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Art Bar Social: Wed, Nov 2, 6-8 pm: Planned Parenthood of Raleigh's Young Advocates; spend the evening with friends & celebrate a good cause. Free. Info & RSVP: 833-7534. April + George, 414 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 828-9082, www.aprilandgeorge.com.

Honoring Human Dignity: The Importance of Freedom of Choice: Thu, Nov 3, 6 pm: Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina sponsors an evening of interfaith reflection with the Rev Dr James Alexander Forbes, senior minister of New York's Riverside Church. $15. RSVP: 929-5402 x38.

Durham Voter Coalition Forum: Thu, Nov 3, 7 pm: Durham City Council candidates talk about issues important to the community; in auditorium. 479-8305. Durham Main Library, 300 N Roxboro St. 560-0100, www.durhamcountylibrary.org.

Capital HELP: First Thursdays, 7:30 pm: Confidential support group discusses physical & emotional consequences of genital herpes. Planned Parenthood of Raleigh, 100 S Boylan Ave. 833-7526, www.pphsinc.org.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa: Thu, Nov 3, 8 pm: Public lecture. A leading figure in the struggle against apartheid, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his passionate advocacy of nonviolent change. War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W Lee St, Greensboro. Tickets 888-397-3100, www.greensborocoliseum.com.

Habitat for Humanity: Fri, Nov 4, 8 pm: Benefit concert of Folk Psalm with Brenda Linton & Rave On. University Baptist Church, 100 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill. 942-2157.

Power to the People: Fri, Nov 4, 8 pm: Fundraising cabaret for the NC Peace & Justice Coalition, featuring speaking truth to power, election-time comedy & performances. $20, $15 students. www.ncpeacejustice.org. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org.

Seek Peace and Pursue It: Preaching and Living the Gospel of Peace: Nov 4-5: More than 40 workshops, including "Yahweh Is a Warrior" Meets "Blessed Are the Peacemakers"; The Military Anti-War Movement as a New Band of Prophets; The Black Church and Peacemaking; Personal Stories of Nonviolent Resistance; Supporting Military Families and Facing the Cost of War. Plus Saturday Youth Summit. First Baptist Church, 302 Moore St, Fayetteville. Details: www.quakerhouse.org, 828-6501. Register online: www.nccouncilofchurches.org.

Truth in Recruitment Youth Action Camp: Nov 4-6: NC Peace & Justice action camp for ages 12-19 to learn counter-recruitment, community building & grassroots organizing skills. The camp will empower young people from across NC & the Southeast to take positive action in their school systems. To sign up: truthactioncamp@yahoo.com, www.notyoursoldier.org. To donate: www.ncpeacejustice.org. New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 Hwy 86, Chapel Hill. 942-4716, www.newhopeccc.org.

Family Wellness & Recovery Services of NC: Sat, Nov 5, 7 am-1 pm: Large yard sale to benefit client services. 263 Penny Ln, Pittsboro. 968-8680, LNStephenson@bellsouth.net, www.fwrs.org.

Thrift Shop Toy Sale: Sat, Nov 5, 8:30-11:30 am: Toys & books from the Phillips Middle School & Estes Hills Elementary School PTA. Profits benefit the PTAs of Chapel Hill-Carrboro city schools. Estes Hills cafeteria, 500 N Estes Dr, Chapel Hill.

Good Night and Good Luck: Sat, Nov 5, 11:30 am: Special screening of new movie with Wake Progressive Democrats. Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 856-8683.

Northside Housing Initiative: Sun, Nov 6, 3-5 pm: Kick-off celebration at Sykes & Nunn streets in Chapel Hill for effort that will result in 8 new single-family, owner-occupied homes on Sykes, Nunn & N Graham streets for first-time homebuyers with low to moderate incomes. Tour & new resident Aaron Shah speaks; EmPOWERment Inc, Habitat for Humanity, & Orange Community Housing & Land Trust. Free. Info: 967-8779, 932-7077, 967-1545.

Guatemalan Gender Based Violence: Sun, Nov 6, 5 pm: Women's rights activist Claudia Acevedo speaks about violence against women in Guatemala, which continues to increase at a substantially higher rate than overall violent crime, & how the government has failed investigate & prosecute the vast majority of cases. She will also discuss the recent floods & other current issues; CHICLE Cultural Program. Free. CHICLE, 101 E Weaver St, Third Floor, Ste G1, Carrboro. 933-0398, www.chi-cle.com.

