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Thursday 17

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.

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.

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 21)

Anywhere you see a “Vote Here/Aquí” sign.


countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Items from Council include a resolution directing the city manager to develop the ATX Public Safety Vacancy Staffing Plan, a comprehensive staffing plan for Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services, Austin Fire Department, and Austin Police Department.
10am.

City Hall,
301 W. Second.


austintexas.gov.

AISD REPURPOSING: FORMER ROSEDALE SCHOOL Share your thoughts and ideas on how Austin ISD can use the former Rosedale School.
Sat., Feb. 12, 10:30-11:30am; Thu., Feb. 17, 6-7pm

Online.


austinisd.org/repurposing.

TCDP GET OUT THE VOTE PHONEBANK Join the Travis County Democratic Party in calling registered Democratic voters ahead of the March 1 primary. This is a virtual phone bank and will operate from a website; you will not be able to use your phone.
Thu., Feb. 17, 6-8pm; Tue., Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30pm; Thu., Feb. 24, 6-8pm; Sun., Feb. 27, 2-5pm

Remote.

Registration required.


mobilize.us/traviscountydems.

Friday 18

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.

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 21)

Anywhere you see a “Vote Here/Aquí” sign.


countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

Saturday 19

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.

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 21)

Anywhere you see a “Vote Here/Aquí” sign.


countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

Sunday 20

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

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.

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 21)

Anywhere you see a “Vote Here/Aquí” sign.


countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/.

Monday 21

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 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.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

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.

Tuesday 22

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 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.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

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 VOTING SESSION See agenda for details.
9am.

Travis County Commissioners Court,
700 Lavaca, 512/854-9020.


traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court.

TCDP GET OUT THE VOTE PHONEBANK Join the Travis County Democratic Party in calling registered Democratic voters ahead of the March 1 primary. This is a virtual phone bank and will operate from a website; you will not be able to use your phone.
Thu., Feb. 17, 6-8pm; Tue., Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30pm; Thu., Feb. 24, 6-8pm; Sun., Feb. 27, 2-5pm

Remote.

Registration required.


mobilize.us/traviscountydems.

AISD SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING The AISD SHAC is made up of parents, community members, students, and school staff working together to improve the health of students and families through coordinated school health programs.
6:30-8pm.

Online.


austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/shac.

Wednesday 23

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.

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 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.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER SURVIVOR PEER SUPPORT GROUP Led by the SAFE Alliance, one of Austin’s nonprofits working to end sexual violence, abuse, and harassment. Email for details.
Last Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm

Online.


DHarris@safeaustin.org, www.safeaustin.org.

Thursday 24

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.

MARCH 2022 PRIMARY EARLY VOTING Make a plan to get to the polls and find a polling site online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Follow the Chronicle’s election coverage here.
Feb. 14-25 (except President’s Day, Feb. 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.

CITY OF AUSTIN “HOW TO HELP” PORTAL Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city’s “How to Help” portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.

Online.


howtohelpaustin.givepulse.com.

AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULAR VOTING MEETING See agenda for details.
5:30pm.

AISD Central Office, 4000 S. I-35.


austinisd.org/board.

TCDP GET OUT THE VOTE PHONEBANK Join the Travis County Democratic Party in calling registered Democratic voters ahead of the March 1 primary. This is a virtual phone bank and will operate from a website; you will not be able to use your phone.
Thu., Feb. 17, 6-8pm; Tue., Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30pm; Thu., Feb. 24, 6-8pm; Sun., Feb. 27, 2-5pm

Remote.

Registration required.


mobilize.us/traviscountydems.

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 TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEES APPLICATIONS Applications are now open to join the following committees: Engineering, Architecture, and Construction;
Finance and Risk; and Planning, Sustainability, Equity, and DBE Advisory. The governing body of the agency created to build out Project Connect, ATP will oversee funding, designing, and implementing the $7.1 billion mass transit overhaul.
Ongoing

Online.


atptx.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.

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.

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.

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.
Second Saturdays, 9am-1pm

3000 Jones Rd.

Free.


austintexas.gov/wic.

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