A Love Offering Kirtan Benefit Concert

Musicians 2B1Love and Oliver Rajamani (and his young guests) supply the world music for this event benefiting the Playing for Change Foundation. 7pm. Donations accepted.

Dharma Yoga, 3110 Guadalupe, 512/420-0009

African-American Men and Boys Conference

Everyone's welcome at this conference encouraging kids to keep their eyes on the prize: education and future employment. 10am. Free.

LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek

Blacklight Slide

Wear your white shirt for maxi glow as you fly down the blacklight slide. Afterparty included in price of admission. 6pm. $20.

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900

College And Career Readiness

Young Latinas get prepared for the college experience. 10am-noon. Free.

4926 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/900-0304,

Desert Magic Pop Up Shop

A great spot to procure your much-needed potions, elixirs, amulets and so much more. 3-7pm. Free.

The White Horse, 500 Comal, 512/553-6756,

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

Global March ATX For Elephants & Rhinos

Join African percussionists and costumed kids in a march across the Congress Bridge en route to Palm Park on Third Street to support the end of the ivory and horn trade and to help keep elephants and rhinos from going extinct. Free parking at the lot at 118 E. Riverside for marchers. 10am. Free.

Congress Avenue Bridge, Congress Avenue & Town Lake

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos ATX

Join the Austin leg of the Global March for Elephants & Rhinos to protest the ivory and rhino horn trades. Meet up at the parking lot at 118 E. Riverside and march across the South Congress Bridge to the drum beats of the Afro Caribbean Soul Collective. 10am.

118 E. Riverside

Igniting The Fire, Blazing The Trail Trailblazers Conference

The mother of holistic medicine, Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey, is the keynote at this conference that hopes to "promotes innovation and point participants toward their own pioneering path." Fri.-Sat., Sept. 23-24, 6pm. Register online.

St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500

Let The People Go Solar

Learn how to go solar, lower your electric bills, and go green from the experts. Free with RSVP at 10:30am.

TreeHouse, 4477 S. Lamar #600

Mediterranean Festival

Church families have been busy for weeks preparing food for the sumptuous banquet of Mediterranean culinary specialties alongside beer and wine, kids' activities, and an Orthodox bazaar. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because folk dancing to live music is a must at this venerable event. Fri., Sept. 23, 6-11pm; Sat., Sept. 24, noon-11pm. $5 donation.

St. Elias East Orthodox, 408 E. 11th, 512/476-2314

Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant

Spots are still open for this really cool special needs pageant hosted by Special Olympics Texas that got its start in 2010. 3pm. Free.

Lake Hills Church, 11521 Bee Caves Rd., 512/263-4365

Movie Music In The Park

The McCallum Orchestra starts things off with a selection of movie music both new and old followed by a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 7:30pm. Free.

Mueller Lake Park, 1829 Simond

Party With Pio!

Council Member Pio Renteria raises funds for his colleagues Greg Casar and Delia Garza to aid in their re-election efforts. 5-7pm. $30 suggested donation.

Buenos Aires Café Este, 1201 E. Sixth, 512/382-1189

Pecan Street Festival

This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of one of the stages with a handheld food options and enjoy a performance. Don't worry about bringing the kids, they'll be busy getting their faces painted, staring rapt at one of the traveling street magicians, or petting zoo animals. Sat.-Sun., Sept., 24-25, 11am. Free.

Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35

Pinballz Lake Creek Grand Opening

Mayor Adler will do the ribbon cutting at 2pm with pinball tourneys all day, pet adoptions, Ghostbusters and the Back to the Future car photo ops, and concluding with music from Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. 10am. Free.

Pinballz Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd. #1350

Rattletree Glow Party & Grand Opening

Celebrate the opening of the new studio with five marimba performances spread out over three days (8 and 10pm Fri. and Sat., 3pm Sun.) as well as a choreographed dance, drum jams, and lots of psychedelic glow paint and costumes. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-25. $5-20.

Rattletree School of Marimba, 2311-K Thornton, 512/417-2041

Shoe Drive for Foster Kids

Stop by one of the Mattress Firm stores in town and drop off some shoes and/or cash between now and Oct. 30 to benefit the Foster Angels of Central Texas and Helping Hand Home for Children. Through Oct. 30.

Tech Familia Workshop

The Latino community is invited to partake in these free tech courses and to familiarize themselves with the new tech center. This week: Fun With Robotics. Bring the whole family. Sat., July 23, 10am-noon. Free.

Latinitas, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/900-0304

The Texas Tribune Festival

Sept. 23-25. $300.

University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434

Trash Makeover Challenge

Fashion designers, stylists, and models create original fashionable outfits out of recycled and recovered materials with the theme: Party Like It’s 1991! 7-11pm. $50.

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/809-7799

Wizard World Comic Con

Is your costume a little nerdy? Get some extra miles out of it at this pop culture conference. William Shatner, Danny Trejo, Bruce Campbell, Lee Majors and many more will be there, how about you? Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-25. $40-80.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

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.


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 to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


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