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.


End of the Year Pig Roast

Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez will roast a whole pig over hardwood coals and serve up plates with all the fixings for a great lunch until the porky goodness runs out. Regular menu also available. 11am-5pm. $12.

Noble Sandwich Co., 12233 RR 620 N., #105, 512/382-6248


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



Need some bike parts to finish off that two-wheeler of your dreams? This swap has the parts and the know-how if you have the bargaining skills. 10am-4pm. Free.

Yellow Bike Project Headquarters, 1216 Webberville Rd.


Free Homebuyer Education Workshop

Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.

Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176


Harlem Renaissance Casino Night

Pull your zoot suit and flapper dress from the back of the closet and enjoy an evening of 20s-inspired entertainment with music, drinks, appetizers, and casino games. Proceeds go to the Day With Daddy fatherhood program. 8-11:30pm. $35.

Midtown Live, 7408 Cameron, 512/451-5483


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.


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


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.


Parent/Child Cooking Class

Austin's own TV cooking celebrity Brandon Scawthorn will present a cooking class for parents and kids to enjoy together. $40. 11am-1pm.

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020-B Dillard, 866/552-2433


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)


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


Toast to the New Year Cooking Demo & Open House

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin opens its doors for prospective students to tour the campus, talk to chefs, and learn about scholarships. 10:30am-1pm. Free, but RSVP required.

Le Cordon Bleu, 3110 Esperanza Crossing #100, 512/837-2665



Barton Creek Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040


Barton Springs Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Austin's favorite swimming hole. All you have to do is download the audio files and map from the Save Our Springs Alliance website, and off you go.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080


Central Market Cooking School

Whether you need to brush up your knife skills or throw together a romantic Thai dinner for two, these guys have you covered year round with an eclectic array of classes spanning all skill levels.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000


Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.



Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


Helping Hands Center

needs strong, dependable males to help load/unload groceries twice monthly.

Helping Hands Center, 1151 San Bernard St., 472-2298

SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700


SFC Sunset Valley Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096