Austin Animal Center PRIDE Week Adoption Special

The Austin Animal Center celebrates Pride week with a $20 pet adoption special which runs through the parade on Aug. 27. Bring a new furry into the family and be sure to look for the center's crew in the float procession. Through Aug. 27. $20.

Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop

Battleground Texas Office Opening Party

Join Battleground Texas as it celebrates the opening of its new headquarters. 6-8pm.

1643 E. Second, 512/524-0332,

Code Workshop & Open House

Looking for a new a career or to add to your skill set? Maybe coding is for you. 7pm. Free.

New York Code + Design Academy, 8501 N. Mopac #100,

Freestyle Language Center Open House

Meet teachers and learn about the adult language classes (for adults, not pornographic, in case you were confused) in French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese. If you like what you see, sign up for a class. 6-8pm. Free.

Freestyle Language Center, 801 Rio Grande St., 512/578-8161

Garden Club Of Austin Monthly Meeting

Gardening tips every fourth Thursday of the month. 7-9pm. Free.

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/468-9991

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME

Features more of a focus on extreme human performances with high-wire antics, BMX tricksters, convoluted contortionists, the human cannonball, bungee skydiving, and much more. And exotic animals, of course. Wed.-Fri., Aug. 24-26, 7:30pm; Sat., Aug. 27, 11:30am, 3:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., Aug. 28, 1 & 5pm. $15, $30 $48 vip, $70 front row.

Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/477-6060

Sustainable Foods Center Preview Night

Learn about the programs offered at SFC including bee keeping, preserving, knife skills, and more. 6-8pm. Free.

Sustainable Food Center, 2921-C E. 17th, 512/236-0074

Thinkery21: Transformations

The kids museum tailors an evening of educational fun to adults once a month. This installment is all about transformations: both personal level and in the world around us. 7-10pm. $25 ($20 presale, $17 presale member).

Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 512/469-6200

Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

Yellow Bike Project Adult Classes

Skilled staffers will be on hand to help with your two-wheeled needs. See website for schedule and to register. Saturdays-Mondays.

Austin Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd.

[Re]Verse Pitch Com­petition

Don’t throw your trash away; pitch it! Aug. 31 is the deadline for businesses to apply to be materials suppliers for the second annual [Re]Verse Pitch Com­petition, an innovative program to turn one business’ waste materials into another business’ raw material. They’re looking for local entities that are generating or collecting by-product, surplus, or other “waste” material, to match with entrepreneurs who can make creative reuse of that material. Last year’s winner, for instance, made spent brewer’s yeast into tasty granola snacks. Apply online


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.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

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