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A Christmas Affair

Four days of early holiday gift options with proceeds from the market going to the Junior League of Austin. Thu.-Saun., Nov. 15-18. $15 includes a shuttle ride to and from parking.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

www.palmereventscenter.com

Bird's Barbershop Birthday

Free Shiner beer and Tequila 512 get you loosened up before diving into the crates of records on sale. It's a birthday soiree, so cake and ice cream go without saying. 6-10pm. Free.

Birds Barbershop, 905 E. 41st, 512/492-8400

www.facebook.com/birdsbarbershop

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

www.keepaustinmeditating.org

Bulb Planting Seminar

Learn which bulbs to plant now that will bloom in the spring. 10am-noon. Free.

Travis County AgriLife Extension, 1600 Smith

www.tcmastergardeners.org

First Thursday on South Congress

Apparently the Formula 1 race can even warp time and space. That's right, First Thursday's streetlong soiree happens this week to make sure the out-of-towners know that Austinites know how to shop and eat like the pros.

www.visitsoco.com

Mammo Mixers

Manicures, refreshments, and, oh yeah, mammograms. Call to RSVP. Third Thursdays of the month, 6pm. Free.

The Breast Center at St. David’s Medical Center, 919 E. 32nd #111, 472-9599

www.stdavids.com

San Antonio Four

Join representatives from the Innocence Project for this screening and discussion of the documentary following the case of four Latina lesbians convicted of sexual assault in the late Nineties. 8pm. Free.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 917/664-9590

www.sanantoniofourmovie.com

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)

www.santasranch.net

The Acro Cats Ambush Austin

These cats have been more than herded. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, these circus cats ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and play in a rock band (!). Nov. 12-18: Mon.-Wed., 7pm; Thu.-Fri., 7 & 10pm; Sat., 4, 7, & 10pm; Sun., 1, 4, & 7pm. $18.

Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale, 512/927-1118

www.circuscats.com

The Enduring Legacies Of America’s First Ladies

Gain insight into how these leaders behind the leaders help effect change and advance our society. Panelists include historians and children of presidents and first ladies. 1:30-4:30pm. Free.

LBJ Presidential Library

www.lbjlibrary.org/events/the-enduring-legacies-of-americas-first-ladies

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

www.socialcyclingaustin.org

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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

www.sleepexperts.com

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