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Apr
18
Sun
Yard Sale-a-Palooza – Jackson (Commonwealth Commerce Center Parking Lot)
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yard Sale-a-Palooza - Jackson (Commonwealth Commerce Center Parking Lot)

Yard-Sale-a-PalooZa! Spring Edition 2021 (new date)

SUNDAY, April 18, 2021
10 AM  – 4 PM 

Commonwealth Commerce Center
Parking Lot

Yard-Sale-a-Palooza : Spring Edition has been MOVED to Sunday, April 18th, 2021

After two amazing YSAPLZA events last year, we are once again returning to the parking lot of the Commonwealth Commerce Center for our first of our 4 planned sales for 2021 with Yard-Sale-a-PalooZa : Spring Edition!!! YSAPLZA : Spring Edition will be BIGGER and BETTER than either of the events from 2020, as we are once again expanding the sale area to our biggest yet!!
WHAT ALL WILL BE THERE?:
We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, right? Well, with our Spring Edition of YSAPLZA, you can bring all of your junk downtown and sell it as one of up to 100 individual yard sales! Whether you’re selling old shoes, records, toys, baby stuff, collectibles, jewelry, signs, hats, scarves, knick-knacks, pet treats, random cat sculptures – – it doesn’t matter – – – your junk is someone else’s hunk…of treasure!

COST TO GET IN:
Tickets??? There are NO tickets to this amazing event, as it is 100% FREE to come shop at!!!

TIME:
Spring Edition will OPEN to the public at 10:00 AM SHARP! (NO EARLY BIRDS) The sale will end at 4:00 PM.
WHY IS THIS ON A SUNDAY?:
Because the Commonwealth Commerce Center has events / other tenants that take up the parking lot on other days! Plus, most yard sales are on Thursday – Saturday, so this way we are giving people a bonus day of sales on a day they normally wouldn’t get to experience them!
PARKING:
Please use the WESLEY STREET / MLK JR BLVD parking lot! There will be signs showing you where to park. DO NOT use the Washington Avenue lot as it will be blocked off to the public.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
The first thing we’d recommend doing is to fill out the form listed above, but if you have any questions feel free to message James Seagraves or Cassandra Seagraves and we will help you out!
Apr
19
Mon
AWARE Take Back the Night Virtual Fitness Fundraiser – Online
Apr 19 all-day

To sign up please visit www.awareshelter.org/events/take-back-the-night

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including online. As we connect online— whether in workspaces, classrooms, or social media platforms—we can learn how to practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content or behaviors, and ensure that online spaces are safe and respectful.

Locally, AWARE, Inc. will be hosting a virtual fitness fundraiser sponsored by Henry Ford Allegiance Health that will run April 1 – 30, 2021. The mission is a total of 33.5 miles, and you have until April 30th to complete your journey. Miles can be tracked by any of the following exercise activities: steps, running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, elliptical, skiing, or wheelchair. You can track your activity on the website once you create an account manually or you can connect one of the following devices to automatically track it for you: Fitbit, RunKeeper, Strava, UnderArmour or Connected Fitness Garmin.

As a special thanks everyone who signs up will receive a teal ribbon pin that you can proudly wear showing your support of survivors. We encourage you to take a picture and post to social media with the hashtag #SAAM2021 and to tag AWARE in the post. The first 10 people to complete the mission will receive a complimentary glow in the dark Take Back the Night T-shirt. The cost to join is $30 per person. Funds raised will be used to support the operating costs to implement sexual assault services. Services include legal advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, and accompaniment during a medical exam.

To sign up please visit www.awareshelter.org/events/take-back-the-night

Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 19 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment 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.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Apr
20
Tue
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 20 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Apr
21
Wed
Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 21 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment 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.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Apr
22
Thu
AWARE Take Back the Night Virtual Fitness Fundraiser – Online
Apr 22 all-day

To sign up please visit www.awareshelter.org/events/take-back-the-night

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including online. As we connect online— whether in workspaces, classrooms, or social media platforms—we can learn how to practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content or behaviors, and ensure that online spaces are safe and respectful.

Locally, AWARE, Inc. will be hosting a virtual fitness fundraiser sponsored by Henry Ford Allegiance Health that will run April 1 – 30, 2021. The mission is a total of 33.5 miles, and you have until April 30th to complete your journey. Miles can be tracked by any of the following exercise activities: steps, running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, elliptical, skiing, or wheelchair. You can track your activity on the website once you create an account manually or you can connect one of the following devices to automatically track it for you: Fitbit, RunKeeper, Strava, UnderArmour or Connected Fitness Garmin.

As a special thanks everyone who signs up will receive a teal ribbon pin that you can proudly wear showing your support of survivors. We encourage you to take a picture and post to social media with the hashtag #SAAM2021 and to tag AWARE in the post. The first 10 people to complete the mission will receive a complimentary glow in the dark Take Back the Night T-shirt. The cost to join is $30 per person. Funds raised will be used to support the operating costs to implement sexual assault services. Services include legal advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, and accompaniment during a medical exam.

