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Citizens' calendar, May 6-13

For more details and events, see Community Listings.

Thursday06

5604 MANOR GRAND OPENING Celebrate Austin's newest progressive community center. (See "Building a Place to Build Community") 6:30-9pm. 5604 Manor Rd. www.5604manor.org.

ARE WE WINNING THE BATTLE TO SAVE BARTON SPRINGS? A talk from Lauren Ross and Bill Bunch. 6:30pm. TSTA Bldg., 316 W. 12th. www.lonestar.sierraclub.org.

Friday07

INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT SPRING WORK PARTY Help fulfill book requests from Texas inmates. Fri.-Sun., May 7-9. Inside Books Project, 827 W. 12th, 647-4803. www.insidebooksproject.org.

COUNCIL MEMBER OFFICE HOURS Schedule face time with Council Member Bill Spel­man at 974-2256 or deena.estrada@ci.austin.tx.us. 2-4pm. Flipnotics Coffeespace, 1601 Barton Springs Rd.

Saturday08

PUBLIC FORUM: DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL Join Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans for a discussion and screening of PBS documentary Ask Not. 10:30am. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina. www.hrc.org/repealdadt.

STAMP OUT HUNGER Leave a bag of nonbreakable nonperishables by your mailbox for your postal carrier to collect. www.helpstampouthunger.com.

'TEXAS OBSERVER' WRITERS' FESTIVAL NewsHour's Jim Lehrer discusses his latest book while Observer writers talk about books, art, and culture. Noon-6pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 477-0746. Free.

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN CAMPUS Hear plans for new county services facilities. 10am-noon. Commissioners Courtroom, 314 W. 11th. www.co.travis.tx.us/facilities/central_campus_study.

Monday10

ENERGY EVOLUTION: TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE OF POWER Experts and local movers and shakers peer into our energy future. 11am-5pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave. Free. Register at events@spartnerships.com. www.energyevolution2010.com.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: CAN WE GET RID OF THEM? Experts discuss recent U.S. steps toward nuclear disarmament. 7pm. Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock.

PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC celebrates its 40th anniversary with special guest Anna Deav­ere Smith (of one-woman show Let Me Down Easy). 11:30am-1pm. Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 708-3106. $250. margareth@austinpcc.org.

Tuesday11

BICYCLE COMMUTING CLASS A great way to celebrate Bike Month. 7-8:30pm. REI, 601 N. Lamar, 482-3357. Free. www.rei.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TRAINING Learn how to organize a neighborhood watch. 6:30pm. Clinton Hunter Substation, 404 Ralph Ablanado, 974-4182.

Wednesday12

Liveable Vision Awards PARTY honors local initiatives exemplifying the "Five E's of Sustainabil­ity": economy, engagement, environment, equity, and esthetics. 6-8:30pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. $30. www.liveablecity.org.

SCHOOL FINANCE SYMPOSIUM Learn about school finance in Texas. 9am-noon. Capitol Extension Auditorium, 100 E. 11th. RSVP by May 7 to ryan@ttara.org. www.cppp.org.

Thursday13

FILMS FOR THE FOREST PREMIERE Join Rich­ard Linklater, Evan Smith, and others to see how filmmakers fared when given a week to make short movies on the theme the Tree & Me. 6pm. Hot Mama's Espresso Bar, 2401 E. Sixth, 476-MAMA. $20 ($15, advance). www.rainforestpartnership.org.

FORUM: TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN CAM­PUS Provide feedback on plans for new county facilities Downtown. 6pm. Commissioners Court, 314 W. 11th. Or share your thoughts on the master plan at www.co.travis.tx.us/facilities/central_campus_study.

SCREENING: 'ONE PEACE AT A TIME' Proceeds from this silent auction and documentary screening support the Reeder-Sanders-Ciccarello Foun­dation, which provides scholarships to UT students from Africa. 7pm. Long Center for the Perform­ing Arts, 701 W. Riverside. www.rscfoundation.org.

Ongoing

CALL FOR ARTIST The Art in Public Places program wants to commission a work of contemporary art for the Betty Dunkerley Campus at 7201 Levander Loop. Call 974-7801 or see www.cityofaustin.org/aipp/apply for details.

El Maiz Es Nuestra Vida/Maize Is Our Life Art exhibit exploring cultural memory, biodiversity, genetic modification, and other themes through the lens of Mexico's native maize seeds. Through June 5. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. www.austinmacc.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM Spearhead your own neighborhood improvement project with help from the Public Works Depart­ment. www.cityofaustin.org/publicworks/ncd.htm.

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Barton Springs, Bill Spelman, Inside Books Project, Texas Observer, Liveable City, Rain Forest Partnership

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