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Recreation calendar

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Austin 360

Halloween

'Mansion of Terror.' Haunted House. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 13. $15 to $20. 2000 S. Interstate 35 in Round Rock behind Walgreens. www.mansionof

terror.com.

Workshops

'Flying Solo Class.' For writers and actors. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 7. $150. 2300-D S. Fifth St. 512-789-7003.

'Writing Your Life as a Woman.' Community writing workshop. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Dec. 23. Austin Arts and Music Partnership, 411 W. Monroe St. 636-1346, www.deanlofton.com.

Festivals

Austin Celtic Festival. Music, dance, storytelling, workshops and more. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 to $12. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Bergman Ave. www.austincelts.org/festival.

Christmas at the Caswell House. Kickoff with 'Women & Wine' 5:30 p.m. today. $35. Check Web site for events through Nov. 15. $5 to $65. 810-8223, www.austinjuniorforum.org.

Java Jive. Benefit for the Katherine Anne Porter School featuring Terri Hendrix. 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $10. Lions Market Day Pavilion, 601 FM 2325. www.kapsjavajive.com/KAPSJavaJive/Welcome.html.

Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale. Friday through Sunday at the Palmer Events Center. $5 on Friday, free on Saturday and Sunday. www.settlementhome.org.

Smithville Music Festival. Benefits Project Community. Starts 8 a.m. Saturday with a chili cook-off. Jimmie Vaughan headlines. $15. Riverbend Park, Smithville. 512-237-2313, www.smithvillemusicfestival.org.

World of Hope Bazaar. Fair Trade goods from around the world. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hope Presbyterian Church, 11512 Olson Drive. 512-336-9964.

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, $6.75 ages 3-12, $9.75 adults. 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 one admitted 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. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. 376-A Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek. $6.99-$7.99. 303-6675, www.capitaloftexaszoo.org.

Nature & outdoors

Austin Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to noon 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.

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.

Sunset Valley Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road. Free. www.sunsetvalleyfarmersmarket.org.

Wimberley Market Day. Live music, food, art vendors and more. 7 a.m. Saturday. Lions Field, 601 FM 2325, Wimberley. 512-847-2201, www.shopmarketdays.com.

Museums & exhibits

Austin Children's Museum. 'Cyberchase' exhibit allows children to use math and critical thinking skills. Engineering Saturday: Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 14. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 23. $4.50 to $6.50. 201 Colorado St. www.austinkids.org.

Ransom Center. Diverse collections of cultural material to advance the study of arts and humanities. 'From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe' and 'Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works.' 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 through Jan. 3. 21st and Guadalupe streets. Free. 471-8944, www.hrc.utexas.edu.

LBJ Library and Museum. Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidential library. Current exhibit: 'School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Feb. 15. Free. 2313 Red River St. 721-0200, www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.

Sports & fitness

Argentine tango classes. Beginner, intermediate, advanced classes offered. 6:30 Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. $12 drop in, $40 one session. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.

Kids' Dance Party. The Little Lounge Lizards provide kids 10 and younger with a playdate. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. $8 to $10. Qua, 213 W. Fourth St. 291-0714, www.littleloungelizards.com.

Saturday morning yoga classes. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays through winter. Bastrop Gardens, 316 Old Texas 71, Cedar Creek. $10 per session. 512-303-5672.