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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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    #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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    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.
    Select dates through Dec. 31  
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Donations

    They're open 9am-10pm daily (1-10pm Wednesdays) to receive monetary and other donations for its shelter and service center for immigrants and asylum seekers.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 1  
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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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    New Year's Guide

    Don't Start 2022 With Omicron

    As you make your plans for New Year's celebrations, keep in mind that many venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and events are subject to cancellation, so check before you go. Get info on testing and vaccines at the city's site, and if you'll be out and about, a bedazzled face mask is the ultimate NYE accessory.
    Ongoing  
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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. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    DrinkWell New Year's Eve

    The beloved neighborhood bar welcomes guests back in person for New Year's Eve, with an intimate, lively celebration without the wild crowds or overly fussy logistics. The soirée kicks off at 3pm with delicious food and champagne and celebratory libations until after the clock strikes midnight in the new year. And then, DrinkWell will be open on New Year's Day, too, for the first time ever – with a special event supporting The Barman's Fund.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 3pm-closing  
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    Eberly New Year's Eve

    Eberly is hosting a Galactic Rodeo themed party, where you’ll explore the cosmos-themed dance floor with interstellar clouds, live performances, and a mechanical bull. (Reckon that's a sort of space cowboy, then? And will some people call you Maurice?) Chef Jo Chan will be making brisket, borracho beans, and Mexican corn; chef Sarah Seghi will serve space-themed desserts. The cosmic evening also includes sets by DJ Gatsby, retro arcade games and photo booth, midnight champagne toast, and a costume contest at 1am.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 8pm-closing. $125.  
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    Emmer & Rye New Year's Eve

    To speak of what chef Kevin Fink and his team are preparing for their acclaimed eatery's year-end feast is to speak the language of angels with a culinary fetish. Oysters, fennel mignonette, blue crab, salsa matcha, red snapper, dry-aged wagyu beef tartare, burnt-edge lasagna, paddlefish caviar, smoked mushroom custard, wagyu ribeye, egg amino tart, and more – comprising a ten-course lesson in what delicious means.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $125 ($200, with wine pairings).  
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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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    Georgetown Square Lights

    The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
    Through Jan. 1. Free.  
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    New Year's Guide

    Get Home Safe

    Don't add to holiday stress; plan ahead for transportation to and from celebrations and always choose a sober ride. Capital Metro offers free rides after 5pm on New Year's Eve, and the city offers parking ticket waivers if you end up leaving your car parked at a meter over the time limit. APD is enforcing its "no refusal" initiative through Jan. 1 as a way to crack down on DWI offenses. Taxis and rideshares might have higher prices and longer waits due to demand, but are worth it – you could save a life. Celebrate safely, y'all!
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1  
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    Hestia New Year's Eve

    Hestia, the goddess of fire, must weep tears of joy to know that her name's invoked by this epicenter of live-fire cooking. Hell, we've seen enough mortal citizens weeping such tears when dining in the place, and now the year's terminus brings a ten-course wonderment featuring tomato tart, mille feuille, Norwegian crab, wagyu ribeye, roasted beets, grilled halibut, chocolate truffles, and more. After all that and excellent wine pairings, probably not a dry eye in the place.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $195 ($295, with wine pairings).  
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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.
    Through Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers put on an exhibit twice as large as the last one, found at Kalahari's Tom Foolerys Adventure Park & Arcade, offering tons of family fun!
    Through Jan. 1. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm  
    Kalahari Resort, 3001 Kalahari Blvd.
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    Holiday Tree Recycling

    Give your tree another life by turning it into mulch. Leave it at the curb on collection day if you're a curbside customer, or bring it to Zilker Park on Jan. 2, 8, or 9, 10am-2pm. Free mulch will become available for pickup Jan. 12.
    Through Jan. 9  
    Citywide
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    Hopfields New Year's Eve: Dinner & Party

