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Thursday 31

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.

Friday 1

'ROE AT RISK: FIGHTING FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE' Texas Freedom Network hosts a screening of this short film and a discussion with local reproductive rights advocates afterward. 7-8pm. Texas Union Theatre, UT campus, 512/476-6666. Free. www.fb.com/buildingourpower.

GET OUT THE VOTE BAR CRAWL Battleground Texas and Stonewall Democrats are teaming up for a voter registration drive! Don't forget to bring your volunteer deputy registrar certificate (if you have one) and a positive attitude. RSVP online. Questions? Email Justin Jacobson. 8:30pm. Rio Rita, 1308 E. Sixth. Free. jj1411austin@gmail.com, www.battlegroundtexas.com/content/home.

Saturday 2

READY WHEN YOU ARE Come learn about short- and long-term contraception, HIV tests, and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, all available at a low cost or free for eligible patients ages 24 and under. Free treats! 8am-2:30pm. Planned Parenthood, 1823 E. Seventh, 800/230-PLAN. www.austinbirthcontrol.org.

AUSTIN SAALT CIRCLE – DISCUSSION ON SECURE COMMUNITIES South Asian Americans Leading Together hosts a discussion of S-Comm and its impact on Austin. Ranjana Natarajan and Richard Jung will speak on the constitutional aspects of the policy. 11am-1pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron. Free. www.fb.com/events/1440540372875876.

TEXAS STANDS WITH GAZA Rally and march in solidarity with the people of Gaza. 1pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.texansforgaza.org.

RESHAPING EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW’S WORK FORCE Get up-to-date on ACC's Highland campus and the upcoming bond election. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932. Free. www.myec.net.

Monday 4

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 5

TRAFFIC SAFETY SYMPOSIUM Discuss with state and local agencies and advocacy groups ways to create safer roadways in Austin. Speaker sign-ups, 5:30-6:30pm. Public comment, 6:25-7:45pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. Free. www.austinconventioncenter.com.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Help citizens register to vote! Attend any of three one-hour sessions: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. Free. www.traviscountytax.org.

Thursday 7

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.

ESL COURSE APPLICATION Learn more about ACC's free ESL classes. Assistance with completing the online application will be provided. Bring government-issued photo ID (not B or F visas). 5:30-8:30pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1693; ACC, 512/223-5123. Free. www.austincc.edu/abe.

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.