Civics 101

Thursday 1

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. projectconnect.com.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.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. austinymca.org.

AISD WAREHOUSE POP-UP SALE Open to the public. Items include foodservice equipment, classroom furnishings, AV equipment, and more. 7:30am-3:30pm. AISD Central Warehouse, 3701 Woodbury. www.austinisd.org.

BUFORD THE BOOK BUS Free books will be available in English and Spanish for all reading levels – from toddlers to young adults. 10:30am-12:30pm. Blazier Elementary School, 8601 Vertex Blvd.. Free. www.austinisd.org.

INTRODUCTION TO QUICKBOOKS DESKTOP WEBINAR Learn accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation, and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Tue. & Thu., June 29 & July 1, 2-5pm Online. Free (registration required). www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

GIVENS POOL COMMUNITY MEETING Staff present the top concept for the renovation of the Eastside pool. 5:30pm. Facebook Live. fb.com/austincityparks.

CONTROVERSY & CONVERSATION: REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM Robert Jensen, professor emeritus in the School of Journalism and Media at UT-Austin, will lead a discussion on the doc in which Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth, and thus the concentration of power, is leading to higher tensions between socioeconomic classes. 7:30pm. Online via Zoom. Free. liberalarts.utexas.edu/humanitiesinstitute/events.

Friday 2

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. projectconnect.com.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

WOOD RECLAMATION Looking for reclaimed logs for art projects or milling? The Austin Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Unit has got you covered. Community members are responsible for all loading and hauling of wood, but PARD staff can cut logs down to size if needed. 9am-2pm. John Trevino Jr. Metro Park, 9501 FM 969. Free. www.austintexas.gov.

Saturday 3

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC CLOSURES The Travis County Expo Center and county walk-in clinics will be close due to the Fourth of July holiday. Austin Public Health will operate its clinic at Little Walnut Creek Library (835 W. Rundberg) on Sat., July 3, 10am-2pm. Sat.-Sun., July 3-4 Multiple locations. austintexas.gov/covid19-vaccines.

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. projectconnect.com.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

BEGINNER’S BIRD WALK Look for migrating species, resident birds, and hawks who make their home along the Colorado River. Need binoculars? Travis Audubon’s got you covered with loaners. 7:30-9:30am. Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park, 8200 Grove. Free. travisaudubon.org.

ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN POP-UP SERIES Learn more about the plan that will establish a guiding framework for the restoration and future development of one of Austin’s most-loved parks. 10am-1pm. Givens Recreation Park, 3811 E. 12th. Free. austintexas.gov/zilkervision.

Sunday 4

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC CLOSURES The Travis County Expo Center and county walk-in clinics will be close due to the Fourth of July holiday. Austin Public Health will operate its clinic at Little Walnut Creek Library (835 W. Rundberg) on Sat., July 3, 10am-2pm. Sat.-Sun., July 3-4 Multiple locations. austintexas.gov/covid19-vaccines.

FOURTH OF JULY STREET CLOSURES Riverside Dr. from Lamar to S. First St. will close beginning at 10am, followed by Cesar Chavez between MoPac and Congress’ closure and northbound and southbound MoPac traffic diversion at 5pm. Sun., July 4, 10am-12mid Downtown. 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. Online. Free. projectconnect.com.

FOURTH OF JULY TRAIL SAFETY CLOSURES Segments of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail between Seaholm and the South First St. Bridge will close for most of Sunday due to the Fourth of July celebration at Vic Mathias Shores. See the city’s website for a list of trail detours. Beginning: Sun., July 4, 10am Downtown. www.austintexas.gov.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

Monday 5

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY TICKETS GO ON SALE The LBJ Presidential Library will reopen on Wed., July 14, for the first time after closing in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Tickets must be bought online in advance and go on sale on Mon., July 5. Tickets go on sale: Mon., July 5 Admission prices vary. lbjlibrary.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. 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. projectconnect.com.

EQUALITY TEXAS SPECIAL SESSION PRIMER Join the Lone Star State’s largest LGBTQIA rights advocacy org as it breaks down the differences between a regular legislative session and a special session. Also, don’t forget to buckle up for another roller coaster ride: The 87th Texas Legislature kicks off the first of two special sessions on Thu., July 8. 6-7pm. Online. Free (registration required). fb.com/equalitytexas.

Tuesday 6

AUSTIN LGBT(QIA) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON Schmooze and – if you’re into it – booze with Austin’s queer biz chamber and community. Tue., July 6, noon Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, 4800 Burnet Rd.. Members, free; nonmembers, $40. austinlgbtchamber.com.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

AJC GENERAL BODY MEETING Learn about the work Austin Justice Coalition is doing and how you can get involved. First Tuesdays, 6:30pm Online. austinjustice.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. 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. projectconnect.com.

FIRST TUESDAYS WITH GABC Join the Greater Austin Black Chamber for conversations full of tools and resources to grow and expand black businesses, led by business experts and real entrepreneurs. First Tuesdays, noon-1pm Virtual. Free. membership@austinbcc.org, austinbcc.org.

Wednesday 7

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. 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. projectconnect.com.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

COMMONS FORD BIRD WALK Take a field trip focusing on the birds that breed at Commons Ford. Registration is limited to 18 participants, so register as soon as possible. 7:30-10:30am. Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, 614 N. Commons Ford Rd.. Free (registration required). travisaudubon.org.

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN WEBINAR Practical, step-by-step instruction on how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business Wed.-Thu., June 7-8, 9am-noon Online. Free (registration required). www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

CAPMETRO ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE The committee promotes and educates the public regarding acceptance and usage of the transit system. 5:30pm. Online. capmetro.org/aac.

Thursday 8

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. 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. projectconnect.com.

FREE MINDS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS The Foundation Communities program offers a free, yearlong college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Deadline: July 9 Free. freemindsaustin.org.

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN WEBINAR Practical, step-by-step instruction on how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business Wed.-Thu., June 7-8, 9am-noon Online. Free (registration required). www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

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

BIZOPEN: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY REQUIREMENTS WEBINAR BizOpen serves as a point of contact for small business owners seeking assistance navigating the city’s development process. 11am-Noon. Online. Free (registration required). www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.

Ongoing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. austintexas.gov/wic.

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. 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.

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