14 events to do in and around New Braunfels

Holiday events abound for New Braunfels residents this Christmas. (Courtesy Rudy Jimenez)
Holiday events abound for New Braunfels residents this Christmas. (Courtesy Rudy Jimenez)

Holiday events abound for New Braunfels residents this Christmas. (Courtesy Rudy Jimenez)



Sting Ray Anthony - ‘Jukebox Rocks’

“Jukebox Rocks” brings a retro feel to the holiday season with Sting Ray Anthony’s performance at the Palace Theater in Seguin. 4-7 p.m. $30-$35. Tickets available by phone.

314 S. Austin St., Seguin




‘The Nutcracker’

The School of Classical Ballet & Dance and the Madeleine Hindman Memorial Fund present this Christmas ballet at the New Braunfels Civic Center at 7 p.m. $15. 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels




Diabetes meal planning

Learn how to shop, cook, order at restaurants and create a balanced diet tailored for managing diabetes. Resolute Health Hospital offers this monthly class in the administrative dining room. Lunch is not provided. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.

555 Creekside Crossing, New Braunfels




Holiday Market

Enjoy live music and do holiday shopping at Freiheit Village. Tony Taylor and the Freiheit Elementary School choir will perform. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos from 5-7 p.m. 3-7 p.m. Free (to enter).

2032 Central Plaza, New Braunfels




$5 visit day at McKenna

Wear a holiday-themed hat to the McKenna Children’s Museum and receive $5 all-day admission. Examples of hats accepted include Santa hats, reindeer antlers, elf hats and more. No registration is required. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5.

801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels




Come and play your way

Every third Thursday, the McKenna Children’s Museum sets aside time just for children with special needs. After regular operating hours there are fewer distractions and smaller crowds for children to have a more family-centered environment. 5:30-7 p.m. Free (special needs children and up to five immediate family members). 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels




Paws to read

Children can develop reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog at the Westside Community Center ESL Room. Reading aloud helps children improve fluency and comprehension. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free.

2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels




‘How to Catch Santa’

Kids and parents are invited to a reading of “How to Catch Santa” at the Book Haus. Afterward, kids can decorate a cookie plate to take home and catch Santa on Christmas Eve. 4-5 p.m. $10 (per child)

681 S. Hwy. 46, Ste. D, New Braunfels




Winter Dance Camp

Kids ages 3-7 and 5-10 can sign up for a dance camp at Dance By Design. Participants will learn dances, play games and give a short performance. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $60 (studio members), $85 (nonmembers)

1551 N. Walnut Ave., Ste. 34, New Braunfels




Gruene Harley-Davidson free burn-out-brunch

Stop by Gruene Harley-Davidson for a free biker brunch of pancakes, pulled pork and more. After eating, join the “More than an Oil Change Workshop” at noon to learn about the services provided by the service department and receive $100 off your next scheduled service. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

1288 Loop 337, New Braunfels




Bowling for Badges

Support local first responders and their families by participating in Bowling for Badges hosted by the city of New Braunfels Fire Department and Fiesta Lanes. Register online or over the phone. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25 (per bowler, includes bowling and shoe rental).

1202 Huisache Ave., New Braunfels




New Year’s Eve and Sylver Spooniversary

Ring in the new year and celebrate Sylver Spoon’s two-year anniversary with a New Year’s Eve dinner, live music and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 5-10:30 p.m. (dinner), midnight (champagne toast). $78 (per person, child care available on-site).

67000 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 210-865-3711



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Military Yoga

Beginning in January, Ashtanga Yoga Shala will offer a free weekly yoga and meditation class for active and retired military personnel and their families. Sign up online. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

251 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels




Antique Show

Shop antiques from across the country at the New Braunfels Antique Show presented by Heritage Event Co. at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Free (to enter).

375 S. Castell Ave, New Braunfels




(Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Governor's stay-at-home order to be enforced by Comal County

Gov. Greg Abbott's order is similar to New Braunfels order but supersedes it where it differs, meaning religious services are now deemed as essential.

Texas Tribune: Some local elections in Texas moving ahead despite coronavirus spread

A handful of towns and special districts still plan to go ahead with their May 2 votes, arranging polling places despite calls from the president on down directing people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue is one of hundreds of emergency service districts serving millions of Texas residents across the state. Firefighters, EMTs and medical professionals said they are concerned about the availability of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus public health crisis continues. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
First responders, medical professionals across Texas worry about inadequate personal protective equipment supplies

In a survey of emergency service districts across the state, two-thirds of respondents said they were concerned about a shortage of equipment such as masks, goggles and gloves.

City and county governments, local businesses, school districts and residents across the Texas continue to grapple with the effects of Covid-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Comal County confirms 12th coronavirus patient; Guadalupe County at 17 cases

Five patients in Comal have recovered but two have died.

Data from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies shows that Central Texas will have a shortage of more than 7,000 registered nurses by 2030. (Graphic design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
With Central Texas facing a nursing shortage, new rules could help more nurses join the fight against the coronavirus

With a potential shortage of 20,000 hospital beds in the local area by June, it is unclear if hospitals will be able to provide adequate staffing.

Texas Health and Human Services announced in a press release March 31 the statewide COVID-19 support line will be available seven days a week and toll free at 833-986-1919. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘It is important to recognize how our mental health can be affected by the pandemic': Statewide mental health support line established in light of COVID-19

Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or other emotional challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be able to utilize a 24-hour mental health support line.

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference. (Screenshot via livestream)
'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.

Two more Comal County residents have recovered from the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Two more patients recover from the coronavirus, four are still active

Of the two remaining local cases, two patients are hospitalized outside the county and two are self-quarantined

The NBISD Board of Trustees elected to postpone the May election to November 3, 2020. (Courtesy New Braunfels ISD)
NBISD postpones May board election due to coronavirus

The board of trustees elected to postpone the May election until November.

NBISD has implemented extensive online learning curriculum and opportunities for students during the school closures. (Community Impact Newspaper)
NBISD "one-to-one" technology initiative used during school closures to connect with students

The school district began implementing personal learning devices at all campuses during the 2012-2013 school year.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New Braunfels' stay-at-home order amended, restrictions relaxed

Gun stores, car washes and other businesses may remain open and can hand-deliver products or services.

NBISD workers deliver meals to students at the Veramendi Elementary School meal pickup location March 17. (Courtesy New Braunfels ISD)
Elections, closures, instruction: See what Austin-area schools are doing in wake of coronavirus

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