What’s Up? Weekly: July 9 – 13, 2018

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! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

Happening All Week

Faces of Barton Springs: An Interactive Installation Curated by Karen Kocher and Lauren Jaben
Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | The Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse, 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Barton Springs Conservancy is pleased to announce the multi-media Faces of Barton Springs. This interactive installation celebrates the many communities who swim at the Springs. It features a photo montage of Barton Springs swimmers from all walks of life ranging from artists and athletes to scientists and spiritual seekers. Visitors are invited to create their own Barton Springs poems on our wall-size magnetic poetry tree, share a personal reflection or memory about Barton Springs on the community kiosk, and pose for a selfie with a life-sized vintage swimmer cut-out. The installation will also feature listening stations showcasing poetry, music, and other Springs-related lore.

We Are Blood Movie Encounters of the Free Kind
Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 | All Day | We Are Blood, 4300 North Lamar
The most popular partnership of all is back! This July, anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, at a We Are Blood donor center or mobile drive will leave with a FREE Alamo Drafthouse movie pass. By appointment only, though! Email [email protected] if you have any questions or want to make an appointment.

Monday

Tie Dye Workshop (Georgetown)
Monday, July 9 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | University Co-Op Art Store, 4819 Williams Dr., Georgetown
Tie it! Dye it! Do it! Come join for this fun, free, summer event! All supplies and materials will be provided!

Eresources for Kids (Pflugerville)
Monday, July 9 | from 4 to 4:45 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Kids 5 to 8 years old will explore different electronic resources available to them through the Library. They will also become familiar with some free online support websites for their age. Every child will need to bring their own headset or ear phones. A parent must attend with every child. Space is limited. Online registration will open at 10 a.m. the day of the program.

Mozart’s Monday Christian Music Nights
Monday, July 9 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Have your spirits lifted by good energy musicians. Advertised on 88.1 The Candle as Austin’s longest standing family friendly residency, Susanna Lee is happy to be back playing with beautiful duo Tully: John Wilson, and Marla Buonodono. Guest musicians: Curtis Wyman bass, Erv Valle percussion & many more! Come for the atmosphere, come for the coffee and desserts, and come for the music! Free Christian Music night on Monday evenings, weather/temperature permitting. Smooth tunes to make your evening spectacular.

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Tuesday

Buford the Book Bus
Tuesday, July 10 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | T.A. Brown Elementary School, 400 Cooper Dr.
Austin ISD Libraries are giving away free books this summer. The book bus will visit T.A. Brown Elementary School  to distribute free books to children. All children, babies through 18-year-olds, are welcome. It doesn’t matter what school or district they belong to. The goal is to get books in kids’ hands.

Summer Kid Series
Tuesday, July 10 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.
The youngest animal lover in your life has more reason to celebrate this summer, as our Summer Kids Series gets underway. 2018 marks six years for the family favorite that allows kids to get hands on as they learn more about the world of animals and the Austin Humane Society. Along the way they’ll find out what it means to care for a pet of their own and be inspired to help animals in need. This session is storytime for ages 8 and younger.

Summer Kid Series
Tuesday, July 10 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.
The youngest animal lover in your life has more reason to celebrate this summer, as our Summer Kids Series gets underway. 2018 marks six years for the family favorite that allows kids to get hands on as they learn more about the world of animals and the Austin Humane Society. Along the way they’ll find out what it means to care for a pet of their own and be inspired to help animals in need. This session is Tail Talks for ages 8 through 12.

Nancy and Friends Puppet Show (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, July 10 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Road, River… ROCK! is a cross-country journey through things both easy and difficult!  ‘Cause sometimes life is like an easy trip canoe trip, sometimes it’s a walk down a tough road, and sometimes you just have to ROCK!  Ventriloquist Nancy Burks Worcester and her puppets Larry the Crocodile, Lili and Waco Weasels and a lot of other special friends make us laugh, sing and think.  There will be stories, songs and some fun dialogue about how we can do our best at life no matter where the journey takes us. Space is limited.  First come, first served.

