Civics 101

Thursday 30

CEMETERY STAKEHOLDER PUBLIC MEETING Weigh in on the city's cemeteries. 6-7:30pm. Zilker Botanical Garden Auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs, 512/453-2320.

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.

Friday 31

SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT, SPEAKEASY Come dapper or flapper to support the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity. 8pm-12mid. Firehouse Lounge, 605 Brazos, 512/201-2522. $12, $10 with password. www.facebook.com/events/1380185248907853.

Saturday 1

EAST FIFTH STREET IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT CELEBRATION A ribbon-cutting ceremony and a community festival mark the completion of the transit-oriented development. 10am-12:30pm. Plaza Saltillo, 401 Comal, 512/974-7064. Free.

TREASURED PLACES: COMMUNITY GATHERING Tour Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage Distric while enjoying food from Hoover's. 1-3pm. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/232-8337. Free. info@aachd.org.

AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT TOWN HALL Commander Fred Fletcher answers questions about the APD. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/854-9172. Free. mike.manor@co.travis.tx.us, www.myec.net.

SOLAR 1ST SATURDAY Learn about advocacy, policy, and opportunity in the solar industry. 4-5pm. 4000 Caven. Free. info@imaginesolar.com, www.imaginesolar.com.

Monday 3

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE Last chance to register before the March 4 primaries. More information available online. www.traviscountytax.org.

TEXAS INMATE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION MEETING Get your questions about the Texas Department of Criminal Justice answered on the first Monday of each month. 6:30pm. Sunrise Community Church, 4430 Manchaca. Free. www.tifa.org.

Tuesday 4

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. www.communitytaxcenters.org.

STAND UP FOR SCHOOLS WITH AUSTIN VOICES Fundraising luncheon for the winner of the Chronicle 's award for Best Outside-the-Box Public School Philosophies. Dell Children's Center Signe Auditorium, 4900 Mueller. $35. www.austinvoices.org.

MULTIFAMILY RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Free session for multifamily property owners or managers on implementing effective recycling programs. noon-1pm. Serranos, 9500 S. I-35. Free. www.austinrecycles.com.

ONLINE CAPITAL PROJECTS PORTAL LOOK AND LEARN First look at the new online portal for Austin’s Capital Improvement Program. RSVP by Friday. 6:30-7:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. carol.gibbs@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov.

Wednesday 5

IMMIGRANT DETENTION AND DEPORTATION: 'PUNISHMENT AND PROFITS' Film screening and discussion about the private prison industry and immigrant detention 6pm. Austin Community College Riverside Campus, Room 8100, 1020 Grove. Free. www.facebook.com/events/451759431616879.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS STATE OF THE CITY DINNER Annual fundraising dinner to benefit the LWVAA Education Fund. 6-9pm. Green Pastures Restaurant, 811 W. Live Oak, 512/444-4747. $50 members, $65 nonmembers. www.lwvaustin.org/state-of-the-city-dinner.

Thursday 6

COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Austin Resource Recovery trains property owners and managers on new Universal Recycling Ordinance requirements. noon-1pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-1884. Free. www.austinrecycles.com.

12 YEARS A SLAVE - A PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE & DISCUSSION Roundtable discussion of the debate around Steve McQueen's film. 5pm. UT Austin, Texas Union Building, Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502). Free. www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/tilts-2014/.

WE GOT HOODWINKED: THE PROBLEM IS DRUG POLICY, NOT DRUGS Dr. Carl Hart speaks about the myths behind the war on drugs. 7-9pm. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd.. Free. rjensen@austin.utexas.edu.


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.