What’s Up? Weekly: September 11-15, 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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TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, September 11 – Thursday, September 14. TuneBugz! offers Music Together ® music and movement classes for early childhood (birth through 5 years old) where parents and/or caregivers also sing, dance and play along. It’s music – don’t wait – the best years for learning music are before age 7 and starting as early as possible has the longest lasting impact into adulthood. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Monday

Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb – Monday, September 11 at 7:46 a.m. Hill Country Galleria is hosting the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Bee Cave Police and Lake Travis Fire Rescue will climb the equivalent of 110 stories of the World Trade Center to pay tribute to the fallen FDNY firefighters of September 11. The public is welcome to attend the event to support and cheer on the Bee Cave Police and Lake Travis Fire Rescue as they endure this challenge. 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed race events, but a way for firefighters and police to honor and remember the first responders who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Baby Bloomers: Color Creations! – Monday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Find yourself somewhere over the rainbow as you create colorful creations all month long. 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.

Music & Movement – Monday, September 11 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 – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to 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 Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, September 11 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. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Pints & Poses + Fundraiser – Monday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to a FREE one-hour, all levels vinyasa class. Class is held inside of Texas Ballroom on the second floor and parking is complimentary inside of the Hyatt parking garage. After yoga, head to the renovated Marker 10 bar for a FREE local draft (21+) or settle on the patio and enjoy the city views. This month’s event will be a fundraiser benefiting Front Steps – located inside of Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) – and impacting those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. FREE, but donations for ARCH are appreciated. Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

HAAM Benefit Day – All day Tuesday, September 12. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) and Whole Foods Market will kickoff HAAM Benefit Day. Hundreds of music showcases and concerts will take place at various locations all over Austin including clubs, restaurants, and retail stores to help raise awareness and funds for HAAM. Check out a showcase or spend the day shopping and eating at participating stores and restaurants, many of which will donate up to 5% (or more) of their daily proceeds to HAAM. Music starts at 6:00 a.m. and doesn’t end until 2:00 a.m. Many events are family friendly! Don’t forget to look for the black HAAM donation boxes where you can make monetary donations to help keep Austin music alive and well. Multiple locations in Austin.

Kids Club – Tuesday, September 12 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, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin.

Cat in the Hat 60 1/2 Birthday Party – Tuesday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. BookKids is throwing a half-birthday party for everyone’s dear friend, the Cat in the Hat. Listen to some of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories and maybe win an awesome prize. Oh, and guess what? The Cat himself will be there to make new friends and accept your best half-birthday wishes. Join the party! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, September 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Home School Fair (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, September 12 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Learn about the valuable resources available at the library and throughout the City of Pflugerville. Families can take a tour and complete a scavenger hunt, learn about the Pfab Lab and maker kits, and get information about volunteering at the library. Stop by the Heritage House Museum’s table to learn about Pflugerville’s local history resources. Library staff will give an overview of the library’s electronic resources and tell families about the free events, clubs, and classes available every week at the library. Families can also visit with other city departments and the Pflugerville Fire Department to learn about the services they provide. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

LEGO Lab – Tuesday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Family Night: Leaf Creatures – Tuesday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. The foliage may be green all year round in Austin, but if you’re yearning for some fall color, stop by Laura’s to make a whimsical leaf creature. Your autumn leaves will be made of felt, fabric, and glittery foam, and each one will have its very own personality. These quirky characters are bound to inspire some fall feelings — even if it is still over 90 degrees outside. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast – Tuesday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

The Selfish Giant ($1) – Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Austin Playhouse is excited to announce their Fall Theatre for Youth Production of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant. Based on the classic fairytale, this charming musical play tells the story of a Giant who builds a wall around his garden so the local children can’t play in it after school. To his astonishment, the wall also keeps out spring, and while life begins to blossom everywhere else, the North Wind, Hail, Frost, and Snow continue to dance about through his beautiful garden. It’s up to the new girl in town to take down the fence and teach the Giant a lesson in friendship. The show is targeted to children ages 4-9 years, but it’s fun for the whole family. All tickets are pick-your-price starting at $1. Austin Playhouse at ACC Highland, 6001 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, September 13 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, September 13 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, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. The wonderful Ms. Staci is back for a musical storytime. She will read a few of her favorite stories and play some tunes, so don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Wednesday, September 13 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 Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

French Dual Language Storytime – Wednesday, September 13 at 3:30 p.m.  Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language storytime. Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs and crafts in French and English. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Wednesday, September 13 at 3:30 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, September 13 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.

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog – Wednesday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, September 13 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.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, September 13 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 Matt McCormack and The Savage Poor. 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.

Yoga on the Plaza and Harvey Donation Collection – Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. @stretchyogastudio and @wholefoods are partnering to bring you yoga on the rooftop at the Whole Foods North Lamar location. Decompress from your work day with a fun and detoxifying flow. Please bring your own yoga mat. No registration required. FREE! Whole Foods Lamar, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, September 13 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.

