What’s Up? Weekly: July 3-7, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

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Alamo Kids Camp MoviesThe Iron Giant, Muppets from SpaceThe Spongebob Squarepants Movie, and Trolls. – Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 7; each movie has various days and showtimes. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtimes and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse, various locations.

Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Penguins of Madagascar – Monday, July 3 – Thursday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Goosebumps (Round Rock) – Monday, July 3 – Thursday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, July 4 – Friday, July 7. Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Splash into Summer! – Monday, July 3 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Summer is here, let’s give a big cheer! This month, soak up the sun while exploring all things summer. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. 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.

Early Literacy Playgroup – Monday, July 3 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Escape the Texas summer heat and stop by the Carver Branch Library to engage in a variety of early literacy based activities. Toys, board books, music, and a weekly craft will be provided. This is a come-and-go program recommended for ages 0-5 with their caregiver. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Crafternoon: Patriotic Wands – Monday, July 3 at 12:30 p.m. You are invited every Monday this summer through July 24th at Laura’s for a creative afternoon. This week, create a patriotic wand. For ages 4-8. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, July 3 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancellations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Magician John O’Bryant – Monday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. The Reading Magic Show encourages children to read and help them realize that whatever they want to learn can be found in a book all while using magic, music, illusion, and audience participation. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Hey Lollies Present: Iris Saves the Land of Black and White – Monday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, brings the colors back to the land. Children will learn about the colors of the rainbow and participate in the music. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Bernadette Nason Presents: Stone Soup – Monday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. Stone Soup is a powerful, uplifting tale about a hungry soldier who passes through a village in the hope of a good meal, but the villagers claim they have nothing to eat. However, with the soldier’s ingenuity and positive spirit, the villagers come together to make “stone soup” and learn a lesson in generosity and the power of unity. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: Rapunzel – Monday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m. A shadow puppet retelling of the classic story, set in contemporary times. The heroine is locked away in an abandoned high-rise building and lives at the mercy of a twisted, grafting landlady posing as her grandmother. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Family Craft Night: Wood Box Decoration (Pflugerville) – Monday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m. Children ages 5 and up and adults will work together on a fun craft project. Materials available while supplies last. Space is limited. First come, first served. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. Guests to this pajama-friendly reading activity will enjoy a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and sometimes a short film or app for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Wanderlust Summer at the Springs – Monday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. Wanderlust is proud to present the 3rd Annual Summer at the Springs. Through July 24th, drop by Zilker every Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a FREE vinyasa class followed by FREE snacks and a FREE swim at the springs at 9:00 p.m. Bring your friends and celebrate summer together. All ages welcome. FREE! Zilker Hillside (on North side of the main Barton Springs entrance parking lot), 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Tuesday – Happy Independence Day!

Check out our list of Where to See the Best 4th of July Festivals & Fireworks in Austin!

Free Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library – Tuesday, July 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum collection of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum contains more than 54,000 objects. Like that of most history museums, the collection is very diverse and includes objects ranging from Middle Eastern antiquities and coins to art to postage stamps and Oval Office furniture. To ensure President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all,” entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including Independence Day. FREE! LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.

Kids Club – Tuesday, July 4 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.

Summer Kids Camp: Trolls– Tuesday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. The movie itself will start at 10:00 a.m. in one of the dine-in theaters. FREE! Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N FM 620, Bldg B, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing – Tuesday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Brand New Books Storytime: Firefighter Duckies – Tuesday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. There’s nothing quite like opening up and reading a brand new book. At this storytime you’re going to be exploring recent favorite titles, including the wonderful Firefighter Duckies by Frank W. Dormer. Meet this group of brave duckies that work together to save the lives of dinosaurs, gorillas, and whales (they are very strong duckies). FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Glyn Haynie Book Signing (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, July 4 at 4:00 p.m. Cedar Park resident and local Author Glyn Haynie will talk about his book When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir. He shares his experiences about fighting an unpopular war while serving in an infantry unit in 1969 at the age of 19. Veterans from all services have praised his detailed accounts and accurate description of the life of a soldier in Vietnam. Haynie will speak at a book signing at the Lakeline Oaks Lifestyle Retirement Community’s 150 seat theater. Everyone is welcome to attend. FREE! Lakeline Oaks Lifestyle Retirement Community, 1905 S Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park.

