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Kick off your weekend with oysters or a beer dinner

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com

Music

People’s Community Clinic fundraiser with Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson and Monte Montgomery at Paramount Theatre. More than 15,000 locals benefit from the People’s Community Clinic’s mission. The cause speaks to these musicians, two of whom are among the most popular acts ever to call Austin home. Cross and Johnson both have won Grammys and had platinum records; Cross also has a best-song Oscar, while Johnson is respected by guitarists everywhere as one of the most inventive ever to play the instrument. $35-$75. 8 p.m. Jan. 17. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock

Dining

Sip & Shuck at Fairmont Austin. Oysters and booze can be a great way to wind down the week. Every third Thursday, Fulton Bar at the Fairmont features oyster pairings with drink specials. This month, enjoy champagne and cocktails made with Treaty Oak Distilling's Waterloo Yaupon Gin and Waterloo Antique Gin. A portion of the proceeds from the happy hour benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. Free. 101 Red River St. facebook.com/events/223852638546375/.

Real Ale Beer Dinner at Stella Public House. The Mueller restaurant hosts an epic beer pairing dinner with Central Texas' oldest brewery. The five-course Italian-inspired menu features seasonal bites inspired by the flavors of featured Real Ale brews, including Hans Pils and Benedictum, a barrel-aged sour brown ale with cherries that is being paired with fish and chips. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. $50. 1905 Aldrich St. Ste. 110. eventbrite.com/e/real-ale-beer-dinner-tickets-53596649020.

Gardening calendar

Winter Care for Native Plants. Should I prune my perennials to remove frost damage? Is there special care for cold-growing grasses? Whether you’re interested in converting yards into climate-adapted native plant habitats or you’re already maintaining a native landscape, this workshop will introduce tips and tricks for keeping Texas plants healthy through the winter. 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19. $45. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org/event/winter-plants.

The 17th Annual Fruits, Nuts, and Berries Workshop at Natural Gardener. Jim Kamas, an associate professor at Texas A&M and an extension specialist focused on pomology and viticulture, will lead this very popular workshop on fruits, nuts and berries. Kamas covers all aspects of home orchard production, from variety selection to pruning and harvesting. He also demonstrates pruning in the Natural Gardener orchard. 10 a.m. Jan. 19. Free. 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd. 512-288-6113, naturalgardeneraustin.com.

Austin Pond Society meeting. The first meeting of the new year features speaker Katie Boyer from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and she will be talking about the monarch butterfly's biology and conservation. The meeting starts with a light meal; members are encouraged to bring covered dishes and desserts. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Free. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd. austinpondsociety.org.