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Thursday 28

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.

CENTRAL HEALTH PUBLIC HEARINGS Two public hearings about the FY2015 budget, which includes a grant for Planned Parenthood's three Austin health centers to provide preventive health care and birth control to eligible patients. 6pm. Central Health Administrative Office, 1111 E. Cesar Chavez. Free. www.centralhealth.net.

Friday 29

A MAYORAL DEBATE HOSTED BY AUSTIN YOUNG DEMOCRATS Austin Young Democrats will host a forum for the three leading mayoral candidates: Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, and Mike Martinez. Happy hour at 7pm. 7:30pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650. www.fb.com/events/268260590049524.

Saturday 30

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Would you like to register people to vote? Get trained and deputized! Please RSVP, include "VDR Training" in the subject line. Saturdays, 10am First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. maptrick@gmail.com.

Sunday 31

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Stephanie Gharakhanian, policy director with the Workers Defense Project, will report on WDP's efforts to win better working conditions for Texans. noon-1pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.

ARTE DE LÁGRIMAS An exhibit of art created by unaccompanied Central American children. Presentation by Dr. Gregory Cuellar, music by Fandango Tejas, and free food and refreshments. noon-2:30pm. New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1507 Wilshire Blvd. #6, 512/334-3041. www.ncfaustin.org.

Monday 1

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 2

PUBLIC FORUM ON POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY The public forum will focus on a recent resolution passed by the Travis County Democratic Party calling for action from the Austin Police Department to address systemic issues surrounding racial profiling, excessive use of force, and accountability in relation to the African-American community. 6-8pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

Wednesday 3

2014 CAN SAFETY NET SERIES: CULTURAL PROFICIENCY AND INTERPRETATION/TRANSLATION SERVICES A conversation about how organizations can work towards becoming more culturally proficient and provide interpretation and translation services in compliance with our country's laws. Light breakfast provided. 8:30am-12:30pm. IBC Bank, 8998 Research. Free. www.canatx.org.

2014 UNITED WAY FOR GREATER AUSTIN MAYORAL CAMPAIGN FORUM 4:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309. $10. www.unitedwayaustin.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH PUBLIC HEARINGS Two public hearings about the FY2015 budget, which includes a grant for Planned Parenthood's three Austin health centers to provide preventive health care and birth control to eligible patients. Thurs., Aug. 28, 6pm; 5:30pm. Central Health Administrative Office, 1111 E. Cesar Chavez. Free. www.centralhealth.net.

Thursday 4

A CONVERSATION WITH UT SYSTEM REGENT WALLACE HALL The Texas Tribune invites you to join us for coffee and conversation with Wallace Hall. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/477-9496. www.texastribune.org/events/2014/sep/04/a-conversation-with-wallace-hall.

FORO URGENTE: UNDERSTANDING THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ON THE BORDER Teresa Lozano Long Institute-sponsored forum addressing the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.–Mexico border, and exploring state and federal government responses to the crisis and the efforts of local organizations to advocate for immigrants who are detained. A reception will follow the discussion. 5-9pm. Texas Union Building, Santa Rita Suite 3.502, 2400 Guadalupe. www.fb.com/UTLLILAS.

FROM HERE TO THERE: SETTING A PATH FOR AUSTIN'S CODE Dan Parolek of Opticos Design and others from the CodeNEXT Team present their recommended approach for helping Austin get where it wants to go. 6-8:30pm. UT, Thompson Conference Center Auditorium, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr. Free. www.austintexas.gov/blog/codenews-no-13.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM DISTRICT 1 The City of Austin, in partnership with the City's Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters, will conduct a series of City Council Candidate Forums for the November 2014 single-member district election. Other forums in the series are: Districts 4 & 7, Sept. 11; Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 15; Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 16; District 9, Sept. 18; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 30; Mayor, Oct. 1. 6-9pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron. www.austintexas.gov/event/city-council-candidate-forum-district-1.

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.