Painting party to be held - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, along with Cathy Spencer from Art with Heart Painting Parties, is hosting a party to paint “Dancing Witch.” No experience is required. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 15, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. This event is $25 per person and includes all the supplies/materials you will need to paint your work of art. Apple cider and pumpkin brownies will be available. Payment can be made at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center prior to the class date. For more information or to register for this event, contact the Senior Center at (989) 348-7123. Space is limited; call to reserve your spot.
Blessing of the Animals to be held - St. Francis Episcopal Church (6441 M-72 West in Grayling) will host Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 6, at 1 p.m. Event is open to people and pets of all faiths. Please bring pets on a leash or in a cage. If you’re not comfortable bringing your pet, you may bring a picture instead. Donations for the event will go to the AuSable Valley Animal Shelter.
Church to host Outerwear Giveaway - Mount Hope Lutheran Church (905 North I-75 Business Loop) will host an Adults and Children’s Winter Outerwear Giveaway event on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 26, 27, and 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items will include coats, boots, mittens, hats, and snow pants. For more information, call Terry at (989) 344-1734.
Play Family Feud at the Senior Center - Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center for a game of Family & Friend Feud Halloween Edition. Join the game on October 17 at 5:45 p.m. to 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 Grayling Restaurant. Sign up your teams of five players or as a single player 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.
Chronic Pain PATH workshop available - Chronic Pain PATH is a free six-week workshop. It is designed to educate and empower individuals in management of chronic pain and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The class begins Thursday, October 10, from 1-3:30 p.m. and continues every Thursday for six weeks. This class is a partnered offering between MSU Extension and Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center and the location is at the MSU Extension office at 501 Norway Street, Suite #2 in Grayling. To register contact the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123.
Sew Much Fun club to begin - MSU Extension is looking for boys and girls, kindergarten through 4th grade, to join its new 4-H club called “Sew Much Fun.” You will learn to hand sew and use a sewing machine. The club will meet every Tuesday from October 8 through November 26 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the MSU Extension Office at 501 Norway Street, Suite #2, in Grayling. Cost is a $10 material fee plus a $20 4-H Participation Fee, if not already paid. The Participation Fee is good for the entire program year beginning September 1, 2019. Scholarships are available. Enroll in 4-H at mi.4honline.com. Fees can be paid at the MSU Extension Office at 501 Norway Street. Space is limited to the first eight youth who enroll in 4HOnline and pay their annual fee (or receive a scholarship). For more information contact Angela Cook at (989) 344-3264.
Explore the trails of Crawford County - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center invites you to join them every Friday at 10 a.m. during October to explore the beautiful trails around Crawford County. The group will meet at different trailheads every week and walk as a group throughout the woods. Explore trails including the Gahagan Nature Preserve, Hanson Hills, Marl Lake, 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. Group 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. Join anytime.
Tai Chi sessions offered - 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 to host Line Dancing class - The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center’s Line Dancing class will be changing to Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Line Dancing is a low-impact cardiovascular exercise with choreographed steps that improve balance, flexibility, and motor coordination. Join the class every Tuesday at 11 a.m. starting October 1 for fun and exercise with instructor Susan Lynch. Bring your cowboy boots or any hard soled shoes. For more information, contact the Senior Center at (989) 348-7123.
COA seeks help for apple event - In November, the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is planning an Apple Event. COA will be offering a class on canning or freezing apples which can be used for apple pie filling, apple crisp, or applesauce. In order to make this project economical they are asking for donations of canning quart size mason jars along with quart size rings. If you haven’t canned in years, aren’t planning to do any canning, or just have extras to spare, please share your jars with the Senior Center.
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