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Austin Fashion Industry Mixer

Mix and mingle with local fashion bloggers, photographers, local boutique and salon owners, and many other super important people. RSVP for a complimentary cocktail. 8-11:30pm. Free.

The Madison, 307 W. Fifth, 512/494-4094

www.themadisonaustin.com, convergecreate@gmail.com

Ballot Boxing: District 7

The Chronicle has teamed up with KUT, KXAN, Univision, and the Austin Monitor to bring you a series of 10-1 City Council candidate forums. Each forum will begin at 7pm, is free and open to the public, and will include audience participation. Those interested in attending should sign up in advance. Other forums in the series are: District 8, Sept. 29; District 9, Oct. 6; District 10, Oct. 8; Mayor, Oct. 15. 7pm.

Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

www.eventbrite.com/e/ballot-boxing-the-district-seven-forum-tickets-12834746071

First Thursday

Music, food, and shopping. Free.

South Congress

Free Travel Class: Women Traveling Solo

Traveling alone can be a powerful, emboldening growth experience. This class covers resources on budgeting, accommodations, safety, language, and cultural customs. 7-8:30pm. Free.

Whole Earth Provisions, 1014 N. Lamar, 512/444-2294

www.hiusa.org/austin

Parenting Now: Technology & Boundaries

Those kids and their damn Facebooks and Twitters! 7-9pm. $25.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835

www.carriecontey.com/parentingnow

Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

www.socialcyclingaustin.org

Wizard World Comic Con

Wizard World Comic Con

Bruce Campbell, Matt Smith, WWE superstar the Undertaker, and Tyler Posey are just a few of the stars lighting this epic nerd-out. Expect so much comic, toy, gaming, TV, collectible, and pop culture insanity you just might explode. Thu., Oct. 2, 4-9pm; Fri., Oct. 3, 2-9pm; Sat., Oct. 4, 11am-8pm. $40-400.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 646/512-5022

www.wizardworld.com/austin.html

ONGOING

Call for Platelet Donors

The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1-1 1/2 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

www.inyourhands.org