Keep the Wheels Rolling
A fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, sponsored by 9 & 10 News and Farm Bureau Insurance, is being conducted now through September 15. "Keep the Wheels Rolling" paper display wheels are available for a minimum donation of $2 for blue or $5 for gold at any of FCEC's three senior centers in Petoskey, Pellston, and Brutus, as well as at the Harbor Springs Friendship Center, Bob Evans Restaurant in Petoskey and Oleson's Food Store in Petoskey. The wheels will be displayed with your name. Donations to the Meals on Wheels program may also be made by visiting our donation page or sending a check to Friendship Centers of Emmet County, 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, August 31 at 12:45 p.m., the Petoskey Friendship Center will be showing the movie Joy. The 2015 American biography is the story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes a business dynasty as she faces betrayal, treachery, loss of innocence and the scars of love, both inside and outside the family. Movie and popcorn are free to seniors age 60 and older and their spouses.
Labor Day Celebration
Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Council on Aging, will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. You can celebrate with us on Friday, September 2 at the Petoskey and Huber (Brutus) Senior Centers.
Don't miss out on your chance to win $10,000 or one of nine other remaining cash prizes! Purchasing a Cash Raffle ticket allows you and a guest to our extraordinary party on Friday, September 9, where the grand prize drawing will take place. 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.
Grandparents Day Party
We are celebrating all grandparents on Monday, September 12 with a party at the Petoskey and Pellston Friendship Centers. Bring a picture of your grandchildren to share stories and brag with others.
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.
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.
The Better Workshop
In this presentation, Dr. Kyle Denholm of the Wellness Center will talk about 39 healthy habits that can be learned over the next 90 days. All seniors and their spouses are welcome to attend this program, which takes place on Tuesday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center. Call the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369 to sign up to attend this free seminar. Free refreshments will be provided.
Pellston Grand Re-Opening
The Pellston Friendship Center has a fresh new look and is celebrating with an Open House on Thursday, September 22, following lunch. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy cookies, dessert, and beverages from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and participate or just listen in to Karaoke with Krista. The public is then invited to stay for the Board of Directors meeting beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Karaoke with Krista
Join FCEC staff member 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. Karoake with Krista will also take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Pellston Senior Center on Thursday, September 22 and at the Huber (Brutus) Senior Center on Monday, September 26.
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.
The Petoskey Friendship Center was planning on showing the movie Florence Foster Jenkins on September 28; however, the DVD release date has been moved to November. If you have any suggestions for a movie you would like to see, please call (231) 347-3211, ext. 24 or email
Risk of Fall Guest Speaker
Are you at a risk of falling? Mike Carmody from McLaren Rehabilitation Services will be presenting at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Thursday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m. Learn more about frequency of falls, resources available to assess risk of fall, and steps you can take to limit risk of fall. All seniors and their families are welcome to attend.
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