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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.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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      Austin Trail of Lights

      Passes are already on sale so you can plan ahead for the holidays. The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 31, select dates  
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      #GivingTuesday With ILHIGH

      Austin-based nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here invites Central Texans to take acts of generosity by supporting their GivingTuesday campaign, in an effort to help ILHIGH reach its goal of $100 million in cumulative funding for 2021. Austinites can also participate in the Acts of Generosity Social Media Challenge by sharing how you give using the hashtags #ILiveHereIGiveHere and #GivingTuesday, and one Instagram follower will be selected to receive $100 for their favorite nonprofit on AmplifyATX.org. An Act of Generosity can be anything from supporting local artists, mailing a good book to a friend as a surprise, fostering an animal, donating unused books, or being kind and generous with yourself by doing activities you love.
      Tue., Nov. 30  
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      Donate Blood to Win Prizes

      Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
      Nov. 30-Dec. 1  
      We Are Blood donor centers
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      Georgetown Square Lights

      Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will flip the switch on the beautiful holiday lights around the historic square. Stay for shopping, dining, and photos with Santa in the courthouse in exchange for an unwrapped toy, wrapping paper, or monetary donation, benefiting the Brown Santa program.
      Ceremony: Fri., Nov. 26, 5:30pm; square lit through Jan. 1. Free.  
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      Hanukkah at Agudas Achim

      Congregation Agudas Achim offers a variety of fun and exciting experiences for all ages throughout the eight-day festival of lights, with virtual and in-person options. Latkes are available for pickup Nov. 29 or Dec. 3, just place the order by Nov. 24 or 28.
      Nov. 28-Dec. 6  
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      Peppermint Parkway

      The holiday tradition at COTA is back and bigger than ever, with tons of fun for the family to be enjoyed from the car or at Peppermint Plaza. There's a mile of immersive displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and race fans will enjoy taking a lap around the F1 track.
      Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
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      "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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      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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      Chanukah Wonderland

      A celebration for the whole family with music, crafts, face paint, treats, and a grand menorah lighting.
      Tue., Nov. 30, 5:30-7pm  
      Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock
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      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.
       
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      Coffee & Conversation

      Start the day with a lively drop-in virtual networking meeting with games and breakout sessions. Hosted by Central Texas Network in Action.
      Tuesdays, 8:30-9:15am. Free.  
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      Dreamland Trivia Tuesdays

      Teams of up to six players can compete for prizes such as Dreamland gift cards, swag, and more. The questions will cover various topics, so brush up on your general knowledge.
      Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm. Free.  
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      Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating

      Skate on real ice to help raise money for the Heritage School and cystic fibrosis research.
      Nov. 26-Jan. 2  
      Fredericksburg
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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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      Every Dog Is Lovable

      Submit a photo of and story about your dapper doggo for a chance to have your pet featured in the book Every Dog Is Lovable. Qualifiers will get a custom session with Dog Days Photography, and proceeds go to local nonprofit Hound Rescue.
      Nov. 26-March 18. $10 donation.  
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      Hell Yes Project: Central Texas Food Bank

      An evening of volunteering at the food bank's warehouse.
      Last Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm  
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      Introduction to Syncretism and Astrology

      Starting with an intro to astrology and syncretism, the five-course class will go over birth charts, transits, relationships, and how to use astrology intentionally.
      Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 6-7:30pm. $22.  
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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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      Lightscape

      The mile-long walking trail of lights creates an enchanted garden of monumental light displays.
      Nov. 19-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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      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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      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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      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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      Small Batch Trivia

      Trivia by masters of minutiae Geeks Who Drink and stupendous ciders by the best in the biz.
      Tuesdays, 7pm  
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      Starry Starry Nights

      Take an evening stroll among the glittering lighting displays in Badu Park. Come back on Sat., Dec. 11,: to play in the snow.
      Nov. 26-Dec. 31  
      Llano
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      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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      Support Group for Military Women

      Join in on Zoom for free support for women who are currently active duty or veterans. Call or email to register.
      Tuesdays, 10-11am; Thursdays, 6-7pm. Free.  
      Virtual
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      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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      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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      Travis County Commissioners Court Special Joint Session

      Austin Public Health leadership briefs the Travis County Commissioners Court and Austin City Council on the state of COVID-19.
      Tue., Nov. 30, 9am  
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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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      Virtual APL Book Clubs

      Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs covering all ages and interests, like a mother/daughter club, tween fantasy, true crime, classics, and more. Check out their website or Eventbrite for details and crack those books!
      Ongoing  
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      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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      Volunteer Days at ACR

      Organized types will have fun volunteering to help Austin Creative Reuse sort through donated items, roll fabric, and detangle yarn. Registration required.
      Tuesdays & Thursdays  
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      YBP Volunteer Workshop

      Volunteer to work on refurbishing bikes for Yellow Bike Project's donation stream and learn bike mechanic skills for your knowledge base or for your “Earn-a-Bike” checklist. Check the reservation schedule for available times.
      Second & fourth Tuesdays and every other Monday, 6-9pm  
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      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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