Green Events: Sept. 28-Oct. 3

If you can't make it out to Fredericksburg this weekend for the Renewable Energy Roundup, be sure to catch one of the keynote speakers, Greg Pahl, in town Saturday talking about his newest book, The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook. Also, don't forget to break out your weird for Friday's Weirdest Commute Contest, and do check out the new Environmental Expo at the Pecan Street Festival Friday and Saturday. Oh yeah, then there's Al Gore's presentation of "An Inconvenient Truth" (the slideshow, not the movie) on Monday. Sheesh. That's a lot. And there's even more below ...

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Friday, September 28

GROUNDWATER STEWARDSHIP AWARDS Who do you think deserves this year's awards for protecting Austin's water resources? Today's your last day to submit nominations in the following categories: water conservation, education, research, water-quality protection, innovation, and permittee of the year. 282-8441. www.bseacd.org.

GREEN DRINKS Take note, enviro-friendlies: This monthly eco-minded happy hour has moved to a brand-new location. 5:30-7:30pm. Opal Divine's, 700 W. Sixth, 477-3308. www.greendrinksaustin.blogspot.com.

PERMACULTURE: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN INSPIRED BY NATURE Fridays, 9:15am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Ste. D-200, 707-9637. Free with cafe purchase. www.rutamaya.net.

TEXAS RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNDUP & GREEN LIVING FAIR Learn about green building and gardening, the newest energy-efficient products, and more while you enjoy live music, movies, and organic food at this weekend's three-day symposium for anyone interested in healthy living, saving money, reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, and increasing U.S. independence from foreign fuels. Sept. 28-30. Market Square, Fredericksburg, 541/482-0848. $10, Friday & Sunday; $12, Saturday ($20, weekend; free, kids 12 & under). www.theroundup.org.

WEIRDEST COMMUTE CONTEST Find out who gets prizes for this year's Commuter Challenge competition and possibly win some of your own: The three people arriving in the weirdest forms of transportation will be duly rewarded. 11:30am. Wooldridge Square Park, Guadalupe between Ninth & 10th. www.commutesolutions.com.

Saturday, September 29

AUSTIN ECOSCHOOL GARAGE SALE Help Austin EcoSchool help Austin's eco outlook by stopping by and doing a little shopping today. Your money will help this growing nonprofit find a permanent home and expand its focus from the current elementary-school programming to community outreach and leadership training. 8am-2pm. Austin EcoSchool, 3000 Del Curto, 447-8516. www.austinecoschool.org.

AUSTIN FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe, 477-1566. Free. www.austinfarmersmarket.org.

GREG PAHL & RENEWABLE ENERGY Journalist Greg Pahl has written several environmental books (including Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy and The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook) and is spending some time away from his off-the-grid home in Vermont today to talk about individual and community strategies for using renewable sources of energy. 2pm. Faulk Central Branch Library, 810 Guadalupe, 974-7400. Free. www.gregpahl.com.

MAYFIELD PARK GUIDED TOURS Get the lowdown on Mayfield's peacocks, lily ponds, history, and more. Every other Saturday, 9:30am. Mayfield Park & Preserve, 3505 W. 35th, 467-1868. Free. www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/mayfieldevents.htm.

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY is a day to revel in nature, preferably by helping the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park with various projects, including trail maintenance, trash pickup (for kids), and more. Call or e-mail to register. 8am-1pm. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy., 482-3357. cjeffri@rei.com, www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

PECAN STREET ARTS FESTIVAL This annual fest features arts and crafts vendors and live music every year but adds a slew of new attractions this time around, including the Austin Environmental Expo, the International Festival sponsored by the Central Presbyterian Church, the Pecan Street PowerFlicker film festival, and performances from the Austin Hindu Temple Dancers, the UT Middle Eastern Ensemble, the Round About Players, and many others. (See Club Listings.) 11am-10pm. Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35. Free. www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com.

READY, SET, FALL Learn how to grow winter veggies, dry herbs, care for your lawn in the colder months, and prep your garden for spring. Don't forget to bring your problem plants for expert diagnosis. 10am-1pm. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 854-9600. Free ($3, parking). www.tcmastergardener.org.

SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9:30am-1pm. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones, 280-1976. Free. www.sunsetvalleyfarmersmarket.org.

TEXAS RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNDUP & GREEN LIVING FAIR (See Friday.)

Monday, October 1

AL GORE He's here, in the flesh, to present the slide show on which his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, is based. If you still haven't seen it, now's the time. 7:30pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 471-7744. $29.50-250. www.uterwincenter.com.

Tuesday, October 2

DISCOVERING THE COLORADO: ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE AUSTIN-BASTROP RIVER CORRIDOR A presentation from Kevin Anderson, coordinator for the Austin Water Utility Center for Environmental Research. Arrive early (5:45pm) for a driving/walking tour of Hornsby Bend. 7pm. Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory, 2210 FM 973 S., 972-1960. www.hornsbybend.org/locationmap.html .

Wednesday, October 3

AWARENESS IN THE ENVIRONMENT Learn about solar energy, composting, and other aspects of the green lifestyle in this weekly class from the Austin Permaculture Society's Jenny Nazak. Wednesdays, 9:15am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Ste. D-200, 707-9637. Free, with cafe purchase. www.rutamaya.net.

MIDWEEK AUSTIN FARMERS' MARKET Wednesdays, 4-8pm. The Triangle, 46th Street, between Guadalupe & Lamar. Free. www.austinfarmersmarket.org.

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