Got something to say about Austin? —
August 14, 2020

Got something to say about Austin?

By TODO Austin Staff

The month of July is packed with events happening all around our great city – at little to no cost – from free events to free services. When we participate together, we grow together.

Austin’s growing… and changing. Got something to say about it? People are listening. Check out Austin’s Conversation Corps, a platform designed for citizen engagement in civic dialogue focused on hot topics. Conversations are hosted all over Austin with discussions centering on each month’s topic – the month of July is Affordability month, August is Community Engagement, and September will be Workforce Development month. Conversation Corps encourages all citizens to get involved, as citizen input is indispensable to the city. Conversations are also available in Spanish. For more information, visit

East Cesar Chavez neighbors
East Cesar Chavez neighbors

Another great outlet to engage in civic discussion, or give feedback and comments on public issues affecting you, is through SpeakUpAustin! This community engagement portal is specifically designed to facilitate topical discussions, create an outlet for citizen ideas, and connect with other members of the community who share your interests. In the past, numerous city policies in place today have originated through citizen ideas posted on the website. Visit

Interested in getting involved in Austin but are unsure of where to start? Attend the City of Austin’s CityWorks Academy. The academy provides an opportunity for Austinites to learn the “A to Z” of the City’s operations in 12 short sessions from September 8 through December 15. Classes will be held in the evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. Applications are available online by visiting, by visiting the third floor reception area at City Hall, or by calling (512) 974-2955. The deadline for applications is July 24.

The Austin Animal Services is now offering free microchip and ID tag services for your pets! Visit The Austin Animal Services from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. to receive free microchips and ID tags for your pets. The Austin Animal Center is also offering several pet services at little to no cost, such as free rabies vaccinations, low-cost veterinary care including spray and neuter services, and fencing assistance to keep your pets safe. A full list of the resources available can be found at

AISD is offering free Pre-K classes for your child. To qualify for this service, your child must be at least four years old by September 1 and meet a few other basic criteria. Contact your school district, or call 211 or 311, for more information about how to enroll your child.

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.) is offering a free film screening on the last Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. This month’s film will be “Así Era Pancho Villa,” on July 28. Please arrive to the screening 15 minutes early; following the film, a lunch will be provided for seniors. Call 512-974-3789 to RSVP, there is a limited space available.

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