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  • BLK Vinyl Holiday Bash

    Come celebrate the season at BLK Vinyl. We'll be spinning our holiday favorites as well as having a special in-store performance from members of Burgess Meredith! We will provide the refreshments. Invite everyone you know. The more the merrier!
    Sun., Dec. 16, 2pm-6pm
    BLK Vinyl
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    Mozart's Light Show

    Check out the holiday lights and get you a home-baked Bavarian treat, while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
    Nov. 16-Jan. 2, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free.
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    Winter Wonderland at The Circuit

    The racetrack transforms into something resembling the North Pole with the largest outdoor skating rink in Texas, the Tunnel of Lights, and Santa's Workshop; plus live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and Chinese Lantern Festival.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. $16, adults; age 5 and under, free.  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Daily, 10am-10pm. Free.
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    Immigrants, the Musical: No Place Like Home

    This is a Hamilton-inspired show in which, each week, a new monologist tells of their experience in coming from Mexico, from Russia, from Vietnam, from El Salvador, and more. Then the cast, directed by Lahari Dunn and Asaf Ronen, expands these stories into "fully improvised musicals, giving life to the emotion, the journey, and the laughs and hardships along the way." Note: The Chronicle's Robert Faires recently took in a show, and here's his reaction. Featured this week: Kacey Samiee from Iran.
    Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 8pm. $10-12.  
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    Texas Stars

    Vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Fri., Dec. 7, 7pm; Wed., Dec. 12, 7pm  
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    Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

    Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows at the Yule Log, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 24-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.
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    Angels Among Us Breakfast

    This is a yearly celebration of Austin's young people whose actions are consistent with the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs. BGCAA staff, kids, and volunteers will share inspiring true stories with attendees, and awards will be handed out to exemplary individuals.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8am. $75 per person; sponsorships available.  
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    Annual Bullock Museum Store Sale

    Stop in and save 20% on all museum store merchandise during regular museum hours.
    Dec. 3-9
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    Sports

    Austin Bold FC

    The city's newly minted United Soccer League team will be hosting games at COTA starting in March 2019. Season passes are now available.
    $189 for 20-game season pass.  
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    Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Draft Review

    View the ASMP's draft policies and maps to see the city's revamped transportation plan, then share your feedback online through Dec. 21.
    Feedback accepted through Dec. 21  
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    Out of Town

    Ayomi Yoshida Exhibition

    The Japanese artist makes her Texas debut with a large-scale multimedia exhibition that evokes a pool with flowers falling into it that complements the center’s water garden.
    Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 13. Free.
    Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
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    “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit”

    Seventy years after the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic more than 150 items from the wreck were brought up from the ocean floor and brought together for this fascinating show. Timed tickets are required.
    June 2-Jan. 5
    Mayborn Museum, Waco
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    Black Fret Ball

    Black Fret is an organization that supports local musicians with funding through grants, and those musicians provide intimate performances to members throughout the year. The ball features performances from the nominees, this year's including A Giant Dog, Israel Nash, Tomar & the FCs, and more.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6-10pm. Free with Black Fret membership.  
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    Blue Mist

    Thursdays, 7pm, Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm, Fri., Dec. 21, 8pm and Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30pm
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    Buda Trail of Lights

    This free holiday event features lighted and decorated displays – ranging from the traditional Christmas Nativity to Star Wars and Toy Story – that are provided by local businesses and organizations. Visitors are able to walk the lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa himself.
    Thu.-Sat., Dec. 6-8; Fri.-Sun., Dec. 14-16 & 21-23. Free.
    Stagecoach Park, Buda
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    Call for Applications: Travis County Children’s Protective Services Board

    Travis County Commissioners Court is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on three years on the Children’s Protective Services Board. Qualified applicants can find more info and the application online of call. Several seats need to be filled.
    Applications accepted thru Dec. 7, 5pm
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    Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Meetings

    CAMPO hosts a series of open houses to educate the public about its planning initiatives to improve mobility in Central Texas. Find locations online – meetings are also held outside of Travis County.
    Nov. 26-29, 4-7pm, Dec. 3-6, 4-7pm and Fri., Dec. 7, 10am-2pm  
    Locations vary
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    Kids

    Christmas at Capital of Texas Zoo

    The zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Hours are extended to 9pm (except for Mondays). Get a picture with Santa or Moses the Christmas Camel. There will also be games, prizes, and plenty of cheer.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Free for kids under 12 with purchase of adult ticket ($11.73).
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    Coats for Kids

    The Junior League of Austin will distribute over 30,000 coats at the annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day event. If you've got a coat to donate, you can drop it off at any Jack Brown Dry Cleaners. Monetary donations can be made online at www.jlaustin.org.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8am-3pm. Free.
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    Community First! Village of Lights

    Check out one of the biggest light displays in Central Texas, and then shop the Advent Market for holiday gifts. There are also holiday-themed movies at the Community Cinema and concessions at the Community Grille.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 8. Fri.-Sat., 5:30-9pm  
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    Early Run-off Voting

