Salem hospital blood drive set for July 10

SALEM — According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Collecting enough blood to meet this constant demand is especially challenging during the summer months, as vacations and busy schedules contribute to a seasonal decline in donors.

To help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available locally, Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on July 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive will be held in SRMC’s Tower Conference Room, located on the hospital’s ground floor concourse, and those who have not given blood since May 15 are eligible to donate. 

Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 330-332-7227 or online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Free kids fingerprinting offered at Columbiana fest

COLUMBIANA–The Columbiana Police Department will be offering free kids fingerprinting from 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 during The St. Jude and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Festival which runs from June 20 through 23. For information go to www.ololstj.org.

Dates set for Joy of Christmas drive-through

COLUMBIANA– The Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau (CATB) has announced the 2019 dates for the nonprofit organization’s Joy of Christmas drive-through holiday light display this November and December at Harvey S. Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave., Columbiana.

The Joy of Christmas (JOC) takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on select nights starting in November and ending on Dec. 26.

— Friday – Sunday, Nov. 15, 16 and 17

— Thursday – Sunday, Nov. 21, 22, 23 and 24

— Thursday – Sunday, Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1

— Thursday – Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 7 and 8

— Thursday, Dec. 12 – Thursday, Dec. 26

In addition to regularly scheduled evenings, the following special activities have been planned by or in conjunction with CATB and JOC:

— Friday, Nov. 22: Columbiana Chamber’s annual Christmas Parade

— Saturday, Nov. 16: JOC Hayride/Petting Zoo night

— Saturday, Dec. 7: JOC “Senior Night” (details TBA)

— Tuesday, Dec. 10: JOC’s Santa’s Special Night (details TBA)

— Wednesday, Dec. 11: 5-K Race Night

Donations of $10 per vehicle, or $2 per person on motorcoach, support Firestone Park restoration efforts. In addition to the light displays, guests can stop at the Gingerbread House and Santa’s Ice Castle to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food (for purchase); pictures with Santa in the Ice Castle (for purchase); Mrs. Santa’s Story Time in the Gingerbread House; crafts and face-painting; a collection of more than 100 decorated gingerbread houses; coloring contest; live holiday music and more. The event also features designated nights for senior citizens and children with special needs.

Joy of Christmas is an event of and benefits the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Columbiana’s unique heritage and sustainable tourism designed to contribute to the area’s economic growth.

For information on Joy of Christmas call 330-482-2282 or visit www.TourColumbianaOhio.com. Follow on Facebook: @ColumbianaTourismBureau @Joy of Christmas Light Show 2019 #JOC2019 #GetLitColumbiana.