Start your year off with these local events in Cedar Park and Leander.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional events.

JAN. 3 | Learn to skate

Starting Jan. 3, Chaparral Ice will hold learn to skate classes with the Learn to Skate USA curriculum. Classes are available six days a week. $160 for 8 classes. Chaparral Ice, 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park. 512-252-8500.

JAN. 5 | Learn to skate and play hockey

Starting Jan. 5, Chaparral Ice will hold learn to skate and play hockey classes at its The Crossover location. Classes are available four days a week. $240 for 8 classes. Chaparral Ice, 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park. 512-252-8500.

JAN. 9 | Recycle your Christmas tree

Cedar Park will collect Christmas trees Jan. 9 to be recycled into mulch for city parks and facilities. Drop-off is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Boy Scout Troop 233 will also pick up trees. More information is on their website. The city is also providing free seedlings, as available, for recycled trees. Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park. 512-401-5000.

JAN. 15-16 | PBR Cedar Park Chute Out

PBR's Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will bring 45 bull riders to Cedar Park. Tickets start at $15. 8 p.m. (Jan. 15), 7 p.m. (Jan. 16). H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 800-732-1727.

JAN. 27 | Virtual Council Chat

Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale and Council Members Heather Jefts and Mel Kirland will be in attendance at the city of Cedar Park's virtual council chat. Residents can submit questions online, via email or during the meeting via Webex. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live and Webex. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 512-401-5000.

JAN. 29 | Participate in the Silver Shells Shootout

Join a clay shoot, dinner and auction on Jan. 29 that will benefit Heroes Night Out, a Cedar Park-based nonprofit that supports veterans, service members, first responders and their families. The event will take place in Georgetown. Teams can register online. Reunion Ranch, 850 CR 255, Georgetown. 512-633-6281.

JAN. 30 | Support Leander ISD at the 2021 LEEF Gala

Leander Educational Excellence Foundation's annual gala to support the district will consist of a drive-in experience this year. Admission includes a photo opportunity, a food voucher, popcorn, a party box, silent and live auction followed by a screening of Back to the Future. Space is limited. $75-$180. An online experience is also available and can be viewed from home for free, with participation in the silent auction included. 5:30 p.m. Doc's Drive In Theatre, 1540 Satterwhite Road, Buda. 512-570-0027.

JAN. 31 | Explore cheese and chocolate pairings

Delysia Chocolatier is hosting a virtual pairing experience Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Laura Werlin, a top expert on American artisanal cheese, is known for using her expertise and unique sense of humor to create interactive cheese pairing sessions, Delysia's website said. Werlin is also the author of a James Beard award-winning book on the topic. Tickets include a shipment of cheese and chocolate. $120-$145. 512-413-4701.