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Thursday 9

PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 9TH ACC South Austin Campus - Room 1130, 1820 W. Stassney, 512/854-9473. 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.

Friday 10

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN PERFECT PLACES Johns Hopkins' Katherine S. Newman gives the keynote speech at the Council on At Risk Youth's 7th Annual Distinguished Speaker Benefit. Go online to reserve a seat. 6-9pm. Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 512\451-4592. $125. www.sheratonaustin.com.

Tuesday 14

PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 14TH Pleasant Hill Library, 211 E. William Cannon Drive. Free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN MEETING Travis County and the City of Austin are asking for the public’s help in identifying local issues related to wildland fire risk, local assets requiring protection, and recommendations for addressing wildfire risks. 6:30-8pm. Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff. Free.

Wednesday 15

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS 40TH ANNIVERSARY Meet at the south lawn for a performance from "King of the Accordion" Ramón Ayala. Bring the kiddos too. Text Ayala to 31996 for more information. 6-9pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.tspb.state.tx.us.

COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN MEETING Travis County and the City of Austin are asking for the public’s help in identifying local issues related to wildland fire risk, local assets requiring protection, and recommendations for addressing wildfire risks. 6:30-8pm. Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff. Free.

CCAACC MEMBERSHIP MIXER Join the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce for their May membership mixer and committee sign-up reception. Stay after the program for networking and cocktails. RSVP required for attendance. 6:30-8pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. Free with RSVP. www.cityofaustin.org.

Thursday 16

BIDNESS AS USUAL The Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey moderates a discussion about ethics and transparency in Texas' part-time Legislature. RSVP required for attendance. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/716-8641. Free with RSVP. rsvp@texastribune.org.

SCHOOLYARD HABITAT RIBBON CUTTING Help open the National Wildlife Federation’s model outdoor classroom. The site will be utilized to train teachers how to use the outdoors to boost student achievement in science and other disciplines and connect students to nature. 5:30pm. AISD Science & Health Resource Center, 305 North Bluff. Free.

BAD OFFICER INSTALLATION Help welcome the 2013 officers of the Black Austin Democrats. The evening will include a fundraising event and program. RSVP by May 10 to attend. 6-8pm. Millenium Youth Entertainment Complex 1156 Hargrave. Free, donations encouraged.. roxevans@aol.com.

COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN MEETING Travis County and the City of Austin are asking for the public’s help in identifying local issues related to wildland fire risk, local assets requiring protection, and recommendations for addressing wildfire risks. 6:30-8pm. Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff. Free.

OPERATION SUICIDE PREVENTION FUNDRAISER Join suicide survivor and veteran's advocate Andrew O'Brien before he embarks on a national tour. Event will include live music and a silent auction, including three autographed items from Ed Begley Jr. 7-10pm. Rebels Honky Tonk, 305 W. Fifth, 512/576-1643. Free. www.rebelshonkytonkaustin.com.

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.

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.