Civics 101

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

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 CANDIDATE FORUM Learn more about the candidates running for the open City Council seat. 6pm. Online. austintexas.gov/atxn.

Friday 7

WOOD RECLAMATION Reclaimed log pickup for community members wanting large logs for art projects or milling. 9am-2pm. John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park, 9501 FM 969. Free. austintexas.gov.

Saturday 8

AISD COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC Open to AISD families – all family members included – 5 years of age and older. Booster shots available; no appointments required. 8am-Noon. AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.. Free. austinisd.org.

READY, SET, PLANT! Plant tree seedlings to help improve wildlife habitat, reduce erosion, and improve water quality in the Colorado River. 9am-1pm. Longhorn Shores, 60 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.. Free (registration required). treefolks.org.

HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING Contactless dropoff of Christmas trees for recycling. Trees with flocking are not accepted; remove all decorations and stands prior to arrival. 10am-2pm. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.. Free. austintexas.gov/treerecycling.

Sunday 9

HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING Contactless dropoff of Christmas trees for recycling. Trees with flocking are not accepted; remove all decorations and stands prior to arrival. 10am-2pm. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.. Free. austintexas.gov/treerecycling.

Monday 10

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.

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.

Tuesday 11

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 4 City Council member. Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site here or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Through Jan. 21 Anywhere you see a "Vote Here/Aquí" sign. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

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.

TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT VOTING SESSION See agenda for details. 9am. Travis County Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca, 512/854-9020. traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court.

AISD SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE MEETING The committee meets by law at least three times per year to discuss current concerns of the district as well as to inform security practices. 5:30-7pm. AISD Central Office, 4000 S. I-35. austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/sssc.

Wednesday 12

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 4 City Council member. Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site here or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Through Jan. 21 Anywhere you see a "Vote Here/Aquí" sign. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

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.

GET FREE MULCH Mulch made from recycled holiday trees is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 9am. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.. Free. austintexas.gov/treerecycling.

Thursday 13

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 4 City Council member. Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site here or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Through Jan. 21 Anywhere you see a "Vote Here/Aquí" sign. countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

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 COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC Available to AISD families – all family members included – 5 years of age and older. Walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is available. 4-8pm. Northeast Early College High School, 7104 Berkman. Free. austinisd.org.

AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES INFORMATION SESSION Updates address COVID-19, AISD’s strategic plan, and redistricting. 5:30pm. austinisd.org/board.

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.

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.

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.

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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