Local architects and designers have created stylish animal abodes that you can bid on to help animal charities. Dress up your dog for the Fashound Show, or just prepare for some playtime in the temporary dog park on Second Street. noon-4pm. Free.
Benefiting Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit that provides creative writing programs for Austin youth, this event includes plenty of pizza, beer, and live music, as well as a silent auction and raffle, a midway with carnival games, and contests for pizza-eating and dough-tossing, plus the Hands on an Eggplant Sub competition. noon-7pm.
Once again it's time for the best party in SoCo, the annual Home Slice pizza carnival to benefit Austin Bat Cave. The day offers contests of endurance and skill, carnival games, a big raffle with killer prizes, live music, beverages from Real Ale Brewing and Dublin Bottling Works, plus plenty of pizza. noon-7pm.
This is all you need to learn the process of getting a community garden up and running in your neighborhood. The experts show you the ropes from organizing to fundraising. Sign up online to attend. 9am-1pm. Free.
Baha'i Faith Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin, 236-0074 x105
Halloween is over, and even though the lights have been turned out the haunted house is still open. Groups get a glow stick to explore the otherwise pitch black spookery. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 7pm-12mid. $25.
Five bands will go inside the cage of this martial arts gym, and it's unclear whether they will engage in fisticuffs or rockin'. Either way it's a benefit to combat bullying with two metal bands playing afterward. 6-10pm. $10.
The sixth annual baking contest is this weekend and it's still not too late to enter in one of the four categories: Pies & Tarts, Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies, and Other. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category and a grand prize winner chosen from the top four. Drop off entries at the store between 8:30 and 10am Saturday morning and judging runs from 10-11:45am before the public tasting noon-3pm, after which prizes will be awarded. Find rules, entry forms, and complete info online. 10am-4pm.
The HighBall shows its naughty side with burlesque starring Roxie Moxie and Sassy Delure, comedy, dance, music, and more. "And more" could mean a lot of things in this case, but you'll have to show up to find out. Sat., Nov. 10, 8 & 10:30pm. $12-25.
Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women hosts this one-day conference tackling the ins and outs of rockin' while remaining a lady. Musicians and business types tackle various topics. 11am-6pm. $20 ($15, advance).
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
Join the seven wineries along the Top of the Hill Country wine trail in a patriotic salute to the country and our armed forces on from Friday through Sunday of this Veterans Day weekend. Tickets cover a souvenir wine glass, Celebrate American T-shirt, wine tastings, and a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Go online for more information and to by tickets.
Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.
Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas