City officials help local businesses find the resources they need at these weekly meet-ups. Whether you're just thinking about starting a business or already have one, this class is for you. Go online or call to register. Tuesdays, 9am. Free.
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.
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
Proposition 3, which splits City Council across 10 geographic districts, also called for a citizens redistricting committee. Come give input on how best to encourage qualified applicants and wide participation in the city's first redistricting process. 7pm.
One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-3251
Tips on discovering this often overlooked European city. 6:30pm. Free.
REI, 601 N. Lamar, 512/482-3357
Shop without guilt with fair trade and socially conscious jewelry, journals, shoes, clutches, T-shirts, backpacks, and more. Dec. 1-8, 11am-7pm. Free.
Herb Society members will have lots of herbal products, plants, baked goods, crafts, gardening books, and more to choose from. 9:30am-noon. Free.
This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday light game for years. Every hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Jan. 1, 6pm-12mid. Free.
Learn about sustainable design in the U.S. Green Building Council Central Texas' Taking the LEED for the Future symposium. 8am-6pm. Members, $50; nonmembers, $75; students, $20.
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)
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.
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.
Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.
A 5-mile ride precedes your yoga class tailored to the cycling body. Enjoy a dip in the Springs afterward. Tuesdays, 7pm. Free.
Doug Sahm Hill, 885 W. Riverside (next to Palmer Events Center)
allows you or your organization to adopt one of the stops along Cap Metro's bus lines. In exchange for helping keep your stop tidy, Cap Metro will let you spruce it up (Keep Austin Beautiful will even provide landscaping tools) to reflect the personality of your neighborhood.
Is the creek you love filled with beer cans and six-pack rings? All you have to do is gather some friends to clean it up, and Keep Austin Beautiful and Watershed Protection and Development Review will give you all the guidance and materials you need. Free.