Civics 101

Friday 4

LUNCH AND LEARN - EB5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR VISA PROGRAM OVERVIEW Richard Jung presents an overview on the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce, 8001 Centre Park Dr. #160, 512/407-8240. $10/nonmember.

SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND ADAPTATION STRATEGIES Experts highlight a new approach to dealing with global warming. 8:30am-6:30pm. LBJ School of Public Affairs, Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3, 2315 Red River, 512/471-3200. $40.

FOOD FOR BLACK THOUGHT SYMPOSIUM Learn about food justice while bringing shopping, cooking, and growing tips back home. 11am-3:30pm. Center for African and African American Studies, 512/879-9797. Free.

FOOD FOR BLACK THOUGHT SYMPOSIUM 1 See Friday. 11am-4:30pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/879-9797. Free.

Saturday 5

CHECK OUT THE VOTE The Austin Public Library hosts a voter registration drive. Check online for participating locations. Various Locations. Free.

BUILDING BRIDGES: BRICK BY BRICK Travis County Sheriff's Office hosts a conversation about institutional racism and what can be done to move on. 9-11:30am. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., 512/926-6339. Free.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FAIR Local agencies will present information on programs and services available in Austin. 10am-Noon. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis, 512/428-6990. Free.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE AISD hosts a conference to encourage community sustainability. 11:30am-3pm. Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks. $10.

APD TOWN HALL The APD answers your questions about keeping the community safe. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/854-9172. 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 2pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/472-4809. Free.

AUSTIN RALLY ON NATIONAL DAY OF DIGNITY AND RESPECT FOR IMMIGRANTS Meet at the south steps to call on Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform. 3pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free.

A CONVERSATION ABOUT WOMEN IN THE CONGO Women’s rights activist Zawadi Nikuze discusses her work supporting women. 6pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free.

'FEMINIST: STORIES FROM WOMEN'S LIBERATION' DISCUSSION Jennifer Lee discusses her film about the the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement. 7-9pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785. Free.

Sunday 6

WHY IMMIGRATION REFORM? Religious leaders make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. 3-5:30pm. St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th.

CLIMATE-COM CONFERENCE Panel discussion on how the fairness bias has crippled climate communications and what to do about it. 3:30-6:45pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/389-2250. $10 suggested donation.

Monday 7

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.

Tuesday 8

COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN City helps local businesses meet the Universal Recycling Ordinance. Noon-1pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free.

SH 45SW OPEN HOUSE Weigh in on the TXDoT and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority environmental impact study. 5-8pm. Bailey Middle School Cafeteria, 4020 Lost Oasis Hollow.

EAST AUSTIN MARKET CO-OP TRANSITION MEETING Rosewood Community Market is looking for input on their change to a co-op style of management. Got something to say? Better be there. 6:30pm. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, 512/974-1010.

Wednesday 9

AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND INFORMATION SESSION Learn more about the $65 million bond proposition appearing on the November 5 ballot. 6:30-8pm. Northwest Austin Recreation Center, 2913 Northland. Free.

Thursday 10

THE HEALTH LAW, MEDICARE AND YOU Cut through the confusion about the Affordable Care Act. 11:30am-1:30pm. Austin Public Library - Ruiz Branch 1600 Grove Blvd. Austin, Texas 78741. Free.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS HAPPY HOUR Jordan Smith dishes on the war against women's reproductive rights. Free drinks and Chrondoms. 5-7pm. Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, 512/302-1470. 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.

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