June 21-27

For more events this week, see Calendar.


A BLACK TIE & FLIP-FLOP AFFAIR, the latest in a series of fundraisers for the displaced Ararat restaurant. Celebrate the summer solstice with an evening of dance, psychic readings, arts & crafts, henna tattoos, and more. (See p.20 for more.) 6-10pm. Cafe Mundi, 1704 E. Fifth. $5 (sliding scale for kids).

NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY Ride a Capital Metro bus today, and you could win $500 in free groceries. Just write down your bus and route numbers, and include them with your testimonial at www.capmetro.org.

SOLAR SOLUTIONS: THE BIG PICTURE, GLOBAL TRENDS, & LOCAL EFFORTS The Cleantech Forum celebrates the year's longest day of sunshine with a panel discussion on building solar businesses and picking investment opportunities, among other things. Register online. 6-8pm. MCC Building, 3925 W. Braker. $20 ($15 advance). www.austintechnologycouncil.org.


KGSR'S FAN FARE FRIDAY Bring a new fan or $12 – enough to buy a box fan – to support Eldercare Austin's push to help Austin's low-income elderly and disabled during the hot summer months. Ruthie Foster, Dale Watson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Charlie Sexton, and others start at 8am. (See Club Listings, p.90.) 7am-7pm. Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside. Free. www.kgsr.com, www.familyeldercare.org.


WORLD REFUGEE DAY: A NEW HOME, A NEW LIFE Enjoy food, music, and family activities at this festival celebrating Austin's refugee community. 4-8pm. Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, 606 Rathervue. Free. www.aaimaustin.org.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: HUTTO VIGIL Meet at the American Civil Liberties Union to carpool to the Amnesty International vigil in Taylor at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, where 400 asylum-seeking migrant families are being held awaiting hearings. Noon-3pm. ACLU, 1210 E. Rosewood, 971-0487. boblibal@gmail.com.


COOL HOUSE TOUR 2007 Some of Austin's most energy-efficient and eco-friendly homes are open to the public for self-guided tours. Get a guidebook at either Central Market location ($13), or order one online ($14); buy tickets for companions at whichever house you tour first. Noon-6pm. 326-3391. $13, book; companion tickets, $10. www.txses.org.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM SERIES: LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP Rep. Elliott Naishtat talks about the 80th Lege session. 11:30am. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free.


HISPANIC TODAY Host Peggy Vasquez features Eddie Rodriguez on immigration issues. 7-8pm. Cable Channel 16, 587-9971.

IN A KNIFE FIGHT: WHY LEGISLATIVE RULES MATTER & THE LONG VIEW FROM THE 80TH SESSION Sherri Greenberg of the LBJ School of Affairs moderates this luncheon/panel discussion featuring former Texas Comptroller John Sharp, Texas Monthly's Paul Burka, and Texas Weekly's Ross Ramsey. E-mail to RSVP. 11:45am-1:15pm. Santa Rita Cantina, 1206 W. 38th, 419-7482. jenfox97@hotmail.com, www.santaritacantina.com.

METROPOLITAN BREAKFAST CLUB The Heritage Society's John Donisi presents True or False? Downtown Development Threatens the Capitol View Corridors. 7-8:30am. UT Club, Royal Memorial Stadium, sixth floor, 479-9460. $15. www.mbcaustin.org.

PEERING INTO AUSTIN'S FUTURE The Summer in the City Speakers Series continues with a discussion on Austin's future from Brewster McCracken, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's Michael Aulick, and TXP's Jon Hockenyos. 7pm. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 735-8076. Free. www.shalomaustin.org/speakerseries.


DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES PRESIDENTIAL FORUM Carver Library hosts a discussion preceding the live telecast of PBS's All-American Presidential Forums. Hosted by Tavis Smiley, All-American's panel exclusively features journalists of color – the first such panel to air on prime-time TV. 7-10pm. Carver Library, 1161 Angelina. Free.


AISD SEEKS INPUT ON PROPOSED YOUNG MEN'S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY The Austin Independent School District is considering developing an academy for boys in grades sixth-12th, similar to the new Ann Richards School for Young Women. See www.austinisd.org/schools/ymla for more and to take the survey.

FREE VIN ETCHING The Austin Police Department hosts several workshops in which you can have your vehicle ID number etched on your windshield, making your car less likely to be stolen. Saturday, June 23, 10am-1pm: Target, 11220 FM 2222; Thursday, June 28, 5-8pm: St. James Baptist Church, 3417 E. MLK. 928-2753.

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