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Bowl for Kids

Get some sponsors and slay some pins for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Lanes will be open all weekend with a cowboys and zombies theme. Come dressed to two-step or limp and shuffle for a good cause. Register online. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2, 3-10pm.

Highland Lanes, 8909 Burnet Rd., 512/458-1215

Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746


Join this faith-based group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. A new grief-related topic is discussed for each of the 13 weeks. Come to any or all of the meetings. Sundays, 3-5pm. $15 for the workbook.

Manchaca United Methodist Church, Manchaca Road & FM 1626, 512/970-6130

Local Jails Information Session

Texas Jail Project discusses conditions and myths about county jails. 2-3:30pm.

FoodHeads, 616 W. 34th, 512/983-3446,

Recycled Reads Anniversary Party

Live music at 1pm both days and paper craft workshops all weekend help say happy birthday to this arm of the public library system. Sat.-Sun., March 1-2, noon-6pm. Free.

Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/323-5123

Rodeo Austin

Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).

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

Sherwood Forest Faire

Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching. Weekends, Feb. 8-March 30, 10am-dusk. $20 ($10, kids).

Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade

Spring Home & Garden Show

Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gape at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be a kids area and even a few dog classes to keep the pets in line. John Gidding of HGTV's Curb Appeal supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 2. $8.50.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

STEAM3 (Science+Technology+Engineering+Art+Math)

Educators, innovators, and everyone else who resides near the convergence of technology, creation, and inspiration are invited to see the latest gadgets and methods of inspiring others into STEM subjects. Bring the kids to enjoy the Interactive Playground. Sat.-Sun., March 1-2, 9am-6pm. $7.50-125.

J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Center, 10100 Burnet Rd.

Texas Independence Day

Celebrate our state pride with a parade up Congress Avenue Sat., March 1, at 9:30am followed by a celebration in the Capitol Rotunda at noon. The next day, an Alamo remembrance ceremony keeps the state flag flying high at the Capitol at 2pm. Go online for a complete list of events.

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

Texas Independence Day

The Marshall Ford Swing Band provides tunes to facilitate dancing under the trees in between tours of the museum and historical demos. Kids are welcome, but keep them away from the working muskets. 1-4pm. Free.

Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, 411 E. Fifth, 512/974-3830

Zilker Kite Festival

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. Follow the allure of bright colors in the sky; and when you arrive, try not to feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of kite demonstrations, contests, choreographed sky dances, and so much more. And for you souls out there lacking kites, don't worry; you can learn to make your very own flying marvel in one of the many hands-on workshops. There will also be a kite doctor on hand to help repair any damage. Free parking and $2 shuttles at the Downtown state parking lot (1604 E. Colorado) and the Toney Burger Center (3200 Jones). (In the event of rain the event will be pushed back a week.) Free.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/448-5483

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