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National Days of "March Madness"
FCEC is breaking up the winter doldrums with our own version of March Madness. Throughout the month we will be celebrating some fun, healthy, and informative national holidays including National Pound Cake Day, National Oreo Day, National Funeral Director Day, National Pi Day, National Sprinach Day, National Triglycerides Day, and National Something on a Stick Day. Come on in to Friendship Centers of Emmet County locations in Petoskey, Pellston, and Brutus and you just may find a little extra fun during the month.

Support Meals on Wheels in Emmet County and Win over $400 worth of Gift Certificates!
And "Win a Meal a Month for Year!" The grand prize winner of this raffle will win twelve gift certificates to local restaurants. Tickets are sold for a $1 each or 6 for $5 through out the month of March. Purchase tickets at Friendship Centers of Emmet County locations in Petoskey, Pellston, and Brutus, or by calling (231) 347-3211 with credit card details. The drawing takes place on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Ping Pong
Spring in with a game of ping pong! The Petoskey Friendship Center now has three ping pong tables to accomodate the growing number of participants. Tables will be set up for play at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 and at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; Wednesday, April 10; Thursday, April 11; Wednesday, April 17; and Thursday, April 18..

Reading and Discussion Group
Come in out of the cold and join discussions that are sure to enlighten you. Pamela, a retired art teacher and librarian, will lead a Senior Reading and Discussion Group. Meetings take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Petoskey Friendship Center library. For more information, email Pamela at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . What a great way to make new friends and share experiences! Consider coming for a hot lunch at noon before the meeting.

Movie and Popcorn
Come for lunch and stay for a movie on Wednesday, March 27. The movie, Sully, is based on a true story about Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger as he makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River and the investigation that follows. The movie will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center. Movie and popcorn is free to those age 60 and older and their spouses.

National Triglycerides Day
Observed on March 28, National Triglycerides Day encourages awareness of healthy triglycerides levels and the role they play in a healthy lifestyle. Linda Gosset, MD, from Michigan Heart & Vascular Services of McLaren Northern Michigan will present information about what triglycerides are, why they matter, and how to lower your triglycerides level at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Thursday, March 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Spring Bake Sale
Think Spring! Our first bakesale of the year takes place on Wednesday, April 3 at the Petoskey Friendship Center. Baked goods are needed and can be dropped off anytime prior. The bakesale starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes until the goodies are gone. Come in and purchase a sweet treat for you or a friend.

Fitness Programs
In addition to our regular fitness programs, the Petoskey Friendship Center will host two new classes beginning April 3 & 4. Cardio Drumming will take place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Stand or sit for this one-hour of fun led by Lynn Turner, Executive Director of Northern Michigan Drum Village. Tai Chi Class will take place on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Learn the skills of the Yang Style Short Form in this one-hour class led by Todd Ackerman, certified group fitness instructor and Tai Chi master. No experience is necessary for these heart healthy classes.

Week of the Young Child Celebration
On Monday, April 8, our little friends from the Women's Resource Center Preschool will visit the Petoskey Friendship Center for lunch. After lunch seniors are encourage to assist the children with planting flower seeds.

Golf Meeting
If you are interested in joining the FCEC Senior Golf Program for the 2019 season, we invite you to the informational golf meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Road. Topics include the annual group golf lesson and the days, times, locations, and costs of participating in FCEC's non-league program. This is a non-competitive golf group for ladies and gentlemen, age 60 and older, who enjoy the great game of golf no matter the skill level. Registration for the golf program will take place at the meeting. Direct your questions to Lynn Gentner, Enrichment Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is April 7-13 and FCEC would like to celebrate all of our volunteers. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is having a pizza party at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is open to any RSVP volunteer who wants to join us for a day of fun. Please sign up prior to the event by calling Jake or Pam at (231) 347-3211.

