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
There will be professional cosplayers (what do you know about Fifi Switchblade!?), so bring your A-game. With three different costume contests (kids, adults, and group), plus silent auctions and a tattoo raffle, you're bound to meet new friends. 1-4pm. Free.
Come and play new and upcoming games from local developers. The Austin Chronicle and SXSW Gaming invite video game makers to show off their creations and let the public know what's being made right in their own town. A live, illustrated choose-your-own-adventure story will keep the action coming before chiptune bands take the stage at 9pm. 6-10pm. $3 (kids free).
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