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Wednesday

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park
Wednesday, July 11 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
An Austin tradition comes to the Central Library. Recommended for ages 5-10. For over 30 years, the Austin Symphony has offered these public concerts and arts experiences for families with children. Kids can touch and try to play orchestral instruments at the Instrument Zoo. Then enjoy classic and original children’s tales brought to life through music.

Kids 5-8 Club Oragami Workshop (Pflugerville)
Wednesday, July 11 | from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Children 5 to 8 will enjoy a series of fun workshops this summer. This program is recommended for children 5 to 8 years old with a parent/caregiver. Materials are provided while supplies last. Space is limited.  First come, first served.

Sound & Cinema
Wednesday, July 11 | at 6 p.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
Oh those summer nights! In partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512, grab your friends and family and experience the cool vibes of Sound & Cinema on the Long Center’s front lawn—live and local music combined with classic movies and cult films projected onto the Drafthouse’s giant, inflatable outdoor screen. For each event, food trucks will open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the film screening after sunset.

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Thursday

Hand Sewing for Kids (Pflugerville)
Thursday, July 12 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Recommended for boys and girls ages 7 to 10. Kids will complete a different hand sewing project applying basic hand sewing skills every week. Materials will be provided to make a finger puppet. Registration is required. Online registration opens 24 hours before the program.

Exploring Movement Through Hoopment
Thursday, July 12 | from 1 to 2 p.m. | Luna Studio at Sol Healing & Wellness Center, 13805 Ann Pl.

Hoopment is the practice of allowing mini-hoops to guide our bodies through space–stretching our muscles and connective tissues, lubricating our joints, and increasing core strength and stability; while also serving as a moving meditation/mindfulness training. Mini-hoops are easily made, and a fun project for kids; instructions are available on the Hoopment website.  Plus, hoops float, making them excellent water implements for aquatic fun! This is a weekly community event, for parents/guardians & kids 12 and up. Gratitude gifts are appreciated.

Hey Lolly
Thursday, July 12 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing

Join for an interactive and educational children’s music that is fun for the whole family! Learn about other
languages, the colors of the rainbow, and more.

Tween Scene: Glow in the Dark Night Light (Pflugerville)
Thursday, July 12 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
Craft or activity for Tweens ages 8-12 No registration required.

It’s Showtime Outdoor Movie Night
Thursday, July 12 | from 7:30 to 10 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.
Grab your picnic basket and load up your pack for a family-friendly movie night at the Austin Humane Society. These once a month events will feature an animal-themed movie fit for the entire family. Plus, we’ll have concessions, games, and kid’s activities, too. Movie nights will be held outside on the AHS lawn. The movie will start at sundown. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join the fun! (In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside the AHS Auditorium).

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 12 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Thursday, July 12 | from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. | Zilker Park Hillside Theater, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs and leather jackets. Free admission.

101X Summer Cinema – The Incredibles
Thursday, July 12 | from 9 to 11 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
101X will be showing movie favorites on a giant inflatable screen in the park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, pets, families, neighbors, distant cousins and so on for a night on the town! Get there early to get a good seat, grab a Blue Moon (for 21 ), have dinner at the food trucks, and play games with awesome sponsors!

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Friday

Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island: Exhibit Opening Reception
Friday, July 13 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
The Asian American Resource Center is proud to host an exhibit  reception featuring works from artists Dan Pham, Lauren Chai, and Matthew Koshmrl. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Free and open to the public.

The Battle of Plum Creek (Lockhart)
Friday, July 13 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Join to hear this exciting (and true) “Cowboys vs. Indians” tale! The Great Comanche Raid and Battle of Plum Creek changed the course of history for Texans in the 1840’s, and this exciting piece of history happened right here in Lockhart! Join us to hear the whole story from the man who literally wrote a book about it, Donaly Brice. All ages welcome. No registration required. Program will be held inside the park Recreation Hall. Please arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to check into the park and drive up to our Rec Hall. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Star Wars The Last Jedi Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 13 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screeningGet there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Friday, July 13 | from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. | Zilker Park Hillside Theater, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs and leather jackets. Free admission.

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

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