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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

Austin City Government 101

City leaders discuss the functions of local government. 10am-noon. Free.

KLRU, 2504-B Whitis, 512/471-4811

www.lwvaustin.org

Austin Flea

Browse for handmade and vintage wearables, housewares, and more. 11am-5pm. Free.

Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress, 512/707-0237

www.austinflea.net

Clean Lady Bird Lake

Register online, and get in a green mood. Bring your kayak to help clean up where the land-bound volunteers can't reach. Location info will be provided with registration. 9-11am. Free.

512/391-0617

www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/volunteer_opportunities_registration

East Austin Handmade Arts Market

Local handmade goods for your shopping edification every week. Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.eastaustinhandmade.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

Looking Glass Show/Sale

Glassware, china, pottery, and more for everyone from the collector to the glass noob. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 8-9. $6.

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 972-672-6213

www.meyershows.com

Mock Surgery & More

Self-guided tours bring attendees a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the operating room. Let's hope the hands-on demos aren't too handsy. 8am-2pm. Free.

Brackenridge Hospital, 601 E. 15th, 512/324-7000

www.seton.net, mocksurgery@seton.org

Project Connect Open House

Interactive public workshop to share your thoughts on potential transit projects in the "Central Corridor.” 9:30am-noon. Free.

6001 Airport Boulevard, 512/344-2032

Ride for Refuge

Refugee Services of Texas raises funds for refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking residing in the Austin. 8:45am. $25.

Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd., 512/472-9472

www.rstx.org

Rose Selection and Care

Master gardeners Carolyn Williams and Holly Plotner shares tips and tricks for better blooms in the spring. 10am. Free ($2 admission to the park).

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-8672

www.tcmastergardeners.org

Sherwood Forest Faire

Sherwood Forest Faire

Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

State Library & Archives Open for Research

It's kinda like office hours except you can meet with the official history of the Texas government. That means access to newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photos, old maps, and other resources is at your fingertips. Perfect for that dissertation on Texas history or genealogical snooping. Second Saturdays of the month, 9am-4pm. Free.

Texas State Library & Archives, 1201 Brazos, 512/463-5455

www.tsl.state.tx.us/news/2013/tslac-to-open-on-second-saturdays

TEXcursion: Bamberger Ranch

Jump on the bus to Johnson City's Bamberger Ranch to look at fossils, visit the world's largest herd of Scimitar oryx (Google it, they're cool). Think of it as a field trip without kids. 8am-4pm. $55.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4649

www.thestoryoftexas.com, reservations@thestoryoftexas.com

Training on Keystone XL Pipeline

Workshop on taking non-violent direct action against the pipeline project. 1-5:30pm. Free.

Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. Martin Luther King

act.credoaction.com/event/pledge_trainings_attend/3372

Ushicon 2014

This anime and Japanese pop culture convention is for folks 18 and over, so we can only assume there's going to be some of that naughty anime going on. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 7-9. $40.

Wingate Inn, 1209 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/341-7000

www.ushicon.com

Valentine's Day Arabic Bazaar

Music, belly dancing, complimentary coffee and dessert, and the bazaar's usual inventory of unique gifts. Maybe you'll find something worthy of that special someone. 10am-7pm. Free admission.

Arabic Bazaar, 5013 Duval St., 512/533-9227

www.thearabicbazaar.com

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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