The end of the year -- and the most expensive part of the year -- is upon us. Between buying presents and traveling, the money seems to fly away. Fortunately, this week you can get a meal, have a beer and influence civic health -- all for free. Check out the Westword calendar for more events around town, and share information about more bargains in the comments section below.
Monday Night Burning Man Meet & Greet Potluck at The Fusion Factory (Monday, free) Have a burning obsession to learn more about Burning Man? This crew holds a potluck every Monday. So fire up the crockpot; you'll need to bring a dish to the gathering, whose goal is to meet new people and create a community bond. Read about the procedure and passion behind the event here.
What Are the Warm Cookies of the Revolution? at Buntport Theater (Wednesday, free) We love the Warm Cookies events that keep civic duty in our town funky and fun. In 2014, the community gatherings tackled some tough but entertaining topics. And now you can join in the planning process for next year's programs -- just put on your thinking cap and head to Buntport.
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Wicked Elf Ale Tapping & Ugly Holidays Sweaters at Rock Bottom Brewery (Wednesday, free) Finally, a reason to break out the ugly sweater for the season: It's worth a free beer. Show up early tonight to get a free pint of the new Wicked Elf Ale -- if your sweater is ugly enough, you might even win some prizes.