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Tsunami Relief
Donations: Go to www.google.com/tsunami_ relief.html for 17 suggestions.

Exploris: Speakers from the Sri Lankan community and Stop Hunger Now; cultural activities from India, Sri Lanka and other regional countries. Jan. 9, noon-5 p.m. Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Free; donations will go directly to aid the affected countries.

Counter-Inauguration
Jan. 20: United for Peace and Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org) urges participation in the protest activities being organized by two groups: the D.C. Anti-War Network (www.dawndc.net) and Turn Your Back on Bush (www.turnyourbackonbush.org). Visit the DC-based Web site www.counter-inaugural.org for housing and ride boards, resources, meeting information, and more. The UFPJ site is also listing local activities (there's none here yet).

Blue Shirts: On Jan. 20, show the world you don't support George W. by donning an "I'm Blue; I Didn't Vote for Bush" shirt, available for $30 at www.FreeBlue.us. (Fifty percent of purchase price goes to voting rights initiatives.)

New Voter Bill of Rights: The goal is to get 25,000 people to sign by Inauguration Day, and then send the bill to all members of Congress. It can be found at www.globalexchange.org and www.codepinkalert.org.

Datebook
Mary Myers Memorial Fundraiser: Over 50 teams made up of area sports club members, plus 500 families and 2,000 attendees, raise money for the American Cancer Society; plus a raffle and silent auction. Jan. 7-9, Carolina SportsPlex, Cary. www.marymyersmemorial.org.

Masankho Banda: International peace activist and performing artist in the Triangle to perform and teach at four events, Jan. 7-9. For schedule, contact Ginny Going or Tom Henderson at 821-3723 or interplaync@nc.rr.com.

Green Investments Roundtable: Learn socially responsible investing from Bradley A. Williams, MBA, CFP. Jan. 11, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Raleigh Whole Foods Market, 3540 Wade Ave. Free, but pre-register at 828-5805.

Anti-War March: Planning meeting for a demonstration and march in Fayetteville on March 19 to protest the war in Iraq. Jan. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Third floor conference room, Durham County Library, N. Roxboro St. 402-0092, wsgural@juno.com (Bill Gural).

Duke MLK Commemoration: Arts, Education and Activism: A Call to Action with keynote speakers Bernice Johnson Reagon and Angela Davis. Events take place Jan. 13-23 and are free and open to the public. Search www.dukenews.duke.edu for schedule.

NCAE MLK Banquet: Honored guest State Auditor Ralph Campbell receives the Excellence in Equity award, as do Nyoni Collins and Claudia Brown, plus awards for the student winners of the NCAE Arts and Writing contest, and keynote speaker Warlene Gary. Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. N.C. Association of Educators Center, 700 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. For info and tickets, 832-3000 x205 or x200.

Raleigh Jaycee Fundraiser: Wine and beer tasting with hors d'oeuveres, entertainment and door prizes to raise funds for the Goodfellows Foundation (www.goodfellows.org). Jan. 15, 8-11 p.m. Allied Home Mortgage, 251 Keisler Dr., Ste. 100, Cary. $20 advance, $25 door. www.raleighjaycees.org. 889-3839 (Carmen Buffington).

Orientation & Training
Durham Literacy Center: Help an adult learn to read; help immigrants and refugees learn English; mentor and tutor teen dropouts in reading or math; assist in fundraising or admin projects. Pre-service orientation sessions Jan. 10, 12-1 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.; Jan. 13, 7-8 p.m.; Jan. 20, 7-8 p.m. Call 489-8383 or e-mail lizzie@durhamliteracycenter.org to register. www.durhamliteracy.org.

Hopeline, Inc. : Provide confidential, non-judgmental help on crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline. Training starts Jan. 25. If you can commit to nine months of volunteering, call 832-3326 or e-mail hlysc@aol.com for an application and details.

Double Up!
Threshold: Threshold is Durham's day rehabilitation program for adults with severe mental illness, and from now until Feb. 25, all contributions from new donors or donors who haven't given in 15 months will be doubled. Send your check to Threshold, PO Box 11706, Durham 27703. Scholarships Lady Oya Scholars Program: Accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships that assist domestic violence survivors attending post-secondary programs. Open to citizens and permanent legal N.C. residents already enrolled in an accredited course of study at a U.S. institution. Postmark deadline is April 1. Info at www.ladyoya.org or 957-4998, mjharris@ladyoya.org (Marcus Harris).

You're gonna rise up voting
Democracy Summer 2005: A project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan group Democracy N.C., Democracy Summer selects young N.C. adults (ages 17-24) to gain hands-on experience working for social change. The eight-week (May 25-July 29) full-time program promotes fair elections and advocates for voting rights and campaign reformand pays $2,000. Info at www.democracy-nc.org/nc/DemocracySummer/default.html. Accepting applications now.

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