THINGS TO DO
• The Reynolds 1961 alumni group’s annual picnic set for Aug. 8 is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The group plans to reschedule sometime in October.
• HERMITAGE – Donors at the Hermitage-Sharon Community Blood Drive on Friday will not only be saving lives this summer, they will also be able to find out their COVID-19 antibody status, which may enable them to help more patients by donating convalescent plasma. The drive will be from 12 to 5 p.m. in Hermitage Fire Station 3, 541 Mercer Ave.
Vitalant, which operates the blood drives and supplies blood to area hospitals, is testing all successful donations for the COVID-19 antibody through Aug. 31. Donors who test positive may be able to help COVID-19 patients by donating their plasma. Known as “convalescent plasma,” it is rich with antibodies that may give people infected with the virus an extra boost to fight the disease.
Convalescent plasma is the only antibody treatment available for those patients. The Food and Drug Administration is allowing the transfusion of convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment, and Vitalant is working with hospitals to collect, process and distribute the plasma for treatment in patients with active, serious COVID-19 infections.
This antibody test does not test for the presence of COVID-19 disease. Anyone who feels sick or is awaiting SARS-CoV-2 swab testing results is asked not to donate at this time. Vitalant also is asking all donors to wear masks or face coverings during their donations.
Appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, visit vitalant.org and click on the “Schedule Now” button; or call 877.25.VITAL (84825). Use the group code C610 for the Hermitage-Sharon drive.
• GROVE CITY – The Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County is hosting a drive-through food distribution on Tuesday in Grove City.
The no-contact event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., or until food runs out, at Hillview Elementary School, 482 W. Main St. Ext.
The distribution is limited to one family per vehicle.
There is no need to get out of your vehicle; pop the trunk when it’s your turn and make sure it has been cleared for the food box.
• The French Creek Archeological Society is hosting an Artifact and Relic Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at St. Philip Catholic Church Social Hall, 401 S. Mercer St., Linesville.
There will be displays and items for sale, including Indian artifacts, fossils, minerals and jewelry. Attendees will see flint knapping and spear throwing demonstrations. Bring your artifacts and fossils in for identification.
Masks and social distancing will be required. For safety reasons, a limited number of people will be allowed in the hall at any given time.
Admission is $4 per person. Children 12 and younger are free.
For more info, call John Sites at 814-398-8212
• FARELL – Twin City Elks will hold a fish fry Friday from noon until sold out at 301 Staunton St., Farrell.
The menu is fish, chicken, rib tips, pork chops, hamburger and hot dogs. Sides include macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, french fries and green beans
For orders, call Linda at 724-704-1916.