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Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations.

The recent rounds of winter weather that slammed much of the country forced the Red Cross to cancel more than 200 planned blood drives. It's the second shortfall this year; more than 26,400 donations went uncollected in early February, also thanks to weather.

"Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in," said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross's Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Service Regions. "Donors who give now are just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need."

Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation location and schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross has also planned a number of blood drives in Fayette County:

Piedmont Newnan Hospital to host caregiver workshop

NEWNAN, Ga. – Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Sixty Plus Services will host a workshop “Caregiving for Loved Ones With Dementia” on Wednesday, Mar. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will address the types and stages of dementia, community resources, financial and legal concerns, communication techniques and the role of medications in managing challenging behaviors.

“We know that caregivers can easily and quickly find themselves dealing with an enormous amount of stress. The goal of this workshop is to provide them with the right tools and resources to help ease the tremendous pressure they’re under, as well as those very common feelings of grief and isolation,” said Tori Sorrells, coordinator of Sixty Plus Services at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Race this weekend: Patriot Run

Race this weekend: Patriot Run

TYRONE, Ga. -- The second annual Patriot Run will be held at Sandy Creek High School this weekend.

Runners have the option of participating in a 5K, 10K or 1-mile race. Registered 5K and 10K participants will receive long-sleeve T-shirts, while medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m.

Fees are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K; the mile run is free. Proceeds will benefit Homeless World Aid, which helps feed and shelter homeless families.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Sandy Creek High School is located at 360 Jenkins Road in Tyrone.

Registration open for Father/Daughter Dance

Registration open for Father/Daughter Dance

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- There's still time to register for this year's Peachtree City Father/Daughter Dance.

The "red carpet" event will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center.

It is open to fathers and their daughters between the ages of 6 and 12. All couples will be treated to dancing, light refreshments and keepsake photos.

The cost is $45 per couple and $20 for each additional daughter. Fathers and daughters who live outside Fayette County can attend for $65 per couple. Wrist corsages can be purchased for an additional $10.

Visit peachtree-city.org for more information and to sign up.

Kedron Fieldhouse is located at 202 Fieldhouse Drive.

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Blood donation opportunities: Fayette County

Blood donation opportunities: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Fayette County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Parkway, Fayetteville
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 23
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Clayton State to host film crew training information sessions

Clayton State to host film crew training information sessions

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton State University will soon hold two more free information sessions for its Digital Film Technician Training Program.

The program gives students an opportunity to learn valuable skills that will help them find jobs on film sets. Many graduates got to work on actual film productions during their time in the program, giving them a distinct advantage over other aspiring crew members.

Clayton State boasts one of the largest teaching studios in the country -- 10,000 square feet at Lucy Huie Hall. The program's classes are held in this recently renovated space.

The first information session will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the LaFayette Education Center, which is located at 205 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville. It will take place in Room Media D.

The second session will be at Lucy Huie Hall, 9013 Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.