What’s Up? Weekly: October 16-20, 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.

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Enter the Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest – Entry deadline is Nov. 3. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is calling all youth artists between the ages of 5 and 10 years old to create and enter an original drawing of the Zilker Holiday Tree for the Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest. You may use crayons, watercolors, ink, colored paper, pastels, or paint to show your version of Austin’s traditional holiday symbol. The top three selected artwork winners from each age category, Junior Division (5 – 7 years) and Senior Division (8 – 10 years), will be publicly recognized and the winners will help light the Zilker Holiday Tree on Sunday, November 26, 2017!

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Fall on the Farm – Monday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Fall is finally here! This month, kick off the spookiest, kookiest season of them all with a fall-themed Baby Bloomers. This week, special guest Mi Casa Es Tu Casa offers bi-lingual music sessions for children and their parents to introduce and reinforce Spanish through music, movement, and fun games. No Spanish skills required! 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. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – Monday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m. 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 on the day of the program. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Tween STEAM: Robotics – Monday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m. Join students from the LASA High School Robotics club to learn about coding! This program will feature a robot built by the team as well as opportunities for participants to build and code their own LEGO robots. Have fun completing a Sumo wrestling and maze challenge! Recommended for ages 8 and up. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Monday Night Jazz – Monday, October 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. 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! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Haunted Movie Nights of Terrier: Beetlejuice – Monday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Head to the Yard Bar patio for Movie Mondays! In addition to a full menu, they’ll be featuring popcorn, s’mores (when weather permits), and drink specials. Grab your lawn chairs and meet on the patio! All ages and dogs welcome! FREE Admission. Food and beverages available to purchase. Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Rd, Austin.

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Tuesday

Kids Club – Tuesday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, October 17 at 10:30 a.m. Please welcome the wonderful Armstrong Community Music School to storytime! One of their talented Early Childhood Development faculty members will engage your young reader with music and movement. Plus, they’ll share some of their favorite stories! This is perfect for kids up to 6 years old– don’t miss it.  FREE! Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, October 17 at 11:15 a.m. 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! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, October 17 at 3:30 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

PJ Story Time – Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, and snuggle in for a bedtime story. All ages are welcome! FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Speaking and Book Signing – The Broken Spoke: Austin’s Legendary Honky-Tonk – Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your boots and grab your cowboy hats and come on down to the Austin History Center to learn more about Austin’s legendary honky-tonk, the Broken Spoke. Author Donna Miller, along with James and Annetta White, will tell stories from Miller’s new book, The Broken Spoke: Austin’s Legendary Honky-Tonk. The Whites have owned and operated the Broken Spoke since November 10, 1964. Joining Miller and the Whites will be musician Ben Stafford Rodgers, singing a few songs with James White. Light refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow the event, which is FREE and open to the public. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Community Cinema: Babe – Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Babe. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village and pick your spot. 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. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins at sundown. Rated G. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

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Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome!) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. FREE with RSVP. The Little Yoga House, 2700 Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Tiny Tails Petting Zoo returns to BookPeople for another wild storytime, featuring the furriest, friendliest guests around! If you love bunnies, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, AND awesome books, then this is the perfect way to spend your morning. Come make new friends and learn all about these fascinating creatures! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Discovery! Halloween Slime – Wednesday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m. Head to Laura’s Library for spook-tacular slime science this week at Discovery! You will use coloring and seasonal confetti to make fun Halloween creations. Safety note: this will be a Borax-free slime recipe. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 18 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. 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. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. 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! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, October 18 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear performances from Van Wilkes and Sarah Pierce. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Family Craft Night – Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. Let’s make stuff together! Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, step right up for Will Hampton’s Family Craft Night! At Family Craft Night, attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Date Night @ The DAC: 50 Shades of Crème Brûlée – Wednesday, October 18 from 7-9:00 p.m. What could be sweeter than a night of tasty treats? Indulge your sweet tooth with an array of delectable desserts, dive into a fountain of chocolate, fire up your own crème brûlée, create “dishy” still art and enjoy live music from DJ Selecta Vibes! As always, this event is FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, October 18 from 8-10:00 p.m. 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. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

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Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. ¡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! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Feeding the 5000: FREE Lunch! – Thursday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s World Food Day! Come to the south lawn of the State Capitol for a delicious lunch sourced entirely from fresh, quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted. This is a celebration of the huge potential to aid global hunger through improvements to our food system. In addition to the FREE lunch, Feeding the 5000 Austin will feature a variety of activities, including cooking demonstrations, guest speakers, community organizations, and more. Everyone is welcome! FREE! Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. 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! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, October 19 11:15 a.m. 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! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, October 19 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Monica Kang on piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Pizza in the Park – Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. iFratelli’s is celebrating their first anniversary in Austin with FREE pizza! All are welcome. Great Hills Park, 10801 Sierra Oaks, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. 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! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Shakespeare at the Market: Romeo & Juliet – Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Present Company’s 4th annual Shakespeare at the Market, Romeo & Juliet, runs October 13th – 29th on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market. Promoting the philosophy of Accessible Art, Shakespeare at the Market is FREE. Donation are appreciated and support the artists and event. RSVPs encouraged. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show. Bring picnics and blankets or chairs, parking is FREE in the Whole Foods garage! Parents are encouraged to research the plot and have any necessary conversations with children under the age of 10. Whole Foods Market Rooftop Plaza, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Death Becomes Her (PG-13) – Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE! Pan Am Park, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin.

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Friday

IT’S TIME TEXAS: Texas Walks – Friday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. IT’S TIME TEXAS, (ITT) an Austin-based nonprofit organization that empowers people to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities, will host its second annual Texas Walks event on October 20 at 10:00 a.m. Texas Walks is a health awareness and fundraising campaign that culminates with a 10-minute walk taking place at the same time and on the same day in cities and communities throughout Texas. Anyone, anywhere, from schools and offices to homes and places of worship, is encouraged to take 10 minutes out his or her day to walk for good health and a good cause. Studies show that just 10 minutes of walking can drop blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, lower cholesterol, improve bone health, burn calories and improve gait and balance in addition to improving your mental health by clearing your mind and reducing stress. FREE to participate! Learn more and donate here. Walk from where you are!

ASL Storytime – Friday, October 20 at 11:15 a.m. ASL storytime is presented in American Sign Language only. Signing with children can transform a traditional storytime into a powerful learning environment while having a ton of interactive fun. Recommended for children aged 5 and under. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Friday, October 20 at 2:15 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – St. John’s Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

Musicale (Georgetown) – Friday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. Open to the public and FREE! Alma Thomas Theater, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown.

Shakespeare at the Market: Romeo & Juliet – Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. Present Company’s 4th annual Shakespeare at the Market, Romeo & Juliet, runs October 13th – 29th on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market. Promoting the philosophy of Accessible Art, Shakespeare at the Market is FREE. Donation are appreciated and support the artists and event. RSVPs encouraged. Seating begins at 6:30 for a 7:00 p.m. show. Bring picnics and blankets or chairs, parking is FREE in the Whole Foods garage! Parents are encouraged to research the plot and have any necessary conversations with children under the age of 10. Whole Foods Market Rooftop Plaza, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Northwest Recreation Center: Fang-tastic Flick on the Lawn ($1) – Friday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. Spend an evening on the lawn at the Northwest Recreation Center and enjoy the spooktacular showing of Hotel Transylvania! Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this fun outdoor movie. There will be complimentary popcorn and lemonade. Admission is $1 per person. The movie will start promptly at 8 p.m.! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, October 20 from 8-10:00 p.m. 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! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.

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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