Gift Items Wanted
Friendship Centers of Emmet County would like to make up baskets for a special Christmas raffle at our 'Tis the Season party on December 12. We are looking for donations to make baskets in the following themes: birds, baking, spa, games, fireside beverages, wine & cheese, gardening, and holiday. All items big, small, homemade, or store bought are welcome. We also appreciate any nice baskets that you would like to donate. Items are wanted by December 6.
Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program Open Enrollment
Through December 7, 2013, 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. 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 MMAP counselor.
Pellston Tour of Lights
The Pellston Friendship Center will be having a Tour of Lights on Tuesday, December 10. A light meal begins at 5:00 p.m. Then hop aboard a Friendship Center bus for a tour of area Christmas lights and decorations. Sign-ups must be made in advance by calling the Pellston Center at (231) 539-8201.
Holiday Bake Sale
Stop by on Wednesday, December 11 to purchase some cookies, breads, and pies to take to your next holiday gathering. The bake sale starts at 9 a.m. at the Petoskey Center and lasts until the goodies are gone. Baked goods and homemade holiday crafts can be dropped off prior to the sale.
'Tis the Season Luncheon and Annual Meeting
Come celebrate the season at the festive 'Tis the Season Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 12. Tickets will not be needed this year, and seats are based on a first come, first serve. We ask that you are seated by 11:30 a.m. when the musical performances from the Petoskey High School Madrigals and the FCEC Choir begin. Lunch consisting of a scrumptious chicken entree, oven-roasted red potatoes, Nantucket vegetables, and a holiday dessert will be served tableside by the PHS Madrigals. Various types of Christmas baskets will be raffled off during the event. The annual meeting with the FCEC Board of Directors is held after lunch to review the past year's progress.
Tour of Lights sponsored by Kiwanis Club
The annual Tour of Lights sponsored by the Kiwanis Club is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, starting at the Petoskey Friendship Center. A soup and sandwich dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. with caroling by the FCEC Choir. Then hop aboard the Friendship Center buses for a tour of area Christmas lights and decorations. Sign-ups must be made in advance by stopping at the Petoskey Center or calling (231) 347-3211. For a ride to and from the Petoskey Friendship Center for this special evening event, call the Transportation Department directly at (231) 348-3425 prior to December 13.
The Huber Senior Center will be having a Christmas Party on Friday, December 20 with entertainment by Brad Hersey. For reservations please call (231) 529-8803 on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Pellston Friendship Center will be having a Christmas Party on Monday, December 23 with entertainment by Roger Hartson. For reservations please call (231) 539-8201 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Happy holidays! All centers are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We hope you are able to enjoy this time away with your families.
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If Petoskey Public Schools are closed due to weather, Friendship Centers of Emmet County will be closed. Meals on Wheels delivery and In-Home services will be canceled on these days.
What is a Council on Aging?
A Council on Aging (COA) is a 501(c)3 organization that provides services to senior citizens by utilizing state and federal tax dollars through the Older Americans Act. In the State of Michigan these dollars are distributed to COAs through the Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
In the early 1960's, a small group of elderly friends in Petoskey decided that it would be fun to get together for some socialization on a regular basis. They met in the basement of a neighborhood church and over the years the group added more participants. By the late 1960's, the group had grown in size and needed a more permanent home. During this time, a group of women from St. Francis Church conceived of a drop-in center for senior adults. Their group, called “Services to Older Adults,” set up a visiting committee to minister to the needs of homebound and geriatric center patients. They were soon joined in their efforts by members of Church Women United.
Petoskey Friendship Center
1322 Anderson Road
Brutus Huber Center
6436 E Brutus Road
Pellston Friendship Center
6274 W Edgar
Vial of Life
We feel that the Vial of Life is a most important program for protecting seniors. We are proud to offer Vial of Life decals and forms to the community.
We thank American Senior Safety Agency Medical Alert Systems for donating these decals to our organization.
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