GAYLORD — The next Otsego County Commission on Aging Educational Breakfast Series program will be on Thursday.
Ryan Lucas, DC, of HealthZone Chiropractic will discuss bone health and aging at 9 a.m. at the University Center at Gaylord, 80 Livingston Blvd. A $5 donation at the door is suggested. For details or reservations, contact Michelle Dunkeberg, (989) 748-4068 or email@example.com.
Frostbite Food Drive
TRAVERSE CITY — The Father Fred Foundation will kick off its 20th annual Father Fred Frostbite Food Drive on Friday.
Father Fred will collect non-perishable food items through Sunday, Feb. 16. Donation sites are Garfield Centre, the 800 block of South Garfield Avenue; Fox Grand Traverse, U.S. 31 South; Family Fare, Chum’s Corner; Oleson’s, Three Mile and Hammond roads; and Tom’s Food Market, Acme. Donors also may donate money at these locations, as well as at www.fatherfred.org. The food drive also includes a Donation Match Challenge, where donations of food and cash will be matched dollar for dollar. This match currently is at $50,000.
For details, including a list of the most needed pantry items and food drive hours, visit www.fatherfred.org, or call 947-2055.
Relay for Life fundraiser
KALEVA — The Kaleva Crusaders & Friends Relay for Life team will hold a fund-raising bake sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 8, at Kaleva Meats. Funds will go toward cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life event.
TRAVERSE CITY — First Baptist Church will host its fourth annual Sweet Shop and Rummage Sale just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The event will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8, at the church, 244 Washington St. Call 946-4727 to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet Feb. 8, in cafeteria dining room #2 at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St.
The group will meet from 1-3 p.m. Guest speaker Karen Paulosky, an Eden Energy Certified Practitioner and student of Healing Touch, will demonstrate basic techniques that may help relieve some of the physical discomforts of fibromyalgia. Meetings are canceled during severe weather.
‘Eat Smart, Live Strong’
GRAYLING — The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center will offer an “Eat Smart, Live Strong” series starting Feb. 10.
MSU Extension will facilitate the classes, which involve cooking demonstrations/tastings and some physical activity instruction. The six-week series will meet at 3 p.m. Mondays. Registration is required and participants are expected to attend all classes. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
The class is free for Crawford County residents, $5 for non-residents. For details or to register, call Helen Nolan, (989) 348-7123.
TRAVERSE CITY — A two-week class offered by Northwestern Michigan College Extended Education will explore issues around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“Combat PTSD-The Facts and the Future” will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 18. Instructor Linda Fletcher will take an up-to-date look at PTSD, how combat-related trauma has been managed over time and how the approach to PTSD treatment is changing. Fletcher had a 22-year career as an Army Nurse Corps officer, has a master’s degree in trauma nursing and has conducted research into PTSD.
The class is designed for those in helping professions, families and those with PTSD. The fee is $35. For details or to register, visit www.nmc.edu/ees or call 995-1700.