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. firstname.lastname@example.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. email@example.com, 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.
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/.
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 Rd. 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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. email@example.com, 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.