The Cincinnati Museum Center hosts the program, Women Responding to Fundamentalism from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Cost is $25 plus $5 parking, but scholarships are available. For more information, call 513-451-9444.
CityBeat Mayoral Debate
CityBeat and four other local media outlets have teamed up to gang up on the two mayoral candidates who make it to the Nov. 8. A one-hour debate takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in front of a live studio audience and broadcasts live on both CET (Channel 48) and WVXU (91.7 FM). Panelists from CityBeat, The Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Herald and WVXU will question candidates while audience members equipped with touchpad polling provide instant reactions to the candidates exchanges. Prior to the debate, the public is encouraged to identify key issues and help the media panel draft questions through a special edition of the Courier's PULSE online survey. For reservations and details, visit www.cincinnatimayor.com.
Gorbachev Speaks at Miami
Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the former Soviet Union, speaks at 7 pm. Oct. 24 at Miami University's Millett Hall. As this year's Jack R. Anderson Distinguished Lecturer, Gorbachev speaks on personal courage, conviction and leadership. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Claire Wagner at email@example.com or 513-529-7592.
Intelligently Discussing Intelligent Design
Somehow teaching evolution still provokes political controversy: 20 states are considering new laws that challenge its teaching in public schools. The Wise Temple Political Advocacy Committee, in association with eight other community groups, hosts a panel discussion on "Religion in Our Public Schools: The Evolution Controversy," 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Isaac Wise Center. Panelists include representatives from religious, educational, Constitutional law and political perspectives. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-793-2556
Integrity for Leaders: What a Concept
Superstar local consultant Peter Block invites all Cincinnatians to a free conversation about public integrity in politics featuring Hawaii State Sen. Les Ihara, Jr. and former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls. "Political Leaders: Stewards of Public Trust and Integrity" takes place 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 26 in the Library Room of Old Saint George, 42 Calhoun St. in Clifton. Please RSVP by Oct. 21 at email@example.com or 513-451-0166.
Anyone in or allied to the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) community and looking to adopt or foster a child in Ohio shouldn't miss the workshop A Family for Every Child taking place 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave. The workshop, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Log Cabin Republicans, Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network of Cincinnati, is free, including lunch. To pre-register e-mail your name, address and phone number to CincyLGBTAdoptionWKSP@yahoo.com. Though pre-registration isn't required, it's encouraged to make sure there are enough materials and lunches.
Health Care for Everybody
The Single-Payer Action Network, which advocates a single-payer health insurance system providing full and comprehensive coverage to all Ohioans, meets at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Clifton. On the agenda: a discussion of the status of a petition drive to put insurance reform on the ballot and plans for the next State Council meeting. For more information, call Bob Park at 513-237-5235.
A New Year for the AMOS Project
The annual public meeting for the AMOS project, a group of 40 congregations committed to living out their faith through public action, takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Eighth and Plum streets downtown. This year's meeting focuses on the issues of housing, jobs and transportation, and public officials are asked to commit to support the AMOS Project in specific activities. For more information, contact Stephanie Beck Borden at 513-745-1908.
Fundraiser for Project Connect
Project Connect, an educational program serving homeless children, holds its eighth annual fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 18 at the Drees Pavilion at Devou Park in Covington. The program features tunes from Savvy, dinner by the bite, a silent auction and a raffle. Project Connect serves homeless children in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties, providing tutoring, transportation to and from school, academic and educational enrichment programs and social services. For more information about the benefit, call Ann Gibson at 513-236-7398. For more information about Project Connect, to volunteer or make a donation, call 513-363-1060.
Suds and Politics
Drinking Liberally, an informal, an inclusive Democratic drinking club, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. You don't have to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club; just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. After roaming the first Tuesday of every month, the group regularly settles back into The Comet in Northside. For more info, contact Chris Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wear Black for Peace
Ever since the Bush regime launched its unprovoked invasion of Iraq more than two years ago, the Women in Black have maintained a vigil calling for peace. Participants -- men and children are welcome, too -- are encouraged to wear black or dark clothes. The weekly peace protest is from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway.
Ride for Change
Join Critical Mass, a bicycle ride beginning at Fountain Square at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month. It might seem like just a pleasant bicycle ride, but participants are actually helping to spread the word about a healthful, non-polluting means of transportation that helps combat traffic congestion. For more information about the Critical Mass movement, which is active in hundreds of cities across the United States, visit http://www.criticalmassrides.info/index.html .