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    Thanksgiving Dining

    Group Therapy at Hotel ZaZa

    Looking for a Thanksgiving meal as memorable as it is delicious? Reserve yourself a feast at the smart and snazzy Hotel ZaZa right in the heart of Downtown Austin, where the talented kitchen of Group Therapy will treat you very well indeed, fête-ing: you with the likes of a surf-n-turf crostini duo, sweet corn and poblano soup, and a Texas apple salad before you even get to the mains. And those mains? Orange Butter Scallop, with cauliflower pilaf and chili-rubbed baby carrots, is just one of the choices. (They also have the classic turkey option, natch.) You can à la carte everything here, of course, but we are so tempted by that order-the-whole-menu deal.
    Thu., Nov. 25, 4-11pm. $75.  
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    We Are Blood Thanksgiving Mall Drives

    Donating blood at the mall is a great way to give back as you do some holiday shopping, so check the schedule and make an appointment at one of three mobile drives.
    Nov. 23-29 (except Thanksgiving Day)  
    Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park; Arboretum, 10000 Research #103
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    Out of Town

    "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

    Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
    Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
    Museum Fine Arts, Houston
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    #BlackLivesMatter Survivor Peer Support Group

    Led by the SAFE Alliance, one of Austin's nonprofits working to end sexual violence, abuse, and harassment. Email for details.
    Last Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm  
    Email for info
    Online
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
    Through Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    Kids

    Celebrate STEM-giving

    Come for a serving of STEM during T'giving break and explore 50+ interactive exhibits, see a 3-D movie, and check out the Science Store.
    Nov. 22-28; closed Nov. 25  
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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    Civic Events

    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
    Online
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Scarf

    As temps drop, We Are Blood has your back (or neck). Donate blood or platelets to get a limited-edition scarf while supplies last.
    Nov. 18-27, 8am-6pm. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Pizza

    To give thanks for blood and platelet donors over Thanksgiving weekend, We Are Blood is giving vouchers for a personal pepperoni or cheese pizza from Pinthouse with purchase of any other pie from the menu (and they're all amazing).
    Nov. 24-28  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Escape the Box

    Take a journey through time exploring the hidden clues of Austin with Escape the Box, an outdoor guided tour, scavenger hunt, and escape game all in one! It entertains groups of 2-6 at $75 per group. The box features a number of puzzles and clues that can all be found in wonderful Austin neighborhoods along with discounts to participating businesses.
    Ongoing; see website for scheduled pickup times. $75.  
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Sports

    Huston-Tillotson Women's Basketball

    Vs. Texas Wesleyan. Tue., Nov. 23, 6pm. Vs. Dillard. Wed., Nov. 24, 2pm  
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    Ice Skating at Dreamland

    Don't miss your chance to skate! The rink will close soon.
    Through Jan. 4  
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Out of Town

    Lightscape

    The mile-long walking trail of lights creates an enchanted garden of monumental light displays.
    Through Jan. 2. $18-25.  
    San Antonio
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    Marquise Salon Suites Toys for Tots Drop-Off

    The salon celebrates its first anniversary by partnering with the Marines to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need.
    Through Dec. 6. Mon., 10am-3pm; Tue.-Sat., 11am-5pm  
    Marquise Salon Suites, 7010 Hwy. 71 W. #150
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Austin's fave Christmas cocktail pop-up is back with a dizzying menu of creative concoctions. Grab a Dasher Pass to skip the outside line, and to-go orders can be taken online. A portion of proceeds from to-go sales will go to Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Children's Shelter.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 28  
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    Out of Town

    No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology

    Ben McReynolds has donated his extensive and unique collection to the museum. It will be on view for a year along with the permanent collection that includes artifacts from La Belle, the French ship discovered in Matagorda Bay; the story of ranching on the coast; and more than 13,000 years of Texas history.
    April 23, 2021-April 30, 2022. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm  
    Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria
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    Civic Events

    Operation Turkey

    Register online to help cook, package, and deliver food to those in need. The goal is to prepare 45,000 meals this year, so every hand helps. (Expected delivery is between 10am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day).
    Meal prep: Wed., Nov. 24; meal delivery: Thu., Nov. 25. Free.  
    Citywide
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Civic Events

