From holiday lights to a blood drive: Things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake area this November

The Austin Jewish Film Festival began Nov. 7. (Courtesy The Unorthodox)
The Austin Jewish Film Festival began Nov. 7. (Courtesy The Unorthodox)

The Austin Jewish Film Festival began Nov. 7. (Courtesy The Unorthodox)

Nov. 7 through 12

Film festival goes virtual


The Austin Jewish Film Festival, an annual showcase of movies that promote Jewish culture, understanding and tolerance, returns in November with a slate of movies to view online. The festival is showing films online, with special drive-in movie events on the festival’s opening and closing nights, Nov. 7 and 12. $120-$200. Showtimes vary. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin. www.austinjff.org

Nov. 9

Writing workshop


Author Britta Jenson will lead a virtual writing workshop in collaboration with the Westbank Community Library. The session will take place on Zoom and will focus on ways to provide feedback on writing pieces still in development. Virtual access information can be found on the library’s website. 5 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com

Nov. 10

Tech help at Spicewood Community Library


The Spicewood Community Library will offer technology support through its recurring “Tech in the Library” program. Attendees can have their laptops scanned for viruses and their technology questions answered. 4-6 p.m. Free. Spicewood Community Library, 1011 Spur 191, Spicewood. 830-693-7892. www.spicewoodlibrary.org

Nov. 10

Connect with Westlake business owners


The Westlake Chamber of Commerce has moved its business builder lunch to a virtual platform. Attendees will have the chance to connect with local businesses throughout the community. The event will serve up to 40 guests and is open for chamber members and nonmembers. Virtual access information will be provided to guests after they register for the event. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (members), $5 (nonmembers). Virtual. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechamber.com

Nov. 14

Open-air art show


ContraCommon, a nonprofit arts organization, will host an outdoor art market outside of its Hill Country Galleria storefront. The event will feature booths from more than 10 artists, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the studio’s residents and shop for local pieces. Masks and social distancing are required. ContraCommon, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. F140, Bee Cave. 512-670-8086. www.contracommon.org

Nov. 18

Virtual Texas Safari


The Westbank Library will host a live educational wildlife session on Zoom, featuring a black-tailed prairie dog, a speckled king snake and other creatures native to Texas. The event will be led by Dave Kleven, owner of Critterman Dave Safari Guides, a nonprofit wildlife education organization. Virtual access information can be found on the Westbank Library’s website. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Virtual. 512-327-3045. www.westbanklibrary.com

Nov. 21

Community Blood Drive


Registration is open for November’s Lakeway Community Blood Drive. The event is run by We Are Blood, and precautions will be in place to ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines and increased disinfecting practices will be implemented, and masks are required. In light of these adjustments, appointments are required for all participants through www.weareblood.org/donor using the code A197. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov

Nov. 27 through Dec. 20

Bee Cave Holiday Market


The Hill Country Galleria will kick off its annual holiday market on the west end of the shopping center. In addition to the galleria’s 100 shops, the market will feature gifts, holiday drinks, gift wrapping services and holiday music. The collection of pop-up shops will be located next to the Milk + Honey Spa. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/event/Holiday-Market/2145545960/.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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