Civics 101

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, 512/974-9458.

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.

Friday 29

A MAYORAL DEBATE HOSTED BY AUSTIN YOUNG DEMOCRATS Austin Young Democrats will host a forum for the three leading mayoral candidates: Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, and Mike Martinez. Happy hour at 7pm. 7:30pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650.

Sunday 31

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Stephanie Gharakhanian, policy director with the Workers Defense Project, will report on WDP's efforts to win better working conditions for Texans. Noon-1pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free.

ARTE DE LÁGRIMAS An exhibit of art created by unaccompanied Central American children. Presentation by Dr. Gregory Cuellar, music by Fandango Tejas, and free food and refreshments. Noon-2:30pm. New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1507 Wilshire Blvd. #6, 512/334-3041.

Monday 1

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 2

PUBLIC FORUM ON POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY The public forum will focus on a recent resolution passed by the Travis County Democratic Party calling for action from the Austin Police Department to address systemic issues surrounding racial profiling, excessive use of force, and accountability in relation to the African-American community. 6-8pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765.

Wednesday 3

2014 CAN SAFETY NET SERIES: CULTURAL PROFICIENCY AND INTERPRETATION/TRANSLATION SERVICES A conversation about how organizations can work towards becoming more culturally proficient and provide interpretation and translation services in compliance with our country's laws. Light breakfast provided. 8:30am-12:30pm. IBC Bank, 8998 Research. Free.

2014 UNITED WAY FOR GREATER AUSTIN MAYORAL CAMPAIGN FORUM 4:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040. $10.

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. Thurs., Aug. 28, 6pm; 5:30pm. Central Health Administrative Office, 1111 E. Cesar Chavez. Free.

Thursday 4

A CONVERSATION WITH UT SYSTEM REGENT WALLACE HALL The Texas Tribune invites you to join us for coffee and conversation with Wallace Hall. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/477-9496.

FORO URGENTE: UNDERSTANDING THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ON THE BORDER Teresa Lozano Long Institute-sponsored forum addressing the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.–Mexico border, and exploring state and federal government responses to the crisis and the efforts of local organizations to advocate for immigrants who are detained. A reception will follow the discussion. 5-9pm. Texas Union Building, Santa Rita Suite 3.502, 2400 Guadalupe.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM DISTRICT 1 The City of Austin, in partnership with the City's Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters, will conduct a series of City Council Candidate Forums for the November 2014 single-member district election. Other forums in the series are: Districts 4 & 7, Sept. 11; Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 15; Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 16; District 9, Sept. 18; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 30; Mayor, Oct. 1. 6-9pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700.

FROM HERE TO THERE: SETTING A PATH FOR AUSTIN'S CODE Dan Parolek of Opticos Design and others from the CodeNEXT Team present their recommended approach for helping Austin get where it wants to go. 6-8:30pm. UT, Thompson Conference Center Auditorium, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr. 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.,

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