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African-American Community Heritage Festival

Huston-Tillotson invites the whole family to the culminating celebration of Black History Month. The event features vendors, a kids' zone, food, a health fair, live entertainment from Howard Hewitt, and more. 1-5pm. Free.

Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/505-3139

www.austinheritagefestival.org

Carnaval Austin

You know what to expect: drums, dancing, and more than 6,000 scantily clad folk shaking and shimmying their inhibitions away. You decide how many inhibitions you want to keep but don't expect your neighbor to have the same idea. 8pm. $38-45.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.carnavalaustin.com

CM Pio Renteria's "Council on Your Corner"

10am-noon.

A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. Third, 512/476-9193

www.fb.com/events/1564141270536256

District 6 Town Hall

1:30-3pm.

Fire Station #38, 10111 Anderson Mill Rd

www.fb.com/CouncilmanDonZimmerman

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

www.aaul.org

Free Tax Preparation

Foundation Communities lend a hand to your annual return. Service is open to individuals and families who make less than $50,000 annually. List of locations and hours available online. Free.

Various locations

www.communitytaxcenters.org

Lakota Seminar

Activists Russell Eagle Bear and Ben Rhodd speak on a variety of topics, including spirituality and custom, as well as addressing energy driven projects effecting the Earth. 11:30am-6pm. donations appreciated.

Alma de Mujer Conference & Retreat Center, 13621 FM 2769, 512/258-3880

www.shieldthepeople.org

Mensa Game Night

Show off your big brain as Lone Star Mensa hosts this night of synapse-popping fun. Bring your own game or join in and make some new friends. 7pm. Free.

Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe, 9012 Research Blvd.

www.lonestar.us.mensa.org

Rundown For Rare Disease Day

A lineup of fun bands,food, and prizes help highlight U.R. Our Hope, a nonprofit that aids families diagnosed with rare diseases. noon-4pm. Donations appreciated.

Third Base, 9600 I-35 S.

www.urourhope.org/events

Sherwood Forest Faire

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, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 7-March 29, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day

Celebrate our state pride with a parade up Congress Avenue, followed by a celebration in the South Capitol Rotunda at noon. The next day, an Alamo remembrance ceremony keeps the state flag flying high at the Capitol at 2pm. Go online for a complete list of events.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400

www.celebratetexas.org

Texas Secular Convention

$125.00 ($50.00 for students).

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 512/478-1111

www.texassecularconvention.org

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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.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 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