Akins Future Farmers of America Benefit

This annual dance and auction keeps the adults happy with food and live music and the little ones entertained with kids activities. 4-11pm. Free.

Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Rd., 512/994-7098


Arts and Service Celebration

This weeklong event provides professional and educational opportunities for veterans and military family members interested in pursuing the arts. See website for schedule and registration info. Oct. 19-25. Free.

Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/499-8914


Austin BikeFest

The day begins with a friendly bike ride down the new Southern Walnut Creek Trail. After the ride, the fun continues with bike games, kids activities, beer and food trailers, live music, a costume contest and fashion show, and well, that's not the half of it. 10am-5pm. Free.

Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Rd.



This family- and pet-friendly event features a dog walk with participants collecting pledges for Central Texas' SPCA. Afterward, there'll be music, food, pet services, and a canine costume contest to help you cool down. $5 suggested donation.

Champion Park, 3830 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park, 512/943-1920



House Rabbit Resource Network, an Austin based nonprofit that rescues and rehomes domestic rabbits, will be at Thirsty Planet with cute bunnies and a good cause. Adopt a bunny! Saturdays in October, 11am-3pm. Free.

Thirsty Planet Brewery, 11160 Circle Dr.


Cards Against Humanity Cancer Fundraiser

The now ubiquitous card game is being used to help the Texas Oncology Helping Hands Fund provide some scratch to help cancer patients pay their bills. Beer provided by Circle Brewing Company. 7pm. $20.

Austin Tie Dye Co., 8222 N. Lamar


Don't Cross the Streams: A Ghostbusters Quiz

Who you gonna call? Well, how 'bout a bunch of friends obsessed with this supernatural comedy? 4pm. $5.

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


Election Identification Certificates

The North Lamar office, the Pflugerville Mega Center, and the South office will be open Saturdays through Nov. 8 to issue EICs for voters in need of IDs. Voters can get more info about EICs at www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm 10am-2pm.

Austin-area Driver License offices


Free Homebuyer Education Workshop

Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.

Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176


Grand Opening of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail

The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the 7.3 mile long Southern Walnut Creek Trail. Bicycling is encouraged as there is limited street parking available. 8:30am.

Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm


No More! No Mas! Rally

This gathering hosted by the Survivor Voices Project and Tu Voz seeks to bring awareness to domestic violence in Central Texas. 11am-1pm. Free.

Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 512/974-2000


Operation American Muscle Car Show

A whole lotta custom cars and a whole lotta of enthusiasts to admire them. All funds raised go to the Wounded Warrior Project. 8am-3pm. $5 ($25 registration fee for participating cars).

Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th


Pittie Pride Weekend

It's a weekend celebrating our canine brethren! It kicks off with a happy hour on Friday, a people-only prom on Saturday, and it culminates in a pooch parade on Sunday. See website for schedule and locations. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 24-26. $30 for the prom.

Various locations


ReuseConex Conference and Expo

Three days of various events explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work in the modern world. Thu.-Sat., Oct 23-25, see website for schedule. $175-385.

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757


The Fifty Costume Gala

Subtitled "Superheroes, Villains, and Sidekicks," this costume party serves double duty as a fundraiser for a new teaching hospital at Seton Medical Center. 8pm. $150.

Brazos Place, 800 Brazos, 512/324-7990


Women's Community Center Grand Opening

Come and make yourself at home! Activities for adults and children include: mini-workshops, face painting, storytime, trivia, and prizes. There will also be tours of the Center as well as information on how to take advantage of the many services and how to get involved. 11am-3pm.

Women's Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St


Women's Community Center Open House

Stop by for a tour of the center, take part in mini-workshops, or enjoy one of the many kid-friendly activities. 11am-3pm. Free.

Women's Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St.



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


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.