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.
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




MOST RECENT

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County sees jump in reported coronavirus cases with 187 on Aug. 7

The county, however, did not report any additional deaths.

Pflugerville ISD administration building
Pflugerville ISD officials preview virtual learning guidelines for start of school year

Pflugerville ISD students attending virtual classes to begin the school year will likely receive more instruction than the minimums required by state law, according to district documents.

Rapid nasal swab antigen tests are recommended as options for individuals who were potentially exposed to a confirmed positive carrier, as well as for people traveling, returning to work or undergoing a medical procedure. (Courtesy Total Primary Care)
Find out where to get a 15-minute COVID-19 test in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth metros

Rapid nasal swab antigen tests are recommended as options for individuals who were potentially exposed to a confirmed positive carrier, as well as for people traveling, returning to work or undergoing a medical procedure.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
50% of Leander ISD families choose virtual learning

Half of all Leander ISD families will continue with virtual learning when campuses reopen Sept. 8

Austin ISD trustees approved a new school calendar Aug. 7, delaying the start of the school year until Sept. 8. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD officially delays start of school year until Sept. 8

The district could also extend virtual learning into November based on an approved Texas Education Agency waiver.

Austin Public Health will resume providing coronavirus testing for individuals without symptoms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Asymptomatic coronavirus tests now available through Austin Public Health

Despite relative progress in county efforts to contain the virus, Dr. Mark Escott has urged the community to stay vigilant in social distancing and wearing masks.

The county now has over 6,000 total confirmed cases. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County adds 109 new cases of coronavirus, 3 deaths Aug. 6

The county now has over 6,000 total confirmed cases.