Fashion Doll Club Mardi Gras Show

Aficionados show off their vintage and contemporary dolls and miniature floats all dolled up for Fat Tuesday. 2-4pm. Free.

Westbank Community Library, 1309 Westbank Dr., 327-3045



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


Identification Day

Bring your human-made or natural artifact with you to be identified by UT scientists and other experts. Remember, just because you found it buried in your yard, a Milwaukee's Best can is not an artifact. We're talking arrowheads, bones, rocks, etc. 1-4:45pm. Free.

Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity, 471-1604


Jo's Chili Cook-Off

Jo's seventh annual cook-off offers a two-step dance competition, plenty of chili tastings from competitors, plus live music from Jeff Hughes & Chaparral and the Jo's House Band. Cool prizes and plenty of fun, all to benefit the People's Community Clinic. noon-3pm. $10 for dance contest, $20 chili-tasting.

Jo's Coffee, 1300 S. Congress, 382-9017


Le Garage Sale

You can tell it's going to be one fancy garage sale because of the Frenchified "le." Don't expect hand-me-downs and suspiciously stained linens. More than 50 local boutiques will show their stuff. Changing rooms are absent, so bring a sheet and a friend. Sat., Jan. 26, 11am-6pm; Sun., Jan. 27, noon-5pm. $10.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.


Somms Under Fire


The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 327-7555


VINclusive! Weekend Retreat

Enjoy a weekend filled with five meals complemented by wines, hands-on workshops on vine pruning and wine blending, and deluxe accommodations at the resort. Reserve online or by phone. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27. $900 per couple.

Messina Hof Winery and Resort, 4545 Old Reliance, Bryan, 979/778-9463

Vintner Dinner at Hill Top Cafe

Proprietors Johnny and Brenda Nicholas welcome winery owners Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker for a four-course dinner created to pair with Becker wines. Reserve by phone. 5:30pm. $75.

Hill Top Cafe, 10661 Hwy. 87 N., Fredericksburg, 830/997-8922



Barton Springs Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Austin's favorite swimming hole. All you have to do is download the audio files and map from the Save Our Springs Alliance website, and off you go.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080


Central Market Cooking School

Whether you need to brush up your knife skills or throw together a romantic Thai dinner for two, these guys have you covered year round with an eclectic array of classes spanning all skill levels.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000


Helping Hands Center

needs strong, dependable males to help load/unload groceries twice monthly.

Helping Hands Center, 1151 San Bernard St., 472-2298

Human Potential Center

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.

Human Potential Center, 2007 Bert, 441-8988


Travis County Sheriff Volunteers

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.