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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 RV Expo

Time to start planning your next cross-country vacation in the deluxe, supersized RV of your dreams. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 20-23. $8 ($4, kids & seniors).

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

www.austinrvexpo.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

Fabric Shop Hop

Eight local fabric shops are hosting a shopping extravaganza with folks purchasing a "passport" getting exclusive access to online shops and extended store hours. A great deal for you sew-heads out there. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 21-23, 10am-6pm. $5.

www.austinshophop.com

Hope Food Pantry Fund

Get in on this Mardi Gras themed dinner with live jazz and Cajun food. Don't feel guilty about the calories, it's for a good cause. 5:30-8pm. $30 ($25, advance).

Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition, 512/744-5136

www.hopefoodpantryaustin.org

Jugglefest

It's the 21st year for this renowned national gathering of talented jugglers (and unicyclists and yo-yo champions and more). Workshops, games, vendors, and more – all culminating in a mind-boggling public (and free) performance on Saturday night at 7:30pm. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 21-23.

Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 512/850-6641

www.juggling.place.org/jugglefest

Kosher Chili Cook-Off

Cooks go head-to-head in the beef and vegetarian chili categories. Live music and kid-friendly activities will also be on hand to work off all that food. noon-3pm. $12.

Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart, 512/735-8000

www.caa-austin.org/kosherchili

Lamborghini Club Esotico Italiano

Show off your luxury Italian automobile or just ogle the rides. 11am-3pm. Free.

The Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail, 713/234-1688

www.oasis-austin.com

League of Women Voters Health Care Forum

Discussion on the transformation of health care in Austin and Texas. 2:30pm. Free.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 512/459-5835

www.lwvaustin.org

Lunar New Year Open House

The Asian American Resource Center brings arts, crafts, puppets, dragon dances, and more while you get a reason to tour the organization's new digs. noon-4pm. Free.

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700

www.austintexas.gov/aarc

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

Tales From the Shock Hop

Put a little vintage rock into your love of the horror genre. Rockabilly acts are bookended by burlesque performances and a pin-up contest. 9pm. $5.

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

www.halloweenman.com

That Takes the Cake! Sugar Arts Show

The 10th annual That Takes the Cake! Sugar Arts Show will include decorating classes and demos for all skill levels, live decorating competitions, cake competitions at all levels judged by experts, vendor booths, and more. Tickets available at door. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 22-23. $12 ($20/weekend).

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport

www.thattakesthecake.org

USA Gap Year Fair

Not in any rush to get to college? See what options there are for graduating seniors other than the education factory. Various organizations will be on hand as well as counselors to assist those who might want to rethink college after a year off. 1-3:30pm. Free.

St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 2900 Bunny Run, 970/318-0388

www.usagapyearfairs.org/events-schedule/austin-tx

ONGOING

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

Bluebonnet Farmers’ Market

Sundays, 11am-3pm.

2323 S. Lamar

www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

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

Helping Hands Center

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

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

HOPE Farmers' Market

Sundays, 11am-3pm.

Plaza Saltillo, 401 Comal, 512/727-8363

www.hopefarmersmarket.org

Lone Star Farmers Market

Sundays, 10am-2pm.

Shops at the Galleria, Shops Parkway, off Highway 71, Bee Cave

www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

Mueller Farmers Market

Sundays, 10am-2pm.

Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd

www.texasfarmersmarket.org