Keeping Kids Safe
Prevent Child Abuse N.C. : Nine out of 10 children who are sexually abused will never tell anyone. In most cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts: family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers. Parents can help children avoid sexual abuse by building an open and honest relationship with their child, closely monitoring the people caring for their children, and by empowering children to understand that their bodies are their own. Prevent Child Abuse N.C. has an eight-page booklet for parents, and a booklet for communities. Get copies by calling 1-800-CHILDREN or visiting

Choices and Change: Wed, July 20, 7 pm: Screening of documentary by Durham filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer. The 39-minute film profiles A New Day, an alternative, community-based program in Durham that serves court-involved middle-schoolers. Followed by a discussion and ways to become involved with at-risk youth in the community. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W. Chapel Hill, Durham. 682-3449 (Maryann Crea).

Bush’s Brain: Thu, July 21, 7:15 & 9 pm: Documentary about Karl Rove’s remarkable political journey and the extraordinary role he’s played in Bush’s rise to the top. 1008 Urban Ave. (residence), Durham. 416-0099. Space is limited; RSVP to $5 donation.

Women’s Coffeehouse of the Spirit: Fri, July 22, 7 pm: Reader’s theater play compiled by the late Sister Evelyn Mattern about spirituality and gender equality in congregations. Share your insights after the performance. Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, Gathering Room of Anthony Hall, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh.

Coming Out–Coming In: Faith, Identity and Belonging: Fri, July 22, 7 & 9 pm: Two screenings of 32-minute documentary. The subjects are N.C. Christians who take us beyond the current debate to reveal the everyday lives of faithful people who are also gay and lesbian. Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman leads a discussion after both showings. PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. 560-ARTS. $10 cash/check; advance RSVP at 286-7295.

Durham Bill of Rights of Defense Committee: Sat, July 23, 2 pm: Screening of Hap Kindem’s Beyond the Wall, which explores the UNC speaker ban of the mid-’60s and draws analogies to the PATRIOT Act. Discussion led by the filmmaker follows. Auditorium of the Roxboro Street Durham Library. 402-0092 (Bill Gural).

Medical Aid Jam Benefit for Chris Carroll: Sat, July 23, 6-9 pm: Featuring Jason Barker, Tommy Hartley, Armand Lenchek, Jack Briggs, Greg Germino, Eddie Berman, Jim Weaver, Leslie Land, David Markham, Mark Scheuer, Antonio Colon, Jorn Larsen, Dub Blanchard, Neptune’s Buffalo. Fat Daddy’s, 6201 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Donation.

Downing Street Minutes Town Meeting: Sat, July 23, 7 pm: Official minutes of the Downing Street meeting three years ago: “Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” Video of Rep. Conyers’ hearings on the minutes in the Capitol, and mobilization of support for the 90 Congress members seeking more information–the first steps toward impeachment proceedings. Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road., 923-5753.,

Another World Is Necessary–Developing Our Vision of the Global Community: Sun, July 24, 8:30 am coffee and treats, 9-10 am program: “Sustainable Development” with Tana Hartman (ERUUF and WILPF), who says, “Corporate capitalism has become at least as great a threat to democracy as socialism ever was thought to be.” Childcare is provided. Straley Summer Series at Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 942-0621 (Joan Garnett).

The Sisters Behind the Brothers: Women’s Participation in Durham’s Civil Rights Movement: Sun, July 24, 3 pm: Panel presentation and Q&A moderated by Dr. Christina Greene, with Ann Atwater, Karen Bethea-Shields, Dr. Beverly Washington Jones, Vivian McCoy, Joyce Thorpe Nichols and Dr. Tim Tyson; reception follows. 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. Free. 683-1709,

Hearts and Minds: July 24-27: Screenings of a new 35mm print of the Academy Award-winning 1974 film. Hearts and Minds explores how attitudes of American racism and self-righteous militarism helped create and prolong the conflict, and gives voice to the Vietnamese people as they address how the war has affected them. Author Stan Goff will lead post-film discussions. Sun, July 24, 12:30 & 7 pm: Carolina Theatre, Chapel Hill, $7. Mon, July 25, 7 & 9:30 pm: Carolina Theatre, Durham, $7.25. Tue, July 26, 7 pm: Galaxy Cinema, Cary, $7. Wed, July 27, 7 pm: Colony Theatre, Raleigh, $7.

Homeownership Workshop: Mon-Wed, July 25-27, 6-8:30 pm: You may be able to own a home for the amount you’re paying in rent. City of Durham First Time Homebuyer program, sponsored by Durham Affordable Housing Coalition. Pre-registration required: 683-1185 x41. Free.

Knightdale Curfew Forum: Thu, July 28, 7-8:30 pm: The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina–Legal Foundation hosts a community forum to discuss the recent Knightdale curfew ordinance. All teens, parents and community members are invited to voice their opinions and learn why the ordinance may violate their civil rights. Program room of the East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. 834-3466.

TCW Rummage Sale: Sat, July 30, 6 am-2 pm: Annual fundraiser to help support Triangle Community Works and its programs–ASPYN, Gay and Lesbian Helpline, Games Night, Seminar Works, Community Leadership Summits, Healthworks and Sally’s House. Parking lot of St. John’s MCC, 805 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Rummage sale donations–slightly used clothes, furniture, books, CDs, DVDs, home decor items, etc. –will be accepted in the parking lot on Friday, July 29, 6-9 pm, or by arrangement (call 256-3672).

Strictly Voluntary
Durham Literacy Center: Sat-Sun, July 23-24: The DLC is remaking three of their tutoring rooms so that their volunteer tutors and students can have workspaces that are clean, comfortable and full of great resources. Can you help clean, scrub and paint? Two shifts: 9 am-12:30 pm and 12:30-4 pm. Food provided. RSVP to 1410 W. Chapel Hill St. 489-8383,

La Fiesta del Pueblo: Sat-Sun, Sept 10-11: The largest Latin American festival in the Carolinas is a celebration of the arts and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. To volunteer for a three-hour shift, contact or fill out the form online. To be a vendor, contact or sign up online by Aug 19., 835-1525.

Textbooks, Turkeys & Tinsel: A Campaign for Continuous Caring: In an effort to assist disadvantaged Durham residents, the Volunteer Center of Durham and Durham’s Dept. of Social Services have launched a campaign to raise funds and in-kind donations for their Back to School Supply Drive, Thanksgiving Dinners Program and Share Your Christmas. The goal is $40,000 to help more than 5,000 individuals. Donation at, or mail a check payable to The Volunteer Center of Durham, 136 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham 27701. Also, volunteer to assist with collection and delivery of donations. 688-8977 x25 (Tasha Melvin).

Farmworker Supporters: Seeking individuals to assist with driving farmworkers to Sunday Union meetings in all regions of the state. 489-4485, (Lori Khamala, National Farm Worker Ministry).

SAFEchild: Wake County child abuse prevention agency seeks volunteers who speak English and/or Spanish to work 2-3 hours per week: mentor new mothers, lead parent education groups, facilitate children’s groups, present an interactive child abuse prevention program to first grade students in Wake County Public Schools. Training begins Sept 10; pre-registration is required: 232-5661, (Ginna Bustle). 864 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 743-6140,