Spaghetti dinner to kick off United Way campaign - Crawford County United Way invites the community to its 8th Annual Campaign Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner at Fox Run Country Club on Thursday, September 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a buffet-style meal, with entertainment by Chad Patterson and Gits & Shiggles, and a silent auction. Cost: $10 per person/$8 with three canned goods or $25 per family of four/$20 with three canned goods. Pay at the door. All canned goods will be donated to the Christian Help Center.
COA offers program 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 restrict their activities as a result. This program led by trained facilitators Dawn Green and Kay Thomas-Hogan 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 Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grayling Michigan Works Office, 4595 Salling. Classes begin October 1 and end October 25. For more information or to register contact Karl Schreiner at (989) 348-7123.
Walk With Ease class offered - Crawford County MSU Extension is offering a free six-week Walk With Ease class. The course begins on Monday, October 1, from 12-1 p.m. The class will meet three times per week. Days will vary. The program will feature discussion on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, managing stiffness and pain, tips on proper clothing and equipment, and stretching/strengthening exercises. For a schedule or to register, call (989) 344-3264 ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Crawford County MSU Extension is located at 501 Norway Street, Suite 2.
Caregivers program to be held at library - “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” – a program designed to help family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources – will be held at the Crawford County Library from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays starting October 19. Classes consist of six sessions. Experienced class leaders conduct the series. For more information, or to register, contact Brooke Mainville at (989) 358-4616 or email@example.com. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Medicare seminar to be held - Have you wondered how you can look up various Medicare benefits? If you would like to learn how to “do it yourself,” then join Karl Schreiner and other MMAP counselors for a seminar on how to research Medicare benefits on Thursday, October 4, at 5:45 p.m. at the Crawford County Commission on Aging. You will learn how to navigate the Medicare.gov page and how to set up a MyMedicare account which helps you keep track of your personal health information. Demonstration will be online and shown on a large-screen TV. You may also bring in your laptop, tablet, or smartphone so you can “do it yourself.” For more information call Karl Schreiner at (989) 348-7123.
Have an upcoming event? Announce it here - Do you have an upcoming event to announce in the Briefs? The basic guidelines: Must be a public event in Crawford County. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the Avalanche office (102 Michigan Avenue). Please provide event date, time, place, appropriate details, a contact person’s email address, and a contact person’s phone number.