Civics 101

Thursday 17

MARCH TO DEFEND UT ANTIFA 3 March in support of the "UT Antifa 3" arrested for removing graffiti of a Celtic cross from the Blanton after several months. Though out on bail, each faces felony charges of vandalism and thousands of dollars in legal fees. Organizers ask protesters to wear black in support. Noon-2pm. Corner of 21st and Whitis. www.fb.com/RSFAustin.

CREEK SHOW 2016 celebrates Waller Creek with ten nights of art, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Five art installations, all light-based, designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects, best viewed at night and all located along Waller Creek between Fifth and Eighth Streets. Nov. 10-19, 6-10pm www.creekshow.com.

TEACH-IN ON INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, AND DAPL Led by C.J. Alvarez and Dustin Tahmahkera – professors in UT's Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies – lead an open-mic gathering on to discuss and educate on the Dakota Access Pipeline. 6-8pm. University of Texas, Gordon-White Building. www.thirdcoastactivist.org/events/teach-in-on-indigenous-rights-environmental-justice-and-dapl.

STRONGER TOGETHER COMMUNITY GATHERING Travis County Democratic Party brings Mayor Adler, council members Greg Casar and Leslie Pool together along with two commissioners and AISD president to discuss how to counteract a Trump Presidency. See Facebook for exact address. 6-8:30pm. 1500 E. Fourth. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

TEXAS JAIL PROJECT 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The Texas Jail Project celebrates 10 years of working to reform county jails and offer support to families of inmates. Speakers include co-founder Diane Wilson and state House Rep. Celia Israel. 6:30-9pm. The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 512/478-8387. $25 student/advocate, $50 supporter, $120 special supporter. www.texasjailproject.org.

Friday 18

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and more. Fill out the application to register. Nov. 18-20, 8am to 5pm daily Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Road. www.austintexas.gov/event/g-317-community-emergency-response-team-cert-course.

SUPPORT OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS! A Muslim-solidarity rally during Friday prayers. There will be two services (1:05 and 2:05). Organizers ask that you arrive early with signs expressing support. 1-2:30pm. Nueces Mosque, 1906 Nueces.

CREEK SHOW 2016 celebrates Waller Creek with ten nights of art, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Five art installations, all light-based, designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects, best viewed at night and all located along Waller Creek between Fifth and Eighth Streets. Nov. 10-19, 6-10pm www.creekshow.com.

CELEBRATE HILDA & IVAN’S FREEDOM Austin Sanctuary Network celebrates Guatemalan mom Hilda and her son's victory after earning freedom to pursue political asylum. It's a great time to learn about the orgs that work in solidarity with the immigrant community. 6-8pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835.

FROM "NOT MY PRESIDENT" TO "NO MORE PRESIDENTS!" The Revolutionary Student Front invites would-be revolutionaries to discuss the concrete steps necessary to build a network of working-class students to create a better world. Location undecided, see Facebook for updates. www.fb.com/events/100643943754328 6:30pm.

GREEN MOVIE NIGHT: THE BURDEN: FOSSIL FUELS, THE MILITARY AND NATIONAL SECURITY Join the Green Sanctuary Program for a doc screening and discussion on fossil-fuel dependence as a threat to national security. 7-9pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary.

Saturday 19

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and more. Fill out the application to register. Nov. 18-20, 8am to 5pm daily Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Road. www.austintexas.gov/event/g-317-community-emergency-response-team-cert-course.

TEXAS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MEMORIAL UNVEILING The unveiling of Texas' first Black history memorial to honor the contributions of African American Texans. The monument will be the last erected on the South Capitol grounds under current law. A free celebration will follow. 10am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.taahmf.com.

STOP THE NEO-NAZI "WHITE LIVES MATTER" RALLY Counter-rally. 11am-5pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.tspb.state.tx.us.

ATX STANDS WITH STANDING ROCK Gather in solidarity and help raise funds for those fighting the DAPL at Standing Rock. Silent auction, food vendors, kids' corner, and open dialogue. Noon-4pm. Wildflower Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/428-9464. www.ocetisakowincamp.org.

EAST: 1800 LUCKY CATS EAST stops at AAC with Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats by Teruko Nimura. Each statue (representing a tenth of the 18,000 animals served yearly at the shelter) is "adoptable" with a donation, and foster kittens return for adoption on the 19th. Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. Donations welcome. www.austinanimalcenter.org.

CREEK SHOW 2016 celebrates Waller Creek with ten nights of art, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Five art installations, all light-based, designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects, best viewed at night and all located along Waller Creek between Fifth and Eighth Streets. Nov. 10-19, 6-10pm www.creekshow.com.

Sunday 20

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and more. Fill out the application to register. Nov. 18-20, 8am to 5pm daily Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Road. www.austintexas.gov/event/g-317-community-emergency-response-team-cert-course.

EAST: 1800 LUCKY CATS EAST stops at AAC with Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats by Teruko Nimura. Each statue (representing a tenth of the 18,000 animals served yearly at the shelter) is "adoptable" with a donation, and foster kittens return for adoption on the 19th. Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. Donations welcome. www.austinanimalcenter.org.

Thursday 24

2016 TURKEY TROT ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot returns with the largest 5-mile run in Texas (plus a 1 mile walk/run and a Kids K). Run, volunteer, or spectate – either way, proceeds go to Caritas of Austin. 9am-Noon. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664. www.thundercloud.com/register.

Ongoing

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.

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

#RESIST TEXAS HHSC ASSAULT ON LGBTQIA YOUTH Texas' Health & Human Services Commission removed inclusive language for LGBTQ youth from their children's mental health grant proposal. This is one way Texas leaves queer youth and families in need of help. Come out, speak up for queer kids. Fri., April 28, 9am. Travis County Health and Human Services Building, 4614 North IH-35, 512/972-4900.

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