Civics 101

Thursday 7

PROJECT CONNECT PUBLIC HEARING Share feedback about Project Connect and the Central Corridor. Noon-1:30pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/369-6201. Free.

UT PRIVATIZATION: 'SHARED SERVICES AND OTHER BAD IDEAS' UT alum discusses the background of the university's downsizing and privatization plan. 7pm. Sid Richardson Hall, UT Campus. Free.

PANEL ON EGYPTIAN POLITICS UT Government Professor Jason Brownlee joins Texas A&M Law Professor Sahar Aziz for a discussion on the Arab Spring. 7pm. University of Texas, Liberal Arts Building (CLA 0.126). Free.

Friday 8

CAN POLICY FORUM Community leaders discuss the future of the Austin area. 8:30am-3:30pm. UT Commons Learning Center at J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet. $20.

STREAM HEALTH AND LAND STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP Learn how to better manage land and conserve soil during the drought. Registration closes Nov. 8. 9:30am-2:30pm. Travis Co. East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff. $20.

Saturday 9

AUSTIN BLACK LAWYERS ASSOCIATION LEGAL CLINIC Free legal consultations. 8am-Noon. Capital City African-American Chamber of Commerce, 5407 I-35 N. #304, 512/459-1181. Free.,

TEXAS CONFERENCE ON CIVIC LIFE Citizens discuss the future of civic life and how we can work together toward greater civic health. 8:30am-5:30pm. UT Belo Center For New Media, 300 W. Dean Keeton. $45 general admission, $15 students.

BUILDING BRIDGES WITH SOLUTIONS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE BLACK COMMUNITY Discussion on the strengths of African-American families. 9am-Noon. ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville, 512/223-7674. Free.

NATIONAL EATING DISORDER ASSOCIATION WALK Help raise awareness of eating disorders. 10am-2pm. Triangle Park, 4700 N. Lamar, 512/452-1404. $25 adult, $15 student, $10 child, $5 pet.

REBATE AUSTIN! One-stop shop for residential rebates and freebies. 11am-1pm. North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck, 512/974-9960. Free.

'PEDALING FOR JUSTICE' RALLY AND WRAP-UP PARTY Carlos Gutierrez ends his ride to bring awareness about Mexican cartels. Noon. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. Free.

Sunday 10

CARRY THE FALLEN RUCK MARCH Help raise money to combat PTSD and veteran suicide. 6am-6pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free.

Monday 11

2013 OUR COMMUNITIES – YOUR COMMUNITIES APD cadets present results of Community Immersion Program. 7am-3pm. Little Texas Auditorium, 10100 Burnet. Free.

Tuesday 12

'THE RIGHT TO STAY HOME: HOW U.S. POLICY DRIVES MEXICAN MIGRATION' Photojournalist David Bacon discusses his new book on immigration policy. Noon-1pm. Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe (UT campus). Free.

GROWING AND KNOWING OUR HISTORY: AN EAST AUSTIN TOWN HALL ON LOCAL FOOD AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE NEIGHBORS Join the discussion about East Austin urban farms. 6:30pm. 4926 E. Cesar Chavez. Free.,

MAXIMIZE YOUR LIBRARY Learn how to get the most out of your library card. 6:30-7:30pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe, 512/974-7400. Free.

Wednesday 13

PRESERVATION STAKEHOLDER MEETING Listening session on strategies and tools to preserve affordable housing. Email to RSVP. 9-10:30am. Street-Jones Building, East 11th & Waller, 512/974-3196.

HOUSING DEVELOPER ASSISTANCE STAKEHOLDER MEETING Community discussion on the Rental Housing Developer Assistance Program and the Developer Program. Email to RSVP. 3-5pm. Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office, 1000 East 11th, Room 400A. Free.,

MAXIMIZE YOUR LIBRARY Learn how to get the most out of your library card. 4-5pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe, 512/974-7400. Free.

Thursday 14

CELEBRATION OF CHOICE NARAL Pro-Choice Texas raise funds for reproductive rights. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/462-1661. $75, student and sliding scale tickets available.

MONTOPOLIS RECREATION CENTER DESIGN INPUT MEETING Weigh in on site planning, building planning, and programming. 6-8pm. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis, 512/385-5931. 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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