Triangle Vegetarian Society: Founded in 1986, they meet twice per month for a restaurant review and at least one potluck. www.trianglevegsociety.org.
NC Powerdown: Second Wednesdays, 8 pm: Monthly meeting, in Carrboro. NC Powerdown hopes 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 at oilawareness.meetup.com/216 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen Hren).
HOT! Fridays: Fridays, 4-5:30 pm: Come talk about what's going on in your life in an LGBTQ-friendly environment; fun, food and new friends for ages 15-22. N.C. Youth Lambda Network, 115 Market St., Suite 203, Durham. 683-3037, www.ncyln.org.
Peace Conference: Oct 14-16: Hosted by Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Fri, 7 pm: Fruit of Labor and Mt. Calvary choirs perform; screening of Welcome to Durham. Sat: Bob Evans of Ploughshares Institute speaks on ³Peacemaking in a Time of War and Terror²; Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies speaks on the social cost of war. Sat, 2 pm: Panel featuring military families. 3011 Academy Road, Durham. Free, donations accepted.
The People Speak: Sat, Oct 15, 9-11:30 am: Citizens discuss how the current U.S.-UN relationship impacts worldwide poverty, hunger and health; with moderator Judie Burke (LWV-NC president) and panelists Ray Buchanan (president and CEO of Stop Hunger Now), William E. Lucas (Director of Social and Human Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State) and Barbara Matula (retired director of N.C. Medicare). Friday Center, Redbud Room, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. Directions: 962-3000. Contact: 419-1650. Info: www.thepeoplespeak.org. Free.
Health Fair and Blood Drive: Sat, Oct 15, 10 am-2 pm: The American Red Cross will bring their Mobile Blood Unit; Maxim Healthcare will provide flu shots to those at high risk; Rex Healthcare will bring their Mobile Mammography Unit; local specialists including physical therapy, podiatry, allergy/asthma, chiropractic, gastroenterology; plus entertainment by Carolina Harmony Chorus. Preston Medical Associates, 110-A Preston Executive Drive, Cary. 319-9219. Free.
Tar River Land Conservancy: Sat, Oct 15, 10 am: "Field Day on the Farm" member celebration and new member drive, with bass tournament (8:30-10 am; $25, $5 under age 18); cook out, canoe raffle, games (10 am-2 pm); and dog field trials (1-2 pm). Harris Farm, 950 Mort Harris Road, Louisburg. 496-5902, email@example.com. Donations accepted.
NCPlenty: Sat, Oct 15, 3:30-7 pm: The nonprofit that oversees the PLENTY local currency hosts its 4th Annual Gathering. The event includes a potluck, roundtable discussions on PLENTY grants and reaching lower-income communities, and the launch of LOOPS--a new initiative to expand PLENTY circulation and emphasize social connections in local economics. Bring a dish! 1603 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. RSVP to 967-1581 (Ceresa Clarke). www.ncplenty.org.
Rock for Hope Cancer Benefit: Sat, Oct 15, 6-11 pm: Block party with three local bands and raffle drawings to benefit Kim's Hope (www.kimshope.com). Kim Hiltz was diagnosed at age 27 with an aggressive form of breast cancer that requires medical treatment not currently available where she lives in Canada. Hibernian Pub parking lot, 1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. 971-7252, firstname.lastname@example.org (Heather Leah). $5 donation.
Duke Community Hospice Services: Sat, Oct 15 & 29: Training course to work with terminally ill patients and their families. Spend two to four hours a week providing support and offering encouragement to patients who are facing the end of life, and provide caregivers or family members time for themselves. Medical experience is not required. 3325 Executive Park Drive, Raleigh. 620-3853 x235 (Carolyn Colsher).
The US & Iran: Sun, Oct 16, 2-4 pm: Community forum with keynote speaker Dr. Charles T. Kurzman of the UNC Middle East & Muslim Civilizations center. Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 834-4040, www.exploris.org. Free.
Class Matters: Sun, Oct 16, 2:30-5:30 pm: Author Betsy Leondar Wright conducts a three-hour workshop on cross-class, cross-race coalition building. Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. 824-0659 (Theresa El-Amin).
Blanket the Community: Oct 16-22: Donate new or clean, gently-used blankets to Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council to benefit women's shelters, homeless shelters, foster homes and other local orgs. For drop-off sites: www.pinesofcarolina.org, 1-800-284-GIRL.
Shake Hands with the Devil: Mon, Oct 17, 7 pm: In 100 days, an estimated 800,000 men, women and children were killed in Rwanda. This documentary chronicles the man tasked by the UN with ensuring the peace--Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire--as he returns to Rwanda to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the genocide. Reynolds Auditorium, Bryan Center, West Duke Campus. email@example.com (Robin Kirk). Free.
Book Discussion Group: First & Third Mondays, 7-8:30 pm: Reconciliation United Methodist Church invites its members and the larger community to an ongoing discussion on Jim Wallis' book Gods Politics: Why the Right is Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and our values around peace and social justice issues. Epworth United Methodist Church parlor, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham. 688-3079 x262 (Kathy Murray).
Solar Meet-up: Tue, Oct 18, 7 pm: SURGE network and Town of Chapel Hill Solar Roofs Committee monthly meeting; to discuss increasing solar use at K-12 schools including Smith Middle, Rashkis Elementary, and East and Chapel Hill High. 3 CUPS, 431 W. Franklin St., West End Courtyard, Chapel Hill. 960-6886, surgenetwork.org.
Civil Liberties: Wed, Oct 19, 5 pm: Shelagh Kenney, staff attorney for the ACLU of N.C., speaks about cases the ACLU of N.C. is litigating, and about this year's U.S. Supreme Court docket. NCCU School of Law, 1512 S. Alston Ave., Durham. Free.
League of Women Voters: Third Thursdays, 9:45 am: Monthly meeting with speaker Paul D. Carrington, Duke Law prof, discussing a recent proposal for changing the process for selecting Supreme Court justices. The Hargraves Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill. 419-1650, www.odc.nc.lwvnet.org.
UNC Hospice: Thursdays, Oct 13-Nov 17, 9 am-noon: Six-week volunteer training. Being a hospice volunteer is a way to truly help others and focus on the parts of life that matter the most. Covenant Place, 103 Culbreth Road, Chapel Hill. Info and registration: 542-5545, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mary or Pat).
Invest in Your Raleigh Park: Deadline Nov 1: Citizens and community groups are encouraged to become partners with Raleigh Parks and Recreation through the Adopt-A-Park/Adopt-A-Greenway program. Funding will be awarded for projects up to $2,500; an individual or group-matching component of 100 percent is required. The match can be a combination of cash, labor, in-kind services and/or materials and supplies. Applications and project list at parks.raleighnc.gov. 890-3292, email@example.com (Cindy Trumbower).
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).