NC Powerdown: Wed, June 8, 8 pm: Monthly meeting of the group formerly known as Peak Oil Society of the Triangle. Powerdown aims to raise awareness about the imminent peak in worldwide oil production, influence policy decisions that concern fossil energy use, and be a resource to members as they convert to lower-energy lifestyles. Location info: oilawareness.meetup.com/216 or email@example.com (Stephen Hren).
No one should live in fear: Fri, June 10, noon: Eight North Carolinians died in May as a result of domestic violence. The total for 2005 is 17--so far. This vigil is an effort to honor these victims and to unite our community in the struggle against domestic violence. 206 N. Dillard St., Durham. Durham Crisis Response Center: 403-9425, www.durhamresponse.org.
Why Death? How the Death Penalty Affects Us All: Sun, June 12, 9:45 am: Author Charisse Coleman will speak about the murder of her brother in August 1995 and discuss her opposition to the death penalty. June Sunday speaker series at Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. Info: Center for Death Penalty Litigation, 956-9545 (Robin Rogers).
Orange Global Warming Coalition: Sun, June 12, 1 pm: NASA's Electronic Theatre by senior scientist Michael King: Observation on Our Changing Planet: The View from Space. See the latest spectacular images from NASA remote sensing missions, which will be explained in the context of global change and man's impact on our world's environment. Morehead Planetarium, UNC-CH Campus. 929-7429. Free, but seating is limited.
Free Car Wash: Sun, June 12, 1-3 pm: This Uggets (www.uggets.com) car wash only has one catch: After your car is cleaned, you must do two nice things for other people. Borders, 1751 Walnut St., Cary.
Putt for Paws: Mon, June 13, 11:30 am: Shotgun start of golf tournament benefiting the SPCA of Wake County; at the Donald Ross-designed Raleigh County Club course, 400 Peartree Lane. Membership fees waived for participants. To play or sponsor: SPCA at 772-2326 x2087, www.spcawake.org.
An Imaginary Axis Of Evil--Iran from the Inside: Mon, June 13, potluck supper 6:30 pm, presentation 7:30 pm: Presented by Anne Miller, director of N.H. Peace Action. In addition to a cultural discussion of Iran, Miller will address the current international tensions around Iran's nuclear program, and the role the U.S. and its citizens can play to increase the safety and security of both the U.S. and countries in the Middle East. Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. 469-0831.
Blood Drive: Tue, June 14, 1-5 pm: At American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter, 101 Ephesus Church Road, Chapel Hill. 942-4862.
Support National Guard Families: Tue, June 14, 7:30 pm: Rena Wethington, National Guard Family Assistance Center representative, will discuss ways volunteers can assist National Guard families who are undergoing hardship and separation from their loved ones serving in Iraq and elsewhere. Organized by the Durham County Democratic 43rd Precinct. Solterra House, 98 Solterra Way (entrance off Randolph Road across from Winstead), Durham. Info: 490-2973 (Larry Reed), 489-0680 (Hardee Klitzman) or 489-1225 (Joann Barton).
State Legislature HIV Awareness Day: Tue, June 14: N.C. currently ranks worst in the nation in providing expensive AIDS drugs to low-income HIV-positive people. Equality N.C. and NARAL Pro-Choice N.C. are partnering with local HIV providers and advocates around the state to educate legislators about the importance of increased funding for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. State Legislature, downtown Raleigh. Info and registration: www.equalitync.org/lobbyday.
Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County: Wed, June 15, dinner served at 6 pm: Join us for a relaxing summer evening filled with delicious food and fun with friends. A portion of the evening's food sales will be donated to the FVPC. Trilussa la Trattoria, 401 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 967-0057. Info: 929-3872.
Wake County Libertarian Party: Thu, June 16, 7 pm: Wael Masri speaking on "Libertarianism Through Arab Eyes," followed by Q&A session. Arrive at 6:30 to order dinner and drinks and to talk with Masri. Tir Na Nog, 218 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 906-2106, firstname.lastname@example.org (Susan Hogarth). www.wakelp.org.
Hillsborough Hog Day: Fri, June 17, 1-11 pm & Sat, June 18, 8 am-7 pm: Orange County's largest festival, presented by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. www.hillsboroughchamber.com.
Staying Human: Fri, June 17, 6-10 pm: Opening of an art show in the face of the recent KKK cross burnings, featuring works by seven local artists of color: Cornelio Campos, Courtney Reid-Eaton, Darnell Williams, Erick Davis, Hong-An Truong, Malcolm Goff, Manju Rajendran. The Transom, 305 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 599-7904, www.geocities.com/thetransom/The_Transom.
Durham Board of County Commissioners: Application deadline Thu, June 9, 5 pm: Seeking applicants to fill positions on numerous citizen boards and commissions, including Adult Care Home CAC, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Durham Tech CC Board of Trustees, Environmental Affairs Board, Library Board, Nursing Home CAC, Open Space and Trails Commission, and Women's Commission. Full listings, applications and info: www.co.durham.nc.us or 560-0025 (Yvonne Gordon).
Wake County Animal Shelter: Sat, June 11, 10 am: New volunteer orientation. Volunteers needed to socialize animals, walk dogs and assist with adoptions (including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs). Must be 16 or older. 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. Register at 250-1481, email@example.com.
Hillsborough Hog Day: June 17 & 18: Orange County's largest festival, presented by the Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers needed for lots of different jobs; each gets a T-shirt and a BBQ sandwich. 919-732-8156, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFEchild: Child abuse prevention agency in Wake County needs volunteers to work with children ages infant through 12 while their parents attend parenting classes. Read, engage in arts and crafts, lead discussions and play. Classes meet either on Tuesday or Thursday evenings for 10-12 weeks beginning in June. Training and materials provided. 232-5661, email@example.com (Ginna Bustle).
Make an American dream come true: Aspect Foundation is seeking volunteer host families for international high school students from over 30 countries. Info: 460-3958 (Holly), 1-800-US-YOUTH, www.aspectfoundation.org.
HopeLine: Tue, July 12: Volunteer training classes begin. Seeking caring, non-judgmental volunteers, at least 18 years old, to answer 24-hour crisis hotline and provide confidential listening, crisis/suicide intervention and information referrals. 832-3326, firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.C. Pride Marching Band: Inviting anyone who has played a marching band instrument to join them at N.C. Pride on Sept. 24 in Durham, and other dates in S.C., D.C. and Atlanta. The music is relatively easy and there's no auditions, so not playing for years is no excuse not to join! Also needed: flag and banner carriers and band-aids. 477-3943, NCPMB@aol.com, www.NCPrideBand.org.