Briefs 9.1.2022

Diabetes program available on Zoom
Do you have prediabetes or are you at risk of getting diabetes? Join experienced coaches who will help you establish lifestyle changes that promote healthy eating, physical activity, and goal setting. To be eligible: be at least 18 years old; be overweight (Body Mass Index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian); have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year or have a previous clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes. This program meets for 22 sessions over the duration of one full year. Information session will be held on Tuesday, September 20, at 2 p.m. First class begins on Tuesday, October 4. Event is online via Zoom. No cost to participate (supported financially by Michigan State University Extension). To register: NDPPOctober2022NL/ 
Friends of Fred Bear to meet
The “Friends of Fred Bear” group will have monthly meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of the month to discuss upcoming events, ideas, and projects, and to share memories. The first meeting will be Thursday, September 8, at 5 p.m. at Bear’s Den Pizzeria.  The second meeting will be Thursday, September 22, at 10 a.m. at the Grayling Restaurant. Email the group at Also check its website for updates at
Alternatives to Anger series offered via Zoom
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. Through presentations, group discussion, and skill-building activities, participants learn what anger is, what triggers anger, calming down and de-stressing methods, the principles of problem solving, effective communication skills, and forgiving and letting go of the past. This is a live class using Zoom and will not be recorded. Class is Monday and Tuesday, September 19 and 20, from 6-8 p.m. Any questions call Crawford County MSU Extension at 989.344.3264. Registration is required; to register go to 
KCC to host Meet the Candidate Night
Kirtland Community College will host a “Meet the Candidate Night” on Wednesday, September 14, time TBD. Kirtland president Dr. Tom Quinn, along with Dean of Liberal Arts John Thiel, have invited candidates from the U.S. 1st Congressional District, Michigan 36th Senate District, the Michigan 99th House District, and Michigan’s 105th House District to participate in this event. Kirtland Community College will solicit questions from citizens prior to the event. The moderator for the event and a panel of local citizens will collate the questions and pose questions to the candidates. Community members are encouraged to participate in this event via a link for questions at
Walk in the Woods hikes to be held
Join the Commission on Aging to explore trails around Crawford County and Roscommon County. Starting September 7 meet up on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. to Walk in the Woods. To get the location and times of each hike contact Toby Neal at 989.348.7123 or
COA offers Grandparent’s Day Luncheon
The community is invited to the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center’s Curbside Grandparent’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, September 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu will be BBQ ribs, potato salad, honey glazed carrots, tropical fruit mix, and chocolate cake. RSVP before the luncheon by calling 989.348.7123. The cost of the luncheon is $6 for those under 60 and a suggested donation of $3.50 for those 60 years of age or older. 
Clogging returns to Senior Center
Clogging has returned at the Senior Center after its summer hiatus! Clogging is an American folk dance that is like tap dancing; however, it is more fun and easier to learn. Clog at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center with instructor Judy Morford. No sign up is necessary. This is a free class and is open to both men and women. Just come as you are. Clogging starts Monday, September 12, at 11:30 a.m. and every Monday thereafter.
Scholarships available
Scholarship applications are available beginning September 1 for members of North Central Area Credit Union who are working on their college degree or vocational-technical school certificate. NCACU will award up to $3,000 in scholarships to members in good standing who have graduated from high school and have completed at least 24 credit hours in their college program and are actively involved in community service through volunteer opportunities. Applications are available in the branches or online at Applications must be received no later than October 31, 2022.
GHS season sports passes to be sold
Season passes for Grayling High School 2022-2023 sports will be sold at the first JV football home game (6 p.m. kickoff on Wednesday, August 31). Prices are: $175 family, $100 adult, $30 student. Contact Joanna Cottenham at Grayling High School at or 989.344.3506 if you’re interested in learning how to get your passes for free.
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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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