Civics 101

Thursday 21

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

"HIGH SIGNS & BEACONS" OPEN CALL The George Washington Carver Museum, Six Square, the African American Heritage Facility, and the city's Equity Office are calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join a public art project that will be displayed throughout the African American Cultural Heritage District. 8-12 creative teams (one visual artists; one writer/poet/scholar) will be chosen to develop a large outdoor sign with text-based artwork. Deadline: Fri., May 22 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Online. www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING See agenda for details. 10:30am. Online. www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 11am. Teleconference (access code: 694-384-877). www.austintexas.gov.

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN MEETING See agenda for details. Noon. Teleconference (access code: 694-384-877). www.austintexas.gov.

Friday 22

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

"HIGH SIGNS & BEACONS" OPEN CALL The George Washington Carver Museum, Six Square, the African American Heritage Facility, and the city's Equity Office are calling on artists, poets, scholars, and writers of African descent to join a public art project that will be displayed throughout the African American Cultural Heritage District. 8-12 creative teams (one visual artists; one writer/poet/scholar) will be chosen to develop a large outdoor sign with text-based artwork. Deadline: Fri., May 22 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

AUSTIN ROSEWOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SPECIAL CALLED MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Online. sammi.curless@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

RONNA MCDANIEL: LIVE WITH THE 19TH Conversation between the 19th’s Amanda Becker and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel. Noon. Online. www.19thnews.org.

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY COMMISSION MEETING See agenda for details. 1pm. Online. michelle.clemons@austintexas.gov, www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

Saturday 23

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

TCDP NOW HIRING ELECTION WORKERS Travis County Democratic Party is seeking election workers for the July 14 election. No prior experience is needed; you will receive three hours of paid training by Travis County Elections and guidance from veteran workers. On election day, you will be paid for working the full day: $12/hour for judges, and $10/hour for clerks and ballot board members. Your safety is a serious priority; all workers will be provided PPE, hand sanitizers, and hand washing stations, and you will be trained for sanitary procedures with voters. Get more info on what the role entails at TexasDemocrats.org. Apply now for July 14 election Countywide. www.texasdemocrats.org.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

TRUTH, RACIAL HEALING & TRANSFORMATION VIRTUAL CIRCLES A virtual event designed to bring folks together, promote dialogue, and find common ground to help overcome racism. 1:30-5pm. Online. Free. www.austinymca.org.

RANKED-CHOICE VOTING AND MORE: ELECTORAL REFORM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Ranked-choice voting (RCV) lets voters specify, on one ballot, who their second and third choices are, in case their first choice is defeated. Candidates have to win a majority of votes to be elected. In this Zoom meeting, Common Ground for Texans board members Joanne Richards and Dan Eckam will review how RCV works; its history, current usage, and benefits; and how you can help pursue this reform. Related reforms will be discussed if there's time. Log-on details will be posted in the Facebook event prior to the meeting. 2-4pm. Online via Zoom. Free. www.cg4tx.org.

Sunday 24

TCDP NOW HIRING ELECTION WORKERS Travis County Democratic Party is seeking election workers for the July 14 election. No prior experience is needed; you will receive three hours of paid training by Travis County Elections and guidance from veteran workers. On election day, you will be paid for working the full day: $12/hour for judges, and $10/hour for clerks and ballot board members. Your safety is a serious priority; all workers will be provided PPE, hand sanitizers, and hand washing stations, and you will be trained for sanitary procedures with voters. Get more info on what the role entails at TexasDemocrats.org. Apply now for July 14 election Countywide. www.texasdemocrats.org.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

Monday 25

TCDP NOW HIRING ELECTION WORKERS Travis County Democratic Party is seeking election workers for the July 14 election. No prior experience is needed; you will receive three hours of paid training by Travis County Elections and guidance from veteran workers. On election day, you will be paid for working the full day: $12/hour for judges, and $10/hour for clerks and ballot board members. Your safety is a serious priority; all workers will be provided PPE, hand sanitizers, and hand washing stations, and you will be trained for sanitary procedures with voters. Get more info on what the role entails at TexasDemocrats.org. Apply now for July 14 election Countywide. www.texasdemocrats.org.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

Tuesday 26

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

TCDP NOW HIRING ELECTION WORKERS Travis County Democratic Party is seeking election workers for the July 14 election. No prior experience is needed; you will receive three hours of paid training by Travis County Elections and guidance from veteran workers. On election day, you will be paid for working the full day: $12/hour for judges, and $10/hour for clerks and ballot board members. Your safety is a serious priority; all workers will be provided PPE, hand sanitizers, and hand washing stations, and you will be trained for sanitary procedures with voters. Get more info on what the role entails at TexasDemocrats.org. Apply now for July 14 election Countywide. www.texasdemocrats.org.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

SXSW EDU ONLINE SXSW EDU 2020 goes virtual with weekly programming featuring live sessions, Q&As, and film screenings. Select dates through June 2 Online. 2020 registrants only. www.sxswedu.com.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE SPECIAL CALLED MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Online. www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION WEBINAR A general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. 10-11:30am. Online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

PROJECT CONNECT CITYWIDE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING Hosted by Mayor Steve Adler and Capital Metro Board Chair Wade Cooper. 11am. Online. www.projectconnect.com.

