To-do list: Here are the South Austin events residents can attend this December

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Your ultimate guide for South Austin events, performances and more in the month of December 2018. For a list of additional local holiday events, click here.

Nov. 30: The Guess Who perform

The rock band will perform their hits from the ’60s and ’70s, including “American Woman” and “These Eyes,” during two Friday night shows. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $85-$133. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin. 888-616-0522. www.oneworldtheatre.org

Dec. 1, 15: Take a tamale-making class with a local chef

Rachel Zierzow, who runs the website Cook, Love, Heal, offers a holiday tamale workshop out of her home, teaching how to cook the Mesoamerican dish and salsas. 3-6 p.m. $65. 7501 Shadowridge Run, Austin. 512-217-1259. www.cookloveheal.com/book-a-class

Dec. 1: Celebrate at Easton Made

To mark the opening of new sections at the Easton Park development, Easton Made brings local shop and food vendors, craft stations, music, pet adoptions, photo ops with Santa Claus and giveaways. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Easton Park, 7804 Skytree Drive, Austin. 512-580-7278. www.eastonmade.splashthat.com

Dec. 2: A local brewery turns 2

St. Elmo Brewing Co., which opened in November 2016, celebrates its second birthday on Dec. 2. The brewery will make limited release beers for the event and offer food, live music and other entertainment. Noon-8 p.m. Free. 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. G-2, Austin. 737-300-1965.
www.stelmobrewing.com

Dec. 6-9: Walk through luminaries at the Wildflower Center

The center’s annual winter event, Luminations, brightens up the grounds and gardens with non-holiday themed luminaries, music and events. 6-9 p.m. $15. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org

Dec. 7-23: Celebrate the holiday season at ‘The Nutcracker’

The iconic production returns for its 56th year in Austin. The score for Ballet Austin’s production is performed live by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Start times vary for the performances. $24-$89. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476-9151. www.balletaustin.org

Dec. 11: Homer Whisenant will perform country music in Dripping Springs

Country music singer and guitarist Homer Whisenant puts on his final performance of the year at the Barber Shop Bar. 7-10 p.m. Free. 207 Mercer St., Dripping Springs. 512-829-4636. www.barbershopbar.com

Dec. 11: Vote in runoff elections

You have one more chance to perform your civic duty this year. Area runoff elections include Austin City Council District 8, Austin ISD District 9 and Austin Community College Place 8. Early voting takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 7. A list of early voting and election day polling places can be found at www.votetravis.org.

Dec. 12: Learn all about small businesses at the library

BizAid Business Orientation offers a presentation on opening a small business and re-evaluation businesses during years of market growth. 11 a.m. Free. Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Drive, Austin. 512-974-7800. https://library.austintexas.gov

Area school districts close for winter break

In Austin ISD winter break begins Dec. 21, and students return to class Jan. 7. Staff development days are held Jan. 2-4. www.austinisd.org

In Dripping Springs ISD winter break begins Dec. 21, and students return to class Jan. 8. Jan. 7 is a staff development day. www.dsisdtx.us

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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