What’s Up? Weekly: March 18-22, 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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Happening All Week

Shells, Shore, and Wings to My Eyes Art Exhibit
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave.
You won’t want to miss ‘Shells, Shore and Wings to My Eyes’ with Yolande McGann, Lyrae Perry a winged specialist and Kristine Kainer. The vibrancy and intensity of subject matter will intrigue you.

Waller Creek Conservancy “New Monuments for New Cities”
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22 | All Day | Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St.
New Monuments for New Cities is a three-month public art exhibition. The exhibition is the inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, a collaboration between five industrial reuse projects in North America including Waller Creek Conservancy. Each project invited five local artists to create posters to be displayed in “New Monuments for New Cities,” which will travel throughout the U.S. and Canada this year.

Spring Break at The Bullock
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Spend your Spring Break at the Bullock! Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities perfect for kids and their adult companions. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. All programs are FREE for members or with exhibit admission. Monday: Bird’s Eye View. Check out Texas from a whole new perspective and take part in activities inspired by our new aerial photography exhibit, Texas From Above. Tuesday: Shapes & Symbols. Listen to stories and participate in activities to learn all about iconic shapes and symbols of Texas. Wednesday: Creative America . Get creative and explore American art from the early 20th Century with Smudge Studios. Thursday: History Detectives. Put your detective skills to work and help solve a Texas history mystery with help from the Bullock Living History characters. Friday: Fly High. Experience special exhibit Texas From Above in a whole new way as you sit in the pilot’s sear of a Redbird Flight Simulator. Age limit of 8 years old and up applies. Younger children can take flight with an age appropriate accompanying activity.


One Day Meditation Course
Monday, March 18 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Austin Dhamma House, 1105 E. Applegate Dr.
The Central Texas Vipassana Association is happy to announce a one-day meditation course for boys aged 8–17 years. During the course, the children will learn how to practice Anapana meditation, which helps children better understand themselves and how their minds work. As children learn to calm and concentrate their minds, they gain mastery over their impulses and actions. Their ability to concentrate becomes enhanced, their memory gets sharper and they become calmer. In general, they feel that have a practical tool to use in the face of any type of challenge. According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis, but pre-registration is required here.

Free Spring Break Youth Basketball Camp – South Austin
Monday, March 18 | from 12:30 to 2 p.m. | Austin Oaks Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Grades 5-10 only. Players must register to participate in free clinic: https://www.atxballers.com/register/freelessonsmarch18

Women’s History Month: Women in Science
Monday, March 18 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | Austin Oaks Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Explore the wonders of science, learn about women in STEM careers, and spark your imagination with a hands-on STEM activity! (ages 7 and up).

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Free Spring Break Youth Basketball Camp – North Central Austin
Tuesday, March 19 | from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Northwest Austin Rec Center, 2913 Northland Dr.
Grades 2-8 only. Players must register to participate in free clinic: https://www.atxballers.com/register/freelessonsmarch19

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum and Hotel Ella Series With Virginia Cumberbatch & Leslie Blair
Tuesday, March 19 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St.
“As We Saw It”: The History of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin. Featuring the authors, as well as two “Precursors”, African-American students from the early days.  The UMLAUF has partnered with Hotel Ella to host Virginia Cumberbatch and Leslie Blair, authors of the book “As We Saw It: The History of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin.” With the authors will be two “precursors,” African-American students who attended UT when it first became integrated. These Salon Series take place at Hotel Ella’s Goodall Restaurant. They are free to the public but are limited to the first 75 people who RSVP to the event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. For more information regarding the Salon Series, visit https://www.umlaufsculpture.org/hotel-ella-salon-series.

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Bookspring Day at H-E-B
Wednesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | H-E-B, 9414 N. Lamar Blvd.
Join for a FREE BookSpring giveaway! Books for children ages 0 to 12 years will be available in English, Spanish, with select titles in Vietnamese and Arabic. A limited selection of books for teens, young adults and adults will also be able. Each family will receive 20 FREE books while supplies last.

Free Lego Fun Day
Wednesday, March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. | Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Ave
Join for an afternoon of LEGO fun!  We will build robots, make our own creations, use our spin art bot, battle our robots, practice our flying skills with a programmable drone, and so much more!  All ages welcome, no experience necessary.

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Women’s History Month: Women in Art
Thursday, March 21 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Explore books and photos of women potters around the world and try your hand at some simple potting.

Hey Lolly Music
Thursday, March 21 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
More fun than a barrel of monkeys! Hey Lolly will put on an energetic and educational musical performance that is fun for the whole family. Sing together while you learn about other languages, the colors of the rainbow, nature, and more. Hey Lolly will be sure to have your toes tapping.

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Free Spring Break Youth Basketball Camp – South Austin
Friday, March 22 | from 12:30 to 2 p.m. | Austin Oaks Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Grades 2-8 only. Players must register to participate in free clinic:

Girl Advocacy Day
Friday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 1100 Congress Ave.
Girl Advocacy Day inspires youth in grades 6-12 to be civically engaged and helps them develop their unique voice to advocate for themselves and their community. This day-long event will include a training on the power of advocacy, a review of the legislative process, interactive programming exploring issues that impact girls in our state, and the opportunity to connect with relatable role models who serve as state legislators. For youth of all genders. Participate in this free and inspiring day of learning and leadership. You do not need to be a current GEN program participant to attend Girl Advocacy Day, you just need to be passionate about gender justice! Register today: https://bit.ly/2E1uGw4 Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Friday Movie MatineeStuart Little
Friday, March 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  |Old Quarry Library , 7051 Village Center Dr.
Free screening of Stuart Little at the Old Quarry Library. This is a free family event.

Mission Impossible: Fallout Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 22 | from 7 to 10 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.

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About the Author

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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