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A Conversation With Rep. Allan Ritter

The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith talks about the water crisis with the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. 7:30am. Free.

The Austin Club, 110 E. Ninth, 716-8961

www.texastribune.org/events/2013/jan/17/a-conversation-with-rep-allan-ritter/

AISD: The IB Experience

Is your high-schooler ready for the International Baccalaureate Program that the city's schools offer? If you aren't sure than find out more at this information and Q&A session. 7pm. Free.

Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa, 414-7951

www.austinisd.org

Boat & Travel Trailer Show

All manner of watercraft will be on display for your ogling (or purchasing) pleasure. Activities for kids (a live catfish tank) and adults (the marine GPS workshop) help keep things afloat. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 17-20. $8.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 494-1128

www.austinboatshow.com

LIGHT: Health Benefit & Medical Applications

Matt DeBow mixes science with a New Age aesthetic to explore the healing powers of light in all its forms. 7pm. Free.

Peoples Rx, 3801 S. Lamar, 888/999-7775

www.mattdebow.com

Mad Hatter Happy Hour

Broken Records supplies DJed jams, food, and drinks in an effort to raise funds for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. 7-10pm. Free.

J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 767-7493

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MLK Oratory Competition

MLK Oratory Competition

Finalists from local elementary schools share their five-minute speeches honoring Dr. King. After awards have been handed out to the winners, local high schoolers will be recognized for academic excellence and exceptional leadership. 6pm. Free.

Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926

www.mlkcelebration.com

Money ≠ Speech City Council Resolution Rally

Bring support for a Council resolution "calling for a Constitutional Amendment and/or other legislative actions ensuring that money is not speech, and therefore the expenditure of money to influence the electoral or legislative process is not a form of constitutionally protected speech, and shall be regulated." 4-6pm. Free.

Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 512/974-2000

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Save Texas Schools Rally Kickoff

Get fired up for Save Texas School's massive February March & Rally with a kick-off bash this Thursday, featuring snacks, posters, fliers and inspiring words from local public ed heroes. 6-8pm.

Nuevo León CLOSED, 1501 E. Sixth, 512/479-0097

www.savetxschools.org

Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7:30pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

www.facebook.com/socialcyclingaustin

White Elephant Bingo

Brings crafts, veggies from your garden, or canned goods to be used as prizes for the various games during the evening. 6:30-10pm. Free.

In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd., 275-6357

www.in.gredients.com

Wonderful World of Seeds

The professionals from Travis County Master Gardeners show you how to multiply your plants. Register online. 10am. $20.

Travis County AgriLife Extension, 1600-B Smith, 854-2604

www.tcmastergardeners.org

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Human Potential Center

Join the various gatherings throughout the month. Events range from explorations of meditation practices to discussions of film to dream interpretation. Go online for a complete schedule of meetings.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988

www.humanpotentialcenter.org

No Drama Democracy

This continuing ed course from ACC seeks to reform political relationships by encouraging tolerance and proving why liberal/conservative labeling is irrelevant. Limited slots available; register now. $120.

Austin Community College Continuing Education, 223-7542

continue.austincc.edu

Save the Date to Save Texas Schools

Join Diane Ravitch, former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott, and Houston's Kashmere High marching band to stand up for kids and schools on Feb. 23. Say no to brutal budget cuts, a broken testing system, and looming school vouchers. Say yes to a quality education for all kids!

www.savetxschools.org

Travis County Sheriff Volunteers

Victim Services Unit is seeking volunteers who are over 21 and have a reliable car and cell phone to work four four-hour shifts per month for a year. The next training session begins March 18. See website for complete details.

www.tcsheriff.org