Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.
Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176
Avoid the Black Friday crowds at a relaxed holiday shopping spree in the pavilion where more than 20 artisan vendors will be selling everything from chocolate truffles to jewelry. Make reservations by phone for brunch (11am-1pm) or lunch (1-4pm) in the bistro or call ahead for alfresco dining in the pavilion with wood-fired pizza and salad. 11am-5pm.
Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East, Marble Falls, 512/267-6310
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)
A festivus for the rest of us who don't want to wake up at some ungodly hour on Black Friday to trample our neighbors for a flatscreen. Stop by your local bookstores, record shops, etc. for deals today and all year. No place like Austin to shop local.