What’s Up? Weekly (October 12-16, 2015)

What's Up Weekly

Monday

Storytime with Puppets – Monday, October 12 at 9:30 a.m. Join Sukyi from Fifth Dimension Books – Austin’s Weird, Wandering Bookmobile – along with Octavia the puppet and her friends, as they bring the joy of reading to children ages 0-5 through stories, songs, games, and dance. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, October 12 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, October 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Movie Matinee: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – Monday, October 12 at 3:30 p.m. Rated G. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Pumpkin Decorating Workshop (Round Rock) (RSVP) – Monday, October 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Bring your favorite blank canvas, a.k.a. pumpkin, and have fun decorating in the IKEA Restaurant. Supplies provided but RSVP is appreciated to [email protected] FREE! IKEA Round Rock, 1 Ikea Way, Round Rock.

Drawing Lines: Windows – Monday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. Drawing Lines is an exploratory conversation about the dynamics of place. The project explores how art itself, as a process, can be part of the conversation about Austin’s newly restructured political system. As a window into the community, artist Adrian Quesada will produce a song with an accompanying video featuring a cross section of students from District 3 schools and the Anthropos Music program. The song will also feature established District 3 residing musicians and will bridge the generations and cultures that reflect the change and growth of the district. FREE, family-friendly and open to the public. ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, October 13 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, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read about Heidi’s visit here. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Keep Austin Weird Storytime – Tuesday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. Did you know that Austin has a reputation for being a bit weird? Well it does, and that’s why the folks at BookPeople love living here so very much. In fact, they have a whole section of books devoted just to stories that walk on the weird side. So, put on your favorite mismatched shoes and read some books that aren’t afraid to get weird, including Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, October 13 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, October 13 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, October 13 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.

Goosebumps Party (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, October 13 at 4:00 p.m. Celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of the Goosebumps movie. Vote on your favorite Goosebumps book, design a haunted mask, make your own monster blood, and compete in a mummy wrapping race. Ages 8-18. Materials provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, October 13 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.

James & Kimberly Dean Speaking and Signing – Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. Join Pete the Cat in a story about bedtime in Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Wristbands are required for the signing and are available with the purchase of Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues from BookPeople. Wristbands will be available at BookPeople’s registers as of 9:00am the morning of the event. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Family Meditation – Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. Join Elizabeth Hoisington as she teaches our families to practice mindfulness through a series of fun exercises. Each week a different mindfulness and meditation exercise will be introduced you and your family can do at home. After each meditation, there will be meditative coloring available. Recommended for ages 5-12 with their caretaker. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Book of Life – Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. 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.

Wednesday

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, October 14 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.

National Fossil Day – Wednesday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m to 4:15 p.m. Explore ancient Austin with FREE admission to the Texas Memorial Museum. View schedule of special activities here. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will read some of her favorite stories and sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children of 2 to 5 year old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage Wednesday, October 14 at Noon. Claire Redcliffe from the touring Shakespeare company Actors from the London Stage will present a dramatic reading of Perchance to Dream, an exploration of sleep and dreaming in poetry. Light refreshments will be served. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 14 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class to participants at Yoga in the Park 2015. Yoga Yoga is Austin’s home for traditional and advanced yoga studies, offering over 300 weekly classes at 5 Austin locations in everything from classic Hatha and Kundalini to Yoga for Health and Wellness. FREE! Shipe Park, 4400 Avenue G, Austin.

Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – Wednesday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language story time  Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs, and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome but space is limited. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, October 14 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin and APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 14 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: Creature Feature – Wednesday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. Create crazy-looking creatures and write silly stories about them. Start a drawing, fold it over, and let someone else continue your work. Once the drawings are finished, participants will admire the monsters they’ve created – and then write stories about them, elaborating on each other’s ideas. Laughs and cliffhangers abound in this classic game of collaboration and creativity. Especially designed for elementary school aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Everything Art – Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. Explore different art techniques and art media using Caldecott Winning titles and other awesomely illustrated children’s books. Recommended for youth ages 7 and up. Parents and older siblings are welcome to join. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Mayor’s Book Club Event (RSVP) – Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. Film Screening of Of Mice and Men, starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, with commentary by local filmmaker Johnny McAllister. Rated PG-13. FREE but RSVP is required. APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 14 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, October 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Dawn & Hawkes and Gary Graves 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, October 15 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. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Thursday, October 15 at 10:30 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 – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 15 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, October 15 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.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, October 15 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, October 15 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by the Texas State University Trombone Quartet. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Thursday Matinee: The Mummy – Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. Coffee and water will be served. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, October 15 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, October 15 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.

Community Halloween Carnival and Haunted House – Thursday, October 15 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Trick or treat! Join the fun at the annual Metz Halloween Carnival. There will be FREE music, door prizes, and a costume contest (ages 0-12). Games will be 25¢ per ticket. Haunted house costs $1.00. Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury St, Austin.

Homework Help with APL – Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. Part demo, part open house for parents and students. Librarians will highlight and share the free resources and services at the Austin Public Library to help kids do their homework including: Brainfuse and other databases; Books and eBooks; VICTORY Tutoring; Connected Youth Centers; and Ask a Librarian. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Music on the Lawn with Buzz & the Blue Cats – Thursday, October 15 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.

Sunset Music Series – Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Family-friendly outdoor event featuring live music by Latasha Lee & The BlackTies, food trucks on site, plus kid friendly activities. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. FREE! AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 15 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.

Friday

The Compassion Experience (Buda) (RSVP) – Friday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. This family-friendly event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. FREE but RSVP is required here. The Connection Church, 1235 South Loop 4, Buda.

Children’s Mariachi and Orchestra Concert (Round Rock) – Friday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the music, learn about the instruments, and see what the amazing young musicians of Hernandez Middle School can do during this half-hour performance for all ages. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Friday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your littles, their teddy bears, and a picnic lunch for story time, dancing, and a special treat. FREE! Toybrary, 7817 Rockwood Ln, #101, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Friday, October 16 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.

Uncontainable: The Ultimate Art Challenge – Friday, October 16 at Noon. Art is unique and can’t be put in a box. Neither can the brilliant and relentless Art Institutes students. They’ll prove their creativity is truly Uncontainable during this epic, live-streamed, 12-hour event. Their challenge: turn a regular, nondescript shipping container into a work of art. FREE for spectators. Rainey Street District Parking Lot, 604 Driskill St, Austin. Update: The location has been changed to Carson Creek Ranch, 9507 Sherman Rd, Austin.

Kristin Hersh In-Store Performance & Book Signing – Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the release of Kristin’s new book Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin. Update: This event has been canceled due to a family emergency.

Hot Science Cool Talks – Friday, October 16 at from 5:45-8:15 p.m. Dr. Carolyn Seepersad, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, discusses The Future of 3D Printing: The Democratization of Design. 3D printing is capturing the imagination of makers, futurists, and scientists everywhere. It is already changing industry, as well as the capabilities of DIY makers. How does 3D printing work? Have we entered a new industrial revolution? What is the future of 3D printing, and how will it impact our lives? Community Science Fair begins at 5:45 p.m. Main program begins at 7:00 p.m. FREE! University Teaching Center, 105 W 21st St, Austin.

Lakeside 2 Steppin – Friday, October 16 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, October 16 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, Bottom Dollar String Band performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert – Friday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Listen to the music of America and American composers and you can hear the movement of Americans across this great land. America has produced great styles of music which influenced music across the globe. The Orchestra will play a sample of what makes American music great. Family friendly and FREE! Anderson Mill Baptist Church, 10633 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin.

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

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