Don't miss your opportunity to enroll in Austin Community College's free adult college preparation course. Free.
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.
Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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)
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
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
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.