The D.C. Department of African Affairs is having a town hall meeting with Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Room G9 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The forum will focus on issues affecting the District’s ethnic African communities, including health disparities, education and the economy. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call 202-727-5634.
Whitman-Walker’s AIDS Walk Washington, a 5K fundraising walk and timed run, will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 29 at Freedom Plaza.
Whitman-Walker, a District-based nonprofit, provides health care and support for people with HIV/AIDS. To register, donate or volunteer, go to www.aidswalkwashington.org or call 202-332-9255.
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities named Lionell Thomas as its executive director, replacing interim director Ayris Scales. Thomas was executive director of the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. Before then, Thomas served for 22 years with the D.C. arts commission.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) named Allison Gerber, a graduate of Sweet Briar College and Tulane Law School, as executive director of the D.C. Workforce Investment Council.
The council, which includes representatives from private business, organized labor, city agencies, youth and community groups, is responsible for developing a five-year strategic workforce investment plan for the District, assisting local and regional employers with hiring needs and developing workforce accountability and performance systems.
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is accepting applications through Nov. 18 for its 2012 Distinguished D.C. Employees awards.
The awards honor five employees who have solved an extraordinary problem or achieved a difficult goal, brought recognition to the city, initiated and implemented an innovation with dramatic results, shown excellence beyond the call of duty or provided inspirational leadership.
Full-time, non-Cabinet-level employees are eligible for the $7,500 cash award; teachers and principals are not. For information, go to www.cafritzawards.org.
Greater First Baptist Church, 2701 13th St. NW, is hosting a free health fair from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. District residents can get free diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, hearing and HIV screenings. Lunch will be provided. For information, call 202-409-5315 or e-mail email@example.com.