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Thursday 17

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON The Texas Observer brings the author, columnist, and all-around media-natrix. High-rollers get a signed book or even a preparty schmooze with the lady of the hour. Get your tickets online. 12:30pm. UT Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto. $35. www.texasobserver.org/huffingtonevent.

Friday 18

STOP AND TALK...AND WE'LL LISTEN PANEL Lawyers and community advocates discuss policing in Austin. 6-8pm. Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. Martin Luther King. Free. info@texasafterviolence.org, www.texasafterviolence.org/tavp-launches-new-storytelling-initiative-.aspx.

BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH FORGIVENESS Travis County Sheriff’s Office hosts monthly book discussion series. 6-8pm. Mt. Zion Action & Resource Center, 2951 E. 14th, 512/854-9172. Free. mike.manor@co.travis.tx.us.

2013 LATINO SUMMIT: FRAMING A LATINO POLICY AGENDA Latino leaders focus on public policy. 6-9pm. Texas Capitol Auditorium, 512/463-0106. Free. luis.figueroa@senate.state.tx.us.

Saturday 19

COLONY PARK PUBLIC PLANNING WORKSHOP Brainstorm ways to turn a vacant plot into a commercial hub. Free barbecue lunch provided. 9am-1pm. City of Austin Multi-Purpose Facility, 7201 Colony Park Dr.. Free. colonypark@austintexas.gov, www.colonyparkatx.org.

2013 LATINO SUMMIT: FRAMING A LATINO POLICY AGENDA Latino leaders focus on public policy. 9am-4pm. Texas Capitol Auditorium, 512/463-0106. Free. luis.figueroa@senate.state.tx.us.

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.

WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT RECRUITING EVENT Learn more about APD career paths and promotion opportunities. 10am-1pm. Cornerstone Church, 1101 Reinli. Free. recruiting@austintexas.gov, www.apdrecruiting.org.

STOP AND TALK...AND WE'LL LISTEN WORKSHOPS Record stories about APD encounters in a mobile story booth. Use creativity to build bridges. 10am-5:30pm. Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. Martin Luther King. Free. info@texasafterviolence.org, www.texasafterviolence.org/tavp-launches-new-storytelling-initiative-.aspx.

Sunday 20

DAY OF EDUCATION Learn more about the restrictive Texas abortion law, and what you can do to fight it. noon-5pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002. Free. www.thenorthdoor.com.

THE MONTHLY CYCLE: AFTER TILLER AT CINEMA EAST Fundraiser for Stigma Relief Fund, helping women with financial access abortion care. 8-11pm. American Legion Travis Post 76, 2201 Veterans, 512/767-0788. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/704190416276131/.

Tuesday 22

SOUTHERN FOOD MATTERS: RACE, CLASS, & GENDER IN TOMATOES, BISCUITS & GREENS Elizabeth Engelhardt discusses the powerful symbology of food and why food matters. 6:30-8pm. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 512/974-7390. www.austinhistorycenter.org.

Wednesday 23

JOSEPH MASSAD ON THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT Columbia University professor Joseph Massad speaks on modern Arab politics. 6-8pm. ACC Eastview Campus, Rm. 8500, 3401 Webberville. www.facebook.com/events/239561676196119/.

Thursday 24

CEMETERY STAKEHOLDER PUBLIC MEETING Voice your concerns about Austin's cemeteries. 6-7:30pm. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland, 512/453-2320. Free.

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.