Join in the discussion of what it means to be Chicano in our modern world and Austin. Child care available. 2-3:30pm. $5 suggested donation.
This is the first of three classes to get certified as a "citizen gardener." Get informed and start spreading the good news. 9am. $30.
Curbside trash pickup customers can place their real trees (not in bags) out with their regular trash to be composted into Dillo Dirt. Want rid of it sooner? Drop it off at the Zilker Polo Fields from 10am-2pm this weekend and next. Jan. 5-6 and 12-13, 10am-2pm.
Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods. Apart from the usual products and giveaways, there will be various sources of info for remodelers and new homeowners. James Cameron of DIY network's Desperate Landscapes supplies the star power. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 11-13. $8.50.
provides an annual count of homeless people in Travis County. Volunteers count homeless men, women, and children to assess the Austin area’s homeless population and help secure federal funding for Travis County’s homeless service providers. Attend a training session to become one of those volunteers. noon-2pm. Free.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians gets a little help from a handful of local live music acts. 6-9pm.
These monthly meetings tackle a different subject that addresses issues for those recovering from addiction. This month, learn to how fitness and nutrition can help you get back on track. 10am. Free.
Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr., 697-8500
Small businesses and homeowners looking to make their lives a bit greener are invited to join this gathering of speakers and exhibitors offering their tips and tricks to saving the planet. 10am-4pm. Free.
Smithville Heritage Hall, 213 Main St., Smithville
Oh, tenenbaum. If you're not a curbside customer, don't forget you can recycle your Christmas tree at one of these locations around town before Jan. 12.
Austin Community Landfill, 9900 Giles; Williamson County Landfill & Recycling Center, 600 Landfill Rd
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
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.
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.
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