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)
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).
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Austin present a dinner with celebrity chef Fr. Leo Patalinghug, who will demonstrate his Fusion Steak Fajita recipe and share Grace Before Meals tools and tips for bringing families together at meal time. 6pm. $150.
Three guest chefs finish out the month in the Supper Friends kitchen: Chef Dustin Koerner presents a Latin Fusion meal on Fri., Jan. 18 at 7pm; Chef Josh Venne's guests will Experience Spain on Wed., Jan. 23; and chef Eric Nelson Brown will prepare Classy Texas Comfort Food on Fri. & Sat., Jan. 25 & 26. As always, reserve by phone and BYOB. $65.
Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600
Enjoy a weekend filled with five meals complemented by wines, hands-on workshops on vine pruning and wine blending, and deluxe accommodations at the resort. Reserve online or by phone. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27. $900 per couple.
Messina Hof Winery and Resort, 4545 Old Reliance, Bryan, 979/778-9463
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.