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    Austin Trail of Lights

    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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    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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    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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    High Noon Talk

    On Dec. 7, 1941, after serving breakfast and turning his attention to laundry services aboard USS West Virginia, the ship’s Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie” Miller heard the alarm calling sailors to battle stations. For his heroic actions that followed, Miller was later awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest naval award for combat gallantry. At this special event, hear from historian Michael Parrish, who painstakingly reconstructed Miller’s inspiring actions and offers for the first time a full biography of Miller placed in the larger context of African American service in the United States military and the beginnings of the civil rights movement.
    Wed., Dec. 1, noon  
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    HOME Cookin' for the Holidays

    Tune in for a livestream by nonprofit Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers (HOME) to see a virtual who's who of Austin musicians performing their best tunes and sharing their fave holiday recipes. The lineup is incredible, and all funds raised go toward supporting the folks who've been entertaining us for decades.
    Wed., Dec. 1, 7-9pm. Donations encouraged.  
    Virtual
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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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    Cenote Open Mic

    Got a song or two, a story to tell, or a joke you want to try on someone other than your S.O.? Cenote's Black Lodge is the perfect place to hop on the mic, and you might just discover the next big thing. Call ahead to confirm it's still on before heading out.
    Wednesdays, 6-8:45pm; sign up starts at 5:45  
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    City Council Special Called Work Session

    An executive session Item addresses the appointment, compensation, and benefits of a city clerk.
    Wed., Dec. 1, 9am  
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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.
     
    Online
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    East Side Beer Runners

    A community merging the two passions of pounding pavement and pounding pints. Run. Beer. Repeat.
    Wednesdays, 6:30pm  
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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.  
    Online
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    Free Women's Self-Defense Class

    Anyone who identifies as a woman and is interested in learning some hands-on self-defense techniques is welcome to join.
    First Wednesday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm. Free.
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    Holiday in the Hills Light Trail

    Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country infused with sparkling lights and holiday cheer, then end your walk down the trail with a family-friendly game of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Santa's Magical Toy Shop.
    Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Kids

    Homeschool Day: Coding

    Learn basic coding with hands-on activities that are anything but basic.
    Wed., Dec. 1, 10am-2pm  
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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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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    Mary Kyle Hartson Ribbon Cutting

    Enjoy holiday music performed by local school choirs, free activities for the children, and food vendors. The Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council will continue its fundraising tradition of selling the makings for delicious s'mores and drinks.
    Wed., Dec. 1, 4:30-9pm. Free.  
    Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, 101 S. Burleson St., Kyle
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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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    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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    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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    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 half-price pints and select sixers for only $5.
    Wednesdays, 3-10pm  
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    Out of Town

    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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    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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    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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    TSA Recruiting Event

    Begin the hiring process for the transportation security officer position, for which TSA is hiring part-time and full-time. Pay starts at $19.34 per hour, and they're offering a $1,000 signing bonus.
    Wed., Dec. 1, 9am-3pm  
    Omni Austin Southpark Hotel, 4140 Governors Row
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    University of Texas Women's Basketball

    Vs. CSUN. Sat., Nov. 27, 1pm. Vs. Jackson State. Wed., Dec. 1, 7pm  
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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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    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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    Wine Down Wednesdays

    The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation brings local musicians to Republic Square for a free outdoor concert series.
    Nov. 17-Dec. 15. Every other Wednesday, 5-7pm. 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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    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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