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					december calendar                                                                                             | compiled by Betty Kemper




our
  picks
                Sunday 6:
A Presidential Christmas
  Celebrate A Presidential
   Christmas with holiday
memorabilia, a visit to the




                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo credit Amitava Sarkar
    White House, and The
   Austin Children’s Choir
    performing Christmas
  carols in the Great Hall.



                              Saturday 12:
                              Sara Hickman
                                                        Ballet Austinʼs presentation of the Nutcracker is a holiday favorite.
                              Christmas Show
                              Singer/songwriter Sara
                              Hickman sings songs       december | family events
                              for the whole family to
                              enjoy.
                                                        Tuesday 1                                                      themselves, featuring spectacular lighting. Regional
                                                        Elgin Christmas tree Farm Pick your Christmas tree, visit      Headquarters, 703 N. Llano, Fredericksburg. tex-fest.com
                                                        our Christmas Cottage, and take a field trip. Enjoy an         or 866-839-3378.
                                                        informative talk about farming, a scenic hayride, and eat
                                                        lunch in one of our picnic areas. Navigate through our hay     Wednesday 2
                                                        maze and have a blast on our hay jump. Each child will take    Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting Children’s activities,
             Sunday 20:
                                                        home a coloring book, candy cane, and a decorated pine         food vendors, pictures with Santa (provided by HEB or
 ‘Twas the Night Before                                 cone ornament. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s         take your own) and much more. Front St. between the
               Christmas                                Way, off Roy Davis Rd., Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com      Historic Train Depot and Kyle City Hall, Kyle.
       Bluebonnet Ballet                                or 281-5016.                                                   cityofkyle.com.
   performs a family fun                                12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights An enchanted pathway       Journey to Bethlehem Recreates a Biblical marketplace for
   rendition of ‘Twas the                               winds up a hill where the majestic tree awaits. Over 100       families to stroll through and interact with, including a
 Night Before Christmas.                                lighted exhibits highlight every aspect of the Christmas       Farmer’s Market, shopkeeper booths, and even stables
                                                        season. This is a walking trail and is not wheelchair          where children can see the shepherds care for their flock.
                                                        accessible but we do have golf carts for the disabled. Roast   5:30 to 7 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall,
                                                        a hot dog or marshmallow at the Yule Log. Emily Ann            3003 Northland Dr. covenant.org or 454-5231.
                                                        Theatre, Wimberley. FREE, donations accepted.                  Blue Genie Art Bazaar Featuring the work of over 100
                                                        emilyann.org or 847-6989.                                      local and regional artists and artisans. Ceramics, original
                                                        Santa’s Ranch Celebrate the holidays from the comfort of       paintings, photographs, sculpture, accessories, and much
                              Tuesday 29:                                                                              more. Everyone is welcome. Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m.
                                                        your vehicle. Drive through nearly a mile of spectacular
                              A Texas Christmas         holiday scenes with over 1 million lights and over 100         to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight; Dec.
                              Carol                     displays and animations. Sunday to Thursday 6 to 10 p.m.;      24 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monarch Events Center, 6406 N. IH
                              A musical variety         Friday and Saturday 6 to 11 p.m. Santa’s Ranch located on      35, Suite 3100. FREE. bluegenieart.com.
                              celebration of the        IH 35 one mile south of San Marcos between Posey Rd.           Oak Springs Chess Club Open to beginner through
                              holidays with special     and York Creek Rd. Just look for the 50 ft. Christmas tree.    advanced level players, adult and youth ages 8 and older.
                              guests Tish Hinojosa      $20 per car. santasranch.net or text 830-743-1293.             Every Wednesday. Studies show that there is a strong
                              and The Biscuit           Skating on the Plaza Bring the family out to Austin’s only     correlation between academic achievement and the ability
                                                        outdoor ice skating rink. Regular hours 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.;     to play chess, but most importantly, chess is fun. 5 to 6
                              Brothers..                                                                               p.m. Oak Springs Branch, Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak
                                                        Dec. 24 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 25 closed; Dec. 31 10 a.m.
                                                        to 7 p.m. Whole Foods Market, Flagship store. $10 for all      Springs Dr. FREE and open to the public.
                                                        ages and includes skate rental. wholefoodsmarket.com or        cityofaustin.org/library or 974-9920.
                                                        542-2260.                                                      Manor Farmers Market All locally grown and produced.
                                                        Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail           Outdoor activities for kids, picnic tables, fire pits, and
                                                        Eleven communities all within easy driving distance, each      gazebo. Plenty of FREE parking. 4 to 7 p.m. 104 E. Rector,
    family events: page 36                              offer a variety of special events as varied as the towns       Manor. FREE. manorfarmersmarket.org or 278-1611.

