The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 20-22, 2011

Nature Nights: Butterflies and Moths- Visit discovery tables to learn how butterflies and moths behave and what they eat, create your very own butterfly mask and enjoy walks and talks in the Center’s Butterfly garden led by Staff Gardener Samantha Elkinton and volunteer experts on these winged insects. $1 admission. Friday, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Sunset Supper Cinema: Neverending Story- Join us on the rooftop plaza for a fabulous feast and film! We’ve partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow and Nulo Pet Food to present this classic movie on the giant screen beneath the twilight of the Austin sky. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase à la carte, including themed specials from our Prepared Foods team. FREE!! Friday, 7:30 with the movie beginning at dusk. Whole Foods rooftop plaza, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Hill Country Galleria Spring Concert Series- Listen to FREE live music by Johnny Austin. Friday, 5:30- 8:30pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy two delightful books this evening: The Crows of Pear Blossom by Aldous Huxley and Sophie Blackall and Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes and Dan Yaccarino. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Pflugerville Deutschen Fest- Enjoy three days of live music, a parade, carnival rides and games, food and drink, arts and crafts, 5K Pfun Run and Kids 1K,  and more! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $4 on Friday and Sunday, $5 on Saturday. For a complete list of events and times, click here. Pfluger Park, 501 City Park Rd., Pflugerville.

Pony Cart Rides at Green Gate Farms- Fun for all ages as our three-year-old paint White Socks pulls you in a cart around the farm and neighborhood.  Saturday, 11:00-12:00. Just $5 per person (first ride free for CSA members or for $10 purchase). Reservations requested Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Ave.

YMCA Splash Day- Celebrate the start of summer with a FREE day of swimming. There will be family swimming, swim lesson evaluations, games, water safety information and water sports. Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. The following YMCA locations are participating: Northwest Family Y, Southwest Family Y, East Communities Y, and Hays Communities Y.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Let’s Dance Streamer. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Ukele Sing-A-Long: Ms. Mardi- Our local Hawaiian Princess invites everyone to sing along to classics like Old McDonald’s Farm, You Are My Sunshine and If You’re Happy and You Know It. Kids of all ages can swing and sway to that fabulous Hawaiian classic, the Huki Lau. We’ll re-write song lyrics, play percussion instruments, make animal noises and do the chicken dance. And tell some really bad chicken jokes. Keep Austin Hawaiian! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Many of the Barnes and Noble locations offer a FREE Click here to check for participating locations.

Louisa May Day- Bring the family to celebrate “Louisa May Day.” Children will create crafts that call attention to the times in which Louisa May Alcott was a child and her writing as an adult. Adults will be treated to an open house displaying the diversity of Alcott’s publications and a photo exhibit featuring Austin during Alcott’s era. Hear dramatic readings from Alcott’s works while enjoying tea and shortbread. FREE!! Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd.

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships- Come out and cheer or jeer at prospective pundits as they jest for a wordy cause. There are two competitions to behold: Punniest of Show and PunSlingers. There is also live music, food and drink, a book sale, souvenirs and more. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. Brush Square (behind the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums) 409 E. 5th Street.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.
AdvertisementPachanga Latino Music Festival- Spend your day at Fiesta Gardens listening to over 20 bands! For the little ones, enjoy Ninos Rock, a special area setup just for kids so that they can learn more about Latino music and culture. For a full lineup and list of activities, check out the site! Tickets: $15 per person, kids under 12 get in free with an adult admission. Saturday, gates open at Noon. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse Segovia.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

4th Annual Youth Arts Festival- Art! Performances! Music! Dance! Film! Murals! SPECIAL GUESTS! Food! Games! The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble! FREE! Featuring work by: Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, Bedichek Middle School, Webb Middle School, Ojeda Middle School, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Del Valle Middle School, Mendez Middle School, Manor New Tech High School, Manor Middle School and Decker Middle School. Special Guests: The Diverse Effect Skate Crew, Free Angola Capoeira Society, Youth Spin KOOP and more. Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm – Showcase 4:00-6:00pm – Carnival. Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

Be Groovy Be Green at Farmers’ Market-Come and celebrate LIFE with us this week at Be Groovy Be Green. It’s the BGBG Queens Birthday this Saturday and at the SFC Downtown market we’ll have a community recycled project and a community Canvas painting you can help us with. Come say hi, sing a song, hear a story or give a hug!You can always get your face painted by the fantastic Patty, too! FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- 1:00pm. SFC Farmers’ Market, 4th and Guadalupe.

