Civics 101

Thursday 25

SYMPOSIUM ON HEALTH CARE The Texas Tribune partners with the University of Texas for a symposium on Texas health care policy. RSVP required for attendance. 8:05am-4pm. LBJ School of Public Affairs, Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3, 2315 Red River, 512/716-8641. Free with RSVP. rsvp@texastribune.org, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/apr/25/on-the-road-a-symposium-on-health-care/.

WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY Sign-up with the Workers Defense Project online to participate in legislative visits asking lawmakers for stronger workers' protections . 9:30am-4:30pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/391-2305. Free. docs.google.com/forms/d/1IgovttWaMYES4vNfpti5BacaSlmcK-nj-MF6CpEZpbI/viewform.

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.

PROPERTY TAX FORUM Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant present information about the appraisal process, exemptions and deferrals, payment plans, and the deadlines all property owners should know. 6pm. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina. free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

AUSTERITY: THEY SAY CUT BACK, WE SAY FIGHT BACK! Organize against state and local austerity measures with the International Socialist Organization. Participants will brainstorm ways to win favorable reforms and more equitable taxation. 7pm. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, 512/222-7476. Free. austinsocialist@hotmail.com, www.austiniso.org.

Friday 26

DIGITAL INCLUSION CONFERENCE Join the Texas Connects Coalition as they look for ways to bring technology to underserved communities. Lunch is provided on both days. Seating is limited. 8:30am-4:45pm. Bass Lecture Hall, UT campus, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Red River between Dean Keeton & Manor Road. $50. www. txc2.org.

THE HOT SEAT IN GEORGETOWN WITH REP. MARSHA FARNEY AND SEN. CHARLES SCHWERTNER Rep. Marsha Farney and Sen. Charles Schwertner discuss the 83rd legislative session. Light lunch is provided. RSVP required for attendance. 11:30am-1pm. Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, 1010 McKenzie, Georgetown. Free with RSVP. rsvp@texastribune.org, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/apr/26/the-hot-seat-in-georgetown-rep-marsha-farney-and-sen-charles-schwertner/.

SEAHOLM INTAKE FACILITY OPEN HOUSE Share your ideas on how to re-use the Seaholm Intake Facility. Free parking and shuttle service available at City Hall. No parking or drop off is allowed on site. 5-7pm. Seaholm Intake Facility, 787 W. Cesar Chavez. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/city-host-open-house-events-ideas-re-use-seaholm-intake-facility.

Saturday 27

DIGITAL INCLUSION CONFERENCE Join the Texas Connects Coalition as they look for ways to bring technology to underserved communities. Lunch is provided on both days. Seating is limited. 9:30am-1:15pm. Bass Lecture Hall, UT campus, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Red River between Dean Keeton & Manor Road. $50. www. txc2.org.

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY Safely dispose of expired and unwanted prescription medications. A full list of area participating sites is available online. 10am-2pm. Various locations. Free. www.dea.gov.

DÍA DE LA FAMILIA ACC hosts a bilingual, multicultural event to provide information about admissions, financial aid, and adult education, including ESL and GED programs. Festival includes food, games, and a performance from Los Texas Wranglers. 11am-2pm. Austin Community College Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove, 512/223-6361. www.austincc.edu/elcentro.

SEAHOLM INTAKE FACILITY OPEN HOUSE Share your ideas on how to re-use the Seaholm Intake Facility. Free parking and shuttle service available at City Hall. No parking or drop off is allowed on site. 11am-2pm. Seaholm Intake Facility, 787 W. Cesar Chavez. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/city-host-open-house-events-ideas-re-use-seaholm-intake-facility.

POVERTY SIMULATION Learn about the realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. Simulation participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to survive on Social Security. 1-4pm. Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, 512/913-0118. Free. www.tllc.org.

Monday 29

ARGUING FOR OUR LIVES University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen gives a primer on arguing constructively in an increasingly contentious political world. 7pm. 512/472-5050. Free. www.bookpeople.com.

Tuesday 30

PROPERTY TAX FORUM Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant present information about the appraisal process, exemptions and deferrals, payment plans, and the deadlines all property owners should know. 6pm. Millwood Library, 12500 Amherst. free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

Thursday 2

A CONVERSATION WITH AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TODD STAPLES Have coffee and conversation with Texas’ agriculture commissioner Todd Staples, one of the candidates in the 2014 lieutenant governor race. RSVP required for attendance. 7:30am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/716-8641. Free with RSVP. rsvp@texastribune.org, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/may/02/a-conversation-with-commissioner-todd-staples/.

LUNCH WITH ANGELO ANCHETA The League of Women Voters, Austin Area Research Organization and Austinites for Geographic Representation host Santa Clara University law professor Angelo Ancheta. His experience serving on the California Independent Redistricting Commission may prove useful as Austin enacts 10-1. Lunch is included. noon-1:30pm. Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/692-7644. $10. www.trustaustin.org.

CAPITAL METRO FARE STUDY PUBLIC MEETING Capital Metro is reviewing their fare structure in an effort to create a simplified, equitable and sustainable system. Here's your chance to be heard. 6-7:30pm. ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney. feedback@capmetro.org, www.capmetro.org/farechange.

CREATING WALKABLE URBAN PLACES Learn how to make your neighborhood safe, attractive and walkable with America Walks' Scott Bricker and the City of Austin. 6-8pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/creating-walkable-urban-places.

IMMIGRATION REFORM TOWN HALL Join Rep. Lloyd Doggett in calling on our representatives to support comprehensive immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship. Learn what you can do to help. 7pm. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1711 E. Oltorf, 512/391-2305. www.workersdefense.org.

Ongoing

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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