Greening the Gold Dome 

... and other ways to get involved

Raise your eco-awareness by attending the Georgia Conservancy's first Generation Green lecture of the year Tues., Feb. 28. The talk will give an overview of important environmental issues facing the 2006 Georgia legislative session. Speakers include Jason Rooks, executive director of Georgia Conservation Voters, who will address ways that citizens can push for a more environmentally friendly government.

The lecture will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Red Light Café, 533 Amsterdam Ave. Free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For more info, call 404-876-2900, ext. 116, or visit www.georgiaconservancy.org.

Atlanta Stonewall Democrats This group of gay-lesbian-bisexual-transexual Dems will host a happy hour meeting with local labor leaders. Network with progressives and discuss human rights, benefits and opportunities. Thurs., Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. 404-607-1865. www.atlantastonewall.org.

Avondale City Council City Council discusses future plans for the city and other community issues. The next meeting will be Mon., Feb. 27. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400. www.avondaleestates.org.

Buckhead Business Association Focused on the economic and cultural vitality of Buckhead. Cost for nonmembers to attend the weekly breakfast: $15. Thursdays, 7:30-9 a.m. Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. 404-467-7607. www.buckheadbusiness.org.

Drinking Liberally Check out the local chapter of this national organization, whose motto is: "Promoting democracy one pint at a time." These informal sessions give Democrats a chance to get together and discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org. atlanta@drinkingliberally.org.

Gwinnett Dems The Gwinnett Democratic Party focuses on voter registration and recruiting candidates for the upcoming elections. Monthly meetings strategize to promote Democrat victories in Georgia. All are welcome. The next meeting will be Tues., Feb. 28. Last Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. 678-924-8200. www.gwinnettdemocrats.org.

Neighborhood Planning Units Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. A great way to "act locally." Dates and times vary; check the NPU website to see which NPU you belong to. 404-330-6899. www.atlantaga.gov.

NPU-M This NPU includes Old Fourth Ward, the Edgewood Avenue and Auburn Avenue corridors, Castleberry Hill and downtown. It meets Mon., Feb. 27, and every fourth Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Community Center, 90 Boulevard. 404-784-0814. NPU-N includes Inman Park, Cabbagetown, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Lake Claire, Poncey-Highlands and Reynoldstown. It meets Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., and every fourth Thursday of the month, Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. 404-523-9922.

Real State of the Union Atlanta WAND presents an alternative perspective on Georgia's State of the Union featuring the AJC's Jay Bookman and the Rev. Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Council. Janice Mathis of Rainbow/PUSH will moderate. Tues., Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. 404-524-5999. www.atlantawand.org.

South Atlanta neighbors South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development serves residents and businesses in Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park and Woodland Hills. Residents are encouraged to attend SAND meetings and voice their concerns. The next meeting will be Thurs., March 2. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave. 404-627-2216. www.sandatlanta.org.

Women in the Halls During the 2006 Georgia legislative session, Planned Parenthood and the Georgia ACLU are educating women interested in becoming lobbyists and voices for women's issues. Each Tuesday at 9 a.m., those interested meet at the Central Presbyterian Church Community Room, 201 Washington St. www.womeninthehalls.org.

Young Dems of Atlanta The Young Democrats of Atlanta meet monthly to socialize, talk politics, and figure out ways to get young people involved in campaigns. The next meeting will be Wed., March 1. First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447. www.fultonyoungdems.org.

Air Loaf on 1690 AM

· Hear CL's writers and critics discuss their stories on "Air Loaf" at WWAA-AM (1690) Air Atlanta. Discussions of news and culture stories are aired weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 1:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. A two-hour call-in show, on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features local topics and well-known guests. On Sat., Feb. 25, "Air Loaf" will host Beth Littrell, ACLU litigator and specialist in gay and student rights, and Bobby Kahn, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Political Party

· Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party on Wed., April 12. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.

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