What’s Up? Weekly: November 6-10, 2017

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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: All About Shapes!
Monday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to noon | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave
November is the perfect time to get into SHAPES! Early exposure to simple geometric shapes can greatly benefit children’s understanding of the world around them. Join us all month long as we wiggle, giggle, and explore together! Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park)
Monday, November 6 at 4:30 p.m. | Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park
Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the program. FREE!

Broken Spoke Book Signing and Performances
Monday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. | Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd.
Be a part of the Broken Spoke Book Signing with authors Donna Marie Miller and James White, featuring performances by Pauline Reese, Leddy Bragg, Ben Stafford Rogers, Paula Russell, and Alvin Crow! Also, Brenda Mitchell will be signing copies of her DVD Honky Tonk Heaven! Donna Marie Miller and James White will be signing copies of their book, The Broken Spoke: Austin’s Legendary Honky-Tonk. Event is FREE! Media will be available to purchase.

Monday Night Jazz
Monday, November 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd
Enjoy Jazz on the porch! Marco Antonio Santos (guitar), Don Gozzard (Drums), and Will Baroni (Upright Bass) are part of Project_Trio. All members are current students at the UT Jazz Program. The trio presents original music and rearrangements of Jazz standards in a contemporary vision. Improvisation, grooves, interaction, jazz, rock, Samba, guitar effects, and a lot of energy: all are part of Project_Trio. FREE!

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Tuesday

Whole Foods Kids Club
Tuesday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. | Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr
Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE!

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria
Tuesday, November 7 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St
FREE!

Literature Live: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Tuesday, November 7 at 10:15 a.m. | APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St
A cold, lonely winter seems the fate of a poor shoemaker and his wife until the magic of the season intervenes. Join the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! for happy surprises and fun in this traditional puppet show. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE!

Illustrator Spotlight Storytime w/Special Guest Misha Blaise!
Tuesday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd
At BookKids, they LOVE illustrators! Illustrators bring all of our favorite stories to life through bright, bold colors and unique styles. Today, welcome author-illustrator Misha Blaise, here with her new book This is Texas Y’all!: The Lone Star State from A-Z. If you love coloring, awesome books, and chicken fried steak, then this is the storytime for you! FREE!

Sensory Storytime
Tuesday, November 7 at 11:15 a.m. | APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St
Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement, and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE!

Free Ice Cream Day at Amy’s!
Tuesday, November 7 from 3-7 p.m. | All Amy’s Ice Cream Locations
This November, Amy’s Ice Creams celebrates 34 years of ‘Making People’s Day’. On November 7, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. they are giving back to the community with FREE ICE CREAM DAY. In Austin at all locations, Amy’s will be giving away scoops of ice cream with a crush’n, absolutely FREE of charge. All they ask is that you embrace this moment with each other, give thanks to live in this beautiful state, and Make People’s Day.

Pajama Party @ Chick-fil-a (Ben White Location)
Tuesday, November 7 from 5-7 p.m. | Chick-fil-a Ben White, 500 E Ben White Blvd
Bring your little ones dressed in their pajamas for a fun-filled evening with a pillow decorating craft (while supplies last), games, story-time, and an ice-cream bar! Event is FREE! Regular Chick-fil-a menu items available to purchase.

Experiencing Artist’s Books
Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. | Fine Arts Library, 510 E 23rd St
The Fine Arts Library (FAL) at the University of Texas contains over 200 artists’ books, exemplifying different binding techniques, materials, sculptural forms and conceptual approache. Some of the books in the collection push the boundaries of reading by engaging with other senses such as smell, touch and taste. This event is associated programming for the new Visual Arts Center (VAC) exhibition Fool’s Romance / Books from Aeromoto curated by Allison Myers, Art History PhD candidate and 2016-2017 VAC Curatorial Fellow. Myers will lead a dialogue between local artists and bookmakers. After the dialogue, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with the unusual books in the collection. Pizza will be served while it lasts. FREE!

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Wednesday

Kids Club
Wednesday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m. | Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd
Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE!

Ms. Staci Storytime
Wednesday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd
Today, Ms. Staci returns to share some stories and play a few tunes, so make sure you bring your finest dancing shoes! Whether you’re a storytime regular or a newcomer, this is one you don’t want to miss. FREE!

Music & Movement
Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. | APL – Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road
Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments! Program length can vary. Focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy which helps develops gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE!

French Dual Language Storytime
Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. | APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd
Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language storytime! Come, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs and crafts in French and English. Program length can vary. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE!

Bow Wow Reading with George
Wednesday, November 8 at 3:45 p.m. | APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 East William Cannon Drive
Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Open to children of all reading levels. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Para niños de todos los niveles de lectura. FREE!

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog
Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 West Rundberg Lane
Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Open to children of all reading levels. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Para niños de todos los niveles de lectura. FREE!

Discovery! Gift of Gratitude
Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. | Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd
What are you grateful for? This is not just something to talk about around the Thanksgiving table. Scientists believe that focusing on what you’re grateful for will make you a happier person! Come and take time to exercise your gratitude muscles with writing, art, and discussion on all the things you are thankful for. FREE!

Community Night at The Thinkery
Wednesday, November 8 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. | The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave
Make and do together at Community Night. Every Wednesday, The Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. | APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr
Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE!

