YOGC Receives Grant
The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) was awarded a $7,000 grant from Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) as part of its Partner and Project grant funding for fiscal year 2018. This grant will help fund the YOGC Strings on Broadway Summer String Camp in June of 2018. This makes the fourteenth year in a row that the Youth Orchestra has received a grant from the GCA. Funds awarded by the Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Critical Blood Shortage
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call issued by The American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urged to give now. Those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through August 21 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. There is an online health history questionnaire that potential donors are encouraged to complete to help reduce the time it takes to donate. Other than the Columbus Blood Donation Center at 7490 Veterans Parkway, here are other dates and locations to donate:
▪ July 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, Suite 220
▪ July 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Troup County Government Center, 100 Ridley Ave., LaGrange, Ga.
▪ July 31, 2-7 p.m.: Baptist Tabernacle Church, 849 South Davis Road, LaGrange
▪ August 1, 12:36 p.m.: First United Methodist Church, 401 Broad St., LaGrange
▪ August 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Northside Medical Center, 100 Frist Court
▪ August 13, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Ave.
▪ August 15, 2-7 p.m.: Head Quarter Nissan, 1725 Whittlesey Road
Preferred Care Hospice Honors Veterans
To help provide care and support that reflects the important contributions made by veterans, Preferred Care Hospice has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans”, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Preferred Care Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in WWII and Korea pass away-and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise. The resources of “We Honor Veterans” focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans. To learn more about the program or to make a donation, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle
The 2017 Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle Saturday, August 12 is bigger, better and wetter than ever. The Grand is the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus history hosting more than 1,500 paddlers on the Chattahoochee River and featuring an afternoon riverside party celebrating Columbus. The Grand features a weekend of discounted whitewater rafting starting at $25 per person and every paddler gets a free drink ticket for a beer or soft drink. For non-paddlers 21 and up they can purchase a wristband for $8 which includes a souvenir cup and a drink ticket. A Grand VIP Experience will also be offered which includes unlimited whitewater trips, unlimited zip-line adventures, a t-shirt, complementary beers and Coca-Cola beverages. To register or for more information, go to www.georgiaconservancy.org/thegrand.