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Child Protection Day

Child Protection Day

Join children's advocacy organizations by wearing royal blue in support of child abuse prevention. Schedule an appointment with your representative while you're at it. 9:30am-4:30pm.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400

www.texprotects.org/ChildProtectionDay

Fill the Boot

It's that time of year again. That time when the panhandlers of Austin are replaced with local firefighters carrying footwear and collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Don't worry the boots are sanitary. April 4-7.

www.mdausa.org

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/

Game Night

Board games and brew? Dibs on Candyland! 6-9pm. $10.

Rogness Brewing Company, 2400 Patterson Industrial Dr., Pflugerville, 584-9990

www.rognessbrewing.com

Inglorious Costume Party

Get dressed as your favorite character from the creative mind of Quentin Tarantino. We call the Gimp! A costume contest, photo booths, dance offs, and more fun in keeping with the theme ensure your night's plot is an action packed one. 9:30pm-2am. $10 ($20 without costume).

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

www.teutonic-thunder.com

IQue Maravilla: What a Wonder! Gala

This annual fundraiser helps Wonders & Worries offer free counseling to patients suffering from chronic illnesses. Live music, dinner, and dancing keep the money and your booty moving. 7pm-2am. $150.

Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces, 329-5757

www.wondersandworries.org

Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up

is South by Southwest for vintage rides. Cut your bangs, slick your hair back, and lace up your creepers, because the swinging music and parade of low-profile hot rods is nonstop. The proper exhibition is at the Expo Center, but the party crawls all up and down South Congress. Go online for a complete schedule. Fri.-Sat., April 5-6. $15.

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

www.lonestarroundup.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

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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

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/

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

Parks & Rec Lifeguard Recruitment

The city is looking for a few good lifeguards, pool managers, and swim instructors. Call to find out more.

400 Deep Eddy Ave, 512/974-9332

www.austintexas.gov/parks