"Lesson" & Alan Gell: The transformative powers of the Alan Gell case and "A Lesson Before Dying" are explored Sunday, April 25, 7 p.m. Cardinal Gibbons H.S., Raleigh. The play, by Romulus Linney based on the Ernest Gaines novel, explores issues of crime, death and humanity. After, Gell and his lawyers talk about being exonerated after years on death row. Free, contributions accepted. Sponsors: the Justice Theater Project and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. 870-8715 (Megan Nerz).
Tomdispatch.com: "This is not the crew I'd hire to run my empire," says Tom Englehardt, the editor of this Iraq-Bush blog, a project of The Nation Institute. Read his "Dreaming of George" asap. Then call George at the White House Comment Desk: 202-456-1111. Or call Elizabeth Dole and tell her to wake up: 202-224-3121.
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).
Peace Vigils: Durham, every Saturday, 12 noon-1 p.m. at Brightleaf Square, contact Bill Jeffries 402-0424.; Chapel Hill Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street post office; also, Fridays, 5-6 p.m. East Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., contact 942-2535.
Bring a Candle: And respect, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, for gays who are silenced in our midst. A candlelight vigil Wed., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Ninth Street in Durham. Sponsor: Durham Crisis Response Center, 403-9425.
Earth Day Star: Join Sierra Club folks at Quail Ridge Books, 3524 Wade Ave., Raleigh, Wed., 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.
Earth Day Forum: Shaw University and the Interfaith Alliance host an Earth Day forum Thursday, April 22, 6:30-9 p.m. (reception follows) at the school chapel, 118 E. South St., Raleigh. www.interfaithalliance-nc.org for info.
Peaceful Tomorrows: Hillsborough's Blue Bayou Club hosts two benefit shows for the group, which includes family members of 9-11 victims who don't think war is the answer. (Suggested tab: $5-10.) Bluesfest, Thursday, April 22. Square dancing, April 29. Both at 8 p.m. email@example.com (David Potorti), 466-9355; Blue Bayou: 732-2555.
People's Alliance: Durham's progressive political group hosts a meal & meeting, guests are welcome, Thursday, April 22. $6 for--what else?--"delicious Persian vegetarian fare." firstname.lastname@example.org for secret location, time, or 682-7777.
Green Banking: Fred Broadwell, of Self-Help Credit Union fame, tells how to put your invested money to good use, at the UNC Sustainable Communities lunch series, Friday, April 23, 1-2 p.m., Gardner 308, UNC-CH. Free, open to all. 966-9922.
Peacemakers: N.C. Peace Action honors the Rev. W.W. Finlator, Rania Masri at its annual dinner, 6 p.m., April 23, N.C.S.U. Club, Raleigh. email@example.com, 469-0831.
Women's Worth: Analysis of the state budget re: women, by Orange County Commission for Women, NC Women United. Friday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill. firstname.lastname@example.org, 358-3442 (Stephanie Kilpatrick).
Teen Democrats: There's nowhere for your party to go but up, eh? All teens invited to a state convention Saturday, April 24, 1-3 p.m., Dem HQ, 220 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. email@example.com
God's Child: Project helps Guatemalan children with health care, education. Patrick Atkinson, the founder, visits The Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, Saturday, April 24, 5 p.m. 942-4744, 929-9533.
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.
Workers' Rights: Fluent Spanish- and English-speaking to help at NCOSH in Durham, dealing with 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 English as Second Language tutors. shelisahoward@yahoo. com, 489-8383, x 25 (Shelisa Howard).
HopeLine: 24-hour crisis hotline. Caring, non-judgmental. Contact April Chester, 832-3326, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Wal-Marts 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.
Got something for Act Now? Send it to Act Now at P.O. Box 2690, Durham, N.C. 27715. You can also fax to 286-4274 or e-mail to email@example.com. Please include the date, time, street and city address and phone number for the event. Our deadline is every Friday for the following week's issue.