Runners, walkers get ready for Saturday’s Austin POWER 5K

Registration is still open for Saturday’s race – the fifth annual – and organizers hope to surpass 700 participants. Walkers and runners can register in person on Friday at 5840 W. Chicago Ave. until 5 p.m. and on race day beginning at 7 a.m. Loretto Hospital and Ald. Chris Taliaferro’s office are among the groups and businesses that will be fielding teams.

Donate blood this weekend

The Loretto Hospital and the Nu Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity have organized the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in the hospital’s sixth floor auditorium. Schedule an appointment in advance; walk-ins also are welcome.

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Loretto Hospital and state Rep. La Shawn Ford will be commemorating the civil rights leader at an event that celebrates life before, during and after recovery. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in the hospital’s sixth floor auditorium at 645 S. Central Ave.

Donate to winter clothing drive

The Loretto Hospital is collecting boots, coats, hats, gloves, shirts, pants, shoes and other clothing for its patients. There are drop boxes at the hospital, 645 S. Central Ave., and at 5120 W. Jackson Blvd.

Paint Austin pink on Oct. 1

Austin has one of the highest rates of breast cancer mortality in the city. The Loretto Hosptial and its foundation are working to reduce the number of women who die from this disease. Join others on the West Side from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 for the annual kick-off reception.