Deadline: Documentary about why former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, a Republican, commuted 167 death sentences. Free. Followed by a pro-con panel discussion about the death penalty. At Duke, in the Paul M. Gross Auditorium (next to the law school), Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. 286-7080.
Catholic Hospitality: A benefit concert for Ailanthus House, a Catholic Worker ministry for people visiting death row inmates and working to abolish capital punishment, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., at Pullen Baptist Church, 1701 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Featuring folk singers Charlie King and Karen Brandow. Donations accepted. 833-4129.
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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 Westend Community Inc. To get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org , 403-7665.
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).
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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, Thursday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., N.C. State University Club; 2004 honorees are lawyers Burton Craige and Steve Edelstein. Tickets: 783-7720.
Nuclear Holocaust: 270,000 died 60 years ago in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Create a fabric panel to send to Japan as part of the "Great Vow," on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m., Chapel Hill Zen Center, Hwy. 86 North. Register: 491-2037. Info: www.jiozosforpeace.org .
Greensboro Massacre: 25th anniversary march for racial and economic justice and the right of dissent, Saturday, Nov. 13, Dunbar & Everett streets, Greensboro. Info, carpooling: www.gjf.org , 929-5983 (Lucy Lewis).
Pesticides & Kids: They don't mix. "Protecting Our Kids" at Orange County Public Library, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, features Dr. Katherine Shea, Duke Medical Center, and Billie Karel, of Raleigh's Agricultural Resources Center. www.pested.org , 833-1123.
Endless War? Christopher Paine, senior analyst of the nuclear program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, speaks at two U.N. Association chapters. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m. (supper), Meredith College Dining Hall, Raleigh; $10, RSVP to Sally Cook, 467-3642, by Nov. 12. Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon (lunch), Holiday Inn, 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill; $15, RSVP to 967-6853 by Nov. 12.
"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, 19-20 at Cary Academy Fine Arts Center. Community forum Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. Tickets: www.thejusticetheaterproject.org , 845-7386.
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 Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); 1st Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Welcome, Baby: Training for volunteers Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-noon; you'll help Duke, Durham Regional hospitals deliver parenting information to new moms. 560-7318 to register.
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: email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.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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