Be a hero: One blood donation can save up to three lives

Mark your calendar: The Marysville Public Library is hosting a blood drive from on May 8.

1. Get gardening. Here’s a chance to meet local celebrity gardening expert Ciscoe Morris.

Morris will share tips and answer questions about gardening in the Pacific Northwest from noon to 1 p.m. April 23 on the second floor of Whitehorse Hall at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Everett.

Morris’ “Gardening with Ciscoe” show airs on KING-TV and KIRO-FM, and he also authored “Ask Ciscoe,” a top-selling gardening book.

More at www.everettcc.edu/earthweek.

2. Go virtual. Virtual reality seems limitless.

Want to tour the White House, visit the International Space Station or navigate the bloodstream? You can. Try it for yourself at Everett Public Library during a free, 15-minute session with an Oculus Rift or Oculus Go headset.

Demonstrations are happening in April, May and June. The first-come, first-served sessions are from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Participants must be at least 13 years old; anyone under 18 must have a signed parental consent form.

Call 425-257-8000. More at www.epls.org/VR.

3.Give blood. Statistics show that for every seven people admitted to a hospital, at least one needs blood.

One blood donation can save up to three lives. Sounds like a chance to be a hero.

Marysville Public Library is hosting a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. May 8, 6120 Grove St., Marysville. Schedule an appointment by entering Marysville under the “Find a drive” tab at www.redcrossblood.org, or by calling 800-733-2767.

Statistics also show that the majority of people who donate blood are 40 or older. So, if you know a young person, give them a nudge to do their part.

— Evan Thompson, Herald writer

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