A Matter of Balance Workshop
A Matter of Balance is an eight-week program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity level of older adults who have concerns about falls. This award-winning program is available to seniors age 60 and older, and will be held at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Mondays from September 19 through November 14 (no class on October 10) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Senior Essential Needs Fund
If you, or a senior you know, are having trouble paying for an essentially needed item or service, options are available. Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Council on Aging, has recently received grants from the Bay Harbor Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation for support of the Senior Essential Needs Fund. This program provides some assistance to meet emergency needs for seniors, age 60 and older, residing in Emmet County. If you need help with health related expenses, medications not covered by an insurance plan, safety and welfare needs, or even emergency home repairs, please call (231) 347-3211 or toll-free at (888) 347-0369.
Flu Clinics will be offered at the following locations for the general public, age 18 and over: Pellston Senior Center on Monday, September 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Petoskey Senior Center on Thursday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Perry Farm Village in Harbor Springs on Monday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Hillside Apartments in Harbor Springs on Monday, October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointments must be made through the Health Department by calling (800) 432-4121 or (231) 547-0295.
Apple Crunch Day
FCEC will be taking part in the Michigan Apple Crunch on Thursday, October 13. As a way to encourage healthy eating and supporting the Farm-to-Seniors program, everyone will receive an apple. A group photo of everyone biting their apples will be taken just prior to lunch. At 11:30 a.m., the Pellston and Petoskey Friendship Centers will also be having an apple taste test with a variety of apples to choose from. Other fun activities are being planned as well.
Visit the Petoskey Friendship Center on Wednesday, October 26 to watch The 33. Based on the real-life event of when a mine collapsed in 2010, the biography tells the story of 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days. Movie and popcorn is free to those age 60 and older. If you have any suggestions for a movie you would like to see, please call (231) 347-3211, ext. 24 or email
Join us at the Petoskey and Pellston Friendship Centers on Monday, October 31 for our annual Halloween Party. Wear your scariest, funniest, or most creative costume. We will have spooky decorations, good food, fun music, and tasty treats. Games that are fun to play and hilarious to watch will begin at 11:30 a.m. You won't want to miss the excitement. Soup and Salad Bar starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch starts at noon.
American House Foundation Supports Project Fresh
FCEC received a grant from the American House Foundation for the support of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program provides nutrition classes and vouchers for fresh produce to income-eligible senior citizens in Emmet County. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Petoskey Downtown Farmers Market on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and at several other area farmers markets. Project Fresh vouchers expire on October 31. If you need a ride to a farmers market, call the Transportation Department at (231) 348-3425.
Veterans Coffee and Donut Hour
A coffee and donut hour for veterans who served for any time period in any branch of service takes place on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center. Connect with other veterans and share stories and experiences or just talk about the news of the day while enjoying complimentary coffee and donuts. The donuts are courtesy of Johan's Bakery.
On Thursday, November 10 during the Veterans Coffee and Donut Hour, 5th Grade students from Mrs. Slack's class at Sheridan Elementary School will be interviewing veterans and their family members. The students will have a list of appropriate questions, preapproved by the teacher, to ask. The hope is to have at least twelve to fourteen people available to be interviewed - one veteran and/or family member for every two students. If you are a veteran, a spouse of a veteran, or an adult child of a veteran and are willing to be interviewed, please contact the Countil on Aging at (231) 347-3211, ext. 24 or (888) 347-0369. The students will then be helping with lunch, and everyone is invited to stay. Lunch will begin at 12:00 p.m. and is available for a suggested donation of $2.50 for seniors age 60 and older and their spouses; non-senior guests may purchase lunch for $5.00.
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