    OK, we love this place – for its beers and its noms and its convivial ambience. Which is why we're glad they're offering a five-course prix fixe dinner – salmon tartare on a wasabi sesame spoon, bacon and eggs with bacon foam & chives, lobster raviolo, smoked beets with Humboldt Fog cheese, Texas wagyu beef, and more – at two seatings (5:30pm & 7:30pm) and then throwing a "It's Vegas, Baby!" dance party at 10pm, with latenight snacks and Polaroid party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $110-130.  
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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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    Il Brutto New Year's Eve

    This Eastside neighborhood Italian spot will treat you right as 2021 gives way to 2022, with house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and an extensive wine list. Bonus: Fire pits on the patio and live jazz by Django Foxtrot (7-10pm). And, after dinner, there's a city's worth of dive bars to get lost among until the new year dawns.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 4-10pm  
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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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    La Condesa New Year's Eve

    Get a healthy leg up on your resolution to eat more greens, with La Condesa's all-vegetarian NYE specials menu – featuring charred broccoli tamales with garlic confit, grilled sweet potato "steak" and café con leche with Oaxacan double cream. And, look, carnivores: Their regular menu will also be available the whole night.
    Fri., Dec. 31  
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    Out of Town

    Lights Spectacular

    Light up your holidays with more than 2 million twinkling lights at the courthouse, Memorial Park, and the PEC Headquarters at 201 S. Avenue F.
    Through Sun., Jan 2. Free.  
    Johnson City
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    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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    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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    Old Thousand New Year's Eve

    Old Thousand, that popular bastion of "Dope Chinese" noms, is offering a bucket of golden fried chicken with ginger scallion salt, a bottle of bubbles, and sides for dine-in or takeout at both locations on New Year’s Eve. And, listen: That's just the NYE special; their amazing regular menu will also be available. (Yes, that does mean, omg, that brisket fried rice.)
    Fri., Dec. 31. $80-125.  
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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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    Simi Estiatorio New Year's Eve

    Greek food? Yum, basically. Simi Estiatorio Greek food? What they call elevated. Even beyond, you might say, mere yum. And this night, as the calendar does its big annual shift, there's a four-course prix fixe dinner. Shrimp cocktail. Crab cakes. Lamb kebabs. Greek salad. Swordfish souvlaki. Orzo with lobster, shrimp, and calamari. Grilled prime rib with grilled lobster tail. Baklava. And – OMG, we'll stop listing now, but there's even more to choose among. And live DJ performances from Jen Lasher, Lefty, Rodolfo Ciid, and Mike Lozano. Two seatings: 6pm & 9pm. Reserve ASAP, efharisto poli!
    Fri., Dec. 31. $145.  
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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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    Out of Town

    Starry Starry Nights

    Walk through the lighting displays in Badu Park along the Llano River for a new Christmas memory.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Llano
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    Sway New Year's Eve

    Oh, we're missing that Sway on South First; luckily, Westlake's Bee Caves Road still, y'might say, holds Sway. And this location is bright with splendor as a setting for caviar-topped oysters, waterfall beef tartare, aged ribeye, a whole Thai fish, and more. Say good riddance to a problematic year in this place where even the charcuterie board – foie gras torchon, rabbit rillet, northern Thai sausages, fruit jam + yuzu curd, miso aged tofu, coconut cheese, pickles + crackers – is like something out of your fanciest dreams.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    We Are Blood Holiday Mall Drives

    A great way to give back as you do holiday shopping is to stop by a blood drive at the mall. Get the full schedule and location details online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Jan. 3  
    Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park; Arboretum, 10000 Research
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    Winter Break at the Science Mill

    Make, explore, and experiment with hands-on science exhibits and activities.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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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 Blood Drive Competition

    The YMCA of Austin is hosting a friendly competition to see which branch can collect the most blood for We Are Blood, and participants get a 50% discount on a YMCA program. Get details online or call 512/206-1266.
    Dec. 22-23 & 28-30  
    Austin-area YMCA locations
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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.  
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