To sign up please visit www.awareshelter.org/events/take-back-the-night

Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 22 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment 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.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 22 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Alpaca Shearing Day (Free Event) – Horton
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Alpaca Shearing Day (Free Event) - Horton

Alpaca Shearing Day

Free

Lowry’s Little Flock Farm
12201 Sutfin Rd
Horton, MI 49246

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2 PM

Come see how the alpacas and llamas are sheared for the summer. Fiber will be sorted and bagged before being taken to the mill to be turned into yarn and then into wonderful alpaca socks.

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 22 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
23
Fri
Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 23 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
24
Sat
Spring Craft and Vendor Show – Westwood Mall in Jackson
Apr 24 all-day
Spring Craft and Vendor Show - Westwood Mall in Jackson

Westwood Mall
Apr 24 & 25, 2021

Spring Vendor & Craft Fair Westwood Mall Jackson, MI.

Become a vendor at: https://form.jotform.com/210278730485155

(FREE) YMCA Community Fun Day – Jackson YMCA
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
(FREE) YMCA Community Fun Day - Jackson YMCA

Everyone is welcome at the Jackson YMCA’s Community Fun Day!

Saturday, April 24, 2021
11 am – 2 pm 

The free event features outdoor Zumba, rock wall climbing, gym games, a youth swim lesson open house, martial arts demonstration, specials on Membership and Summer Day Camp and more!

Swim Lesson Open House: Registration opens March 29! Call 517-782-0537 to reserve your time; blocks of time are 20 minutes. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Call 517-782-0537 or visit www.JacksonYMCA.org.

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 24 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
25
Sun
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon – Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)
Apr 25 all-day
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon - Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)

The Jackson County Child Advocacy Center is holding a Bike-a-Thon to help expand their building and their mission to offer support services to children affected by sexual abuse. https://jccac.dojiggy.io/bikeathon

Spring Craft and Vendor Show – Westwood Mall in Jackson
Apr 25 all-day
Spring Craft and Vendor Show - Westwood Mall in Jackson

Westwood Mall
Apr 24 & 25, 2021

Spring Vendor & Craft Fair Westwood Mall Jackson, MI.

Become a vendor at: https://form.jotform.com/210278730485155

Happily Ever After Bridal Show – Jackson
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Happily Ever After Bridal Show - Jackson

Happily Ever After Bridal Show

American 1 Event Center
Sunday, April 25, 2021
11 AM – 3 PM

Tickets HERE.

Please join us to meet all the vendors that will help you plan your special day from A to Z! Vendors including wedding planners, decorators, photographers, bridal gowns, caterers, DJs, cake decorators, rentals, transportation and more at the Happily Ever After After Bridal Show!

Free Entry
(Brides who register at website will be entered into prize raffle)

Free Parking

Visit Www.EverAfterEventsMichigan.com to register.

Visit us at www.everaftereventsmichigan.com or call 517-914-2150 for more details!

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 25 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
26
Mon
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 26 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 26 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
27
Tue
AWARE Take Back the Night Virtual Fitness Fundraiser – Online
Apr 27 all-day

To sign up please visit www.awareshelter.org/events/take-back-the-night

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including online. As we connect online— whether in workspaces, classrooms, or social media platforms—we can learn how to practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content or behaviors, and ensure that online spaces are safe and respectful.

Locally, AWARE, Inc. will be hosting a virtual fitness fundraiser sponsored by Henry Ford Allegiance Health that will run April 1 – 30, 2021. The mission is a total of 33.5 miles, and you have until April 30th to complete your journey. Miles can be tracked by any of the following exercise activities: steps, running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, elliptical, skiing, or wheelchair. You can track your activity on the website once you create an account manually or you can connect one of the following devices to automatically track it for you: Fitbit, RunKeeper, Strava, UnderArmour or Connected Fitness Garmin.

As a special thanks everyone who signs up will receive a teal ribbon pin that you can proudly wear showing your support of survivors. We encourage you to take a picture and post to social media with the hashtag #SAAM2021 and to tag AWARE in the post. The first 10 people to complete the mission will receive a complimentary glow in the dark Take Back the Night T-shirt. The cost to join is $30 per person. Funds raised will be used to support the operating costs to implement sexual assault services. Services include legal advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, and accompaniment during a medical exam.

To sign up please visit www.awareshelter.org/events/take-back-the-night

Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon – Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)
Apr 27 all-day
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon - Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)

The Jackson County Child Advocacy Center is holding a Bike-a-Thon to help expand their building and their mission to offer support services to children affected by sexual abuse. https://jccac.dojiggy.io/bikeathon

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 27 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
28
Wed
Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 28 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment 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.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
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About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 28 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/