Texas Radio Live
Wednesday, November 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave
Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week hear performances from Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores and Bill Carter. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here.

AARC Open House
Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd
Join the Asian American Resource Center – City of Austin for the 2nd Annual Open House! Learn about all the AARC has to offer-from flexible rental spaces to the new art residency program. Make sure to come early for food, engage with staff, and experience hands-on activities. As they enter their fifth year of operation, your input about the AARC is more valuable than ever. Refreshments and children’s activities provided. FREE!

An Evening with Shawn Johnson
Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave
Olympic gymnast and gold medalist, Shawn Johnson, will speak on values and ethics in a lectureship presentation hosted by the Beta Eta Chapter of Delta Gamma at the University of Texas at Austin. This event will be FREE to the general public, click here to RSVP. Johnson’s presentation promises to promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and how to develop the best qualities of character.

Faculty Concert: Natalie Teodori, Harpist (Georgetown)
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is proud to present Southwestern University faculty member and harpist, Natalie Teodor, performing in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer. FREE!

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT
Wednesday, November 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. | UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway
Every Wednesday night while UT is in session, the astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation info.

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Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton
Thursday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
FREE!

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp
Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. | Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr
¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp for All Ages is designed to empower parents to read simple Spanish books at home and foster a love of Spanish language and Hispanic culture through singing, traditional circle games, rhythm instruments, puppets, and stories. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome. Arrive early or stay after class to enjoy the beautiful playground and picnic area just outside the door and make new amigos. FREE!

Sensory Storytime
Thursday, November 9 at 11:15 a.m. | APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin
Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE!

Free Noon Concert
Thursday, November 9 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin
Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Timothy Woolsey on piano. FREE!

2nd Street Social
Thursday, November 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. | 2nd Street District, 214 Guadalupe St
2nd Street Social is a monthly event where shoppers can find special deals at stores and restaurants in the 2nd Street District, all while enjoying FREE sips. Participating businesses include La Condesa, Jo’s Coffee, Blue Dot Furniture, Pizzeria Numero 28, Rocket Electrics, and more.

November Wine Walk
Thursday, November 9 from 5-9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd
Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map to guide you on the Wine Walk. Keep your map with you as your ticket for each wine walk stop. Hill Country Galleria Shopping Bags filled with exclusive offers will also be available to Wine Walk participants. FREE!

Science Under the Stars: A Fungus Among Us – Mushrooms and Beyond
Thursday, November 9 at 6 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin
What does baker’s yeast have in common with the world’s largest organism? What feeds plants through their roots, while related species can survive on bare rock? Fungi!!! Fungi are more closely related to humans than they are to plants, and play a variety of different roles within ecosystems. For instance, fungi can be plant mutualists, animal pathogens, or decomposers. At Science Under the Stars this November, explore this amazing Kingdom – the shocking lifestyles, outlandish physiology, and the ways that fungi touch our lives every day. There will be plant and animal displays, guided tours, kids activities, food and more! Science Under the Stars is a FREE public outreach lecture series.

Literature Live: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. | Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road
A cold, lonely winter seems the fate of a poor shoemaker and his wife until the magic of the season intervenes. Join the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! for happy surprises and fun in this traditional puppet show. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE!

Pajama Storytime
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. | APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin
Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE!

Night Builders: Family LEGO Lab
Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. | APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road
With LEGOs, 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! FREE!

Movies in the Park: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. | 4301 N. Rosedale Ave., Austin
Head to Ramsey park for a very Muppet Christmas tale. The movie begins around 6 p.m., but get there early to grab your spot! Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Carvana. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you free movies in parks all over Austin. Residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE!

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Friday

Jon Dee Graham Free In-Store Performance
Friday, November 10 at 5 p.m. | Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd
Come celebrate the release of Jon Dee Graham (Official)’s quintessential album Escape From Monster Island on LP from New West Records! Refreshments provided by Shiner Beer! FREE!

Creek Show
Friday, November 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. | Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets
Creek Show, now in its fourth year, spans nine nights and includes six light-based, site-specific art installations, which will be installed on Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets. The community is invited to walk along Waller Creek to view the art designed to bring attention to the future revitalization of Waller Creek and its transformation into a series of urban parks. Family-friendly activities will be hosted by the Thinkery at the Sabine Tree deck from 6 to 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Creek Show is FREE and open to the public.

Community Cinema: Cars 3
Friday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd
Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Cars 3. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Burgers, Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash & cards accepted). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Movie begins at appr. 7:30 p.m. Rated G. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing
Friday, November 10 from 8 to 10:00 p.m. | University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin
Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE!

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

 

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Jaelyn Penner
Jaelyn was born and raised in Kansas, but she got to Texas as soon as she could! After a few years of youthful fun in Dallas, Jaelyn decided to make her passion her career and headed to west Texas to make it happen. There, she honed her musical chops while studying Commercial Music, and then headed straight for Austin to help keep it weird. Once here, she unexpectedly found her soul mate, and loves that her husband and two boys are now her biggest fans! Besides being a musician, Jaelyn also works as a corporate event planner, is a self-proclaimed “celebratory expert” and a long-time foodie. She doesn’t feel complete unless she is keeping up with all the cool stuff Austin has to offer.
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