Austin Celtic Festival

Put on your plaid and spend a weekend surrounded by the sounds, tastes, and sights or Ireland and Scotland highlighted by the Highland Games where unweildy objects are thrown. We have our reservations about the Children's Highland Games, but we'll assume they know what they're doing. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 3-4. $20, advance two-day pass; $12, day pass.

Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318


Benefit for Jazz Legend Red Young

Some of the area's best jazz musicians come to the aid of one of their ailing brethren. 9pm-2am. Donations appreciated.

Elephant Room, 315 Congress, 466-0200


Christmas at the Caswell House

This historic house is turned into a holiday shopping and all-around party place with vendors, live music, dinners, lunches, and more. Go online for a schedule of special events. Nov. 1-10.

Caswell House, 1404 West Ave., 417-1360


Community Yoga First Sunday

By-donation yoga classes. 10am. $10-15 suggested donation.

Wanderlust YOGA, 206 E. Fourth, 512/502-5183



Get an early start on your Xmas shopping with handmade goods from local and national artisans. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-4. Free.

The Palm Door, 401 Sabine, 512/391-1994


Out of the Darkness Walk

benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 1-4pm. Free.

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


Santa's Ranch

Santa's Ranch

Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.

9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)


Teddy Bear Teas

Parents and children can enjoy tea service with drinks and sweets, caroling, and a reading by Santa on weekend afternoons from now until Christmas. Call to make reservations. Saturday and Sunday seatings at 2, 2:15, and 2:30pm through Dec. 23. $40 (kids 11 and under, $30).

Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300


Thai Herb Cooking Demo

'Chronicle' contributor and horticulturist Mick Vann joins restaurateur Sap Apisaksri of Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine for a free demonstration of traditional Thai stir-fry with herbs and Tom Kha soup. 2pm. Free..

It's About Thyme Nursery, 11726 Manchaca Rd., 512/280-1192

Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail

Join the seven wineries along the Top of the Hill Country wine trail in a patriotic salute to the country and our armed forces on from Friday through Sunday of this Veterans Day weekend. Tickets cover a souvenir wine glass, Celebrate American T-shirt, wine tastings, and a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Go online for more information and to by tickets.

Alamosa Wine Cellars, 677 CR 430, Bend, 325/628-3313


Wine & Swine Benefit

Eighteen local chefs go snout to tail with distinctive pork dishes at this benefit for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Look for wines, craft beers, and local spirits, as well as live music. 1-5pm. $100 ($75, advance).

Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., 512/837-1215



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


Blanket Drive

Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.

Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas


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


Helping Hands Center

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

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