Free trees, melted cheese, bees and more: Things to do in and around Northwest Austin this weekend 1/26-1/28

Experienced or beginner beekeepers can learn from experts at the 7th Annual Beekeeper Seminar.

Experienced or beginner beekeepers can learn from experts at the 7th Annual Beekeeper Seminar.

Northwest Austin residents can plan a busy weekend of planting trees, learning about bee keeping, attending a classical guitar concert and more.


THURSDAY







Play casino games for a cause
Crowns of Hope Texas, an organization supporting human trafficking survivors in Austin, hosts a casino night with hors d’oeuvres, poker, blackjack, craps, karaoke, prizes and a silent auction.  7-11 p.m. $50-$420. 11505 Anderson Mill Road, Austin. www.crownsofhopetexas.org






Celebrate a Domain Northside bar's 2nd anniversary
Jack & Ginger's Irish pub hosts a 2nd anniversary party complete with a live DJ and drink specials on Guinness, Jameson and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. 11500 Rock Rose Ave, Ste. B, Austin. www.jackandgingers.com





FRIDAY







See the Harlem Globe Trotters play at the Frank Erwin Center
The nationally and internationally touring Harlem Globe Trotters bring their basketball tricks and skills to the Frank Erwin Center Friday. Guests can stick around after the show for a chance for autographs. 7 p.m. $19-$130. 1701 Red River St., Austin. www.uterwincenter.com





SATURDAY







Learn about beekeeping
Experienced or beginner beekeepers can learn from experts at the 7th Annual Beekeeper Seminar. A portion of proceeds benefits the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and other bee organizations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $65. 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 325, Austin. www.aabaseminar2018.eventbrite.com






Celebrate the work of Leonard Bernstein
The Austin Chamber Ensemble celebrates the work of American Composer Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100 in 2018. Vocal artists and pianists commemorate his work along with the work of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Claude Debussy at the concert held at First Presbyterian Church in Northwest Austin. 7:30 p.m. Free (children under 17), $10 (students with ID), $25 (adults). 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin. www.austinchamberensemble.org






Watch a performance from an international classical guitarist and a students from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Romanian classical guitarist Ioana Grandrabur performs at the Austin ISD performing arts center with an opening act by students from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's guitar program. Austin Classical Guitar arranged for her to visit and teach classes for a week at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 8 p.m. $15-$68. 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin. www.austinclassicalguitar.org





Get a tree for free
TreeFolks, a Central Texas-based nonprofit, gives away free fruit and shade trees to Austin Energy customers at the Austin Community College Northridge campus. An estimated 1,200 trees are given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients can provide a utility bill or ID as proof of residence. Trees are 3-5 feet tall and come in 5-gallon containers. TreeFolks volunteers are on hand to answer questions. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 11928 Stonehollow Drive, Austin. www.treefolks.org






Support Austin Pets Alive with a fondue fudnraiser
The Melting Pot Austin hosts a "Fondue Raiser" from Jan. 28- Feb. 4. $5 from every Fondue Raiser four-course meal goes toward Austin Pets Alive as well as 20 percent of all retail sold, such has chocolate-covered berries. Normal Melting Pot business hours. Prices vary. 13343 Research Blvd. Ste. 350, Austin. www.meltingpot.com/austin-northwest-tx/ 


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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