Civics 101

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. www.prochoicetexas.org.

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. www.speakupaustin.org.

Friday 15

BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH FORGIVENESS Community discussion on releasing resentment. 6-8pm. Mt. Zion Action & Resource Center, 2951 E. 14th, 512/854-9172. Free. mike.manor@co.travis.tx.us.

Monday 18

ECHO ANNUAL MEETING Annual meeting of anti-homelessness group. RSVP online. 3pm. Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca. Free. www.austinecho.org/annual-meeting.

A NATION TRAUMATIZED: THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND ITS AFTERMATH Panelists discuss the psychological impact of the JFK assassination. 5-7pm. UT Campus, CLA Building, Room 1.302B. Free. cmeador@austin.utexas.edu, goo.gl/LwIw7p.

Tuesday 19

TEXAS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN 14th annual inspirational event features Rachael Ray, Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, and more. 8am-5pm. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000. General seating $155, student $75. www.txconferenceforwomen.org.

AQUATICS PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSE Chime in on City of Austin public pools and splash pads. 6pm. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar, 512/441-4777. Free. www.austintexas.gov/departments/aquatics-assessment.

Wednesday 20

INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE SERVICE Help raise awareness of anti-transgender violence. Noon-1pm. University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, 512/478-9387. Free. mabarclay@uumc.org, www.uumc.org.

'THE GLOBAL POLITICS OF PALESTINIAN LIBERATION, 1967-75' Paul Thomas Chamberlin lectures on the PLO. 4pm. UT Campus, Garrison Hall (GAR 4.100). Free.

TEXAS NORML STRATEGY MEETING Join the fight against Texas drug laws. 6:30pm. Blue Corn Harvest Bar And Grill 700 E. Whitestone Blvd. #204, Cedar Park, TX. Free. www.texasnorml.org.

AISD FACILITIES MASTER PLAN MEETING Community is invited to shape long-term district plans. 6:30-8pm. LBJ High School Cafeteria, 7309 Lazy Creek. Free. www.austinisd.org/fmp.

Thursday 21

PEASE DISTRICT PARK MASTER PLAN MEETING Help draft the long-range vision for the preservation of the historic parkland. 6-8pm. Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/pease-district-park-master-plan.

TEXAS WATER JOURNAL FORUM Quench your intellectual thirst with a discussion on the Prop. 6 vote and the next legislative session. 7pm. University of Texas Liberal Arts, 512/471-4141. Free. www.texaswaterjournal.org.

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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