Duty now for the future
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, 512/232-2415. 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, 512/974-1700. www.austintexas.gov/event/city-council-candidate-forum-district-1.
FIRST DAY TO APPLY FOR A BALLOT BY MAIL To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Travis County Clerk’s office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. Applications may be downloaded online, and must be received by Oct. 24. Visit the webiste or call 512/238-VOTE for more information. Travis County Early Voting Clerk, P.O. Box 149325, Austin, TX 78714. www.austintexas.gov/vote.
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE ETHICS REVIEW COMMISSION The Commission will convene a preliminary hearing to consider a complaint filed by Stefan Wray against Susana Almanza alleging violations of City Code, Chapter 2-2 (Campaign Finance). 6pm. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-3251. www.austintexas.gov/event/ethics-review-commission-special-called-meeting-3.
READY WHEN YOU ARE Learn about reproductive health, STI testing, and birth control options, all while enjoying free snacks! 8am-2:30pm. Planned Parenthood, 1823 E. Seventh, 512/477-5846. www.austinbirthcontrol.org.
AIA AUSTIN: DESIGNING THE FUTURE OF AUSTIN: A MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM American Institute of Architects Austin and Austin Associated General Contractors will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum before the November 2014 election to provide an opportunity for the entire design and construction community to share information with the mayoral candidates on the most crucial issues facing our industry in Austin. It will provide our community a chance to hear the candidates' thoughts and opinion on those issues. 5-7:30pm. The HighBall, 1120 S. Lamar. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aiaaustin.org/event/designing-future-austin-mayoral-candidate-forum.
BALLOT BOXING: DISTRICT 1 The Chronicle has teamed up with KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, 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.
CANDIDATE FORUM FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR - DISTRICT 6 & 10 A series of candidate forums for Austin's creative sector are being co-hosted by the Austin Creative Alliance (ACA), Austin Music People (AMP), and the Austin Technology Council (ATC). Other forums in the series are: District 5, Sept. 22; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 23; Mayor, Sept. 30. More will be listed as dates are set.
Community partners for this series of candidate forums include Art Alliance Austin, ATX Safer Streets, Brazos Tech District, Entrepreneurs Foundation, Musician Outreach for Voter Education (MOVE), Musicians Union Local 433, Red River Cultural District, Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), Urban Artist Alliance, Austin Black Chamber, CleanTX, Tech Ranch, UT Live Music Association, and Women in Music Professions. 3-4:30pm. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones, 512/666-0717. email@example.com, salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50658/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=78675.
BALLOT BOXING: DISTRICT 2 The Chronicle has teamed up with KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, 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 1, Sept. 8; 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. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez, 512/974-3840. www.eventbrite.com/e/ballot-boxing-the-district-two-forum-tickets-12811996025.
BALCONES VILLAGE/SPICEWOOD HOA DISTRICT 6 FORUM Open to the public. Contact moderator Rick Jacobi with any questions. 7pm. Balcones Country Club clubhouse, 8600 Balcones Club Dr. Free. www.bvshoa.com.
UPPER DISTRICT 7 CANDIDATES FORUM The neighborhoods in District 7 are running two forums, one below and one above U.S. 183, to make it easier for residents to attend. Lower District 7 forum will be held Sept. 26. 7pm. St. Albert the Great, Fellowship Hall,12041 Bittern Hollow. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lovenorthaustin.com/votings-infolinks.html.
"¡PRESENTE! - LATINO IMMIGRANT VOICES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE" BOOK PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION Join contributors Manuel Ramírez and María Duque as well as co-editor Cristina Tzintzún for a special presentation of the book ¡Presente! Light refreshments will be provided. ¡Presente! offers a rare perspective on the immigrant rights movement, written by immigrant workers themselves. 11:30am. Multicultural Engagement Center, 1 University Station Room A5600. email@example.com, www.fb.com/events/713584188707408.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM DISTRICT 4 & 7 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 6 & 10, Sept. 15; Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 16; District 9, Sept. 18; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 30; Mayor, Oct. 1. 6-9pm. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland, 512/458-4107. www.austintexas.gov/event/city-council-candidate-forum-district-4-7.
9/11 SERVICE EVENT: INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT Volunteers open letters from inmates, select books to best fit the request, and make packages of books to send back to each inmate. Reading the letters and creating the package to send back is intimate and rewarding work that helps foster literacy, education, and a sense of connection with the outside world in the prisoners you help. 7-11pm. Space12, 3121 E. 12th, 512/524-7128. www.insidebooksproject.org.
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. 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.