Charlevoix Senior Center activities Tuesday, Nov. 20: lunch: chicken spaghetti; paint class 1 p.m.; cards (Rummy) 5 p.m.; raffle.
East Jordan Senior Center activities Tuesday, Nov. 20: line dancing 11 a.m.; lunch: chicken spaghetti; bingo 12:30 p.m.; paint class 1 p.m.
Pellston Friendship Center activities Tuesday, Nov. 20: water fitness/exercise 8:45 a.m. at Crooked River Lodge, Alanson; lunch at noon: cabbage rolls, baked potato; ice cream social.
The Wawatam Area Senior Center hours for congregate meals are 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. Sunday. The center is open every day at noon for recreation, Wii, card games and Internet service. The center is located on Cedar Street in Mackinaw City.
Current Medicare beneficiaries and others who are eligible for Medicare have the opportunity to enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program for the first time or, if they are already in the program, to change their existing coverage through Dec. 7. Friendship Centers of Emmet County is working with Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program counselors to provide seniors with help by explaining Medicare benefits, comparing plan options, and enrolling them in a Medicare drug plan. Contact the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211 or toll-free (888) 347-0369 to schedule an appointment with a Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program counselor.
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 1450 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, has a Gently Used-Gently Priced Christmas sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Gently used and priced gift items will be on sale. Contact Kasi Meckstroth, (231) 238-8490, for more information.
Holly Daze, the Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation's annual dinner and auction fundraiser will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. Money raised from this year's event will be used to support the purchase of surgical equipment for minimally invasive spinal surgery at the hospital. This year's Holly Daze theme is Renaissance Christmas Wassail. A social hour and silent auction will be followed by a theme dinner and live auction. Reservations are required to attend. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact the Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation office at (231) 547-8501.
The seventh annual Alternative Gift Fair, is 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Petoskey United Methodist Church on Mitchell Street. Lunch items will be offered by Julienne Tomatoes during the event. For more information or to purchase gifts by mail, visit the website: agfpetoskey.org or contact Kathy Hart at (231) 330-0154.
The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan provides free counseling and support services to victims of crime including victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse, child sexual assault and adults molested when they were children. Services also provided to victims of elder abuse, hate crimes, economic abuse/fraud, robbery, DUI/DWI crashes, and survivors of a homicide victim. Support services include crisis counseling, individual counseling, support groups, trauma therapy, play therapy for children, safety planning, advocacy on behalf of survivors and resources/referrals. The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan can assist in filing victim compensation claims with the Michigan Department of Community Health. If you or someone you care about has been a victim of crime, contact the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan administrative office at (231) 347-0067.
Project FREE preschool has openings for children who will be 4 years of age by Dec. 1. Project FREE helps build students' social and academic skills for a smooth transition into kindergarten through activities such as art, music, computer time, dramatic play and skill building. Project FREE preschool is offered half days, Monday through Thursday, from October through May. Although there is no cost to families, state eligibility requirements do exist. To learn more or register, call the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan at (231) 347-0067.
2-1-1 Your 24-hour link to non-emergency health and human service information. 2-1-1 can connect you to local services such as food, housing and utility assistance, senior services, free tax prep, and more. Cell or pay phone users: dial (877) 211-LAKE. Visit: www.call-211.org.
Pregnant? Need help navigating? Pregnancy Care Center of Petoskey offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy; as well as counseling, information and assistance, material aid, parenting classes and more. All services are free. The center is located at 2206 Mitchell Park Drive, Unit 9. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays; closed on Mondays. Pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans are available only on Tuesdays. Call (231) 348-3388.
Playgroups, offered free through the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, are for children birth-60 months and preschool-aged siblings. The fall schedule is: 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays at Jordan Valley District Library community room, East Jordan; 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays at United Methodist Church, Alanson; 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays at Christ Lutheran Church, Boyne City; 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays at United Methodist Church, Petoskey. Call (231) 347-0067 or visit wrcnm.org for more information.
Finding a job is a challenge in our current market. Get the help you need to find the job you want. Attend the Petoskey Michigan Works Job Search Strategies workshop at 9:30 a.m. every Monday. No appointment necessary. For more information, call (231) 439-5215.
Hospice of Little Traverse Bay offers grief and loss support groups throughout the year in both Emmet and Charlevoix counties. These two-hour groups run for six consecutive weeks with both daytime and evening groups available. Other services include individual and family counseling for adults and children, educational in services, pregnancy and infant loss support program, survivors of suicide and caregiver support groups. These services are provided free of charge through community contributions. Call (231) 487-4825.
Free items for babies (diapers, wipes, clothing, etc.) are available to Charlevoix County residents in need 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church, 1250 Boyne Ave., Boyne City (across from football field). Call (231) 582-9301 for more information.
The Community Free Clinic offers free, temporary, health care services to Emmet County residents who are low-income, without health insurance and are not included in a government health program. There is a walk-in clinic on Wednesday evenings -- sign-in and screening are offered anytime after 1 p.m. with patients returning to the clinic by 5:30 p.m. when the volunteer staff arrive. Sign-in is discontinued at 6:30 p.m. There is also a smaller appointment clinic on Monday afternoons (walk-ins welcome if the schedule allows) from 1-5 p.m. Bring photo ID, proof of residency, and verification of income to your first visit. The address is 416 Connable Ave. in Petoskey. Call (231) 487-3600 for more information.
A bazaar and craft sale is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the senior center in Charlevoix. Bake sale and lunch available.
Community kitchen is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday at First Christian Church, 308 Monroe St., Petoskey, in the fellowship hall of the church. Anyone in need of a meal is welcome.
Community Notes Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Birth announcements (November 16, 2012)