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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

Buca di Beppo

The doors swing open at 11am here, where you can gather in the Pope Room and enjoy family-style Italian and great service.

Buca di Beppo, 3612 Tudor, 512/342-8462

www.bucadibeppo.com

Carmelo's

Celebrate Italian-style with this abbondanza buffet of house specialties. 11am-3pm.

Carmelo's Ristorante, 504 E. Fifth, 512/477-7497

www.carmelosrestaurant.com

China Cafe

offers a menu full of Cantonese treats from 4 to 10pm on Christmas.

China Cafe, 13729 Research #695, 512/331-7747

Chinatown

Catch the dim sum cart as it glides by like Santa's sleigh full of surprises from 11am to 2:30pm.

Chinatown, 3407 Greystone, 512/343-9307

www.chinatown-mopac.com

Christmas Dinner at the Driskill Hotel

Enjoy a Christmas five-course prix fixe dinner menu paired with spectacular sommelier-selected wines. 3-7:30pm. $125 per person; $60 for children.

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/439-1234

www.driskillhotel.com

Computer Training Classes

Your esteemed public library system offers yet another service to the community: adult computer classes covering everything from the basics to finding a job online. Classes are held in various languages, with some requiring registration beforehand. Call or go online for a complete schedule and additional details. Free.

512/974-7400

library.austintexas.gov

Denny's

Yep, The Den is always there for us on holidays.

Denny's, 7100 N. I-35

www.dennys.com

Din Ho Chinese BBQ

will be open for what some say is the best roast duck in town, in addition to the usual favorites. 11am-9pm.

Din Ho Chinese BBQ, 8557 Research #116, 512/832-8788

www.dinhochinesebbq.com

Dragon Gate by Phoenix

This meticulous sushi spot will be open from 5 to 10:30pm on Christmas Day.

Dragon Gate by Phoenix, 5608 Balcones, 512/459-3341

www.austindragongate.com

Estâncía Churrascaría

This locally-owned Brazilian steak house boasts a relaxed, fine-dining atmosphere and the only Brazilian wine list in town. Call for reservations.

Estâncía Churrascaría, 10000 Research, 512/345-5600

www.estanciachurrascaria.com

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

First Chinese B-B-Q

always serves up their generous Cantonese-style specialties on holidays. 11am-9:30pm.

First Chinese B-B-Q, 10901 N. Lamar #401, 512/835-8889

www.firstchinesebbq.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

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

Hump Day Nooner Ride

Don't have a job or have an understanding boss? Take some time to get in a quick ride and a bite to eat along the way. Wednesdays, 11:45am.

Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lamar & Riverside

www.facebook.com/socialcyclingaustin

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

See your holiday repast prepared tableside here, with a full dinner menu available from 11am to 9pm.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, 13492 Research #380, 512/288-7333

www.kobeaustin.com

Korean Grill

will be serving your nontraditional Asian favorites from 11am to 9:30pm.

Korean Grill, 10901 N. Lamar, 512/339-0234

www.koreangrillaustin.com

McCormick & Schmick's

Open on Christmas, this Portland, Ore.-based chain offers daily menus drawn from a fresh list of seafood flown in from around the globe. Call ahead for a holiday reservation.

McCormick & Schmick's, 11600 Century Oaks Terr., #100, 512/836-0500

www.mccormickandschmicks.com

Peony Asian Cuisine

Regulars and newcomers alike will be glad to have this rich miso soup on a cold holiday.

Peony Asian Cuisine, 5308 Balcones, 512/459-3341

www.peonyaustin.com

Pho Danh

The beef- and chicken-based broths here are flavorful and rich. For holiday beef-lovers, try the Pho Tái Nam, featuring rare eye of round steak, well-cooked flank, and fatty brisket.

Pho Danh, 11220 N. Lamar Ste. B-11, 512/837-7800

Pho Saigon

Is it soup yet? This pho is aromatic and delicious. Don't forget to try the char-grilled meats on vermicelli or rice until 4pm on Christmas Day.

Pho Saigon, 10901 N. Lamar Ste. A-108, 512/821-1022

www.phosaigonnoodlehouse.com

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

Snack Bar

Expect the usual menu plus a fancy chef’s special from 9am to 4pm for brunch; and 5 to 11pm for dinner.

Snack Bar, 1224 S. Congress, 512/445-2626

www.snackbaraustin.com

Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency

Enjoy a holiday buffet with five stations and complimentary champagne. 11:30am-4:30pm. $44 per person; $20 for children.

Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234

Sushi Japon

Come grab some fresh fish on Christmas Day from 11am-10pm.

Sushi Japon, 6801 N. I-35, 512/323-6663

www.sushijaponaustin.com

T&S Chinese Restaurant

invites you to celebrate with dim sum service from 5-10pm.

T&S Chinese Restaurant, 10014 N. Lamar, 512/339-8434

TC Noodle House

has you covered for lunch with their regular menu between 10:30am and 3pm.

TC Noodle House, 10901 N. Lamar Ste. B-203, 512/873-8235

www.tcnhouse.com

Threadgill's World HQ

It's first come, first served for a limited menu at both locations from 10:30am to 10pm.

Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/472-9304

www.threadgills.com

TRACE at the W Hotel

Leave Santa at home, as you and yours are covered with a prix fixe four-course repast from 11am to 9pm. $75 per person.

Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660

www.traceaustin.com

TRIO at the Four Seasons

TRIO always gets it right with a groan-worthy spread that features something for everyone. 11am-3pm in the ballroom; until 8pm in TRIO. $80 per person; $28 for children.

TRIO at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto, 512/685-8300

www.trioaustin.com

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

www.cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

The Carver is the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring Juneteenth. Up all year round, the museum's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth, told through a combination of visual and interactive activities. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Free.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926

www.austintexas.gov/department/george-washington-carver-museum-and-cultural-center

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