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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.

Friday 8

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.

CÉSAR CHAVEZ FILM FESTIVAL You have two chances to catch a series of films screening in tribute to César Chavez. The documentaries cover topics ranging from Chicano rock music to the farmworkers' struggle. Fri.-Sat., March 8-9, 6pm Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. Free. www.maccaustin.org.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Lyrical lovelies Faylita Hicks, Cindy Huyser, ire'ne lara silva, Jessica Ochoa Zimarripa, Allyson Whipple, and Liza Wolff-Francis, offer poetry and a brief open mic. 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. Free. www.ebookwoman.com.

Saturday 9

CÉSAR CHAVEZ FILM FESTIVAL You have two chances to catch a series of films screening in tribute to César Chavez. The documentaries cover topics ranging from Chicano rock music to the farmworkers' struggle. Fri.-Sat., March 8-9, 6pm Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. Free. www.maccaustin.org.

PASSPORT FAIR 5501 Airport 9am-2pm. Travis County Clerk's Office, 5501 Airport Blvd., 512/854-9188. www.co.travis.tx.us/district_clerk/passport.asp.

Sunday 10

THE PEEP DIARIES Novelist Hal Niedzviecki discusses his latest book about how our culture is changing the way we think about privacy, security, and more. 6pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. www.facebook.com/events/467203286667851.

Monday 11

EQUALITY TEXAS LOBBY DAY MARCH Meet face-to-face with the ones who govern our lives. Breakfast and lunch provided. Advanced registration required. 8:30am. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 512/478-5684. Free. www.facebook.com/EqualityTexas.

Thursday 14

LGBT WORKPLACE PROTECTION CALL TO ACTION Take a civic minded stroll around the Capitol holding signs like, "STOP WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION - PASS SB 237 NOW." Check Get Equal's Facebook page for details. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL.TX/events.

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, 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.

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.