Briefs 11.10.2022

Curbside Thanksgiving Luncheon to be held
The community is invited to the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center’s Curbside Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu will be turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, harvest vegetables, fruit cup, and pumpkin pie for dessert. RSVP before the luncheon by calling 989.348.7123. The cost of the luncheon is $6 for those under 60 and a suggested donation of $3.50 for those 60 years of age or older. 
Holiday Open House to benefit local scouts
The Holiday Season Goodale’s Train/Village Open House will be held on November 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at 1629 Industrial Street (M-72 East just past the overpass, on the left, follow the signs). Event will collect cash donations to benefit Scout Troop 979.
Help Center seeks assistance with food baskets
During the month of December, the Crawford County Community Christian Help Center will be giving out complete Christmas dinner baskets to everyone who comes to the food pantry. According to Christian Help Center officials, the community can support this program in two ways: making a monetary donation to help with the purchasing of food OR donating some of the items needed. The baskets will include the following: turkey, instant potatoes, can of sweet potatoes, can of corn, can of green beans, can of cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, chicken stuffing mix, chicken broth, turkey gravy, corn muffin mix, green olives, sweet pickles, cranberry sauce, pie crust mix, can of pumpkin, can of evaporated milk, whipped topping, tub of butter. Donations can be dropped off at the Christian Help Center (300 Huron Street) during open hours (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Sound healing session offered
The public is welcome to join Pauline Hardacre to learn and practice sound healing. Frequencies and vibrations can relax and release known or unknown stress and tension stored in the body. Some of the most common benefits of sound therapy are: triggers the relaxation response, reduces blood pressure, alleviates symptoms of chronic stress, releases and harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. This healing and meditation session will be on November 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center on Lawndale Street. Session will begin with a discussion and taking a moment to get into a comfortable seated position (feel free to bring a blanket). This is followed by a guided meditation that leads into listening to the sounds of a variety of instruments being played throughout the room. 
Alzheimer’s support group available
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, offers a support group for friends and caregivers of people who have Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. This support group is designed to provide an outlet for caregivers to talk, share, get support, learn coping skills, and get education about these dementias. Conducted by trained facilitator, Sherry Haag, meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at the Brook of Grayling (503 Rose Street) at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend this group. If you are unable to leave your loved one alone, Respite Care services are available by contacting the Commission on Aging at 989.348.7123.
Senior Center has free masks
The Senior Center has a supply of free N95 & cloth masks available to those in need. Also, Americans with Medicare Part B, including those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, now have access to Food and Drug Administration approved, authorized, or cleared over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost. People with Medicare can get up to eight tests per calendar month from participating pharmacies and health care providers for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This is the first time that Medicare has covered an over-the-counter self-administered test at no cost to beneficiaries. This new initiative enables payment from Medicare directly to participating eligible pharmacies and other health care providers to allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive tests at no cost, in addition to the two sets of four free at-home COVID-19 tests Americans can continue to order from Based on policy and preferred pharmacy get them at the following locations: Medicine Shoppe, Family Fare, and Walgreens.
Diabetes course offered
Region 9 Area Agency on Aging is offering a free interactive online workshop series for adults with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, family members, and caregivers. Many with diabetes deal with fatigue, pain, stress, hyper/hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or depression. The course teaches participants how to better manage those symptoms in a variety of ways. Participants learn to focus on making small changes resulting in longer lasting improvements. Some of the topics covered in the six-week workshop are how to manage blood sugars, preventing diabetes complications, choosing appropriate exercise for fitness and safety, how to communicate with your health professionals, and more. This interactive virtual Diabetes PATH workshop is offered free via Zoom. The workshop meets for two hours once a week for six consecutive weeks. Classes will begin Wednesday, November 16, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Class size is limited. To reserve your seat for the class, contact Brooke Mainville at or 989.358.4616.
Democrats to meet
The Crawford County Democrats will meet November 16 at 6 p.m. at the Crawford County Courthouse (200 W. Michigan Avenue). The public is welcome.
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Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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