Briefs 10.24.19

Rotary Club to host event at Hanson Hills - The Rotary Club of Grayling will conduct a World Polio Day celebration on Thursday, October 24, from 5-7 p.m. at Hanson Hills Recreation Area (7601 Old Lake Road). Event will include beer, wine, appetizers, and fellowship. Proceeds go to the Rotary Club’s effort to end polio. 
MSUE to conduct program on mindfulness - MSU Extension will present a program which introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness to reduce stress. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression, and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes. The class will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 14, and 21, and December 5 and 12 at the MSU Extension Office, 501 Norway Street, Suite 2, in Grayling. There is no cost for this program due to a grant through the MSUE office. Registration is required by calling (989) 348-7123.  
Drug Take Back Day is October 26 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 26. This is a great time to dispose of prescription medications cluttering your cabinets. Drug Take Back Day is a step toward preventing unnecessary deaths due to accidental medication exposure. In addition, National Take Back Day helps to divert medicines from entering the environment after being improperly disposed. Gather your unused and expired medications and take them to a disposal site. Grayling has four disposal sites: City Hall located at 1020 City Boulevard (available 24 hours), Crawford County Sheriff’s Department located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue (available 24-hours), the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 500 James Street in Grayling during business hours, and the Medsafe bin in the Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital lobby. Call the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center at (989) 348-7123 if you have any questions.
Senior Center to host Halloween Party - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center will host a Halloween Party on October 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Come dressed in your best costume; prizes will be given for the Scariest, Most Original, Ugliest, Funniest, and Prettiest costumes. Other party activities include a candy corn guessing game, Wrap the Mummy, Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, Halloween Pictionary, and Guess & Feel Mystery Bags. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale. If you would like further information, call (989) 348-7123. Before the party enjoy a dinner of oozing pig flesh, cooked witches wigs, petrified orangutan fingers, and boo-nana (smothered pork chop, broccoli & cauliflower, carrots, banana). The cost for the dinner is a suggested $3.50 donation for seniors 60 and older and a $5.50 cost for those under 60.  
4-H to present Teen Fall Fest - Crawford County 4-H and Roscommon County 4-H are working together to present Teen Fall Fest on November 2 from 5-10 p.m. at the Bambi Lake Camp in Roscommon.  Youth ages 13-19 can come enjoy dinner, hayrides, a bonfire with s’mores, and play LIVE CLUE. Think you have what it takes to be a detective? Come out that night and prove it. Bring a team of four or five, or organizers can place you on a team. LIVE CLUE will feature the Gits and Shiggles Improv Troupe. This event is free. The camp is located at 3468 E. Robinson Lake Road, Roscommon, MI, 48653.  Youth must be registered by October 26. For more information contact Angela Cook, Crawford County at (989) 344-3264 or John Wurm, Roscommon County, at (989) 275-5043. To register go to 
Donations help with grants, scholarships - The Crawford AuSable Excellence in Education Foundation (CAEEF) provides academic scholarships to graduating students of the Crawford AuSable School District and provides funds for grants to classes and educational organizations in the district. The CAEEF is working toward its initial goal of raising $1 million. People may donate online at or they can send their gift to: CAEEF, c/o Kim Schmidt, Crawford AuSable School District, 1135 North Old U.S. 27 Grayling, MI 49738.
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