What’s Up? Weekly: March 20-24, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

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Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24. Times vary. Support your child’s development with Music Together. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a free demo class to experience this rich, research-based music and movement program. You will connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View full demo class schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: In the Garden: – Monday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School – Monday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. Children ages 0-5 will love thisinteractive music class, presented by Armstrong Community Music School. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Sing, dance, and play! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Monday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance & explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Summer Camp Fair – Monday, March 20 from 4-8:00 p.m. To let you know all that’s available for your kiddos this summer in the Four Points area and beyond, the West Austin Chamber of Commerce Summer Camp Fair is bringing businesses and residents together for this fun event. Bring the kiddos. There will be face painting, activities, and great door prizes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and the beautiful ABC indoor playspace will be open. FREE! Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Matters of the Heart: Connections – Monday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m. What if we put our differences aside and started to realize we’re all connected in more ways than we imagined? What if we started to realize we are connected through bravery? Figuring out which path to take in life? Or feeling abandoned? Overcoming obstacles? Or having a fear of losing someone? At the end of the day, we’re all connected in many unique ways. Support dancers from Lonestar Dance Center, MÜV Dance and Fitness, and Performing Arts Studio Georgetown in an evening of self-affirmation. They hope the show will enlighten someone’s heart and mind to make a positive change in the world around them. Admission is FREE! Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club  Tuesday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Preschool Art Hour – Tuesday, March 21 at 10:15 a.m. Bring your little monster to a special literature-based program with The Contemporary Austin. They’ll read Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin and then create drippy art inspired by the book. Recommended for children aged 3 to 5. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories too. This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. This storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Based on the Book Family Movie: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Tuesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Book Circle – Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies. You provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family for a weekly night of all things board games. There will be games available for a wide variety of ages, from ages 2 through 102. Plenty of classics, but some new games you may not have seen before, including Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Dixit, Ticket to Ride, and SuperFight. Play the library’s games or bring your own. Librarian partners will be available to join you for a round and show you the ropes. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, March 21 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, and snuggle in for a bedtime story. All ages are welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Greek Phoenix Art – Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Love art? Be Art Smart and explore different ethnic arts, art media, and techniques at this weekly family art experience for all ages and generations. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Women in Action – Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate Women’s History Month with this program dedicated to the history of women’s advocacy and leadership in Austin. Featuring a roundtable discussion with longtime Austin community leaders, “Women in Action” explores past challenges and obstacles of political organizing and advocacy and shares strategies to help women today meaningfully engage in politics and/or social change. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. This month, hear three exciting talks about dwarf satellite galaxies, astrobiology, and galactic archaeology. Additionally, there will be Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways. Local artists will have astronomy related art on display and the 5th Dimension Books community book store will be parked outside. Plus, telescopes will be on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting). All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club  Wednesday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Staci Gray Concert (Round Rock)  Wednesday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bring your kids for a fun morning of singing, dancing, and playing. Best enjoyed by kids ages 1-6 years old.  FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Spring Has Sprung Storytime – Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. Monday is the first official day of spring. This means flowers and sunshine and picnics and bugs and smiles. BookKids love how colorful the world becomes when spring has sprung, so join them to read books like Swatch and other stories that remind us of Spring. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Japanese Dual Language Storytime – Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts in Japanese and English. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 22 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Discovery! Science of Sound – Wednesday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. This program combines songs to explain vibrations, sound waves, frequency, and amplitude along with stories about the uses of sound and the process of hearing. Following the program will be hands-on activities including experiments about sound waves, distinguishing sounds, and simple instruments to make and take home. Especially designed for elementary aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, The Hot Nut Riveters and Trip Trio perform. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, March 22 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session, the astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation info. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance & explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime  – Thursday, March 23 at 11:15 a.m. This storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Lenten Concerts at Noon – Thursday, March 23 at Noon. This popular midday series of half-hour concerts by distinguished musicians is St. David’s gift to the community. This week, enjoy Splendid Jewels: Choral favorites from one of Austin’s newest professional ensembles. FREE! St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 23 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by guitarist Fred Springer. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Is This Normal? Identifying Mental Health Problems in Teens and What to Do Next – Thursday, March 23 at Noon. Westlake High School hosts a year long speaker series for parents focused on popular topics such as study skills, managing stress and anxiety, and tools for healthy parent/child relationships. This month, Chelsea Fielder-Jenks, MA, LPC will speak on mental health in teens. All families are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Minecraft Club – Thursday, March 23 at 4:30 p.m. Laptops are available. You can also bring your own or other mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Immigration 101 – Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. Learn about Immigration Legal Services offered by Catholic Charities of Central Texas. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Friday

Austin Art in Public Places: Dedication Ceremony for New Artwork – Friday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program will host a dedication ceremony for Pods, a new artwork for the City’s Public Health Department. Pods will serve as a symbol of hope and progress within the Montopolis community. Light refreshments will be served. FREE! Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr, Austin.

Ruthie Foster In-Store Performance – Friday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Community Cinema: Big Hero 6 – Friday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Big Hero 6. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 8:00 p.m. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, March 24 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.