Traction’s ReelPolitik: Thu, Oct 6, after-march discussion 7:30 pm, 8 pm social, 8:30 pm movie: Bringing Down a Dictator documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic not by force but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy. Blayloc Cafe, 108 Morris St., Durham. RSVP: $5.

Hurricane Relief Blood Drive: Fri, Oct 7, 10 am-3:30 pm: Donors will be entered in a raffle to win tickets to the Oct 8 Rolling Stones concert in Wallace Wade Stadium. Bryan Center Von Canon Rooms, Duke Campus. Make an appointment:

Mental Illness Awareness Week: Thru Oct 8: Including National Depression Screening Day, Oct 6, when free and confidential screenings will be offered; to find a screening site, visit or call 1-800-897-7494.

Orange County Democratic Party: Sat, Oct 8, 8-10:30 am: Annual legislative breakfast: “Connect with Our Democratic State and Federal Legislative Representatives.” Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive off Hwy. 54, UNC-CH Campus. Info: 933-9662. Tickets:; $25.

Community AIDS Awareness March and Rally: Sat, Oct 8, 11 am-1:30 pm: Presentations by the Mayor of Durham, the Chief of Police and the Health Director, plus local musicians, door prizes, and a march led by two marching bands. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville St., Durham. Info: 560-7768 (Tim Moore), 560-7793 (Mary DeCoster).

Human Rights Brown Bag Lunch: Mon, Oct 10, noon: Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, an attorney, activist and the U.S. rep for Peace Brigades International. Stone Center, 150 South Road, UNC Campus. To reserve a lunch: 962-9001. Free.

Orange Global Warming Coalition: Mon, Oct 10, 7 pm: Meeting will focus on scientific evidence linking hurricanes and global warming. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Info: 929-7429.

How Do We Get Out Of Iraq?: Oct 10, 7:30-9:30 pm: Public forum with speakers Rep. David Price, UNC prof Sarah Shields, Duke prof Bruce Jentleson and former CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern. Chapel Hill High School auditorium, 1709 High School Road. Info:

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty: Tue, Oct 11, 7 pm: Forum to discuss the bill to suspend executions and reforms to N.C.’s death penalty system that could be pending in 2006. Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. 880-9343,

NC Powerdown: Second Wednesdays, 8 pm: Monthly meeting, in Carrboro. NC Powerdown hopes to raise awareness about the imminent peak in worldwide oil production, influence policy decisions that concern fossil energy use, and be a resource to members as they convert to lower energy lifestyles. Location info at or (Stephen Hren).

Fundraisers & Benefits
Capital Group Sierra Club: Sat, Oct 8, 5-9 pm: Wine tasting and silent auction, which includes a wolf from the Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble painted by Sam Highberger of Hendersonville; live music by David Kepford. Helios Coffee Company, 413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 838-5177. Auction free, wine tasting $15.

Downtown Appetite for Art: Fri, Oct 14, 8-11 pm: Art auction, silent auction, wine tasting and music by The Connells, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County ( Exploris Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. $40.

Exposure Time: Oct 8-9, 9:30 am-5 pm: Fundraiser for CAM; family-focused photo shoot of private 30-minute sessions with nationally recognized photographers shooting in B&W. Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 836-0088, $100/session; prints additional.

Fall Festival: Sat, Oct 8, 10 am-2 pm: Games, food, inflatable rides, pony rides, silent auctions and fun for the family. Little River Elementary School, 2315 Snow Hill Road, Durham.

Habitat for Humanity: Oct 7-9, noon -5 pm & Oct 14-16, noon-5 pm: Durham Parade of Homes open house featuring an art exhibition with paintings by 20 local artists to benefit Habitat. 2510 Lindbergh St. 698-3910.

Harvest Festival: Sat, Oct 8, 11 am-5 pm: Games and prizes for children, face painting, moon bounce castle, reptile roundup, fortune telling, food, silent auction (1-3 pm), plus music by area groups including Emily Waszak, Sue Witty, Nikki Meets the Hibachi and The Second String Band. Carolina Living and Learning Center, 325 Russet Run, Pittsboro. $5 donation.

Karamu African Celebration: Sat, Oct 15, 6 pm-midnight: Five Regions African Dinner and Community Drum Circle (6 pm), Journey Through Africa by music, dance, song and culture (7:30 pm), African After-Party (9 pm). Durham School of the Arts, 400 N. Duke St. 560-3926. $15, $10 students & teens, $5 12 & under.

Orange County Historical Museum: Sat, Oct 8, 8-11:30 am: Yard sale fundraiser; board members and friends offer household items, linens, tools, clothing, jewelry, toys, books, vintage pieces and antiques. 201 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 732-2201,

Pet Mixer & Katrina Fundraiser: Sat, Oct 8, 5-7 pm: Pet portraits by Emily Weinstein, private off-lease dog park, doggie cake, costume contest, raffles; benefits Houston SPCA and Best Friends Pet Adoption. Furry Feet Retreat, 950 W. Chatham St., Cary. 414-5507, $30.

Triangle Walk to D’Feet ALS: Sat, Oct 8, 9 am registration, 10 am walk: Centennial Campus, near Avent Ferry Road & Centennial Pkwy., NCSU Campus. 755-9001, 877-568-4347,

Walk for Farm Animals: Sat, Oct 15: Raising awareness and funds for animal rescue and protection (including the treatment of animals raised for food); sponsored by Farm Sanctuary. Registration begins at 1 pm on Weaver Street Market lawn, Carrboro. $10.

Woman’s Club of Raleigh: Wed, Oct 5, 10:30 am-2 pm: Fashion show and silent auction (10:30-11:50 am) benefits Summit House, Prison Match, the Raleigh BoyChoir and other community projects. Woman’s Club of Raleigh, 3300 Woman’s Club Dr. 782-5599. $25 luncheon, fashion show and auction; $10 auction only.

Strictly Voluntary
The Prom Boutique: Second Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm: Pull those prom gowns and bridesmaid dresses out of the closet and pass them along! The Prom Boutique supplies Durham Public School students grades 9-12 with dresses for special events. Drop-off sites: Northgate Presbyterian Church, 2504 N. Roxboro Road & Prudential Carolinas Realty, 921 Morreene Road. 313-3428 (Wendy Evans).

Hopeline: Tue, Oct 11: Training classes for caring, non-judgmental volunteers, at least 18 years old, to answer the 24-hour crisis hotline. Volunteers provide confidential listening services, crisis/suicide intervention and information referrals. 832-3326,,

UNC Hospice: Thursdays, Oct 13-Nov 17, 9 am-noon: Six-week volunteer training. Being a hospice volunteer is a way to truly help others and focus on the parts of life that matter the most. Covenant Place, 103 Culbreth Road, Chapel Hill. Info and registration: 542-5545, (Mary or Pat).