Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Trees will be composted into Dillo Dirt. Please set out your tree by 6:30am on your trash and yard trimmings collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half.
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
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
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.
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