Participants in this Painting with a Twist class will create a Happy New Year! Art piece using blacklight acrylic paint on a 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages. The class is open to participants age 12 and older. 3-5 p.m. $37. Painting with a Twist, 819 W. Arapaho Road, Ste. 52, Richardson. 469-337-6182. www.paintingwithatwist.com
Dec. 31-Jan. 1 Attend a New Year’s Eve gala
The VIP New Year’s Eve Gala at Double- tree Hotel Richardson benefits nonprofit Anna’s House, which provides temporary housing to families that are displaced. Dance the night away with live band and DJ performances in several rooms. The event also includes a full buffet and cigar lounge. Complimentary margaritas and a champagne toast at midnight are part of the celebration. The event is hosted by Veda Loca of 97.9 The Beat and features DJ Francis Jaye and special guest host Al B. Sure of Majic 94.5. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $75.
Doubletree Hotel Richardson, 1981 N. Central Expressway, Richardson. 469-712-4341. Tickets are available for purchase at www.eventbrite.com.
Dec. 31 Ring in 2020 with mini goats and down dogs
Goat Yoga Richardson holds a special New Year’s Eve session with coffee and cocoa. Patio heaters and a fire pit keep the area warm during class, but participants should dress for cold weather. Yoga mats are provided. 2-3 p.m. $18. 446 Highland Blvd., Richardson. 469-316-1052. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.
Jan. 1 Worth the Trip- Celebrate the new year with family fun in Frisco
Day One Dallas is a New Year’s Day event that allows families to come together for a variety of activities, such as magic acts, games and activities, bounce houses, face painting, live bands and fireworks. The event will be held in Frisco for the first time after previously being held in Fair Park in Dallas. Proceeds benefit Vogel Alcove, a nonprofit organization that helps children recover from the trauma of homelessness. 3-7 p.m. $5 (age 2 and older). Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco. www.day1dallas.com
Jan. 6-7 Students return to school
Richardson ISD students resume classes Jan. 6 after winter break. Many RISD administrative offices are closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3, so call before visiting. Plano ISD students return to school Jan. 7. PISD administrative offices are closed Dec. 23-Jan. 1. For more information on RISD closures, visit www.risd.org. Visit www.pisd.edu for PISD information.
Jan. 11-12 Shen Yun returns to the Eisemann
New York-based performing arts and entertainment company Shen Yun returns to the Eisemann Center to perform classic Chinese dance; ethnic and folk dances; and story-based dances with musical accompaniment and solo performers. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. (Sat.); 1 p.m. (Sun.). $80-$150. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. 972-744-4650. www.eisemanncenter.com