Civics 101

Thursday 28

LEGACY OF THE DIRTY THIRTY Learn about the pivotal time in Texas politics when a group of lawmakers challenged special interests and led the charge for increased transparency in government. Dirty Thirty members and other people who were involved in the event will discuss political reform then and now. Email to RSVP. 5:30pm. Eidman Courtroom, UT School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton. walthall@texasobserver.org.

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.

THE EVOLUTION WILL BE DIGITIZED Evan Smith, pretty much the expert on everything in this town, discusses the future of journalism. Our plan is to only have Tweet-length stories. 7:30pm. Joynes Reading Room (UT campus), 2501 Whitis. Free. www.utexas.edu/cola/progs/plan2/news/6279.

Friday 29

STARTING A NONPROFIT IN TEXAS Learn what it takes to obtain a 501(c)3 here in Texas at this two hour seminar. 10am. ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville, 223-7111. $5. www.nonprofitaustin.org/starting-a-nonprofit-in-texas-class/.

Monday 1

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.

SPORTS AND POLITICS Dave Zirin (Edge of Sports) analyzes the politics of sports in his latest release, Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. 7-9pm. Belo Center for New Media Auditorium, northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe. communication.utexas.edu/tpsm.

Tuesday 2

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 3

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT Raise your voice and awareness of violence against women. 6:30pm. Main Mall - UT Campus, 475-6957. Free. www.cmhc.utexas.edu/event_takebackthenight.html.


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.

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 1-1 1/2 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.