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We're starting to get those yuletide and end of year notes.
Peace Toys: Y'all--your groups, churches--are asked to collect nonviolent toys, which will be given to kids turning in their war toys. Got it? The Toy Exchange is Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. at Lyon Park in Durham. Sponsored by North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and Calvary Ministries of the West End Community Inc. To get involved: websafenc@intrex.net , 403-7665.

Lucy's Card: It's $50, gets you 20 percent off at lots of stores through Nov. 14, and the money helps the kids with mental disabilities at The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary. www.lucyscard.org .

Donate Bikes: Donate that old bike to Pedals for Progress, which gives them to the working poor overseas. $10 requested donation to fix 'em up first. Collection day is Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 620-1445 (Dan Gatti).

Donate Cars: Wheels4Hope in Raleigh fixes 'em up and sells 'em cheap ($500) to folks re-entering the community from transitional programs. www.wheels4hope.org , 255-1325 (Chris Simes).

Plan Ahead
Nickel and Dimed: Barbara Ehrenreich's book about pink-collar workers in America is now a play, and The Justice Theater Project is premiering it in North Carolina Nov. 13-14 and 19-20 at Cary Academy Fine Arts Center. Community forum Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. Tickets: www.thejusticetheaterproject.org , 845-7386.

PFADP: Annual conference of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty is Saturday, Dec. 4, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance building, Durham. www.pfadp.org , 933-7567.

Human Rights: Annual dinner of the Human Rights Coalition of N.C. is Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., N.C. State University Club, Raleigh. Honoring the Rev. Ray Buchanan, founder and CEO of Stop Hunger Now, a terrific international aid organization. Tickets: $30, to HRCNC, 5400 Neuse Forest Rd., Raleigh 27616. 876-0501 (Joyce Scapicchio).

Datebook
Neuse No-No: Should Butner's sewage treatment plant be allowed to pump more nitrogen downriver to Falls Lake? So many environmentalists said "no" at the first hearing that a second one is slated: Thursday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Info: 856-1180, dean.nrf@att.net (Dean Naujoks).

Peacemakers: Join Art and Peggy Gish, back from Iraq and Palestine as Christian Peacemaker Team members, for a potluck meal on Saturday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Airport Rd. 967-4080 (Beth Kurtz-Costes).

NC WARN: 4th Annual Silent Auction and Dance Party at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Garrett Rd., Durham, Saturday, Nov. 6, 6:30-11 p.m. Proceeds benefit the group's watchdog effort on global warming, Shearon Harris nuclear plant. www.ncwarn.org, 416-5077.

Chapel Hill CAN Do: Community Action Network (CAN) holds annual meeting at the Chapel Hill Public Library Sunday, Nov. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m., with focus on local campaign financing. Public is invited: 967-9942 (Peter Walz).

Holiday Auction: 17th annual auction (300 items!) benefits Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Sunday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., Sheraton of Chapel Hill. Awards, food, drink. Tickets $35-40, www.orrcc.org, 968-4647.

Voting Rights: Was it a mess Tuesday? Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the nation's leading constitutional scholars, is at Duke Law School now. He's speaking Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m., at the N.C. Mutual Life Insurance building, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. Sponsored by the student chapter of the ACLU at N.C. Central Law School. 260-9360 (David Andrews).

Finlator Dinner: UNC-CH Law School Dean Gene Nichol keynotes the Wake County ACLU's 20th annual dinner, named for the Rev. W. W. Finlator, the civil rights pioneer; 2004 honorees are lawyers Burton Craige and Steve Edelstein. Tickets: 783-7720.

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 P.O., and Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Road, 942-2535; in Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); 1st Wednesday, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Strictly Voluntary
Here's Your Help: Chapel Hill Service League has about 100 women ready to help with your community project. Call 933-1141 to apply, or write: P.O. Box 156, CH 27517.

Blue Ribbon Mentors: Adults help Chapel Hill-Carrboro students; men, Spanish-speakers needed especially. 918-2170 (Graig Meyer).

Girls & Math: Mentoring program seeks women with math, science, tech careers to mentor 8th grade girls once a month. Starts in January, volunteer by Nov. 15. In Durham or Wake County. 530-6454 (Laura Smith), 998-7394 (Melissa Sloup).

SAFEchild: Wake child abuse prevention groups needs folks who speak English and Spanish, 2-3 hours a week. Training first: gbustle@safechildnc.org, 232-5661 (Ginna Bustle).

Durham Crisis Response: 24-hour hotline needs volunteers. Free training: www.durhamresponse.org, 403-9425 x 230.

Durham Food Bank: Help fight hunger, at 708 Gilbert St. 956-2513, x. 222 (Theresa Garrett).

Club Nova: Help furnish new apartments for adults with mental illness. emalphurs@opc-mhc.org, 968-6682 (Elisabeth Malphurs), 967-6985 (Camellia Morton).

Teens Climb High: In Women's Center program, women over 21 help middle-school girls throughout the Triangle. Lisa, 968-4610.

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