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Pure Politics
Around the Bush: Picketing at N.C. Republican HQ, 1506 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m., before President Bush's acceptance speech. Ad Hoc Committee Against Bush has permits; but, no signs over 2'x2'; 490-4609.

Durham4Kerry: Group meets Wednesday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Central Park School, 742 Foster St., 489-2986. Yard sale, bake sale to support MoveOn PAC, Beat Bush, Saturday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 202 High St., Carrboro. 933-8417 (Maureen).

Latinos, Y'all: Howard Dean's group, Democracy for America, and its allied Latinos for America offer a campaign training program for everyone, Saturday, Sept. 4, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at El Centro Hispano, 201 W. Main St., Durham. $45; sign up at

Parks and Rec
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).

Durham has $85,000: The county's 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
Food Bank: After Bonnie and Charley, our Eastern N.C. group needs to replenish canned goods, rice, cereal. Deliver to 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, 919-875-0707.

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

People's Alliance: Durham legislators invited for your Qs and their As, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m., Durham Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; 682-7777.

Dyke March: Planning for Third annual march Wednesday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Francesca's Cafe, Ninth Street, Durham, 7:30 p.m., 260-6694.

Raleigh's 'hoods: City's community development department taking applications for neighborhood improvement projects, nonprofit capacity-building efforts, through Sept. 30; how-to-apply workshop is Thursday, Aug. 26, 4:30 p.m., City Hall council chambers. 857-4330.

Women's Equality Day: Wake League of Women Voters celebrates it with reception for the county's 45 elected ladies, from Jessica Bellas to Amy White. $20. Thursday, Aug. 26, 5-7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Hall, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh; 856-1983.

U Peace Corps? N.C. Returning P.C. Volunteers' monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m., at Satisfactions, in Brightleaf Square, Durham. 361-9770, 403-2684.

NYC, Aug. 29: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" on Sunday to welcome Republican National Convention delegates to New York City, organizers say. March route still being negotiated; get updates from, 212-868-5545.

Mt. Olive Boycott: FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) is picketing for the workers who supply Mt. Olive Pickle Co., on Monday, Aug. 30 at Lowes Foods in Durham (1233 University Dr.), 5:30-6:30 p.m. 619-8647 (Brendan Greene).

Media Meeting: "The Challenge to the Media in a Democracy" is a town meeting at Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh, Thursday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Panelists include Dr. Bill Friday of UNC fame, N&O Exec Editor Melanie Sill, recovering NBC reporter Lloyd Dobyns; info: 828-7912.

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 post office, and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535; in Raleigh: First Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Street Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Voting: The Next Generations
Register, Chatham: League of Women Voters will register new voters and folks who've moved Friday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chatham Hospital, Siler City., 402-9194 (Mary Ellen Bowers).

Register, Wake Tech: To help, contact Rhonda Strickland, , 212-7515.

Get 'em Registered: Democracy N.C. is focusing voter reg efforts on youth, minorities. Volunteers asked to call 967-9942, info: .

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 ninth annual International Human Rights Award sought by HR Coalition of N.C., 876-0501.

Women's 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).

Run2Chuz: NARAL Pro-Choice N.C. seeking a good name for its first 5K road race. Ideas by Aug. 30 to (Agnieszka McCourt).

Volunteer, Please
Carying Place: Helps homeless families with children get situated; 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, x. 226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x. 231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x. 223); general number is 942-4862.

La Fiesta del Pueblo: 600 volunteers needed to work Sept. 11, Sept. 12, at the State Fairgrounds. No Spanish? It's OK., 835-1525 (ask for Melanie).

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

Senior Games: State Olympics for the over-55 set needs volunteers Sept. 13-Oct. 3., 851-5456.

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.

Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.

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