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    Holiday Sing-Along & Stroll 2023

    Ring in the holidays with KUT, KUTX, and the Downtown Austin Alliance at the 29th annual tree lighting, sing-along, and Downtown stroll. Bring the whole family and peruse wares from artisan vendors, visit food trucks, get photos with Santa, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 2, 5-9pm. Free.
    Congress Avenue between Ninth & 11th streets
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts with oodles of Austin flair.
      Nov. 17-Dec. 24. Free entry.  
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      Maywald Family Lights Display

      See a stunning light display and bring a donation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for which the Maywalds raised over $80,000 last year. New this year: a gift shop offering hot chocolate, mugs, shirts, Christmas ornaments, and more.
      Nov. 23-Dec. 28, 6-10pm. Donations for Make-a-Wish encouraged.  
      10505 Twilight Vista
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      Ascent Academy Children's Business Fair & Marketplace

      Kick-start your holiday shopping, support aspiring entrepreneurs, or simply enjoy some family fun at this fair packed with young entrepreneurs offering products and services. Math Happens and the Bullock Museum will bring educational and fun activities for everyone.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10am-1pm. Free.  
      Ascent Academy, 5701 Cameron
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      Community First! Village of Lights

      With more than 250,000 Christmas lights choreographed to holiday music, the village is sure to get you in the spirit. They'll have a holiday market with unique, handcrafted gifts created by village artists and makers, and your purchases support its formerly homeless residents. Plus, there'll be holiday movies screening, mini train rides, a life-size snow globe, visits from Santa, and more fun in store.
      Fri.-Sat., Dec. 1-2 & 8-9, 5:30-9pm. Free.
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      Adult Skate Night

      Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
      Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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      Affordable Care Act Help

      Now's the time to sign up for Affordable Care Act health coverage! Open enrollment runs through Jan. 15, 2024, and the city has gathered a ton of helpful resources to help you sort out options. Go online to learn more or call 800/318-2596.
      Through Jan. 15, 2024  
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      Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Showcase

      Kick off the season in style at a family-friendly event hosted by CBS Austin's Trevor Scott, featuring live carolers, complimentary treats, and photos with Santa. Kids can write letters to Santa at the North Pole Nook.
      Sat., Dec. 2. Free.
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      Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

      Run, jog, or stroll through an untimed 2-mile course starting at the enormous Zilker Holiday Tree and weaving through the Trail of Lights, ending with a party featuring music, food and drinks, Santa photo ops, a vendor expo, and more.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 5:45pm. $20-80.  
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      Baby Bloomers

      A special program for visitors ages 0-3 and their families, providing caregivers and early learners the chance to experience the children's museum together. Thinkery will host two storytimes and free play that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the earliest learners.
      Saturdays, 8-10am  
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      Bee Cave on Ice

      Strap on your skates and hit the ice at the rink in Hill Country Galleria's Central Plaza.
      Nov. 10-Jan. 15. $15.  
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      Black Austin History Tours at the Oakwood Chapel

      Angela Thornton will lead tours to talk about the Historic Colored Grounds and the burials that were segregated by race and class in the 1800s. There are many individuals buried in this section that represent Black excellence and are inspirations today. Thornton can also offer history about the chapel and online resources to learn more.
      Through Dec. 16. Saturdays, 12:30pm. Free.  
      Oakwood Chapel, 1601 Navasota
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      Buescher Lake Bash

      Get outdoors and sharpen your fishing skills or learn new ones at the recently reopened lake.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10am-2pm. Free.
      Smithville
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      Call for Creatives: BookSpring Originals

      Nonprofit BookSpring seeks submissions of open-access digital books to share with families and nurture early literacy. Learn more and submit your work online.
      Ongoing. Free.  
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      Christmas on Mercer

      Get in the holiday spirit as downtown is filled with music, food vendors, and artisans.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10am-5pm
      Dripping Springs
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      Chuy's Children Giving to Children Toy Drive

      Chuy's offers several ways to easily contribute to the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa: Bring new, unwrapped toys to any Chuy's location or to the Trail of Lights Fun Run at Zilker (Dec. 2), donate funds online, or select something from their Amazon wish list. Donations for children ages 11-14 are most needed.
      Through Dec. 10  
      Austin-area Chuy's restaurants and Zilker Park
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      Cistern Illuminated

      Experience this limited-edition, site-specific art piece of light and sound in the former underground water reservoir.
      Sat., Nov. 25-Sun., Jan. 7
      Houston
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      CKY Kids Yoga Teacher Training

