Trains A-Comin': Triangle Transit Authority holds open house(s) on its commuter rail plans, station sites, art motifs, environmental impact statement:
At the Movies
About Baghdad: Premiere showings of the new film by exiled Iraqi writer Sinan Antoon, who returned to Baghdad last July to see what average folks were thinking. Discussion follows with Rania Masri, one of the producers. Monday, June 14, Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill; Tuesday, June 15, Carolina Theater, Durham; Thursday, June 17, Rialto Theater, Raleigh. All at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Independent Weekly.
Canned Festival: Five cans of food gets you free popcorn Sunday, June 13, at noon-7 p.m. showings at the Lumina in Chapel Hill, the Rialto, the Colony and Mission Valley in Raleigh. Benefits the Food Bank of N.C. 875-0707 x. 245 (Alison Kramer).
At the Capital
Back Clean Elections: N.C. Voters for Clean Elections, the pro-public campaign financing coalition, holds its lobbying day at the General Assembly Tuesday, June 15. firstname.lastname@example.org , 933-8583
Stormwater Alert: Environmentalists are backing strong stormwater bills (SB 1210, HB 1585); the Home Builders Association--as usual--is for a weak one. The Conservation Council urges calls to legislators. For a backgrounder, email@example.com (Mike Nelson); for legislators, www.ncga.state. nc.us , click on "representation."
Stop Gay-Bashing: SB-1057 and HB-1606 are bills to amend the state constitution with a ban on recognition of same-sex unions, marriages, whatever. www.equalitync.org is set up to help you write your legislators quickly. 829-0343.
Bad Bulldozers: To protest Israel's destructive occupation of Gaza, Jews for a Just Peace will be protesting in Raleigh Friday, June 11, 3-6 p.m., near the CATerpillar dealership at Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Rd. (They want CAT bulldozer sales to the Israeli Army stopped.) 490-4609 (Jack Holtzman).
Really Free: Anti-globalization activists offer a "Really, Really Free Market" festival in Chavis Park, Raleigh, Saturday, June 12, 12 noon-5 p.m. Music, arts and lots of free stuff. www.indymedia.org, 336-274-1814 (Liz Seymour).
Orange Candidates: Forum for county commission candidates Wednesday, June 16, 4 p.m. at Carol Woods, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill. 918-2622 (Tim Heninger).
Iraqi Freedom: The U.N. Association will hear Lt. Col. Kirk Warner, back from Operation I.F., on "Rebuilding a Broken Iraq." Noon lunch, Holiday Inn, 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. $15. RSVP by June 11: 967-6853.
Farm Labor: Church groups will visit farm labor camps this summer; orientation is Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m. at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham. Info: 489-4485 (National Farm Worker Ministry NC). Study guide on farm labor issues available from N.C. Council of Churches, 828-6501.
Beat Bush: November Pledge is a political action committee aimed at dumpin' George W. Launch party is Thursday, June 17, 6-10 p.m., Jo & Joe's, 427 W. Main St., Durham. Free? Sure, until they hit you up for money. 682-2821 (Ray Eurquhart), 824-7802 (Peter Walz).
Young Black Dems: Kickoff for a new African-American caucus of the Young Democrats of N.C., Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m., Varsity Ale House, 3019 Auto Dr., Durham. firstname.lastname@example.org, 673-3107 (Jamie Roberts).
Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, 12 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 Wednesdays of every month, 12 noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
UNC Hospice: Physical, spiritual needs of the terminally ill. Training Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., June 15 through July 20. Call Mary or Pat, 542-5545.
HopeLine: 24-hour hotline helps people in crisis. Free training starts July 13; email@example.com, 832-3326.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.
Triangle Literacy: Durham and Wake literacy councils are having an eBay auction through June 12. ebay.com, userid=triangle literacy. 489-8383 (Claudia Kimbrough).
Girls on the Run: Female coaches needed for healthy living, self-respect program for 8-12 year-olds. firstname.lastname@example.org. com, 929-0831 (Mandy Beard).
Mental Health: Help MHA of N.C. with school, faith-based outreach. Raleigh orientation session June 17: 800-745-5067 (Jeff Furst).
Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.
Exchange Students: AYUSA seeking host families for 2004-05 exchange students, including State Department-supported children from Muslim communities. www.ayusa.org, www.mothers4peace. org.
Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too. Clubnova shop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. email@example.com, 232-5661.
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. firstname.lastname@example.org, 968-4647.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
Got something for Act Now? Send it to Act Now at P.O. Box 2690, Durham, N.C. 27715. You can also fax to 286-4274 or e-mail to email@example.com. Please include the date, time, street and city address and phone number for the event. Our deadline is every Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!