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Peace, Y'all
Peace Vigils: Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O.; Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., East Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535. Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, 402-0424 (Bill Jeffries). Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); first Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Street Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Go, Prog, Go!
www.campusprogress.org: Campus Progress is a new effort to strengthen progressive voices on college campuses nationwide, counter the growing influence of right-wing groups on campus, and empower new generations of progressive leaders. Visit their site, sign up to get updates and other info, and get your own Campus Progress page so you can start blogging and connecting with other students.

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Children of War: A panel of UNC students who have lived through wars in Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia and Lebanon share their stories of survival and talk about the real effects of war. March 2, 6:30 p.m. Cobb Theatre, Stone Center, UNC-CH. Free.

When America Had No Choice: Dr. Takey Crist, Susan Hill and Betty Gunz will present their personal stories about women's reproductive health before Roe v. Wade. March 2, 7 p.m. Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building Auditorium, School of Social Work, 301 Pittsboro St., UNC-CH. 336-508-4560, emijo@email.unc.edu (Emily Johnson).

Colombia: Through Women's Eyes: Video on "Plan Colombia" and panel of five N.C. women who participated in a delegation to Colombia in 2004. March 2, 7-9 p.m. Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 968-1888 (Lori Hoyt).

Arts & Business Coalition of Downtown Durham: This month's guest is Durham Central Park, who will discuss the park and plans for the future. March 3, 6-8 p.m. The Scrap Exchange, 548 Foster St., Durham. www.ABCDdurham.com. Free.

Elections in Iraq, Conflict with Iran, Organizing in America: An eyewitness report and slideshow from Baghdad, Najaf and the West Coast nerve center of the war with Peter Lumsdaine; also, Lou Plummer of Military Families Speak Out. March 3, potluck 6:30 p.m., talk 7:30 p.m. Community Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. 469-0831.

Not Getting By: Real N.C. Voices: Challenging the church to become proactive rather than merely reactive; including a poverty simulation game and two N.C. families telling their stories. March 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. RSVP by March 4 with check to MFSA-NC, PO Box 18311, Raleigh NC 27619-8311. $15 includes breakfast and lunch.

Lenten Death Row Weekly Vigil: Every Friday until Easter, from noon to 1 p.m. (except March 10 & 11, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. due to an execution). Bring signs and banners; fasting optional. Central Prison, 1300 Western Blvd., Raleigh. Info: Raleigh Catholic Worker, 833-4129.

Stars of Hillsborough Talent Show: The Senior Company at To The Pointe Dance & Arts Academy will host local youth showing off their talents; proceeds will be donated to KidSCope, the early intervention program that works with children experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioral issues. March 5, 6 p.m. Orange High School Auditorium, 500 Orange High School Road, Hillsborough. Info: hillsboroughtalent.tripod.com, hillsboroughtalent@hotmail.com. Donation.

Jews for a Just Peace, N.C. : A discussion about divestment as a strategy to end Israel's occupation. March 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. CHICLE, 101 E. Weaver St., 3rd floor above Weaver Street Market, Carrboro. RSVP to info@jfajpnc.org.

Fundraiser for March 19 Rally in Fayetteville: N.C. Peace & Justice Coalition is hosting a screening of The Panama Deception, Wounded Souls and My First War. Organizers will be present to answer questions about the upcoming rally. March 7, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Colony Theatre, 5438 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 847-5677. Donation $5 (or more!).

The Twelve Tribes of American Politics: Dr. John C. Green will discuss how the American electorate views the relationship between politics and faith. March 7, 7:30 p.m. Whitley Auditorium, Elon University. www.elon.edu.

China Adoption Information Seminar: Learn the qualifications, the process and the cost, and visit with adopted children and their parents. March 10, 6:30 p.m. Covenant Christian Church, 2911 SW Cary Parkway, Cary. Register at 462-1521, zhengzhong@mindspring.com (Don and Cathy Downs). www.chinesechildren.org. Free.

Taco Bell Truth Tour: Join Student Action with Farmworkers as they drive to rally in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokolee Workers in front of YUM! Brand headquarters (the parent company of Taco Bell) in Louisville, Ky. March 11-13. 660-3660, farmworker_justice@yahoo.com (Laxmi Haynes).

Strictly Voluntary
Operation Freefall: Are you willing to go extreme? The nonprofit N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault is looking for brave women and men to make a tandem skydive jump for a fundraising event on April 30 to promote awareness against sexual violence. Info: 870-8881, michelle@nccasa.org.

ReTails: Shop to stop pet overpopulation! A thrift shop supporting AnimalKind is now open Thursdays through Sundays at 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. Help save animals with a tax-deductible donation of your used furniture, housewares, clothing and more. ReTails also needs volunteers to work in the shop and transport donated items. All proceeds support "The $20 Fix." 872-0019, info@animalkind.org, www.animalkind.org.

Piedmont Wildlife Center: PWC operates a hospital for native North American wildlife. Volunteer orientation class March 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Pre-registration required: 968-8557, www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org.

CROP Walk: Four-mile walk to raise funds to feed the hungry (locally and internationally) takes place March 20; volunteers needed that day to help with event logistics, and in the months preceding to help with event planning and recruiting walkers. 929-6380 x19, cropwalk@ifcmailbox.org (Josie Hartman).

Scholarship
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).

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