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'Why Do People Migrate'

Immigration forum. 4-7pm.

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168

www.facebook.com/events/699633910055135/

2nd Street Soundcheck

Live music, food vendors, and more street-friendly entertainment helps raise awareness for the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease. 1-8pm. Free.

2nd Street District, 201 Lavaca, 512/479-7600

www.2ndstreetdistrict.com/soundcheck

An Evening of Grandeur

Dinner and live music helps raise funds for the students of St. Francis School. 6-10:30pm. $65.

Brazos Hall, 204 E. Fourth, 512/380-1675

www.stfrancis-school.org

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

Bowl for Kids

Get some sponsors and slay some pins for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Lanes will be open all weekend with a cowboys and zombies theme. Come dressed to two-step or limp and shuffle for a good cause. Register online. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2, 3-10pm.

Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd., 512/458-1215

www.bowlforkidsaustin.org

Building Bridges Town Hall

Reps from AISD discuss efforts to keep kids in school and keep campuses crime free. 1:30-3pm.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932

www.myec.net

Dress for Success Shopping Extravaganza

Clothing, shoes, and accessories all for $5-10. Proceeds help this organization provide professional clothes for those struggling to get back on their feet. 10am-2pm. Free.

Dress for Success Austin, 701 Tillery

www.dressforsuccess.org/austin

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

Explore UT Open House

You know that big school in the middle of our city? Maybe you should get to know it better. The entire campus will be rife with activities, music, tours, and more for kids and adults. No registration is needed for most events. Go online for a list. 11am-5pm. Free.

UT Campus, 512/476-6666

www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut

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

It's My Park Day

Get in on this day of park appreciation by joining or leading a park cleanup project. Go online for a list of current cleanup sites or register to start your own with a group of friends or neighbors. Kid friendly opportunities are available. Volunteers get snacks, Chipotle coupons, and other perks. 9am-noon. Free.

512/477-1566

www.austinparks.org/its-my-park-day.html

Month of Madness Kick-off Party

Come out for an etched pint glass (filled with Guinness, of course) and get ready to start celebrating St. Patrick. It's never too early! Don't forget to donate to the St Baldrick’s Foundation to help end kids cancer. 8pm.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth, 512/457-0172

www.fadoirishpub.com

Organic Gardeners Plant Sale

Vegetables, herb transplants, ornamentals, oh my! 9am-1:30pm.

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

www.austinorganicgardeners.org

Recycled Reads Anniversary Party

Live music at 1pm both days and paper craft workshops all weekend help say happy birthday to this arm of the public library system. Sat.-Sun., March 1-2, noon-6pm. Free.

Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/323-5123

www.recycledreads.org

Rodeo Austin

Rodeo Austin

Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

www.rodeoaustin.com

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

Solar First Saturday

ImagineSolar CEO/Founder Michael Kuhn presents solar 101 for homeowners. 4pm. Free.

TreeHouse, 4477 S. Lamar #600

www.imaginesolar.com

Spring Home & Garden Show

Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gape at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be a kids area and even a few dog classes to keep the pets in line. John Gidding of HGTV's Curb Appeal supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2. $8.50.

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

www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com

STEAM3 (Science+Technology+Engineering+Art+Math)

Educators, innovators, and everyone else who resides near the convergence of technology, creation, and inspiration are invited to see the latest gadgets and methods of inspiring others into STEM subjects. Bring the kids to enjoy the Interactive Playground. Sat.-Sun., March 1-2, 9am-6pm. $7.50-125.

J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Center, 10100 Burnet Rd.

www.steam3.com

Texas Independence Day

Celebrate our state pride with a parade up Congress Avenue Sat., March 1, at 9:30am followed by a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda at noon. The next day, an Alamo remembrance ceremony keeps the state flag flying high at the Capitol at 2pm. Go online for a complete list of events.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400

www.celebratetexas.org

TreeFolks Tree Giveaway

Austin Energy customers are eligible for two free trees. TreeFolks will be giving away 1,300, 5-gallon trees, so bring a utility bill and the desire for shade. You must agree to plant said tree along the street. 11am-2pm. Free.

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport, 512/443-5323

www.treefolks.org

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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