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Austin RV Expo

Time to start planning your next cross-country vacation in the deluxe, supersized RV of your dreams. Feb. 21-24. Thu., noon-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. $8 ($4, kids).

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

www.austinrvexpo.com

CCAACC Small Business Awards Gala

The Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce does the awards and keynote thing before the cocktail party hosted by Quincy Jones III. 6:30-11:30pm. $125.

The Westin, 11301 Domain Dr., 459-1181

www.capcitychamber.org

Contesting Racism in the Afro-Americas

This three-day conference explores the racial ideologies of Latin America and how they compare to a supposed "post-racial" United States. Wed.-Fri., Feb. 20-22. Free.

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, 512/495-4520

www.facebook.com/events/481903808488513

Free Tax Preparation

Go online for a list of locations, hours of operation, a list of forms to bring, and other helpful tips to prepare your tax returns with the help of a professional. Participants must make less than $50,000 a year. Through Mon., April 15. Free.

610-7374

www.foundcom.org/get-financially-stable/get-your-taxes-done/

Hot Science - Cool Talks: Environmental Justice

Dr. Robert Bullard talks about the ongoing struggle toward sustainability. Show up early for some pre-lecture schmoozing. 7pm. Free.

UT Student Activity Center, 2201 Speedway, 232-5551

www.esi.utexas.edu/k-12-a-the-community/hot-science-cool-talks/environmental-justice-progress-towards-sustainability

Jigglewatts Burlesque: Secret Rendezvous

The shimmying troupe does what its name implies. Fridays through Feb. 22, 8 & 11pm. $20-25.

Maggie Mae's, 323 E. Sixth, 512/478-8541

www.thejigglewattsburlesque.com

Jugglefest

It's the 20th year for this renowned national gathering of talented jugglers (and unicyclists and yo-yo champions and more). Workshops, games, vendors, and more – all culminating in a mind-boggling public (and free) performance on Saturday night at 7:30pm. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 22-24. $10 ($20, three-day pass).

Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 850-6641

www.juggling.place.org

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Benefit

with Robert Earl Keen leading the entertainment charge. 7pm. $40.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Theatre, 5600 Sunshine, 512/414-7568

www.mactheatre.thundertix.com

QuiltCon

QuiltCon

Need more quilts in your life. Well, you're in luck because QuiltCon brings all manner of sewn blanket to Austin with opportunities to learn from the pros and see top notch work in the medium. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 10am-6pm. $10 ($30, four-day pass).

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

www.quiltcon.com

Spiritual Discussion

Discuss spirituality, religion, or the lack thereof at these casual, weekly meet-ups. Fridays, 6:30pm. Free.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 453-0331

www.eckankar-texas.org/site/centers/austin

UT Energy Forum

UT Energy Forum

Policy wonks and local energy enthusiasts get together to discuss energy from a cross-disciplinary perspective at this two-day policy event. Come for the career fair (students only), enter the research competition, or just learn the latest deets on fracking. Not "fracking" in the Battlestar Galactica sense of the word. Register online. Thu.-Fri., Feb. 21-22. $150 ($85, academic/government; $50, student).

Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe (UT campus)

www.utenergyforum.com

UT Energy Forum

Policy wonks and local energy enthusiasts get together to discuss energy from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Scott Tinker keynotes. 7:30am-4:15pm. $150 ($85, academic/government; $50, student).

Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe (UT campus)

www.utenergyforum.com

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

Want to help register voters for the May 11 general election? Get started by attending a one-hour training session at the tax office. Tue., April 2, 6:30pm. Free.

Travis County Tax Office, 5501 Airport, 854-9473

www.traviscountytax.org

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Community Tax Services

Foundation Communities is providing free tax-preparation services to income-qualifying individuals and households this spring, and it's also offering low-fee refund-anticipation loans. See www.communitytaxcenters.org for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.

2600 W. Stassney

Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.

587-SPAY

Human Potential Center

Join the various gatherings throughout the month. Events range from explorations of meditation practices to discussions of film to dream interpretation. Go online for a complete schedule of meetings.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988

www.humanpotentialcenter.org

Travis County Sheriff Volunteers

Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.

www.tcsheriff.org