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Citizens' calendar, June 18-25

Thursday18

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DUMP THE PUMP DAY Don't drive to work today – read a book instead! (While you're riding the bus and saving the planet.) www.capmetro.org/dumpthepump.asp.

PUBLIC HEARING: HOUSING/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Help the city prioritize community needs related to housing, community and economic development, and public services. 6pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. See www.cityofaustin.org/housing.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS – today through Saturday. See a full list in Community Listings.

VIVIR UNIDOS Get more involved in your community with tools provided at this bilingual, family-friendly event. 6pm. Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St., 299-3600. Free. www.vivirunidos.org.


Saturday20

WOOLDRIDGE SQUARE PARK Join in the centennial celebration of this historical Downtown park. 6-9pm. Austin History Center, 810 Guada­lupe. www.downtownaustin.com.

CONSERVE ENERGY & SAVE MONEY A talk on going green with a little help from Austin Energy. 1pm. University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola, 929-0551. Free.

T. DON HUTTO VIGIL Join protesters in solidarity against the T. Don Hutto for-profit immigrant detention center in Taylor (see "Naked City" for more). Meet at Heritage Park, Main & Fourth Street, in Taylor at noon; meet at T. Don Hutto Residential Center, 1001 Welch, in Taylor from 2-4pm, 830/734-8636. jay@villadelrio.com.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY Celebrate the creation of new Texans with a naturalization ceremony followed by live music from Sara Hickman and others. 1pm. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 646-1268. Free.


Sunday21

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COUNTRY FAIR IN THE CITY Join the folks from Treasure City Thrift and Ecology Action for an afternoon of games, music, food, and eco-tips on rainwater collection, worm composting, and more (and by "more," we mean a chicken show – among other things). Noon-5pm. Ecology Action, 707 E. Ninth. $10 ($5, EA members; free, kids). www.ecology-action.org.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Rabbi Michael P. LeBurkien presents a historical and geographical analysis of terrorism and Islam in the Middle East. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.


Monday22

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CITY COUNCIL SWEARING-IN It becomes official today: Lee Leffingwell takes the mayoral reins from Will Wynn, incumbents Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez begin new terms, and Bill Spelman and Chris Riley become our newest faces on the dais. 4pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second.

EL SALVADOR VICTORY The Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador sponsors this discussion of the recent electoral victory by Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front. 7pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 600 E. 50th, 459-5835. Free. www.cispes.org.


Tuesday23

DEMOCRATIC FORUM LUNCHEON Make your reservations early for this group discussion of how the Dems got screwed during this Lege session. 11:45am. Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress #700, 472-0279.

PECAN STREET PROJECT MEETING Learn about Austin's role in developing smart grid technology, and take part in the green energy revolution yourself. 4-7:30pm. Capital Area Workforce Development Board, 6505 Airport Ste. 101-E. www.pecanstreetproject.org.

ST. JOHN/CORONADO HILLS NEIGH­BOR­HOOD PLANNING WORKSHOP 6:30-8:30pm. Virginia Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/sj_ch.htm.


Wednesday24

OUR CULTURAL ECOSYSTEM A talk on Aus­tin's cultural community from an economic standpoint, with suggestions for grassroots organizations for the creative class. 6:30pm. Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 974-7875. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/nextlevel.


Thursday25

EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR PRESENTA­TION Take part in the master planning of East Riverside. Learn about the draft plan, which suggests open space, bike lanes, and mass transit, among other features. 6pm. Austin Community College, 1020 Grove Bldg. G, Rm. 8100, 974-2856. www.eastriversidecorridor.com.

ECO-CHANGE EXCHANGE Local environmental groups are gathering to share news of their efforts and help set priorities for City Hall. 5:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austineconetwork.org.

GREAT PUBLIC SPACES SUMMIT An all-day action session designed to figure out what's great (and what's not so great) about Austin's public spaces. 9am-5pm. Mexican-American Cultural Cen­ter, 600 River St. $20-40. www.centraltexascnu.org.

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