Friday, March 2 - Wednesday, March 7

For more details on the following, and other events this week, see Community Listings.


CELEBRATE TEXAS commemorates Texas' 1836 declaration of independence from Mexico with three days of festivities. Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. Friday: Memorial Ceremony: Historian Mike Cox discusses the mystery of the Twin Sisters (the missing guns from the battle of San Jacinto). 9am. Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota. State officials gather to mark the occasion. 11:30am. Texas Capitol. Saturday: 5K run (see Sports). 9am, Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress. Celebrate Texas Parade. 11am, Congress Avenue. Sunday: Jay L. Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament (see Sports). 10am. UT Steiner Ranch, 4304 Quinlan Park Rd. www.celebratetexas.org.

RADICAL ENCUENTRO is a weekend training session just outside of Austin for anyone interested in political activism. Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. Wimberley, 512/236-9518 or 512/297-1049. $15-50 (meals included). www.radicalencuentro.org.

TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN STATE CONVENTION Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 S. I-35. www.tdw.org/2007Conv.html.

DON'T TAG TEXAS MARCH & RALLY Agricultural march in protest of the National Animal Identification System and the Trans-Texas Corridor. March: 1:30pm, First & Red River to the Capitol. Rally: 2:30pm, Texas Capitol. 866/687-6452. www.dont-tagtexas.com.

WOMEN CONFRONTING GLOBALIZATION: CULTURAL RESISTANCE, ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY & HUMAN RIGHTS Social anthropology student Rosario Aguilar Arguello of Chiapas, Mexico, and the Mexico Solidarity Network's Rachel Mehl present two talks about the effects of globalization on Mexico's indigenous communities. Noon-2pm. Sid Richardson Hall, UT Campus. 8-10pm; MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop. kpetros@mail.utexas.edu.


CROP WALK FOR HUNGER This annual walk benefits local organizations like the Capital Area Food Bank as well as refugee camps and communities spanning 80 countries. 9:30am Saturday, and 1:45pm Sunday. Guerrero Colorado River Park, 8200 Grove St. www.aaimaustin.org/cropwalk.html.

TEXAS STATE ARTS FESTIVAL celebrates Texas Independence Day with a weekend carnival (see Club Listings, p.92, for band lineup) and lots of kids activities. Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, 11am-10pm. MLK & Congress (near the Texas State History Museum). $4 (free, kids 12 & under).


ETHICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTIN Today's discussion: How Ethical Voters Elect Ethical Officials. 10am-noon. AMOA-Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th. 458-8191. Free. www.esoa.org.


EQUALITY TEXAS LOBBY DAY Join more than 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans in visiting the Capitol to ask representatives to put an end to discrimination in the workplace and in the Texas foster-care system. Legislators and Equality Texas Executive Director Paul E. Scott will speak. 9am, Texas Capitol South Steps. 474-5475. www.equalitytexas.org.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE presented by Wal-Mart and Lincoln Properties, 3-8pm, Norris Conference Center at Northcross Mall.


LA MARCHA Join Mothers Against Discriminatory Racism in Education and Society for a peaceful march from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1206 E. Ninth, to a rally at the Capitol accompanied by a civil-rights training session focusing on the educational and criminal-justice systems. 10am.

HIGH SCHOOL OPTION FORUM Austin high school students and their parents are invited to explore education and job-training options outside of a traditional high school environment. Maarch 6 & 8, 5-7pm. Garza Independent High School, 1600 Chicon. For more info, call AISD's Office of Dropout Prevention/Reduction, 414-0201.


METROPOLITAN BREAKFAST CLUB: THE STATE OF THE CITY The mayor joins the MBC once a year for this discussion and Q&A regarding the city's most pressing issues. 7-8:30am. UT Club, Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium, sixth floor. $15 (members, first-time guests). www.mbcaustin.org.

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