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African Diaspora Women Summit

Counter Balance: ATX provides a space for women of the African Diaspora to share space and grow. "As women of African Diaspora, we have the potential to improve our cities, towns, and communities." See ticket link for details. 9am-3pm. Pay What You Can.

Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/505-3139

Austin Parks Foundation's It's My Park Day

Get in on this day of park appreciation by joining or leading a park cleanup project. Go online for a list of current cleanup sites or register to start your own with a group of friends or neighbors. Kid friendly opportunities are available. 9am-2pm. Free.

512/477-1566

www.austinparks.org/impd, volunteer@austinparks.org

Black Lives Matter Austin March Neighborhood Canvassing

Monthly canvassing of local neighborhoods. Sat., March 4, 10am-midnight.

Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg, 512/339-0016

www.fb.com/blacklivesmatteraustin

Bowl for Kids

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

www.bowlforkidsaustin.org

Building Bridges Toolkit

A series of dialogues ranging from conflicts and reconciliation to race and society. 10am-noon.

Mt. Zion Action & Resource Center, 2951 E. 14th, 512/479-9890

Conscious Media Festival

Sevan Bomar

Conscious Media Festival

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.

AT&T Conference Center Amphitheatre, 1900 University Ave., 512/404-1900

www.consciousmediafestival.com

Explore UT Open House

You know that big school in the middle of our city? Maybe you should get to know it better. The entire campus will be rife with activities, music, tours, and more for kids and adults. No registration is needed for most events. Go online for a list. 11am-5pm. Free.

University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton

www.exploreut.utexas.edu

Hip Hop Lounge

Local hip-hop producers showcase their talents at this laid-back scene happening every first Saturday of the month. Sat., Jan. 7, 7-9pm. Free.

Exploded Records, 4500 Duval St.

www.outofplace.info

Hotel San Jose's Birthday Party

HSJ celebrates 17 years(!) with live music from RG Lowe and Dana Falconberry from (8pm), food and drink specials, and most importantly, birthday cake. 6pm. Free.

Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/444-7322

www.sanjosehotel.com/lounge

It's My Park Day

More than 100 different parks, greenbelts, and trails throughout the city will participate in improving outdoor spaces. Volunteers will plant trees, mulch, assist in habitat restoration, trail cleanup, and more. March 4, times vary by site.

Various city parks and trails

www.austinparks.org/volunteer/impd

Let It Be

The show spans the career of the Beatles from club gigs to Shea Stadium – and what would happen if they'd reunited 10 years after splitting. 8pm. $39 and up.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664

www.thelongcenter.org

March 4 Trump Counter Protest

For those looking for a counter protest: Trump supporters are rallying across the country – including right here in Austin – in hopes of proving their numbers are as good as our. Anti-Trump gear is encouraged. 1-4pm.

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Dollar Drive

Donate in-store at one of their 77 stores or online to benefit area foster kids and families. Free.

Mattress Firm, 3910 N. Lamar

www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org

Mighty Texas Dog Walk

Grab your pooch and strut your stuff in this stroll that benefits Service Dogs Inc. There will be dog treats to try, games, and prizes awarded. 10am. $40 per dog ($35, advance).

Austin American-Statesman Parking Lot, 305 S. Congress, 512/441-9016

www.servicedogs.org/mighty-texas-dog-walk-2017

Opening Minds, Opening Doors: Promoting Self-Advocates In Public Speaking

Duties include serving as an assistant to the instructors, providing coaching support to participants, scribing or describing for participants when necessary, and whatever else is needed. 12:30pm. Free.

AGE building, room 101, 3710 Cedar St.

www.vsatx.org, lynn@vsatx.org

Organic Gardeners Plant Sale

Vegetables, herb transplants, ornamentals, seeds, oh my! 9am-2pm. Free.

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-8672

www.austinorganicgardeners.org

Panel on Persuasion in a Partisan Environment

“The Art of Persuasion in a Partisan Environment” panel with Anna Graybeal of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, UT psych professor Art Markman, and Mike Ignatowski. 2-4pm.

Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock

www.cg4tx.org

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865

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.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Robot Daddy

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

www.vortexrep.org

Sherwood Forest Faire

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, jousting, and unparalleled people watching. Through April 23, 10am-dusk.

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

Spoleti Salon Opening Event

New hair salon celebrates opening with food and mimosas. 11am. Free.

Spoleti Salon, 6501 S. Congress

www.spoletisalon.com, katespoleti@gmail.com

Sunshine Community Gardens Plant Sale

Vegetables, herbs, and more edible garden options will be available to you. A great chance to check out the oldest community gardens in town. Free.

Sunshine Gardens, 4814 Sunshine Dr., 512/458-2009

www.sunshinecommunitygarden.org

The Wandering Vegan Market

This event is 100% vegan. Try the vegan brunch at Curcuma and then browse the local vegan vendors. Tunes provided by DJ Martial Love. noon-4pm. Free.

Curcuma, 603 W. Live Oak

www.facebook.com/thewanderingveganatx

Traffic Jam! A Mobility Solutions Workshop for Central Texans

Cap Metro and the City lead a public workshop on our "sticky transportation issues." Catch State Sen. Kirk Watson, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Mayor Steve Adler, and more. Breakfast tacos will be served. 8:30am-1pm. Free.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

www.projectconnect.com

Year of the Rooster Reception & Happy Hour

Enjoy a reception and happy hour with Asian-inspired light bites, cocktails, and an update on the AARC Nonprofit’s work in the community. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1700

www.austintexas.gov/aarc

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Call for Platelet Donors

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

www.inyourhands.org

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

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