Walking 101
Get tips to get your walking program started and keep you going with this presentation by Physical Therapist, Sandy Sparrow, Northern MI Sports Medicine Center on Tuesday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Easter Luncheon
Hop on in to the Petoskey and Huber Senior Centers on Monday, April 22 for the annual Easter Luncheon. The menu includes chicken cordon bleu, redskin potatoes, California vegetables, fruit, bread, and dessert. Luncheon is reserved for those age 60 and older and their spouses for a minimum suggested donation of $3.00 per person.

Exercise and Balance Program
Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults, this one-time presentation by the Michigan State University Extension will show participants safe exercises using a chair and/or counter for support. During this session on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pellston Friendship Center, participants learn to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, set goals for increasing activity, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Closed for Employee Training on Wednesday, April 24
Friendship Centers of Emmet County will be closed on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 for a day of employee training. All services will be unavailable for the day, including bus services, in-home care and cleaning services, and Meals on Wheels. All lunch services and activities at each location will be cancelled on this day. Thank you in advance for accomodating this employee development obligation.

Diabetes Day
Learn about living with diabetes on Wednesday, May 1 with a day dedicated to control your diabetes for life. Representatives from Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Munson Home Medical Equipment, McLaren Northern Michigan, and Michigan State University Extension will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to answer questions. Educational programs about upcoming diabetes classes will take place after lunch.

Dining with Diabetes Program
Dining with Diabetes is a four-session, two hours each course designed for people at risk of diabetes or who have diabetes, as well as their family members. Through the program participants will learn how to prepare healthy meals using less fat, sodium and sugar, without reducing flavor, learn tools for managing diabetes, and the importance of diet and exercise. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of healthy foods and take home recipes. MSU Extension has partnered with the Emmet County LIONS Club to offer this program at Friendship Centers of Emmet County beginning May 8, 2019. Learn more about the program on Diabetes Day, May 1, at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Grief and Loss Support Group
FCEC is offering a 10-week Grief and Loss Support Group and Educational Series beginning in May. The group will be led by Lori Lind, Social Worker, and will meet every Monday at the Petoskey Friendship Center starting May 13 through July 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Group size will be limited so please sign up by calling Lori at the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211, ext. 22.



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Petoskey Friendship Center
1322 Anderson Road
(231) 347-3211
(888) 347-0369

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6436 E Brutus Road
(231) 529-8803

Pellston Friendship Center
6274 W Edgar
(231) 539-8201

Board of Directors Finance Mtgs

2019 Finance Committee Meetings
2:30 p.m.
(except December)

January 24
February 28
March 28
April 25*
May 23
June 27

July 25
August 22
September 26**
October 24
November 21
December
(no meeting)

Meetings held at the
Petoskey Friendship Center Library
*Meeting held at the Huber Senior Center, Brutus MI

**Meeting held at the Pellston Friendship Center, Pellston MI

Board of Directors Mtgs

2019 Meetings
3:00 p.m.
(unless noted)

January 24
February 28
March 28
April 25*
May 23
June 27

July 25

August 22
September 26**
October 24
November 21
December 12
(1:30 p.m.)

Meetings held at the
 Petoskey Friendship Center Library
*Meeting held at the Huber Senior Center, Brutus MI
**Meeting held at the Pellston Friendship Center, Pellston MI

Winter Weather Policy

If Petoskey Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Petoskey, Pellston, and Huber Centers will be closed and all services will be suspended at all locations. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on these days.

If Pellston Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Pellston Center will be closed. If Petoskey Schools are open on this day, all other services will be operating as usual.

If either Pellston or Alanson Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Huber (Brutus) Center will be closed. If the Petoskey Schools are open on this day, all other services will be operating as usual.

Save Your Grocery Receipts

We appreciate grocery receipts from Oleson's Markets and D&W Fresh Markets. You may bring receipts into any one of our Centers or mail them to FCEC, 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770. This is a great way to bring in additional dollars to support our programs.

Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance" (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

FCEC is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transit services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1.A.  If you feel you are being denied participation in or being denied benefits of the transit services provided by FCEC, or otherwise being discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, or for more information, you may contact our office at:

Friendship Centers of Emmet County
Deborah Francis
1322 Anderson Rd.
Petoskey, MI  49770
(231) 347-3211
deborah@emmetcoa.org


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