      Learn the fundamentals of yoga and developmental movement for ages 2 and up at a class that's great for teachers, parents, therapists, and more.
      Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 9am-5:30pm. $395-425.
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      Conscious Breathwork & Sound Bath

      Unlock the power of manifestation and experience transformative healing with the powerful practice of breathwork and sound healing.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 7pm. $30.  
      Willow Gardens Yoga, 302 S. Main St. #103, Buda
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      Dickens of a Christmas Festival

      Come early for breakfast with Santa, don’t miss the bed races, and stay for the Christmas lights in Badu Park.
      Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3
      Llano
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      Dickens on the Strand

      The 50th anniversary street party entertains visitors to the island city with music, costumes, dancing, and fun.
      Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3
      Galveston
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      Donate Blood, Get a Free We Are Blood Shirt

      Get a special "Nice List Only" long-sleeve shirt when you donate blood or platelets.
      Dec. 1-14
      We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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      Downtown Austin Holiday Stroll at the Old Bakery & Emporium

      With fun and festive activities for the whole family including photo ops with Santa, cookie and ornament decorating, and more.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 5-9pm. Free.  
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      Fill a Holiday Table

      Central Texas Food Bank always welcomes donations, but now is a great time to chip in because thanks to community partners Beaumont Foundation and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, every dollar donated through Dec. 31 is doubled (up to $400,000).
      Through Dec. 31
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      Free Vaccine Clinics

      Help limit the spread of nasty viruses as holiday travel ramps up. Find a list of free vaccine clinics and other health info on the city's site.
      Ongoing
      Various locations
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      Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

      This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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      Geeks Who Drink Trivia

      The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
      Ongoing
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      German-Texan Christmas Market

      Get into the spirit at a traditional German market offering items imported from the Erzgebirge, an East German region that is internationally known for its Christmas customs, and sip their famous German Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as St. Nick passes out gifts and kiddos partake in activities. ​Become a member for exclusive access before the public market.: ​: ​
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10am-5pm. Members-only: Sat. & Wed., Nov. 25 & 29, 11am-4pm  
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      GoldenGaia Vendor Market + Holistic Fair

      Explore a diverse selection of vendors, including artisans, psychic readers, and holistic practitioners who can help heal mind, body, and spirit.
      Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.
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      Grounded Dance Cardio

      Pump up the jams and get moving with a dance fit cardio series blending freestyle, choreography, and toning grooves.
      Saturdays, 10am. Free, but RSVP.  
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      Out of Town

      Gumbo Cook-off

      You won’t have any trouble finding the bright yellow general store on the banks of the Llano River.
      Sat., Dec. 2
      Castell
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      Herps Austin Exotic Reptile & Pet Show

      See thousands of reptiles, amphibians, inverts, feeders, and small mammals, plus supplies and more for discounted prices.
      Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3. $5-10.
      The PAC, 8220 183A, Leander
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      Holiday Puppuccinos at Alfred Coffee

      Alfred Coffee at the Line hotel has partnered with Oakland-based sustainable dog nutrition company Petaluma to raise money for the Beagle Freedom Project this holiday season. Treat your pup to a dairy-free whipped cream puppuccino topped with a Petaluma sweet potato jerky garnish, and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit. Plus, while supplies last, your doggo will get a limited-edition bandanna.
      Dec. 1-31. Free.  
      Alfred Coffee, 111 E. Cesar Chavez
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      Holiday Reuse Market

      Find Earth-friendly gifts this year at Austin Creative Reuse's market offering sustainable arts & crafts, home goods, and more from a variety of makers.
      Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 2-3. Sat.-Sun., 10am-4pm  
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      Home for the Holidays

      See carolers, shop a holiday market, get free cotton candy, register to win gift cards, hear tunes from the Dave Madden Jazz Duo, visit Santa, and lots more.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 4-6pm. Free.  
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      Homestead Fair

      Visit the farm north of Waco to learn about agriculture, shop the handmade goods, and enjoy the food and music.
      Fri.-Sun., Nov. 24-26; Fri.-Sat., Dec. 1-2 & 8-9. $15, Free on Dec. 1, 8.
      Waco
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      Hope Pack Holiday Donation Drive

