Civics 101

Thursday 2

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.

APPLY NOW FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT If you're interested in applying to vote by mail for the July 14 special election for Senate District 14 and the primary run-off, send in your application ASAP, as they must be received, not just postmarked, by July 2. If you submit it via email or fax, it must also be sent and received via mail within four days of the electronic submission. Download the application via the county clerk's website and call 512/238-VOTE if you need assistance. Due by July 2 Online/by mail. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/ballot-by-mail.html.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING See agenda for details. 2pm. Online. www.austintexas.gov/atxn.

REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING STUDENTS: SPANISH SESSION Assistance in Spanish with online registration for the 2020-21 school year for returning students. 4-5:30pm. Online. www.austinisd.org.

BRAVE COMMUNITIES CONVERSATION: THE FUTURE OF POLICING? Panel discussion on defunding the police means, racism as a public health crisis, and what the future of policing looks like for Austin and beyond. 6-7:30pm. Online. www.bravecommunities.org.

Friday 3

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

AUSTIN PARKS AND POOLS CLOSED In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Austin pools and parks are closing. As of June 30, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools were closed. The city is also closing all parks and recreational facilities from Fri.-Sun., July 3-5, and an extension would not be a surprise. Various locations. www.austintexas.gov.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

Saturday 4

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

AUSTIN PARKS AND POOLS CLOSED In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Austin pools and parks are closing. As of June 30, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools were closed. The city is also closing all parks and recreational facilities from Fri.-Sun., July 3-5, and an extension would not be a surprise. Various locations. www.austintexas.gov.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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.

Sunday 5

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

AUSTIN PARKS AND POOLS CLOSED In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Austin pools and parks are closing. As of June 30, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools were closed. The city is also closing all parks and recreational facilities from Fri.-Sun., July 3-5, and an extension would not be a surprise. Various locations. www.austintexas.gov.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

EARLY VOTING FOR JULY 14 ELECTION Early voting for the July 14 primary run-off and Senate District 14 election concludes July 10. Get a sample ballot and polling place locations via the county clerk's website, and find out more about what's on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections.html.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

Monday 6

EARLY VOTING FOR JULY 14 ELECTION Early voting for the July 14 primary run-off and Senate District 14 election concludes July 10. Get a sample ballot and polling place locations via the county clerk's website, and find out more about what's on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections.html.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

ARR SUSPENDS BULK COLLECTION After resuming for three weeks, bulk and brush collection through Austin Resource Recovery is once again suspended. However, if you've already received notice of collection in your area from July 6-24, it will still be provided. Get updates via the website or ARR's mobile app. As of Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/bulk.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

PARD FACILITY CLOSURES Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, as of July 6, all facilities and park amenities will be closed, including previously reopened facilities. All in-person programming for July is suspended. The Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts are closed. Parks and trails are open, but the only amenities open are restrooms and water fountains. Masks and social distancing rules still apply, and PARD Rangers will patrol parks and help educate park users. Get updates and details online. Beginning Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closures.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

LIBERAL AUSTIN DEMOCRATS JULY VIRTUAL MEETING Hear from state Senate District 14 candidate Eddie Rodriguez and LAD-endorsed primary run-off candidates. 7-8:30pm. Online. www.fb.com/liberalaustindemocrats.

Tuesday 7

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

EARLY VOTING FOR JULY 14 ELECTION Early voting for the July 14 primary run-off and Senate District 14 election concludes July 10. Get a sample ballot and polling place locations via the county clerk's website, and find out more about what's on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections.html.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

ARR SUSPENDS BULK COLLECTION After resuming for three weeks, bulk and brush collection through Austin Resource Recovery is once again suspended. However, if you've already received notice of collection in your area from July 6-24, it will still be provided. Get updates via the website or ARR's mobile app. As of Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/bulk.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

PARD FACILITY CLOSURES Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, as of July 6, all facilities and park amenities will be closed, including previously reopened facilities. All in-person programming for July is suspended. The Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts are closed. Parks and trails are open, but the only amenities open are restrooms and water fountains. Masks and social distancing rules still apply, and PARD Rangers will patrol parks and help educate park users. Get updates and details online. Beginning Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closures.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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.

