Alena Abramowitz

, of New Canaan, has enrolled as part of the class of 2021 at Marietta College for the fall semester.

Abramowitz, who is a graduate of New Canaan High School, is majoring in music education.

Bankwell is the presenting sponsor, in partnership with WEBE 108 and WICC 600, of the 20th Anniversary 5K Run for Home & Workboot Challenge that will take place Saturday at Seaside Park in Bridgeport at 9 a.m.

The New Canaan-based bank donated $5,000 to the cause and proceeds raised from this year’s run will help finish the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity home for a family in need of decent, affordable housing in coastal Fairfield County.

For more information on the run or to register, visit habitatcfc.org/runforhome.

Laugh with three Treehouse comedians at the Piedmont Club on Oct. 7 to raise money for the Powahay District and the Connecticut Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and comedy starts at 8 p.m at the Piedmont Club, 152 Hecker Ave., Darien. It’s a night out for adults to have fun and support Scouting programs in Wilton, Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. Dress is casual, no uniforms.

For tickets contact Karen Caiati at (203) 722-9177 or karen.caiati@scouting.org.

Over the summer, Ashlyn Pace, of New Canaan, teamed up with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY) and 18 youth from around North America to spend part of her summer vacation doing humanitarian work in Paraguay.

For two and a half weeks, she woke up early and put on her work gloves to spend the day digging, mixing cement, laying brick, and serving those in impoverished conditions.

HEFY is a nonprofit service organization that arranges summer humanitarian expeditions for youth, ages 16-19, to countries throughout the world.

The goal of the program is to help youth experience the joy that comes through meaningful service. Those youth, in turn inspire, their peers, family, and community to make the time to serve those in need.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly-diverse patient population. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.

Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help

patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Easton

Oct. 15: 10/15/2017: 7:45 a.m -12:45 p.m., Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road

Norwalk

Oct. 7: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Soundview Medical Associates, 761 Main Ave. (Route 7), Suite 201

Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave.

Shelton

Oct. 9: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

Stamford

Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Stratford

Oct. 13: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at sheila.figueroa@childguidancect.org or 203-517-3346.