Civics 101

Thursday 31

AUDITORIUM SHORES EAST LAWN RENAMING CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Have a better name than Vic Mathias Shores? Let the city know online, by phone, or in person. Parks and Recreation Department’s Annex Office, 919 W. 28½, 512/974-9458.

Friday 1

'ROE AT RISK: FIGHTING FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE' Texas Freedom Network hosts a screening of this short film and a discussion with local reproductive rights advocates afterward. 7-8pm. Texas Union Theatre, 2247 Guadalupe on the UT campus, 512/475-6636. Free.

GET OUT THE VOTE BAR CRAWL Battleground Texas and Stonewall Democrats are teaming up for a voter registration drive! Don't forget to bring your volunteer deputy registrar certificate (if you have one) and a positive attitude. RSVP online. Questions? Email Justin Jacobson. 8:30pm. Rio Rita, 1308 E. Sixth. Free.,

Saturday 2

READY WHEN YOU ARE Come learn about short- and long-term contraception, HIV tests, and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, all available at a low cost or free for eligible patients ages 24 and under. Free treats! 8am-2:30pm. Planned Parenthood, 1823 E. Seventh, 800/230-PLAN.

AUSTIN SAALT CIRCLE – DISCUSSION ON SECURE COMMUNITIES South Asian Americans Leading Together hosts a discussion of S-Comm and its impact on Austin. Ranjana Natarajan and Richard Jung will speak on the constitutional aspects of the policy. 11am-1pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. Free.

TEXAS STANDS WITH GAZA Rally and march in solidarity with the people of Gaza. 1pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. Free.

RESHAPING EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW’S WORK FORCE Get up-to-date on ACC's Highland campus and the upcoming bond election. 1:30-3pm. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932. Free.

Monday 4

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.

Tuesday 5

TRAFFIC SAFETY SYMPOSIUM Discuss with state and local agencies and advocacy groups ways to create safer roadways in Austin. Speaker sign-ups, 5:30-6:30pm. Public comment, 6:25-7:45pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. Free.

VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRAINING Help citizens register to vote! Attend any of three one-hour sessions: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. Free.

Thursday 7

AUDITORIUM SHORES EAST LAWN RENAMING CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Have a better name than Vic Mathias Shores? Let the city know online, by phone, or in person. Parks and Recreation Department’s Annex Office, 919 W. 28½.

ESL COURSE APPLICATION Learn more about ACC's free ESL classes. Assistance with completing the online application will be provided. Bring government-issued photo ID (not B or F visas). 5:30-8:30pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1693; ACC, 512/223-5123. 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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