Plus, five local restaurants made OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants of 2023.
 
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69º | Rainy | 87% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:28 a.m. | Sunset 5:42 p.m.

 
🐈‍⬛ Home purr the holidays
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Any one of these sweet adoptable cats and dogs could come home with you for the holiday season. | Photos courtesy Austin Pets Alive!
Looking for a new furry friend to bring home this holiday season? Look no further — we’ve rounded up six cats and dogs who are eager to share the love with you.

Most of these fluffy friends have had their adoption fees waived, and many of them have been professionally trained.

Cats

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Back in Black is known for her tiny meow squeak.

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Back In Black | 2 years, 3 months
This former street cat was found with a clipped ear and fractured leg, but she’s got a loving spirit that just won’t break. Black — a domestic shorthair — loves other cats and has an affinity for belly rubs.

Josephine | 2 years
A former stray and current Desperate Housecat, Josephine is very affectionate when she gets to know you. She may have her boundaries, but this cute kitty warms up quickly.

Soot Sprite | 4 months
Despite arriving at Austin Pets Alive! with injuries and ringworm, little Soot Sprite is making a comeback. Her fosters say she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.

Dogs

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Firecracker is young, fun, full of energy, and ready to come home with you.

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Firecracker | 1 year
In a word, Firecracker’s personality is explosive. This energetic pup — who is a terrier pit mix — loves a big yard for zoomies, is treat-motivated, and loves being around humans and animals alike.

Frodo | 8 years, 10 months
This loving terrier-pit mix is one of APA!'s top dog trainees, so he comes to you with tricks galore. Whether you’re throwing a ball around or doing a crossword puzzle, Frodo will happily do it with you.

Oprah | 7 years, 8 months
Available to foster or adopt, pointer mix Oprah is house-trained and crate-trained, and loves going for walks and cuddles. This girl is known for her silly facial expressions, so a sense of humor is welcome.

Click here to browse available cats and dogs through Austin Pets Alive!
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Forest Bathing | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 9-11:30 a.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | $35 | Embark on a shared sensory experience in nature.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • “El Cid” | Wednesday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 26 | Times vary | The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $25-$35 | This Austin Shakespeare adaptation of the romantic epic includes creative costumes, new music, and Spanish from an internationally known translator.
Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Turkey Burn | Thursday, Nov. 23 | Times vary | Studio Three, 501 Brazos St., Austin | $30 | Get a themed sweat session in before feasting on Thanksgiving treats.
Friday, Nov. 24
  • Oklahoma City Blue vs. Austin Spurs | Friday, Nov. 24 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park | $10-$160 | Cheer on the Austin Spurs as they take on Oklahoma City.
Saturday, Nov. 25
  • Light up the Plaza | Saturday, Nov. 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave | Free | Explore a holiday market, take photos with Santa, and hear live music from Gunnar Latham and Kaitlin Butts at the Galleria’s tree lighting event.
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News Notes
 
Announced
  • Texas State University will host the first of a series of four presidential debates on Monday, Sept. 16, 2024. This will make Texas State — which is the only Texas university with a president as an alumnus — the first location in the Lone Star State to host a presidential debate.
Travel
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will be the first of ~100 airports nationwide to implement new tower simulator systems after a safety review by the Federal Aviation Administration. The systems, which are meant to bolster Air Traffic Control safety, will go online in January. (KXAN)
Legacy
  • Prominent local philanthropist Robert L. Moody died at the age of 88, according to a UT Austin press release. The businessman left a recognizable mark on the city as the face behind the Moody Foundation, Moody College of Communication, and Moody Center.
Open
  • Former food truck Saigon Le Vendeur opened its new brick-and-mortar restaurant yesterday at 2601 E. 7th St., closing its old truck in the process. Expect the same Vietnamese comfort dishes, plus some seasonal specials. (Eater Austin)
Transit
Ranked
  • OpenTable’s 2023 Top 100 Restaurants in the US list includes five Texas restaurants — and all of them are from Austin. The list includes Clark’s Oyster Bar, J Carver’s, Jeffrey’s Restaurant, Red Ash Italia, and Uchi Austin.
Shop
  • Have you heard of the “Target Phenomenon” — why people can’t leave Target without a cartful of goodies? Brad’s Deals explains 11 reasons to love Target.*
 
 
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🛍️ Can’t stop, will shop
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Find curated racks of clothing at Passport Vintage pop-up market. | Photo via @passportvintage
When it comes to Austin’s shopping scene, we love a good treasure hunt, and a good bargain. Our city is home to several stellar swap meets, cool co-ops, fabulous vintage shops, and resale gems. So get in, we’re going shopping.

The Austin Flea, multiple locations
This rotating market — which offers handmade goods, vintage clothing, and art — has been gathering local artists since 2009.

Citywide Vintage Sale, Palmer Events Center
Although the Citywide Vintage Sale only opens a handful of weekends per year — including this weekend — it fills the Palmer Events Center with artists, collectors, curators, fashions, and curios.

Passport Vintage, pop-up market
What started as a vintage shop in Chicago has become a south Austin treasure. Passport Vintage specializes in stylish denim, vintage T-shirts, and sweatshirts.

Uncommon Objects, 1602 Fort View Rd.
Antique store Uncommon Objects has been called “your eccentric uncle’s attic on steroids,” and for good reason.
 
The Buy
 
These women’s workout leggings with high waist tummy control — they’re “squat-proof” and 30% off today for Black Friday.
 
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As a Texas State alumna, I am positively bursting at the seams with pride for my alma mater. Eat ‘em up, go Cats go!
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