Civics 101

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.

Friday 10

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.

CAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING CAN leadership will share a status update on establishing the organization as a nonprofit association. 1-3pm. Online. canatx.org.

Saturday 11

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.

AUSTIN ISD HIGH SCHOOL FAIR Learn about AISD’s programming in advanced academics, career and technical education, early college, and fine arts. 9am-Noon. Eastside Early College High School, 900 Thompson. Free. austinisd.org.

Sunday 12

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.

Monday 13

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.

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.

AUSTIN ORGANIC GARDENERS CLUB MEETING John Dromgoole, founder of the Natural Gardener, will discuss why it's important now more than ever to grow our own food. He’ll explain the differences between a kitchen garden and a food garden, how to start a food garden, and ways to encourage others to do the same. Second Mondays, 7pm Online via Zoom. www.fb.com/austinorganicgardeners.

LGBTQ QUALITY OF LIFE ADVISORY COMMISSION See agenda for details. 7pm. Permitting and Development Center, 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr.. austintexas.gov/lgbtq.

Tuesday 14

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.

BLUE LINE COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOP Provide feedback to the Project Connect engineering and design teams on the Downtown tunnel planned to run under Fourth Street between Trinity and Guadalupe streets. Noon. Online. Registration required. projectconnect.com/get-involved.

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE MEETING Briefings will address issues related to homelessness, in addition to the African American Men’s Health Clinic. 1pm. City Hall, 301 W. Second. austintexas.gov.

Wednesday 15

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.

AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING The committee will consider the Planning, Zoning and Platting, and the Board of Adjustment commissions’ request to change their bylaws to specify that their meetings be held at City Hall. 9:30am. City Hall, 301 W. Second. austintexas.gov.

Thursday 16

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.

AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTING MEETING See agenda for details. 5:30pm. Austin ISD Central Office, 4000 S. I-35. austinisd.org/board.

MY ATX WATER COMMUNITY MEETING Have your questions answered about Austin’s new smart water meter program. 6pm. Online. myatxwater.org.

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.

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.

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.

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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