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Hints for the Holidays
Saturday, Nov. 20: It's "America Unchained" Day, according to AMIBA (American Business Alliance), which urges you to shop at your locally owned independent stores and not the big chains. www.amiba.net . Stores interested in joining up, contact 851-3212 (Cheryl Dorney), 781-5444 (Tim Tush).

Friday, Nov. 26: The day after Thanksgiving, biggest shopping day of the year, is also "Buy Nothing Day." Our friends at Internationalist Books in Chapel Hill are hosting a community celebration of anti-consumerism with food, a clothing swap, poetry readings--but no selling, amigos. Or, at the least, be "unchained" (see above).

Peace Toys: Y'all--your groups, churches--are asked to collect nonviolent toys, which will be given to kids turning in their war toys. Got it? The Toy Exchange is Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. at Lyon Park in Durham. Sponsored by North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and Calvary Ministries of the West End Community Inc. To get involved: websafenc@intrex.net , 403-7665.

Wheels4Hope: Nonprofit ministry in Raleigh fixes up your donated used car and sells it cheap ($500) to folks re-entering the community from transitional programs. You get a tax deduction. www.wheels4hope.org , 255-1325 (Chris Simes).

USA Patriots wanted
"Free Juan" Fundraiser: Juan Manuel Reyes-Alfonso is in federal detention for--well, it looks like pure USA Patriot Act paranoia to us (see "A Spy in Chatham County?" in the Nov. 4 Indy). Legal bills so far: $16,000. The Cave, 425 1/2 Franklin St., Chapel Hill, hosts a fundraiser Monday, Nov. 22, 10 p.m., with music by Marat, The Breaks, Frank's Garage; freejuanmanual@yahoo.com for the latest.

Datebook
Leandro Explained: Superior Court Judge Howard Manning talks about his landmark ruling in the case that decided what the state constitution really means about equal educational opportunity. At a Wake Citizens for Effective Government forum, Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Borders Books, 8825 Six Forks Rd. (at Strickland Rd.), Raleigh. 847-9901.

Nickel and Dimed: Barbara Ehrenreich's book about pink-collar workers in America is now a play, and The Justice Theater Project is premiering it in North Carolina Nov. 19-20 at Cary Academy Fine Arts Center. Community forum Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. Tickets: www.thejusticetheaterproject.org , 845-7386.

Still Anti-War? Activists are meeting in Fayetteville, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m., to plan next steps. Join in by contacting Lou Plummer, of Bring Them Home Now!--lou.plummer@mac.com; for ride-sharing: info@bringthetroopshomenow.org, 704-618-1320 (David).

Drag Show on Democracy: The next four years for queers, drag queens and kings, artists and writers, all discussed at Ooh La Latte, Durham, Saturday, Nov. 20, 3-6:30 p.m.

How Democrats and Progressives Can Win: A filmed interview with George Lakoff, a linguist from UC-Berkeley and author of Don't Think of an Elephant, who talks about how conservatives use language to dominate politics. He believes Democrats have to find ways to frame issues. Ooh La Latte, Durham, Sunday, Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., followed by a discussion and, at 7 p.m., a nationwide online conference call hosted by MoveOn.org. Info: 672-6566. (Lanya Shapiro)

Durham's Kids At Risk: Kenny Dalsheimer's new documentary, Choices and Change, premieres Sunday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., at the Carolina Theater in Durham. Panel discussion, open forum follows about problem youths and how the community can help them--or not. Free. 667-1208.

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, 4:30-5:30 p.m., E. Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535; in Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); 1st Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Strictly Voluntary
Click Here: www.thebreastcancersite.com , click on "donating a mammogram," and just like that, corporate sponsors will donate a mammogram to someone who can't afford to pay for it.

Welcome, Baby: Training for volunteers Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-noon; you'll help Duke, Durham Regional hospitals deliver parenting information to new moms. 560-7318 to register.

Here's Your Help: Chapel Hill Service League has about 100 women ready to help with your community project. Call 933-1141 to apply, or write: P.O. Box 156, CH 27517.

Blue Ribbon Mentors: Adults help Chapel Hill-Carrboro students; men, Spanish-speakers needed especially. 918-2170 (Graig Meyer).

SAFEchild: Wake child abuse prevention group needs folks who speak English and Spanish, 2-3 hours a week. Training first: gbustle@safechildnc.org, 232-5661 (Ginna Bustle).

Durham Crisis Response: 24-hour hotline needs volunteers. Free training: www.durhamresponse.org, 403-9425 x 230.

Durham Food Bank: Help fight hunger, at 708 Gilbert St. 956-2513, x. 222 (Theresa Garrett).

Club Nova: Help furnish new apartments for adults with mental illness. emalphurs@opc-mhc.org, 968-6682 (Elisabeth Malphurs), 967-6985 (Camellia Morton).

Teens Climb High: In Women's Center program, women over 21 help middle-school girls throughout the Triangle. Lisa, 968-4610.

NARAL: Pro-choice group seeks volunteers: www.prochoicenorthcarolina.org, 829-9779.

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

Carying Place: Helps homeless families with children get situated; www.thecaryingplace.org, 462-1800.

Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x. 226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x. 231), 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. Clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).

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