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Austin Cooperative Summit

Austin Co-op Think Tank looks to connect people and co-ops while spreading the word about co-ops in Austin. Read more about the movement in "From Occupation to Co-operation." Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26. $25, general admission; $50, co-op workers.

Friday Reception at Vuka Co-op, 411 W. Monroe; Saturday Conference at CMA Building (UT campus)

www.ncba.coop/ncba/events/regional-events, kim@collegehouses.org

Beard Prom: A Hairy Metal Prom

The whiskered folks of the Austin Facial Hair Club know how to let their beards down and party. Come dressed as your favorite heavy metal persona. We're expecting ZZ Top to be a favorite. 8-11:45pm. $25 ($40 for couples).

Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/478-1411

www.facebook.com/events/130817557082363

Children’s Promise Block Party & BBQ

Learn about Southwest Key's free fitness program by trying out a few games along with yoga, Zumba, health screenings, and free food. 5-7pm. Free.

Southwest Key Community Center, 462-2181

www.swkey.org

DREAM Sabbath

Wildflower Church and Austin Interfaith host students and clergy speaking in support of the DREAM Act, which helps undocumented youths gain legal status through college or military service. 7pm.

Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church, 1314 E. Oltorf

amm2623@gmail.com

Is America Governable?

Scholars and writers come together to discuss the apparent dysfunction of the United States government, as well as possible remedies. See website for complete details and registration.

UT School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-5151

www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/governable

Lucky Lounge HAAM Benefit

Three bands and a good cause. 6-11pm. $10.

Lucky Lounge, 209-A W. Fifth, 584-1753

www.starcrazyevents.com

Spiritual Discussion

Discuss spirituality, religion, or the lack thereof at these casual, weekly meet-ups. Fridays, 6:30pm. Free.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 453-0331

www.eckankar-texas.org/site/centers/austin

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Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.

587-SPAY

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

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