Civics 101

Thursday 30

A FUNNY THING HAPPENS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SLAVERY Azie Dungey, creator of web series Ask a Slave, speaks. 2-3:30pm. Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, 2504-A Whitis.

#WHERERTHEREFUGEES VIGIL AND RALLY Join advocates for a candlelight vigil and rally to support refugees and those affected by Trump's numerous attempts to ban immigrants from coming to the U.S. 6-8pm. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd.. Free. austin@rstx.org, www.rstx.org.

BOND TASK FORCE SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT Share what infrastructure needs you think are most pressing. These meetings will inform the $640 million bond package to go to voters in 2018. 6:30-8:30pm. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. www.austintexas.gov.

Friday 1

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION Founder and ED of Survive2Thrive Foundation Courtney Santana discusses how to move survivors of domestic violence out of victimization to empowerment. 9-10am. 1709 E. 12th. www.survive2thrivefoundation.com.

DAY WITH(OUT) ART: ALTERNATE ENDING RADICAL BEGINNINGS The Contemporary and Kind Clinic unite to present a collection of short films to honor World AIDS Day with pieces by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro, and more. 6-8pm. The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress, 512/453-5312. Free. www.kindclinic.org.

Saturday 2

HEART OF THE CITY A SIMS Foundation fundraiser complete with outlaw country and cosmic cowboys. 7pm. Emo's, 2015 E. Riverside, 888/512-7469. $35-125. www.simsfoundation.org.

Sunday 3

AUSTIN SMILES HOLIDAY PARTY Help Austin Smiles continue their support of cleft lip and palate child patients this holiday season. 1-3pm. The Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trl., 512/266-2442. www.austinsmiles.org.

OUR REVOLUTION CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL MEETING Members should attend to vote in Our Rev endorsements, plus info on January's statewide meeting. 2-4pm. IBEW Local 520, 4818 E. Ben White #300. www.ourrevolutiontx.com.

LIGHTS OF LOVE A night of holiday cheer to support Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Texas (an org that offers aid to families of critically ill or injured children). 4-7pm. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., 512/472-9844. $5 per person suggested donation, $20 per family suggested donation. www.lightsoflovectx.org.

Monday 4

2018 BOND TASK FORCE SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT Provide your input on what infrastructure needs are most important to the city in advance of the $640 million bond package going to voters in 2018. 6:30-8:30pm. Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.. www.austintexas.gov.

Tuesday 5

LUKE'S WISH TOY DRIVE Now through December 9, Luke’s Wish Toy Drive is accepting donations for new, unwrapped toys for children from infants to 18 years old to make the season brighter for the kids stuck in the hospital this winter. See drop-off details on Facebook. Through Dec. 9 janetpollok1@gmail.com.

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER For caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Registration required. 2-4pm. Alzheimer’s Texas, 3520 Executive Center Dr.. Free. www.txalz.org.

CORRIDOR MOBILITY PLAN FOR MANCHACA PUBLIC MEETING Learn about and provide feedback on the plan to improve mobility, safety, and connectivity along Manchaca Road. 5pm. Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Rd., 512/414-2532. www.austintexas.gov/manchaca.

OPEN HOUSE FOR MANCHACA ROAD CORRIDOR MOBILITY PLAN The city is studying short-, medium- and long-term mobility, connectivty, and safety improvements for all Manchaca users (on foot, bike, car, or bus). Give them your feedback. Spanish interpretation available. 5-8pm. Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Rd., 512/414-2532. Free. corridors@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/Manchaca.

COMMUNITY IN ACTION: BLACK AUSTIN REMEMBERED A look at the Clarksville, Kincheoneville, and Wheatville communities. 5:30pm. Gordon-White Building, 210 W. 24th. Free.

MUELLER’S 12TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOWER LIGHTING Come together for the official lighting of the “NOEL” lights atop Austin's historic former airport control tower. Food and fun from both new and established Mueller businesses. 5:30pm. John Gaines Park, 2708 Sorin St.. Free.