Thursday

WEC Lone Star Le Mans – FREE Entry All Day – Thursday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join FIA World Endurance Championship and Circuit of The Americas as the Spirit of Le Mans takes over Austin this fall for a thrilling weekend of speed culminating in six hours of world class endurance racing. The world’s finest automotive manufacturers and drivers, the same stars and cars that battle for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour classic, will duke it out over two full days at WEC’s only stop in the United States. Thursday’s track activity is FREE and open to the public. Guests may park in COTA’s Lot A and enjoy Thursday from the Main Grandstand. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin.

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, September 14 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, September 14 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.

Bilingual Boogie – Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Boogie introduces children to basic Spanish vocabulary while reinforcing preschool concepts such greetings, colors, animals, counting, the alphabet, and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, September 14 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, September 14 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, September 14 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear SungEun Park and friends perform piano and violin chamber music. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Hurricane Harvey Diaper Drive at Hat Creek – Thursday, September 14 from 4-7:00 p.m. Hat Creek Burger Company is hosting a Hurricane Harvey Diaper Drive. For every item donated to the Austin Diaper Bank, Hat Creek will hand out a $5 gift card. Austin Diaper Bank has created an Amazon wishlist that can be viewed here. Monetary donations to the Austin Diaper Bank will also be accepted. Hat Creek will match monetary donations with a gift card in the donated amount. For example if someone donates $10, they will receive a $10 gift card. Guests attending the diaper drive will be able to enjoy live music by Staci Gray. Event is FREE! Hat Creek Domain Northside, 3210 Esperanza Crossing, Ste 100, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 14 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, September 14 at 7:00 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Science Under the Stars: The Scientific Process – Thursday, September 14 from 7-9:30 p.m. Science informs the way we live. The food we eat, the medication we need, and the electricity we use everyday are all products of scientific discoveries. However, the process of science remains a mystery to many. This talk explores a number of ways that science can be misunderstood, and will answer the questions: What does it really mean to be a scientist? Why are there so many conflicting reports about science? and Should we trust scientists? Hear PhD student Caitlin Friesen discuss how you can change the way you think about science. Plus, enjoy food, displays of local animals and plants, guided tours, and kids activities. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Aldrich Street Opening Celebration – Thursday, September 14 from 7-10:00 p.m. Get ready for a night of fun to celebrate the opening of Aldrich Street, Mueller’s dining and entertainment district. This FREE festival will be a nightime street fair with live music performances by the Nash Hernandez Orchestra and More Cowbell. Activities include chef demos, beverage sampling, food samples, henna tattoo artists, giant Jenga and dominoes, other games and prizes, photobooth, giveaways. and more. Aldrich Street, 1826 Simond Ave, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Wayne’s World and Air Guitar Contest – Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. The movie starts around 8:00 p.m., but arrive early for pre-show fun. Prior to showing Wayne’s World, Pease Park Conservancy will be hosting an air guitar contest at 6:30 p.m. Pick your favorite song, put on your best outfit, and rock the stage for your 3 minutes of fame. Prizes will be awarded to the top performers! Please register to compete. FREE! Pease Park – Big Field, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin. Update: Due to a scheduling conflict, this event is rescheduled for Thursday, September 21.

Unplugged at the Grove – Final Week! – Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. For the last Unplugged at the Grove of the season, join KGSR in celebrating the life and musical legacy of the legendary Jimmy LaFave. Jimmy played the very first Unplugged at the Grove at Shady Grove 24 years ago, and has performed more than any other artist in the series’ history. 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.

Friday

Mother Earth Day Festival – Friday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This Festival is designed for environmental awareness and fun, especially relating to Barton Springs and Barton Creek. A special emphasis is placed on water conservation. Every activity is made to ensure that kids from 4-13 years of age have a great time and an interactive learning experience. Enjoy music, puppet shows, murals, interactive booths, games, art, and local wildlife during Mother Earth Day at the Springs. FREE! Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Little Seedlings Storytime: Grandparents Day (RSVP) – Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Travel the world with AARC as you explore Asia and Asian American culture through the magic of storytelling. This month’s theme is Grandparents Day and will feature stories followed by a fun activity. Please RSVP only for the number of youth participating. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Friday Movie Matinee: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Friday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

10 Year Anniversary @ Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center – Friday, September 15 from 6-8:00 p.m. Celebrate the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s 10th Year Anniversary of their building. The festivities start with a gallery opening exhibit with works by Raul Valdez. There will be refreshments and a warm welcome with special guest speakers. FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin.

Community Cinema: The Fate of the Furious – Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of The Fate of the Furious. 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.

Movies in the Park: Sing (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. Concessions will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

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.