Weekday Events: November 17-21, 2014

From storytimes to live music and more, What’s Up Weekly lays out all of the family-fun events happening during the week in the Greater Austin-area.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The letter T will have little ones ages 0-3 and Their families Thinking Today! They will create Turkey art and Tie-dye butterflies, learn all about Tracing and use their senses to explore Trains. Plus, The Que Pastas will perform. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Monday, November 17 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the Library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Kano Film Screening and Q&A – Monday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. In collaboration with Austin Taiwanese Association and Taiwanese American Professionals – Austin, the AARC presents a screening of Kano followed by a Q&A with Director Umin Boya. Kano is a 2014 Taiwanese baseball film that depicts how the multiracial Kano baseball team from southern Taiwan overcame great odds to represent the island in the 1931 Japanese High School Baseball Championship. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., screening is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale. FREE and open to the public. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome. FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.

Tuesday

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. Come sing songs with Walter Tragert, one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. Mr. Walter will engage your child with music and movement, plus he’ll read some stories for you too. This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

American Sign Language Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. Join teacher Amy Joines from The Signing Connection as you and your child explore sign language together. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Free Admission to The Jones Center - Tuesday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Homeschool Gaming Group (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, November 18 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 7+ are invited to get together and game. Play Minecraft, Roblox, World of Warcraft, and more. The library will provide an Xbox, Wii U, and some laptops, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, tablets, and devices as well. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Free Ice Cream Day at Amy’s – Tuesday, November 18 from 3-7:00 p.m. In honor of the support you’ve provided for the last 30 years, Amy’s is hosting a FREE ice cream day! Amy’s Ice Creams, all 13 locations.

Lego Lab - Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Discovery! Creating SmartApps – Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. SmartApps are becoming a dime a dozen and many are made without any knowledge of programming. Kids will learn how to make a basic little app in a few minutes without any coding skills. They will put together a layout, add some buttons, text, and maybe a picture for a logo. Kids will learn how to design an app according to how people will want to use it and, should they make a mistake, they can always go back and fix it or create a whole new one. Especially designed for older kids (fourth grade and up). FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Follow the Elves – Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. Watch online and follow the elves to libraries around Austin this winter during this four-part series of video episodes, along with related stories and crafts. Enjoy a new multimedia experience each week as the story unfolds. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, November 19 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.

Fit4Mom Grand Opening – Wednesday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. Taught by certified fitness instructors who are also moms, Stroller Strides is a great workout for any fitness level. You can meet new moms, have fun with your baby, and get in the best shape of your life. Be sure to bring a stable stroller, a towel or mat for abdominal exercises, plenty of water, any baby essentials, and a smile. Representatives from My Fit Foods, Happy Family, Taste & See Baby Food, and BabyEarth will be in attendance. Metro Moms – Austin is providing goodie bags. Plus, there will be crafts and a very special musical guest… Dusty from the Biscuit Brothers. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.; class begins at 9:30 a.m.; prizes, crafts, food, and music at 10:30 a.m. FREE! Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. Friends from Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Cuentacuentos: Storytime en Español – Wednesday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a reading of Oso quiere contar una historia. Winter is coming, and Bear is very sleepy. Before going to sleep, Bear wants to tell a story to his friend Mouse, but Mouse is busy collecting seeds. This a Spanish-language storytime with word practice activities afterwards. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Wednesday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Anime Club - Wednesday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 12 and up gather to watch and discuss anime films. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night – Wednesday, November 19 from 5-8:00 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.

Family Movie Night: Frozen – Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.Advertisement
Dinner and a Movie in the Plaza (Round Rock) – Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. Movies in the Plaza returns with Smokey and the Bandit at 7:00 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. The Brass Tap will be onsite selling refreshments. Rated PG. FREE! Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 19 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, November 19 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Gary Nickolson and Britny Lobas & Red Coral. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, November 19 from 7-9:00 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 should be under adult supervision at all times. FREE! Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Austin.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, November 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! – Thursday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Sign Language Story Time – Thursday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy children’s tales told in American Sign Language and spoken in English. Learn some basic signs while enjoying classic songs and stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

KinderDance Class – Thursday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. (for 2-year-olds) and at 11:30 a.m. (for ages 3-5). KinderDance encourages children to have fun and gain a love for learning by associating it with something that comes naturally — movement, music, dance, and fitness. Experience a FREE sample class. Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, November 20 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a guitar concert by Mark Cruz. Family-friendly and FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Thursday, November 20 at 3:30. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lego Lab – Thursday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Conspirare In-Store Performance – Thursday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m.  Every attendee at this release party will receive a voucher good for a 10% ticket discount for this year’s Conspirare Christmas performance at the Long Center on December 8th. Refreshments provided by Shiner. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival (Bee Cave) – Thursday, November 20 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy a holiday concert by The Vintage 15, face painting, and holiday carolers. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.; Santa will arrive at 7:00 p.m. escorted by the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes. Then, stick around for the lighting of the holiday tree, and a fireworks show. The CW Star, Annaka Chesnutt, will be on hand to help everyone welcome Santa. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, November 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. All-female acoustic trio The Carper Family Band play Americana and Bluegrass tunes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, November 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vocal Jazz by Karen Tennison. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – Friday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Friday, November 21 at 10:15 a.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, November 21 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Friday, November 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the Library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Friday Family Film: Tangled – Friday, November 21 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Hot Science – Cool Talks – Friday, November 21 at 5:45 p.m. Drones have been all over the media as well as our imaginations. What’s real and what’s possible for these remarkable flying machines? Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Todd Humphreys will consider the ways drones can be used in the future versus what is portrayed in the movies. He will also show us how his team was the first to successfully demonstrate that drones could be commandeered by GPS hacking. Interactive Fair from 5:45-7:00 p.m.; Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. FREE! UT Campus, Welch Hall Auditorium, 105 E 24th St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, November 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Swing dancing with Waller Creek Vipers. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, November 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Devin Jake plays Indie Country. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, November 21 from 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Mayeux and Broussard perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.




In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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