Civic Events, Aug. 11-18
FRIENDS OF BARTON SPRINGS POOL City Council members make a big splash at Barton Springs Pool today as they join the weekly volunteer pool-cleaning effort. Volunteer to clean by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A STREETCAR VISITS AUSTIN Streetcar maker Kinkisharyo brings its latest vehicle to Austin for public viewing. 7am-7pm. Fourth Street at Brush Square Park.
EL CENTRO DE FAMILIA Celebrate the renovation of the East Austin College Prep Academy's library, including a book giveaway, a voter registration drive, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and theatrical and dance performances. 5-8pm. Southwest Key's El Centro de Familia, 6002 Jain.
ENVIRO BENEFIT The Ecological Society of America hosts a concert to benefit local environmental groups, with musical guests Terri Hendrix, Carolyn Wonderland, and Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Moody Theater, 10 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
CLEAN LADY BIRD LAKE Register online at www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/LadyBirdLakeCleanupAug13 and get ready to clean. Location info will be provided with registration. All participants will receive free tickets to that evening's Reel Paddling Film Festival, courtesy of the Expedition School. 9-11am. 391-0617.
MAKE YOUR OWN SOLAR FOOD DEHYDRATOR Learn the proper way to do it at this donation-based class. 1pm. HOPE Market, 414 Waller. $5-10 suggested donation.
SARAH ECKHARDT 'FUN-RAISER' It's campaign season, and the Precinct 2 Travis County commissioner is holding a political fundraiser. Grab a ball (and your wallet) and join in the Bowl-O-Rama. 5:30-8pm. Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover.
LEGISLATIVE RECAP & DISCUSSION Rep. Mark Strama and Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ross Ramsey break it down for you – dinner included. 6-9pm. Marie Callender's, 9503 Research #400, 703-0241. $25; $20, World Future Society members. www.ctxwfs.org.
AUGUST BLOOD DRIVE COMPETITION Link Coworking holds a daylong blood drive to benefit the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas. 2700 W. Anderson.
MOPAC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Learn about the new sound walls proposed along portions of MoPac. Everything from design and location to height and color will be discussed. 6-8pm. Bryker Woods Elementary, 3309 Kerbey Ln., 996-9778.
ONLINE BUDGET FORUM Tell the city how to hammer out a 2012 budget at 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? See www.capmetro.org/insidemetro/ci-budget.asp or www.capmetro.icanmakeitbetter.com for details.
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REBATE BONUS To access Austin Energy's new (temporary) rebate increase, call for an estimate: 482-5346. www.austinenergy.com.
HOT PRICES FOR HOT DOGS (AND CATS) The animals at the Town Lake Animal Center are feeling the heat. Cats are free on Tuesdays, dogs are $5 on Fridays, and animals over 5 years old are free on Sundays. Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez. www.austinanimalcenter.org.