Civics 101

Thursday 22

CITY COUNCIL MEETING For information visit the Council Meeting Information Center. 10am. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council.

DISCUSSION ON MATTRESS RECYCLING Share your thoughts on how to make a successful mattress recycling program with Austin Resource Recovery. Thu., March 22, 10:30am-noon Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove, 512/974-7400. 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. 11am-8pm. CommUnityCare Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis. www.mystreetcred.org/program.

CAROLYN WEST ON RACISM AND SEXISM IN PORNOGRAPHY Carolyn West, professor of psychology at the University of Washington Tacoma, will speak on “Let Me Tell Ya’ll Bout Black Chicks: Images of Black Women in Pornography.” 7-9pm. Belo Center for New Media Auditorium, northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe. Free. rjensen@austin.utexas.edu, https://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/bmc.html.

Friday 23

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING See agenda for details. 7:30am. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

THE FADING AMERICAN DREAM: UPWARD MOBILITY FOR WHITE AND BLACK CHILDREN ACC's Garrett Groves discusses. 9-10am. 1709 E. 12th St.. www.equality-of-opportunity.org.

SAFE BABY ACADEMY – SPANISH For expectant families, parents, and caregivers of kids under 12 months. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline. Class is conducted in Spanish. 9am. CommUnityCare, 2901 Montopolis. Free. EMSPubEd@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/department/ems.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS "FORCED FROM HOME" TRAVELING EXHIBITION Virtual reality documentaries, photographs, and testimonies from aid workers and patients, that examines the challenges faced by refugees around the world. 10am-4pm. Gregory Plaza, 21st & Speedway. Free. www.forcedfromhome.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 24

HBCU TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT Students and professors from seven of Texas' historically black colleges and universities will interview and record stories of people of color in Austin. 8am-5pm. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 100 E. 27th, 512/472-6736. Free. hbcuoralhistoryvideoproject.org.

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.

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.

ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN WORKSHOP: CENTRAL Austin Parks and Recreation invite the public to help plan the future of the Zilker Botanical Garden. Sat., March 24, 10am-noon Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-8672. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

PFLUGERVILLE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES Pflugerville students, families, and community members lead their own sister march to D.C.'s March for Our Lives. The rally will begin at 10am with speeches by local high schoolers, Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales, and more to demand stronger gun control laws and no more school shootings. 10-11:30am. The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St.. catherine@livemom.com.

COMMUNITY SOLABRATION: GRAND OPENING OF LA LOMA Celebrate the grand opening of La Loma – the city's new solar farm in East Austin (which began sending energy to Austin Energy this week). The community is invited to tour the farm, plant sunflowers, enjoy free food and giveaways, visit with city departments, and participate in kids’ activities like face painting and solar car races. 10am-Noon. La Loma Community Solar Farm, 942 Lott Ave.. www.austinenergy.com/ae/green-power/solar-solutions/for-your-home/community-solar.

FREE COMPOSTING CLASS Learn how to keep food waste out of the landfill. Residents paying the Clean Community Fee qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. Attend the class, then apply! 10:30-11:30am. Downtown Farmers Market, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-1850. Free. composting@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/composting.

AQUATIC HIRING DAY Apply and interview for lifeguard, pool attendant, swim instructor, or coach positions at Austin pools. Sat., March 24, noon-4pm Springwoods Municipal Pool, 13320 Lyndhurst, 512/974-9330. Free. www.austintexas.gov/swimming.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES – AUSTIN Join Austin students as they march from City Hall to the Capitol in an effort to raise awareness and make substantive changes to gun policy in the United States. Sat., March 24, noon-3pm Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. marchforourlives.austintx@gmail.com, www.marchforourlives.com.

FREE CHICKEN KEEPING CLASS Learn how to keep chickens and how to apply for a $75 rebate on a chicken coop. Must register to attend. 12:30-1:30pm. Downtown Farmers Market, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-1850. Free. www.austintexas.gov/chickenkeeping.

ZERO WASTE BLOCK LEADER ORIENTATION Training on Austin Resource Recovery programs and services, and an opportunity to get your questions answered about all things zero waste. 1-3pm. Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/be-zero-waste-block-leader.

AUSTIN’S FAB FIVE: ANNUAL GALA Join the Seedling Foundation for their annual gala honoring five community leaders who've contributed to youth development. Proceeds go to the org's mentor program. 6:30-10:30pm. The Westin, 11301 Domain Dr., 512/323-6371. $50-$150. www.seedlingfoundation.org.

EARTH HOUR: TURN YOUR LIGHTS OFF Show your support for protecting the planet and ending climate change by powering down and turning the lights off for an hour Saturday night. 8:30-9:30pm. www.worldwildlife.org.

Sunday 25

4TH ANNUAL ECO-FAIR HOPE and Austin Permaculture Guild host an eco-friendly community event. Along with the usual Sunday vendors, guests will be in attendance to speak on local orgs and how to get involved. 11am-3pm. Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal, 512/727-8363. Free. www.hopefarmersmarket.org.

Monday 26

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.

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.

WEST WING TRIVIA FOR REP. DONNA HOWARD Love The West Wing and local Rep. Donna Howard? Then play some trivia on Aaron Sorkin's political drama to raise funds for Howard's re-election campaign. 7-9pm. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282. $10-$1000. www.votedonna.com.

Tuesday 27

SHOW UP FOR BLACK MOTHERS SUMMIT Researchers, health service providers, policymakers, and community activists gather to address the black maternal health crisis in Travis County. 8am-5pm. King-Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson College, 900 Chicon, 512/505-3139. Free. www.liberalarts.utexas.edu/caaas.

AUSTIN HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. Free. 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.

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.

​PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ​The land use commission will discuss CodeNEXT following their consent agenda. 6pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov/planningcommission.

TELL PC AND ZAP WE NEED MORE HOUSING Urbanist group AURA asks folks to attend Tuesday's joint land use commission meeting to speak up on CodeNEXT – specifically Austin's housing needs – during citizen input. 6:45-7:45pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220. www.austintexas.gov/planningcommission.

Wednesday 28

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.

TRAFFIC JAM! TAKING IT TO THE STREETS Learn how agencies are improving the region's transportation future and get the latest information on the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan and Project Connect. 4-8pm. Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/974-7400. Free. www.ProjectConnect.com.

CULTURAL ARTS FUNDING PROGRAM BUDGET CLINICS Sign up for a 30-minute consultations on how to apply for Cultural Arts Funding. Applicants are encouraged to bring draft project budgets and narratives. 4:30-8:30pm. African American Cultural & Heritage Facility, 912 E. 11th. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/core-cultural-funding-programs.

CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING See agenda for details. 6:30pm. Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa, 512/414-2538. Free. 2018CharterReview@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/content/2018-charter-review-commission.

ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE FORUM Caseworkers and representatives from child placement agencies will be available to answer questions about the application process. 7-8pm. Manchaca Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.. Free. www.safeaustin.org.

Thursday 29

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT THE AUSTIN BOMBINGS KUTX's Morning Edition tackles the Austin bombings. Specifically: police response, the media, and the community. 9-10am. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. Free. www.kutx.org.

AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY LANDFILL CRITERIA MATRIX STAKEHOLDER MEETING This meeting will focus on operational consideration, community impact, and social equity criteria as they relate to landfills. 10:30am-1pm. Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth, 512/974-2192. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery.

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.

Ongoing

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.

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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