Briefs 11.14.19

Hospital to host Lights of Love Ceremony - You are invited to join Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital volunteers at the 31st annual Lights of Love Ceremony on Wednesday, December 4, at 5:30 p.m. Contributions made at this year’s event go toward the purchase of a new stress-test system. Dating back to 1989, this special ceremony honors and celebrates the lives of loved ones during the holiday season. Be part of the tradition by making a gift (represented by a light on the Lights of Love tree that will shine for months). The public is invited to attend the tree-lighting ceremony in the north end of Grayling Hospital’s Emergency Department lobby. Dancers from the AuSable Dance Studio will perform. Cookies and refreshments will be available in the cafeteria following the ceremony. All are welcome to take a free photo with Santa and decorate a cookie. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jodie Peters at (989) 348-0419 or with questions. Visit to give a gift online. Donation forms also are available at Grayling Hospital. 
Kirtland Garden Club to meet - The Kirtland Garden Club, a local group, will meet at the Houghton Lake Public Library on Monday, November 18, at 1:15 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Molly Francis on the topic of Antique Apple Trees at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. She will be speaking about a project that she is working on as a part of her volunteer hours as a new master gardener through MSU Extension. The National Park Service discovered many varieties of antique apple trees on various properties in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, and the park decided to graft the old trees onto rootstock so the old varieties are not lost. Francis will be discussing her work on this project. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Nancy at (989) 422-6017. The Kirtland Garden Club meets monthly throughout the year on third Mondays to hear speakers on gardening topics, work on community beautification projects, and take planned trips.
Christmas Bazaar to be held - Saint John Lutheran Church (710 Spruce Street) will conduct its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event will include arts & crafts, a bake sale, white elephant items, and soup luncheon. Proceeds will go to church youth and others in need.
Senior Center offers trip to Bronner’s - Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center for a trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth on Tuesday, December 3. Enjoy time exploring the Bronner’s store and having lunch at the Bronner’s food court. Cost for the trip is $30 and includes transportation and lunch. Bring spending money if you wish to purchase items from Bronner’s. The bus will leave the Senior Center at 9 a.m. with plans to return at approximately 4:30 p.m. To register for the trip, contact the Senior Center at (989) 348-7123. The deadline to register is November 27. 
TEFAP food distribution to be held - The quarterly TEFAP food distribution will be held on Monday, November 18, at the American Legion (106 James Street) from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring identification showing current address. Line up at the back door. Bring someone to help carry your bags if necessary.
League of Women Voters to meet - The League of Women Voters Crawford County Unit will meet on Thursday, November 21, at noon in the Nature Center (next to the American Legion). The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information contact Marcia Koppa at (989) 348-2933.
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Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
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Grayling, MI 49738

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

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