American YouthWorks Call for Volunteers

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.


Aquatics Programs Open House

Chime in on City of Austin public pools and splash pads. 6pm. Free.

Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar, 512/441-4777


Arc of the Arts Holiday Art Show

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


Monthly Meeting of the Native Plant Society

Join the conversation on flora built for the Eocene sands of our area. 7pm. Free.

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, 805 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/472-2086


Santa's Ranch

Santa's Ranch

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)


Solar Austin Happy Hour

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


Texas Conference for Women

14th annual inspirational event features Rachael Ray, Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, and more. 8am-5pm. General seating $155, student $75.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000


Texas Conference for Women

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.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000


UFOs & Consciousness

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.

Austin Center for Spiritual Living, 5555 N. Lamar Ste. D-115, 512/425-0822


Yoga Practice

Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2, 538-1991


Yoga Ride

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)



Cap Metro's Adopt-a-Stop

Cap Metro's Adopt-a-Stop

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.



Host a Creek Cleanup

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.