Get ready for International Afrikan Fashion Week Austin with this stylish fundraiser complete with clothing showcases, food, and raffle prizes. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.
Twin Liquors, 1000 E. 41st, 512/451-7400
Runway shows, trunk shows, parties, and more will showcase fashion from black designers and industry professionals all weekend at various locations. Go online for a complete list of events and to buy tickets. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 27-30.
Celebrate what would have been our 36th president's 107th birthday with free admission to the museum and cake and refreshments while they last. 10am-4pm. Free.
The City of Austin and local artist Ann Armstrong of Austin's Atlas are teaming up to produce a crowdsourced Peoples' Field Guide to the South Central Waterfront. Thu., Aug. 27, 6:30-8:30pm; Sat., Aug. 29, 10am-noon.
Statesman Bat Observation Center, under the Congress Avenue Bridge
There's still ample time to pick up a feline friend during the Austin Animal Center's summer adoption special. For $25, take home a cat or kitten that is spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped. Pets over 7 years old are free. Through Sept. 7.. $25 adoption fee (all pets over 7 years, free).
Street-Jones Building, 1000 E. 11th, Rm. 400A
Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin 78705
To commemorate a decade since Hurricane Katrina, NPR correspondent John Burnett and Galveston writer Tom Zigal discuss the novel Many Rivers to Cross, which is set during the disaster. 7-8:30pm. Free.
Learn more about one of the most controversial Olympics courtesy of this mobile exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Exhibit is open every day. Free.
Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.
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.
$25 adoption summer special ends Labor Day. Through Sept. 7.