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Cedar Bark Festival

Bring the family and the family dog for this benefit complete with an ugliest dog contest, costume contest, fastest dog races, a dog jog, and more. Bring donations for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. 10am-2pm. Free.

Cedar Bark Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park

www.cedarparktexas.gov/index.aspx?page=863

East Austin Handmade Arts Market

Stuff. Made by hands. Local hands. Saturdays April 12 & 19, 11am-4pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.eastaustinhandmade.com

Housing Choice Survey

Chime in on household affordability and fair housing in Austin.

www.austintexas.gov/housingsurvey

Jo's Coffee Pet Parade

Costumed pets will parade from Annie Street up Congress Avenue with a marching band and be judged for cool prizes and trophies upon arrival in the parking lot at Jo's. noon. $15 ($10, advance).

Jo's Coffee, 1300 S. Congress, 512/444-3800

www.joscoffee.com

Nationwide Tour of Gowns

Take a gander at hundreds of new and worn wedding dresses ranging from $100 to $4,000. Don't feel guilty about splurging, the proceeds go to Brides Against Breast Cancer. 1-7pm. $7 ($5, advance).

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234

www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org

Pints for Pups Fundraiser

This great dog-friendly event raises money for Austin pet-rescue nonprofits while offering beer and plenty of pet-related activities. 1-4pm. $10.

www.independencebrewing.com/events

Record Store Day

You should support your local record store every day, but on this special occasion there will be one of a kind offerings from artists and labels to entice you. Go online or check out this week's Playback column for more.

www.recordstoreday.com

Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz: A Tribute to Mexican Women

Two-day forum on the issues women face in and out of prison. Schedule online. 2pm. Free.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/974-3772

www.maccaustin.org, elizabeth.castillo@austintexas.gov

Traveling Psychic Supper Club

Meet with intuitive minds and get better connected with your psychic self. With dinner. 5pm. $20.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill, 4206 Duval, 512/496-4294

www.travelingpsychicsupperclub.com

Vortex Garden Party

It's a volunteer event in the guise of a party. So, as you help get the theatre's garden looking spiffy both you and the kids will be entertained. Bring a wheelbarrow if you have one. noon-4pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.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

Habitours

Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.

Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 472-8788 x401

snance@ahfh.org