What’s Up? Weekly: October 23-27, 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 – The 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!

Looking for Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebrations and Fall Festivals / Halloween Events happening this week?  We’ve got all of the info for you, just click the links!

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Fall on the Farm – Monday, October 23 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 23 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.

Crafting for a Cause – Monday, October 23 at 3:30 p.m. Let’s get together to make the world a sweeter, more caring place for people and animals in need. This month you will be making paper wreaths for Meals on Wheels. Recommended for ages 7+. FREE!
APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Monday Night Jazz – Monday, October 23 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: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Monday, October 23 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 24 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 24 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE!
The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin.

Princess Adventures Storytime – Tuesday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to a Princess Adventures storytime! Princess Adventures is a local group that promotes “stories with a purpose,” focusing on anti-bullying and inclusion. They will be here to read some books and talk to us about their unique program, which helps readers build and customize their own stories online.  FREE!
Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, October 24 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 24 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. They’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. They provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. Program length is approximately 1 hour. FREE!
APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin. AND APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Flicks: LEGO Scooby-Doo Haunted Hollywood – Tuesday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. Come for popcorn and family fun! FREE!
Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Family Night: Storyteller, Bernadette Nason – Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. Join storyteller, Bernadette Nason, as she delights her listeners with two Not-So-Spooky-Stories. Bernadette Nason is a multiple award-winning storyteller, writer, and actress. She hails from England, lives in Austin, and performs all over the world. Nason has been a touring artist with the Texas Commission on the Arts since 2002, telling stories annually to over 30,000 students, Pre-K—high school. She has received the Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Conspicuous Versatility.” This event is FREE!
Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Astronomy on Tap ATX – Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. This October, there are three exciting talks given by three amazing astronomers who travel to Austin for the Frank N. Bash Symposium 2017! Dr. Johnanna Teske will talk about the planets around “solar-twin” stars; Dr. Greg Mosby will talk how to find signal in noise to understand galaxy evolution; and finally, Dr. Coral Wheeler will show us the history of small galaxies. AoTATX37 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, and brand new AoTATX magnets. Pueblo Viejo will be open for tacos! There will be telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting)! Come for a night full of astronomy fun over pints of beer! As always, AoTATX is FREE and open to all ages! The North Door bar opens at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:30pm.
The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.

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Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, October 25 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 25 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.

Modern First Library Storytime – Wednesday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. The Modern First Library honors books that reflect the diverse society of the 21st century, and BookPeople is having a storytime all about this awesome initiative! We will be reading stories that build a thoughtful library, including a few favorite picture books like Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang! FREE!
BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Wednesday, October 25 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Discovery! Pumpkin Suncatchers – Wednesday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. This afternoon, make a pumpkin suncatcher with tissue paper to celebrate autumn! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 25 from 4-8:00 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.

Jimmy Webb Book Signing – Wednesday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. Come for a conversation with Jimmy Webb and The Austin American Statesman’s Peter Blackstock. Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, and Linda Ronstadt. He’s the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted fifty years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne. Now, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and sere Oklahoma to fast and fantastical Los Angeles, from the crucible of his family to the top of his longed-for profession. FREE!
Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, October 25 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.

Art & Business Workshop: Copyright for Visual Artists – Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Protect yourself and your artwork. This informative presentation will cover issues affecting content that every visual artist – including painters, sculptors, photographers, and mix media artists – should know. Rights of copyright holders, when to file a copyright, as well as myths surrounding buzzwords like “fair use” and “public domain” will be discussed. Time for Q&A will be allowed. FREE with RSVP.
George Washington Carver Muesum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St. Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, October 25 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 House of Songs with Troy Campbell and Sydney Wright. 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.

Community Cinema: The Princess Bride – Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of The Princess Bride. 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 PG. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated.
Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, October 25 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

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE!
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 26 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.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, October 26 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 26 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear the Austin Music Youth Ambassadors. FREE!
Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Middleman Burr Free In-Store Performance – Thursday, October 26 at 5:00 p.m. Georgia Middleman is an award-winning songwriter who has had songs recorded by Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Martina McBride, Sheila E., Radney Foster, Maia Sharp, among many others. Recently, Georgia’s song “When The Right One Comes Along” was featured on the ABC television show “Nashville.” Georgia is one third of the trio, Blue Sky Riders along with Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins. Gary Burr Is a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member. He is an ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI Country Songwriter of the Year. He has written fifteen #1 hits and has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson and many others. Married for five years, Gary and Georgia perform for audiences all over the country. With harmony and humor, they weave an evening to remember featuring their original songs as well as the stories behind them. FREE!
Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Storytelling and Craft: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Pflugerville) – Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Storyteller Gary Whitaker will present this classic tale. Afterwards, paint a Halloween pumpkin and enjoy Halloween-themed treats. Teens (12 & up) and adults are welcome to attend. Materials will be provided while supplies last. FREE!
Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 26 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 26 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. Donations are appreciated to 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.

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Friday

Travis County History Day: Histories and Mysteries – Friday, October 27 10:00 a.m. to noon. Lost treasure, unsolved crimes, haunted buildings, and more – come join us as we find out more about Travis County’s extra-ordinary past. Learn about the serial killer in the 1800s that left the city of Austin in terror; the story behind Austin’s one-of-a-kind moonlight towers; where you might find ghosts lurking around town; and, where buried treasure might still be found. It may be spooky, but you won’t want to miss it. Story-telling, food, and giveaways await. Featuring speakers Jeffrey Kerr, J.R. Galloway and Michael Barnes. A screening of the film The Last of the Moonlight Towers will begin at 11:00. FREE and open to the public.
Travis County Office in the Hall of Government, 700 Lavaca St, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Friday, October 20 at 10:15 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

ASL Storytime – Friday, October 27 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.

STEM and Wellness Fair ($2) – Friday, October 27 from 4-7:00 p.m. There will be lots of fun for the whole family – a healthy food cook-off with a Chromebook for first place prize, a Halloween Costume contest, Rock Wall Climb, Obstacle Course, Dunking Booth, the Discovery Dome Planetarium, food trucks, and Kona Ice. Flight of the Butterflies movie will be shown in the Theater at 4:15 p.m. – learn about the new Monarch Garden and engage in lots of fun STEM-related activities. There will be many health and wellness resources for families, too. Wristbands are $2 for students and children- parents get in FREE. All proceeds benefit the Maverick Green STEM Academy at Consuelo Mendez MS.
Consuelo Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Drive, Austin.

Shakespeare at the Market: Romeo & Juliet – Friday, October 27 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. Donations are appreciated to 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.

KUTX Live @ Mueller – Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this fall with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with Kupira Marimba, followed by Brownout @ 7:45 p.m. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! FREE!
Mueller Lake Park, 2016 Simond Ave, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, October 27 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.

 

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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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