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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.

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.threadgills.com.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday 4

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Be part of the process. Help promote voter registration within your community. Each one-hour training session ends with an official swearing-in. 10:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. www.traviscountytax.org.

THE CENTER FOR NATURAL LIVING LAUNCH PARTY The launch party for the new sustainability and healthy living organization is jam packed with activities. There's live music, local organic food, raffles and door prizes, silent and live auctions, speeches from activists and experts, and fun for the kiddos. The whole shindig will even be live streamed. 5-8pm. Irie Bean Coffee Bar, 2310 S Lamar #102. Free.

Sunday 5

LEMONADE DAY Help kids learn about business and entrepreneurship in this citywide celebration of lemonade stands. More than 20,000 kids, ages 5-17, are expected to participate in 2013. Interested in opening a stand yourself, kiddos? Register online (with a parent's permission).

Monday 6

PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 6TH Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway. free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

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.

Tuesday 7

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR Travis County Tax Office Located At 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751. free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR Help register voters by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and attend a one-hour training session. More information is available online. 10:30-11:30am, 12:30-1:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm. Travis County Tax Office Located At 5501 Airport Blvd. Free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us, www.traviscountytax.org.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING SESSION Help register voters by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and attend a one-hour training session where they learn about the qualifications to become a VDR and how to register voters. 10:30-11:30am. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport. Free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us, www.traviscountytax.org.

Wednesday 8

TEXAS AFTER VIOLENCE PROJECT HAPPY HOUR Support the Texas After Violence Project's mission to change the conversation about the death penalty in Texas. The event will feature never before seen footage of an interview with family members of Charlie Brooks Jr., the first person executed by lethal injection. No cost to attend but donations welcome. 5:30-7pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650. Free with RSVP. 512\916-1600, www.scholzgarten.net.

TEXAS AFTER VIOLENCE PROJECT HAPPY HOUR Support the Texas After Violence Project's mission to change the conversation about the death penalty in Texas. The event will feature never before seen footage of an interview with family members of Charlie Brooks Jr., the first person executed by lethal injection. No cost to attend but donations welcome. 5:30-7pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512\916-1600. Free with RSVP. www.scholzgarten.net.

Thursday 9

PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 9TH ACC South Austin Campus - Room 1130, 1820 W. Stassney. free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE TEA PARTY Freshmen Republican state Reps. Steve Toth, Jonathan Stickland, and Matt Krause discuss the Tea Party in Texas. RSVP required for attendance. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club 110 E. Ninth. Free with RSVP. rsvp@texastribune.org.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME The Austin Police Department’s Office of Community Liaison welcomes newly arrived immigrants to the Austin community with a primer on city services. Free transportation is provided from several AISD campuses. Call 512/841-4600 for participating schools. 10am-3pm. YMCA Northwest Branch, 5807 McNeil, 512/974-4737. Free. www.austinymca.org.

CONTROL OF AUSTIN ENERGY VOTE AT CITY HALL Clean Energy for Austin invites citizens to voice their opinion on who should govern Austin Energy. 4-11pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

YOUTH ON VIOLENCE AND FAITH Join the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue for a dinner of Abrahamic traditions. Dinner is followed by a youth panel exploring diverse perspectives on violence and solutions for the future. Registration required for attendance. 6:30-8:30pm. Raindrop Turkish House, 12400 Amherst #108. Free.

Ongoing

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.

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.

PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins.

ZILKER PARK CLUBHOUSE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. Contact Victor Ovalle. 512/974-6745.