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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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    Odd Pop Market

    A market designed to highlight the spooky, witchy, spiritual, alien, and macabre local artists and artisans.
    Mon., Nov. 29, 5-9pm. Free.  
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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.
    Through Dec. 30  
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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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    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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    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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    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.
     
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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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    Forts & Foes

    New players are always welcome at this friendly Dungeons & Dragons sesh.
    Mondays, 7-10pm. Free.  
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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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    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  
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    Kundalini & Meditation

    A traditional kundalini class, including powerful breath work, asanas, mudras (hand gestures), mantras (chanting), and meditation to bring forth transformation, full physical body and emotional body awareness, and purification.
    Mondays, 10am. $22.  
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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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    Music Open Mic

    Bring your acoustic and showcase your best original songs or old classics.
    Mondays, 8-10pm  
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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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    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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    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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