What’s Up? Weekly (December 14-18, 2015)

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Mozart’s Annual Light Show – Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18. Starts at 6:00 p.m. each evening and replays at the top of every hour until closing (last show at 11 p.m.). Enjoy dazzling lights set to music. See a video hereFREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual four-week holiday shopping extravaganza returns for its 15th year. Featuring more than 200 Texas artists, the bazaar offers FREE admission and a hassle-free shopping environment. All items featured at the bazaar must be handmade and include paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, and more. It is one of the best places to find unique gifts with a local touch. Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.

Trail of Lights – Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18 from 7-10:00 p.m. The Austin holiday tradition returns for its 51st year. Gate admission is FREE through December 15 but tickets cost $3 per person (ages 12+) the following nights. Find parking and shuttle information here. Read tips for planning your trip here. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

FREE Admission to the Mexic-Arte Museum – Monday, December 14 – Thursday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, December 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE for the entire month of December. Read about the exhibitions.  Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin.

Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, December 14 – Thursday, December 17. 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 – Monday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals to the Thinkery to explore how vets take care of animals, big and small. They’ll use their imaginations to help care for sick pets, give dirty dogs a bath, and make their very own doggy doctor crafts. Plus, Heartsong Music will join the fun. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 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.

Preschool Story Time with Therapy Dog Rusty – Monday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. Rusty and his owner Belinda will explain how they work as a team to help kids all around Texas with Austin Dog Alliance. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Movie Matinee: Inside Out – Monday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Style Your Sole – Monday, December 14 from 4-7:00 p.m. Customize your favorite pair of TOMS Classics with local artist, Tina Paci. Plus, meet special guest Santa! Kids and kids at heart welcome. FREE! TOMS, 1401 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Holiday Party – Monday, December 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Santa! Treats! Crafts! Santa will arrive at 6:00 p.m., so bring your camera to capture a photo with him. There will also be a special performance by Brooke Elementary School’s Ballet Folklorico. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Nutcracker Ballet at the Library (Round Rock) – Monday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Metamorphosis Dance presents a Pre-K-friendly ballet performance of The Nutcracker for ages 3 and up. Hear the story, meet the dancers, see them in action, and enjoy a photo session with them afterwards. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, December 15 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Deck the Halls with Diapers – Tuesday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This event aims to fill Santa’s sleigh with diapers! Guests will enjoy holiday traditions like decorating cookies for Santa and doing simple crafts, plus newer traditions like building Legos with Snapology–all while listening to holiday music. There will be a photo booth with elf props, a baby area for the littlest diaper bank supporters, and a holiday story time. FREE but donations of diapers and/or dollars are requested. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, December 15 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 for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Mrs. Claus Visits Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 1-6 and their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

The Hey Lollies (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. (toddler show) and 11:15 a.m. (preschool show) FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Homemade for the Holidays: Bike Tube Accessory Gifts – Tuesday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m. At the Bike Tube Accessory Gifts programs, kids ages 10 and up will make couture rubber accessories of their own design in this tube-tastic workshop using upcycled bike inner tubes. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. Witness the activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, 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.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, December 15 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, December 15 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.

Weeknight Cinema: Return of the Jedi – Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, December 15 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Experience accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. There will be games and prizes to test your new-found knowledge and lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other astronomers. All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 501 Brushy St, Austin.

Wednesday

Iris Saves the Land of Black and White (Round Rock) – Wednesday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This musical puppet show presented by The Hey Lollies has a song for every color in the rainbow. All ages welcome. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children from birth through age seven to this special musical storytime with Heartsong Music. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Winter Crafts for Little Ones (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. The library will have an assortment of holiday and winter crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

The Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community: Woodwinds – Wednesday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of ten concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, December 16 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Holiday Fun with Storytime and Crafts – Wednesday, December 16 from 1-3:00 p.m. Storytime is at the beginning of each hour followed by crafts of puppets, gingerbread children, masks, and small drums that you can take home. Fun for the whole family. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament – Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. Doors open for sign-ups 30 minutes before each tournament and the first 32 people to sign up will be assured a spot. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Adults are welcome to compete. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, December 16 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! Tech Camp: Online Art Studio – Wednesday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m. Creating art can boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment, and help reduce stress. Attendees will be able to create works of art with interactive painting games, as well as sculpt and play music in their own online art studio room. Everyone will be able to print out their work and enjoy at home or give as gifts. Kids will be able to express themselves and let out their inner artists without the mess. Especially designed for elementary school aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Wednesday, December 16 from 5-7:00 p.m. Austin’s Arundel Ensemble String Quartet will play holiday music throughout the evening. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Holiday Fiesta – Wednesday, December 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy fun and refreshments, create holiday crafts, and enjoy the Youth Librarian Band, Echo and the Bats, at 6:45 p.m. Don’t forget your camera to take photos with Santa. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Stories With Tim Tingle – Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle will entertain and delight. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, December 16 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, December 16 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Ramsay Midwood and Ben Balmer perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Festival of Trees (RSVP) – Wednesday, December 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join the Staff and Ambassadors of the Carver Museum for an evening of Christmas music, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and beautiful trees. Holiday music provided by Keys of Life piano students. Reserve your FREE spot by calling (512)974-4926. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

