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ACC Transitions Program Enrollment

Don't miss your opportunity to enroll in Austin Community College's free adult college preparation course. Free.

www.austincc.edu/transitions, cgill@austincc.edu

Answers About the New Health Insurance Landscape

Not sure if you should be thanking or cursing Obama and his new health insurance plan? Get your questions answered and maybe even get yourself signed up. Go online for times and locations. Free.

www.insurecentraltexas.org

Arabic Bazaar

Arabic Bazaar

Arabic music, belly dancing and belly-dance classes, complimentary Arabic sweets, candy, and coffee – all of these accompany a bazaar full of goodies from Syria, Egypt, and Morocco for exotic holiday gifts. Sundays through Dec. 22, 10am-7pm.

Arabic Bazaar, 5013 Duval St., 512/533-9227

www.thearabicbazaar.com

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year. Don't worry; Post Office reps will be on the premises to spare you from lugging all that holiday cheer home. Dec. 17-24, 11am-11pm. $7 (free, kids).

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.armadillobazaar.com

Austin Trail of Lights

Austin Trail of Lights

Still bright and free after all these years. Every day has live entertainment, myriad photo ops, and, of course, funnel cake. Go online for a schedule of shuttles and other transpo options. You can pay online for parking or a pass that lets you cut everyone in line. Bike racks will be available for your pedal pushers. Every day through Dec. 22, 7-10pm. Free.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700

www.austintrailoflights.org

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 135 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Every day through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm. Free.

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/494-6178

www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

Child's Christmas in Wales

Dylan Thomas' holiday tale gets a musical backdrop in the style of an old-time radio show. Good for all ages. 3pm. $15/$5 kids.

First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, 512/345-8866

alexcokemusic@sbcglobal.net

DIY Ornaments & Gift Tags Class

Because handmade gifts are just better. It's a scientific fact. 3pm. $35.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002

www.ndvenue.com/event/426349-diy-ornaments-gift-tags-austin

East Second Street Flea

Seriously folks, this is one of your last chances for local gifts from the likes of Dandy's Gentlemans Store, Farewell Books, Flattrack Coffee, Petrified Design, Traveller Denim, and more. 10am-5pm. Free.

1710 E. Second, 512/917-4628

www.facebook.com/east2ndstreetflea

Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

www.thestoryoftexas.com

Health Care Navigation Call For Public Comment

The Texas Department of Insurance is considering changes to the requirements for Texans working or volunteering as Health Insurance Marketplace navigators. Weigh in at the email listed, copying navigatorregistration@tdi.texas.gov.

chiefclerk@tdi.texas.gov

Holiday Light Show

Holiday Light Show

This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday-light game for years. Every hour on the hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Dec. 31, 6-11pm. Free.

Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900

www.mozartscoffee.com

Holiday Lights & Ice

It's not exactly a winter wonderland 'round these parts, but you can at least skate around the ice rink with 200,000 lights to help you get in the mood. Go online for package deals and VIP pricing. Through Jan. 6. $23 ($17, kids).

Omni Barton Creek, 8212 Barton Club Dr.

www.bartoncreek.com

La Pastorela - A Sheperdela's Storia

This comedy for the whole family is a cherished holiday tradition, now with a new twist. Directed by Patricio Villarreal Avila for the Austin Latino Theatre Alliance, performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Through Dec. 22: Thursdays & Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 7pm. $15 ($10, kids).

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/537-2582

www.altateatro.com

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)

www.santasranch.net

Tinplate Trackers Train Club

Tinplate Trackers Train Club

Come watch the choo-choos and inspire the next generation to keep this historic hobby alive and well. You might even be allowed to sit behind the controls if you're kind enough to the tip jar. Wed. & Sat., Jan. 1 & 4, 11am-5pm. Donations appreciated.

ArtSpace, 231 E. Main, Round Rock, 512/689-2450

www.trainweb.org/ttat

Yule Bazaar

is one of your last chances for unique holiday shopping as vendors, entertainers, and musicians congregate to help you get in the spirit of shopping local. Warm up by the yule campfire, sit down for real talk on the dark side of the season, and get the kids singing along to some of the live acts. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 21-22, noon-5pm. Free.

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

www.vortexrep.org