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Thursday 3

AUDITORIUM SHORES EAST LAWN RENAMING CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Have a better name than Vic Mathias Shores? Let the city know online, by phone, or in person. Parks and Recreation Department’s Annex Office, 919 W. 28½, 512/974-9458. www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

2040 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN SURVEY Survey to help CAMPO prioritize future transportation projects. www.campotexas.org.

AQUIFER DISTRICT HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN PUBLIC REVIEW Review and comment on habitat protection plan. www.bseacd.org.

Friday 4

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

Saturday 5

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

BUILDING BRIDGES FIRST SATURDAY Community discussion on race equity. 9-11:30am. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., 512/926-6339. Free.

AISD BUILDING BRIDGES TOWN HALL Town hall conversation for AISD families. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/854-9172. Free. www.myec.net.

Sunday 6

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

Monday 7

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

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 8

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX WORK SESSION Share input on how the city can improve its Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index score. 6:30-8pm. City of Austin Learning and Research Center, 2800 Spirit of Texas Dr. Free.

Wednesday 9

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

CAMERON ROAD IMPROVEMENTS OPEN HOUSE Learn about proposed plans to improve Cameron Road between Gregg Lane and SH 130. 5:30-7pm. Bluebonnet Trail Elementary, 11316 Farmhaven. Free.

Thursday 10

AUDITORIUM SHORES EAST LAWN RENAMING CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Have a better name than Vic Mathias Shores? Let the city know online, by phone, or in person. Parks and Recreation Department’s Annex Office, 919 W. 28½. www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

CITYWORKS ACADEMY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Learn the nuts and bolts of local government. www.austintexas.gov/cityworksapplication.

2040 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN SURVEY Survey to help CAMPO prioritize future transportation projects. www.campotexas.org.

AQUIFER DISTRICT HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN PUBLIC REVIEW Review and comment on habitat protection plan. www.bseacd.org.

OCTOBER FLOOD RECOVERY OPEN HOUSE Information about the ongoing recovery from the October 2013 Onion Creek floods. 9am-12:30pm. Perez Elementary School, 7500 S. Pleasant Valley. Free. www.austintexas.gov/onioncreek.

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.