June 7-14

For more events this week, see Community Listings.


THE STAKES ARE HIGH CASINO NIGHT features casino games, an auction, and a karaoke contest, with proceeds benefiting Responsible Growth for Northcross. 6:30-9:30pm. Common Interest, 8440 Burnet, 453-2995. www.rg4n.org.


FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR The Alliance for Economic Inclusion sponsors this fair providing info on local community organizations and banking services, plus entertainment, food, and prizes. 1-4pm. Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina. Free. www.foundcom.org.

WALK FOR CHANGE Supporters of presidential candidate Barack Obama will be going door-to-door talking about his campaign. Call 466-6939 or sign up online to participate. Check-in, 10am; canvass, 11am. Hoover's Cooking, 2002 Manor. www.barackobama.com.

WITNESS & ACTION: FAITH COMMUNITIES RESPOND TO THE DEATH PENALTY IN TEXAS Learn how to get involved in anti-death-penalty work at this workshop. 8:30am-12:30pm. St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, 126 W. Oltorf, 442-3602 x134. Free. smcguire@st-ignatius.org.

PRIDE FESTIVAL Join a proud community for a day in the park, food, arts, and the music of Gretchen Phillips and Patrice Pike. Noon-8pm. Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th. $10. www.equalitytexas.org, www.pridetexas.org.


BOOK GROUP discusses Michael Albert's Moving Forward: Program for a Participatory Economy. 2pm. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina, 974-1010. Free. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.

EDIBLE AUSTIN FARMERS FAIR Central Texas foodies, farmers, and chefs celebrate fresh, local food, with music from La Strada. Texas icon Jim Hightower and Home Sweet Farm's Brad Stufflebeam speak. 5-8pm. Whole Foods Market. $10 donation (under 12 free). www.tofga.org.

MAYOR WILL WYNN ON CLIMATE CHANGE The mayor trained with Al Gore last January to present the Inconvenient Truth slide show; join him today at one of two presentations based on what he learned. The Chronicle will be on-hand with information about the Kill-a-Watt Challenge. Sign up for the challenge there, and get two free passes to the Alamo (bring your Austin Energy account number). 4 & 7pm. Alamo Downtown, 409-B Colorado, 476-1320. $5 (food/drink included). austinchronicle.com/watt.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM SERIES: THE CHALLENGES OF POPULATION GROWTH Jay Forrest discusses the problems that Austin faces due to population growth and makes a case for shifting efforts toward addressing the causes rather than the symptoms. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free.


LONESTAR MENSA MONTHLY OPEN MEETING presents a talk on Texas concealed-handgun law, by Ross Brandsford, who teaches a course on getting a license. 7-8:45pm. North Village Library, 2139 W. Anderson, 836-5773. Free. www.lsm.us.mensa.org.


SHIELDS & SOURCES: MEDIA & THE LAW Hot Talk: Summer in the City speaker series begins with a panel featuring Statesman Editor Rich Oppel, UT prof Dave Anderson, and former Time Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine. Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith moderates. 7pm. Dell Community Center, 7300 Hart. Free. www.shalomaustin.org/speakerseries.

THE ROLE OF BUILDINGS & CLIMATE CHANGE Mayor Will Wynn heads up this open dialogue about the challenges posed by climate change and the Austin Climate Protection Plan's potential to set the standard for U.S. cities addressing those challenges. 4:30-7pm. Frank Erwin Center, Lonestar Room, 1701 Red River. Free.


FOCUS GROUP FOR NONPROFITS NPower Texas, a nonprofit helping others to use technology to meet goals, hosts this meeting to find out what kinds of technology services nonprofits most need. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=719763815097. 1:30-3pm. Greenlights, 1301 W. 25th #400, 477-5955. www.nonprofitaustin.org.

POPULATION CONNECTION National grassroots organization works at stabilizing population and preserving the planet's resources. 7-8pm. Austin Java, 1206 Parkway, 476-1829. Free. www.populationconnection.org.

FLAG DAY CELEBRATION Learn some flag history and trivia to celebrate the flag's 300th birthday, and listen to stories from war veterans. 10am-noon. Free. War veterans sign copies of Freedom Ain't Free, a book that compiles the stories of more than 200 Central Texas veterans. 2:30pm. $18 for the book. Allen R. Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad, Building 2, Round Rock, 512/218-5499. www.bacacenter.com.


COMMUNITY MEETINGS WITH POLICE CHIEF CANDIDATES Meet the finalists for police chief at this week's three community meetings, where your feedback will be sought for consideration in the final recommendation (see "How Not to Pick a Police Chief," p.32, for more). Monday, June 11, 6pm; Tuesday, June 12, 8:30am & noon. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 974-2220.

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