Briefs 09.05.19

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 the American Legion Post #106 in Grayling on September 12 from 9-10 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided free of charge.  This is an event for veterans to meet and talk with each other. It will be held in a social setting with no formal speeches or agenda. All veterans are welcome whether they served in peacetime or wartime. For more information, contact the Veteran’s Service Office at (989) 344-3861.
GHS to host Bubble Soccer event - Project Graduation 2020 will present Bubble Soccer on Saturday, September 14, from 3-8 p.m. at Grayling High School’s football field. Admission charge will be $5 per individual or $20 per family (four or more people). Children five and under get in free. In addition to bubble soccer, the event will feature the Human Hamster Ball, a 50/50 raffle, and concessions. The event will raise money for Project Graduation.
Grandparent’s Day Dinner to be held - The community is invited to attend a Grandparent’s Day Dinner at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, 308 Lawndale, on Thursday, September 12.  Dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m. Menu includes BBQ spare ribs, rainbow vegetables, Yukon roasted potatoes, zesty bow tie pasta, and a caramel apple bar. The Annual COA Raffle Drawing will also take place after dinner at 6 p.m. The meal is $5.50 per person for those under age 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. 
Gentle Yoga is back from hiatus - Gentle Yoga at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is back from summer hiatus. Through a combination of movement, breath work, and quieting of the mind, yoga provides a gateway to improve physical and emotional health. Yoga meets you where you are and allows you to participate at your individual level of capability, requiring only the ability to get up and down from the floor without assistance. Join sessions on Tuesdays starting September 10 at 1 p.m. with Certified Yoga Instructor Dianne South. The cost of each class is $5.
Elder Abuse Prevention Conference offered - The Region 9 Area Agency on Aging – in collaboration with the Crawford County Commission on Aging with funds through the Older Americans Act, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency – is hosting a free Elder Abuse Prevention Conference on Friday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and more. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. This event is free of charge and open to anyone in the community that is interested in learning more about the many forms and faces of elder abuse and how it can be detected and prevented. Free continental breakfast and lunch are provided for all attendees. To register call (989) 358-4600 or email
Clogging returns to Senior Center - Clogging has returned to the Senior Center after its summer hiatus. Clogging is an American folk dance that is similar to tap dancing. Clogging events will be held at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center with instructor Judy Morford. No sign up is necessary. This is a free class and it is open to both men and women. No dance experience or tap shoes are required. Just come as you are. Beginners Clogging starts Monday, September 9, at 12:30 p.m. followed by Regular Clogging at 1:30 p.m. and every Monday thereafter.
‘Rain Gardens’ is topic for presentation - Gloria Kershaw, Master Gardener of the Sunrise Side Master Gardener Association (SSMGA), will present “Rain Gardens” during the Kirtland Garden Club meeting on Monday, September 16, beginning at 12 p.m at the Houghton Lake Public Library. Rain gardens help protect nearby bodies of water by filtering and soaking water back into the ground. The Kirtland Garden Club, a local group, meets monthly throughout the year on third Mondays to hear speakers on gardening topics, work on community beautification projects, and take planned trips. RSVP to Nancy at (989) 422-6017. Members, their guests, and the public are invited to this event. A business meeting will follow the presentation. 
State rep to conduct local office hours - Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will conduct September office hours for residents of Crawford County on Friday, September 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Goodale’s Bakery (500 Norway Street). Residents may also contact Rep. Rendon at her Lansing office at (517) 373-3817 or
Test drive event to raise money for GHS sports - Grayling High School will host a Drive 4 UR School Event fundraiser for the Grayling Athletic Program on Friday, September 6, before the Grayling vs. Cheboygan varsity football game. Support the Grayling Athletic Program by taking a test drive in a new Ford vehicle. For every test drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Grayling Athletic Program. In total, you can help raise up to $6,000 to help fund new athletic uniforms for GHS sports teams. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license/insurance. Limit one test-drive per household. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Athletic Director Nate Maury at (989) 344-3523 or
League of Women Voters to meet - The League of Women Voters Crawford County Unit will meet on Thursday, September 12, at noon in the Nature Center (next to the American Legion). The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  For more information contact Marcia Koppa at (989) 348-2933.
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Phone: 989-348-6811
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