Storytime- Come for a FREE storytime that is for kids of all ages. Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Thumbelina- Violet Crown Community Theater, a sponsored project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance, presents our fourth production: Thumbelina. Follow Thumbelina’s adventures in this new retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless story. This performance is FREE, interactive and fun for children of all ages. Saturday, 2:00pm. Twin Oaks Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street and Sunday, 5:00pm. Brentwood Park/ Elementary School Outdoor Stage, 6700 Arroyo Seco.

Pollyana Theatre Company presents Here Comes Gosling- Based upon the wonderful characters and story found in Sandy Asher’s book Here Comes Gosling, out play tells the story of Froggie, a lovable and outgoing frog who can not wait to meet the new gosling. But what happens when Baby Gosling finally arrives to visit and all she does is honk? Come see the fun when Froggie and all of his friends must learn to wait and also learn to deal with some difficulties when a new baby doesn’t behave as expected. Featuring some of Austin’s finest actors, the production is directed by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell. Appropriate for children 4 and older.Tickets: $8.75 adults, $7.75 seniors over 60, Austin Circle of Theatre Members and children up to age 18 $6.75. Saturday, 11:00am and 2:00pm, Sunday, 2:00pm.Special Event: Join us after the 2:00pm performance on Sunday for a book signing picnic with author Sandy Asher and illustrator Keith Graves. The Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Dr.

Into the Fray: 1861 Lives Again- A special reenactment event demonstrating how Texans formed militias to go off to fight got the Confederacy 150 years ago this month will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22. “Into the Fray, 1861″ will feature a depiction of what was occurring across the Lone Star State after Texas seceded, as the Civil War was just beginning, with people dressed in period costumed portraying period roles such as town doctor, lawyer, businessman and farmers. The historical show will begin Saturday morning, with reenactments continuing throughout the day. On Sunday, an 11 a.m. unit flag presentation willbe followed by a march of the militia off to war. This is an event not to be missed. This historical program will take place at our Cotton Planter’s Farm, in the circa-1859 Bell House. Activities will include costumed interpreters at our three other historic sites: Our 1840s Tonkawa Indian Encampment, our 1860s German Immigrant Farm and our 1870s Texian Farm. Tickets: Adults, $8, children, $6. Gates open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am- 5:00pm. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

AFM Liberty School Winery Concert Series: Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes and Beto y los Fairlanes- The Austin Federation of Musicians and Liberty School Winery present a FREE concert series on the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza every Sunday evening in May. Camp chairs are encouraged, and coolers are permitted but please, no glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available on-site. The Museum will stay open during the concerts and exhibit admission will be free. Ample free parking is available across the street and in the museum garage. Sunday, 6:00- 9:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Esperanza de la Herencia- Each year, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Company brings the rich heritage of Puerto Rico to life with Esperanza de la Herencia, a performance event didicated to inspiring youth. This recital, which includes performances by the cultural arts students and the PRFDance & Jr. Performing companies, displays the rich variety of Puerto Rico’s music and dance traditions. FREE!! Sunday, 2:00- 4:00pm. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos- FREE Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos, for anyone in the Austin community. Ages 12 and up. People are encouraged to donate their old or new guitars for underprivileged students. Sunday, 5:30- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- Come out to see Laura Freeman and The Hey Lollies. FREE admission, tips for performers appreciated! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.


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Catherine Prystup founded out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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