Want to support autism research in a couple of really fun ways? Buy dinner today at any of the six Cosi restaurant locations in Central Ohio (from 5 p.m. until closing), and Cosi will donate 50 percent of sales to the Autism Speaks organization . You can also purchase an Autism Speaks wristband for $1. There are Cosi locations at Easton and Polaris, and in Bexley, Worthington, on Bethel Road and on Sawmill Road; just go to www.getcosi.com to find the one nearest you.

And then, this Sunday, July 10, join our friends at NBC4 at the Autism Puzzle Bowl-a-Thon! It takes place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd., Columbus.

Children affected by autism get to bowl for free, plus earn a free t-shirt and gifts from event sponsors. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. Space is limited so children must be pre-registered. To pre-register, either email Jerod at jsmalley@wcmh.com or call 614-261-4413.