To Do List for December 2019, early January 2020 in Cedar Park and Leander

Pound4Pound Food Drive 
Courtesy Tomlinson's Feed
Pound4Pound Food Drive Courtesy Tomlinson's Feed

Pound4Pound Food Drive Courtesy Tomlinson's Feed

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'Vintage Hitchcock' Courtesy Way Off Broadway Community Players
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Magavet Concert at Shir Ami Courtesy Congregation Shir Ami
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Live Music - DJ Paul Secrest Courtesy Whitestone Brewery
December through Jan. 3

Home For the Holidays

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is hosting a foster drive called Home for the Holidays. People can fill out a foster application to foster dogs and cats that are 1 year or older. The dogs and cats will still be available for adoption. Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown.


Dec. 23-Jan. 3

Leander ISD Winter break

Leander ISD students and teachers are out of school for winter break. Students return to class Jan. 7. 512-570-0000.

Dec. 24

Cirque Musica presents ‘Holiday Wishes’

A theatrical cirque event features holiday hits performed live by a symphony orchestra. The show features acrobats, aerialists and holiday music. 2 p.m.

$35-$75. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park,

2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

Dec. 28

Ringo’s Birthday Bash

The Texas Stars, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, play the San Antonio Rampage. The game features a birthday bash for Ringo the Ringtail Cat, the team’s mascot. Fans who arrive early have the chance to bring home a Ringo bobblehead. 7 p.m. $18-$61. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-GO-STARS.

Dec. 31

Mock New Year’s Eve

Children are invited to ring in 2020 with sparkling apple cider, a dance party, snacks and a dessert bar during a mock New Year’s Eve day party. The event includes a countdown to noon, instead of midnight, and a balloon drop. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Kitchen House, 1514 Dandridge Drive, Cedar Park. 512-799-8301.

Jan. 12

Ladders for Leaders 5k

Ladders for Leaders is a local nonprofit that provides internships for high school students. The organization is hosting a family-friendly 5K fundraiser. 3 p.m. $10-$35. Brushy Creek Lake Park, 3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park. 512-817-4322.

Jan. 21

Austin Spurs game

The Austin Spurs have a black history celebration during the game against the Oklahoma City Blue. This is the team’s 15th anniversary season. 7:30 p.m. $15-$200. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.


Jan. 21

No Office Holiday Party

Whitestone Brewery is hosting a holiday party for people who do not have office holiday parties to attend. Special beers will be on tap, and live music will be performed by Raphina Austin. 5-10 p.m. Free. 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500,

Cedar Park. 512-765-4828.

Jan. 21-22

Chocolate Tasting

Delysia Chocolatier is hosting a holiday chocolate tasting. The event showcases confections of various flavors such as Tipsy Elf Chocolate Truffle, Gingerbread Chocolate Truffle and Santa’s Cookies Chocolate Truffle. At the beginning of the event, attendees get an overview of how the chocolate is created. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $7. Delysia Chocolatier, 2000 Windy Terrace, Ste. 2C, Austin. 512-413-4701.

Jan. 25


Leander ISD’s Education Excellence Foundation hosts its annual gala. The night features LISD teams competing in a game show, which will be hosted by KVUE’s Bryan Mays. Dinner, drinks, games and a silent auction will also be available. 6-11 p.m. $150. Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth St., Austin.

By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.


Leander Mayor Troy Hill speaks to the sold-out luncheon at Hill Country Bible Church in Leander on Jan. 28. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rooftop restaurants and Whataburger: Leander mayor lays out vision in state of the city speech

Leander Mayor Troy Hill gave his state of the city speech Jan. 28 at Hill Country Bible Church in Leander.

Austin Regional Clinic has observed an increasing number of total number of flu cases since the beginning of 2020. (Courtesy Flickr)
Doctors warn flu season has not yet peaked as flu type rates switch prominence

Local doctors continue to caution residents to get vaccinated against the flu as confirmed cases of both types of the flu have yet to peak, according to Austin Regional Clinic data.

Owner Bobby Lacy is pictured at left. (Courtesy Leander Taekwondo America)
Leander Taekwondo America to open Feb. 8

The studio will offer group taekwondo classes for age 4 and older.

The Tumble 22 Hot Chicken food trailer is parked outside the former PDQs at 4501 183A in Cedar Park on Jan. 28. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tumble 22 Hot Chicken coming to Cedar Park

Tumble 22 Hot Chicken—a Nashville hot chicken restaurant—has applied for a mixed-beverage license at the former location of PDQ, at 4501183A in Cedar Park.

Leander Mayor Troy Hill was sworn in as the newest member of the Capital Metro board of directors during its Jan. 27 meeting. (Amy Denney, Community Impact Newspaper)
Leander mayor sworn in as newest member of Captial Metro board

Leander Mayor Troy Hill was sworn in as the newest member of the Capital Metro board of directors during its Jan. 27 meeting. (Amy Denney, Community Impact Newspaper)

Leander Mayor Troy Hill. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Leander mayor Hill to deliver State of the City Jan. 28

Leander Mayor Troy Hill will deliver his annual state of the city address Jan. 28 at the Leander Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon

This sign was on the front door of Russo's on Jan. 23. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Cedar Park has closed

Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Cedar Park closed Jan. 20, according to a sign on the location’s front door.

Rick Beverlin attended his first Leander 
City Council meeting Dec. 5. (Courtesy city of Leander)
Moving from Galveston, Leander’s newest city manager brings experience in tourist communities

Leander’s new city manager, Rick Beverlin, came to Leander from Galveston, where he had served as the assistant city manager since 2016

Central Health is exploring options to provide a cash injection to its employees with minimum wage salaries. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Central Health will explore minimum wage bumps for its employees

The health care district is considering increasing its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Director of operations Joseph Nguyen. (Marisa Charpentier, Community Impact Newspaper)
Moonshine Comfort & Cocktails brings modern southern food to Avery Ranch

After serving locals and tourists alike at its downtown location for more than 15 years, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill opted to open a new location in 2018. Now just over a year old, the Avery Ranch location—called Moonshine Comfort & Cocktails—is bringing the same Southern comfort food and atmosphere to North Austin communities with a slightly modern flair.

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Speed limit to be reduced on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Leander

The speed limit on a 1-mile stretch of Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Leander is being reduced from 65 mph to 50 mph.

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