Briefs 06.11.2020

D.A.R.E. Golf Outing to be held
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office will conduct the annual D.A.R.E. Golf Outing at the Grayling Country Club on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m. This event is a fundraiser to support youth services such as the D.A.R.E. program, Jr. Deputy Program, Bicycle Safety Rodeo, and sponsorships toward youth activities. There are still team openings available. For more information call Melissa at the Sheriff’s Office at 344-3214.   
Beaver Creek to conduct Large Item Clean-up
A Large Item Clean-up Day for Beaver Creek Township residents will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at the 8756 S. Grayling Road Transfer Site. Items allowed: household furnishings (tables, chairs, sofas, mattresses). Items not allowed: building materials, yard waste, hazardous liquids and materials, car parts, appliances with freon, tires. All garbage must be bagged. You must present a current dump sticker permit. The township reserves the right to refuse improper items or items in excess.
COA offers online fitness classes
Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center for fitness classes via Zoom. Classes include low-intensity Zumba Gold, higher-intensity Zumba Stepping It Up, and Aerobic Drumming Golden Beats. Zumba Gold classes will be on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. starting June 10. Zumba Stepping It Up will be offered on Thursdays at 10 a.m. starting June 11. Aerobic Drumming Golden Beats will take place on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting June 9. For those participating in Aerobic Drumming some equipment is necessary. This equipment can be borrowed from the Commission on Aging. All classes are free of charge and no sign up is necessary; just email Kaitlyn ( to receive the URL and password to enter the Zoom Room.
MSUE offers Tai Chi class
MSU Extension will be offering a free 10-week evidence-based class on Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. Tai Chi 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 via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 16 through August 20 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. To register online visit or call (989) 348-7123.
Coupons for fresh produce available for seniors
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is again hosting the Senior Project Fresh Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Qualified older adults receive $20 worth of coupons that are used to purchase fresh Michigan produce at participating Project Fresh Markets. Coupon distribution will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must schedule a one-on-one telephone appointment with Advocacy and Resource Coordinator Tammy Findlay at (989) 348-7123 in order to receive their coupons.  
Artisan Village offers class
The AuSable Artisan Village in partnership with the Crawford County Commission on Aging bring you a two-day series on Pointillism. Pointillism is a detailed shading technique that promotes patience and calm while producing beautiful results. Create a stunning black and white picture that you will be proud to display.  The class will take place on June 17 and June 18 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. There will be time for brief instruction, questions, and to practice the technique. The $16 registration fee due by June 13 includes all materials and instruction. To register visit or contact Chris at  
Introduction to Zoom class offered
The Crawford County Commission on Aging and MSU Extension will offer an online Introduction to Zoom class on June 10 from 1-2 p.m. Walk through how to register for classes, log on, and use Zoom so you can take classes online. Try out Zoom and play with its features while someone is available to talk you through any challenges. You can join in using a laptop or desktop computer, tablet, iPad, or smartphone. A call-in phone number is also available through Zoom, which functions like a conference call. Visit to register online or call (989) 348-7123.   
My Way to Wellness program offered
My Way to Wellness from MSU Extension teaches everything from meal planning to reading food labels in a virtual format. It is a free self-paced online nutrition course that fits into your schedule. The course reviews how to make healthy food choices that work for you, physical activity, goal setting, food safety, reading a food label, and more. The course has interactive activities and quizzes to aid in learning, and is managed by a registered dietitian who is available to answer any questions along the way. For more information:
Homebuyer Webinar available at no cost
Homebuyer Webinar, a free home ownership seminar from MSU Extension, will provide participants with valuable information about the home buying process. Completing the course and returning required paperwork fulfills the requirements for certificate of completion. This certificate can be shared with your mortgage loan officer to satisfy the homebuyer education requirement for MSHDA loans and down payment assistance, USDA Rural Development loans, and many other lenders. Multiple dates and times available. For more information:
Cash Crunch COVID-19 webinar is free
Cash Crunch COVID-19, a free webinar, will provide participants with information and tools to manage their finances during COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by novel coronavirus. Topics covered include: taking stock of family and community resources; recognizing changes and impacts on household financial affairs; setting spending priorities; involving the entire family; planning to pay creditors; watching for scams; and making an Action Plan. Pre-registration required. Multiple dates and times available. For more information:
Baby to Toddler Closet to be open
The Crawford County Baby to Toddler Closet will be open on Thursday, June 18, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The church is still closed, so volunteers will only be able to give diapers and wipes; you will be met at the BTTC door. Starting Monday, June 15, please call (983) 745-4166 so volunteers may take your children’s diaper size. Name, address, and phone number for BTTC records are required. When you arrive at the church please call the above number again and a volunteer will meet you at the door.
Play board games via Zoom
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is hosting board games via Zoom. These games can be played from the comfort of your own home while still interacting with friends and having fun. To play, participants will need a computer or other internet-enabled device with a camera and microphone along with a piece of paper, pencil, and dice. Games will take place at noon: Boggle, June 15; Bingo, June 22.  
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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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