Civics 101

Thursday 5

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

GETTING FISCALLY FIT The Austin Chapter of the Society for Financial Awareness hosts a seminar on the basic principles of cash management and the roadblocks to financial success. 6pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe, 512/974-7400. Free. www.library.austintexas.gov.

BACK TO SCHOOL: TIME TO PUT ON YOUR (CRITICAL) THINKING CAPS UT Journalism professor Robert Jensen offers practical advice on challenging the conventional wisdom and confronting the crises of our time. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Friday 6

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

OBAMA AND THE EGYPTIAN COUP Chris Toensing, editor of the Middle East Report, lectures about the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état and the American response. 6:30-9:30pm. Avaya Auditorium (ACES 2.302, UT campus). Free.

Saturday 7

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

RACE AND RACISM FIRST SATURDAY CONVERSATION Using a Touched by an Angel episode as a springboard, participants will discuss the roots of racism and ways to move forward. 9-11:30am. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500. Free. www.stdave.org.

PRECINCT 1 REDISTRICTING PUBLIC FORUM Help the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission draw the maps for the 10 geographic single-member City Council districts. 10am. Goodwill Community Center, 1015 Norwood Rd.. www.austintexas.gov/10-one.

AUSTIN AFFORDABILITY SUMMIT As Austin grows, so does the cost of living. Join experts and community leaders in brainstorming ways to make the city affordable for all. RSVP required. 1-4pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/663-8865. Free with RSVP. info@liveablecity.org, www.liveablecity.org.

TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE BUILDING BRIDGES TOWN HALL Learn about TCSO 2012 Racial Profiling Report and Annual Report. Question and answer period to follow. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/854-9172. https://www.tcsheriff.org/images/building_bridges_overview.pdf.

Sunday 8

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

AUSTIN ANARCHIST STUDY GROUP Book discussion on 15 Post Primitivist Theses by William Gillis, a rant against primitivist thought. 7-9pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

EMMA LONG PARK NIGHT LIGHT DEMONSTRATION Join friends of Emma Long Park in protesting the River Hills Sports Megaplex. Demonstration focuses on developer plans to build multiple light towers and an amplified sound system. 8:30-10pm. Emma Long Park, 1600 City Park Rd, 512/346-1831. Free. helpemmalongpark.com/key-events/.

Monday 9

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.

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

Tuesday 10

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

Wednesday 11

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

PRECINCT 3 REDISTRICTING PUBLIC FORUM See Saturday. 6:30pm. Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University Dr., 512/486-2001. www.austintexas.gov/10-one.

Thursday 12

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256. dolores.gonzalez@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/employmentawards..

BENEFITS WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS Bergmann and Moore, LLC help veterans cut through the often frustrating process of disability claim appeals. Veterans are invited to bring their VA claim decision to have it reviewed by a claims expert. 10am-4pm. Heroes Night Out, 1150 S. Bell, Cedar Park, 512/838-2889. Free. www.vetlawyers.com.

APIE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION Learn why community engagement is imperative in today's education system and how you can impact the lives of AISD students. Noon-1pm. Austin Partners In Education, 1601 Rio Grande #300. Free. kschneeman@austinparnters.org, www.austinpartners.org.

"CONSTRUCTING THE MUSLIM ENEMY: FROM THE CRUSADES TO 9/11" Dr. Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, looks at how the "Muslim enemy" has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire. 7pm. Avaya Auditorium (ACES 2.302, UT campus), 512/232-9468. Free. sona.shah@austin.utexas.edu, www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/aas/index.php.

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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