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Thursday 13

'I AM: THE SHIFT HITS THE FAN' screens, and then Hollywood director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Patch Adams) speaks about ways to improve the way we live in the world. 7pm. 5604 Manor Rd. $5 minimum donation. brigid@workersdefense.org, www.5604manor.org.

Friday 14

STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE Whole Foods, Capital Metro, and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas are partnering up to try to fill a Cap Metro bus with 10 tons of food to help hungry families during the holidays. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Saturday 15

STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE Whole Foods, Capital Metro, and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas are partnering up to try to fill a Cap Metro bus with 10 tons of food to help hungry families during the holidays. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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.

MONKEYWRENCH BENEFIT DINNER Reserve a spot at the 7 or 8:30pm dinner for a multicourse vegan meal to support MonkeyWrench Books. Oh, and wear your ugliest holiday sweater. 7pm. 5604 Manor Rd. $15 (sliding scale). www.5604manor.org.

Sunday 16

STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE Whole Foods, Capital Metro, and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas are partnering up to try to fill a Cap Metro bus with 10 tons of food to help hungry families during the holidays. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Monday 17

COMPARATIVE ENERGY CONFERENCE France and the U.S. have taken very different approaches to achieving their energy goals, and this conference seeks for representatives to share best practices from their respective perspectives. 8:30am-5:30pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, 402-4630. $35-75. john@cleantx.org, www.meetattexas.com.

BOR HOLIDAY PARTY Burnt Orange Report is collecting nonperishable goods for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas at its year-end event, celebrating 2012 and anticipating the new legislative session. RSVP on Facebook. 6-8pm. Cuatros CLOSED.

Ongoing

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.