DONATE OLD PHONES | SEASIDE—Get rid of that old cell phone and help domestic violence victims in one simple step: Donate old cell phones to the YWCA. The phones are then reused by those in unsafe situations, giving someone in danger access to help via a wireless phone. Make sure to close the phone’s service before mailing it or dropping it off. YWCA, 976 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. 583-1025.
DONOHUE RECEPTION | SALINAS—Join Chapala owners Lucy and Claudia Pizarro at a reception for Dennis Donohue, who wants to be Salinas’ next mayor. He’s won the endorsement of both women. 5pm. Chapala Restaurant, 438 Salinas St., Salinas. Free. 754-8774.
VOLUNTEERISM’S FINEST | MONTEREY—Learn about the Junior League of Monterey County at the annual prospective member reception. The group is open to volunteer-minded women 21 years and older. Some of the JLMC’s past community projects include the Family Service Agency, the Salinas Adult Day Care Center and the Monterey County Youth (MY) Museum. 6:15-8pm. Old Whaling Station, 391 Decatur St., Monterey. Free. 375-5356.
SEASIDE SIDE SHOW | SEASIDE—City Council meets for first time since longtime councilmember Darryl Choates announced he’s challenging current Mayor Ralph Rubio for the City’s top political seat. 7pm. City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside. Free. 899-6700.
WEEKLY PEACE GATHERING | SALINAS—This ongoing vigil happens every Saturday, organized by local Quakers and Salinas Action League. Star Market, Blanco Road and S. Main St., Salinas. Free. 753-9557.
WATER BOARD MEETS | MONTEREY—Will Monterey Peninsula Water Management Board District Director Larry Foy (who represents Carmel and Carmel Valley on the board) fly in to town for tonight’s meeting? Or phone in from his home in Arizona? Stay tuned. The meeting’s agenda will be posted at mpwmd.dst.ca.us/asd/board/boardpacket/2006/2006.htm by 5pm Aug. 18. 7pm. Board Room, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, 5 Harris Court, Bldg D, Monterey. Free. 658-5600.