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A Day to Shine Fashion Show and Gala

Will benefit Expect Respect, a program , committed to ending the cycle of abuse by empowering youth leaders, supporting those exposed to violence, and engaging communities, schools, and parents in educational initiatives. See website for sponsorship opportunities and tickets. $225.

Barton Creek Omni Resort

www.safeaustin.org/get-involved/events/adaytoshine, smorse@safeaustin.org

Art City Austin

This outdoor art fair with works in paint, photography, fiber, wood, glass, and more, will showcase more than 120 artists and contemporary galleries from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. With live music and entertainment for kids of all ages. It's a big three-day hullabaloo filled with art, art, and art. See website for more. March 31- April 2.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.artallianceaustin.org/artcity

Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Spring Show and Sale

showcases rare and exotic cacti and other water-indifferent plants. If you like ’em, take one home. Remember, if you bleed, you buy. April 1-2, 10am-5pm. Free with paid entry into Zilker Park ($2).

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700

www.austincss.com

Austin Community College Building Bridges Town Hall

A discussion on students benefiting from early college high schools and how these schools are promoting equity in central Texas. 1:30-3pm.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932

www.myec.net

Bandana Ball

In its 28th year, this Western style event features live music, signature cocktails, dining under the stars, and a silent and live auction. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. 6pm. $250.

The Wild Onion Ranch, 12112 Old San Antonio Rd., 512/628-5935

www.rmhc-crtx.org/all-events/bandana-ball, efranke@rmhc-ctx.org

CodeNEXT Public Outreach Sessions

Each meeting will include a brief presentation, a display of key points in the code, and mingling to discuss and answer questions. Sat. April 8, 2-4pm.

Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa, 512/414-2538

www.austintexas.gov/codenext

Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

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Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience

Austin could not be a better home for this exhibit focused on the history of music festivals. Artifacts and concert footage bring the experience alive whether it's Hendrix at Monterey or Queen at Live Aid - both featured in a video montage of the Top 10 festival performances of all-time. Artifacts include Muddy Waters' '59 Martin acoustic played at the '68 Newport Folk Festival, a poster board stenciled sign by Banksy, and Dave Navarro's Jane's Addiction stage getup. Curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. March 10-July 23, Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, Sun., 12-5pm. $9-13.

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

www.thestoryoftexas.com

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

HONK!TX

Street and brass bands from all over the world descend on Austin to make a big noise on the move and unamplified. Events take place all weekend including a community parade you can join. See website for full schedule. Fri.-Sun., March 31-April 2. Free.

www.honktx.org

House District 48 Town Hall Meeting w. Rep. Donna Howard

Rep. Howard hosts a meeting for House District 48 constituents. 10am-noon.

Cedar Creek Elementary School, 3301 Pinnacle

www.house.state.tx.us

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

National Day of Action: Affordable Housing Now!

House the Homeless and Challenger Newspaper unite for a national day of action. Demands include: livable incomes for those who cannot work, universal living wage, ending criminalization of homelessness, etc. 11am.

Magnolia Cafe South, 1920 S. Congress, 512/445-0000

www.housethehomeless.org

Panel on Gerrymandering: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters, Or The Other Way Around?

Panel discussion on redistricting and politicians choosing their voters. 2-4pm.

Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock

www.cg4tx.org

Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan fans will not want to miss this exhaustive exhibit guest curated by his brother, Jimmie Vaughan. Many of Vaughan's guitars (including his legendary "Number One" Fender stratocaster) will be on view as well as early family photos, concert posters, stage outfits, handwritten lyrics, exclusive archival concert footage, his famed hat, and more. March 10 through July 23. $9-13.

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

www.thestoryoftexas.com

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

Resident Evil Escape Experience

Schedule your one-hour session in this interactive escape room honoring the survival horror stalwart. Through April 12. $35.

The Yard, 902 E. Cesar Chavez

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

Spring Celebration

A variety of family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, mini art lessons, musical performances by local elementary schools, and more plus an appearance from the Easter Bunny. 10am-2pm. Free.

Wolf Ranch Town Center, Highway 29 & I-35, 512/930-8008

www.facebook.com/events/826470757500967

St. Baldrick's Pierce Your Heart

There will be plenty of food, music, and fun for the whole family. You can shave your head, donate, or simply come out to support the cause – the St. Baldrick's Foundation (which funds childhood cancer research grants). 1-6pm. Free.

RedFin Seafood Kitchen, 8330 620 N., 956/579-2543

www.stbaldricks.org/events/PierceYourHeart

Texas Democratic Party Reception with DNC Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison

Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez & Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison host a reception in support of the Texas Democratic Party. 6pm. $50-200.

Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel

www.txdemocrats.org

Texas Democratic Party’s Fair Shot Training Summit

2017 Texas Democrats Fair Shot Summit: Saturday, April 1 from & Sunday, April 2 from Texas State Capitol Legislative Conference Center and Auditorium E2.002 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 8:30am-5:30pm. $20.

Legislative Conference Center, 1100 Congress Ave.

www.txdemocrats.org

The Pearly White Ball

They are promising laughter and surprises, dinner from the W Hotel, live and silent auctions, a casino, live music, and dancing to benefit Manos de Cristo’s low cost dental, adult education, and emergency food and clothing relief programs. 6:30pm-12mid. $250.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/628-4201

www.manosdecristo.org

Urban Music Festival

This party got so big they had to expand it to two days. Local acts play on the smaller stage until it's time for the big names like Keith Sweat and Tony! Toni! Toné! to take the stage. Fri.-Sat. March 31-April 1.

Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside

www.urbanmusicfest.com

Walk and Bike Talks

The Austin Transportation Department hosts a final discussion on the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan. 2-3:30pm.

Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove, 512/974-7400

Weathered Coalition Anniversary Party

Celebrating one year with free food, free booze, and giveaways. 10am-9pm. Free.

Weathered Coalition, 11601 Rock Rose Ave.

www.weatheredcoalition.com

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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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