Answers About the New Health Insurance Landscape

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Austin Alt Az Star Gaze

Astronomers will have their telescopes set up so you can get a good look at the sun before it goes down. After dark the telescopes turn to Jupiter. 6-9pm. Free.

Jack & Adam's Bicycles, 1210 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-5646

Big Hair Country Fair

is about as spectacular as a fundraiser can be. This one benefits Creative Action and is overflowing with delicious barbecue, live music, a mechanical bull, and all sorts of vintage carnival games. At the Salt Lick Pavilion out there in Driftwood. 7pm. $100 and up.

The Salt Lick, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, 512/858-4959

Bombazo Experience With Jorge Emmanuelli Nater

Bring the whole family to dance and party with the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center. 5-7pm. Free.

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Culture Center, 701 Tillery #13, 512/251-8122

Central Texas Congenital Heart Walk

Walk a mile, raise some funds and awareness, and enjoy a carnival and kids activities afterward. 8am. Free, but donations and fundraising are appreciated.

Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/218-5540

Citizen Gardener 50

Learn how to make your gardening more green. 9am-1pm. $45.

Sustainable Food Center, 2921-C E. 17th, 512/236-0074 ext. 105,

Dr. Gladys

Called the "Mother of Holistic Medicine," Dr. Gladys shares her wisdom. 7pm. $25.

Austin Center for Spiritual Living, 5555 N. Lamar Ste. D-115, 512/441-8988

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

Free Homebuyer Education Workshop

Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.

Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176

Fukushima Solutions World Conference

Various experts discuss the ramifications and measure that should be taken to avoid another catastrophe akin to the Fukushima incident in Japan. Sat.-Sun., March 22-23, 9am-7pm. Free.

T. S. Painter Hall, UT campus, 24th Street & Inner Campus Drive, 512 /761-2077

HONK!TX Festival of Community Street Bands

Bands from all over the country converge on Austin to make a big noise. Things start Friday on South Congress from 6 to 10pm. The next day the bands take over Adams Park and Spider House (2908 Fruth) all afternoon and into the evening. The big send-off happens noon on Sunday with a community parade starting at Pan-Am Park (2013 E. Third). It's a community parade because you can join in. Fri.-Sun., March 21-23. Free.

Jump On It Spring Festival

The whole family is invited to get in on the games, vendors, contests, dance performances, and live music acts. Bands include All U Need (jazz & cover band), Nubia, NOOK, Lil Ronny, Beat King, and Lil Troy. noon-10pm. $10.

70 Rainey

Nowruz Festival

Celebrate Persian New Year with live music, a performance from the Ravaan Persian Dance Company, the Behandish Persian Children's Choir, the Nights Orchestra, and more. Don't forget to try something from the special menu in the cafe. 5-9pm. Free.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000

Orchid Society Show

Get all your orchid questions answered by the experts and perhaps buy one or two of the exotic plants. Sat.-Sun., March 22-23, 10am-4pm. Free.

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/413-3199

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

Travis County Voter Registration Logo Design Contest

Win $500 by helping Travis County’s Voter Registration division be the best and look the best.

Women's Empowerment Conference

A two-day gathering for women, girls, and those who care about them. 8:30am-8pm. $25-$150.

Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson


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.


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