Civics 101

Calendar of civic events, Sept. 8-15

Saturday10

AUSTIN PRIDE PARADE Walk the walk in this annual event. 10:30am. See Community Listings for more Pride activities. www.austinpride.org.

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.

Sunday11

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.

Monday12

COUNCIL DECIDES TAX RATE City Council votes on a proposed new tax rate. 9am. City Hall Coun­cil Chambers, 301 W. Second.

Tuesday13

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.

Wednesday14

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.

Ongoing

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.

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