21 great events in or around Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto in December and early January

This show allows students to show off work from drumming lessons. The event benefits Rhythm Workshops. 7-9 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-289-2561. http://rhythmworkshops.org

This show allows students to show off work from drumming lessons. The event benefits Rhythm Workshops. 7-9 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-289-2561. http://rhythmworkshops.org

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in December and January

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Dec. 1-23

Performance of ‘Peter Pan’ opens in December

Sam Bass Theatre presents “Peter Pan” in a production of the classic children’s tale. The play is directed by Sandra Mullenax and Olin Meadows. 2 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.). $12-$15. 600 N Lee St., Round Rock. 512-763-7228.

Dec. 7

Create candy cane art at Idle Vine Brewery

Art by the Glass hosts an art class at Idle Vine Brewery so guests can paint a candy cane art piece. The studio walks guests step by step through the painting process. 7-9 p.m. $25. Idle Vine Brewery, 16920 Joe Barbee Drive, Round Rock. 512-763-5045. www.artbytheglassstudio.com

Dec. 8

Winter performance shows off Hutto talent

Hutto High School hosts the Hi Stepper Winter Show for a holiday performance of the Hutto High School Dance Department, Hi Steppers and Hippo Heroes. 7 p.m. $3-$5. Hutto High School Performing Arts Center, 101 Chris Kelley Blvd., Hutto. 512-759-4700. www.hipponation.org

Dec. 9

Santa Claus hosts meet and greet in Pflugerville

The Pflugerville Public Library hosts an afternoon with Santa Claus. Attendees can take photos with Santa and work on holiday crafts together. 2-4 p.m. Free. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville. 512-990-6375.

Dec. 9

Annual Christmas fair to open downtown

The Hutto Downtown Christmas Fair features more than 100 artisan, craft and food vendors; live entertainment; and snow. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 (children’s area wristband). Downtown Hutto on East Street. 512-759-4029. www.huttotx.gov

Dec. 9

Christmas pet event benefits animal rescue

Santa Paws Is Coming To Town features photos with Santa and pets, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit Cuz I Matter Animal Rescue. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Hanovers Draught Haus, 108 E. Main St., Pflugerville. 512-969-5027. www.facebook.com/events/2014629412100319

Dec. 9

Williamson County YMCA to host holiday event

Christmas Dreams and Snowy Things features real snow activities, giant slides, train rides, live music and more. 10 a.m. Free. CHASCO Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-246-9622. www.ymcagwc.org

Dec. 12

Farmers market sells holiday meal ingredients

The Pfestive Pfarmer’s Market returns to sell special pre-holiday wares to help prepare holiday feasts. 3-7 p.m. Free. Heritage Park Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6360. www.pflugervilletx.gov 

Dec. 16

Eat pancakes with Santa Claus

Round Rock Christian Church invites children and families to a pancake breakfast featuring Santa. Children can also take photos with Santa. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Round Rock Christian Church, 22 Chalice Way, Round Rock. 512-244-3260. www.rrdisciples.org

Dec. 17

Dance performance depicts Grinch’s tale

Lonestar Dance Center presents “How the Grinch Stole Pflugerville.” The dance show benefits Austin Children’s Services. 3:30 p.m. $1-$5 (monetary or canned food donations). Pflugerville High School FAC, 1301 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville. 512-670-0301. www.lonestar.dance

Dec. 17

Round Rock choir presents Senior Access concert

The Round Rock Community Choir performs in support of the Senior Access program. 6:30 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 703-568-6997. www.roundrockcommunitychoir.org

Dec. 22

Rhythm Workshops puts on annual show

This show allows students to show off work from drumming lessons. The event benefits Rhythm Workshops. 7-9 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-289-2561. http://rhythmworkshops.org

Dec. 31

Kick-start 2018 with Rockin’ Resolution Race

The inaugural Rockin’ Resolution Race begins at The Dell Diamond on the last day of 2017. Route options include kids K, 5K, 10- and 20- mile distances. 7:30 a.m. $75. The Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-553-8027. www.austinrrrace.com

Jan. 1

Chilly pool event splashes into new year

The Pflugerville Pfreeze Pflop invites brave residents to slide into frigid water at the pool. Last year, 170 participated. 10 a.m. Free with donation of canned food item. Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6358. www.pflugervilletx.gov