Paws for Celebration: Sun, Nov 6, doors 6:30 pm: Gala evening & reverse raffle to raise money for Animal Legal Defense Fund's temporary shelter in Raleigh for the dogs seized from convicted local animal hoarders. Cocktail attire. See website for tickets. Reverse Raffle: $100 (inc gala entrance), entrance only: $50, basket raffle: $1 at event. www.aldf.org/sanford_gala.php. NC Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh. 807-7943, ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Peace Quilt Drawing: Thru Nov 7: Thirty prizes including the Peace Quilt; proceeds support the local & national work of Peace Action. See website for details. www.ncpeaceaction.org.

VOTE!: Local races & a school tax in Orange County, municipal elections & a school board runoff in Wake County, and runoffs & bond referenda in the City of Durham. Early voting ends Nov 5 & election day is Nov 8. See website for our voting guide & Boards of Election links: indyweek.com/durham/current/cover.html.

Searching for Radical Ideas Series: Wed, Nov 9, 6:30 pm: "The Psychology of 'Fascism'": informal talk by radical philosopher/ anthropologist William Manson. Internationalist Books, 405 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.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, & be a resource to members as they convert to lower energy lifestyles. Location info: oilawareness.meetup.com/216, themudranch@yahoo.com.

United Nations Assoc of Wake County: Register by Nov 9 for event Mon, Nov 14, 6:30 pm or Tue, Nov 15, noon: Two dates for a presentation on Taiwan and its relations with China by Mr RC Wu, director general of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office. Free meal included. RSVP littletons@mindspring.com, 787-4786. Meredith College: Oak Room, 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.

Cycles of Struggle: Genealogies of the Local Left: Fri, Nov 11, 8:45 am-6 pm & Sat, Nov 12, 8:45 am-6 pm: Speakers from Yale, WI-Madison, Brooklyn College, UCLA, CT College; local organizers speaking on Women & the Freedom Movement, Anti-War & Anti-Empire Organizing, Labor Activism & Immigrant Rights, Media & Local Struggles. Nelson Music Room, East Duke Campus, Durham.

Winter Soldier: Fri, Nov 11, 8 pm: Area premiere of 1972 documentary in which a panel of Vietnam vets (inc John Kerry) convey their opposition to the war. Richard White Auditorium/Lecture Hall, 113 Campus Dr, East Duke Campus, Durham.

Camp Wellstone: Nov 11-13: Want to learn how to be a stonger activist? Thinking of working on a campaign? Considering a run for elected office? Wellstone Action's training includes 3 tracks for people with all levels of experience. See website for details. $75, $35 students & low-income. Info 202-419-3161, sultan@grassrootssolutions.com, www.wellstone.org.

NC WARN Fundraiser: Sat, Nov 12, 6:30-11 pm: Triangle-based nonprofit working for a transition to safe, economical energy hosts annual silent auction & dance party with music by Armand & Bluesology with guitarist Will McFarlane (9 pm). Auction items include paintings & other works from noted local artists. $10, $5 students & seniors. 416-5077, www.ncwarn.org. Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 489-2575, www.eruuf.org.

Free Citizenship Training Classes: After 5 years of legal permanent status most immigrants are qualified to apply for citizenship, but they must be able to read, write & speak English & pass a written exam on US history & government. These classes will provide 35-40 hours of training. Free. Contact Harnett County Literacy for more info: 910-892-8128, 1-866-509-2863, CSN@dockpoint.net.

Strictly Voluntary
Equality NC Action Alert: The Family Policy Council wants the State Board of Education to take sexual orientation & gender identity out of the professional standards for school social workers & counselors at their next meeting on Nov 2-3. Tell the Board you want school professionals to serve all students equally by signing the petition online. eqfed.org/campaign/schoolcounselors.

Trees Across Raleigh: Sat, Nov 5, 9 am: All-volunteer community service helps the city plant trees in public places; join this fall's tree-planting event at Biltmore Hills Park, 2615 Fitzgerald Dr, Raleigh. 831-6895, judyharmon@bellsouth.net.

Gay & Lesbian Helpline: Fri, Nov 11, 6:30-9:30 pm & Sat, Nov 12, 9 am-4 pm: Training; must attend both days. Volunteer shifts are three hours. Apply at 256-3672, www.tcworks.org/volunteer.

The Prom Boutique: Second Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm: Pull those prom gowns & bridesmaid dresses out of the closet & pass them along! The Prom Boutique supplies dresses for special events to Durham Public School students in grades 9-12. Collection sites: Northgate Presbyterian Church, 2504 N Roxboro Rd & Prudential Carolinas Realty, 921 Morreene Rd. 313-3428.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Help feed Durham's hungry & homeless a complete, nutritious dinner for only $1.84 each. Send check payable to Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703-0368. 688-9641, www.durhamrescuemission.org.

Friends Feeding Friends: Thru Dec 31: Donate food by placing it in the blue barrels located at the front of each Lowes Foods store, to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC & America's Second Harvest affiliates in North Carolina.

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