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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 New Airport 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.

Friday 1

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 New Airport Dr., 638-0937. $350. www.texaslandconservationconference.org.

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT WORK PARTY Help supply books to inmates all this weekend, which also happens to be the anniversary of the Inside Books Project. Fri.-Sat., April 12-13 Space12, 3121 E. 12th, 512/524-7128. www.insidebooksproject.org.

Saturday 2

SYLVIA HERRERA is a founding member of People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources and will discuss issues ranging from the tank farms in East Austin to immigration struggles in Arizona. 4pm. Southwest Key Community Center, 6002 Jain.

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT WORK PARTY Help supply books to inmates all this weekend, which also happens to be the anniversary of the Inside Books Project. Fri.-Sat., April 12-13 Space12, 3121 E. 12th, 512/524-7128. www.insidebooksproject.org.

Sunday 3

BROKEN ON ALL SIDES SCREENING The Campaign to End the Death Penalty screens this film that explores race, incarceration, and ways to reinvent the criminal justice system in the U.S. 4pm. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 512/974-7480. www.brokenonallsides.com.

Monday 4

SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY A portion of your purchases goes to nonprofits serving the fairer sex. Events and speakers will be in the store to keep you motivated and informed. Through Fri., March 8 Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 440-0440. www.austin.tenthousandvillages.com.

STOP THE FRACK ATTACK The Dallas conference culminates here in Austin with a protest and march demanding policy makers invest in clean energy. The march starts at the Capitol and ends at the Texas Railroad Commission. noon-1:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.stopthefrackattack.org.

TEXAS INMATE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION MEETING Get your questions about the Texas Department of Criminal Justice answered on the first Monday of each month. 6:30pm. Sunrise Community Church, 4430 Manchaca. Free. www.tifa.org.

Tuesday 5

SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY A portion of your purchases goes to nonprofits serving the fairer sex. Events and speakers will be in the store to keep you motivated and informed. Through Fri., March 8 Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 440-0440. www.austin.tenthousandvillages.com.

TEXAS MEDICAID MATTERS MARCH & RALLY The march begins at the south end of the Congress Bridge and ends at the Capitol, but doesn't really end until the state recognizes the need to invest in the health of its citizens. 10:30am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.mmmtx.org.

Wednesday 6

SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY A portion of your purchases goes to nonprofits serving the fairer sex. Events and speakers will be in the store to keep you motivated and informed. Through Fri., March 8 Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 440-0440. www.austin.tenthousandvillages.com.

Thursday 7

SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY A portion of your purchases goes to nonprofits serving the fairer sex. Events and speakers will be in the store to keep you motivated and informed. Through Fri., March 8 Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 440-0440. www.austin.tenthousandvillages.com.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD RALLY Join guest speaker Stephanie March of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at this lobby day to ask legislators to stop playing politics with women's health. 9am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. $10. www.ppaction.org.

Ongoing

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.