11 events happening in and around Northwest Austin this week, Dec. 6-10


Supporting a local high school, photos with Santa and chocolate tastings are just a few of the events happening later this week.

Dec. 6
Dine your way down Burnet Road

Italian restaurant Andiamao Ristorante hosts Burnet Road Eats, a neighborhood restaurant promotion featuring meal and drink specials from restaurants on Burnet, including Andiamo, Barley Swine, Bonhomie, Buffalina, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Noble Sandwich Co., The Peached Tortilla and Waterloo Ice House. Each restaurant offers a special dish and drink combo for under $10.

Dec. 6
Learn about (and taste) craft chocolate

The Chocolaterie Tessa pop-up at Domain Northside hosts a “Chocolate 101” event lead by Lawren Askinosie of Missouri-based Askinosie Chocolate. Askinosie leads guests through a tasting and discusses Askinose’s direct trade model with cocoa bean farmers. Each attendee also receives a copy of Lawren and Shawn Askinose’s new book, “Meaningful Work.” $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3211 Palm Way, Ste. 168, Austin. www.chocolaterietessa.com 

Dec. 6 and 9
Support Westwood High School Softball with Chick-fil-A and a dodgeball tournament

On Dec. 6, a portion of proceeds 5-8 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A location at 13201 RM 620, Austin, benefit the Westwood High School Softball team.

On Dec. 9, the team hosts a dodgeball tournament fundraiser at 9 a.m. at Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, Austin. Each team must register in advance and have 10 members, four of whom must be female. Registration is $100 per team with each team playing at least three games in the tournament. Prizes are awarded for the first-place team as well as best team T-shirt design. www.westwood.roundrockisd.org

Dec. 7
Attend a pop-up party at Domain Northside

Through Dec. 24, shoppers can purchase candles from fragrance company, PHLUR, at a holiday pop-up location within Domain Northside’s recently opened Interior Define furniture store. The two companies team up to host a party celebrating the collaboration Dec. 7. The event includes refreshments and a chance to win a $1,000 Interior Define gift card. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. 11701 Domain Blvd., Austin. www.interiordefine.com

Dec. 7
Mingle with tech industry peers at a happy hour event

Austin Technology Council hosts the event at The Dogwood Rock Rose at Domain Northside. New and existing members as well as non-members can network with fellow tech industry professionals. Attendees can register online. 5-8 p.m. 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 130, Austin. www.austintechnologycouncil.com

Dec. 7
Get in the holiday spirit at Concordia University Tree Lighting

Concordia University illuminates its 15-foot Christmas tree with more than 10,000 lights at the annual event Dec. 7. Students decorate the tree and join faculty, staff and alumni in singing Christmas carols. Free admission. 6:15-7:15 p.m. 1400 Concordia University Drive, Austin. www.concordia.edu

Dec. 8-9
Check out a laser light show at the Texas Museum of Science and Technology

Inside the museum’s planetarium, guests can view a new laser light show set to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica and classic country songs. The shows are 30-45 minutes long. $7 for members. $10 for general public. 8 p.m., 9 p.m. start times. 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. www.txmost.org 

Dec. 8-9
Get spooked at at Christmas-themed haunted house

Austin’s House of Torment comes back to life after the Halloween season for “Krampus: A Haunted Christmas.” The redesigned haunted house includes Christmas-themed ghosts and ghouls. General admission $27. 7-11 p.m. 2632 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin. www.krampushauntedchristmas.com/austin/

Dec. 9
Compete in a Math Olympiad

Fifth and eighth graders throughout
Austin compete in math challenges for
prizes. Harmony Public Schools-Austin
hosts the competition. 9-11 a.m. Free.
Harmony School of Political Science &
Communications, 13415 RM 620, Austin.

Dec. 9
Get a photo with Santa at Frost Bank

Children can snack on holiday cookies and take pictures with Santa at participating Frost Bank locations. Free. Noon. 605 Canyon Ridge Drive, Austin. www.frostbank.com

Dec. 10
Race in a Festive 5k

The 22nd Annual Austin Jingle Bell 5k
includes a chip-timed 5K race or a Kid’s
Fun Run. The first 1,000 registrants
receive a moisture-wicking athletics
shirt. 7:45 a.m. Registration fees vary.
The Domain 1, 11410 Century Oaks
Terrace. www.austinjinglebell.com

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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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