Donated designer and name-brand gowns will be on display with the proceeds going to help those impacted by cancer. Various wedding related vendors will also be on hand to get you amped about the big day. Spend a few bucks to get in on Friday for some VIP treatment. Fri., Feb. 1, 6-9pm; Sat.,Feb. 2, 10am-5pm. Free ($30, VIP hours on Friday).
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 512/478-1111
This three-day weekend showcases the seafood, wine, music, art, recreation, and hospitality of the Texas Gulf Coast with sip-and-stroll tastings, restaurant dinners, educational seminars, and cooking demonstrations. Events will be held in Rockport restaurants and at the Saltwater Pavilion on Rockport Beach. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 1-3. Get event tickets or a Coastal Pass ($150) online.
Super Bowl weekend is the perfect time to try offerings from Hoover's new barbecue trailer, located directly across Manor Road from the restaurant and open daily from 11am-7pm. Load up on Austex ($14 per dozen) or Jamaican Jerk ($16 per dozen) wings, Game Day packs – the San Francisco ($49) or Baltimore Raven-ous ($53.50) – to feed a hungry crowd of six, or get brisket, turkey, pork loin, and house sausage by the pound. Pre-order by Feb. 1 for really good deals.
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.