Umstead: Get ready for Earth Day with the 2004 Celebration for Umstead, Saturday, April 17 in Raleigh. Food, lots of music, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; a walk/run at 10. Discover Umstead State Park and your friendly nonprofit, the Umstead Coalition. $10 adults, kids 12 & under free. Come in on Reedy Creek Road, off Blue Ridge Road. umsteadcoalition.org, 852-2268.
Nature Walks: Or canoe the Neuse River. The best places in the Triangle, throughout the spring, courtesy of Triangle Land Conservancy. doug@ tic-nc.org, 833-3662 (Doug Nicholas).
Z. Smith Material? Know someone who's providing extraordinary leadership in race relations? Personal service to the needy? Grassroots advocacy? Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation welcomes nominations for its annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, which give $5,000 prizes and $20,000 more for the winners' designated nonprofits. Due date: June 1. See zsr.org for details.
Dix Park: Can you see the Dorothea Dix tract in Raleigh as a fabulous park? Join with Dix Community Partnership and People for Parks: dixcp.org, 832-0226 or 515-1194 (Will Hooker).
No to Rape: NCSU Men's Program is showing the documentary No!, with filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons on hand for Q&A, Wednesday, April 14, 8 p.m., Nelson Hall room 3400. email@example.com, 513-3291 (Bryan Profitt).
MoveOn's Ways: The online activists from MoveOn.org are at the Regulator bookstore, Ninth Street in Durham, Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m., with MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country. Featuring Indy contributor Cat Warren, among others. 515-4105 for Ms. Cat at NCSU.
Pickle Picket: Thursday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., support the Mt. Olive Pickle boycott at Kroger, 3117 Shannon Rd., Durham. Meal, program follows at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. 489-4485, 687-8877 for info.
Wake's Homeless: Help write the Raleigh-Wake County 10-year plan to end it. Next meeting, Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., The Healing Place, Raleigh. Ken Maness, 890-3655 or check www.raleigh-nc.org.
Raleigh's 'hoods: Bruce Mamel, a leader in the Raleigh neighborhood preservation task force effort, is guest speaker at Wake County Citizens for Effective Government, Thursday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Borders Books, 8825 Six Forks Rd. 847-6942.
Green Power: Ruffin Slater, from Weaver Street Cooperative in Carrboro, talks up environment-friendly buying, at the UNC Sustainable Communities lunch series, Friday, 1-2 p.m., Gardner 308, UNC-CH. Free, open to all. 966-9922.
Brown vs. Board of Ed: 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case is marked by our four universities Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hillside HS, Durham. Speakers include Julius Chambers, John Hope Franklin, Nan Keohane. pubpol.duke.edu for more.
Fair Trade Coffee: Our International Visitors Council welcomes Nicaraguan coffee farmer Cesar Zeledon, talking about how "free trade" is wiping out growers, fattening mega-agricorp profits and not saving you anything. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, Tuesday, April 20, 4:30 p.m. Free, open to all. Also at NCSU, Caldwell Hall lounge, at 7 p.m.
An Earth Day Star: Join Sierra Club folks at Quail Ridge Books, 3524 Wade Ave., Raleigh, Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., where Deborah Kramer will read from Great Waters, her book about the life-giving oceans. "If you only read one book about the sea ..." said the London Times. 828-1588.
IndyMedia NCSU: What is IndyMedia? Find out Thursday, April 22, 7-9 p.m., Talley Student Center; Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Trent screens The Panama Deception as the keynote. Also, films and music at the Free Expression Tunnel on Wednesday, April 21, 5-9 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-1276 (Brad Goodnight).
March for Women's Lives: The pro-choice march in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 25 will be big. www.marchforomen.org; for info on buses going up-and-back on Sunday: email@example.com, 539-7702 (Gailya Paliga).
Club Nova: Support, donate to, and shop at the thrift store; help the clubhouse in Carrboro where folks with mental illness issues gather and work. Contact: 967-6985 (Camellia Morton).
AnimalKind: For a "$20 Fix," spay or neuter your low-income pet; volunteers needed to help spread the news: www.animalkind.org, 870-1660.
Worker's Rights: Fluent Spanish- and English-speaking to help at NCOSH in Durham, dealing worker safety, wages-and-hours claims. Training offered. 286-9249 (Amy or Marlyn).
SAFEchild: Child abuse prevention agency, needs experienced mentor-moms for families with newborns. Training provided. In Raleigh at 864 W. Morgan St. Open house 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 23, or call 743-6140 (Michelle Putterman).
Durham Literacy Council: Needs ESL (English as Second Language) tutors. firstname.lastname@example.org, 489-8383, x 25 (Shelisa Howard).
HopeLine: 24-hour crisis hotline. Caring, non-judgmental. Volunteer training starts in April: contact April Chester, 832-3326, email@example.com.
Source Force: Helps people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS. Help with monthly picnics and/or perform at them. Volunteer orientation: 418-HELP (Suzanne).
At Wal-Mart: Waltons refuse to carry Robert Greenwald's documentary, Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War, but Flight-suit George W. books and toys are its faves. If this strikes you as skewed: 1-800-WAL-MART; walmartstores.com; or just stop going.
At CVS: CVS lets its pharmacists, for "religious reasons," refuse to fill prescriptions for birth-control pills, as a Texas customer recently found out. Insane. What's next, CVS faith-healers? Contact: cvs.com, 1-888-607-4287 to register your comment. Or, go to Eckerd, where they dispense legal drugs legally.
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