Civics 101

Thursday 26

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256.,

CONVERSATIONS ON EUROPE: A VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SERIES Leading experts on the EU and European topics participate via videoconference in a discussion of "The German Elections: Outcomes and Impact." 11am-12:30pm. Student Activity Center, 512/232-3470. Free (with registration).,

EMPOWER THE VOTE TEXAS FUNDRAISER Help Empower Texas continue its work educating voters about the electoral process. 5pm. Uncle Billy's Brew & Que, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 512/476-0100. Free with suggested donation.

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.,

'GROWING UP WITH CHARLIE JR.' A short film about the first person executed by lethal injection will be followed by discussion. Bring a book to donate to the Inside Books Project. 6:30-7:30pm. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/323-5123. Free.

PEGGY KELSEY AND THE AFGHAN WOMEN'S PROJECT Join Amnesty International as photographer Peggy Kelsey discusses the plight of Afghan women today based upon her experiences in the Middle East. 7-9pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 512/478-5684. Free.,

Friday 27

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Nominate outstanding employers for their successful recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. 512/974-3256.,

AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING Fundraiser for the Center of Survivors of Torture with music, a silent auction, and more. 6-9pm. 360 Condominiums, 360 Nueces, 512/477-0360. Free.

Saturday 28

ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER GRAND OPENING A variety of pan-Asian performances, a fashion show, and children's activities help welcome the AARC to the neighborhood. 10am-4pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. Free.

AUDITORIUM SHORES IMPROVEMENTS PUBLIC MEETING Austin Parks and Rec invites the public to weigh in on the development of the new Auditorium Shores off-leash area. 11am. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-9408. Free.,

COOPERATION TEXAS HOUSE PARTY Put on your hammer pants to support worker-owned cooperatives. 10pm. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. $10 suggested donation.,

Monday 30

BOB ECKHARDT CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Join Sarah Eckhardt in honoring the legacy of the late congressman. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/693-8683. Free.

AUSTIN MILITARY FREE CHIROPRACTIC CARE Active Life is saluting the troops by offering free chiropractic care for military personnel and spouses who have no applicable insurance benefits. Bring military ID or proof of service or discharge. Active Life Healing Center, 4006 S. Lamar #650, 512/474-5433. Free.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AARP takes the Medicare and Social Security debate from Washington to Austin. 11:30am. University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551. Free.

Tuesday 1

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICKOFF Take a bite out of crime at the Austin kickoff of the national neighborhood safety initiative. 5pm. Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/854-3248. Free.,

Wednesday 2

TEXAS RECREATION PARKS ACCOUNT PUBLIC MEETING Help Texas Parks and Wildlife draft rules for their local grant program. 9-12mid. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Rd., 512/389-8224. Free.,

PROJECT CONNECT PUBLIC FORUM Weigh in on a variety of transportation decisions as part of the next step of the Project Connect: Central Corridor study. 5-8pm. Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson. Free.

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CENTER TOWN HALL Learn more about the new organization providing resources, referrals, and education to women and girls in Central Texas. 7pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. Free.


PARD MAIN OFFICE CALL FOR NAMES 90-day period for public comment begins.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.,

#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.

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.

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.

SUMMER DAYS KITTEN CRAZE $25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop.

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

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 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.

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.,

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.

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