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Dec. 20-24

TEDDY BEAR TEAS Parents and children can enjoy tea service with drinks and sweets, caroling, and a reading by Santa on weekend afternoons from now until Christmas. Call to make reservations. Saturday and Sunday seatings at 2, 2:15, and 2:30pm through Dec. 23 Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300. $40 (kids 11 and under, $30). www.fourseasons.com/austin

SEASONALLY-INSPIRED THREE COURSE MENU Chef Josh Watkins and pastry chef Plinio Sandalio have created a seasonal, three-course fixed-price menu that is available every evening in December during the first hour of dinner service. Reserve by phone. The Carillon, 1900 University Ave. (AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center), 512/404-3655. $29. www.thecarillonrestaurant.com/

DECEMBER FOOD DRIVE Drop into Avant Salon & Day Spa during December with a donation of nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank and leave with an Aveda gift bag. Thu., Dec. 13 - Mon., Dec. 31, (2012) Avant Salon Spa, 507 Pressler #800, 512/472-6357. www.avantsalon.com

END OF THE WORLD PARTY Gather at Banger's to celebrate the end of the world where they'll be roasting three pigs in the ground, Mayan style. For $15, the menu includes roast pork, black beans and rice, grilled shishito peppers, grilled corn in the husk, and grilled salsa, plus Molten Mayan Chocolate Souffles from Butterface Bake Shop. Limited release kegs will be tapped starting at 5pm. Buy special edition Banger's half-liter mugs for $5 to fill with the rare craft brews you'll be trying. Live music from 5pm till 12mid, and an artist will be on hand to decorate faces with Mayan glyphs. Fri., Dec. 21, 5pm-12mid. (2012) Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656. www.bangersaustin.com

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER Chef Sonya Coté invites you to enjoy Christmas Eve dinner at her restaurant with a menu that includes oysters Rockefeller, a surf and turf of Texas grass-fed beef tenderloin and Gulf shrimp, Tiramisu made with Stumptown espresso syrup, and a glass of sparkling Cava. Reserve by phone. Mon., Dec. 24, 7pm. (2012) Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E. 11th, 512/628-0168. $45. www.hillsidefarmacy.com

Ongoing

SFC EAST FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm Corner of MLK & Miriam. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC FARMERS' MARKET AT THE TRIANGLE Wednesdays, 3-7pm Triangle Park, 4700 N. Lamar, 512/452-1404. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

BARTON CREEK FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

MUELLER FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd. www.texasfarmersmarket.org

HOPE FARMERS' MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm Plaza Saltillo, 401 Comal, 512/727-8363. www.hopefarmersmarket.org

CEDAR PARK FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/257-8500. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/cedar-park

LONE STAR FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm Shops at the Galleria, Shops Parkway, off Highway 71, Bee Cave. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

BLUEBONNET FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm 2323 S. Lamar. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

DRINK LOCAL HAPPY HOUR Local brews for cheap. What better way to prepare for hump day? Tuesdays, 5-7pm Contigo, 2027 Anchor, 512/614-2260. $2 pints. www.contigoaustin.com

JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz accompanies this bimonthly brunch buffet held in the hotel's courtyard lounge. $3 mimosas. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 10am-2pm Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. www.sanjosehotel.com

TOKYO HAPPY HOUR BRUNCH Check out the new Tokyo Brunch menu on weekends where made-from-scratch Japanese dishes are paired with sake cocktails. Enjoy happy hour prices from 10-11:30am at brunch during an introductory period. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

BOGGY CREEK FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-1pm Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. www.springdalefarmaustin.com

LONGHORN BREAKFAST CLUB Bloody Mar bar and brunch menu every home game day. Complimentary party bus to tailgates. Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Nov. 27 J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 512/433-6954. www.jblacks.com

TAILGATE ON THE LAWN Three hours prior to UT football kickoff time, Hotel Ella serves up food, brews, and cocktails, plus shuttle service to and from the stadium. Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 8 Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/495-1800. $50. www. hotelella.com

JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz, $3 mimosas, and a brunch buffet. Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. $24. www.sanjosehotel.com