Dec. 8 | Night Lights Preview Party | Austin

Dec. 8-30 | Holiday Wonder Express | San Marcos

Dec. 15 | Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert | Cedar Park

Dec. 29-31 | “A Christmas Story: The Musical” | Austin

Number to know


A special election is being held for Place 6 on Round Rock City Council. The election will fill a seat left vacant by Kris Whitfield. Three candidates have filed for the seat: Hollis Bone, Hilda Montgomery and John Montgomery. Hilda and John are not related. Election day is Dec. 16, and early voting runs from Nov. 29-Dec. 12. www.communityimpact.com/vote

Worth the trip

Nov. 18-Jan. 20
The ICE at Discovery Green

Houston’s Discovery Green plays host to a 7,716-square-foot ice rink. This rink is the largest in the Southwest and uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create the large skating surface. Times vary. $8-$17. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com/ice   

Dec. 10
A Holiday Tamales Extravaganza

EgCollaborations hosts the first annual Sunday Masa—a Holiday Tamales Extravaganza, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the Elf Louise Christmas Project. The event features more than 20 San Antonio tamale vendors, a holiday market with local vendors and a Pan Dulce pavilion. 11 a.m. Free (admission). Alamo Beer Co., 202 Lamar St., San Antonio. www.facebook.com/events/127063111381800

Dec. 31
AT&T Fireworks Watch Party

For the seventh time, the fireworks watch party returns to The Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas. Purchasing tickets includes a dinner package, a red carpet entry, a free champagne toast, a coat check and party favors. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Old Red Museum of Dallas, 100 S. Houston St., Dallas. www.5mademen.com


Williamson County Commissioner Court members joined Taylor City Council members for a joint meeting to pass economic development agreements. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County, city of Taylor sign economic agreements, await Samsung commitment

$17B plant would employ 1,800 full-time Samsung employees, thousands of contractors

Rethink35 co-founder Adam Greenfield speaks during a news conference Sept. 1. Event organizers set up a pink line to represent how wide TxDOT's I-35 expansion would extend. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coalition of Austin council members, transportation advocates, neighborhood businesses unite against TxDOT’s I-35 plan

The coalition said that TxDOT needs to factor in climate change, connectivity between East and West Austin, and impacts on local businesses to its proposal.

Children arrive for the first day of school Aug. 17 at O Henry Middle School in Austin, where the public school district mandated mask wearing against Gov. Greg Abbott's order. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Education Agency allows mask mandates after federal lawsuit

The Texas Education Agency, facing a federal discrimination lawsuit, will not enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's masking order.

Waterloo Park will reopen to the public Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. (Courtesy/Buie & Co.)
Waterloo Park reopening event postponed due to COVID-19 Stage 5 risk

The Waterloo Park reopening ceremony, originally planned to feature a jazz ensemble, folkorico dance performances and a ribbon cutting ceremony, is cancelled due to the Stage 5 COVID-19 risk.

The largest metro areas across Texas drove population growth across the state, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Newly released U.S. Census data shows metropolitan areas drove Texas population growth

The gap between Texas’ Hispanic population and non-Hispanic white alone population is shrinking.

All Austin public school students, including those learning virtually, will have access to free lunches through June 2022. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD giving free lunch, breakfast to all students for 2021-22 school year

All students, including those attending school virtually, will have access to free meals through the federally funded program.

Photo of a hospital corridor
Region including Travis, Williamson, Hays counties down to 2 staffed ICU beds

Austin Public Health representatives say it is staffing, not space, that currently presents the greatest limitation.

Gov. Greg Abbott's office announced Aug. 9 the state has asked hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Abbott pens letter asking hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures

In a letter to the Texas Hospital Association on Aug. 9, Gov. Greg Abbott said multiple trauma service areas within Texas have approached the 15% threshold of COVID-19 hospitalizations as a percentage of total hospital capacity. 

The city council voted unanimously for the first zoning reading of the property the rezoning unanimously. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Zoning approved for new 50-acre mixed-use development in Leander

A development with 123 cottage-style homes, 70 two-family duplexes and commercial development will move ahead in Leander.

Tacodeli will unveil its new menu items in August. (Courtesy Mackenzie Smith Kelley)
Austin-based Tacodeli to begin serving cocktails and new dinner options

Tacodeli will begin serving cocktails and a new dinner menu in August.

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
Master-planned neighborhood in Dripping Springs to bring 960 homes, new roads

The proposed development by Meritage Homes would feature amenities such as a disc golf course.

Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.