Fund-Raiser for Sickle Cell Disease

Walkers and bikers will take to the streets Saturday to raise money for research into sickle cell disease.

The opening ceremony for the fund-raiser, sponsored by a sickle cell parents' support group at Howard University Hospital, begins at 9 a.m. at the hospital. Bikers will start pedaling 16.1 miles at 9:20 a.m. The route will go down Georgia Avenue to the wharf area on Water Street, to a rest stop at the Stadium armory, around downtown and back to Howard. Walkers start at 9:30 a.m. for a 5K trek down Georgia Avenue, over to Thomas Circle, up 14th Street to U Street and back to Howard. To ride, walk or donate money, contact Howard University's Center for Sickle Cell Disease, 202-806-7930.

Hearing on Power Company Plans

Community hearings for public comment on Potomac Electric Power Co.'s proposal to sell its generation facilities--including the Benning Road and Buzzard Point power plants--will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Library, Ninth and G streets NW and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Washington Highlands Library at Atlantic Street and South Capitol Terrace SW. Those interested in speaking should call the D.C. Public Service Commission at 202-626-5100.

Ward 5 Community Meeting

"The Future Look of Ward 5," a town hall meeting with business people and government officials, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity College's O'Connor Hall, 125 Michigan Ave. NE.

The meeting will include presentations on development projects in the ward. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information, call 202-724-8028.

H Street Festival Returns

After a four-year hiatus, the H Street Festival returns from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on H Street between Eighth and 15th streets NE. The event will include live entertainment, face-painting and other activities.

A community parade will line up at 9 a.m. and start at 10 a.m., marching from the Hechinger Commons Mall down H Street to Third Street.