Citizens' calendar, Feb. 3-10
CAAAD LUNAR NEW YEAR GALA The Capital Area Asian American Democrats honor local activists and legislators. 6pm. AFL-CIO Hall, 1106 Lavaca, 771-6266. $10. www.austinasiandems.com.
UT ENERGY FORUM Thu.-Fri., Feb. 3-4. AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., 877/744-8822. $50 ($25, student). www.utenergyforum.com.
12TH STREET EAST END BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL 10am-4pm. 1800 Pennsylvania Ave., 947-9066. Free. www.ujamaa-austin.org.
THE STATE OF TEXAS CHILDREN Experts discuss the importance of investing in children. 8-10am. Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto. RSVP: 320-0222 x105.
CITIZEN LED AUSTIN SAFETY PARTNERSHIP hosts a discussion with Police Monitor Margo Frasier and Austin Police Association President Wayne Vincent. 2-4pm. ACC South Campus, 1820 W. Stassney, Bldg. E, Rm. 1130, 323-6929. Free. www.claspatx.com.
ROUND ROCK BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION kicks off Black History Month with a presentation by the Horse Brigade of the Buffalo Soldiers and a performance by Sweet Home Baptist Church. 1pm. Allen R. Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock, 512/218-5499. Free. www.roundrocktexas.gov.
SHINE A LIGHT ON HUMAN RIGHTS Amnesty International brings activists together to promote human rights around the world. 10am-4pm. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third. RSVP: 404/492-7269. email@example.com.
FAMOUS CHARACTERS FROM THE BIBLE & QURAN Learn about famous religious characters across Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions. 7-9pm, weekly through March 6. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Center for Public Policy Priorities health care expert Anne Dunkelberg talks about Medicare in Texas. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Free. www.austinuu.org.
ROBERT MCCHESNEY The author of The Death and Life of American Journalism discusses mass media and its discontents. (See "Beyond the Super Bowl.") 6pm. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr., $10 donation. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROBERT MCCHESNEY (See Sunday.) Noon-1:30pm. LBJ Conference Room (in UT's CMA building), 773-0673. Free. email@example.com.
URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Speak up about the proposed extension of the hours during which you have to pay Downtown parking meters. 6pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.cityofaustin.org/transportation/downtown_parking.htm.
TRANSITION AUSTIN MEETING Smooth the transition from an oil-based society to a more sustainable future. 7pm. Lars Stanley Studio, 1901 E.M. Franklin. Free. www.transitionaustin.org.
DEEP EDDY MEETING on proposed improvements to the pool and grounds. 6:30-8pm. Austin Parks and Rec Aquatics Office, 401 Deep Eddy Ave., 974-9467. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/deepeddypoolimprovement.htm.
EDUCATIONAL REFORM CONFERENCE 9am-4pm. Hilton Downtown, 500 E. Fourth. Reserve at 471-7055. $30. firstname.lastname@example.org.
FISCAL SOLUTIONS TOUR brings national experts to town to discuss U.S. budgetary policy. 6pm. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River, 232-4054. Free. www.concordcoalition.org/grassroots/fiscal-solutions-tour/fiscal-solutions-tour.
THE ANGUISH IN THE AMERICAN DREAM Author Robert Jensen shares his views on redefining the American Dream in a post-downturn world. 7pm. Free. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.
SOLID WASTE OF A NAME: LAST DAY! Cast your vote on a new name for the Solid Waste Services Department: www.cityofaustin.org/sws.