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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. www.austinisd.org.

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.

Friday 9

2012 LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON State Reps. Donna Howard, John Kuempel, Jose Menendez, Eddie Rodriguez, Mark Strama, and Paul Workman speak on a panel about transportation priorities for the Austin-San Antonio corridor. Sen. Kirk Watson moderates. 11:30am-1:30pm. San Marcos Embassy Suites & Conference Center, 1001 E. McCarty Ln.. $100. corridorcouncil.eventbrite.com.

Saturday 10

AISD COMMUNITY MEETING: ROSEDALE Hear about potential facility renovations for the Rosedale School and Clifton Career Development School. 9-10:30am. Clifton Career Development School, 1519 Coronado Hills. www.austinisd.org.

Sunday 11

VETERANS DAY PARADE March up Congress Avenue from south of the river to the south side of the Capitol to honor Austin veterans and celebrate the day designated as the end of World War I. 9:15-11am. Congress Avenue. www.nov11.org.

Wednesday 14

CARRYOUT BAG TRAINING Small businesses: Come learn about how the single-use bag ban will affect you. Both sessions will dispel myths and rumors and include a Q&A. 9:30-11:30am, 1:30-3:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

HOLLY SHORES WORKSHOP The Parks and Recreation Department seeks additional community input on the vision for the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach Master Plan. 6pm. Martin Middle School, 1601 Haskell.

Thursday 15

THE ENDURING LEGACIES OF AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES Gain insight into how these leaders behind the leaders help effect change and advance our society. Panelists include historians and children of presidents and first ladies. 1:30-4:30pm. LBJ Presidential Library. Free. www.lbjlibrary.org/events/the-enduring-legacies-of-americas-first-ladies.

SAN ANTONIO FOUR Join representatives from the Innocence Project for this screening and discussion of the documentary following the case of four Latina lesbians convicted of sexual assault in the late Nineties. 8pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 917/664-9590. Free. www.sanantoniofourmovie.com.

Ongoing

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. www.sleepexperts.com.

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! www.savetxschools.org.

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. www.insidebooksproject.org.

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. continue.austincc.edu.

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. www.tcsheriff.org.

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. www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/get-your-taxes-done/.

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. www.slowmoneyaustin.org.

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. www.austintexas.gov/parks.

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. www.austintexas.gov/biab.

PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

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

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Would you like to register people to vote? Get trained and deputized! Email Mary Patrick to RSVP. Include "VDR Training" in the subject line. 10am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. maptrick@gmail.com.

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 to 1.5 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.