Give thanks: Become a sponsor or volunteer for the University City YMCA's annual Thanksgiving dinner, providing a meal for the homeless, families in need and those looking to celebrate with others. Sign up at www.ymcacharlotte.org/universitycity/contactus and submit contact info.
Activist in residence: Filmmaker and writer Jennifer Baumgardner will give a series of free, public talks on feminist and bisexual activism Oct. 17-20 as UNCC's first activist-in-residence. Among the events: Baumgardner, former editor of Ms. magazine, will lead a workshop, "Grassroots: Community Activism," 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19 and 21. She also will speak Oct. 19 after the 7 p.m. screening of her film "It Was Rape," in the Student Union movie theater, 9201 University City Blvd. More program details: Kelly Finley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-687-3131; or Ted Lewis, tlewis47@uncc
.edu or 704-687-7127.
Run or walk: UNCC's third annual 4.9K race starts at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 22. Run or walk this challenging, family-friendly course. All proceeds go toward scholarships. Free food and entertainment, awards and kids' activities planned afterward. Details: http://syc.uncc
Giving Guide 2011
Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer's Giving Guide, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/giving and click on the link at the top. The once-a-year guide gives readers information about the specific donations and volunteer work that human service nonprofits need. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct. 21.
Write to us: Send news and announcements at least two weeks in advance, along with your contact information, to Karen Sullivan, ksullivan@charlotte observer.com.