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.
City leaders discuss the functions of local government. 10am-noon. Free.
KLRU, 2504-B Whitis, 512/471-4811
Browse for handmade and vintage wearables, housewares, and more. 11am-5pm. Free.
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.
Local handmade goods for your shopping edification every week. Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Free.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.
Glassware, china, pottery, and more for everyone from the collector to the glass noob. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 8-9. $6.
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.
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
Refugee Services of Texas raises funds for refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking residing in the Austin. 8:45am. $25.
Master gardeners Carolyn Williams and Holly Plotner shares tips and tricks for better blooms in the spring. 10am. Free ($2 admission to the park).
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).
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.
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.
Workshop on taking non-violent direct action against the pipeline project. 1-5:30pm. Free.
Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. Martin Luther King
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
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
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
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.