After Capitalism

Activist monk and author Dada Maheshvarananda speaks on economic democracy in action, linking social crises with the struggles for peace and justice. 7pm.

MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925


AISD Community Meeting: South

Come investigate the potential scenarios about a South Austin high school (approved by voters in 2008), including future academic programming. 6:30-8:30pm.

Akins High School, 10701 S. First


Barkitecture Preview

Local architects and designers have created stylish animal abodes that you can bid on to help animal charities. Get a swanky sneak peek before the event next week. 6:30pm. $25.

W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3600


Breath & Meditation

De-stress and recharge with a little structured breathing and thinking. Go online or call to RSVP. Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 6:30pm.

Art of Living, 5555 N. Lamar Ste. C-104, 297-7950


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


CONNECT 2012: Business & Career Forum

Corporate and governmental representatives have jobs if you need one. Time to brush off your business garb. 8am-6pm. Free for jobseekers; $80 for small businesses.

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 407-8240


NCHM Grand Re-Opening

Refreshments and a guided tour celebrate the successful preservation of this historic house and museum. 5:30pm. $50.

Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel, 478-2335


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)


Science Uner the Stars

Chintan Modi discusses the unique uses for biofluorescent and biochemiluminescent molecules. Come early for refreshments and activities for the kids. 7:30pm. Free.

Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.


Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman



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