With lows in the 20s predicted for this Saturday — and possibly snow, the 2018 edition of Rome’s Polar Bear Paddle on the Etowah River will live up to its name. The 12th annual six-mile winter adventure from Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park to Heritage Park kicks off with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday. Boats will launch at 10 a.m. Complimentary canoe and kayak rentals are available. Boats can be reserved at www.coosa.org or by calling Coosa River Basin Initiative at 706-232-2724. There is no charge to participate and shuttle service will be provided. The event is sponsored by CRBI, Keep Rome-Floyd County Beautiful and the Rome-Floyd County ECO River Education Center.
The Exchange Club of Rome will present Sgt. Herbert Smith, Tomb Guard badge No. 70, speaking about the Society of Tomb Guards at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday at noon. The club meets every Friday at the Palladium, Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, call 706-506-2499.
The monthly meeting of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority board is Thursday in the Training Room of the Carnegie Building, 607 Broad St., beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Blood Assurance has less than a one-day supply of O positive blood, and officials are asking the community to donate to help guarantee blood is readily available for hospital patients. Each donation of blood contains plasma, red blood cells and platelets that can be used to save up to three lives. Patients undergoing surgery, receiving cancer treatment or organ transplants rely on donated blood, in addition to the unexpected traumas seen at hospitals on a daily basis. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive near you, please visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE ‘ to 444999.