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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

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.

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.

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.

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.