Social Cycling Austin presents Bikin' Betties, a weekly, beginner-friendly, all-ladies bike ride that ends with drink specials and fun activities (karaoke, mini-golf, outdoor movies, etc.) Along the way, bond with other two-wheelin' ladies. Join the Facebook group for ride details. Mondays, 8pm.
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
Protest cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid by highlighting the faces and voices of citizens who rely on those programs daily. 4-6pm.
Sen. John Cornyn's office, Chase Tower, 221 W. Sixth
REI, 601 N. Lamar, 482-3357
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.
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.
Hear about recent demographic trends in Austin from the 2010 Census, plus voter turnout data for Travis County. Then, join a discussion to explore how to expand community engagement as the city continues to grow and change. 7-9pm. Free.
Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.