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Aug. 2-8


For more events this week, see Community Listings, p.68.

THURSDAY, AUG. 2

ARCHITECTURE AT THE UMLAUF LECTURE SERIES: GREEN BUILDING The Torchbearers host tonight's special talk from architect David Webber (This Old House). 7:30pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee, 445-5582. $5.www.umlaufsculpture.org.

OAXACA SOLIDARITY EVENT Learn about the conflict in Oaxaca, Mexico, between the government and citizens. Featuring the documentary Compromiso Cumplido. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

FRIDAY, AUG. 3

A NIGHT WITHOUT CRIME ON RUNDBERG LANE Join the Austin Police Department and the North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods for an evening of music, food, and crime-fighting as neighbors walk defiantly along Rundberg Lane in a symbolic gesture against the high crime plaguing the corridor. 7-10pm. Meet up next to Conoco, 310 E. Rundberg, 339-4164. Free. larryhardison@sbcglobal.net.

SATURDAY, AUG. 4

PROJECT BEAT: BRIDGING, ENRICHING, ADVANCING TOGETHER Join this monthly roundtable discussion encouraging community dialogue about race. 9-11:30am. St. James' Episcopal Church, 3701 E. MLK, 926-6339. www.stjamesaustin.org.

TUESDAY, AUG. 5

AUSTIN AREA INTERRELIGIOUS MINISTRIES DELEGATE ASSEMBLY Learn about the Austin Climate Protection Plan and upcoming charity walks, before breaking into groups to discuss race and interfaith relationships. Call or e-mail to RSVP. Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Knapp Auditorium, 606 Rathervue, 386-9145. aquraishi@aaimaustin.org, www.aaimaustin.org.

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST STATE REPRESSION IN OAXACA Bring signs and noisemakers to this peaceful rally in protest of the state police attacks on equally peaceful demonstrations in Oaxaca, Mexico. Noon. Mexican Consulate, 800 Brazos.

ROAD TO RECOVERY & RESILIENCY: DISASTER & CRISIS INTERVENTION WORKSHOP This all-day workshop invites case managers for Katrina survivors to learn about identifying and coping with grief and recovery. 9am-5pm. El Buen Samaratino, 7000 Woodhue, 382-8618. shawn.lemieux@unitedwaycapitalarea.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8

METROPOLITAN BREAKFAST CLUB Austin attorney Dicky Grigg gives a firsthand account of Guantanamo, based on his visit to a client. 7-8:30am. UT Club, Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium, sixth floor, 2108 E. Robert Dedman. $15 (members/first-time guests). www.mbcaustin.org.

THURSDAY, AUG. 9

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AT WORK Austin Independent School District's Beverly Reeves kicks off this new monthly speaker series, New Horizons, at AISD. 7pm. North Village Library, 2139 W. Anderson, 458-2239. Free.

NO NUKES Join Public Citizen, Sierra Club, and SEED for a screening of 1974's The China Syndrome and a presentation on the dangers of nuclear power and the situation in Texas. 8pm. Jo's Hot Coffee, 1300 S. Congress, 477-1155. Free. www.joscoffee.com.

U.S. SOCIAL FORUM REPORT Learn what the recent U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta accomplished by gathering community and grassroots groups and activists to discuss their experiences and develop strategies for making change. 7-9pm. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. First, 416-8885.

ONGOING

PUBLIC HEARINGS: CITY BUDGET PROPOSAL Comment on aspects of the city budget proposals for the fiscal year 2007-2008 at these hearings, which follow daytime presentations on the topics. Community Service Departments, Thursday, Aug. 9, 6pm. Public Safety Departments, Thursday, Aug. 23, 6pm. Infrastructure Departments, Monday, Aug. 30, 6pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. www.ci.austin.tx.us.

CRITICAL NEED FOR BLOOD DONORS With supply outpaced by demand this summer, the Blood and Tissue Center requests that people of all blood types give blood. Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 206-1266. www.inyourhands.org.

SKATE PARK? YES, PLEASE Join in the effort to build a skate park in Pflugerville. Show your support at the upcoming Aug. 14 City Council meeting (7:30pm), or e-mail for details on other ways to help. Pflugerville City Hall, 100 E. Main St. #500. wmpatmccord@aol.com.

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