Citizens' calendar, June 9-15
Fri., June 10, 2011
RESTORE HUMANITY BENEFIT rallies your support for building a Kenyan orphanage. 6pm-2am. The Dogwood, 715 W. Sixth, 479/841-2841. $20. www.restorehumanity.org.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM See candidates Randi Shade and Kathie Tovo duke it out for the Place 3 run-off. 6:30pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. (If you miss the event, watch it on Channel 6 or online at www.cityofaustin.org/channel6.)
CARBON NATION SCREENING Watch the movie and join Jim Marston (Environmental Defense Fund) and Bee Moorhead (Texas Impact) for a discussion on energy; faith-based perspectives encouraged. 2pm. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa. email@example.com.
JUNETEENTH TALK: GOV. ELISHA PEASE A look at the contradictory life of Texas' "Yankee progressive" governor, a slave owner whose ideas nonetheless laid the groundwork for liberal Austin. 2-4pm. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 974-7480. Free. www.austintexas.gov/library.
RAID ROBERT JENSEN'S BOOKSHELF Help a UT journalism professor clear his shelves of two decades' worth of tomes on media, race, politics, religion, feminism, and more, all for the worthy cause of keeping MonkeyWrench Books' doors open. (Jensen talks at 2pm.) MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.
SLUTWALK AUSTIN RALLY Help dispel the myth that rape somehow has something to do with what you wear. Noon-3pm. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress. www.slutwalkaustin.org.
ORGANIZING CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS The League of Women Voters hosts this panel discussion on the hot-then-cold-then-hot-again election issue of single-member districts. 1-3pm. Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr., 345-4435. www.lwvaustin.org.
YETT CREEK PARK MEETING Unleash your thoughts about the proposal for building an off-leash trail at this park. 6pm. Davis Elementary School, 5214 Duval Rd. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITY BUDGET MEETINGS Departmental budget presentations continue this week at meetings of both the Airport Advisory Commission (5pm, 2716 Spirit of Texas Dr., Rm. 160) and the Urban Transportation Commission (6pm, City Hall, 301 W. Second). Share your thoughts in person or online (www.speakupaustin.org) to help the city prepare a budget for 2012.
EARLY VOTING: LAST DAY It's a run-off, and things are getting feisty (see "Place 3 War of Words: Historic Zoning, WTP4") – don't miss the excitement! See early voting locations and our endorsement; see ongoing coverage at austinchronicle.com/elections.
TEXANS CAN DO BETTER RALLY Don't let Texas become the next Arizona – fight back against immigrant-bashing legislation. 12:30pm. Texas state Capitol, south steps, 1100 Congress. www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org.
FILMS FOR THE FOREST BLOCK PARTY Do some rainforests a favor and watch the winning films of the Rainforest Partnership's 3-Minute Film Challenge. 6-10pm. Rainforest Partnership Headquarters, 505 Willow, 420-0101. Free. www.filmsfortheforest.org.
AUSTIN BICYCLE MAP points you to bike-friendly amenities and 500 miles of lanes and trails. Free on the city's website; $2 at bike shops. www.cityofaustin.org/publicworks/bicycle.htm.
NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION GRANTS There are just a few weeks left to get funding for that community garden or mural you've always envisioned for your neighborhood – apply by Fri., June 24. 391-0622. www.keepaustinbeautiful.org.
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REBATE BONUS Thinking of harnessing the power of the sun to run all your favorite gizmos sans carbon emissions? Now's the time, because Austin Energy is increasing the rebate to $3 a watt for a limited time only. Check out AE's website for details, or call for a professional estimate: 482-5346. www.austinenergy.com/about%20us/newsroom/press%20releases/2011/summerSolarBonus.html.
TEXAS CONSERVATION ACTION PLAN Fill out Texas Parks and Wildlife's online survey and help develop a plan to encourage the preservation of Texas' natural heritage. Through July 8. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/land/tcap.
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