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Talk to HUD Secretary Communities United for hosts U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson for a public forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamil

Talk to HUD Secretary

Communities United for hosts U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson for a public forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave. in Northside. Jackson will listen to citizen concerns about affordable housing and the Section Eight housing program. For more information, call 853-3947.

Tibetan Monks Build Peace Mandala

A group of Tibetan monks touring the country promoting love, compassion and wisdom stop in Cincinnati for four days starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The monks will construct a sand mandala in the atrium of the downtown Cincinnati Public Library. As part of the closing ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday, visitors will be offered jars of the sand used to construct the mandala.

Public Input for Fountain Square

The Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) seeks public input on its new plan to transform Fountain Square.

Five public meetings are planned in sites around the Tri-State, including Montgomery, downtown and Newport, through Aug. 12. Meeting locations and times are online at www.3CDC.org

Head Job for the Vote

The king of eclectic Jam Rock and countless live albums, Dave Mathews, performs Aug. 5 at the Riverbend Music Center. HeadCount, a nonprofit all-volunteer group on tour with Mathews, plans to register voters outside throughout the concert. To register or to thank the volunteers, go to the blue tent. By the time summer ends, HeadCount hopes to register 100,000 voters across the country.

Visit Your Neighbors for Kerry

Cincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO is gearing up for an election year battle to deliver Ohio to Sen. John Kerry. Volunteers are needed for the annual Get Out the Vote Ward Walk, a neighborhood canvassing operation in support of labor-endorsed candidates. The walk takes place October 29-31, the weekend before the election. Sign up by calling 421-1846.

Arts Community Backs Article 12 Repeal

Members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present "Serenade for Harmony and Inclusion" at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Isaac M. Wise Temple downtown. Victoria Morgan, artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet, and Nicholas Muni, artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, will speak about Article 12 of the city charter. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert. Proceeds from the event go to Citizens to Restore Fairness, the group working to repeal Article 12. Call 675-2143 for more information.

Face Down Prejudice

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion unveils their newest original exhibit Facing Prejudice as the final feature of Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2004. This exhibit is the product of a yearlong project of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Students created original visuals and graphics that challenge all members of the community to examine prejudices that affect each of us. Currently, Facing Prejudice is on display in the main lobby of UC's newly renovated Tangeman University Center through July 31. Public hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Art Can Change the World

SOS ART 2004, a group show for art on socio-political, peace and justice themes, is at the Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway, through Sunday. For more information, contact [email protected].