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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.

Friday 14

AUSTIN YOUNG DEMOCRATS HAPPY HOUR While lawmakers at the Capitol are discussing redistricting and transportation, have your own "special session." Join other under-40 Democrats for this monthly happy hour and networking event. We're guessing Gov. Perry is not invited. 5:30-7:30pm. Shangri-La, 1016 E. Sixth, 512/524-4291. Free. www.facebook.com/events/493512300722015.

Saturday 15

FATHER’S DAY CARAVAN TO CLOSE THE POLK COUNTY DETENTION CENTER Join Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families for a vigil and protest outside the IAH Polk Secure Adult Detention Center, an immigrant prison with a history of human rights violations. Your dad would be proud. 8am-8pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. www.facebook.com/events/113716412167922.

AUSTIN JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION Celebrate Freedom Day with a 2K walk/run highlighting health disparities in the African-American community, followed by the annual historical parade. Cap things off with a food and music at Rosewood Park and a closing historical community program at Doris Miller Auditorium. More information is available online. 9:30am-9pm. Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood, 512/472-6838. Free. www.juneteenthcentraltexas.com/eventscalendar.html.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Being part of the democratic process has never been easier. Learn how to register voters and get deputized on the spot by Travis County Tax Assessor/Collector Bruce Elfant. 10-11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. www.volunteerdep.registrartraining@gmail.com.

CATHOLICS FOR JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH An independent affiliate of Call To Action, the national Catholic reform movement, meets the third Saturday of each month. 10am-noon. Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg, 512/906-1268. tom4peace@austin.rr.com.

Thursday 20

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

RALLY FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY Help usher Austin into a more sustainable future. Join the Austin Beyond Coal campaign in ramping up efforts to convince City Council to take action towards closing the Fayette coal plant. 5-6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.sierraclub.org/coal/texas.

STORIES OF SOLIDARITY AND STRUGGLE ON THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER Join Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera for an evening benefiting their legal fund and their Mexican partners, the Border Committee of Workers. A short film, food, live music, and dancing will be accompanied by a brief presentations by members of the Acuña 11, who were arrested in April while visiting Mexican maquiladora workers. 6:30-8:30pm. Friends Meeting House of Austin, 3701 E. MLK. Free. www.facebook.com/groups/112390192140279.

Ongoing

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.