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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Drive. 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. 10-11:30am, 10-11:30am, 10-11:30am, 10-11:30am, 10-11:30am, 10-11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. maptrick@gmail.com.