Your civic agenda, Sept. 18-25
BLACK AUSTIN DEMOCRATS MEETING 6pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 902-5057. www.blackaustindemocrats.net.
CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES STATE CONFERENCE (See "Naked City" for more.) Thu.-Fri., Sept. 18-19, 8am-4pm. DoubleTree Hotel, 6505 N. I-35. $100 for both days; $25 session: Impact of Climate Change on Low-Income Communities. www.cppp.org.
COMMUNITY FORUM: DIGITAL TV TRANSITION 6:30pm. Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola, 974-2999. Free. www.dtv2009.gov.
INEQUALITY: GLOBAL ECONOMY & LOCAL REALITIES A talk from P. Sainath, editor of The Hindu newspaper and author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought. 7pm. Thompson Conference Center, 26th & Red River. Free.
YELLER DAWG Join South Austin Dems for their annual award dinner. 5:30pm. AFL-CIO Hall, 1106 Lavaca, 779-2652. $10. www.southaustindems.org.
PARK(ING) DAY Create your very own park for a day! All you need are a few quarters (to pay for the parking meter of your choice), some turf, a bench or two, and maybe a tree for some shade. For inspiration from past PARK(ing) Days in San Francisco and other cities, see www.parkingday.org, where you'll find your manual (seen here), plus the instructions you need to create your ideal city park.
REAL COMMUNITY IS REAL ART features two days of workshops, panels, and documentary screenings on how the arts affect housing, education, and community-building (see "Artists as Developers," Arts, for more). Fri.-Sat., Sept. 19-20. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 Red River. (Movies screen at Kenny Dorham's Backyard, 1106 E. 11th.) $10-50. email@example.com.
SUPPORT THE CLIMATE RIDE Jake Stewart, manager of Austin's Climate Protection Plan, will be among the 120 cyclists leaving New York City today en route to Washington, D.C., where they'll demand meaningful legislation on renewable energy resources and global warming. You can help fund their efforts by pledging a few dollars at www.climateride2008.kintera.org/jakesride.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH FIESTA 12:30-3pm. Southeast Austin Community Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing. www.cityofaustin.org/library.
MILLION DOORS FOR PEACE Join thousands of volunteers going door to door today to talk about the Iraq war. Sign up at www.milliondoorsforpeace.org.
NORML'S SIXTH STREET SMOKEOUT Music and spoken word in the name of legalizing marijuana. 5pm-2am. Momo's, 618 W. Sixth, 585-3846. $10 ($5, members). www.texasnorml.org.
POLITICAL ACTION ART AUCTION Help Stop Domain Subsidies pass Proposition 2 this fall. 5-9pm. Austin Art Garage, 2200 S. Lamar, 383-8484. $10. RSVP at www.stopdomainsubsidies.com.
OBAMA MAMA FAMILY PICNIC Join Council Member Laura Morrison, County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt, and other cool ladies to celebrate the joy of this campaign season – and get your Obama shirts, stickers, and miscellany. 4-6pm. Pease Park. www.austinobamamamas.wikispaces.com.
WALK FOR PEACE Join the Texas Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and others for a silent walk to celebrate International Peace Day. 4:30pm. Texas Capitol. www.thepeacealliance.org.
TENTS OF HOPE/INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER An evening of pampering and shopping to benefit Darfur refugees. 8pm. Belmont, 305 W. Sixth. $10. www.tentsofhope.org.
ROBERT BARNSTONE MEMORIAL CELEBRATION See p.24. 5:30-7:30pm. Güero's Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress.
TOWN HALL MEETING: URBAN RAIL The city has been compiling public input on the light-rail proposal that would connect the airport, the Riverside Corridor, the Central Business District, the Capitol, and the UT/Mueller/Manor Road areas. Tonight, they present their findings and listen to what you have to say about them. 6-8pm. Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Rd. www.cityofaustin.org/downtown/dap_urban_rail.htm.
CONGRESS FOR NEW URBANISM MEETING: GREEN WATER TREATMENT PLANT See "Naked City"for more. 5:30pm happy hour; 6:30pm discussion. Sullivan's Steakhouse, 300 Colorado. $10. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARTH SUMMIT AT UT Two-day event features a Green Living Resource Fair (West Mall, 10am-2pm), a Trash to Treasure recycled-clothing sale (Flawn Academic Center, 10am-3pm), and a lecture from Sinclair Black on Light Rail at UT (Thursday, 7pm; Flawn Academic Center, Rm. 21, 232-7840). Wed.-Thu., Sept. 24-25. www.utenvironment.org.
AUSTIN SEMINARY PRESIDENT'S COLLOQUIUM features a talk from the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. 2pm. Shelton Chapel, 100 E. 27th, 404-4800. Free. www.austinseminary.edu.
IMMIGRATION REFORM EFFORT PUBLIC FORUM (See "Officials' Silence Speaks Loudly at Hutto Forum.") 7pm. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth, Georgetown, 512/930-3551.
FIGHT TO THE (POLITICAL) DEATH A liberal vs. conservative grudge match to answer questions important to young voters. 7pm. Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway. Free. www.utexas.edu/ugs/uls.
HELP FIND AISD'S NEW SUPERINTENDENT AISD hosts 12 public forums this week. See "Let the Super Search Begin," p.18, for details. Tue.-Thu., Sept. 23-25. www.austinisd.org.
RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNDUP Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-28. Downtown Fredericksburg. $10-20. www.theroundup.org.