What’s Up? Weekly: October 9-13, 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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Monday

Family Fun Day in the Pumpkin Patch (Georgetown) – Monday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Come enjoy a Family Fun Day in the Pumpkin Patch on Columbus Day! There will be hayrides, horseback rides, archery, gaga ball, facepainting, pumpkin painting, storytimes, and more. Bring a picnic to eat at the covered pavilion or purchase food or snacks from the Texas Dog House food truck, and if you wish, you can purchase a pumpkin from the patch provided by the Navajo Nation. FREE! San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, 5404 Williams Dr, Georgetown.

Firefighter Preschool Story Time – Monday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m. Meet real firefighters and tour a fire truck from Lake Travis Fire Rescue! FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Monday, October 9 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 – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – Monday, October 9 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.

Monday Night Jazz – Monday, October 9 from 7-9:00 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.

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Tuesday

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

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, October 10 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Milly McSilly Storytime – Tuesday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m. Welcome back Marvelous Milly McSilly for a storytime full of magic, laughter, and just the right amount of Halloween spookiness! She has a great show planned with activities and fun stories for all of our young readers, so don’t miss out. FREE! Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chinese-Language Storytime – Tuesday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m. This unique Austin Public Library program is brought to you in partnership with Chinese with Meggie, Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School. Come for Chinese-language stories, songs and finger-plays for preschoolers, young children, and their parents. No prior experience with Chinese is necessary to participate and introduce the language to young patrons. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, October 10 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.

Family Movie Night: Coraline – Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. Rated PG. Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door that leads her into a world that’s just like her own–but better! But when this fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her “other” Mother tries to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness and bravery to get home. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Community Cinema: The Iron Giant – Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 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 The Iron Giant. 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 around 8:30 p.m. Rated PG. 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 11 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 11 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.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. Come for another musical storytime with a favorite Austin artist: Ms. Staci! Today she returns to share some stories and play a few tunes, so make sure you bring your finest dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This program focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy, which help develop gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

French Dual Language Storytime – Wednesday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m.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! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Discovery! Fox and Raccoon Masks – Wednesday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m. How well do you know your neighbors? If you live in Austin, you might have some furry ones – raccoons and foxes. They have adapted so well to city life, they are now more common in cities than in the country. Raccoons are closely related to the bear family, and are smart, funny, and incredibly talented at getting into things. Foxes have been part of our story telling for centuries, and are also bright and full of character. Make a mask of felt with us while learning more about these fabulous creatures. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 11 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.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, October 11 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.

Build Your Own Cat Castle – Wednesday, October 11 from 6-9:00 p.m. Choose from 20 cardboard cat habitats to create! Craft materials provided, but feel free to bring your own! FREE! Blue Cat Cafe, 95 Navasota St, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, October 11 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear performances from George Kinney and Powell Brothers. 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.

An American In Paris

Hispanic Heritage Month Concert: Ricardo Parra – Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library as they welcome Chilean singer/songwriter Ricardo Parra and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In this concert, Ricardo Parra will perform traditional South American and English folk songs along with original songs in Folk, Bossa Nova and Blues styles. La Biblioteca Pública de Austin te invita cordialmente a que nos acompañes a darle la bienvenida al cantautor chileno Ricardo Parra para celebrar el Mes de la Hispanidad. En este concierto, Ricardo Parra presentará canciones emblemáticas del folk inglés y sudamericano junto con arreglos originales con influencias de folk, bossa nova y blues. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, October 11 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 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Thursday, October 12 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Yoga Storytime – Thursday, October 12 at 10:15 a.m. Practice your mindfulness, hear a story, and learn more about yoga. No mat is required. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 12 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.

Music & Movement – Thursday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This program focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy, which help develop 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 12 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, October 12 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear the Mendez Middle School Chamber Music Group. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead – Thursday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m. It’s time for books, stories and fun, with laughing skulls, lively music and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. Come enjoy this family literacy-based art program for people of all ages. ¡Es hora de pasar el tiempo con libros, cuentos y diversión, al igual que con calaveras sonrientes, animación musical y elaboración de máscaras, todo entre el aleteo de mariposas! Este programa de alfabetismo familiar a base de arte es para todas las edades. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Pink Wine Walk – Thursday, October 12 from 5-9 p.m. Hill Country Galleria is teaming up with Susan G. Komen Austin for the October Pink Wine Walk where guests can sip and shop their way through the Galleria while enjoying wine samples, light bites, complimentary pinks swag bags, and the chance to enter to win items from Galleria merchants. There will also be a booth with breast cancer information and the chance to make a donation to the cause, as well as a donation-based barre3 class with proceeds benefiting Komen Austin. Admission is FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Big Sing! – Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Raise your voice at Conspirare’s Big Sing! Craig Hella Johnson leads each Big Sing gathering in vocal warm-ups and short, melodic songs that can be easily learned. As musical hosts, Conspirare Symphonic Choir members are among the audience to sing along and provide musical support and encouragement. Song sheets are provided. Musical selections at Big Sings range from familiar rounds, spirituals, and Beatles songs to popular 20th century standards from the Great American Songbook. Johnson hand-picks music for each Big Sing to delight, thrill, and sometimes challenge the singing audience, always with remarkably beautiful and inspirational results. The Big Sing is open to everyone, regardless of musical training and experience. Through a fun, no-pressure group singing experience, audience members learn basic vocal technique and sing as one with hundreds of others. FREE! St. Martin’s Ev Lutheran Church, 606 W 15th St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 12 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.

Night Builders: Family Lego Lab – Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. 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! Program length can vary, please call branch for details. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Science Under the Stars – Thursday, October 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. For all animals, life begins as a tiny embryo in a small, enclosed space. However, embryonic development and reproductive patterns vary a lot across the animal kingdom; for example, some animals lay eggs, while others reproduce through live birth. This month at Science Under the Stars, EEB graduate student Chi-Chun Andy Fang will teach us all about animal development and reproduction, as well as the role of gene regulation in these two processes. There will be food, guided tours, plant and animal displays, kids activities and more! FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

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Friday

Movies in the Morning: A Dog’s Purpose (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. You are invited for light refreshments and a screening of A Dog’s Purpose. The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. (PG, 100 min.) FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

ASL Storytime – Friday, October 13 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.

Movies at Lake Park: Jungle Book (2016) – Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to a FREE, family-friendly event taking place at Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater! The second Friday in a two-event series, this week will feature a screening of The Jungle Book (2016). Grab your friends, family, blankets and come for a fun evening under the stars. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 2016 Simond Ave, Austin.

Community Cinema: Hocus Pocus – Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Hocus Pocus. 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 around 8:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, October 13 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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