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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.

Friday 16

FORMULA ONE The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.

BAILEY LECTURE SERIES The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith discusses how faith and politics influence elections. He'll be joined by state Reps. Donna Howard and Paul Workman, among others. 7-9:30pm. All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th, 476-3589 x105. Free. www.allsaints-austin.org.

Saturday 17

FORMULA ONE The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.

CATHOLICS FOR JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH An independent affiliate of Call To Action, the national Catholic reform movement, meets the third Saturday of each month. 10am-noon. Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg, 512/906-1268. tom4peace@austin.rr.com.

AUSTIN BEYOND COAL LAKE PARTY Learn about coal-fired power plants, enjoy some live music, or set the young ones loose on kids' activities. 2-5:30pm. Iguana Grill, 2900 RR 620 N., 512/266-8439. Free. www.austinbeyondcoal.org.

TASTE OF FORMULA ONE WITH ANDRETTI WINES Chefs Parind Vora and Bill McGrory prepare signature appetizers to pair with Andretti wines for the pleasure of wine lovers and race fans alike. Mario Andretti's appearance is rumored. The party is free for Formula One VIP badge holders – for everyone else, $50. 5-9pm. Bar Mirabeau, 800 W. Sixth, 512/436-9633. www.barmirabeau.com.

Sunday 18

FORMULA ONE The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.

ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT Watch the documentary about the American civil rights leader, then join the discussion with filmmaker Anne Lewis. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Monday 19

MACC/RAINEY COMMUNITY MEETING Join the city's Parks and Recreation Department and give input on the plot of land in the Rainey Street district that will help address the Mexican American Cultural Center's needs. 6:30pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. austintexas.gov/department/emma-s-barrientos-mexican-american-cultural-center.

Thursday 22

THANKSGIVING City offices and AISD are closed today, and Capital Metro is running a Sunday schedule.

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.

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

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

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.