Wednesday 27

TCDP NOW HIRING ELECTION WORKERS Travis County Democratic Party is seeking election workers for the July 14 election. No prior experience is needed; you will receive three hours of paid training by Travis County Elections and guidance from veteran workers. On election day, you will be paid for working the full day: $12/hour for judges, and $10/hour for clerks and ballot board members. Your safety is a serious priority; all workers will be provided PPE, hand sanitizers, and hand washing stations, and you will be trained for sanitary procedures with voters. Get more info on what the role entails at TexasDemocrats.org. Apply now for July 14 election Countywide. www.texasdemocrats.org.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 9:30am. Online. www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

BIZOPEN: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY REQUIREMENTS WEBINAR General overview of the potential steps in the city of Austin's development process. 10-11am. Online. Free. www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

TEXAS LGBTQ CAUCUS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL The founding members discuss the upcoming 87th Texas Legislative Session, the LGBTQIA community, and more. 5-6pm. Facebook Live. www.fb.com/txlgbtqcaucus.

CASA VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained volunteer advocate to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest. Join the info session to learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate and how you can train online right now. There will be time for questions with staff and current volunteer advocates during the presentation. Thu., Aug. 27 & Sept. 3, 6:30-8pm Online via Zoom. volunteer@casatravis.org, https://www.casatravis.org/infosession.

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATES FORUM Local and regional environmental orgs and residents of Texas meet candidates for Railroad Commission of Texas: Chrysta Castaneda and Roberto Alonzo. 7-8pm. Online. www.texasenvironment.org.

Thursday 28

PARKFIELD DRIVE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Austin Transportation is proposing changes on Parkfield Drive and near Woolridge Elementary School to enhance safety and mobility for everyone. A survey to leave feedback on the proposal, as well as an interactive map of the proposed changes is included. Through June 14 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkfielddrive.

TCDP NOW HIRING ELECTION WORKERS Travis County Democratic Party is seeking election workers for the July 14 election. No prior experience is needed; you will receive three hours of paid training by Travis County Elections and guidance from veteran workers. On election day, you will be paid for working the full day: $12/hour for judges, and $10/hour for clerks and ballot board members. Your safety is a serious priority; all workers will be provided PPE, hand sanitizers, and hand washing stations, and you will be trained for sanitary procedures with voters. Get more info on what the role entails at TexasDemocrats.org. Apply now for July 14 election Countywide. www.texasdemocrats.org.

HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts. Through July 10 Online. www.austintexas.gov.

PROJECT CONNECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan. Ongoing Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to North Lamar from U.S. 183 to Howard Lane. Through May 30. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/northlamarenv.

BURNET ROAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING Austin's Corridor Program Office, along with TxDOT, hosts a virtual public hearing on the bond-funded improvements to Burnet Road from U.S. 183 to MoPac's frontage road. Through June 5. Daily, 9am-5pm Online. www.austintexas.gov/burnetenv.

MOBILITY COMMITTEE SPECIAL CALLED MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. Online. www.austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live.

TITLE I ANNUAL PARENT & FAMILY CONSULTATION Parents from Austin ISD Title I schools are invited to hear a review of the Title I federal program for this year. Thu., May 28, noon-1pm; Fri., May 29, 4:30-5:30pm Online. www.austinisd.org.

ANNIE'S LIST PRESENTS: ROYCE BROOKS IN CONVERSATION WITH VALERIE JARRETT Annie’s List Executive Director Royce Brooks and Obama Foundation Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett discuss the political power of women across the U.S. 1-2pm. Online. www.annieslist.com.

AIA AUSTIN’S “JURY CONVERSATIONS” WEBINAR Meet the industry professionals selected to judge this year’s AIA Austin Design Awards competition. 5-7pm. Online. Free. www.aiaaustin.org.

TCDP HAPPY HOUR & VIRTUAL PHONEBANK The Travis County Virtual Democratic Party joins the Blue Action Democrats for its weekly event, featuring state Rep. HD-48 Donna Howard and ACC Board of Trustee for Place 9, Julie Ann Nitsch. 5-6:30pm. Online. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

PROJECT CONNECT DISTRICTS 5 & 8 VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING Hosted by District 5 CM and Capital Metro Board Member Ann Kitchen and District 8 CM Paige Ellis. 6pm. Online. www.projectconnect.com.

8TH GRADE VIRTUAL BRIDGING CEREMONY Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy students and their families celebrate their accomplishments. Email for link to join the virtual ceremony. 6-7:30pm. Online. sandra.zachary@austinisd.org, www.austinisd.org.

2021-24 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM REMOTE OPEN HOUSE Visit the online open house to review the draft TIP project list and submit comments. Public commenting is open until Mon. June 1; the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board is scheduled to take action on the new TIP at its Mon., June 8, meeting. Thu., May 28, 7pm; Fri., May 29, noon Online. www.campotexas.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. 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.

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.

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.

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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