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New G.I. Bill Proposed
Military Families Support Act: One hundred representatives of N.C. veteran, military family and citizen organizations announced a new G.I. Bill proposal on June 22 in Winston-Salem. The growing crisis facing military families, the gaping holes in the Veteran's Benefit System, and the need for new benefits for National Guard and Reservist Active Duty call for the creation of a Military Families Support Act. For proposal details, action alerts and to join the signature campaign, go to ncunitedpower.org. N.C. United Power, 1926 Holloway St., Durham. 688-8146, ncup_milfam@yahoo.com.

Datebook
Domestic Violence Support Group: The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County is offering an evening support group for women who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse in a relationship. The group is free (as is childcare for attendees) and confidential, and meets on a drop-in basis. Call 929-7122 or toll-free 866-929-7122 for info.

Help Make Poverty History: Sat, July 2: Live 8, an international series of concerts on July 2, will raise awareness of the need for greater famine relief in Africa. The bartenders at He's Not Here (112 1/2 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; 942-7939) will donate their July 2 tips to CARE to support relief efforts; they raised $1,200 for the first Live Aid concert in 1985. To learn more about Live 8 and sign the petition, visit www.live8live.com.

Advertising and the End of the World: Sun, July 3, 8:30 am coffee and treats, 9-10 am program: Showing and discussion of the video by Sut Jhally, one of the world's leading scholars on the social role of advertising in the consumer culture. He presents a compelling and accessible argument about consumerism and its impact on the earth's future. Childcare is provided. Straley Summer Series at Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 942-0621 (Joan Garnett).

World Tibet Day & Dalai Lama's Birthday: Sun, July 3, 3 pm: ACT NC and the Kadampa Center join hands to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Dalai Lama. Learn about Tibet, sign campaign literature, see Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion and do peace meditation. Unity Church of the Triangle, 524 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh. www.unitytriangle.org. 862-8624 (Karma Tashi). Free.

Weekly Death Penalty Protest: Mon, July 4, 5 pm: With the moratorium bill still on hold and the threat of continued executions, this weekly protest will maintain a public witness against government-sanctioned killing. The one-hour demonstration outside of Central Prison (1300 Western Blvd.) in Raleigh will continue every Monday at 5 pm through Sep 19. Some signs and banners will be provided; other signs, creativity and props encouraged. 833-4129, scott@langleycreations.com (Scott Langley).

Fire Flies: The Art of the Possible: July 4-10: Celebration of arts and activism in Greensboro, including music, workshops, free food daily from Food Not Bombs, a Really Really Free Market, more. Schedule at www.GCAConline.org. Questions or to participate: 336-274-1814, gcac@riseup.net.

Mental Health Peer Support Group: Tue, July 5, 2:30-3:30 pm: Weekly meetings for those who need assistance support in days of recovery. North Side Clinic, corner of Mitchell and Caldwell, Chapel Hill. 942-8083, leave message for support group.

Chatham Habitat for Humanity Home Stores: Tue, July 5, 10:30 am: Grand opening of relocated home stores, featuring music, food and great bargain hunting for all your building and household needs. 467 West St., Pittsboro. 542-0788.

100% Tobacco Free Schools: Wed, July 6, 9-10:30 am: Halfway point celebration and pep rally, with Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, public health leaders, teen advocates from across N.C., entertainment. State Capitol, Raleigh. Info: 882-1979 (L. Hester), 882-1906 (A. Hollins). Free.

Strictly Voluntary
LGBT HelpLine: Fri, July 8, 6:30-9:30 pm and Sat, July 9, 9 am-4 pm: Volunteer training; must attend both sessions. Must volunteer at least one three-hour shift one night per month, providing non-judgmental peer counseling, education, resource referrals and documentation of bias crimes over the phone, Sunday-Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm. 410 N. Boylan, Raleigh. RSVP to 256-3672, volunteers@tcworks.org.

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

Chapel Hill Jaycees: Forming a team to participate in the one-mile walk at the AIDS Walk and Ride in Raleigh (Aug 20, starting at 4 pm). Accepting new members through Aug 19. Any current or former Jaycee, their family and friends, and any young professional of Jaycee age (21-40) is welcome to join the team. Info: secretary@chapelhilljaycees.org (Kim Winson). Individuals can also join the team at aidswalkandride.kintera.org/teamjaycees, or support the team through donations at tinyurl.com/a4anl. www.chapelhilljaycees.org.

Mental Health Association in N.C. : Volunteers needed for "Healthy Minds! Healthy Children!" program. Teach 30-minute lessons on positive mental health strategies to children grades K-6. Lessons primarily take place 9 am-3 pm, or occasionally after school. All materials, lesson plans and training provided. Typical volunteer schedule is less than 10 hours/month for one school year. No previous teaching experience needed; must be at least 18 years old. Info: 981-0740 x239, jmahan@mha-nc.org (Jennifer Mahan).

Durham Board of County Commissioners: Seeking applicants to fill positions on various citizen boards and commissions, including Adult Care Home CAC, Multi-Jurisdictional Advisory Board, Nursing Home CAC, Open Space and Trails Commission, Workforce Development Board. Also seeking applicants to fill positions on the Emergency Medical Services Council, including EMS Providers and Affiliates, Hospitals, Consumers, Law Enforcement, First Responders. Applications and info: 560-0027 (Yvonne Gordon), www.co.durham.nc.us. Application deadline: Mon, July 11, 5 pm.

Progressive Democrats of N.C. PAC: Help identify progressive candidates (Dem or unaffiliated) for municipal and school board races who might be interested in training with the PDNC PAC. Send the candidate's name and contact info and a little about them, or urge them to apply themselves. Also considering applications from potential candidates for next year's races. 604 Hatch Road, Chapel Hill 27516. 968-9184, www.pdncpac.org.

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