Civics 101

Thursday 17

CITY BUDGET COMMENTARY Here's your chance to offer feedback on the Development Services Department’s proposed budget before Council adopts a budget between Sept. 11-13. 4pm. Council Chambers at City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2000.

KIT MAKING PARRTAY! Join the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition to make drug-overdose and HIV prevention kits. 6-8pm. The Pink House, 1115 E. 12th. www.austinharmreduction.org.

GREEN BY DESIGN WORKSHOP – SESSION 3 Learn about sustainable, energy-efficient homebuilding and remodeling practices. This session focuses on efficient home systems for water, heating, and lighting. 7pm. Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-1253. $25 for one/all sessions. www.austintexas.gov.

Friday 18

ALZHEIMER’S TEXAS EDUCATIONAL LUNCH N’ LEARN Learn more about Alzheimer's and support those living with the disease by lunching with a local advocacy group. RSVP via email. 11:30am-1pm. Manchaca United Methodist Church, Manchaca Road & FM 1626. Free. VCardenas@TXAlz.org, www.txalz.org.

LGBTQIA ALLY SEMINAR AT SAFE AUSTIN Learn about LGBTQIA vocabulary and concepts to become a better ally. 6-8pm. SAFE Alliance, 1401 Grove Blvd., 512/267-7233. www.safeaustin.org.

Saturday 19

RALLY AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY “There are two sides to a neo Nazi rally, they are the right side of history and the wrong side of history." Mayor Adler, and activists Cristina Tzintzun, Candace Aylor, Richard Franklin, Chrissie Foxx Paris, and more speak out against white supremacy. They will be joined by Black Lives Matter, Resistance Choir of South Central Texas, and Rabbi Susan Lippe. 10am-Noon. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

ONE TEXAS RESISTANCE: ACTIVIST AND VDR TRAINING An event for those interested in making a difference in the 2018 Texas election. Attend to learn about helping register voters. 10am-2pm. Texas AFL-CIO Auditorium, 1106 Lavaca. Free.

IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS 101 Save water and money on your energy bill by setting up an irrigation, sprinkler controller. Email David Turnage to register. 10am-Noon. Austin Water, 625 E. 10th St., 512-974-3517. David.Turnage@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov.

FIX-IT CLINIC Bring your damaged or broken jewelry, toys, electronics, etc. and learn how to fix them with volunteer coaches. Enjoy a composting class and live puppet show while you're there. Noon-3pm. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

FREE COMPOSTING CLASS Learn how to turn organic trash into fertilizer and receive a $75 rebate on a home composting system. 1-2pm. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400. www.austintexas.gov.

Sunday 20

BACK 2 SCHOOL DRIVE Join Counter Balance as they distribute school supplies to Eastside kiddos during a party at the park with music, free haircuts and hairstyles, and free community resources. If you wish to donate, send some cash with a note re: School Supplies. 7am-5pm. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th, 512/928-1982. www.counterbalanceatx.org.

Tuesday 22

SUPERVISORY EXCELLENCE Develop your management style while learning how to best supervise and motivate employees. 9am-Noon. Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 Capital of TX Hwy. S. #110. $40. www.austintexas.gov.

CIVICS 101: YOUR GUIDE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT Get the 411 on City Council – the level of government that most impacts our everyday lives. 6-8pm. In.gredients CLOSED. www.austineconetwork.com.

Thursday 24

INDIVISIBLE AUSTIN WOMEN'S COFFEE MEETUP Connect and network with other women in activism over coffee. 11am-12:30pm. NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe, 512/451-7170. www.neworldeli.com.

CULTURAL FUNDING FINAL REPORT WORKSHOP This workshop covers how to complete the 2017 fiscal year final report in detail. 6-7pm. Milwood Branch Library, 12500 Amherst. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT TRANSIT GAME NIGHT Test your problem-solving skills with a transit-planning app game and compete against other attendees. 6-8pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/474-1958. Free. www.capmetro.org.

SOCIALIST FEMINIST BOOK CLUB MEETUP The inaugural meeting of the new socialist feminist book club will discuss the first chapter of Angela Davis' Women, Race, and Class. 7:30-9pm. Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd., 512/394-7844. www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com.

