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Citizens calendar, Aug. 20-27


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). Through Aug. 23. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 879-7437.

COMMUNITY MEETING: ELIZABET NEY MUSEUM Learn more about the capital improvement plans for the Elizabet Ney Museum, and expect some discussion of the proposed domolition of the centennial wall that helps protect the museum grounds. 6:30pm. LCRA Redbud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd., 974-6745.


SACCO & VANZETTI CELEBRATION On the anniversary of the execution of these controversial anarchists, who else but MonkeyWrench Books would screen a movie about the trial, serve novelty baked goods, and have a tent book sale? 10am-8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free.


1 HOUSE AT A TIME Learn how this nonprofit improves the quality of life for low-income Austinites while educating volunteers about green building. 3pm. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina, 292-8093. Free.

HEALTH CARE REFORM FORUM The Gray Panthers sponsor this afternoon forum with a panel of experts discussing the urgent need for health care reform and a change in priorities from profits to people. 2pm. AFL-CIO Hall, 1106 Lavaca, 413-0286. Free. [email protected].


HRC'S TUESDAYS TOGETHER Find out what the Human Rights Campaign is up to these days. 6pm. Austonian Sales Center, 300 W. Sixth #100. Free.


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JAMES E. MCWILLIAMS The author of Just Food digs up some truth about the organic-food industry, serving some hard-to-swallow data in a world where hunger is all too common and facts are mere fodder for competing ideologies. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar.

PECAN STREET PROJECT: POWER TO THE PEOPLE Want to learn about PSP's plans to transform how we use electricity and lead the way to a clean energy future? Hear what City Council Member Randi Shade, Environ­ment­al Defense Fund Director Jim Marston, and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's Jose Beceiro have to say about it at this event sponsored by Clean TX Foundation. RSVP at 5:30-8:30pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. $20-30.

TEXAS GREEN NETWORK MEETING Meet other greens, discuss the issues surrounding East Austin's Pure Casting facility, and help draft a letter to City Hall. RSVP at [email protected]. 5-8pm. Southwest Key Austin Community Center, 6002 Jain.


GOING GREEN SUPPORT GROUP Learn simple ways to green your life, surrounded by like-minded people who can help you along the way. 7pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 600 E. 50th, 451-0580. $15.

THE RAG BLOG joins South Austin Pictures in presenting a screening of God Thinks You're a Los­er, a movie described variously as "zany," "kinky," and taking place mostly in hell. Proceeds benefit those wacky progressives at 8pm. The Independent (in the 501 Studio Complex), 501 E. Fifth. $10.

CHANGE AUSTIN TAX PROTEST Don't want to pay for Austin's growth with your tax dollars? Tired of developers and land speculators not paying their share? Let City Hall know. 6pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second, 383-8484.

REPORT FROM THE ALLIED MEDIA CON­FERENCE Local attendees of this Detroit conference share what they learned and lead a discussion on the consolidation of mass media. 7-9pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop.


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] to join in the celebration.

LAND GRANTS OF THE TEXAS REVOLU­TION The latest Capitol Visitors Center exhibit, "A Hero's Reward," displays artifacts and historical documents that illuminate how soldiers of different races and backgrounds were compensated for their participation in Texas' struggle for independence. Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th, 305-8400. Free.

PUBLIC SURVEY: SOLID WASTE SER­VICES It's not too late to share your thoughts on the Solid Waste Management Master Plan. Through Aug. 28.

CITY OF AUSTIN WEB OUTREACH To demystify the processes of local government, the city has launched several Web-based initiatives. Follow the city on Twitter @austintexasgov. Want City Manager Marc Ott's thoughts on timely city issues? Then is for you. Want regular updates and e-mails from various city departments? Pick your department at

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