The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith talks about the water crisis with the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. 7:30am. Free.
Is your high-schooler ready for the International Baccalaureate Program that the city's schools offer? If you aren't sure than find out more at this information and Q&A session. 7pm. Free.
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.
Matt DeBow mixes science with a New Age aesthetic to explore the healing powers of light in all its forms. 7pm. Free.
Peoples Rx, 3801 S. Lamar, 888/999-7775
Broken Records supplies DJed jams, food, and drinks in an effort to raise funds for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. 7-10pm. Free.
J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 767-7493
Finalists from local elementary schools share their five-minute speeches honoring Dr. King. After awards have been handed out to the winners, local high schoolers will be recognized for academic excellence and exceptional leadership. 6pm. Free.
Bring support for a Council resolution "calling for a Constitutional Amendment and/or other legislative actions ensuring that money is not speech, and therefore the expenditure of money to influence the electoral or legislative process is not a form of constitutionally protected speech, and shall be regulated." 4-6pm. Free.
Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lavaca, 512/974-2000
Get fired up for Save Texas School's massive February March & Rally with a kick-off bash this Thursday, featuring snacks, posters, fliers and inspiring words from local public ed heroes. 6-8pm.
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.
Brings crafts, veggies from your garden, or canned goods to be used as prizes for the various games during the evening. 6:30-10pm. Free.
In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd., 275-6357
The professionals from Travis County Master Gardeners show you how to multiply your plants. Register online. 10am. $20.
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
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.