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A couple of corrections; a whole lot of events you might consider attending

In the off-with-our-heads department, please note that the Dandelion Cafe (1115 E. 11th, 542-9542) is housed in a pink, cinder block building rather than a yellow, stucco one. Owner Marybeth Casias would like folks to know she has extended her Saturday evening hours until 10pm. Also, in our recent feature on restaurant service, we described Mahala Guevara as the general manager of Magnolia Cafe West (2304 Lake Austin Blvd., 478-8645) when indeed she is the assistant general manager. We regret both errors.


Event Menu :: April 21-27

Go Organic for Earth Day! is an annual monthlong marketing campaign presented by many prominent national grocery chains, more than 50 organic product makers, the Earth Day Network, and the Organic Trade Association. It's a chance to try selected organic food and body-care products at reduced prices through the use of money-saving coupons, available free from participating retailers or by calling 866/1-GO-ORGA. Go to www.organicearthday.org to locate participating retailers nearest you, plus download interactive educational materials and recipes featuring organic products developed by Hollywood chef Akasha Richmond; all month.

Austin Java, the County Line, El Arroyo, Paciugo, Tuscany Cafe & Wine Bar, Waterloo Ice House, and Zen join forces this week as Best of 7 Austin

(www.bestof7Austin.com) to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. During the two-day event, participating outlets will donate 10% of their daily proceeds to support the foundation's programs; all day, Thursday and Friday, April 20-21.

Enjoy the return of the Royal Victorian Spring Tea in the Driskill Hotel (Fifth and Brazos) lobby on Friday afternoons. The price is $40 for adults, $26 for children, and includes tea, champagne or sparkling cider, tea sandwiches, scones, and petits fours, as well as tax and gratuity. Make necessary reservations by calling Kate at 391-7139; seatings at 3, 3:30, and 4pm, Fridays, April 21, 28, and May 5, 12.

While drought conditions may have undermined the wildflowers this year, area wineries are still hosting weekend activities along the Wine & Wildflower Trail. Fall Creek Vineyards (www.fcv.com) invites you to enjoy a delightful $25 picnic lunch prepared by Hill Country chef Vicki Bonewitz complemented by samples of their award-winning wines and Roscar Belgian Chocolates. Make necessary reservations at 325/379-5361; Saturdays and Sundays, April 22, 23, 29, 30.

Join in the "Diggin' It" celebration of Earth Day at the weekly Downtown Farmers' Market (Fourth and Guadalupe, www.austinfarmersmarket.org), where they'll offer Earth-friendly gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations, a Kid's Patch, and petting pen; 9am-1pm, Saturday, April 22.

Shop, eat, think, and celebrate Earth Day at the second Sustainable Shopper's Ball (www.sustain-a-ball.org) in conjunction with the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (Toney Burger Center parking lot). This month's focus is sustainable energy; 9:30am-3:30pm, Saturday, April 22.

Chronicle contributing food writer/chef/horticulturist Mick Vann will present a free cooking demonstration and lecture about growing and cooking with herbs at It's About Thyme Nursery (11726 Manchaca, 280-1192; www.itsaboutthyme.com); 2-3:30pm, Sunday, April 23.

We love the Umlauf Sculpture Garden's (605 Robert E. Lee, 462-6050) annual Garden Party. Purchase tickets now at selected Twin Liquors outlets or online at www.umlaufsculpture.org, because this cool outdoor party sells out; 6:30-9:30pm, Thursday, April 27.

For Wes Marshall's tips on how to celebrate Earth Day by drinking wine, see austinchronicle.com/webextra.

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