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Best Bets: More Christmas fun

Published 8:25am Friday, December 16, 2011

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There are plenty of ways to give while getting something back at the same time. Not that getting something back is a necessity to giving, but it comes as a benefit for some of this weekend’s events. With gold, silver, games, food, music and entertainment, one would think Santa has already hit Austin. Don’t panic; he hasn’t.

1. Girls’ basketball

The sharing begins at the Austin Packers girls’ basketball game this Friday. For any of the games, starting 4:45 p.m. and running until 9:30 p.m. at AHS’ Ove Berven Gym, spectators can bring two food donations for the Salvation Army and get in for free. So why not watch the Packers take on the Mayo Spartans while filling up that food shelf?

2. ‘Radio Holly Days’

There are plenty of Christmas classics on TV this time of year, but the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, has its own old-time favorites, too. It’s “Radio Holly Days,” starting 7:30 p.m. with tickets $17 at the door and $5 for students. It’s Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, the Andrew Sisters and more, and this time they’re in color.

 3. Piano concert

Free is always good, and that’s the way the piano concert by Sarah Pearson Kang will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Village Cooperative, 2301 10th St. NW, north of Walmart. The concert will feature Kang’s Christmas compilations, and her CD will also be available to purchase.

 4. Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser

Sharing continues on Saturday with a Texas Hold ’Em tournament fundraiser, 1:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 107 11th St. NE. With a $20 buy-in, contestants can bet their way toward the jackpot, but they can’t bluff about feeling good while helping the local Relay for Life. One-third of the pot will go toward the local Team Believe.

 Other events

In addition to sharing at the events mentioned above, the area churches and schools have plenty of festivities their members would love to share, too. Pacelli Schools has a Saturday night concert, Faith Evangelical Free has a choir concert on Sunday, and several Sunday School presentations are in the works.

Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and the homepage.

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