    storytimes: page 44
                                                         Austin Family is now making it easier for you to submit your calendar event.
    parenting events: page 46                           Go to www.austinfamily.com, click on “Calendar” and send in your entry. You
                                                        also may send an email about your event to calendar2003@austinfamily.com.
    exhibits: page 48                                   The deadline is the 10th of each month. Events less than $15 usually are listed.
                                                           For events more than $15, send details to kaye2003@austinfamily.com.
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Wednesday Austin Farmers Market Rain or shine every                Friday Music on the Square Bring your lawn chair and join
Wednesday. FREE parking available in nearby garage. 3 to 7         us; listen to local musicians outdoors in the setting around
p.m. The Triangle Park, 4600 Guadalupe St.                         our historic courthouse. 6 p.m. on the Square, Eighth and
austinfarmersmarket.org or 236-0074.                               Main streets, Georgetown. FREE. dgagtx.org.
Community Night Enjoy exhibit galleries, a variety of hands-       Central Market Live Music Enjoy an evening of great music
on activities, and special performances. 5 to 8 p.m. Austin        with no cover charge. Rain or shine. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.;
Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St. $1 suggested                   Sunday 12:30 to 3 p.m. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar
donation. austinkids.org or 472-2499.                              Blvd. FREE music on the patio. centralmarket.com or
Poetry on the Plaza Singers and songwriters. 12 p.m.               206-1000.
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe streets. FREE.             B Scene: Winter Light Enjoy live music, free appetizers,
hrc.utexas.edu/events.                                             tours of the new exhibition and more. The Blanton Café will
CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;               also be open late. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Blanton Museum of Art,
12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s         200 E. MLK. blantonmuseum.org or 4771-7324.
Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;           CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see           12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
Tuesday 1.                                                         Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                                                   Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
Thursday 3                                                         Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
Rockin’ Christmas Party A raucous holiday tradition as             Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Sights and
unique as Austin. Thursday to Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday              Sounds of Christmas see Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd
2:30 p.m. Zach Scott Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey           Floor see Thursday 3; Holiday Sale see Thursday 3.
Rd. zachtheatre.org or 476-0541.
Sights and Sounds of Christmas Lights, lights, and more            Saturday 5
lights. Shop at the Texas marketplace, visit Santa’s village,      The Annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll The
ride the carousel, view a live nativity scene, and join in on      evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south
all the fun-filled activities. Identification bracelets are        steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season. At 7
available for children of all ages at information booth. 6 to      p.m. the countdown begins to the lighting of the Capitol
10 p.m. San Marcos Parks and Rec Activity Center, San              tree. From 7 to 9 p.m. Congress Avenue will be buzzing
Marcos Plaza Park, 202 N. CM Allen Pkwy., San Marcos.              with holiday cheer during the stroll. Shops, restaurants,
Under 2 years FREE; 2 to 10 years $1; 11 years and up $2.          galleries, and museums will be open late and will feature
FREE park and ride from Strahan Coliseum. sights-n-                special activities, offers or refreshments to visitors. Lots of
sounds.org or 393-8400.                                            performances will be sure to delight children of all ages.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor This Neil Simon comedy will             Events are FREE and open to the public but visitors are
keep you in stitches all night. Thursday to Saturday 8             asked to support fellow members of the community by
p.m.; Sunday 5:30 p.m. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd.        bringing a sealed can of peanut butter to the Capitol
Children 10 and younger FREE; general $15; Thursdays all           Christmas tree. dowtownaustin.com/holidays.
seats $10. citytheatreaustin.org or 524-2870.                      Christmas Market Festival Imported German craft items
Thursday Noonday Concerts A tradition for 25 years. A light        such as nutcrackers, pyramids, smokers, plus a variety of
lunch follows the concert. Noon. Central Presbyterian              other gift items. All sales are tax-free. Live performances of
Church, intersection of 8th and Brazos streets. Concert is         German Christmas music plus a special visit from St.
FREE; $5 lunch may be purchased with reservations.                 Nikolaus. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. German Free School, 507 E.
cpcaustin.org or 472-2445.                                         Tenth St. germantexans.org or 482-0927.
Holiday Sale Save 20% on books, toys and gifts. 4 to 7             Simon Kidgits Club Holiday Fun Come enjoy
p.m. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St.                       complimentary breakfast, make reindeer food, and stay for
texasnaturalsciencecenter.org or 232-4278.                         Santa. Goodie bags while supplies last. 8:30 to 10 a.m.
CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;               Food Court, Barton Creek Square and Lakeline Mall.
12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s         simon.com/kidgits.
Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;           A Christmas Carol Scripted with young children in mind,
Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see           audiences will enjoy the tale of miserly Scrooge as he learns
Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2.                  about kindness. Saturdays 10 a.m.; Sundays 2 p.m.; Dec.
                                                                   20 at 11 a.m.; Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m.; Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Friday 4                                                           Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. Infants
Holiday Tree Lighting Over 50,000 lights illuminate one of         under 1 year $5; children 1 to 12 years $7; adults $10.
the largest Live Oaks in our city. Enjoy an appearance by          srct.org or 472-5436.
Santa, caroling, free carriage rides, and the Yule fire. 6:30 to   Holiday by the Tracks and Lighted Christmas Parade A day
8:30 p.m. Heritage Oak Park, 875 Pkwy., Cedar Park.                of shopping, visits with Santa, music, and much more. 10
cedarparkfun.com or 401-5500.                                      a.m.; parade begins at dusk. Main St., Downtown, Elgin.
Main Street Bethlehem An entire block of permanent                 elginchamber.com or 285-4515.
buildings transports you back to the night of Christ’s birth.      36th Annual Dickens on The Strand Galveston’s annual
A must see for the holidays. 6 to 9 p.m. Two blocks east of        Victorian Holiday, voted the best holiday event in December
the town square, Burnet. FREE, donations accepted.                 by Texas Monthly. Great fun for the entire family in
fbcburnet.org or 756-4481.                                         historical Galveston. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children under 7
Gingerbread Workshops Parents and kids can build and               years FREE; 7 to 12 years $6; adults $12.
decorate their very own gingerbread house with candy and           galvestonhistory.org/dickens.
icing, using real, soft gingerbread. Call for times. Austin        Main Street Bazaar and Lighted Christmas Parade
Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St. austinkids.org or              Christmas merchandise, baked goods, toys, gifts and
472-2499 ext. 201.                                                 unique shopping. 10 a.m.; parade 7 p.m. Taylor City Hall
Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum The                  Auditorium parking lot; parade on Main Street. Taylor.
oldest home in Austin is decorated for the holiday. Come           taylorchamber.org or 352-5448.
enjoy the beauty of the architecture, interiors and traditional    30th Annual Winter Fair There are crafts and activities,
décor. 1 to 5 p.m. The French Legation Museum, 802 San             walking sticks pocket lady, box maze, flying fox, raffle
Marcos St. frenchlegationmuseum.org or 472-8180.                   baskets, vendor booths, and much more. Live entertainment
Teen Midnight Madness Ages 10 to 15 years. This program            throughout the day.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Austin Waldorf
gives teens a place to develop their social skills and have        School, 8700 S. View Road. austinwaldorf.org or 288-5942.
fun interacting with others. 8 to 11:59 p.m. Twin Lakes            The Nutcracker Suite Live Holiday Stroll Performance
Family YMCA, Cedar Park. $5 in advance; $7 at door.                Exceptionally original music, songs, and instrumental pieces
ymcagwc.org or 250-9622.                                           chock full of memorable melodies. 7 to 9 p.m. Congress
First Fridays An evening of dining, music, and shopping in         Avenue. FREE. invincibleczars.com.
downtown Georgetown. “Twas the Night Before the Stroll.”           19th Annual Fossil Fest Specimens from around the world,
6 to 8 p.m. Downtown Georgetown. FREE. dgagtx.org.                 exhibits and demonstrations, and identification of your
Live From the Plaza Showcases local musicians and                  objects. Hourly door prizes. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grand door
reflects the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of         prize tickets $1; “Wheels of Fossils” 25 cents each spin. Old
Austin. Lunch may be purchased for $6.50. Noon. Plaza at           Settler’s Heritage Association, next to Dell Diamond,
City Hall. FREE. ci.austin.tx.us/music.                            Highway 79, Round Rock. Children under 6 FREE; students
Knitting Circle Share your projects and ideas. This is a           $1; adults $2. texaspaleo.com.
brown bag program. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Faulk Central                BudaFest Fun for everyone for over 20 years with parade,
Library, second floor, 800 Guadalupe St. FREE.                     crafts, foods, carnival and much more. Children can visit
cityofaustin.org/library/news or 974-7400.                                                                continued on page 38
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                                                                                                            Roughs Nature Park. lcra.org/mckinneyroughs or 303-5073.
                                          december | family events                                          Gingerbread House Workshop Bring the whole family to
                                                                                                            create and decorate your own gingerbread house. All
                                                                                                            supplies provided. 10 a.m. Wells Branch Community
                                          continued from page 37                                            Library, 1501 Wells Port Dr. Pre-registration and a $10 fee
                                                                                                            per house required. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.
                                          with Santa Claus and get their picture taken with him. 10         CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Buda. FREE entry to grounds;              12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          parking in City Park for small fee. budafest.org.                 Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          47th Annual Production of The Nutcracker Texas longest            Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          running production of this classic guarantees an extra bit of     Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
                                          memory-making merriment. Evenings 7:30 p.m.; afternoons           Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Sights and
                                          2 p.m. Call for times on date of choice. The Long Center.         Sounds of Christmas see Thursday 3; Holiday Sale see
                                          $15 and up. balletaustin.org or 476-2163.                         Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd Floor see Thursday 3;
                                          Holiday Stroll Enjoy the annual Holiday Sing-Along at the         Main Street Bethlehem see Friday 4; Gingerbread
                                          Capitol, then come down Congress Ave. Community                   Workshops see Friday 4; Central Market Live Music see
                                          performances and local music. 6 to 9 p.m. AMOA-                   Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum
                                          Downtown. 8723 Congress Ave. FREE museum admission.               see Friday 4.
                                          amoa.org or 495-9224.
                                          Holiday Art Festival #24 Shop for original holiday gifts          Sunday 6
                                          made by 60 top artists, enjoy the gorgeous setting. Drawing       Director’s Choice-Then and Now The first half of the
                                          for a free art school class and items in the silent auction. 10   concert features music of the 1950’s. The second half will
                                          a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. Austin Museum of Art, Laguna        contrast those with exciting examples of concert band
                                          Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. $7. amoa.org/holidayartfestival or       music. 3 p.m. Reagan High School Performing Arts Center.
                                          495-9224.                                                         Students and seniors $6; adults $10. asband.org or
                                          MileStones Walk Join us as we celebrate and honor                 345-7420.
                                          children from the Austin area who have been affected by           A Presidential Christmas Visitors can celebrate A
                                          childhood cancer. The very special day will include prizes,       Presidential Christmas with holiday memorabilia, a visit to
                                          music, food and fun activities, plus Santa will be on hand        the White House, and tax-free shopping in the store. The
                                          for any last minute wishes. 8 a.m. registration/check in; 9       Austin Children’s Choir will perform Christmas carols in the
                                          a.m. opening ceremony and walk. Hill Country Galleria,            Great Hall. 1 p.m. LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St.
                                          12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. host.curesearch.org.          lbjlib.utexas.edu/Johnson/events.hom/preschristmas.shtm.
                                          Sculpture to Be Workshop for youth ages 7 to 11 years.            CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          Work with one of our teaching artists on a creative               12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          sculptural project. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Reservations                Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          recommended. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605              Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          Robert E. Lee Rd. $12. umlaufsculpture.org or 445-5582            Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
                                          ext. 101.                                                         Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Holiday Sale see
                                          University of Texas Tower Tours The 307-foot UT Tower             Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd Floor see Thursday 3;
                                          offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin         Main Street Bethlehem see Friday 4; Gingerbread
                                          area. Observation deck tours are available by reservation         Workshops see Friday 4; A Christmas Carol see Saturday 5;
                                          only through the Texas Union Information Center and last          BudaFest see Saturday 5; Central Market Live Music see
                                          slightly less than one hour. 12 to 5 p.m., on the hour. Texas     Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum
                                          Union Hospitality Center, corner of 24th St. and Guadalupe.       see Friday 4; 47th Annual Production of The Nutcracker
                                          $6 per person. utexas.edu/txunion or 475-6633.                    see Saturday 5; University of Texas Tower Tours see
                                          Kids Workshop Children ages 5 to 12 years accompanied             Saturday 5; F ree Salsa Lessons see Saturday 5; 36th
                                          by an adult build projects from pre-fabricated kits. 9 a.m. to    Annual Dickens on The Strand see Saturday 5; 19th Annual
                                          noon. All Home Depot stores. FREE. homedepot.com.                 Fossil Fest see Saturday 5; Holiday Art Festival #24 see
                                          Creative Spark Gathering There is a different theme every         Saturday 5.
                                          month. You can bring a project or just your supplies and
                                          see what comes up. Kids are welcome. Appropriate for              Monday 7
                                          interested kids 6 and older. 7 to 10 p.m. The Art Pad, 4520       Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
                                          Burnet Rd. FREE. creativelifespark.com or 453-2276.               CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          Austin Farmers Market Features fresh and locally grown            12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          vegetables, herbs, cheeses, eggs, bread, prepared foods,          Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          drinks, artisan crafts, and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or        Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          shine. 4th and Guadalupe streets. FREE event with FREE            Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
                                          nearby parking. austinfarmersmarket.org or 236-0074 ext. 1.       Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see
                                          Sunset Valley Farmers Market Grass-fed, pasture-raised            Friday 4;
                                          beef, bison, lamb, pork, and chicken. Organic fruits and
                                          vegetables. Fabulous fresh mushrooms and specialty                Tuesday 8
                                          prepared foods. Live music hosted by Jimmy Joe Natoli. 9          Handel’s “ Messiah” A moving musical experience,
                                          a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking lot of Tony Burger Center, 3200            elevating and enriching the soul. 8 p.m. Riverbend Centre,
                                          Jones Rd. Sunset Valley. sunsetvalleyfarmersmarket.org or         4214 Capital of Texas Hwy. $15 and up.
                                          443-0143 weekdays; 280-1976 Saturdays.                            austinsymphony.org.
                                          Giant Chess Kids and families play with knee-high chess           CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          pieces. First come, first served. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wooldridge      12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          Square, 900 Guadalupe St. FREE. giantchess.org or                 Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          658-2350.                                                         Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          Free Salsa Lessons Instructor Raul Ramirez will be                Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
                                          teaching the steps and spending a few minutes educating           Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see
                                          on the history and background of Salsa music and dance.           Friday 4.
                                          Saturdays 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. beginner level; 3:30 to 4:45
                                          p.m. intermediate level. Cepeda Branch, Austin Public             Wednesday 9
                                          Library. FREE and open to the public. ci.austin.tx.us/library     Sculpture Tales Story telling for children ages 3 to 5.
                                          or 974-7379.                                                      Children listen to folk tales in the garden and then
                                          Buda Farmers Market Every Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Loop           participate in a creative project. 10:30 a.m. An adult must
                                          4, Downtown across from post office. ci.buda.tx.us.               attend with all students. Reservations recommended.
                                          Wells Fargo First Saturday The Museum is offering FREE            Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee
                                          admission to the Museum exhibits. Visitors can enjoy a            Rd. $5. umlaufsculpture.org or 445-5582 ext. 101.
                                          chance to “go behind the Plexiglas” with the Explore the          CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          Story stations. 2 to 6 p.m. Bob Bullock Texas State History       12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com or              Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          936-8746.                                                         Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          Walk on the Wild Side Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park        Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Oak
                                          naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and            Springs Chess Club see Wednesday 2; Manor Farmers
                                          natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. Pre-     Market see Wednesday 2; Wednesday Austin Farmers
                                          registration is required. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mckinney