African Children’s Choir Concert – Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. Join the African Children’s Choir 30th Anniversary celebration. Helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow. Admission is FREE but a love offering will be collected. Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Thursday

Holiday Sing-along (Round Rock) – Thursday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bring your voices and sense of adventure–and even bells, if you want to–to celebrate the sounds of the season. All ages welcome, but the program is best enjoyed by ages 0-6 years old. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Art Lab for the Littles – Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. Do a playful art project geared towards the littles ages 3-6. There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies provided. FREE! APL –Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, December 17 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to a concert by Pinnacle Brass. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Thursday, December 17 from 12-5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Thursday Matinee: A Christmas Story  – Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL –Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Explorers Club: Magician Cody Fisher (Cedar Park) – Thursday, December 17 at 3:30 p.m. For kids in grades K-5. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Thursday, December 17 from 5-7:00 p.m. Austin’s Arundel Ensemble String Quartet will play holiday music throughout the evening. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Night Before Christmas Break – Thursday, December 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Santa wants to invite all boys and girls to share some holiday fun. Children will enjoy visiting with Santa and playing all kinds of reindeer games. Dress warm because this event is outside. FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury St, Austin.

Echo and the Bats Holiday Performance – Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. Echo and the Bats will play a set of holiday themed music for kids. Echo and the Bats are an all librarian rock band playing songs about your favorite children’s books. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Plastic Bag Bows – Thursday, December 17 from 6-8:00 p.m. Join Austin Creative Reuse to make cool bows out of plastic shopping bags. FREE! Austin Creative Reuse in Lincoln Village, 6406 N IH 35, Ste #1801, Austin.

Music on the Lawn with Buzz & the Blue Cats – Thursday, December 17 from 6-9:00 p.m. Bring the whole family and invite your friends to a sock hop on the lawn of The Historic Charles Johnson House. BYOB and a picnic. Food trucks will be on site. $5 per person (cash only); children under 12 are FREE! Proceeds go to the American Legion. The Historic Charles Johnson House, 404 Atlanta St, Austin.

Trail of Lights (Buda) – Thursday, December 17 from 6-10:00 p.m. Live entertainment; a toasty campfire; hot beverages and concessions available for purchase. Admission is FREE; please bring a non-perishable food donation for Hays County Food Bank. Free parking and shuttle available from the Cabela’s parking lot. Stagecoach Park, 880 Main St, Buda.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

The Big Sing: Winter Holidays – Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. Join the Symphonic Choir from Conspirare in a community singing event. The Conspirare conductor leads visitors through a series of classical and popular choral works connected to imagery of winter holidays as depicted in the Blanton’s collection. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Friday

Family Construction Zone (Round Rock) – Friday, December 18 at 9:30 a.m. (under 3) and 10:30 a.m. (3+) Kids out of school? Need a relaxing activity for many ages to enjoy together? Try some collaborative construction with Duplos, blocks, LEGOs, and Keva Planks for the entire family to enjoy. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Friday, December 18 from 12-5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

The Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community: Woodwinds – Friday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of ten concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. FREE! Macy’s at Barton Creek, 2901 Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin.

Jedi Training Camp – Friday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. Crafts and activities in celebration of the epic saga of Star Wars. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL– Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Third Friday Square Dance – Friday, December 18 from 6-9:00 p.m. With a live fiddle band, experienced caller, and plenty of friendly faces, this is a great opportunity to try something new. Or, if you’re a seasoned square (or contra) dancer, come on down and show the community how fun this American tradition really is. Live square dance music by Cider and calling by Rich MacMath. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Trail of Lights (Buda) – Friday, December 18 from 6-10:00 p.m. Live entertainment; a toasty campfire; hot beverages and concessions available for purchase. Admission is FREE; please bring a non-perishable food donation for Hays County Food Bank. Free parking and shuttle available from the Cabela’s parking lot. Stagecoach Park, 880 Main St, Buda.

Groundwork Music Orchestra Holiday Concert – Friday, December 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This family-focused holiday concert presents the Groundwork Music Orchestra and the students of Groundwork Music Project. Young students from local Austin preschools and elementary schools will get a chance to perform on stage with professional musicians fostering a sense of pride combined with commitment to the collaborative process. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Trail of Life – Friday, December 18 from 7-9:00 p.m. Take a hayride through a beautifully lit, live reenactment of several important scenes from the life of Christ, starting in Bethlehem. Hayrides begin every 20-30 minutes. All ages, denominations, and nationalities welcome. FREE! Texas Oaks Baptist Church, 9910 Bilbrook Pl, Austin.

The Grinch Performance – Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to this live adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. Holiday refreshments and an opportunity for pictures with the cast will follow the performance. FREE but toy donations for Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa are encouraged. Potter’s House Christian Church, 13461 Pond Springs Rd, Austin.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert (Cedar Park) – Friday, December 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. As the year comes to a close, let the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra bring you some joy, laughter, and good feelings during this Christmas season. Family friendly and FREE! St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1101 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park.

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

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