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Thursday 26

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..

CONVERSATIONS ON EUROPE: A VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SERIES Leading experts on the EU and European topics participate via videoconference in a discussion of "The German Elections: Outcomes and Impact." 11am-12:30pm. Student Activity Center, 512/232-3470. Free (with registration). ces@austin.utexas.edu.

EMPOWER THE VOTE TEXAS FUNDRAISER Help Empower Texas continue its work educating voters about the electoral process. 5pm. Uncle Billy's Brew & Que, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 512/476-0100. Free with suggested donation. www.empowerthevotetx.org.

COOPERATION TEXAS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about the local nonprofit that's dedicated to the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives. Email to RSVP or get more info. 6pm. 5604 Manor Rd. info@cooperationtexas.coop, www.5604manor.org.

'GROWING UP WITH CHARLIE JR.' A short film about the first person executed by lethal injection will be followed by discussion. Bring a book to donate to the Inside Books Project. 6:30-7:30pm. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/323-5123. Free. www.recycledreads.org.

PEGGY KELSEY AND THE AFGHAN WOMEN'S PROJECT Join Amnesty International as photographer Peggy Kelsey discusses the plight of Afghan women today based upon her experiences in the Middle East. 7-9pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 512/478-5684. Free. amnesty500@yahoogroups.com, ai500.tripod.com.

Friday 27

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..

AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING Fundraiser for the Center of Survivors of Torture with music, a silent auction, and more. 6-9pm. 360 Condominiums, 360 Nueces, 512/477-0360. Free. www.cstnet.org.

Saturday 28

ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER GRAND OPENING A variety of pan-Asian performances, a fashion show, and children's activities help welcome the AARC to the neighborhood. 10am-4pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. Free. www.austintexas.gov/page/asian-american-resource-center-grand-opening.

AUDITORIUM SHORES IMPROVEMENTS PUBLIC MEETING Austin Parks and Rec invites the public to weigh in on the development of the new Auditorium Shores off-leash area. 11am. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-9408. Free. april.thedford@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/dougherty.

COOPERATION TEXAS HOUSE PARTY Put on your hammer pants to support worker-owned cooperatives. 10pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. $10 suggested donation. info@cooperationtexas.coop, www.facebook.com/events/418263328292786/.

Monday 30

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.

BOB ECKHARDT CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Join Sarah Eckhardt in honoring the legacy of the late congressman. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/693-8683. Free. www.saraheckhardt.com.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AARP takes the Medicare and Social Security debate from Washington to Austin. 11:30am. University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551. Free. aarptx@aarp.org.

Tuesday 1

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICKOFF Take a bite out of crime at the Austin kickoff of the national neighborhood safety initiative. 5pm. Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/854-3248. Free. zainab.banks@co.travis.tx.us, www.tcsheriff.org/community/events/199-national-night-out-2013.

Wednesday 2

TEXAS RECREATION PARKS ACCOUNT PUBLIC MEETING Help Texas Parks and Wildlife draft rules for their local grant program. 9-12mid. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Rd., 512/389-8224. Free. rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov, www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

PROJECT CONNECT PUBLIC FORUM Weigh in on a variety of transportation decisions as part of the next step of the Project Connect: Central Corridor study. 5-8pm. Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson. Free. www.projectconnect.com.

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CENTER TOWN HALL Learn more about the new organization providing resources, referrals, and education to women and girls in Central Texas. 7pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. Free. www.womenscommunityctx.org.

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.