Summer Hillside Concert Series – Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m. This concert series will feature a special line-up for the holiday. The show kicks off with the presentation of the colors. Then enjoy performances from Ballet Folklorico de Austin, Manuel Donley, Mia Garcia, Jonny Martinez Y Grupo Bravo featuring Eddie Gonzalez, and Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso (2 Time Grammy Award Winner) with Special Guest Art Tigerina. Family friendly and FREE! AB Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin.

40th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks – Tuesday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to this amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Some free parking available; see details hereFREE! Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, July 5 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.

Regal Summer Movie Express: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing – Wednesday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Baby Signs Storytime – Wednesday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. Join Tina and BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear for a sign language story time all about sea creatures. After learning a few signs, you’ll be reading books, singing songs, and doing fun activities to reinforce what was learned. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Wild Things Zoofari – Wednesday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. See real-life exotic animals up close and learn about them as well as their environments. Recommended for ages 3+. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. Literature Live! puppet shows are performed at various Library locations throughout Austin. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Tween STEAM: littleBits Theme Park – Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Participants will create a carnival theme ride using littleBits gizmos and gadgets, recyclables, and more. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Elizabeth Kahura Presents: Folktales from Africa – Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. Ignite the imagination and the love of the oral storytelling tradition through African storytelling. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Family Movie: Moana (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Family Flicks: Beauty and the Beast – Wednesday, July 5 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Rated G. FREE! Lake Travis Community Libray, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Pirate and Princess Party – Wednesday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m. Channel your inner princess and pirate: create your very own princess or pirate name, “walk the plank,” and take photos in princess and pirate themed photo booths. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, July 5 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! Chinese Calligraphy – Wednesday, July 5 at 4:30 p.m. Ms. Xuefei Zhu will teach you how to use the energy and motion of your arm to apply force on the Calligraphy brush to create beautiful pictographic Chinese characters on the paper. Recommended for ages 5 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, July 5 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, July 5 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, July 5 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 John Inmon and Kevin Tubb. 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.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, July 5 at 7:05 p.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the Memphis Redbirds. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, July 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission to the Museum every Thursday. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, July 6 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, July 6 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. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, July 6 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from Jennifer Reece playing selections for flute. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Movie and Animation Workshop – Thursday, July 6 from 1-5:00 p.m. Join Outside Voice – ARTtv and The Edge of Imagination Station for a FREE film screening A Town Called Panic. First, you’ll watch the hilarious animated film. After the screening, they’ll show you how animated films are made, featuring different workstations to experiment with filmmaking and sound. All kids get a free popcorn and soda. The event is FREE, but you must have a ticket. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time. The first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Bernadette Nason Presents: Stone Soup – Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. Stone Soup is a powerful, uplifting tale about a hungry soldier who passes through a village in the hope of a good meal, but the villagers claim they have nothing to eat. However, with the soldier’s ingenuity and positive spirit, the villagers come together to make “stone soup” and learn a lesson in generosity and the power of unity. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

The Hoots – Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. The Hoots play fun and whimsical songs for children that adults enjoy as well, mixing life lessons like, “you don’t have to be famous to be good at what you do,” with buzzing bees and leaping tree frogs. They encourage audience participation, bringing a box of percussion instruments to each of their shows. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Crafting for a Cause – Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. Help make the world a sweeter and more caring place for people and animals in need. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

The Amazing Texas Twisters – Face Painting and Balloon Art – Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. Brighten up your summer with the Amazing Texas Twisters. They’ll provide colorful face painting and fun balloon art for all ages. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

You are the Artist: Watercolor and Scratch Art – Thursday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. Explore the medium of watercolor with a variety of crafts and scratch the black paper to find a rainbow of possibilities. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Thursday, July 6 at 4:00 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Shane Smith & the Saints – Thursday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. Experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Aladdin – Thursday, July 6 at 9:00 p.m. The third time’s the charm! After two postponements, Movies in the Park is back with the Disney classic Aladdin. Take your friends and family to a whole new world at Patterson Park. Movie starts at 9:00 p.m., but arrive early to grab a spot. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Dogs, on-leash, are welcome. FREE! Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Rd, Austin.

