A CONVERSATION WITH AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TODD STAPLES Have coffee and conversation with Texas’ agriculture commissioner Todd Staples, one of the candidates in the 2014 lieutenant governor race. RSVP required for attendance. 7:30am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/716-8641. Free with RSVP. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/may/02/a-conversation-with-commissioner-todd-staples/.
LUNCH WITH ANGELO ANCHETA The League of Women Voters, Austin Area Research Organization and Austinites for Geographic Representation host Santa Clara University law professor Angelo Ancheta. His experience serving on the California Independent Redistricting Commission may prove useful as Austin enacts 10-1. Lunch is included. Noon-1:30pm. Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/692-7644. $10. www.trustaustin.org.
CAPITAL METRO FARE STUDY PUBLIC MEETING Capital Metro is reviewing their fare structure in an effort to create a simplified, equitable and sustainable system. Here's your chance to be heard. 6-7:30pm. ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney. email@example.com, www.capmetro.org/farechange.
CREATING WALKABLE URBAN PLACES Learn how to make your neighborhood safe, attractive and walkable with America Walks' Scott Bricker and the City of Austin. 6-8pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/creating-walkable-urban-places.
IMMIGRATION REFORM TOWN HALL Join Rep. Lloyd Doggett in calling on our representatives to support comprehensive immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship. Learn what you can do to help. 7pm. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1711 E. Oltorf, 512/391-2305. www.workersdefense.org.
VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Be part of the process. Help promote voter registration within your community. Each one-hour training session ends with an official swearing-in. 10:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. www.traviscountytax.org.
THE CENTER FOR NATURAL LIVING LAUNCH PARTY The launch party for the new sustainability and healthy living organization is jam packed with activities. There's live music, local organic food, raffles and door prizes, silent and live auctions, speeches from activists and experts, and fun for the kiddos. The whole shindig will even be live streamed. 5-8pm. Irie Bean Coffee Bar, 2310 S Lamar #102. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/349290068525858.
LEMONADE DAY Help kids learn about business and entrepreneurship in this citywide celebration of lemonade stands. More than 20,000 kids, ages 5-17, are expected to participate in 2013. Interested in opening a stand yourself, kiddos? Register online (with a parent's permission). www.austin.lemonadeday.org.
PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 6TH Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway. free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEXAS INMATE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION MEETING Get your questions about the Texas Department of Criminal Justice answered on the first Monday of each month. 6:30pm. Sunrise Community Church, 4430 Manchaca Rd. Free. www.tifa.org.
VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR Travis County Tax Office Located At 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751. free. email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING SESSION Help register voters by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and attend a one-hour training session where they learn about the qualifications to become a VDR and how to register voters. 10:30-11:30am. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.traviscountytax.org.
VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR Help register voters by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and attend a one-hour training session. More information is available online. 10:30-11:30am, 12:30-1:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm. Travis County Tax Office Located At 5501 Airport Blvd. Free. email@example.com, www.traviscountytax.org.
TEXAS AFTER VIOLENCE PROJECT HAPPY HOUR Support the Texas After Violence Project's mission to change the conversation about the death penalty in Texas. The event will feature never before seen footage of an interview with family members of Charlie Brooks Jr., the first person executed by lethal injection. No cost to attend but donations welcome. 5:30-7pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650. Free with RSVP. 512\916-1600, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEXAS AFTER VIOLENCE PROJECT HAPPY HOUR Support the Texas After Violence Project's mission to change the conversation about the death penalty in Texas. The event will feature never before seen footage of an interview with family members of Charlie Brooks Jr., the first person executed by lethal injection. No cost to attend but donations welcome. 5:30-7pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512\916-1600. Free with RSVP. email@example.com.
PROPERTY TAX FORUM - MAY 9TH ACC South Austin Campus - Room 1130, 1820 W. Stassney. free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE TEA PARTY Freshmen Republican state Reps. Steve Toth, Jonathan Stickland, and Matt Krause discuss the Tea Party in Texas. RSVP required for attendance. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club 110 E. Ninth. Free with RSVP. email@example.com, www.texastribune.org/events/2013/may/09/a-conversation-with-reps-steve-toth-matt-krause/.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME The Austin Police Department’s Office of Community Liaison welcomes newly arrived immigrants to the Austin community with a primer on city services. Free transportation is provided from several AISD campuses. Call 512/841-4600 for participating schools. 10am-3pm. YMCA Northwest Branch, 5807 McNeil, 512/974-4737. Free. www.austinymca.org.
