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Artist Information Meeting

The city seeks to commission a professional visual artist or artist team to design and fabricate a contemporary work of art that complements the healing aspects of the Austin Shelter for Women and Children. Professional visual artists who live and work in Texas are eligible. 5-6:30pm.

Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. Second

www.austintexas.gov/event/artist-information-meeting-austin-shelter-women-and-children

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

BizOpen Orientation

Provides a general overview of the potential steps in the city's development process. Material will cover the following: Development Assessment, Land Use and Zoning, Site Plan Review, Building Plans and Permits, and Inspections and Certificate of Occupancy. 9-10:30am. Free.

One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-7800

www.austintexas.gov/event/bizopen-orientation-1

Casino Night Fundraiser

Roll the dice and know when to hold 'em at this benefit for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Winning chips turn into raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. 7-11pm. $10.

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

www.facebook.com/events/302608693261839

End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil

Remember those lost to violence, oppression, and hate, whether perpetrated by clients, partners, police, or the state. Red umbrellas, signs, and candles strongly encouraged. 7-9:15pm.

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

www.fb.com/events/1559926980908892

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

Hump Day Nooner Ride

Don't have a job or have an understanding boss? Take some time to get in a quick ride and a bite to eat along the way. Wednesdays, 11:45am.

Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lamar & Riverside

www.facebook.com/socialcyclingaustin

Queer Ride

Queers and queer-friendly types cycle in solidarity to a different location every week. Wednesdays, 7pm. Free.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400

www.facebook.com/groups/250352668401489

Yoga Practice

Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2, 538-1991

www.cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

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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

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

The Carver is the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring Juneteenth. Up all year round, the museum's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth, told through a combination of visual and interactive activities. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Free.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926

www.cityofaustin.org/carver