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Events for good citizens, March 5-12


Thursday05

WEAR A WHITE KNOT to show your support for marriage equality as the California Supreme Court hears arguments today against Proposition 8. www.whiteknot.org.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMIS­SION MEETING Help determine Austin's funding priorities for the 2009 fiscal year. See the current plan at www.cityofaustin.org/housing/conplan_09-14.htm. 6pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220.

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OUTLAW CONFERENCE The UT School of Law LGBT student association hosts an afternoon of legal advocacy workshops addressing issues of the current legislative session. 1-5pm (happy hour, 5pm; afterparty, 7pm). Eidman Court­room, UT School of Law. www.utexas.edu/law/orgs/outlaw.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOBBY TRAINING DAY Learn how to lobby your elected officials in support of women's health care and other issues important to you at one of three training sessions provided this week. (See Thursday, March 12, for more.) Today: 10-11:30am & 6-7:30pm; Sat., March 7: 11am-12:30pm. Planned Parenthood, 201 E. Ben White. www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaustin.


Saturday07

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT 10TH BIRTHDAY Celebrate and support incarcerated readers' rights to a good book with an evening of music, games, raffles, auctions, and more. 8pm-1am. United States Art Authority, 512 W. 29th, 480-9562. $5. www.insidebooksproject.org.

IT'S MY PARK! DAY Join in on a park cleanup project today: Visit www.austinparks.org/itsmypark.html for a list of volunteer projects all over town. Free snacks and T-shirts. 9am-1pm. 477-1566.

STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION RALLY features a film on the disenfranchising power of voter-ID legislation. 2-4pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 474-1958. Free. www.scholzgarten.net.

SOUTH AUSTIN FOOD CO-OP APPETIZER POTLUCK 3-5pm. Christ Lutheran Church, 300 E. Monroe. www.southaustinfoodcoop.org.


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STATE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATIONAL FOR­UM features a talk from former state Sen. Carl Parker (pictured). 4pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 478-5684. Free. www.davidhasissues.com.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MEETING 4pm. Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 366-0782. www.amnesty.org.

KEEP THE VOTE KICKOFF aims to reverse the trend of low voter turnout following high-profile elections, beginning with a screening of women's suffrage movie Iron Jawed Angels. 6:30pm. Thompson Conference Center, Red River & Dean Keeton, 472-1100. Free. www.lwvtexas.org.


Monday09

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMIS­SION MEETING (See Thursday, March 5.) 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second.

FIXING OUR SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM: A COMMUNITY FORUM FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION Learn about proposals for a smarter, fairer system for school accountability and how you can be an effective voice for change. 11:30am-1pm, Pat Hayes Education Center at Dell Children's Medical Center, 4900 Mueller Blvd. www.savetexasschools.com.


Tuesday10

BUS RIDERS UNION MEETING 7pm. Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster. Free. www.busatx.org.


Wednesday11

CENTRAL WEST AUSTIN LAND USE PLAN­NING WORKSHOP 6:30pm. LCRA Red Bud Facility, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 974-2857. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/central_west_austin.htm.

GREEN ROOFS IN AUSTIN: WHEN & HOW gathers local and national experts for a talk on the benefits of putting lawns on Austin roofs. 11am-12:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY is a day to appreciate all the special ladies in your life – and to enjoy the company of Alice Walker biographer Evelyn White, who will present a lecture titled the Universe Provides: Alice Walker, A Hammock and the Art of Biography. 5pm. UT Main Bldg., Rm. 212, 232-1831. Free. www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/gsc.


Thursday12

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOBBY DAY Join Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards (pictured) today at the Capitol, where you'll lobby Texas legislators to support the issues you care about. (See Thursday, March 5, for more.) 10:30am-4pm. Texas Capitol. www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaustin.

MARAFIKI AGAINST MALARIA Proceeds from this evening of live music, dance and drum performances, auctions, food, and video presentations go to preventing malaria in East Africa. 8pm-1am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Ste. D-200, 707-9637. $10. www.againstmalaria.com/marafiki.

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