Briefs 4.1.2021

Community Garden to have plots available
The Grayling Community Garden plans to have plots available around Memorial Day for any interested Crawford County resident. The Community Garden property, located at the corner of Madsen and Mary Ann Street, has been made available courtesy of the Carl W. Borchers Post Veterans of Foreign Wars #3736. Plots will vary in size depending on the number of gardeners but all are available free of charge. The Grayling Community Garden is also seeking volunteers to help maintain plots which will grow food for the community. Food from this plot will go to individuals and families via the Crawford County Christian Help Center Food Pantry, River House Shelter, Crawford AuSable School Pantries, and the Commission on Aging. To sign up for a plot go to or to help with the community plot, contact the Grayling Community Garden at 989-348-7123.
Drive through COVID-19 testing offered
COOR ISD is hosting rapid COVID-19 drive-through testing at Roscommon High School on Monday, April 5, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Any community member in the COOR ISD area may get tested for free at this site.  Please pre-register by using this link:
GoFundMe fundraiser set up for area student
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been created for Ben Mayes, a junior at Roscommon High School. Mayes was diagnosed in August with an extremely rare form of cancer – approximately 1 in 5,000,000 people are affected. The fundraiser was started as a way to help relieve some of the financial pressure his parents are facing with his treatment and recovery. The link:
Christian Help Center expands 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.
Volunteers needed for vaccine clinics
If you or someone you know has a few extra hours to volunteer each week, District Health Department #10 is looking for people to help with its vaccines clinics. This would include greeting people, handing out the required paperwork, disinfecting clipboards/pens, possibly helping watch the parking lot, etc. If you are interested, contact Jane Drake at
AAV offering Acrylic Pour class 
AuSable Artisan Village is offering artist Clare Spaulding’s “Acrylic Pour” class on Saturday, April 10, in the gallery at 219 Michigan Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. The class 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 the course. 
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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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