Civics 101

Friday 5

CHILD PROTECTION DAY Join children's advocacy organizations by wearing royal blue in support of child abuse prevention. Schedule an appointment with your representative while you're at it. 9:30am-4:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.texprotects.org/ChildProtectionDay.

Saturday 6

CHANGE THE WORLD IN JUST THREE WEEKS Get in gear for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS with this information, registration, and training event. Cap it off with a "crazy good" brunch. 8:30am-12:30pm. Texas Running Company, 1011 W. 5th, Ste 110. www.hillcountryride.org.

RALLY FOR GUN SENSE Some people call it stronger gun laws, some people call it common sense, and some people call it an attack on the Constitution. There won't be many in that last group at the Capitol at this show of support for federal and state proposals. 1pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionTXAustin/events.

Sunday 7

THE WAR THAT STILL HAUNTS US: THE VIETNAM WAR 50 YEARS LATER Anti-war activist Howard Machtinger leads a talk about the legacy of the Vietnam war and what lessons can be learned for 21st century protest. 6pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Monday 8

OZONE SEASON KICK-OFF Breathe easier while learning about ways to reduce your emissions that contribute to smog. Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell speak. 11am. Round Rock City Hall Plaza, 221 E. Main. www.cleanairforce.org.

HEALTHY TEXAS WEEK RALLY Come to hear Reps. Lois Kolkhorst and Diane Patrick speak about health policy. Stay for workouts from Camp Gladiator and Webb Middle School. 12:30-1:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.healthytexasweek.com.

Wednesday 10

WELCOMING YOUR SOLDIER HOME Suicide survivor Andrew O’Brien Andrew O’Brien discusses the military suicide epidemic and how to save the lives of veteran PTSD-sufferers coming home from war. 7-9pm. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 576-1643. projectwysh@gmail.com, www.wyshproject.org.

Thursday 11

A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE TEXAS SENATE Have coffee with Senators Leticia Van de Putte, Sylvia Garcia and Judith Zaffirini as they discuss the ups and downs of the 83rd legislative session. 7:30am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 716-8641. Free with RSVP. rsvp@texastribune.org, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/apr/11/a-conversation-about-the-texas-senate/.

"PRICE OF CHILDHOOD" Director Kan Yan will be on hand for the first Austin screening of his documentary on the working children in Nepal. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/.

Ongoing

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.

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. enroll@foundcom.org, 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.

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