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MDOT I-94 Project Virtual Meeting.  5 PM.  The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to attend a virtual public meeting regarding the upcoming rebuilding and widening of I-94 from near the Airport Road interchange to just west of the east US-127/I-94 interchange in Blackman and Leoni Township, Jackson County. Work is currently scheduled to begin in March and continue through June 2023. During this virtual meeting, there will be a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Questions can be submitted during the meeting using the chat function.  Click here to join the Microsoft Teams Live Event on the event date/time.  To listen by phone without using Internet, please call 248-509-0316. Conference ID 450 202 263#

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

2/24/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., FOE 612, 301 Detroit St

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.

Our Town Meal Distribution Program.  4 PM to 6 PM.  Martin L. King, Jr. Center.  The Our Town Meal Distribution Program is ready to help anyone with a need.  Here are the key details community members need to know about receiving free meals:  Come to the MLK Center at 1107 Adrian St. in Jackson from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between Feb. 1 and April 9, 2021.

  • Please do not line up in your vehicle before 3:30 p.m. the day of distribution.
  • If you come in a vehicle, please stay in your vehicle and follow signs to the distribution area.
  • Walk-ups are welcome, but please be prepared to wait in line and social distance.
  • Healthy meals from local restaurants are given to anyone who needs a meal.
  • Meals are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Volunteers in the distribution area will assist you.
  • Meals are pre-packaged and can be reheated at home.
  • Vegetarian options are available.
  • Monetary donations are accepted but not required.

Find out more at http://www.cityofjackson.org/1005/Our-Town-Meal-Distribution

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

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