Social Cycling Austin presents Bikin' Betties, a weekly, beginner-friendly, all-ladies bike ride that ends with drink specials and fun activities (karaoke, minigolf, outdoor movies, etc.) Along the way, bond with other two-wheelin' ladies. Check the Facebook page for ride details. Mondays, 8pm.
Artists, hackers, designers, engineers, and other fabulous nerds gather to talk shop and swap stories of their cool creations. This month's presentations revolve around video games (including a homemade, retro gaming console) and what how we can use play to solve some of the world's problems. 7-9:30pm. Free.
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.
Chef Bess Giannakakis' winter cooking series is ongoing with small weekly classes scheduled in January and February at her lovely bed and breakfast overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Class schedule, prices, and registration info are online.
Gateway Guesthouse, 1001 E Riverside, 512/326-2646
features one-on-one help with everything from typing and mousing to using Microsoft Word, e-mail, and the Internet. Work on your resume or just print up that document you need. No registration required. Mon.-Thu., 9am-5pm; Fri., 9am-noon. Free.
allows you or your organization to adopt one of the stops along Cap Metro's bus lines. In exchange for helping keep your stop tidy, Cap Metro will let you spruce it up (Keep Austin Beautiful will even provide landscaping tools) to reflect the personality of your neighborhood.
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.