Civics 101

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), 512/610-7374. 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.

Friday 13

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.

FACES OF AUSTIN COMPETITION Annual contest is looking for films inspired by Austin life. Selected films will premiere during SXSW. www.austintexas.gov/facesofaustin.

CAN END-OF-YEAR CELEBRATION The Community Advancement Network awards Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe. 3-4:30pm. Free. www.caction.org.

Saturday 14

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.

LPFM RADIO RECEPTION Mingle with low-power FM radio applicant groups, and discuss the future of Austin community radio. 11am-2pm. Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/391-2305. Free. www.facebook.com/austinairwaves.

NO MORE SILENCE: A CALL FOR REMEMBRANCE & RESOLVE 2:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.momsdemandaction.org.

Sunday 15

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.

WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT CHRISTMAS PARTY WDP invites the community to celebrate a posada, complete with singing and a piñata. 5-8pm. Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/391-2305. Free. jazmin@workersdefense.org, www.workersdefense.org.

Monday 16

AISD BOARD MEETING Weigh in on the future of Austin education. 6:30pm. AISD Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth, 512/414-1700. Free. www.austinisd.org.

Thursday 19

BIZOPEN ORIENTATION Get a free general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin's development process. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-7800. Free with registration. www.austinsmallbiz.com.

AUSTIN COMMUNITY "GREEN” HOLIDAY PARTY Local environmental groups toast the season with an organic dinner, music, and more. 6-10pm. Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907. $25. www.austineconetwork.com/event/sixth-annual-austin-community-“green”-holiday-party.

PREVENT CLASHES WITH COYOTES The Humane Society partners with the city in response to recent coyote sightings. Seminar includes tips for protecting pets and more. 7-8:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/solving_problems.html.

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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