THINGS TO DO
• Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the United States have had a significant impact on blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can’t wait.
The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus; that could help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.
COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.
Those who donate between March 15 and 26 will received a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Opportunities include:
» 1 to 6:30 p.m. March 15 at Fredonia United Methodist Church, 12 Liberty St., Fredonia.
» Noon to 5:30 p.m. March 16 at 250 E. Butler St., Mercer.
» Noon to 5 p.m. March 23 at West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, 3082 Main St., West Middlesex.
» 1 to 6 p.m. March 31 at North Sharon Volunteer Fire Hall, 469 Thornton St., Sharon.
• Westminster College’s Celebrity Series will present a special St. Patrick’s Day virtual concert, “Ireland with Michael,” with renowned Irish singer Michael Londra at 7 p.m. March 17.
The never-before-seen show was recorded in front of a live audience at the National Opera House in Wexford, Ireland, and features Londra, the Irish Concert Orchestra, two choirs and singers, musicians from all over Ireland and scenes from the Irish countryside and villages.
As host of “Ireland with Michael” — the new travel and music series coming soon to PBS — and author of a travel book by the same name, the Emmy-nominated Irish tenor is an expert on all things Celtic.
Ticket options include a link for the concert, souvenir DVD, and private meet-and-greet Zoom call with Londra.
Info: Visit www.westminster.edu/celebrity
• The Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a community food drive to benefit the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard, which serves residents of the Slippery Rock Area School District.
Non-perishable food items that have not expired and things like brownie mix, condiments, chunky soup, pet food and laundry detergent are being accepted. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Feed My Sheep Food Pantry, 324 N. Main St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057.
Donations can be dropped off at these Harrisville locations: Penn Gold Ice Cream, Dollar General, Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department, Harrisville borough building, Mercer County State Bank and Henry’s Meat Market.
For more information or to arrange for a donation pickup, call the borough building at 724-735-2222.
• Slippery Rock University is screening six French films via Zoom as part of the Tournées Film Festival being held March 11 to April 15.
The festival aims to bring French cinema to American colleges and universities. For more information, visit sru.campuslabs.com/engage and click on “Events,” or email Malick Coly, instructor of modern languages and cultures, at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Lakeview Area Public Library has organized an Alternative Easter Egg Hunt. The scavenger-style activity runs through March 31, ending with prize drawings for registered participants ages birth to 10 years old. Local supporters and business are providing gift certificates and coupons as prizes.
The activity will be managed by an online program and parents need to register their children at lakeviewreads.readsquared.com
Registered participants will be able to access clues to locations throughout the community and then hunt for posters placed in the windows of those offices and businesses in the Lakeview area. Children will enter that code clue to their account. Each correct code entered will earn points, which will be applied to random prize drawings.
Organizers hope that the event will provide some holiday fun in a safe way as an alternative to large gatherings.
• The Grove City Community Library announces the following:
» Appointments can be made for curbside pickup, copying, printing, scanning and faxing services, donation drop-off, computer use and tech help. Call the library or email email@example.com
The library is tentatively scheduled to reopen for in-patron browsing on April 5. Until then, communications will continue through social media, the website, the monthly newsletter and door signage.
» The Make a Difference Knitting and Crochet Group meets at 1:30 p.m. March 11 in the basement of Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City.
This casual group is for all ages and abilities. Members have been making items that are being donated to local nonprofits.
» Easter Bunny Breakfast with My Peeps is 8 to 10 a.m. April 2 in the Highland Shelter at Grove City Memorial Park. Kids ages three through fourth grade are invited to join Miss Heather for breakfast, story time, egg hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Please bring a basket or bag for the egg hunt. Menu is muffins, fruit salad cup, juice and doughnuts. Registration is required.
» During the month of April, shop at Ace Hardware, 816 W. Main St., Grove City, to help support the library. The Friends of the Library group has organized a round-up fundraiser; if you “round up” your purchase to the nearest dollar upon checkout, the difference will be donated to the library.