DISTRICT 1 – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Parents, students, school officials, and planners discuss how to get students to school safely (sidewalk improvement, bike lanes, and more). 6-8pm. Sadler Means Middle School, 6401 N. Hampton. www.austintexas.gov/saferoutes.

Wednesday 6

LUKE'S WISH TOY DRIVE Now through December 9, Luke’s Wish Toy Drive is accepting donations for new, unwrapped toys for children from infants to 18 years old to make the season brighter for the kids stuck in the hospital this winter. See drop-off details on Facebook. Through Dec. 9 janetpollok1@gmail.com.

OPEN GOVERNMENT SHOWCASE Hear from city departments and leaders Adler, Tovo, and library director Roosevelt Weeks on innovative projects designed to bring transparency and civic participation to local government. 3-6pm. Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/974-7400. Free. library.austintexas.gov/central-library.

EASTSIDE BUS PLAZA OPEN HOUSE Join CARTS for an open house and provide input on the proposed new multimodal/bus plaza located at 101 Shady Lane. 5-7pm. 2010 E. 6th St.. www.eastsidebusplaza.splashthat.com.

BEERS FOR BETO A chance to learn more about O'Rourke's U.S. Senate campaign – he'll be Skyping in at 6pm. 5:30-7pm. Native Hostel, 807 E. Fourth, 512/551-9947. www.betofortexas.com.

BACK 2016 MOBILITY BOND CONSTRUCTABILITY REVIEW Offer input on 2016 mobility bond packages and work with the city while learning about the Corridor Mobility Program's recs and potential investments. 5:30-7pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.. Free. www.austintexas.gov/event/2016-mobility-bond-constructability-review.

PROGRESS TEXAS 7TH ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY PARTY A holiday party honoring State Rep Donna Howard, City Council Member Greg Casar, and former Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick. 6pm. Antone's Nightclub, 305 E. Fifth, 512/814-0361. $50. www.progresstexas.org.

DISTRICT 10 – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Parents, students, school officials, and planners discuss how to get students to school safely (sidewalk improvement, bike lanes, and more). 6-8pm. Murchison Middle School, 3700 North Hills, 512/414-3254. www.austintexas.gov/saferoutes.

Thursday 7

LUKE'S WISH TOY DRIVE Now through December 9, Luke’s Wish Toy Drive is accepting donations for new, unwrapped toys for children from infants to 18 years old to make the season brighter for the kids stuck in the hospital this winter. See drop-off details on Facebook. Through Dec. 9 janetpollok1@gmail.com.

HACK AUSTIN A hackathon for civic good to help Austin tackle health and safety challenges. Dec. 8, 6-8pm; Dec. 9., 9am-5pm; Dec. 10, 10am-3pm Galvanize, 118 Nueces. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

A CONVERSATION WITH SCOTT MILDER, GOP CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOV. Texas Tribune leads a conversation with Scott Milder on his run for Lt. Gov. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/477-9496. Free. www.texastribune.org.

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS TO PROTEST ARCTIC DRILLING INCLUSION IN FEDERAL TAX BILL Protest the Senate's recent approval of a tax bill that authorizes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Activists are encouraged to wear Arctic-themed costumes. 10-11am. J.J. Jake Pickle Federal Building, 300 E. 8th Street. www.environmenttexas.org.

WORKERS FUNDRAISER FOR CHITO VELA Former and current presidents of the Workers Defense Project host a fundraiser for state rep. candidate Chito Vela. RSVP by email. 5:30-7:30pm. 2304 E. Ninth. $50 suggested donation. info@chitovela.com, www.chitovela.com.

THE TAX BILL IS NOT OK: PROTEST AT AUSTIN CITY HALL A place to take action and speak out against the discriminatory tax bill. 5:30-8:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

Ongoing

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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