Civics 101

Thursday 1

CITY COUNCIL MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 11am-8pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES APPLICATION WORKSHOPS Individual artists, unincorporated arts groups, and art nonprofits are invited to learn how to complete each section of the online application including. Thu., Feb. 1, noon Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

NO DRIPPING SEWAGE KICK OFF: KEEP OUR CREEKS CLEAN! The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Save Barton Creek Association, and Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance discuss the dangers of dumping sewage effluent into local creeks. Have a beer and learn how this could impact the city, and how you can help prevent it. 5:30-7:30pm. Patagonia, 316 Congress, 512/320-8383. mail@wimberleywatershed.org, www.wimberleywatershed.org.

WHOSE STREETS? DOCUMENTARY SCREENING The Humanities Institute, Austin Justice Coalition, and Black Lives Matter Austin host a screening and conversation on the doc Whose Streets? 6:30-8:45pm. Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/974-3625. www.liberalarts.utexas.edu/humanitiesinstitute.

CODENEXT QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, AND ACTION EvolveAustin hosts a community discussion on CodeNEXT for residents to learn about how our land development code affects Austin and why the city is working to rewrite it. 7-8pm. Casa Colombia, 2409 E. Seventh, 512/495-9425. www.evolveaustin.org.

ALONDRA NELSON ON "THE SOCIAL LIFE OF DNA" Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology at Columbia University, delivers the keynote for the Humanities Institute's "Health, Well-Being, Healing" lecture series. 7-9:45pm. Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302, UT campus. www.liberalarts.utexas.edu/humanitiesinstitute.

Friday 2

ANTI-DISPLACEMENT TASK FORCE MEETING The city's commission to review and recommend specific strategies in five categories of action. See agenda for details. 9am. Street-Jones Building, 1000 E. 11th, Ste. 400-A. www.austintexas.gov/page/anti-displacement-task-force.

ANNIE’S LIST CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIE-VERSARY WITH SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN Senator Elizabeth Warren celebrates 15 years of Annie's List in Austin – the statewide political org recruits, trains, and supports progressive women candidates. They're hoping to make 2018 the year of women winning office. Noon-1:15pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664. $50-250. www.annieslist.com.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 1-5pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

Saturday 3

SAFE BABY ACADEMY For expectant families, parents, and caregivers of kids under 12 months. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline. 9am. Seton Southwest Hospital, 7900 FM 1826 (Camp Ben McCollough Rd.), 512/972-7233. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 9am-5pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 9am-5pm. People’s Community Clinic, 1101 Camino La Costa. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

BLACK LIVES MATTER AUSTIN FEBRUARY NEIGHBORHOOD CANVASSING A neighborhood canvassing and blockwalking event throughout the city. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page. Sat., Feb. 3, 10am-noon Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg, 512/339-0016. www.fb.com/blacklivesmatteraustin.

DAY OF VOTER REGISTRATION NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is hosting a voter registration drive throughout the city to register residents for the March 6 primaries. Other locations include Spider House Cafe and Radio Coffee & Beer. 10am-2pm. Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Rd., 512/462-1661. info@prochoicetexas.org, www.prochoicetexas.org.

TRAVIS COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING Become a volunteer deputy registrar. After completing this training, VDRs will be certified to register voters in Travis County. No reservation required. First Saturdays, 10:30am; first Tuesdays, 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. www.TravisCountyTax.org.

PEOPLE'S RALLY FOR ROY G. GUERRERO PARK Save Our Parkland leads a protests against the proposed plan to build an MLS soccer stadium at Guerrero Park. Noon. Roy G. Guerrero Park, 400 Grove, 512/974-6700. www.austinparks.org/apfweb/park.php?parkId=325.

HUTTO VISITATION ORIENTATION A training for folks looking to support women detained at T. Don Hutto Residential Center. Volunteers must be conversationally proficient in second language or they'll need to be accompanied by someone who can interpret for them, and must commit to visiting at least once a month. 2-4pm. Grassroots Leadership, 3121 E. 12th, 512/499-8111. www.grassrootsleadership.org.

COMPOSTING CLASS Learn how to compost so you don't add your food waste to the landfill. Part of the Home Composting Rebate Program. Residents paying the Clean Community Fee qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. Attend a composting class, then apply! 2-3pm. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

PANEL: WHAT DO RURAL AND URBAN CENTRAL TEXAS HAVE IN COMMON? Speakers discuss how the rural-urban divide in politics impacts Central Texas by exploring issues ranging from criminal justice and gun control to high-speed internet connectivity and traffic congestion. 2-4pm. Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center Dr., 512/974-8860. www.cg4tx.org.

