Civics 101

Thursday 20

ACE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF EARLY LITERACY Help A Community for Education celebrate two decades of working with kids in low-income communities. 7-9pm. The Long Center Kodosky Donor Lounge, 701 W. Riverside. Free.

Friday 21

LEGALIZE WEED RALLY JP candidate rallies in support of legalized reefer. 6pm. University of Texas Tower, 2400 Inner Campus Dr., 512/475-6633. Free.!decriminalize-weed/c21kz.

GABC SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS Celebrate business diversity. 7pm-12mid. Omni Hotels - Austin Southpark. $100+.

Saturday 22

CITIZEN GARDENER 48 Learn how to make your gardening more green. 9am-1pm. Austin Discovery School, 8509 FM 969 #200. $45.,

AUSTIN ATLAS FABRICATION Workshop on participatory mapping project. 10am-Noon. 618-C Tillery St.. $12.

TEXAS NORML'S ACTIVIST TRAINING CAMP Help change the Texas cannabis climate. 1-4pm. Manchaca Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.. Free.

CANDIDATES FORUM ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS IN TRAVIS COUNTY The candidates for County Judge and Pct. 2 Commissioners Court answer questions on Travis County deportations. 4-6pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/444-1314. Free.

DEFINING THE STRUGGLE: CONTEMPORARY CIVIL RIGHTS A panel discussion on American civil rights follows a presentation by author Susan Carle. 6:30pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/461-5644. Free.

Sunday 23

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HEALTH CARE FORUM Discussion on the transformation of health care in Austin and Texas. 2:30pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835. Free.

Monday 24

COLONY PARK COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Provide input on the three potential master plans for a stretch of Northeast Austin public land. 6:30-9pm. Turner-Roberts Multi-Purpose Facility, 7201 Colony Loop. Free.

Tuesday 25

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.

AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN STAKEHOLDER MEETING Weigh in on AE's Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan. 10am-Noon. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. Free.

AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN STAKEHOLDER MEETING 2 See Tuesday. 6-8pm. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. Free.

'IS INTOLERANCE ON THE RISE IN INDIA?' Panel on the reasons and effects of the recent rise in Indian religious nationalism. 7pm. Belo Center for New Media, Room 5.208 (BMC 5.208), 300 W. Dean Keeton. Free.

Wednesday 26

2014 TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Sessions highlight water policy, endangered species, and conservation finance. Hilton Austin Airpot. $425.

CHILDREN’S POLICY CONFERENCE & LUNCHEON A day of educational workshops and awards for those making a difference in the lives of Texas children. 8am-4:30pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500. $115.

Thursday 27

2014 TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Sessions highlight water policy, endangered species, and conservation finance. Hilton Austin Airpot. $425.

AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN STAKEHOLDER MEETING 3 See Tuesday. 1-3pm. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. Free.

'CAPITALISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT' Alternative Radio founder David Barsamian discusses his latest series of interviews with Noam Chomsky. 7pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925.


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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