Four virtual events to attend this weekend, hosted by Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs businesses

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will host several virtual gardening classes this weekend. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will host several virtual gardening classes this weekend. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

While some businesses in Austin have begun to reopen, most gatherings and events are still being discouraged by local and state government agencies. Here are four virtual or participate-at-home events being hosted by local South Austin and Dripping Springs businesses this weekend.

Get gardening

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has several virtual gardening events scheduled for the weekend. On Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-noon, the center's staff will offer a class on small-lot landscape design, part of a native plant gardening series. The series continues from 1-4 p.m. with a general class on native plant identification, as well as large-scale landscape design class on May 17 from 1-4 p.m. The series runs throughout May and June. Cost is $30 per class or $162 for the series.

Make a do-it-yourself craft

Board & Brush South Austin will offer pickup for do-it-yourself craft kits on May 16 from 10 a.m.-noon. Kits include materials to create a hand-painted wooden sign—a stencil, stained wood board, paint brushes, paint cups, sandpaper and more. Sign up to participate at

Become a cocktail master

Dripping Springs' Treaty Oak Distilling and Waterloo Gin host a virtual cocktail-making class Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. Treaty Oak professionals will instruct viewers in the making of a Hill Country Raspberry Smash, featuring Ghost Hill Bourbon, and a Texas Heat Pineapple Gimlet with Waterloo No. 9 Gin. RSVP for the free event here or at

Chicken Scat Bingo

Last Stand Brewing Company, another Dripping Springs-area brewery, will present a virtual chicken scat bingo event via Facebook Live on Sunday, May 17 from 2-3 p.m. Participants receive bingo numbers for each taproom purchase through Saturday, May 16 to be used in the game. The winner will receive Last Stand Brewing swag.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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