Briefs 07.16.2020

Walk in the Woods returns
Walk in the Woods is back in action. Walking is low impact, strengthens your heart, and boosts energy levels.   Come out Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on July 21 at 1 p.m. to explore the trails around Crawford and Roscommon County. Meet at different trailheads and walk as a group throughout the woods for five weeks.  Contact Kaitlyn Grieb at (989) 348-7123 or for trail locations or program updates.  
Clerk candidate forum to be held online
Get to know the candidates for Crawford County Clerk. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Crawford County League of Women Voters will host a Zoom forum on Monday, July 20, which will be recorded for posting later in the day. You can participate by submitting questions to Christina Schlitt at Questions must be relevant to the office, fair, and be fielded for redundancies. Any questions, call Marcia Koppa at (989) 390-1724.
Medicare presentation to be held on Zoom
Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging on Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. via Zoom for a presentation that will help demystify the issues surrounding Medicare. Tammy Findlay, Advocacy & Resource Coordinator, and volunteer Medicare/Medicaid counselors will discuss the various parts of Medicare including what is covered or not covered, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans, and how Medicare recipients who have low income can get assistance paying for Prescription Drug Plans and the Medicare Part B premium. For more information or to get the Zoom link, email Tammy at or call (989) 348-7123.
MSUE offers BioBlitz and Beyond
MSU Extension’s BioBlitz and Beyond showcases conservation organizations across Michigan, combining local area bioblitz events with weekly webinar “lunch-ins” to deepen participants’ understanding of the natural world, including animal, tree, and plant identification, and exotic invasive plants and their native alternatives. Program runs from July 9 to August 6. Register online at
4-H Summer Movie Series to begin
The 4-H Summer Movie Series presents coming of age stories through a diverse range of topics and genres.  While these films share the universal themes of growth and self-discovery, they were selected to present the differences and experiences that are faced by teens who live in dissimilar settings with diverse challenges. Weekly moderated discussions of these films curated from NETFLIX will look through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. No cost to participate. Movies will include Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, See You Yesterday, Mud, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Candy Jar, and The Half of It. Runs from July 15 to August 19. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. Register online at
COA offers walking program
Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging for a free six-week evidence-based walking program. The group will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 20 until September 4. This program includes tips on safe walking, how to manage pain and stiffness, and stretching/strengthening exercises. Walking is low impact and can help maintain or improve your overall health. Walking can also boost your mood and improve your energy levels. For more information or to register for this class contact the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123. 
Online exploration of outdoor careers offered
MSU Extension’s Venture to Adventure: Experience Outdoor Careers is an online exploration of outdoor careers featuring live and video presentations from professionals working in the fields of forestry, recreation, fire, wildlife, archaeology, and botany. Free and open to youth ages 11-19. Program will be held on July 28 at 1 p.m. More information and register at
Crawford County VOTE411 now available
Trying to decide who to vote for in the primary in August 4? The Crawford County League of Women Voters has given Primary Election candidates an opportunity to help you decide. Go to to find important information on the candidates and local ballot proposals. Any questions, call Marcia Koppa at (989) 390-1724.
Baby to Toddler Closet to offer curb service
The Crawford County Baby to Toddler Closet will be open for curb service only for diapers, wipes, and clothes on Thursday, July 16, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The church is still closed. Starting Wednesday, July 15,  please call (989) 745-4166 so volunteers can take your children’s size and required name, address, and phone number for Baby to Toddler Closet records. Volunteers will have a canopy outside and they will show clothing options for you to make your selection.
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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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