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Citizens' calendar, March 24-31


CLEAN CITIES ALT-CAR CONFERENCE & EXPO Learn the latest in alternative transportation technologies, infrastructure, and funding – and maybe even test-drive an alt-car yourself. 8am-5pm, registrants; 2:30-5pm, public. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY PRESENTATION Learn about sustainability projects around the world from the Green Living Project. 6-9pm. ND at 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35, 485-3001. $10. [email protected].

HEMAN SWEATT SYMPOSIUM features a talk from Louise Iscoe, author of Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin. Noon-1:30pm. UT campus, Texas Union, Rm. 3.304.


CESAR CHAVEZ MARCH Help honor Chavez's legacy of social and economic justice: March from the Terrazas Branch Library to the Capitol for live music, speakers, and more. Noon-3pm. Terrazas Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, 472-9921.

DIY CODE COMPLIANCE City code compliance officials answer your questions at two Home Depots. 8am-2pm. 10515 MoPac N., 338-1001; 8801 S. I-35, 291-0153.

EARTH HOUR Turn out your lights and enjoy some music and candlelight as cities all over the world go dark in this annual homage to a more sustainable future. 8-9:30pm. Pfluger Bridge, South Lamar and Riverside.

KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL LEADER TRAINING Learn how to host your own neighborhood cleanups, garden workdays, or educational activities at this three-hour workshop. Sign up online at 9am. 55 N. I-35 #235, 391-0619.


ETHICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTIN hosts a presentation from Elise Harriger of immigrant service organization Casa Marianella. 10:30am. 5555 N. Lamar Ste. L-137. Free.

HEALTH CARE & TEXAS LEGISLATION The League of Women Voters brings Ed Berger of the Seton Family of Hospitals to talk shop. 2:15-4pm. Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., 454-6806. Free.

TRUE COST OF COAL The Beehive Arts Collective of Maine shares its multimedia presentation on strip-mining. 4pm. Orun Center of Cultural Arts, 1401-B Cedar, 731-4584. Donations appreciated.


JOURNALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST A talk from Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 is followed by a booksigning. 7pm. Avaya Auditorium (ACES 2.302, UT campus), 471-9056. Free.

OPEN HOUSE: WATER TREATMENT PLANT NO. 4 Get updates and see the final design of the Jollyville transmission main for WTP4. 4-8pm. Balcones Country Club, 8600 Balcones Country Club Dr.

COMMUNISM 101 Get a primer in Marxism from the good folks of the volunteer-run MonkeyWrench Books. 7pm. 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925.


ZERO WASTE MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETING Find out how the city plans to produce no net waste. 5:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-2220. Free.


COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING: CITY FUNDS Help prioritize placement of federal funds for affordable housing, community and economic development, and public services. 6-8pm. Trinity Center, 304 E. Seventh, 610-3515. Free.

ST. JOHNS/CORONADO HILLS WORKSHOP See the draft future land-use map for your neighborhood, and get a little intro to the wild world of zoning. 6:30-8:30pm. Virginia Brown Rec Center, 7500 Blessing.


CENTRAL TEXAS ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER PRO­GRAM is back with its once-a-year trade-in deal: Bring in your gas-guzzling lawn mower for a hefty discount on an electric model. These babies move fast, so reserve yours today at 389-2250. Pick-up takes place Saturday, April 2, 8:30am-2pm, Home Depot, 3600 S. I-35.

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