Briefs 3.18.2021

COA offers online Medicare presentation 
Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging on Wednesday, March 24, at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom for a presentation that will help demystify the issues surrounding Medicare. Tammy Findlay, Advocacy & Resource Coordinator, 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 contact Tammy at or (989) 348-7123.
Help Center to expand hours 
The Crawford County Community Christian Help Center food pantry will be expanding hours in April.  Starting April 5, the food pantry will be open until 6 p.m. on Mondays. The food pantry is open to anyone living in Crawford County. You must be able to show proof of residency to receive food. The food pantry is currently open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
MSUE offers Cooking Challenge
MSU Extension is offering a Commodity Cooking Challenge (on demand/Facebook group) at no cost. How do you use the free food products from pantries and food trucks? Share photos of your creations using free food items, get recipe ideas for budget-friendly healthy foods, and learn about balancing meals using MyPlate recommendations by connecting with Community Nutrition Instructors from MSU Extension. Register online at:
4-H course available on embryology
Michigan State University Extension is offering a Michigan 4-H Embryology Course. The course contains a curriculum complete with background information, worksheets, videos, and a space to ask questions. The program is located on the D2L (Desire2Learn) platform, where teachers or parents can register and have access to the entire curriculum. To learn more and register for the course, visit Classes or pods can be registered all at once. Youth do not need to be in 4-H to participate. To learn more about Michigan 4-H, visit
AAV offers wine bottle/glass painting classes 
AuSable Artisan Village is offering two classes, Wine Bottle Painting and Wine Glass Painting, on Saturday, March 27, in the gallery at 219 Michigan Avenue. The first course runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The classes will be held upstairs, so – if they wish – participants can order refreshments from Coffee by Steph or Paddle Hard Brewing. Log on to or call AAV at (989) 745-6096 for class information and to register for one or both courses. 
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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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