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Blood Drive: Wed, May 25, 2-6:30 pm: At St. Thomas More Catholic Church & School, 940 Carmichael Drive, Chapel Hill. American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter: 942-4862.

Wake County Young Democrats: Wed, May 25, 6-8 pm: Business/career networking event. Jayzz, City Market, 208 Wolfe St., Raleigh. 828-5656, info@WakeYD.org.

Orange Global Warming Coalition: Wed, May 25, 7 pm: Norman Miller, a professor of environmental politics, will speak about the media's role in the global warming debate, followed by an open discussion of messages and messengers that can bring about effective political dialogue to limit global warming. 116 Murphy Hall, UNC-CH. 929-7429.

The Take: Wed, May 25, 7 pm: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century in this documentary about Buenos Aires workers facing off against the bosses, the bankers and the whole system. Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740.

N.C. Progressive Community Documentary Project: Thu, May 26, 7-9 pm: If you're interested in organizing, helping or just hearing about a potential N.C. Progressive Documentary Project, come to this pre-pre-production planning meeting. Caffe Driade, 1215-A E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. katianwitchger@gmail.com.

New Reactor at Shearon Harris: Thu, May 26, 7-9 pm: Nuclear safety engineer David Lochbaum will address Progress Energy's proposal to build another reactor at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant. Central Carolina Community College, 764 West St. (Rt. 64), Pittsboro. 416-5077, www.ncwarn.org .

Raleigh Critical Mass: Fri, May 27, 4:30 pm: Advocate for bicyclists' rights to the road, sustainable transportation and community building. On the last Friday of every month, bring your bike and your energy to the NCSU Bell Tower, Hillsborough Street.

Hike Ireland: Sat, May 28, 10 am-3 pm: Info session. Join the Arthritis Foundation's Joints in Motion team for the Wicklow Hike outside of Dublin, which raises funds and awareness to help 66 million Americans with arthritis. REI-Durham. www.jointsinmotion.org.

Memorial Honoring the Victims of War: Mon, May 30, 2-4 pm: Sponsored by Orange County Peace Coalition. Carrboro Commons/Farmers' Market, 301 W. Main St. 929-3316, jhhare@earthlink.net.

Mental Health Peer Support Group: Tue, May 31, 2:30-3:30 pm: Weekly meetings for those who need assistance support in days of recovery. North Side Clinic, corner of Mitchell and Caldwell, Chapel Hill. 942-8083, leave message for support group.

Against the Grain: Wed, June 1, 7 pm: Networking local social, economic and ecological alternatives, a series hosted by Internationalist Books. This time: Leif Forer from the Piedmont Biofuel Collective (www.biofuels.coop). 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740.

First Annual CARE Purrfect Yard Sale: Sat, June 4, 8 am-1 pm: Chatham Animal Rescue and Education. Old Friendly Ford location, 165 East St., Pittsboro. Info: 919-542-5757, karenm@chathamanimalrescue.org. Adoptable animals: www.chathamanimalrescue.org.

Strictly Voluntary
Girls on the Run: Apply by June 1: An experiential learning program for girls ages 8-12 to educate and prepare them for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a noncompetitive running event with a community service project. Change a girl's budding notion that how she looks is more important that who she is! Head Coach and Assistant Coach volunteer positions available for the fall season, Sep 12-Dec 9. 929-0831, gotr@nc.rr.com, www.girlsontheruntriangle.com.

Taste of Durham Festival: Help build a stronger, richer community and celebrate our cultural diversity by volunteering for the May 28 festival (www.tasteofdurham.org); contact nonprofit sponsor The Community Chest at 572-6551.

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, retails@animalkind.org, www.animalkind.org.

Summer Food Service Program: May 25-Aug 12, weekdays: This is Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's first year in the SFSP, the summer extension of the free and reduced-price school lunch program. The Food Shuttle needs numerous volunteers to package, deliver and distribute meals in Wake County. Shifts are approximately two hours long; community service volunteers are welcome. Info: www.foodshuttle.org. Volunteer: 250-0043, summerfeeding@foodshuttle.org (Shae Taylor).

Witness for Justice: Provide legal outreach to migrant camps through the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of N.C. Spanish helpful but not required. Commit two evenings per month, Monday-Thursday, June-October. 856-2180 x17 (Callie Kozlak). www.legalaidnc.org/Programs/FWU.

Hunger Bike Ride: To raise awareness and funds for those in the third world suffering from hunger and illiteracy, Chuck and Laura Richardson of Chapel Hill are bicycling from Virginia to California. Money raised will go to Pratham, an NGO dedicated to getting every child in school and learning well in India. Find out how to donate at altruisticaction.com.

Harbors Recyclery: A bicycle restoration program designed to benefit disadvantaged children and teenagers in Durham. To volunteer/mentor, e-mail harborsrecyclery@yahoo.com. 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.

NAMI Newsletter: The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill in Durham is seeking original contributions on any topic regarding physical, mental and emotional health and fitness, or recovery and your struggles and triumphs, for its monthly newsletter. Contact Phil G. at financial-advocate@juno.com.

Pet Foster Network: Provide short-term, in-home care for dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. 425-2330, www.petfoster.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.

Ten Thousand Villages: Interested in fair trade and helping artisans in 32 countries? Currently seeking volunteers to help with Raleigh store sales and upkeep. Three-hour per week minimum. 821-1100, Caroline@villagesofraleigh.org.

Peace, Y'all
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); first Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Street Mall P.O., 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

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