Citizens' calendar, Aug. 26-Sept. 2
BARTHOLOMEW DISTRICT PARK MASTER PLAN MEETING 6pm. Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola, 974-6745. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/bartholomewmp.htm.
FUTURE OF OPEN-SOURCE JOURNALISM UT journalism professor Robert Jensen, Texas Observer Managing Editor Chris Tomlinson, and members of Austin IndyMedia discuss WikiLeaks, unfiltered info, and the backlash. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.
IMAGINE AUSTIN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN HEARING This City Council meeting is your last chance to provide input concerning the future of our fair city; check out the plans and get involved at www.cityofaustin.org/compplan. 4pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second.
LBJ'S BIRTHDAY Celebrate what would've been our 36th president's 102nd birthday with free museum admission and birthday cake. 9am-5pm. LBJ Library, 721-0200. Free. www.lbjlibrary.org.
IRRIGATION SEMINAR Learn how to operate your automatic sprinkling system more efficiently with help from Austin Water. 10am-noon. Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th. www.cityofaustin.org/water.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOCK WALK U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and other Texas Democrats give rousing speeches before you head off to encourage voters to say yes to pro-education Dems in November. 10am-2pm. Travis County Democratic Party Campaign HQ, 605 W. 13th. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.
STOP CHILD TRAFFICKING NOW presents a talk from trafficking survivor Theresa Flores, author of The Slave Across the Street. 10am-2pm. Barton Creek Country Club, 8212 Barton Creek Dr. $50. www.sctnow.com.
HELP STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY How to promote a humane community for both animals and people, presented by the city and Texas Humane Legislation Network. 11:30am. North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck, 974-9960. Free. www.facebook.com/centexthln.
THE IRAQ WAR: DISASTER FOR THE IRAQIS American peace activist Dr. Dahlia Wasfi discusses the U.S. occupation and the human cost of "victory." 5pm. Texas State Employees Union, 1700 S. First, 743-3704. www.liberatethis.com.
ANIMAL ISSUES FORUM presents locally produced short "Shelter," followed by a talk from Emancipet folks about efforts to recruit neighborhood animal reps. 11:45am. City Hall, 301 W. Second. Free. www.animalissuesforum.org.
PUBLIC FORUM: ZERO WASTE Get updates and give feedback on the city master plan for meeting its zero waste goal by 2040. 6-8pm. City Hall Council Chambers, 301. W. Second. www.austinrecycles.com.
AUSTIN: DESTINATION DIGNITY Join the Arc of the Capital Area and the Austin Anti-Defamation League in calling for respect for people with disabilities. 6-8pm. City Hall, 301. W. Second. Free; $25 suggested donation. www.arcofthecapitalarea.org.
COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Learn about the connections between Austin's neighborhood plans and Imagine Austin. 6:30-8:30pm. Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 974-2648. www.cityofaustin.org/compplan/nhood-plans.htm.
INVEST IN COMMUNITY RALLY With an $18 billion budget deficit, Texas is facing deep cuts in health and human services departments. Come rally for the benefits that matter to you the most. 1-3pm. Texas Capitol. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH NOON TALKS UT lecturer James Henson talks about the effect of the Internet on political campaigns. Noon. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 936-8746. Free with museum admission. www.thestoryoftexas.com.
INSIDE BOOKS VOLUNTEER NIGHTS Help send requested books to Texas prisons. Thursdays & Sundays, 8-11pm. Space 12, 3121 E. 12th, 647-4803. www.insidebooksproject.org.
DISABILITY MENTORING DAY To volunteer as a mentor at the city's eighth annual Disability Mentoring Day celebration, call 974-3256 or e-mail email@example.com.
CAMPAIGN FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN PAKISTAN Raindrop Helping Hands gets your donation into the right hands to help those affected by the flooding. www.raindropturkevi.org/helpinghands.
MEXICAN-AMERICAN TRAILBLAZERS EXHIBIT features photos and bios of 32 local individuals who paved the way for future generations. Through Jan. 16, 2011. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 974-7498. Free. www.cityofaustin.org/library/ahc/trailblazers.htm.
OFF-LEASH AREA ADVISORY COMMITTEE Apply now to fill one of four vacancies on this committee that advises Parks and Rec staff. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/offleashareas.htm.