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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. www.countyline.com.

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.

Friday 24

COMMUNITY CHARACTER WORKSHOP Chime in on the revision of Austin's land development code. 7:30-9:30am. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500. Free. www.stdave.org.

ECONOMIC CRISIS AND COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS WITH GAR ALPEROVITZ Scholar and activist speaks on building an American economy outside of corporate capitalism. 7pm. University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, 512/478-9387. $10 suggested donation. rjensen@austin.utexas.edu, www.uumc.org.

Saturday 25

GAR ALPEROVITZ WORKSHOP Conference focuses on local efforts to build a new, just economy. 8:30am. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. $10 suggested donation. www.5604manor.org.

COMMUNITY CHARACTER WORKSHOP1 See Friday. 10am-noon. Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/223-5100. Free. www.austincc.edu.

ZILKER DOCENT TRAINING Become part of the botanical garden educational team. 10am. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/970-3405. $2. www.zilkergarden.org.

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION & BANQUET Join the Indian American Coaltion of Texas in encouraging Indian Americans to raise their voice and become more involved in civic engagement activities. 6pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/328-6635. $35.

Sunday 26

AN EVENING WITH NOELLE HANRAHAN OF PRISON RADIO A screening of Mumia: The Long Distance Revolution launches a discussion of the prison industrial complex. BYOB. 7:30-9:30pm. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh, 512/524-2820. Free. twitchon@gmail.com, www.treasurecitythrift.org.

Monday 27

NORTHWEST AUSTIN CANDIDATE FORUM Travis County Judge and Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidates square off. 6:30-8:30pm. Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.. Free. info@nwaustin.org.

Tuesday 28

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.

COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Austin Resource Recovery trains property owners and managers on meeting Universal Recycling Ordinance requirements. noon-1pm. The County Line, 5204 Ranch Road 2222. Free. amanda.rohlich@austintexas.gov.

MOHAMMED HANIF TALK Journalist and novelist speaks on politics in Pakistan. 6:30pm. Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.402), 201 E. 24th, UT Campus. Free.

BOYCOTT FROM WITHIN: A TALK WITH ERAN EFRATI AND MAYA WIND Learn more about a feminist movement to demilitarize Israel. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Wednesday 29

MULTIFAMILY RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN1 Complementary lunch session multifamily property owners and managers on implementing effective recycling programs. noon-1pm. Tres Amigos, 7535 U.S. 290. Free. amanda.rohlich@austintexas.gov.

ANN & ROY BUTLER TRAIL COMMUNITY MEETING Help plan an underutilized portion of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. 6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/974-9470. Free.

Thursday 30

CEMETERY STAKEHOLDER PUBLIC MEETING Weigh in on the city's cemeteries. 6-7:30pm. Zilker Botanical Garden Auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs.

UNDERSTANDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT Find out what the Affordable Care Act means for you. 7pm. San Marcos Public Library 625 E. Hopkins, San Marcos. Free. rwood@sanmarcostx.gov.

UNDOING INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND ANTI-RACIST PRINCIPLES Local groups band together to eliminate racial disparities. 7pm. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., 512/922-5524. Free.

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.