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After you vote Saturday, load up that old polluting gas lawnmower and trade it in for a discount on a spiffy new electric model. The Round Rock Home Depot at 2550 S. I-35 (8:30am-1:30pm) and the Georgetown P&K True Value Hardware on Courthouse Square (9am-5pm) will be offering both corded and cordless Black and Decker models with trade-in only. For more info, call Scott Johnson, 447-4595 or visit

Thousands are expected to converge at the state Capitol Saturday for Showdown in Texas, a multifront challenge to GOP and Bush administration policy. Feeder marches will begin at 11am at locations around Central and East Austin; the showdown rally, beginning at noon on the south steps, will feature numerous speakers, as well as performances by American Indian Movement drummers, artist/activist Lourdes Perez, poet Emanuel Ortiz, and El Paso sextet Fuga. March to follow down Congress Avenue. For more info, visit

The Austin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws will be participating in the Global March for Cannabis Liberation this Sunday, May 4. Drug-reform supporters will meet at 3pm at Republic Square, Fourth and Colorado. The march will begin at 3:30pm and head to the Capitol for a rally featuring guest speakers -- including former Dallas Cowboy Mark Stepnowski, the head of Texas NORML -- and performers. Learn more at or call 481-9123.

Two major green-oriented business conferences come to the Austin Convention Center this month. The All Things Organic Trade Show, presented by the Organic Trade Association, runs May 14-17; the day after that ends, comes the American Wind Energy Association's Windpower 2003 Conference and Exhibition, May 18-21. For info on the former, go to; for the latter, try

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