What’s Up? Weekly (November 16-20, 2015)

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Creek Show (photo by Waller Creek Conservancy)

Creek Show (photo via Waller Creek Conservancy)

Creek Show – Monday, November 16 – Friday, November 20 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Creek Show is a way to celebrate Waller Creek and bring awareness to the future transformation coming to the creek, trails, and surrounding parks. During Creek Show, everyone is invited to experience the creek in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment while viewing five light-based art installations designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects. FREE! Along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th St, Austin. Update: Creek Show will not be happening on Monday, due to weather concerns.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to put on their overalls and bandanas as they learn what it takes to farm. Help milk cows, play with pigs in the mud, paint with corn cobs, and more. Plus, wiggle, giggle and bond with your child with Music Forever Music Together. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Homemade for the Holidays: Bike Tube Accessory Gifts – Monday, November 16 at 3:30 p.m. At the Bike Tube Accessory Gifts programs, kids ages 10 and up will make couture rubber accessories of their own design in this tube-tastic workshop using upcycled bike inner tubes. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

UT Computer Science Roadshow (Round Rock) – Monday, November 16 at 4:30 p.m. Students in grades K-5 are invited to this hands-on, fun introduction to computer science featuring UT students. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, November 17 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. Come sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. Join teacher Amy McNight from The Signing Connection as you and your child explore sign language together. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Smart Opera Presents The Dog who Sang at the Opera – Tuesday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Pasha, a dog who believes herself to be beautiful and perfect, joins the company of “Manon” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, but on opening night she cannot resist singing along with the diva. Smart Opera performances includes operatic singing by the performer, and some may include participation by the children. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, November 17 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Part of the current, three-venue exhibition Strange Pilgrims, Roger Hiorns’s installation will be activated on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria

Part of the current, three-venue exhibition Strange Pilgrims, Roger Hiorns’s installation will be activated on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. Witness the activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Mockingjay Scavenger Hunt (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. Teens ages 12-18 are invited to complete a series of tasks to navigate their way through the Capitol and liberate the citizens of Panem. May the odds be ever in your favor. Teens will compete in teams of three; come as a team or be assigned to a team when you arrive. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Fifth Dimension Books 1st Anniversary Party – Tuesday, November 17 from 6-9:30 p.m. One year ago, Fifth Dimension Books swung open the door of their mobile bookstore on the lawn of in.gredients, and it’s been a wonderful whirlwind of wandering book sales and events since then. The party will include: a book sale; music by the talented singer/songwriter with multi-instrumentalist chops, Mandy Rowden; film screening by Other Worlds Austin; and complimentary, delectable treats from Polkadots Cupcake Factory. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for sitting/lazing. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, November 17 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activites. Recommended for children 5 and under. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Astronomy on Tap  – Tuesday, November 17 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. November marks the 1 year anniversary of AoTATX as well as the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Celebrate both of these momentous occasions with 3 space-time altering talks about general relativity. All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 501 Brushy St, Austin.

Wednesday

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m. Bring the little ones, it’s story time. Each week will feature a different story, interactive craft, and healthy snack. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.

Tiny Tails To You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, November 18 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Discovery! Tech Camp: LEGO Builder – Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. Google and Lego have partnered up to provide an online interactive environment to teach kids how to build cities and use online maps with LEGO parts. They will be able to see cities that people have already built or start their own LEGO projects and piece together their own ideas using the interactive tools at their hands. Kids will learn the easiest way to build something with online tools that let them delete, color, and change blocks making the process a lot more fun. This class is great for any LEGO fan. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Tween Scene (Pflugerville) – Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. Tweens ages 8-12 are invited to make LED Fall leaf candle holders. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

UT Materials Lab Gallery Talk and Exhibition Opening – Wednesday, November 18 from 5-7:00 p.m. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the five installations that comprise Creek Show, a celebration of the renovation of Waller Creek. Prototypes, models, and process drawings from the participating teams – an all-star cast of local artists, designers and practitioners – will be on display in the Materials Lab. A lively gallery discussion kicks off the evening. FREE! UT School of Architecture’s Materials Lab, West Mall Building, Room 3.102, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 18 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, November 18 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Bonnie Bishop and Brittany Shane perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. While you’re there, visit the Museum Shop’s Fair Trade Trunk Show to find gifts you can feel good about giving. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Lab for the Littles – Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. Do a playful art project geared towards the littles ages 3-6. There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies provided. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Thursday, November 19 at 11:15 a.m. If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change. Take a stroll through sunny songs, breezy stories, and wintry puppetry when Literature Live! presents their new show, Wild and Wacky Weather. Check out the trailer here. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, November 19 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Lucy Bergin, vocalist, and Kamila Swerdloff, pianist. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Homemade for the Holidays: Bike Tube Accessory Gifts – Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. At the Bike Tube Accessory Gifts programs, kids ages 10 and up will make couture rubber accessories of their own design in this tube-tastic workshop using upcycled bike inner tubes. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Free Play Gaming – Thursday, November 19 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Homemade for the Holidays: Sensory Spa Gifts – Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. Teens are invited to attend this special gift making workshop and delight their BFFs (or moms) with something of their own creation. The Sensory Spa Gifts program will have participants get their mad scientist gloves on and start brewing up a batch of bath-time gift delights in this spa-riffic workshop. Recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival (Bee Cave) – Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. The fun starts with a special performance by the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes & the Ruby Reds. Studio512’s Amanda Tatom will be on hand to welcome Santa to the stage and light the big holiday tree. Wave to Santa as he exits via the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin trolley – The Bee! Afterwards, a 5-minute firework show will take place followed by live music by the Plain White T’s. Face painting and balloon twisters will be available for the kids. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Music on the Lawn with Buzz & the Blue Cats – Thursday, November 19 from 6-9:00 p.m. Bring the whole family and invite your friends to a sock hop on the lawn of The Historic Charles Johnson House. BYOB and a picnic. Food trucks will be on site. $5 per person (cash only); children under 12 are FREE! Proceeds go to the American Legion. The Historic Charles Johnson House, 404 Atlanta St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Friday

Music with Mr. Will – Friday, November 20 at Noon. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Video Game Free Play – Friday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. The library will provide gaming consoles and laptops, you bring your enthusiasm. Play both collaborative and competitive games rated T or under. For ages 10-17. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin

Lakeside 2 Steppin – Friday, November 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of 2 steppin’ in Peace Point Park on Lady Bird Lake. Dance the night away on the outdoor dance floor to wonderful live music by Ben Rodgers and a FREE 2 step dance lesson from esteemed instructor, Campbell Miller. Hostelling International in Peace Point Park, 2200 South Lakeshore Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, November 20 from 7-10:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, The Cover Letter performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

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

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