      Belmont Village partners with the National Charity League to gather donations of backpacks filled with comfort items and essentials for kids transitioning into foster homes. Find the shopping list online if you'd like to donate a bag.
      Sat.-Sun., Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 2-3, 9am-5pm. Free.  
      Belmont Village Senior Living, 107 Bella Montagna Cir., Lakeway
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      Horror for the Holidays

      The horror holiday market brings in special guests from 1974's Texas Chain Saw Massacre and 2021's Candyman so you can get photos and autographs from horror icons as you shop over 90 vendors offering gothic and dark merchandise. You'll also find children's activities, performers, a Krampus parade, a silent auction benefiting SAFE Alliance, and more.
      Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3  
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      Ice Rodeo

      Skate beneath the stars and overlooking Lady Bird Lake at an outdoor ice rink with outdoor dining cabins, pop-up lounges, immersive holiday decor, extravagant art installations, and more.
      Nov. 18-Jan. 7  
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      Inspired Minds Holiday Bazaar

      Get your holiday shopping started from a selection of uniquely local handmade gifts.
      Select dates Fri., Nov. 17-Sat., Dec. 23; get details online
      Buda
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      Jingle Bell Jamboree

      Kick off the holiday season with this family-friendly event featuring festive crafts, live music, photo stations, and more. Find it at Century Oaks Terrace between Kendra Scott and Sweet Paris Creperie & Café.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 3-5pm. Free.
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      Karaoke Underground

      You won't find Britney or Mariah on this song list: This one's for punk and indie fans who want to belt out tunes from Misfits, Black Flag, Pixies, et al.
      First Saturdays, 9pm  
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      Kindness Exchange Clothing Drive

      Blue Owl Brewing is hosting a clothing drive to collect donations for the SAFE Alliance, and will offer prizes in exchange for your donations. Bring hats, coats, gloves, and other warm clothing then spin the Almighty Wheel for your prize.
      Dec. 1-17. Free.
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      La Peña Navidad Bazaar

      Local Latinx artists offer trendy, handmade art and jewelry at affordable prices for that perfect holiday gift.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10am-4pm. Free.
      La Peña, 227 Congress
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      Land Development Code Updates

      The city is considering changes to the Land Development Code, which could affect how your property or properties near you may be developed or used in the future. Learn more and provide feedback online or at a City Council meeting Thu., Dec. 7, 10am.
      Ongoing
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      Longhorn Lights

      UT-Austin introduces a new tradition by illuminating 24 heritage oak trees with burnt orange and white lights coordinated with tunes from the Longhorn Band.
      Nov. 29-Jan. 1, 5-10pm. Free.
      The Drag (Guadalupe Street between 21st & 24th streets)
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      Lucha Libre Dos

      Pro wrestling and an open bar with a bevy of bevvies.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 7pm  
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      Main Street Bethlehem

      Wander the narrow streets of ancient Bethlehem looking for the child in a manger.
      Dec. 1-3 & 8-10, 6-9pm. Free; donations accepted.
      Burnet
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      Markets for Makers

      Support over 120 diverse local makers and small businesses offering decor, fashion, art, food, and more.
      Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 10am-5pm  
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      Miracle on Fifth Street

      It began in NYC and it continues here, there, and everywhere festive. Bring your partyingest buds and babes to this long-running Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up with wall-to-wall decor, multiple bars, and plenty of spirits – right in the tinsely heart of Downtown Austin. Best bet for whiskey lovers at the nightly holiday hullabaloo: the Snowball Old Fashioned.
      Through Dec. 27  
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      Moxy Astrology Cocktail Series: Sagittarius’ Ring of Fire

      Sagittarians, celebrate yourselves with a special fiery cocktail blending rum, bitters, vanilla, and cinnamon, and take home an affirmation card.
      Through Dec. 21. Free.
      Bar Moxy, 2552 Guadalupe
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      Mozart's Holiday Light Show

      Savor some treats with hot cocoa or coffee and take in the gorgeous lakeside light show paired with music.
      Through Jan. 6. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day  
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      Nativity Exhibit

      See hundreds of family heirloom Nativity scenes from around the world, some of them rescued from thrift stores and estate sales and others donated by the families specifically for this show.
      Fri., Nov. 24-Sun., Dec. 10. Free.
      Port Lavaca
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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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      Peppermint Parkway

      A drive-thru holiday spectacular with a mile of holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing characters, and a plaza with food, rides, activities, and more.
      Through Dec. 30
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      R.A.D. Women's Run & Social

