Civics 101

Thursday 2

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, 512/322-9622. Free. austinymca.org.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING See agenda for details. 10am. City Hall, 301 W. Second. austintexas.gov.

Friday 3

WOOD RECLAMATION Reclaimed log pickup for art projects or milling. 9am-Noon. John Treviño Jr. Metro Park, 9501 FM 969. Free. austintexas.gov.

WILD NEIGHBORS SPEAKER SERIES City Wildlife Officer Danielle Gay leads a talk on co-existing with Austin’s coyotes. Noon. Online. Free (registration required). fb.com/traviscountybcp.

BUSINESS OF PRIDE AWARDS GALA Dress up ('cuz format attire’s required) and join Austin’s LGBT(QIA) Chamber of Commerce in celebrating our queer business community. 6pm. Hilton Hotel Downtown, 500 E. Fourth. $185. businessofpride.com.

Saturday 4

BETO O’ROURKE CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke kicks off his campaign for Texas governor. 6:30pm. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe, 512/381-1147. Free. betoorourke.com.

Monday 6

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.

JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE SPECIAL CALLED MEETING New business addresses implementation of the Austin Climate Equity Plan, fleet electrification, and more. 6pm. Austin Energy, 4815 Mueller Blvd.. austintexas.gov.

Tuesday 7

KELLY KLINE’S PINK SANTA TOY DRIVE Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations. Through Dec. 17 Multiple locations. austinpride.org/pink.

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.

CIRCULAR MEET-UP Opportunity for local business owners, start-ups, and sustainability professionals across all industries to connect and learn more about Austin’s circular economy. Noon-1pm. Online. Free (registration required).

LEGALLINE On the first Tuesday of every month, obtaining good, simple legal advice is easy. Just call 512/472-8303 for LegalLine, the free legal advice hotline sponsored by Austin Lawyer Referral Service. Attorney volunteers can answer questions and give brief legal advice concerning many areas of law. First Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm 512/472-8303. Free. austinlrs.com.

Wednesday 8

KELLY KLINE’S PINK SANTA TOY DRIVE Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations. Through Dec. 17 Multiple locations. austinpride.org/pink.

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.

OVER PARKED AND UNDER PERFORMING Join Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas chapter and UCLA Research Professor Donald Shoup for a conversation on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment. Noon-5pm. Online. Members, free; nonmembers, $30. centraltexascnu.org.

IMAGINE AUSTIN SPEAKER SERIES Deputy City Clerk Myrna Rios will discuss how to apply to be appointed to one of Austin’s 70 boards and commissions. 5-6pm. Online. Free. bit.ly/iasspeakerseries5.

AISD REPURPOSING UPDATE Learn about what’s next for AISD’s schools that were closed last year, and how you can share your thoughts about how to best use those and other facilities. 6-7pm. Online. austinisd.org.

Thursday 9

KELLY KLINE’S PINK SANTA TOY DRIVE Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations. Through Dec. 17 Multiple locations. austinpride.org/pink.

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.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING This is Council’s last meeting of the year. 10am. City Hall, 301 W. Second. austintexas.gov.

AISD SOUNDING BOARD: BE (LOCAL) POLICY UPDATE Share your thoughts with the AISD Board of Trustees about AISD’s community feedback policies. 4:30-5:30pm. Online. austinisd.org.

MCKALLA RAIL STATION UPDATE Review the latest design plans for the new rail station at Austin FC’s Q2 Stadium. 5:30pm. Online. projectconnect.com/get-involved.

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.

AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN SURVEY Austin Transportation Department seeks community members’ feedback on three new policy changes to the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the city’s first comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan. Ongoing Online. austintexas.gov/asmp.

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.

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.

WIC MOBILE UNIT Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children. Check online for current schedule Various locations. Free. austintexas.gov/wic.

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