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Your do-good guide for Nov. 20-27

THURSDAY20

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BLACK DEMOCRATS MEETING 6pm. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th. www.blackaustindemocrats.net.

LIVE MUSIC MARCH Join the march to City Hall, and show your support for a thriving live music scene. See "Live Music Task Force (of Millions)" and "Music Deportment," Music, for more. 1pm. Antone's, 213 W. Fifth, 320-8424. www.saveaustinmusic.com.

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.

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE Join Transgender Education Network of Texas and more than two dozen local organizations in honoring those who lost their lives for simply being who they are. 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. www.transgenderdor.org.


FRIDAY21

PRAY FOR PEACE People of all faiths are welcome to put their spiritual vote in for peace. Bring a song or poem if you're so inclined. 12:15-12:45pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 304 E. Seventh, 472-1196. www.stdave.org.

SCHOOL OF ASSASSINS VIGIL Join the road trip to protest the School of the Americas (aka the School of Assassins) at Fort Benning, Ga. The bus leaves town today at 6pm and returns Monday, Nov. 24, at 7am. Help change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America with an estimated 20,000 like-minded protesters. $260-336. To sign up, call 626-6176 or visit www.soaw-austin.org.


SATURDAY22

AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN & BOYS CON­FERENCE 10am. Pearce Middle School, 6401 N. Hampton. Free. www.aambharvestfoundation.com.

AUSTIN UNCHAINED DAY Take a break from Wal-Marts and Targets, and spend your hard-earned dollars where they'll count the most – at Austin's homegrown businesses. (See "Austin Unchained.") www.ibuyaustin.com.

COMMUNITY GARDENS COALITION hosts a meeting open to anyone interested in helping Austin's community gardens thrive. 1:30-3:30pm. Alamo Recreation Center, 2100 Alamo St. RSVP: sari@sustainablefoodcenter.org.

NATIONAL FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY United Way Capital Area, Hands on Central Texas, and Success by Six all encourage volunteering as a family on this annual day of service. Register at www.handsoncentraltexas.org.

STAND UP FOR REAGAN Join Rep. Dawnna Dukes, the Reagan High School band, and others marching from the Capitol to the Texas Education Agency in support of projects to improve Reagan's academic performance and keep the school open. 2:30-4:30pm. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress.


SUNDAY23

EMPTY BOWL PROJECT Bring $15 for the Capital Area Food Bank, and get a bowl of soup prepared by one of 30 local restaurants. The bowls, donated by Central Texas potters, are yours to keep. 11am-3pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. www.austinfoodbank.org.

HEART OF TEXAS PEACE CORPS ASSOC­I­ATION hosts this monthly get-together for former and future Peace Corps volunteers, friends, family, and the Corps-curious. Noon. Hostelling Inter­na­tion­al, 2200 S. Lakeshore, 444-2294. Free. www.hotpca.org.


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MONDAY24

EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN TEXAS GOVERNMENT hosts a collection of panels, workshops, and keynotes to help you develop leadership and management skills while you network. 7am-5pm. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Lost Pines, 512/248-2044. $249 ($199, members). www.ewtg.org.

NASTARAN KHERAD shares In the House of My Bibi: Growing Up in Revolutionary Iran, her memoir of life in Ayatollah Khomeini's theocracy. 5:30pm. Follett's Intellectual Property, 2402 Guadalupe.


TUESDAY25

KHABELE FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY Check out the open house, and see how alternative schools make learning a life lesson. Noon-3:45pm. The Khabele School, 801 Rio Grande, 480-8142. Free. www.khabele.org.


THURSDAY27

OPERATION TURKEY aims to cook, package, and deliver food and clothing to 3,500 homeless Austinites today, and they need a lot of volunteers to make it happen. Register online at www.operationturkey.com. 9am-2pm. The Soup Peddler, 501 W. Mary, 373-7672; Bikini's Sports Bar & Grill, 6901 N. I-35, 454-2247.

THANKSGIVING AT THE LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM is open for the holiday, so stop by and check out the newest exhibit, "To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s." 9am-5pm. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, 2313 Red River. Free. www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.


ONGOING

APD VICTIM SERVICES UNIT needs Crisis Response Team volunteers to help respond to distress calls from people in crisis situations. Volun­teers should have some background in crisis intervention or counseling; training begins Fri., Jan. 16. Applications at www.cityofaustin.org/police.

CITIZENS AT LAST EXHIBITION uses archival photos, newspapers, cartoons, and cards to show the history of the women's suffrage movement in Texas. Through Feb. 15. Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th. Free. www.texascapitolvisitorscenter.com.

COMPUTER RECYCLING Get rid of that obsolete computer the green way. Dell and Goodwill have teamed up to offer free recycling services for any brand computer. Drop off the hardware at any Goodwill store. www.reconnectpartnership.com.

HOUSING MARKET STUDY SURVEY Help the Neighborhood Housing and Community Devel­opment Office figure out what Austin's housing needs are – fill out the city's online survey: www.cityofaustinhousingsurvey.com.

NOMINATE A GREEN BUSINESS Austin Business Journal will recognize Austin's most eco-friendly businesses with Going Green awards. Nominate your favorite businesses by Dec. 5 at www.austin.bizjournals.com.

WINTER SEASON DONATIONS With temperatures dropping, it's time to remember those without protection from the elements. New or gently used blankets, jeans, and coats are needed at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, 500 E. Seventh. Call 305-4174 or see www.frontsteps.org.

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