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Market see Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2; Christmas Décor at the
French Legation Museum see Friday 4.

Thursday 10
Nutcracker Spectacular 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 12, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Westlake High School. All
ages $13. thelongcenter.org or 474-5664.
Holiday Concert Presented by the school’s Band, Orchestra, and Choir. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Mathews Elementary School. mathews360.com or 414-4406.
St. David’s Men’s Ensemble Concerts feature performances, caroling, and cuisine. Followed
by a lunch. 12 p.m.; lunch at 12:30 p.m. St. Davids, 301 E. Eighth St. FREE and open to the
public; lunch $8. stdave.org or 610-3500.
CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1; 12th Annual Holiday Trail of
Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar
see Wednesday 2; Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd Floor see
Thursday 3; Thursday Noonday Concerts see Thursday 3; Gingerbread Workshops see
Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see Friday 4;
 A Christmas Carol see Saturday 5.

Friday 11
34th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Shades of old Austin are reflected at this market
of eclectic gift items and local entertainment. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Austin Convention Center,
Downtown, Second and Trinity streets. armadillobazaar.com or 447-1605.
Ninth Annual Children’s Nutcracker A unique version of the holiday classic formatted to
delight and entertain young children as well as adults. Presented by over 50 Austin area
dancers mainly children ages 7 to 18 years. Call for time. Dougherty Arts Center Theatre,
1110 Barton Springs Rd. austin-conservatory-arts.com or 496-5937.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, presented by Trinity Street Players,
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 3901 Trinity, Free, 476-2625.
CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1; 12th Annual Holiday Trail of
Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art
Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd
Floor see Thursday 3; Main Street Bethlehem see Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French
Legation Museum see Friday 4;Gingerbread Workshops see Friday 4; Live From the Plaza
                                  G
see Friday 4; Knitting Circle see Friday 4; F riday Music on the Square see Friday 4; Central
Market Live Music see Friday 4; A Christmas Carol see Saturday 5; 47th Annual Production
of The Nutcracker see Saturday 5.

Saturday 12
Poinsettia Day
The Georgetown Kids Book Swap For every book you bring you get one ticket that entitles
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                                              stor ybook.

                                               What will YOU put in
                                               your art journal?




                                                                Austin Children’s Museum’s blog has more at
                                                                home activities like these for you to try with
                                                                your child. Check it out at blog.austinkids.org.


