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Go, go, good citizen, go! Your civic agenda: Aug. 14-21.

Thursday 14

ENCHANTED FOREST BENEFIT Proceeds from this evening of music, belly dancing, tarot readings, and more will help the forest offset the costs of getting the property up to code. (For more on their city code wrangling, see "Enchanted Forest Not Out of the Woods," Aug. 8.) 8pm-1am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress. $15. www.austinenchantedforest.com.


Friday 15

HEALTH-CARE FUNDRAISER Wanna help Tex­as families get access to the health care they deserve? All you gotta do is join the Representation Alli­ance for an evening of festivities and tunes from Jimmy LaFave, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and others. 7pm. Stubb's, 801 Red River, 480-8341. $20 ($10, age 18 and under). www.representationalliance.org.

SALES-TAX HOLIDAY Save 8.25% on your back-to-school supplies and other goodies when you shop this weekend. (See "Naked City," for more.) Fri.-Sun., Aug. 15-17. www.window.state.tx.us.

STATE OF THE UNION BASE TOUR Iraq Vet­er­ans Against the War hosts this evening of rock and resistance against an unjust war. 8pm-2am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress. Free to GIs and veterans. www.rutamaya.net.


Jeff Wood
Jeff Wood

Saturday 16

DOC SCREENING: VOTE AMERICA! Hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. 2pm. Joe C. Thomp­son Center, UT campus, 26th & Red River. Free. www.tyla.org/voteamerica.

SAVE JEFF WOOD RALLY Jeff Wood is scheduled for execution this Thursday, Aug. 21, for the murder of Daniel Reneau – whom Wood did not kill and isn't even accused of killing. To learn more about this fascinating perversion of justice, see "Defense Lawyers Try to Halt Execution." Better yet, prevent it from happening: Sign the petition to stop his execution at www.savejeffwood.com, and join in the protest today at the Capitol. Noon. Texas Capitol.


Sunday 17

BOWLING FOR OBAMA Proceeds benefit Travis County Dem candidates. 2-6pm. Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover, 452-2518. www.myspace.com/bowlingforobama.

MUSIC MARCH FOR HEROES An evening of live music to benefit free counseling services for Iraq and Afghanistan war vets and their families. 5-9:30pm. Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside. $15. www.myspace.com/musicmarchforheroes.

REHABILITATION, NOT INCARCERATION! Gray Panthers of Austin host their annual forum today, this year featuring Judges Charlie Baird and Nancy Hohengarten and Push-Up Founda­tion Exec­utive Director Ben Ogbodiegwu. 1:30-4:30pm. AFL/CIO Hall, 1106 Lavaca. Free. www.graypanthers.org.


Monday 18

FARM & FOOD LEADERSHIP CONFER­ENCE Workshops and panels on genetically modified foods, the National Animal ID System, water rights, and more. Mon.-Tue., Aug. 18-19. Rubio's Event Center, 10712 FM 1625. $35-85. www.farmandranchfreedom.org.


Wednesday 20

THOMAS FRANK discusses The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule. (See "Thomas Frank's 21st Century Corruption Theory," for more.) Wed., Aug. 20, 7pm. BookPeo­ple, 603 N. Lamar.


Thursday 21

Bill Mollison
Bill Mollison

CAP METRO LUNCHEON: METRORAIL The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents a discussion on the future MetroRail. 11:30am. Marriott South, 4415 S. I-35. Free. www.gahcc.org.

PERMACULTURE GUILD hosts a screening of The Global Gardener: Permaculture Around the World, narrated by the father of permaculture, Bill Mollison. 7pm. Habitat Suites, 500 E. Highland Mall Blvd. Free. www.permie.us.

RG4N TOWN HALL Find out more about the new and improved (smaller) Wal-Mart site plan for the Northcross Mall property. 7pm. Wozniak Hall, 7601 Burnet Rd. www.rg4n.org.


Upcoming

ACTION FOR ANIMALS & RINGLING BROS. The circus is in town, and Action for Animals is showing up an hour before each show to educate passersby about elephant abuse. Aug. 20-24: Wed.-Fri., 6:30pm; Sat., 10:30am, 2:30, & 6:30pm; Sun., 12:30 & 4:30pm. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. www.actionforanimalsaustin.org/stopringling.

CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY Learn what it's like to work homicide, robbery, SWAT, and K9 in the APD, and ride along on a real patrol shift with an officer. Applications are being accepted for the next 12-week session: Tuesdays, Sept. 30-Dec. 9, 5:30-9:30pm. www.cityofaustin.org/police.

VOTER REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS Become a deputized voter registrar (it's easy), and help the Travis Co. Democratic Party get out the vote. Saturdays, 9am-1pm & noon-4pm. Wednes­days, 2-6pm or 6-9pm. Travis Co. Coordinated Campaign, I-35 & East 11th. keh303@gmail.com, www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

WILLIAMSON CO. COORDINATED CAM­PAIGN WORK DAY WilCo Dems need all the help they can get with phone banking, data entry, block walking, and more. Call 512/671-VOTE for details. Sat., Aug. 23, 10am-1pm. www.williamsoncountydemocrats.org.

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