    Skip the Election Day line and cast your vote for the five major local races still to be decided: City Council Districts 1, 3, and 8; Austin Community College Trustee Place 8, and Austin ISD Board of Trustees At-Large Place 9. For more info on who's still running see our election coverage.
    Nov. 29-Dec. 7  
    Anywhere you see Vote Here
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    Out of Town

    Eisbahn: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

    A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Lifeline Foundation (supporting cystic fibrosis research) and the Boys & Girls Club of Fredericksburg.
    Nov. 23-Jan. 6. Open daily except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. $15, day pass.
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    Equity for All: A Forum for Solidarity and Resistance

    Register online for this forum hosted by the city's Equity Office. Alongside a number of panels tackling institutional racism are a tai chi exercise led by Vince Cobalis and a performance by Daniel Llanes.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 9am-4pm. Free.  
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    Family Eldercare's 80 Over Eighty Nominations

    Family Eldercare's 80 Over Eighty is challenging Central Texas to discover, share, and celebrate the stories of older adults who are living life to the fullest. Nominate a Central Texan who is 80 years young and thriving by Dec. 31, 2018. Categories include: Adventure, Creativity, Family, Humility, Integrity, Optimism, and Service.
    Nominations open through Dec. 31. Free.
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    Fast Eddie's 20th Anniversary Celebrations

    Each month Fast Eddie's will feature a different theme, drink specials, and raffle prizes, leading up to the mother of all giveaways – a brand-new Chevy Camaro in the color of your choice. Ooooo eeeee!
    First Fridays through February 2019
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    First Choice ER Toys for Tots

    Drop off new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 0-12 at any First Choice ER location in the Austin and Pflugerville areas. (They're open 24/7.)
    Nov. 12-Dec. 9. Free.
    Various locations
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    FullNote Presents: The SIMS Foundation Benefit

    featuring music from MAMAHAWK, Bleached Roses, Mean Jolene, Carry Illinois, and Lauren from Lola Tried.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 9pm. $5 suggested donation.
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    Give Blood, Get Ice Cream

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, during the entire month of December at any We Are Blood donor center will leave with a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Cream. The need for donors is high during the holiday season, so now is a great time to give!
    Dec. 1-31. Free.
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    Help Families This Tax Season

    United Way of Williamson County is looking for volunteers to help provide free tax prep assistance in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, and Taylor. Tax preparers, translators, and greeters are needed. Those interested should apply by January 1, 2019.
    Apply by Jan. 1. Free.
    Throughout Williamson County
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    Holiday Build A Bike for Kids

    The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative and the Hell Yes Project want you to do some good this holiday season by connecting more kids to the cycling community, and you can even get it done on your lunch hour. Each bike takes 15-20 minutes to build, and Ghisallo mechanics will be there to help.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 23. $300 to sponsor a bike.
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    Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks

    US Storage Centers has partnered with Move for Hunger to be a designated drop-off point in the community. Until the end of December, they will be collecting food items to donate to local food banks.
    Oct. 26-Dec. 28. Free.
    201 W. Stassney
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Take a timeout from your holiday shopping and join Tinplate Trackers for an afternoon. The trains run through a variety of scenes, including a snow village and a circus. There's also a tiny roller coaster and wind turbines. The kids can run their own train for 10 minutes at a time for a donation of $5.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 29. Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm. Free admission.
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    Holiday Window Walk

    Starting on Nov. 23, visitors can watch the storefronts of 2nd Street District as businesses transform into festive holiday scenes created by St. Edward's University students. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store, and Luxe Apothetique. Cast your vote for the best one through the 2nd Street District Facebook page, and the winner will be announced on Sat., Dec. 8.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 7. Free.  
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    Hype for the Holidays

    This is more of a rock & roll holiday party, with vendors like Mondo, Keeled Scale Records, and Pieceology Vintage. Bands will perform, tamales will be available, and proceeds help out the Central Texas Food Bank.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm. $10.  
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    Inside Out

    The evolution of women’s undergarments is exposed in the groundbreaking exhibit that explores what’s under the fashions of the day.
    Sept. 20, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
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    Italo Disco

    Italian drink specials get you in the mood for dancing along with the live DJ.
    First Friday of every month, 7-11pm. Free.
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    Jazz, Wine, and Cheese for Family Eldercare

    This fundraiser for Family Eldercare includes a cheese spread, live jazz guitar, and unlimited wine tastings. (You had us at "cheese.")
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8-10pm. $25.  
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    Light the Night Christmas Parade

    More than 130 entries make this one of the most spectacular after-dark parades in the region.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6:30pm
    Fredericksburg
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    Main Street Bethlehem

    Search for the inn through the sights and sounds of the Biblical town to find the baby laying in a manger.
    Dec. 7-9, 14-16. Fri.-Sun., 6-9pm. Free.
    Burnet
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    Melanated Community Book Drive

