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Chicano Identity Platica

Join in the discussion of what it means to be Chicano in our modern world and Austin. Child care available. 2-3:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez, 827-9947

www.resistenciabooks.com, mxzamarripa@yahoo.com

Citizen Gardener

This is the first of three classes to get certified as a "citizen gardener." Get informed and start spreading the good news. 9am. $30.

Baha'i Faith Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin, 236-0074 x105

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling

Curbside trash pickup customers can place their real trees (not in bags) out with their regular trash to be composted into Dillo Dirt. Want rid of it sooner? Drop it off at the Zilker Polo Fields from 10am-2pm this weekend and next. Jan. 5-6 and 12-13, 10am-2pm.

Home & Garden Show

Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be various sources of info for remodelers and new homeowners. James Cameron of DIY network's Desperate Landscapes supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 11-13. $8.50.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com

Point In Time Count Training

provides an annual count of homeless people in Travis County. Volunteers count homeless men, women, and children to assess the Austin area’s homeless population and help secure federal funding for Travis County’s homeless service providers. Attend a training session to become one of those volunteers. noon-2pm. Free.

St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th, 247-8678

www.austinecho.org/count, homelesscountaustin@gmail.com

Proper Nang for HAAM

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians gets a little help from a handful of local live music acts. 6-9pm.

Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar, 512/444-0261

www.tacoxpress.com

Second Saturday Workshop

These monthly meetings tackle a different subject that addresses issues for those recovering from addiction. This month, learn to how fitness and nutrition can help you get back on track. 10am. Free.

Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr., 697-8500

www.austinrecovery.org

Summit Smithville Expo

Small businesses and homeowners looking to make their lives a bit greener are invited to join this gathering of speakers and exhibitors offering their tips and tricks to saving the planet. 10am-4pm. Free.

Smithville Heritage Hall, 213 Main St., Smithville

www.facebook.com/pages/Summit-Smithville/192263740825194?ref=hl

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Christmas Tree Recycling

Oh, tenenbaum. If you're not a curbside customer, don't forget you can recycle your Christmas tree at one of these locations around town before Jan. 12.

Austin Community Landfill, 9900 Giles; Williamson County Landfill & Recycling Center, 600 Landfill Rd

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

Human Potential Center

Join the various gatherings throughout the month. Events range from explorations of meditation practices to discussions of film to dream interpretation. Go online for a complete schedule of meetings.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988

www.humanpotentialcenter.org

No Drama Democracy

This continuing ed course from ACC seeks to reform political relationships by encouraging tolerance and proving why liberal/conservative labeling is irrelevant. Limited slots available; register now. $120.

Austin Community College Continuing Education, 223-7542

continue.austincc.edu

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