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Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 125 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm, everyday. Free.

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 454-2000

www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

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

Demographics and Infrastructure Panels

The public is invited to join for the morning session of the last day of the Pre-Session Legislative Conference. State demographer Lloyd Potter moderates a panel at 9am about the changing demographics of Texas; Sen. Kirk Watson joins transportation and utility experts on a 10:30am panel called Potholes and Brownouts about infrastructure challenges. Register online. 9am.

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, 512/404-1900

www.utexas.edu/lbj/profdev/candt/class/1894

Holiday Lights Helicopter Tours

Tired of seeing our city all lit up for the holidays from the ground. Well, these short tours grants you a bird's eye view. Fridays & Saturdays through December. $125, 15-minute tour; $255, 30-minute tour.

Bud Dryden Airport, 10301 FM 969

www.austinhelicoptertours.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

VSA Texas Holiday Art & Gift Show

Support local artists with disabilities and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. Braille cards, prints, ornaments, books, and original art all await your holiday dollars. Through Dec. 24, Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Free.

AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, 454-9912

www.vsatx.org

Whole Foods Market Ice Rink

It isn't easy getting into a Winter Wonderland mood in Texas. This little frozen oasis can help you forget about climate change for a little while. $10.

Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 542-2225

www.wholefoods.com

Wild Ideas Shopping Event

A dozen local artists and artisans hawk their creations for your gifting convenience. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 9am-5pm; Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. Free.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 232-0100

www.wildflower.org/holiday

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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