Happenings

April 12-19


For more on these and other events this week, see Community Listings.


THURSDAY, APRIL 12

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE Today is the last chance to register to vote in this May's elections. To check your eligibility or to register, there are three options: Download a voter registration application, or update your address at www.traviscountytax.org; call the registration office for help at 854-9473; or visit a tax office or post office location, a public library, many government offices, and grocery stores.

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Austinite Maura Nevel Thomas presents the slide show on which the Al Gore doc is based. Call to RSVP. 7:30-9pm. The Crossings, 13500 FM 2769, 225-1075 x4101. Free.

BUT WE MUST SPEAK The words of Martin Luther King Jr. shed light on our current situation in Iraq as the Austin Peace Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of his "Beyond Vietnam" speech. 7-9pm. St. James Episcopal Church, 3707 E. MLK. Free. www.austinpeacecenter.org.

THE WHITE ROSE SOCIETY distributes 10,000 white roses on the UT campus to symbolize the number of people who could've been killed in just one day at Auschwitz during World War II. Part of Jewish Heritage Month. 10am-3pm. www.thewhiterosesociety.org.

MOPAC 1 OPEN HOUSE TxDOT hosts a meeting requesting input on recommended improvements to Loop 1 from FM 734 to Town Lake. 5-8pm. McCallum High, 5600 Sunshine, 498-7700.


FRIDAY, APRIL 13

FRESH AIR FRIDAY Bring old electronic equipment by City Hall today, where Dell and Goodwill will recycle them for you. Austin Energy will also be giving away free compact-fluorescent light bulbs; there will be electric-lawnmower giveaways and plug-in hybrid car demos, too. 11am-1pm.


SATURDAY, APRIL 14

20TH ANNUAL SAFEPLACE WALK Participate or sponsor a participant in this annual fundraiser, and contribute to Austin's most hardworking advocacy organization for women who experience violence. 10am-2pm. Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th. www.safeplacewalk.org.

CDBG WEEK BLOCK PARTY Austin Neighborhood Housing & Community Development hosts this annual block party to celebrate its accomplishments in garnering funding for community initiatives that aid low-income Austinites. Music, food, kids activities, and giveaways. 11am-2pm. Lott Park, 1180 Curve. Free. kim.kelsall@ci.austin.tx.us.

STEP IT UP RALLY Join today's nationwide rally; let Congress know that we must enforce carbon-emission cuts of 80% by 2050. Noon-2pm. Texas Capitol. www.stepitup2007.org.


SUNDAY, APRIL 15

YOM HASHOAH: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY Capitol visitors are invited to read aloud Holocaust victims' names as part of a continuous commemoration: 9:30am-2:30pm. Texas Capitol. The event is followed by an Interfaith Commemoration Service: 3-4:30pm. St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th. www.shalomaustin.org/heritage.


MONDAY, APRIL 16

G8 INFOTOUR features a presentation about the G8 summit, its history, and the protest movement that has formed in response. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.dissentnetwork.org.

TOWN HALL MEETING: THE FUTURE OF BARTON SPRINGS POOL City staff and consultants seek public input on the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan, which addresses facilities, grounds, infrastructure, water-quality, and salamander-habitat issues. 6pm. Austin City Hall.

HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE MEMORIAL The White Rose Society sponsors a Yom Hashoah ceremony with student speakers, UT's Gregory Vincent, and Holocaust survivor Walter Kase. 7-8:30pm. UT campus, San Jacinto Hall. Free. www.thewhiterosesociety.org.


THURSDAY, APRIL 19

THE FRAGILE SUPERPOWER: CHINA IN THE 21ST CENTURY UT Department of Government presents this talk from Susan Shirk, director of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Coop-eration. 3:30-5pm. UT campus, Batts Hall, Room 5.108. Free. www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/spring2007/shirk.php.

THE MEDIA & ISRAEL: FINDING COMMON GROUND Gary Kenzer, executive director for the U.S. arm of the British organization Honest Reporting, discusses the media's impact on public policy toward Israel. JCAA Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart. www.shalomaustin.org/heritage.


ONGOING

FREE TAX PREPARATION THROUGH COMMUNITY TAX CENTERS Most families who made less than $50,000 last year (and individuals who made less than $25,000) qualify for free tax help, available in English and Spanish. See www.communitytaxcenters.org for locations and hours.

QUEER TEXAS CONFERENCE Join students, Gender Outlaw/keynote speaker Kate Bornstein, and other luminous guest-speaker types for a three-day conference. Friday-Sunday, April 13-15. LBJ School and Thompson Conference Center, UT campus. $25 registration. www.queertx.org/qtc.

APATHY OR ACTION: THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS combines films, panels, and special guest lectures for a three-day awareness-raising symposium about human rights, diversity, and genocide. (See Special Screenings.) Monday-Wednesday, April 16-18. UT campus, 476-0125. www.thewhiterosesociety.org/symposium.

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