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Tuba Christmas, 12.22.14
Adam Kranz, 17, of Austin, sits on the ground and performs along with other tuba players in the annual Merry Tuba Christmas performance held at the State Capitol in Austin, Tx, on Monday, December 22, 2014. 

The annual Merry Tuba Christmas performance was held at the State Capitol in Austin on Monday, December 22.

Tamalada at Travis High, 12.18.14
From left, sophomore David Perez, hospitality teacher Jayma Vaughan and parent volunteers Esther Govea and Santa Gonzalez fill the inside of tamales at a tamalada held by the culinary arts students and instructor at Travis High School  on Thursday, December 18, 2014. People in the community interested in the tamales can purchase them through donation only, if they are able. Any funds raised goes to the culinary program. Parents of students and other community members helped to prepare the tamales. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Parents, students and educators gather to fill tamales at a tamalada held by the culinary arts students and instructor at Travis High School on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Vigil for Taliban attack victims, 12.17.14
Children pose for photos during a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The event was held in front of the Texas State Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. 

A candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The event was held in front of the Capitol Wednesday.

Austin mayoral race, 12.16.14
Austin Mayor-elect Steve Adler, with his wife, Diane Land, waves to the crowd at his election party at Midway Field House on Tuesday December 16, 2014.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Attorney Steve Adler won the runoff election for Austin mayor over Council Member Mike Martinez on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Capitol Nativity scene, 12.15.14
A Nativity scene on the steps of the Texas Capitol on Monday, December 15, 2014. Texas Nativity Scene Project has placed the Nativity at the Capitol where it will sit in the rotunda on the ground floor. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Texas Nativity Scene Project has placed the Nativity at the Capitol where it will sit in the rotunda on the ground floor.

Elderly couple found dead, 12.15.14
DECEMBER 15, 2014 - Austin Police law enforcement investigate the scene where a couple believed to be in their 80s was found dead inside their home in the 1700 block of Brentwood in North Austin, Texas, on Monday, December 15, 2014.  (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Austin Police law enforcement investigate the scene where a couple believed to be in their 80s was found dead inside their home.

Virgen de Guadalupe, 12.12.14
Elias Sanchez, left, and Alberto Garcia, right, are tasked with carrying the Virgen de Guadalupe on their shoulders through the streets of east Austin during a procession to celebrate the patron saint of Mexico. Catholics gathered in east Austin Friday morning to celebrate the Virgen de Guadalupe in a procession along E. 2nd St. and ending at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on E. 9th St. The Virgen first allegedly appeared on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City nearly five centuries ago, on December 12, 1531 and each anniversary she is celebrated with a procession carrying her statue to churches everywhere where dancing and a celebratory mass is performed. 

Catholics gathered in east Austin Friday morning to celebrate the Virgen de Guadalupe in a procession along E. 2nd St. and ending at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on E. 9th St.

Zilker Tree vs. Ferris Wheel, 12.12.14
A look at the Ferris wheel at Zilker Park for the Trail of Lights. It's new this year and longtime trail attendees are complaining it's a distraction.

A look at the Ferris wheel at Zilker Park for the Trail of Lights. It's new this year and longtime trail attendees are complaining it's a distraction.

Greg Abbott names priorities, team, 12.08.14
Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announces key staff positions and outlines his priorities for the upcoming legislative session during a news conference at the Capitol in Austin on Monday, Dec. 8 2014. Abbott is flanked by his wife, Cecilia, third from left, and a few of the men and women chosen for the staff positions.

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced key staff positions and outlined his priorities for the upcoming legislative session at the Capitol in Austin on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Larry Jackson protest, 12.05.14
Supports for Larry Jackson and other victims killed by police march in downtown Austin Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. 

Austin residents gathered at the Travis County Courthouse at 7 p.m. for a rally seeking justice in the shooting death of Larry Jackson.

Season for Caring: New beds, 12.05.14
Jose Alcantar explains how his new ramp helps him have access to his backyard.

The Alcantar family was the first to receive their new beds that were donated by Factory Mattress to all Season for caring families. The Alcantars' home was flooded and they've been sleeping on old mattresses. This is the fifth year Factory Mattress has helped Season for Caring.

Season for Caring: Factory Mattress delivery
12/5/14 Karla Held/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
 Manuela Alcantar, 76, relaxes into her new mattress with her dog, Lily. Factory Mattress is donating new beds to all the Season for Caring families. The Alcantars were the first to receive their new beds that were donated by Factory Mattress to all Season for caring families. The Alcantars' home was flooded and they've been sleeping on old mattresses. This is the sixth year Factory Mattress has helped Season for Caring. 
"I won't be waking up at 5:30 a.m. anymore, Lily," she told her dog.

Jose and Manuela Alcantar were the first to receive their new beds that were donated by Factory Mattress to all Season for Caring families. The Alcantars' home was flooded and they've been sleeping on old mattresses. This is the sixth year Factory Mattress has helped Season for Caring.

Mounted police officer Sgt. Adam Johnson, 12.05.14
Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson, left, who stopped an attack in downtown Austin on Black Friday by shooting suspect Larry McQuilliams, arrives at the Operation Blue Santa breakfast at the Shoal Crossing Event Center on Friday December 5, 2014.    JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson, who stopped an attack in downtown Austin on Black Friday by shooting suspect Larry McQuilliams, appeared at a Blue Santa event on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

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