River-to-River hike is Saturday

The River-to-River Trail Society will hold its first public hike of the spring 2021 season on Saturday, March 13, in Pope County between Phantoms Canyon and Cedar Falls. The hike is free and open to the public. Due to COVID-19, the group is limited to 20 people; participants must register in advance by calling 630-470-7692. This will be a hike of moderate difficulty, lasting about four hours, requiring some hiking over broken ground and at least one creek crossing. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack; hiking sticks and boots or sturdy shoes are strongly recommended; no dogs, please. Due to COVID-19, participants must have a mask, which is not needed while hiking but required when bunching up or when passing on the trail. This hike will be on private property with permission from Camp Ondessonk and the Catholic Diocese of Belleville.

Red Cross announces blood drives

The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets. Two blood drives are scheduled for Johnson County: Monday, March 15, from noon until 6 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, 890 Senior Ave., in Vienna; and Wednesday, March 17, from 1-6 p.m. at Cypress Grade School, 4580 Mt. Pisgah Rd., Cypress. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email, courtesy of Amazon (restrictions apply). To make an appointment, download the 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.

McDonald’s thanking healthcare workers

Local McDonald’s restaurants will celebrate area healthcare workers by offering a free beverage of choice from Monday, March 15, through Friday, March 19, to any healthcare worker. The offer celebrates the efforts of local healthcare workers and recognizes the one-year mark of battling COVID-19 from the front lines. To redeem, healthcare workers must show a valid healthcare ID badge when ordering in the drive-thru. No purchase necessary. Hours may vary by location.

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