    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
    Online
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    Pub Quiz at Baker Street

    Triviaficionados are welcome to join this COVID-cautious quiz to compete for prizes.
    Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    Pumpkins for Pigs

    Those pretty pumpkins that make such lovely fall displays can be repurposed as food for the porcine residents of Central Texas Pig Rescue. Donate your intact, undecorated gourds at various locations, and text 512/850-6825 if you have a big haul to give (30+).
    Ongoing  
    16903 Sabertooth Dr., Round Rock; Rebel Cheese, 2200 Aldrich; Zucchini Kill Bakery, 701 E. 53rd; River City Wellness; 8708 S. Congress
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    Reiki Meditation

    Reiki is a modality that channels life force energy through you to bring optimal health to your mind, body and spirit.
    Wednesdays, 3:30pm. $22.  
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    SIN Night at the Collaboratory

    Austin Eastciders rewards service industry professionals for their hard work with karaoke, $3 pints, and select sixers for only $5.
    Wednesdays, 3-10pm  
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    Sports

    Stronger Austin Virtual Classes

    Stronger Austin offers a wide variety of free virtual fitness classes, from cardio to Zumba, and you're bound to find one that fits your schedule amongst their daily offerings.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Sports

    Texas State Men's Basketball

    Vs. LeTourneau.
    Wed., Nov. 24, 6pm  
    Strahan Arena at the University Events Center, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Fleming's Steakhouse

    Ah, the elegance of Fleming's. (We noted the restaurant's appeal in this review. This year, enjoy a three-courser featuring the traditional herb-roasted turkey, or adventure deliciously beefward and choose a classic filet mignon or prime bone-in ribeye instead. (Pro tip: You'll want to opt for the lobster bisque as a starter; it's smooth and creamy heaven in a bowl.) Note: Dining in is such a treat at this place, and both the Domain and Downtown locations will be open, but you can also pre-order for picking up.
    Thu., Nov. 25, 11am-8pm  
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Foxy's Proper Pub

    Where will you eat on Thanksgiving day, citizen? How about at this classic Irish pub Downtown – locally owned and operated, no less – where they'll be celebrating the holiday with $10 traditional turkey plates and $3 Wild Turkey bourbon gravy boats (while supplies last). Just like at home, the meal will be buffet-style for dine-in only. Bonus: Guests are encouraged to help decorate for Christmas afterward. Now, that's some community fun right there, tell you what.
    Thu., Nov. 25, noon-12mid  
    201 Brazos
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    Visual Arts

    The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
    Through Nov. 28
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    Out of Town

    The Trains at NorthPark

    Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the longstanding tradition features the most elaborate miniature toy train exhibit in Texas, with trains rolling along 1,300 feet of track on a journey across America.
    Nov. 13-Jan. 2. $5-10.  
    NorthPark Center, Dallas
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    Out of Town

    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    Trace at the W

    This acclaimed venue of fine dining in the W Hotel is offering a three-course prix fixe, with tantalizing befores and afters surrounding the main dish of cider-glazed turkey or smoked prime rib or grilled pastrami-spiced salmon.
    Thu., Nov. 25, seatings at noon, 3pm, 6pm. $72.  
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Sports

    University of Texas Men's Basketball

    Vs. San Jose State. Sat., Nov. 20, 5pm. Vs. California Baptist. Wed., Nov. 24, 7:30pm  
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    Kids

    Virtual Book Clubs

    With Austin being in Stage 5 of the COVID-19 guidelines, it's a great time to hit the books and connect online. Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs and storytimes covering all ages and interests, and a library card provides access to electronic and hard copies of all kinds of materials.
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    Sports

    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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    Sports

    Washers & Whiskey Wednesdays

    Dreamland hosts a free washer tournament with prizes. Come early to enjoy whiskey specials.
    Wednesdays, 7-8pm. Free.  
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    Yappy Hour

    What's better than a crisp cider after a long day? Knowing $1 from each pint goes to the animals of Austin Pets Alive!
    Wednesdays, 5-7pm  
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    Civic Events

    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
    Online
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    Yoga Nidra

    An ancient meditation practice that can deeply restore the body and mind.
    Wednesdays, 7pm. $22.  
Ongoing

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