10 events to check out in and around Northwest Austin throughout December

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Dec. 5
Bring your children to a prehistoric playdate

Domain Northside hosts a dinosaur-themed event as a part of its Northside Kids series. Hear live music and participate in dinosaur-themed games, crafts and activities. 10 a.m. Free. 11700 Domain Blvd., Austin. www.domainnorthside.com

Dec. 6
Get cookie baking tips from culinary pros

Cooking class venue Make It Sweet hosts a class that teaches participants how to bake various cookie recipes. Participants can take home the treats made in class afterwards. 6:30-9:00 p.m. $55. 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 203. 512-371-3401. www.makeitsweet.com

Dec. 6
Learn to start or grow your own small business

Trade show Small Business Expo organizes vendors, networking opportunities and workshops for entrepreneurs at the Palmer Events Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices vary. 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-404-2345.
www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com

Dec. 7
Network and socialize with tech industry peers

Austin Technology Council, a networking group, hosts a happy hour at The Dogwood Rock Rose for current and prospective members to learn about the group’s professional development events. 5-8 p.m. Free. 11420 Rock Rose Ave.. 512-394-8260. www.austintechnologycouncil.org

Dec. 9
Support STEM education at brewery benefit concert

Oskar Blues Brewery hosts a concert for Austin-based nonprofit Science in a Suitcase, which serves children in rural South Africa. 5-10:30 p.m. Free. 10420 Metric Blvd., Austin. 512-243-7054. www.oskarbluesbrewery.com

Dec. 13
Discuss an art museum exhibit with artists

Artists Betelhem Makonnen and Tammie Rubin discuss the Blanton Museum of Art’s exhibit Making Africa. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-471-5482. www.blantonmuseum.org

Dec. 15
Donate to charities at Austin Spurs game

The Austin Spurs host a Season of Giving event at a against the Iowa Wolves at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Spectators can bring gift donations for local charities. 7 p.m. Prices vary. 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-236-8333. www.austinspurs.com

Dec. 18
Craft with chalk paint

Silk and Sage Design Studio offers a class on painting wood with chalk paint to create a distressed wood-look in various colors. Participants leave with tips and notes from class as well as samples of work. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $55. 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 228. 512-766-3486. www.silkandsagedesign.com

Dec. 19
See “Sesame Street” characters come to life

The cast from the children’s TV show “Sesame Street” perform dance routines and songs during a live event at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. start times. $35.75-$70.75. 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

Dec. 29, 30
Honor jazz music legends

At the Palmer Events Center, Austin Symphony Orchestra hosts guest performers for a performance of Ella & Louis, a program that honors jazz musicians Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. 8 p.m. Prices vary. 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.
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