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 Northwest Austin reporter. She is also responsible for citywide health care and entertainment coverage. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism in May 2017.
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