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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.

Friday 21

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.

Saturday 22

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.

GET COVERED AMERICA KICKOFF RALLY With more people uninsured than in any other state, Texas has a lot to learn about Obamacare. Join the campaign to raise awareness and engage consumers about the benefits of health insurance coverage and what options have been made available by the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act. 10-10:30am. Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 512/974-2000. Free. www.getcoveredsmerica.org.

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.

PHOTOJOURNALISM CRASH COURSE FOR ACTIVISTS The Chronicle's own John Anderson teaches a course on using photography for the greater good. Topics include basic composition, ethics, and the role of photojournalistic activism. No photo equipment is required. 10am-1pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. Free. www.5604manor.org.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY Show our newest citizens some Texas hospitality. Celebrate Central Texas' dynamic cultural mix with live music, family-friendly activities, and storytelling. A naturalization ceremony is scheduled at noon. 10:30am-3pm. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4649. Free. www.thestoryoftexas.com.

Sunday 23

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.

SABER ES PODER AWARDS RECEPTION & DINNER U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro keynotes this reception and dinner for Hispanic Scholarship Consortium scholars, alumni, and community leaders. Tickets and sponsorships available online. 5pm. Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballroom, St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8796. $50-$100. https://hsc.ticketbud.com/texas-leadership-pipeline.

Monday 24

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.

Tuesday 25

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.

Wednesday 26

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.

Thursday 27

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.

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

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.