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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.

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.mercuryhall.com.

Friday 13

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

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.

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

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.

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.workersdefense.org.

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

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.

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.austin.isd.tenet.edu.

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.

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.

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.austintexas.gov.

Ongoing

PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins.

ZILKER PARK CLUBHOUSE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. Contact Victor Ovalle. 512/974-6745.