Health & Family

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:

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:

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

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

Karen Garloch