Tameena Faryal, an Afghan woman and representative of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, will speak Nov. 9 at HotHouse. RAWA is an independent, all-volunteer, nonviolent organization that calls for multilateral disarmament and the establishment of a secular democracy in Afghanistan, 6:30 p.m., $3, 31 E. Balbo, ( 312 ) 362-9707.
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change conference is just up north in Milwaukee, Nov. 7-11. Call ( 202 ) 332-6483, ext. 3301.
Names Project presents Remember Their Names Gala 2001, Nov. 14, a benefit dinner with dancing, cocktails, silent auction and awards presentations. Call ( 773 ) 472-1600.
Pathfinders Prevention Education Fund presents its Prevention Trailblazers Awards to Michael Scott, president of the Board of Education; WVON radio host Cliff Kelley; and Zerrie S. Campbell, president of Malcolm X College, Nov. 8 at Malcolm X College, 6-9 p.m., 1900 W. Van Buren, ( 773 ) 626-1443.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Women & Children first Books hosts a forum, "Whose Neighborhood Is It Anyway? A Town Meeting on Community Development," with Queer to the Left, and COURAJ ( Community of Uptown Residents for Affordability and Justice ) . They are convening a meeting of residents and business owners of Uptown, Edgewater and Andersonville to talk about community development. Among the questions asked: "What effect will the opening of national corporate chain stores ( such as Borders ) have on our neighborhoods? Bring your questions and ideas to this open discussion." At 5233 N. Clark.
Amigas Latinas' 2nd dinner to benefit Amigas Latinas' Aixa Diaz Scholarship Fund is Nov. 9, ( 773 ) 784-8922.
Affinity hosts a kick-off party to announce their receipt of a grant from the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., 5650 S. Woodlawn.
Chicago Women in Trades marks 20 Years and Building, CWIT's 20th anniversary celebration dinner, hosted by NPR's Cheryl Corley, Nov. 8, Reza's, 432 W. Ontario, ( 312 ) 942-1444.