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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the U.S. In N.C. this year alone, 50 victims have lost their lives as a result of domestic abuse. Some events:

Dating and Domestic Violence: Wed, Oct 19, 4:30-7 pm: A critical dialogue about the way we conceptualize and talk about the subject of violence and the way that translates into our writing, speaking and organizing. Panel discussion with reps from Men Acting for Change, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention, Duke Women's Studies and Duke professors. Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus. Christopher.massenburg@duke.edu.

Family Violence Prevention Center: Thu, Oct 20, 5:30-7:30 pm: Business After Hours featured nonprofit. Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce. 929-3872 (Ronnie Bower).

Candlelight Vigil: Thu, Oct 20, 6:30-8 pm: Stand Up Speak Out vigil. In front of PeaceFire Galleries, 105 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. monica@standupspeakout-nc.

Men Against Domestic Violence: Sat, Oct 22, doors 7:30, show 8:30 pm: Open mic poetry, workshop and show. MarVell Center, 119 W. Main St., Durham. monica@standup speakout-nc. $5 w/ donation to collection drive, $8 w/o.

Family Violence Prevention Center: Sat, Oct 22: Test drive a Saturn for FVPC. Saturn of Chapel Hill. 929-3872 (R. Bower).

Durham Crisis Response Center: Tue, Oct 25: DCRC exhibit, Silent Witnesses, Clothesline Project display. NC Central University. 403-9425 (Dina Helderman).

Family Violence Prevention Center: Tue, Oct 25, 5:30 pm: March for Family Peace. Downtown Chapel Hill. 929-3872.

Coalition For Family Peace: Tue, Oct 25, 5:30-7 pm: Candlelight vigil. Siler City Town Hall. 742-7320 (K. Hodges).

Interact: Thu, Oct 27, 12:10-1:10 pm: Domestic Violence Awareness and Abuse Prevention Activity. Wake Technical Community College. 662-3344 (Jacinta Allmond).

Interact: Thu, Oct 27, 6:15 pm: Take Back the Night. NCSU Women's Center, North Plaza. 515-2012 (Laci Weeden).

Stand Up Speak Out: Thu, Oct 27: Local artist against domestic violence showcase. Montas Lounge, 2223 Hwy. 54, Durham. monica@standupspeakout-nc.

Jewelry Drive: Thru Oct 31: Bring your used jewelry to Zola Craft Gallery (626-B Ninth St., Durham, 286-5112) and receive a coupon toward a new jewelry purchase. Proceeds from the sale of all donated jewelry supports the domestic violence and sexual assault services of the Durham Crisis Response Center (www.durhamresponse.org) and its Pennies for Change Thrift Shop (1826 Chapel Hill Road, Durham).

Stand Up Speak Out Collection Drive: Thru Oct 31: Collecting personal items, clothing, baby items, and calling cards and old cell phones for the battered women's shelters and rape crisis centers in N.C. Item list: www.standupspeakout-nc.org. Collection info: monica@standupspeakout-nc.org

Orange County Rape Crisis Center: Offering support groups that provide a confidential, safe space in which to connect with other survivors of sexual violence. The groups are led by trained facilitators and meet once a week for eight weeks. Registration required; call the Crisis Line at 1-866-WE-LISTEN for info. www.ocrcc.org. Free.

Datebook
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 Duke Law prof Paul D. Carrington 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.

Collective Punishment, Occupation and the Palestinians: Thu, Oct 20, 7:30 pm: Speaker Randa Siniora, general director of Palestinian human rights organization Ad-Haq. Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. 829-0780, Cy1234@bellsouth.net (Cy King).

Learning from Katrina: Register by Oct 21 for event Wed, Oct 26, 11:30 am-1:30 pm: How does the country and the nonprofit sector move forward and address local needs while responding to the crisis? Panel with speakers from Triangle United Way, N.C. Center for Nonprofits, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, The Williams Group, more. IMAX Theater at Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. To register and for info: www.philanthropyjournal.org/page23285.cfm. $20.

