YOU BELONG EAST A free reception Thursday, Oct. 11 (5-7pm at PeopleFund offices, 207 Chalmers), will showcase East Austin entrepreneurs and clients. Expect to see underwriter Washington Mutual; sponsors include Texas Capital Bank, Perficient, Constructive Ventures, Graves Dougherty, Catellus Development, Wells Fargo, Chase, Applied Materials, and others. www.peoplefund.org/events/2007/OpenHouse.php.
ANTONIA JUHASZ is in town to talk about her book, The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar. Free.
ARCHITECTURE @ THE UMLAUF SPEAKER SERIES presents a discussion on responsible architecture, led by Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera. Call or e-mail to RSVP. 7pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee, 472-3336. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: IMMIGRANTS & JUVENILES Law-enforcement officials, medical providers, and concerned citizens are welcome at this annual Community and Professional Education Conference on Family Violence. 9am-4pm. Fountains Reception Hall, 10450 Hwy. 183 S., Lockhart, 512/396-3404 x246. $20. www.hcwc.org/calendar.htm.
LAURIE B. GREEN The UT assistant professor of history and author of Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle speaks at this booksigning. 7:30pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925.
TAXPAYER SEMINAR FOR BUSINESS OWNERS offered by the Texas Office of the Comptroller. 6-8pm. William B. Travis Building, 1701 Congress, room 1.100, 463-4865. Free. www.window.state.tx.us.
ALMETRIS DUREN RESIDENCE HALL DEDICATION A celebration of UT's newest dorm, named after UT civil rights visionary Almetris Duren, features performances from the Duren-founded Innervisions Gospel Choir and the Huston-Tillotson Concert Choir. 3-5pm. Almetris Duren Hall courtyard, Guadalupe & 27th. Free. www.utexas.edu/gtw/duren.
DENNIS ROSS The Middle East peace negotiator speaks today about his new book, Statecraft, as a preview to the upcoming (Nov. 3) Austin Jewish Book Fair. 7:30am. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 795-9937 x10. $18, includes breakfast. www.shalomaustin.org/bookfair.
DÍA DE LA RAZA CELEBRATION An evening of dance and light refreshments to honor Raza Award-winners Latinas Unidas por el Arte, Economic Development Administration Director Pedro Garza, artist Tomás Salas, and philanthropist Roberto Martinez. A silent auction benefits the Mexican American Cultural Center. 7-10pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 478-6222. Free. www.ci.austin.tx.us.
IRAQI REFUGEE WOMEN IN JORDAN Austin photographer Peggy Kelsey shares her newest work. 7:30pm. Ventana del Soul, 1834 E. Oltorf, 707-7447. www.kelseys.net.
EAST AUSTIN ECONOMIC SUMMIT Anyone concerned about issues important to East Austin – or cashing in on its real estate boom – will want to show up at the East Austin Economic Summit this Saturday at Austin Community College's Eastview Campus. The fifth annual event sponsored by nonprofit PeopleFund, the summit promotes positive and equitable growth for East Austin by bringing the players together – sponsoring corporations, small-business people, community leaders, developers, new and longtime residents, and elected policy-makers. Catch the East Austin Economic Outlook at 9:30am. Then 10 breakout sessions will address topics like arts and culture, neighborhood affordability, small-business opportunities, and current development projects. After lunch is the keynote address by 2007 Austinite Under 40 winner and entrepreneur Corey Bell; emcee is Dr. Tyra Duncan-Hall. Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30am-2:30pm at ACC's Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville. Tickets are $25 (includes breakfast and lunch). For summit tickets and info, visit www.peoplefund.org/events/event.php?index=2.
GREEN CITY FESTIVAL Learn about the environmental programs of 12 different city departments, join in hands-on activities, and meet with more than 30 nonprofits. See Get Your Green On at Saturday Fest. 10am-4pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. Free. www.greencityfest.org.
ROBERT DRAPER signs copies of his Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. 3pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. Free. www.bookpeople.com.
ADOPTING THE NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER MODEL is the latest discussion in the Public Affairs Forums series. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free.
CENTRAL WEST AUSTIN COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN WORKSHOP Provide feedback about the future development of Tarrytown, Deep Eddy, Bryker Woods, or Pemberton Heights, and hear from experts on other neighborhood issues and infrastructure. 6:45-9pm. Austin State School, 2203 W. 35th, 374-6048. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/central_west_austin.htm.
PUBLIC FORUM: ACHIEVEMENT GAPS IN EDUCATION The E3 Alliance is hosting a series of moderated discussions on improving education in the Austin area, culminating in a regional forum on Nov. 15. Thursdays, Oct. 18-Nov. 1, 6-8:30pm. Reagan High School,7104 Berkman. www.e3alliance.org/events.html.
TOWN MEETINGS HOSTED BY REP. DONNA HOWARD Come and go as you please at these informal meetings addressing issues concerning residents of House District 48. Sat., Oct. 13, 10am-noon, Travis Co. Northwest Rural Community Center, 18649 FM 1431. Thu., Oct. 18, 6-8pm, Howson Library, 2500 Exposition. Free.