Fight Hunger Literary Potluck: Wed, Aug 17, 7 pm: National program sponsored by America's Second Harvest to find the best amateur cooks while raising funds for hunger-relief. Bring your recipes! Plus food stories and samples from Molly O'Neill and others. Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588. Donations accepted for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Food Bank of Central & Eastern N.C.
Internationalist Books: Wed, Aug 17, 7 pm: Screening End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, followed by discussion and presentation of local projects and campaigns to reduce oil and energy consumption. 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.org.
Rep. David Price Budget Workshop: Thu, Aug 18, 6:30 pm: Constituents get a chance to examine how tax dollars are spent, suggest federal spending priorities and recommend where to cut spending. In cooperation with the Concord Coalition. East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road. 859-5999.
Progressive Documentary Project Team: Thu, Aug 18, 7 pm: General interest meeting. Join this statewide project and help document the current progressive movement in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 MLK Jr. Blvd. www.ncprogdoc.org.
Fundraiser: Thu, Aug 18, 7-9 pm: Fundraiser and call to action by FLOC, Jobs With Justice and the National Farm Worker Ministry; includes a raffle, refreshments and union wine and cheese. Also honoring Gail Phares with the first annual Global Activist Award. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, 616-0889. Raffle tickets: email@example.com.
Traction's Art Therapy: Fri, Aug 19, 7 pm: Express yourself through political guerrilla art. All you need is cardboard, paint and something to say, and Traction's got the cardboard and paint covered. In the grass next to Joe & Jo's, 427 W. Main St. www.getTraction.org.
RBC Center Dog Wash: Sat, Aug 20, 10 am-2 pm: With DJ, food, slap shot hockey, raffles and silent auctions, plus Chapel Hill artist Emily Weinstein creating pet portraits for $35 each. All proceeds benefit Best Friend Pet Adoption's medical fund. RBC Center, North End parking lot, Raleigh. 349-3618, www.bfpa.org. $12 small dogs, $14 medium, $16 large.
AIDS Walk & Ride: Sat, Aug 20: Walk routes of 1 and 3 miles and bikes routes of 30, 60 and 101.5 miles. Starts at Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh. Register, sponsor and donate at aidswalkandride.kintera.org.
Tibetan Cultural Concert: Sat, Aug 20, 6 pm: An event to raise awareness of Tibet, featuring music and dance by Techung and Sherap, who are well-known among the exile Tibetan community. Presented by Association Cognizance Tibet and Kadampa Center. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh. $10, children under 12 free. Tickets available at Dechen Collections 899-6817, Kadampa Center 859-3433, Unity Church of the Triangle 832-8324.
Genesis Home Open House: Sun, Aug 21, 2-3 pm: Genesis Home is a transitional shelter for homeless families; come learn about the agency's programs and its role in revitalizing Durham. 300 N. Queen St., Durham. 683-5878 x21 (Ryan Fehrman).
Weekly Death Penalty Protest: Mon, Aug 22, 5-6 pm: Maintaining a public witness against government-sanctioned killing, every Monday through Sept 19. Some signs and banners provided; other signs and props encouraged. Central Prison, 1300 Western Blvd., Raleigh. 833-4129, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau: Tue, Aug 23, 3-4:30 pm: Tourism Development Authority mtg. 101 E. Morgan St. 680-8310, www.Durham-NC.com.
Christian Social Justice Group Forming: Wed, Aug 24, 6 pm: Watts Street Baptist Church is putting together a discussion group in the fall for Duke students who want to explore social justice and racial reconciliation issues from a Christian perspective. This kick-off dinner at the church (800 Watts St., Durham) is for undergrad and grad students. You don't have to be Baptist to attend--just bring your heart, mind and stomach. RSVP to email@example.com.
Blood Drive: Thu, Aug 25, 11 am-4 pm: Orange County American Red Cross. OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. 968-4421 x223 (Stephanies).
The Canary Coalition: Aug 25-28: Relay for Clean Air, AirAid and S.E.E. expo in the Great Smokies. Aug 25-26: Relay for Clean Air, a 24-hour, 100-mile "civil rights march" along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Newfound Gap to downtown Asheville. Aug 26: AirAid, with headliner Steve Earle and other artists and speakers, at the Orange Peel in Asheville. Aug 26-28: The Southern Environment and Energy Expo (S.E.E.), showcasing renewable energy technologies and clean cars, at the WNC Agricultural Center in Arden. www.canarycoalition.org, www.seeexpo.com.
Durham County Democratic Women: Fri, Aug 26, midnight to midnight: Celebrating Women's Equality Day with a nonpartisan 24-hour marathon voter registration drive. The goal is to register a new woman voter every minute of the day, for a total of 1,440 new voters. Almost 48 percent of women in Durham County did not vote in the Nov 2004 election, including 27.2 percent of registered women voters. Info: 384-1292, firstname.lastname@example.org (Cathy Moore).
Back to School Drive: Through Aug 18: Golden Cycle Children Support Group, in partnership with Triangle-area motorcycle clubs including Queens Together Making Changes, is hosting a week-long collection drive at Kawasaki/Suzuki of Durham (2422 Hwy. 70 East, 688-7999) to gather school supplies for under-privileged local children. Collecting backpacks, pencils, paper, etc. as well as cash and gift cards. Info: 477-7022, email@example.com (Clifton Brown). Donate online at www.QT-MC.com.
Emergency Appeal for Blood and Platelet Donors: The summer supply is critically low; particular need for types O and B. To make a donation appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Textbooks, Turkeys & Tinsel: A Campaign for Continuous Caring: To assist disadvantaged Durham residents, the Volunteer Center of Durham and Durham's Dept. of Social Services have launched a campaign to raise funds and in-kind donations for their Back to School Supply Drive, Thanksgiving Dinners Program and Share Your Christmas. Make a donation at www.thevolunteercenter.org, or mail a check payable to The Volunteer Center of Durham, 136 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701. Or volunteer to assist with collection and delivery of in-kind donations. Info: 688-8977 x25 (Tasha Melvin).
Traction: Deadline Sept 2: Seeking photos of political guerrilla art--grassroots signs, posters, graffiti, bumper stickers, etc. --for an exhibit at Culture Crawl, an online gallery and a 2006 calendar. www.getTraction.org/cathARTic.htm.
Ten Thousand Villages: Interested in fair trade and helping artisans in 32 countries? Volunteer opportunities: greet and help customers with purchases, unpack and check in merchandise, light housekeeping. 821-1100, firstname.lastname@example.org.