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Astrological Society Meeting

Open to newbies, this meeting tackles the tricky topics of eclipse periods, lunar bendings, and moon wobbles. 7:30pm. $10.

Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, 4701 West Gate Blvd., 619-8255

www.astrologyaustin.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

GAHCC Mad Style Winter Soiree

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts this soiree celebrating community, philanthropy, and leadership. 7-10pm. $60 ($100, couple).

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 298-8268

gahcc.chambermaster.com/events/details/gahcc-foundation-winter-ball-783

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

Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

This is the eleventh year for the annual celebration of the skin arts. Watch the professionals tint skin live and in person in the hopes of taking home the title of Tattoo of the Day. The burlesque, belly dancing, sideshow acts, and mechanical art will help your forget about your aching epidermis. There's even a kids area, although leaving your kids alone at a tattoo festival is just asking for an inked toddler. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 18-20. $20/day, $45/weekend.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.golivefast.com

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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

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

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