Chef David Bull kicks off the 2013 Wine & Dine series with a five-course dinner paired with premium wines, served on the top floor of the Austonian. Proceeds benefit the culinary grant program of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Tickets are available online. 6:30pm. $150 (includes valet parking).
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.
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 494-1128
Guest chef John Bullington will prepare six-course farm fresh dinners on consecutive nights for Supper Friends. As always, check the menu online and bring your own beer, wine, or cocktails. Reserve online or by phone. Wed.-Thu., Jan. 16-17, 7pm. $65.
Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600
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.
Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926
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
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.