Civics 101

Thursday 27

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

COOPERATION TEXAS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about the local nonprofit that's dedicated to the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives. Email to RSVP or get more info. 6pm. 5604 Manor Rd. info@cooperationtexas.coop, www.5604manor.org.

Friday 28

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

Saturday 29

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Being part of the democratic process has never been easier. Learn how to register voters and get deputized on the spot by Travis County Tax Assessor/Collector Bruce Elfant. 10-11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. www.volunteerdep.registrartraining@gmail.com.

Sunday 30

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

Monday 1

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

RALLY FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS It's time for round 2 of the continuing SB 5 battle. Get your orange garb cleaned and ready to wear, because it's gonna be hot outside as we make sure the GOP feels the heat inside. If Sen. Wendy Davis can stand for 13 hours, surely you can lace up a sensible pair of sneakers and lend your voice to the cause. Noon-2pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.facebook.com/events/139027312967322.

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.

Tuesday 2

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

JULY VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING Travis County Voter Registrar 5501 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX 78751. free. tax_office@co.travis.tx.us, www.traviscountytax.org.

REFLECTIONS ON THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE Patrick Michels of The Texas Observer, Aman Batheja of The Texas Tribune, Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly, and our very own Richard Whittaker discuss the outcome of the Legislative session and what it means for the citizens of Texas (aka y'all). Email to RSVP. 6pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/477-0746. Free. walthall@texasobserver.org, www.texasobserver.org.

DIALOGUE AND FRIENDSHIP RECEPTION Shake hands with Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue as they celebrate the diversity of Austin with nibbles and drinks. Everyone will be impressed that you know the mayor! Registration is required for attendance. 6:30-7:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.cityhallaustin.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday 3

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

Thursday 4

NOMINATION CALL FOR 2013 AUSTIN ACCESS AWARDS Nominate your favorite Austin business that ensures customers with disabilities feel welcome. Nominees may include private establishments such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, medical services, and art or entertainment venues. More criteria and the nomination form are available online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/austinaccessawards.

RESTORE THE FOURTH Concerned about privacy in the wake of the NSA scandal? Be part of a series of large, nonviolent protests in cities across the country. More information about the non-partisan movement is available online. 11am-5pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free. www.restorethefourth.net.

Ongoing

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. maptrick@gmail.com.

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. enroll@foundcom.org, 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.

DONATE TO LIFEWORKS SECOND CHANCE PROM LifeWorks will host a Second Chance Prom for their clients on June 15 and they need donations and volunteers. Donations needed: new or gently used women's formal dresses and shoes; men's suits, dress shirts, ties, and shoes; and undergarments for men and women. Email or call with questions. Donations accepted through June 12. 512/653-3764. faces@lifeworksaustin.org, www.lifeworksaustin.org.

AUSTIN SEEKS RESIDENT INPUT ON BUDGET PRIORITIES The City's Budget Office wants your input on needed City services and budget priorities for the FY 2018 budget. To have your voice heard, use the links provided, or call 512/974-1380 to discuss 11 service areas. Through Sat., July 15 Online. https://atx.budgetsimulator.com.

HOSPICE AUSTIN'S CAMP BRAVE HEART A three-night camp for kids (6-17) who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Celebrating its 20th anniversary of supporting grieving youth, Camp Brave Heart arms kids with the tools to tackle their grief. Now accepting applications for July 31 - Aug. 3, near Wimberley, TX. John Knox Ranch. Free.

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR ANNUAL CITYWORKS ACADEMY The City is now accepting applications for the ninth-annual CityWorks Academy. Get involved in local government and learn the “A to Z” of City operations through 14 class sessions. Classes run Sep.-Dec. Application deadline: July 21 www.austintexas.gov/department/cityworks-academy.

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