Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP hosts the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, with guest speaker Dr. Marcus L. Martin, at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville at 990 Hilton Heights Road. (434) 220-1493.

Alcoholics Anonymous of Central Virginia offers assistance to people seeking help with alcohol issues. Contact the local AA office at or call (434) 293-6565.

American Red Cross seeks blood donations, especially of Type O blood. Blood drives are held from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Friday at the Charlottesville Blood Donation Center at 606 Albemarle Square. (434) 979-7143.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA offers half off of the adoption fees for adult dogs and cats on each Monday in September. (434) 973-5959.

Charlottesville Gas Energy-Efficiency Program offers free home weatherization upgrades to income-qualified residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Homeowners and renters are eligible. Details are available at and (434) 970-3812.

Foster Fuels presents the Spread the Warmth coat drive, collecting donations of gently used coats through Oct. 4 to be distributed at a local elementary school. Donations can be dropped off at 1251 Richmond Road, No. 102. (434) 975-2345.

Junior League of Charlottesville accepts applications through Oct. 4 for its fall 2019 Community Grants program, “Empowering Women Through Mentorship.” Details at

Minority Business Week is observed by the City of Charlottesville with several events scheduled from Saturday through Sept. 20. Details and schedule are available at (434) 970-3117.

Mission BBQ offers free sandwiches to all fire and police personnel and first responders from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in observance of Patriots Day. 3912 Lenox Ave. (434) 260-7740.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host a representative from Hospice of the Piedmont explaining what hospice is and what services are offered during its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wood Grill Buffet. (434) 31-1326.

Narconon offers help to individuals and their families in overcoming addiction. Details: and (800) 431-1754.

Piedmont Virginia Community College holds Getting Started information sessions for prospective students, introducing PVCC’s degree and certificate programs and providing information on placement tests, student services and more, from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Carver Recreation Center and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Northside Library. (434) 961-5275.

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority accepts registration through Monday for its Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Sept. 26. To register, call (540) 818-4261. Household hazardous waste is accepted on Sept. 27 and 28; furniture and mattresses on Oct. 5; appliances on Oct. 12, and tires on Oct. 19 at the Ivy Material Utilization Center at 4576 Dick Woods Road. (540) 818-4261.

Senior Statesmen of Virginia hosts the Albemarle Board of Supervisors Candidates Forum from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Virginia Delegate Forum for House District 25 and 58 is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Center at 491 Hillsdale Drive. (434) 974-7756.

9/11 Day of Remembrance is held from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 9/11 Memorial Atrium of the Charlottesville Fire Department’s Fontaine Avenue Station at 2420 Fontaine Ave. (434) 981-9141.

7th District Rep. Abigail Spanberger holds a town hall-style meeting for residents of Orange County from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at Germanna Community College’s Locust Grove Campus, Room 114, at 2130 Germanna Hwy. in Locust Grove. (202) 593-0472.

Thomas Jefferson Health District Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department offers free testing for sexually transmitted infections from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. 1138 Rose Hill Drive. (434) 972-6269.

The Women’s Initiative offers free walk-in clinics providing one-on-one sessions with a counselor free of charge to women needing immediate short-term assistance, including tools for self-care, emotional support, assessment of needs and goals, referral services and resource connection. Clinics are offered from 10 a.m. to noon each Monday at the Westhaven Clinic; 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Jefferson City School Center; and 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Women’s Initiative office. In case of a mental health emergency, reach crisis services 24/7 by calling Region Ten Emergency Services at (434) 972-1800 or calling 911. Details: thewomens or (434) 872-0047.

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