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Going to New York? Sunday, August 29: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" to greet the Republican National Convention delegates to New York City, march organizers promise. Gather 10 a.m., 7th Ave. & 14th St., step-off 12 noon. Get updates from: www.unitedforpeace.org/email, 212-868-5545.

RNC Week: Convention is Monday-Thursday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Before going, do you have a place to stay? Transportation? (You can't just drive into Manhattan.) And, most important, are you going to do what the cops say or get arrested? Think ahead, gang. Triangle protesters sharing via: nornc_nc@yahoogroups.com; info: 408-0363 (Steve Sherman).

For Fun: Will Ferrell as W., http://whitehousewest.com.

Enviro Alert
Clean Air? N.C. Environmental Management Commission hearing on Bush Administration's "new source review" rules, weakening federal clean air standards for old coal-fired plants; should N.C. cave in or fight back? Thursday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Parker-Lincoln Building, 2728 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. Info from Sierra Club, molly.diggings@sierraclub-nc.org, 833-8467, EMC's alternatives at http://daq.state.nc.us/Rules/Hearing/.

4 Million Chickens? An Indiana-based agricorp wants to put an enormous "egg-producing factory" in Hyde County, next door 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).

This Week
Geneva Conventions: What are they? Are they "quaint," as Bushies say? UNC-Greensboro history Prof. 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. jstraley@email.unc.edu, 942-1694 (Joe Straley).

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 at stake. 834-3466.

Human Rights Coalition: HRCNC meeting Wednesday, Aug. 18, Community United Church of Christ, Dixie Trail & Wade Ave., Raleigh. Info, nominations for its annual HR award, to: joyce.scapicchio@oracle.com, 876-0501.

USO at RDU: Wake Citizens for Effective Government resumes monthly meetings Thursday, Aug. 19, 6:30-8 p.m., Borders Books, Strickland & Six Forks roads, Raleigh; speaker is George Tuskey, director of the new USO post at the airport. 847-9901 (Gerry Bowles).

Get Your Elvis On: Look-a-like contest ('50s, '60s, '70s Elvi categories) and actual Elvis performances Friday, Aug. 20, at Bluz Eatery & Spirits in RTP, benefits N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Tix, and Elvis entries accepted, at: www.nccasa.org, 572-2580 (Mitch or Donna).

Louisburg: Activists are showing Bill Moyers' NOW program about how money and politics corrupted the new Medicare drug benefit, Saturday, 10-12 a.m., Louisburg Senior Center, Shannon Shopping Center, Rte. 401. 562-7612 (Steve Gallagher).

Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street Post Office, and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesdays 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. Also, Aug. 21-22, 1-9 p.m., Hillsborough Wal-Mart. Mebowers4@cs.com , 402-9194 (Mary Ellen Bowers).

Get 'em Registered: Democracy N.C. is focusing voter reg efforts on youth, minorities. Volunteers asked to call 967-9942, info: www.democracy-nc.org .

Teen Dems: Holding a "Youth Coming Together to Help Rock the Vote" meeting Wednesday, Aug. 11, Dem HQ, 220 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 244-1499 (Aimee Schmidt). 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?

Volunteer, Please
La Fiesta del Pueblo: 600 volunteers needed to work Sept. 11, Sept. 12, at the State Fairgrounds. No Spanish? It's OK. www.elpueblo.org, 835-1525 (ask for Melanie).

Durham Literacy: Literacy Council training volunteers to help adult students learn to read; orientations on Aug. 17, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. 1410 W. Chapel Hill St. shelisa@durhamliteracy.org, 489-8383.

HopeLine: Free training starts Sept. 27 for volunteers to answer 24-hour crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline. hlysc@aol.com, 832-3326 (Amy Cobb).

Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class. info@ocrcc.org, 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. gbustle@safechildnc.org, 232-5661.

Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers. kvwake@alltel.net, or 833-1282.

Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.

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