What’s Up? Weekly: March 19 – 23, 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.



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Happening All Week

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Exhibit
Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Through a vibrant collection of photographs, artifacts, art and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America. Complementing the exhibit, SAAM will host eight docent and educational programming days. Activities include group gallery tours, specialized programming that cover topics on Indian Immigration history, Indian Classical Dance, and Indian Jewelry, and special events such as an Indian regional fashion show, author readings, lectures, and a film screening. The exhibition is presented in partnership between City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) and South Asian Austin Moms (SAAM). FREE and open to the public.

Music Forever Music Together Free Demo Week (Bee Cave/ Lakeway)
Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23 | 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Music Together, 1001 E. University Ave., Bee Cave/ Lakeway
FREE demo week for new families is March 19 through 24. Using the research-based, developmentally-appropriate Music Together curriculum, Music Forever Music Together offers mixed-age classes (birth to age 5) for children and their caregivers in Austin/Mueller, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, Round Rock, Bee Cave/Lakeway, and Oak Hill. The whole family is welcome! RSVP now to reserve your spot in a free demo class by clicking here.

Fun Arts Exhibit (Cedar Park)
Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23 | All Day | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field that is coming to be known as Fun Art. Cedar Park Public Library hosts this Fun Arts Exhibit, proudly sponsored by FunArtsWorld.com and Texas Cartoonists – National Cartoonists Society Texas Chapter.

Monday

Music Forever Music Together Free Demo Week
Monday, March 19 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Circle C Dance Xplosion, 9600 Escarpment Blvd., Ste. 750
There’s nothing like a satisfying music experience for you and your child to brighten your day – and warm your heart. Join us this spring and throw caution to the wind – sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create lasting memories with your little one in our special community of musical families. Reserve your free demo class today at musicalbeginnings.info or call (512) 803-0871.

Doctors Without Borders Forced From Home Exhibition
Monday, March 19 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave.
Doctors Without Borders presents a mobile version of Forced From Home, a unique interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis. It is not a fundraising event for the medical charity, but rather an awareness raising exhibit exposing the challenges facing more than 65 million displaced people around the world today, connecting visitors with some of these individuals through virtual reality documentaries, photographs, and personal stories from MSF patients and staff.

Kids’ Yoga
Monday, March 19 | from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Yarbrough Branch, Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Registered yoga instructor Ali Kamas will lead the class in this fun and playful yoga practice. It is the perfect way for boys and girls to transition from the school hours. Recommended for ages 7 through 12 years. Adult companions are welcome to participate, as well. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel.

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Tuesday

Doctors Without Borders Forced From Home Exhibition
Tuesday, March 20 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave.
Doctors Without Borders presents a mobile version of Forced From Home, a unique interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis. It is not a fundraising event for the medical charity, but rather an awareness raising exhibit exposing the challenges facing more than 65 million displaced people around the world today, connecting visitors with some of these individuals through virtual reality documentaries, photographs, and personal stories from MSF patients and staff.

Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, March 20 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Zilker Ranger Station, 2105 Andrew Zilker Rd.
You and your children are invited to story time with the Park Rangers. A Ranger will read a nature-based story and follow it up with a hands-on lesson about Leave No Trace and Responsible Recreation! The event will be held indoors if raining, or in the outdoor classroom if it is clear. This program is held every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Zilker Caretaker Cottage.

Musical Beginnings Music Together
Monday, March 20 | from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Circle C Dance Xplosion, 9600 Escarpment Blvd., Ste. 750
There’s nothing like a satisfying music experience for you and your child to brighten your day – and warm your heart. Join us this spring and throw caution to the wind – sing loud, dance with joy, make new friends, and create lasting memories with your little one in our special community of musical families. Reserve your free demo class today at musicalbeginnings.info or call (512) 803-0871.

Can I use that? Remix and Creativity
Tuesday, March 20 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Perry-Castañeda Library, Learning Lab 1, 1634 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Why is it important to know the rules of copyright when using images, altering literary text, or photographing art pieces? What can be used and reused? Be there for a lively panel discussion about the creative reuse of artistic and scholarly content. Learn about the fascinating (and sometimes troubling) history of copyright and how it affects artists, writers, and scholars today. They’ll also discuss alternatives, like Creative Commons licensing and the Open Access movement and how they can be used in creative work. After the panel, you can bind your own book using Cita Press’ open access content.

