Foundation Gala Virtual Auction

The 15th Annual Black River Technical College Foundation Gala auction is underway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, BRTC was unable to have its traditional in-person Gala. However, in order to continue to provide scholarships and other needed services to the college, BRTC students, and the community, a virtual auction is taking its place.

The virtual auction opened on March 18, and will close on April 1. To sign up to bid on the donated items, text BRTCFoundGala21 to 76278 or visit community/brtc-foundation /foundation-events/foun dation-gala.

For event questions, contact Shawna Lepard at (870) 248-4026 or shawna.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Family Practice Clinic, 1110 West Kingshighway in Paragould, is offering the Johnson & Johnson one-dose COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 years and older in Phases 1-A, 1-B, and 1-C. Vaccines will be offered free of charge, by appointment only, Mondays-Thursdays, while supplies last. To make an appointment, call the AMMC Family Practice Clinic at (870) 205-2000.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types, especially those with type O blood, to race to give blood and help refuel the blood supply by teaming up with INDYCAR. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets April 1-15 will automatically be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500. The Red Cross will also automatically enter all who give in April for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at Upcoming scheduled blood drives in Paragould are April 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 310 North Second St., from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., and April 2, at Greene County Baptist Association, 2501 Linwood, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shelton Sanitation Inc. schedules large item pick-up

Shelton Sanitation Inc., encourages all residents of rural Greene County, Oak Grove Heights, Lafe, Delaplaine, and O’Kean to take advantage of the large item pick-up scheduled for the week of April 5. All items must be placed three feet from the road by 7 a.m. on Monday, April 5. This pick-up is for household furniture and appliances only. For more information, call (870) 597-2000.

Star Children

“Star Children” is on exhibit in the Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University Thursday through April 1, with a closing reception scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The museum is in the Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive. Admission is free. Due to the pandemic, the museum will have a limited capacity of 60 visitors, and walk-in groups may not exceed 10 people. Groups larger than 10 should call ahead for a reservation. The museum staff will be wearing face coverings and taking other steps to help ensure a safe experience. Guests also are required to wear face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet from other guests. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

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