‘A Christmas Carol’ auditions extended at SCT

SALEM– The Salem Community Theatre has extended auditions for its annual production of A Christmas Carol to 6 p.m. Oct. 14. All roles are open. Those interested in auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Show dates are Dec. 6 through 15, sponsored by Butech Bliss and directed by Tim Gottschling.

SPL Get Tech Smart to feature Microsoft Excel

SALEM– Learn the basic techniques for using Microsoft Excel at the Salem Public Library’s Get Tech Smart program “Excel at Excel” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Quaker Room. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that can be used to create grids of text, numbers and formulas to calculate information that is useful to individuals and businesses. The class will be led by technology instructor Stephanie Peterson. It is recommended those attending bring a device for practicing during class. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register online at www.salem.lib.oh.us or call the library for registration assistance at 330-332-0042. This class is open to the public and free of cost to attend. The class is provided through a Guiding Ohio Online grant made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of Ohio.

Red Cross to hold blood drives for cancer patients

CLEVELAND–During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer.

Individuals can donate at the following blood drives in the area:

— Columbiana– 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 21 at Heartland Christian School, 28 Pittsburgh Road.

— East Palestine– 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at East Palestine High School, 360 W. Grant St.

— Homeworth– 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Church of God In Christ Mennonite, 5540 Bandy Road.

— Lisbon– 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Beaver Local High School, 46090 Bell School Road.

— Sebring– 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at Sebring McKinley High School, 225 E. Indiana Ave.

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 800-RED CROSS (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.