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Health notes

Sickle cell

Mayor Dan Clodfelter and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake will speak Saturday at a health fair hosted by C.W. Williams Community Health Center, 3333 Wilkinson Blvd. The health fair, held in connection with Sickle Cell Awareness Month, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Health screenings and flu shots will be offered. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is also scheduled to recognize the “revitalization and renewal” of the 30-year-old health center, which filed for bankruptcy after cutting staff and operating hours last year. A new chief executive officer, Debra Weeks, took over in March.

Karen Garloch

Buddy Walk

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte will hold its annual Buddy Walk, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Jerry Richardson Stadium at UNC Charlotte. Similar walks are held throughout the world to mark National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Last year’s Charlotte walk raised more than $200,000, and more than 95 percent of the proceeds stayed in the greater Charlotte area to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Details: www.dsa-gc.org/services/buddywalk.

Karen Garloch

Free workshops

Child & Family Development is holding a series of free workshops this fall. The first is at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 5 on “Mealtime Help for Picky Eating.” Speech therapist Stephanie Gerlich and occupational therapist Courtney Stanley will speak at Child & Family Development’s Pineville office, 10516 Park Road. Details: www.childandfamilydevelopment.com.

On Nov. 7, occupational therapist Abbey Wash will talk about “Picky Eating & Autism” at 10:30 a.m. at Imaginon, 300 E. Seventh St. The talk is sponsored by Smart Start of Mecklenburg County. To register, email dalexander@smartstartofmeck.org.

On Nov. 12, psychologist Aleksandra Liss and educator Marie Pacini will talk about “Behavior Basics & School Demands,” 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road. To register, email celeste.bailey@YMCACharlotte.org.

Karen Garloch

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