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.
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.
APD CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATION DEADLINE The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 14-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of APD. Visit website to submit application. Free. www.austintexas.gov/service/citizen-police-academy.
ARMADILLO PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE FORUM The Armadillo Park NA Steering Committee is sponsoring a forum with Austin City Council District 2 candidates Delia Garza and Edward Reyes, on Sunday August 17 at 1:30-3:00pm in the community room at ACC’s South Austin campus. Moderated by the Chronicle's own Michael King. In order to help things run smoothly, please email questions and major issues of interest to our area by Friday, Aug. 11th. Spanish translation will be provided upon request. 1:30-3pm. ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.armadilloparkna.wordpress.com/events/city-council-district-2-candidate-forum.
WORKERS DEFENSE ACTION FUND: AUSTIN MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE SCREENING Join us for a candidate screening event! This is a chance for you to hear directly from candidates running for mayor and City Council about their stances on worker issues. This is the first step in WDAF's endorsement process. Please RSVP. 2-5:30pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. Free. www.wdactionfund.org/events, www.5604manor.org.
CITIZENS AGAINST RAIL TAXES PRESS CONFERENCE CART will announce its campaign to oppose Prop. 1, Urban Rail Referendum. 10am. Travis County Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca, 512/854-9020. email@example.com, www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court.
GREATER AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND REAL ESTATE COUNCIL OF AUSTIN MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM Self-parking available in hotel garage, $10, valet parking, $12; parking in Convention Center garage, Second & Brazos (two blocks away), $7. 11am-1pm. Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 512/478-4500. Free. members.austinchamber.com/events/2014-Mayoral-Candidates-Forum-965/details.
MAYORAL FORUM AT WESTMINSTER MANOR A forum for Westminster Manor residents; not open to the public. 7pm. Westminster Manor, 4100 Jackson. www.westminsteraustintx.org.
AURA CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 CANDIDATE FORUM One of a series of three forums. Other forums in the series are: District 7, Aug. 13; District 9, Aug. 20. 7-8:45pm. Little Walnut Creek Branch, Austin Public Library, 835 W. Rundberg. Free. www.aura-atx.org.
MIKO PELED ON ISRAEL AND GAZA Israeli peace activist discusses his book at an event sponsored by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights and the UT Palestine Solidarity Committee. 7pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 Exposition. www.icpr-austin.org.
AURA CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9 CANDIDATE FORUM One of a series of three forums. Other forums in the series are: District 7, Aug. 13; District 4, Aug. 18. Twin Oaks Branch, Austin Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth. Free. www.aura-atx.org.
PROPOSED SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE Austin Center for Events (ACE) will present proposed changes to the draft special events ordinance at a series of public meetings. 5:30pm. City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov/citystage.
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.
ARTIST INFORMATION MEETING: PEOPLE'S GALLERY 2015 The city is seeking 2- and 3-D artworks in any medium by local visual artists, galleries, or visual arts organizations for the 2015 People's Gallery Exhibition. All interested artists are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. 6-7:30pm. Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. Second. www.austintexas.gov/department/peoples-gallery.
ZILKER PARK CLUBHOUSE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. Contact Victor Ovalle. 512/974-6745.
PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.
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. We Are Blood, 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. firstname.lastname@example.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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS WINTER GAMES! The 24th annual SOTX Winter Games are almost upon us and they need your help! Volunteers are needed for the bowling, volleyball, and powerlifting competitions. Assistance is also needed at Athlete Village to help with running games, arts & crafts, and snack service. Feb. 2-5 www.sotx.org.
ONGOING: AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DIGITAL ROADWAY CONTEST Get creative for a great cause by creating short, clever messages to keep Austin drivers safe and informed. Email AustinMobility@austintexas.gov or tweet your ideas to @AustinMobility using hashtag #ontheroadATX. Through Feb. 10
FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY TAX CENTER Free tax prep for anyone earning less than $55,000/yr. Mon-Thu. 10am-8pm; Sat. 10am-4pm Community Financial Center, 2600 W. Stassney Ln; Community Financial Center, 5900 Airport Blvd.; Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Dr.; LifeWorks East Office, 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.; Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.;. Free. www.foundcom.org.
POTTY AT THE CAPITOL WITH ACTOUT! Join ActOUT – date TBA depending on when (or if) the House schedules a hearing for SB 6 – for a Capitol sit-in with potties, poopers, johns, and fake porcelain thrones. Email ActOUT for updates at email@example.com Date TBA Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.fb.com/dsaqueercoalition.