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Thursday 11

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.

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

THE ART OF THE START: STARTING AND SUSTAINING A SUCCESSFUL ENTERPRISE IN THE CREATIVE ARTS The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance hosts a panel on how to translate creativity into a successful business. Featured panelists include Ballet Afrique founder China Smith, LuckyChaos founder Leng Wong, and actress and C2C Multimedia founder Yesenia Garcia. RSVP required to attend. 11am-1pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100. Free with RSVP. gahcc.chambermaster.com/events/details/creative-media-forum-09-14-2010-335.

Friday 12

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

Saturday 13

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.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.

Sunday 14

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION BOOK DISCUSSION WITH GRACE LEE BOGGS Activist Grace Lee Boggs will be taking questions via Skype about her book The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century. The event is open to the public but participants are encouraged to read the book before the event. Copies are available at MonkeyWrench Books. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 214/538-7748. Free. www.facebook.com/events/249009268557120.

Monday 15

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

AUSTIN MILITARY FREE CHIROPRACTIC CARE Active Life is saluting the troops by offering free chiropractic care for military personnel and spouses who have no applicable insurance benefits. Bring military ID or proof of service or discharge. Active Life Healing Center, 4006 S. Lamar #650, 512/474-5433. Free. www.austinactivelife.com.

CAPITAL METRO FARE STRUCTURE WEBINAR Capital Metro hired a consultant earlier this year to make recommendations on their fare structure. Now it's your time to be heard. Visit www.capmetro.com for an infographic detailing how the change would affect passes. noon-1pm. Free. www3.gotomeeting.com/register/744644198.

Tuesday 16

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

CAPITAL METRO FARE STRUCTURE NORTH OPEN HOUSE Capital Metro hired a consultant earlier this year to make recommendations on their fare structure. Now it's your time to be heard. Visit Cap Metro's website for an infographic detailing how the change would affect passes. 6-7:30pm. Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg, 512/836-8975. Free. www.capmetro.org/farechange.

Wednesday 17

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

CAPITAL METRO FARE STRUCTURE SOUTH OPEN HOUSE Capital Metro hired a consultant earlier this year to make recommendations on their fare structure. Now it's your time to be heard. Visit Cap Metro's website for an infographic detailing how the change would affect passes. noon-1pm. Capital Metro Transit Store, 323 Congress. Free. www.capmetro.org/farechange/.

PROTEST AGAINST BORDER MILITARIZATION Lawmakers have been debating immigration reform for months. Now's the chance for you to have your say. Meet at the front steps to voice your opposition to the Senate's Corker-Hoeven amendment and say no to border militarization. 4pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.facebook.com/events/156089454583605/.

'BURNED' SCREENING Make movie night a time for awareness. Filmmaker Emily Pyle will be in attendance for a screening of her documentary about two boys detained in Texas maximum security youth facilities. Admission is free, but organizers ask you to bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating. 6pm. University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, 512/478-9387. Free. www.uumc.org.

Thursday 18

CALL FOR INPUT ON AUSTIN DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN The City of Austin is seeking input for the 2014-2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Public comments can be emailed, dropped off at the Small and Minority Business Resources Department office, or submitted July 23 at the DBE Program Plan presentation. Small and Minority Business Resources Department, 4201 Ed Bluestein. Free. dbepubliccomments@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/smbr.

FOR THE CHILDREN SCHOOL SUPPLY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN It's never to late to become the teacher's pet. Help local Pre-K through fourth grade students start the school year on a happy note by donating funds for new school supplies. For the Children buy in bulk to make the most of your dollar. www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.

ROBERT LYNCH TALK ON TOURISM AND ARTS How does keeping it weird help Austin's economy? Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, talks about the benefits of cultural and heritage tourism for local artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses. 11am. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000. Free. www.themarchesa.com.

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.