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      Please join Carbon Art Studio for an introduction to indigo dye!

      This beginner level course will include a demonstration of binding techniques to create several different patterns. There will be plenty of hands on time to experiment and create – bind, dip, reveal your designs and watch them transform in an instant from bright green to deep indigo blue.

      Cost is $35 per person and includes everything you will need to create your own set of Three 28×28 tea towels in class.

      (Bring a friend for $5 off each ticket!)

      4 student minimum enrollment
      Light refreshments included
      Cancellations accepted within 48 hours of event start time

      Our facilitator, Rashell Nordstrom, is a local artist who has been hosting art workshops that explore the creative process since 2017.

        Join Plant Party and The Great Outdoors in making unique Holiday Succulent Swag!

        Saturday, 15 December at 5pm, in the Orchid Room at The Great Outdoors.

        Ticket includes:
        3 x 2″ succulents
        Christmas greenery & swag bracket
        Decor items with glitter, wire, paint and burlap
        Sip on your choice of coffee (courtesy of Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden), hot chocolate, cider or… BYOB!

        Bring some friends, your mum or even the kiddos for a family friendly event.

        Looking for a wonderful handmade gift?
        Our builds will be the perfect option for the plant lover in your life!

          Join us for our last Garden Party of the year! We will have so much going on:
          🤶🎅 will be here for photos!
          🎀Jeanette Dyer & Melodie Yargeau will be here to decorate wreaths – bring your own items or use ours!
          🐕 Austin Animal Center 🐈 will be here with a friendly pup and free pet tag engravings!
          🌰DIY Decoration Stand – with all the glitter and glue your heart could desire!
          🎶 Live music!
          And who could forget!?🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

          Saturday 8 December, 11am – 4/5pm

          This event is free and open to the public!

          Welcome to the tenth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

          WHAT TO DO
          On Saturday, December 17th, Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be at Top Golf! This time, he’s bringing his own cookies … and cocoa. Bring the little ones to get a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and receive a FREE holiday-themed gift and, of course, cookies and cocoa. Free for the first 200 kids playing at Top Golf!

          When: Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9-11 a.m.
          Where: Top Golf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin
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          WHAT TO BUY
          A bike with a bow under the tree is a classic gift to give. Shop local this year when you buy a WOOM BIKE, an Austin company that focuses all of its time and energy on designing high quality and lightweight bikes for children of all ages. With attention to detail including safety, ergonomics, handling, design, and non-toxic parts to create environmentally friendly bikes for kids, these bikes are ideal for families looking to give their kids their first bike or an Upcycle option bike that grows with them. WOOM bikes are designed in Europe. Research & Development takes place in Austria, with the US headquarters located right here in Austin, Texas (5555 N. Lamar STE D101)!  For more information visit or follow WOOM BIKES USA on Facebook or Instagram @woombikesusa.


          (1) WOOM1 Balance Bike Bundle:  Includes WOOM 1 Balance bike (Red, blue, green or purple) + Plus Melon Helmet + Personalized Name Sticker + Anodized Bell, valued at $249. Winners can claim the prize of the package or apply the value of the package ($249) to any other bike purchase in the store. (2) A $50 gift card to Top Golf.


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          Welcome to the first day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

          WHAT TO DO
          Spin around the roller rink at Playland Skate Center! With a state of art sound system pumping out tunes in the 27,500 square foot rink, the entire family will have a blast skating and burning off some energy. Worried about how to entertain the kids when they are out of school for Winter Break? Playland will be open daily (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas day) starting Monday, December 19 through January 2, 2017.


          Cost: $8.00 per person includes roller skates

          Where: Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Drive, Austin

          WHAT TO BUY
          Tickets to a show at ZACH Theatre! Perfect for husbands, wives, sons and daughters, coworkers, grandparents and more, tickets to see A Christmas Carol – A Rockin’ Family Musical would make a great gift for anyone on your list.


          Running from November 23 – December 31, 2016 in ZACH Theatre’s Topfer Theatre, A Christmas Carol – A Rockin’ Family Musical by Charles Dickens is Austin’s newest and most rockin’ holiday tradition! Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Come celebrate the season with three soulful ghosts, the Cratchit family’s boundless love, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous and joyous transformation. Recommendation: Six and up. Tickets start at $25.


          WHERE TO GIVE
          The Saint Louise House provides housing and essential services in Austin to women with children who are experiencing homelessness. While their Christmas wish list is taken care of this year, they do need gift cards to various stores to help the families with their needs throughout the year. Some suggestions for which stores they need gift cards to: HEB, Target, Walmart. With 100 families on their wait list, making a cash donation (via mail or credit card online) is also a great way to help. Find more information here.

          A family four-pack of tickets to the December 17 matinee performance of A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Family Musical, valued at $260 and admission for a family of four to Playland Skate Center.

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