CITY EMPLOYEE RALLY City employees are getting hit hard by city budget cuts, and today they're gathering to send their message loud and clear: Enough is enough! 5:30pm. City Hall Plaza, 301 W. Second, 477-5544. www.afscme1624.org.
PUBLIC HEARING: DOWN WITH THE 'DILLOS? Capital Metro has proposed eliminating the Downtown 'Dillo routes. Got an issue with that? Now's your chance to tell them in person. 11:30am-12:30pm or 4:30-5:30pm. Capital Metro Downtown Customer Service Center, 323 Congress. www.capmetro.org.
FRED BURTON reveals the real world of U.S. counterterrorism in his memoir, Ghost. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar. www.bookpeople.com.
ANIMAL ENTERPRISE TERRORISM ACT PRESENTATION Learn how this bill is part of a larger government attempt to target anarchist and radical communities. 6-8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.
AUSTIN TO AFGHANISTAN BENEFIT CONCERT Proceeds will help a group of Afghan wedding musicians replace their instruments, which were destroyed when they were beaten for playing music in public. 2-9pm. Hanover's, 108 E. Main, Pflugerville, 512/670-9617. Donations appreciated. www.texasmusicforge.com/Afghan.html.
RALLY FOR YOGURT SHOP DEFENDANTS Though Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen have been released from prison due to new DNA evidence, they must prepare for their new trial. Join the rally if you'd like to support the defendants. 4pm. Travis Co. District Attorney's Office, 11th & Guadalupe, 638-0403. www.nodeathpenalty.org.
SAULPAUL: DREAM IN 3-D The author shares his life story and the practical lessons he's learned on his way from the state penitentiary to UT's storied halls. 5pm. Viva Chocolato!, the Domain, 3401 Esperanza Crossing #104. www.saulpaul.com.
TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS meets monthly to further the cause of gender-diverse Central Texans. Second Saturdays, 2:30pm. Call for location, 448-6354. www.tentex.org.
OBAMACARE COUNTERRALLY & COUNTERCOUNTERRALLY Local conservatives are gathering to speak out against health-care reform today, and rumor has it that local Dems plan to show up and counter the countering. Will there be fisticuffs? No telling, but if so, we hope all involved have some good health insurance. (For more on the local anti-health-care movement, see "Health-Care Hysteria Dogs Doggett.") 11am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 N. Congress. www.meetup.com/texas-25th-congressional-district-conservatives-meetup-group.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE MEETING Help set the bylaws of this new local version of the national organization, and help keep God out of government. 5pm. La Madeleine, 3418 N. Lamar, 302-1486. Free. email@example.com.
PUBLIC HEARING: DOWN WITH THE 'DILLOS? (See Thursday, Aug. 6.) Noon. Capital Metro Administration Bldg., 2910 E. Fifth, 385-0190. www.capmetro.org.
TOM SCHIEFFER The contender to be the 2010 Dem candidate for Texas governor speaks at today's Austin Economic Club meeting. 8am. Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth. $35-50. Reserve your seat at www.austineconomicclub.com.
WATER TREATMENT PUBLIC MEETING Learn about the new water treatment plant scheduled to be built by 2014. 6:30pm. Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Bldg. B, 498-9874. www.cityofaustin.org/water/wtpfour.htm.
ROBERT JENSEN discusses the intersection of religion and politics as he presents his book All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice. 8-10pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.
LIVING NEWSPAPER SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE Performers from this UT Humanities Institute program adopt the style of Living Newspaper plays – developed during the Depression by the Federal Theatre Project – to dramatize contemporary issues surrounding immigration. Aug. 6-8; Thursday-Friday, 10am & 2pm; Saturday, 4pm. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress. Free with exhibit admission. www.thestoryoftexas.com.
CITY OF AUSTIN WEB OUTREACH To demystify the processes of local government, the city has launched several Web-based initiatives. To follow the city on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/austintexasgov. Want City Manager Marc Ott's thoughts on timely city issues? Then www.cityofaustin.org/citymgr/cm_update.cfm is for you. Want regular updates and e-mail from various city departments? Pick your department at www.cityofaustin.org/news/notes.
HABITAT STEWARD TRAINING Become a volunteer for the National Wildlife Federation's team of habitat stewards. Learn to create and restore animal-friendly refuges in backyards and schoolyards around Austin. Registration deadline for the 30-hour hands-on training is Aug. 27. Sept. 10-Oct. 3. 327-8181 x29. $40. www.keepaustinwild.com.