Happenings

April 17-24

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Thursday 17

KILOWATT OURS Celebrate Earth Day early with a showing of Kilowatt Ours, a doc all about how easy saving energy can be. Music and discussion follow. 6-9pm. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress. $5 donation. www.rutamaya.net.

Friday 18

LOUIS GREGORY RACE UNITY SYMPOSIUM convenes for a day of workshops on Racial Harmony: From the Personal to the Global. Historian Richard Thomas delivers the keynote address. 12:30-5:30pm. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon. Free. www.austinbahai.org.

MARIJUANA LAW FOR MUSICIANS A workshop with attorney Charlie Roadman. 7-8:30pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River, 472-1113. Free. www.roadmanlaw.com, www.myspace.com/marijuanalaw.

WATER CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Register at www.texaswatermatters.org/state_water_conference_2008.htm. 8:30am-4pm. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse. $35.

Saturday 19

AMERICAN HEROES AIR SHOW Sat., April 19, 9am-4pm. Camp Mabry, 35th & MoPac. Free. www.heroes-airshow.com.

GROWING GREEN Learn xeriscaping from John Gleason. 10:30am. Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition, 974-7400. Free.

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND: STEPS FOR SUCCESS A day of hands-on instruction with college preparation and the application process. 8:30am-2pm. Akins High School, 10701 S. First. Free. www.hsf.net.

LIVING GREEN FESTIVAL An Earth Day celebration brought to you by the Austin Farmers' Market and Austin Green Art. 9am-6pm. Republic Square Park, Fourth & Guadalupe. Free. www.austinearthday.com.

YARD SALE FOR NOLA Help 30 area students raise funds for a community building trip to New Orleans. 7am-noon. United Christian Church, 3500 W. Parmer. church@uccaustin.org.

Sunday 20

RACISM DISCUSSION with Chip Smith, author of The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism. 6pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free.

CHRISTIAN VALUES IN POLITICAL PARTIES 2pm. University Christian Church, 2007 University Ave. Free. www.uccforums.org.

ECO HOME TOUR Tour green homes throughout Austin; see www.ecoseriesaustin.com for details. 1:30-6pm. 468-4772. Free.

Monday 21

PARKLAND DONATION CASE-STUDY How did Irvine, Calif., finagle a donation of 1,300 acres of land and $400 million for a park? And how can we do that in Austin? A talk from Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Larry Agran. 6pm. Huston-Tillotson University, Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium, 900 Chicon, 505-3125. Free.

Tuesday 22

DUMP THE PUMP Bring five plastic bags, and try public transportation the morning of Earth Day, and you can exchange them for a reusable i-Ride bag. See www.capmetro.org for a list of exchange sites. 5-8am.

FAITH BASED RESPONSE TO EARTH DAY Mayor Will Wynn talks up the Austin Climate Protection Plan, followed by a conversation on faith-based responses to environmental issues. 7pm. Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe, 476-6941. Free.

UT EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA 10am-3pm. UT campus. Free.

Thursday 24

TEXAS SOLAR FORUM Thu.-Fri., April 24-25. Capitol building. Free. www.texassolarforum.com.

UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION TASK FORCE The National Safety Council's Donald Moseman speaks on his agency's efforts to combat underage drinking. Thu., April 24, 10:30am-1pm. Howson Library, 2500 Exposition, 854-4229.

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