What’s Up? Weekly: May 22-26, 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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Spring has Sprung! – Monday, May 22 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, May 22 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.

Sensory Storytime (Cedar Park) (RSVP) – Monday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m. This storytime is geared for children ages 8 and under who are on the autism spectrum, are sensitive to sensory overload, or have sensory integration issues. This class features stories, songs, and movement activities along with sensory playtime to enhance cognitive and social development. Registration is required and limited to 15 families. Call 401-5600, extension 3. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Meet Your City Council Members: A Conversation with Ellen Troxclair and Sabino Renteria – Monday, May 22 from 6-8:00 p.m. Join the conversation with Austin City Council members Ellen Troxclair (District 8) and Sabino Renteria (District 3). Learn more about their views on some of the biggest issues facing Austin today, including affordability and transportation. FREE! Google Fiber, 201 Colorado St, Austin.

Jo’s Movie Monday Night: The Sandlot – Monday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. Join Jo’s every Monday for some favorite flicks. All ages welcome. Rated PG. FREE! Jo’s Coffee Downtown, 242 W 2nd St, Austin.

Speaking and Signing: John Kasich with Evan Smith – Monday, May 22 from 8-10:00 p.m. In his fourth book, Two Paths, Ohio governor John Kasich looks squarely at the state of today’s divided country, and lays out two options. We can follow those who are driven by anger, and whose resentment fuels hatred and further division. Or we can work together, as the Founders did, and turn fear into hope by drawing on the strength of the ideals that set the nation in motion at the beginning. The speaking portion of this event is open to the public and FREE! To join the signing line, you must purchase of a copy of Two Paths from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club with Safe Splash – Tuesday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. Learn about safe swimming for the little ones as we head into summer. 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, May 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Fantasy World Storytime – Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to a storytime filled with silliness and magic with a reading of Matty Long’s Super Happy Magic Forest. This book has it all– unicorns, gnomes, fairies, and an epic quest for little readers to embark on. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Echo and the Bats: Music for Book-Lovin’ Kids! – Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. Dance along with Echo and the Bats — Austin’s first All Youth Librarian band! You’ve seen their storytimes, now hear some of your favorite kid’s books put to music. Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Baby Gym at Champions South – Tuesday, May 23 at 11:15 a.m. Bring your little ones (ages 6-15 months) to play at Champions’ new South location for FREE! Give your kiddos the chance to play at the best play date in town with time to explore, make new friends, and spend special time with you. Champions Ranch Road 1826 Gymnastics & Cheer, 360 Lotus Circle, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. The library has paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Family Flicks:  Sing! Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. The library has paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Family Board Game Night for ages 2-102. Bring your friends and family for a weekly night of all things board games. Play one of the library’s 30+ games or bring your own. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

World Turtle Day – Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The Turtle Survival Alliance, The County Line on The Lake, and Hops and Grain are teaming up to bring awareness to the plight of turtles in our lakes and creeks. The folks from TSA will be there to show off the turtles and tell us all about the species that make their homes in our area. Proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Turtle Survival Alliance. Kid-friendly. Admission is FREE! The County Line on The Lake, 5204 RR 2222, Austin.

Family Night: Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and settle in for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks are included. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Free Breakfast Entree at Chick-fil-A – Wednesday, May 24 at participating Austin locations. Please call your nearest location to confirm hours and availability. FREE! Multiple locations in Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, May 24 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.

Princesses and Pirates Storytime– Wednesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. This swashbuckling storytime will celebrate two favorite figures: princesses and pirates! Who says you have to choose? Dress up in your sparkliest dress and coolest captain hat for readings of The Princess and the Pig and How I Became a Pirate. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

T(w)een STEAM Lab – Wednesday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. Drop by the library this fall and be challenged to create a new STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) activity. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., Austin.

Discovery! Board Games – Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Especially designed for elementary aged kids. This week, have fun with board games. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, May 24 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.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, May 24 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, May 24 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 Sam Baker and Paul Nipper. 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.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 24 from 6-8:00 p.m. The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a music series Wednesdays from March through May. This week, Sarah Arenella Band will perform vintage sounds. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 24 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 Las Vegas 51s. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Blues on the Green – Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. KGSR’s Blues on the Green returns to Zilker Park with FREE, live music. Take your blankets or lawn chairs and join in the fun. This week, it’s the season kick-off with Jamestown Revival and Walker Lukens. Zilker Park (east end where Lou Neff Road wraps around), 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, May 25 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.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, May 25 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Julia Masters and Esther Kim – 4 hand piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week: LEGO Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Minecraft Club – Thursday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. Play Minecraft. Laptops are available. You can also bring your own or other mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 800 S 5th St, Austin.

Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Beth Consetta Rubel – Thursday, May 25 from 7-9:00 p.m. Beth Consetta Rubel’s newest series, Higher Learning: Educational Toys, transforms popular childhood games into interactive toys for the adult mind. Rubel encourages visitors to play with the familiar toys of youth in a sensorial way to think about how people are transformed into spectacles that linger, spread, polarize, and distract. Play, laugh, and grow. Adults only, please. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Dale Watson – Thursday, May 25 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.

Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors – Thursday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss the final weekend of Austin Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities where two pairs of twins reunite amid a tangle of crazy comic characters. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

Friday

Story and Craft Time – Friday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Brentwood Social House and Virginia Schnobrich, an independent consultant with Usborne Books & More, have partnered to have a themed craft and storytime. Enjoy your morning cup of joe while your little ones enjoy fun, interactive stories featuring lots of rhythm and rhyme that will get them moving and shaking. FREE! Brentwood Social House, 1601 W Koenig Ln, Austin.

Lone Star Curling Club’s 2nd Annual Bonspiel – Friday, May 26 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Nearly 100 curlers from across North America will be participating in this tournament, including world champion and four-time Olympian Debbie McCormick. Admission is FREE! Chaparral Ice, North Cross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

The Art Garage’s 6th Birthday Celebration – Friday, May 26 from 4-7:00 p.m. Celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Art Garage’s studio location with spin art, specials, prizes, treats, and beverages. FREE fun for the whole family! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr, Ste 202, Austin.

After Six: Painting as Process – Friday, May 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. Join artists Hollyana Melear, Chun Hui Pak, and Stephanie Sandoval for a discussion that will explore the varied techniques that painters employ to create successful work, from rituals or systems they use, to preparation of materials. FREE! Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.

Party with a Poptail and Friday Night Flix – Friday, May 26 from 6-10:00 p.m. To celebrate the return of these classic summertime treats with an adult twist, Lone Star Court is offering complimentary bites and poptails at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, The Water Trough, from 6-7:30 p.m. Guests can make their way to the outdoor pavilion, where the 1980s classic Summer School will be shown on a large projector beginning at 8:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. Also from 8-10:00 p.m., you can enjoy a hamburger and fries for only $5! Admission is FREE! Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr, Austin.

B*Tru Arts Student Showcase 2017 – Friday, May 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. B*Tru Arts is hosting its annual Student Showcase to present artistic work from its students, along with solo performers, AllRhythms, and special guest Heidi Little. FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors – Friday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss the final weekend of Austin Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities where two pairs of twins reunite amid a tangle of crazy comic characters. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.

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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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