News - Lessons In Alternative Fuel

Vegenergy, a local provider of biodiesel and other nonpetroleum fuels, will host a series of classes starting Sat., April 2, to show how to transform a new or used diesel vehicle into a more environmentally friendly machine. The classes give an overview of modifications that can be made to diesels to run them on filtered or unfiltered restaurant grease. The classes also cover the benefits of biodiesel, which is made from renewable sources like soybeans and can be used as fuel in any diesel vehicle - without modification. What's more, biodiesel is made without petroleum in the U.S., decreasing reliance on foreign and domestic oil.

The first of Vegenergy's classes will be held from noon-3 p.m. at 912 Wylie St. Registration is $50. For more info or to register for this or subsequent classes, visit www.vegenergy.com or call 404-219-9709.

RACISM AND HEALTH: The Center for Health, Culture and Society will present the latest in its speaker series Thurs., March 31, when Camara Jones, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives her lecture, "The Impacts of Racism on Health." The free event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road. For more info, call 404-727-8686.

ETHICS AND ADVOCACY: The John Marshall Law School's Center for Legal Advocacy will hold a symposium Sat., April 2, at 9 a.m., featuring a continental breakfast, a presentation on ethics and a question and answer session. Presenters include Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver and former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes. John Marshall Law School, 1422 W. Peachtree St. Admission is free. For more info, call 404-872-3593.

WALK FOR HEALTH: The Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta is holding its second annual Clergy Walk for Health Day on Sat., April 2, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The walk will start at Vicars Fellowship Hall of the Community Church of God, 850 Cascade Ave., and end at the Cascade Kroger Center. Partial proceeds will go to Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. For more info, call 404-755-4900 or go to www.concernedblackclergy.org.

EARTH DAY: A planning session for the 35th annual Earth Day Celebration will be held Sat., April 2, with half-day green work projects followed by a lunch in appreciation of volunteers. The 2005 Earth Day party will take place Sat., April 23, at the Interface Showroom, on the corner of Spring and Fifth streets. For more info, visit www.earthsharega.org or call 404-873-3173.

MEDITATION LESSONS: The Healthy Choice Meditation Group will offer lessons in meditation to anyone directly or indirectly affected by HIV. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. The first two meetings will be Mon., April 4, from 6-7:30 p.m., and Tues., April 12, from noon-1:30 p.m., at the AIDS Survival Project, 139 Ralph McGill Blvd. in the Bruce Almond Community Room. Free. For more info, visit www.healthymeditation.org or call 404-874-7926.

DEMOCRACY MEETUP: The Atlanta chapter of Democracy for America, a national grassroots network that spun out of the presidential candidacy of Howard Dean, will host a Meetup at Melton's App and Tap, 2500 N. Decatur Road, on Wed., April 6, 7 p.m. For more info, visit dfa.meetup.com/98/events/4339833.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE: The W.E.B. DuBois Institute of Clark Atlanta University will hold a spring conference Thurs.-Fri., April 7-8, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Thomas W. Cole Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology. The theme of the conference is "Criminal Justice and the African-American Community." The keynote speaker is Georgia Court of Appeals Judge M. Yvette Miller. 223 James P. Brawley Drive. Register by phone at 404-880-8085 or online at www.scspp.org.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: CNN news anchor Stephen Frazier will moderate a discussion on Fri., April 8, about the way future trends will affect the study of arts, humanities and sciences. The "Futurist Forum" will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1385 Oxford Road. Free. For more info, call 404-778-4312.

GREENSPACE CONFERENCE: Park Pride will host its annual Parks and Greenspace Conference in the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Mon., April 11, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Speakers include Mayor Shirley Franklin and former Home Depot CEO Arthur M. Blank. Registration for the event is $85 through April 10, and $100 on April 11. To register, visit www.parkpride.org or call 404-817-6761.

ATLANTA CLEANUP: On Sat., April 23, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Keep Atlanta Beautiful will host a cleanup of in the southwest part of the city, starting at 903 Oakland Ave. To volunteer, visit www.atlantaga.gov or call 404-330-6897.

SOLID WASTE MEETINGS: Public meetings will be held in several Atlanta communities to help create a 10-year plan for waste reduction, collection and disposal. To find the time and place of your local meeting, visit www.atlantaga.gov/Calendars/PublicMeetings.aspx.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Habitat for Humanity plans to build 14 new homes in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Pittsburgh through March. To volunteer or for more info, call 404-223-5180 or visit www.atlanta-habitat.org.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ELDERLY: Senior Connections is looking for volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals to home-bound seniors. For more info, visit www.srconn.org or call 770-455-7602.

CALLING FOSTER PARENTS: Creative Community Services is urging residents to consider opening their homes to abused and neglected children. Foster parents receive monthly financial assistance for the living and medical expenses of each foster child. For more info, call 866-618-2823 or visit www.ccsgeorgia.org.

GOOD FOR GRADY: Grady Health System is recruiting volunteers to help in hospice, guest services, rape crisis and Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Volunteers are asked to commit for at least three months. For more info, call 404-616-4360 or visit www.gradyhealthsystem.org.


POLITICAL PARTY: Creative Loafing's next town hall meeting takes place Wed., April 13, 8 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St.

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

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