Enjoy local winter activities to get rid of the winter blues in Iosco County – Iosco County News Herald

OSCODA – A brutal winter may not be far behind, but there are plenty of ongoing activities, for all ages to enjoy inside to find fellowship and fun.

From weekly library clubs and events to hands-on activities, Iosco County makes sure their residents stay engaged and creative. A description of the activities available in some of the municipalities throughout the area are summarized as follows:

Tawas City

Every Thursday throughout the year, residents can attend a needlework group which meets at 2 p.m. in the Tawas City Library, located at 208 W. North St. Everyone is welcome to join and guests are asked to bring whatever project they are working on.

Additionally every Thursday starting on Jan. 23, Tawas City Library staff will reintroduce preschool story time for ages three to five years old beginning at 10:30 a.m. Also for more creative folks, the library will be offering coloring time for adults on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

For those who enjoy knitting, a knitting group meets each week on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Another way to enjoy the winter months by staying warm is curling up with a good book. For those looking to expand their collection, they are encouraged to check out the used book store at Tawas City Library every Saturday at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those who want to travel across the world without leaving their homes, another activity for locals to engage in is the seventh annual “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” bingo challenge.

The challenge began on Jan. 6 and will run through March 28. Participants are asked to keep track of their reading by filling out a game sheet with book titles in their appropriate squares.

Each completed game sheet that is turned in will be entered into a weekly prize drawing as well as the grand prize drawing, so readers are encouraged to keep reading and completing game sheets.

Weekly drawings will be held to win gift certificates to local businesses. A grand prize drawing will be held April 1 for a  $50 gift certificate to Neiman’s Family Market in Tawas City. Participants can pick up a bingo sheet at the Tawas City Library to play.

For more information about the Tawas City Library and the programs offered at the venue visit https://tawascity.org/places/tawas-city-library/ or contact staff at 362-6557.


Eagle Pointe Plaza, located at 415 E. Main St. Hale, is home to a variety of weekly activities and special events. There are annual community center membership rates for both residents and non-residents, but $3 passes are also an option for those who visit the center periodically.

Ongoing activities at the center include yoga at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Cardio drumming is also offered at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays while pickle ball is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Total Workout and Aerobics group, also known as Towanda, holds classes at the center Monday through Friday, from 9-10 a.m. To learn more about the programs or to see if any lessons require an additional fee, contact staff at 728-2811.


Oscoda Township offers a variety of activities at the Robert J. Parks Library on a weekly basis, allowing residents to get creative and try new things. The facility is located at 6010 N. Skeel Ave., on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

On Tuesdays, guests can enjoy a knitting group at 10:30 a.m. All skill levels are encouraged to participate and whether you crochet or knit, all types are welcome.

The group isn’t designed as a teaching class, but participants are willing to help others. Additionally, every Tuesday afternoon participants have the opportunity to attend the Oscoda Writer’s group at the library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The group consists of reading stories, poems or personal essays aloud and providing helpful comment for each person’s work. Typically there is a short impromptu writing exercise provided. On the first Wednesday of the month, bibliophiles can attend the Parks Book Club at 1 p.m. To view the list of books the group is planning to read visit the library.

East Tawas

Other ways for locals to stay active throughout the winter season is by enjoying events hosted at the East Tawas Community Center (ETCC), located at 760 Newman St. The facility is open year round from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays, expect for major holidays.

Memberships to the ETCC are available for residents and non-residents and daily passes can be acquired for three dollars.


Harrisville offers a host of activities at the Alcona County Library on a weekly basis, encouraging residents to get in touch with their creative side and do some exercise.

On Thursdays, the library offers a 9 a.m. community walking club. To participate interested persons are asked to meet inside the library, located at 312 W. Main St. On Fridays visitors are encouraged to attend the story time and craft event for children which runs from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

For more information about Alcona County Library’s upcoming events and activities, contact staff by calling 724-6796.

National City

The Sand Lake Height Men’s Association and the Sand Lake Heights Women’s Auxiliary are always searching for people to join and volunteer for their organizations. Interested persons are asked to attend a meeting. The men’s association meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month and the women’s auxiliary meetings occurs at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.

The gatherings are held in the men’s association/community center building, located at 4059 Indian Lake Rd. National City. The Sand Lake Community Center features a number of weekly activities such as chair volleyball every Sunday at 6 p.m. and Bingo on Tuesdays at noon and Fridays at 6 p.m.

For more information visit https://www.sandlakeheightsmi.com or call staff at 469-9361.

Iosco County Commission on Aging (ICCOA) activities are also held at the center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lunches are served at noon by ICCOA on these days as well and reservations can be made by calling 469-9361.

ICCOA meals and activities are also offered at three other locations in the county. To learn more about the programs, dates and times refer to the following contact information for each site:

• Hale, located at 310 N. Washington St., 728-4251

• Oscoda, located at 652 S. State St., 739-3668

• East Tawas, located at 312 Newman St., 362-6892.

Each of the centers feature a variety of activities including nutrition and cooking programs, sewing and quilting, exercise events, cards, guest speakers, painting, puzzles, crafts, games and more. Further information is available by calling staff at the central office at 728-6484 or visiting www.ioscocoa.org.

All seniors in the area are welcome at any time to join in on the events at the center throughout Iosco County. For those in the National City area, another group people can join to help stay active in the winter months is the nonprofit, weight loss support group, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club.

TOPS meetings are held every Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. in the Grant Township Hall building, located adjacent to the community center at 4049 Indian Lake Rd. 

The libraries listed in East Tawas and Oscoda are branches of the Iosco-Arenac District Library. For more information about programs at these and other branches in the system, go to www.ioscoarenaclibrary.org or contact headquarters staff by calling 362-2651.

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