Austin Pets Alive! supplies live music, drinks, and appetizers to help celebrate the second year of our town being "no kill." If you don't show, we'll have to assume you approve of killing animals. 7-10pm. $35.
The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas hosts a live fire cooking celebration with foods and wines from both Latin America and Texas in the Salt Lick's pavilion. Purchase tickets online. noon-4pm. $65 ($50, members; $10, kids).
The Salt Lick, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, 512/858-4959
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.
The organization called Slow Cooking in a Fast-Food World is a grassroots program that provides slow cookers and healthy menu plans to families who cannot afford them. This cook-off benefits that program. For complete details, go online. Contestants can drop off their reasonably healthy recipes and entries in slow cookers between 9:30-11:30am. Prizes will be provided by Serve Gourmet Gadgets & Goods. Tasters suggested donation is $3 kids/$5 adults or a gently used, working slow cooker.1pm.
It's the 20th year for this renowned national gathering of talented jugglers (and unicyclists and yo-yo champions and more). Workshops, games, vendors, and more – all culminating in a mind-boggling public (and free) performance on Saturday night at 7:30pm. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 22-24. $10 ($20, three-day pass).
Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 850-6641
Need more quilts in your life. Well, you're in luck because QuiltCon brings all manner of sewn blanket to Austin with opportunities to learn from the pros and see top notch work in the medium. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 10am-6pm. $10 ($30, four-day pass).
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
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.
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.