24th Year in Raleigh: Activists have protested the arms race monthly on Fayetteville Mall since 1982. Join them May 4, noon-1 p.m., at a location as close to the P.O. as they can get (construction, you know); then come to the Lighthouse Restaurant for lunch and cake, and to hear N.C. Peace Action president Bill Towe speak on "The Sorrows of Empire." 821-2014, firstname.lastname@example.org (Slater Newman).
Peace Vigils: Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O.; Fridays, 5-6 p.m., East Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535. Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Gregson and Main streets opposite Brightleaf Square, 402-0424 (Bill Jeffries). Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino). On the Issues Comprehensive Sex Ed: E-mail the State Board of Education and urge them to expand the current Healthy Living curriculum to include responsible sex education: www.ppaction.org/campaign/ncresponsiblesexed.
Equal Relationship Rights: Tell your legislators to oppose Senate Bill 8/House Bill 55, the so-called "Defense of Marriage" state constitution amendment. To send them e-mails, go to www.equalitync.org and follow the Take Action links.
Yes, Mental Health: May is MH Month. Issues info at www.mha-nc.org , or the state organization's information & referral line, 1-800-897-7494.
No, Death Penalty: Follow Lisa Thomas, an Alabama woman, as she walks to DC in protest against capital punishment and hunger. www.phadp.org/blog/
Speak Out Against Sexual Assault: N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault hosts an open mic night featuring poetry, dance and theater by survivors and local talent, plus special guest Tracy S. Feldman. April 27, 7 p.m. The Office, 310 S. West St., Raleigh. For info or to participate: 870-8881, email@example.com (Tracy Wright).
Sexual Assault Awareness Rally: Tell the General Assembly to keep funding crisis centers and mandatory HIV testing of sex offense criminals upon the victim's request. Invited speakers include state legislators and law enforcement, plus advocates and survivors. April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., N.C. Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 828-7501, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Garth Hewitt: Anglican clergyman/folk singer from Britain whose ministry focuses on Palestine and the Middle East. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace With Justice. April 28, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Raleigh; April 29, Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill.
Raleigh Critical Mass: Advocate for bicyclists' rights to the road, sustainable transportation and community building. On the last Friday of every month (April 29), bring your bike and your energy to the NCSU Bell Tower, Hillsborough Street, at 4:30 p.m.
Durham Crisis Response Center: Fifth Annual Silent Auction & Benefit, music by members of the Durham Symphony and a lively jazz trio, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and wine, and an eclectic assortment of auction items including weekend getaways, spa packages, art and more.
Supports services for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Durham. April 30, 7-10:30 p.m. Historic CC Thomas House, downtown Durham. Tickets are $35 presale and $40 at the door.
Class Matters: Workshop led by Betsy Leondar-Wright, author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists, May 1, 3-6 p.m., Regulator Books, Durham, 720 9th St. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 824-0659.
NC WARN in Raleigh: Environmental group meets to discuss global warming, Progress Energy's nuclear plans, May 3, 7:30 p.m., Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail. 416-5077, email@example.com .
2nd Annual yART SALE!: Arts and crafts benefit show in a yard-sale setting, with photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, hand-knits, pottery and more from local artists. Benefits two local nonprofits doing good work for social and environmental justice: Student Action with Farmworkers (www.saf-unite.org) and ARC/Pesticide Education Project ( www.PESTed.org ). May 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 502 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh. 833-1123 (Billie), www.PESTed.org.
Strong Men are Gentle Men : Speaker Cutler Andrews from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, plus breakfast, strong men panel, tough men dramatization. All men, teen boys and women invited. May 7, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Bestfood Cafeteria, Chatham Plaza Shopping Center, Siler City. Register by May 2 at 742-7320, firstname.lastname@example.org (Manuel Colorado-Reyes). $5.
Global Marijuana March: March and rally with live music, hosted by the N.C. Cannabis Association. Speakers include Jeff Badalucco, Adam Pyburn, David Brannon, Sean Haugh, Ken Locke. Bands include The Aggro-Vators, Reason to Ignite, The Unabombers, Shiloh, Punr, Bloody Satisfaction, Obliterated, Syria, Wetsuit Francias. May 7, noon. N.C. Capitol Building, Morgan Street side, Raleigh. Info: www.CannabisNC.org, www.Cures-Not-Wars.org , or call 247-2644, e-mail email@example.com (Jeff).