CONTROL OF AUSTIN ENERGY VOTE AT CITY HALL Clean Energy for Austin invites citizens to voice their opinion on who should govern Austin Energy. 4-11pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.cleanenergyforaustin.org.
YOUTH ON VIOLENCE AND FAITH Join the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue for a dinner of Abrahamic traditions. Dinner is followed by a youth panel exploring diverse perspectives on violence and solutions for the future. Registration required for attendance. 6:30-8:30pm. Raindrop Turkish House, 12400 Amherst #108. Free. abrahamdinner.eventbrite.com.
BUDGET IN A BOX How should Austin spend its money? Let city leaders know. Participants will be asked to decide to increase, decrease, or maintain current funding levels for common city services. Accumulated feedback will be taken into consideration as the city develops its proposed 2014 budget this summer. 512/974-2324. www.austintexas.gov/biab.
PARKS & REC LIFEGUARD RECRUITMENT The city is looking for a few good lifeguards, pool managers, and swim instructors. Call to find out more. 400 Deep Eddy Ave. www.austintexas.gov/parks.
PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.
ZILKER PARK CLUBHOUSE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins. Contact Victor Ovalle. 512/974-6745.
VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Would you like to register people to vote? Get trained and deputized! Email Mary Patrick to RSVP. Include "VDR Training" in the subject line. 10am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PLATELET DONORS The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week. We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266. www.inyourhands.org.
CHRONICLE WISH LIST Did you get more presents than you know what to do with? Make room by checking out our nonprofit wish list, and donating to worthy local groups. www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Guides/WishList.
CHRONICLE WISH LIST Is your New Year's resolution to be a better person? Check out our nonprofit wish list, and donate something to a worthy cause. austinchronicle.com/wishlist.
HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE AT FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES NONPROFIT There is still time to sign up for affordable health insurance through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Highland Mall (6001 Airport), Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main), Cannon West Center (6800 West Gate), CommUnityCare SE Health Center (2901 Montopolis), LifeWorks (835 N. Pleasant Valley). Free. email@example.com, www.insurecentraltexas.org.
#IAMBLACKAUSTIN The Greater Austin Black Chamber's #IAMBLACKAUSTIN campaign integrates portraits, videos, personal testimony and substantial social media to help stimulate visibility and engagement within Austin's growing community. Images from the first exhibit will remain on display from Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Tues. Feb. 3. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.iamblackaustin.org.
AUSTIN VOICES FUNDRAISER Now's the time to snag your tickets for Austin Voices for Education and Youth's annual fundraising lunch, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon-1:30pm at Dell Children's Signe Auditorium. This heralded local nonprofit combines groundbreaking programs with savvy advocacy to engage students, families and communities in building strong public schools for all kids, in Austin and beyond. www.austinvoices.org.
LOCAL ARTISTS INVITED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR TEMPO 2015 Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the city of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, seeks to commission temporary public artworks for the 2015 cycle of the TEMPO program. www.publicartist.org.
SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. www.austintexas.gov/event/summer-days-kitten-craze-austin-animal-center-adoption-special.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS WINTER GAMES! The 24th annual SOTX Winter Games are almost upon us and they need your help! Volunteers are needed for the bowling, volleyball, and powerlifting competitions. Assistance is also needed at Athlete Village to help with running games, arts & crafts, and snack service. Feb. 2-5 www.sotx.org.
ONGOING: AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DIGITAL ROADWAY CONTEST Get creative for a great cause by creating short, clever messages to keep Austin drivers safe and informed. Email AustinMobility@austintexas.gov or tweet your ideas to @AustinMobility using hashtag #ontheroadATX. Through Feb. 10
FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY TAX CENTER Free tax prep for anyone earning less than $55,000/yr. Mon-Thu. 10am-8pm; Sat. 10am-4pm Community Financial Center, 2600 W. Stassney Ln; Community Financial Center, 5900 Airport Blvd.; Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Dr.; LifeWorks East Office, 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.; Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.;. Free. www.foundcom.org.