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Tsunami Relief
Local 506: The Cure & The Smiths '80s Tribute Night on Jan. 14; proceeds go to the American Friends Service Committee (www.afsc.org). 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-5506.

Yoga Spot: Benefit class with Ritu Agarwal on Jan. 15, 2-3:30 p.m. 501 Washington St., Suite K, Durham. 667-9642.

Ten Thousand Villages: Donating all proceeds from sales on Jan. 15 to the Mennonite Central Committee's Asia Earthquake Fund (www.mcc.org/ asiaearthquake). Donations can be made at the store: 435 Woodburn Road, Raleigh. 821-1100.

The Clarence Foundation: Working with P.E.A.C.E., a grassroots organization in Sri Lanka. Send check designated "Sri Lanka Relief" to 5840 Lawton Ave. #B, Oakland, CA 94618, or donate online at www.theclarencefoundation.org. 510-384-7188.

Datebook
Carrboro-Chapel Hill Transit Forum: Share your opinions and ideas about bus services on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. In person: Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Room 110. Via TV: Cable channel 18, call in questions to 918-7308. Beforehand: 918-7311, transitforum@ci.carrboro.nc.us.

N.C. Joint Select Committee on Electronic Voting Systems: Meetings scheduled for Jan. 14 and 21; check www.ncga.state.nc.us to confirm times and locations.

NCAE MLK Banquet: Honored guest State Auditor Ralph Campbell; Nyoni Collins and Claudia Brown; awards for student winners of the NCAE Arts and Writing contest; keynote speaker Warlene Gary. Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. N.C. Association of Educators Center, 700 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. For info, tickets, 832-3000 x205 or x200.

Do You Feel a Draft?: Public talk about the draft, selective service and conscientious objection, by J.E. McNeil, executive director of the Center on Conscience and War (www.nisbco.org) in D.C. Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m. Chapel Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 531 Raleigh Road.

What About My Rights?: A show about women, children and those without voices, in tribute to the legacy of MLK. Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m. Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 460-4963, www.BGroup.net. Free.

Raleigh Jaycee Fundraiser: Wine and beer tasting to raise funds for the Goodfellows Foundation (www.goodfellows.org). Jan. 15, 8-11 p.m. Allied Home Mortgage, 251 Keisler Dr., Ste. 100, Cary. $20 advance, $25 door. 889-3839 (Carmen Buffington).

Center for Death Penalty Litigation: Attend the next public meeting of the State Bar committee assigned to investigate how the Hoke/Graves disciplinary matter was handled. Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Downtown Raleigh Sheraton, Hanover II room. The public is not allowed to speak.

Durham Athletic Park Focus Group: Come share your ideas as the City and other stakeholders begin to discuss DAP's future. Jan. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Parks & Rec Dept Training Room, 400 Cleveland St., across from City Hall. Info: 560-4965 (Alice Sharpe).

Strictly Voluntary
Durham Literacy Center: Help an adult learn to read; help immigrants and refugees learn English; tutor teen dropouts in reading or math; assist in fundraising or admin projects. Orientation Jan. 13 and 20, 7-8 p.m. Call 489-8383 or e-mail lizzie@durhamliteracycenter.org to register.

Carrboro Day: Help plan Carrboro day and/or work it (it's May 1). First planning meeting Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, corner of Greensboro and Main streets. 918-7367, SSunkel@ci.carrboro.nc.us (Sean Sunkel).

Orange County Literacy Council: Tutor adult learners in reading, writing, basic math, and GED preparation. Orientation (Jan. 20, 6-7 p.m. in two locations) is required before the 12-hour training workshop (Jan. 29, Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 in Hillsborough). Chapel Hill: 933-2151; Hillsborough: 732-0868; www.orangeliteracy.org.

Counter-Inauguration Inauguration Day
Peace Vigil: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 828-0897, ctamsberg@pullen.org (Cathy Tamsberg).

Washington, D.C. : United for Peace and Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org) urges participation in the protest activities being organized for Jan. 20 by two groups: the D.C. Anti-War Network (www.dawndc.net) and Turn Your Back on Bush (www.turnyourbackonbush.org). Visit the DC-based Web site www.counter-inaugural.org for housing and ride boards, resources, meeting information, and more. The UFPJ site is also listing local activities (there's none here yet).

Blue Shirts: On Jan. 20, show the world you don't support George W. by donning an "I'm Blue; I Didn't Vote for Bush" shirt, available for $30 at www.FreeBlue.us. (Fifty percent of purchase price goes to voting rights initiatives.)

Not One Damn Dime Day: On Jan. 20, spend nothing--not one damn dime--to remind our leaders and politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

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