Aug. 30-Sept. 6
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
DAN GRANT The Congressional District 10 candidate will speak at an advance screening of new Iraq war documentary No End in Sight. 7pm. Alamo South, 1120 S. Lamar, 476-1320. $8.25 ($6.25, students/seniors). www.dangrantforcongress.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
LABOR DAY FISH FRY The Austin AFL-CIO sponsors this annual get-together. All are welcome. 5:30-8:30pm. AFL-CIO Hall, 1106 Lavaca, 477-6195. $7.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
PROJECT BEAT: BRIDGING, ENRICHING, ADVANCING TOGETHER Join this monthly roundtable discussion encouraging community dialogue about race. First Saturdays, 9-11:30am. St. James' Episcopal Church, 3701 E. MLK, 926-6339.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
MICHAEL MURPHY: RELIGION & LABOR NETWORK OF AUSTIN Join RLNA Co-Chair Michael Murphy for a talk about the organization's work to promote worker-justice campaigns in Austin. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
DEPUTY REGISTRAR WORKSHOP Join one of two volunteer deputy registrar training sessions today (2pm and 6pm), and learn how to register Travis Co. citizens to vote. Call to reserve a spot. Office of the Voter Registrar, Travis Co. Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 854-9473. Free.
SIERRA CLUB MEETING features a talk from Annick Beaudet (manager of Austin's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program) and Preston Tyree (of the Austin Cycling Association). 7pm. LCRA Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd., 444-1326. Free. www.texas.sierraclub.org/austin.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
KINKY FRIEDMAN makes another public appearance to promote his new line of cigars. Sales benefit the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. Friedman will mingle and sign cigar boxes while Radney Foster sings. 6-8pm. Hill's Cafe, 4700 S. Congress. Free. www.hillscafe.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
EXECUTION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Join Ruth Massingill, co-author of Prison City: Life With the Death Penalty in Huntsville, Texas, for a discussion on capital punishment. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar. Free.
TEXAS BIODIESEL CONFERENCE & EXPO features two days of presentations on the latest regulatory, agricultural, and technical developments in the biodiesel industry. Among the keynote speakers are U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Denton Mayor Perry McNeill. Sept. 5-6. Wednesday, 1-8:30pm; Thursday, 7:30am-5:30pm. Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum. $500 ($175, students/government employees). www.biodieselevents.com.
5-7-5 HAIKU GRANT PROGRAM Software company Community TechKnowledge will award $11,000 in grants to Austin nonprofits that best express in haiku form the "heart" of their community services. The money will be split among four nonprofits. Details online. Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 6. www.communitytech.net/haiku/404.
BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: JOHNSON AS MAJORITY LEADER The LBJ Museum's newest exhibit highlights some of the most interesting aspects of Lyndon Johnson's career and personality. Daily, 9am-5pm, through May 2008. LBJ Library & Museum, 2313 Red River, 721-0216. Free. www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.
CESAR CHAVEZ STATUE COMMITTEE is seeking volunteers to help out with the upcoming unveiling, set for Oct. 9. See www.cesarchavezstatue.org for details.
POLITICAL ASYLUM PROJECT OF AUSTIN seeks bilingual English/Spanish volunteers to help during a fall series of Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status clinics. Call for details. Through Oct. 13. Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays. 478-0546 x214. www.main.org/papa.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND CLOSINGS Austin public libraries: closed Saturday-Monday, Sept. 1-3. City administrative offices, cultural-arts facilities, museums, recreation and senior activity centers, and art schools: Monday, Sept. 3. Remaining open: most city pools, Austin Nature and Science Center (9am-5pm), and garbage and recycling schedules. www.ci.austin.tx.us/news/2007/labor_day_2007.htm.