A wizards ball and local art fair: 6 events to do in Northwest Austin from Nov. 27-Dec. 20

Courtesy Cherrywood Art Fair
Courtesy Cherrywood Art Fair

Courtesy Cherrywood Art Fair

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Courtesy Joseph Fuller
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Courtesy Worthwich School of Wizardry
Learn more about health care marketplace enrollment

Nov. 27-Dec. 14
: Austin American Shaman and EVO Health Advisors are hosting informational sessions every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 14 for federal marketplace health care enrollment.

Times vary. Free. Austin American Shaman, 13450 Research Blvd., Ste. 100, Austin. 512-489-0303. www.evohealthadvisors.com

Put the pen to the paper with Austin-area writers

Dec. 5: The Little Walnut Creek Branch Public Library in North Austin hosts a night of writing, providing a space for local authors, poets and creative writers to socialize, network and express themselves. The library will also offer access to its computer workstations throughout the event.

6-8 p.m. Free. Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Lane, Austin. 512-974-9860. www.library.austintexas.gov

Learn about Austin ISD’s middle school programs

Dec. 7:
AISD’s 2019 Middle School Fair offers families with middle schoolers an opportunity to learn about various programs, speak with faculty and enjoy student performances.

9 a.m.-noon. Free. Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin. 512-414-4481. www.austinisd.org

Cast a spell

Decl 7:
Worthwich School of Wizardry hosts its annual social Yule Ball. Witches, wizards and students are invited to enjoy cocktails and brews, dance lessons, a cosplay contest and more.

3 p.m.-midnight. $10-$20. Sterling Events Austin, 6134 E. Hwy. 290, Austin. www.worthwich.com

Visit a local art fair

Dec. 7-8:
The two-day fair features local artists, live music, kids activities and food. Proceeds benefit Little Artist Big Artist, a mentoring program that pairs artists with fifth- and sixth-grade students from East Austin schools.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin. www.chulaleague.com/cherrywood-art-fair

Listen to a piano concert

Dec. 20: Texas pianist Joseph Fuller plays a free concert at Steinway Piano Gallery of Austin. The Houston-area recording artist will perform songs off his recent live concert album “Christmas in the City,” which includes holiday arrangements.

7:30-8:30 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Steinway, 12980 N. US 183, Austin. 512-258-6100. www.josephfuller.com


The Hyatt Place hotel in the Four Points area should be complete by April, according to the owner. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Byron Smith, left, and Tim Manson are planning to break ground on their new storage business called XSpace in late January. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Australian businessmen betting on success of innovative storage model in western Travis County

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Following allegations that an assistant chief used racist and homophobic language, the Austin Police Department may have to suspend future cadet classes. Austin City Council supported an investigation into the department at a Dec. 5 meeting. (Courtesy Austin Police Department)
Austin City Council supports expansive investigation into police department culture and training, likely suspends one future cadet class

The move follows allegations that a former high-ranking officers regularly used racial slurs throughout his career with no recourse from department leaders.

Residents in District 10 look over proposed zoning map during a meeting in October. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council will hear thoughts from residents on comprehensive revision to land use rules at weekend hearing

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Sarah House, a Wells Fargo Securities senior economist and director, speaks at the Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual economic outlook, held Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Economic analyst: Austin economy still strong, but growth has tapered off heading into 2020

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Signage is up at the new SPENGA coming to the Lakeline area. (Denise Seiler/Community Impact Newspaper)
SPENGA to open first Austin-area studio near Lakeline Mall

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A "closed" sign is in the window of the door at the Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse east of Lakeline Mall. (Denise Seiler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse near Lakeline closes

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Courtesy Fotolia
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Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty in May addressed constituents in Bee Cave regarding the $23 million Bee Creek Sports Complex. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Daugherty has served western Travis County for the last 14 years, with terms from 2002-2008 and 2013 to the present.

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A Dell Children's Medical Center mobile clinic provides pediatric primary care services in North Austin.
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