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Air Atlanta -- the local home of Air America Radio -- recently met an untimely demise, but fortunately you can still catch our very own weekly talk show, "Air Loaf," each Saturday morning. Tune in for a dose of political discourse with host CL Editor Ken Edelstein, and guests who dissect, discuss and debate a wide range of topics. The subject of the next show, Sat., June 24, is global warming. After a string of coast-battering hurricanes, and the recent release of former Vice President Al Gore's eye-opening documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, the issue is no longer possible to ignore.

"Air Loaf" airs Saturdays, 11 a.m.--noon, on WWAA-AM (1690).

· ATLANTA STONEWALL DEMOCRATS Be a loud blue dot in this big red state. Join this left-leaning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group Thurs., June 22, for the ASD Pride Celebration. This fundraiser serves to honor the fair-minded Democrats ASD has endorsed for public office in the upcoming election. The suggested contribution for the event is $25, which will go toward electing the chosen candidates. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Red Chair Restaurant and Video Lounge, 550-C Amsterdam Ave. 404-607-1865.

· DRINKING LIBERALLY The local chapter of this national organization aims to promote democracy "one pint at a time" by encouraging Democrats to discuss politics, current events and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Join them Thurs., June 22, and share ideas while sharing pitchers. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Avenue, Decatur. 404-370-1717.

· RIVERDALE PUBLIC WORKSHOP The goal of the Riverdale Livable Centers Initiative is to fully realize the growth potential of the city, including big leaps forward in diversity, city planning and development. But to implement these changes, the city is asking for participation from residents in a series of public workshops, the first of which is Thurs., June 22, at 6:30 p.m. Those in attendance will have a chance to voice their opinions on the community's future. Riverdale City Hall, 6690 Church St., Riverdale. 404-684-7031.

· DAY OF INCLUSION The third annual Community Day of Inclusion seeks to ensure the disabled are integrated in all aspects of the community, and that they have the same opportunities as everyone else. The Sat., June 24, event is a celebration, both fun and informative, for all involved. Donations welcome. Noon-7 p.m. 6615 Tribble St., Lithonia. 404-454-4063.

· AVONDALE CITY COUNCIL The Avondale City Council meets monthly to discuss regular business, future plans for the city and community issues. The Council's next meeting is Mon., June 26. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Avondale City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400.

· NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING UNIT Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that 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 or to owners of any place of business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit 404-330-6899. Dates and times vary. NPU-M encompasses much of Atlanta's core city, including the Old Fourth Ward, Edgewood/Auburn, Castleberry Hill and downtown. Maintaining cultural and economic diversity is a key focus of this group. This month's meeting is Mon., June 26. Fourth Monday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Community Center, 90 Boulevard.

· GWINNETT DEMS Right now, among other things, the Gwinnett Democratic Party is focused on registering voters for the upcoming primary elections. The group's monthly meetings aim to galvanize Democratic support in the midst of a largely conservative county. All are welcome to attend. The Dems' next meeting is Tues., June 27. Last Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. 678-924-8200.

· ATLANTA URBAN DESIGN The Urban Design Commission protects historical districts, buildings, landmarks and other culturally significant areas. Atlantans are encouraged to voice their opinions at the organization's next meeting, Wed., June 28. Second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6200.

· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The BBA meets over breakfast to discuss the economic and cultural vitality of Buckhead. Join the BBA Thurs., June 29, to hear guest speaker Phil Kent, former president of the conservative public interest law firm Southeastern Legal Foundation. Kent is an author, columnist, media commentator and president of Phil Kent Consulting Inc. Cost for non-members: $15. Thursdays, 7:30-9 a.m. Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. 404-467-7607.

· SYLVAN HILLS NEIGHBORS All residents of Sylvan Hills are invited to attend these neighborhood public meetings. To add an item to the meeting agenda, e-mail the association at at least one week in advance. The next meeting is Thurs., June 29. Last Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Easter Seals Child Development Center, 1757 Melrose Drive. 404-758-7774.

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