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Double Deck Euchre
This version of euchre adds a fun twist and a bit of a challenge to the well known game. If you are interested in learning how to play, contact Jake by the end of May at (231) 347-3211, ext. 29 or send him an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Taylor School Art Exhibit
The Petoskey Friendship Center is pleased to showcase an exhibition of artwork by students from the Char-Em Patricia A. Taylor School for Exceptional Learners in Petoskey. The display, titled Just Us, features super hero characters created by students. Just Us will run May 24 through June 7. This project was made possible by a contract awarded to VSA Michigan Center for the Performing Arts and a grant from the Rotary Club of Petoskey.

Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, Friendship Centers of Emmet County will be closed on Monday, May 27

Fitness Programs
In addition to our regular fitness programs, the Petoskey Friendship Center is hosting two new classes. 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.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day
If you participate in Swatball, starting at 9:00 a.m., or Cardio Drumming, starting at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 29 at the Petoskey Friendship Center, you will be entered into a raffle to win a Friendship Center water bottle with a coupon for the Petoskey Farm Market. The winners will be drawn during lunch.

Movie and Popcorn
Come for lunch and stay for a movie on Wednesday, May 29. The FCEC Theater at the Petoskey Friendship Center will be showing the movie Green Book beginning at 12:45 p.m. Movie and popcorn is free for those age 60 and older and their spouses.

Eyes and Ears
The Eyeglass Clinic and Hearing Aid Clinic will take place on Thursday, May 30 at the Petoskey Friendship Center. Representatives from Petoskey Optical will be available starting at 11:15 a.m. to clean and adjust your eyeglasses. Representatives from Petoskey Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. to clean and check your hearing aids. Appointments are not necessary for these free services.

Ping Pong
Ping pong tables will be set up for play at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5; Thursday, June 6; Wednesday, June 12; Thursday, June 13; Wednesday, June 19; Thursday, June 20; and Thursday, June 27.

Ambassadors Program
Enthusiasts of Friendship Centers of Emmet County are encouraged to consider volunteering for the new Ambassadors Program. If you love FCEC and want to tell about it, have a welcoming and friendly disposition, have a passion for building relationships with other seniors, and have the ability to give and receive supportive feedback, we would love to have you be part of the program. Ambassadors will endorse and promote FCEC at senior centers and other community events. They will help new attendees meet others, give tours, assist with required forms, and provide information about services and enrichment opportunities. Enjoy the benefits of being a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Learn more and apply at the Informational Meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 3 at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Bake Sale
The second bake sale of the year will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at the Petoskey Friendship Center. The sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or until the goodies are gone. Donations of cookies, breads, pies, cupcakes, small cakes, and other delicious baked goods are needed. You may drop off your donations anytime prior to the sale.

Exercise & Balance
The Exercise and Balance Program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. This one-time presentation at the Huber Senior Center will show participants safe exercises using a chair and/or counter for support. During the session, participants will 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. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 5 at 12:30 p.m. Come for lunch prior for a minimum suggested donation of $3.00 for those 60 and older and their spouses.

Lunchtime Entertainment
Join us for some live entertainment prior to lunch. At the Petoskey Friendship Center we will have Casperino on Tuesday, June 4; Brad Hersey on Tuesday, June 11; Stu and Sal on Thursday, June 27; and the FCEC Choir every Friday. At the Huber Senior Center in Brutus we will have Brad Hersey on Friday, June 14 and Randy Marquardt on Monday, June 24.


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Field Trip to USCGC Mackinaw Tour
Explore the largest icebreaker in the Great Lakes on Wednesday, June 12 with a 90-minute tour through the 290-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. Note this tour takes you through confined spaces, open decking, and steep ladders. After the tour, the group will head over to Darrow's Restaurant for lunch before returning to the Petoskey Friendship Center. The cost for the tour is $8.00 and lunch is to be paid individually. The bus departs the Petoskey Friendship Center at 9:45 a.m. Sign up by contacting the Enrichment Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (231) 347-3211, ext. 19.

