DAHR JAMAIL The author of Beyond the Green Zone discusses his experiences working as an independent journalist in occupied Iraq. 7pm. UT campus, Geology building, Room 2.324. Free. www.beyondthegreenzone.org.
CENTRAL TEXAS ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER PROGRAM Gas-powered mowers are responsible for up to 10% of the total air pollution in urban areas. Luckily, this weekend you can get a hefty rebate on your old gas-guzzler when you buy a new electric mower. Call 389-2250 by noon on Friday to reserve your mower, and pick it up Saturday, 8:30am-2pm. Home Depot, 3600 S. I-35. www.cmpbs.org/electriclawnmower.
MLK COMMEMORATION Austin commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. with a procession, music, and more. 5-8pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 974-3581. Free. www.myec.net.
VISION OF MLK JR. Speakers, bands, and poets celebrate the civil rights leader on the anniversary of his assassination. 7pm. University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio, 799-5117. Free. www.austinpeacecenter.org.
IRAQ AFTER FIVE YEARS A talk from Charlie Jackson, founder of Texans for Peace and the Women's Business Center of Baghdad. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR TIBETAN FREEDOM Light a candle in an effort to raise awareness about the situation in Tibet. 7-9pm. Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca.
CAMPAIGN TO END THE DEATH PENALTY brings this speaking tour featuring mothers of Texas death row inmates including Sandra Reed, mother of Rodney Reed. 7pm. UT campus, Texas Union, Room 4.206. Free. www.myspace.com/cedpaustin.
GREEN BUILDING FORUM CleanTX schools Austin about the future of green building and what local resources are available. 5pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. $30 ($20 advance). www.cleantx.org.
CNU XVI: NEW URBANISM & THE BOOMING METROPOLIS Congress for the New Urbanism convenes its annual conference in Austin this year, bringing to town five days of salon-style gatherings, tours, debates, and workshops on everything from architecture to sustainability to transportation. See last week's issue for more info. April 3-6. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez. $20-915. www.cnu.org/cnuxvi.
ENVISION CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL GROWTH MEETINGS ECT is preparing a Vision Progress Assessment and wants input on regional land use, housing, transportation, and environmental issues. This week: Mon., April 7, 6:30-8pm: ACC Eastview, 3401 Webberville. Wed., April 9, 6:30-8pm: Sunset Valley Municipal Building, 3205 Jones. 916-6012. www.envisioncentraltexas.org.