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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

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

Free Tax Preparation

Foundation Communities lend a hand to your annual return. Service is open to individuals and families who make less than $50,000 annually. List of locations and hours available online. Free.

Various Locations

www.communitytaxcenters.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

South by Southwest

You might have heard of it. In fact you probably won't be able to avoid it as every venue and square foot of open space is filled with bands you've probably never heard of. Seriously, check your couch, there might be a musician there. However, if you can find parking (or take a train or bus or bike) there's some of the best people watching in the world right here this week. There's also a good chance you'll run into a party that doesn't require any kind of credentials and still has great performers playing. Through March 16.

austinchronicle.com/sxsw

Yoga Practice

Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2, 538-1991

www.cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

Yoga Ride

A 5-mile ride precedes your yoga class tailored to the cycling body. Enjoy a dip in the Springs afterward. Tuesdays, 7pm. Free.

Doug Sahm Hill, 885 W. Riverside (next to Palmer Events Center)

www.facebook.com/groups/246934478735899

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Cap Metro's Adopt-a-Stop

Cap Metro's Adopt-a-Stop

allows you or your organization to adopt one of the stops along Cap Metro's bus lines. In exchange for helping keep your stop tidy, Cap Metro will let you spruce it up (Keep Austin Beautiful will even provide landscaping tools) to reflect the personality of your neighborhood.

512/369-7720

juan.wah@capmetro.org

Host a Creek Cleanup

Is the creek you love filled with beer cans and six-pack rings? All you have to do is gather some friends to clean it up, and Keep Austin Beautiful and Watershed Protection and Development Review will give you all the guidance and materials you need. Free.

391-0617

www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/creekcleanup