Here is this week’s sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.
American Red Cross blood donations: Blood, especially type O, and platelet donations needed. There are many locations to give blood in the San Fernando Valley including: 12:15-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27 and 3:15-7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 31 (Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.); 2-7 p.m. Aug. 27 and 1-7 p.m. Aug. 29 (Burbank Elks Lodge #1497, 2232 N. Hollywood Way); 1-7 p.m. Aug. 28 (Valley Plaza Branch Library, 12311 Vanowen St., North Hollywood); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 30 (Sherman Oaks Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark St.); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 31 (Granada Hills Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.). See website for guidelines on how to give blood. Make an appointment by phone 1-800-733-2767, or online redcrossblood.org
Hope for the Homeless 5K/10K Walk/Run Challenge: Event on Sept. 1 raises money for Back On My Feet, a nonprofit that provides housing placement for those who have been displaced temporarily due to unforeseen circumstances, job training and financial literacy education. Event begins: 7 a.m. for 10K; 8:20 a.m. for a kid’s run; 8:30 a.m. for 5K. Registration: $45 for 5K; $55 for 10K; $20 for kid’s run. Register in advance. Check website for packet pick-up time, course maps and starting location. Elysian Park, Los Angeles. www.backonmyfeet.org; la.purposerun.com
Architects for Animals Giving Shelter Fundraiser for FixNation: View one-of-a-kind and functional outdoor cat perches and celebrity designed cat food bowls, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Admission $50. Funds raised go to the nonprofit that provides free spay/neuter programs for homeless cats. HermanMiller Showroom, 3641 Holdrege Ave., Los Angeles. fixnation.org/givingshelter2019
Heart of the Brain and UCLA Brain Tumor Center – The Magic of Science Fundraising Gala: The event raises money for brain tumor research at UCLA. Cocktails and artisanal food, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, followed by a performance by illusionist Arthur Trace, 8 p.m., and coffee and dinner, 9 p.m. Dress code: California casual. Tickets $200. Reservations required. Parking $15 by valet required (due to parking restrictions to avoid a ticket). UCLA Campus, Coral Tree Walk and Freud Playhouse, 245 Charles E. Young Drive E., Westwood. www.hotb.org
KPFK 60th Anniversary Gala Benefit: The North Hollywood-based public radio station (90.7 FM) celebrates its longevity and programming on the arts, music and news, 7-11 p.m. Sept. 7. The evening with dinner and awards ceremony is hosted by Richard Montoya (Culture Clash) with keynote speaker Amy Goodman (from Democracy Now!), a band performance led by Don Was and actor Jack Blackas the celebrity live auctioneer. Tickets $250 plus fees. Reservations required. Skirball Cultural Center, Herscher Hall Foyer and Pavilion, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.kpfk.org/gala
Voice for the Animals Foundation’s Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me! – Comedy Gala: Kevin Nealon hosts the event that includes comedy by Margaret Cho, Pete Holmes, Leslie Jordan, Lily Tomlin and Allee Willis, with special guest Frankie Grande, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Honorees: Heidi Jo Markel, Maria Menounos and Lush Cosmetics. The evening also includes a live auction and a vegan party after the show. Tickets $150 (show only); $250 (show and party). The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 323-904-4400. www.vftafoundation.org
Mid-Valley Community Police Council’s Cops & Cowboys BBQ and Hoedown: Event honors community leaders including retired Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Anthony Cabunoc, Penelope Meyer, a current board member of MVCPC, and Betsy Mitchell James and Jim Mitchell, of Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Evening also includes music and dancing to Magnolia Drawl, beer and whiskey tasting, blackjack and poker games and live and silent auctions. Tickets $150. Reservations required. Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. 818-994-4661. Email: email@example.com. www.midvalleypolicecouncil.org
The Gentle Barn 20th Anniversary Celebration: Actor-comedian-producer Whitney Cummings is the host for the fundraiser that includes a meet-and-greet with farm animals, awards ceremony, food, DJ and other entertainment, 5-9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Suggested dress code: farmhouse chic; closed-toe shoes recommended. Tickets $350. Reservations required. Proceeds benefit the work at the farm animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary. 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita. www.gentlebarncelebrate.org
AIDS Walk Los Angeles: The 6.2-mile walk, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 20. Sign-in, 8:30 a.m. Free to register. Suggested donation goals: $25 individual; $1,000 Star Walkers; $5,000 for teams. Funds raised go to APLA Health (aplahealth.org). Walk begins and ends at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-201-9255. aidswalkla.org
L.A. Cancer Challenge 5K Run/Walk: The event benefits the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Oct. 20. Schedule: 7:30 a.m. walk-in registration and packet pickup; 8 a.m. opening ceremony; 9 a.m. 5K run; 9:05 a.m. 5K walk, Fit Family Expo and Candy Land Kids Zone, 7:30 a.m. to end of event. Registration by Aug. 31: $40; $25 ages 11 and younger; $40 virtual runner. Regular registration, Sept. 1-Oct. 18: $45 adults. Late registration, Oct. 19-20: $50 adults. Check website for parking location map and details. Parking in Lots 4 and 8 ($12). UCLA, Wilson Plaza, 425 Westwood Plaza, Westwood. 310-473-5121. www.lacancerchallenge.com
AHEAD With Horses: The non-profit developmental therapeutic vaulting program for children with disabilities needs volunteers, individuals or groups, and donations for their programs and help when they move to a new property in Lake View Terrace from their current base in Shadow Hills. Accelerated Habilitation Education and Development With Horses was founded in 1968. 818-767-6373. GoFundMe: bit.ly/2YNkzHc; facebook.com/aheadwithhorsesinc
Send information at least two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. 818-713-3708.