Civics 101

Thursday 14

A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF BAYLOR The Texas Tribune leads a conversation with Baylor President Linda Livingstone. Catch it live or via livestream. 7:30-9am. The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 512/477-9496. Free. www.texastribune.org.

ONE TEXAS RESISTANCE HOLIDAY PARTY A holiday celebration to support the coalition of local orgs advocating for justice every day in Austin and beyond. 6-8pm. The North Door. www.fb.com/groups/onetexasresistance/about.

Friday 15

CITY OF AUSTIN/AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES/TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT JOINT COMMITTEE – REGULAR MEETING Items on the agenda include a report on juvenile curfew, updates on CodeNEXT, Parent Support Specialists, and affordable housing. 11:30am. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

YWCA MONTHLY DIALOGUE This month, the YWCA discusses how to navigate social and familial relationships around “isms.” Share and learn new tips, tools, and tactics for handling uncomfortable conversations. Bring your lunch. Noon-1:30pm. YWCA of Greater Austin, 2015 S. I-35 #110, 512/326-1222. Free. www.ywcaaustin.org.

Saturday 16

SAFE BABY ACADEMY A class for expectant families or parents/caregivers of children under 12 months. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline. 9am. Seton Williamson Medical Center, 201 Seton Pkwy., Round Rock, 512/972-7233. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOMELESS SERVICES AT THE ARCH Offer input and ideas about services for individuals experiencing homelessness in the community. 10:30am-12:30pm. Manchaca Road Branch Library, 5500 Menchaca Rd., 512/974-8700. www.austintexas.gov.

HEY SIS! A community dialogue for attendees to reflect on their experiences as Womayn of the Global Majority. Proceeds benefit Counter Balance's Community Restoration Project. 1-3:30pm. Six Square, 1152 San Bernard St., 512/505-8738. $3. www.counterbalanceatx.org.

LYNCHING REMEMBRANCE PROJECT Catch the unveiling of a historical marker honoring unnamed victims of lynchings in Travis County, acknowledges the horrors of racial injustice, and confronts ongoing racial inequality. 1-3pm. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard, 512/478-7007. lynchinginamerica.eji.org.

Sunday 17

IF WE DON'T, WHO WILL? VALVE-TURNERS ON ACTIONS THAT MATTER Climate activist Mike Foster leads a conversation on the importance of environmental activism. Noon-1pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168.

Monday 18

HOW CONGRESS STOLE CHRISTMAS: SANTA RESISTS Tell Senators Cruz and Cornyn why they're getting stockings full of coal this holiday season. 3-4:30pm. 300 E. Eighth #961.

Tuesday 19

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR AUSTIN WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME 2018 Austin's Commission for Women is currently taking nominations for Austin Women’s Hall of Fame. "Each year, the commission recognizes women who've made significant contributions to Austin/Travis County by breaking barriers for women, working to better the lives of women and girls, or through other forms of public or community service." Nominations accepted through Jan. 31 www.austintexas.gov/whof.

AURA HOLIDAY PARTY Learn more about AURA, a grassroots urbanist org focused on improving land use and transportation through policy analysis, public involvement, and political engagement. 5:30-7:30pm. The Ginger Man. www.aura-atx.org.

Wednesday 20

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR AUSTIN WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME 2018 Austin's Commission for Women is currently taking nominations for Austin Women’s Hall of Fame. "Each year, the commission recognizes women who've made significant contributions to Austin/Travis County by breaking barriers for women, working to better the lives of women and girls, or through other forms of public or community service." Nominations accepted through Jan. 31 www.austintexas.gov/whof.

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CAR SEAT CHECK EVENT Learn how to properly install your car seat. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline. Third Wednesdays Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg, 512/972-7233. www.austintexas.gov/department/gus-garcia-recreation-center.

LEADERSHIP AUSTIN ESSENTIAL CLASS DAY Mayor Adler discusses the state of Austin's economy and the challenges facing it. A Q&A will follow. 1pm. UFCU Building, 8303 N. MoPac.

Thursday 21

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR AUSTIN WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME 2018 Austin's Commission for Women is currently taking nominations for Austin Women’s Hall of Fame. "Each year, the commission recognizes women who've made significant contributions to Austin/Travis County by breaking barriers for women, working to better the lives of women and girls, or through other forms of public or community service." Nominations accepted through Jan. 31 www.austintexas.gov/whof.

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.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER SWIM LESSONS Swim lessons for all ages and skill levels, provided by the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Division. $57, residents; $66, nonresidents. www.austintexas.gov/parksonline.

AUSTIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VOLUNTEERS WANTED Weekday construction opportunities available; opportunities are updated weekly and can be found on the org's volunteer calendar. Multiple locations. www.austinhabitat.org.

AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEES APPLICATIONS Applications are now open to join the following committees: Engineering, Architecture, and Construction; Finance and Risk; and Planning, Sustainability, Equity, and DBE Advisory. The governing body of the agency created to build out Project Connect, ATP will oversee funding, designing, and implementing the $7.1 billion mass transit overhaul. Ongoing Online. www.capmetro.org/atp.

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