Citizens calendar, May 26-June 1
KENT BUTLER MEMORIAL On the occasion of Butler's untimely passing, this gathering honors the man who did so much to preserve Austin's natural resources. 4:30pm. UT campus, Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto.
WORKER-OWNED BUSINESSES WORKSHOP Learn about alternative business models that bring power to the people. 6-8pm. 5604 Manor Rd., 391-2305. Free. www.thirdcoastworkers.coop.
INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT WORK PARTY Help supply books to Texas inmates. This volunteer weekend starts at 6pm, with music and food to keep it flowing. Thu.-Sat., May 26-28. Inside Books Project, 827 W. 12th, 647-4803. www.insidebooksproject.org.
DAVID NEFF discusses his book The Future of Nonprofits: Innovate and Thrive in the Digital Age. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 472-5050. www.bookpeople.com.
REGENERATIVE DESIGN STRATEGIES The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems brings you ecologist Bill Roley on sustainable living in urban environments. 6:30pm. CMPBS, 8604 FM 969. RSVP: 928-4786. $15. www.cmpbs.org.
ENERGY STAR TAX HOLIDAY If you're in the market for new energy-saving appliances (fans, dishwashers, thermostats, etc.), now's the time to pull the trigger. Sat.-Mon., May 28-30. www.texaspowerfulsmart.org.
JOHNSTON HIGH VIETNAM VETS MEMORIAL honors the 32 students from the former Johnston High School who died while fighting
in Vietnam. 1-3pm. Eastside Memorial High,
1012 Arthur Stiles, 658-2962. Free.
STATEWIDE MARCH FOR CHOICE Unite with similar efforts across the globe against legislation infringing on women's reproductive rights. Noon. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress, 305-8400. http://on.fb.me/ivl8MY.
NOT JUST A GAME: POWER, POLITICS, AND AMERICAN SPORTS Author David Zirin explains how sports provide a unique playing field for America's political struggles. 7pm. AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Ave. Free.
AUSTIN ENERGY RATE STRUCTURES MEETING Join in the Public Involvement Committee's discussions about the cost of energy in Austin and help make sure AE's upcoming rate changes are fair. 6pm. AE headquarters, Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Rd. www.rates.austinenergy.com.
SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC FOR STRAY CATS Do your neighborhood a favor and get the strays around your house vaccinated, sterilized, treated for fleas, and dewormed. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30am. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson, 646-7387. Free. www.austinhumanesociety.org/ferals.
TRANSITION AUSTIN MEETING Discuss the transition from an oil-based society to a more sustainable future. 7pm. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina, 974-1010. Free. www.transitionaustin.org.
TEXAS NORML MEETING Reggae and marijuana-law reform. 8pm. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. Sixth, 494-9336. Free. www.texasnorml.org.
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.
EMANCIPATON DAY PHOTO EXHIBIT revisits the Emancipation Day festivities of 1900 through images collected at the Austin History Center. June 1-20. George Washington Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina, 974-7480. www.austintexas.gov/library.
DUMP THE PUMP CONTEST In anticipation of Dump the Pump Day on June 16, Capital Metro wants personal stories, audio recordings, artwork, and videos explaining how riding the bus (or MetroRail) "made things better" for you; the grand prize includes an iPad2 and Car2Go membership. Entries accepted online at www.capmetro.org or by mail to: Dump the Pump, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2910 E. Fifth., Austin, TX78702. Deadline: June 10.
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. www.cityofaustin.org/publicworks/bicycle.htm.
ONLINE BUDGET FORUM Share your thoughts on financial priorities as the city prepares a budget for fiscal year 2012: www.speakupaustin.org.