Noon Year's Eve Party at The Hive, MLK Community March and more events for South Austinites to attend in late December and January

St. Elmo Brewing Co. is hosting a St. Patrick's Day party Saturday.

St. Elmo Brewing Co. is hosting a St. Patrick's Day party Saturday.

A variety of holiday and non-holidays events are taking place at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. Here's a few events and other dates of note:

Enjoy events at The Hive

10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin.
Dec. 31 Noon Year’s Eve Party
This event includes festive drinks, snacks and a noon countdown. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free

Jan. 14 Sunday Brunch Date and PJ Party
Enjoy brunch while children play in the supervised child care center. Cost includes child care and brunch. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $80 per couple plus one child

Jan. 20 Trivia Night
Teams of up to six can play. Beer and wine are available for purchase. 6 p.m. $12 per team

Dec. 31

Ring in 2018 at St. Elmo’s
Performances include DJ The Mood and Austin funk band Foot Patrol. Soursop provides a special holiday menu. A toast with St. Elmo’s Carl Kosch takes place at midnight. 8 p.m. $30. St. Elmo Brewing Co., 440 E. St. Elmo Road. 737-300-1965.

Jan. 3

Austin ISD resumes for spring 2018 semester
Austin ISD schools and facilities close Dec. 20 as students and staff begin winter break. Classes resume Jan. 3, and the first school board meeting after the return from break is a work session at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8. 512-414-1700.

Jan. 5-7

Experience Ancient China
The Shen Yun Performing Arts company combines classical Chinese, ethnic and folk dance with story-based performances and orchestral accompaniment. Times vary. $85-$154. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664.

Jan. 6

Test your video game skills
Tournaments are now played with “Mario Kart 8” on the Wii U. Controllers are provided. All dates are seed tournaments for the grand championship at the Central Library on Jan. 18. Noon. Free. Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road. 512-974-9900.

Jan. 9

Attend a gardening class
Linda Wall teaches gardening basics, including soil prep and planting in the right season. As a horticulturist, Wall has helped many new gardeners get started. 10 a.m. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road. 512-288-6113.

Jan. 15

March for MLK Day
The MLK Community March begins at the University of Texas and proceeds to Huston-Tillotson University for the festival, which includes vendors and live music. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St.

Jan. 17

Get the facts on Medicare
A presentation by licensed insurance agent Lee Green answers questions about how to sign up for Medicare, how much it costs, the difference between plans and more. 11 a.m. Free. Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Drive. 512-974-3940.

Jan. 20

Learn to prune trees
Colleen Dieter, founder of Red Wheelbarrow Plant Care, shares her expertise in proper tree pruning with guests in attendance. Pruning is the act of trimming and helps keep trees healthy. 9-11 a.m. $30. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Jan. 21

Nonprofit turns 5 years old
This five-year anniversary celebration for Power for Parkinson’s is open to the public and includes dance performances by the PfP dance troupe, exercise demonstrations, dinner and live music.  4-7 p.m. Free. Jewish Community Center of Austin, 7300 Hart Lane. 512-464-1277.

Jan. 21

Preview cooking classes
Sample upcoming cooking and gardening classes held at the Sustainable Food Center. Class instructors are on-site to answer questions. 1-4 p.m. Free. Sustainable Food Center, 2921 E. 17th St., Bldg. C.  512-236-0074.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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