» Students in kindergarten through 12th grade, early college students and adult learners can get free live and video homework help through Tutor.com with a current library card.
Provided by the New Castle District Library Center, Tutor.com provides on-demand academic tutoring, homework help and test prep. Live tutors are available on a variety of subjects and test prep areas 3 to 10 p.m. daily, 361 days a year.
There’s also expert writing help, test prep resources from the Princeton Review for ACT and SAT, AP course videos, and more. Many resources are available 24/7. Info: Visit lhh.tutor.com/Landing.aspx
» The library was unable to host a Night at Hogwarts earlier this year because of COVID-19. The event is being planned for later in the year. Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page, website, newsletter and Miss Heather’s Facebook page for more details.
» The library has six mobile hot spots available for check out for one week at a time. They provide secure and instant, unlimited internet for up to 10 devices. Most areas in Grove City receive 4G LTE coverage.
Patrons must be at least 18 and must have a current library card in good standing. Overdue fines are $20 a day. The hot spots can be reserved.
» During tax season, the library maintains common federal forms and instructions. If the library doesn’t have the necessary form, it can be printed from the internet for 20 cents per side.
» The Grove City Kids’ Virtual Cooking Club is for kids in grades first through eighth. Club activities will be conducted through a private Facebook group.
Everyone who completes an assignment will have a chance to win a prize. Email Miss Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
» Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page for details about when the next kids’ craft kits are available. Children must register for the kits, which are free while supplies last.
» More than 45 cake pans are available to check out for one week at a time.Visit evolveopac.infovisionsoftware.com/grovecity to view the selection.
» The library is hosting a Harry Potter online cooking club for kids via Facebook. For more information, call the library or email email@example.com
» Winter story time for ages 3 to 6 will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the basement of Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City. Registration is required, and participants are encouraged to wear face masks.
Grove City Community Library is at 125 W. Main St., Grove City. The staff can be reached 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
• The Mercer County League of Women Voters in partnership with the Community Library of the Shenango Valley is presenting its annual book discussion program, now a virtual program, at 2 p.m. March 13. “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” by Fareed Zakaria has been chosen for this year’s program.
The author hosts CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and is a columnist for the Washington Post. The discussion will be led by former Mercer County district attorney, James Epstein. Everyone is welcome, even if they have not read the book.
To access the Zoom webinar, visit www.clsv.net and use the link provided in the pop-up window. The meeting ID is 899 0320 8146.
• The Slippery Rock Business Association is hosting a virtual community forum from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.
The Zoom program is open to SRBA members and the Slippery Rock community. It will be moderated by Dr. William Behre, president of Slippery Rock University.
Presenters are: Bill Sonntag, president of Slippery Rock Development; Tom McPherson, SRD board member; Slippery Rock Mayor J.D. Longo; and Paul Dickey, Slippery Rock Township supervisor.
Register by March 14 by visiting goslipperyrock.com
STAGE AND THEATER
• Grove City College’s is bringing drama back to the stage with a series of three award-winning plays performed in front of a limited audience.
Students will stage “A Walk in the Woods” and “Eleemosynary” by Lee Blessing and “Art” by Yasmina Reza in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on a rotating schedule from March 16 to March 20.
Only students, faculty and staff of the college will be admitted and audiences for each performances will be limited to 275 people. Audiences will be required to wear masks and observe responsible social distancing under the college’s coronavirus policy.
• Mercer County and Aetna Medicare Solutions are hosting a benefits checkup for veterans 2 to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Hickory VFW in Hermitage.
Veterans can learn more about available programs and community resources, get legal advice, and sign up for giveaways and prizes.
• March is Women’s History Month and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is offering “Honoring Our Women Veterans” license plates to recognize female veterans’ military service.
Each plate costs $36, with $15 going to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund for programs and resources benefiting women veterans. It is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.
The trust fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that aid veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs.
“Honoring Our Veterans” license plates are also available.
Info: Visit www.vtf.pa.gov