Briefs 9.15.2022

Booster Club to celebrate 50th anniversary
The Grayling Youth Booster Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary of supporting the youth in our community. Boosterpalooza, the club’s largest fundraiser, will be held on September 24 at the Grayling Country Club from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include two drink tickets. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a silent auction. This year’s theme is the ‘70s so wear your “grooviest” costume. Tickets can be purchased at Ole Dam Party Store, Medicine Shoppe, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, and any Grayling Youth Booster Club board member. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information or to get tickets, contact Sarah Allen at or Gretchen Walsh at
Horseshoe tournament to benefit Animal Shelter
The 18th Annual Horseshoe Tournament for the AuSable Valley Animal Shelter is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, at the Kalkaska Eagles (15854 W. M-72). Entry fee is a $100 donation/sponsorship per business (maximum of eight businesses). Players will get a meal from the Kalkaska Eagles. Businesses get a chance to win the “Golden Traveling Horseshoe Trophy” for one year with their name engraved on a plate affixed to the trophy. Must pre-register by contacting Mary Becker of Heart of Up North Realty at 586.242.1179.
College to host Meet the Candidate Night
Kirtland Community College will host a “Meet the Candidate Night” on Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m. 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. No charge to attend.
Comedy troupe to perform
AuSable Artisan Village’s comedy troupe, Gits & Shiggles, performs at the gallery on Thursday, September 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The performance is free – though donations from this performance will go toward funding the local fireworks displays. AAV is located at 219 East Michigan Avenue in downtown Grayling. 
“Sound healing” sessions available
The public is welcome to join Pauline Hardacre to learn and practice sound healing. Some of the most common benefits of sound therapy are: triggers the relaxation response, reduces blood pressure, alleviates symptoms of chronic stress, releases and harmonizes the mind, body and spirit. This healing and meditation session will be on September 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center on Lawndale Street. Event will begin with a discussion and taking a moment to get into a comfortable seated position (feel free to bring a blanket). This is followed by a guided meditation that leads into listening to the sounds of a variety of instruments being played throughout the room. 
Grants available for local non-profits
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting letters of interest and grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout its service area for the fall grant cycle. Letters of interest are due by October 1. If the letter of interest is approved, the applicant can then submit a grant application by October 15. All letters and applications are accepted through an online grant application portal that can be found at Great Lakes Energy members support the People Fund by agreeing to have their bill rounded up to the nearest whole dollar amount. That extra change is then pooled with other People Fund participants and returned to the community through grants to non-profit charitable organizations that provide humanitarian, educational, or community development services within the cooperative’s 26-county service area. 
Friends of Fred Bear to meet
The new Friends of Fred Bear group will meet on Thursday, September 22, at 10 a.m. at the Grayling Restaurant. The group can be reached via email at For more information visit
Alzheimer’s support group offered
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, offers a support group for friends and caregivers of people who have Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. This support group is designed to provide an outlet for caregivers to talk, share, get support, learn coping skills, and get education about these dementias. Conducted by trained facilitator, Sherry Haag, meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at the Brook of Grayling, 503 Rose Street at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend this group. If you are unable to leave your loved one alone, Respite Care services are available by contacting the Commission on Aging at 989.348.7123.
LWV to offer voting presentation
On Tuesday, September 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area will present a free, in-person event – “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Voting, But Were Afraid To Ask” – with Mr. Sam Gedman, Chief Deputy County Clerk of Grand Traverse County. He will answer all your questions about voting. The program will be held at the Traverse Area Public Library and can be viewed virtually on TACM Facebook, LWVGTA Facebook, and channel 189 with Spectrum TV in northwest lower Michigan. The program can also be seen virtually at a later date. Go to for the full press release.
Local poet to sign books
Local poet Douglas Wilson will have a book sale and book signing event at Tip’n the Mitten on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fireman’s Festival to be held in Roscommon
The Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival is slated for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 16, 17, and 18 at the Fireman’s Training Grounds (290 Ballenger Road) in Roscommon. For more information on scheduled events visit the Michigan Fireman’s Memorial Festival Facebook page at
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