Singers, Dancers, Magicians, Comedians, Musicians, Poets...
Whatever your talent, we need you for our 2nd Annual Senior Talent Show!
We are looking for talented, mature performers ages 60 and older to entertain the audience at the FCEC Senior Talent Show at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Thursday, August 18. If you have a talent you would like to share, contact Ann Marie at (231) 347-3211 or
It's a topic people tend to put off or ignore, but one of the most important things you can do is to develop a sound estate plan. Attend this presentation on Tuesday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center to learn more about what to consider when creating your will, the benefits of trusts and estate planning, how to reduce taxes on your estate, and how insurance can help protect your family. Sign up by calling Tonya at Edward Jones at (231) 347-1655.
The Petoskey Friendship Center is holding a bake sale on Wednesday, August 3, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Stop in and get yourself or a friend a snack. Donations can be dropped off in advance.
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.
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.
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, August 11. Contact the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
LTBB Health Fair
Friendship Centers of Emmet County will take part in the health fair hosted by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians on Friday, August 12. The event is held outdoors and includes vendors, exhibits, activities, games, and light snacks. It will also feature "The Mega Heart," the worlds only portable, inflatable walk-through heart exhibit, where you can larn about the human heart, cardiovascular functions, and various types of heart disease. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, Michigan. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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.
Free hearing tests will be offered for persons age 55 and older at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Wednesday, August 17 beginning at 9:00 a.m. An audiologist from Petoskey Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists will be conducting the tests. If you have been experiencing hearing loss, get your hearing checked. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Tomato Taste Test
Coveyou Scenic Farm Market will provide a "Tomato Taste Test" at the Petoskey Friendship Center at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24. Guests will be sampling everything from red slicing types to the heirloom varieties and are encouraged to vote for their favorite tomato variety! Learn more about how these vegetables are grown, why they are good to eat, how to eat them, and many other interesting facts. All seniors and their families are welcome to attend. Lunch is available at 12:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $2.50 for seniors age 60 and older and their spouses. Guests younger than 60 accompanying seniors may purchase lunch for $5.00.
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 Friday, August 26 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.
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.
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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