Home Fire Preparedness
If a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape. The American Red Cross is partnering with the local fire department to install smoke alarms in your home. If you would like one installed in your home and live in Emmet County, please contact the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369 to be put on the sign-up list.
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.
The Council on Aging and all FCEC Senior Centers will be closed on Monday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. Please join us on Tuesday, July 5 for a special luncheon at the Petoskey and Pellston Senior Centers.
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.
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.
Guest Speaker - Health Services
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan will be at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Tuesday, July 12 at 12:30 to talk about general health including oral care, shingles, and wise choices. Learn about many of the services offered by the Health Department and take home free samples during this table talk presentation.
Do you have difficulty paying for your food? FCEC can help you apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through the MiCAFE Network at no cost to you. You might be eligible if you live on a limited income, have limited savings, or have high medical expenses. You can make an appointment at the Petoskey Friendship Center to complete a screening to see what services you may qualify for. A staff member will complete the online application with you. Appointments are available on Thursday, July 14 and Thursday, August 11. Contact the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Wise Choices Clinic
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is offering free blood pressure check, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI screening, and will assist in identifying cardiovascular and diabetes disease risk factors for adults on Thursday, July 21. The clinic will be held at the Petoskey Friendship Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (800) 432-4121 to schedule your appointment.
Gorgeous Grandma Day
Celebrate Gorgeous Grandma Day on Friday, July 22 at the Petoskey and Huber Seniors Centers. This holiday is for women over age 60 who want to get the most out of every day, cherishes herself as much as she cherishes her loved ones, and loves life to the fullest. Wear your most stylish outfit to lunch for pictures.
On Wednesday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m., the Petoskey Friendship Center will be showing 5 Flights Up, starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. The 2014 American-drama film is about an older couple wanting to move because a five-story walkup without an elevator is getting to be too difficult, but become overwhelmed with personal and real estate issues. Movie and popcorn are free to seniors age 60 and older and their spouses.
Karaoke with Krista
Join our Meals on Wheels driver, Krista, for a fun time of singing and listening to your favorite karaoke tunes every Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center.
Don't miss out on your chance to win $10,000 or one of eleven other remaining cash prizes! The second early bird drawing will take place on Wednesday, August 17. Purchasing a Cash Raffle ticket allows you to be entered into our Early Bird drawing and allows for plenty of time to anticipate our extraordinary party on Friday, September 9. Tickets can be purchased at the Council on Aging or by calling (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369. Sponsors for this year's fundraiser are American House Senior Living Communities, Angel Heart Home Care, Bay Street Orthopaedics, Comfort Keepers, Independence Village, Korthase Flinn Insurance & Financial Services, and Mallard Cove Assisted Living.
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