What’s Up? Weekly: November 5-9, 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!

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World War I Artifacts & Memorabilia Display
Monday through Friday, November 5-9 | 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 5-9 | 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.

Black Warriors of WWI Featuring the Harlem Hellfighters
Monday through Friday, November 5-9 | from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. |  Austin City Hall, People’s Gallery, 301 W. 2nd St.
Visit the “Black Warriors of WWI Featuring the Harlem Hellfighters” Exhibit at Austin City Hall, People’s Gallery (Nov. 5-16, weekdays only) to see: World Premiere of new Harlem Hellfighter art by internationally acclaimed artist Ted Ellis, Harlem Hellfighter art display by local artist and combat veteran Glenn Towery, Black Warriors from Texas History display, and newly discovered names of Austin’s Harlem Hellfighters. On display November 5 through 16 with a ceremony on November 8 at 6 p.m.


Storybook Dance Making (Ages 1- 5)
Monday, November 5 | 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!

Music Bingo Night
Monday, November 5 | at 7 p.m. | Halcyon Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St., #110
You’ve played trivia. You’ve played bingo. Now, for the first time Halcyon Mueller is putting them together for music trivia bingo! Who needs boring numbers? These bingo cards will have pictures of album covers and instead of calling numbers, the MC will be playing audio clips. Get 5 in a row, win a prize! Halcyon Mueller has a full bar with a great drink selections, delicious coffee and plenty of prizes! Free to play. We’ve got $2 off Texas Beer & Liquor all night! Bring your friends. Bingo starts right at 7.

Capitol Rotunda Community Sings
Monday, November 5 | from 7 to 9  p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
Sing wholeheartedly in the oral tradition of community singing: simple yet powerful songs taught call-and-response by community song leader, Josh Blaine (with opportunities for others to share, too). They strive to create an open and welcoming environment for all. No singing or musical experience necessary. The Texas Capitol is a glorious space for singing in community. The acoustics are unmatched and the act of singing songs for connection and belonging in an historically divided space is powerful.

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Free Dance a Story Class: The Nutcracker
Tuesday, November 6 | 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.

Family Board Game Night
Tuesday, November 6 | 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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Homeschool Action: Early Arrivals of Asian Americans ($3)
Wednesday, November 7 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Participating children ages 6-12 will be introduced to the immigrant experience of people from China, Japan, Philippines, Korea and India. Explore their journeys through story time, games, craft making, and Immigration Suitcase activity. If you had to leave your home country with a few possessions, what would you take with you? Call 512-974-1700 or email [email protected] to register. $3 per child.

Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, November 7 | 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.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, November 7 | 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.

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Kinder Roundup (Kindergarten Open House)
Thursday, November 8 | from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. |  Redeemer Austin, 1500 W Anderson Ln.
If you or someone you know has a 4 or 5-year-old, check out Kinder Round Up.  Kinder Round Up is an event for you and your child to explore Redeemer’s Kindergarten program.  If you, or a friend, are considering a private Christian education during the 2019-2020 school year, this is a great way to see what Redeemer has to offer.

Mistletoe Market (Leander)
Thursday, November 8 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  | Walker House, 2600 Block House Dr. S.
The Mistletoe Market presents its 33rd Annual Christmas Boutique on November 8 through 10. The show will feature handcrafted gifts and holiday decorations from 21 artists. Admission is free and, in the spirit of community, canned goods will be collected and donated to Hill Country Community Ministries.

Family Craft Night
Thursday, November 8 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | St. John Branch Austin Public Library, 7500 Blessing Ave.
Join for Family Craft Night, where participants get to explore the different avenues of art and learn new techniques with a different, exciting project each month.  This month you will be making scarecrows.The program is best suited for children ages 7 and their families.

Movies in the Park: Selena
Thursday, November 8 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for the 2018 Movies in the Park season. This week’s film is Selena, rated PG.

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Mistletoe Market (Leander)
Friday, November 9 | from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  | Walker House, 2600 Block House Dr. S.
The Mistletoe Market presents its 33rd Annual Christmas Boutique on November 8 through 10. The show will feature handcrafted gifts and holiday decorations from 21 artists. Admission is free and, in the spirit of community, canned goods will be collected and donated to Hill Country Community Ministries.

Road to the CMA Awards: Kalie Shorr
Friday, November 9 |  from 4 to 6 p.m.  | Walmart, 710 E. Ben White Blvd.
To celebrate the Road to the CMA Awards, Walmart is hosting a free live concert experience featuring Kalie Shorr and special guests. Sample some of your favorite snacks and experience a live concert from an up and coming country star, Kalie Shorr including an autograph session and meet and greet. Don’t forget to take a photo with a replica CMA Awards trophy and live out your Country Star dream! This one-time event is only being offered in select Walmart locations. Presented by Pepsi Co., Lay’s, Santa Margherita and Vanity Fair.

2018 Creek Show
Friday, November 9 | from 6 to 10 p.m.  | Waller Creek, Between 9th and 11th Streets
Wander along Waller Creek and experience the wonder of Waller Creek Conservancy’s 5th Annual Creek Show! The free-family event returns November 9 through 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.

Wreck-It Ralph Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, November 9 | 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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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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