Civics 101

Thursday 31

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Propositions A and B, two city-based citizen initiatives placed on the ballot by local petition drives; one Travis County prop regarding the Hotel Occupancy Tax; and 10 state constitutional amendments. For more info and our endorsements, visit austinchronicle.com/elections. Oct. 21-Nov. 1. Mon.-Sat., 7am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm Wherever you see a “Vote Here/Aquí” sign. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING 10am. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

TRICK OR TREE-T: HALLOWEEN TREE PLANTING Join TreeFolks for a day of tree planting to improve wildlife habitats, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. 10am-1pm. Webberville Park. Free. [email protected], www.austintexas.gov.

Friday 1

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Propositions A and B, two city-based citizen initiatives placed on the ballot by local petition drives; one Travis County prop regarding the Hotel Occupancy Tax; and 10 state constitutional amendments. For more info and our endorsements, visit austinchronicle.com/elections. Oct. 21-Nov. 1. Mon.-Sat., 7am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm Wherever you see a “Vote Here/Aquí” sign. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL WITH AUSTIN CODE Reps from the city's Code Department will teach students how to stay safe en route to and from school – specifically avoiding tall grass, dangerous structures, illegal dumping, and trip hazards. 6:30-8:30am. Odom Elementary School, 1010 Turtle Creek. www.austintexas.gov.

URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETING See agenda for details. 6pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

Saturday 2

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

BOOTS & BATS GALA: SUPPORTING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS Help Austin Community College raise money for student scholarships at this party with live music, a live and silent auction, and a cute cocktail reception with light hors d’ oeuvres prepared by ACC Culinary Arts students and more. 6-12mid. ACC Highland, 6101 Highland Campus Dr, 512/223-7837. Sponsorships start at $1,000. [email protected], austincc.edu.

AFSCME LOCAL 1624 VOTE PAC CONFERENCE Please join Local 1624 for our 2019 Voters Organized Through Engagement (VOTE) PAC Conference. The Honorable Nina Turner is confirmed as our keynote speaker. We will also hear from elected officials and candidates running in close races. Our Labor agenda driven by City of Austin and Travis County employees is absolutely tied to local politics. We must be engaged in the process! Be sure to register so we can plan for everyone . 9am-2:30pm. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700. Free-$25. www.afscme1624.org.

IT'S MY PARK DAY AT OAKWOOD CEMETERY Help Austin Park Foundation with trash pick-up and gardening tasks at this historic black cemetery. 9am-Noon. Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, 1601 Navasota. www.austinparks.org.

FIGHT BACK AGAINST GOV. ABBOTT'S ATTACKS A protest in response to the Governor's ongoing (and dehumanizing) attacks on those living without shelter here in Austin. Noon-1:30pm. Governor's Mansion, 1010 Colorado, 512/463-0063. www.fb.com/ATXhomesnothandcuffs.

RALLY FOR RODNEY Cardozo Law School students host a rally to protest the impending execution of Rodney Reed, despite evidence of innocence. 2-4pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400. www.tspb.state.tx.us.

DANCE FOR FREEDOM: AN AUSTIN SANCTUARY FUNDRAISER Come out for the music and to raise money in support of Hilda, Ivan, and Alirio – several immigrants living in sanctuary at two Austin churches. Proceeds are said to "help in their fight for freedom." 6:30-10pm. St. Andrew's Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr., 512/413-4056. $20, free for kids 12 and under. [email protected], www.fb.com/standrewsaustin.

Sunday 3

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST MEDITATION A community-centered meditation for empathic change makers with Amira Glickman, Chanelle Glover, Alec Brownridge, Chris Isom, and Jacob Fischer. Email to reserve a spot. First & third Sundays, 10-11:45am. Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey, 512/476-2535. $15 suggested donation. [email protected], www.sacredreststop.org.

PROTEST ON GUAD TO END GERRYMANDERING Did you know Guad is divided into two congressional districts? Help raise gerrymandering awareness. Noon-2pm. 2246 Guadalupe St.

BLUE ACTION DEMS MEETING Help spread the word about the Nov. 5 election. 2-4pm. 6156 US Highway 290 W 78735 Ste. B. www.blueactiondems.com.

Monday 4

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm 5900 Airport Blvd.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MUNICIPAL COURT WEEK Learn about traffic safety and the role local courts play through fun events scheduled for the week. The bulk of events are geared towards young kids and take place Fri., Nov. 8, outside the Downtown Austin Community Court Garden (812 Springdale). Mon.-Fri., Nov. 4-8 Austin Municipal Court, 700 E. Seventh, 512/974-4800. Free. www.austintexas.gov/court.

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

SAFE BABY ACADEMY (SPANISH) Learn safety tips for newborns. Register online or call. This class is conducted in Spanish. 9am. People's Clinic, 1101 Camino La Costa. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT: ORANGE & BLUE LINE OPEN HOUSE Come-and-go and learn about the city's public transportation plan. 5-7:30pm. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629. www.capmetro.org.

