Be a bioneer 

The Bioneers, a nationwide group of scientists, artists, activists and environmentalists, will host a three-day seminar Fri., Oct. 28-Sun., Oct. 30. From protecting the wilderness to preventing global warming, preserving city green space to pushing for sustainable affordable housing, dozens of break-out sessions should have something for everyone. Session leaders include local biodiesel purveyor Rob del Bueno (After Peak Oil: What the Future Holds), poet and author Alice Lovelace (How the Arts are Transforming Lives, Classrooms and Local Economies), jazz musician Bill Summers (After Katrina: Responding as Bioneers), Woodfire Grill owner and chef Michael Touhy (Think Globally -- Grow, Sell and Eat Locally), and CL's own Senior Editor John Sugg (New Communicators: Bloggers, Documentaries and Progressive Radio).

The workshop will be held at Savannah College of Art and Design, 1600 Peachtree St. For more info and to register, visit www.inspiringfutures.org. The registration fee is $95 for the weekend or $45 per day, with a special rate of $20 per day rate for students, seniors, working artists and activists.

· Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with the city's Neighborhood Planning Units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality parks and open spaces. Every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Committee Room No. 2, City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.

· Atlanta Urban Design Commission The UDC works to protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200.

· Avondale City Council The Council discusses regular business, future plans for the city and other community issues. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates. www.avondaleestates.org. 404-294-5400.

· Brunch with Politicos The Gwinnett County Democrats are holding a brunch with former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, state Rep. Dubose Porter, and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Sat., Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Winfield Hall, 3890 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. www.gwinnettdemocrats.org. for tickets, call 770-418-0402 or 770-209-4406

· DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. www.co.dekalb.ga.us. 404-371-2082.

· Gwinnett Dems Meet The Gwinnett Democratic Party is gearing up for the upcoming elections in November. Monthly meetings are for planning strategies and events to promote Democrat victories in Georgia. Last Tuesday of every month, 9 p.m. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. www.gwinnettdemocrats.org.

· HilLary Clinton speaks In the 18th annual lecture in memory of Leo and Berry Eizenstat, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be a guest lecturer. Sun., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. Free. Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. www.aasynagogue.org. 404-355-5222.

· Lake Claire Neighbors The Lake Claire Neighbors organize cleanups, provide a community voice to city reps, and raise funds for neighborhood improvements. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Frazer Center, the north end of Ridgewood Road. www.lakeclaire.org.

· Neighborhood Planning Unit The city's Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils which advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.

· Run for Justice The Atlanta Legal Aid Society is having its 15th annual Run for Justice event to benefit the organization, which provides civil, legal representation for low-income families. The run will start at Fire Station No. 19 in Virginia-Highland at 9 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 12. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 after Nov. 1. To register, go to www.rungeorgia.com or call 404-327-7738. www.atlantalegalaid.org.

· Town Hall Meeting Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.; first Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. www.cobbcounty.org. 770-528-3313.

· Young Republicans Social The Buckhead Young Republicans hold socials on a monthly basis. Drinks, political discussion, and networking are all on the menu, as well as free appetizers. Fourth Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. Location varies monthly. www.buckheadyr.org. 770-265-5268.

· CL events:

· Political Party Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St.

· Air Loaf Listen to CL's writers and critics discuss what's going on around town on Air America's "Air Loaf." Tune in to 1690 AM weekdays at 7 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.

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