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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

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 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

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Austin Resource Recovery continues their holiday tradition at the Zilker Polo Field. 10am-2pm. Free.

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

www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-metropolitan-park

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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

www.sosalliance.org

Bluebonnet Farmers’ Market

Sundays, 11am-3pm.

2323 S. Lamar

www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

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

www.centralmarket.com/Cooking-School.aspx

Helping Hands Center

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

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

HOPE Farmers' Market

Sundays, 11am-3pm.

Plaza Saltillo, 401 Comal, 512/727-8363

www.hopefarmersmarket.org

Lone Star Farmers Market

Sundays, 10am-2pm.

Shops at the Galleria, Shops Parkway, off Highway 71, Bee Cave

www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

Mueller Farmers Market

Sundays, 10am-2pm.

Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd

www.texasfarmersmarket.org