HEALTH: I like the new name. Friends of People’s Community Clinic is so much cleaner, more inclusive than any moniker that includes the dubious phrase "young professionals." Aiming to raise money and awareness about a campaign to move to a much larger medical center, this reenergized club threw an optimal get-together on Garrido’s deck above sparkling Shoal Creek. I spent the most time over triangular quesadillas chatting with Forrest Preece, Linda Ball and Emmanuel Winston about the paradigmatic target market for mass charity events such as Amplify Austin, which aims to raise $4 million for local nonprofits today. We tended to agree that the campaign was best suited to new donors, whereas longtime givers might be fatigued by the barrage of asks during Amplify season. (We do hope it raises the $4 million.)

FOOD:The setting could not have been more apt. The Austin Food and Wine Festival held a little preview mixer at LaV Restaurant and Wine Bar, the gorgeous new French spot on East Seventh Street. Tall windows, enormous glass fixtures, discreet rooms for different eating and drinking functions converge to add something fresh to our social dining scene. LaV co-owner and wine expert Vilma Mazaite served chilled rosés and sparkling wine. Chef Allison Jenkins passed around several tasty bites, including a tiny oyster topped with vigorous chutney. Festival leaders spoke briefly about the upcoming event at Butler Park, April 25-27. I engaged at length with writer and editor Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, who has more magazine, screenplay, stage script and travel projects in the air than I can count. She’s also a wicked storyteller. (Also checked in with the increasingly more sophisticated food-and-drink media who mixed at the party.)

FOOD 2: And now for the Austin Winery. From Arianna Auber’s story in the Statesman: "If Austinites want to drink Texas wine where it’s made, they travel to the nearby Hill Country, which boasts plenty of lauded wineries that in good harvests can often use their own grapes to make the wine. Soon, with the upcoming Austin Winery, locals might not have to go far at all. Three young entrepreneurs are opening the winery just off U.S. 290 in the northeast part of town to build up the local urban wine scene, which they’ve noticed hasn’t taken off the way craft beer and cocktails have in the past few years. While the Austin Winery isn’t surrounded by acres of land to grow grapes, the founders have sourced fruit from both California and Texas, then fermented the grapes onsite, to produce a solid beginning roster of mainly reds and three whites that will, in the next few weeks, be available at boutique liquor stores and Whole Foods, some restaurants and bars, and at the winery." http://shar.es/RTkI4(Keeps getting better.)

LAW: Texas poll on pot. From Jim Henson and Joshua Blank’s story in the Texas Tribune: "As the country enters its experimentation phase with easing marijuana laws, developments in Colorado and Washington have lent an air of acceptability to widespread legalization among staunch advocates — and perhaps opponents, too, who just see this as another sign that the world has gone to pot. Even Gov. Rick Perry has publicly called for decriminalization (though he waited until he was in Switzerland to talk about it, and did so in the context of reducing prison populations). But while the siren call of lower prison costs and increased state revenue along with the more familiar cries of "individual liberty" may lead to forecasts of legal marijuana on the horizon, don’t hold your breath. While there is significant support for decriminalization in Texas, opposition remains strong among the voters most likely to shape the political debate." http://trib.it/1j86dll. (Times they are a-changin’. If slowly in Texas.)