Briefs 09.19.19

Hunter Safety Class offered - Sheriff Shawn M. Kraycs and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office will host a Two-Day Hunter Safety Class at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, 200 W. Michigan Avenue, on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students must attend both days. Participants should be at least 10 years of age and must be preregistered to attend. Upon successful completion of the program participants will receive a Michigan Hunter’s Safety Certificate. A lunch break will be held on Saturday and Sheriff Kraycs suggests that all participants bring a bag lunch and a drink. Class size is limited to 40 students. Register by calling the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 344-3214, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
GPA to conduct annual Arts & Craft Show - The Grayling Promotional Association will conduct its annual Grayling Arts & Craft Fall Show on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grayling Elementary School. Admission cost is $1. The event will include a 50/50 raffle and lunch. For more information, visit
Business Conference cancelled - The Northern Michigan Entrepreneurial Business Conference to be held on September 25-26 at Kirtland Community College-Grayling Campus has been cancelled.  The Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce will still host its Business After Hours event on Thursday, September 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Kirtland Community College (Kirtland Health Sciences Center, 4 Mile Road).
COA offers Tai Chi class - The Crawford County Commission on Aging will be offering a free eight-week evidence-based class on Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. Tai Chi is practiced throughout the world as an effective exercise for health; it consists of gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance, increase muscular strength, improve mobility, increase flexibility, decrease pain, and prevent falls. Tai Chi can be performed standing or seated. The classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 1 until November 21 from 9-10 a.m. at the Senior Center. For more information or to register contact the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123. 
Senior Center, MSUE to host PATH Workshop - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center and the Michigan State University Extension are hosting a six-week PATH Workshop on Chronic Pain Management. PATH stands for Personal Action Toward Health and was developed and tested by Stanford University. Participants learn skills such as goal-setting, dealing with pain and fatigue, communicating with health care professionals, and managing medications. This six-week workshop series will be held on Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. each week starting October 10 at MSUE Extension Office, 501 Norway St. Suite #2 in Grayling. The class is free, but class size is limited, so registration is required by contacting the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123.  
Breakfast presentation to be held - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will host a breakfast presentation on Tuesday, September 24, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Taking Charge of Your Hospital Stay, featuring Michelle Barber, RN, BSN, Director of Care Coordination at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. Join the breakfast presentation to learn more about Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital’s Care Coordination Team and what to expect during a hospital stay. 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 Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. For more information, call Tammy Findlay at (989) 348-7123. 
Four-week writing series set for October - Has anyone ever told you, “You should write your life story”?  Come share fond memories of your childhood, adult life, and other events that have shaped your life and leave something for your grandkids to appreciate. Join us as Cathy Lester, writer, blogger, and writer of letters to the editor, leads a four-week series. Each week she will guide you step-by-step through the writing and organizing process to help you dive deeper into your history. The classes will take place every Tuesday from October 1 through October 22 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center. The cost for this event is $20 which includes all four sessions. Be sure to bring a pen and notebook/notepad. For more information or to register contact the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123. 
Grow Your Knowledge Session to be held - Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center on September 26 at 5:30 p.m. for its first Grow Your Knowledge Session. Event will include video conferencing with Shelly Cline, historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, to learn more about the beginnings of the Nazi State in 1933, changes to German Society in the years that followed, and the development of the final solution as Germany conquered more and more of the European continent. After the educational video session, there will be dessert and discussion of the topic.  Cost to attend is $5. Enjoy a sweet and sour meatball dinner prior to the presentation. Dinner is a $3.50 suggested donation for those 60+ and costs $5.50 for those under 60.  
Shrine Club to conduct potato sale - The AuSable Shrine Club will be selling fresh picked Posen potatoes at the traffic light at M-72 West (Matt LaFontaine Auto Spa lot). The club plans to announce the exact date on Facebook.
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Crawford County Avalanche

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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
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