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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

Arabic Bazaar

Arabic music, belly dancing and belly-dance classes, complimentary Arabic sweets, candy, and coffee – all of these accompany a bazaar full of goodies from Syria, Egypt, and Morocco for exotic holiday gifts. 10am-10pm. Free.

Arabic Bazaar, 5013 Duval St., 533-9227

www.thearabicbazaar.com

Austin Bazaar Fall Fest

This local music retailer brings bands, drinks, food, and contests to support local charities helping bring music and art to children across Texas. noon-5pm. Free.

Austin Bazaar, 2306 W. Howard Ln.

www.austinbazaar.com/fallfest

Austin Beyond Coal Lake Party

Learn about coal-fired power plants, enjoy some live music, or set the young ones loose on kids' activities. 2-5:30pm. Free.

Iguana Grill, 2900 RR 620 N., 512/266-8439

www.austinbeyondcoal.org

Autumn Skies & Pumpkin Pies Adoption Event

Come and meet a dog or cat who might be a perfect match for you. Already have enough pets? You can purchase something from the baked goods table or bring supplies to help keep the unadopted animals happy and healthy. noon-6pm.

Tomlinson's Pet Store, 7301 FM 620 N.

www.pawsitivekarmarescue.com

Catholics for Justice in the Church

An independent affiliate of Call To Action, the national Catholic reform movement, meets the third Saturday of each month. 10am-noon.

Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg, 512/906-1268

tom4peace@austin.rr.com

Fall Barn Dance

Break in those new jeans and boots with a country dance. Barbecue and drinks keep you energized for a few more turns around the floor. Awards go to the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. 6-9pm. $10 ($5, advance).

Anderson Mill Community Center, 11500 El Salido Pkwy.

www.amld.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=1020

Formula One

The big weekend is finally here. See coverage starting on p.xx and a complete listing of F1-related events on p.xx.

FrankenBike

Need some bike parts to finish off that two-wheeler of your dreams? This swap has the parts and the know-how if you have the bargaining skills. 10am-4pm. Free.

Longhorn Bikes, 2308 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/542-9505

www.frankenbike.net

Gingerbread House Raising

Learn something about the architecture of the Neill-Cochran House before attempting to re-create it using gingerbread. Kids between the ages of 6 and 11 can also make a small, edible house to take home. Call to register and wear clothes that could use some frosting on them. 11am. $10.

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

www.nchmuseum.org

Holiday Bazaar

9am-3pm.

Connally High School, 13212 N. Lamar

www.chspta.org

Proper Nang

Young bands band together to help raise funds to help local musician Michael Fracasso keep up with his medical bills. Special guests performers include Katie from the Dum Dum Girls. 5:30-9pm.

Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar, 512/444-0261

www.tacoxpress.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

Sol Fest ATX

Paintings, photography, performance, and other non-"P" events populate this multimedia extravaganza. 10am-11pm. $7 ($5, advance).

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2, 512/538-1991

www.cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

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

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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

Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.

587-SPAY

Habitours

Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.

Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 472-8788 x401

www.ahfh.org

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