More than 45 Northside businesses throw a party for democracy in "Northside Celebrates Voting," 11 a.m-11 p.m. Nov. 5. The merriment begins right at 11 a.m. with eclectic music in a heated tent on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Lingo Street; of course, celebrating the right to vote also involves food, drink, banners and streamers.
Curing a Disabled Health Care System
An outspoken critic of the current U.S. health care system delivers the University of Cincinnati's 2005 Hutton Lectureship on Ethics. Dr. Marcia Angell, a senior lecturer on social medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, speaks on "Fixing a Broken Health-Care System," noon-1:30 pm. Nov. 9 in UC College of Medicine's Kresge Auditorium, 231 Albert Sabin Way. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For more information or to register, call 513-588-0910 or visit www.med.uc.edu.
Christian Peaceworkers Speak on Iraq and Israel
Peggy Gish is a social justice activist who has spent more than 18 months of the past three years living and working in Iraq as a member of the Christian Peacemaking Teams (CPT). She witnessed the bombing of Baghdad; her 2004 book, Iraq: A Journey of Peace and Hope, chronicles her experiences in Iraq during and after the U.S. invasion. Meanwhile, as a CPT Reservist since 1995, her husband Art Gish has served many tours of duty in the West Bank and in Iraq and has authored four books. They speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 during a potluck dinner at the Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, 4229 Brownway Ave. in Oakley. Art Gish speaks at the same location 9-10:15 a.m. Oct. 30, while later that day Peggy Gish speaks for the Community Church of Cincinnati's Women's Day Celebration, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Art then speaks again, 12-1 p.m. Oct. 30, at the Islamic Association of Cincinnati at the West Chester Mosque Education Building.
Women and Fundamentalism
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Drinking for Progress
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 email@example.com.
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.