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AACHD District Days

The Austin African American Cultural Heritage District celebrates the history of Downs Field while fundraising for needed repairs. Free.

Downs Field, 2816 E. 12th

www.aachd.org

Call for Public Input on Cemetery Rules

Join the conversation on burial space adornment.

www.speakupaustin.org

Composting Class

This class (along with downsizing your trash cart) is part of the city's offer to get you a rebate ($75 value) on a home composting system. 2pm. Free.

Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400

www.austintexas.gov/composting

Mother & Me Tea Party

This tea party raises funds for St. Louise House and features a raffle, kids activities, and more. 12:30-3pm. $50 (children, $35).

Green Pastures Restaurant, 811 W. Live Oak, 512/302-0027

www.saintlouisehouse.org/tea

Mueller's Birthday Party

Mueller is turning 10 years old and the festivities will include paddle boating on the lake, hamster balls, a live DJ, food trucks, birthday cake, and a giant piñata. Feliz cumpleaños! 10am-1pm. Free.

Mueller Lake Park, 1829 Simond, 512/703-9202

www.bit.ly/mueller10th

National Train Day

Celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad at the train station with the Tinplate Trackers who will set up a small display of model trains for all to enjoy. 8am-7pm. Free.

Amtrak, 250 N. Lamar, 800/872-7245

www.amtrak.com

O. Henry Pun-Off

Now in its 37th year, it's time to celebrate the lowest form of groan-up humor with the pros going head to head. 11am.

O. Henry Museum, 409 E. Fifth, 512/472-1903

www.punpunpun.com

Spring Craft Fair

Stop by to shop for Mother’s Day or just to find that perfect tchotchke you've been looking for. Kids can enjoy train rides, inflatables, and other activities. 10am-4pm. Free.

Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park, 512/401-5500

www.cedarparktexas.gov

State Library & Archives Open for Research

It's kinda like office hours except you can meet with the official history of the Texas government. That means access to newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photos, old maps, and other resources is at your fingertips. Perfect for that dissertation on Texas history or genealogical snooping. Second Saturdays of the month, 9am-4pm. Free.

Texas State Library & Archives, 1201 Brazos, 512/463-5455

www.tsl.state.tx.us/news/2013/tslac-to-open-on-second-saturdays

The Austin Flea

Browse for handmade and vintage wearables, housewares, and more. 11am-5pm. Free.

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., 1305 W. Oltorf, 512/298-2242

www.austinflea.net

The Ripple Effect Fundraising Party

A benefit for Be the Match, a national marrow donor registry, this event is also a memorial for Melvin Paul DuBois. 7pm-12mid. $5 donation.

Friends, 208 E. Sixth, 512/779-9573

www.bethematchfoundation.org

Travis County Democrats Precinct Chair Training

Workshop for precinct chairs and those interested in serving as a precinct chair. 10am. Free.

Coordinated Campaign Office, 1910 E. MLK Jr.

info@traviscountydemocrats.org

Wildflower Center Gardens on Tour

Hmmm. I wonder who might want to come with you to take a tour of the Wildflower Center's gardens? (Spoiler alert: It's your Mom.) 9am. $25 ($6 for individual gardens).

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100

www.wildflower.org/gardentour

World Fair Trade Day

Your local Fair Trade shop has live music, kids' activities, and enough goods to satisfy your socially conscious shopping needs. 10am-8pm. Free.

Ten Thousand Villages, 1317 S. Congress, 512/440-0440

www.tenthousandvillages.com/austin#events

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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