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Friday 15

THE ASSAULT ON HUMAN RIGHTS This conference will include workshops on marriage equality, immigration rights, workers' rights, mass incarceration, and gender-based discrimination. 7:30pm. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr., 251-0698. $10 suggested donation. staopen@sbcglobal.net, www.staopen.org/our-ministries/social-justice/human-rights-conference/.

Saturday 16

THE ASSAULT ON HUMAN RIGHTS This conference will include workshops on marriage equality, immigration rights, workers' rights, mass incarceration, and gender-based discrimination. 9am. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr., 251-0698. $10 suggested donation. staopen@sbcglobal.net, www.staopen.org/our-ministries/social-justice/human-rights-conference/.

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 SUSTAINABLE SWAP Bring the bounty from your garden or a craft you made, or just offer your services to folks in exchange for something you want or need. It's bartering at its best to keep waste at a minimum. Untraded items can be donated to local nonprofits. Third Saturdays of the month, noon-4pm Hot Mama's Espresso Bar, 2401 E. Sixth, 512/476-6262. Free. hotmamasaustin.blogspot.com.

10-1 COMMISSION The League of Women Voters of Austin invites you to learn how to apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that will divide the city into its 10 single-member districts. 1:30-3pm. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland, 512/444-6601. www.lwvaustin.org.

Sunday 17

FORWARD ON CLIMATE RALLY Stand in solidarity with the rally in D.C. and speak up for the environment. 2-4pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. lzmaples@gmail.com, www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Tuesday 19

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Want to help register voters for the May 11 general election? Get started by attending a one-hour training session at the tax office. Tue., April 2, 6:30pm Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 854-9473. Free. www.traviscountytax.org.

Wednesday 20

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Want to help register voters for the May 11 general election? Get started by attending a one-hour training session at the tax office. Tue., April 2, 6:30pm Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 854-9473. Free. www.traviscountytax.org.

10-1 COMMISSION The League of Women Voters of Austin invites you to learn how to apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that will divide the city into its 10 single-member districts. 5-8pm. Austin Firefighters Association, 7537 Cameron, 512/441-7572. www.lwvaustin.org.

AISD COMMUNITY MEETING Discuss academic programming for career and technical education as well as a future high school in South Austin. 6:30pm. LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek. www.austinisd.org.

MT. BONNELL LANDSCAPE MEETING The Parks and Recreation Department wants the community's input on proposed landscape improvements for Mt. Bonnell. 6:30-7:30pm. Mayfield Park & Preserve, 3505 W. 35th, 512/974-6700. reynaldo.hernandez@austintexas.gov, www.cityofaustin.org/parks.

SIERRA CLUB FUNDRAISER Celebrate 2013, the Year of Food Waste Prevention and Recovery, by screening the documentary Dive! Living off America's Waste and enjoying local beer and wine. 7-9pm. In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd., 512/275-6357. $10. www.meetup.com/Austin-Sierra-Club-Outings.

Thursday 21

UT ENERGY FORUM Policy wonks and local energy enthusiasts get together to discuss energy from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Scott Tinker keynotes. 7:30am-7pm. Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe (UT campus). $150 ($85, academic/government; $50, student). www.utenergyforum.com.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Want to help register voters for the May 11 general election? Get started by attending a one-hour training session at the tax office. Tue., April 2, 6:30pm Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 854-9473. Free. www.traviscountytax.org.

TEXAS OBSERVER'S RABBLE ROUSER features entertainment from Rosie & the Ramblers and keynote addresses from Sen. Wendy Davis and state Rep. Mary Gonzalez. 6-9pm. The White Horse, 500 Comal, 512/502-4637. www.texasobserver.org.

POLITICS OF THE U.S.-EGYPT ALLIANCE Jason Brownlee, associate professor of government and Middle Eastern studies at UT, discusses his new book, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.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, 512/974-9332. 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.

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.

CHRONICLE WISH LIST Did you get more presents than you know what to do with? Make room by checking out our nonprofit wish list, and donating to worthy local groups. www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Guides/WishList.