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Citizens' calendar, July 22-29

For more details and events, see Community Listings.

Thursday22

CITY BUDGET SURVEY RESULTS This is the last day to see the online survey results that will help the city determine its budget priorities for the next fiscal year. Submit comments by 5pm at www.cityofaustin.org/citymgr/budget_input.htm.

CLIFF BROWN FUNDRAISER Help the newly elected judge celebrate and pay down his campaign debt. 5:30-7:30pm. The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth. $25 suggested donation. RSVP: [email protected].

ST. JOHN/CORONADO HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN MEETING 6:30-8:30pm. Pickle Elementary School, 1101 Wheatley. www.cityofaustin.org/planning/neighborhood/sj_ch.htm.

CONSERVATION HAPPY HOUR Join Hill Country Conservancy and Emerging Professionals in Conservation for their annual summer soiree. 5:30-7:30pm. Utility Research Garden, 638 Tillery. RSVP at www.hillcountryconservancy.org.

METROACCESS MEETING Capital Metro wants input on its proposed changes to services for Austinites with disabilities. 6-7:30pm. ACC South Austin, 1820 W. Stassney. Free. www.capmetro.org.

Friday23

GULF COAST FUNDRAISER Enjoy live music and a shrimp boil dinner to benefit the Greater New Orleans Foundation Oil Spill Fund and the Gulf Restoration Network. 6-10:30pm. Hotel San José parking lot, 1316 S. Congress, 444-7322.

Saturday24

BENEFIT FOR COLOMBIAN CHILDREN An evening of cumbia, hip-hop, reggae, and Afro-Latin to raise funds for gifted kids from Colombia attending the upcoming Global Youth Peace Summit in Wimberley. 6-10pm. Takoba, 1411 E. Seventh, 680-5398. $10. www.amalafoundation.org.

Sunday25

DISCUSSION WITH VETERANS Afghan war vets Jacob George and Spencer Hindmarsh make the case for complete troop withdrawal from the region, followed by a screening of the documentary Sir! No Sir!. 6:30pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Tuesday27

WELL-BEING OF TEXAS CHILDREN Learn how Texas kids fare compared to other U.S. children. 10am. Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 320-0222 x104. Free. RSVP: www.cppp.org.

TEXAS COALITION FOR COMPASSIONATE CARE kicks off a discussion about passing a medical-marijuana bill in Texas. (See "Naked City," above, for more.) 7:30pm. 5555 N. Lamar Ste. L-137, 293-7623. Free. www.texascompassion.org.

WATER TREATMENT PLANT NO. 4 OPEN HOUSE Review the designs and add your two cents to the debate over this controversial plant. Noon-8pm. River Place Country Club, 4207 River Place Blvd., 498-9874. www.cityofaustin.org/water/wtpfour.htm.

Thursday29

LEGAL SERVICES & EQUITY Learn about local nonprofits that offer free legal representation to workers, refugees, and victims of domestic violence. Noon. San Jacinto Center, 98 San Jacinto. Free. www.ilivehereigivehere.org.

METROACCESS MEETING (See Thursday, 6/22.) 6-7:30pm. Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile, 478-7695. Free. www.capmetro.org.

Ongoing

WATER USE CALCULATOR Find out how much water you use each day with Austin Water's new online calculator: www.cityofaustin.org/watercon.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS INFORMATION CENTER Finding it hard to keep up with all of the city of Austin's 56 boards and commissions? See agendas, meeting minutes, and more at www.cityofaustin.org/cityclerk/bc_info_center.htm.

CAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL The Community Action Network helps provide for the health, educational, and economic well-being of Central Tex­ans in need and needs new members to serve three-year terms on its community council. Call Mary Dodd at 414-0326, or see www.caction.org.

GLOBAL GIVING GREEN CHALLENGE Help Austin-based Rainforest Partnership win this challenge to protect the forests and indigenous communities of Pampa Hermosa, Peru. Donate at www.rainforestpartnership.org.

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