Anti-Roberts Roadside Rally: Wed, Sep 21, 5-6 pm: Now is the last chance to voice opposition to this nominee who can't be counted on to protect privacy and the right to choose. At Wade Avenue in Raleigh in front of Whole Foods. NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and Raleigh NOW; contact email@example.com. If you can't make the rally, tell Sens. Dole (1-202-224-6342) and Burr (1-202-224-3154) to oppose Roberts.
Alan Gell: Wed, Sep 21, 7 pm: Death row inmate exonerated after nine years in prison discusses the circumstances that led to his incarceration, his time on death row and his post-release advocacy work, followed by Q&A with CDPL attorney Mary Pollard. Rare Books Room, Perkins Library, Duke West Campus. 660-5968.
Energy Independence Days: Sustainability Fair (Sep 23-24). Plus: FuelCellSouth Seminar (Sep 22), Sustainable Business Networking Social (Sep 22), Clean Vehicles Workshop (Sep 22), NC HealthyBuilt Homes Orientation (Sep 23). Various fees and registration dates. See brochure at continuingeducation.ncsu.edu/energy-independence-days.htm, or contact 513-7769, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indigo Girls, Winona LaDuke: Fri, Sep 23, 8 pm: The Honor the Earth concert tour (www.honorearth.com); to raise awareness about the possibility that N.C. may gain two new nuclear power plants and discuss the benefits of wind turbines; remarks by the activists will be followed by a short acoustic concert. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, Greensboro. $12 all seats; www.Tickets.com, 1-888-397-3100.
N.C. Pride Parade & Festival Weekend: Sep 23-25: "Equal Rights--No More, No Less." The parade in Durham (Sat, 1-2:15 pm, starts at Duke East Campus) is the signature event in a weekend's worth of activities, seminars, parties and club activities, including Pride NightFest in Raleigh. For complete listing of events: www.ncpride.org.
Crabtree Black Tie Gala: Ticket deadline Sep 24 for event Sun, Oct 2, 7:30-11 pm: Supporting local charitable organizations (see Special Events section of our Spectator/A&E calendar or www.crabtree-valley-mall.com for details).
Carolina Donor Services: Sat, Sep 24, 10 am-3 pm: Training session in Mebane for new community education volunteers to teach about organ and tissue donation. CDS is the area's nonprofit organ and tissue donation agency. Lunch will be served. Register: 800-200-2672 (Leesha). www.carolinadonorservices.org.
Women Who Rock: Sun, Sep 25, 5 pm: Three regionally-based, female-fronted bands--Magnapop, Nina Repeta and Hope For Agoldensummer--in a benefit concert to promote women's heart health through the nonprofit National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. With info tables staffed by medical professionals. www.cevpro.com, www.womenshearthealth.net. Carolina Theatre's Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. Tickets: www.carolinatheatre.org, 560-3030. $20, $25 reserved.
Afro-Peruvian Human Rights Movement: Sun, Sep 25, 5 pm: Advocates Mónica Carillo Zegarra and Milagritos de la Rosa Cuenca discuss human rights and interethnic cooperation in Peru, the education and status of Afro-Peruvian youth, Afro-Peruvian and other Afro-Latin American communities. CHICLE, 101 E. Weaver St. Third Floor, Carrboro. 933-0398, www.chi-cle.com. Free.
Self-Management in Argentina's Social Movements: Wed, Sep 28, 7 pm: Liz and Tim spent a few months working at a cooperative of unemployed workers in the Occupied Factory Movement (the direct-democratic and anti-capitalist response to the collapse of the Argentinean economy) and will discuss the possibilities and problems. Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.org.
Tipper Gore at Mental Health Conference: Sep 28-29: Tipper Gore, a long-time advocate for strong and consistent mental health funding and for the passage of mental health parity legislation, is the featured speaker at the Mental Health Association in N.C. 2005 Annual Meeting and Conference, entitled "Unifying Through Advocacy: Working Together for a Better Tomorrow." Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Info and registration: www.mha-nc.org/annualmeeting.htm, 888-881-0740.
Truth In Recruitment Action Camp: Sep 30-Oct 2: N.C. Peace & Justice action camp for young people to learn counter-recruitment, community building and grassroots organizing skills. The camp will empower young people from across N.C. to take positive action in their school systems. Camp New Hope, Chapel Hill. To sign up or donate: email@example.com (Bridgette Burge). www.ncpeacejustice.org.
Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Commission's Public Hearings: Fri, Sep 30, 2-9 pm & Sat, Oct 1, 9 am-4 pm: Final public hearing. For info, contact the Beloved Community Center: 336-230-0001, www.belovedcommunitycenter.org. To contact the GTCRC: 336-275-6462, www.gtcrp.org.
SmartCommute Challenge: Thru Sep 30: Anyone working in Wake, Durham or Orange counties can enter to win roundtrip airfare to anywhere in the U.S. plus a week's hotel stay (or other prizes) by pledging online to, at least once during the Challenge period, either carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, telecommute or ride the bus to work. www.smartcommute.org.
Orange County Literacy Council: Thu, Sep 29, 6-7 pm & Mon, Oct 3, 12:30-1:30 pm: Prospective volunteer orientations (both days at both locations). The OCLC is recruiting volunteers interested in tutoring adult learners in reading, writing, high school-level math skills and GED preparation. No prior teaching experience required; must have good reading skills and enjoy working with people. Math tutors and tutors in Hillsborough especially needed. Skills Development Center, 503 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill & Orange County Public Library, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. 933-2151, www.orangeliteracy.org.
Chatham Animal Rescue and Education: Seeking foster caregivers to provide quality, temporary, in-home care for homeless kittens and cats from Chatham County until they can be permanently adopted. Short-term (as brief as a week) and longer-term caregivers needed. Fostering can be an incredibly rewarding experience; however, it is a common misconception that fostering is easy! For more info: www.chathamanimalrescue.org, 542-5757, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Baby: Tue, Oct 4: Training begins for new volunteers for this free parenting education and support program of the Cooperative Extension Service in Durham County. Become a Volunteer Hospital Visitor and visit parents of newborns on the neonatal floor at Duke or Durham Regional Hospitals to explain free services, or become a Volunteer Parent Supporter and call new parents once a week to answer questions and provide information on newborn care and community resources. Info: 560-7318. Check It Out Katrina Timelines: NPR's All Things Considered ran two excellent timelines regarding unexecuted emergency plans and misdirected relief efforts on the Fri, Sep 9 show: www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=2&prgDate=9-Sep-05.
Carpooling: When Chapel Hill ran out of gas, Jil Christensen created this message board: groups.google.com/group/Chapel-Hill-Carpool.
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).