If you have experience explaining math and science to kids YouthWorks needs you to help engage at-risk kids and get them interested in STEM career paths. Go online to learn more.
Chime in on City of Austin public pools and splash pads. 6pm. Free.
Art and artists mingle to help match gift-givers with gifts for the lover of art on your list. 6-8pm. Free (donations appreciated).
Arc of the Arts Studio & Gallery, 6717 Burnet Rd
Join the conversation on flora built for the Eocene sands of our area. 7pm. Free.
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime on the 12 acres surrounded by the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Jan. 4, 6-10pm. $28 per car ($56 for a season pass).
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
Sun-loving folks get together to talk about the value of solar. 5:30-8:30pm. Free.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/751-5650
14th annual inspirational event features Rachael Ray, Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, and more. 8am-5pm. General seating $155, student $75.
It's all about networking, professional development, and personal growth, with keynote speakers Jenny Lawson, Vernã Myers, Rachael Ray, and Esmeralda Santiago,. 7:30am-5:30pm. $155.
SMiles Lewis [sic] talks about "Transpersonal Inter-Species Virtual-Reality Communications mechanisms" and the "possible manipulation of these phenomena by 'alien' and human agencies for parapolitical purposes." We couldn't be more into this if we tried. 6:30-9pm. Free.
Support local artists with disabilities and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. Braille cards, prints, ornaments, books, and original art all await your holiday dollars. Through Dec. 24, Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Free.
AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, 512/454-9912
Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.
A 5-mile ride precedes your yoga class tailored to the cycling body. Enjoy a dip in the Springs afterward. Tuesdays, 7pm. Free.
Doug Sahm Hill, 885 W. Riverside (next to Palmer Events Center)
allows you or your organization to adopt one of the stops along Cap Metro's bus lines. In exchange for helping keep your stop tidy, Cap Metro will let you spruce it up (Keep Austin Beautiful will even provide landscaping tools) to reflect the personality of your neighborhood.
Is the creek you love filled with beer cans and six-pack rings? All you have to do is gather some friends to clean it up, and Keep Austin Beautiful and Watershed Protection and Development Review will give you all the guidance and materials you need. Free.