What’s Up? Weekly (November 30 – December 4, 2015)

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Mozart’s Annual Light Show – Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4. Starts at 6:00 p.m. each evening and replays at the top of every hour until closing. Enjoy dazzling lights set to music. FREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual four-week holiday shopping extravaganza returns for its 15th year. Featuring more than 200 Texas artists, the bazaar offers FREE admission and a hassle-free shopping environment. All items featured at the bazaar must be handmade and include paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, and more. It is one of the best places to find unique gifts with a local touch. Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 30 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to stop, drop, and roll to the Thinkery to learn about fire fighters. Help put out shaving cream fires, make your own fire fighter helmet, and explore the tools that fire fighters use to keep us safe. Plus, Staci Gray’s sing-a-longs will get you dancing. 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 30 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.

Minecraft Club – Monday, November 30 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded for two hours of Minecraft free play. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Gingerbread Village Open House – Monday, November 30 from 5-6:00 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies as you ooh-and-aah over the details of the “Wild, Wild West”-themed Gingerbread Village. The Four Seasons’ talented pastry chefs–along with special guest, Santa–will be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about the houses. FREE! Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.

Night Crafters Junior – Monday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy kid-friendly crafts based on great picture books. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, November 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, November 30 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.

Young Journey Live – Monday, November 30 at 7:15 p.m. The public is invited to this youth performing arts event. Young Journey World Leaders will share the cool stuff they’re doing. Young Journey is a non-profit whose goal is to assist in guiding young people toward a successful life through music and performing arts. Reserve your FREE tickets here. Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado St, Austin.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, December 1 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, December 1 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.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. This program, geared for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, and songs in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Bears, Bears, and More Bears Storytime – Tuesday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. Forget lions and tigers. Bears are the kings of the forest, whether they’re of the Grizzly, Brown, or Teddy persuasion. It’s true that they can be a little scary, but don’t you just wish you could cuddle up with one and eat blueberries all day long? If so, you’ll enjoy a reading of Mother Bruce and other stories all about our beautifully burly bearish friends. FREE! BookPeople 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, December 1 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 – Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Driskill Tree Lighting – Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. The holiday festivities begin with the annual lighting of The Driskill tree followed by a performance of holiday carols by a quartet of singers from Austin Opera. Austin’s Arundel Ensemble String Quartet will play holiday music throughout the evening, and festive holiday cocktails and treats will be available in The Driskill Bar and 1886 Café & Bakery. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Family Night: Felting for the Holidays – Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Create acorn ornaments using the wet felting method. Starting with bright and colorful wool, you’ll massage it with warm, soapy, water to make the wool weave itself into a ball. Once dry, the felt balls will be attached with a drop of glue into a large Burr Oak acorn cap. You’ll have your cap ready to string up on the tree, or decorate a holiday table. Warm, wet, soapy fun! FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Mueller Tower Lighting – Tuesday, December 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature live music from the Reagan High School Drumline and the Huston-Tillotson Jazz Band. The event will also include free coffee, hot chocolate, and holiday treats, as well as activities for children. Austin City Council Member, Ora Houston, will count down the moments until the Noel sign is lit across the Control Tower, honoring a tradition that dates back to the 1960s. FREE! Mueller Control Tower, Berkman Dr, Austin.

Weeknight Cinema: The Empire Strikes Back – Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Awesome Occupations: Marine Biologist (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. This month, Awesome Occupations features marine biologist Adrian Dahood, an Environmental Science and Policy PhD candidate at George Mason University who has done field work in Antarctica, New Zealand, and Florida. Learn more about her exciting career when she speaks at the library. Ages 10-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Wednesday

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, December 2 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.

Preschool Playdate – Wednesday, December 2 at 10:15 a.m. Children ages 18 months to 5 years will enjoy exploring and playing with Duplos, castle blocks, puppets, and more. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

