Among the community events held in August are two back-to-school bashes and donation drives aimed at preparing students and families for the new school year. Also Austin Pride and the Bat Fest happen this month in the city.

Aug. 10: Taste wines with fellow women

The Leander Chamber of Commerce is hosting Women’s Network: Wine Down Wednesday Guided Wine Tasting. This event will include wine tasting and shopping for boutique wines provided by WineShop at Home. All of the wines that will be featured at the event are handcrafted from holistic and organic vineyards from around the world. All participants must register for this event as space is limited. The first tasting will be at 4:45 p.m., so attendees are encouraged to arrive on time. 4:30-6 p.m. Members ($10), nonmembers ($20). 100 N. Brushy St., Leander. 512-259-1907.

Aug. 12: Watch a documentary

Generations Church is showing a screening of the feature documentary film “Free Burma Rangers.” Released in 2020, the movie highlights the humanitarian effort to aid people living in the conflict zones of Burma, Iraq and Sudan. 7-9 p.m. Free, $5 per child for child care. 1461 E. Woodview Drive, Leander. 512-616-7000.

Aug. 13: Prepare for back to school

Family Emergency Room is welcoming the community to its Back-to-School bash for a celebration and fun prior to the start of school. The family-friendly event will have food trucks, a Kona Ice stand, carnival games and grab bags. Both for-profit and nonprofit businesses are welcome to have a stand and sell products at the event at no cost. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Family Emergency Room at Cedar Park, 3620 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park.

Aug. 13: Show up for shoes

Hill Country Community Ministries will be hosting its eighth annual Laces Back to School Shoe event. Since the program’s inception, this event has distributed 4,000 pairs of shoes to local students. The nonprofit organization is in need of volunteers to help out during the event and to help set up the day before. Hill Country Community Ministries operates a community cupboard and a thrift store in Leander. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, volunteer help is encouraged. Life Church, 1393 E. Woodview Drive, Leander. 512-259-0360.

Aug. 14: Create calligraphy

Sip & Script will be at Whitestone Brewery to host Brews and Beautiful Letters, a session on modern calligraphy for beginners. Participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. The class will feature one and a half hours of instruction, Sip & Script’s beginner’s calligraphy kit and materials to write on. Attendees will be able to keep everything at the end of the event. 4-5:30 p.m. $65. Whitestone Brewery, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500, Cedar Park. 512-765-4828.

Aug. 19-20: Worship with Joyce Meyer

Headlined by Joyce Meyer Ministries and musical guest Pat Barrett, the Joyce Meyer Conference Tour is coming to Cedar Park. Christian author and speaker Meyer will deliver messages from her many Biblical teachings. The event will also feature a worship portion with Pat Barrett and band. Doors open two hours prior to the event, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 7 p.m. (Aug. 19); 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 20). Free, no registration required. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000.

Aug. 21: Listen to new wave ‘80s music

The Haute Spot will be hosting Lost ‘80s Live, a 20th anniversary concert featuring live music from the 1980s. This show will be packed with fan-favorite 1980s songs by notable bands and artists such as A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Missing Persons, Stacey Q and more. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. 5-10 p.m. $49-$169. Haute Spot Event Venue, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-986-7411.

Aug. 23: Learn about the WilCo Preserves

Williamson County Conservation Foundation will host the Leave No Trace Williamson County Preserves Class, which covers the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The class will also place an emphasis on mindfulness while hiking at Williamson County Preserves. Participants are required to complete an online awareness activity before the class. The class will meet at the boulder pavilion near the splash pad in Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. 219 Perry Mayfield Blvd., Leander. 512-943-1921. Eventbrite: Williamson County Conservation Foundation

Aug. 24: Build your networking skills

Wilco Workspaces + Events and Chris Meroff will be hosting The Table Network, an event focused on networking and building relationships with different types of people and groups. At this event, attendees will be able to gain peer mentors, grow networking skills and learn how to foster beneficial relationships. Lunch will be provided for participants. 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $20-$25. 1615 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 200A, Cedar Park. 737-279-0350.

Aug. 27: Sing along to a musical
Cedar Park Public Library will be screening “The Greatest Showman,” a 2017 musical about circus magnate P.T. Barnum. 2 p.m. Free. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5600.


Aug. 20: Show your pride

Austin Pride 2022 is a series of events, parties and activities. This year’s festival will include drinks, food, photo booths, more than 140 vendor booths with products from local businesses supporting the LGBTQ community, a lineup of performances by musical artists and pop culture icons, and more. The Pride Parade begins at 8 p.m. There will be celebrations and parties after the parade near Fourth Street. Festival gates open at 11 a.m. Free (age 6 and under), $10 (ages 7-17), $20 (general admission for festival tickets). Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse Segovia St., Austin. 512-956-0234.

Aug. 27: Enjoy bat sightings at Bat Fest

Attendees will get the chance to see 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats go out for their nightly flight at this year’s Bat Fest, presented by Roadway Productions. Along with the bats, this event will feature drinks, food, over 50 arts and crafts vendors, two stages with live music, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more bat activities. 4-11:59 p.m. Free (children 8 and under with an adult), $25 (general admission), $250 (VIP tickets). 100 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-441-9015.