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Sponsors Needed: The Carolina All-Stars 9 & under girls basketball team has remained undefeated in their age group, winning every game by at least 15 points. Now they're seeking sponsors to help fund their first trip to the AAU Nationals Basketball Tournament, June 24-July 2, in South Bend, Ind. Needed are monetary donations of any amount, business services that a traveling team can use, and food coupons valid for Indiana use. (You can also send them your encouragement!) All contributions are tax deductible. Head Coach Teresa Tillman (451-5303) can provide sponsorship packages. Send donations to Carolina All-Stars 9U Team, c/o Coach Teresa Tillman, 610 Quartz Drive, Durham 27703. Visit their Web site at to donate online.

Pennies for Change Thrift Store: thru July 2: Clothing and furniture sale. All adult clothing is $1 per item; 50 cents for each children's item. Large inventory of dressers, nightstands, chairs, mattresses and more. All proceeds support the domestic violence and sexual assault services of the Durham Crisis Response Center. 1826 Chapel Hill Road next to Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham. 489-2681. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm.

Colony Theatre: Wed, June 22, 7 pm: Mobilizing Media Reform and End of Suburbia documentaries followed by Q&A. Co-hosts include Fight Big Media, SURGE, 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; ride is 5 miles/45 minutes). Cyclists free; others $3 donation. 5438 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 847-5677.

Blood Drive: Thu, June 23, 11 am-4 pm: At OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter: 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.

The Education of Shelby Knox: Thu, June 23, 7 pm: Screening of award-winning film that profiles a girl in Lubbock, Texas on the rocky road through high school, ³abstinence-only² curriculum and the fight to create a gay-straight alliance club; panel discussion follows. White Auditorium, East Duke Campus, Durham. 549-7177, 549-7164. Free.

Critical Mass: Fri, June 24: Advocate for bicyclists' rights to the road, sustainable transportation and community building. On the last Friday of every month, bring your bike and your energy to: the NCSU Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh at 4:30 pm; the Franklin Street post office in Chapel Hill at 5:30 pm.

Stepford Wives Drag Bingo: Fri, June 24, 8-11 pm: Benefiting Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina; win up to $500 in the grand prize round! Volunteers also needed for set up and break down. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. 834-2437 x19 (JP Womble), Purchase tickets at White Rabbit, Quail Ridge Books, The Regulator, Cameron's and Cherry Pie; $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

AniMall Adoption and Outreach Center: Sat, June 25: Celebrate the grand opening of the Triangle's first mall pet adoption center. AniMall provides an alternative to pet stores and a convenient location where local shelters and rescues can bring their animals for adoption. Prime Outlets, Morrisville. Open Sat and Sun during regular mall hours.,

Laser-Tag Benefit Blast: Sat, June 25, 5 pm-midnight: Help raise money for the new Raleigh chapter of the nonprofit StandUp for Kids, which helps homeless kids and runaways. 5 pm: $20 to play laser-tag for three hours, with food and beverages. 8 pm-midnight: Form teams of six and participate in a laser-tag tournament; $20/person or $120/team. Gift card raffle runs throughout the evening. BattleZone, 8311 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. 998-2219, (Amber Smith).

Why Death? How the Death Penalty Affects Us All: Sun, June 26, 9:45 am: Steve Dear, director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, will share how the faith community can exert influence on death penalty issues and work toward a moratorium. Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. Info: Center for Death Penalty Litigation, 956-9545 (Robin Rogers).

Take the Test--Take Control: Mon, June 27, 4-8 pm: If you've had unprotected sex or shared needles, confidential and free STD/HIV testing and consultations offered at Carr United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. (corner of Main Street), Durham. Durham County Health Department: 560-7793 (Mary DeCoster).

Beyond Survival: Women Celebrating Life in the Face of HIV: Mon, June 27, 6:30 pm: A gathering of women who seek to combat the misperception of HIV diagnosis as a death sentence, and instead use real sentences (written and spoken by women affected by HIV) to celebrate the beauty, influence and power of people living with HIV. Five Points Park Area (next to Ninth Street Bakery) and Peacefire Art Gallery (105 E. Chapel Hill St.), Durham. 688-8111 x288 (Nancy Wilson).

Crucial Conversations Luncheon: Tue, June 28, 11 am-1 pm: Presented by N.C. Policy Watch and El Pueblo. Speakers: former Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.; Josh Bernstein, National Immigration Law Center; Andrea Bazan-Manson, executive director of El Pueblo. Exploris Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Pre-registration required at Info: 890-6187, (Chris Fitzsimon) or 835-1525, (Andrea Bazan-Manson). $10 admission includes lunch.

Blood Drive: Tue, June 28, 2-6:30 pm: At UNC Wellness Center, Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill. American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter: 942-4862.

Medea Benjamin: Tue, June 28, 7-8:30 pm: Co-founder of CodePink and Global Exchange and author of the new book How to Stop the Next War Now. Market Street Books & Maps, 704 Market St., Chapel Hill. 933-5111.

Strictly Voluntary
Spanish Bilingual Volunteers: Sought by the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service for its Crisis Intervention Office in Carrboro. Provide emergency assistance such as food, transportation, and financial assistance to clients of the Orange County Hispanic community. Hours (Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm) and commitment levels can vary. 929-6380 x25, (Kesson Anderson).

Pennies for Change Thrift Store: Looking for volunteers for one-time and ongoing activities. All thrift store proceeds support the Durham Crisis Response Center. 1826 Chapel Hill Road next to Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham. 489-2681.

Host an exchange student: Host families needed for international high school students from the Middle East and the former Soviet Union in the 2005-06 school year. Students come with their own insurance and spending money. Info: 969-9345 (Dr. John Heath),

ReTails: Shop to stop pet overpopulation! Open Thursdays through Sundays at 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. ReTails also needs volunteers to work in the shop and transport donated items. All proceeds support AnimalKind's $20 Fix, a spay/neuter financial assistance program for local low-income families. 872-0019,,

Harbors Recyclery: A bicycle restoration program designed to benefit disadvantaged children and teenagers in Durham. To volunteer/mentor, call 475-4954. To donate a bike, go to the Scrap Exchange, 548 Foster St., Durham. To buy a reconditioned child's or adult's bike ($15-$60), go to the Scrap Exchange on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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