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december | family events                                          Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                                                  Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                                                  Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
                                                                  Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Main Street
continued from page 39                                            Bethlehem see Friday 4; Laughter on the 23rd Floor see
                                                                  Thursday 3; Gingerbread Workshops see Friday 4; Central
you to a replacement book. 12 to 5 p.m. Georgetown                Market Live Music see Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the
Library, upstairs. Entry fee is one new or like new book to       French Legation Museum see Friday 4; A Christmas Carol
be donated to the Blue Santa Christmas.                           see Saturday 5; 47th Annual Production of The Nutcracker
Georgetownkidsbookswap.com or 240-5068.                           see Saturday 5; Austin Farmers Market see Saturday 5;
Cocoa and Cookies with Mrs. Claus Kids between the ages           Sunset Valley Farmers Market see Saturday 5; Giant
of 2 and 11 years can enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, a special         Chess see Saturday 5; Buda Farmers Market see Saturday
craft project, sing-along, and story times with Mrs. Claus        5; University of Texas Tower Tours see Saturday 5; F ree
before telling Santa what they want for Christmas and             Salsa Lessons see Saturday 5; Nutcracker Spectacular see
taking a picture with him. An hour long event that will run at    Thursday 10; 34th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see
four different times. 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; 12 p.m. Space is         Friday 11; Ninth Annual Children’s Nutcracker see Friday 11:
limited to 30 children for each hour session so sign up           The Best Christmas Pageant Ever see Friday 11.
early. Twin Lakes Family YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Trail,
Cedar Park. $10 per child per hour session. ymcagwc.org           Sunday 13
or 250-9622.                                                      Zilker Park Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting The pedestrian
Shopper’s Night Out Let the Taylor YMCA take the kids off         Trail of Lights, featuring live music and Santa visits,
your hands while you complete your shopping. The kids can         transforms a mile-long stretch of the park into a
enjoy food, holiday crafts, and activities. 6 to 11 p.m. Taylor   wonderland. Tree lighting 6 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton
Family YMCA, 106 West Lake Dr., Taylor. Call or come by to        Springs Rd. ci.austin.tx.us/tol/tree or 974-6700.
find out more information including fees. ymcagwc.org or          Science Sunday Join UT Hands-on-Science as they bring
365-9622.                                                         big ideas down to a small-sized audience using a variety of
Luminations Enjoy gardens lighted with more than 3,000            hands-on activities. 3 to 5 p.m. Austin Children’s Museum,
luminaries, 5,000 twinkle lights and hammered copper              201 Colorado St. $6.50 austinkids.org or 472-2499.
torches, and listen to music of the season. 6 to 9 p.m. Lady      CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. FREE          12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
with two canned food items. wildflower.org or 292-4100.           Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
Santa’s Workshop Enjoy music, games, inflatables, arts and        Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
crafts, and Santa Claus. Bring an unwrapped toy for Blue          Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;
Santa. Get your picture taken with Santa for $2. 6 to 8 p.m.      Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Laughter on the
Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Pkwy., Cedar Park. FREE.             23rd Floor see Thursday 3; Main Street Bethlehem see
cedarparkfun.com or 401-5500.                                     Friday 4; Gingerbread Workshops see Friday 4; Central
The Nutcracker Suite Live with Golden Arm Trio                    Market Live Music see Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the
Exceptionally original music, songs, and instrumental pieces      French Legation Museum see Friday 4; 47th Annual
chock full of memorable melodies and humor. Kids show 3           Production of The Nutcracker see Saturday 5; University of
p.m.; adult show 9 p.m. Jovita’s. Kids show: kids $4, adults      Texas Tower Tours see Saturday 5; F ree Salsa Lessons see
$8; adult show $10. invincibleczars.com or 447-7825.              Saturday 5; 34th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see
Sara Hickman Christmas Show A holiday musical                     Friday 11; Ninth Annual Children’s Nutcracker see Friday
performance that offers fun and appeal for children and                                                  continued on page 42
adults alike. Songs for the whole family to enjoy. 11 a.m.
and 1 p.m. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd.
oneworldtheatre.org or 329-6753.
Tax-Free Shopping at Austin Children’s Museum Store
Come get all your holiday gifts for kids and the young at
heart. We offer free gift wrap while you wait. 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.
austinkids.org or 472-2499.
Christmas Celebration and Lighted Parade Historic Society
homes tour, business open house, D’ettwe and Company
performs ballet, lighted parade, and of course, Santa Claus.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bastrop. bastropdba.com or 321-6600.
Old Town Holiday Stroll and Christmas Parade Lots of
shopping, kids activities, and Santa pictures. 10 a.m. to 8
p.m.; Lighted parade 6 p.m. followed by tree lighting.
Downtown Pflugerville. Admission and parking FREE.
cityofpflugerville.com or 990-6101.
Christmas at Ole’ Fort Croghan Enjoy a Christmas cookie
and some hot cider as you step along the luminaries-lined
path and see what it might have been like to experience
Christmas in the 1800’s. Dusk to 8 p.m. Fort Croghan,
Burnet. FREE admission and parking. fortcroghan.org.
Christmas around the World Learn about 19th Century
Christmas celebrations around the world featuring live
music, food, crafts, and more. 4 to 9 p.m. Pioneer Farms,
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. pioneerfarms.org or 837-1215.
Second Saturdays are for Families Check out our latest
exhibition and hands-on Family Lab. Drop in and create a
different art project each month. 12 to 4 p.m. Austin
Museum of Art- Downtown. $7 per family; $5 member
families. amoa.org or 495-9224.
Interpretive Hike at McKinney Falls Hike from the Smith
Visitors Center, along Onion Creek, to the lower falls and
back by the horse trainer’s cabin. Appropriate for all ages.
Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Bring a picnic
lunch and make it a nature day. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Smith
Visitors Center, McKinney Falls State Park. FREE.
mckinneyfalls.org.
Junior Naturalists School-age children, ages 6 to 10, will
delve into the natural world to learn the skills of a true
naturalist. Pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
McKinney Roughs Nature Park. $10.
lcra.org/mckinneyroughs or 303-5073.
CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s

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                                                                                                         the library to make handmade last minute gifts such as
                                          december | family events                                       scarves and bath salts. Learn how to wrap gifts. Bring your
                                                                                                         own gifts or just practice. All supplies provided. Ages 7 years
                                                                                                         and older. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501 Wells Port
                                          continued from page 41                                         Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.
                                                                                                         CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          11; Luminations see Saturday 12: The Best Christmas            12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          Pageant Ever see Friday 11.                                    Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                                                                                         Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          Monday 14                                                      Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Oak
                                          Holiday Movie and Crafts Ages infant to 7 years. Watch         Springs Chess Club see Wednesday 2; Manor Farmers Market
                                          your favorite holiday movies and make ornaments and            see Wednesday 2; Wednesday Austin Farmers Market see
                                          crafts. 10:30 a.m. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501        Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2; Christmas
                                          Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.                      Décor at the French Legation Museum see Friday 4; 34th
                                          CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;           Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11; Zilker Park
                                          12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s     Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13.
                                          Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see       Thursday 17
                                          Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;              Ranger in the Roughs Bring the family, sit at our
                                          Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see              amphitheater under the night sky and learn about the native
                                          Friday 4; 34th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see           animals that inhabit the land in and around the Colorado
                                          Friday 11; Zilker Park Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting see   River. Will be held indoors during inclement weather. 7 to 8
                                          Sunday 13.                                                     p.m. McKinney Roughs Nature Park. lcra.org/mckinneyroughs
                                                                                                         or 303-5073.
                                          Tuesday 15                                                     CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;
                                          Christmas Sing-Along Families gather to get into the spirit    12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s
                                          of the season by joyfully singing along with the Austin        Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;
                                          Symphony and chorus. 8 p.m. Riverbend Centre, 4214             Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          Capital of Texas Hwy. FREE event; however, tickets are         Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Rockin’
                                          required for entry. Tickets available Tuesday Dec. 1 at        Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd Floor
                                          Symphony Office, 1101 Red River St or Washington Carver        see Thursday 3; Thursday Noonday Concerts see Thursday 3;
                                          Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austinsymphony.org.                  Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see Friday
                                          CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;           4; Gingerbread Workshops see Friday 4; 34th Annual
                                          12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s     Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11; Zilker Park Trail of
                                          Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;       Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13.
                                          Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see
                                          Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;              Friday 18
                                          Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see Friday       Holiday Movie and Crafts Ages infant to 7 years. Watch your
                                          4; 34th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11;       favorite holiday movies and make ornaments and crafts. 10:30
                                          Zilker Park Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13.   a.m. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501 Wells Port Dr.
                                                                                                         wblibrary.org or 989-3188.
                                          Wednesday 16                                                   Eighth Annual Polar Express Party Holiday crafts, songs,
                                          Last Minute Gifts and Gift Wrapping Workshop Join us at        stories, cookies, hot chocolate, and a bedtime reading of the




