invites anyone grieving from the loss of a loved one to join. A new grief-related topic is discussed for each of the 13 weeks. Come to any or all of the meetings. Sundays through April 14. 3-5pm. $15 for the workbook.
Manchaca United Methodist Church, Manchaca Road & FM 1626, 280-3469
Bust out your beads for Mardi Gras and raise funds for a good cause. Jazz and Cajun food get you in a purple mood while your social conscience helps out this local food bank. 5:30-8pm. $30 ($25, advance).
Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition, 744-5136
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.
Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 New Airport Dr., 512/385-6767
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.
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.