Bring the bounty from your garden or a craft you made, or just offer your services to folks in exchange for something you want or need. It's bartering at its best to keep waste at a minimum. Untraded items can be donated to local nonprofits. Third Saturdays of the month, noon-4pm. Free.
Hot Mama's Espresso Bar, 2401 E. Sixth, 512/476-6262
Looking for a new furry friend? The Central Texas SPCA open house will have discounted adoption fees and free micro chipping in celebration on its 25th anniversary. Bring the whole family, CTSPCA adopted dogs included. noon-4pm.
Central Texas SPCA, 909 S. Bagdad, Leander, 512/260-7722
Cookbook author Deborah Madison will sell and sign copies of her newest book, Vegetable Literacy, at the farmstand on Saturday morning. She will also be glad to sign books purchased elsewhere. 9am-1pm.
No passport needed to enjoy an impressive selection of German beers, live music from Brave Combo, plus dinner and dancing. 2-6pm. $15 (with five beer tastings); $15, dinner and dance; $45, VIP with beer, dinner, and dance.
This annual conflagration of DIY goodness brings hundreds of today’s brightest indie makers from across the Lone Star State and beyond – with hands-on workshops, live music, food, booze, and more. Sat.-Sun., May 18-19, 11am-7pm. Free.
The question is, how high can you get your platform shoes before they're unsafe to wear when you dance? Forklift Danceworks, with a little help from Rebecca Havemeyer, hosts this fundraiser with enough boogie that you might not even need the open bar to get loose. 8-11:30pm. $50.
How should Austin spend its money? Let city leaders know. Participants will be asked to decide to increase, decrease, or maintain current funding levels for common city services. Accumulated feedback will be taken into consideration as the city develops its proposed 2014 budget this summer.
Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.