Civics 101

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

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

BRIGHT GREEN FUTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits. Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26 Online. www.austintexas.gov/brightgreenfuture.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

YMCA EARLY LEARNING READINESS PROGRAM A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour. English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am. Online. Free. www.austinymca.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

BUILDING BELOVED COMMUNITY TOGETHER Join Central Texas Collaborative for Racial Equity and fellow Austinites for a virtual celebration and exploration of the work to make Central Texas a more equitable place. 11:30am-1pm. Online. Free. www.fb.com/ctcracialequity.

ONLINE CHICKEN KEEPING CLASS Learn how to keep chickens and how they help food waste out of the landfill. Residents who pay the Clean Community Fee on their utility bill qualify for a $75 rebate on a chicken coop or home composting system. Attend a class, then apply! 6-7pm. Online. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

Friday 23

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.

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

BRIGHT GREEN FUTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits. Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26 Online. www.austintexas.gov/brightgreenfuture.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

SOCIAL MEDIA BEST PRACTICES WEBINAR This class will familiarize you with social media as marketing tools, the do's and don'ts, and best practices for your business. 9am-4pm. Online. Free.

AUSTIN ROSEWOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Regarding design projects and other items at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. 10am. Videoconference. www.austintexas.gov.

Saturday 24

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

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.

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

BRIGHT GREEN FUTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits. Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26 Online. www.austintexas.gov/brightgreenfuture.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH WALK-UP FLU VACCINATIONS Approximately 200 flu shots will be available on a first come, first-served basis with priority for those who are uninsured. 8am-Noon. Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing, 512/974-8840. Free. www.austintexas.gov/flu.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH FLU VACCINATION EVENT Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority for those who are uninsured. If you are insured, visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you offering flu shots. 8am-Noon. Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing, 512/974-8840. Free. www.austintexas.gov/health.

HOPEFEST A project of Austin Voices for Education & Youth, HopeFest is Austin's largest annual community-based resource fair providing support for low-income families. This year's fest will be a drive-through event focusing on flu shots, COVID-19 testing, rent and utility assistance, health insurance, and fresh food. Also, there will be free books for kids, a drive-through zoo, live music, and craft kits. 9:30am-1:30pm. Nelson Field, 7400 Berkman, 512/414-1048. www.austinvoices.org.

HILL COUNTRY LIVING FESTIVAL + RAINWATER REVIVAL The Hill Country Alliance's annual event features educational sessions on rainwater harvesting, night sky wonders, community science opportunities, and a virtual re-creation of its vendor marketplace. 10:30am-4:30pm. Online. Free. www.hillcountryalliance.org/rainwaterrevival.

Sunday 25

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

BRIGHT GREEN FUTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits. Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26 Online. www.austintexas.gov/brightgreenfuture.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

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.

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

AJC BOOK CLUB This month's read is The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. 5pm. Online. Free. www.austinjustice.org.

Monday 26

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

BRIGHT GREEN FUTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits. Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26 Online. www.austintexas.gov/brightgreenfuture.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

YMCA EARLY LEARNING READINESS PROGRAM A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour. English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am. Online. Free. www.austinymca.org.

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.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING Agenda posted at least 72 hours before. 5:30pm. AISD.TV; AISD FB page. www.austinisd.org/board.

Tuesday 27

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

YMCA EARLY LEARNING READINESS PROGRAM A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour. English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am. Online. Free. www.austinymca.org.

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.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT VOTING SESSION See agenda for details. 9am. Online. www.traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court.

TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT Check website for agenda posting. 9am. Online. www.traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court.

Wednesday 28

YMCA EARLY LEARNING READINESS PROGRAM A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour. English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am. Online. Free. www.austinymca.org.

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.

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

AUSTIN WATER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEETING Austin Water is currently establishing a new chapter of city code to regulate the design, permitting, and operation of Onsite Water Reuse Systems (OWRS) in commercial and multi-family buildings. OWRS involve the collection of alternative water sources such as rainwater, stormwater, and graywater to be treated and reused for non-potable applications like toilet flushing, irrigation, and cooling. 2pm. Videoconference. www.austintexas.gov.

DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER REPLACEMENT MEETING The community is invited to discuss the future of the DAC in a new building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park. 5-7pm. Online. www.austintexas.gov.

DISTRICT 2 REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY CONVERSATION An opportunity to learn more about Austin's ongoing police reforms and share your thoughts and ideas about what it means to reimagine public safety for our community. 5:30-7:30pm. Online. www.austintexas.gov.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER SURVIVOR PEER SUPPORT GROUP Led by the SAFE Alliance, one of Austin's nonprofits working to end sexual violence, abuse, and harassment. Email for details. Last Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm Online. DHarris@safeaustin.org, www.safeaustin.org.

BUILDING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION MEETING Commission hears cases concerning alleged violations of the city's housing and dangerous buildings regulations. 6:30pm. Videoconference. www.austintexas.gov.

Thursday 29

CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS APPLICATIONS The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here. Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm Online. www.traviscountytx.gov.

ATXELERATOR 2021 APPLICATION The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually. Deadline: Dec. 7 Online. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195. ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org, www.atxelerator.org.

YMCA EARLY LEARNING READINESS PROGRAM A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour. English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am. Online. Free. www.austinymca.org.

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.

PROJECT VOTE SAFE Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls. Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary www.blueactiondems.com.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE NOV. 3 ELECTION Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page. Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30 Citywide. www.votetravis.com.

SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19TH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Online. www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

FINAL CALL FOR RENT: RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online. Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon Online. www.austintexas.gov/rent.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Council's agenda spans COVID-19 economic recovery efforts, affordable housing projects, and rezoning requests. 10am. Videoconference. www.austintexas.gov.

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, www.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. www.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. www.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. www.capmetro.org/atp.

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.

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. Second Saturdays, 9am-1pm 3000 Jones Rd.. Free. www.austintexas.gov/WIC.

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/.

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