NOVEMBER

EVERYDAY: Artisan Village Gallery and Community Arts Center, 12 noon – 6 p.m., 219 Michigan Ave., Grayling. For more information, call (989) 745-6096 or visit their website, http://www.aavart.org/index.html.

EVERYDAY: Otsego County Sportsplex, Pool  and Ice Rink, 1250 Gornick Ave., Gaylord. For more information, call (989) 731-3546 or visit their website, https://ocsportsplex.com.

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Fri, NOV. 16 – Sat., NOV. 30 GPS Festival of Tree sat the Grayling Mini Mall, 2384 I-75 Business Loop, Grayling. 50+ Christmas trees are available for viewing. Purchase a ticket for raffle held on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 12 noon. For more information, call the Chamber at (989) 348-2921.

Fri., NOV. 22 Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Resurrection Life Church, 2 miles from Burger King on M-72 East just outside of Grayling. Dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (989) 348-1000.

Sat., NOV. 23 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., NOV. 23Chix with Kix Self-Defense Class, 11 a.m. at AuSable Martial Arts Academy, 214 Huron St., Grayling. Walk-ins welcome. No pre-registration required. For more information, call (270) 562-2107. (Recurring Event)

Sat., NOV. 23Holiday Centerpiece Class, 1 – 2:30 p.m., at Artisans Village Gallery, 219 Michigan Ave., Grayling. Cost is $10/person. All supplies provided. For more information, call (989) 745-6096.

Sat., NOV. 23 — CONCERT: The Distant Stars, 7 – 9 p.m., at Artisans Village Gallery, 219 Michigan Ave., Grayling. For more information, call (989) 745-6096.

Mon., NOV. 25Clogging: Beginners (12:30 p.m.) and Regular Classes (1:30 p.m.), Crawford County Commission on Aging, 308 Lawndale St., Grayling. No wooden shoes required. No sign-up necessary. For more information, call 348-7123. (Recurring Event)

Mon. NOV. 25 Genealogy Group, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library, 201 Plum St., Grayling. For more information, call 348-9214.(Recurring Event)

Mon., NOV. 25 Story Hour, 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon, at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library,201 Plum St., Grayling. Birth to preschool children enjoy stories, songs, crafts, snacks and activities. No signup required.For more information, call 348-9214.(Recurring Event)

Mon., NOV. 25 Free Community Dinner, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, 400 Michigan Ave., Grayling. Served in basement of church. Open to the public. For more information, call 348-2974. (Recurring Event)

Mon., NOV. 25 Little Warriors Class, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., at AuSable Martial Arts Academy, 214 Huron St., Grayling. Kids can join at anytime. First two classes are free so kids can try it out! For more information, call (270) 562-2107.(Recurring Event)

Tue., NOV. 26 Breakfast Presentation: Diabetes Education,9 a.m., Crawford County Commission on Aging, 308 Lawndale St., Grayling. For more information, call 348-7123.

Tue., NOV. 26 Zumba Gold (Low Intensity), 10 a.m., Crawford County Commission on Aging, 308 Lawndale St., Grayling. For more information, call 348-7123. (Recurring Event)

Tue., NOV. 26 Line Dancing, 11 a.m., Crawford County Commission on Aging, 308 Lawndale St., Grayling. For more information, call 348-7123. (Recurring Event)

Tue., NOV. 26 Let’s Get Fit 101, 1 p.m., at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library, 201 Plum St., Grayling. Adult exercise program designed for seniors. Easy chair exercises, stretching, and simple yoga moves. For more information, call 348-9214.(Recurring Event)

Tue., NOV. 26 GLUED is Back! 4 – 5:30 p.m., River House, Grayling. GLUED is a support group for school-age children who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, directly or indirectly. For more information, contact River House at 989-348-3169, director@riverhouseinc.org, or go to www.riverhouseinc.org.

Wed, NOV. 27 – Model Train Exhibits open,10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Wed., NOV. 27 Story Hour, 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon, at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library,201 Plum St., Grayling. Birth to preschool children enjoy stories, songs, crafts, snacks and activities. No signup required. For more information, call 348-9214.(Recurring Event)

Wed., NOV. 27Path For Chronic Pain, 1 – 3:30 p.m., MSU-Extension,501 Norway St., Suite 2, Grayling. For more information, contact Crawford County Commission on Aging (organizer) at 348-7123.

Wed, NOV. 27 Little Warriors Class, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., at AuSable Martial Arts Academy, 214 Huron St., Grayling. Kids can join at anytime. First two classes are free so kids can try it out! For more information, call (270) 562-2107. (Recurring Event)

Thur., NOV. 28 9thAnnual Grayling Turkey Trot, 10 a.m. – 12 noon,Meet before 10 a.m. at Grayling City Hall.After a quick group picture, we’ll head off at our own pace down the bike trail toward the high school. Turn around whenever you like. This is a very informal Turkey Trot. Walkers and runners welcome. Strollers and (nice) dogs welcome.

Fri., NOV. 29 Beading for Young Designers, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, at Artisans Village Gallery, 219 Michigan Ave.,Grayling. Cost is $15/person. All supplies provided. Register online at http://www.artisanvillage.org.  For more information, call 989-745-6096.

Sat., NOV. 30 – Model Train Exhibits open,10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., NOV. 30 Chix with Kix Self-Defense Class, 11 a.m. at AuSable Martial Arts Academy, 214 Huron St., Grayling. Walk-ins welcome. No pre-registration required. For more information, call (270) 562-2107. (Recurring Event)

Sat., NOV. 30 Finger Print Wrapping Paper, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Artisans Village Gallery, 219 Michigan Ave., Grayling. No registration, no experience and no supplies needed. Just drop in. For more information, call (989) 745-6096

Sat., NOV. 30 11th Annual Empty Bowls, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Jack’s Place, 2415 N. M-18, Roscommon. Admission: $15. Fundraiser for River House Shelter. Bowls created by Grayling High School artists. Each donor chooses bowl to take home. All-you-can-eat soup bar, with bread and desserts. For more information, call (989) 348-3169.

DECEMBER

EVERYDAY: Artisan Village Gallery and Community Arts Center, 12 noon – 6 p.m., 219 Michigan Ave., Grayling. For more information, call (989) 745-6096 or visit their website, http://www.aavart.org/index.html.

EVERYDAY: Otsego County Sportsplex, Pool and Ice Rink, 1250 Gornick Ave., Gaylord. For more information, call (989) 731-3546 or visit their website, https://ocsportsplex.com.

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Wed., DEC. 4 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., DEC. 7 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Wed., DEC. 11 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., DEC. 14 – Model Train Exhibits open,10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., DEC. 14 Non-denominational Christian Men’s Breakfast, 8 a.m., at the Grayling Baptist Church, 705 Madsen St., Grayling. Brand new – First Meeting. For more information, call (906) 221-7464.

Wed., DEC. 18 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., DEC. 21 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

Sat., DEC. 21BLCC Men’s Ministry and Bible Study& Women’s Ministry and Bible Study, 8:30 a.m., Bear Lake Christian Church, 221 East Bear Lake Road, Kalkaska, (east of Grayling, off of M-72). For more information, call (231) 258-6107.

Sat., DEC. 28 – Model Train Exhibits open, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Roscommon Historic Model Train Club is located at 815 Lake St. in the center of downtown Roscommon. Free to visitors. For more information, call 989-366-9410 or email roscommontrainclub@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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