Civics 101

Thursday 1

FRIENDS OF BARTON SPRINGS POOL CLEANING Roll up your sleeves to maintain an Austin jewel. 10am-6pm. Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080. Free.

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS' DAY May Day celebration with music, poetry, soapbox speeches, and more. 5:30-10pm. Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez. Free.

Friday 2

FUND DEVELOPMENT TOWN HALL Nonprofit leaders discuss the challenges facing professional fundraisers and those who work with them. 9am. The Westin, 11301 Domain Dr., 512/832-4197. $75 for members, $90 for nonmembers.

PROJECT CONNECT: CENTRAL CORRIDOR MEETING Study team makes initial transit recommendation to the Central Corridor Advisory Group. 1:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free.

Saturday 3

TEXAS NORML'S ANNUAL TEXAS MARIJUANA MARCH Help bring sanity to the drug war. 4pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free.

Monday 5

SXSW INPUT PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING Austin Center for Events seeks input from SXSW attendees on crime, emergency response, and related issues. 4pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220.

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, 512/371-0900. Free.

Tuesday 6

SXSW INPUT AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION MEETING The Austin Center for Events seeks feedback from SXSW attendees on venue, sound, and related issues. Noon-7pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free.

TOWN LAKE METROPOLITAN PARK PUBLIC VISIONING SESSION Help steer the future of Auditorium Shores and Butler Park. 6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318. Free.

WALTER E. LONG METROPOLITAN PARK GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETING Chime in on a proposed new golf course. 6:30pm. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr.. Free.

SHERIFF’S CITIZENS’ ACADEMY 13 week class on how the Sheriff's office works. 6:45-10pm. Free.,

Wednesday 7

CARY ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER BENEFIT WITH PIPER KERMAN Orange Is the New Black author speaks at Council on At-Risk Youth benefit. 6pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Dr., 512/404-1900. $150.

TEXAS NORML'S MONTHLY OPEN MEETING, DREADNECK WEDNESDAY, AND SMOKIN' STAND-UP Monthly cannabis reform meeting with special guest Kinky Friedman. 8pm. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. Sixth, 512/494-9336. Free.

Thursday 8

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON CEMETERY RULES Join the conversation on burial space adornment.


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.,

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