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Best Bets: A weekend of song

The Northwestern Singers rehearse for their upcoming winter show, "Timeless," which will be performed Jan. 21-22 at the Paramount Theatre. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk @austindailyherald.com

Pony up some cash for the weekend. Not that people need to spend money to have fun, but they’ll have more fun this Saturday if they do.

1. Hold ‘em for cancer

The local Relay for Life’s Team Believe is holding a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at the Eagles Club, 107 11th St. NE, this weekend. Sign up begins at 1:30 on Saturday, and the tournament starts at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20. Of course, a portion of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research, and that’s worth a gamble.

 2. Northwestern Singers

Remember some of those timeless, classic songs? Well, even if you don’t, the Northwestern Singers are offering two chances to be reminded, 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theatre.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Find out more about the Northwestern Singers at www.northwestern singers.org.

 3. A 21st Century Bible

Church, art and history are all wrapped into one on Sunday. The Austin Public Library, 323 Fourth Ave. NE, is showing a video, “The Illuminator and a Bible for the 21st Century,” which details the 2- by 3-foot, hand-written St. John’s Bible’s making and history. Showings will be at 1:30 and 3 p.m.

 4. Austin Symphony

Get ready for more singing. This event, however, is for those who are looking to do the singing. The Austin Symphony Orchestra is holding rehearsals for Dvorak’s Te Deum at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church. All singers are welcome, and another rehearsal will be held at the same spot 7 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, call 507-433-8719.

 5. Pizza for firefighters

Don’t put the cash away just yet. Tip Nite at the Pizza Ranch, 1300 18th Ave. NW, is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. No, the Pizza Ranch isn’t trying to drum up money, but the Mapleview firefighters are. They will be bussing tables as a fundraiser for their fire department, so don’t be afraid to get messy, if you tip a little extra, that is.

Other events

Hey, life savers and potential life savers: Don’t forget about upcoming CPR/AED classes at the Red Cross building in Austin, 305 Fourth Ave. NW. They may not be as fun and exciting as these other events; but winter is getting harsh in Minnesota, and bad things happen to good people. Register by calling 507-437-4589 or going to www.redcross.org.

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 AustinDaily Herald.com homepage.