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.
Camp Fire USA and Austin Parks Foundation get in the spirit of community service by offering various projects suitable for all ages. 9am-12:30pm. Free.
An independent affiliate of Call To Action, the national Catholic reform movement, meets the third Saturday of each month. 10am-noon.
Matt DeBow mixes science with a New Age aesthetic to explore the healing powers of light in all its forms. 7pm. Free.
Brave New Books, 1904-B Guadalupe (downstairs), 888/999-7775
Scholarships will be given to Austin youths for outstanding achievements, ranging from community service to athletics. 3-5pm. Free.
Area Petco stores offer these free classes to get puppies used to playing with their peers. Check the Petco website for info on specific dates and times. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 19-20, 2pm. Free.
This is the eleventh year for the annual celebration of the skin arts. Watch the professionals tint skin live and in person in the hopes of taking home the title of Tattoo of the Day. The burlesque, belly dancing, sideshow acts, and mechanical art will help your forget about your aching epidermis. There's even a kids area, although leaving your kids alone at a tattoo festival is just asking for an inked toddler. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 18-20. $20/day, $45/weekend.
is a network calling for passage of a constitutional amendment that would stem the flow of money into elections. Join a rally in support of the Texas' Lege's resolutions. 1-4pm.
Since King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters became a cult documentary, arcade culture has found popularity with a new generation. Come out and meet the overlord of high-score keeping, Walter Day, and other joystick legends. Admission gets you access to Pinballz's array of games, autograph sessions, and the award ceremony. noon-6pm. $10.
Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research #100, 512/420-8458
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.
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.