Calendar of civic events, Oct. 27-Nov. 4
EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR See the city's master plan for transforming Riverside from I-35 eastward. 5-8pm. Travis High School cafeteria. Learn more at www.eastriversidecorridor.com.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FORUM Speakers include reps from East Austin Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on Wheels and More. 9-10:30am. 1000 E. 11th, fourth floor. RSVP to 974-3196 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.cityofaustin.org/housing.
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY Unload your old prescription drugs the safe way – take them to one of several drop-off sites, including Cornerstone Church (1101 Reinli) and Barton Creek Square mall. www.dea.gov.
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION Stand up for trees and honor Austin's 2011 Tree of the Year, as well as other winning community trees. 9am-1pm. Zilker Park. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/arborday.htm.
FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL The city dedicates a memorial honoring Austin's first African-American firefighters. 10am-1pm. Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina. www.carvermuseum.org.
NEW JOB SEARCH CENTER Join the Austin Public Library for the opening of a new center to provide computer access and training to job seekers. 10am. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina. www.cityofaustin.org/library.
THE WAR NEXT DOOR NPR's John Burnett talks about covering Mexico's drug war. 11:45am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. www.austinuu.org/wp2011.
CLIMATE CHANGE SYMPOSIUM Join the Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin for a talk on energy and climate change. 7-8pm. Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones. www.interfaithenvironment.org.
WEATHERIZE YOUR HOME Austin Energy is offering residents a $200 bonus rebate through Dec. 31 for energy-saving home improvements. See www.austinenergy.com for participating companies that provide home energy assessments.