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American Neighbor Film Event.  Spring Arbor University invites you to join us this Thursday, Feb. 25 from 7-9 pm for a virtual viewing of the short film, “American Neighbor: A Courageous Conversation about Race in America,” hosted by Simon Greer and Kevin Brown, SAU Chief Diversity Officer. Two current Spring Arbor students, Elizabeth Stewart and Noah Austin, and alum Tina Grace ’20 participated in this endeavor. A group traveled down the Mississippi River, stopping in 9 cities to have conversations about race in America. The film will be followed by conversations exploring how you can engage and have an impact. This event is sponsored by the Spring Arbor University’s Office for Institutional Diversity and the Office of Intercultural Relations.  RSVP:  https://arbor.regfox.com/american-neighbor-alumni–friends-viewing

Catholic Charities of Jackson Lenawee Hillsdale St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunches Sign Up.  It’s time to order your box lunches for our annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser on March 17, 2021. For $10 per box lunch, you will get a corned beef and Swiss sandwich on rye, potato chips, freshly baked cookie, coleslaw, and accoutrements. Orders must be placed by February 28, 2021.  To safely accommodate everyone, boxed lunches will need to be pre-ordered and prepaid online to keep everyone protected while respecting the protocols recommended by the CDC. Purchases can be made online by clicking HERE.  Please note that we are unable to deliver box lunches this year. We will offer drive thru pick up to help keep everyone as safe as possible.  For the details on ordering and pickup, you can download a flyer by clicking HERE.

VITA Tax Preparation.  Community Action Agency provides free Federal, state and city income tax preparation services through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. CAA provides trained IRS certified volunteer tax preparers to complete and e-file returns.  Tax preparers work with each client to ensure the client receives all of the money they are entitled to receive. This money could be from the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Homestead Property Tax Credit, Home Heating Credit, among others. To learn more about the EITC visit the IRS EITC homepage.  Returns are electronically filed (e-filed) to speed up the receipt of the refund. Returns for prior years may be able to be completed for you.  Residents who have household incomes of less than $57,000 can get their tax returns prepared for free.  To schedule an appointment, call 517-247-2099.  caajlh.org

Red Cross Blood Drives.  Following record-breaking cold and winter storms that forced the cancellation of more than 10,000 blood and platelet donations in parts of the U.S. in February, the American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can’t wait. Every day thousands of patients rely on lifesaving blood donations. The need for blood is constant, even during snowstorms and the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted, individuals in areas unaffected by severe weather are urged to make appointments to donate by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

2/25/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus

2/26/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St Rita Parish, 10516 Hayes Road

3/1/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing

3/3/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jackson American Legion, 3200 Lansing Avenue

3/4/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., CP Federal Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road

3/8/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan

3/10/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Central High School, 11775 Hewitt Road

3/11/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Grace Church, 2692 North Dettman

3/15/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Heart O The Lakes Church, 7031 Jefferson Road

Frida Kahlo’s Garden Exhibit at Ella Sharp Museum.  Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her body of work, consisting of some 250 paintings and drawings, is at once intensely personal and universal in scope, and relies heavily on the natural world.  The exhibition “Frida Kahlo’s Garden”, presented by Ella Sharp Museum in partnership with Jackson School of the Arts, transports visitors to Kahlo’s garden to experience her world of inspiration as she did.  The exhibition features several freestanding units focused on thematic areas incorporating a selection of objects, artifacts, photographs, and paper ephemera; audio/video features; interactive stations; and wall-mounted graphics. ON VIEW AT ELLA SHARP MUSEUM  January 28 – March 16, 2021.

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