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

Oskar Blues Brewery hosts a concert for Austin-based nonprofit Science in a Suitcase.

Oskar Blues Brewery hosts a concert for Austin-based nonprofit Science in a Suitcase.

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.

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



Vegetable chow mein ($9.99)
Limbu makes a traditional Chinese dish made from egg noodles with a Nepali street-style sauce. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Northwest Austin eatery features a taste of the Himalayas

Northwest Austin eatery features a taste of the Himalayas

The Broadmoor Campus is proposed to have a new MetroRail station. (Rendering courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)
City to work with Capital Metro on financing new Broadmoor and McKalla Place rail stations as development boom looms

Austin City Council expects the new Austin FC stadium and massive mixed-use development planned for McKalla Place and the Broadmoor Campus to result in heightened demand for public transit.

The Atlas 14 rainfall study found Austin to be at a much higher flood risk than previously understood.
Acknowledging expanded risk, Austin moves to prohibit additional density in city’s flood-prone areas

A recent federal flood risk study found Austin's flood risk to be significantly higher than previously understood.

The city of Austin authorized the purchase of a Rodeway Inn at 2711 S. I-35 on Nov. 14. The city plans to convert the property into a homeless shelter. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council green lights $8 million Rodeway Inn plan for homeless shelter transition, vows to address crime in the area

South Austin neighbors raised concerns that criminal activity in the area will put homeless individuals who enter the shelter at risk.

Lady Bird Lake at Congress Avenue in Austin. Since late July, parts of the lake have been off limits due to high concentrations of toxic "blue-green" algae. (Courtesy Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune)
Toxic algae blooms are becoming more common, scientists say

Months have passed, but the capital city still has signs up warning of ongoing dangerous conditions in Lady Bird Lake.

Community members examine updated zoning maps at land development code town hall in October.
Land development code rewrite heads to City Council for final approval, marking home stretch of nearly 7-year process

Austin's long-awaited land development code rewrite is heading to City Council for final approval.

Crews work on updating a section of I-35 in Central Texas (Courtesy TxDOT)
Central Texas transportation agencies investing millions in I-35 for new lanes, intersection improvements aimed at aiding mobility

About 20 miles of I-35 through Central Texas will see an infusion of $400 million in state and federal funding to add one to two additional lanes in an effort to improve mobility.

(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock, Austin locations of Catch Air to become PlayMazing Indoor Play & Party

Both Catch Air Round Rock, located at 1401 South IH-35, Ste. 130, and Catch Air Austin, located at 13450 Hwy. 183 Ste. 107, will be renamed PlayMazing Austin and PlayMazing Round Rock on Nov. 15.

St. David's HealthCare is the founding partner with Two Oak Ventures, the ownership group of Austin FC. (Courtesy Austin FC, STG Design)
Austin FC to locate $45M training facility at mixed-use Parmer Innovation Center in Northeast Austin

Austin FC announces $45 million training facility to be located in Northeast Austin at new development

Delia Garza speaks to her constituents at a town hall meeting in 2017.
Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza says she will not seek re-election as Travis County attorney rumors heat up

Austin's mayor pro tem will not seek reelection to her Southeast Austin district seat in 2020.

Deece Eckstein at the Nov. 12 Travis County Commissioners Court meeting
Travis County intergovernmental relations officer announces retirement, triggers "aggressive" hiring schedule

Deece Eckstein, Travis County's inaugural intergovernmental relations officer, will retire at the end of the year.

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