Sunday 4

WHAT NEXT FOR CODENEXT? Panelists Carmen Pulido (GO! Austin/¡VAMOS! Austin), CM Kathie Tovo, David King (ZAP commissioner), Greg Anderson (Austin Habitat for Humanity), and Dr. Jane Rivera (Austin Parks and Rec. Board) discuss the future of CodeNEXT and answer resident questions. 2-4pm. Wildflower Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/428-9464. www.wildflowerchurch.org.

Monday 5

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 11am-8pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOMELESS SERVICES The final community forum seeking input and ideas about ARCH services for adults experiencing homelessness. Adrienne Sturrup of Austin Public Health will speak. The event will be interactive. 1-3pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. ARCHideas@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/health.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 4-8pm. People’s Community Clinic, 1101 Camino La Costa. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

SAFE BABY ACADEMY – SPANISH A class – conducted in Spanish – for expectant families, parents, and caregivers of kids under 12 months. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline. 5pm. People's Community Clinic, 1101 Camino La Costa, 512/972-7233. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

LAD MEETING WITH COUNCIL MEMBER GREG CASAR Council Member Greg Casar discusses his paid sick leave proposal and other issues facing Austin in 2018 during LAD's monthly meeting. 7-8:30pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/474-1958. www.liberalaustindems.wordpress.com.

Tuesday 6

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CAR SEAT CHECK Austin-Travis County EMS hold a safety event to teach new parents how to properly install car seats. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline. 9am. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez, 512/972-7233. EMSPubEd@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov.

TRAVIS COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING Become a volunteer deputy registrar. After completing this training, VDRs will be certified to register voters in Travis County. No reservation required. First Saturdays, 10:30am; first Tuesdays, 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm. Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 512/854-9473. www.TravisCountyTax.org.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 11am-8pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

FY 18 FINAL REPORT WORKSHOPS A workshop for Cultural Funding recipients. Learn how to complete the FY 18 Final Report for Core, Capacity Building, Cultural Heritage Festival Program, and Community Initiatives Program. Bring a laptop or tablet if possible. Tue., Feb. 6, noon-1pm Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library, 3101 Oak Springs, 512/974-7854. www.austintexas.gov/department/cultural-arts.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 4-8pm. People’s Community Clinic, 1101 Camino La Costa. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

LEGALLINE Need a legal question answered? This hotline can help. Lawyers will answer your questions and give referrals to appropriate community organizations. First Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm 512/472-8303. Free. www.austinlrs.org.

SUBSTANDARD STREET FUNDING FORUM: JOHNNY MORRIS ROAD People who drive along Johnny Morris Road are invited to join City staff and consultants to discuss substandard street projects resulting from the 2016 Mobility Bond. 5:40-7:30pm. Barbara Jordan Elementary, 6711 Johnny Morris, 512/414-2578. www.austintexas.gov.

ZONING AND PLATTING COMMISSION MEETING A consent agenda and a CodeNEXT discussion with consultants and city staff. 6pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov/zpc.

Wednesday 7

BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION A BizAid orientation session for residents looking to launch a small business. 9-10:30am. Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 Capital of TX Hwy. S. #110, 512/974-7800. www.austinsmallbiz.com.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 11am-8pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

SUBSTANDARD STREET FUNDING FORUM: FM 1626 People who drive along FM 1626 are invited to join City staff and consultants to discuss substandard street projects resulting from the 2016 Mobility Bond. 4:30-7:30pm. Manchaca United Methodist Church, Menchaca Road & FM 1626. www.austintexas.gov.

PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL CALLED MEETING A briefing from the Mapping Working Group regarding CodeNEXT. 6:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov/planningcommission.

ATX VETS CANDIDATES FORUM Veteran advocates host a local candidate forum to discuss their stance on veteran issues. 6:30-8:30pm. VFW Post 8925, 8706 FM812, 512/243-8011. vfw8925.org/.

Thursday 8

BOND ELECTION ADVISORY TASK FORCE MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

FREE TAX PREP HELP AVAILABLE: CENTRAL HEALTH StreetCred will be helping low-income patients and the general public file their taxes and identify/claim credits for which they are eligible during hours listed. 11am-8pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

U.S. AG-GAG LAWS: IMPLICATIONS FOR FOOD SAFETY & FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS Learn about Ag-Gag laws and how they affect the safety of our food supply. An overview of the laws seeking to silence whistleblowers and activists from disseminating footage of animal agricultural practices. Open to the public. Thu., Feb. 8, noon-1pm. Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress #700, 512/472-0279. $20 for bar members, $30. kelley@dwyerlawaustin.com, www.travisbar.com.

