Civics 101

Thursday 23

PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 23RD Lago Vista Community Library, 20505 Dawn Drive, Lago Vista, TX 78645, 512/854-9473. Free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

HOW'D THE HOUSE DO? A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION State Representatives Trey Martinez Fischer and Dan Branch talk about the highs and lows of the 83rd Legislative Session. 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/23/howd-the-house-do-83rd-legislative-session-recap/.

ATX CIVIC TECH EXPO The future of civic engagement is now. See the ways local hackers are changing community involvement. Get hands-on experience with new apps and websites that aim to help the city run better. Observe a one-day hackathon to see how it all comes together. 10am-5pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.open-austin.org.

5604 MANOR COMMUNITY GARDEN DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT Learn how food can be a tool of social change with a screening of The Garden, a documentary chronicling an urban farm movement following the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Dinner features produce from 5604 Manor's community garden. 7pm. 5604 Manor Rd. Free. www.5604manor.org.

TEXAS OBSERVER DISCUSSION - WILL TEXAS TURN BLUE? Can Texas change partisan colors? Join Texas Observer editor Dave Mann to find out whether Democratic control is an inevitability or a pipe dream. 8pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/477-0746. Free. walthall@texasobserver.org, www.texasobserver.org.

Friday 24

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

Saturday 25

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO: FOOD PRIDE PARADE Take action against the Monsanto Protection Act and celebrate the benefits of eating local. The march ends with a rally at the Capitol with speakers and live music. Costumes encouraged if you feel like being a bad apple. 10am-Noon. Brush Square Park, Fifth & Trinity, 512/529-2036. Free. www.facebook.com/#!/events/546485135382776/?fref=ts.

Sunday 26

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

Monday 27

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

HOODSTOCK V Musicians band together to help Killeen's Under the Hood Cafe, a unique space providing wellness services, creative workshops, and support referrals in the Fort Hood community. With military sexual assaults and PTSD at epidemic levels, help is needed more than ever. 6pm-12mid. Frontier Bar CLOSED. $15 suggested donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/171702789661161.

Tuesday 28

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 28TH Howson Library, 2500 Exposition Boulevard. Free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us.

Wednesday 29

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

AUSTIN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE BREAKFAST Run your business without ruining your health. Learn ways to deal with stress of entrepreneurship with wellness expert David Lauterstein. Did we mention there will be free chair massages? RSVP at email below. 8:45-10am. The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic, 4701-B Burnet Rd., 512/374-9222. Free for AIBA members or prospective members. breakfast@ibuyaustin.com, www.tlcschool.com.

CORPORATE TAX BREAKS AND DEREGULATION: GOOD FOR BUSINESS, BAD FOR WORKERS With the West Fertilizer explosion and the recent fire at a Beaumont refinery, worker's safety has become everybody's concern. Join the International Socialist Organization as they discuss ways to prevent further harm. 7-8:30pm. University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/222-7476. Free. www.austiniso.org.

Thursday 30

ART IN THE PARKS Want to wrap Pease Park in yellow plastic? Maybe lead a multimedia performance inspired by Judy Chicago? Art in Public Places wants to hear from you. Creative types who live or work within 35 miles of Austin are invited to submit proposals for site-specific, short-term artworks or time-based performances for Austin parkland. www.publicartist.org.

HOW'D THE SENATE DO? A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION Did the Texas Senate make the right decisions this term? Senators from opposite sides of the aisle battle it out. Join Sens. Kirk Watson and Dan Patrick for a sure to be lively conversation. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/477-9496. Free with RSVP. www.texastribune.org/events/2013/may/30/howd-the-senate-do-a-conversation-about-the-83rd-legislature/.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY : VOICES OF RECOVERY II Join Austin in celebrating the second annual Mental Health Awareness Day. Fight the stigma associated with mental health issues, learn about peer support, and find resources within the community. 5:30-8:30pm. Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe #631, 512/879-9930. Free. outreach@beyondtoday.us, www.beyondtoday.us.

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.

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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