BUSINESS TRAINING ON RECYCLING & ORGANICS DIVERSION Learn about the city's zero waste best practices while mingling with other business owners and property managers. 5:30pm. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282. www.austintexas.gov.

CENTRAL EAST DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING Share neighborhood safety concerns with your local APD representatives. 7-9pm. LifeWorks Sooch Foundation Youth & Family Resource Center, 835 N. Pleasant Valley, 512/735-2400. www.austintexas.gov.

Tuesday 5

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm 5900 Airport Blvd.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MUNICIPAL COURT WEEK Learn about traffic safety and the role local courts play through fun events scheduled for the week. The bulk of events are geared towards young kids and take place Fri., Nov. 8, outside the Downtown Austin Community Court Garden (812 Springdale). Mon.-Fri., Nov. 4-8 Austin Municipal Court, 700 E. Seventh, 512/974-4800. Free. www.austintexas.gov/court.

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

ELECTION DAY Cast your vote for Propositions A and B, two city-based citizen initiatives placed on the ballot by local petition drives; one Travis County prop regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax; and 10 state constitutional amendments. For more info and our endorsements visit austinchronicle.com/elections. 7am-7pm. Wherever you see a "Vote Here" sign. www.countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov.

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CAR SEAT CHECK Register online or or call the Safety Line at 512/972-7233. 9:30am. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez, 512/974-3840. www.austintexas.gov.

MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 1pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

Wednesday 6

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm 5900 Airport Blvd.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MUNICIPAL COURT WEEK Learn about traffic safety and the role local courts play through fun events scheduled for the week. The bulk of events are geared towards young kids and take place Fri., Nov. 8, outside the Downtown Austin Community Court Garden (812 Springdale). Mon.-Fri., Nov. 4-8 Austin Municipal Court, 700 E. Seventh, 512/974-4800. Free. www.austintexas.gov/court.

WALK WITH A DOC Before taking to the trail, hear from Dr. Moghadam, MD. and get a blood pressure and cholesterol screening 8:30am. Boggy Creek Greenbelt, 2300 Rosewood. www.austintexas.gov.

IMPACT AUSTIN TOWN HALL MEETING A conversation on how women are leading the way in philanthropy with speakers Andrea Pactor and Dianne Chipps Bailey. 5:30pm. AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville, 512/686-3823. $30-40. www.impactaustin.org.

LDC DIST. 1 TOWN HALL Council member Natasha Harper Madison hosts another community discussion on the city's proposed land use code rewrite. 6:30-8:30pm. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr. www.austintexas.gov/ldc.

SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING Share neighborhood safety concerns with your local APD representatives. 6:30-8:30pm. Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Airport, 7712 E. Riverside, 512/389-1616. www.austintexas.gov.

Thursday 7

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm 2600 W. Stassney Ln.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts. Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm 5900 Airport Blvd.. Free. [email protected], www.insurecentraltexas.org.

MUNICIPAL COURT WEEK Learn about traffic safety and the role local courts play through fun events scheduled for the week. The bulk of events are geared towards young kids and take place Fri., Nov. 8, outside the Downtown Austin Community Court Garden (812 Springdale). Mon.-Fri., Nov. 4-8 Austin Municipal Court, 700 E. Seventh, 512/974-4800. Free. www.austintexas.gov/court.

FOUNDATIONS OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP A four-part online training on the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. Students should expect 4-6 hours of material weekly for a total of 16-24 hours of training with one in-person session. Offered Mon., Sept. 30-Fri., Nov. 15 Online. $35. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

MELANATED BOOK DRIVE

Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.

Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy. www.communityadvocacyhealing.org.

FY20 COMMUNITY INITIATIVES APPLICANT WORKSHOP Artists, unincorporated arts groups, and arts nonprofits should attend to learn how to complete the online application. Bring a laptop or tablet if possible. Noon. Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

AUSTIN WATER UTILITY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 1pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

AUSTIN WATER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 1pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP PRESENTS TOGETHER IN POWER A panel and interactive activities to demonstrate how community engagement can create "equitable, healthy, and powerful communities." 4-7pm. Meet at Relay, 1023 Springdale Rd., Ste 11A. Free. [email protected], www.communitypoweredworkshop.org.

TOGETHER IN POWER FUNDRAISER A panel discussion and community-building event on the importance of community engagement when designing public places. 4-7pm. Meet at Relay, 1023 Springdale Ste. 11-A. Free. www.communitypoweredworkshop.org.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING See agenda for details. 5:30pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. www.austintexas.gov.

HEALTH & THE RIGHT TO STAY: COMMUNITY ACTION MEETING Learn about current changes being made to Austin communities and how you can get involved to ensure healthy community building without displacement. 5:30-8pm. Pleasant HillElementary, 6405 Circle S Rd.. www.goaustinvamosaustin.org.

Ongoing

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. [email protected], 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. [email protected], 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. [email protected], www.speakupaustin.org/palmdistrict.

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. [email protected], www.shoalcreekconservancy.org.

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. [email protected], www.austintexas.gov/budget.

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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