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Thursday19

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS RECEPTION with special guest Mary G. Wilson, national president of the LWV, in town to talk to legislators about voter ID bills. 6pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 249-7012. www.lwvaustin.org.


Friday20

MOBILE LOAVES & FISHES STREET RETREAT is the first of three such retreats this spring giving participants the opportunity experience what it's like to be homeless, living on the street without food, water, or money. For details, see www.mlfnow.org/streetretreat. Fri.-Sat., March 20-22.


Saturday21

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN GHANA A talk from Cudjoe Exah and Gabriel Vaughn on a working methodology for environmental, economical, and cultural sustainability for indigenous populations. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

MILLION MUSICIANS MARCH FOR PEACE gathers at the Capitol at noon for a rally against the Iraq occupation before setting off for City Hall, where the real show begins. Bring an instrument – or just your voice – and get ready to make some noise. Noon-4pm. www.instrumentsforpeace.org.

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NADINE ECKHARDT The former wife of acclaimed Texas novelist Billy Lee Brammer, and later of U.S. congressman Bob Eckhardt, discusses her Duchess of Palms: A Memoir. 3:30-5pm. Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster, 928-0333. Free.

SUPER SATURDAY: FREE TAX ASSIST­ANCE Times are hard, and the IRS, believe it or not, says it feels our pain. It offers free tax assistance to folks whose income is less than $42,000 or who qualify for an earned income tax credit. 9am-2pm. 825 E. Rundberg. www.irs.gov.


Sunday22

BAT PAC MAYORAL/CITY COUNCIL CAN­DI­DATE FORUM 1-3pm. First Unitarian Universal­ist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.betteraustintoday.org.

STATE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATIONAL FORUM State Rep. Dawnna Dukes discusses the issues facing the current Lege session. 4-6pm. First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca, 478-5684. Free. www.davidhasissues.com.

WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Two physicians discuss the merits of a single-payer health-care system. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.


Monday23

CYCLISTS CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES' FORUM invites cyclists to discuss their concerns with the council candidates. 6-9pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 304 E. Seventh, 472-1196. Free. www.stdave.org.

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GEORGE FRIEDMAN The founder and CEO of global intelligence company Stratfor, known for analysis and forecasting of international affairs, discusses his book The Next 100 Years. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. www.bookpeople.com.

OBAMA'S IRAQ Presented by Red Salmon Arts, this collection of short films originally aired on al Jazeera English. The screening is followed by discussion, featuring Big Noise Films' Rick Rowley. 7pm. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. First, 416-8885. www.resistenciabooks.com.


Tuesday24

HISPANIC QUALITY OF LIFE FORUM Want to help make Austin a better place for the Hispanics who call it home? Attend this forum – part two in a series of four – and share your ideas. Tonight's topic: economic development. 6:30-8:30pm. ACC South Campus, 1820 W. Stassney. www.austinhispanicqualityoflife.com.

LOBBY DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENAL­TY begins with a training session at 10am and continues with an afternoon of visiting legislative offices and attending committee hearings. Take it to the Capitol steps at 5:30pm for a rally. State Capitol, 11th & Congress. www.texasmoratorium.org.

MAYORAL/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM hosted by the Northwest Austin Civic Association. 6:30-8:30pm. Murchison Middle School, 3700 North Hills, 414-3254.

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RUSS BAKER discusses his book Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. www.bookpeople.com.


Wednesday25

TEXAS GREEN NETWORK CANDIDATE FORUM Your chance to test the mayoral and council candidates' green cred. Space is limited; RSVP to rsvp@texasgreennetwork.org. 5-8pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. Free. www.texasgreennetwork.org/meetings.htm.


Thursday26

HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE features three days of lectures, workshops, and other special events exploring the "intersection of academics and advocacy." Thu.-Sat., March 26-28. UT campus, Mezes Hall (Rm. 1.306) and Texas Union. Free. www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/human-rights-at-ut.


Ongoing

AISD SEEKS INPUT ON STIMULUS SPEND­ING Austin Independent School District wants community input on how to spend federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. See www.austinisd.org for details on submitting your spending proposal. Deadline: Fri., March 27.

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