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Citizens' calendar, Feb. 17-24

Fri., Feb. 18, 2011

For more details and events, see Community Listings.


ACLU HONORS Judge Charlie Baird earns Civil Libertarian of the Year. 6pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 291-6211. Free. www.aclutx.org.

ACTIVIST SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE addresses the state of social justice in the Americas. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 17-19. Texas Union, UT campus, 24th & Guadalupe. Free. on.fb.me/eoRlcf.

AN EVENING OF FAITH IN ACTION Discuss the role of churches in the fight for workers' rights. 7pm. St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th, 391-2305. Free. www.workersdefense.org.

CAMERON ROAD CORRIDOR WORKSHOP 6:30pm. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing, 974-7865. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/planning/neighborhood/sj_ch.htm.

OPEN MEETINGS ACT MEETING Learn about open records requests, the Open Meetings Act, and more. 6:30pm. Austin Energy Building, 721 Barton Springs Rd., Rm. 130. www.changeaustin.org.


SAY NO TO CENTRAL TEXAS AIRPORT Join Groups United To Advocate Responsible Devel­opment to talk about the private airport proposed for the junction of FM 969 and FM 1704. 10am. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Lost Pines, 512/308-1234. camkaough@aol.com.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY 8am-5:15pm. Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca, 441-1808. $55 ($45, members; $25, students).


PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Tom Davis envisions the world after the age of oil. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.

SOCIALISM: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER Watch a Reefer Madness-esque doc about socialism, then join a discussion on defending the economic system to naysayers. 12:30pm. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr., 251-0698. Free. www.staopen.com.

SPEAKER SERIES: MEET A COMMUNITY GROUP Learn about Casa Marianella's services and shelter for immigrants. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free. www.casamarianella.org.


BARBARA JORDAN FORUM honors the former Texas senator on what would have been her 75th birthday. RSVP online. 9am-6pm. LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2315 Red River, 471-3200. Free. bit.ly/fyakHa.

FAMILY FARMS & LOCAL FOODS EDUCATION DAY The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance invites you to learn about local food production and relevant legislation. 10am-3pm. Texas Capitol, 697-2661. www.farmandranchfreedom.org.


IS GREEN AFFORDABLE? The League of Women Voters hosts a panel discussion on the city of Austin's conservation efforts and use of renewable energy. 7pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 451-6710. Free. www.lwvaustin.org.


PARKS & REC COMMUNITY MEETING Tell the city how you use the parks and what could be done better. 6:30pm. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar, 974-6090.

DOYLE BENEBY Solar Austin brings the president and CEO of CPS Energy to you to explain how San Antonio's foray into renewable energy will leave Austin in the dust. 4-6pm. Malverde, 400 W. Second, 705-0666. www.solaraustin.org.

TEXAS ENERGY INDEPENDENCE WEEK FOR­UMS Morning forum on renewable energy policy and technology research; afternoon session on natural gas, renewables, and Texas' energy mix. 8:30-11:30am & 2-5pm. Texas Capitol Auditorium. Free.


PARKS & REC COMMUNITY MEETING (see Wed­nesday.) South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd., 9am; McBeth Recreation Center, 2401-A Columbus, 6:30pm. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/communityengagement.htm.

POST-RACIAL POLITICS Author Tim Wise talks about America's retreat from racial equity; a panel discussion follows. Donations go to progressive community center 5604 Manor. 7pm. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., 926-6339. $10 suggested donation. rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

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