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Thursday 1

EARLY VOTING Early voting runs now through Friday, Nov. 2, for the Nov. 6 federal elections. Be a part of the democratic process. See our election page for polling locations and times.

TEMPLE GRANDIN Watch the HBO film, then hear Grandin herself speak on autism. Seats are all taken, but ACC will stream the talk online. 1pm. LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River, 512/471-2787. Free.

EAST AUSTIN CANDIDATE FORUM AISD SCHOOL BOARD At-large candidates Gina Hinojosa and Mary Ellen Pietruszynski join District 2 candidates Jayme Mathias and Sam Guzmán in one of the last opportunities to hear from these folks before Election Day. 2-3pm. Southwest Key Community Center, 6002 Jain, 512/462-2181. Free. vjoiner@swkey.org.

MEET AND GREET WITH CANDACE DUVAL Meet Congressional candidate Candace Duval and learn about her platform. 5-10pm. Austin Java, 1206 Parkway, 512/476-1829. Free. lisa@candaceduval.com, www.austinjava.com.

Friday 2

EARLY VOTING Early voting runs now through Friday, Nov. 2, for the Nov. 6 federal elections. Be a part of the democratic process. See our election page for polling locations and times.

Saturday 3

RABIES VACCINE CLINIC Get your pet vaccinated against rabies at the city's next free clinic. Vaccinations are for dogs and cats 12 weeks and older, and all animals must be in carriers or on leashes. 8am-noon. Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman.

MARCH TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY Join this 13th annual event to oppose Texas' capital punishment laws. The state has executed nearly 500 people since reinstatement of the death penalty in 1982. 2-4:30pm. South steps of the Capitol, Congress & 11th, 961-6389. Free.

Monday 5

TEXAS INMATE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION MEETING Get your questions about the Texas Department of Criminal Justice answered on the first Monday of each month. 6:30pm. Sunrise Community Church, 4430 Manchaca, 512/371-0900. Free.

Tuesday 6

ELECTION DAY This is the big one, folks. Get out and vote for your president and all the other down-ballot races. Go online to our election coverage if you need some pointers. 6am.

GLBT ELECTION NIGHT WATCH PARTY Two dozen Central Texas LGBT organizations join forces and watch election returns on the big screen together. Open mic follows at 10pm. 5pm. Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh, 512/482-9002. www.rustysaustin.net.

Thursday 8

AISD COMMUNITY MEETING: SOUTH Come investigate the potential scenarios about a South Austin high school (approved by voters in 2008), including future academic programming. 6:30-8:30pm. Akins High School, 10701 S. First.

AFTER CAPITALISM Activist monk and author Dada Maheshvarananda speaks on economic democracy in action, linking social crises with the struggles for peace and justice. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Ongoing

EARLY VOTING Early voting for the Nov. 6 election continues through Friday, Nov. 2. See our endorsements or follow all our election coverage at austinchronicle.com/elections.

BLANKET DRIVE Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

SAVE THE DATE TO SAVE TEXAS SCHOOLS Join Diane Ravitch, former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott, and Houston's Kashmere High marching band to stand up for kids and schools on Feb. 23. Say no to brutal budget cuts, a broken testing system, and looming school vouchers. Say yes to a quality education for all kids!

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT The all-volunteer nonprofit works to get books in the hands of inmates all year round, but it needs extra help during the holiday season. Make a financial donation online, or give your time be helping fill packages in 2013.

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. Through Jan. 12. Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday, 7am-noon Austin Community Landfill, 9900 Giles; Williamson County Landfill & Recycling Center, 600 Landfill Rd.

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. Austin Community College Continuing Education. $120. www.austin.cc.tx.us.

TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF VOLUNTEERS Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.

FREE TAX PREPARATION Go online for a list of locations, hours of operation, a list of forms to bring, and other helpful tips to prepare your tax returns with the help of a professional. Participants must make less than $50,000 a year. Through Mon., April 15 610-7374. Free.

SLOW MONEY AUSTIN SPRING PITCHFEST DEADLINE Slow Money Austin is looking for local food and sustainably minded business who are trying to raise money to grow. They have been soliciting short, two- to three-minute pitch videos from local entrepreneurs and the deadline is March 18. Go online for more info.

PARKS & REC LIFEGUARD RECRUITMENT The city is looking for a few good lifeguards, pool managers, and swim instructors. Call to find out more. 400 Deep Eddy Ave.

BUDGET IN A BOX How should Austin spend its money? Let city leaders know. Participants will be asked to decide to increase, decrease, or maintain current funding levels for common city services. Accumulated feedback will be taken into consideration as the city develops its proposed 2014 budget this summer. 512/974-2324.

PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins.

ZILKER PARK CLUBHOUSE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. Contact Victor Ovalle. 512/974-6745.