ACCESSIBLE PARKING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM Volunteers needed to help address illegally parked vehicles in designated accessible parking spaces. Registration deadline: Mon., July 7 Online. www.austintexas.gov/parkingvolunteer.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

NATURE NOTES: BUTTERFLIES WITH BRAZORIA LIBRARY Learn about butterflies and how to identify them with Texas Master Naturalists. 1-2pm. Online. www.hillcountryalliance.org.

LEGALLINE Call in for free legal advice the first Tuesday of every month. First Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm 512/472-8303. Free. referrals@austinlrs.org, www.austinlrs.org.

Wednesday 8

ARR SUSPENDS BULK COLLECTION After resuming for three weeks, bulk and brush collection through Austin Resource Recovery is once again suspended. However, if you've already received notice of collection in your area from July 6-24, it will still be provided. Get updates via the website or ARR's mobile app. As of Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/bulk.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

PARD FACILITY CLOSURES Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, as of July 6, all facilities and park amenities will be closed, including previously reopened facilities. All in-person programming for July is suspended. The Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts are closed. Parks and trails are open, but the only amenities open are restrooms and water fountains. Masks and social distancing rules still apply, and PARD Rangers will patrol parks and help educate park users. Get updates and details online. Beginning Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closures.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

EARLY VOTING FOR JULY 14 ELECTION Early voting for the July 14 primary run-off and Senate District 14 election concludes July 10. Get a sample ballot and polling place locations via the county clerk's website, and find out more about what's on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections.html.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

TCDP HAPPY HOUR Join TCDB in calling Austinites about the July 14 elections. 5-6:30pm. Online. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

VIRTUAL LETTER WRITING PARTY FOR TEXAS VOTER TURNOUT Join Swing Left Austin, the Texas Democratic Party, and Blue Action Democrats for an entertaining night of letter writing to voters across Texas, with the help of Vote Forward. Featuring musical performances from local favorites Molly Burch and Taméca Jones, Texas Democratic trivia, and appearances by several Texas Democratic candidates. 7-8:30pm. Online. Free. www.fb.com/swingleftatx.

VIRTUAL LETTER-WRITING PARTY FOR TX VOTER TURNOUT Featuring musical performances from Molly Burch and Taméca Jones, Texas Democratic trivia, and appearances by Texas Democratic candidates. 7-8:30pm. Online. Free. www.votefwd.org/swingleft.

Thursday 9

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.

FREE DAYS AT ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN Starting this year, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department will begin offering eight days of free entry each year at Zilker Botanical Garden. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-8672. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

HEALTHY STREETS FEEDBACK New streets are being proposed for the Healthy Streets Initiative's second phase. Feedback is encouraged via an interactive MAP and initial selection of streets will be made in early July. Online. www.austintexas.gov/healthystreets.

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. Online. Free. www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

WEFUND TOOL FOR AUSTIN CITY BUDGET Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23. Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23 Online. austinjustice.abalancingact.com/wefund_community_budgeting.

SHAPE AUSTIN'S FUTURE: REDISTRICT ATX City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org. Online. www.redistrictatx.org.

EARLY VOTING FOR JULY 14 ELECTION Early voting for the July 14 primary run-off and Senate District 14 election concludes July 10. Get a sample ballot and polling place locations via the county clerk's website, and find out more about what's on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections.html.

DIVEST FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, DEFUND THE APD Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps. Ongoing www.undoingwhitesupremacy.org.

ARR SUSPENDS BULK COLLECTION After resuming for three weeks, bulk and brush collection through Austin Resource Recovery is once again suspended. However, if you've already received notice of collection in your area from July 6-24, it will still be provided. Get updates via the website or ARR's mobile app. As of Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/bulk.

CITY OF AUSTIN "HOW TO HELP" PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities. Online. howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

PARD FACILITY CLOSURES Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, as of July 6, all facilities and park amenities will be closed, including previously reopened facilities. All in-person programming for July is suspended. The Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts are closed. Parks and trails are open, but the only amenities open are restrooms and water fountains. Masks and social distancing rules still apply, and PARD Rangers will patrol parks and help educate park users. Get updates and details online. Beginning Mon., July 6 Citywide. www.austintexas.gov/page/pard-facilities-closures.

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES CURBSIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares Ongoing 512/637-7196. www.austintexas.gov/clothing.

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

AUSTIN SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 toward their business needs including rent, payroll, and other economic needs. 10-11am. Online. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 2pm. Online. www.austintexas.gov.

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