6pm tonight to 6pm Friday night it's time to Amplify Austin! Donate to one (or several) of the 700 organizations working to keep Austin thriving! March 2-3, 6pm to 6pm.
Austin nonprofit I Live Here, I Give Here is holding their fifth annual Amplify Austin Day which hopes to raise $9 million in 24 hours online for more than 700 mission-driven organizations across seven Central Texas counties. More than 160,000 individual donations have raised almost $25 million since 2013! And you can schedule your donation in advance if that's more convenient. See website for additional details. And donate, donate, donate! Thu., March 2, 6pm to Fri., March 3, 6pm.
Get some sponsors and slay some pins for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Lanes will be open all weekend with a "Peace, Love & Bowling" theme. Register online. Fri.-Sun., March 3-5.
Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd., 512/458-1215
In its first year, this festival will feature panels and discussions for new creative content and uses of media in the global community. “State of the Union of Conscious Media” with Regina Meredith, “Repurposing the Purpose of Media” with Ron James,” and “The New Human Broadcaster” with Sevan Bomar are a few of the subjects covered. See website for locations. Fri.-Sun., March 3-5. $397.
Watch Sand Wars, a documentary on how the worldwide construction boom has led to intensive sand extraction on land and oceans and its damaging impacts. 7pm.
Texas Advocacy Project and the Travis County Sheriff's Office are accepting donated purses for survivors of domestic violence. The bags, adorned with 1-800-374-HOPE discreetly stitched into the lining, will be delivered to shelters across Texas. Every day, through March 31..
Neighborhood zero waste grocer in.gredients needs your support to keep their doors open. Hops & Grain supply the suds, music from the Love Sprockets and Brand New Key, and more. 5-9pm. Free.
In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd., 512/275-6357
Italian drink specials get you in the mood for dancing along with the live DJ. 7-11pm. Free.
Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2350
The Czech Melody Masters
The Czech Melody Masters bring the polka. Pioneer Farms supplies the dance floor. You bring your dancin' shoes. 8-11pm. $10.
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., 512/837-1215
This exhibit examines "the lives of individuals intertwined in the domestic slave trade by exploring slavery’s reach beyond New Orleans and Galveston, beyond Texas, beyond the South, and into the very fabric of America." Through July 9. Cost of museum admission, free for members.
Electronic Planet Ensemble presents the 20th iteration of Robot Daddy, featuring an original score accented by the poetry of David Jewell and a light show by Patrick Anthony. Thu.-Sun., March 2-12. $15-35.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
Every year, Austin gets the rodeo spirit by kicking things off with a big campfire breakfast on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Begin the day with hearty victuals like biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausages, fried catfish and hush puppies, breakfast tacos and doughnuts; then wet your whistle with milk, juice, and coffee. This free and family-friendly event always includes live music and Western-style entertainment. 6am. Free.
The Victim Services Unit needs volunteers to provide immediate aid to victims of family violence, sexual assaults, child/elder abuse, aggravated assaults, suicides, etc. Volunteers must complete a comprehensive training program from March 13–April 1 (Mon., 6-9pm, Thu., 6-9pm, Sat., 9am-5pm). Sign up through March 3.
The Texas Land Conservation Conference celebrates its 21st year with a conference featuring 50 industry leaders and experts. Wed.-Fri., March 1-3. $450 for full conference badge.
The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.
We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266
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.