This week's events:
Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day: Don't forget to take some time on Monday to think of the people who've lost their lives in war.
Also Monday, Steve Patterson of Urban Review STL will be on Collateral Damage at 7 PM discussing Paul McKee's plans for North St. Louis. Listen by tuning in to 88.1 or get it online here.
Tuesday, May 26, The California Supreme Court is examining the legality of the controversial Proposition 8 bill that banned same-sex marriage. In St. Louis, the group Show Me No Hate will be rallying at the City Hall Rotunda (1200 Market Street) at 5:30 to either celebrate or protest the court's decision. This is a very important rally! Get the details here and try to make it if you can.
Also Tuesday, Metropolis St. Louis is a group dedicated to creating and promoting an environment that attracts and retains young people in St. Louis. From 6 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Urban Arts Collective Gallery at 3301-03 Meramec, Metropolis will be holding a "Wine Club" event featuring artwork from five local artists.
Also Tuesday is the day for Amnesty International's monthly letter-writing meeting, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Hartford Coffee Company, 3974 Hartford Street.
Also Tuesday, the Principia College Film Club will be screening "Milk" at 9:15 PM followed by a discussion at Wannamaker Hall, 1 Maybeck Place.
Wednesday, May 27, Greenpeace St. Louis is holding a press conference to raise awareness of CO2 emissions in Missouri and global warming. The event is from 10 AM to 11 AM in front of City Hall.
Also Wednesday, the YWCA Metro St. Louis's "So Reel" speaker series invites you to join in a conversation about the #1 killer of black women, HIV/AIDS. At 5:30 refreshments will be served, and at 6 PM the program starts. The YWCA will also be offering free HIV testing on site. The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center is located at 2711 Locus Street (around the corner from the Loft).
Also Wednesday, St. Louis Effort For AIDS is hosting a preview party of the new venue Nancy's Place at 4510 Manchester to raise money for PAWS, which helps people with HIV/AIDS care for their pets during difficult financial times. The event starts at 6 PM and will feature Kim Massie!
Also Wednesday, the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures is screening the movie, "The Accidental Advocate," which details the journey of a family advocating for embryonic stem cell research. The film is showing at the Social Science Auditorium (in the Social Sciences Building) at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO, at 7 PM and will be followed by a panel discussion at 8:30. Get free tickets here.
Thursday, May 28, The LGBT Community Center of Metropolitan St. Louis (625 N Euclid, Ste 420) is hosting "Generations," a discussion group where younger and older members of the LGBT community can come together and have fun. The discussion goes from 5 to 6 PM.
Also Thursday, the Workers International League will be holding a discussion of "Factory Occupations Around the World & the Auto Industry Crisis" at the Stratford Inn, First Floor Boardroom from 5 to 7 PM. The Stratford Inn is located at 800 S Highway Drive.
Also Thursday, Drinks and Mortar, a monthly happy hour for anyone interested in buildings, will be meeting at 7 PM at the Bleeding Deacon, 4123 Chippewa.
Friday, May 29, The local MoveOn.org chapter is hosting Clean Energy Jobs Day at Affordable Comfort, 12154 Natural Bridge Road at noon as part of a nation-wide kickoff. Sign up here and start pushing for a revolution in the American energy economy!
Also Friday, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is hosting a trivia night starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Hazelwood Community Center (1186 Teson, Hazelwood, MO). Cost is $15 per person and the winner gets a cash prize.
On Friday though Saturday will be Thomas Jefferson Days 2009, hosted by the St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee at the Sheraton Hotel at 7730 Bonhomme in Clayton. Get more details here.
Saturday, May 30, the National School Leadership Network presents "Our Place in the Sun: Voices of Black Adolescent Males" at Grand Hall (inside of Duburg Hall) on the SLU campus (221 N. Grand Blvd) from 8:30 AM to 1 PM.
Also Saturday, from 9 to 11 AM at the Center for Theology and Social Analysis at 1077 Newstead Avenue, a group of citizens will be gathering to discuss how best to challenge the escalation of war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Also Saturday, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment celebrates its 40th anniversary with an auction of art from more than 60 local artists. "Art for an Endangered Planet" will be from 6 to 8 PM at the Regional Arts Commission at 6128 Delmar.
Also Saturday, from 7 to 9 PM in the Busch Student Center at SLU (on the corner of Grand and Laclede) the Intercommunity Justice Ministry is presenting "An Uprising of Hope" women's choral concert benefiting Marian Middle School For Girls.
Sunday, May 30, Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants is hosting their Annual Awards International Buffet at Nerinx High School, 590 East Lockwood, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. If you're interested, make sure to check the web site for ticket info.
Also Sunday (and every Sunday), the Instead of War Coalition and Catholic Action Network hold a vigil remembering the human toll of the Iraq War at St. Francis Xavier Church (on the corner of Grand and Lindell) from 7 to 7:30 PM.