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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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    "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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    Austin Home & Garden Show

    Shop for home-related products and services, visit stunning and inspiring displays, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned pros. New this year, learn about garden design from experts at Zilker Botanical Gardens.
    Jan. 6-8. Fri., noon-8pm; Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. $8.
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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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    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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    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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    Field of Light Hosting Silent Disco

    Listen to curated playlists as you peruse the stunning display of 28,000 lights at the wildflower center. While supplies last, 100 complimentary headsets will be available.
    Through March 31. Fri.-Sun., 6-8:30pm. $41 and up.
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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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    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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    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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    Mycology Happy Hour

    Join the Central Texas Mycological Society for tarot, a mushroom-forward plant-based menu, and learning about how to get involved with the group. You can preorder a tarot deck made by Joe Buckley that includes the state mushroom and pick up free a recycled mushroom grow block at the event; just RSVP so they know how many to bring.
    Sun., Jan. 8, 4-7pm. Free.  
    ATX Food Co., 517 S. Lamar #1
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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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    Puerto Rican Cultural Center Classes & Call for Dancers

    The PRCC is seeking dancers for upcoming events and will hold auditions Jan. 9 & 16; contact for an appointment. Not a dancer? The center opens Jan. 7 with a full slate of music and dance classes. They'll be teaching parrandas (holiday songs) and new dances in advance of the big Octavitas/Reyes celebration Jan. 22.
    Ongoing
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    Sunday Morning Meditations

    A quiet morning meditation to explore Buddha's advice for developing peace. All are welcome!
    Sun., Jan. 8, 10am. $12; $6 for seniors/students.  
    Kadampa Meditation Center Austin, 1918 Bissel Ln.
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    Texas Star Mushroom Walk

    Meet the Central Texas Mycological Society at the oak garden for a walk to seek out the state mushroom and others. Mushroom expert Joe Buckley created a tarot deck featuring 78 fab fungi and is on a tour from the Pacific Northwest to find all the varieties. Meet Buckley and preorder a tarot deck to pick up at the walk, and join in after Sunday's event for a happy hour for even more mushroom fun.
    Sat., Jan. 7, noon-2pm; Sun., Jan. 8, 2-4pm. $6 for garden entrance fee.  
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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 creekandcaveopenmic@gmail.com.
    Sundays, 8pm. Free with RSVP; $5 at the door.  

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