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Answers About the New Health Insurance Landscape

Not sure if you should be thanking or cursing Obama and his new health insurance plan? Get your questions answered and maybe even get yourself signed up. Go online for times and locations. Free.

www.insurecentraltexas.org

Boat & Travel Trailer Show

All manner of watercraft will be on display for your ogling (or purchasing) pleasure. Activities for kids (e.g., a live catfish tank) and adults (Army Bass Anglers) help keep things afloat. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 16-19. $8, ($4, kids).

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

www.austinboatshow.com

Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Hero Day Open House

Health screenings, a Q&A with health professionals, campus tours, and more events to help you see if this is the career path for you. 10am-2pm. Free.

College of Health Care Professions

www.chcp.edu/openhouse

John Anderson’s Occupy Austin Book Signing

Chronicle photographer debuts his two books documenting the Occupy Austin movement. 3-5pm. Free.

MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925

www.monkeywrenchbooks.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Cleanup

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes hosts this cleanup effort between Chicon and Springdale. Meet at J.J. Seabrook Park to get supplies and a quick snack before honoring Dr. King with your service to the community. 10am.

J.J. Seabrook Greenbelt, 2000 Pershing Dr.

www.handsoncentraltexas.org

No-Comply Anniversary Party

Celebrate seven years of supplying local skaters with the gear and cultural know-how they need to survive. Four bands, one DJ, a miniramp on site, and live printing, all in one place. 9pm-2am. Free.

Empire Control Room, 606 E. Seventh

www.nocomplyatx.com

Peace Through Pie Celebration

This pie social will include music, a student essay presentation, a pie raffle, and a pie-baking contest in addition to a pie-making demo. Bakers are invited to bring one pie to share and another for the pie contest or raffle two hours before the party starts. 5-7pm. Free.

Faith4Life Church, 1000 McNeil Rd., Round Rock

School of Rock

These rockin' youngster show their newly learned chops with Funk & Reggae at 3pm and Fleetwood Mac vs. the Eagles at 5pm. On Sunday the performances switch time slots. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 18-19, 3 & 5pm. $10.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/670-8521

www.austin.schoolofrock.com

Swingin’ the Blitz 1940s Costume Party

Come dressed as a wartime lady or gent and get entertained by the swingin' jazz sounds of Cats and the Canary. 8pm-2am. Free.

Firehouse Lounge, 605 Brazos, 512/201-2522

www.austinfirehouse.com

Wellness Open House

Various lectures, demos, and guided meditations will help you find your happy place. 9am-3:30pm. Free.

Stonegate Wellness, 3530 Bee Caves Rd., 512/327-2884

www.stonegatewellness.com

Women & Food Symposium

Journalists, entrepreneurs, academics, and food activists come together to discuss making a living with food. The public is welcome but seating is limited, so RSVP to reserve a seat. 10am-2pm.

University of Texas Department of Human Ecology

www.utfoodlab.com/women-food-symposium

Young Chef Competition

The Austin Chapter of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs hosts this competitive cooking competitions where contestants (under the age of 27) are given ingredients and tasked with making a three-course meal in four hours. A panel of judges will decide who moves on to the regional competition. 10:30am.

Le Cordon Bleu, 3110 Esperanza Crossing #100, 866/337-9293

www.chefs.edu/austin

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Barton Creek Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040

www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

Barton Springs Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Austin's favorite swimming hole. All you have to do is download the audio files and map from the Save Our Springs Alliance website, and off you go.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080

www.sosalliance.org

Cedar Park Farmers Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/257-8500

www.texasfarmersmarket.org/cedar-park

Central Market Cooking School

Whether you need to brush up your knife skills or throw together a romantic Thai dinner for two, these guys have you covered year round with an eclectic array of classes spanning all skill levels.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000

www.centralmarket.com/Cooking-School.aspx

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

Habitours

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.

Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 472-8788 x401

snance@ahfh.org

Helping Hands Center

needs strong, dependable males to help load/unload groceries twice monthly.

Helping Hands Center, 1151 San Bernard St., 472-2298

SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700

www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC Sunset Valley Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096

www.sfcfarmersmarket.org