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 2x2'. 490-4609.
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 www.latinosforamerica.com/trainingreg.
Worried about the Election? The Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee will hold an informational meeting on touch-screen voting machines, paper trails and recounts, voting rights for ex-felons, and problems that have been surfacing around North Carolina and the country. Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., at Alston Chapel Church in Chatham County near Pittsboro. Directions: From the Pittsboro courthouse circle, take U.S. 64 west to the first stoplight, turn left on S.R. 87, take the second right on Old Goldston Road, then the first right on Alston Chapel Road. The church is 2 to 3 miles down on the right. The Art of Politics "VOTE!" an interactive show on voter turnout. Features talk by Peter Walz of Democracy NC, new film shorts on voter issues with mapped information on N.C. voter turnout demographics, at DesignBox Gallery Sept. 3 through Nov. 2. Opening reception Friday Sept. 3, 7-10 p.m. with music by Milagro Saints. 10-6 weekdays or by app't. 315 S. Bloodworth St, Raleigh. www.designbox.us
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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; email@example.com, 560-0062 (Bill Renfrow).
Food Bank: After Bonnie and Charley, our Eastern N.C. group needs to replenish staples--canned good, rice, cereal. Deliver to 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, 875-0707.
Women Uniting: N.C. Women United starting to organize fall agenda meetings, issues papers. To help organize, host, write, advocate: firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-518-7657.
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 St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Voting: The Next Generations
Register, Wake Tech: To help, contact Rhonda Strickland, email@example.com, 212-7515.
Get 'em Registered: Democracy N.C. is focusing voter reg efforts on youth, minorities. Volunteers asked to call 967-9942, info: www.democracy-nc.org
N.C. Justice: Nominees for its 2004 "Defenders of Justice" awards sought by N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh. www.ncjustice.org, 856-2570.
Human Rights: Nominees for 9th annual International Human Rights Award sought by HR Coalition of N.C. firstname.lastname@example.org, 876-0501.
Womens Forum NC: Nominees for its Young Adult Leadership Award, age 18-35, female or male ("especially female"), taken through Oct. 1. email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Agnieszka McCourt).
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. www.thecaryingplace.org, 462-1800.
HopeLine: Free training starts Sept. 27 for volunteers to answer 24-hour crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline. email@example.com, 832-3326 (Amy Cobb).
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 and Sept. 12, at the State Fairgrounds. No Spanish? It's OK. www.elpueblo.org, 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. www.ncseniorgames.org, 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 and by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help, too. Clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. email@example.com, 232-5661.
Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers. firstname.lastname@example.org, or 833-1282.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; email email@example.com (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact/phone number. Deadline: Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!