Briefs 07.18.19

Play Family Feud at the Senior Center - It is time to play Family Feud! The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host Family & Friend Feud on August 1 at 5:45 p.m. See if you can guess the most popular answers to the survey questions; however, be careful not to strike out! The team that moves onto the Fast Money round will have a chance to win a $75 gift certificate from Paddle Hard Brewing. Sign up your team of five players by calling Kaitlyn Grieb at the Crawford County Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123. Don’t forget to include your team names.  Enjoy dinner prior to the game from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dinner is a $3.50 suggested donation for those 60+ and costs $5.50 for those under 60. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. For questions, call (989) 348-7123.
Marathon 50/50 raffle tickets available - The AuSable River Canoe Marathon Committee is conducting a 50/50 raffle, and tickets are still available at many area businesses (including the Crawford County Avalanche office). Tickets are $1 apiece. So far, approximately 4,000 tickets have been sold, putting the minimum prize at $2,000 for the winner. All proceeds go the AuSable River Canoe Marathon’s general fund. The winning ticket will be drawn at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, during the Marathon’s pre-race program at the Old AuSable Fly Shop.
Breakfast presentation topic is Basic First Aid - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a free breakfast presentation on Tuesday, July 23, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Basic First Aid, featuring Dana Swander, Captain of the Frederic Fire Department. Participants will be making a basic first aid kit to take home. You will gain the knowledge and skills of how you can use each item. 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. 
DHHS assistance 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 (SER), 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, July 24, from 1-4 p.m. Appointments are generally for ½ 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, contact the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center to set up an appointment by calling 348-7123 or visiting the Senior Center (located at 308 Lawndale Street).
AAV to host Papier Mâché Sculpture Workshop - “Papier Mâché Sculpture Workshop,” taught by Valerie Whaley and open to children ages 6-15, runs Monday-Thursday, August 5-8, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the AuSable Artisan Village (219 Michigan Avenue). Students will create a different project every day. The cost is $20. Register online 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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