The Austin Independent School District invites the community to learn about and share feedback on potential facility recommendations for the district's fine arts program. 6:30pm.
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
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
Music, food, and shopping. Free.
Shop without guilt with fair trade and socially conscious jewelry, journals, shoes, clutches, T-shirts, backpacks, and more. Dec. 1-8, 11am-7pm. Free.
Ethically produced jewelery and gifts from around the globe vie for your holiday monies. Thu.-Fri., Dec. 6-7, 10am-4pm.
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 environmental crimes in Central Texas; more than 425 illegal dumping reports have been made to the 877/NO-DUMPS hotline. Space is limited; register by Dec. 3. 9am-4:30pm. $30, includes lunch and materials.
Hays County Facility, 2171 Yarrington Rd., San Marcos
Want to travel but can't get large chunks of time off from work? Or perhaps you just don't get paid enough. Learn how best to see the world without losing your job or your life savings. 7-9pm. Free.
Roy Spence and Judy Trabulsi of GSD&M discuss how the re-election of Obama will effect local small businesses. Admission includes lunch at the Alamo. 11:30am. $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)
Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.
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.
Join Diane Ravitch, former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott, and Houston's Kashmere High marching band to stand up for kids and schools on Feb. 23. Say no to brutal budget cuts, a broken testing system, and looming school vouchers. Say yes to a quality education for all kids!