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Peak Oil Society of the Triangle: Wed, May 11, 8 pm: Monthly meeting. The Society raises awareness about the imminent peak in worldwide oil production and facilitates moves toward sustainable living. Location info: or (Stephen Hren).

Orange Chatham Sierra Club: Wed, May 11, 7:30 pm: Meeting with Paul Aaron, author of What To Do When the Oil Runs Out. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. 643-2762, (Bernadette Pelissier).

Wake Women Attorneys: Thu, May 12, 12:30 pm: Lunch panel on "Trafficking in Persons: From the Global to the Local." Bogarts, 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. RSVP by May 11 to $12.

Crisis in Sudan: Fri, May 13, 6:30-8:30 pm: Suliman Giddo, cofounder and president of Darfur Peace and Development, speaking on "Confronting Genocide in Darfur." Historical background on the crisis, followed by Q&A session and strategies for taking action. Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 834-4040, To reserve seats: Free.

Dave Lippman: Fri, May 13, 7:30 pm: Veteran satirical songster presents "Star of Goliath," a multimedia piece from his 2004 visit to Israel and Palestine, in this benefit performance. Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. 967-5181. Donation.

Family Fun Day & Hunger Bike Ride Kick-Off: Sat, May 14, 2-4 pm: To raise awareness and funds for those in the third world suffering from hunger and illiteracy, Chuck and Laura Richardson of Chapel Hill will be bicycling from Virginia to California. Money raised will go to Pratham, an NGO dedicated to getting every child in school and learning well in India. Fun Day features games, snacks, a clown, face painting, booths and raffle prizes. Hindu Bhaven Temple parking lot, 309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. Info:, 933-0332 (Laura and Chuck). Free.

National Letter Carriers' Food Drive: Sat, May 14: At this time of year, Food Bank donations are the weakest and demand is the greatest. Help stock the Food Bank's summer shelves by placing a bag of food next to your mail box for your letter carrier to deliver to the Food Bank. If you're ambitious, host a food drive with colleagues, classmates or civic groups and deliver the food to the Food Bank or your post office. Info: 875-0707 x230, (Anne Swain).

World Fair Trade Day: Sat, May 14, all day: Presentations by local fair trade activists, artisan demonstrations, coffee samplings from Larry's Beans, a galimoto obstacle course for kids, and world music performers Teresa Fernández and Silvano Cáseres (2-3 pm). Ten Thousand Villages, 435 Woodburn Road, Cameron Village, 821-1100. Free.

Litter Pick-Up: Sun, May 15, 11 am-1 pm: Pick up litter and invite passing drivers to pull over and join in the cleaning: "Have five minutes? Help us pick up litter!" Intersection of Hwy 401S and Ten-Ten Road, Apex.

ReelPolitik: Sun, May 15, 8 pm: Screening of energy/natural resources documentary Kilowatt Ours plus discussion with Dennis Markatos-Soriano (Projects Director, SURGE) and Sam Hummel (Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Duke). Ringside, 308 W. Main St., Durham., (Lanya Shapiro). $5 suggested donation.

Campaign for Decent Housing: Tue, May 17, 5-6:30 pm: Meeting with City Housing & Community Development on proposal to repair abandoned houses. CHCD Dept., 401 E. Lakewood Ave., Heritage Square, Durham.

LGBT Workplace Equality Forum: Wed, May 18, 7 pm: Too often, workers are fired or harassed for being LGBT. Learn to fight for your rights and help others fight for theirs. Speakers Hector Vargas (Lambda Legal), Ian Palmquist (Equality N.C.), and a current Lambda Legal client who will share their story. Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Free.

Fight Big Media: Thu, May 19, 7-9 pm: Educational activist group fighting the deregulated, profit-driven media. Come for a showing of Mobilizing Media Reform and a report from the recent National Conference for Media Reform, then help develop a plan of action. Directions: or (Rhonda Strickland). Free.

El Foro Latino: May 21-22: More than 700 Latino advocates, service providers, policymakers and community members gather for workshops, documentary screenings and discussions, speaker Arturo Rodriguez (United Farmworkers of America), and keynote speaker Lorraine Lee (VP of Chicanos for La Causa), who has been responding to the Minuteman effort and Proposition 200 in Arizona. Elliott Center, UNC-Greensboro. Registration and info: or 835-1525 (Louisa Warren).

Dine Out and Help the Homeless: During May, wine purchased through Restaurant Starlu's (3211 Shannon Road, Durham) Bottles of Change program will benefit Genesis Home, a transitional home for homeless families in Durham. For every glass or bottle of selected wines sold, Starlu will donate a portion of sales to Genesis Home.

Strictly Voluntary
Letter Carriers Food Drive: Sat, May 14, 8 am-8:30 pm: Volunteers needed to sort food and accept donations at four post offices in the Durham area. 956-2513 x222, (Theresa Garrett).

Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center: Sat, May 14, 10 am: Volunteer orientation. Volunteers needed to socialize animals, walk dogs and assist with adoptions of dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs. 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. Must be over 16 years. To register: 250-4474,

Summer Food Service Program: May 25-Aug 12, weekdays: Many students do not receive sufficient nutrition during school breaks. This is Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's first year in the SFSP, the summer extension of the free and reduced-price school lunch program. The Food Shuttle needs numerous volunteers to package, deliver and distribute meals in Wake County. Shifts are approximately two hours long; community service volunteers are welcome. Info:,, Volunteer: 250-0043, (Shae Taylor).

Girls on the Run: Sep 12-Dec 9: An experiential learning program for girls ages 8-12 to educate and prepare them for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a noncompetitive running event with a community service project. Change a girl's budding notion that how she looks is more important that who she is! Head Coach and Assistant Coach volunteer positions available for the fall season; apply by June 1. 929-0831,,

Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital: Volunteers 55 years or older are needed in the new Family Room of the Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill. Welcome, register, and be helpful to new families. 686-3314,

Program for Academic Exchange: The nonprofit PAX is looking for host families for the upcoming school year to provide foreign exchange students (ages 13-19) a bed, a quiet place to study, meals, and the love and support every teen needs. 231-9904, (Joy Lumpkin).

Welcome Baby: Child care helpers needed to provide care and play activities for young children while their parents attend parenting classes and workshops. 560-7340, (Von Brown).

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