Civics 101

Thursday 6

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.

Friday 7

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.

BUSTING FOOD MYTHS Real Food Media Project head Anna Lappé and Mother Jones food correspondent Tom Philpott speak on the dangers of industrial foods and the push towards sustainability. 6:30-8:30pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. Free. www.5604manor.org.

Saturday 8

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.

TRAVIS COUNTY VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING 4700 Grover, Austin - FIrst Unitarian Universalist Church Austin. Free. volunteerdep.registrartraining@gmail.com.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Stand in solidarity with immigrants by making a pilgrimage to local shelter Casa Marianella. Organizers aim to highlight the challenges recent transplants face when building a home in the United States. 9am-1pm. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1206 E. Ninth, 512/478-7955. Free. cgoike@gmail.com, www.casamarianella.org.

EAST AUSTIN CEMETERY STAKEHOLDER MEETING Stakeholders are invited to share input for the City of Austin municipal cemeteries master plan. Meetings will provide a presentation on the history of Austin’s cemeteries and an overview of plan process and timeline. 2-3:30pm. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, 512/974-9478. Free. austintexas.gov/department/cemetery-master-plan.

Sunday 9

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 10

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.

JEREMY BEN-AMI: AMERICANS CAN ADVANCE A TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami leads a community conversation about US-Israel relations and how Americans can help Israeli-Palestinian peace. A moderated Q&A follows. 7:30pm. Austin Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart. Free. act.jstreet.org/signup/austin_061013.

Tuesday 11

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.

Wednesday 12

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.

NORTHWEST AUSTIN CEMETERY STAKEHOLDER MEETING Stakeholders are invited to share input for the City of Austin municipal cemeteries master plan. Meetings will provide a presentation on the history of Austin’s cemeteries and an overview of plan process and timeline. 6-7:30pm. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland, 512/974-9478. Free. austintexas.gov/department/cemetery-master-plan.

Thursday 13

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.

STATE OF BLACK BUSINESS IN CENTRAL TEXAS The Capitol City African American Chamber of Commerce hosts a summit on trends in Central Texas' African American businesses. Admission includes a keynote luncheon and technology-focused breakout sessions. 11:30am-2:45pm. Omni Hotel Downtown, 700 San Jacinto, 512/459-1181. $35 members, $40 non-members. www.capcitychamber.org.

CONSERVE AND SAVE Austin Energy, Texas Gas Service, and the Austin Independent Business Alliance team up to share sustainable ways to save on energy bills during the sweltering Austin summer. Speakers will share information on small business rebates and conservation techniques. One lucky attendee will even win $100 off their next utility bill. That's hot. 5:30-7:30pm. Free with RSVP. rebecca@ibuyaustin.com.

PUBLIC HEARING ON AUSTIN HOUSING ACTION PLAN Speak up about your community's needs for housing, economic development, and public services before the city submits its annual action plan to HUD. 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

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. 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.

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