Civics 101

Thursday 16

CODENEXT COMMUNITY CHARACTER WORKSHOPS Share what makes your neighborhood unique as part of the city's continued efforts to revise the Land Development Code. 6:30pm. Murchison Middle School, 3700 North Hills, 512/414-3254. Free.

Friday 17

THE UNDERGROUND GOES OVERBOARD Launch party for the New Journalism Project's newly improved Rag Blog with guest speakers Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. 7pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/436-9968. $10 suggested donation.

Saturday 18

JOHN ANDERSON’S OCCUPY AUSTIN BOOK SIGNING Chronicle photographer debuts his two books documenting the Occupy Austin movement. 3-5pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free.

Tuesday 21

FREE TAX PREPARATION Foundation Communities lend a hand to your annual return. Service is open to individuals and families who make less than $50,000 annually. List of locations and hours available online. Various Locations. Free.

WATERFRONT TALKABOUT City officials present redevelopment recommendations for the south central waterfront of Lady Bird Lake. 7pm. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470.

Wednesday 22

COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Austin Resource Recovery trains commercial property owners and managers on meeting the Universal Recycling Ordinance requirements. Noon-1pm. Tres Amigos, 7535 U.S. 290. Free.

FORO URGENTE A panel of UT experts raise awareness about a court ruling stripping the citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian descent. 5-7pm. Teresa Lozano Long Institute Of Latin American Studies, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1. Free.

SOLAR AUSTIN HAPPY HOUR Local green community gathers to discuss all things solar. 5:30-8pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650. Free.

Thursday 23

MULTIFAMILY RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Complimentary lunch session on implementing effective recycling programs. Noon-1pm. The County Line Bar-B-Q, 6500 Bee Caves Rd., 512/974-1884. Free.

MONTOPOLIS RECREATION CENTER DESIGN INPUT MEETING Have your say about site planning, building planning, and programming. 6:30-8pm. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis, 512/385-5931. Free.


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.

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.

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. We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266.

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.

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.

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.,

#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.

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.

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.

SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS WINTER GAMES! The 24th annual SOTX Winter Games are almost upon us and they need your help! Volunteers are needed for the bowling, volleyball, and powerlifting competitions. Assistance is also needed at Athlete Village to help with running games, arts & crafts, and snack service. Feb. 2-5

ONGOING: AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DIGITAL ROADWAY CONTEST Get creative for a great cause by creating short, clever messages to keep Austin drivers safe and informed. Email or tweet your ideas to @AustinMobility using hashtag #ontheroadATX. Through Feb. 10

FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY TAX CENTER Free tax prep for anyone earning less than $55,000/yr. Mon-Thu. 10am-8pm; Sat. 10am-4pm Community Financial Center, 2600 W. Stassney Ln; Community Financial Center, 5900 Airport Blvd.; Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Dr.; LifeWorks East Office, 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.; Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.;. Free.

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