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story “The Polar Express.” Wear your pajamas and bring          million lights, amazing attractions, dazzling shows, festive
your family, your teddy, and your pillow. 6 p.m. Wells          food and unique shopping. 5 p.m. Schlitterbahn, New
Branch Community Library, 1501 Wells Port Dr.                   Braunfels. Admission includes all attractions and shows.
wblibrary.org or 989-3188.                                      Free parking. schlitterbahn.com or 830-625-2351.
“ In The Spirit” A unique presentation of innovative            A Nutcracker Character Tea Parents and children can meet
choreography set to inspirational music that will put anyone    the characters and enjoy a sweet treat before watching the
in the spirit for the holidays. Will also include excerpts of   show. Proceeds go to support the Austin Metamorphosis
the classic “The Nutcracker.” Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday        Dance Ensemble. 1 p.m. Carver Museum. $15. amde.org or
2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Boyd Vance Theater, George W. Carver         246-6047.
Museum. Children and seniors $12; 18 years and older $15.       CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
metamorphosisdance.net or 246-6047.                             Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the
3rd Annual Keep Austin Bizarre The one and only bizarre         Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional
bazaar with an atmosphere true to the life of Austinites. The   Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art
holiday shopping event will feature over 60 local artists and   Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Rockin’ Christmas Party see
live music. Heated circus tents. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.    Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd Floor see Thursday 3;
to 12 a.m.; Sunday to Monday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fiesta          Gingerbread Workshops see Friday 4; Central Market Live
Gardens. FREE admission, FREE parking.                          Music see Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French
keepaustinbizarre.com.                                          Legation Museum see Friday 4; A Christmas Carol see
Stargazing at the Roughs Join other night-sky revelers for      Saturday 5; 47th Annual Production of The Nutcracker see
a chance to marvel at the beauty of the planets and be awed     Saturday 5; University of Texas Tower Tours see Saturday
by our Earth’s place in the galaxy. Program will be canceled    5; Austin Farmers Market see Saturday 5; Sunset Valley
in the event of inclement weather. 8:30 to 10 p.m.              Farmers Market see Saturday 5; Giant Chess see Saturday
lcra.org/mckinneyroughs or 303-5073.                            5; Buda Farmers Market see Saturday 5; F ree Salsa
CONTINUING: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm see Tuesday 1;            Lessons see Saturday 5; 34th Annual Armadillo Christmas
12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see Tuesday 1; Santa’s      Bazaar see Friday 11; Ninth Annual Children’s Nutcracker
Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the Plaza see Tuesday 1;        see Friday 11; Shopper’s Night Out see Saturday 12;
Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see        Interpretive Hike at McKinney Falls see Saturday 12;
Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art Bazaar see Wednesday 2;               Zilker Park Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday
Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Laughter on the         13; “ In The Spirit” see Friday 18; 3rd Annual Keep Austin
23rd Floor see Thursday 3; Gingerbread Workshops see            Bizarre see Friday 18.
Friday 4; Live From the Plaza see Friday 4; Knitting Circle
see Friday 4; F riday Music on the Square see Friday 4;         Sunday 20
Central Market Live Music see Friday 4; Christmas Décor         A Christmas Carol Countdown to Noon Children will
at the French Legation Museum see Friday 4; 47th Annual         celebrate an early New Year’s Eve with party favors and
Production of The Nutcracker see Saturday 5; 34th Annual        treats immediately following the performance. 11 a.m.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11; Ninth Annual          Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. Infants under 1 year
Children’s Nutcracker see Friday 11; Zilker Park Trail of       $5; children ages 1 to 12 $12; adults $15. srct.org or
Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13.                         472-5436.
                                                                Twas the Night Before Christmas Bluebonnet Ballet will be
Saturday 19                                                     performing a family fun performance of Twas the Night
Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country Christmas Transforms into a        Before Christmas. 2 p.m. Hendrickson High School
dazzling evening spectacular, blanketed with more than 1        Performing Arts Center, Pflugerville.
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december | storytimes
                                                        Public library storytime events listed here are free unless noted.
                                                       Programs are subject to change so please contact before attending.




Sundays                                                       Spicewood Springs Rd. cityofaustin.org/library or              accompanying adult waits in the library. The 30-minute
Storytime Join us for storytime led by gallery educators.     974-3800.                                                      program may include stories, films, or art activities. 11 a.m.
All ages. 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s   Monkey in the Middle Designed for walkers who are not          Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. 974-
Museum, 201 Colorado St. Included with museum                 ready for traditional story time, ages 12 to 24 months. Sing   9900; Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr. 974-9880;
admission. austinkids.org or 472-2499.                        songs, listen to stories, and read stories together. 10:45     North Village Branch, 2139 W. Anderson Ln. 974-9960;
Storytime Ages infant to 5 years. 1 p.m. Faulk Central        a.m. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501 Wells Port Dr.       Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr. 974-3940;
Library, 800 Guadalupe. cityofaustin.org/library or           wblibrary.org or 989-3188.                                     Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr. 454-7208.
974-7400.                                                     Preschool Storytime Themed stories, songs, and activities      cityofaustin.org/library.
                                                              to enjoy with an adult, followed by a craft. Ages 3 to 5       Preschool Storytime Program for children 3 to 5 years.
Mondays                                                       years. 10 a.m. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501            Children are welcome to attend independently while the
Baby Bloomers Children ages 3 and younger and their           Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.                      accompanying adult waits in the library. The 30-minute
caregivers. 9 a.m. to12 p.m.; Storytimes 9:30; Sing-a-long                                                                   program may include stories, films, or art activities. 10:15
10:30 a.m.; The Little Explorer’s Lab 11 a.m. Stroller        Tuesdays                                                       a.m. Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs
parking included. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado      Best Storytimes Crafts, singing, and reading. All ages.        Rd. 974-3800. cityofaustin.org/library.
St. $4 members; $8 non-members (per parent/child              10:30 a.m. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. FREE.                Storytime Ages infant to 5 years. 11 a.m. Cepeda Branch,
couple). Price includes museum admission. austinkids.org      bookpeople.com or 472-5050.                                    651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. 974-7372.
or 472-2499.                                                  Toddlertime Reading activity for ages 18 months to 3           cityofaustin.org/library.
Preschool Storytime Children ages 3 to 6 years. A 30-         years. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216      Book Circle Sit down, relax, and listen to some favorite
minute combination of books, finger-plays, songs, and a       E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library      stories. 3:30 p.m. Twin Oaks Branch, 2301 S. Congress,
short film. 7 p.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main     or 218-7011.                                                   No. 7. cityofaustin.org/library or 442-4664.
St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or          Storytime Ages infant to 5 years. 10:15 a.m. Carver Branch,    Tales for Tots Toddlers ages 2 and 3 years are invited to
218-7011.                                                     1161 Angelina, 974-1010; Windsor Park Branch, 5833             attend story time with books, finger-plays, flannel board
Bookaneers Preschoolers ages 4 to 6 years are invited to      Westminster Dr. 974-9840. cityofaustin.org/library.            stories, and songs. 10:30 a.m. Lake Travis Community
enjoy stories, finger-plays, poems, songs, and crafts.        Toddler Storytime Program for children 18 months to 3          Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100.
10:30 a.m. Lake Travis Community Library, 2300 Lohman’s       years accompanied by an adult. 10:15 a.m. Hampton              laketravislibrary.org or 263-2885.
Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 263-2885.           Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. 974-9900;            Storytime Educators engage children in exciting stories,
Storytime Educators engage children in exciting stories,      Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr., 974-9880; North             songs and puppetry three times a day, everyday. 10:30
songs, and puppetry three times a day, everyday. 10:30        Village Branch, 2139 W. Anderson Ln., 974-9960; Pleasant       a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s Museum, 201
a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s Museum, 201       Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr., 974-3940;              Colorado. Included with museum admission. austinkids.org
Colorado. Included with museum admission.                     Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr., 454-7208.                 or 472-2499.
austinkids.org or 472-2499.                                   cityofaustin.org/library.                                      Bluebonnet Book Club Ages 7 to 10 will explore the Texas
Book Circle Sit down, relax and listen to some favorite       Preschool Storytime Program for children 3 to 5 years.         Bluebonnet nominees for 2009 through discussion and
stories. 3:30 p.m. Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637             Children are welcome to attend independently while the         crafts. We will be voting for our favorites. No program Dec.