The United Nations Association of Wake County: Register by Oct 21 for Wed, Oct 26, 6 pm: Dinner celebrating the UN's 60th anniversary, with speaker Dr. James Lea, UNC-CH School of Medicine and designer of programs for health care workers in more than 40 countries. NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 847-7992, erklemmer@earthlink.net.

March for Safer Schools: Sat, Oct 22, noon: Rally and march for statewide school policies that include and protect LGBTQ and other minority students. Live music, speakers, more. Meet at the Crime Victim's Memorial Garden, corner of Lane and Wilmington, Raleigh. Maps, parking, info: www.tgsan.org.

Campaign for Decent Housing: Sat, Oct 22, 10 am-1 pm: Annual conference. "Katrina: Where Do We Go from Here?": Help people displaced by Katrina, participate in the 10-year plan to end homelessness, make every home safe. Rally, bus tour, lunch with City Manager Patrick Baker and public officials. Lunch and childcare provided. Eastway School, 610 N. Alston Ave., Durham. RSVP to 683-1185 x25, Lorisa@dahc.org.

Bag Sale: Sat, Oct 22, 10 am-4 pm: Fundraiser for Club Nova, which provides rehabilitation for adults living with mental illness. Fill a brown paper grocery bag with clothing, books, music, housewares, gifts for only $5. 103-C W. Main St., Carrboro. 967-6985, www.clubnovashop.org.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now: Sat, Oct 22, 11:30 am-1:30 pm: SAEN of N.C. holds a leafleting/demonstration event during National Primate Week to educate the public about their opposition to primate research at Duke and to present more effective alternatives. Beside the Regulator Bookstore, 720 Ninth St., Durham. beth_levine@earthlink.net, 845-3035.

Tourette Syndrome Support Group: Sat, Oct 22, 4-7 pm: Local group meeting. Golden Corral, 6129 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 304-2885 (Robbie). Blanket the Community: Thru Oct 22: Donate new or gently-used blankets to Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council to benefit women's shelters, homeless shelters and foster homes. For drop-off sites: www.pinesofcarolina.org, 1-800-284-GIRL.

UN Dinner Meeting: RSVP by Oct 24 for event Wed, Oct 26, 5:30 pm: Career UN officer Jerrold Berke discusses "The UN: Why Was it Formed, How Does it Work, Can the UN & the US Work Together?" Holiday Inn, 15-501 across from Eastgate Shopping Center, Chapel Hill. RSVP 542-6554 (B. Terry). Free.

Tourism Development Authority Meeting: Tue, Oct 25, 3-4:30 pm: Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, 101 E. Morgan St. 680-8310, www.Durham-NC.com.

Triangle Vegetarian Society: Tue, Oct 25, 6:30-9 pm: Ex-cattle rancher turned vegan author "Mad Cowboy" Howard Lyman (www.madcowboy.com) presents and discusses portions his new documentary film about the dangers of factory farming to public health. Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. www.trianglevegsociety.org. Free.

Transitioning to Safe, Economical Electricity: Tue, Oct 25, 7 pm: Are new coal and nuclear power plants necessary for N.C.? Leading energy specialist Amory Lovins and climate expert Dr. William Schlesinger describe the gravity of the decisions and options for positive action; plus award-winning designer/architect Mike Nicklas and Rep. Pricey Harrison. Presented by NC WARN. Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive off Hwy. 54, UNC-CH. 416-5077, www.ncwarn.org. Free.

Just Ask for Justice: Wed, Oct 26, 6-8 pm: Design a T-shirt that articulates your concerns about Harriet Miers and/or the Supreme Court. You bring the T-shirt, Planned Parenthood will bring the paint. Community United Church, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. 833-7534, lindsay.siler@pphsinc.org.

Strictly Voluntary
Volunteer Math Mentors: Deadline Oct 31: Mentoring program seeks women with math, science or tech careers to mentor eighth grade girls once a month, January-May, Wake or Durham county. Info: www.WomenandMathMentoring.org. Volunteer: 929-5428 (C. Shafroth), 834-7874 (M. Sloup).

Pennies for Change Thrift Store: This enterprise of the Durham Crisis Response Center is looking for a few good volunteers for one-time and ongoing activities. 1826 Chapel Hill Road, next to the Lakewood Shopping Center. 489-2681.

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