Civics 101

Thursday 21

PEASE DISTRICT PARK MASTER PLAN MEETING Help draft the long-range vision for the preservation of the historic parkland. 6-8pm. Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/pease-district-park-master-plan.

TEXAS WATER JOURNAL FORUM Quench your intellectual thirst with a discussion on the Prop. 6 vote and the next legislative session. 7pm. University of Texas Liberal Arts, 512/471-4141. Free. www.texaswaterjournal.org.

Saturday 23

WOMEN AND FAIR TRADE FESTIVAL Women affected by globalization share stories and sell handmade goods. 10am-6pm. The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 512/474-2399. Free. jcastillo@atcf.org, www.womenandfairtrade.weebly.com.

TEXAS NORML AND THE NORML WOMEN'S ALLIANCE FAMILY PICNIC AND TOUR OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING Meet at the south lawn for a picnic and a discussion about changing Texas drug laws. Noon-3pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.texasnorml.org.

PHONE BANK WITH WENDY Meet Wendy Davis while drumming up support for her gubernatorial campaign. Noon-4pm. TBA. Free. www.battletx.bluestatedigital.com/page/event/detail/phonebank/4jvwf.

PLENTY INTERNATIONAL BENEFIT Support economic self-sufficiency and cultural integrity in Central America. 7-10pm. 211 W. Live Oak. Free. tomas_heikkala@yahoo.com, www.plenty.org.

Sunday 24

WOMEN AND FAIR TRADE FESTIVAL Women affected by globalization share stories and sell handmade goods. 10am-6pm. The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 512/474-2399. Free. jcastillo@atcf.org, www.womenandfairtrade.weebly.com.

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT Fight hunger by purchasing a handmade bowl filled with soup from Austin's finest restaurants. 11am-3pm. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000. $20 per bowl. www.austinemptybowl.org.

OBAMACARE HELP FROM NUN ON THE BUS Sister J.T. Dwyer answers questions about the Affordable Care Act. Call it divine intervention. 1pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf. Free. www.faithpresaustin.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.

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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