What’s Up? Weekly: February 4 – 8, 2019

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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All This Week

Mirror Mirrored Exhibit
Monday through Friday, February 4 through 8 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
As writer Neil Gaiman reminds us, “Fairy Tales are more than true—not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” Today, the most dangerous monsters reside not in haunted castles or forests, but right here in the real world. These tales are metaphorical swords and shields for our everyday struggles, and remind us that whether we are poor, unloved, sick, invisible, weak, depressed, oppressed, trapped, discriminated against, or simply mismatched with our world, we can conquer our demons and find a home that is right for us. Austin Public Library is launching a multi-media, interactive exploration of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The month-long experience is anchored by a new art exhibit — Mirror, Mirrored: Contemporary Art & the Fairy Tale — which features more than 20 local and international artists and visual artwork inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. All ages are welcome!

PRINTAUSTIN FLORA 2019
Monday through Friday, February 4 through 8 | from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (5 p.m. on Friday) | Austin Public Library – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd.
Art on display until February 15. Carol Hayman’s photo intaglio prints are based on real places in the desert where Paleoindians made their home thousands of years ago. Theresa Bond is inspired by the complex process of printmaking, and her subjects feature our impact on the landscape and the future of our planet.

Antonelli’s Free Cheese Week
Monday through Friday, February 4 through 8 | at 5 p.m. | Various Locations
FREE CHEESE WEEK! Did you know Antonelli’s sources cheese, cured meats, and pairings for 150 chefs, restaurants, and industry folk in Central Texas?  In appreciation to some of them and you, they’re giving out free cheese! The schedule follows. Note that each restaurant will start at 5 p.m. (or earliest open time after that) and will only give one free cheese plate per table; we encourage you to be considerate to your restaurant folk (ie a drink and/or tip goes nicely with that free cheese plate!). Mon 2/4 – Revue at The Fairmont, Chez Zee, School House Pub, Central Standard. Tues 2/5 – Winebelly, Blackstar Coop, La Volpe, Oasthouse. Wed 2/6 – Lenoir, Bufalina Due, Max’s Wine Dive, Tiny Boxwoods. Thu 2/7 – Drink.Well, District, The ABGB, Easy Tiger on 6th. Fri 2/8 – Hillside Farmacy, Trace Bar, Austin Winery, 24 Diner.

Monday

Monday Movies
Monday, February 4 | from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Head to the Austin Public Library Willie Mae Kirk Branch and enjoy a family movie! View our Events Calendar for fun events and to see what movie is playing: http://library.austintexas.gov/events/search

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Tuesday

Lockhart State Park Homeschool Class – Geology (Lockhart)
Tuesday, February 5 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required. Lockhart State Park’s homeschool program is a set of outdoor classes designed for homeschool kiddos grades 1-5. Classes are held on the 2nd week of every month, and you can choose between Tuesday at 10am, Wednesday at 2pm, or Thursday at 10am. The topic for each month will be unique, so don’t miss out! February’s topic is Geology. Join to explore different rocks and minerals and take a geology hike! Students must register online to participate in this program. Please register only if you’re sure your student can attend, and if your plans change, please cancel your registration so another child can have that spot. Register online here. The class is free with entry to the park. Regular park entrance fees are $3/adult, free for children 12 & under.

Yoga for Kids & Parents
Tuesday, February 5 | from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. | Spicewood Springs Branch, APL, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Yoga for Kids (ages 4 and up) and their parents! Traditional yoga exercises with fun and imagination. Classes include breathing, awareness, balance, strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and meditation. Bring a mat or towel.

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Wednesday

Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, February 6 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. | The Little Yoga House, 2700 West Anderson Ln., Ste. 229
Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome!) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses in this FREE class!

Lockhart State Park Homeschool Class – Geology (Lockhart)
Wednesday, February 6 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required. Lockhart State Park’s homeschool program is a set of outdoor classes designed for homeschool kiddos grades 1-5. Classes are held on the 2nd week of every month, and you can choose between Tuesday at 10am, Wednesday at 2pm, or Thursday at 10am. The topic for each month will be unique, so don’t miss out! February’s topic is Geology. Join to explore different rocks and minerals and take a geology hike! Students must register online to participate in this program. Please register only if you’re sure your student can attend, and if your plans change, please cancel your registration so another child can have that spot. Register online here. The class is free with entry to the park. Regular park entrance fees are $3/adult, free for children 12 & under.

Chess Club
Wednesday, February 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Willie Mae Kirk Branch,  3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Austin family and friends, come out and participate in Chess Club at the Austin Public Library-Willie Mae Kirk Branch. Kids and Adults are all welcome!

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Thursday

Play Group for All Abilities
Thursday, February 7from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr., Suite 120
Play group for all abilities ages 0-3! February dates are the 7th and 21st.

Lockhart State Park Homeschool Class – Geology (Lockhart)
Thursday, February 7 | from 2 to 3:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Experience Lockhart State Park as an outdoor classroom in this program for school-age kids! Registration required. Lockhart State Park’s homeschool program is a set of outdoor classes designed for homeschool kiddos grades 1-5. Classes are held on the 2nd week of every month, and you can choose between Tuesday at 10am, Wednesday at 2pm, or Thursday at 10am. The topic for each month will be unique, so don’t miss out! February’s topic is Geology. Join to explore different rocks and minerals and take a geology hike! Students must register online to participate in this program. Please register only if you’re sure your student can attend, and if your plans change, please cancel your registration so another child can have that spot. Register online here. The class is free with entry to the park. Regular park entrance fees are $3/adult, free for children 12 & under.

First Ever No Kill Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 7 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
Meet at the front steps of the Texas Capitol for the First Ever No Kill Day at the Texas Capitol and show your support for ending the killing of homeless pets! Celebrate the progress already made in reducing the number of shelter deaths across the state and show our appreciation to those legislators helping our four legged friends. Wear the commemorative T-Shirt (https://texaspetsalive.threadless.com/), bring a sign, bring your pets and fosters — have fun with it!

Bumble X Grocery Pup Present: Date My Dog
Thursday, February 7 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Jo’s, 1300 South Congress Ave.
Are you curious if your Bumble date from last week and your furry friend will get along? Or are you & your pup looking for a Valentine’s (play)date in the park? Join Bumble and Grocery Pup, either single or with a date, for a Thursday night Yappy Hour at Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food on South Congress. See if sparks fly between that special someone & your pup!

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Friday

Baby Day
Friday, February 8 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Dr.
Join First3Years and Thinkery on February 8 for Baby Day! Baby Day, the first ever statewide celebration of the first three years. Baby Day is a time for families to come together and celebrate this incredible period of growth and brain development in our tiniest Texans. The day kicks off at 10 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. This event will feature baby friendly activities such as baby yoga, music class, story time, sensory play, free giveaways, and more! Children 2 and under get in Free!

Monthly Marketplace and Craft Fair
Friday, February 8 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
The 2018 quarterly marketplaces/craft fairs were such a hit, that they are bringing them back even more often in 2019, with additional convenient hours! Starting in February, they will have MONTHLY marketplaces that will span over two days each. So stop by our monthly marketplaces to shop from and support local artists, crafters, and businesses! Admission is always FREE.

Frida Friday ATX: Bidi Bidi Balentines
Friday, February 8 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | The Tamale House, 1707 E. 6th St.
The 2018 quarterly marketplaces/craft fairs were such a hit, that they are bringing them back even more often in 2019, with additional convenient hours! Starting in February, they will have MONTHLY marketplaces that will span over two days each. So stop by our monthly marketplaces to shop from and support local artists, crafters, and businesses! Admission is always FREE.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, February 8  | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

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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