Jan. 3-9

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ALTERNATIVE RADIO has Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore speaking on the U.S. Constitution. 2pm. KOOP Radio 91.7FM. www.koop.org.

LAST DAY: CITY OF AUSTIN SEEKS INPUT ON WEBSITE DESIGN With its sights set on "a new era of open government," the city of Austin is redesigning all of its websites and needs help. Take the Web-usage survey at www.austingo.org. Deadline: Fri., Jan. 4.


CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING Drop off trees at Zilker Park (follow signs to the polo fields) to be ground into mulch, which is given away this month. (Pay-as-You-Throw customers, place trees curbside on yard-trimming pickup days.) Sat.-Sun., Jan. 5-6, 10am-4pm. www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/christmastree.htm.


ETHICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTIN MEETING Paulette Delahoussaye discusses the Humanist Manifesto of 1933. 10am-12:30pm. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 458-8191. Free. www.esoa.org.


COUNTY, STATE, AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS – AND YOU Join the Texas State Employees Union for a discussion about the delegation selection process for the State Democratic Convention. 6-7:30pm. Texas State Employees Union Hall, 1700 S. First, 323-2199. www.cwa-tseu.org.


CHICAS VERDES The eco-minded Chicas Verdes' monthly meeting features special guest Effie Brunson of Rays of Hope, which helps provide solar-energy systems for low-income homeowners. First Tuesdays, 11:45am (January's meeting falls on the second Tuesday of the month). Mekong River, 215 E. Sixth, 236-8878.

SIERRA CLUB Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith, Sustainable Energy and Economical Development's Karen Hadden, and the Sierra Club's Cyrus Reed and Donna Hoffman speak on What's a Nuke-Free Texas? 7pm. LCRA Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. Free. www.texas.sierraclub.org/austin.


CHARTER REVISION COMMITTEE MEETING explores the feasibility of single-member districts. Feedback is welcome, and the city seeks input online at www.ci.austin.tx.us/charter. 5-7pm. Austin City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room, 301 W. Second, 974-7593. Free. [email protected].

METROPOLITAN BREAKFAST CLUB Army medic Alan Babin discusses the Urge to Serve. RSVP online. 7-8:30am. UT Club, Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium, sixth floor, 2108 E. Robert Dedman, 479-9460. $15-25. www.mbcaustin.org.


VALLEY LAND FUND WILDLIFE PHOTO CONTEST This annual competition rewards Texas' private landowners for good behavior by pairing them with photographers who will capture the natural beauty of their wildlife-friendly properties. Partici­pants are eligible to win $100,000 in prizes. See www.valleylandfund.com for details. Register through Feb. 29.

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