    The Community Advocacy and Healing Project aims to provide 600 books that feature black and brown characters to children and adults living in public housing.: Drop-off sites:: Kane's Barbershop (1719 E. 12th),: Plant Party/Gadabout Goods (1200 E. 11th),: KAZI (8906 Wall St.),: Pasta & Co (3502 Kerbey Ln.)
    Nov. 29-Dec. 9, 3-6pm  
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    Miracle on 5th Street

    The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore.
    Through Dec. 29  
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    Morning Walk Austin

    Meet at Jo's for a cuppa coffee, then take a stroll through Downtown Austin with an ATX tour guide.
    Ongoing. Wed.-Sat., 10-11:30am. $10-20.
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    Nightly Spirits Ghost Tours

    The two-and-a-half-hour tours begin at the upstairs bar of the paranormal-laden Buffalo Billiards and visit three more ghostly pubs: Russian House, the Gatsby, and Waller Creek.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8:30pm (plus Halloween night, 7:30pm). $25.  
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    Open Enrollment Health Insurance Help – North

    It's that time of the the year, again. Don’t miss your chance to switch your health insurance plans or get covered via the Marketplace with support from Foundation Communities. (Seriously, they're the best!) For more info visit the website or call 211.
    Nov. 1-Dec. 15: Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Free.
    Community Financial Center North, 5900 Airport Blvd.
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    Open Enrollment Health Insurance Help – South

    It's that time of the the year, again. Don’t miss your chance to switch your health insurance plans or get covered via the Marketplace with support from Foundation Communities. (Seriously, they're the best!) For more info visit the website or call 211.
    Nov. 1-Dec. 15: Mon.-Wed., 10am-7pm; Thu., 10am-4pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm. Free.
    Community Financial Center – South, 2600 W. Stassney
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    Kids

    Santa Photo Experience at Barton Creek Square

    Go straight to the source and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. You can skip the line with a fast pass; see website.
    Through Dec. 24. Prices vary.  
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    Scream Hollow’s Twisted Christmas

    For those of us that love to get spooked all year round: It's a family-friendly Winter Wonderland by day and a fright fest by night. Day activities include a live reindeer exhibit, sledding, Candyland bounce house, live Christmas music, outdoor movie screenings, holiday vendors, s’mores & hot cocoa, and more. Nighttime presents two haunted houses, a walk-through Christmas light maze, the vampire-themed Rabid Bat Bar, vendors, and more.
    Dec. 1-23. Fri.-Sun., 4-11pm. $14.95, adults; $7.95, children 12 & under.  
    Scream Hollow Wicked Park, 149 Split Rail Ln., Smithville
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    Second Annual Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit

    Join Texas Girls Collaborative Project for a day of workshops and more designed to share best practices, connect attendees, and support the retention of women in STEM careers. Register by Dec. 5.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8:30am-4:30pm. $75.  
    UT's Engineering Education & Research Center, 2501 Speedway
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    Sights and Sounds of Christmas

    San Marcos Plaza Park becomes a winter wonderland with lights, music, food vendors, carnival rides, arts & crafts, and a live nativity scene.
    Wed.-Sat., Nov. 28-Dec. 8
    San Marcos
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    Think Pink!

    Join the gallery for a special night with Teodora Pogonat, photographer for their current solo exhibition, "The Pink Parachute Project." Sip on cocktails, and shop the artists' market. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6-9pm. Free.  
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    Kids

    Tortoise and Hare

    A new spin on the old fable with modern music, written by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown.
    Sept. 8-Jan. 27. $18-24.  
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    Toys for Tots at Moviehouse & Eatery

    Help out Toys for Tots this holiday season by bringing an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to either Austin Moviehouse location. Each donation earns you a raffle ticket for a chance to win free movies for a year.
    Through Dec. 12  
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    Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

    Featuring live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6:30-9pm. Free.
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    Walkway of Lights

    More than 2 million lights turn Lakeside Park into a wonderland of the colors and sounds.
    Nov. 16-Jan. 1. Free.
    Marble Falls
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    Wood Reclamation

    Free logs for art projects or milling. One log per person. City is not responsible for transport.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 9am-3pm. Free.  
    PARD Wood Reclamation Yard, 2405 Stratford
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    Words With Waterloo

    Here's how it works: You write down a word, and three artists improvise to create inspired by your word. Arielle Austin will paint, Dance Waterloo will dance, and Strings Attached will play.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6-8pm. $2-20.  
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    Downtown Ghost Tours

    offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life.
    Fri.-Sat., 8pm
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    Emancipet Free Days

    This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out.
    Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.
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    Yoga

    Full Moon Yoga

    Charles MacInerney teaches classes all over town but also offers private instruction and hosts retreats. Once a month for 18 years, he has also hosted Full Moon Yoga – a free outdoor yoga class. Go online for location and time details.

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