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE REGULAR MEETING See agenda for more information. 2pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

2018 STATE OF THE COUNTY County Judge Sarah Eckhardt invites the public to her annual State of the County. RSVP via email, parking validated at 801 Guadalupe garage. 6pm. Travis County Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca, 512/854-9020. stateofthecountyrsvp@traviscountytx.gov, www.traviscountytx.gov.

INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION MEETING See agenda for details. 6pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov.

Ongoing

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.

LEGALLINE Call 512/472-8303 for free legal advice concerning family law, criminal matters, traffic problems, consumer issues, landlord/tenant issues, and employment law. Attorneys who are bilingual (English/Spanish) are also available. First Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm 512/472-8303. Free. referrals@austinlrs.org, austinlrs.org.

YWCA GREATER AUSTIN WARMLINE Call 512/548-9922 for support amidst the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-8pm; Fridays, 9-5pm; Saturdays, noon-4pm Citywide. ywcaaustin.org.

DRIVE-THROUGH VACCINE CLINIC VOLUNTEERS If you're interested in volunteering at Travis County's drive-through vaccine clinic at COTA, sign up here. Clinic open: Fridays-Sundays Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker. centraltxvaccs.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. atptx.org.

AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMP LOTTERY REGISTRATION Applicants can register for a random lottery drawing for limited in-person camps. In-person camp costs $120 per week with $20 due upon acceptance of lottery spot. April 19-May 16 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parksonline.

WINTER STORM REVIEW TASK FORCE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT Share your experiences and recommendations related to Winter Storm Uri, which will then be incorporated into a final report for City Council. Provide feedback online via the SpeakUp Austin website, or to speak remotely at the task force meetings, call (512/974-6339) or email no later than noon the day prior to the meetings on May 14 & 28 and June 11 & 23. Ongoing Remote. WinterStormTaskForce@austintexas.gov, www.speakupaustin.org/winter-storm-uri-community-feedback.

I-35 CAPITAL EXPRESS NORTH PUBLIC HEARING Review the draft environmental assessment and the recommended alternative for improvements to I-35 from SH 45 N. to Hwy. 290 E. Through June 10 Online. capexnorth.mobility35openhouse.com.

AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN SURVEY Share your feedback on ARR reaching its zero waste goals to help guide departmental efforts to measure Austin’s zero waste progress. Deadline: June 1 Online. www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery.

PALM DISTRICT PLANNING SURVEY Austin’s Palm District is located on the eastern edge of Downtown between I-35 and Trinity St., running from Rainey St. to 15th St. The city's Housing and Planning Department seeks public input on the future of the area as it develops the final Palm District Small Area Plan. Explore the area, take a survey, and ask questions on the city’s project website. Ongoing Online. palmdistrictplanning@austintexas.gov, www.speakupaustin.org/palmdistrict.

TCSO VICTIM SERVICES 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 July 31-Aug. 28 (Mondays, virtual, 6-9pm; Thursdays, virtual, 6-9pm; Saturdays, in-person, 9am-5pm). Ongoing Online. www.tcsheriff.org.

2021-22 BUDGET ENGAGEMENT The Budget Office’s website includes explanatory videos in English and Spanish about the city’s FY 2021-22 budgeting process, as well as a short survey for residents to share their thoughts on spending priorities. The mayor and City Council are scheduled to adopt Austin’s FY 2021-22 budget and tax rate between Aug. 11-13. Ongoing Online. budgetqa@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/budget.

SHOAL CREEK AUDIO WALKING TOUR SURVEY The Shoal Creek Conservancy is seeking public input to determine which stories to include in its free, self-guided tour along Shoal Creek. Deadline: June 7 Online. info@shoalcreekconservancy.org, www.shoalcreekconservancy.org.

DRIVE-UP HIV/STI TESTING No appointment necessary for free and confidential tests for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. Through July 23. Fridays, 9am-noon Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, 2800 Webberville Rd.. Free. www.austintexas.gov/health.

APA! POURS FOR PETS Austin Pets Alive! puts the "fun" in "fundraiser" this month: For $40, you can purr-chase a passport to use participating locations throughout July, and at each stop, pick up a coffee, beer, glass of wine, or even a refreshing agua fresca. The nonprofit animal shelter is partnering with Austin favorites like Irene’s, Hank’s, Cosmic Coffee, Yard Bar, and more, and proceeds go to pets in need. July 1-31 Citywide. $40 donation. austinpetsalive.org.

