Briefs 06.20.19

Painting party to be held at Nature Center - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is hosting a painting party along with Cathy Spencer from Art with Heart Painting Parties. No experience is required. Spencer will walk you through step by step to paint beautiful flowers. This event will be held on Thursday, June 27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center in Grayling, which is between the American Legion and City Park. This event is $25 per person and includes all the supplies/materials you will need to paint your work of art. Beverages and chocolate mint brownies will be provided. Payment can be made at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center prior to the class date. For more information or to register for this event, contact Kaitlyn Grieb at the Crawford County Commission on Aging (989) 348-7123. Space is limited; call to reserve your spot.  
Relay For Life to be held on June 22 - Relay For Life of Crawford and Oscoda counties will be held at the Grayling City Park on Saturday, June 22. Registration begins at noon. Opening Ceremony is slated for 1 p.m. Survivors/Care Luncheon will be held at 2 p.m. The Luminary Ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 p.m and the Closing Ceremony is set for 10 p.m.
Learn how to be “Firewise” at presentation - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a free breakfast presentation on Tuesday, June 25, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Firewise, featuring Doug Pratt, Emergency Manager for Crawford County.  Unfortunately, wildland fires (or wildfires) are inevitable.  Whether caused by humans, by lightning, or by some other cause, these fires burn millions of acres and have the potential to damage home and outbuildings, and cause harm or even death to people and pets. It is important for firefighters/emergency responders to be able to locate your home quickly in the event of an emergency. Free green reflective numbered signs will be available after the presentation. Breakfast includes an omelet station, hash browns, muffins, mixed fruit, juice, and coffee. The breakfast and presentation will be held at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. For more information, call (989) 348-7123. 
Kirtland’s Warbler Tour available - Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center for a Kirtland’s Warbler Tour on Tuesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. The tour will meet at the Visitor Center at Hartwick Pines State Park. A guide will lead the tour starting with a brief introduction on the bird and its conservation story. From there, participants caravan to the field site for a chance to view the endangered warbler.  The tour duration is approximately three hours; be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat if needed. The Guided Kirtland’s Warbler Tour costs $10 per person and can be paid to the COA when you register prior to the date of the event. A recreation passport for each vehicle is required for entry into the state park and can be paid on the day of the trip at Hartwick Pines. For more information or to register for the guided tour please contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123.
Artisan Village to host youth art program - The AuSable Artisan Village – located at 219 Michigan Avenue in downtown Grayling – will host “Beading for Young Designers” (for students ages 7-15), with instructor Linda Kane, Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on June 24-27. Beads and other supplies will be available, and students can bring their own charms, beads, and trinkets. They will make one or two pieces each day. The cost is $15. Register online at
Euchre Tournament to benefit Relay for Life - There will be a Euchre Tournament Fundraiser during the Crawford/Oscoda Relay for Life on June 22.  Registration starts at 3 p.m. with euchre starting at 4 p.m.  The cost is $20 per team. First prize is 50% of euchre registrations, second prize is Tree Tops Golf for two people, and third prize is a gift certificate at Southern Roots Salon. Contact Jessica with Happy Tails for A Cure Team at (517) 256-2926 or email at to reserve team spot or any questions or concerns. All proceeds to benefit The American Cancer Society of Crawford/Oscoda County. 
Topic of meeting is forest health issues - Conservation District Forester Tabitha O’Dell and MSU Extension Natural Resources Educator Julie Crick will be hosting a free informational meeting on current forest health issues on Wednesday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Grayling Nature Center located at 100 S. James Street between the Riverside Park and the American Legion. This is a chance for forest owners to address their questions and concerns for their land and to learn what to look for. During the first hour of the workshop, the public can bring insect and plant samples or pictures for on-site diagnostics and identification. Samples should be brought in a sealed container or bag. The second half of the workshop will be a discussion on common forest health concerns such as Oak Wilt, Beech Bark Disease, and the Asian Longhorned Beetle. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tabitha at (989) 732-4021 or
Pig roast to benefit Grayling Fire Association - The Grayling Fire Association will host a pig roast fundraiser/open house on July 4 from 12-5 p.m. after the parade. 
Food assistance available - The Crawford County Community Christian Help Center/Food Pantry will be giving out extra food for families with children in the Crawford Ausable School system. This is a summer supplemental food program that families can take advantage of once in July and once in August. If you have any questions please call 348-6046, M, W, F, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Book donations put on hold during expansion - Due to lack of storage and sorting time, the Crawford County Library will not be accepting its usual book donations during its current expansion project. These donations will resume when the project is complete.
Senior Centers to join up for trip - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is joining the Antrim County Commission on Aging on a trip to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. This six-day trip is scheduled from September 30 through October 5. The cost of the trip is $565 per person, which includes five nights lodging, including three consecutive nights in the Smokies; five breakfasts and three dinners; admission to Titanic: The World’s Largest Museum Attraction; three dinner shows, one evening show, and one morning show; free time in Historic Downtown Gatlinburg; a guided tour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and motorcoach transportation. $75 is due upon signing and the final payment is due July 23. Price is per person, based on double occupancy. For more information and reservations, contact Beth Lacy, Antrim COA, at (231) 533-8703.
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Crawford County Avalanche

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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
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