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States as the Driving Forces in American Climate Change Policy: Wed, Sep 28, 5:30 pm: Dr. Barry Rabe, environmental policy expert. Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, Pittsboro St., UNC. 966-9927. Free.

Where Will Natural Gas Come From?: Wed, Sep 28, 6-7:30 pm: Andrew Weissman of Energy Ventures Group discusses the impending shortage of natural gas and the likely consequences to the economy and to personal finances. Schiciano Auditorium, CIEMAS Building, Duke Campus.

Argentina's "New" Social Movements: Wed, Sep 28, 7 pm: Students who have spent time with Argentina's unemployed and occupied factory movements discuss the logic and potential of these movements locally, plus clips from The Take. Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740,

Durham People's Alliance: Fri, Sep 30, 6-10 pm: Celebrating 30 years of activism. Folk music, disco and funk DJ, African buffet dinner, silent auction. Ringside, 308 W. Main St., Durham. Info and advance tickets: 682-7777, $30 donation.

Introduction to Solar and Green Home Design: Fri, Sep 30, 7:15 pm: Paul Konove of Carolina Country Builders & architect Alicia Ravetto. Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Free.

Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Commission: Fri, Sep 30, 2-9 pm & Sat, Oct 1, 9 am-4 pm: Final public hearing. Beloved Community Center: 336-230-0001, GTCRC: 336-275-6462,

Truth In Recruitment Action Camp: Sep 30-Oct 2: Action camp for young people to learn counter-recruitment, community building and grassroots organizing skills, and how to take positive action in their school systems. Camp New Hope, Chapel Hill. To sign up or donate: (Bridgette Burge).

NC Big Sweep: Sat, Oct 1, 9 am: Volunteer to clean up our watersheds: Eno River State Park, 383-1686; Brookhaven Nature Park, 831-6856; Durant Nature Park, 870-2871; Lake Johnson, 233-2121; Lake Wheeler, 662-5704; Shelley Lake, 420-2331.

Chapel Hill Area Solar & Green Home Tour: Sat, Oct 1, 9:30 am registration, 10 am-5 pm brunch and self-driving tour: Tour homes and buildings constructed with building alternatives. Meet at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., 960-6886 (Dennis Markatos). $10/person, $15/car.

Justice for Workers at Smithfield Packing: Sat, Oct 1, noon-3 pm: United Food & Commercial Workers union educates and engages consumers on the systematic, often violent suppression of workers' rights. Harris Teeter, 1817 MLK Jr Pkwy., Durham. 396-2579, (Kevin Blair).

Crop Walk: Sun, Oct 2, 12:30 pm registration, 2-4 pm walk: A 5k walk benefiting six local hunger relief agencies. Starts at Exploris (201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh).

The Black Panther Project: Making Sense of History: Sun, Oct 2, 2:30 pm: Panel discussion; poetry, drama, drumming & dance performances; films; activism workshops; potluck. SpiritHouse cosponsors. Info: 688-8111 x288. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. Free.

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Oct 2-8: Including National Depression Screening Day, Oct 6; to find a site:, 1-800-897-7494.

Weekly Death Penalty Protest: Mondays, 5-6 pm: Maintaining a public witness against government-sanctioned killing. Some signs and banners provided; other signs, creativity and props encouraged. Central Prison, 1300 Western Blvd., Raleigh. 833-4129, (Scott Langley).

Book Discussion Group: First & Third Mondays, 7-8:30 pm: 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).

Energy and Environmental Aspects of Biofuels: Tue, Oct 4, 6-7:30 pm: Dr. David Pimentel of Cornell University has found that it requires significantly more fossil fuel inputs than what is produced as either ethanol or biodiesel. Pimentel will also discuss environmental impacts of biofuels. Location info:

Strictly Voluntary
Orange County Literacy Council: Thu, Sep 29, 6-7 pm & Mon, Oct 3, 12:30-1:30 pm: Prospective volunteer orientations (both days at both locations). Recruiting volunteers to tutor adult learners in reading, writing, math and GED preparation. Skills Development Center, 503 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill & Orange County Public Library, 300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. 933-2151,

Duke Community Hospice Services: Sat, Oct 1, 15 & 29: Volunteer training courses to work with terminally ill patients and their families. Two to four hours per week; medical experience not required. 3325 Executive Park Drive, Raleigh. 620-3853 x235 (Carolyn Colsher).

Volunteers for Youth: Tue, Oct 4, 6-9 pm: Mentor training. Spend just two hours with an at-risk youth from Orange County. Currently, 85 kids are waiting to be matched. 205 Lloyd St., Ste. 103 Carrboro. 967-4511, (Scott Dreyer).

Welcome Baby: Tue, Oct 4: Volunteer training. Visit parents of newborns at Duke or Durham Regional Hospitals to explain free services, or call new parents once a week to answer questions and provide information on newborn care. 560-7318.

Durham Board of County Commissioners: Deadline Thu, Oct 6, 5 pm: Seeking applicants to fill positions on various citizen boards and commissions. Applications:, 560-0027 (Yvonne Gordon).

Women and Mathematics Mentoring Program: Seeking women who have careers in math, science or a related field to mentor two or three eighth grade girls, once a month, Jan-May 2006. Wake County: (Melissa Sloup). Durham County: 929-5428, (Chantal Shafroth).

AniMall Pet Adoption & Outreach Center: Seeking volunteers; open Saturdays and Sundays. Hold a leash, play with a kitten, run the cash register, etc. 624-3075,,

Hopeline: Tue, Oct 11: Training classes for caring, non-judgmental volunteers, at least 18 years old, to answer the 24-hour crisis hotline. 832-3326,

Mental Health Association in N.C. : Volunteers needed for "Healthy Minds! Healthy Children!" Teach 30-minute lessons on positive mental health strategies to grades K-6. Less than 10 hrs/mo for one school year. No experience needed; must be at least 18. 981-0740 x239, (J. Mahan).

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