Benefit Independent Animal Rescue: Bid on original masterpieces by some of N.C.'s finest artists, with money going to help needy dogs and cats. Works include furniture, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-blown glass, photography and paintings. Hors d'oeuvres, cash wine bar and the live horn stylings of Saxophrass! WRAL's Debra Morgan hosts. May 7, 6:30 p.m. Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.animalrescue.net , 403-2221.
National Speak-Out in D.C.: Hands Off Social Security! Stop the Budget Cuts! Fund People's Needs, Not War! May 7. Details at www.votenowar.org .
Proyecto Salud Integral: Outdoor benefit, with circus performers and singing, to benefit this community-based health project in the Guatemalan highlands. May 8, 5 p.m., Forest Theater, UNC-CH campus, $5 suggested. www.psiguatemala.org , 593-7587 (Amanda Koch).
Women's Check-Up Day Health Fair: Screenings for bone density, body fat, blood pressure and depression, plus many info tables; sponsored by the Women's Health Information Center. May 9, 4-6:30 p.m. N.C. Women's Hospital lobby, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill. www.nchealthywoman.org . Registration not required.
Rachel King: Author and anti-death penalty activist reads from her new book about the families of the convicted; co-sponsored by People of Faith Against the Death Penalty. May 9, 7:30 p.m. at Branch's Chapel Hill Bookshop, 243 S. Elliott Road. 968-9110 (John). May 10, 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-7912 (Rene).
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).
Welcome Baby: A free parenting education and support program of the Cooperative Extension Service in Durham County, serving parents of children under 5. Volunteer Hospital Visitors explain the program to parents of newborns at Duke UMC or Durham Regional Hospitals. Training: May 2, 6-9 p.m. Also needed are Volunteer Parent Supporters who call new parents once a week for eight weeks to answer questions and provide info on newborn care and community resources. Three training sessions required: May 2, 6-8 p.m.; May 4, 6-9 p.m.; and May 9, 6-9 p.m. Other volunteers needed: Giving Closet, Office Assistant, Child Care, Hospital Tour. 560-7340, firstname.lastname@example.org (Von Brown).
Durham Board of County Commissioners: Seeking volunteers for 14 citizen boards and commissions, including in the areas of planning, open space and trails, transportation, women and children, and workforce development. Application and info: 560-0025 (Yvonne Gordon), www.co.durham.nc.us . Application deadline: May 5, 5 p.m.
Durham Crisis Response Center: Seeking English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers for 24-hour crisis line, court advocacy and community education programs. Training session begins May 14 and runs for four weeks. Application deadline is May 6. 403-9425, www.durhamresponse.org .
Hillside Avenue Community Health Fair: Volunteers and donors needed to help residents repair homes, clean up lots and prevent lead poisoning. May 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 100 block of Hillside Avenue (park on South or S. Roxboro Street), Durham. email@example.com (Ray Eurquhart).
Harbors Recyclery: A bicycle restoration program designed to benefit disadvantaged children and teenagers in Durham. To volunteer/mentor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate a bike, go to the shop on Saturdays. To buy a reconditioned child's or adult's bike ($15-$60), go to the shop on Fridays and Saturdays. 914-A Gilbert St., Durham.
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, sarah@sus tainableharvest.org or www.sustainableharvest.org.
Mental Health: Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family photography exhibit plus readings, forums and additional events coming to Orange County in fall 2005. Organizing volunteers needed: 968-2022 x291 (Maria Hitt, Healthy Carolinas).
NAMI Newsletter: The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill in Durham is seeking original contributions of words, sentences, paragraphs and short pieces on any topic regarding physical, mental and emotional health and fitness, or music, culture, recovery and your struggles and triumphs, for its monthly newsletter. Contact Phil G. at email@example.com.
Pet Foster Network: Provide short-term, in-home care for dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. 425-2330, www.petfoster.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.animalkind.org .
Read Seed, Inc.: Community Outreach Program gives gently used books to organizations serving at-risk youth, particularly those with limited school readiness skills. To apply: 688-8035, www.readseed.org .
Stitches from the Heart: Nonprofit needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for needy babies in hospitals nationwide; patterns available. Donated yarn appreciated, too. 866-472-6903, StitchFromHeart@aol.com (Kathy Silverton).