      R.A.D. Global hosts a free all-girls community 5K run led by local fitness leaders followed by brunch at the cafe.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 9am. Free.
      The Meteor, 2110 S. Congress
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      Ruck For Heroes

      Nonprofit Outside the Wire supports active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families struggling with mental health issues by partnering them with rescued animals. This fundraising event features veteran-owned food trucks, vendors, games, and more.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10:30am-3pm. $5.  
      101 Ridgeview Ct., Georgetown
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      Santa on the Trail

      Santa makes a special landing on the Butler trail and offers free photos, along with live holiday music and a market from Austin Flea. Guests are invited to bring toys for the Austin Tejano Music Coalition holiday toy drive.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 9am-noon. Free.
      International Shores, 1820 S. Lakeshore
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      Sherwood Forest Zine Library

      Head on over for a friendly hangout and meet the zine library cat, Twister! Membership is free and members can check out zines from a selection of over 2,500 on a variety of topics.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 2-6pm. Free.
      Sherwood Forest Zine Library, 5215-A Joe Sayers Ave.
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      Small Business Division Webinars

      Do you own a small business or have entrepreneurial dreams? The city's Small Business Division is here to help! Find resources and a selection of instructional webinars on the city's site, with many free classes and some with a small fee.
      Ongoing  
      Virtual
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      Snow Much Fun at Edge Rooftop

      Sip festive cocktails, roast s'mores, and listen to live music while surrounded by twinkling lights and enjoying snowfall on the hour, every hour.
      Through Dec. 25. Free.  
      Edge Rooftop Bar at JW Marriott, 110 E. Second
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      Spirit, Soul & Personality: Understanding Your Inner Self

      Find answers to the questions like "Who am I?" and "What is the soul?" at this informative workshop.
      Sat., Dec. 2. $10.
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      St. Elmo Brewing's Seventh Anniversary Party

      Find food and drink specials, limited-edition merch, and live music to celebrate seven years.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 11am-10pm. Free.
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      Texas Furniture Makers Show

      The annual statewide competition features the functional art of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas.
      Nov. 2-Dec. 15
      Kerrville
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      Texas Wellness Day & Holiday Market

      An all-ages, family-friendly event offering ways to get the whole family moving while incorporating wellness vendors and activities. Find the full schedule online, including yoga and dance classes, Texas trivia, ornament making, tarot, and more.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 10am-2pm. Free with RSVP.  
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      The Smartest Girl In The World

      Miriam Gonzales' new play takes a look at the bonds of family and the key to facing life’s challenges together. Directed by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce.
      Nov. 30-Dec. 3, times vary. $10-15.  
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      Ukrainian Arts & Craft Market

      Indulge in Ukrainian pastries and hot wine, and experience the magic of Andrew's Day with rituals, future predictions, and more.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 4:20-7pm. Free.  
      Sunflower Ranch, 1205 Mattapan Dr., Pflugerville
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      Upstairs at Caroline's Naughty or Nice

      A holiday-themed pop-up activation with festive decor and seasonal drinks.
      Dec. 1-31. Free.  
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      Virtual & In-Person Zumba

      Join It's Time Texas for a dynamic and exciting dance workout set to Latin and international music.
      Saturdays, 10-11am (no class Nov. 25). Free, but RSVP.
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      Volunteer With CTFB

      Central Texas Food Bank runs on volunteers and donations, and it's fairly easy to sign up for a shift. Virtual food drives are also a great way to help out.
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      Volunteer With Meals on Wheels Central Texas

      The season of giving is a great time to get involved with Meals on Wheels, which makes a huge difference to the homebound older adults served by the org. Volunteers deliver more than a meal; they also bring warm smiles and much-needed safety checks. Apply online and get signed up for a Zoom training to get started.
      Ongoing  
      Apply online
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      Yoga at Republic Square Park

      Welcome the weekend with a balancing and renewing yoga class surrounded by the beautiful views of Downtown. Come early or stay late to explore the SFC market.
      Saturdays, 11am. Free.  
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      Yule at Azul

      Take in the scenery from the highest rooftop bar in town and enjoy festive drinks and decor. Daily holiday happy hours (3-5pm) include $5 holiday frozens, $5 house wines, and $5 drafts.
      Nov. 24-Dec. 31. Free.  
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      Yule in the Garden

      Nature-based activities and festive family fun, including the Austin Camerata String Quartet performing holiday classics. Pack a picnic and grab hot holiday beverages on-site.
      Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 10am-3pm. $6-8.
    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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