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    New Year's Guide

    TPWD First Day Hikes

    The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has New Year's Day hikes scheduled all over the state, including self-guided or group hikes and activities like kayaking, birding, and polar plunges. Check out the extensive list online and make a plan to connect with some gorgeous Texas nature.
    Sun., Jan. 1
    Various locations
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      Holiday Tree Recycling

      For city of Austin curbside customers, recycling a holiday tree is as easy as setting it at the curb by 5:30am on the regularly scheduled compost collection day. Trees that are 6 feet or taller must be cut in half. Everyone is welcome to drop off their trees at Zilker on one of three collection days: Sat., Dec. 31; Sat., Jan. 7; or Sun., Jan. 8, 10am-2pm. Volunteers are also needed for those days, if you're still in the giving spirit! Trees collected at Zilker will be turned into mulch and available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 12, 9am. Get more deets online.
      Dec. 26-Jan. 8
      Curbside or at Zilker Park Polo Fields, 2225 Andrew Zilker Rd.
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      "Tangible/Nothing"

      In the first reinstallation of the collection galleries since it opened in 2019, Ruby City will present an exhibit of artwork from the Linda Pace collection by national and international artists.
      Through July 30, 2023  
      Ruby City, San Antonio
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      "Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946"

      This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
      Sept. 19, 2022-May 15, 2023. Free.
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      2nd Street District Holiday Window Walk

      As you do your holiday shopping, take in the beautiful scenery created by Texas artists tasked with creating holiday-inspired art installations.
      Through Jan. 1  
      2nd Street District Downtown: West Second Street from Colorado to San Antonio and surrounding area
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      Sports

      Austin Spurs

      Vs. Stockton Kings.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 5pm  
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      Barton Creek Farmers Market

      A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
      Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
      4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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      New Year's Guide

      Barton Springs Polar Bear Plunge

      Taking an icy plunge into Barton Springs on New Year's Day is a holiday tradition. The pool will be open all day, and Save Our Springs Alliance will be near the front gate from 8:30am to 3pm with hot coffee, donuts, and Polar Bear Plunge T-shirts designed by local cartoonist Sam Hurt.
      Sun., Jan. 1
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      New Year's Guide

      Bathrobe & Bingo Brunch

      Roll out of bed and you're ready for brunch with bingo benefiting Cupid’s Charity for the Children's Tumor Foundation.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 11am-3pm  
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      Cistern Illuminated

      The latest art installation fills the former drinking water reservoir with colored lights. Timed tickets required.
      Through Jan. 8. $10.
      Houston
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      Kids

      Community Hours at Thinkery

      Thinkery provides admission by donation as part of its Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore STEAM concepts and develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
      Sundays, 3-5pm; Tuesdays, 3-7pm  
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      Sports

      Concordia Women's Basketball

      Vs. University of California Santa Cruz.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 1pm  
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      Sports

      David Phillips Memorial Mile

      A variety of races, games, and activities for kids and families with proceeds supporting the David Phillips Foundation and funding free sports and recreation programs in Title I schools.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 9:30am. $40; free to kids and families in DPF programs.
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      Drawing & Painting Classes for Kids

      Calling all mini Monets! Registration is now open for afterschool and weekend art classes with professional artist and educator Amanda Jones, teaching students ages 8-18. Professional illustrator Carly Dennis also offers a special weekly class for younger artists.
      Ongoing. $122.50-160 monthly.  
      607 W. St Johns #10
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      Dungeons & Dragons Night

      Pinballz offers themed rooms, tavern music, an interactive drink menu, and more to help immerse you in the campaign experience.
      Sundays, 6pm-close  
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      Civic Events

      FCC Broadband Map Challenge

      Travis County and the city of Austin are asking for the public’s help to review, verify, and improve the new National Broadband Map created by the Federal Communications Commission. Hop online, pop in your address, and make sure the info is correct to help make the most accurate map possible.
      Through Jan. 13
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      Out of Town

      Ground Zero 360 Remembrance Exhibit

      More than 70 artists, painters, and sculptors contributed to this powerful exhibit remembering the terrorist attack on 9/11 including photographs taken from the streets of New York City.
      Sept. 12, 2022-Jan. 31, 2023
      Houston
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      H-E-B Free First Sunday

