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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. 21, 7-10pm. Free.

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

www.austintrailoflights.org

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. 4. $25 ($20, kids).

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr., 512/329-4000

www.bartoncreek.com

Holiday Model Train Exhibit

Need respite from the constant holiday prep? Take a break and watch some elaborate model trains take a turn around the city, farm, and circus scenes. Admission is free, but $5 gets you 10 minutes as the conductor. Through Jan. 3: Wed.-Fri., 11am-3pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm. Free.

ArtSpace, 231 E. Main, Round Rock, 512/218-7099

www.roundrockarts.org

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Call for Platelet Donors

The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

www.inyourhands.org

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.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

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.

587-SPAY

Habitours

Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.

Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 472-8788 x401

snance@ahfh.org