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Sacramento becomes Suffragette City this Friday when the Smart Women Vote: Elect to Make a Difference tour arrives in our fair burg. Minneapolis businesswoman Julie Hellwich launched this nationwide voter-registration drive to inspire American women to make their voices heard in the November election. Representatives from the League of Women Voters and the National Organization of Women will be on hand to register all women (and men) to vote. To sweeten the often-bitter subject of politics, the event will include live music by Bodhi Busick as well as beer, soda, popcorn, prizes and “Smart Women Vote” temporary tattoos. The bipartisan party happens from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Swanberg’s, located at 2673 21st Street. Admission is free. Visit for further details.

If the act of registering to vote inspires you to further participation in the political arena, head over to the 18th annual August Women’s Peace Event at the Sacramento City College cafeteria. Beginning at 6 p.m., right when the Smart Women tour is winding down, the evening features storytelling, Japanese folk dancing, singer-songwriter Suzan Tobin and guest speaker Inga Olson from Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment. Olson will speak about the environmental and public-health effects of nuclear-weapons development at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Admission is on a sliding scale from $3 to $15. Sacramento City College is located at 3835 Freeport Boulevard. Call (916) 448-7157 for more information and do what you can to keep the peace.