Boxers 'n Brews

No, not those boxers, so put your pants on, grab your favorite furry friend, or get ready to adopt one of the many dogs on hand. Music, food, and fun, plus a special beer for the occasion! 3-7pm. Free.

Rogness Brewing Company, 2400 Patterson Industrial Dr., Pflugerville, 512/968-1343


Candidates Forum on Austin Energy - Districts 1 & 7

A number of local organizations have come together to organize a series of candidate forums on issues related to Austin Energy. Candidates will be asked to respond to a series of questions relating to Austin Energy, including questions on energy sources, affordability and governance of the utility. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the candidates. Other forums in this series are: Districts 6 & 10, Sept. 12; Districts 2 & 3, Sept. 19; Districts 4 & 9, Sept. 22; Districts 5 & 8, Sept. 23; Mayor, Sept. 29.

Organizations participating in these forums are: Public Citizen, SEED Coalition, Sierra Club, Solar Austin, Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy), Clean Water Action, Austin Climate Action Network, Texas Drought Project, First Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Ministry, Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church. 12:30-3:30pm.

Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland, 512/458-4107


Electric Vehicle Picnic in the Park

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week by meeting other EV enthusiasts, checking out the new models, and educating yourself on future trends in technology. Don't forget to pack a picnic basket! 10am-2pm. Free.

Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland, 512/458-4107


Fantastic Arcade

Fantastic Arcade

The gaming arm of the Fantastic Fest is free and open to the public. A who's-who of independent games comes out to showcase their creations with scads of custom arcade cabinets and laptops loaded with fun. Panels and tournaments are littered throughout the four-day fest. The whole shebang concludes with a Barfcade contest, awards ceremony, and closing party. See their website for a complete schedule. Check out our interview with Kyle Reimergartin and Ben Esposito to get you hyped. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 18-21. Free.

The HighBall, 1142 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309


Geshe Thupten Phelgye

In addition to being a Geshe (the highest degree of monastic training in Tibetan Buddhism), Geshe-la founded the Universal Compassion Foundation. As a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, and in his other work for peace and social justice, he’s a significant figure in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be speaking at various venues around town. See website for detailed schedule. Wed.-Sat., Sept. 17-20.

Various locations


Hargrave Arcade

The Eastside arcade opens once again for a Peace Day party. This time the shindig celebrates Sir Roger Moore's charitable efforts with all the proceeds going to UNICEF. Expect all the regular "Best of Austin"-approved philanthro-punk shenanigans as well, including a house full of retro video games, drinks, food, projected movies (A View to Kill, Octopussy), and live music. 7:30pm-2am. $10.

1185 ½ Hargrave


Honduras Good Works: Sonia Nazario

Nazario will discuss her book, Enrique’s Journey, a primer on the impact of illegal immigration on families, culture, and the countries who lose and inherit these children. Proceeds will benefit Honduras Good Works Education and Microfinance programs. 6:30-10:30pm. $35; $25, students; $100, VIP.

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/330-9500


Oasis Health & Wellness Fair

With workshops, holistic vendors, a wide variety of health practitioners, you are sure to find help discovering zen. 8am-noon. Free.

Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey, 512/476-2535


Sherwood Celtic Music Festival

Sherwood Celtic Music Festival

Step back in time at the village in the woods as Celtic bands play, athlete test their strength at the Highland games, and everyone enjoys the food, games, and shopping. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 19-20 & 27-28. $15 ($8, kids).

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade


Snuggle Salon

Press release time! This event is "a gathering where individuals come together for an evening of non-sexual touch." See website for the exhaustive list of rules. 6:30-10pm. $20.

Sol Healing, 3400 Kerbey Ln.


Sonia Nazasrio

The author of Enrique’s Journey, about the impact of illegal immigration on families, will speak. Live music and a silent auction will follow. 6:30pm.

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd., 512/415-4621


Sunset Valley Anniversary Celebration

Sunset Valley is turning 60, and they're throwing a party. Food trucks, pony rides, a kids fashion show, and much more merriment await. noon-4pm. Free.

Sunset Valley Shopping Center, 5207 Brodie Ln


Take a Loved One for a Check-up Day

A national initiative to encourage people of color to see a health care professional or make an appointment in the near future. The African American Quality of Life Initiative is locally spearheading this national campaign to promote greater awareness of the importance of regular doctor visits and health screenings. Free health screenings at the event will include blood sugar, blood pressure, pregnancy testing, HIV testing, and flu vaccinations. Additionally, a medical team will be on hand to provide free vision, dental, and physical exams. 11am-3pm.

Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook, 512/972-5184; 512/784-1670


Texas Folklife Anniversary Celebration

This nonprofit has been around for 30 years, and to celebrate, they're throwing a party with food, music, and the continued preservation of Texas culture. 1-5pm. Free.

Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 Congress


Urban League EOD Dinner & Gala

Celebrate social justice and equality while raising money to defend them both. 7-10pm. &150.

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, 512/478-7176


Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

Would you like to register people to vote? Get trained and deputized! Please RSVP, include "VDR Training" in the subject line. Saturdays, 10am. Free.

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 512/452-6168


Without Regret's Mystery Hunt

A mystery to solve for a good cause! Teams will track down clues to solve the mystery of an abducted girl. Proceeds benefit the Without Regrets Foundation, who provide excursions for gravely ill parents and their children. 6-11pm. $40 per 2 person team.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave, 512/337-3709



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.



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.



Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.

Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 472-8788 x401