Civics 101

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, 512/974-9458. 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.

Friday 8

BALLOT BOXING: DISTRICT 1 The Chronicle has teamed up with KUT, KXAN, Univision, and the Austin Monitor to bring you a series of 10-1 City Council candidate forums. Each forum will begin at 7pm, is free and open to the public, and will include audience participation. Those interested in attending should sign up in advance. Other forums in the series are: District 2, Sept. 10; District 3, Sept. 15; District 4, Sept. 17; District 5, Sept. 22; District 6, Sept. 23; District 8, Sept. 29; District 7, Oct. 2; District 9, Oct. 6; District 10, Oct. 8; Mayor, Oct. 15. 7pm. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard, 512/478-7007. www.eventbrite.com/e/ballot-boxing-the-district-one-forum-tickets-12806810515.

Saturday 9

TCDP: DIVERSITY OUTREACH BLOCKWALK & MEETING Register voters and promote civic engagement. Please be sure to bring the following: snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes. 10am-2pm. Coordinated Campaign HQ, 1910 E. MLK. Free. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

'AUSTIN REVEALED: CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES' A special screening and discussion of a 30-minute documentary that explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. 2pm. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 512/974-7480. Free. library.austintexas.gov/event/screening-and-discussion-film-austin-revealed-civil-rights-stories-63536.

TX NORML SENIOR ALLIANCE MEETING Help plan strategy to motivate, educate, and legislate senior involvement. Speaker will be Noelle Davis. 2-4:30pm. Opal Divine's Marina, 12709 MoPac N., 512/733-5353. Free. www.texasnorml.org.

Sunday 10

BALCONES VILLAGE/SPICEWOOD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION DISTRICT 6 FORUM Open to the public. Contact moderator Rick Jacobi with any questions. 7pm. Balcones Country Club clubhouse, 5800 Balcones Club Dr.. Free. www.bvshoa.com.

Tuesday 12

SOUTH AUSTIN DEMOCRATS MAYORAL FORUM 5:30-7pm. El Gallo, 2910 S. Congress, 512/444-6696. Free. www.southaustindems.org.

DISTRICTS 6 & 10 FORUM ON AUSTIN ENERGY

A number of local organizations have come together to organize a series of candidate forums on issues related to Austin Energy. Candidates will be asked to respond to a series of questions relating to Austin Energy, including questions on energy sources, affordability and governance of the utility. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the candidates. Other forums in this series are: Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 12; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 19; Districts 1 & 7, Sept. 20; Districts 4 & 9; Sept. 22; Districts 5 & 8; Sept. 23; Mayor, Sept. 29th.

Organizations participating in these forums are: Public Citizen, SEED Coalition, Sierra Club, Solar Austin, Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy), Clean Water Action, Austin Climate Action Network, Texas Drought Project, First Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Ministry, Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church 6-9pm. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, 512/345-8866. www.fb.com/events/820381961319086.

DISTRICTS 6 & 10 FORUM ON AUSTIN ENERGY

A number of local organizations have come together to organize a series of candidate forums on issues related to Austin Energy. Candidates will be asked to respond to a series of questions relating to Austin Energy, including questions on energy sources, affordability and governance of the utility. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the candidates.Other forums in the series are: Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 12; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 19; Districts 1 & 7, Sept. 20; Districts 4 & 9, Sept. 22, Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 23; Mayor, Sept. 29.

Organizations participating in these forums are: Public Citizen, SEED Coalition, Sierra Club, Solar Austin, Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy), Clean Water Action, Austin Climate Action Network, Texas Drought Project, First Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Ministry, Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church.

6-9pm. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, 512/345-8866. www.fb.com/events/820381961319086.

'SOURCE OF INCOME' PROTECTIONS The Community Development Commission will consider whether to endorse a recommendation to Council to add “source of income” protections to the City’s Housing Discrimination Ordinance in order to provide additional housing opportunities for those using vouchers. 6:30pm. Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office, 512/499-3100. Free. austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/20_1.htm.

Wednesday 13

AURA CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7 CANDIDATE FORUM A forum, sponsored by AURA and open to the public, with candidates for Council District 7. The forum will be moderated by AURA member Cory Brown, who will ask questions related to AURA's Platform for Austin. 7-8:45pm. Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock. Free. www.aura-atx.org.

Thursday 14

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.

CITY COUNCIL: SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Council convenes to discuss budget and ballot. 3pm. City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council.

NATIONAL MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY Gather at the south gate. A list of names of victims in Travis County will be read. Moment of silence will take place at 6:20pm. 6pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.fb.com/events/760877517298441.

NATIONAL MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY Show solidarity for those injured unnecessarily by police by donning a red arm band and congregating peacefully at the Capitol. The names of local victims will be read aloud. 6pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.facebook.com/760877517298441.

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.

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.

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. www.publicartist.org.

SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. www.austintexas.gov/event/summer-days-kitten-craze-austin-animal-center-adoption-special.

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