What’s Up? Weekly, Online Live Streams, May 18 through 22, 2020

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What’s Up? Weekly is back! Though the listed events are a bit different than in the past. During the quarantine, we’re focusing on digital live streams and events you can log onto for free!

Austin Events

Here are this week’s online live streams in Austin!

Happening All Week

Snack Science Video Series For Kids
Every Day | All Day | Hosted by: Snack Science
Want to keep your child entertained and learning during this unexpected out of school time? Then these three to four minute videos are for you! HealthStart Foundation is sharing from our award-winning Snack Science Workshop series. HealthStart’s Snack Science series teaches young children how their brain, bones, circulatory system, muscles and digestion work and how to keep them healthy. Snack Science videos use science experiments, fun, healthy snack “art”, songs, fitness activities, and more to keep your children healthy, happy, and learning! Available anytime.



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The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
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Mr Will’s Facebook Live Concerts!
Every Day | at 10 a.m. | Hosted by: Mr. Will

Mr. Will is hosting live concerts every morning at 10 a.m. featuring instruments of the day, dance parties, and more musical activities. Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/mrwillaustin/ He even has these fun color sheets you can print and work on during the show!

Free Live Online Art Classes
Every Day | at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Hosted by: Activity Hero
Live online art classes for kids – FREE! Kids and families can join our art classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art and kids can ask questions online and show off their work. We have different classes every day!

FREE Live Online Little Medical School for Kids
Every Day | at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Hosted by: Activity Hero
Live online medical classes for kids – FREE! Kids and families can join our little medical classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art and kids can ask questions online and show off their work. “Little Medical School will guide kids through different medical topics in each class. They learn new “”words of the day”” and about different jobs in the medical field, such as doctors, nurses, medical technicians and other important roles. Different classes every day! Please visit here to join.

Visit With A Librarian
May 18 through May 23 | from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to visit with a librarian. Maybe you have a question, maybe you need help with something, or maybe you just want to say hi.

Best-Rated Spanish & Music Online Class – MI CASA ES TU CASA®
May 18, 19 and 20| Times Vary| Hosted by: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa
FREE online classes available. Seats are limited. More info here.

Monday

Six Feet A-Park: How To Safely Use Our Parks
Monday, May 18 | from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Hosted by: Austin Parks Foundation
Parks have always been an essential part of our identity as Austinites, but their importance is crystal clear during this time of social distancing. As the weather warms up and some restrictions ease, it’s important for us to be mindful of how we can safely continue using parks to sustain our mental and physical health. Hear from Austin Parks Foundation, Rodney Franklin from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and other park and civic organizations as our panel discusses how we can all do our part to keep each other safe while keeping our parks open.

Online Writing Workshop
Monday, May 18 | from 5 to 6 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join the Writing Workshop, a live virtual program happening Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday

Texas History Tuesdays: Gone to Texas – Part of the Nation’s Immigration Story
Tuesday, May 19 | at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Hosted by: Bullock State History Museum
Join for Texas History Tuesdays as they take a deep dive into Texas History. Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States. You’ll be able to ask questions during the Q&A at the end of the program. No supplies are needed for this program, but some extension activities are available here under “Extension Activities” >> bit.ly/3d0jdeH

Online Storytime
Tuesday, May 19 | at 10:30 a.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Storytime, a live virtual program happening Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

ONLINE: Heartfulness Meditation
Tuesday, May 19 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Heartfulness Meditation, a live virtual program happening Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m.

All Together Empower Hour: Yoga with ATX YOGA GIRL
Tuesday, May 19 | from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Hosted by: ATX Yoga Girl

Join girls, volunteers, staff members, interns, advocates, and donors as we come together (virtually) in community! Each month, the All Together Empower Hour will feature a different engaging activity, and for this inaugural event we’ll be hosting an hour of yoga via Zoom. Invite the girls in your life, your friends, colleagues, family, and that super cool person you met at H-E-B and let’s join together to build connection and community.

Wednesday

Virtual Hoppy Hour
Wednesday, May 20 | at 9 a.m. | Hosted by: Tiny Tail’s To You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo

Virtually hang out with Tiny Tails to You Owner and Founder, Chelsea Phillips, and some of our adorable animals. Live stream will be available on Facebook Live or Instagram Live (@TinyTailsToYou)

Learning a New Language
Wednesday, May 20 | at 3 p.m. | Hosted by:
Westbank Libraries
Want to learn more French than “French fries”? Or learn how to tell your dog to “fetch” in three different languages? Join us for an introduction to new languages, along with tips and resources that can help you along your language learning journey. Whether you are preparing for a trip, want to refresh your language skills, or you’re just interested in learning something new, this program is for you. This week, we’ll be joined by Marcia from 3 Bridges to provide an introduction to American Sign Language. Click here to join Learning a New Language, a live virtual program.

Live Stream | Behind the Scenes at ACL Live: Hospitality
Wednesday, May 20 | from 5 to 6 p.m. | Hosted by: ACL Live

Join for an all-access pass to our little-sister club, 3TEN ACL Live: an intimate, 350-person space that has hosted the likes of Willie Nelson, Panic! at The Disco, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, and many more! Front of house manager and tour guide extraordinaire Jac Malloy will show you all the little details that make this room so special.

Thursday

Baby Zoom Room
Thursday, May 21 | at 10:30 a.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Education Conversations, a live virtual discussion group. Babies and caregivers, let’s meet for a virtual playdate! Join online Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. to hang out, share stories, check in with each other, and check out how much all our little ones have grown!

Reel Women in Film: Knock Down the House
Thursday, May 21 | at 7:30 p.m. | Hosted by: Bullock Texas State History Museum

Join Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. for a livestream discussion about the documentary film Knock Down the House, a documentary that focuses on the story of four women who were among the record number of women who ran for the United States Congress in 2018.
Stream the film for FREE on YouTube >> bit.ly/2xoCoQv
JOIN THE LIVESTREAM DISCUSSION >> bit.ly/35ipcsX

Online Young Adult Book Club
Thursday, May 21 | from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

The May 21 book is Ship It by Britta Lundin. Click here to join Young Adult Book Club, a live virtual discussion group.

Parenting and Education Conversations
Thursday, May 21 | from 6 to 7 p.m. |Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Education Conversations, a live virtual discussion group happening Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Friday

Friday Knitting
Friday, May 22 | at 12 p.m. | Hosted by: Westbank Libraries

Click here to join Friday Knitting, a live virtual program happening Fridays at noon.

Virtual Open House: Learn Spanish, French, Italian
Friday, May 22 | at 12 p.m. | Hosted by: Freestyle Language Center

Check out why online learners are experiencing success in French, Spanish and Italian! Think virtual travel, weekly teacher videos, a robust face-to-face virtual classroom with a true community online. Potential students can meet the teachers, learn about our unique curriculum and communicative approach for our many dynamic summer courses (from complete beginner to advanced!) AND events. PLUS! Interactive polling, breakout rooms to meet #TeamFLC, and a new GIVEAWAY of one Summer Session Course!

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Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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