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Austin 360

Amusement parks & zoos

Animal World and Snake Farm. More than 400 reptiles. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 5640 S. Interstate 35, New Braunfels (Exit 183). Age 2 and younger free, ages 3-12 $6.75, adults $9.75. 830-608-9270, www.exoticanimalworld.com .

Austin Steam Train Association.Old-fashioned Hill Country railroad trips, operating weekends year-round. Various times and locations. $14-$39. 477-8468, www.austinsteamtrain.org .

The Austin Zoo. Primates, big cats, birds, reptiles and other animals inhabit this kid-oriented, privately run sanctuary. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; no entry after 5 p.m. 10807 Rawhide Trail. $5-$8. 288-1490, www.austinzoo.org .

Capital of Texas Zoo. Nonprofit zoo dedicated to education and conservation. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 376-A Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek. $6.99-$7.99. 303-6675, www.capitaloftexaszoo.org .

Fairs & Festivals

Central Market Celebrates the Irish. In honor of The Rose of Tralee International Festival with special music and dance. 6:30 to 9 pm. Saturday. Free. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. www.centralmarket.com .

Summer in the Park.Every Thursday through summer. 7:30 p.m. today: Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-393-8400.

Workshop

‘Say It.'Short story writing workshop to help develop your voice. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 8. $75. Limited to eight students. Register with lynn@vsatx.org. Austin Groups for the Elderly Bldg., Founders Room, 3710 Cedar St. 512-454-9912.

Markets & bazaars

Austin Farmers' Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Fourth and Guadalupe streets. 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, the Triangle, 46th Street at North Lamar Boulevard and West Guadalupe Street. Free. 236-0074, www.austinfarmersmarket.org .

Barton Creek Farmers Market. Formerly Sunset Valley Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square mall, near Dillard's. Free. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org .

Pflugerville Farmers' Market.3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 31. Green Red Barn, Heritage Park, 901 Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-251-5082, www.pflugervillefarmersmarket.com .

Renaissance Market.Featuring handcrafted items. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Public Square, 23rd and Guadalupe streets. 974-4038, www.austinartistsmarket.com .

SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley.9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road. www.austinfarmersmarket.org .

Wimberley Market Day.Shop arts and crafts, jewelry, collectibles, and more while listening to live music. 7 a.m. Saturday. Lions Field, RM 2325, Wimberley. 512-847-2201, www.shopmarketdays.com .

Sports & fitness

Baruzuland Fire Arts. Learn the basics to advanced skills. Classes begin 7 p.m. Tuesday. $12. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. www.vortexrep.org .

Fitness at the Vortex.‘Yoga and Pilates Fusion,' noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Sundays. $7 per class. Register: missdoss@yahoo.com. 2307 Manor Road. www.vortexrep.org .

Little Lounge Lizards' Celebrate Back to School. Dance party for children ages 10 and younger. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. $9 to $10.50. Qua, 213 W. Fourth St. 291-0714, www.littleloungelizards.com .

Moonlight Margarita Run & Gala. Hosted by Maudie's Tex-Mex and benefitting The Trail Foundation. 8 p.m. today. Race begins at Johnson Creek Trailhead near Austin High School. $30 for run, or $80 for run and party. www.thetrailfoundation.org .

Trapeze One. Build strength while learning the basics and sequencing. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. $150 for five weeks. The Vortex, 2308 Manor Road. www.vortexrep.org .

Tribal Fusion Belly Dance.Learn the basics with Frannie Brown. 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. $12. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. www.vortexrep.org.

Yoga by Donation.Hatha flow yoga for all levels. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com .

Nature & outdoors

Austin Nature and Science Center.Nature exhibits such as the Dino Pit and Zilker Nature Preserve. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 301 Nature Center Drive in Zilker Park. Free. 327-8181, www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc .

Fall Vegetable Gardening.Learn the basics of cool-weather plants. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Southwest Hills Community Church

7416 W. Hwy 71. 854-9600, www.tcmastergardeners.org .

Westcave Preserve Weekend Tours.Hill Country preserve offers waterfalls, lush plant life and more. 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $2 child, $5 adult, $15 family. 830-825-3442, www.westcave.org .

Museums & exhibits

Austin Children's Museum. Learning experiences for children. ‘The Big Game.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $4.50 to $6.50. 201 Colorado St. www.austinkids.org .

Bullock Texas State History Museum. Interactive and traveling exhibits, plus an IMAX theater. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. $4-$7. 936-8746, www.thestoryoftexas.com .

LBJ Library and Museum.Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidential library. Current exhibit: ‘Cronkite: Eyewitness to a Century.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Jan. 3. Free. 2313 Red River St. 721-0200, www.lbjlibrary.org .

Railroad Heritage Museum.‘Vacation Wonderlands' through Aug. 15. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Adults $4; seniors $3; kids ages 5-12 $2; younger than 5 free. 315 W. Ave. B, Temple. 254-298-5165, www.rrhm.org .

Ransom Center.Diverse collections of cultural material to advance the study of arts and humanities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 21st and Guadalupe streets. Free. 471-8944, www.hrc.utexas.edu .

Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum. Museum honors survivor of the Battle of the Alamo. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 411 E. Fifth St. 974-6754, www.susannadickinsonmuseum.org .

Children's theater

‘Aladdin.'Magic carpets, genies and wishes abound in this new adaptation of the classic tale of Aladdin. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 29. $4 to $10. Scottish Rite Children's Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. www.srct.org .

‘Waking Sleeping Beauty.' Kids Acting presents their award-winning original musical. Opens 7 p.m. Saturday. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 15. $14. Center Stage Texas, 2826 Real St. 836-5437, www.kidsactingstudio.com .