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Citizens' calendar, July 29-Aug. 5

Thursday29

ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW VIGIL Stand in solidarity with Arizona's immigrant community. 8:30pm. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103187189734389&ref=mf.

LIGHTS. CAMERA. HELP. This three-day film fest aims to spread the word about nonprofits and other cause-related organizations. 7-10pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River. $12-30. www.lightscamerahelp.com.

METROACCESS MEETING Capital Metro wants input on proposed changes to services for Austinites with disabilities. 6-7:30pm. Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile, 478-7695. Free. www.capmetro.org.

SLOW MONEY SALON Join this discussion about how to invest in local, sustainable food. 7pm. Ventana del Soul, 1834 E. Oltorf. www.slowmoneyaustin.org.

Friday30

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

LIGHTS. CAMERA. HELP. (See Thursday, 7/29).) 7-10pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave.

METROACCESS MEETING (See Thursday, 7/29.) Noon-1:30pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second.

Saturday31

EAST 12TH COMMUNITY RESTORATION FORUM Join the discussion on how to give a voice to owners of historic houses on the Eastside. 3pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 789-7775. Free. theaustinwelcomemat.tripod.com.

ED BURNS The co-creator of The Wire keynotes the ACLU of Texas' annual meeting. This year's topic: Youth Rights in Texas – Sensible School Discipline. (See "Democracy Incorporated," p.24.) 8am-5pm. Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governors Row. $25. www.aclutx.org/annualmeeting.

LIGHTS. CAMERA. HELP. (See Thursday, 7/29.) 2-5pm; closing party, 7-10pm. Space 12, 3121 E. 12th.

YO MAMAS GRADUATION PARTY Meet the first graduating class of the Cooperative Business Institute and help the Yo Mamas Catering Cooperative travel to the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives conference in San Francisco. 7pm-1am. 5604 Manor Rd., 321/948-3423. $5-20 suggested donation. www.thirdcoastworkers.coop.

Tuesday03

STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING A documentary screening hosted by Action for Animals Austin. 7:30pm, dinner; 8:30pm, screening. Counter Culture, 120 E. North Loop. www.actionforanimalsaustin.org.

ANIMAL ISSUES FORUM Learn what local organizations are doing to help Austin's critters. 6:30pm. Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, 472-7312. www.animalissuesforum.org.

RAINEY STREET POCKET PARK WORKSHOP Help the Parks and Rec folks plan this community space. 6pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, Auditorium, 600 River. www.cityofaustin.org/parks.

Thursday05

MCMANSION ORDINANCE PUBLIC HEARING addresses a proposed expansion of the geographical boundaries of the ordinance that keeps architectural monstrosities at bay. 4pm. Council chambers at City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2000. www.cityofaustin.org/zoning/sf_regs.htm.

Ongoing

3C CHALLENGE: COMMIT, CALCULATE, CONSERVE Reduce your water usage by 10% with some help from Austin Water's new online calculator: www.cityofaustin.org/watercon.

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.

HELP PREVENT WATER POLLUTION Join the city's volunteer program marking storm drains to remind people not to expose them to pollutants: www.cityofaustin.org/watershed/wq_stormdrain.htm.

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