Briefs 08.01.19

GRA offers youth flag football - Grayling Recreation Authority’s Youth Flag Football League for boys and girls in grades 1-5 will start next month. A parent meeting/registration session will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, at Hanson Hills. Cost to sign up for the league is $30 (includes team shirt). On Thursday, September 12, at 6 p.m. the league will offer a “meet your child’s coach” event that will include football tips from Grayling High School varsity football coaches. Event will be held at Hanson Hills on the playing fields (located by the softball field). Games will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 and 24, and October 1 and 8 at the Hanson Hills Recreation Area playing fields. If you are unable to make the parent meeting, mail registration form and fee to Grayling Recreation Authority, P.O. Box 361, Grayling MI, 49738. Fees and forms are due by September 10. Call (989) 348-9266 for more information.
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, August 15, 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 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 September 19 and November 21. For more information, call (989) 705-1067 or visit
TEFAP food distribution to be held - The quarterly TEFAP food distribution will be held on Monday, August 5, at the American Legion (106 James Street) from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring identification showing current address. Line up at the back door. Bring someone to help carry your bags if necessary.
Cooking class available - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center invites you to join them for a free six-session cooking class. It can be daunting to think about what to cook, how much to make, how to cut down recipes, and how to prepare everything. This class is designed to help you learn ways to make cooking for one simple and enjoyable; learn helpful tips and tricks to making healthy choices, like eating well and being active; participate in cooking real recipes.  There is no charge and participants receive a book for the class (includes recipes). Denise Aungst, Health Educator for MSU Extension, will be leading the class each week. Classes will be held at the Senior Center (308 Lawndale Street) from 5-6:30 p.m. on the following dates: August 6, 13, 20, 22, 27, 29. For more information or to register, contact the Crawford County Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123.  
COA seeking volunteers for program - The Crawford County Commission on Aging is looking for caring individuals to join its 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, helping to write a letter, reading a story, having lunch, or just talking. 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, call Melanie Conway at the Crawford County Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123.
Hog Roast Dinner to be held - The community is invited to a Hog Roast Dinner at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center on Thursday, August 8, from 4-6 p.m. The dinner includes BBQ pork, oven roasted green beans, red skin potato salad, fruit ambrosia, and peach cobbler. The meal is $5.50 per person for those under the age of 60 and a suggested donation of $3.50 for those 60 & over. The dinner is open to the public and no reservations are required. For more information contact the Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street.
Out To Lunch Bunch trip is August 9 - The next Out To Lunch Bunch trip is August 9. The trip includes lunch (self-pay) at a different restaurant around Gaylord each month and a trip to the Walmart Plaza for shopping. The cost of the trip is $10 per person. Bus (CCTA) will leave Grayling at 10:30 a.m. Lunch in Gaylord will be around 11:30 a.m. Shopping will be from approximately 12:30 p.m. to 2/2:30 p.m. The passengers will choose a different restaurant for the next month’s trip. The bus will be parked in the Walmart lot so if you are done shopping early, you can get back on the bus. Bus will be picking up passengers at the Grayling Mini Mall at 10:30 a.m. Please park your vehicle on the south side of the car wash and wait in the car for the bus to arrive. Bus will then travel to Frederic and pick up people at the Frederic Township Hall between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Please park on the north end of the parking lot in Frederic.  If you are interested in going, call (989) 348-7123 to register.
Program offers produce coupons to seniors - 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 (includes 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.  
Unwind outside with exercise program - Unwind outside at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, at Hanson Hills. Join Huron Pines and Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital for low-impact exercise in the outdoors with warm-up and cool-down stretches, a 30-minute walk, and guided nature observation. For more information call Cheryl Melroy, RD – Community Health Manager, Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital, at (989) 348-0924.
Junque in the Trunk applications available - The Grayling Promotional Association is now accepting applications for the annual Junque in the Trunk sale. The sale will be held August 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grayling Mini Mall. Applications are available at Tip’n the Mitten and at the Mini Mall. Assigned parking spaces are $22. Questions? Contact GPA 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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