The League of Women Voters of Austin invites you to learn how to apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that will divide the city into its 10 single-member districts. 1:30-3pm.
South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland, 512/444-6601
Bring the bounty from your garden or a craft you made, or just offer your services to folks in exchange for something you want or need. It's bartering at its best to keep waste at a minimum. Untraded items can be donated to local nonprofits. Third Saturdays of the month, noon-4pm. Free.
Hot Mama's Espresso Bar, 2401 E. Sixth, 512/476-6262
Get dressed for an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour and gambling to help local volunteer dentists provide care to those in need. 6-11pm. individual tickets-$175 (includes dinner and 2 drink tickets).
Austin Parks and Recreation and the Travis Audubon Society educate Austin about its local birds with activities, nature walks, a birds of prey demonstration, kids' activities, and more. 10am-2pm. Free.
Austin Nature & Science Center, 301 Nature Center Dr., 974-3888
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.
Chili cooks and chili lovers alike are invited to attend this fundraiser for Texas Humane Heroes. Registration fee for teams/individual contestants is $30 in advance or on the day of the event. CJ's Catering will provide chili for all paying guests, who will also get to taste samples of the competing chilis and vote on their favorites. Prizes awarded to the top three recipes. 1-3pm. $10 ($5, kids under 10).
Texas Humane Heroes, 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, 512/260-3604
Lamar Boulevard's massive Chinese market goes all out for New Year's with dragon dance teams, martial arts performances, firecrackers, and lots of other family activities. While you're there, buy some non-Western foodstuffs to challenge your palate. 10am-3pm. Free.
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 www.communitytaxcenters.org for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.
Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.
Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.