Austin Chef Showdown

Local restaurants come out to show off their best healthy dishes, and hopefully prove that healthy, delicious food is not an oxymoron. Hosted by the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council. 9am-5pm. Free.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 547-9000

Austin Pets & Arts Alive!

Music, art, drinks, and money going to help keep Austin a no-kill city. 7-10pm.

Bay 6 Gallery, 5305 Bolm Road, 553-3849

Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction

Grab a drink and a paddle (a bidding paddle, get your mind out of the gutter) because the meat market is open. Fifteen men and women have put together date packages for the highest bidder. Don't feel used, the money goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 7-10pm. $10 donation.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth, 512/457-0172

Celebrando Austin

The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates its members, local businesses, and business leaders with an evening of food, dance, and live entertainment. 6-11pm.

Hilton Hotel Downtown, 500 E. Fourth, 476-7502

Change the World in Just Three Weeks

Change the World in Just Three Weeks

Get in gear for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS with this information, registration, and training event. Cap it off with a "crazy good" brunch. 8:30am-12:30pm.

Texas Running Company, 1011 W. 5th, Ste 110

Classic Car Parade

The parking lot will be lousy with classic cars. Likely run-off from the Lonestar Rod & Custom Round Up. 10am-noon. Free.

Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, 263-2885

Fill the Boot

It's that time of year again. That time when the panhandlers of Austin are replaced with local firefighters carrying footwear and collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Don't worry the boots are sanitary. April 4-7.

Free Rabies Vaccinations

Bring your dog or cat on a leash or in a carrier and the cost of a rabies vaccine is on the city. 8am-noon.

Garrison Park, 6001 Manchaca Rd.

Free Tax Preparation

Go online for a list of locations, hours of operation, a list of forms to bring, and other helpful tips to prepare your tax returns with the help of a professional. Participants must make less than $50,000 a year. Through Mon., April 15. Free.


Girls' School Super Gala

Come dressed in casual, cocktail, or costume attire and help raise funds for this local private school. Fancy eats and enticing auction items keep the money flowing. 6-10pm. $85.

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto, 478-7827

Green Corn Project Spring Dig-ins

Dress to get dirty and help underserved communities get started growing vegetables. Register online to volunteer. Sat. & Sun., March 23 & 24, 8:30am-1pm.

Soma Vida, 2324 E Cesar Chavez, 512/628-1580

Heritage Homes Tour

Take a day tour of Austin's historic mansions, cottages, and homes. Educational lectures take place at various locations. Go online for more info and to buy tickets. 10am-4pm. $28.


Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up

is South by Southwest for vintage rides. Cut your bangs, slick your hair back, and lace up your creepers, because the swinging music and parade of low-profile hot rods is nonstop. The proper exhibition is at the Expo Center, but the party crawls all up and down South Congress. Go online for a complete schedule. Fri.-Sat., April 5-6. $15.

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

Pond & Garden Seminars

Guest speakers and experts share their expertise for the water and land elements of your yard. Saturdays through May 25, 11am & 1pm. Free.

The Emerald Garden, 5700 Hwy. 290 W., 288-5900

Rally for Gun Sense

Some people call it stronger gun laws, some people call it common sense, and some people call it an attack on the Constitution. There won't be many in that last group at the Capitol at this show of support for federal and state proposals. 1pm. Free.

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

Rockin' Roundup

Salsa lessons, food, silent auction items, live music from Beto y los Fairlanes and El Tule, and more with all the money going to Any Baby Can. 6:30-11:30pm. $150.

Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces, 334-4432


Angelique Kidjo and Collie Buddz headline this family friendly fest complete with food, drink, and more. Proceeds go to the United Way for Greater Austin. Sat.-Sun., April 6-7, 11am-10pm. $29.50, day pass; $49.50, weekend pass (kids, free).

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

Yoga Cirque

Belly dancers, fortune tellers, henna tattoos, aerial yoga, and more keep your body/mind happy. Proceeds go to Community Yoga to keep your conscious happy too. 6-9pm. $25.

Wanderlust YOGA, 206 E. Fourth, 468-7024

Zilker Garden Festival

Shop for art, plants, pottery, jewelry, and more from the 100 vendors gathered here this weekend, and enjoy live music, a flower show, games for the kids, a raffle full of fun stuff, and expert-led talks on everything from begonias and bonsai. Sat.-Sun., April 6-7, 10am-5pm. $7 ($3, kids).

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-8672


Community Tax Services

Foundation Communities is providing free tax-preparation services to income-qualifying individuals and households this spring, and it's also offering low-fee refund-anticipation loans. See for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.

2600 W. Stassney

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.


Free Tax Preparation

Go online for a list of locations, hours of operation, a list of forms to bring, and other helpful tips to prepare your tax returns with the help of a professional. Participants must make less than $50,000 a year. Through Mon., April 15. Free.


Human Potential Center

Join the various gatherings throughout the month. Events range from explorations of meditation practices to discussions of film to dream interpretation. Go online for a complete schedule of meetings.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988

Parks & Rec Lifeguard Recruitment

The city is looking for a few good lifeguards, pool managers, and swim instructors. Call to find out more.

400 Deep Eddy Ave, 512/974-9332

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