From the horrendous to the inspiring, journo Sally Armstrong has seen it all when it comes to women on the global stage. Her new book, Ascent Of Women, culled from her inside knowledge of Africa, Asia and South America, charts dramatic and far-reaching changes. NOW Talks hosts the award-winning scribe in conversation with NOW's Susan G. Cole about the way women are transforming economies, families and their own lives. Wednesday (March 6), 7 pm, at the Drake Underground, 1150 Queen West. $17. nowtoronto.com.
Plan perfect parks
T.O.'s parks are more than green spaces; they're the potential heart of our communities - if, that is, locals are allowed to direct them. Think Dufferin Grove, farmers' markets, collective ovens, neighbourhood celebrations. The Toronto Alliance for Better Parks hosts a summit Saturday (March 2) to share experiences. Speakers include Toronto Park People's Dave Harvey and deputy director Mickey Fearn of the U.S. National Park Service. 1 to 5:30 pm. Free. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East. Register parkpeople.ca.
Beit Zatoun's rent party
Beit Zatoun, the House of Olives, is a gracious space dedicated to sharing ideas on Mideast peace and justice and other social change matters and a retail outlet for fair-trade Palestinian olive oil. An Open House and Fundraising Concert features John Millard, Waleed Abdulhamid, Maryem Tollar and others, as well as snacks and desserts. Saturday (March 2), 6:30 pm. $20-$50. 612 Markham. beitzatoun.org.