Gus Garcia memorial
The City of Austin is holding a public memorial for Gus Garcia on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Austin City Hall in the council chambers from 3-4:30 p.m. Garcia was Austin’s first Hispanic mayor and dedicated himself to public service for 40 years as a trailblazer who fought discrimination, created opportunity and built equity as an elected official and as the first Hispanic member of the Austin school board where he served as its first Hispanic board president. He died in his home on Dec. 17 at age 84. The event will be live streamed online at atxn.tv
‘Women Of Flatbed: A Retrospective’
Come celebrate selected works by leading female figures of the past and future of Austin’s Flatbed Press, now in its 30th year, at “Women Of Flatbed: A Retrospective.” Soon after its inception in 1989, co-owner Katherine Brimberry discovered a dearth of women printmakers. Now half of Flatbed’s printers are women, enriching both the print-making community and the creative environment for women artists in Austin. A part of PRINT AUSTIN, the exhibition will remain on site through Sunday April 28, 2019. Opening reception is Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers for the homeless
One of the best civic volunteer opportunities of the year is Jan. 26, where you can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Austinites experiencing homelessness. The Point in Time Count is conducted one night each year so individuals experiencing homelessness in Austin can be counted. This information helps update local policymaking and documents the need for federal Housing and Urban Development funding in support of programs and services for these individuals. It takes more than 600 volunteers throughout the city to make this happen, and no experience is necessary. Sign up at www.austinecho.org/pointintime
Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint
The City of Austin has extended the opportunity for public input on the draft Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint Implementation Plan and its companion Atlas of Existing and Historical Conditions until Jan. 15. The extension provides an opportunity for Austinites to give input on aligning resources, facilitating community partnerships, and unifying strategic directions to achieve the goal of creating 60,000 affordable units over ten years for households earning less than $60,000 a year. Comments will continue to be accepted through the City’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department (NHCD) by email at NHCD@austintexas.gov or by mail at NHCD, P. O. Box 1088 Austin, Texas 78767.
City names Sister City in India
The City of Austin and Austin-Pune Sister City Initiative (APSCI) celebrated the signing of a formal Friendship City agreement between the two municipalities recently at City Hall in Council Chambers. The agreement was over a year in the making and signed during a recent visit by an Austin delegation between Council Member Alison Alter on behalf of the City of Austin and Pune Mayor, Mukta Tilak, with the aim of becoming Sister Cities. The work is an on-going initiative which started in 2017 by the Asian American Quality of Life Commission to promote equity, cultural and life-long learning for the fastest growing ethnic demographic in Austin: the Indian-American population.