What’s Up? Weekly: September 23 through 27, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

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Happening All Week

Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection
Monday through Friday, September 23 through 27 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Thursday) | Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street

A rare opportunity to see letters, books, artifacts, and manuscripts by Modernist writers who defined a literary revolution – Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and others – from the private collection of Annette Campbell-White, a pioneering venture capitalist and rare book collector. Free docent tours every day at noon.


Baby Storytime
Monday, September 23 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for babies ages 0-12 months old, including songs, stories, and social time. Monday mornings at 10:30am.

Toddler Storytime
Monday, September 23 | from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for kids ages 1-3 years, including songs and stories, followed by play time. Mondays at 11:15am and Thursdays at 10:30am.

Math Club for Adults
Monday, September 23 | at 6:30 p.m. | Carver Branch Library
, 1161 Angelina Street
This is a club for adults with an interest in Mathematics. Participants must have an understanding of basic algebra. This is not a tutoring or a test prep class although you may come to get help with challenging areas. This is a place for enthusiasts of mathematics to learn and grow. Classes are limited to 15 adults and registration is required.


Tuesday, September 24 | All Day |
Various Locations
On September 24, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) will host a citywide benefit raising support for Austin musicians. For one day, Central Texans will have access to over 200 live performances from local musicians at venues in and around Austin. Select businesses, restaurants and retail outlets will be participating by donating 5% (or more) of their sales from the day back to HAAM. Time and cost will vary by location. Black donation boxes will also be placed within supporting venues where patrons can make monetary contributions to help keep music in Austin alive and well. Get out and shop, eat, drink and enjoy live music. Funds raised will go directly toward providing healthcare services for the musicians HAAM serves. For sponsorship information and additional details please visit myHAAM.org.

Storytime with Texas Mother Goose (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, September 24 | at 10 & 11 a.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 West Pfluger Street, Pflugerville

Children up to age 5 with an adult are welcome. Texas Mother Goose presents a show consisting of magic, puppets, ventriloquism, music, dancing and a story with a lesson. She reads the original nursery rhyme and then reads the Texas version  and compares the two.   Lot’s of child participation, laughter, fun and general silliness. Pick your favorite time.  This Storytime repeats at 11:00 a.m.

Spanish Circle Time
Tuesday, September 24 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

Kids ages 0-3 learn basic concepts and Spanish vocabulary through songs and play, followed by social play time. Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.

Homeschool Kids (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, September 24 | from 2 to 3 a.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 West Pfluger Street, Pflugerville

Children 5 to 8 with an adult are welcome. Informal enrichment activities that explore reading, science, art, and more. This program will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. Latecomers will be accommodated when possible. Materials will be available while supplies last. The 9/24 activity is Improv Theater Workshop.

Secret Life of Pets 2
Tuesday, September 24 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library
, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Family Flicks – Tuesday, September 24th at 4pm – Watch fun family movies on our big screen. This month, join us for “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” Popcorn will be served!

Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, September 24 | from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

An evening storytime for families with kids of all ages, followed by a craft. Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 11:00am.


Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, September 25 | from 9:30 to 10 a.m. | Little Yoga House, 2700 W Anderson Lane Suite 229
Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses in this donation based class! If you’ve never visited our studio, this is a great way to get an idea of what kids yoga looks like! *please register online beforehand*

Mommy N Me Storytime Gymnastics
Wednesday, September 25 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Astrokids, 13450 North Highway 183, Suite 106
FREE Mommy N Me Story Time & Gymnastics at AstroKids Gym. Story time, bubbles, music, instruments, puppets and more!

Wednesday, September 25 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue
Calling all aliens, Martians, and astronauts to land your rockets at the annual FREE family-friendly Halloween celebration. Join the Bullock Museum in partnership with Girlstart for spacey hands-on STEM fun for the whole family. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibits after hours at this FREE event. Spooktacular is presented in partnership with Girlstart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing girls’ interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs.

Steam Studio
Wednesday, September 25 | from 6 to 7 p.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

Science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects with a creative twist for kids ages 4-12 years. Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Kids Music with Amber, Johnny and Sharon
Wednesday, September 25 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Central Market, 4477 South Lamar Boulevard
Join Amber, Johnny & Sharon for a wild array of streamers, bubbles, flying scarves, hoppin’ Dads, Moms and laughing kids. Energetic crowds of Moms, Dads and kids co-create the show with scarf snowball fights, bug toss games, drumming, dancing, clapping, singing and high-fiving. Includes Amber’s “Conga Line”, “Sock Hop” and the new “Mama-Papa Jam” (Moms and Dads play drums, harmonicas, kazoos, flute etc.) Grab some dinner in the cafe (kids eat Free too!)


Toddler Storytime
Thursday, September 26 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for kids ages 1-3 years, including songs and stories, followed by play time. Mondays at 11:15am and Thursdays at 10:30am.

Pre-School Storytime
Thursday, September 26 | from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive

A storytime for kids ages 3-5 years, including songs, stories, and play time. Thursdays at 11:15am. We will not have storytime on October 24, November 28, or December 26.

Central Market 25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 26 | from 6 to 8:30 p.m. | Central Market Westgate and South Lamar, 4477 S. Lamar Boulevard and 4001 North Lamar

Central Market is celebrating 25 years of fun with food!  Join us for a Fabulous Foodie Fete featuring tasting stations, live music, Visiting Chef demonstrations in the Cooking School, an Instagram wall, and a chance to win a $2500 CM Foodie gift basket.  Register to attend this free event at centralmarket.com.


7th Annual American Indian Heritage Day
Friday, September 27 | from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue

Join the Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians in celebrating the 7th Annual American Indian Heritage Day! The day will feature a range of activities with dancing and drumming performances and interactive experiences for school groups during the morning and an evening program that celebrates the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Texas’s American Indian groups.

Movie Under the Stars: Avengers Endgame
Friday, September 27 | from 6:30 to 10 p.m. | Metz Rec Center
, 2407 Canterbury Street
Free outdoor screening of Avengers Endgame at Metz Recreation Center. Bring your chairs, blankets & snacks for a FREE movie under the stars. Free popcorn and drink at each showing. One per person.

Aldrich Street Fair
Friday, September 27 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Mueller Austin
, 4550 Mueller Boulevard
Aldrich Street is excited to host its annual Aldrich Street Fair on Friday, September 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy free food samples, drinks and activities from Aldrich Street businesses. Aldrich Street will be debuting a new aerial art installation as well. The event is free and complimentary parking is available in the McBee Street Garage.

Secret Life of Pets 2 Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, September 27 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Road

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.

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

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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