BizAid Business Orientation

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.

Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 Capital of TX Hwy. S. #110, 974-7800

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.

AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 454-2000

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

Citizen Redistricting Meeting

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,

Exploring Budapest Travel Education Class

Tips on discovering this often overlooked European city. 6:30pm. Free.

REI, 601 N. Lamar, 512/482-3357,

Gifts That Give

Shop without guilt with fair trade and socially conscious jewelry, journals, shoes, clutches, T-shirts, backpacks, and more. Dec. 1-8, 11am-7pm. Free.

Pine Street Station, 1101 E. Fifth, 217-1384

Herb Society Holiday Bazaar

Herb Society members will have lots of herbal products, plants, baked goods, crafts, gardening books, and more to choose from. 9:30am-noon. Free.

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-8672

Holiday Light Show

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.

Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900

LEED Symposium

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.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 470-9923,

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)

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

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

Yoga Practice

Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.

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

Yoga Ride

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)


Host a Creek Cleanup

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.


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