Your good citizen guide for Nov. 13-20
LYNDON JOHNSON & THE DAWN OF THE POST-COLD WAR ERA This two-day foreign policy symposium features scholars from all over the country. Thu., 9am-3:45pm; Fri., 9am-12:30pm. 721-0200. For details, see www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.
VETERAN CAREER FAIR features local, regional, and national employers looking to hire veterans, reservists, and family members. 11am-3pm. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 471-7744.
AUSTIN CARSHARE BIRTHDAY PARTY Austin CarShare is a great solution for anyone who doesn't have a car – and who likes innovative solutions to economic and environmental challenges. So help celebrate birthday No. 2, and drop 'em a little dough while you're at it. 5:30-8pm. Design Within Reach, 200 W. Second. $10-100. www.austincarshare.org.
GRAND JURY RESISTANCE GALA is raising money for local activists subpoenaed for their protests of the Republican National Convention. Wear formal attire. Advance tickets at Treasure City Thrift (1720 E. 12th) and MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop). 7pm. Whalefall Studios, 2511 E. Sixth. $15-100 sliding scale.
LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: EXPLORING THE DEPTHS OF OUR ROOTS features panels and workshops for Latino students. (Plus tonight's concert featuring Green Party vice presidential candidate and hip-hop activist Rosa Clemente: 10:30pm, Rhizome Collective, 300 Allen.) Fri.-Sat., Nov. 14-15. UT campus. $30. www.utlatinos.com/lls.
LEGAL CLINIC FOR VETERANS & SERVICE MEMBERS 10am-2pm. Travis Co. Veterans' Services Office, 100 N. I-35 #2400, 854-9340. Free.
MARCH AGAINST COAL starts at the Capitol and ends at Bank of America, to protest its funding of coal. 11am. 366-3264. www.dirtymoney.org.
OPERATION CALL HOME Lamb's Goodyears around town are accepting phone-card donations for soldiers deployed in Iraq. See www.590klbj.com.
TEXAS TWO-STEP HEARING Remember that confusing dual primary/caucus thing last spring? Now's your chance to get rid of it – or confess your undying love for it. (See "Taking on the Texas Two-Step.") 10am. AFL-CIO Building, 1106 Lavaca. www.txdemocrats.org.
HRC VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION Learn about the Human Rights Campaign's agenda and how you can help. Noon. Carver Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 415-7533, 661-9515. www.hrcaustin.org.
STAND DOWN kicks off National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with a festival featuring legal advice, health care, employment services, a clothing closet, and hair cuts for homeless veterans and others making the transition out of shelters. 9am-3pm. A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. Third, 414-0326. www.austinecho.org.
PROP. 8 PROTEST Join in this nationwide protest to help fight the anti-gay ballot measures in Florida, California, Arizona, and Arkansas (for more, see "Gay Gut Punch"), 12:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.jointheimpact.com.
HOMELESS MEMORIAL SUNRISE Join House the Homeless in honoring those who have died on Austin's streets over the last year. Council Member Sheryl Cole will deliver the keynote address. Auditorium Shores (South First at Lady Bird Lake) at the Tree of Remembrance, 75 yards east of the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, 796-4366.
CRITICAL CONDITION: CENTRAL TEXAS Learn about the state of health care in the region and how it can be more accessible to those in need. Featured panelists include Anne Dunkelberg of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Travis Co. Healthcare District President Trish Young, and Hospice Austin Executive Director David Zuniga. 7:30-9pm. KLRU-TV, 2504-B Whitis. email@example.com, www.klru.org/criticalcondition.
WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Hear from the Chronicle News department's own Lee Nichols on the media and the Chronicle's history in the local journalism scene. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Free.
AMERICAN GATEWAYS LAUNCH PARTY Join Mayor Will Wynn in reintroducing the People's Asylum Project of Austin as American Gateways. New name, same great services to the immigrant community. 6-9pm. Speakeasy, 412-D Congress. $25 ($50, VIP). www.main.org/papa/ag.html.
ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY works to improve underfunded communities by promoting good design and organizing volunteers from the architecture community. Learn, and join in. 7pm. Cedar Door, 201 Brazos. Free. www.afhaustin.org.
EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR MASTER PLAN The city presents a preliminary concept plan this evening; your feedback is welcome. 6pm. Baty Elementary, 2101 Faro. www.eastriversidecorridor.com.
HIGH NOON TALKS LBJ Library and Museum Director Emeritus Harry Middleton shares stories of LBJ, the cowboy president. Noon-1pm. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress. Free with museum admission. www.thestoryoftexas.com.
ALTERNATIVE AUSTIN ENERGY Austin will be deriving 30% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020 – but how much will be wind vs. solar vs. biomass vs. nuclear? You can help decide at tonight's public forum. 6:30pm. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury. www.cityofaustin.org.
MICHELE NORRIS The NPR co-host of All Things Considered presents Listening to America in an Election Year: Did the Press Get It Right? 7pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, UT campus, 1900 University Ave. Free.
HOUSING MARKET STUDY SURVEY Help the Neighborhood Housing and Community Develop ment Office figure out what Austin's housing needs are; take a few minutes to fill out the city's online survey: www.cityofaustinhousingsurvey.com.