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Thursday 21

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.

ARTIST INFORMATION MEETING: PEOPLE'S GALLERY 2015 The city is seeking 2- and 3-D artworks in any medium by local visual artists, galleries, or visual arts organizations for the 2015 People's Gallery Exhibition. All interested artists are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. 6-7:30pm. Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. Second.

Saturday 23

AUSTIN FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION PAC FORUM: DISTRICTS 5, 8, 9, & 10 District candidates will appearing in the following order: District 5, ­9-10 am; District 8, 10-11am; District 9, 1-1:45pm; District 10, 1:45-3pm. Austin Firefighters Association, 7537 Cameron, 512/441-7572.,

#THENEWMOVEMENT: JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN AND WHAT MUST COME NEXT Members of the community are invited to participate in a frank and open conversation about police brutality in America. 5pm. Givens Park, 3811 E. 12th.,

Sunday 24

CIVIC ACADEMY ON CHILDREN FLEEING CENTRAL AMERICA Learn more about the crisis and what you can do about it. 12:30-2pm. Congregational Church of Austin, 408 W. 23rd, 512/916-0100.

Tuesday 26

CERTIFICATION 101 WORKSHOP Join the Small & Minority Business Resources Department for an overview of the various types of free certifications offered to qualified small business owners seeking opportunities for government work. Workshop will focus on Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certifications. 5:30-7:30pm. SMBR Office, 4201 Ed Bluestein Blvd.

Wednesday 27

HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH CAPITAL METRO Greater Austin Black Chamber and Cap Metro host a panel discussing contracting opportunities for small businesses. 9am. Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson.

AUSTIN REGIONAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOC. MAYORAL FORUM LUNCHEON 11:30am-1pm. The Westin, 11301 Domain Dr., 512/832-4197.

CIVIC SUMMIT: MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute are excited to announce we will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes, moderated by Jennifer Stayton of KUT News. During Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum we’ll hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward and find out how each will navigate a new council structure with 10 distinct points of view. The forum is open to the public and will be broadcast on KLRU the following evening, Thursday, August 28 at 8pm. 6:30pm. KLRU Studio 6A, Guadalupe St. & Dean Keaton, UT Campus.

Thursday 28

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.

CENTRAL HEALTH PUBLIC HEARINGS Two public hearings about the FY2015 budget, which includes a grant for Planned Parenthood's three Austin health centers to provide preventive health care and birth control to eligible patients. 6pm. Central Health Administrative Office, 1111 E. Cesar Chavez. 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.

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.

HOSPICE AUSTIN'S CAMP BRAVE HEART A three-night camp for kids (6-17) who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Celebrating its 20th anniversary of supporting grieving youth, Camp Brave Heart arms kids with the tools to tackle their grief. Now accepting applications for July 31 - Aug. 3, near Wimberley, TX. John Knox Ranch. Free.

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR ANNUAL CITYWORKS ACADEMY The city is now accepting applications for the ninth annual CityWorks Academy. Get involved in local government and learn the “A to Z” of city operations through 14 class sessions. Classes run Sep.-Dec. Application deadline: July 21

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