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.
Astronomers will have their telescopes set up so you can get a good look at the sun before it goes down. After dark the telescopes turn to Jupiter. 6-9pm. Free.
is about as spectacular as a fundraiser can be. This one benefits Creative Action and is overflowing with delicious barbecue, live music, a mechanical bull, and all sorts of vintage carnival games. At the Salt Lick Pavilion out there in Driftwood. 7pm. $100 and up.
The Salt Lick, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, 512/858-4959
Bring the whole family to dance and party with the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center. 5-7pm. Free.
Walk a mile, raise some funds and awareness, and enjoy a carnival and kids activities afterward. 8am. Free, but donations and fundraising are appreciated.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/218-5540
Learn how to make your gardening more green. 9am-1pm. $45.
Called the "Mother of Holistic Medicine," Dr. Gladys shares her wisdom. 7pm. $25.
Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.
Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.
Various experts discuss the ramifications and measure that should be taken to avoid another catastrophe akin to the Fukushima incident in Japan. Sat.-Sun., March 22-23, 9am-7pm. Free.
T. S. Painter Hall, UT campus, 24th Street & Inner Campus Drive, 512 /761-2077
Bands from all over the country converge on Austin to make a big noise. Things start Friday on South Congress from 6 to 10pm. The next day the bands take over Adams Park and Spider House (2908 Fruth) all afternoon and into the evening. The big send-off happens noon on Sunday with a community parade starting at Pan-Am Park (2013 E. Third). It's a community parade because you can join in. Fri.-Sun., March 21-23. Free.
The whole family is invited to get in on the games, vendors, contests, dance performances, and live music acts. Bands include All U Need (jazz & cover band), Nubia, NOOK, Lil Ronny, Beat King, and Lil Troy. noon-10pm. $10.
Celebrate Persian New Year with live music, a performance from the Ravaan Persian Dance Company, the Behandish Persian Children's Choir, the Nights Orchestra, and more. Don't forget to try something from the special menu in the cafe. 5-9pm. Free.
Get all your orchid questions answered by the experts and perhaps buy one or two of the exotic plants. Sat.-Sun., March 22-23, 10am-4pm. Free.
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).
Win $500 by helping Travis County’s Voter Registration division be the best and look the best.
A two-day gathering for women, girls, and those who care about them. 8:30am-8pm. $25-$150.
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.