Austin Fabric Shop Hop

Local shops will be putting their best fabrics forward. Go online to see the participating stores and win prizes for visiting them all. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 28-29.

Fall Home and Garden Show

Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, Jeff Lewis from Bravo's Flipping Out adds some star power to the proceedings. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 28-30. $8.50 (free, kids).

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

Freestyle Language Open House

Want to learn French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese? See if these teachers and classes are a good fit for your learning style. 6pm. Free.

Freestyle Language Center, 801 Rio Grande

International Afrikan Fashion Week

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.

Racism & Discrimination Dialogue

Join a discussion on varying views on cultural appropriation. noon-1:30pm. Free.

YWCA, 2015 S 35 #110,

Summer Days: Kitten Craze at Austin Animal Shelter

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).

Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop

The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936

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.

HJ Lutcher Stark Center, 512/471-4890

TurnON Austin

Get some insight into your love life with the help of these folks. We're a little wary of the Orgasmic Meditation segment of the evening, so attend at the risk of your sense of decorum. Wednesdays at Soma Vida (2324 E. Cesar Chavez) 7:30pm; Fridays, Mind Body Yoga (12636 Research), 8pm. $10.



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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