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Citizens calendar, Aug. 14-19

Friday14

DOUGLAS BRINKLEY The author of The Wilder­ness Warrior talks about the last great Republican president, who could be considered a rabid tree-hugging liberal in today's world: Theodore Roosevelt. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050.

PEARCE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ORIEN­TATION is open to any and all AISD students interested in attending Pearce this year. 8:30-10am. Pearce Middle, 6401 N. Hampton. www.austinisd.org.

PINT-FOR-PINT BLOOD DONATION DRIVE: THREE DAYS LEFT! Give a pint of blood, earn a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Through Aug. 16. Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 206-1266. www.inyourhands.org.

Saturday15

WHEATSVILLE END OF CONSTRUCTION PARTY Join in this celebration of healthy food, cooperative business, and hassle-free parking. Noon-4pm. Wheatsville Food Co-op, 3101 Guadalupe, 478-2667. Free. www.wheatsville.coop.

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SUSAN VIOLANTE presents her book Innocent War, about her father's experiences as a boy in Libya and Italy during World War II. 7pm. Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe, 480-2503. Free.

Community Night Out for Pearce Join the PTA, meet folks, and learn about the programs. 6-8pm. Pearce Middle School, 6401 N. Hampton.


Sunday16

MICHELLE MEARS discusses her new book And Grace Will Lead Me Home and the births and deaths of the Freedmen communities in and around Austin after the Civil War. 3pm. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 974-7480. Free.

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ETHICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTIN UT's Robert Jensen discusses his new book, All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice. 10am. 5555 N. Lamar Ste. L-137, 835-9008. Free. www.esoa.org.


Monday17

AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING Join the public discussion of AISD's budget for 2009-10. 6pm. AISD Carruth Administration Complex, 1111 W. Sixth, Rm. B-100. www.austinisd.org.

BOWL-O-RAMA Wanna help Precinct 2 County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt get re-elected? Dust off your bowling shoes. Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Ave. 5:30pm. $25 ($100 for team of five); sponsorships available. RSVP at 542-9744 or [email protected]. www.saraheckhardt.com.

NORTH LAMAR COMBINED NEIGHBOR­HOOD ZONING WORKSHOP Help shape the future of your neighborhood. 6:30pm. Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg, 974-7657. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/north_lamar.htm.

PROJECT READ-OFF Readers share their favorite written words at this Inside Books Project fundraiser; open mic follows. 8-11pm. Space 12, 3121 E. 12th, 674-4803. Free. www.insidebooksproject.org.


Tuesday18

EAST AUSTIN SPEAKER SERIES Get a better sense of the Eastside's past, present, and future. First and third Tuesdays, 6pm. East Austin Com­mun­ity Center, 6002 Jain, 462-2181. Free. www.swkey.org.

SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS MEET­ING Learn more about the Cap Metro MetroRapid project and other transportation issues in North Central Austin. Also on the agenda: open space projects. 6:30pm. Village Christian Apartments activity room, 7925 Rockwood. www.snaustin.org.


Wednesday19

HOT TALK: SUMMER IN THE CITY SPEAK­ER SERIES kicks off with Ken Herman discussing the tale of politics in two capital cities. 7pm. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 735-8012. Free. www.shalomaustin.org/hottalk.

JOSH NEUFELD presents A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, his graphic novel based on true stories of seven survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Recom­mend­ed. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar.

RINGLING BROS. BOYCOTT Show up an hour before the show if you'd like to join Action for Animals in protesting how circuses treat their animals. 6:30pm (show starts 7:30pm). Aug. 19-23. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 879-7437. www.actionforanimalsaustin.org.

SIXTH STREET PUBLIC FORUM Help kick off the first of what's intended to become a quarterly gathering of Downtown residents and workers. Topics of discussion will include starting a neighborhood watch group. 3pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. [email protected].

SOUTH AUSTIN FOOD CO-OP HAPPY HOUR Meet and greet other folks interested in cooperative and sustainable foodstuffs south of the river. 5:30pm. Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601 S. Con­gress, 707-0237. Free. www.southaustinfoodcoop.org.


Ongoing

JOIN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CITI­ZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE All you need is a nominating City Council member and a completed application form. See www.cityofaustin.org/compplan for details.

PUBLIC SURVEY: SOLID WASTE SERVICES It's not too late to share your thoughts on the Solid Waste Management Master Plan. Through Aug. 28. www.cityofaustin.org/news/iswmmppsf.htm.

ARE YOU A WHITEHALL CO-OP ALUM? Texas' oldest independent housing co-op is gearing up for a 60th reunion this fall, and organizers are searching for past residents. Did you once live at Whitehall? If so, send your contact info to [email protected] and join in the celebration.

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