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Renewable E: The "E" is for energy. If the U.S. set a standard of 20 percent from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass), it would save consumers $49 billion a year on electric bills and create 355,000 new jobs, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Report is at

Bushwa: The Bush Administration's environmental policies assessed state-by-state, by the National Priorities Project. At

Cause Is Right
Peace2Colombia: Gail Phares of Witness for Peace is leading a women's delegation to Colombia Oct. 31-Nov. 11 to stand with peace groups there, examine U.S. aid and trade policies. To go, or support those who do:, 856-9468.

Food Bank: After Bonnie, Charley, our eastern N.C. group needs to replenish staples--canned good, rice, cereal. Deliver to 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, 919-875-0707.

Women Uniting: N.C. Women United starting to organize fall agenda meetings, issues papers. To help organize, host, write, advocate:, 866-518-7657.

Dorothea Dix: In Raleigh, folks are organizing to "save this beautiful space," turn the land around the state hospital into a park. To catch up, or join up:, or 831-9316 (Janis Ramquist).

Raleigh's 'hoods: City's community development department taking applications for neighborhood improvement projects, nonprofit capacity-building efforts, through Sept. 30; 857-4330.

Durham's spaces: The county's $85,000 matching grants program for open space preservation and recreational programs is taking applications from community groups through Oct. 15;, 560-0062 (Bill Renfrow).

This Week
Voting Woes: The Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee looks at touch-screen voting machines; paper trails and recounts; voting rights for ex-felons, problems surfacing around North Carolina and the country. Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., Alston Chapel Church in Chatham County near Pittsboro (off Old Goldston Road). (Joan Walsh).

Y in Siler City? Western Chatham County group is meeting with interested residents, "Y" official, to determine interest in a Siler City YMCA. Spanish translator on hand. Thursday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., Wren Memorial Library, Siler City. Info: Donald Matthews, 663-0930, 799-9303.

Books Not Bombs: Internationalist Books, a Chapel Hill community center of left-thinking folks, is a membership organization. Annual meeting is Sunday, Sept. 12, 3-5 p.m., at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Attend, join: 942-1740.

Sudan Tragedy: Maryanne Leblanc, public health official who helped the Darfur refugees fleeing the Sudan, is guest of the U.N. Association, Wake County chapter, Tuesday, Sept. 14, for lunch (noon) or supper (6 p.m.), at Meredith College, Raleigh (Belk Dining Hall). $10, $5 students or limited income. Reservations: 467-3642 (Sally Cook), 850-9696 (Jim Roush).

Cary Trails: Cary Parks & Rec Dept. hosts masterplan meeting on trails in Bond Park, on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Cary Senior Center (off High House Road)., 469-4061 (Meredith Bridgers).

Health Freedom: Shop at Whole Foods Market in Durham Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5% of profits go to the new group Citizens for Healthcare Freedom. Volunteers: susano7@juno,com, 932-4398 (Susan O'Neil).

Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Voting: It's About Time
Absentees: Monday, Sept. 13 is the first day you can request an absentee ballot from your local board of elections to vote in the Nov. 2 elections; ends Oct. 26.

Early Voting: One-stop early voting is Oct. 14-30. Registered? Last day to register is Oct. 8. Registering? Democracy N.C. is focusing voter registration efforts on youth, minorities. Volunteers asked to call 967-9942, info: .

Divas & Dudes: Creative folks want to crank up the turnout using visual, performance art. "Politics doesn't have to be all serious and boring," is their take. To join in: (Jane Norton) or (Cathy Kielar)

Naming Rights
N.C. Justice: Nominees for its 2004 "Defenders of Justice" awards sought by N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh., 856-2570.

Human Rights: Nominees for 9th annual International Human Rights Award sought by HR Coalition of N.C., 876-0501.

Womens Forum NC: Nominees for its Young Adult Leadership Award, age 18-35, female or male ("especially female"), taken through Oct. 1., 252-636-5074 (Mary Peterson).

Pennies for Change: Durham thrift store (next to Lakewood Shopping Center) accepts donated goods, proceeds support sexual assault and domestic violence services. 489-2681.

Carying Place: Helps homeless families with children get settled; annual yard sale fund-raiser is Sept. 11, 7 a.m.-noon, Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, Cary., 462-1800.

HopeLine: Free training starts Sept. 27 for volunteers to answer 24-hour crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline., 832-3326 (Amy Cobb).

Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class., 968-4647.

Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x. 223); general number is 942-4862.

Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.

Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.

Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too., 967-6985 (Camella Morton).

SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed., 232-5661.

Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers., or 833-1282.

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