4 Million Chickens? An Indiana-based agricorp wants to put an enormous "egg-producing factory" in Hyde County, next to a national wildlife refuge and the fragile Pamlico estuary. Complete with huge waste lagoons and odors, plus 20,000 gallons of wastewater a day. Sierra Club says: Very bad idea. Hearing on a state permit is Aug. 17 in Belhaven; DENR accepting written public comments thru Aug. 25. Info: Sierra Club, 833-8467 (Courtney Washburn).
Coastal Habitat: Public hearing on state's N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., State Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Info: 252-393-8185 (N.C. Coastal Federation).
Amnesty Int'l: Fight torture, promote human rights. Wake chapter meets Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fairmont Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 834-4478 (Josh McIntyre).
Hiroshima: Candlelight vigil marks 59th anniversary of the first A-bomb drop, Friday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m., Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin St. email@example.com, 542-2539 (Beth Kricker).
Convention Center: The architects designing Raleigh's new convention center host a public "feedback" sessions Tuesday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m., at the current civic center. www.raleigh-nc.org.
Geneva Conventions: What are they? Are they "quaint," as Bushies say. UNC-Greensboro history professor Jeff Jones discusses "Trashing the Geneva Conventions" Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Rd. Various peace & justice groups are sponsors. firstname.lastname@example.org, 942-1694 (Joe Straley).
Clean Air? N.C. Environmental Management Commission hearing on state's response to Bush "new source review" rules, weakening federal clean air standards for old coal-fired plants; Thursday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Parker-Lincoln Building, 2728 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. Info from Sierra Club, email@example.com, 833-8467.
Good Golly! It's Molly Ivins, who knew W. when he was only a Shrub. The Texas columnist speaks at a benefit for the N.C. ACLU at the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro (next to the Coliseum), Saturday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. It's $75, but it's your civil liberties, too. 834-3466.
August 29, NYC: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" to greet the Republican National Convention to New York, its organizers promise. Get updates from: www.unitedforpeace.org/email, 212-868-5545.
Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, 12 noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Voting: The Next Generations
Register, Durham: League of Women Voters will register new voters and folks who've moved Thursday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Durham Regional Hospital, cafeteria lobby. Mebowers4@cs.com , 402-9194 (Mary Ellen Bowers).
R U 18-24? Then you (and your friends) are the least likely to vote, and most likely to end up in Iraq. Don't be a (bad) statistic. Register online: www.yourvotematters.org/turnoutNC . D or R, for Bush or against him, why in the world wouldn't you vote?
Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers. firstname.lastname@example.org, or 833-1282.
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class. email@example.com, 968-4647.
Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x. 226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x. 231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x. 223); general number is 942-4862.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.
Senior Games: State Olympics for the over-55 set needs volunteers Sept. 13-Oct. 3. www.ncseniorgames.org, 851-5456.
Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.
Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too. Clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. firstname.lastname@example.org, 232-5661.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
Exchange Students: AYUSA seeking host families for 2004-05 exchange students, including State Department-supported children from Muslim communities. www.ayusa.org, www.mothers4peace.org. also, World Heritage, another State Department-listed program: www.world-heritage.org, 875-2065 (Blaise Strenn).
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