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Candidates Forum on Austin Energy - Districts 2 & 3

A number of local organizations have come together to organize a series of candidate forums on issues related to Austin Energy. Candidates will be asked to respond to a series of questions relating to Austin Energy, including questions on energy sources, affordability and governance of the utility. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the candidates. Other forums in this series are: Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 12; Districts 1 & 7, Sept. 20; Districts 4 & 9, Sept. 22; Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 23; Mayor, Sept. 29.

Organizations participating in these forums are: Public Citizen, SEED Coalition, Sierra Club, Solar Austin, Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy), Clean Water Action, Austin Climate Action Network, Texas Drought Project, First Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Ministry, Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church. 6-9pm.

Austin JATC Electrical Training Center, 4000 Caven

www.fb.com/events/549723578484163

Fantastic Arcade

Fantastic Arcade

The gaming arm of the Fantastic Fest is free and open to the public. A who's-who of independent games comes out to showcase their creations with scads of custom arcade cabinets and laptops loaded with fun. Panels and tournaments are littered throughout the four-day fest. The whole shebang concludes with a Barfcade contest, awards ceremony, and closing party. See their website for a complete schedule. Check out our interview with Kyle Reimergartin and Ben Esposito to get you hyped. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 18-21. Free.

The HighBall, 1142 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

www.fantasticfest.com/arcade

Geshe Thupten Phelgye

In addition to being a Geshe (the highest degree of monastic training in Tibetan Buddhism), Geshe-la founded the Universal Compassion Foundation. As a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, and in his other work for peace and social justice, he’s a significant figure in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be speaking at various venues around town. See website for detailed schedule. Wed.-Sat., Sept. 17-20.

Various locations

www.drdavidzuniga.com/geshe-la-in-austin.html

Texas Tribune Festival

Over three days more than 200 speakers will dive into the state's and nation's most pressing issues: public and higher ed, immigration, health care, transportation, energy, the environment, criminal justice, and - new this year - government transparency. Notable speakers include Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. Sept. 19-21. $300; students and educators, $50; volunteers, free.

University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434

www.texastribune.org/festival/2014/home

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Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.

587-SPAY