Civics 101

Thursday 27

2014 TEXAS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE Sessions highlight water policy, endangered species, and conservation finance. Hilton Austin Airpot, 512/638-0937. $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.

Friday 28

LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING The Texas primary is March 4, but why wait to do your civic duty? When you vote early, you get to go to any polling location you want, and you don't have to wait in a long line when you get there. Don't delay; today's your last chance to vote the easy way.

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

LADIES COFFEE NIGHT WITH JADE CHANG SHEPPARD Businesswoman and former House candidate discusses "The Journey of a Woman in Business." 6pm. Raindrop Turkish House, 12400 Amherst #108. $20.

Saturday 1

BUILDING BRIDGES TOWN HALL Reps from AISD discuss efforts to keep kids in school and keep campuses crime free. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932.

'WHY DO PEOPLE MIGRATE' Immigration forum. 4-7pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168.

SOLAR FIRST SATURDAY ImagineSolar CEO/Founder Michael Kuhn presents solar 101 for homeowners. 4pm. TreeHouse, 4477 S. Lamar #600. Free.

Sunday 2

LOCAL JAILS INFORMATION SESSION Texas Jail Project discusses conditions and myths about county jails. 2-3:30pm. FoodHeads, 616 W. 34th, 512/983-3446.,

Monday 3

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.

MONTOPOLIS COMMUNITY CENTER DESIGN INPUT MEETING Weigh in on the plans for a new Montopolis Community Center. 6:30-8pm. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis, 512/385-5931.

Tuesday 4

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.

ELECTION DAY Today's the day to vote in local and statewide primaries. Check our election page for polling locations and endorsements.

VOTER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Help citizens register to vote. 10:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. Free.

SEEN #17: SOLAR ENERGY, SOLARWINGS, AND THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION See the first SolarWing carport in Texas. 4:30-7pm. Concurrent Design Office, 11500 Metric #190. Free.,

LEARN, NETWORK, AND GET SOCIAL WITH OTHER AUSTIN BUSINESSES Networking event for local business owners. 6-10pm. Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal, 512/236-1226. Free.

Thursday 6

PEOPLETALK WITH DAN GRAHAM OF BUILDASIGN Dan Graham discusses his road to success. 11:30am. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/222-1006. $15.

BARATUNDE THURSTON TALK Cultivated Wit co-founder and bestselling author speaks as part of UT's J-school centennial celebration. 3:30pm. Belo Center for New Media, 2.106, 300 W Dean Keeton.


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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