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.
Leander ISD students and teachers are out of school for winter break. Students return to class Jan. 7. 512-570-0000.
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.
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. www.texasstars.com
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. http://txkidskitchen.com
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. www.laddersforleaderstx.org/events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.