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Big Oil, Big Nukes, Big Media
Bull City Biofuels: Fri, June 17, 4:30 pm: Party and ribbon-cutting for Durham's first pure biodiesel fuel pump--completely renewable and made from vegetable oil. Corner of Ellis Road and Pettigrew Street.,

Sustainable Energy Bike Ride: Sun, June 19, 3-5:30 pm: TrAction bikes to three environment-friendly Durham homes in the Watts-Hillandale and Lakewood areas; with speakers, Q&A and food. Whole Foods parking lot, Broad and Perry streets.

A Second Nuke? Tue, June 21, 7 pm: What if Progress Energy tries to build a second reactor at Shearon Harris? Public meeting hosted by NC WARN. Central Carolina Community College, 764 West St. (Route 64), Pittsboro. 416-5077,

Solar Systems: Tue, June 21, 7-8:30 pm: Chapel Hill Area Solar meet-up, with Rusty Haynes from the N.C. Solar Center explaining why Germany and Japan are eating our solar-energy lunch. La Vita Dolce, Southern Village, 610 Market St., 960-6886 (Dennis Markatos-Soriano).

Colony Theatre: Wed, June 22, 7 pm: Mobilizing Media Reform, a short documentary explaining how deregulation led to five giant corporations controlling nearly all mainstream media, presented by Raleigh Fight Big Media. Then, the feature-length documentary End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (, followed by a Q&A led by SURGE. Co-hosts also include the Green Party, the Indy, Raleigh Adbusters, TrAction, NC Powerdown, and Raleigh Critical Mass, who will bike to the theater (meet at 5:30 pm in the parking lot behind Hayes Barton Baptist Church, on the corner of Whitaker Mill and Glenwood at Five Points; ride is 5 miles/45 minutes). Cyclists get in free; others pay $3 donation for both films. 5438 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 847-5677. Info:

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County: Wed, June 15, dinner served at 6 pm: Join us for a relaxing summer evening of delicious food and fun with friends. A portion of the evening's food sales will be donated to the FVPC. Trilussa la Trattoria, 401 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 967-0057. Info: 929-3872.

A Culture of Peace: Thu, June 16, 7-9 pm: Raleigh Fellowship of Reconciliation hears from the Rev. Cathy Tamsberg of Pullen Baptist Church on ³From Violence to Wholeness,² an introduction to nonviolence training. Longview Center, 118 S. Person St. (next to Exploris). 608-7322 (David Potorti).

Take Back Franklin Street: Thu, June 16, 11 pm: Recent violent assaults have taken place in well-lit public areas, at times when a lot of people are out. The most recent assault involved weapons and may have been racially motivated. Bring chalk, signs and an attitude to the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets.

Wake County Libertarian Party: Thu, June 16, 7 pm: Wael Masri speaking on "Libertarianism Through Arab Eyes," followed by Q&A session. Order dinner and drinks and talk with Masri at 6:30 pm. Tir Na Nog, 218 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 906-2106, (Susan Hogarth).

Staying Human: Fri, June 17, 6-10 pm: Opening of art show in the face of recent cross burnings, by seven local artists of color: Cornelio Campos, Courtney Reid-Eaton, Darnell Williams, Erick Davis, Hong-An Truong, Malcolm Goff and Manju Rajendran. The Transom, 305 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 599-7904, thetransom/The_Transom.

World Refugee Day: Sat, June 18, 1-4 pm: Celebrating the courage of refugees and the contributions they make to their communities; with cultural crafts, local refugee families, info booths, intercultural activities. Shade Tree Coffee, 2816 Erwin Road, Durham. 861-2807 (Mary St. John).

Why Death? How the Death Penalty Affects Us All: Sun, June 19, 9:45 am: Mark Kleinschmidt, attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, will relate his personal involvement in death cases and answer questions concerning the legalities and inequities of the death penalty. Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. Info: Center for Death Penalty Litigation, 956-9545 (Robin Rogers).

Free Car Wash: Sun, June 19, 1-3 pm: This Uggets ( car wash has one catch: Afterward, you must do two nice things for others. Borders, 1751 Walnut St., Cary.

Fight Big Media: Sun, June 19, 7 pm: Meet-up. Register at

Orphan in South Africa: Mon, June 20, 6:30-8:30 pm: Wine tasting fundraiser for Sakhumzi Children's Home in Capetown, sponsored by Stop Hunger Now. Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. RSVP at, 839-0689.

Campaign for Decent Housing: Tue, June 21, 5-6:30 pm: Meeting on Housing Bonds: How were they spent? What are the needs for the future? City Housing & Comm. Dev. Dept., 401 E. Lakewood Ave., Durham. Durham Affordable Housing Coalition: 683-1185,

UN Association of Wake County: Tue, June 21, 6:30-8:30 pm: Supper meeting entitled "United Nations Reform," with NCSU professor Dan Figgins. University Club, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. $15, $7 students/low income. RSVP to 850-9696, (Jim Roush) by Fri, June 17, noon.

Blood Drive: Thu, June 23, 11 am-4 pm: At OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. 942-4862.

Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation: Thu, June 23, 6-9 pm: Silent auction (featured artist Ana Vizcarra) with Texas-style BBQ and beer. Gallery A, 1637 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. $20 suggested.

Strictly Voluntary
Make an American dream come true: Aspect Foundation is seeking volunteer host families for international high school students. 460-3958 (Holly),

HopeLine: Tue, July 12: Volunteer training classes begin. Seeking caring, non-judgmental volunteers, at least 18 years old, to answer 24-hour crisis hotline and provide confidential listening, crisis/suicide intervention and information referrals. 832-3326,

N.C. Pride Marching Band: Inviting anyone who has played a marching band instrument to join them at N.C. Pride on Sept. 24 in Durham, and other dates in S.C., D.C. and Atlanta. Also needed: flag and banner carriers and band-aids. 477-3943,

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