Briefs 10.05.17

Arts & Craft Show slated for Saturday - The Grayling Arts & Craft Fall Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grayling Elementary School. Admission cost is $1. The event, presented by the Grayling Promotional Association, will feature a 50/50 raffle and lunch will be available. 
Zombie 5K to be held on Oct. 7 - The 2017 Zombie 5K presented by River House Inc. is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. The event will begin at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church (905 N. I-75 Business Loop). There will be prizes for best race times and best costumes. Registration fee is $35/adult or $25/child. All proceeds from the event will benefit River House, “a nonprofit agency that serves victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in four northern Michigan counties” including Crawford County, according to its website. For more information, or to volunteer, call (989) 348-3169. To register online, go to and search for “Run 4 River House.”
COA to host Drug Interaction presentation - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center will host a presentation on Drug Interactions on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5:45 p.m. Walgreens’ Pharmacist, Matt Sortland, will discuss medications and how they can affect not only your other medications, but how your health could be at risk. Everyone is invited for a beef enchilada dinner prior to the presentation at 5 p.m. Seniors 60 and over is a suggested donation of $3 and anyone under 60 is $5. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. For more information call (989) 348-7123.
Church to host free movie event - Mt. Hope Lutheran Church of Grayling – located at 905 N. I-75 Business Loop – is hosting a free movie, “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World,” on Sunday, Oct. 8. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. All are welcome and discussion will follow the movie. 
How to avoid scams, estate planning mistakes - How to avoid estate planning mistakes and annuity insurance scams will be the focus of the “Who Should You Trust” seminar hosted by the Crawford County Commission on Aging, Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. The State Bar of Michigan will have licensed lawyers on hand to present information on effective estate planning and how to avoid these mistakes and scams. Free specially designed folders containing essential estate planning information forms, and other materials to help you with your planning will be available. There will also be a question and answer period. The seminar is free and there is no registration required. For more information call (989) 348-7123. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. 
Senior Center offers Line Dancing - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center has restarted Line Dancing classes again this fall.  If you haven’t lined danced in a while this isn’t your typical do-si-do. Dancers form a line and do a repeated set of steps that is choreographed to many different types of music. Because line dancing involves low-impact cardiovascular exercise while remembering steps and the need to think, it is a workout for the brain as much as the body. The free classes are facilitated by Carolyn Rakoczy.  The group practices weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. No dance experience is needed and no sign up is necessary. For more information, contact the Senior Center at (989) 348-7123.
DHHS assistance available - DHHS assistance appointments are available at the Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center. Diane Howland, Eligibility Specialist from Crawford County Department of Health and Human Services, will be at the Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to take appointments. Howland will be available to meet with individuals to explain DHHS Assistance Programs, answer questions regarding eligibility requirements, case specific questions, and also take applications for assistance. Half hour appointments are available by calling (989) 348-7123. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street.
Playgroup to meet at Grayling Elementary School - Parents with infants and children up to four years old are invited to join the Early On Playgroup on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at Grayling Elementary School. Playgroup includes playtime, craft projects, clean up, songs/fingerplays, and snack time. Meet in the Intercession room on the north end of the school. Any questions call 344-3660.
Get help regarding Smart911 - The Crawford County Commission on Aging is offering a time to sign up for the Smart911 Program on Wednesday, Oct. 11,  from 1-4 p.m. Smart911 is a free, new service available in the area to help you when you call 9-1-1. Once you’ve signed up, first responders will be aware of information you have provided that will help them address your emergency.  This information – including medical issues, current location, and even pets – can help Police, Fire and EMS locate and help you. For more information call (989) 348-7123. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street.
American Legion Auxiliary to meet - The American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month.
Aerobic Drumming has schedule change - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center has changed their Aerobic Drumming schedule.  Due to popular demand and needing more space, the 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evening classes are relocating to the Grayling Elementary gym. The Commission on Aging, however, will continue with classes on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center.  Please note that Thursday classes will not meet on 10/19, 11/9, and 12/7 due to Special Dinner Night. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street. For more information call (989) 348-7123.
Breakfast event topic is Advance Care Planning - The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center will host a free breakfast presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. The topic will be Advance Care Planning featuring Steve Peterson, Community Health Specialist from Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital, Resource Coordination Department. Breakfast includes veggie omelet fresh fruit, blueberry muffins, juice, and coffee.  The breakfast and presentation will be held at the Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. For more information call (989) 348-7123. 
Have an upcoming event? Announce it here - Do you have an upcoming event to announce in the Briefs? The basic guidelines: Must be a public event in Crawford County. Upcoming event announcements can run one time in the Briefs. Public events or services that are ongoing may run once per month. Deadline for submission is noon on Monday each week. Submit Brief items to the Avalanche via email at or in person at the Avalanche office (102 Michigan Avenue). Please provide event date, time, place, appropriate details, a contact person’s email address, and a contact person’s phone number.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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