What’s Up? Weekly (December 7-11, 2015)

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Mozart’s Annual Light Show – Monday, December 7 – Friday, December 11. Starts at 6:00 p.m. each evening and replays at the top of every hour until closing. Enjoy dazzling lights set to music. FREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Monday, December 7 – Friday, December 11 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.

FREE Admission to the Mexic-Arte Museum – Tuesday, December 8 – Thursday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE for the entire month of December. Read about the upcoming exhibitions.  Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin.

Trail of Lights – Tuesday, December 8 – Friday, December 11 from 7-10:00 p.m. The Austin holiday tradition returns for its 51st year. Gate tickets are FREE through December 15. Find parking and shuttle information here. Read tips for planning your trip here. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Heartsong Music Together Demo Classes (RSVP) – Wednesday, December 9 – Friday, December 11. 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 7 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Who helps make sure your teeth are clean and cavity free? The dentist does. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to use their artistic skills to paint with toothbrushes, practice brushing model teeth with fun foaming action, investigate how to keep teeth their cleanest, and more. Armstrong Community Music School joins the fun at 10:30 a.m. 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.

Heartsong Music – Monday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Explore music and movement in this FREE demo class. All ages welcome. No registration required. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Little Red Riding Hoodie – Monday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. The Dougherty Arts Center Presents the final performance of Little Red Riding Hoodie, the hilarious, interactive, and visually compelling original piece about courage, empathy and resolution. Doors open at 10:15 a.m. Suitable for all ages and FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, December 7 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, December 7 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Homemade for the Holidays: Sensory Spa Gifts – Monday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m. Teens are invited to attend this special gift making workshop and delight their BFFs (or moms) with something of their own creation. The Sensory Spa Gifts program will have participants get their mad scientist gloves on and start brewing up a batch of bath-time gift delights in this spa-riffic workshop. Recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Evening Storytime with a Robot Visitor (Round Rock) – Monday, December 7 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. Nao, from Anmol Technologies, is a robot designed  to assist in classrooms supporting special education. Nao will visit near the end of storytime to interact with the group. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, December 8 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.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a mellifluous storytime with friends from Heartsong Music who will lead a music lesson intended for little ones aged 0 to 5. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Holiday Puppet Show (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. (toddler show) and 11:15 a.m. (preschool show) Little ones will enjoy this special holiday-themed puppet show. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, December 8 at 3:30 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, December 8 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.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, December 8 at 4:00 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Dickens Day (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, December 8 from 5:45-7:00 p.m. Enjoy hot beverages and pie courtesy of the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. Storyteller Gary Whitaker will perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, followed by period games. Dressing up in your Victorian best is encouraged. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Family Meditation: Snow Globes – Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. Join Elizabeth Hoisington as she teaches families to practice mindfulness through a series of fun exercises. This month, families will make their own snow globes. Sit and recognize that our own minds can sometimes feel like a “flurry of snow” until we take some to be mindful and let our feelings “settle.” Recommended for ages 4 and up with their caregivers. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Holiday Celebration – Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. Make crafts, sing carols, and enjoy refreshments. Amazing Texas Twisters will provide face painting and create balloon art. Plus, you won’t want to miss the very special guests. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Inside Out – Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, December 9 at 9:00 a.m. Bring the little ones, it’s story time. Each week will feature a different story, interactive craft, and healthy snack. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.

Preschool Artists – Wednesday, December 9 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy getting a little messy with fun crafts for your littles. Recommended for children aged 18 months to 5 years. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will read some of her favorite stories and sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, December 9 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.

Holiday Puppet Show (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. (toddler show) and 11:15 a.m. (preschool show) Little ones will enjoy this special holiday-themed puppet show. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

TuneBugz! Storytime – Wednesday, December 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Miss Vanessa hosts a weekly storytime and guided craft every Wednesday. FREE! TuneBugz Studio B, 5811 Berkman Dr, Ste 107, Austin.

Canta Demo Class – Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. Semillitas de Español presents CANTA: a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5.  Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce it if you already speak it at home. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Semillitas de Espanol, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, December 9 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.

Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – Wednesday, December 9 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language story time  Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs, and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome but space is limited. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, December 9 at 3:30 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin and APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, December 9 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! Writing Workshop: ‘Tis the Season to be Generous – Wednesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m. Come to Laura’s for a reading of Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon, a Chinese folktale that celebrates the spirit of giving. Then, in honor of the season, write your own folktale about the importance of sharing, family, and togetherness. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Everything Art – Wednesday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. Explore different art techniques and art media using Caldecott winning titles and other awesomely illustrated children’s books. Recommended for youth ages 7 and up. Parents and older siblings are welcome to join. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Wednesday, December 9 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.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, December 9 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 9 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Scott H. Biram and Tex Thomas 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.

Americana Memories: Cat Ballou – Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. Cat Ballou was released in 1965, the same year the Americana opened. Shortly after opening, the Americana was selected as the site for the state premiere of Columbia’s Cat Ballou starring Jane Fonda and Nat King Cole. This comedy western tells the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father’s ranch, and later to avenge his murder, but finds that the gunman is not what she expected. The film is NR and recommended for ages 9 and up. Light refreshments will be served. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Thursday

Smart Opera Presents Opera Cat – Thursday, December 10 at 10:15 a.m. Alma the cat lives with Madame SoSo, an opera diva. When Madame rehearses, Alma softly sings along. Madame doesn’t know Alma’s secret—in fact, she doesn’t pay Alma much attention at all. But on the night of the big performance, Madame comes down with laryngitis, and at last Alma is given a chance to prove she is no ordinary animal. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Little Yoga – Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to experience exercise in a quiet, calming environment. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

The Book of Mormon Brown Bag Lunch – Thursday, December 10 at Noon. The Austin Public Library, in collaboration with Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, is hosting a brown bag lunch with cast members from the Tony® Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon. Bring your own lunch. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Thursday, December 10 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: Scrooged – Thursday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, December 10 at 3:30 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m. Kids in grades K-5 will watch a holiday puppet show performance. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, December 10 at 4:00 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin and APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Japanese Stories – Thursday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. Japanese tales told in English with puppets, toys, and imagination. For kindergarteners and up. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Canta Demo Class – Thursday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m. Semillitas de Español presents CANTA: a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5. Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce it if you already speak it at home. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Semillitas de Espanol, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Thursday, December 10 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.

Play, Read, Grow – Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this FREE hands-on workshop for parents andcaregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament – Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Adult Craft Night: Shibori-style Tie Dying (18+) (Pflugerville) – Thursday, December 10 from 6-7:30 p.m.  Learn Shibori techniques using indigo ink and tea towels. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Adults only, please. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

The Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community: Brass – Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 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! George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, December 10 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.

Why Ants Are Everywhere – Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. Our planet hosts 20,000 species of ants. UT’s Curator of Entomology Alex Wild will lead a discussion about where ants come from, how they live, and why they are so abundant. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages. Guided tours of the field lab are available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Friday

The Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community: Strings – Friday, December 11 at 10:00 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! Gus Garcia Rec Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Friday, December 11 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: Brass – Friday, December 11 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 The Domain, 11701 N Mopac Expy, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, December 11 at 3:30 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Jedi Training Camp – Friday, December 11 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Old Town Christmas in Fritz Park (Hutto) – Friday, December 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This event is FREE and features caroling, letters to Santa, arts & crafts, hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and train rides through the park! Buddy the Elf will also make a special guest appearance! The movie Elf will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please bring chairs and blankets. Fritz Park, 401 W Front St, Hutto.

“Fireside” Stories with Bernadette Nason – Friday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. Cozy up with hot cocoa or tea and listen to seasonal stories by award-winning storyteller, Bernadette Nason. All ages welcome. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Main Street Bethlehem (Burnet) – Friday, December 11 from 6-9:00 p.m. Step back in time this Christmas season to walk along the narrow, bustling streets of ancient Bethlehem, without ever leaving the Texas Hill Country. Returning for its 23rd year, this outdoor production will immerse visitors in small town Bethlehem life, as it was at the time of Jesus’ birth. Guests will receive complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies at the exit. Read more about this event hereFREE but donations are appreciated. First Baptist Church, 108 S Vanderveer St, Burnet.

Trail of Lights (Buda) – Friday, December 11 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.

The Invincible Czars at Central Market North – Friday, December 11 from 6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy a FREE eclectic Christmas show! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

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

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