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Go, go, good citizen, go: Oct. 30-Nov. 6

Thursday30

ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION is recognizing UT this week for its exemplary environmental stewardship toward campus-area trees. Join in the celebration this afternoon, and plant a few trees while you're at it. 1:30pm. Red River & MLK, 1009 E. 11th.

WORKSHOP ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MonkeyWrench Books and UT's Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement present this discussion of "confronting interpersonal abuse in social justice communities." 7pm. TICE Community Space, 1009 E. 11th.


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Friday31

HISPANIC HERITAGE LUNCHEON features a keynote address from U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral (pictured). 11:30am. Stephen F. Austin Hotel, 701 Congress. www.hispanicbaraustin.com.

EARLY VOTING ENDS See p.8 for Chronicle endorsements and voting information, or visit austinchronicle.com/elections.


Saturday01

MONTOPOLIS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOC­IA­TION MEETING Noon-2pm. Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove, 386-7695. www.montopolis-neighborhood.org.

PARTING PARTY FOR NORTH VILLAGE LIBRARY Say goodbye as North Village prepares to move to its new location. 10am-2pm. North Village Branch, 2139 W. Ander­son, 458-2239. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/library.


Sunday02

JEREMY SCAHILL The Democracy Now! correspondent, award-winning journalist, and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is in town to discuss the privatization of war. 6:30pm. UT campus, Flawn Academic Center, Rm. 21. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM D'Ann Johnson of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid discusses the representation of women of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (For more on the FLDS, see "More FLDS Woes for CPS," p.30.) 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Free.


Monday03

FIRE CHIEF CANDIDATES MEET AND GREET The list of candidates for Austin Fire Department chief has been narrowed to four; now City Manager Marc Ott wants your input on which of the final four gets the job. 5:30-8:30pm. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, Meeting Rms. 1 & 2, 974-3206.

RED STATE BLUES: A CONCERT FOR CHANGE Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings headline this rousing musical tribute. (For more, see "Something to Sing About," p.27.) 7pm. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces. $25. www.gettix.net.


Tuesday04

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ELECTION DAY! We know you've voted already, so now it's time to glue yourself to the play-by-play blogs at austinchronicle.com/election (where you can also find voting info, endorsements, and more). www.traviscountyelections.org.

ELECTION DAY PUPPET SHOW Kids don't get to vote today, so make it up to 'em with this special presentation of Duck for President. 10:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050.

FREE E-DAY BUS RIDES! Need a ride to the polls? Capital Metro has you covered today with free rides on all routes. 474-1200. www.capmetro.org.

GENERAL ELECTION VOTER HOTLINENotice anything weird at the polls this election season? Disinformation? Voter intimidation? Phony voters clogging up the line? Call the Texas ACLU voter hotline: 877/523-2792.


Wednesday05

SIERRA CLUB MEETING Peter Pfeiffer of Bar­ley and Pfeiffer Architects discusses the latest in green-building practices. 7pm. Texas State Teachers Association, 316 W. 12th, 877/275-8782. Free. www.tsta.org.


Thursday06

ALTERNATIVE AUSTIN ENERGY Austin will be deriving 30% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020 – but from which ones? That's for you to help decide tonight, at one of the public forums planned for the next few weeks. 6:30pm. University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Lane.

GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT TOWN HALL Southwest Travis Co. citizens concerned about the future of their water should attend this discussion on how to best protect this valuable area. 6-8pm. Bee Creek United Methodist Church, 3000 Bee Creek Rd., Spicewood.

VIOLENCE IN QUEER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR Join Jesus Ortega for a close look at violence within LGBT communities and a discussion of what people can do to address it. 7pm. TICE Community Space, 1009 E. 11th.


Ongoing

BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL provides city staff with info about biking issues in Aus­tin. Wanna join? They're looking for two new alternate members; applications are due Wed., Nov. 19. For details, contact nadia.barrera@cityofaustin.org.

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION Texas Equity PAC and Buddy Seewald throw down this gauntlet: Seewald will match every contribution of $500 or more from new donors to the political action committee to elect pro-equality Texas legislators. Only five seats are needed to take back the Texas House! Equality Texas, PO Box 2340, Austin, 78768-2340, 474-5475. www.equalitytexas.org.

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