Ongoing

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO THE INTEGRAL CARE BOARD OF TRUSTEES County commissioners are looking to fill two seats for the board of trustees of Integral Care this October. Qualified individuals wishing to represent the county should apply. Find details online or call. Deadline to apply Fri., Aug. 25, 5pm 512/854-4774. www.traviscountytx.gov.

TCSO VICTIM SERVICES UNIT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS The Travis County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Unit needs volunteers to offer immediate assistance to victims of various criminal and crisis circumstances. Those interested must complete a training program from Sept. 11-Oct. 2 (Mon. and Thu., 6-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm). Register for Sept. training through Aug. www.tcsheriff.org.

CALL FOR BLOOD DONATIONS We Are Blood – Central Texas' blood supplier – is seeking blood donations during the slower summer months, especially so soon after Harvey. We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266. www.weareblood.org.

EL BUEN SAMARITANO HOSTS THE GRITO CHALLENGE El Buen Samaritano hosts a public participation challenge to raise awareness of the services they provide to Latino and immigrant families. Enter by uploading your Grito videos (a cry for independence, a halt to oppression, and a soulful shout) to social media with #gritochallenge, then tag three other people to do it on social media. Through Sept. 15 El Buen Samaritano, 7000 Woodhue, 512/474-4448. www.elbuen.org.

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE 2017 AUSTIN GREEN AWARDS ATX Green Awards, which recognizes and promotes sustainability and innovation in local design, is accepting submissions now through Sept. 22 (for the awards ceremony happening Oct. 25). See website for details. Through Sept. 22, noon www.atxgreenawards.org.

PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED ON TEMPORARY CONCESSIONS IN CITY OF AUSTIN PARKS Via online survey, Austin Parks & Rec. is seeking public input on temporary concessions in city parks. Survey available through Oct. 29. www.austintexas.gov/parks.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR MARKETPLACE INSURANCE (OBAMACARE) Foundation Communities can help you navigate the ACA health insurance marketplace to find the plan that works best for you. Hours vary by day and location; see website for details. Through Dec. 15. Locations vary, see website. Free. www.foundcom.org/health-programs/health-insurance-enrollment.

BE A GIVER, RAISE A TITO’S Text “TITOSHOLIDAY” to 81181, select the charity of your choice – such as ASPCA and Operation Homefront, and Tito’s will donate $1 for every text received (up to $150,000). No vodka necessary. Now through Jan. 3 81181. www.titosvodka.com.

CITY OF AUSTIN ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY FOR COLONY PARK DISTRICT PARK Professional visual artists are invited to apply to create a permanent public artwork for Colony Park. Deadline Jan. 4 www.austincreates.com.

PROPOSED CEMETERY RULES OPEN TO PUBLIC COMMENT The final draft of Austin's proposed new cemetery rules has been posted on the City Clerk's website for public feedback. Email comments to D’Anne Williams. Open through Fri., Jan. 12. Danne.Williams@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL SOTX WINTER GAMES This year's Special Olympics Texas is Feb. 2-4, and they need your help to make it great. Volunteers needed to assist with various duties at all competition events, the Athlete Village, and medics (physicians, nurses, and EMTs needed). Sign up online; email with questions. volunteer@sotx.org, www.sotx.org.

FREE TAX PREP FOR LOW-INCOME AUSTIN FAMILIES Foundation Communities offer tax prep and filing assistance for low- and moderate-income residents (households making up to $55,000). Available at six locations with varying day, evening, and weekend hours – see website for specifics. www.foundcom.org/financial-stability/austin-tax-preparation. Free.

CITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR MUNICIPAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSIONERS Council is accepting applications from qualified folks to serve on the five-member Municipal Civil Service Commission. Two three-year terms are currently open. Apply online or email Boards and Commissions Coordinator Deena Estrada. Deadline: Fri., March 2, 5pm deena.estrada@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov.

VOLUNTEER FOR IT'S MY PARK DAY Thousands of Austinites unite to improve and transform city parks, trails, and greenbelts. Register for a project now! Volunteer for Sat., March 3 Various Locations. www.austinparks.org.

AUSTIN ART IN PUBLIC PLACES SEEKS MURALIST AIPP is expanding its annual temporary public art program (aka TEMPO). Seven to 10 artists will be commissioned to create temporary murals across town. Budget: $2,000 and $7,000, depending on the size and complexity. Deadline: Thu., April 26. www.austincreates.com.

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