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Senior Center (CCCOA) events for March, 2020

The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center (CCCOA) events for March, 2020 include:

GRAYLING – The CCCOA is hosting a Community Meeting regarding the Facility Bond Proposition that will be on the March 10 ballot. The COA is asking for 0.3171 mills to support the acquiring, constructing, renovating, expanding, equipping, and furnishing of the Old Mayday Windows Building and the adjacent lot located at 4388 M-72 West (east of town by Grayling Car Care) into new facilities to house the Commission on Aging & Senior Center operations. Executive Director, Alice Snyder, will lead the meeting to help the public learn more about the proposal. The Community Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Community Room B, at Kirtland Community College located at 4800 W. 4 Mile Road.

Starting March 9 and continuing the second Monday each month, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., the CCCOA will host a support group for adults with vision loss. This support group is designed to provide emotional support, helpful information, and practical solutions for those dealing with vision loss.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Thursday, March 12 from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy a dinner of corned beef & cabbage, parsley boiled potatoes, ginger and brown sugar glazed carrots, green Irish fluff, and chocolate mint Crème pie. Dinner is open to the public and no reservations are required.

A weekly Scrabblers group will meet every Thursday at 10 a.m. starting March 12. No experience is necessary and it is free to watch or play. 

The Winter Walking Program happens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for five weeks starting March 16 with indoor walking. The group will meet at Kirtland Community College Room 1411 on Mondays and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays at Grayling Elementary School from 4-5 p.m. Registration is not required and participants can join this free program at any time. 

A breakfast presentation will be held at the CCCOA center on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 a.m. The topic will be Scams, Schemes, and Frauds featuring Trooper Brian Koboldt from the Michigan State Police.  Join us for breakfast and information about some of the internet scams impacting the senior citizen community. Breakfast includes an omelet station, hashbrowns, muffins, mixed fruit, juice, and coffee

Because every second counts, the CCCOA is offering another opportunity for Crawford County residents to sign up for the Smart911 Program on Wednesday, March 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. Smart911 is a free service available in the area to help you when you call 9-1-1. Once you have signed up, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help them address your emergency. 

The CCCOA and the American Heart Association are hosting a First Aid, CPR with AED Certification Event, Thursday, March 19 from 2-7 p.m. The class will be taught by Captain Dana Swander of the Frederic Fire Department. The skills covered in this course include first aid, choking relief, addressing sudden cardiac arrest, and education in the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine. To register call the Senior Center at 989-348-7123.

Wednesday, March 25at 9:30am the CCOA will offer a presentation that will help demystify the issues surrounding Medicare. Tammy Findlay, Advocacy & Resource Coordinator, and volunteer Medicare/Medicaid counselors will discuss the various parts of Medicare including what is covered or not covered, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans, and how Medicare recipients who have low income can get assistance paying for Prescription Drug Plans and the Medicare Part B premium.

Grow Your Knowledge March 27 at 9 a.m. We will be video conferencing with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to learn more about the civil war, the following reconstruction period, and its impact on American art. After the educational video session, there will be doughnuts and discussion of the topic.

Jennifer Thompson from That One Place is hosting a painting party to paint a 2-foot pallet-wood carrot sign. No experience is required! This event will be held on Tuesday, March 31 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Registration and payment should be made at the Senior Center by March 24 to reserve a spot.

Events are held at the Senior Center located at 308 Lawndale Street in Grayling unless noted. Some events have a charge, call them at 989-348-7123 for more information.

Save the Dates in April

April 14 will be a Salon Outing to Kirtland Community College. The trip includes transportation and three cosmetology services of your choosing. Registration and payment by April 7.

April 21 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Heather Bennett from Creative by Nature invites you to a workshop to paint one of two DIY Doormat designs. No experience is required! Registration and payment is due by April 14.

April 30 will be the Michigan Blood Drive from 12:30 – 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by contacting 1-866-642-5663 or visiting miblood.org. 

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