Civics 101

Thursday 23

MULTIFAMILY RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Complimentary lunch session on implementing effective recycling programs. Noon-1pm. The County Line Bar-B-Q, 6500 Bee Caves Rd., 512/974-1884. Free.

MONTOPOLIS RECREATION CENTER DESIGN INPUT MEETING Have your say about site planning, building planning, and programming. 6:30-8pm. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis, 512/385-5931. Free.

Friday 24

COMMUNITY CHARACTER WORKSHOP Chime in on the revision of Austin's land development code. 7:30-9:30am. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500. Free.

ECONOMIC CRISIS AND COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS WITH GAR ALPEROVITZ Scholar and activist speaks on building an American economy outside of corporate capitalism. 7pm. University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe, 512/478-9387. $10 suggested donation.,

Saturday 25

GAR ALPEROVITZ WORKSHOP Conference focuses on local efforts to build a new, just economy. 8:30am. 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/786-1513. $10 suggested donation.

ZILKER DOCENT TRAINING Become part of the botanical garden educational team. 10am. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/970-3405. $2.

COMMUNITY CHARACTER WORKSHOP1 See Friday. 10am-Noon. Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/223-5100. Free.

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION & BANQUET Join the Indian American Coaltion of Texas in encouraging Indian Americans to raise their voice and become more involved in civic engagement activities. 6pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/328-6635. $35.

Sunday 26

AN EVENING WITH NOELLE HANRAHAN OF PRISON RADIO A screening of Mumia: The Long Distance Revolution launches a discussion of the prison industrial complex. BYOB. 7:30-9:30pm. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh, 512/524-2820. Free.,

Monday 27

NORTHWEST AUSTIN CANDIDATE FORUM Travis County Judge and Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidates square off. 6:30-8:30pm. Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.. Free.,

Tuesday 28

FREE TAX PREPARATION Foundation Communities lend a hand to your annual return. Service is open to individuals and families who make less than $50,000 annually. List of locations and hours available online. Various Locations. Free.

COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN Austin Resource Recovery trains property owners and managers on meeting Universal Recycling Ordinance requirements. Noon-1pm. The County Line, 5204 Ranch Road 2222. Free.,

MOHAMMED HANIF TALK Journalist and novelist speaks on politics in Pakistan. 6:30pm. Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.402), 201 E. 24th, UT Campus. Free.

BOYCOTT FROM WITHIN: A TALK WITH ERAN EFRATI AND MAYA WIND Learn more about a feminist movement to demilitarize Israel. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925. Free.

Wednesday 29

MULTIFAMILY RECYCLING LUNCH & LEARN1 Complementary lunch session multifamily property owners and managers on implementing effective recycling programs. Noon-1pm. Tres Amigos, 7535 U.S. 290. Free.,

ANN & ROY BUTLER TRAIL COMMUNITY MEETING Help plan an underutilized portion of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. 6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/974-9470. Free.

Thursday 30

CEMETERY STAKEHOLDER PUBLIC MEETING Weigh in on the city's cemeteries. 6-7:30pm. Zilker Botanical Garden Auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs.

UNDERSTANDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT Find out what the Affordable Care Act means for you. 7pm. San Marcos Public Library 625 E. Hopkins, San Marcos. Free.

UNDOING INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND ANTI-RACIST PRINCIPLES Local groups band together to eliminate racial disparities. 7pm. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., 512/922-5524. 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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