Civics 101

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, 512/553-6756. 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.

Friday 22

UT ENERGY FORUM Policy wonks and local energy enthusiasts get together to discuss energy from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Scott Tinker keynotes. 7:30am-4:15pm. 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.

Saturday 23

SAVE TEXAS SCHOOLS RALLY Public schools face continuing budget cuts, a broken testing system, and proposed private school vouchers. Speak up. New York University's Diane Ravitch will be in attendance. Noon-1:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.savetxschools.org.

Monday 25

FESTIVAL BEACH MASTER PLAN WORKSHOP The community is invited to give feedback on the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park plan, which encompasses the parkland along the north shore of Lady Bird Lake from I-35 to Pleasant Valley. 6-8pm. Metz Elementary, 84 Robert T. Martinez, Jr., 974-9470. hollyshoresmasterplan@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov//hollyshoresmasterplan.

Tuesday 26

A VISION FOR ROSEWOOD COURTS A community meeting on creating a transformation plan for the Rosewood Courts public housing property and surrounding neighborhood. Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area, 5407 N. I-35 #400, 767-7775. www.rosewoodchoice.com.

Wednesday 27

TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Do things like the state water plan, conservation & mitigation banking, farm bill issues, and the challenges of conservation easements interest you? This conference is tailor made for you. Feb. 27-March 1 Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Dr., 638-0937. $350. www.texaslandconservationconference.org.

A CONVERSATION ABOUT HEALTH CARE Go online to RSVP and listen to senators and representatives discuss the state of health care in Texas. 7:30am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/477-9496. Free. www.texastribune.org/events/2013/feb/27/a-conversation-about-health-care/.

DAY OF THE FALLEN/DÍA DE LOS CAÍDOS March with the Workers Defense Project as they remind local policy-makers that construction workers deserve safe conditions for their job. 4pm. J.J. Pickle Federal Building Plaza, 903 San Jacinto, 391-2305. www.workersdefense.org.

FOUR CITIES. FOUR LAND DEVELOPMENT CODES We're about to revise our land development code, so maybe we should see how different plans have worked for other US cities. Reps from four locales give us their tips and warnings. Wed., Feb. 27, 7pm, Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress; Thu., Feb. 28, 8am, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth 974-7877. Free. kathleen.fox@austintexas.gov.

GREEN FIRE: ALDO LEOPOLD AND A LAND ETHIC Watch a screening of this land conservation film, presented in conjunction with the Texas Land Conservation Conference. 7:30pm. Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Dr., 512/385-6767. www3.hilton.com.

Thursday 28

TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Do things like the state water plan, conservation & mitigation banking, farm bill issues, and the challenges of conservation easements interest you? This conference is tailor made for you. Feb. 27-March 1 Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Dr., 638-0937. $350. www.texaslandconservationconference.org.

FOUR CITIES. FOUR LAND DEVELOPMENT CODES We're about to revise our land development code, so maybe we should see how different plans have worked for other US cities. Reps from four locales give us their tips and warnings. Wed., Feb. 27, 7pm, Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress; Thu., Feb. 28, 8am, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth 974-7877. Free. kathleen.fox@austintexas.gov.

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.

SAVAGE PORTRAYALS: IMAGES OF BLACK MEN IN THE MEDIA Dr. Natalie Byfield discusses the effects of repeated negative imagery of African-Americans impacts the country as a whole. 7pm. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., 471-1990. Free.

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.

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.

CHRONICLE WISH LIST Is your New Year's resolution to be a better person? Check out our nonprofit wish list, and donate something to a worthy cause. austinchronicle.com/wishlist.

HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE AT FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES NONPROFIT There is still time to sign up for affordable health insurance through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Highland Mall (6001 Airport), Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main), Cannon West Center (6800 West Gate), CommUnityCare SE Health Center (2901 Montopolis), LifeWorks (835 N. Pleasant Valley). Free. enroll@foundcom.org, www.insurecentraltexas.org.

#IAMBLACKAUSTIN The Greater Austin Black Chamber's #IAMBLACKAUSTIN campaign integrates portraits, videos, personal testimony and substantial social media to help stimulate visibility and engagement within Austin's growing community. Images from the first exhibit will remain on display from Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Tues. Feb. 3. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.iamblackaustin.org.

AUSTIN VOICES FUNDRAISER Now's the time to snag your tickets for Austin Voices for Education and Youth's annual fundraising lunch, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon-1:30pm at Dell Children's Signe Auditorium. This heralded local nonprofit combines groundbreaking programs with savvy advocacy to engage students, families and communities in building strong public schools for all kids, in Austin and beyond. www.austinvoices.org.

LOCAL ARTISTS INVITED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR TEMPO 2015 Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the city of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, seeks to commission temporary public artworks for the 2015 cycle of the TEMPO program. www.publicartist.org.

SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. www.austintexas.gov/event/summer-days-kitten-craze-austin-animal-center-adoption-special.

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