Assistive Devices to help with Household Chores
Join Jeff Samyn, physical therapis, as he presents tools to make everyday tasks seem a little easier. This presentation by Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

19th Annual Cash Raffle Fundraiser - WIN $10,000!
Tickets are on sale for the 19th Annual Cash Raffle. Twelve cash prizes will be given out with a grand prize of $10,000! A ticket purchase also allows you and a guest to enjoy the Cash Raffle Party on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Center for an evening of heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, punch, cake, entertainment, and the prize drawing finale. Tickets cost $150 and only 250 tickets are being sold. Get your ticket prior to the first early bird drawing on June 21 at 12:30 p.m. The winner will receive $150 and still be included in the finale drawings. Thank you to our event sponsors this year: American House, Angel Heart Home Care, Bay Street Orthopaedics, Comfort Keepers, and Korthase Flinn Insurance & Financial Services.

Bliss Farms Gardens and Community Kitchen Field Trip
Craig and Mary Rapin welcomes you to check out their farm and have fun creating your choice of a small potted herb garden or patio tomato plant with a field trip to Bliss Farm Gardens on Wednesday, June 26. Guests will also be treated to a homemade farm fresh soup and salad for lunch. The cost is $20 per person, which includes the take home planting and lunch. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and if possible, bring a hat and garden gloves. Transportation is provided courtesy of Friendship Centers. Bus will depart from the Petoskey Friendship Center at 9:30 a.m. and will depart the farm at 1:00 p.m. Sign up by contacting the Enrichment Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (231) 347-3211, ext. 19.

Pontoon Ride Raffle
Kick back and relax after you win this raffle. The winner will receive a 2-hour pontoon ride for six to eight people of your choosing, hosted by FCEC's executive director, complete with cheese, crackers, and wine. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at the Petoskey Friendship Center or by calling (231) 347-3211. The winning ticket will be drawn Wednesday, June 26 during lunch. You do not need to be present to win. The ride must take place during the day, Monday through Friday, between mid-July and the end of August. The Executive Director will coordinate the date and details with the winner.

Emmet County Senior Expo
In partnership with the Petoskey News Review, Friendship Centers of Emmet County is hosting the Senior Expo on Wednesday, June 26 at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Center. The expo will have a large variety of vendors featuring products and services for seniors and their families, as well has fun activities, food & beverages, and giveaways & door prizes. The expo will run from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Parkinson's Support Group
On Wednesday, June 26, the Parkinson's Support Group will have a guest speaker during their regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. The presentation by John Sayers will be about a treatment option of OFF Periods, or the return of Parkinson's symptoms.

Eyeglass Clinic
Visit the Petoskey Friendship Center beginning at 11:15 a.m. to get your eyeglasses cleaned and adjusted by a representative from Petoskey Optical. Appointments are not necessary for this free service on Thursday, June 27.

Orientation to Parkinson's
On Friday, June 28, FCEC and the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation is presenting a program, Orientation to Parkinson's, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Presented by Aaron Ellenbogen, DO, MPH, a neurologist and movement disorder specialist, he will discuss the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, the treatment options, and the importance of an integrated approach involving medication, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological support in managing the disease. The program is for those newly diagnosed, but all with Parkinson's Disease and those caring for those with Parkinson's are welcome to attend. The program is free to attend, but pre-registration is preferred by calling the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation at (800) 852-9781. 

Car Show & Famous Baked Chicken Dinner To Go!
All are welcome to check out the classic cars on display at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Wednesday, July 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. While your here, order a famous baked chicken dinner, which includes potato salad, baked beans, biscuit, and dessert, to go. Dinners are $10 each. Pre-orders are also accepted by callilng (231) 347-3211. If you have a special car that you would like on display at the event, please call the Enrichment Director at extension 19.





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Petoskey Friendship Center
1322 Anderson Road
(231) 347-3211
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6436 E Brutus Road
(231) 529-8803

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6274 W Edgar
(231) 539-8201

Board of Directors Finance Mtgs

2019 Finance Committee Meetings
2:00 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
2:30 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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