Calendar of civic events, Sept. 8-15
ARE TEXANS OVERTAXED? Hear what public policy analyst Dick Lavine has to say on the topic at this Coffee Party event. 1pm. Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS Educate yourself on the tolls of modern-day slavery with local experts Kay Burrough and Dottie Lassiter. 10-11am. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Dr. www.freeaustin.org.
TEXAS WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND HOSTS VIGIL to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and pay tribute to first responders in Texas and around the nation. A remnant of the World Trade Center will be on display. 8-9pm. Texas Capitol. www.txwildfirerelief.org.
LOVEATX 9/11 Local groups and artists gather to promote a sustainable, local economy. Noon-10pm. VuKa Warehouse, 411 Monroe. $10 suggested donation. www.loveatx.com/9-11.
9/11 ANNIVERSARY DISCUSSION The Third Coast Activist Resource Center hosts speakers Robert Jensen and Pat Youngblood to talk about the politics of the past decade. 6-8pm. 5604 Manor Rd. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.
COUNCIL DECIDES TAX RATE City Council votes on a proposed new tax rate. 9am. City Hall Council Chambers, 301 W. Second.
EDUCATION INC. If public schools are barely scraping by on tight budgets, why are megacorporations getting rich on education contracts? The Texas Observer's Abby Rapoport breaks it down. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. www.monkeywrenchbooks.org.
FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM FUNDRAISER Sip Champagne and enjoy a light dinner with local officeholders at this fundraiser to preserve the diplomatic outpost for King Louis Philippe of France in 1841. 6-8:30pm. $25 per person. RSVP required: 472-8180. www.frenchlegationmuseum.org.
MOBILITY BOND PROGRAM WEBSITE Ever wonder how those bond programs you voted on in 2010 are doing now? Check out the revised website on project updates, including an Interactive Project Map, at www.cityofaustin.org/bonds/2010.