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                                                                 a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s Museum, 201          Best Storytimes Tons of fun making crafts, singing, and
                                                                 Colorado. Included with museum admission. austinkids.org         reading. 11:30 a.m. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. FREE.
                                                                 or 472-2499.                                                     bookpeople.com or 472-5050.
                                                                 Books and Babies For babies with parents/adult caregivers,
                                                                 including activities to encourage language development and       Winter Tales and Tunes For ages 3 and older. Share stories
                                                                 learning through books, stories, rhymes, and music. Early        and songs from around the world this holiday season and
                                                                 walkers 12 to 18 months. 10:15 a.m.; Pre-walkers 6 to 12         bring cheer to all.
                                                                 months 11 a.m. Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William              Dates, locations and times:
                                                                 Cannon Dr. cityofaustin.org/library or 974-3940.                 Tuesday 1 Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 3:30 p.m.
                                                                 Wacky Science Ages 7 and older have fun with wild and            Wednesday 2 Manchaca Road Branch, 10:15 a.m.
                                                                 messy science experiments and demonstrations. No                 Monday 7 Spicewood Springs Branch, 3:30 p.m.
                                                                 program Dec. 16, 23 and 30. 5 p.m. Wells Branch                  Tuesday 8 Old Quarry Branch, 3:30 p.m.
                                                                 Community Library, 1501 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or          Thursday 10 Yarborough Branch, 3:30 p.m.
                                                                 989-3188.                                                        Saturday 12 Faulk Central Library, 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                                  Tuesday 15 Windsor Park Branch, 10:15 a.m.
                                                                 Thursdays                                                                     St. John Branch, 3:30 p.m.
                                                                 Storytime Children ages 3 to 6. A 30-minute combination of       Wednesday 16 Millwood Branch, 3:30 p.m.
                                                                 books, finger-plays, songs, and a short film. 9:30 and 10:30
                                                                 a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round
                                                                 Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 218-7011.
                                                                 Toddlertime Reading activity for ages 18 months to 3
                                                                 years. 10:30 a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main
                                                                 St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or
                                                                 218-7011.
                                                                 Babytime A program for babies and their parents or
22 and Dec. 29. 6:30 p.m. Wells Branch Community Library,        caregivers to encourage language development and
1501 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.                   learning. Newborn to 1 year. No older siblings allowed. 9:30
A to Zzzs An evening literacy program for children ages 3 to     a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round
6 years to promote letter recognition, letter sounds and pre-    Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 218-7011.
reading skills. No program Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. 5:30 p.m.        Storytime A 15 to 30-minute program for infants to 5 years
Wells Branch Community Library, 1501 Wells Port Dr.              with accompanying adult. May include stories, music, and
wblibrary.org or 989-3188.                                       other activities. 10:15 a.m. Little Walnut Creek Branch,
                                                                 835 W. Rundberg. 974-9860; Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove
Wednesdays                                                       Blvd. 974-7500; Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe. 974-
Best Storytimes Tons of fun making crafts, singing, and          7400; Southeast Austin Community Branch, 5803 Nuckols
reading. 10:30 a.m. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. FREE.         Crossing Rd. 462-1452; Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar
bookpeople.com or 472-5050.                                      Chavez St. 974-3625. cityofaustin.org/library.
Storytime Children ages 3 to 6. A 30-minute combination of       Pajama Storytime Ages infant to 5 years. 7 p.m. Manchaca
books, finger-plays, songs, and a short film. 9:30 and 10:30     Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd. 974-8700.
a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round           cityofaustin.org/library.
Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 218-7011.              Storytime Educators engage children in exciting stories,
Books and Babies Early Walkers Ages 12 to 18 months.             songs, and puppetry three times a day, everyday. 10:30
For babies with parents/adult caregivers, including activities   a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s Museum, 201
to encourage language development. 10:15 a.m.;                   Colorado. Included with museum admission. austinkids.org
Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr. 454-7208; Pleasant           or 472-2499.
Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr. 974-3940.
cityofaustin.org/library.                                        Fridays
Books and Babies Pre Walkers Ages 6 to 12 months. For            Toddlertime Reading activity for ages 18 months to 3
babies with parents/adult caregivers, including activities to    years. 10:30 a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main
encourage language development. 11 a.m. Yarborough               St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or
Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr. 454-7208; Pleasant Hill Branch,         218-7011.
211 E. William Cannon Dr. 974-3940.                              Babytime A program for babies and their parents or
cityofaustin.org/library.                                        caregivers to encourage language development and
Toddler Storytime Program for children 18 months to 3            learning. Newborn to 1 year. No older siblings allowed. 9:30
years accompanied by an adult. 10:15 a.m. Hampton                a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round
Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. 974-9900;              Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 218-7011.
Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.             Storytime Join us for this dynamic storytime featuring
974-3800; Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr.             books, songs, and crafts for all ages. 10 to 11 a.m. Family
345-4435; Twin Oaks Branch, 2301 S. Congress, No. 7,             Connections Meeting Place, 825 E. 53 ½ St. E-101. FREE.
442-4664. cityofaustin.org/library.                              familyconnectionsonline.org or 478-5725 ext. 210.
Toddler Storytime Program for children 18 months to 3            Storytime A 15 to 30-minute program for children of mixed
years accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m. Spicewood Springs         ages with accompanying adult. May include stories, music,
Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd. 974-3800.                     and other activities. 10:15 a.m. Southeast Austin
cityofaustin.org/library.                                        Community Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. 462-1452.
Preschool Storytime Children 3 to 5 years. Children are          Storytime Educators engage children in exciting stories,
welcome to attend independently while the accompanying           songs, and puppetry three times a day, everyday. 10:30
adult waits in the library. 11 a.m. Hampton Branch at Oak        a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s Museum, 201
Hill. 974-9900; Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr.       Colorado. Included with museum admission. austinkids.org
345-4435; Twin Oaks Branch, 2301 S. Congress, No. 6.             or 472-2499.
442-4664. cityofaustin.org/library.                              Preschool Storytime Themed stories, songs, and activities
Spanish Storytimes 11 a.m. Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.         to enjoy with an adult followed by a craft. Ages 3 to 5 years.
974-7500; 11 a.m. Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr.              11:30 a.m. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501 Wells
974-9880.                                                        Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.
Storytime A 15 to 30-minute program for children infant to       Toddler Storytime Themed stories, songs, and activities to
5 years of age and accompanying adult. May include               enjoy with an adult followed by a craft. Ages 18 to 36
stories, music, and other activities. 10:15 a.m. Manchaca        months. 10:45 a.m. Wells Branch Community Library, 1501
Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd. 974-8700; Milwood                 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.
Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr. 974-9880; St. John Branch,             Baby Bookworm An infant lap-sit storytime for ages infant
7500 Blessing Ave. 974-7570. cityofaustin.org/library.  .        to 18 months that includes songs, finger-plays, stories, and
Pajama Storytime Ages infant to 5 years. 7 p.m. Southeast        social play time. 10 a.m. Wells Branch Community Library,
Austin Community Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd.               1501 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 989-3188.
462-1452; Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr.
974-9840. cityofaustin.org/library.                              Saturdays
Book Babies Ages 3 to 24 months. 10:30 a.m. Lake Travis          Storytime Join us for storytime led by gallery educators. All
Community Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100.                ages. 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Austin Children’s
laketravislibrary.org or 263-2885.                               Museum, 201 Colorado St. Included with museum
Storytime Educators engage children in exciting stories,         admission. austinkids.org or 472-2499.
songs, and puppetry three times a day, everyday. 10:30

