Civics 101

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.

Friday 13

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..

7TH ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL CAREER AND OPPORTUNITIES EXPO In an effort to ensure a diverse and vibrant workplace, networking event covers everything from job searching techniques to discrimination in hiring practices. 10am-3pm. Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/223-5100. Free. business.gahcc.org/events/details/meca-s-7th-annual-multicultural-business-career-expo-1163.

Saturday 14

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..

Sunday 15

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..

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS KICK-OFF MEETING Acting Executive Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities Anne Dunkelberg speaks on Affordable Care Act implementation. Staff from the Travis County Clerk update on the current status of the Texas Voter ID law. 2:30-4:30pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835. Free. lwvaustin@lwvaustin.org.

“A CRUSHING LOVE: CHICANAS, MOTHERHOOD AND ACTIVISM” SCREENING Documentary screening celebrates the achievements of five activist Latinas, single mothers who managed to be parents and work for social change at the same time. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Monday 16

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..

NEIGHBORS TO THE RESCUE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING 1 The city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is hosting a series of one-hour neighborhood meetings to provide every Austinite with the opportunity to learn basic emergency response skills. 7-8:30pm. Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition, 512/974-0450. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/neighbors-rescue.

Tuesday 17

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..

SOLAR AUSTIN HAPPY HOUR Bask in the solar community with beer and barbecue. Pike Powers Lab director Scott Hinson will be presenting the latest findings of their research. 5:30-8pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650. Free. www.solaraustin.org/.

NEIGHBORS TO THE RESCUE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING See Monday. 7pm. Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st, 512/974-0450. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/hancock.htm.

Wednesday 18

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..

PUBLIC HOUSING FORUM Professor Edward Goetz of the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs discusses politics, gentrification, and the dismantling of the nation's oldest housing assistance program. 6:30pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/275-6027. Free. info@preserverosewood.org, www.facebook.com/preserverosewoodatx.

NEIGHBORS TO THE RESCUE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING 2 See Monday. 7pm. Parque Zaragosa Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/neighbors-rescue.

Thursday 19

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..

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.

SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. www.austintexas.gov/event/summer-days-kitten-craze-austin-animal-center-adoption-special.

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