SUMMER LUNCH FOR TEENS AND KIDS Central Health is providing children ages 18 and under with free weekly meal packs that include breakfast and lunch for the entire week. Through Aug. 12. Thursdays, noon-2pm Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Dr.. Free. fb.com/southeasthealthandwellnesscenter.

ARC OF THE CAPITAL AREA WILDFLOWER PROGRAM In collaboration with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Arc offers classes for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities focusing on social-emotional growth, vocational studies, life skills, active recreation, and Texas nature. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-2pm Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse. $150-300 per month. arcaustin.org/wildflower.

ACA SPECIAL ENROLLMENT DEADLINE Sunday, Aug. 15, is the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Enroll online, via phone, or find local certified help in your area at localhelp.healthcare.gov. Deadline: Sun., Aug. 15 800/318-2596. healthcare.gov.

I-35 CAPITAL EXPRESS CENTRAL PROJECT FEEDBACK Review the Texas Department of Transportation’s $4.9 billion project by Sept. 24. TxDOT proposes to add two HOV lanes in each direction along I-35 from U.S. 290 E. to Hwy. 71/Ben White Blvd. Extended Deadline: Sept. 24 Online. my35capex.com.

CENTRAL HEALTH 2022 BUDGET ENGAGEMENT Submit your questions or comments on Central Health’s proposed FY 2022 budget and a member of Central Health’s staff will get in touch. Ongoing Online. participate.centralhealth.net/2022budget.

ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN COMMUNITY SURVEY As part of the engagement process for the first-ever Zilker Park Vision Plan – the guiding framework for the park’s restoration and future development – community members are invited to share their thoughts on the park’s programming. Deadline: Sept. 30 Online. austintexas.gov/zilkervision.

ACL ZILKER PARK ACCESS Beginning Sept. 20, the Parks and Recreation Department will close Zilker Park and select roads and street lanes in preparation for the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Oct. 1-3 & 8-10). View the city’s interactive map for more details and a schedule of park and road closures. Sept. 20-Oct. 17 Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.. austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closures.

SOUTH PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS SURVEY The city is gathering comments from residents about how they currently use South Pleasant Valley Road between St. Elmo Road and Onion Creek Park and how they would like to use the road to help guide future changes to the corridor. Deadline: Oct. 10 Online. data.austintexas.gov/stories/s/South-Pleasant-Valley-Road/b375-n8jt/.

DRIVE SAFE 2 SAVE COMPETITION Safe 2 Save, in partnership with Austin Transportation’s Vision Zero program, is hosting a competition to find Austin’s “safest driver” to discourage distracted driving and phone use. The competition features weekly cash prizes of $500, with the top three winners receiving prizes at the end. Through Oct. 15 safe2save.org/greater-austin-safe-driving-competition/.

TRANSPORTATION CRITERIA MANUAL UPDATE The TCM defines the rules, requirements, and technical guidelines for building mobility infrastructure in Austin. The city’s Transportation Department has worked to update the manual over the past two years; the current draft of the revised TCM is available for public review now through Nov. 1. Deadline: Nov. 1 Online. austintexas.gov/street-design.

AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN SURVEY Austin Transportation Department seeks community members’ feedback on three new policy changes to the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the city’s first comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan. Ongoing Online. austintexas.gov/asmp.

TPWD COMMUNITY OUTDOOR OUTREACH PROGRAM GRANT TPWD’s CO-OP grants provide funding to tax-exempt organizations for programming that engages under-served populations in TPWD mission-oriented outdoor recreation, conservation, and environmental education activities. Deadline: Nov. 1 Online. tpwd.texas.gov.

FORD BUILD TO CONNECT This multiday outdoor event includes displays of Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning truck and Mustang Mach-E SUV models. Oct. 15-24. Mon.-Fri., noon-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 9am-8pm Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe, 512/381-1147. Free. fordautoshows.com/built-to-connect.

AUSTIN LGBT CHAMBER HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE Austin’s queer business chamber hosts its annual drive for new (and unwrapped) toys, clothing, and shoes for local children. Donations will go to children and families enrolled in LifeWorks programs and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County programs. See here for a list of drop-off locations and suggested donations. Through Dec. 10 Multiple locations. austinlgbtchamber.com/toydrive.

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY WORKER Over 600 spots need to be filled at polling locations for the March 1 primaries; this is a paid position through Travis County. traviscountydemocrats.org.

WIC MOBILE UNIT Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children. Check online for current schedule Various locations. Free. austintexas.gov/wic.

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