ASIAN-AMERICAN DEMOCRATS host a reception for the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Caucus of the Democratic National Committee. Call to RSVP. 6pm. Chinatown, 3407 Greystone. 326-0222. Free. www.aadt.us.
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE convenes here in Austin this week for its quarterly meeting; several sessions are open to the public, including Friday's community service (8am) and General Meeting (11:30am). Thu.-Sat., Sept. 10-12. Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 202/863-8148.
JEWISH IMMIGRATION THROUGH GALVESTON SYMPOSIUM This two-day exploration of Jewish migration in Texas is part of the Texas State History Museum exhibit "Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island." See www.thestoryoftexas.com for a schedule and full list of speakers, or call for tickets. Thu.-Fri., Sept. 10-11. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 936-4649. $25.
HEALTH CARE FORUM & FUNDRAISER features a tour of the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, followed by a screening of documentary Sick Around the World and a panel discussion. Proceeds benefit the clinic. 7pm. Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, 4215 Medical Pkwy. $20 suggested donation. www.sickaroundtheworldscreening.blogspot.com.
UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING Sign up for a volunteer spot, and enjoy free breakfast before heading to one of numerous projects around town. 8:30am-3pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 225-0357. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.handsoncentraltexas.org.
BUS RIDERS UNION MEETING 10am. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe. Free. www.busatx.org.
SUICIDE PREVENTION WALK 9-10am. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress. www.outofthedarkness.org.
AUSTIN AMERICANS UNITED MEETING The newly recognized Austin chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State gathers to keep God out of government. 5-7pm. La Madeleine, 3418 N. Lamar, 280-6950. Free. email@example.com, www.au.org.
THE CORPORATION FILM SCREENING St. Andrew's fall film series begins with Part I of this documentary trilogy based on Joel Bakan's book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. 12:15pm. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr., 251-0698. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.
DIECISÉIS DE SEPTIEMBRE FIESTA Mexico's Flor de Maíz folklorico dancers headline the fun. Face-painting, games, dance workshops, and a moonwalk for the kids. 1-5pm. East Austin Community Center, 6002 Jain, 462-2181. Free. www.swkey.org.
LWV KICKOFF: WHO'S PAYING FOR TEXAS POLITICS AND IS REFORM POSSIBLE? The Austin Area League of Women Voters hosts this talk with Craig McDonald, founder and director of Texans for Public Justice, to kick off a new season of events and programs; find out what the LWV has in store this fall. 2:30-4:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. www.lwvaustin.org.
DIEZ Y SEIS AT CITY HALL begins with a welcome from City Council Member Mike Martinez, followed by mariachi tunes and the music of Los Texas Wranglers. 11am-2pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-6715. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/diezyseis.htm.
OFFICIAL DIEZ Y SEIS CELEBRATION An evening of Mexican music and dance with a re-enactment of El Grito. 7-10pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/diezyseis.htm.
WOMEN LEAD THE WAY Ladies and gents are invited as Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, discusses her book, Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World. 6-8pm. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones, 454-2666.
COMMUNITY FORUM ON SAFE SCHOOLS to address anti-gay bullying and harassment in Austin ISD. 6pm. Baker School cafeteria, 3908 Avenue B, 414-0112.
CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF NEWS IN TEXAS Newshounds from across the state gather to discuss the future of the fourth estate. Panelists include Carlton Carl, Christy Hoppe, Harvey Kronberg, and Evan Smith. 3:30pm. UT campus, GEB 3.312. Free.
CONVERSATIONS WITH BOB TAYLOR John Markoff from The New York Times sits down with Bob Taylor, often called the father of the Internet. 5-7pm. LBJ Auditorium, 2315 Red River, 232-3617. Free. www.utexas.edu/ogs/lectures/taylor.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT NO. 4 DEBATE* Does Austin really need another water treatment plant? Hear the arguments from both sides of this contentious issue. 6-9pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Exhibit Hall No. 2.*[Editor's note: The location for this event has been changed since this article was printed. The debate was to take place at St. Edward's University's Jones Auditorium, but now it will be held at the Palmer Events Center.]
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