Citizens' calendar, July 2-8
ROSEMARY RUSSELL VINES' RETIREMENT PARTY Help bid the beloved Miss Rosemary adieu as she retires from four decades of entertaining – er, teaching – the luckiest 3-year-olds in Austin. (See "Teaching the Teacher," June 23, 2000, for more on Russell Vines' accomplishments.) 5-7pm. Kleberg Hall, St. George's Episcopal School, 4301 N. I-35, 452-6063.
VICTOR AGOSTO As he faces court-martial for refusing redeployment, war resister Victor Agosto shares this thoughts before a screening of Robert Greenwald's doc Rethink Afghanistan. 7pm. 5604 Manor, 965-3726. $10 donation requested. www.5604manor.org.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CHILI COOK-OFF fundraiser for Fredericksburg's Habitat for Humanity. (Want to be a contestant? Call 512/567-2835. Fee: $20.) Noon. Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall. $5. www.beckervineyards.com.
CHAIN-OFF Join retired APD Cmdr. Bobbie Oliver in protesting the inhumane practice of dog-chaining. 5am-10pm. Garrison Park, 6001 Manchaca Rd. www.dogsdeservebetter.org.
SIERRA CLUB'S GREEN MONDAY Do a little phone-banking for clean energy, eat a little pizza. 6-8pm. Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club office, 1202 San Antonio. www.texas.sierraclub.org.
AUSTIN SIERRA CLUB ANNUAL PICNIC Bring a dish to share and join the fun on the hill in front of the Barton Springs Bathhouse. 6:30-10pm. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. www.texas.sierraclub.org/austin.
CAPITAL CITY YOUNG DEMOCRATS MONTHLY MEETING 6-8pm. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.
ZERO WASTE ALLIANCE Learn what you can do to bring your waste output down to nothing at all. 7pm. Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey, 476-2535. Free. www.ctzwa.org.
TRANSITION AUSTIN MEETING Join this group attempting to make a smooth transition from an oil-based society to a more sustainable future. 7pm. Lars Stanley Studio, 1901 E.M. Franklin. Free. www.transitionaustin.org.
AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN SURVEY Let city planners know your transportation priorities at www.austinstrategicmobility.com/get-involved/survey.
CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR Find out how badly you're treating the planet – then maybe do something about it – at www.coolaustin.org.
CITY BUDGET SURVEY Which programs should make the cut? Through Friday, July 9. www.cityofaustin.org/citymgr/budget_input.htm.
COUNTY RESOURCES WEBSITE has all kinds of useful info, such as how to get your name changed, renew your passport, and pay your property taxes. www.texascounties4u.org.
MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES wants to know which local businesses deserve an Access Award this year. Deadline: July 9. www.cityofaustin.org/ada/access_nomform.htm.
NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM Spearhead your own neighborhood improvement project with help from the Public Works Department. www.cityofaustin.org/publicworks/ncd.htm.
YOUR THOUGHTS ON NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT The city needs feedback on funding priorities for housing, community and economic development, and public services for fiscal year 2010-2011. Submit comments at www.cityofaustin.org/housing. Deadline: July 12.