Friday

Family Safety Event: Keeping Kids Safe – Friday, July 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join Howdy Honda for a fun event promoting safety awareness and encouraging a proactive approach to family safety. The event will feature free digital fingerprinting for children, which will be sent home with parents along with other safety information helping families to be as prepared as possible if an emergency arises. This fun event includes face painting, snow cones, and other activities. Talk to representatives from the Texas Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, United Way of Austin, and learn more ways to keep your kids safe. All activities are FREE! Howdy Honda, 5517 E Ben White Blvd. Austin.

Elephant and Piggie Party – Friday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate all things Elephant and Piggie. There will be masks, headbands, a photo booth, puppets and terrible knock-knock jokes. You will walk around with a bird on your head! Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Literature Live! Predicts the Forecast: Fantabulous Finger Fun – Friday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. Impress your friends and family this summer and create a frenzy, as the focus is on fantastic, finger puppets. Literature Live! will demonstrate that even tiny puppets can have a huge personality. The library supplies the materials and you bring your imagination, creativity and digits. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Makey Makey Madness – Friday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Create a controller for playing games, making music, or other inventions using Makey Makey and conductive and recycled materials. Say goodbye to the keyboard and put your creativity to work. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Little Helpers – Friday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4-8 are invited to meet community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers, dentists, energy workers, and learn how they can be helpers in their community. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Friday Movie Matinee: The Jungle Book – Friday, July 7 at 3:00 p.m. Rated PG (2016). FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Stop Motion Animation – Friday, July 7 at 3:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. The library will supply the cameras, software, and materials for you to create a digital storytelling movie masterpiece. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Friday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Night Drive FREE In-Store Performance – Friday, July 7 at 5:00 p.m. Presented by KUTX, enjoy a live performance at Waterloo Records. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

First Friday Block Party – Friday, July 7 from 6-9:00 p.m. Don’t miss July’s First Friday Block Party and the legendary inflatable waterslide! Afro Jazz will be playing music on the porch, there will be a tap takeover by (512) Brewing Company, face painting, and amazing local vendors sharing stories and samples of their delicious products. 1% of proceeds from the first Friday of the month will go to in.gredients’ community partner, Workers Defense Project. Family friendly and FREE! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

BLVD First Fridays – Friday, July 7 from 6-9:00 p.m. Join Austin’s most stylish block for BLVD First Fridays, just North of Nordstrom. Featuring live music from Wood & Wire Trio, a FREE photobooth, games, hand and arm massages, SoulCycle bike demos, free beverages, and a free raffle. Thai-Kun food truck will have food available to purchase. FREE! BLVD @ The Domain NORTHSIDE, 11700 Domain Blvd, Austin.

Music Under the Stars: Akina Adderly & James McMurtry – Friday, July 7 from 6-9:00 p.m. Music Under the Stars is a FREE concert series held each July in the Bullock Museum‘s Lone Star Plaza. The public is invited to experience free concerts under the iconic Bullock Museum Star with complimentary garage parking. Bring the whole family, camp chairs, and blankets to enjoy an incredible lineup of Texas artists. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.

Community Cinema: Independence Day – Friday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Independence Day . Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. 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.

Purple Martin Party – Friday, July 7 from 8-9:30 p.m. Watch an acrobatic hurricane of birds as hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins “swirl” in the skies in and around the roosting site each evening. It’s better than the bats! Binoculars are optional. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, cameras, and hats are highly recommended! Travis Audubon scouts have identified the 2017 roost site. This year, hundreds of thousands of birds will be at Texas Land & Cattle at the junction of I-35/290 around sunset. Please park on Clayton Lane and not the restaurant’s parking lot. Texas Land & Cattle is offering a free appetizer to each party who has dinner and mentions that they are there for the Purple Martins. Habesha, the Ethiopian Restaurant immediately north of Texas Land & Cattle, is offering dessert to each party who dines at their restaurant and specifically mentions that they are there for the Purple Martins. FREE! Texas Land & Cattle, , Austin.

Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Friday, July 7 at 8:15 p.m. For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, 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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