Your ultimate local guide for events and dates of note in March and April



March 25

Support jewelers in Africa
Learn about the Toolbox Initiative, an initiative that hand-delivers new tools to jewelers in West Africa. A tool-making demonstration, Q&A session and book signing will follow. 2-6 p.m. $45.
Creative Side, 321 W. Ben White Blvd., Ste. 204.
512-799-0731
www.creativeside.org






March 31


Taste test Texas Whiskey


Meet Texas whiskey distillers and master blenders. Participating distilleries include local distillers such as Still Austin Whiskey and more. Music and vendors included. 7-10:30 p.m. $25-$89. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. www.txwhiskeyfest.com 





March 31

Celebrate Easter at Bethany Lutheran Church
Egg hunts, games, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, train rides, bounce houses and other activities are included. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane. 512-292-8778.
www.bethanyaustin.com/easter





April 1

Attend Church on a Trail

Berkeley United Methodist Church meets to pray, enjoy a short hike and a worship service with music and a message. An Easter egg hunt is held after the service. 4 p.m. Free.
Longview Park/Stephenson Nature Preserve, 7609 Longview Road.
512-443-6633
www.berkeleyumc.org/trailchurch








April 5-8


The Austin International Poetry Festival returns


The event includes diverse themed poetry readings, open mics, workshops, music and poetry, anthology readings from dusk to dawn and a poetry symposium. Times vary. $35-$50. Various locations across Austin. www.aipf.org





April 7

Sunset Valley elementary hosts annual Cheetah Fest
The event includes carnival games, inflatables, face painting, food trucks and outdoor demonstrations. A silent auction is also included. 3-7 p.m. Free entry. Sunset Valley Elementary School, 3000 Jones Road. 254-715-1127. www.sunsetvalleypta.membershiptoolkit.com






April 14

Buy native flowers and seeds at seasonal sale
The Spring Plant Sale features seeds, annual wildflowers, grasses, perennials, wetland plants, shrubs and trees that are native Texas species. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$10. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org   





April 14

Race in Kid’s Dash, 5K Run
The proceeds aid nearby community schools: Menchaca Elementary, Paredes Middle and Akins High schools. An awards ceremony occurs as soon as results are tallied. Registration begins 6:30 a.m. $15-$25. Menchaca Elementary School, 12120 Manchaca Road.
512-576-6937.  www.manchacaumc.org





April 18

Take a business 101 class
BizAid Orientation provides an overview on how to open a small business or reimagine an existing one. Guest speakers cover key questions and business solutions. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Manchaca Road Library Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road. 512-974-8700.
www.library.austintexas.gov 





April 21

The Hive celebrates its six-month anniversary
The co-working space is six months old, and guests are invited to celebrate with a crawfish feast throughout the day at the family-friendly event. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road. 512-366-8120.
www.hiveaustin.com





Library events


Pleasant Hill Branch
211 E. William Cannon Drive
512-974-3940
www.library.austintexas.gov

All Ages Storytime
April 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:15 a.m. Free


Books and Babies
April 4, 11, 18, 25. 11 a.m. Free


Music and Movement
April 9. 11 a.m. Free


Bow Wow Reading Dog
April 11. 3:45 p.m. Free


Mystery Book Club
April 17. 7 p.m.  Free







Upcoming Spring Religious holidays


Good Friday
Friday, March 30

Easter
Sunday, April 1

Passover
Friday, March 30-Saturday, April 7

Lailat al Miraj
Friday, April 13

Ramadan
Tuesday, May 15-Thursday, June 14