Civics 101

Thursday 13

UTOPIA AND THE ANARCHIST IMAGINATION Anarchist author Margaret Killjoy presents on the role that utopian fiction can have on anarchist and radical struggle. 7-8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free, donations encouraged. contact@monkeywrenchbooks.org, www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Saturday 15

CITIZEN GARDENER 49 Learn how to make your gardening more green. 9am-1pm. Brentwood Elementary, 6700 Arroyo Seco, 512/236-0074 ext. 105. $45. sophie@sustainablefoodcenter.org, www.sustainablefoodcenter.org.

ENERGY SAVING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUR HOME Learn ways to improve the efficiency, value, and comfort of your home. 11am, 1pm. Zinger Hardware, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/381-8111. Free. www.zingerhardware.com.

GLOBAL MARCH FOR LIONS Help end the practice of canned lion hunting. 11am-2pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.facebook.com/events/189255317934557/?source=1.

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. www.communitytaxcenters.org.

SOLAR AUSTIN HAPPY HOUR Revel with the local solar community. 5:30-8:30pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650. Free. info@solaraustin.org, www.solaraustin.org.

SHERIFF’S CITIZENS’ ACADEMY 13 week class on how the Sheriff's office works. 6:45-10pm. Free. vincente.galloway@co.travis.tx.us, www.tcscaaa.org.


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.