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Thursday 24

IS AMERICA GOVERNABLE? Scholars and writers come together to discuss the apparent dysfunction of the United States government, as well as possible remedies. See website for complete details and registration. UT School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-5151. www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/governable.

TEXAS TRIBUNE PRESENTS: LT. GOV. DAVID DEWHURST Evan Smith moderates a discussion with the lieutenant governor. Enjoy coffee and mingling beforehand, and stick around for the Q&A after. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 716-8641. Free. rsvp@texastribune.org, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/jan/24/a-conversation-with-lieutenant-governor-david-dewhurst/.

TCTA CAPITOL VISIT Educators, librarians, counselors, and more from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association will converge on the capitol to discuss education-related legislation and advocate for public education. This event is part of a three-day convention at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. 11:30am-3:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.tcta.org.

Friday 25

IS AMERICA GOVERNABLE? Scholars and writers come together to discuss the apparent dysfunction of the United States government, as well as possible remedies. See website for complete details and registration. UT School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-5151. www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/governable.

DREAM SABBATH Wildflower Church and Austin Interfaith host students and clergy speaking in support of the DREAM Act, which helps undocumented youths gain legal status through college or military service. 7pm. Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church, 1314 E. Oltorf. amm2623@gmail.com.

AUSTIN COOPERATIVE SUMMIT Austin Co-op Think Tank looks to connect people and co-ops while spreading the word about co-ops in Austin. Read more about the movement in "From Occupation to Co-operation." Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26 Friday Reception at Vuka Co-op, 411 W. Monroe; Saturday Conference at CMA Building (UT campus). $25, general admission; $50, co-op workers. kim@collegehouses.org, www.ncba.coop/ncba/events/regional-events.

Saturday 26

AUSTIN COOPERATIVE SUMMIT Austin Co-op Think Tank looks to connect people and co-ops while spreading the word about co-ops in Austin. Read more about the movement in "From Occupation to Co-operation." Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26 Friday Reception at Vuka Co-op, 411 W. Monroe; Saturday Conference at CMA Building (UT campus). $25, general admission; $50, co-op workers. kim@collegehouses.org, www.ncba.coop/ncba/events/regional-events.

IS AMERICA GOVERNABLE? Scholars and writers come together to discuss the apparent dysfunction of the United States government, as well as possible remedies. See website for complete details and registration. UT School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-5151. www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/governable.

POINT IN TIME COUNT Volunteers will be counting the homeless of Downtown Austin tonight in order to assess the wellness of that population and help secure federal funding for Travis County's homeless service providers. 3am. 247-8678. Free. homelesscountaustin@gmail.com, www.austinecho.org/count.

Tuesday 29

AISD BOND HEARING #2 Provide feedback on a potential bond program in 2013 to the Austin ISD board of trustees. 6:30pm. Reagan High School, 7104 Berkman, 512/414-2523. www.austinisd.org.

Wednesday 30

ALTERNATIVE AUSTIN HISTORIES, PART 1 Longtime Texas activists Alice Embree and Thorne Dreyer will talk about their involvement with anti-war and feminist groups in the Sixties and Seventies. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Thursday 31

REP. JIM PITTS AND SEN. TOMMY WILLIAMS Sip some coffee and listen to these representatives of the House Appropriations Committee the Senate Finance Committee. Hosted by the Texas Tribune. 7:30am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 716-8961. Free. www.texastribune.org/events/2013/jan/31/a-conversation-with-rep-jim-pitts-and-sen-tommy-williams/.

COOPERATION TEXAS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about the local nonprofit that's dedicated to the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives. Email to RSVP or get more info. 6pm. 5604 Manor Rd. info@cooperationtexas.coop, www.5604manor.org.

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! www.savetxschools.org.

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.