Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 23, 2010

Well-Being in Brief: 12/23/2010


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Y sets holiday hours, Christmas Camp

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA has announced holiday hours and is holding Christmas Camp today and Friday, and again Dec. 27-31 for children ages 5 to 15.

The Y will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. All Y facilities will be closed Christmas and New Year's Day.

Christmas Camp hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Dec. 27-30. Christmas and New Year's Eve hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants should bring both indoor and outdoor winter wear. Parents should present a copy of each child's immunization record and the most recent health appraisal performed by a physician.

The fee is $16 per day for YMCA members and $25 per day for non-members. Registration forms and health appraisal forms are available at www.gtbayymca.org.

Medical Reserve Corps enlists help

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Medical Reserve Corps will sponsor a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 30, for potential volunteers.

The Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based network of volunteers that assists public health efforts in times of special need or disaster. The local MRC is looking for both practicing and retired health-care and non-medical volunteers to offer a full range of expertise to support existing local emergency and public health resources.

The informational meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Medical Control Authority, 3664 U.S. 31 South.

For details or if planning to attend, contact Jim Rinehart, 935-7840, or jrinehart@mhc.net.

For more information about the MRC, visit www.medicalreservecorps.gov.

Third Level collects old cell phones

TRAVERSE CITY — Third Level Crisis Intervention Center is collecting unwanted cell phones to raise money for crisis services.

Third Level provides immediate, free, flexible services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The donated cell phones are sent to Pace Butler Corp. in Oklahoma, a cell phone recycling company. It pays for cells phones it receives while ensuring that each phone is recycled.

Cell phones and batteries can be dropped off at Third Level, 1022 E. Front St.; Cartridge World, 3311 W. South Airport Road; Sprint, 2506 Crossing Circle, Suite C; the Wireless Zone, 2770 Silver Lake Road in Francisco Plaza; Verizon Wireless in the Grand Traverse Mall; and The Coffee Cup, 1329 S. Airport Road. Chargers and other accessories have no value and will not be accepted.

For more information, call 922-4802.

Disabled veterans invited to go fishing

GRAYLING — The nonprofit charity, "Wishin' We Could Go Fishin'," offers qualified disabled veterans a free six-hour fishing trip. The objective for 2011 is to take 180 disabled veterans fishing over a 90-day period. The season will run from approximately April through September.

The charity provides the boat, fishing equipment, a pilot and a deckhand for excursions in northern Michigan. Primary fishing sites are in Frankfort, East and West Grand Traverse Bay, Elk Rapids, Petoskey, St. Ignace, Rogers City, Alpena and Augres.

Veterans must provide their own transportation to the launch site and are welcome to bring two guests.

To qualify, veterans must have a minimum VA disability rating of 60 percent or greater and provide proof of the rating by showing their VA Service Connected card and VA disability letter showing their percentage rating.

Veterans must be able to board, move around and exit the boat without assistance. They also must have a current fishing license from the State of Michigan with the additional all species stamp and bring their own food and beverages.

Interested disabled veterans should write Wishin' We Could Go Fishin', 2845 Kelm Way, Grayling, MI 49738.