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december | parenting events
Tuesday 1                                                         to 4 p.m. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd.     visit lllusa.org or 272-8042.
Austin Preschool Mothers Club This mommy and me event             FREE and open for all. us.artofliving.org or 680-4580.          Car Seat Inspection Event Certified child passenger safety
will feature entertainment by Mr. Johnny and holiday season       Second Saturday Workshop Discuss ways to overcome a             technicians will inspect child car seats. You must have an
crafts. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Town Lake YMCA multi-purpose           sense of defeat and focus on addiction and recovery. 10         appointment time. FREE. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Buda Fire
room. austinmothers.org.                                          a.m. to noon. Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr. FREE.        Station #1, Buda. texansinmotion.net or 295-2232.
                                                                  austinrecovery.org or 697-8528.
Wednesday 2                                                                                                                       Wednesday 9
Gateway to Recovery What is addiction and how is the              Monday 7                                                        Meet the Pedi We invite parents-to-be and parents new to
family affected? First and second Wednesday of each               Colorado River Foundation Volunteer Open House Learn            the Austin area the opportunity to meet our pediatricians.
month. 7 to 9 p.m. Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr.           how you can protect the lakes and the rest of the Colorado      We will discuss our office policies and practice philosophies
FREE. austinrecovery.org or 697-8528.                             River for future generations. Learn more about the Colorado     as well as give you the opportunity to ask general
Child Seat Inspection Station First Wednesday of every            River Foundation. 6 to 7 p.m. Red Bud Center.                   questions. Noon to 1 p.m. Northwest Pediatrics and
month. Sponsored by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office &          coloradoriver.org or 498-1587.                                  Adolescents, 4700 Seton Center Pkwy. Ste. 125. RSVP or
Texans In Motion. Certified technicians will teach parents to     Search Assistance Meetings for family members                   contact northwestpediatrics.com or 338-8500.
use their child’s car seat correctly. Parents should expect to    disconnected by adoption. 7 p.m. Westover Hills Church,
be actively involved during this 30-minute appointment.           8332 Mesa Drive. FREE for members; $10 for non-                 Saturday 12
Please have age and weight information for each child when        members. adoptionknowledge.org or 442-8252.                     Open House at Austin Children's Academy Give your child
making appointment. For the most effective fitting, please                                                                        the best education. Free Holiday Registration. 12310 Ranch
bring the car in which the seat will be most frequently used      Tuesday 8                                                       Road 620 N., 12 - 4 p.m., austinchildrensacademy.org or
and the child who will be using the seat. Also, please bring      ALZ 101: Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease Covers             331-2075.
your car’s operation manual and any instructions for the car      disease basics plus things to know and do when facing the
seat, if available. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Multiple Locations. FREE.   disease. We strongly encourage caregivers attend ALZ 101        Monday 14
Check web or call for location. 854-6615 or 854-7786 or           prior to attending a caregiver support group. Family            Profound Parenting Find parenting solutions that are right
tcsheriff.org/outreach/fittingstation.                            members, caregivers, and the general public are welcome. 6      for you. We provide free childcare for children ages 3 to 11
Friendship International An organization for women of all         to 7:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Association Chapter Office, 3429       years. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905
cultures meets to provide a fun time to practice English,         Executive Center Dr. Ste. 100. FREE. txalz.org or 241-0420.     Anderson Mill Rd. FREE. unityhills.org or 335-4449.
create crafts or cook and learn about each other’s cultures.      Austin Waldorf High School Visitor Morning Tour the
Every Wednesday. 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. First Life Center,          campus, meet the faculty, and experience the curriculum.        Tuesday 15
First Baptist Church. fbcrr.org or 246-1958.                      Prospective high school students are welcome to attend.         Car Seat Inspection Event Certified child passenger safety
MOMS Club of Austin NW Come meet other stay-at-home               Reservations are required. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Austin            technicians will inspect child car seats. You must have an
moms and their children for support, socialization, and fun.      Waldorf School. austinwaldorf.org or 288-5942.                  appointment time. FREE. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. USA Baby.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Email for location                          New South Postpartum Support Group For new mothers              texansinmotion.net or 899-8444.
momsclubaustinnw@gmail.com FREE.                                  experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety and worry, or
meetup.com/MOMSClubaustinnw.                                      adjusting to new parenthood. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call for   Thursday 17
                                                                  location. familyconnectionsonline.org or 478-5725, ext 222.     Car Seat Inspection Event Certified child passenger safety
Saturday 5                                                        La Leche League Breastfeeding support group held at             technicians will inspect child car seats. You must have an
Breathe in Health, Breathe out Stress An acclaimed                multiple locations in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown,           appointment time. FREE. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luling Civic
seminar based on innovative breathing techniques that can         Kyle, San Marcos, and Cedar Park. For locations and times,      Center. texansinmotion.net or 875-7038.
reduce stress and heighten mental clarity and awareness. 2




