April 26 - May 2

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


AUSTIN CLEANTECH FORUM: THE FUTURE OF BIOFUELS Learn about biofuel technologies, the bioenergy supply chain, U.S. policy, and biofuel's impact on Central Texas. Register online. 6-8pm. MCC Building, 3925 W. Braker. $20 ($15 advance). www.austintechnologycouncil.org.


ACLU'S CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION SERIES workshop, taught by attorney Rita Lucido: Reproductive Freedom: Helping Minors Obtain Judicial Bypasses. Call or e-mail to register. Noon-1:30pm. Carmelo's Italian Restaurant, 504 E. Fifth, 478-7300 x104. $30. kskotak@aclutx.org.


AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN & BOYS/WOMEN & GIRLS CONFERENCE Monthly gathering brings young and old together for workshops, discussions, and lectures on issues affecting African-Americans. 10am-2pm. Connally High School, 13212 N. Lamar. mrloftontalkshow@sbcglobal.net.

ALINA FERNANDEZ: POST-FIDEL CUBA The CNN commentator, writer, and daughter of Fidel Castro, is in town working on a book about Cuban exile Carlos Lavernia, the wrongly convicted "Barton Creek rapist." She's giving a talk on her father's recent public re-emergence and on Cuba's post-Fidel future. 5-6:30pm. Cuba Libre, 409 Colorado.

LAWN MOWER TRADE-IN DAY Trade in your gas-powered mower for a discounted electric one, and take a step toward lightening your carbon footprint. 8:30am-2:30pm. Home Depot, 3600 S. I-35. www.cmpbs.org/electriclawnmower.

SPELL IMPEACH DAY Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch for an afternoon of making signs that call for the impeachment of President Bush. Noon. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.


LAST SUNDAY Today's gathering, the last of the current series, will focus on economic justice. Speakers include the Rev. Jim Rigby, UT professor Robert Jensen, Cristina Tzintzún of the Workers Defense Project, and Louis Malfaro, president of both Education Austin and the Central Labor Council. Eliza Gilkyson performs. 6-8pm. Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto. Free. www.thirdcoastactivist.org/lastsunday.html.

LIVEABLE CITY Unitarian Universalist's speaker series presents Liveable City's Robin Rather, who will discuss how Austin's "livability" compares to that in other U.S. cities. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.liveablecity.org.

RALLY FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE Join Health Care for All Texans and Physicians for Social Responsibility in support of a single-payer system for universal health care. 4pm. Texas state Capitol. www.healthcareforalltexas.org.


ANNUAL HEMAN SWEATT SYMPOSIUM gathers legislators and educators to discuss this year's theme, the State of African-Americans in Texas. Don't miss the keynote speech from Olympic gold-medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Thursday-Friday, April 26-27. UT campus, and Texas state Capitol. Free (registration required for some activities). www.utexas.edu/events/hemansweatt.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CONFERENCE features four days of workshops and seminars addressing this year's theme, Diversity vs. Affirmative Action: Where Do They Meet? Keynote speakers include Louis Gossett Jr., former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, and Sen. Royce West. Through Saturday, April 28. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 477-1234. www.affirmativeaction.org/alerts.html.

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