THINGS TO DO
• The American Red Cross along with actor James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, have joined to urge all who are healthy to make this a summer full of life for patients by scheduling an appointment to give blood or platelets.
As the nation transitions to a new, hopeful phase of this devastating pandemic and people begin to return to some of their favorite activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact this could have on blood donor turnout and the blood supply this summer.
In the past year, Kimberly Van Der Beek experienced back-to-back pregnancy losses. Each time she needed emergency hospital care and blood transfusions to save her life. Her husband donates blood on a regular basis.
Those who donate blood, platelets or plasma in May will have a chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five, thanks to Suburban Propane. Those who donate through June 13 will get a T-shirt, while supplies last.
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.
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:
» Noon to 5:30 p.m. June 1 at Hampton Inn and Suites Grove City, 4 Holiday Blvd., Springfield Township.
» Noon to 5:30 p.m. June 3 at St. John’s Orthodox Church, 3180 Morefield Road, Hermitage.
» 1 to 6 p.m. June 7 at Sharpsville VFW Post 6404, 215 N. Walnut St.
» Noon to 5:30 p.m. June 9 at Highland Presbyterian Church, 708 Highland Ave., New Castle.
» 1 to 6 p.m. June 9 at Grace Church of Harmony, 538 Main St., Harmony.
• The Cpl. Claire L. Van Eman VFW Post 519, 220 Blair St., Grove City, will be having an all you-can-eat breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon June 6.
The menu includes eggs, pancakes, ham, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice, milk and coffee.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the post for $7. The cost at the door will be $9. The post opens at 3 pm.
The breakfast is open to the public. More info: Call 724-458-7880.
• Word of Life Christian Center, 127 Wasser Road, Greenville, invites the community to enjoy the ministry of the Rev. Tony Cooke at 10 a.m. June 6. Info: Visit Wordolcc.org
• Lakeview Area Public Library hosts these events and programs:
» Local author Daisy Beiler Townsend will visit the Lakeview Area Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 to sign her new book, “Sarah’s Legacy Lived,” the fourth book in her historical Christian fiction series. It is free and open to the public.
» The Lakeview Area Public Library is selling raffle tickets for a hanging quarter beef from Minor Acres Meat Packing. Tickets are $10 and are sold at the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Friday, and at Windy Knoll Grocery and Minor Meat Packing. The drawing will be held Labor Day Weekend.
Lakeview Area Public Library, 3265 S. Main St., Sandy Lake, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Info: Call 724-376-4217, visit lakeviewarealibrary.org or check out “Lakeview Area Public Library” on Facebook. Call the library to register for events and programs.
• Join park staff at Maurice K. Goddard State Park at 9:30 a.m. June for a National Trails Day Bike Ride along the shoreline of Lake Wilhelm. Bike the John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail, which is 12 miles.
Cyclists must wear helmets. Info and registration: Contact Emily Borcz at 724-932-3142, ext. 106, or email@example.com