Civics 101

Friday 14

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE Join the global fight to stop violence against women and girls. 4-6pm. Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 512/974-2000. Free.

Saturday 15

CITIZEN GARDENER 47 The Sustainable Food Center leads a class on how gardening can be more green. 9am-1pm. Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, 3501 Mills, 512/236-0074 ext. 105. $45.,

BUILD IT BETTER, GABLES! CAMPAIGN LAUNCH Launch of Workers Defense Project campaign to ensure safety and a living wage for Gables employees. 12:45pm. 115 Sandra Muraida Way. Free.

Sunday 16

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Sarah Eckhardt, Andy Brown, and Mike McNamara hash out the issues. Noon. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free.

Tuesday 18

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.

SOLAR AUSTIN HAPPY HOUR Network with the Austin solar community. 5:30-8:30pm. Scholz Garten. Free.,

Wednesday 19

MONTHLY BUSINESS BUZZ: CAMPO REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION 2040 PLAN Join a mapping exercise to collect data on transportation needs and priorities for the future. 6-7pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/407-8240. Free, registration required.

Thursday 20

ACE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF EARLY LITERACY Help A Community for Education celebrate two decades of working with kids in low-income communities. 7-9pm. The Long Center Kodosky Donor Lounge, 701 W. Riverside. 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. Blood Center of Central Texas, 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.

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