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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.

Thursday 4

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.

RESTORE THE FOURTH Concerned about privacy in the wake of the NSA scandal? Be part of a series of large, nonviolent protests in cities across the country. More information about the non-partisan movement is available online. 11am-5pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.restorethefourth.net.

Friday 5

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 6

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.

WORLD TIBET DAY Let freedom ring. Organizers will attempt to set a record by playing more than 100 singing bowls in unison as a display of harmony and peace. Participants are asked to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bowl). 9am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/440-0440. Free. www.austin.tenthousandvillages.com.

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.

Sunday 7

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.

"SCHOOLING THE WORLD: THE WHITE MAN'S LAST BURDEN" SCREENING Challenge your preconceived notions about the role of education in the "developing' world. This documentary takes a look at the role Western education plays in destroying sustainable indigenous cultures. 6:30pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Monday 8

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 9

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.

BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION City officials help local businesses find the resources they need at these weekly meet-ups. Whether you're just thinking about starting a business or already have one, this class is for you. Go online or call to register. 9am. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-7800. Free. www.austinsmallbiz.com.

Wednesday 10

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.

“GROWTHBUSTERS: HOOKED ON GROWTH” SCREENING Associate Producer Lynsey Jones will be on hand for a screening of this documentary challenging the conventional wisdom of growth. All proceeds go to Tugg.com and the nonprofit Citizen-Powered Media. 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. $10. www.tugg.com/events/4535.

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.