TuneBugz! Storytime – Wednesday, December 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Miss Vanessa hosts a weekly storytime and guided craft every Wednesday. FREE! TuneBugz Studio B, 5811 Berkman Dr, Ste 107, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, December 2 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Puppet Show Players Storytime – Wednesday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. BookPeople’s practically perfect and positively preposterous puppeteers will perform a very special surprise story. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, December 2 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.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, December 2 at 3:00 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Smart Opera Presents The Great Poochini – Wednesday, December 2 at 3:30 p.m. By day, Signor Poochini is a dog, lying peacefully in his master’s living room and listening to music. But by night he is the Great Poochini, the most acclaimed singer in all opera — dog opera that is. Smart Opera performances include operatic singing by the performers, and some may include participation by the children. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, December 2 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! Felting for the Holidays – Wednesday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. Create acorn ornaments using the wet felting method. Starting with bright and colorful wool, you’ll massage it with warm, soapy, water to make the wool weave itself into a ball. Once dry, the felt balls will be attached with a drop of glue into a large Burr Oak acorn cap. You’ll have your cap ready to string up on the tree, or decorate a holiday table. Warm, wet, soapy fun for elementary school aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Wednesday, December 2 from 5-7:00 p.m. Austin’s Arundel Ensemble String Quartet will play holiday music throughout the evening. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, December 2 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, December 2 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Clay McClinton and Sarah Pierce 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.

Night Crafters (17+) – Wednesday, December 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. Call a sitter. It’s time to get crafty. All supplies provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Holiday Sing-Along Led by Sara Hickman – Thursday, December 3 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to enjoy a Holiday Sing-along led by Sara Hickman, chorus by One Ounce Opera, and piano by Nathan Quiring. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Thursday, December 3 from 12-5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Thursday Matinee: Christmas Vacation – Thursday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Play, Read, Grow! Early Literacy Training – Thursday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands on workshop for parents and their little ones. This class is for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome to attend. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Video Game Free Play – Thursday, December 3 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 10-17 can play both collaborative and competitive games rated T or under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Storybook Dance Making – Thursday, December 3 at 3:30 p.m. Love music, dance, or reading books? What about all three at the same time? Come together for Storybook Dance Making with your family and create a dance based on a story’s theme. All ages, mixed-abilities and drop-ins welcome. This class is taught by artists of Dance Waterloo, an interdisciplinary dance collective in Austin. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: The Boxtrolls – Thursday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, December 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. December’s Starry Night will feature Inuit star lore shows; extreme weather shelter; snow slime; standing polar bears; and Inuit snow goggles. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is requested here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.

Family Holiday Bash (Pflugerville) – Thursday, December 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday music, desserts, and crafts for all ages. Plus, take fun holiday pictures in a green screen photo booth. Wear your finest holiday attire (or your ugliest holiday sweaters). All ages are welcome. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Upcycle This! – Thursday, December 3 from 6-8:00 p.m. Drop-in for this fun crafting workshop. Bring something to work on or participate in this month’s upcycled craft. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Follow The Star (Cedar Park) – Thursday, December 3 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Follow The Star is an outdoor drive-through and walk-through production featuring ten critical scenes of the life of Jesus Christ. Professional sound, lighting and nearly 250 cast and crew members make this a spectacular event. FREE! Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 700 W Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park.

Friday

Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Friday, December 4 from 12-5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Friday, December 4 at 2:00 p.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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, December 4 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– North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Crafternoon – Friday, December 4 at 4:00 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Jedi Training Camp – Friday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. Kids ages 5 and up are invited to enjoy crafts and activities in celebration of the epic saga of Star Wars. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament – Friday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. Doors open for sign-ups 30 minutes before each tournament and the first 32 people to sign up will be assured a spot. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Adults are welcome to compete. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Friday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. Wear your Star Wars gear and watch the animated series. All Jedis welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Candle Light Trail – Friday, December 4 from 6-9:00 p.m. Walk the trail, take pictures with Santa, and enjoy holiday refreshments and entertainment at this fun, FREE family event. Hancock Rec Center, 811 E 41st St, Austin.

Christmas Family Night (Round Rock) – Friday, December 4 from 6:30-10:00 p.m. This FREE event includes activities for the entire family: live music, dancers, candle making, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, full-scale Carnival rides, light maze, pedal go kart rides, holiday food, photos with Santa Claus, and more. Children should bring their “wish lists” for Santa Claus and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Plus, enjoy FREE hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, activities and snacks. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Follow The Star (Cedar Park) –Friday, December 4 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Follow The Star is an outdoor drive-through and walk-through production featuring ten critical scenes of the life of Jesus Christ. Professional sound, lighting and nearly 250 cast and crew members make this a spectacular event. FREE! Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 700 W Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park.

Craft Crawl Holiday Edition (21+) – Friday, December 4 from 7-10:00 p.m. Get creative at this holiday after-hours craft event featuring APL;s own Night Crafters and some special guest makers. There will also be a live DJ and selection of delicious desserts. 21+ only. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

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

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