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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.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm. Free.  
    5900 Airport Blvd.
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    Sports

    NCAA Volleyball Championship

    Earning the No. 2 seed in the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championship, the Longhorns play the University of Albany on Thu., Dec. 5, 7pm, in a first-round match. UC Santa Barbara and Texas State play a first-round match earlier in the day at 4:30pm. The winners proceed to a second-round match on Fri., Dec. 6.
    UC Santa Barbara vs. Texas State: Thu., Dec. 5, 4:30pm. UT vs. Albany: Thu., Dec. 5, 7pm. Second round: Fri., Dec. 6, 7pm. Individual round, $9+; both rounds, $12+.  
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    Out of Town

    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, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
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    2020 Point in Time Count Volunteers Needed

    ECHO is looking for 800 volunteers to make its annual count of everyone experiencing homelessness in Austin and Travis County a success. The 2020 count takes place Jan. 25. Anyone 18 or older can participate; volunteers will work in teams counting folks in their assigned area. Others can collect donations for the care packages distributed during the count.
    Nov. 18-Jan. 24  
    Online
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    APL Then & Now

    This year’s Mayor’s Book Club closes out with with a journey through the history of the Austin Public Library. Plus beer, wine, and refreshments.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.  
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    ATX Traffic Show

    Biannual trade show for buyers and exhibiters offering a variety of brands, including outdoor, active, pet, and more.
    Tue.-Wed., Dec. 4-5  
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    Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

    Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Downtown Gems

    Gather your team and explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges.
    365 days a year, 7am-10pm. $11.  
    1100 Congress
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    Bears & Bedtime Toy Drive

    Stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to donate new, unwrapped teddy bears, stuffed animals, and other bedtime toys for foster youth in the Austin community.
    Through Dec. 16
    Austin-area Mattress Firm stores
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    City Council Meeting

    A break from Land Use to discuss racism at APD. See agenda for more.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 10am  
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    Coffee on the Corridor: Burnet Road

    Stop by anytime for info on the Burnet Road Corridor construction phasing, which starts with the Braker/Burnet and Koenig/Burnet intersections.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 8:30-10am  
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    Community Engagement Day: East Boggy Creek Greenbelt

    Volunteers will help pick up trash along the greenbelt and prevent litter from entering Boggy Creek and the Colorado River.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 9-11am. Free.  
    East Boggy Creek Greenbelt, 5683 Jain Ln.
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    Culture Funding FY 20 Community Initiatives Applicant Workshop

    Artists, unincorporated arts groups, and arts nonprofits are invited to learn how to complete the online application. Bring a laptop or tablet if possible.
    Thu., Dec. 5, noon. Free.  
    Cultural Arts Division Bluebonnet Training Room, 5202 E. Ben White #400
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    First Thursday

    Music, food, and shopping.
    Free.
    South Congress
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    Kids

    Girlstart's Starry Nights

    Starry Nights are held in Girlstart’s mini-planetarium the first Thursday of every month (Sept.-Dec.), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. Tonight's show is about Inuit star lore.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 5:30-7pm. Free.  
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    Glossier Pop-Up

    Shop the cult internet makeup brand's complete product line IRL.
    Through Dec. 8 (except Thanksgiving). 11am-7pm
    Glossier Austin, 2000 S. Congress
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    Hill Country Holiday Village

    Walk the decorated walkways and shop for gifts and goods from holiday vendors. Carolers and local dance and choir groups perform, and guests will have the chance to take photos with St. Nick at Santa's Workshop.
    Select dates through Dec. 24  
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    Holiday Light Stroll at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

    A festive display of over 3,000 twinkling lights winds through the resort’s grounds and features a 20-foot-tall LED animated Christmas tree. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the resort’s culinary team will serve specialty hot cocoa and made-to-order mini doughnuts.
    Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Free with on-site paid parking ($8-15).
    Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek
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    Out of Town

    Holiday Model Train Show

    The Austin Tinplate Trackers hobby club builds a Christmas village around the model train tracks in the Downtowner Gallery.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 4. Wed.-Sun.
    Round Rock
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    Holiday Pop-Up Market

    Shop the wares of local female artists and entrepreneurs, including Jessy Made, Grove Hill ATX, Zoe by Natasha Gray, and Greer Ross Dexter. Light bites and champagne will be provided.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 10am-4pm. Free.
    Wheelhouse Salon, 1605 S. Lamar
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    Holiday Window Walk

    Starting on Dec. 2, visitors can watch the storefronts of the 2nd Street District as businesses transform into festive holiday scenes created by St. Edward's University students. Participating stores include Austin General Store, Austin Rocks Texas, Luxe Apothetique, and Sneaker Politics Austin. Cast your vote for the best one through the 2nd Street District Facebook page, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 9.
    Dec. 2-8. Free.
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    Holidays in the Making

    H-E-B is taking over the library's Special Event Center with cookie decorating, floral arrangement activities, cooking demos for holiday meals, a beauty bar with tips on holiday makeup, and more.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 4-8pm. Free.  
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    Out of Town

    Johnson City Lights Spectacular

    The county courthouse, the Pedernales Electric Co-op building, and the town are bathed in twinkling lights with parades, food courts, and special events on weekends.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Free.  
    Johnson City
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    LGBTQ Legal Issues in Changing Times

