Learn to garden sustainably, attend a musical and more things to do in and around Northwest Austin this weekend Jan. 18-22

Westwood High School is located at 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, Austin.

Westwood High School is located at 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, Austin.

Support high school theater, compete in a charity golf tournament and more this weekend in Northwest Austin.


Tour a charter school
NYOS, or Not Your Ordinary School, a free charter school with two locations in North Austin, hosts two open houses at each campus in January and February. Parents and guardians can tour the campuses and meet teachers. 9-11 a.m., 5-7 p.m. Free. Kramer Campus: Grades Pre-K–3. 1605 Kramer Lane, Austin. Lamar Campus: Grades 4–12. 12301 N Lamar Blvd., Austin. www.nyos.org

Learn about environmentally-friendly landscaping techniques
The city of Austin's Watershed Protection Grow Green team hosts a series of workshops aimed at educating individuals and landscaping professionals about incorporating environmentally conscious landscaping tools and techniques. The first workshop focuses on "Soil, Trees & Sustainability." 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. 2210 FM 973, Austin. www.austintexas.gov/department/professional-training


Attend an area high school theater production
Round Rock ISD presents two musicals from Jan. 18-20. Westwood High School presents "Working" at Westwood High School and McNeill High School presents "Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the RRISD Performing Arts Center. Times vary. Admissions vary. Westwood High School Theater: 12400 Mellow Meadows Drive, Austin. RRISD Performing Arts Center: 5800 McNeil Drive. Austin www.roundrockisd.org

Learn how to paint with Chalk Paint
Silk and Sage Design Studio teaches a workshop on using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint to refinish furniture with modern or rustic looks. Noon. $150. 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. www.silkandsagedesign.com


Support those affected by
Parkinson’s disease
A nonprofit organization that supports those affected by Parkinson’s disease, Power for Parkinson’s, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a party. The event includes dinner, dancing, exercise demonstrations and live music. 4-7 p.m. Free. The Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane. www.powerforparkinsons.org


Participate in the Four Points Task Force
The West Austin Chamber of Commerce and District 6 City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan put together a Four Points Task Force as a way to communicate issues that residents in the community want to see addressed. A meeting is held at Concordia University's Incubator for Innovation and Impact Building B. RSVP required. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin. www.westausitnchamber.org/fptaskforce/

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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