Help clean Madison Street this weekend

Volunteer for the clean and green day being held May 12 in Austin. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at By The Hand Club, 415 N. Laramie Ave., and return at 1 p.m. Service learning hours are available, and breakfast will be served.

Tell your story through the blues – with help from Larry Taylor

Discover how to tell your story in your own three-line blues verse. Born of African-American poverty and struggle, blues music came to Chicago with the Great Migration. “Barrelhouse Bonni” McKeown, piano player, teaching artist, journalist, and Austin resident, will help everyone make up and sing our blues. Another West Side neighbor, legendary bluesman Larry Taylor, will stop by to sing a song, tell a bit about his blues life and music, and encourage us to learn more. All are welcome.

Be a part of one of the biggest events of 2018

The West Side Historical Society – in partnership with Ald. Jason Ervin, AustinTalks and other partners – will host this year’s Juneteenth festival and parade for peace June 22-24 in Garfield Park. Vendors are invited to contact organizers; VIP passes are also available.

Don’t miss family night on Friday

Doors open at 4 p.m. April 20 at the Austin Community Family Center, 501 N. Central Ave. Other groups sponsoring the free event – open to all in Austin – include BUILD, Communities Partnering 4Peace, Westside Health Authority and the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.