Orange-Chatham Sierra Club: April meeting, with slide show and discussion of environmental problems in Central America's national parks by Peace Corps Volunteer Loren Hintz. April 13, 7:30 p.m. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. nc.sierraclub.org/ocg.
Peak Oil Society of the Triangle: The purpose of the society is to raise awareness about the imminent peak in worldwide oil production and to facilitate members' moves toward sustainable living. Monthly meeting April 13, 8 p.m. Location info: oilawareness.meetup.com/216, firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen Hren).
Campaign to End the Cycle of Violence: The Committee for the Celebration of American Hegemony is having a Billionaire's for Bush Extravaganza in celebration of this year's tax cuts, public good privatizations and democracy purchases; featuring musical performances, poetry readings, food, and a raffling off of public goods--including Social Security--to the highest bidder! April 15, 8-12 p.m. Union Multipurpose Room (1505), UNC-CH. email@example.com, www.billionairesforbush.com.
Carolina Hope Festival: Proceeds from this gathering of artists, musicians and businesses benefit Beacon of Hope, an NGO that brings hope to women and children affected by HIV and AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya. April 16, noon-11 p.m. American Tobacco Amphitheater, downtown Durham. Info and tickets: www.carolinahope.org. $14-29.
N.C. Peace Corps Association: Annual Africa Night to raise funds to build a community garden and well in Mali. African storyteller, live drumming, music, potluck dinner, raffle. April 16, 6-10 p.m. Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. 596-8919, rtpnet.org/~ncpca. $5 with covered dish, $10 without, $5 students.
Adopt-a-Ramp Concert: Featuring Brenda Linton & The Ravens, Raindance, and The Lids; see Music Calendar for details. April 16, 8 p.m. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro.
God's Politics?: Four-week series of discussions about Jim Wallis' new book God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. Sundays in April, 9:30 a.m. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. 489-1381.
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: The national steering committee of OLOC is gathering in Durham to plan their national conference here next year, and they want to meet the local lesbian community. April 17, 4-7 p.m. Commons at the Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road. www.oloc.org.
Shout Out Against Sexual Violence: Survivors and others read and perform works about sexual violence, and local therapist Michelle Johnson discusses healing. April 18, 7:30 p.m. Bingham Hall, Room 103, UNC-CH. Orange County Rape Crisis Center: 968-4647, www.ocrcc.org.
Beanie Babies for OCRCC: Take home a beanie baby and support the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. April 19, Eastgate Hallmark, Chapel Hill; April 22, University Mall Hallmark, Chapel Hill.
UNA-USA Wake County Chapter: Supper meeting with speaker Mwila Chigaga from Zambia, who will discuss the work of the UN in the developing world and specifically Zambia. April 19, 6:30 p.m. Oak Room, Meredith College, Raleigh. Info and RSVP: 850-9696, JLRoush@aol.com (Jim Roush) or 847-7992, firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Klemmer). $10, $5 students and limited income.
Selling the University: Funding, Academic Freedom, and Public Responsibility: How does dependence on corporate, foundation and research funding influence teaching, research and service? Presentations from a panel of scholars, followed by discussion. Speakers: Jennifer Washburn, journalist and author of University, Inc. ; JoAnn Burkholder, botany professor and director of the NCSU Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology; Kendall Thu, anthropology professor at Northern Illinois University; Cat Warren, English professor and director of the NCSU Women's and Gender Studies. April 20, 7-9 p.m. 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH Campus. UNC-CH Progressive Faculty Network.
This Divided State Screening: Documentary follows the explosion of community protest--and support--surrounding Michael Moore's visit to Utah Valley State College in October 2004. April 20, 7 p.m. Bingham Hall, Room 103, UNC-CH. www.thisdividedstate.com, www.campusprogress.org.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. --an environmental attorney and author best known for his efforts to clean up the Hudson River--asserts that the very agencies entrusted to protect us from environmental polluters are instead destroying environmental laws. April 20, 7:30 p.m. Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC-CH. RSVP email@example.com.
Volunteers for Youth: Your help is needed! Currently, 85 kids are waiting to be matched. Spend just two hours with an at risk-youth from Orange County and make a huge difference. Mentor training: April 14, 6-9 p.m. 205 Lloyd St., Suite 103, Carrboro. 967-4511, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Dreyer).
Orange County Literacy Council: Recruiting volunteers to tutor adult learners, especially volunteers able to tutor in the daytime and in Hillsborough, or in math. No teaching experience necessary. Required orientation session: either April 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. or April 28, 6-7 p.m. at both the Skills Development Center (503 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill) and the Orange County Public Library (300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough). Call 933-2151 for info and alternate times. www.orangeliteracy.org.
yART SALE!: Seeking donations from local artists for this arts and crafts benefit show. Accepting photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, hand-knits, pottery and more. All proceeds benefit Student Action with Farmworkers (www.saf-unite.org) and ARC/Pesticide Education Project (www.PESTed.org). The yART SALE! is May 7. Info and donations: www.PESTed.org, 833-1123 (Billie).
Sustainable Harvest International: Volunteers needed to help with the sustainable technology projects at SHI's demonstration farm in Honduras. Volunteers stay at the farm and work with local families and Honduran staff to teach farmers alternatives to destructive slash-and-burn agricultural practices. May 26-June 4. Contact the SHI Outreach Office at 933-9472, email@example.com or www.sustainableharvest.org.