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december | family events
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                                                                Bazaar see Friday 11; 3rd Annual Keep Austin Bizarre see
texasacademyofballet.com or 670-9959.                           Friday 18; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country Christmas see
Christmas Choral Concert Holiday music, Christmas carols        Saturday 19.
and the Hallelujah Chorus. A round Rock community
tradition since 1995 to benefit Faith in Action Caregivers. 7   Friday 25
p.m, First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St.,           Christmas Day
Round Rock 310-1060 or rr@faighinactioncaregivers.org           CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see             Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill
Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the          Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1;
Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional                Rockin’ Christmas Party see Thursday 3; Live From the
Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art          Plaza see Friday 4; Knitting Circle see Friday 4; F riday
Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Rockin’ Christmas Party see             Music on the Square see Friday 4; Central Market Live
Thursday 3; Laughter on the 23rd Floor see Thursday 3;          Music see Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French
Gingerbread Workshops see Friday 4; Central Market Live         Legation Museum see Friday 4; Schlitterbahn’s Hill
Music see Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French               Country Christmas see Saturday 19.
Legation Museum see Friday 4; 47th Annual Production of
The Nutcracker see Saturday 5; University of Texas Tower        Saturday 26
Tours see Saturday 5; F ree Salsa Lessons see Saturday 5;       Boxing Day
34th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11;           CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
Ninth Annual Children’s Nutcracker see Friday 11; Zilker        Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the
Park Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13; 3rd       Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional
Annual Keep Austin Bizarre see Friday 18; Schlitterbahn’s       Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Rockin’ Christmas
Hill Country Christmas see Saturday 19.                         Party see Thursday 3; Central Market Live Music see
                                                                Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum
Monday 21                                                       see Friday 4; University of Texas Tower Tours see Saturday
Winter Solstice                                                 5; Austin Farmers Market see Saturday 5; Sunset Valley
Holiday Camp For kids in Kinder to 9th grade with arts and      Farmers Market see Saturday 5; Giant Chess see Saturday
crafts, adventure activities, games, and more. 7 a.m. to 6:30   5; Buda Farmers Market see Saturday 5; F ree Salsa
p.m. Camp Twin Lakes in Cedar Park, 204 E. Little Elm Trail     Lessons see Saturday 5; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country
and convenient ISD sites throughout Williamson County.          Christmas see Saturday 19.
Dec. 31 will be Camp Twin Lakes only. Space fills up fast so
register today. ymcagwc.org or 615-5563 or 250-9622.            Sunday 27
CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see             CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the          Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the
Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional                Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional
Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art          Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Rockin’ Christmas
Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Christmas Décor at the French           Party see Thursday 3; Central Market Live Music see
Legation Museum see Friday 4; 47th Annual Production of         Friday 4; Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum
The Nutcracker see Saturday 5; 34th Annual Armadillo            see Friday 4; University of Texas Tower Tours see Saturday
Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11; Zilker Park Trail of Lights     5; F ree Salsa Lessons see Saturday 5; Schlitterbahn’s Hill
and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13; 3rd Annual Keep Austin         Country Christmas see Saturday 19.
Bizarre see Friday 18; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country
Christmas see Saturday 19.                                      Monday 28
                                                                CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
Tuesday 22                                                      Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the
CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see             Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional
Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the          Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Christmas Décor
Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional                at the French Legation Museum see Friday 4;
Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art          Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country Christmas see Saturday 19;
Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Christmas Décor at the French           Holiday Camp see Monday 21.
Legation Museum see Friday 4; 47th Annual Production of
The Nutcracker see Saturday 5; 34th Annual Armadillo            Tuesday 29
Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11; Zilker Park Trail of Lights     A Texas Christmas Carol A musical variety celebration of the
and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13; 3rd Annual Keep Austin         holidays with special guests Tish Hinojosa and The Biscuit
Bizarre see Friday 18; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country             Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Michael and Susan Dell Hall. All ages $10
Christmas see Saturday 19; Holiday Camp see Monday 21.          and up. thelongcenter.frontlinesolutions.com or 474-5664.
                                                                CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
Wednesday 23                                                    Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the
CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see             Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas
Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the          Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Christmas Décor at the French
Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional                Legation Museum see Friday 4; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country
Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art          Christmas see Saturday 19; Holiday Camp see Monday 21.
Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Oak Springs Chess Club see
Wednesday 2; Manor Farmers Market see Wednesday 2;              Wednesday 30
Wednesday Austin Farmers Market see Wednesday 2;                CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
Community Night see Wednesday 2; Christmas Décor at             Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the
the French Legation Museum see Friday 4; 47th Annual            Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional
Production of The Nutcracker see Saturday 5; 34th Annual        Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Oak Springs Chess
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar see Friday 11; Zilker Park Trail     Club see Wednesday 2; Manor Farmers Market see
of Lights and Tree Lighting see Sunday 13; 3rd Annual Keep      Wednesday 2; Wednesday Austin Farmers Market see
Austin Bizarre see Friday 18; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country      Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2;
Christmas see Saturday 19; Holiday Camp see Monday 21.          Christmas Décor at the French Legation Museum see
                                                                Friday 4; Schlitterbahn’s Hill Country Christmas see
Thursday 24                                                     Saturday 19; Holiday Camp see Monday 21; A Texas
Christmas Eve                                                   Christmas Carol see Tuesday 29.
CONTINUING: 12th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights see
Tuesday 1; Santa’s Ranch see Tuesday 1; Skating on the          Thursday 31
Plaza see Tuesday 1; Texas Hill Country Regional                New Year’s Eve
Christmas Lighting Trail see Tuesday 1; Blue Genie Art          First Night Austin Fifth Anniversary A public celebration of
Bazaar see Wednesday 2; Rockin’ Christmas Party see             the arts; the evening includes street performances, a parade,
Thursday 3; Christmas Décor at the French Legation              and other family-friendly activities. Wear comfortable shoes.
Museum see Friday 4; 34th Annual Armadillo Christmas

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                                                                                 december | exhibits
                   films |            by Jack Kyser


                                                                                 EXHIBITS
                   Now in Theaters
                                                                                 Tuesday 1 to Thursday 31
                                                                                 Gems and Minerals Displaying 100 specimens collected from all over the world, including a
Where the Wild Things Are                                                        925-carat blue topaz from Mason County. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St. FREE.
Rated PG                                                                         utexas.edu/tmm or 471-1604.
Starring Max Records, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Chris                  WATER Sparks: Damian Priour Priour sculpts with fossilized limestone, glass, rusted metal
                                                                                 and all beach materials. Sculptures range from monumental architectural pieces to small
Cooper, Forest Whitaker, Catherine O’Hara, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Dano               primitive pets to tiny chairs. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
Austin Family critical rating: ★★★★ ½ of ★★★★★                                   umlaufsculpture.org or 445-5582.
Austin Family Family-Friendly rating: ★★★ ½ of ★★★★★                             School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents Our modern Presidents
                                                                                 received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their
                                                                                 backgrounds and political philosophies. LBJ Library and Museum, 2313 Red River.
Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild                                                     916-5137.
                                                                                 The Petrobelli Altarpiece “Head of an Angel”, a painting from the Suida Manning collection,
Things Are, based on the classic                                                 has been identified as a fragment of a long-lost Veronese masterpiece. Blanton Museum of
children’s book by Maurice                                                       Art, Brazos and MLK Blvd. blantonmuseum.org or 232-5171.
Sendak, is a difficult movie to                                                  Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works During the International Year of Astronomy, the
                                                                                 Harry Ransom Center features its science collection and highlights how astronomy has
write about, because the film                                                    advanced in the last 500 years. Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas. hrc.utexas.edu.
plays subtly on so many                                                          A Legacy of Quilts Joyce Gross Collection on exhibit for the first public exhibition in Austin.
emotions without words. I have                                                   Features 29 quilts made approximately between 1844 and 1950. Bob Bullock Texas State
                                                                                 Museum, 1800 N. Congress. thestoryoftexas.com or 936-8746.
an enormous amount of respect for the movie; whereas many children’s
films are irritatingly condescending toward their younger audiences,             CHILDREN’S EXHIBITS
Where the Wild Things Are instead embraces the emotional angst faced             Tuesday 1 to Thursday 31
by young children and legitimizes that fear as something real and alive.         Cyberchase An exciting adventure with our friends from Cyberchase. Kids and adults will
                                                                                 learn and explore using math, reasoning, problem-solving, and critical thinking in a fun,
                                                                                 hands-on environment. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St. austinkids.org or
The plot is fairly simple, as one might expect from a movie adapted              472-2494.
from a book with only ten sentences. After getting in a fight with his           Permanent Exhibits at Austin Children’s Museum: En Mi Familia/In My Family; Tinker’s
mother (Catherine Keener), Young Max (Max Records) journeys into the             Workshop; Kid Metro, Funstruction Zone, Dairy Cow, Global City Street, Austin Kiddie Limits
                                                                                 and Rising Star Ranch. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado. austinkids.org or
deep recesses of his imagination where he becomes the king of the                472-2494.
‘wild things’ – a group of sad, morose creatures living on an island. As
voiced by veteran actors Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Forest                  IMAX
Whitaker, and Catherine O’Hara, among many others, the wild things               Bob Bullock Texas State History
are alive and vibrant as Jonze explores the insecurities of each creature        Museum Call for show times.             A Christmas
                                                                                 Ages 18 and younger $5; seniors         Carol 3D
and Max’s growing trouble in serving as the creatures’ king.                     $6; adults $7. thestoryoftexas.com      IMAX
                                                                                 or 936-IMAX.
Although the movie is emotionally moving to an audience of young                 “ The Big Picture” Experience the
                                                                                 myth and magnitude of the Lone
adults, I wonder how the film fares in front of a much younger                   Star State.
audience? Children who enjoyed the ‘rumpus’ of the book are likely to            “ Under the Sea 3D” Transports
                                                                                 moviegoers to the most exotic and
equally enjoy the film, but there is a melancholic atmosphere that will          isolated undersea locations.
likely go unnoticed by the youngest viewers. Where the Wild Things Are           “ A Christmas Carol 3D” Disney’s
isn’t necessarily too dark for younger viewers, but it may end up being          “A Christmas Carol” in
                                                                                 groundbreaking 3D.
a children’s film that the adults actually enjoy more than their children.
                                                                                 Texas Spirit Theater
Jack Kyser, a recent graduate of Austin High School, is an avid writer, movie    Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 30
producer and director/actor who has written for Austin Family since 2004         “ Star of Destiny” Takes audiences on an epic journey through the history of Texas.
and is currently writing for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.




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