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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.

Saturday 16

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.

Sunday 17

FUNDING TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FORUM The League of Women Voters crunches the numbers and compares local and state funding for public education to the rest of the nation. 3-5pm. St. David's South Medical Center, 901 W. Ben White. Free. www.lwvaaustin.org.

Monday 18

LEGAL LINE is a legal advice call-in program sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas. Call in with your questions about family law, real estate, consumer laws, and personal injury law. 5-6pm. 472-8303. Free. www.austinlrs.com.

Tuesday 19

ACT ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY DAY Register now so you can get trained and ready to face state legislators and make sure they know that we care about environmental issues like air and water quality, fracking, and state park access. Tue., March 19, 6-8pm (training); Wed., March 20, 9am-1pm (lobbying) Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.acttexas.org.

Wednesday 20

ACT ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY DAY Register now so you can get trained and ready to face state legislators and make sure they know that we care about environmental issues like air and water quality, fracking, and state park access. Tue., March 19, 6-8pm (training); Wed., March 20, 9am-1pm (lobbying) Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.acttexas.org.

EMERGENCY SERVICES LEGISLATIVE/APPRECIATION DAY Fire and EMS employees will be meeting with legislators all morning followed by a memorial service honoring volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty. 11am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.tspb.state.tx.us.

Ongoing

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.

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/.

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.

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.