Citizens' calendar, July 21-28
ST. JOHN/CORONADO HILLS PLANNING This workshop on the combined neighborhood planning area of St. John/Coronado Hills will address neighborhood plan contact teams – a key component of neighborhood planning – as well as design and affordability tools. 6:30-8:30pm. Virginia Brown Rec Center, Rm. B, 7500 Blessing.
TEXAS GREEN NETWORK MIXER Interested in making your city more sustainable or meeting like-minded people? Reps from local green businesses and orgs share their experiences and advice. Email to RSVP, and make that dream a reality. 5:30-8:30pm. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd. Free. email@example.com. www.texasgreennetwork.org.
COMMUNITY FOR CASA Fifteen percent of your happy hour drinks and noms purchases go to CASA of Travis County. Did we mention that happy hour is four hours long? Delicious. 5:30-9:30pm. Abel's on the Lake, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. #201. www.casatravis.org/CommunityforCASA.aspx.
COMPOSTING CLASS The city of Austin wants you to compost and is willing to show you how. Go online to register. 9:30am. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 974-6383. www.austinrecycles.com, www.austincompostclassjuly23.eventbrite.com.
PAINT FOR EQUALITY For Equality Texas, that is. Help these folks paint their old office space, and breakfast and lunch are on them. Plus you get to rub elbows with some hotsy-totsy activists. Email for details. 10am-5pm. Equality Texas, PO Box 2340, Austin, 78768, 474-5475. firstname.lastname@example.org.
LADY BIRD JOHNSON TRIBUTE DAY Celebrate the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's recognition of his first lady's role in environmental conservation with a booksigning by the author of Hummingbirds: Fact and Folklore From the Americas and Lucas "The Singing Zoologist" Miller (1pm), doing what he does. Storytimes and a 10am garden tour will also take place. 9am-5:30pm. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 232-0100. Free. www.wildflower.org/tributeday.
AUSTIN EMPLOYMENT GROUP MEETING Polish your résumé and put your best face forward with eye contact and a friendly smile as you meet with other job seekers. Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 6:30pm. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3525 Bee Caves Rd., 327-3370. Free. www.austinemploymentgroup.org.
PIPE UP ON COUNTY BOND PLAN Will there be a bond election in November? That may be up to you. Let the Travis County Commissioners Court hear your views on a package of proposals for road, bike, and pedestrian improvements. 9am. Commissioners Courtroom, 314 W. 11th, 854-9383. www.co.travis.tx.us/citizens_bond_committee.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A CONTRACTOR? Are you a small-business owner looking to jump into the city contract system? The city's Small & Minority Business Resources Department hosts "Meet the Prime: Sound Advice from Construction Contractors" – tips of the trade from city-seasoned construction contractors. 5:30-7:30pm. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., Rm. 325, 974-7677. www.cityofaustin.org/smbr.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CLASSES City officials help local businesses find resources they need at these weekly meet-ups. Whether you're just thinking about starting a business or already have one, this class is for you. Go online or call to register. Tuesdays, 9-10:30am. 201 E. Second, 974-7800. Free. www.austinsmallbiz.org.
MOPAC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT See Thursday, 7/21. 6-8pm. Gullett Elementary, 6310 Treadwell. www.mopacexpress.com.
ONLINE BUDGET FORUM Tell the city how to hammer together a 2012 budget: www.speakupaustin.org.
CAP METRO BUDGET ON THE GO Capital Metro's budget process is under way, and the agency is soliciting public input. Have any suggestions? Go to www.capmetro.org/insidemetro/ci-budget.asp or www.capmetro.icanmakeitbetter.com for details.
CITYWORKS ACADEMY Want to know what really makes this city's clock tick? Sign up for this 11-week municipal insiders boot camp, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13. 974-2969. Application deadline: Aug. 8. www.cityofaustin.org/cityworks.
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REBATE BONUS To access Austin Energy's new (temporary) rebate increase, call for an estimate: 482-5346. www.austinenergy.com.