    A day-long presentation for folks looking to gain MCLE Credit thanks to the TexasBarCLE and LGBT(q) Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. A live webcast will also be available online for the same price.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 9am-4:30pm. $122.50+.  
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    Listening Session: Cameron and Dessau Roads

    Stop by whenever to help the Austin Transportation Department better understand the safety and mobility needs for people using Cameron Road and Dessau Road (51st Street to Parmer Lane). Your input will help identify improvement projects. For those who can’t attend, see the online survey, open Nov. 21 through Dec. 22.
    In person: Thu., Nov. 21, 6-7pm. Online: Nov. 21-Dec. 22  
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    Out of Town

    Lost Pines Christmas

    Bastrop puts on seasonally themed light displays, a nighttime holiday parade, a snow day, and more activities for the whole family throughout the month.
    Weekends through Dec. 24. Free.
    Bastrop
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    Luminations

    The Wildflower Center is lighting up the gardens with thousands of luminarias and bringing plentiful aerial dance performances from Blue Lapis Light, live music, and festive fun to make this a tradition to remember.
    Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 6-10pm. $18; ages 4 & under, free.  
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    Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm. Free.  
    2600 W. Stassney Ln.
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    Motown: The Sound of Young America

    In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, this exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to embrace all facets – music, culture, and politics – of the Sixties' biggest sounds.
    Through Jan. 26, 2020. Included with admission.  
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    Mozart's Light Show

    Check out the holiday lights and get you a freshly baked German treat while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
    Nov. 21-Jan. 5, 6pm-12mid, except Christmas Eve (closes 10pm); closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Free.  
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    Neighborhood Science

    The title of the talk is "How to Get a Date: Story of a Clone," covering "how an all-female clonal fish joins the dating scene."
    Thu., Dec. 5, 7pm. Free.  
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    Open Mic Night

    Comedy, poetry, music, breakdancing, body contortion, levitation ... anything goes. Sign-up is first come, first served, starting at 5:30pm.
    Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Free.
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    Poketo Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Shop the L.A.-based lifestyle brand's signature stationery, apparel, and accessories collections.
    Through Dec. 15. 10am-6pm. Free.  
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    Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive

    Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Austin’s largest pet food drive in support of local animal rescues and shelters. It's easy to give: Every bag of pet food donated through Christmas Eve will be doubled by pet food suppliers, pound for pound. (Their goal this year is 160,000 pounds of pet food.) More of an internet shopper? Just donate online.
    Through Dec. 24  
    Austin-area Tomlinson's Feed stores
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    Out of Town

    Sights and Sounds of Christmas

    Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in the park decorated with Christmas lights as well as food vendors, the carnival, and lots of music.
    Wed.-Sat., Dec. 4-7, 11-14
    San Marcos
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    Stassney Lane Improvements Feedback

    ATD wants your input on how to improve transit options along Stassney from West Gate Blvd. to South Congress, so visit the link online and share your thoughts!
    Comments will be accepted from Dec. 5, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020  
    Online
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    Stassney Open House

    ATD wants your input on how to improve transit options along Stassney from West Gate Blvd. to South Congress. Drop by anytime. A comment period will also be online from Dec. 5-Jan. 5.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 7-8pm  
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    Kids

    Storytime Art Class

    Geared toward 3-5-year-old preschoolers, Storytime Art always includes at least one book and a related art project, and often includes songs, poems, and coloring pages. Themes and stories change every week.
    Thursdays, 10:45-11:45am and Fridays, 10:45-11:45am. $15.
    The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr. #202
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    Thinkery21: JingleBooze

    Come in from the cold (Texas cold, that is), enjoy a seasonal adult beverage, sport your ugliest holiday sweater, and celebrate the jolliest Thinkery21 of them all.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 7-10pm. Presale, $22-25; $30.  
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    Thursday Night Social Ride

    Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three.
    Thursdays, 7pm
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    UT Brainstorms

    Drs. Christine Coughlin, Hannah Roome, and Nicole Varga discuss the following topic: "The Remembering Brain: A Conversation About How Memory Contributes to Children and Adults’ Ability to Navigate the World, Acquire New Knowledge, and Imagine Their Future." RSVP by phone or email.
    Thu., Dec. 5, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.
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    Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference During Tax Season

    United Way of Williamson County is looking for volunteers to help with free tax prep services in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Taylor. Work includes tax prep, translating, and greeting. No prior experience necessary, as a free training is provided, complete with IRS certification.: The sites will be open from Jan. 28 through April 15. Bilingual folks are sorely needed. Email, call, or visit the website for more info.
    Nov. 22-Jan. 23  
    Apply online
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    Out of Town

    Walkway of Lights

    Get a jump on the holiday season with a stroll through 2 million sparkling lights in the park along the lake.
    Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 2020. Nightly, 6-10pm. Free.  
    Marble Falls
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    We Are Blood: Platelet Step-Up Campaign

    Platelet donors have the chance to receive up to six Alamo Drafthouse movie passes through the end of the month. First donation = one pass; second = two passes; and third = three passes. To schedule a platelet donation, call 512/206-1266 or visit www.weareblood.org.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Austin-area We Are Blood Donor Centers
Ongoing
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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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