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Best Bets: Clinic kicks off first 2013 weekend

Published 11:07am Friday, January 4, 2013

OK, for the first Best Bets of the year, it’s time to make a resolution — for the kids, that is. Get ready for some crossovers as we’ve crossed over into 2013.

1. A clinic of skills

A youth boys and girls basketball clinic will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Austin High School’s Ove Berven Gym. Better yet, players from the girls and boys Austin High School basketball teams will be there to instruct. A youth jersey is needed to participate, and league games start on Jan. 8 and go for six weeks. Register at the YMCA front desk.

2. Dancing to the beat of the past

Among happy feet on the basketball court, it’s dancin’ at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE. A dance party tribute to legendary singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for students or $2 more at the door. And the music is still alive.

3. A grandfather-father-son activity

All right, guys, it’s time to learn. Dads grandpas and children: Early Childhood and Family Education is holding something for you. Well, it’s actually called “Dad, Grandpa & Me.” Starting Jan. 7 and continuing on Jan. 14 and 21, these three generations can share experiences from building and cooking to motion. Registration is required; email or call 507-460-1709.

4. Auditions, anyone?

Calling all actors: Matchbox Children’s Theatre auditions for “Irish Tales: The Bones That Came to Visit” are just around the corner. Auditions will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. for ages 7 to 11; 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for ages 12 to 15 and 7 to 8 p.m. for ages 16 through adult at the Paramount.

5. Paramount Theatre

Not into acting but still into the arts? Check out the Hardanger class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 through Community Education. Learn how to make traditional, Norwegian embroidery; somehow, I think this may be fitting for some. Registration is required: email or call 507-460-1706.

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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