Carnaval Brasileiro

You know what to expect: drums, dancing, and scantily clad folks shaking and shimmying their inhibitions away. The organizers claim the event is the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras party on the planet. Maybe, maybe not, but it's a biggun one way or the other. 8pm-2am. $48 ($38, advance).

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Charity Wedding Gown Sale

Donated designer and name-brand gowns will be on display with the proceeds going to help those impacted by cancer. Various wedding related vendors will also be on hand to get you amped about the big day. Spend a few bucks to get in on Friday for some VIP treatment. Fri., Feb. 1, 6-9pm; Sat.,Feb. 2, 10am-5pm. Free ($30, VIP hours on Friday).

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 512/478-1111

HONK!TX Fundraiser

Remember all those wonderful sounds stomping through our town last March. Well, HONK!TX is coming back for another round of marching band mayhem. But it doesn't happen for free. The show features the Minor Mishap Marching Band and newcomers Dead Musical Capital Band playing to raise money. 9pm-2am. $10.

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Enjoy flapjacks and all the trimmings accompanied by the sounds of Gary Knippa & the Friends with the proceeds going to the Austin Sertoma Club and its efforts to assist deaf and hard of hearing students in Texas. 7:30am-1pm. $6 (kids, free).

Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 940-0977

Tejas Web Ritual for Brigid

You local pagan organization invites you to celebrate Brigid, goddess of healing. Bring your cold-weather cloak if the temperature demands it and don't forget a dish to share for the feast afterward. Nonperishable food donations will also be accepted for SafePlace. 7pm. Free.

Garrison Park, 6001 Manchaca Rd.


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.


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

Travis County Sheriff Volunteers

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.

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