This week's civic duties: Aug. 21-28
BLACK AUSTIN DEMOCRATS MEETING 6pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 902-5057. www.blackaustindemocrats.net.
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.
CONSUMING CULTURE A theatrical, multimedia introduction to the global food crisis; bring a potluck dish for admission. 8pm. The Lap, 2823 Manor Rd. email@example.com.
LATINOS FOR TEXAS MEETING 6pm. TCDP Coordinated Campaign Headquarters, 1107 N. I-35. www.latinosfortexas.com.
RESPONSIBLE GROWTH FOR NORTHCROSS: TOWN HALL MEETING Learn about the new site plan for the Northcross Mall property. (See "Wal-Mart Puts Smiley Faces on Neighbors," News, June 27, for more.) 7pm. Wozniak Hall, 7601 Burnet Rd. www.rg4n.org.
CANDLES FOR TIBET An evening vigil in protest of the injustices against Tibet. (For more on one local activist's activities on behalf of Tibet, see "Austin Activist Deported From China.") 9pm. Auditorium Shores. www.candle4tibet.org.
BEYOND THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX UT's Joy James discusses the new abolitionists as part of the ongoing Beyond the Bars speaker series. 8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free.
PUBLIC FORUM: HELP PICK THE NEW PARKS & REC DIRECTOR The field of candidates has been narrowed down to three, and now you must help PARD choose which of them is best qualified to take care of Austin's 206 parks, 172 athletic fields, three lakes, and more than 117 miles of hiking and bicycle trails. 2-4:45pm and 5:30-8:15pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., 974-7988.
COLORADO RIVER PARTNERSHIP MEETING Open to anyone interested in the care of the Bastrop and Travis Co. river corridor. 10am-noon. Center for Environmental Research, 2210 FM 973 S., 972-1960. www.cityofaustin.org/water/cer2.htm.
LBJ CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY Celebrate LBJ's big 100 with birthday cake, ice cream, and the grand opening of new exhibit "To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s." 6-8pm. LBJ Library & Museum, 2313 Red River, 721-0216. Free. www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.
MICRO-ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE WORKSHOP Join Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Net Impact Austin for a brainstorming session on creating a local business venture to keep Austin's homeless employed. 6-8:30pm. FUMC Family Life Center, Lavaca & 13th. $5 suggested donation.
TEXAS GREEN NETWORK MEETING 4-7pm. Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Rd. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Thoughts On ...
... TRANSPORTATION The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on the CAMPO 2035 Plan, which will set priorities for development and transportation funding in Austin. Speak now, because CAMPO wants your input. Fill out the survey (in English or Spanish) at www.surveymonkey.com/transportationneedssurvey.
... LAW ENFORCEMENT Got ideas for how to improve law enforcement in your neighborhood? Sure you do! And the Travis Co. Sheriff's Office wants to hear about it! So fill out the Citizen Survey at www.tcsheriff.org, or call 854-7786 to request a survey via mail. Through Sept. 15.
... GROUNDWATER STEWARDSHIP We all know the Edwards Aquifer needs a lot of TLC but so do those who provide it, which is why the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District wants to give stewardship awards to those who have gone the extra mile to take tender loving care of Central Texas' groundwater. If someone you know deserves recognition for their water-loving ways, be sure to submit your nomination at www.bseacd.org. (For more on water conservation, see "Before the Well Runs Dry.") Through Sept. 30. 282-8441.
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY Learn what it's like to work for APD. Applications are being accepted for the next 12-week session: Tuesdays, Sept. 30-Dec. 9, 5:30-9:30pm. www.cityofaustin.org/police.
REGISTER VOTERS 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 Headquarters, I-35 & East 11th. email@example.com, www.traviscountydemocrats.org.