a 13-gallon bag or box and $15 for a 40-gallon bag or box will be collected on site. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed prior to shredding; however, there is a limit of four bags/boxes per household. You may view the entire document destruction process via video monitors installed on the shredding trucks. Chemical Bank is sponsoring this event and all funds raised will go to Relay for Life and the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center. For more information, contact Alice Snyder at (989) 348-7123.
Independence Day Parade slated for July 4 - Grayling’s Independence Day Parade will be held on Thursday, July 4. Line up time is 10 a.m. Parade starts at 11 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns, call Leonard Nemeth at (989) 390-6249.
Meeting to be held for Project Graduation - There will be a meeting for the parents of the Grayling High School Class of 2020 to pass the torch for Project Graduation on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Gray Rock Pub and Grub. All senior parents are encouraged to attend. Call (989) 619-3264 with any questions.
Free Divorce Clinic offered in Grayling - A Free Divorce Clinic – sponsored by the 46th Circuit Court Family Division, Legal Services of Northern Michigan, Local County Bar Association, and Community Mediation Services – will be held at the Crawford County Courthouse on Thursday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. Clinic includes free step by step directions to file for divorce and free legal answers for any questions you may have. The clinic will also be held in Grayling on August 15, October 17, and December 19. Gaylord sessions of the clinic – to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the United Way Building – will be conducted on July 18, September 19, and November 21. For more information, call (989) 705-1067 or visit
Senior Center to host safety presentations - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is hosting two presentations on the topic of safety.  The first presentation is Thursday, June 20. Join Deborah Ballard from Chemical Bank as she discusses financial safety issues for older adults. Deborah is the Community Development Market Manager for this region. The second presentation is on Thursday, June 27. Trooper Brian Koboldt of the Michigan State Police will discuss tips and advice for seniors traveling in their vehicles and when they are at home. He will also talk about internet and phone safety, especially as they relate to computer scams and cell phones. Both presentations are at 5:45 p.m. at the Commission on Aging & Senior Center at 308 Lawndale Street. Feel free to join the Senior Center for dinner prior to each presentation. People age 60 and older eat for a suggested donation of $3.50. The cost for people under age 60 is $5.50.
Help with DHHS benefits available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is partnering with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) to assist people with getting answers to questions about their benefits and to apply for benefits. An MDHHS Eligibility Specialist will be available to meet with individuals to help set up a MiBridges account, apply for SNAP (food stamps) benefits, apply for State Emergency Relief, apply for medical benefits, and answer questions regarding benefits. This is a monthly opportunity, on the fourth Wednesday of each month, based on demand. Currently appointments are being made for Wednesday, June 26, from 1-4 p.m. Appointments are generally for 1/2 hour, but may be longer depending on the service(s) needed. If you are a Crawford County resident, age 60 or older and are in need of assistance, please contact the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center to set up an appointment by calling 348-7123 or visiting the Senior Center (308 Lawndale Street).
COA to host Michigan Blood Drive - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center is hosting a Michigan Blood Drive on Thursday, June 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All donors will receive a free vehicle sun shade. Appointments are preferred by contacting 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. 
Dance Camp to be held - AuSable Dance Center is hosting JoJo Siwa Dance Camp on June 17-19. Camp will explore hip hop and jazz dance styles. Students are encouraged to wear bright colors and giant hair bows like JoJo. Ages 4-7 meet from 4-5 p.m. for $32. Ages 8-12 meet from 5-6:30 p.m. for $45. Beginners welcome. Contact AuSable Dance Center at (989) 745-3370 or by email at
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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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