To-do list: Events in and around South Austin and Dripping Springs in November 2019

Nov. 1-3 & 8-10: Austin Senior Games

At the Austin Senior Games, hosted by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Aging Is Cool, athletes over 50 years of age gather to compete in events including basketball, billiards, cycling, darts, pickleball, tennis, track events and cornhole. Times and locations vary. Entry fees begin at $30. 512-974-6972.

Nov. 2: Have fun with fauna

The Natural Gardener hosts a customer appreciation fair with product giveaways and classes. Activities include carnival games, a self-guided scavenger hunt and pet adoptions by SAFE Refuge of Central Texas.10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin. 512-288-6113.

Nov. 3: Fight against hunger

Attendees donate to Dripping Springs Helping Hands, a nonprofit that targets food insecurity, and get to choose a handmade bowl from one of 17 local potters and fill it with gourmet soup from a participating restaurant. The event includes live music and beer from Bell Springs Brewing Co. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $25. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-6110.

Nov. 9: “The Surreal Sea”

Local design space Ion Art hosts “The Surreal Sea,” an “interactive neon, light and music experience.” In addition to neon elements of the exhibition, a tarot reader, fire dancers and live tiki music will also feature. 5 p.m.-midnight. $20-$30. Ion Art, 407 Radam Lane, Ste. A-100, Austin. 512-326-9333.

Nov. 9: Hit a paella cook-off

The fires heat up at the 17th annual Paella Lovers United Cook-off in Driftwood. According to event communications, over 1000 paella lovers are expected for this open wood-fire cook-off benefitting the Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation. While teams compete, attendees can also enjoy Spanish tapas, paella and beverages for sale, live music and performances from Flamenco dancers. Noon-6 p.m. $23-$78. Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood. 512-710-6997.

Nov. 9-10: Network with writers

The Writer’s League of Texas, an organization that hosts craft workshops at community libraries across the state, will comes to the city with Texas Writes ATX, a weekend of writing panels and workshops. Ten Texas writers will present on a variety of writing topics across genres. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). $139 (WLT members), $199 (nonmembers). Austin Community College Riverside, 1020 Grove Blvd., Bldg. G, Room 8100, Austin. 512-499-8914.

Nov. 11: Golf for a good cause

The Samaritan Center and the Southern Texas PGA partner to host the 20th annual Samaritan Cup golf tournament. In addition to the golfing events, a post-tournament barbecue dinner will be served. Proceeds from the Veterans Day event will help further the Samaritan Center’s mission of supporting “veterans’ mental health and well-being” through the center’s Hope for Heroes program, PGA REACH Southern Texas and PGA HOPE. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Entry fees begin at $250. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin. 512-451-7337.

Nov. 16: Celebrate with a sister city

St. Edward’s University hosts the Angers French Market Day Festival, a celebration in partnership with Austin’s sister city of Angers, France. The family-friendly festival will feature artists, musicians and dancers as well as food from local farmers and restaurants. Kids can enjoy French cartoons, French story time and a sing-along, and older attendees can take French language lessons. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin.

Nov. 16-17: See farm animals strut

Future Farmers of America from Dripping Springs and around the state show lambs, goats, cattle and swine in competition. Proceeds go to Dripping Springs Ag Boosters. 9 a.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m. (Sun.). Entry starts at $15. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-4725.

Nov. 19: Bring your tot to yoga

The Wildflower Center invites parents to bring their toddlers between 18 months and 3 years to a short parent-child yoga class in which families can practice breathing exercises and poses together. This event is part of an ongoing series taught by yoga instructor Cynthia Bernard. 10-10:30 a.m. $15 (per parent/child pair). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100.

Nov. 22: Hit the dance floor

Go Dance Studio’s South Austin location hosts a weekly Friday social for dancers of all levels and stripes. Couples and singles are invited to enjoy music and refreshments, including a happy hour with free beer and wine 30 minutes prior to the event. Music will include swing, salsa, West Coast swing, country and ballroom tunes. 7:45-10 p.m. $7. Go Dance South, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 530, Austin. 512-646-2698.

Nov. 23: Baby goat yoga

The kids of Berkeley Farm—baby goats, that is—join in on a yoga session. The class ends with free smoothies and cuddle time with the goats. The event is limited to 20 participants. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Garrison Park, 6001 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-922-3359.

By Olivia Aldridge

Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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