If you made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday without triggering a “your account has insufficient funds” alert from your bank, this week has Giving Tuesday and some more chances to contribute to great local causes. Not that scoring a sweet big screen TV isn’t a good cause — now people will come to your place to watch football, and they’ll bring beer, and you can drink that beer because, hey, you provided the TV.

Tuesday, December 2 – Artists for Humanity Benefit
Artists For Humanity empowers and employs Boston teens in an intensive program of arts, creativity and enterprise, connecting youths with professional artists to design, create, and sell art products. You can help them continue their mission at Tuesday’s benefit concert at Brighton Music Hall, featuring Bron Don, Quiet Island, L-Ski, For The Year, Iyadonna, and Gretchen & The Pickpockets. That’s six bands for only eight dollars, plus the unquantifiable value of posting that you went to a benefit concert on social media and briefly convincing people that you’re a good person. (7 p.m., $8, all ages)

Tuesday, December 2 – Exploring Tech, Fitness & Entrepreneurship
Technology is changing the way we exercise, and I don’t just mean by allowing you to post on social media every time you work out and briefly convincing people you’re in really good shape. Brooklyn Boulders Somerville and General Assembly present Exploring Tech, Fitness & Entrepreneurship, a night of discussion and networking with local fitness tech innovators. A panel discussion features the founders of HackFit, Ministry of Supply, Brooklyn Boulders, Nourish Your Soul, and the Mobile Locker Company. Let’s hope these smart people can work together to finally invent an apparatus that stimulates your muscles while you sleep so stay in shape and look swole without ever actually, you know, exercising. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, December 3 – Future Boston FUN-draiser
Now that we’ve initiated the process of creating a future of effortlessly beautiful people, we need to make sure Boston is still a place we want to live and work while looking effortlessly beautiful. That’s where the Future Boston Alliance comes in, working to advocate and support the progressive and cultural growth of the city in the 21st century. Help them celebrate Boston’s creative economy at Wednesday’s Future Boston FUN-draiser at Good Life, featuring sets from DJs Frank White and Deejay Bruno, artist showcases, prizes and giveaways, and more. (9 p.m., $20, 21+)

Wednesday, December 3 – Pass the Hat for the Angel Fund Craftacular
Pouring a bucket of ice water over your head when it’s below freezing outside is a recipe for hypothermia, so instead you can help raise funds for ALS research by pouring delicious craft beers into your face. The Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain hosts its annual Pass the Hat for the Angel Fund Craftactular, featuring live music, a gourmet pizza buffet, and samples from seven local breweries and cideries. (7 p.m., $15, 21+)

Wednesday, December 3 – Craft Beer Tasting at the Batch Yard
Now that Somerville is officially on its way out — there’s no surer sign that a trendy place is over than the New York Times writing about it — we need a new one. Consider Everett: There’s the planned Wynn casino, a couple of cool craft breweries, and The Batch Yard apartment complex is built on the site of a former Charleston Chew factory. I haven’t had a Charleston Chew since I was about eight. I mean, I just finished chewing it last week, but I started when I was eight. Check it out next Wednesday when Twitter’s @OnlyInBOS and The Batch Yard are hosting an craft beer tasting with the aforementioned breweries, Idle Hands Craft Ales and Night Shift Brewing Company. (6 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Thursday, December 4 – Boston Common Tree Lighting
In 1917, a munitions ship exploded in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston sent a ship with supplies and emergency personnel. To show their gratitude, Nova Scotia has donated a massive Christmas tree to Boston Common for the past 73 years, and apparently will continue until the end of time because Canadians are just that polite. Thursday’s tree lighting ceremony will feature live music and dance troupe performances, refreshments, a pyrotechnics display, and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Did you know that if you punch a mountie in the face, not only will you avoid arrest, he’ll actually apologize (“I’m surry”) for bumping into your fist with his face? We kid because we love you, mounties. Thanks again for the tree. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Thursday, December 4 – City Awake
Kicking off Thursday and running through December 13, the City Awake social impact festival partners with 170+ local organizations to host 50+ events that highlight the city’s diverse community of world-class for-impact institutions and leaders. From Ted-style talks and expert panels discussing the world’s most pressing challenges, to workshops and hackathons showcasing prospective solutions, City Awake will amplify the work of Boston’s impact sector by raising public awareness and promoting cooperation within the community. This weekend’s events include More Than Just Money: Philanthropy for Social Change, City Connect: A Night of Dancing, Drinks, and Meaningful Connection, City Awake Expo, Crop Kitchen Local Food & Art Holiday Market, and lots more. (Various times, prices, and ages)

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