Your guide to events, happenings and more in and around Northwest Austin through January


Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more through January.

Dec. 31

Ring in the new year dancing at Rock Rose

The Dogwood at Domain Northside’s entertainment hub Rock Rose offers a New Year’s Eve party with a live DJ and complimentary champagne toast.
8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30. 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 130, Austin. 512-330-4554.

Jan. 4 – 6

Watch classical Chinese dance at The Long Center

Chinese dance troupe Shen Yun returns to the Long Center to put on ancient Chinese dance performances in colorful traditional clothing against bright backdrops. Times vary. $84. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664.

Jan. 10

Learn tips and tricks for cooking with olive oil

Austin-based Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars hosts an Olive Oil 101 class at its Arboretum location. Learn tips for cooking with various olive oils. 6 p.m. $35.
10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 130, Austin.

Jan. 9-Feb. 13

Join a writing workshop for grieving women

Women writers of all skill levels can join a weekly workshop on using writing to process relationship breakups at the Austin Center for Grief and Loss. It is led by author Spike Gillespie. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $150. 2413 Greenlawn Parkway, Austin.

Jan. 11-13

Gain home improvement insight at trade show

The 21st Annual Austin Home & Garden Show returns to the Austin Convention Center with vendors products and services for any home improvement needs such as pools, decks, storage and landscaping. Time vary. $7.50-$8.50 (adults), free (children and active military members). 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-404-4000.

Jan. 19

Eat Girl Scout cookies and drink beer at a brewery

Circle Brewing Co. hosts an event supporting the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Guests can enjoy cookie and beer pairings. Cookies are sold on-site as well. 1-4 p.m. $24. 2340 Braker Lane, Austin. 512-814-7595.

Jan. 19

Support breast cancer awareness and research

The Austin Spurs host their annual Pink Game in honor of breast cancer awareness. Spectators can bid in an auction benefiting breast cancer research fundraising via Susan G. Komen Austin. 7-9 p.m. Prices vary. 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-236-8333.

Jan. 23

Hear from a Jewish leader

At the Dell Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Austin Men speaker forum hosts Eric Fingerhut, founder of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, an organization at colleges nationwide.
6-9 p.m. $90-$150. 7300 Hart Lane, Austin. 512-670-6744.

Jan. 22

Raise mental health awareness on Hi How Are You Day

The Hi How Are You Day concert at ACL Live Moody with performances by The Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo and the Moth & The Flame benefits Austin-based mental health research and education organization the Hi How Are You Project. 7 p.m. $49-89. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 512-225-7999.

Jan. 25

Hear a Renaissance-era choral performance

Choral group Ensemble VIII performs “Sacred and Profane: A German’s Italianate Songs of Life and Love” at St. Louis Catholic Church. The program delves into the work of composer Heinrich Schutz. 7:30 p.m. $10-$45. 7601 Burnet Road, Austin. 512-454-0384.

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.
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