Briefs 06.27.19

AARP Smart Driver Course offered - The AARP in conjunction with the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is offering the AARP Smart Driver Course. This two-day course will be held at the Free Methodist Church, 6352 West M-72, on July 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. You will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. There are no tests to pass. Cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members (all course materials are included in the cost). A certificate will be issued and some insurance companies offer a discount if you complete the course. Participants need to bring their valid Michigan driver’s license and AARP card if they have one. Lunch will not be provided, however, participants can bring their own snacks and drink. Call the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123 to register. 
American Legion to host July 4 beer tent - American Legion Lounge & Lanes will host a beer tent on Thursday, July 4, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kayak trip to be held on Lake Margrethe - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center invites you to take a kayak trip on Wednesday, July 10, to explore Lake Margrethe. Paddle through the fresh water, enjoy the scenery, and have a good time. The group will meet at Lake Margrethe Public Launch Area off McIntyre Landing Road at 2 p.m. on July 10. If you do not have a Recreation Passport on your vehicle, a $16 cost per vehicle will be incurred to get in. The event is free and kayaks, life vests, and paddles will be provided at no charge. Do not forget to bring sunscreen and water to stay hydrated during the venture. The outing is expected to last approximately two hours from start to finish. No experience is necessary but the ability to get up from the floor easily with little to no assistance is required along with lower body mobility. For more information or to register for the kayak trip, contact Kaitlyn Grieb at the Crawford County Commission on Aging (989) 348-7123. Space is limited; call to reserve your vessel today.  
4-H offers Summer Day Camp - Crawford and Roscommon MSU Extension 4-H is offering a Summer Day Camp in August. The morning portion of the camp will focus on outdoor survival skills such as seeking shelter, orienteering, fire building, and more. The afternoon will be All About Bees! Your child will learn about bees through a variety of fun, hands-on learning activities such as learning how bees pollinate, building your own beehive, and more. Camp dates for ages 8-10 are August 5-7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and for ages 11-14 the dates are August 12-14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The location of the camp will be at Hanson Hills Recreation Area. All youth must be enrolled in 4-H and participation fee of $20 paid prior to July 15. (Scholarships are available.) Registration will close July 15 and space is limited. For more information contact Angela Cook at (989) 344-3264. To register go to: 
Class to be held at AuSable Artisan Village - “Watercolor Art,” a three-hour class with Ruth Forman, meets Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at the AuSable Artisan Village (219 Michigan Avenue). Students, who are asked to provide their own supplies, will become familiar with the fundamentals of watercolor painting by using a loose, abstract style. The cost is $75. Register online at
Supplemental Food Program to start July 1 - The Children’s Summer Supplemental Food Program will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 1 through August 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pick-up location is Crawford County Christian Help Center (300 Huron Street). If you have any questions, call (989) 348-6046.
Senior centers team up for Detroit Tigers trip - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is joining the Bellaire Senior Center for a trip to see the Detroit Tigers. The trip is scheduled September 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cost of the trip is $100, which includes ticket, transportation, water, and snack on the way down, and hot dog and drink at the game. The deadline to sign up is September 1. For more information and registration, contact Beth Lacy at (231) 533-8703, Antrim COA.
Tai Chi program to start in July - Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is a program to improve health and wellness. Tai Chi is a graceful, low-impact form of exercise that can improve balance, strength, mobility, and quality of life. Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Arthritis Foundation, and can be done standing or sitting. Class dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1 p.m. July 9 through September 5 (no class August 22). Class location is the Nature Center, 100 S. James Street. Some classes will be held outside, weather permitting. Class cost is free due to a grant through MSU Extension. Registration required. To register call Jamie at 989 344-3264, ext 0 or email
Farmers Market Program offered - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is again hosting the 2019 Senior Project Fresh Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Qualified older adults receive $20 worth of coupons that are used to purchase fresh Michigan produce at participating Project Fresh Markets which include the Grayling Farmers Market and the Grayling Greenhouse. To qualify, you must be 60 years old or older, be a Crawford County resident, and meet maximum income guidelines. For a household of one, income must be below $1,872/month. For a household of two, income must be below $2,538/month. Coupon distribution will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will also receive one-on-one nutrition information and counseling about the various food programs available in Crawford County. If you feel you qualify and would like to participate in the program, contact Tammy Findlay at (989) 348-7123 to schedule an appointment.  
COA looking for volunteers for program - The Crawford County Commission on Aging is looking for caring adults age 55 and older to join their Friendly Visitor Program. Volunteers will receive training and orientation to visit homebound Crawford County residents age 60+ on a regular basis. Suggested activities for visits may include playing cards, looking at photographs, help write a letter, read a story, reminisce, have lunch, or just talk. The goal is for both volunteers and seniors to have an enriching experience. Visitation times are flexible. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer visitor, please call Melanie Conway at the Crawford County Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123.
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Crawford County Avalanche

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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
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