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Citizens' calendar, May 19-26

For more details and events, see Community Listings.

Thursday19*

ST. JOHN/CORONADO HILLS PLANNING WORK­SHOP 6:30-8:30pm. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing. www.cityofaustin.org/planning/neighborhood/sj_ch.htm.

Friday20

BIKE TO WORK DAY Check out www.cityofaustin.org/rideyourbike for a map of nearly 40 pit stops featuring free food, showering stations, and more.

Saturday21

AMERICORPS DAY OF SERVICE Kicks off with a rally at the Capitol (9-10:30am) followed by various beautification projects and a food drive at Festival Beach Community Garden (Waller & Clermont, 11am-2pm). Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress, 305-8400. www.austinamericorpsalums.org/events.html.

COMMUNITY FORUM: SINGLE-MEMBER DIS­TRICTS Discuss ways to include geographic representation in City Council elections; sponsored by the Austin Center for Peace & Justice and LULAC. 10am-noon. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina. www.savetxschools.org.

HARVEY MILK CONFERENCE Two days of workshops and other events are hosted by Equality Now. Sat.-Sun., May 21-22. Austin Community College, 1212 Rio Grande, 223-3000. www.getequaltx.org/milk.

SAVE TEXAS SCHOOLS: THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU As public education faces crippling budget cuts, help Save Texas Schools take a final message to state leaders: We're watching, we'll remember, and we vote! 10am-4pm, Texas Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress, 653-4935.

Sunday22

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE Cross "save a life" off your weekend to-do list. 9am-noon. Congrega­tion Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., 454-6806. Free. www.inyourhands.org.

HARVEY MILK COMMEMORATIVE MARCH honors the life of the man who did so much to pave the way to equality for LGBTQ Americans. Meet at City Hall for the rally, followed by a march to the Capitol. 6:30pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Jessica Herbst discusses SafePlace's pioneering work in support of people affected by domestic violence. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Free. www.austinuu.org.

Tuesday 24

URBAN GEOGRAPHY In his fourth installment of this series, geographer Eliot Tretter tackles "Contesting Sustainability: Smart Growth and Redevelopment of Austin's Eastside." 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

Thursday26

GREEN ENERGY EDUCATION PANEL brings city energy organizations and educators together to discuss the job skills employers are looking for. 5-8pm. Austin Community College Eastview Campus, Room 8500, 3401 Webberville Rd. Free. www.austincc.edu/resa.

WORKER-OWNED BUSINESSES WORKSHOP Learn about alternative business models that bring power to the people; hosted by Third Coast Workers for Cooperation. 6-8pm. 5604 Manor Rd., 391-2305. Free. thirdcoastworkers.coop.

Ongoing

CITY BUDGET MEETINGS/ONLINE BUDGET FORUM Departmental budget presentations continue throughout the week at Boards and Com­mis­sions meetings, offering opportunities for community input as the city prepares a budget for 2012. See the schedule at www.cityofaustin.org/finance or share your thoughts online at www.speakupaustin.org.

FREEDOM RIDERS EXHIBIT Photos, first-hand audio accounts, and more offer a glimpse at one of the most compelling episodes of the Civil Rights movement. Daily, 9am-5pm. LBJ Lib­rary, 2313 Red River, 721-0200. Free. www.lbjlibrary.org.

AUSTIN BICYCLE MAP This new map (available free on the city's website or for $2 at bike shops) features nearly 500 miles of lanes and trails, plus bike-friendly amenities and more (see "Two Wheels, 236 New Miles"). www.cityofaustin.org/publicworks/bicycle.htm.

NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION GRANTS Now is your chance to get funding for that median landscaping, community garden, or mural you've always thought your neighborhood needed – apply by Fri., June 24. 391-0622. www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/nbg.

SUPPORT MONKEYWRENCH BOOKS This collectively owned bookstore and radical activist hub is running a little low on funds; stop by and buy a book. Mon.-Fri., 11am-8pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-8pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.

*[Editor's note: The original, print version of these listings contained, in error, a meeting of Queer Texas United on Thursday, May 19. We have been informed that the group is no longer active in Austin, so we removed the listing.]

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