      Explore the story of Texas through three floors of exhibits showcasing artifacts from around the state.
      First Sundays, 10am-5pm. Free.  
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      Hill Country Galleria Ice Rink

      Find it between the Bee Cave Public Library and the Hill Country Galleria lawn.
      Through Jan. 2. $15 to skate; reservations encouraged.
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      Ice Rodeo by Four Seasons

      The luxury hotel offers an ice skating rink overlooking Lady Bird Lake, chic "cabins" to gather in and enjoy s'mores or a glass of vino, and stunning holiday art installations and decor.
      Through Jan. 8. $35/hour to skate; $300 and up for cabins.  
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      Kids

      Kids' Art Camps at Art Garage

      Kids can choose from a variety of themed daylong art camps.
      Ongoing. $85.  
      Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr. #202-4
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      New Year's Guide

      Kyle Polar Bear Splash

      Take part in a Kyle tradition and make a splash into the new year.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 10am. $25.  
      James Adkins Pool, 1100 W. Center St., Kyle
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      Out of Town

      Lightscape

      A 1-mile trail winds through the San Antonio Botanical Gardens decorated with dazzling illuminated displays, plus holiday food and drink opportunities.
      Through Jan. 8, 5:30-9pm. Closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 2-5
      San Antonio
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      Mozart's Holiday Light Show

      What's already a great view on the lake becomes even better with a spectacular light show, complemented by hot cocoa and tasty treats.
      Through Jan. 6  
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      Other People: A Dating Experience/Comedy Show

      Put your name in a bucket to go on a blind date in front of a live audience, then get dating advice from comedians who have no business giving out advice!
      Sundays, 6pm. $10.  
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      Sports

      SOLD OUT: First-Day Hike at Los Madrones

      UPDATE: All spots have been reserved, but you can still join the group at Family Business Beer Co., next door to Los Madrones, for a Sip & Support from 3-8pm. The brewery will be donating $1 per beer to support land, water, and wildlife across Texas.: What better way to kick off the new year than with a walk in nature! Explore the 396-acre protected preserve on a moderate-level hike limited to 25 guests.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 1-3pm. $10, members; $20, nonmembers.  
      Los Madrones Ranch, Dripping Springs
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      Sports

      St. Edward's Men's Basketball

      Vs. Texas A&M University Kingsville.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 3pm  
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      St. Edward's Women's Basketball

      Vs. Texas A&M University Kingsville.
      Sun., Jan. 1, 1pm  
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      The Creek Open Mic

      See comedians try out their newest material, and if you'd like to sign up, send your full name to [email protected].
      Sundays, 8pm. Free with RSVP; $5 at the door.  
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      Tide Cleaners Gift of Warmth

      Stop by any Tide Cleaners to donate coats, blankets, and socks for ages 5-18, benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.
      Through Jan. 2
      Austin-area Tide Cleaners
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      Out of Town

      Trains at NorthPark

      Presented by Bank of Texas, this 35-year holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations of Dallasites and includes 1,600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. All ticket proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
      Nov. 12-Jan. 6. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., noon-6pm; hours vary for holidays. $5-10.  
      NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas
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      Out of Town

      Trout Fishing on the Guadalupe River

      Camp Huaco Springs on the Guadalupe River is open to anglers wishing to try their luck catching their daily bag limit of 5 of the more than 20,000 rainbow trout stocked by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department through late February. Anglers 17 years old and older will need a valid state fishing license.
      Through March 4  
      New Braunfels
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      We Are Blood Holiday Drives

      We Are Blood’s annual holiday blood drives return to six Austin-area malls: Barton Creek Square, Lakeline Mall, the Arboretum, Wolf Ranch Town Center, and Premium Outlets in both San Marcos and Round Rock. Donating blood is a great way to give back to the community as you knock out your holiday shopping.
      Through Jan. 5
    Ongoing
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      Civic Events

      WIC Mobile Unit

      Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
      Check online for current schedule. Free.  
      Various locations

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