What’s Up? Weekly (November 9-13, 2015)

What's Up Weekly

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to begin Baby Bloomers’ exploration of all the important community helpers in Austin that keep us safe and healthy. They’ll learn about police officers, investigate their fingerprints, make speedy police cars, and play red light, green light as they learn about traffic signals. Laura Freeman joins the fun with rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching kids’ music that 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 9 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, November 9 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, November 9 at 3:30 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Monday, November 9 at 6:00 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, November 9 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 10 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 10 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.

Yoga Storytime – Tuesday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. Join Bliss Kid Yoga on a magical story-time adventure. Reach for the stars, swim in the sea, fly with a bird, climb up a tree. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, November 10 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.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, November 10 at 3:30 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

T(w)een STEM Lab – Tuesday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and be challenged to create a new STEM (Science Technology Engineering, and Math) activity. Mix silly putty, grow crystals, and even build your own scribble bot. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Homemade for the Holidays: Sensory Spa Gifts – Tuesday, November 10 at 3:30 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 – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, November 10 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, November 10 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.

Family Meditation – Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. Join Elizabeth Hoisington as she teaches families to practice mindfulness through a series of fun exercises. Each week a different mindfulness and meditation exercise will be introduced that you and your family can do at home. Meditative coloring will be available after the meditation. Recommended for ages 4 and up with a caregiver. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 10 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 – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Home – Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Free Admission to the LBJ Library – Wednesday, November 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission will be FREE for Veterans Day. Free parking in lot #38 (map). LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.

First Responders Day – Wednesday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rowing Dock would like to thank Austin’s first responders for their support and dedication to our city by offering FREE rentals for all local Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Service providers and their families. No reservations are required, but RSVP is requested to ensure sufficient staffing to help each customer. Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Dr, Austin.

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, November 11 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.

Veterans Day Parade – Wednesday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. Parade begins with a flyover at Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and ends at 11th St & Congress Ave. Musical entertainment provided by the Del Valle High School Cardinal Band. Following the parade, a Commemoration Program will take place on the south steps of the Capitol. This years’ theme will be honoring the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII, 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and a Tribute to the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War. FREE! Downtown Austin. View parade route here.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, November 11 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.

Veterans Day Ceremony (Pflugerville) – Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Annual recognition ceremony held at the Fallen Warrior Memorial. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Veterans Day Ceremony (Round Rock) – Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a presentation of colors, acknowledgement of military veterans, patriotic music, and dedication of recognition plaques for the Veterans Monument dedicated at the park in May. FREE! Veterans Park, 600 Pecan Ave, Round Rock.

Veterans Day Ceremony (Georgetown) – Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. The guest speaker for the Veterans Day Ceremony will be Major General John Uberti, the Deputy Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood. The Eastview High School band, orchestra, and choir will provide music beginning at 10:45 a.m. Wreathes will be placed at the Memorial Wall and the Williamson County Memorial Wall, and the ceremony will include a memorial tree dedication. FREE! Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Dr, Georgetown.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, November 11 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! Writing Workshop: All Kinds of Courage – Wednesday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. What does it mean to be brave? What does it mean to be a hero? Participants will look at the book Courage, by Bernard Waber, and explore different ways they are all brave every day. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Stars vs. Stripes: Veterans Day Softball with the Texas Longhorns – Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. Sun City Texas Veterans will join forces with the Texas Longhorns for a fun, slow-pitch Veterans Day match-up. Admission and parking (in UT lots 103 & 115) are FREE! Red and Charline McCombs Field,2001 Comal St, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 11 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 11 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Jeremy Steding and The Chubby Knuckle Choir 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

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! BLanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, November 12 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.

Little Yoga – Thursday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to experience exercise in a quiet, calming environment. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Special Guitar Storytime – Thursday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m. Guitarist Joseph Palmer’s concert program will focus on narratives and stories that go along with the music. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, November 12 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Chaski play the Music of the Andes. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, November 12 at 3:30 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Smart Opera Presents The Great Poochini – Thursday, November 12 at 4:00 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 includes operatic singing by the performer, and some may include participation by the children. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: Inside Out – Thursday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Japanese Stories – Thursday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m. Japanese tales told in English with puppets, toys, and imagination. For kindergarteners and up. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Kinky Friedman In-Store Performance – Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Creekshow Opening Night – Thursday, November 12 from 5:30-11:00 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. On opening night, the five light-based art installations will be revealed at sunset. FREE! Along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th St, Austin.

Adult Craft Night: Learn to Felt (Pflugerville) – Thursday, November 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn to make fun ornaments and pins using raw felt, cookie cutters, and needles. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Materials will be provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Movie in the Park: The LEGO Movie – Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. Head to South Austin for this FREE Movie in the Park! Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin.

Friday

Friday the 13th: Teens Create – Friday, November 13 from 6-9:00 p.m. Explore the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria when the lights go out. At this Teen Night, you’ll go on a quest through the Sculpture Park’s majestic and eerie scenery. For teens, by teens. FREE and open to ages 13–19 with ID. Families of teens welcome. The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin.

Movie in the Ballpark: The Sandlot – Friday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. Join family and friends of Crockett Baseball team for a FREE family-friendly Movie in the Ballpark. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions available. Door prize tickets will be available for a donation of $2. Crockett HS Baseball Field, 5601 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Redeemer Lutheran School Presents The Sound of Music – Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Redeemer Lutheran Middle School invites you to attend their 50th Anniversary Commemorative production of The Sound of Music. FREE! Redeemer Lutheran School, 1500 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, November 13 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, Texas KGB 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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