Things to do in Leander and Cedar Park from December to January

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Updated Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m. to reflect the updated cost of the Jan. 12 chili cook-off event.

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the months of December and January.

CALENDAR

DEC. 23-26

Families can temporarily foster dogs for holidays

Texas Humane Heroes wants dogs to spend the holidays in a home, so residents may take home a dog temporarily. Various times. Free. Texas Humane Heroes, 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 512-260-2602. www.facebook.com/texashumaneheroes

THROUGH DEC. 24

Tomlinson’s Feed holds annual pet food drive

For every bag of food donated, Tomlinson’s Feed and its suppliers match the donation, and the food will be distributed to animal rescues. 3421 N. Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 210, Leander. 512-986-7482; 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 235, Cedar Park. 512-260-8566. www.tomlinsons.com

DEC. 24-JAN. 4

Leander ISD students and teachers out of school

The local public school district’s students and teachers take a break from their classes for a winter break. The break lasts through the new year. They will return to their campuses Jan. 7. 512-570-0000. www.leanderisd.org/calendar

JAN. 1

Second annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place in Leander

The Leander Parks and Recreation Department holds its second Polar Bear Plunge at a city pool. Proceeds will be used to fund the Veterans Park Eagle Sculpture. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $35. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.facebook.com/leanderparksandrecreation

JAN. 2-4

Camp teaches children to cook breakfast, pasta

A three-day cooking camp offers themed days for campers, including breakfast, pasta and cupcakes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $60 (single day), $120 (two days), $150 (three days). Kids Kitchen, 1514 Dandridge Drive, Cedar Park. 512-799-8301. www.txkidskitchen.com

JAN. 5

Cedar Park recycles residents’ holiday trees

Trees without ornaments can be dropped off to be turned into mulch for city facilities. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov. Boy Scouts pick up trees at homes; visit www.troop233leander.org for details.

JAN. 5

Youth teams participate in Austin Spurs’ annual event

The Austin Spurs’ annual Youth Sports Game takes place, and all local youth teams may join. The Austin Spurs face the Memphis Hustle. Noon-2 p.m. Tickets start at $15. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-236-8333. www.austinspurs.com

JAN. 5-26

Play staged by Way Off Broadway theater group

The theater group presents the play “Gaslight,” also known as “Angel Street.” The thriller tells the story of the Manninghams. Inspector Rough is convinced that Jack Manningham is a homicidal maniac and that Jack’s wife, Bella—who thinks she is losing her mind—is in danger. 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Jan. 13). $10-$20. Way Off Broadway Community Players, 11880 Hero Way West, Leander. 512-259-5878. www.wobcp.org

JAN. 11

Superheroes featured at Texas Stars hockey game

Spider-Man and Black Panther are attending the Hometown Heroes and First Responders Night at the Texas Stars game versus the Rockford IceHogs. 7 p.m. Various prices. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-GO-STARS. www.texasstars.com

JAN. 12

Chili cookoff and bake sale benefits organization

Destination Imagination teams from two local elementary schools host a chili cookoff and bake sale to support Wonders & Worries, which supports children with parents with serious illnesses. 2-4 p.m. Entrance fee is a donation of any amount. LiveOak Church, 1195 Sonny Drive, Leander. 512-619-5151. https://sites.google.com/view/quirky-queens-di-team

JAN. 12

Nonprofit clinic hosts first annual fundraising gala

Samaritan Health Ministries, which is a health clinic for uninsured families located in Leander, is raising money for a new facility during its first annual Samaritans Give Gala event. The gala features a cocktail reception, a plated dinner, and silent and live auctions. 6-11:30 p.m. $95 (per person), $1,000 (table sponsorship). Sheraton Hotel Downtown, 701 E. 11th St., Austin. 512-331-5828. www.theshm.org/samaritans-give

JAN. 15

The Oak Ridge Boys play ‘Shine The Light’ tour

The quartet, which is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, performs a concert. 7-10 p.m. $36.75-$61.75. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. http://bit.ly/OakRidgeBoysHEBC

JAN. 17-22

Vista Ridge students perform ‘Mamma Mia’

Students put on the musical. A sing-a-long night is held Jan. 22, when guests can bring a ticket from another night and get $5 off admission for that night. 7 p.m. (Jan. 17-19, 22), 2 p.m. (Jan. 19-20). $10 (Leander ISD students and teachers with ID), $15 (general admission), $25 (premium reserved seating with a drink, snack and souvenir). Vista Ridge High School, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-689-0735. www.vrhsdramaboosters.com

