Civics 101

Thursday 11

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.

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.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.

2021 VETERANS DAY CLOSURES City administrative offices and other municipal facilities, including all City Council offices, Austin Public Library locations, and the Austin Animal Center, will be closed Thu., Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume Fri., Nov. 12. Thu., Nov. 11 austintexas.gov.

VETERANS POCKET PARK RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY City officials celebrate the completion of the Veterans Pocket Park improvements. 9:30-10am. 2200 Veterans Dr.. austintexas.gov.

Friday 12

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.

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.org.

ZERO-WASTE GIFT DRIVE Do you have any books or games related to zero-waste gifts that are lying around unused? For example, books and games about crafting/upcycling, how to repair or reuse items, etc. Drop off your donations at Recycled Reads. Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14, noon-6pm Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400. austintexas.gov/shopzero.

Saturday 13

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.

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.org.

ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN POP-UP: DISTRICT 8 Speak with the project team behind the restoration and future development of Austin’s beloved park and learn more about potential design scenarios. 9am-Noon. Circle C Ranch Metro Park Playground, 6301 W. Slaughter. austintexas.gov/zilkervision.

AISD MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR Families of current and future middle school students can learn about programming and visit with current faculty from Austin ISD’s 19 middle schools. 9am-Noon. Eastside Early College High School, 900 Thompson. Free. austinisd.org.

ZERO-WASTE GIFT DRIVE Do you have any books or games related to zero-waste gifts that are lying around unused? For example, books and games about crafting/upcycling, how to repair or reuse items, etc. Drop off your donations at Recycled Reads. Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14, noon-6pm Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400. austintexas.gov/shopzero.

ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN POP-UP: DISTRICT 5 Speak with the project team behind the restoration and future development of Austin’s beloved park and learn more about potential design scenarios. Noon-3pm. Manchaca Road Branch Library, 5500 Menchaca Rd.. austintexas.gov/zilkervision.

AUSTIN HUMAN SOCIETY RAGS TO WAGS GALA In-person registration has closed, but guests can still register to join the fun online. Guests will be able to bid in the live auction and watch the event via livestream. 7:30pm. Online. Free (registration required). ahsragstowags.org.

Sunday 14

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.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.

ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN POP-UP: DISTRICT 1 Speak with the project team behind the restoration and future development of Austin’s beloved park and learn more about potential design scenarios. 10am-1pm. Austin Country Flea Mart, 9500 Hwy. 290 E.. austintexas.gov/zilkervision.

ZERO-WASTE GIFT DRIVE Do you have any books or games related to zero-waste gifts that are lying around unused? For example, books and games about crafting/upcycling, how to repair or reuse items, etc. Drop off your donations at Recycled Reads. Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14, noon-6pm Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400. austintexas.gov/shopzero.

Monday 15

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.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.

ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN POP-UP: DISTRICT 10 Speak with the project team behind the restoration and future development of Austin’s beloved park and learn more about potential design scenarios. 3-5pm. Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.. austintexas.gov/zilkervision.

Tuesday 16

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.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.

TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT JOINT SESSION County commissioners and council members convene for a special joint meeting. See agenda for details. 9am. Travis County Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca, 512/854-9020. traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court.

ABSTRACT BLOCK WEAVING WORKSHOP Learn how to create simple abstract images using weaving templates. 6:30pm. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000. $10-12. austintexas.gov.

Wednesday 17

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.

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.org.

CITY BRAND PROGRAM COMMUNITY CONVERSATION Share your thoughts and ideas about how the city can improve how it communicates with the community. 6-7:30pm. Online. austintexas.gov.

Thursday 18

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.

DONATE BLOOD, GET A FREE SCARF As temps drop, We Are Blood has your back (or neck). Donate blood or platelets to get a limited-edition scarf while supplies last. Nov. 18-27, 8am-6pm We Are Blood donor centers. Free. weareblood.org.

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT The 25th annual event is largely virtual, meaning two weeks to make an impact for those experiencing hunger. Go online to shop the store, bid on the silent auction, or make a donation to benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Those who buy bowls can pick them up at a drive-through Nov. 21 at CTFB. Through Nov. 20 Online; pick up bowls at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis. austinemptybowl.org.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FORUM Join an online forum Thursday or tune in to KAZI 88.7FM Friday to give feedback on the Austin/Travis County Community Health Plan. Or chip in your two cents online at SpeakUpAustin.org. Thu., Nov. 18, 6:30pm; Fri., Nov. 19, 6pm Online. speakupaustin.org/communityhealthplan.

SIDES AND PIES Canned/packaged food and pies to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal at home will be distributed via drive-through. Turkeys are not included. 5pm. Martin Park Kickball Field, 1621 Nash Hernandez Senior Rd.. Free. austintexas.gov.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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