Civics 101

Thursday 15

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITY ORDINANCE PUBLIC MEETING Austin Water is hosting two meetings to discuss proposed rule changes to the Austin City Code for On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSFs) that set standards and enforcement for facilities that include conventional septic systems as well advanced treatment units. Noon, 6pm. Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th. Free.

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM: THE TIME IS NOW Learn more about comprehensive immigration reform, the do’s and don’ts of the process, and how local individuals can help and get involved and advocate for the bill. 6:30-8pm. Southwest Key Community Center, 6002 Jain, 512/949-2678. Free. www.swkey.org.

'EDIBLE CITY: GROW THE REVOLUTION' SCREENING & POTLUCK Want to become more involved in the local food movement? Break bread with a community potluck and some cinematic inspiration. Dinner and screening will be followed by a discussion group on making Austin's food system stronger and more environmentally sound. 7pm. 5604 Manor Community Garden, 5604 Manor Rd.. Free. markilous07@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/events/644637568898010.

Friday 16

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

Saturday 17

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION PRECINCT TWO PUBLIC INPUT MEETING In November 2012, Austin voters approved geographic single-member City Council districts. Now's your chance to help the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission draw the maps. 10am. Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg, 512/836-8975. www.austintexas.gov/10-one.

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.

PEACEFUL STREETS PROJECT POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY SUMMIT Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale keynotes the Peaceful Streets Project's annual summit highlighting police abuse. The event will feature national activists, performers, and a "know your rights" training session. Free childcare is provided. 10am-4pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, 512/404-1900. Free. www.facebook.com/events/465581550193801.

FOOD FOR BLACK THOUGHT’S COMMUNITY FOOD SURVEY CELEBRATION Help Food for Black Thought celebrate the launch of its Community Food Survey and its mission of sustaining and expanding black access to food resources and knowledge in Austin. Learn about the survey, meet the survey team, and connect to others interested in food justice, farming, and cooperative resources. 5-7pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. Free. ffbtaustin@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/pages/food-for-black-thought/359534887456758.

Sunday 18

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

Monday 19

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

Tuesday 20

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

AUSTIN MUSIC PEOPLE DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING Voting rocks! Join Austin Music People as they train new volunteer deputy voter registrars. After training session, join Rep. Lloyd Doggett, state Rep. Donna Howard, and Nakia for a press conferance on voter engagement. 2pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

Wednesday 21

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

TEXAS NORML STRATEGY MEETING Join the fight for changing Texas' drug laws. Hash out strategy with like-minded individuals looking to end the prohibition on marijuana. 6pm. Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress, 512/707-0237. Free. www.texasnorml.org.

INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION PRECINCT THREE PUBLIC INPUT MEETING In November 2012, Austin voters approved geographic single-member City Council districts. Now's your chance to help the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission draw the maps. 6:30pm. Travis County Precinct Three Justice of the Peace Court Building Community Center, 8656A Texas 71 W.. www.austintexas.gov/10-one.

Thursday 22

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.

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON BIKE SHARE STATIONS Here's your last chance to weigh in on potential locations for Austin bike share locations. You can even vote for the color of the bikes. We're going with red, but only because tie-dye wasn't an option. www.votebikeshareaustin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE CALL FOR INPUT Between food, music, and arts festivals, special events are part of the fabric of Austin. The city is looking for ideas on how the ever-growing roster should be managed. https://austintexas.granicusideas.com/discussions/special-events-ordinance/topics/special-events-draft-ordinance.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TRAINING SESSION Annual training sessions aim to educate the public about the city’s development process. Topics include current development regulations, design standards, and utilization of web-based tools to conduct zoning, permitting, and floodplain research. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP. Session topics listed online. 10-11am, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-2698. Free. lynn.tozser@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/news/public-invited-attend-training-development-process.

WATERSHED ORDINANCE MEETING The Lower Colorado River Authority is currently reviewing the Highland Lakes watershed ordinance, a set of rules that protect water quality throughout the region. Stakeholders are invited to weigh-in, either in person or via email. 6-8pm. Spicewood Elementary, 1005 Spur 191. Free. hlwo@lcra.org, www.lcra.org/water/quality/watershed/.

"THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION: BEYOND CORPORATE CAPITALISM & STATE SOCIALISM” SCREENING Cooperation Texas hosts a screening of a new film featuring historian and economist Gar Alperovitz. Instead of providing further commentary about the American political system, Alperovitz focuses on ways to move forward – offering examples of co-ops and land trusts that look to a sustainable future. 7pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. Free. www.facebook.com/events/591630580877651/.

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.

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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