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FOOD JUSTICE SPEAKER SERIES Learn the effects of conventional food production on the environment. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free.

POSTPONED: ST. JOHN/CORONADO HILLS NEIGHBOR­HOOD MEETING This meeting was to be held today but has been postponed; see for further updates.


ENVISION CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP AWARD LUNCHEON honors those Austinites doing the most to enhance "our natural resources, economic vitality, social equity, and overall quality of living" – award finalists include the Chronicle's own staff writer Katherine Gregor. 11:30am-1:30pm. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 208 Barton Springs Rd. $65.

PEOPLE UNITED features highlights from the mayoral and City Council candidates forums, sponsored by PODER and the Workers Defense Project. 1-2pm. KOOP Radio 91.7FM.

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TOM SCHIEFFER As this former U.S. ambassador to Australia and Japan considers a run for Texas governor (as the Democratic nominee), he stops in Austin tonight to meet voters like you who live outside his Fort Worth home base. 5-8pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto.


EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY AWARENESS RALLY An afternoon of family fun, with a keynote from Rep. Lloyd Doggett. 10am-3pm. True Light Day Care Center, 1300 Fort Branch, 507-6018. Free.

ELECTION DAY It's time to decide who can best lead Austin through these rocky financial times while nurturing its sustainability, affordability, creativity, and other important -ities that aren't itty at all. See "'Chronicle' Endorsements" for voting info; for election coverage, background reporting, video of the candidates, election-night blogging, and more, see Polls open 7am-7pm.

GAZA IS STILL THE ISSUE A talk from Gaza refugee Sahar Abusada, chair of Palestinians for Peace and Democracy; a musical presentation from Fared Shafinury follows. 6pm. UT Gateway Community Center, 1654 W. Sixth. $5-10.

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STAMP OUT HUNGER Want to be part of the nation's largest one-day food drive? Just place a paper bag full of nonperishable foods by your mail­box this morning, and your letter carrier will deliver it to the Capital Area Food Bank.


ETHICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTIN meets today for a talk from UT economics senior lecturer Valerie R. Bencivenga on understanding the current financial crisis. 10am. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 835-9008.

WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Longtime political scenester Nadine Eckhardt and her daughter, Travis Co. Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt, discuss their careers as author and politician, respectively. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168.


AMERICORPS MEET & GREET 4-6pm. Irie Bean Coffee Bar, 2310 S. Lamar. Free.

BIKE TO WORK WEEK begins today!

FLUORIDE AWARENESS NIGHT Find out why Austin should get rid of the fluoride in the drinking water. 7pm. Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey.

HOUSING LIBERATION MOVEMENT Max Ram­eau of Miami's Take Back the Land discusses the movement to reclaim foreclosed properties for homeless families. 6-8pm. Center for Community Engagement, 1009 E. 11th. Free.


BICYCLE MASTER-PLAN PUBLIC HEARING The Planning Commission will discuss a proposed Austin Metropolitan Area Transportation Plan amendment that would replace the current Bicycle Master Plan with a new and improved version – and the commission is looking for your feedback. 6-8pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second.

CENTRAL TEXAS GREEN BUILDING SYM­POSIUM explores the latest green-building trends and their economic impact on the region. 1:30-7pm. AMD Lone Star Campus, Bldg. 500, 7171 Southwest Pkwy. RSVP:

PFLAG CHAT WITH MARC ADAMS The co-founder of HeartStrong Inc., an organization that supports GLBT youth at religious schools around the world, shares his inspiring story and chats about his latest book. 7pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 512/219-9008.

WE SHALL REMAIN DISCUSSION Upon the final episode of PBS' series on the lifestyles of native peoples in America, series adviser Loriene Roy leads a discussion of the show's themes. 7pm. Will Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd., 892-6680. Free.


AMERICORPS WEEK SING-ALONG What better way to celebrate volunteerism? 6pm. Alamo South, 1120 S. Lamar, 707-8262. $20.


AMERICORPS WEEK offers opportunities all around town to volunteer for a variety of causes. May 9-16. Details at

BIKE MONTH continues throughout May. For a schedule of bike maintenance and commuting workshops, group rides, festivals, and more, see

ZERO WASTE LOGO/TAGLINE CONTEST You can help the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance promote its vision of achieving a sustainable, zero-waste economy by 2040 – all you gotta do is think up some snappy branding. Deadline: Friday, May 15, 11:59pm.

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