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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Saturday, February 02, 2008

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS: Darwin Day, Groups and Events

    Feb. 12th, 1809 was the day both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born. Here are some Darwin Day Events in North Carolina (note: not all are on Feb. 12th)

    Chapel Hill: Darwin/Lincoln Birthday Walk
    Start Date and Time: 2008-02-12 13:00
    Event Website: http://www.ncbg.unc.edu

    This walk will explore the wonders of natural selection at the Mason Farm Biological Reserve and celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln and his attention to civil rights and opposition to slavery.

    North Carolina Botanical Garden, CB 3375, UNC-Chapel Hill,
    Chapel Hill, NC UNITED STATES
    Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of NC at Chapel Hill
    Contact: Johnny Randall, jrandall@unc.edu, 919-962-0522

    Chapel Hill: Charles Darwin Birthday Tour, North Carolina Botanical Garden
    Start Date and Time: 2008-02-12 13:00
    Event Website: http://ncbg.unc.edu/pages/69/

    Both Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809! Johnny Randall, the Botanical Garden's assistant director for Conservation, will mark the day by hosting a tour of the garden grounds and trails during which he will elaborate on the bounteous products of natural selection that fill our environment and sustain our lives. We’ll consider the fascinating array of plant adaptations found in North Carolina’s natural habitats—plant adaptations to periodic fire (for example, serotinous cones), nutrient-poor soils (carnivorous plants), drought, and more. Free.

    Old Mason Farm Road off of the US 15-501/NC 54 Bypass,
    Chapel Hill, NC UNITED STATES
    Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of N. Carolina
    Contact: Laura Cotterman, ncbg@unc.edu, 919-962-0522

    Chapel Hill: Darwin the Botanist--A Presentation
    Start Date and Time: 2008-02-12 19:00
    Event Website: http://ncbg.unc.edu/pages/28/

    Most people do not think of Charles Darwin as a botanist. He is famously connected to the animals of the Galápagos Islands, and to the subjects of animal and human evolution and behavior. But Darwin’s famous curiosity did extend to plants. In fact, among his numerous publications are a book on carnivorous plants and one on orchid pollination titled, “On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects.” Dr. William Kimler, associate professor of History at NC State University, will discuss the influence of botany and some famous botanists on Darwin’s training and on his work as a naturalist. A look at his lifelong interest in the biology of plants reveals some surprising insights into his scientific work on evolution. Fee: $10; NCBG members, $8.

    North Carolina Botanical Garden, Old Mason Farm Rd off of US 15-501/NC 54 Bypass
    Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of N. Carolina
    Contact: Laura Cotterman, publications and publicity, ncbg@unc.edu, 919-962-0522

    Research Triangle Park: Darwin Day Symposium: Origins and Evolution of Early Life
    Start Date and Time: 2008-02-08 09:00
    Event Website: http://www.nescent.org/news/DarwinDay2008.php

    Carol Cleland, Mark Bedau, Janet Siefert, Abrigail Allwood, Andrew Roger and Laura Landweber will talk about their work in early life studies. Visit our website for more information.

    Sigma Xi Headquarters, 3106 East NC Highway 54
    Research Triangle Park, NC UNITED STATES
    Sponsor: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
    Contact: Kristin Jenkins, kjenkins@nescent.org, 919.668.4544

    Now to our regular Groups and Events section:

    Marshall Adame For Congress Fundraiser
    WhenFri, Feb 29, 18:00 – 20:30
    WhereDemocratic Party HQ, 220 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC

    Young Democrats of North Carolina State Convention:

    The YDNC state convention is a time for young Democrats and supporters to join together and celebrate our successes from the past year and prepare for the coming year. This year will also mark the 80th anniversary of YDNC.

    Date and Time: Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 9:00am
    Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center
    4700 Emperor Blvd
    Durham, North Carolina 27703

    Zack Hawkins, president@ydnc.org

    The YDNC Executive Board is pleased to announce that the annual YDNC State Convention will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham (http://www.sheratonrtp.com/). This year, 2008, marks YDNC’s 80th year, and our annual convention will celebrate this amazing anniversary and the coming election year.

    We are also extremely excited to announce that the keynote speaker at this year’s convention will be the controversial and inspirational CNN commentator and Democratic political strategist James Carville.

    Please visit www.ydnc.org for more information and updates.

    And for those who want to combine social events with politics, here are the Drinking Liberally Groups in North Carolina:

    Asheville, North Carolina
    * Every Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm
    * Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave (Downtown, 1/2 block north of Hilliard Ave.)
    * Hosted by Aric Vance and Susan Lee, asheville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Charlotte, North Carolina
    * First Monday and Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * First Monday of the month Location: Brixx Uptown, 225 E 6th St (we usually gather at the bar, on the LEFT side)
    * Be sure to bring in your parking pass for validation, and to tell the parking attendant you are going to Brixx so they don't charge you $5!
    * Third Wednesday of the month Location: Dolce Vita, 3205 N Davidson St 1/2 priced wines by the glass on Wednesday
    * Hosted by Marcus Williams, Andy Graves and Mark Campbell, charlotte (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Charlotte Eating Liberally
    * Second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am
    * Matthews Community Farmers' Market, 105 N Trade St, Matthews (We meet at the tables just outside of the Community House Coffee Shop)
    * Come by after collecting your week's bounty & join us for a cup of coffee from the community house and a freshly baked pastery from one of the vendors!
    * Bring your favorite organic/local/sustainable related books or recipes.
    * Hosted by Laura Paynter and Heather Taylor, charlotte (at) eatingliberally.org

    Concord, North Carolina
    * Second Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Sweet Pea Cafe, 16 Union St S (1/2 block south of Cabarrus & Union)
    * Hosted by Mark Ortiz, concordnc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Greensboro, North Carolina
    * Every Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * The Green Bean, 341 S Elm St
    * Hosted by Richard Rozzelle, greensboro (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Raleigh, North Carolina
    * Every Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 pm
    * Players Retreat, 105 Oberlin Rd (right near Hillsborough Street)
    * Look for us in the room across from the bar, thru the doorway.
    * Hosted by Wallace Pankow and Dave Carden, raleigh (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Wilmington, North Carolina
    * First and third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Orton's, 131 N Front St
    * Hosted by Tom Schutte and Jimmy Cartrette, wilmingtonnc (at) drinkingliberally.org


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