Briefs 07.05.18

Football spread camp to be held at GHS - Grayling High School will host a football spread camp on July 9-10 from 4-7 p.m. Cost is $20 per participant. Cleats and helmet are required. The camp is open to students entering grades 9-12. There is no need to pre-register; just show up on the day of the camp with payment.
Patriotic Bingo to be held at Senior Center - Come and celebrate America’s birthday at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center on Thursday, July 12, at 5:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities featuring Patriotic Bingo, a watermelon eating contest, a prize raffle, and dessert. To add to the atmosphere, come dressed in your favorite red, white, and blue attire. A beef enchilada dinner will be served from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The cost of dinner is $5 for those under 60 and a suggested $3 donation for those 60 and over. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. For questions call (989) 348-7123.
American Legion Auxiliary to meet - The American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Tuesday, July 10. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month.
Frederic Satellite Meal slated for July 13 - The community is invited to the Crawford County Commission on Aging’s Frederic Satellite Meal on Friday, July 13, at 12 p.m. at the Frederic Township Hall. The lunch includes crispy lemon chicken breast, baked sweet potato, peas, and a fresh orange. Lunch is open to the public. The cost of the lunch is a suggested donation of $3 for those 60 and over and a $5 cost for those under 60. Munson Home Health will provide blood pressure and sugar checks and Bingo will be played following the meal. Call (989) 348-7123 for a reservation. The Frederic Township Hall is located at 6470 Manistee.  
Project Graduation to conduct fundraiser - Project Graduation 2019 will conduct its kickoff fundraiser on July 9 and 10. A returnable can drive will take place in the parking lots of Ole Dam Party Store and The Medicine Shoppe on both July 9 and 10. Anyone can drop off cans at either of these locations, or Project Graduation volunteers will pick up donations of cans between 5-7 p.m. on July 9 or 10. To have cans picked up, call Joni at (989) 619-3264 to set up a time.
Breakfast presentation to be held at COA - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a free breakfast presentation on Tuesday, July 10, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Medication Safety & Organization, featuring guest speaker Michele Steffey from the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. To learn more about medication safety and some ways to safely ensure that you properly take your medications along with help in organizing your medications, join Steffey for this free breakfast and presentation. Breakfast includes an omelet station, hash browns, muffins, mixed fruit, juice, and coffee. The breakfast and presentation will be held at the Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. For more information call (989) 348-7123. 
Coffee hour for veterans to be held - The Crawford County Veteran’s Service Office will be hosting a coffee hour on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will take place at American Legion Post #106 on Thursday, July 12, from 9-10 a.m. Coffee, tea, and doughnuts will be provided free of charge. This is an event for veterans to meet and talk with each other. It will be a social setting with no formal speeches or agenda. All veterans are welcome. For more information, contact the Veteran’s Service Office at (989) 344-3861.
Shred Day slated for July 14 - Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging and Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church Relay for Life Team for the 3rd Annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, July 14, 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-size bag or box and $15 for a 40 gallon-size 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 Karl Schreiner at (989) 348-7123.
COA to host Meal Council Meeting - Have you eaten at the Commission on Aging and Senior Center? If you are a Congregate Meal participant, please join COA on Wednesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. for a Congregate Meal Project Council Meeting to discuss the meal program. In the 2018 updated version of the standards for Nutrition Service Programs, it states that each Commission on Aging shall have a Project Council comprised of program participants to advise program administrators about the services being provided. The Project Council shall meet at least once per year, in person, and notes from the meetings shall be shared with the Area Agency on Aging which provides funding for Congregate Meals. The purpose of the Project Council is to act as the liaison between the meal site participants and the Commission on Aging. The Project Council’s role is to relay comments, complaints and suggestions as well as menu and program suggestions. The meeting will be held in the dining room at the Commission on Aging, 308 Lawndale Street. 
AARP Smart Driver Course to be held - 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 M72, on July 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. 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. The Senior Center will offer lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch for those 60 and over is a suggested $3 donation and those under 60 the cost is $5. Call the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123 to register.
Have an upcoming event? Announce it here - Do you have an upcoming event to announce in the Briefs? The basic guidelines: Must be a public event in Crawford County. Upcoming event announcements can run one time in the Briefs. Public events or services that are ongoing may run once per month. Deadline for submission is noon on Monday each week. Submit Brief items to the Avalanche via email at or in person at the Avalanche office (102 Michigan Avenue). Please provide event date, time, place, appropriate details, a contact person’s email address, and a contact person’s phone number.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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