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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

Austin Fan Fest

You know all those closed streets Downtown? Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em for three days with five stages of music and performances, car shows, parties, gaming, kids activities, and more. Best of all, it's completely free. Makes you forgive them about the traffic, doesn't it? Fri., Nov. 16, 6pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 10am-2am.

www.austinfanfest.com

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

Blu at the W

Gourmet breakfasts every morning ($90), fashion shows and other entertainment accompany your lunch ($150-300), and a high-class nightclub until the wee hours ($400). Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.

Blu, 360 Nueces, 512/904-5666

www.bluatthew.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

Chrome Lounge

Want to party don't want a little distance from Downtown. Like so many of the events this weekend it will be a "Euro-style ultra-lounge," only this time it's in the rustic environs just outside of town. Sat., Nov. 17, 8pm-12mid. $100.

Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907

www.chromeloungeaustin.com

F1 Temptations

Get your tickets for one of the titillating shows featuring aerialists, exotic dancers, burlesque performances, and DJs all tasked with tempting and teasing the crowd. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 15-17, 8pm & 12mid; Sun., Nov. 18, 8pm. $300.

Maria Maria, 415 Colorado, 512/687-6800

www.f1sexy.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

Gold at the Four

Of course a group named Formula VIP Events will have some elegant (and costly) options for you. Three events each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner/after hours. Breakfast ($90) includes champagne. Brunch ($150-300) has drinks and entertainment. The dinners ($225-500) consist of multiple courses, classy drinks, live music, and more swanky accouterments, with the final night an afterparty homage to Prohibition benefiting LifeWorks. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18.

Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 895-9533

www.goldatthefour.com

Great Barbecue Wars Winner

It's not every day that Franklin's serves dinner, so expect tickets for some of the best barbecue in the country to sell out fast. 6pm. $65.

Franklin Barbecue, 900 E. 11th, 512/653-1187

www.formula-austin.com

Hill Country & Harley

Bring your motorcycle license if you want to rent a hog, take a ride through the hills outside Austin, and grab some barbecue in Lockhart. Location given upon registration. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, noon-4pm. $175.

www.formula-austin.com/events.htm

Holiday Bazaar

9am-3pm.

Connally High School, 13212 N. Lamar

www.chspta.org

Mix3r Launch Party

Believe it or not these three days of top notch DJs (including a surprise performer on Sunday), lights, giveaways, and go-go dancers are just a preamble to the real party at the F1 events in May. Fri., Nov. 16, 8pm-2am; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, noon-2am.

Six Lounge, 319 Colorado, 512/472-6662

www.mix3r.com

My Yacht Group Nightclub

It seems everyone is creating a "European-style nightclub" during F1 and this is no exception. That it's sponsored by Lamborghini and Patron should tell you something (as should the price). Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9:30pm-2am. $300 and up.

Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 310/463-1936

www.myyachtf1club.com

Nights at ACL Live

Juanes, Lupe Fiasco, and the Wallflowers keep your nights busy in that order. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 9pm. $50-90.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

www.austinfanfest.com

Nights at the Convention Center

The Convention Center has been transformed into a party palace and Friday has Flo Rida and Cobra Starship ($55). Enrique Iglasias and Nelly take care of Saturday ($70). Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 7:30-11:45pm.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

www.austinfanfest.com

Polepositiongirl Party

Twenty international beauties don their bikinis and compete for $10,000 while you enjoy appetizers, cocktails, and more. 8pm-2am. $195 and up.

TenOak, 409 Colorado, 512/472-2822

www.austinraceevents.com

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

Racing Flicks at Blue Starlite

Five movies over the course of two nights including Taladaga Nights and Cannonball Run. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17, 7pm. $25-60.

Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

www.bluestarlitedrivein.com

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)

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

Taste of Formula One with Andretti Wines

Chefs Parind Vora and Bill McGrory prepare signature appetizers to pair with Andretti wines for the pleasure of wine lovers and race fans alike. Mario Andretti's appearance is rumored. The party is free for Formula One VIP badge holders – for everyone else, $50. 5-9pm.

Bar Mirabeau, 800 W. Sixth, 512/436-9633

www.barmirabeau.com

The Acro Cats Ambush Austin

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 Sapphire Room Supper Club

Renowned local chef Shawn Cirkiel adds a nightclub vibe to his Downtown restaurant for F1. Great eats are a given, but live music from Suzanna Choffel, Tameca Jones, and Sara Overall make it even more worth your while. After 10pm El John Selector takes over the DJ booth for unstoppable dance-floor antics. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, 8-10pm (dinner), 10pm-1am (after party). $300.

parkside, 301 E. Sixth, 512/474-9898

www.sapphireroomsupperclub.com

ONGOING

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

snance@ahfh.org