Attend High Cotton Home & Design's biggest sale of the year, take a stroll through Christmas lights in downtown Austin and more for Southwest Austinites to do this weekend

The Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll event will feature live music followed by a sing-along. The lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree is also part of the program.

The Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll event will feature live music followed by a sing-along. The lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree is also part of the program.

Celebrate the holiday season with shopping and a stroll through downtown Austin. Austinites can also help support the Alzheimers Association of Central Texas. Here are a few other events happening this weekend:



Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

 
Join High Cotton for its inaugural Holly Jolly affair

High Cotton Home and Design will host its biggest sale of the year with discounts on items throughout the store. As part of the weekend’s event, shoppers will receive 10 percent off an entire purchase, 25 percent off all holiday items, and buy one, get one half-off High Cotton candy, South Candles and pecan pie in a Jar. Giveaways, snacks and wine will also be offered.

Thu., 4- 7p.m., Fri-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. High Cotton Home & Design, 10827 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 110, Austin. 512-296-2423. www.highcottonhomedesign.com





Friday, Dec. 1

 
“Sip and Shop” at Seton

Locals can shop and enjoy hot beverages at the Seton Southwest Volunteers’ annual holiday bazaar. Available gifts for purchase include ready-to-give prepared food items. All proceeds benefit the Seton Southwest Volunteer Program. Free.

4 p.m. Seton Southwest Hospital, 7900 FM 1826. 512-324-9000. www.seton.net/locations/southwest





Saturday, Dec. 2

 
Sing and stroll through downtown

The Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll is a family-friendly event celebrating the arrival of the holiday season. The event will feature live music followed by a sing-along. The lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree is also part of the program. Free.

5-9 p.m. Downtown Austin Alliance, 211 E. 7th Street, Ste. 818. 512-469-1766. www.downtownaustin.com/holidays







Benefit concert to support Alzheimers Association

The Central Texas Medical Orchestra will perform a benefit concert to support the Alzheimer's Association of Central Texas. Specials guests include the St. Edward’s choirs and Sara Au on the horn. Following the concert, guests will have the opportunity to mingle and have their photos taken with the musicians. $10-$25.

7-10 p.m. Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin. 512-422-1165.  www.ctmorchestra.org







AGE of Central Texas and Area Agency on Aging host Striking a Balance Caregiver Conference

The annual “Striking a Balance” Caregiver Conference helps ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources. Attendees will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with other caregivers and local experts on aging. The day also includes workshops on topics related to caregiving, with experts on-site for questions. Free.

8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin, 6505 N. I-35, Austin. 512-451-4611.

www.AGEofCentralTX.org






SIMS Foundation hosts second annual Heart of the City

The SIMS Foundation, a group that provides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their family members, hosts its Heart of the City event each year to raise awareness and funds for mental health services for the Austin music family. The event is hosted by singer-songwriter Bob Livingston, who is the founding member of The Lost Gonzo Band and the namesake of Michael Martin Murphy's 1973 hit song  "Cosmic Cowboy." Other talent includes Michael Ramos, James Petrailli, David Grissom and more. Food and drinks available. $35-$125.

7 p.m. Emo’s Austin, 2015 E. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-472-1008. www.simsfoundation.org/heart-of-the-city/






Learn how to plant and water trees in Central Texas

Saturday’s class at the Natural Gardener is dedicated to planting and watering trees in Central Texas. Arborist Don Gardner will walk visitors through all of the basics including planting, pruning and watering. Gardner has been an arborist for over 40 years. Free.

10 a.m. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-288-6113. www.naturalgardeneraustin.com






Sunday, Dec. 3

 
Celebrate St. Elmo Brewing Company’s anniversary with beer, food and music

St. Elmo Brewing Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sunday with a party that will include all-day food specials from Soursop, a bluegrass show and a full draft-beer menu which will include the brewery’s Imperial Stout Carl and Kolsch Chico. Free.

Noon- 8 p.m. St. Elmo Brewing Company, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin. 737-300-1965. www.stelmobrewing.com






Linda Wall presents Organic Veggie Gardening 101

Linda will walk guests through all the basics including soil preparation, raised beds and planting in the right season. Linda is a horticulturist and gardening consultant whohas helped many new gardeners get started over the years. Free.

10 a.m. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-288-6113. www.naturalgardeneraustin.com