Does your business provide bags to its customers? Are you prepared for the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance to take effect on March 1? If not, you might want to learn about the rules and regulations for restaurants, convenience stores, and other retail spaces from city representatives. Thu., Feb. 7, 9:30-11:30am & 6-8pm. Free.
Ring in the new year with traditional lion dancers, an Asian drum performance, light appetizers, and DJ'd tunes. 5pm. Free.
Imperia, 310 Colorado, 472-6770
The Workers Defense Project and a seminary student group discuss how the faith community can be more involved in supporting workers and immigrants. 7-9pm.
Austin ISD wants the community to learn about proposed fine arts facility improvements under consideration for a potential 2013 bond package. 6:30pm.
Music, food, and shopping. Free.
Geared to women over the age of 40, but everyone is invited. First Thursdays, 11am. Free.
Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Caves Rd.
This college prep school opens its doors to prospective students and other interested folks. 5:30-7pm. Free.
Economist James K. Galbraith talks about his forthcoming book, in which he argues increased inequality is a product of market deregulation and windfall profits in finance. 7pm. $10 suggested donation.
5604 Manor Rd
Get a preview of some of the cutting edge interactive art to be presented at this year's Independent Games Festival in San Francisco courtesy of your local indie game collective. No quarters needed. 7pm. Free.
The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts this conference to bring practical information to consumers and producers alike, on everything from product labeling to urban homesteading. Keynote speaker is Jim Hightower. $90-$165.
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, 7pm.
features one-on-one help with everything from typing and mousing to using Microsoft Word, e-mail, and the Internet. Work on your resume or just print up that document you need. No registration required. Mon.-Thu., 9am-5pm; Fri., 9am-noon. Free.
Austin Free-Net, 2208 Webberville
Foundation Communities is providing free tax-preparation services to income-qualifying individuals and households this spring, and it's also offering low-fee refund-anticipation loans. See www.communitytaxcenters.org
for hours and details on income qualifications. Free.
2600 W. Stassney
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.
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!
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.