Civics 101

Thursday 17

MARCH TO DEFEND UT ANTIFA 3 March in support of the "UT Antifa 3" arrested for removing graffiti of a Celtic cross from the Blanton after several months. Though out on bail, each faces felony charges of vandalism and thousands of dollars in legal fees. Organizers ask protesters to wear black in support. Noon-2pm. Corner of 21st and Whitis. www.fb.com/RSFAustin.

CREEK SHOW 2016 celebrates Waller Creek with ten nights of art, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Five art installations, all light-based, designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects, best viewed at night and all located along Waller Creek between Fifth and Eighth Streets. Nov. 10-19, 6-10pm www.creekshow.com.

TEACH-IN ON INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, AND DAPL Led by C.J. Alvarez and Dustin Tahmahkera – professors in UT's Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies – lead an open-mic gathering on to discuss and educate on the Dakota Access Pipeline. 6-8pm. University of Texas, Gordon-White Building. www.thirdcoastactivist.org/events/teach-in-on-indigenous-rights-environmental-justice-and-dapl.

STRONGER TOGETHER COMMUNITY GATHERING Travis County Democratic Party brings Mayor Adler, council members Greg Casar and Leslie Pool together along with two commissioners and AISD president to discuss how to counteract a Trump Presidency. See Facebook for exact address. 6-8:30pm. 1500 E. Fourth. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

TEXAS JAIL PROJECT 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The Texas Jail Project celebrates 10 years of working to reform county jails and offer support to families of inmates. Speakers include co-founder Diane Wilson and state House Rep. Celia Israel. 6:30-9pm. The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 512/478-8387. $25 student/advocate, $50 supporter, $120 special supporter. www.texasjailproject.org.

Friday 18

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and more. Fill out the application to register. Nov. 18-20, 8am to 5pm daily Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Road. www.austintexas.gov/event/g-317-community-emergency-response-team-cert-course.

SUPPORT OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS! A Muslim-solidarity rally during Friday prayers. There will be two services (1:05 and 2:05). Organizers ask that you arrive early with signs expressing support. 1-2:30pm. Nueces Mosque, 1906 Nueces.

CELEBRATE HILDA & IVAN’S FREEDOM Austin Sanctuary Network celebrates Guatemalan mom Hilda and her son's victory after earning freedom to pursue political asylum. It's a great time to learn about the orgs that work in solidarity with the immigrant community. 6-8pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835.

CREEK SHOW 2016 celebrates Waller Creek with ten nights of art, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Five art installations, all light-based, designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects, best viewed at night and all located along Waller Creek between Fifth and Eighth Streets. Nov. 10-19, 6-10pm www.creekshow.com.

FROM "NOT MY PRESIDENT" TO "NO MORE PRESIDENTS!" The Revolutionary Student Front invites would-be revolutionaries to discuss the concrete steps necessary to build a network of working-class students to create a better world. Location undecided, see Facebook for updates. www.fb.com/events/100643943754328 6:30pm.

GREEN MOVIE NIGHT: THE BURDEN: FOSSIL FUELS, THE MILITARY AND NATIONAL SECURITY Join the Green Sanctuary Program for a doc screening and discussion on fossil-fuel dependence as a threat to national security. 7-9pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168. Free. www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary.

Saturday 19

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and more. Fill out the application to register. Nov. 18-20, 8am to 5pm daily Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Road. www.austintexas.gov/event/g-317-community-emergency-response-team-cert-course.

TEXAS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MEMORIAL UNVEILING The unveiling of Texas' first Black history memorial to honor the contributions of African American Texans. The monument will be the last erected on the South Capitol grounds under current law. A free celebration will follow. 10am. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.taahmf.com.

STOP THE NEO-NAZI "WHITE LIVES MATTER" RALLY Counter-rally. 11am-5pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.tspb.state.tx.us.

ATX STANDS WITH STANDING ROCK Gather in solidarity and help raise funds for those fighting the DAPL at Standing Rock. Silent auction, food vendors, kids' corner, and open dialogue. Noon-4pm. Wildflower Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/428-9464. www.ocetisakowincamp.org.

EAST: 1800 LUCKY CATS EAST stops at AAC with Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats by Teruko Nimura. Each statue (representing a tenth of the 18,000 animals served yearly at the shelter) is "adoptable" with a donation, and foster kittens return for adoption on the 19th. Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. Donations welcome. www.austinanimalcenter.org.

CREEK SHOW 2016 celebrates Waller Creek with ten nights of art, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Five art installations, all light-based, designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects, best viewed at night and all located along Waller Creek between Fifth and Eighth Streets. Nov. 10-19, 6-10pm www.creekshow.com.

Sunday 20

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and more. Fill out the application to register. Nov. 18-20, 8am to 5pm daily Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Road. www.austintexas.gov/event/g-317-community-emergency-response-team-cert-course.

EAST: 1800 LUCKY CATS EAST stops at AAC with Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats by Teruko Nimura. Each statue (representing a tenth of the 18,000 animals served yearly at the shelter) is "adoptable" with a donation, and foster kittens return for adoption on the 19th. Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20 Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop. Donations welcome. www.austinanimalcenter.org.

Thursday 24

2016 TURKEY TROT ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot returns with the largest 5-mile run in Texas (plus a 1 mile walk/run and a Kids K). Run, volunteer, or spectate – either way, proceeds go to Caritas of Austin. 9am-Noon. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664. www.thundercloud.com/register.

Ongoing

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.

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.

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 www.austintexas.gov/department/cityworks-academy.

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