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Wednesday

Second Spring Sunrise Summit Stroll (Burnet)
Wednesday, March 21 | from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. | Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 3307 Sunset Cliff Rd., Burnet
Celebrate spring as you stroll up Enchanted Rock to see sunrise from the Summit. Join for a judicious jaunt up this geologic giant! Meet at the Gazebo. Entrance fee for the park is $7/person (children 12 and under are free); no additional fee for this program. Entry is free with a Texas State Parks Pass.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime!
Wednesday, March 21 | at 10:30 a.m.| BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
The Tiny Tails Petting Zoo returns to BookPeople for another wild storytime, featuring the furriest, friendliest guests around! If you love bunnies, guinea pigs, hedgehogs AND awesome books, then this is the perfect way to spend your morning. Make new friends and learn all about these fascinating creatures, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Early Literacy Playgroup/ Storytime
Wednesday, March 21 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.| Willie Mae Kirk Branch, Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Rd.
Playing is learning! Play is a great way to help develop and reinforce early literacy skills. This come-and-go program is designed to give caregivers and their children time to explore together. Toys, board books, and a weekly craft will be provided. Recommended for ages 3 to 5 years. Other ages welcome.

Bake your own Matzah – Model Matzah bakery in Preparation to Passover ($5)
Wednesday, March 21 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln.
18…17…16… Can you bake that Matzah before the dough rises? Welcome to our Model Matzah Bakery! Roll up your sleeves, grind wheat into flour, mix the dough and roll your own delicious Matzah. You may have heard all about handmade Matzah, now you can experience it for yourself. Each child goes home with a Matzah-bakers hat and a Matzah they made (NOT for Passover). For children of all ages, $5 charge.

Vegetarian Potluck & Meditation
Wednesday, March 21 | from 6 to 8:30 p.m. | Yoga Meditation Group, 11200 Powder Mill Trl.
The 3rd Sunday of every month, enjoy a delicious, nutritious vegetarian dinner at 6pm, followed by Deep Peace Meditation at 7 p.m. No charge. Families are welcome. RSVP ahead: (512) 774-4964 or email [email protected]

Vaudeville! Exhibition Tour
Wednesday, March 21 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.
Join the Ransom Center’s Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts Eric Colleary for an inside look at the exhibition Vaudeville! More info here.

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Thursday

Cuddle Up and Read: Infant Storytime
Thursday, March 22 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Manchaca Road Branch, Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
New at the Manchaca Road Branch beginning on March 22, the Austin Public Library will be providing a special lap-sit storytime designed for the very youngest library users, infants ages 0 to 12 months! Join for this sweet, weekly, social, storytime where together you will sing, chant read and play, helping parents and caregivers incorporate early childhood literacy practices into their daily lives.

Free Play Gaming
Thursday, March 22 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.| Carver Branch, Austin Public Library, 1161 Angelina St.
Join for free play gaming using one of the library’s video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games they offer. Make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library!

Shaping Space at Turner Roberts
Thursday, March 22 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr.
Turner-Roberts Recreation is hosting a free art program provided by Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Program is open to all levels and the materials will be provided. This program is on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is geared toward youth ages 11 to 15 years old.

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Friday

Tinkergarten Free Trial Class (Georgetown)
Friday, March 23 | from 10 to 11:15 a.m. | Berry Springs Park, 1801 Co Rd. 152, Georgetown
Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all: the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun! Register here.

Doctors Without Borders Forced From Home Exhibition
Friday, March 23 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. |
UT Austin, Gregory Gym Plaza, 2101 Speedway
Doctors Without Borders presents a mobile version of Forced From Home, a unique interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis. It is not a fundraising even tfor the medical charity, but rather an awareness raising exhibit exposing the challenges facing more than 65 million displaced people around the world today, connecting visitors with some of these individuals through virtual reality documentaries, photographs, and personal stories from MSF patients and staff.

Bunny Bonanza ($3)
Friday, March 23
| from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Northwest Recreation Center, 913 Northland Dr.
Hop on over to the Northwest Recreation Center for our annual Easter egg hunt and chance to meet the Easter Bunny! This event is for walking toddler to 5 years old. Amission is $3 per child. Please bring your own baskets and a camera to get a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Musicale (Georgetown)
Friday, March 23 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Caldwell – Carvey Foyer, E. Ruterville Rd., Georgetown
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. Free and open to the Public. Box Office contact: 512-863-1378.

Thor Ragnarok Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 23 | from 6:30 to 9 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 screening of Thor Ragnarok. Get there as early as 6:30 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.

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

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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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