Briefs 3.3.2022

Rummage/Bake Sale to benefit COA program
The Crawford County Commission on Aging is hosting a Rummage and Bake Sale to help support the Meals on Wheels program. Unwanted or not needed items can be dropped off at the new location of the Crawford County Commission on Aging’s Senior Center just east of town on M-72. Drop-off for items will be March 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the morning only on March 10 from 9 a.m. until noon. The Commission on Aging asks that no TVs or computers be brought to be sold and limited electronical items (to be discussed before leaving them at the drop-off). Any clothing needs to be clean, no stains or tears. Smoke-free preferred. All donated items must be clean. The Rummage and Bake Sale dates and times are Thursday, March 10, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bake Sale will occur in conjunction with the Rummage Sale and will last as long as the baked goods last. Please consider donating baked items. For more information, contact the COA at 989.348.7123.
Ski race to raise money for GMS program
The 12th Annual Mike Wieland Tribute Race – a fundraiser for the Grayling Middle School ski program – will be held on Sunday, March 6, at Hanson Hills. Entry fee is $10 for skiers 18 and under or $30 for skiers 19 and up (includes lift ticket and potluck banquet). Event will include door prizes and auction items. Hanson Hills opens at 11 a.m. Registration will take place from noon to 1 p.m. and races will begin at 1:30 p.m. Contact Hanson Hills at 989.348.9266 for more information. Send donations to GRA – Wieland Fundraiser, PO Box 361, Grayling MI, 49783.
Senior Center to host Quilting Group
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is hosting Friends of a Feather, Quilting Group.  They meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Commission on Aging’s 308 Lawndale Street, Grayling location. They will be meeting March 14. Lunch is available to participants for a suggested donation of $3.50 for those over 60, or $6 for those younger than 60. Participants are encouraged to bring their Featherweight, any UFO/quilt/sewing projects to work on, small ironing and pad if they have one, and an extension cord. Call 989.348.7123 for more information.   
Geri-Fit exercise program offered
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will be offering Geri-Fit®, a strength training exercise program designed to help older adults with increasing strength, balance, coordination, endurance, flexibility, and motor skill. Enrollment for these 45-minute strength training classes is open to older adults of all ages and fitness levels. Most of the bodybuilding exercises are performed seated in chairs with a set of light dumbbell weights. There will be two classes offered: a Beginners Class (for those who have never been to or completed Geri-Fit before) and an Advanced Class (for those who have completed Geri-Fit before). Starting on March 15, Beginners Class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday each week at 9 a.m. Starting on March 15, Advanced Class will be held Tuesday and Thursday each week at 11:30 a.m. Both the Beginners and Advanced Classes will be held at the new Senior Center located at 4388 M-72 east of Grayling.  Interested participants must register in advance and can do so by calling Toby Neal, Senior Center Manager, at 989.348.7123.
Donations can help COA
The Crawford County Commission on Aging is accepting used, unusable cell phones, tablets, and MIFI hotspots (no accessories or chargers). You may drop them off during business hours Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 308 Lawndale Street. The Commission on Aging will be turning them in and receiving a small donation from The PaceButler Corporation, which in return donates a book to various schools, mentorship programs, and institutions for each phone that they receive. Any questions, please call the Commission on Aging at 989.348.7123.
MSUE offers mindfulness program
MSUE’s Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more. The program covers mindful breathing, mindful eating, physical processes in the brain and body, and mindful laughter. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension. Lesson 1 – Begin with a Breath, Lesson 2 – Mindful Eating, Lesson 3 – Mindful Walking and Thought Surfing, Lesson 4 – Be Kind to Your Mind, Lesson 5 – Laughter is the Best Medicine. This is a free class. This is a live class using Zoom and will not be recorded. Class will be March 14-18, Monday – Friday from 9-10 a.m. Any questions call Crawford County MSU Extension at 989.344.3264 and speak with Jamie Greer. Registration is required and you can register at  
Educational series on anger offered
MSUE’s Alternatives to Anger is a four-part educational series designed to help adults, parents and caregivers increase their knowledge about anger issues and put anger management and healthy relationship skills into practice. Lesson 1 – What is anger? Lesson 2 – Calming down and destressing. Lesson 3 – Six Principles of Problem-Solving. Lesson 4 – Forgiving and Letting Go of the Past. This is a free class. This is a live class using Zoom and will not be recorded. Class is March 8 and March 10 at 9-11 a.m. or 5-7 p.m. Any questions call Crawford County MSU Extension at 989.344.3264. Registration is required. To register go to 
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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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