JAN. 18

Cedar Park chamber celebrates awards gala

The 2019 BIG Champagne Bash & 46th Annual Cedar Park Chamber Awards takes place. 6:30-10 p.m. $75 (until Jan. 11), $100 (Jan. 12 and after). Sheraton Austin Georgetown, 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 512-260-7800.
www.cedarparkchamber.org

JAN. 24-27

Leander students perform ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

The Leander High School Theatre Department puts on a production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
7 p.m. (Jan. 24-26), 2 p.m. (Jan. 27). $10-$15. LHS Performing Arts Center, 3301 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.
512-850-1712. www.leandertheatre.org

JAN. 26

LISD nonprofit holds game show-themed gala

The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation’s “Family Feud”-themed gala includes dinner, dancing and a game show competition featuring district staff. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $150. The Hilton Austin, 500 E. Fourth St., Austin. 512-570-0027. www.leeftx.org/gala

DATES TO KNOW

DEC. 24-25

City offices in Leander and Cedar Park are closed for the holiday. For more details,  Leander residents can visit www.leandertx.gov, and Cedar Park residents can visit www.cedarparktexas.gov.

UPCOMING AREA EVENTS

DEC. 21 | ROUND ROCK SYMPHONY ‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY’ | AUSTIN
www.roundrocksymphony.org
DEC. 28-30 | FREDERICKSBURG HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL AND POLO MATCH | FREDERICKSBURG
https://victorycup.org/fredericksburg
DEC. 29-30 | AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HONORS ELLA FITZGERALD AND LOUIS ARMSTRONG | AUSTIN
www.austinsymphony.org
THROUGH DEC. 30 | ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ BY THE PALACE THEATRE | GEORGETOWN
www.georgetownpalace.com
DEC. 31 | TEXAS HILL COUNTRY OPERA MASQUERADE BALL | NEW BRAUNFELS
www.texashillcountryopera.com
THROUGH DEC. 31 | SAN ANTONIO ZOO’S ZOO LIGHTS | SAN ANTONIO
www.sazoo.org/events/zoo-lights

LIBRARY EVENTS

Cedar Park Public Library
550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5635
www.cedarparktexas.gov/library
DEC. 22-Jan. 11  All ages can participate in the Winter Reading Challenge. Game cards can be picked up at the library Dec. 22- Jan. 5 and should be turned back in by Jan. 11 for a chance to win a prize.
JAN. 23  The library hosts a presentation on mental health. Attendees can learn about living with a mental health condition, learn how to get involved and ask questions. 7-8 p.m. Free

Leander Public Library
1011 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-259-5259
www.leandertx.gov/library
JAN. 7 People ages 13-18 can learn how to make basic recipes and eat the results during Teen Test Kitchen. The event takes place the first Monday of the month. January’s event features Mexican dishes. 6-7:30 p.m. Free
JAN. 14 The second Monday of each month the library hosts a movie night with hotdogs and popcorn. Vegetarian options are available. The January movie is “Teen Titans Go.” Attendees are welcome to come in PJs and bring a blanket and pillow. 6-8 p.m. Free

LIVE MUSIC

ALOFT AUSTIN NORTHWEST
14020 US 183, Austin
512-219-0267
www.alofthotels.com
DECEMBER
31 Mark Campbell, 7-9 p.m.

RED HORN COFFEE HOUSE AND BREWING CO.
13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park
512-986-7038
www.redhornbrew.com
All music runs from 8-10:30 p.m.
DECEMBER
21 Joe Bastura
22 Kassi Gilbert
28 Kenny McCardle
29 Jeremy Fowler
JANUARY
4 Cameron Elise
5 Clint Manning
11 Indian and the Jones
12 Nick Swift
18 Kaylin Karr
19 Julie Bouchard
25 Raphina Austin
26 Bruce Islandmind

SHOOTERS BILLIARDS & SPORTS BAR
601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park
512-260-2060
www.shootersbilliards.net
DECEMBER
22 Rock Hard, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
29 Chris Duarte, 9:30-11 p.m.
JANUARY
5
Rock Hard, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
12 American Gypsy Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
19 Brett McCormick, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

VOLENTE BEACH RESORT
16107 FM 2769, Volente
512-258-5110
www.beachsidebillys.com
DECEMBER
31 New Years Eve party band TBD, door and dinner at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m.

WHITESTONE BREWERY
601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 500, Cedar Park
512-765-4828
www.whitestonebrewery.com
DECEMBER
31 DJ Paul Secrest, 9 p.m.-midnight
JANUARY
26
Josh Klaus Music, 7-10 p.m.

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Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.
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