Briefs 08.22.19

Season passes for GHS sports available - Season passes for 2019-2020 Grayling High School sports are now available for purchase at the school’s main office. Cost is $150 for a family pass, $90 for an adult pass, or $25 for a student pass. Free senior passes are available for people age 62 and up. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Passes will also be available for sale at the first varsity home football game slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 29.
Eyes on the Forest Workshop offered - Michigan State University Extension and Kirtland Community College are partnering to present Michigan Eyes on the Forest and Sentinel Tree Monitoring Workshop. The workshop focuses on three invasive forest pests that have the potential to harm trees: the spotted lanternfly, the Asian longhorned beetle, and the hemlock wooly adelgid. The free workshop will cover the life cycle of these pests, how to spot them, and why it is important to collect tree monitoring data on sentinel trees in Michigan. It will also include hands-on instruction on collecting monitoring data for the sentinel tree of your choice. The workshop is scheduled for August 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Kirtland Community College—Grayling. To register, visit For more information contact Julie Crick at or at (989) 275-7179.
Eight-class series offered on preventing falls - The Crawford County Commission on Aging will be offering a free series of eight classes on the subject of preventing falls called A Matter of Balance. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and, as a result, restrict their activities. This award-winning program led by trained facilitators Kaitlyn Grieb and Nicole Wethington emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and is designed to help older adults manage their concerns about falling and increase their activity levels. The classes will be held twice a week for four weeks Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grayling Michigan Works Office, 4595 Salling. Classes begin September 4 and end September 26. For more information or to register contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (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 Monday, August 26, from 1-4 p.m. Appointments are generally for 30 minutes, 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 (989) 348-7123 or visiting the Senior Center (located at 308 Lawndale Street).
Creative Art Series to start in September - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is collaborating with the AuSable Artisan Village to offer a Creative Art Series starting in September. Join them at the Commission on Aging & Senior Center every Tuesday from September 3 until September 17 in the Rec Room to bring out your creative side. Sessions include Autumn Leaves Painting on September 3 for $35, a Photography Workshop on September 10 for $15, and Zendoodle Illustration on September 17 for $12. Register for one, two, or all three classes. Registration and payment is required prior to each event and includes all supplies. For more information or to register contact Kaitlyn Grieb at the Crawford County Commission on Aging (989) 348-7123.  
Women’s bowling league to meet - The Women’s Wednesday Night Recreation Bowling League will conduct its meeting on Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. The league is looking for teams to join. If interested, contact Patty D’Amour at (989) 710-0277. League will begin on Wednesday, September 4.
Walk in the Woods program to explore trails - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center invites you to join them every Friday at 10 a.m. during September and October to explore the trails around Crawford County. The Walk in the Woods program will meet at different trailheads every week and walk as a group throughout the woods. Explore trails such as Hartwick Pines State Park, Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Mason Tract Pathway, and Wellington Farm. For those who do not have a Recreation Passport on their vehicle, a $16 cost per vehicle is needed to enter state parks. Participants will try to car pool to decrease the cost. To get on the contact list to receive meeting locations, weather updates, and other information for the Walk in the Woods program, contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123. You can join anytime.  
Breakfast presentation topic is Healthy Aging - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a breakfast presentation on Tuesday, August 27, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Healthy Aging & the Medicare Wellness Visit, featuring Mary Boals, RN and Denise Whittemore, RN – Nurse Care Managers at Munson Healthcare Grayling Physician Network. Learn about the benefits of the Medicare Wellness Visit along with what to expect, how to prepare, and how to sign up. Breakfast includes an omelet station, hash browns, muffins, mixed fruit, juice, and coffee. Donations are appreciated. The breakfast and presentation will be held at the Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. For more information, call (989) 348-7123. 
Church collecting winter wear for distribution - Mt. Hope Lutheran Church has placed boxes around town to collect new and clean used outer winter wear. The items will be distributed (free) on September 26, 27, and 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church (905 N. I-75 Business Loop, Grayling).
Have an upcoming event? Announce it here - 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 (108 Michigan Avenue). Please provide event date, time, place, appropriate details, a contact person’s email address, and a contact person’s phone number. There is no cost to be included in the Briefs. Brief page items are for local events, or outings elsewhere involving local people.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

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

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