Citizens' calendar, Jan. 8-15
NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISER PUBLIC FORUM The six candidates for the city of Austin Neighborhood Planning & Zoning Department's neighborhood adviser position will be answering your questions today. 7am. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 974-3251. email@example.com.
POP SINGERS AS POLITICAL COMMENTATORS is the topic of discussion today on People United, featuring guest Robert Jensen of the UT journalism department. 1pm. KOOP Radio 91.7FM.
INTRO TO SOLAR A hands-on class on the photovoltaic basics and the benefits of going solar. Register online. 10am-5pm. Hubbert's Peak Creative Works, 4704-B E. Cesar Chavez, 535-7424. $80. www.hubbertspeak.org.
DAN MOODY EXPRESS BUS TOUR Meet at the Round Rock library, and get a three-stop tour consisting of the Williamson County courthouse, the Dan Moody Museum, and finally, a book discussion with Ken Anderson. Registration required. 9:30am-5pm. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main, Round Rock, 512/218-7000. Free. www.roundrocktexas.gov/library.
FREE TOILETS! That's right – you might be eligible to pick up your very own high-efficiency toilet today, courtesy of the city of Austin. You must be replacing a pre-1996 toilet to qualify; bring your utility bill for verification purposes. See www.cityofaustin.org/watercon/sftoilet.htm#free for details. 9am-4pm. Fiesta, 3909 N. I-35, 406-3900.
RAINWATER HARVESTING & WATERWISE GARDENING Learn how to save every drop of water and not waste it on non-native plants that rob surrounding flora of needed moisture. 10am. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 477-8672. Free. www.tcmastergardeners.org.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Dr. Craig Nazor makes an argument for an independent, nonprofit botanical garden in Austin. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.
CENTRAL WEST AUSTIN LAND USE PLANNING WORKSHOP If you live or work in the Seton area on West 38th or near West 34th between Lamar and Shoal Creek, tonight's your chance to provide feedback about future development in your neighborhood. 6:30pm. LCRA Red Bud Facility, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 974-2857. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/central_west_austin.htm.
MIKE MARTINEZ RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF The City Council member officially hits the campaign trail tonight at this festive fundraiser. 5:30-7:30pm. Nuevo Leon, 1501 E. Sixth.
NASTARAN KHERAD presents In the House of My Bibi, her firsthand account of the Iranian Revolution, during which she was falsely imprisoned along with thousands of fellow university students. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. www.bookpeople.com.
PERMACULTURE, CHICKENS, & YOGA A special screening of the e² design series of PBS podcasts, narrated by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Discussion and exploration of the themes follow. 7pm. Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988. Free. www.humanpotentialcenter.org.
MLK CHILDREN'S ORATORY CONTEST Kids from local elementary schools were asked to explain what dream they would share with Dr. King, and now the finalists share their speeches with the public. Who better than the next generation to kick off Martin Luther King Jr. weekend? 6pm. Boyd Vance Theatre at Carver, 1165 Angelina, 974-4926. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/carver.
ZERO WASTE PLAN is No. 50 on the agenda at City Council today. If you'd like to speak out on it, visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/council_meetings/public_meeting_agenda.cfm?meetingid=159 for details.
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION RIDESHARE Traveling to the Obama inauguration? Need a ride, or just want to keep your carbon footprint small? Go to www.obamainaugurationrideshare.com to learn what your options are and maybe find a like-minded compatriot to play I Spy with on the trip to D.C.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING Local Randalls and H-E-B markets along with St. Ignatius Catholic School (120 W. Oltorf) will be offering prepackaged food bags that can be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank now until the Super Bowl. The goal is to help collect 500,000 pounds of food. Through Feb. 1. www.souperbowl.org/austin.