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World War I Artifacts & Memorabilia Display
Monday through Friday, November 12-16 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | State Capitol Visitors Center, 112 East 11th St.
Visit the free WWI artifacts and memorabilia exhibit at the State Capitol Visitors Center, part of the WWI events presented by Travis County WWI Centennial Committee to honor Texan WWI veterans for the 100 year anniversary of the Great War. The exhibit includes a collection of original artifacts from Austin families of all races including weapons, helmets, photos, medals, military ID card, diaries, and many other WWI artifacts. This WWI exhibit will be displayed until January 7, 2019 during the regular hours of the Texas Capitol Visitors Center Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Harry Ransom Center Free Daily Exhibition Tours
Monday through Friday, November 12-16 | at 12 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.
Experience the Harry Ransom Center with free daily exhibition tours. Visitors have the opportunity to see some of the Ransom Center’s renowned holdings in literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts. In addition to these holdings, the current exhibition “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance” gives an unprecedented look into the creative process of Ed Ruscha, one of today’s most influential artists. Always on view are the Center’s rare, complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the Niepce Heliograph, one of the earliest photographs taken in a camera. Tours meet daily at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservations required.
2018 Creek Show
Monday through Friday, November 12-16 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Waller Creek, between 5th St. and 8th St.
Wander along Waller Creek and experience the wonder of Waller Creek Conservancy’s 5th Annual Creek Show! The free-family event returns November 9-17 for nine-nights of free light-based, site-specific art installations along Waller Creek. This year’s show takes place at a new location along Waller Creek, between 9th and 11th streets and will showcase the renovated Symphony Square, the new home of the Conservancy. Creek Show’s new location offers new experiences and exciting opportunities including a concert series in the historic Symphony Square amphitheater, a family activity zone, and the Creek Show Lounge, an exciting place for attendees to relax and engage with interactive activities and learn about the Waller Creek parks project.
Mondo Gallery Presents: The Art of Laurent Durieux Part Two
Tuesday through Friday, November 13-16 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Laurent Durieux is a celebrated illustrator and graphic artist from Brussels, responsible for some of Mondo’s most memorable works of pop art, including a 2013 poster of JAWS, which also caught the eye of Steven Spielberg. His unique style is immediately recognizable, and spans both classics and modern cinema alike. On display through November 17 during regular gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m. This show is FREE and open to the public.
Storybook Dance Making (Ages 1- 5)
Monday, November 12 | from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Dance with your family to live music, play games, and enjoy a storybook reading. Storybook Dance Making classes include a warm up, check-in activity, game, storybook reading, and dance making activity. Each lesson is aligned with the National Core Standards for Dance Education and taught by a Dance Waterloo artist. This class is best for families with children ages 1-5. Stick around afterwards to snack, sip, or shop at one of the many local businesses in Mueller’s vibrant community!
Dog Restaurant Week Kick-Off
Monday, November 12 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Reds Porch SoLa, 3508 S. Lamar Blvd.
Kick off Dog Restaurant Week at Red’s Porch SoLa from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring your pooch along and let them be the first to sample the fido-friendly menu! Plus, enjoy a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail, and a dollar from each drink will benefit Classic Canines. All of this is made possible by Vodka for Dog People, a program of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which works to better the lives of pets and their families, both locally and globally. Dog Restaurant Week is November 12–18 Participating Restaurants include: Opal Divine’s, both locations Red’s Porch, all three locations Habana SoCo Find more information at edibleaustin.com
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Free Dance a Story Class: The Nutcracker
Tuesday, November 13 | from 1 to 1:45 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Rd.
Introduce your child to the joy of dance through the magical classic story of The Nutcracker. Experience this narrative journey as students are led through a series of movement and ballet-based activities that appeal to both girls and boys. The class is designed to enhance physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills through collaborative and cooperative games. For ages 3 to 5. Join at the Central Library with your little one at one of the following sessions: November 6, 13, and 27. Hosted by Ballet Austin.
Homeschool Program With Storyteller Donna Ingham
Tuesday, November 13 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing
Homeschool Program – Tuesday, November 13th at 2pm – Storyteller Donna Ingham will share Texas Tales: Tall and True. Ingham will include examples of traditional folktales, historical stories, personal narratives, and outright lies! This program is tailored to homeschoolers ages 5 to 10, but is open to all.
Pfestive Pfarmers Market (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, November 13 | from 3 to 7 p.m. | Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd., Pflugerville
Visit the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. Vendors sell a variety of produce, artisan baked goods, free-range meats, jarred salsas, crafts and more. Remember, when you shop at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses.
Family Board Game Night
Tuesday, November 13 | from 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Rd.
Do you love playing board games? Then head to the Tuesday Family Board Game Night!Play modern and traditional family board games, including Quirkle, Battleship, Feed the Woozle, and Jenga! Test your skills with family and friends. Snacks provided. Program open to kids of all ages.
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Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, November 14 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Make Mueller on Wednesdays your fave hang spot with friends or the fam. Perfect for an after work or after school wind down, TFM Mueller on Wed features 50 local food artisans, sustainable farmers and ranchers and craft beverages. Pack a blanket and picnic lakeside! Sip and stroll along Mueller Lake park under the shady trees beside the historic Browning Hangar. Take the kiddos for independent play in our play area, pony rides and other great family fun.
Wednesday, November 14 | from 6:30 to 7 p.m. | St. John Branch Austin Public Library, 7500 Blessing Ave.
Feel free to wear pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, games, and other activities. Program length varies. Recommended for ages 8 and under.
Texas Artist Series: Sarah Bird
Wednesday, November 14 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Experience the rich diversity of Texas’s cultural heritage. From world-renowned concert pianists to award-winning authors, cutting-edge filmmakers to dance troupes, this series explores the arts. Join Sarah Bird in conversation with Michael Hurd on her new book Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen. The novel is based on the real historical figure, Cathy Williams, a formerly enslaved person and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Hear about the book, the research that went into writing this story and Sarah Bird’s ties to Texas and her own relationship to state’s history.
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Thursday, November 15 | from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Howson Branch Austin Public Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd.
Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. Program length is approximately 1 hour. Free and open to the public.
Artist Talk at Creek Show 2018
Thursday, November 15 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | CB’s Lounge, 809 Red River St.
Join Waller Creek Conservancy to hear from this year’s Creek Show designers! Learn about the inspirations and processes behind the all-new set of 2018 Creek Show installations. Panel discussion will feature representatives from all six design teams. The evening’s conversation will be moderated by Herlinda Zamora, Director of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Registration required. Tickets are FREE with optional donation to Waller Creek Conservancy. Complimentary refreshments available. Register here.
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Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, November 16 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Free screening of the movie Freebirds from 2013 (PG). Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Free family event.
The Princess Bride Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, November 16 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 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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