Civics 101

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.

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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