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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.

Friday 7

PRESENTATION ON KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE Dr. Stephanie Germaine explains the environmental threat of Keystone XL. 7pm. Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. Martin Luther King. Free. www.thirdcoastactivist.org/events/presentation-on-keystone-xl-pipeline.

Saturday 8

RIDE FOR REFUGE Refugee Services of Texas raises funds for refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking residing in the Austin. 8:45am. Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd., 512/472-9472. $25. www.rstx.org.

PROJECT CONNECT OPEN HOUSE Interactive public workshop to share your thoughts on potential transit projects in the "Central Corridor.” 9:30am-noon. 6001 Airport Boulevard. Free.

AUSTIN CITY GOVERNMENT 101 City leaders discuss the functions of local government. 10am-noon. KLRU, 2504-B Whitis, 512/471-4811. Free. www.lwvaustin.org.

TRAINING ON KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE Workshop on taking non-violent direct action against the pipeline project. 1-5:30pm. Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. Martin Luther King. Free. act.credoaction.com/event/pledge_trainings_attend/3372.

Tuesday 11

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.

BETTY DUNKERLEY CAMPUS COMMUNITY MEETING Learn how an approved 2012 bond is being spent. 5:30-7pm. Animal Services Center, 7201 Levander Loop. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/public-meeting-infrastructure-improvements-city’s-betty-dunkerley-campus.

Wednesday 12

FULBRIGHT LECTURE: "AMAZON UNDER CONSTRUCTION: TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY?" Visiting professor Celio Bermann addresses the environmental impact of overdevelopment in the Amazon. noon. Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street. Free. www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/events/29931.

HOUSING BOND REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING Open meeting to review applications for proposed rental housing developments. 2pm. Street-Jones Building, East 11th & Waller.

WATERFRONT TALKABOUT 2: GREEN SPACES, URBAN PLACES Learn more about the design ideas for green spaces in and along Austin’s South Central Waterfront. 6:30-9pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500. Free. www.austintexas.gov/waterfront.

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.

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.

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. www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Guides/WishList.

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. austinchronicle.com/wishlist.

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. enroll@foundcom.org, www.insurecentraltexas.org.

#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. www.iamblackaustin.org.

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. www.austinvoices.org.