Citizen affairs, March 12-19
AZAR NAFISI The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books discusses the power of literature to influence culture. 7pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., 404-1900.
MARAFIKI AGAINST MALARIA An evening of live music, dance and drum performances, auctions, and more – proceeds go toward fighting malaria in East Africa. 8pm-1am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress, 707-9637. $10. www.againstmalaria.com/marafiki.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM Sponsored by ChangeAustin.org, which grew out of the Stop Domain Subsidies campaign, this forum offers a chance to see what council and mayoral candidates have to say for themselves. 4-6pm. Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress. www.changeaustin.org.
POT SMOKER'S HANDBOOK BOOKSIGNING with David Bienenstock, author of The Official High Times Pot Smoker's Handbook. 3pm. Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe Ste. B (downstairs), 480-2503. Free. www.texasnorml.org.
TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS meets monthly in the interest of furthering the causes of gender-diverse people in Central Texas. 2:30-4:30pm. Call for location, 448-6354, 877/532-6789. www.tentex.org.
TOOLBOX FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING An all-day workshop featuring lectures and instruction on everything from rainwater collecting to worm composting to building wetlands for wastewater treatment. 9am-5pm. Rhizome Collective Brownfield, 420 Kemp, 294-9580. $100. Register at www.rhizomecollective.org.
SAVE THE RHIZOME BENEFIT An evening of dancing, food, and more to benefit Bikes Across Borders and the Rhizome Collective, which must vacate its warehouse space next week due to city code violations – funds raised tonight will help with relocation and other associated costs. Club de Ville, 900 Red River, 457-0900. $5. www.rhizomecollective.org.
YELLOW BIKE BENEFIT PARTY Come for the cycling-agility contests; stay for the live music. 3pm-12mid. The Compound, 1300 E. Fourth. $10 suggested donation. www.austinyellowbike.org.
STATE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATIONAL FORUM State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez discusses issues facing the current Lege session. 4pm. First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca, 478-5684. Free. www.davidhasissues.com.
WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Find out what the environmental trend in national politics will mean for Austin this century. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.
FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE SPEAKER SERIES kicks off with In Defense of Self: The Politics of Women's Health in War and Disaster Areas, a presentation from Circle of Health International's Sera Bonds. 7pm. Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense, 4534 West Gate Blvd. #101.
Rally to fix school accountability and stop school closure 12:30pm, Texas Capitol, South steps. www.savetexasschools.com.
RED BUD ISLE PARK MEETING Join in the discussion on the future of this park. 6-9pm. LCRA Redbud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. Free.
FIX A LEAK WORKSHOP It's Fix a Leak Week, and this is your chance to save gallons of water – learn how to tighten those pipes at this free workshop. 6:30-7:30pm. Waller Creek Office Building, 625 E. 10th, 974-2199. www.waterwiseaustin.org.
GREEN DRINKS A happy hour for the eco-minded. Today's special guest: Austin Green Art's Randy Jewart (pictured) will discuss one of his latest ventures, Resolution Gardens. 6pm. Opal Divine's Freehouse, 700 W. Sixth.
CLEAN WATER CELEBRATION Enjoy a morning of learning about the Colorado River and the creatures that call it home. 10am-2pm. LCRA Redbud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 498-1587. Free. www.coloradoriver.org.
HILL COUNTRY ALLIANCE PHOTO CONTEST Capture the beauty of the Hill Country on film, and your photo might end up in next year's HCA calendar, which raises money to preserve the Hill Country's rich heritage and resources. Through May 31. www.hillcountryalliance.org.
METRORAIL AMBASSADORS NEEDED Send an e-mail to metrorail.ambassador@gmail if you'd like to help show MetroRail riders how the new trains work.
RESERVE YOUR ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER The Central Texas Lawnmower Program invites you to trade in your old gas-guzzling lawnmower for a hefty rebate on a new electric one at Home Depot – make your reservation today. Sat., March 28, 8:30am-2pm. Home Depot, 3600 S. I-35, 389-2250. www.cmpbs.org/electriclawnmower.