Civics 101

Thursday 22

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

JOSH RUEBNER ON 'SHATTERED HOPES: OBAMA’S FAILURE TO BROKER ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE' National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation discusses new book. 7pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 Exposition. Free. www.facebook.com/events/706431619399784.

Friday 23

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

JOSH RUEBNER ON 'SHATTERED HOPES: OBAMA’S FAILURE TO BROKER ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE'2 See Thursday. 7pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050. Free. www.bookpeople.com.

Saturday 24

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

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO Speak out against GMOs. 9:30am. Brush Square Park, Fifth & Trinity, 512/974-6700. Free. www.facebook.com/events/176413655852243.

Sunday 25

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

Monday 26

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

Tuesday 27

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

PROJECT CONNECT URBAN RAIL OPEN HOUSE Learn more about Austin's proposed urban rail project. 10am. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/344-2010. Free. lseegers@hahnpublic.com, www.projectconnect.com.

SHERIFF’S CITIZENS’ ACADEMY 13 week class on how the Sheriff's office works. 6:45-10pm. Free. vincente.galloway@co.travis.tx.us, www.tcscaaa.org.

Wednesday 28

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

AIBA & SOS ALLIANCE CRUISE Help the Austin Independent Business Alliance and the Save Our Springs Alliance grow. 5:30pm. Capital Cruises, 208 Barton Springs, 512/480-9264. Free for members and prospective members. mixer@ibuyaustin.com, www.capitalcruises.com.

Thursday 29

CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON CEMETERY RULES Join the conversation on burial space adornment. www.speakupaustin.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), 512/422-5395. 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.

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