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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. www.aceaustin.org.

Friday 21

LEGALIZE WEED RALLY JP candidate rallies in support of legalized reefer. 6pm. University of Texas Tower, 2400 Inner Campus Dr., 512/475-6633. Free. www.jamesbraxtonforrest.wix.com/justiceofthepeace#!decriminalize-weed/c21kz.

GABC SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS Celebrate business diversity. 7pm-12mid. Omni Hotels - Austin Southpark. $100+. www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-small-business-awards-ticket-sales-tickets-9684337113.

Saturday 22

CITIZEN GARDENER 48 Learn how to make your gardening more green. 9am-1pm. Austin Discovery School, 8509 FM 969 #200. $45. sophie@sustainablefoodcenter.org, www.sustainablefoodcenter.org.

AUSTIN ATLAS FABRICATION Workshop on participatory mapping project. 10am-noon. 618-C Tillery St.. $12. www.austinsatlas.com.

TEXAS NORML'S ACTIVIST TRAINING CAMP Help change the Texas cannabis climate. 1-4pm. Manchaca Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.. Free. www.texasnorml.org.

CANDIDATES FORUM ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS IN TRAVIS COUNTY The candidates for County Judge and Pct. 2 Commissioners Court answer questions on Travis County deportations. 4-6pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/444-1314. Free. www.facebook.com/events/398108430334598.

DEFINING THE STRUGGLE: CONTEMPORARY CIVIL RIGHTS A panel discussion on American civil rights follows a presentation by author Susan Carle. 6:30pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/461-5644. Free. www.definingthestruggle.com/.

Sunday 23

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HEALTH CARE FORUM Discussion on the transformation of health care in Austin and Texas. 2:30pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835. Free. www.lwvaustin.org.

Monday 24

COLONY PARK COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Provide input on the three potential master plans for a stretch of Northeast Austin public land. 6:30-9pm. Turner-Roberts Multi-Purpose Facility, 7201 Colony Loop. Free. www.colonyparkatx.org.

Tuesday 25

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.

AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN STAKEHOLDER MEETING Weigh in on AE's Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan. 10am-noon. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. Free. www.austinenergy.com/go/genplan.

AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN STAKEHOLDER MEETING 2 See Tuesday. 6-8pm. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. Free. www.austinenergy.com/go/genplan.

'IS INTOLERANCE ON THE RISE IN INDIA?' Panel on the reasons and effects of the recent rise in Indian religious nationalism. 7pm. Belo Center for New Media, Room 5.208 (BMC 5.208), 300 W. Dean Keeton. Free. narju@physics.utexas.edu.

Wednesday 26

2014 TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Sessions highlight water policy, endangered species, and conservation finance. Hilton Austin Airpot. $425. www.texaslandconservationconference.org.

CHILDREN’S POLICY CONFERENCE & LUNCHEON A day of educational workshops and awards for those making a difference in the lives of Texas children. 8am-4:30pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500. $115. www.txchildren.org/conference.

Thursday 27

2014 TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Sessions highlight water policy, endangered species, and conservation finance. Hilton Austin Airpot. $425. www.texaslandconservationconference.org.

AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN STAKEHOLDER MEETING 3 See Tuesday. 1-3pm. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. Free. www.austinenergy.com/go/genplan.

'CAPITALISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT' Alternative Radio founder David Barsamian discusses his latest series of interviews with Noam Chomsky. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

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.