Civics 101

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, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/may/09/a-conversation-with-reps-steve-toth-matt-krause/.

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.cleanenergyforaustin.org.

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. abrahamdinner.eventbrite.com.

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.councilonatriskyouth.org.

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. www.traviscountytx.gov/wildfire.

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.malc.org/40th.

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. www.traviscountytx.gov/wildfire.

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.capcitychamber.org/?p=2005.

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, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/may/16/bidness-as-usual/.

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. www.nwf.org.

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, rsvp@makingthingsclear.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. www.traviscountytx.gov/wildfire.

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. wyshproject.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.

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. 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.

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.

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