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Thursday 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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

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.


www.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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

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.

Friday 14

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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

READY, SET, PLANT! Plant tree seedlings to help improve wildlife habitat, reduce erosion, and improve water quality in Williamson Creek.
9am-1pm.

Dove Springs Recreation Center,
5801 Ainez.

Free (registration required).


treefolks.org.

TXDOT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TxDOT’s BPAC advises the Texas Transportation Commission on bicycle and pedestrian issues.
9:30am.

Online.


txdot.gov.

CAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING CAN is a partnership of governmental, nonprofit, private, and faith-based orgs which leverage mutual resources to
collectively improve social, health, educational, and
economic opportunities in the community.
1-3pm.

Videoconference.


canatx.org.

Saturday 15

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

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 16

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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

Monday 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.


www.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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

Tuesday 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.


www.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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT VOTING SESSION See agenda for details.
9am.

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


traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court.

Wednesday 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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

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.


www.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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING The ATP is an independent local government corporation with the authority and resources to design, construct and implement Project Connect.
2pm.

Online.


atptx.org/atp-board-meetings.

AISD COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC Available to AISD families – all family members included – 5 years of age and older. Walk-ins are welcome.
4-8pm.

Paredes Middle School, 10100 S. Mary Moore Searight Dr..

Free.


austinisd.org.

Thursday 20

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.


www.capmetro.org/projectconnect.

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.


www.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.

JANUARY 2022 SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING Cast your vote for Austin’s next District 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/.

AISD COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC Available to AISD families – all family members included – 5 years of age and older. Appointment preferred, walk-ins welcome.
4-8pm.

Navarro Early College High School, 1201 Payton Gin.

Free.


austinisd.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.


www.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.


www.capmetro.org/atp.

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.


www.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, www.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.


www.austintexas.gov/WIC.

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