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OK, you're registered? Early voting starts this week at locations throughout the Triangle. Check the Board of Elections Web site: . Some people are pretty charged up already--

Early Voting I: Durham rally Thursday, Oct. 14, 5-7 p.m. at Brightleaf Square, march to Board of Elections and vote for regime change. , 286-5057 (Andrew Pearson).

Early Voting II: Chapel Hill rallies Monday, Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m., at Morehead Planetarium to mark the start of early voting there (also at Carrboro and Hillsborough town halls). Bike brigade starts from Weaver Street Market at 11:30 a.m. , 286-5057 (Andrew Pearson).

Why Vote? Check , four NCSU grad students' answer.

GOTV: Democracy NC is coordinating phone banks in Raleigh, Carrboro, to contact "infrequent voters" who, when they were registered, supported social justice goals. Strictly non-partisan. Runs Oct. 16-24. To volunteer for one hour or many: , 967-9942 x16 (Peter Walz).

Water, Water: State reports on threats to water quality in Wake County at League of Women Voters-sponsored forum Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m., Wake Commons Building, 4011 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 832-8176 (Jeri Gray).

Uplift Project: Forum on "Leadership at the Crossroads" looks at apathy following civil rights successes. Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. auditorium, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. , 673-3107 (Jamie Roberts).

Humanistic Judaism: Israeli "refusnik" Stav Adivi, an Army major, speaks Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., Durham. Free. .

Palestinian Solidarity: Conference of Palestinian Solidarity Movement, a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups, is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 15-17, at Duke. , 929-7709.

Save Lake Raleigh Woods: On NCSU's Centennial Campus, natural woods? Or houses? Meeting and charrette Saturday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., McKimmon Center. .

Million Worker March: Sunday, Oct. 17, in Washington. Buses leaving early a.m. from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill. $30. (Dante Strobino), , 682-9575, dennisorton@yahoo,com , 834-2356.

Ray McGovern: CIA's veteran analyst turned Bush-war critic, speaks Monday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham; Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Hanes Auditorium, UNC-CH. , 942-2535 (Margaret Misch).

Solar Meetup: Solar energy in your home, business, via photovoltaics, explained. Sponsors: Town of Chapel Hill, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE). Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Weaver Street Market, Carrboro. , 960-6886.

Moratorium? ACLU's pro-and-con panel, including Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (pro) and Rep. Paul Stam (con) debate the two-year moratorium on executions. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1312 Annapolis Dr., Raleigh.

Assault Weapons? Wake Citizens for Effective Government holds a debate over letting the ban expire (as it did last month). Thursday, Oct. 21, Borders Books, Strickland and Six Forks roads, Raleigh. 847-9901.

Affordable Health Care? Adam Searing of N.C. Justice Center fame tells all at American Association of University Women-sponsored meeting, Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m., Community United Church, Dixie Trail and Wade Avenue, Raleigh. 782-9506.

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, 5-6 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
Girls & Math: Mentoring program seeks women with math, science, tech careers to mentor 8th-grade girls once a month. Starts in January, volunteer by Oct. 31. In Durham County, 530-6454 (Laura Smith); 998-7394 (Melissa Sloup).

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

Durham Food Bank: Help fight hunger, at 708 Gilbert St. 956-2513 x222 (Theresa Garrett).

Blue Ribbon Mentors: Over-65 set helps Chapel Hill-Carrboro students; men, Spanish-speakers needed especially. 918-2170 (Graig Meyer).

Club Nova: Help furnish new apartments for adults with mental illness., 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.

Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; email (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!

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