'Flying Solo Class.' For writers and actors. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 7. $150. 2300-D S. Fifth St. 789-7003.
'Writing Your Life as a Woman.' Community writing workshop. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Dec. 23. Austin Arts and Music Partnership, 411 W. Monroe. 636-1346, www.deanlofton.com.
'A Christmas Affair' Market Days. The theme for this year's Junior League holiday event is a journey to Africa. More than 200 merchants from across the country will be at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. Noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday . $12 at the door (half price for 18 and younger from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday). See Web site for more events and the photos with Santa schedule. 467-8982, www.jlaustin.org.
'Holidays in Gruene: 'Tis the Season for Red & Gruene.' Various music, events, shopping and dining. Today through Jan. 3. Gruene Historic District, New Braunfels. 830-629-5077, www.gruene
Amusement parks & zoos
Animal World and Snake Farm. More than 400 reptiles. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 5640 S. Interstate 35, New Braunfels (Exit 183). Age 2 and younger free, $6.75 ages 3-12, $9.75 adults. 830-608-9270, www.exoticanimalworld.com.
Austin Steam Train Association. Old-fashioned Hill Country railroad trips, operating weekends year-round. Various times and locations. $14-$39. 477-8468, www.austinsteamtrain.org.
The Austin Zoo. Primates, big cats, birds, reptiles and other animals inhabit this kid-oriented, privately run sanctuary. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; no one admitted after 5 p.m. 10807 Rawhide Trail. $5-$8. 288-1490, www.austinzoo.org.
Capital of Texas Zoo. Nonprofit zoo dedicated to education and conservation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. 376-A Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek. $6.99-$7.99. 303-6675, www.capitaloftexaszoo.org.
Railroad and Heritage Museum. Family Fun Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Every third Saturday. $2. 315 W. Ave. B, Temple. 254-298-5165, www.rrhm.org.
Nature & outdoors
Austin Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Fourth and Guadalupe streets. 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, the Triangle, 46th Street at North Lamar Boulevard and West Guadalupe Street. Free. 236-0074, www.austinfarmersmarket.org.
Austin Nature and Science Center. Nature exhibits such as the Dino Pit and Zilker Nature Preserve. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 301 Nature Center Drive in Zilker Park. Free. 327-8181, www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc.
Renaissance Market. Featuring handcrafted items. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday with a special event on the 23rd of every month. Public Square, 23rd and Guadalupe streets. 974-4038, www.austinartistsmarket.com.
Sunset Valley Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road. Free. www.sunsetvalleyfarmersmarket.org.
Museums & exhibits
Austin Children's Museum. 'Cyberchase' allows children to use math and critical thinking skills. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 23. $4.50 to $6.50. 201 Colorado St. www.austinkids.org.
Bullock Texas State History Museum. Interactive and traveling exhibits, plus an IMAX theater. Opening Saturday: 'A Legacy of Quilts' exhibit spans more than 100 years of the art form. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. $4-$7. 936-8746, www.thestoryoftexas.com.
Ransom Center. Diverse collections of cultural material to advance the study of arts and humanities. 'From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe' and 'Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 3. 21st and Guadalupe streets. Free. 471-8944, www.hrc.utexas.edu.
LBJ Library and Museum. Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidential library. Current: 'School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Feb. 15. Free. 2313 Red River St. 721-0200, www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.
Sports & fitness
Argentine tango classes. Beginner, intermediate, advanced classes offered. 6:30 Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. $12 drop in, $40 one session. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.
Colorado River Walkers. Join this group for a walk through the Bouldin neighborhood. Start walking between 8 a.m. and noon, finish by 3 p.m. Saturday. Elks Lodge, 700 Dawson Road. www.coloradoriver
Saturday morning yoga classes. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays through winter. Bastrop Gardens, 316 Old Texas 71, Cedar Creek. $10 per session. 512-303-5672.