Civics 101

Thursday 5

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website), 512/610-7374. Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

BIZOPEN ORIENTATION Get a primer on the city of Austin's development process. 9-10:30am. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-7800. Free, registration required. www.austinsmallbiz.com.

KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL 28TH ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON Environmental stewardship nonprofit honors Austin businesses, individuals, and community groups. 11am-1pm. Embassy Suites Hotel Austin Central, 5901 N. I-35, 512/391-0622. $40-60 individual, $600-750 table. www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/awardsluncheon.

Friday 6

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

PUBLIC EDUCATION AND IMMIGRATION REFORM MARCH Gather at the south steps to give an F to Texas' U.S. legislators. 10:45am-12:45pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/472-1124. Free. www.educationaustin.org.

INTERACTIVE VOTING Party hardy in support of voter registration. 7pm. the Gatsby, 708 E. Sixth. Free. www.facebook.com/events/633627230028389/.

Saturday 7

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

SOUTH AUSTIN COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN OPEN HOUSE City planning team votes on final recommendations for neighborhood plan. 9am. Cunningham Elementary, 2200 Berkeley. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/south-austin-combined-neighborhood-plan.

FAIR TRADE CHRISTMAS MARKET Do good with your holiday shopping dollar. 10am-6pm. For the City Center, 500 E. St. Johns, 512/961-5587. Free. www.forthecity.org/market.

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE TOWN HALL Travis County Sheriff's Building Bridges series focuses on ACC. 1-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/854-9172. Free. www.myec.net/.

Sunday 8

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

AN EVENING WITH WILL ALLEN Agricultural leader discusses sustainability and food policy. VIP tickets include reception with live music and local food. 7pm. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/474-1221. $35, $100 VIP. www.austintheatre.org.

Monday 9

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

CODENEXT HOUSEHOLD AFFORDABILITY COMMUNITY DISCUSSION Give input on how a revision of the Land Development Code can promote household affordability. 6-8pm. Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office, 512/499-3100. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/codenext-household-affordability-community-discussion.

TRAVIS COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUM Democratic candidates for Travis County Judge and County Commissioner Pct. 2 hash it out. 6-9pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002. Free. www.thenorthdoor.com.

STAND WITH TEXAS DISCO Lookin' for some hot stuff? Join the Lilith Fund as they honor their volunteers. 7:30-9:30pm. Location sent to ticket holders. $10. www.rally.org/txdiscoparty.

Tuesday 10

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

Wednesday 11

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

Thursday 12

CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE – HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND GET ENROLLED Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Various locations (see website). Free. www.insurecentraltexas.org.

SAVE OUR SPRINGS HOLIDAY PARTY S.O.S. promises the most rockin' holiday party and silent auction yet. 6pm-12mid. Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal, 512/236-1226. Free. pat@sosalliance.org, www.sosalliance.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.

SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. www.austintexas.gov/event/summer-days-kitten-craze-austin-animal-center-adoption-special.

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