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    The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

    Circus Chickendog brings a talented crew of canines (Mouse, Moose, Coyote, Squirrel, and Skeeter) and circus artists to the Vortex for an incredible show, with rescue dogs doing their thing, Darren Peterson's masterful juggling and unicycling, acrobats Balyssa Ball and James Kent bending and flipping, and an original score that samples Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Directed by Melissa Vogt. Note: No shows on Dec. 24-26. See website for detailed schedule.
    Through Jan. 5. Sun., 4:30pm; Mon.-Wed., 4:30 & 6:30pm; Thu., 4:30pm. $15-37.  
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    Central Texas Food Bank Donation Drop-Off

    Before you stop in for a tasty brew or some free live music this week, check your pantry or swing by the grocery to collect a donation to add to Meanwhile's food drive. Peruse the list for acceptable donations.
    Through Jan. 8  
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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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    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

    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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    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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    Sports

    Fitness Consistency: Online Fitness Event for Women

    Coach Kelly Howard helps busy women prioritize the right kind of fitness to feel great and have more time and energy for the things they love.
    Thursdays, 2pm. Free.
    Online
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    Fortlandia

    The Wildflower Center's annual exhibition of explorable secret hideouts designed by local artists will transport you to imaginary worlds and spark an appreciation for art and nature.
    Through Jan. 29
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    Free Beginner Two-Step Lessons

    Join Double or Nothing Two-Step for a free class followed by live music and dancing.
    Thursdays, 7pm. Donations appreciated.  
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    Governor's Community Achievement Awards

    The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with the Texas Department of Transportation providing landscaping award funding since 1985. This year, ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscaping awards from TxDOT, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along state rights of way. Applications are now being accepted.
    Through Feb. 16. Free.
    Statewide
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    Grinch Movie Party

    A party to read and watch versions of the classic and oft-reinterpreted Dr. Seuss story, en español from 3 to 5pm then in English, 5-7pm.
    Thu., Jan. 5, 3-7pm  
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    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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    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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    January Classes at Pioneer Farms

    Start the year learning a new old skill at the historic farm. They've got basic blacksmithing and leatherworking classes all month and you can learn to craft your own custom belt or a knife made from a railroad spike.
    Ongoing  
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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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    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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    Night Golf

    A nighttime shotgun-style nine-hole round made more fun and challenging with glow-in-the-dark balls.
    Thu.-Sat., 6-9:30pm. $20.  
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    Overcoming Anxiety: A Buddhist Perspective

    Are you stressed out? Exhausted from worry? Feeling anxious about the future? These experiences offer a unique opportunity to deepen our practice of mind-training and open the door to personal growth.: In this series, Noreen Flack, resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Austin, will share meditations and insights from Buddhist psychology and philosophy to help heal from this cycle of worry and uncertainty and develop a pathway toward inner peace.
    Jan. 5-26. Thursdays, 7-8:15pm. $12; $6 for seniors/students.  
    Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E. MLK
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    Practiquemos Español

    If you know some Spanish but are seeking a low-pressure environment to fine-tune it, this is the place.
    Mondays & Thursdays, 6pm. Free.  
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    Ride Bikes Thursday

    Join Ride Bikes Austin for a socially paced group ride starting and ending at Parque Zaragoza and visiting a different park each week. Meet at the basketball court for an 8pm departure on a 10- to 15-mile route.
    Thursdays, 7:30pm. Free.  
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    Texas State Women's Basketball

    Vs. App State.
    Thu., Jan. 5, 7pm  
    Strahan Arena at the University Events Center, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    Thursday Night Social Ride

    Join Social Cycling Austin for a fun themed ride with post-ride activities, and check the event page for details on themes and stops.
    Thursdays  
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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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    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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    Volunteer Days at ACR

    Organized types will have fun volunteering to help Austin Creative Reuse sort through donated items, roll fabric, and detangle yarn. Registration required.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays  
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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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    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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