Weekday Events: December 15-19, 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.

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Monday, December 15 – Friday, December 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual four-week holiday shopping extravaganza returns for its 14th year. Featuring more than 200 Texas artists, the bazaar offers FREE admission and a hassle-free shopping environment. All items featured at the bazaar must be handmade and include paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, and more. It is one of the best places to find unique gifts with a local touch. Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.

Capitol Christmas Tree – Monday, December 15 – Friday, December 19. Lit daily from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (Mon-Wed); 11:00 p.m. (Thursday); and Midnight (Friday). This 45-foot tree on the South side of the Capitol shines brightly with 137,000 LED lights. 10 choreographed light shows set to local music play at the top and bottom of every hour. FREE! 11th & Congress, Austin.

Trail of Lights – Monday, December 15 – Friday, December 19 from 7-10:00 p.m. The Austin holiday tradition returns for its 50th year. Gate tickets are FREE Monday-Thursday; $3 on Friday, for ages 12 and up. Find parking and shuttle information here. Read pro tips for planning your trip here. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar – Tuesday, December 16 – Friday, December 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The ACB is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. Cost: Adults $7; kids 12 & under are FREE! Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, December 15 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will have their hands full as they explore the final three letters of the alphabet. They will make their very own X-rays, paint with Yarn, explore Zoo animals, and more. Foodie Kids and Heartsong Music will add to the fun. 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, December 15 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, December 15 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.

The Austin Symphony Presents Christmas in the Community: String Quartet – Monday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of twelve concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. Also featured on this series are members of the Austin Youth Orchestra, who will perform side-by-side with the Austin Symphony. FREE! Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook Dr, Austin.

Sweet Ritual’s 3rd Birthday – Monday, December 15 from 2-9:00 p.m. Sweet Ritual is an ice cream parlor that features sixteen delicious flavors of dairy-free ice cream. Celebrate its 3rd Birthday with $1 scoops all day long. Sweet Ritual, 4500 Duval St, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Monday, December 15 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.

Family Movie Matinee: Arthur Christmas – Monday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, December 15 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

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, December 16 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, December 16 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.

Mrs. Claus Visits ASL Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Why, hello Mrs. Claus! Visitors to this ASL storytime will enjoy a special guest appearance by Mrs. Claus. Fun and photos for everyone. This program is children who are at least 3 years old. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Storysign Storytime – Tuesday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. Sign Language storytime for deaf and hearing families of all ages. Enjoy stories, songs, plus a craft activity. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, December 16 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.

Holiday Open House – Tuesday, December 16 from 2-5:00 p.m. Celebrate the season with holiday cartoons, kids’ crafts, and a sing-along with Mr. Walter. Refreshments will be served. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, December 16 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! Fantastic Contraptions – Tuesday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m. Special guest Chris Lopez will lead a hands-on demonstration of Fantastic Contraptions, an online physics puzzle game. Participants will be able to use the Pod computers and tablets in the library or they can choose to bring their own tablets in as well. Especially designed for older kids (third grade through middle school). FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, December 16 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.

Tween Scene: Tea Light Snowman Ornament (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m. Tweens will use LED tea lights and other craft supplies to make a snowman ornament. Ages 8-12. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Creative Crafters – Tuesday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. Drop in for some arts-and-crafts time. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, December 16 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.

Texas Artist Series: Los Texmaniacs (RSVP) – Tuesday, December 16 from 7-9:00 p.m. Enjoy a small venue concert with Los Texmaniacs, a group that mixes the best of Texas’s musical heritage with a contemporary sound. Following the performance, hear from group members about what elements of Texas culture have most impacted their music. FREE but RSVP is required here. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, December 17 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.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, December 17 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, December 17 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.

Holiday Family Sing-Along (Round Rock) – Wednesday, December 17 from 10-11:00 a.m. All ages are welcome at this come-and-go event. Children may be delighted to sing with a very special holiday visitor in a bright red suit (shhhh!). FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Holiday Harp Music – Wednesday, December 17 at 10:15 a.m. Cindy Schaufenbuel plays the early Irish harp (clairseach), familiar to many as the harp on the reverse of the Irish Euro coin, or on old Guinness labels. She has traveled to Ireland several times to study with the best players and teachers of early Irish harp in the world. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Ugly Sweater Storytime – Wednesday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. You’ve heard of Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties but have you ever been to an Ugly Sweater Storytime? Come in you most frightening stripes, appalling polka dots, and startling tassels for a dramatic reading of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. Ugly sweaters are welcomed. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Spot the Monster – Wednesday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. Peeking from your scribble art, your monster peers intently. Enliven your imagination with monster books, stories, and art. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Hanukkah Storytime – Wednesday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. Hear a reading of Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie–a fun-filled celebration of Hanukkah with accompanying CD. FREE! Barnes & Noble Lakeline, 14010 US Hwy 183, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Wednesday, December 17 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, December 17 at 3:30 p.m. Watch and discuss anime films. Recommended for ages 12 and up. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Christmas in Mexico – Wednesday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m. Experience Latin holiday music, dance, song, interactive video presentations, maracas, and an electric candle light procession. For Spanish and non-Spanish speakers alike. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, December 17 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, December 17 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.Advertisement
Holiday Music at The Driskill – Wednesday, December 17 from 5-7:00 p.m. Ring in the holidays with seasonal music from the Arundel Ensemble String Quartet. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Family Movie Night: A Goofy Movie – Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. When Max makes a preposterous promise to his girlfriend, his chances to fulfilling it seem hopeless when he is dragged onto a cross-country trip with his embarrassing father, Goofy. Rated G. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, December 17 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, December 17 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 La Tampiqueno and Alyse Black. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Horrifically Happy Holiday Movie: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. Martians kidnap Santa Claus and demand that he make toys for the unhappy Martian children. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

The Austin Symphony Presents Christmas in the Community: Brass Quintet – Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of twelve concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. Also featured on this series are members of the Austin Youth Orchestra, who will perform side-by-side with the Austin Symphony. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Parent Talks: Creating Family Rituals & Traditions (RSVP) – Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. How do you go about creating a family ritual that is meaningful to your family? What are some of the things that you should consider when creating a ritual? And are there rituals and traditions that you can create that nurture positive mental health? This will be a fun and interactive talk. Participants will identify the values important to their family; hear examples of some successful daily rituals that keep families connected; and brainstorm traditions and rituals around holidays and special occasions. FREE but RSVP is required here. Art Therapy Austin, 1200 E 11th St, Ste 109, Austin.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, December 18 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.

Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas (RSVP) – Thursday, December 18 at 10:15 a.m. Based on the idea that music makes every day a little better, The Music Bats encourages young children and their caregivers to spread their wings through music and play. Through singalongs, dancing and hands-on time with instruments and props, Music Bats wants kids and their families to learn one thing in the class: music=fun. Donation-based trial class; suggested donation of $10 per family. Reserve your FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Hola, Hola!: Feliz Navidad – Thursday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m. Step into the magic, beauty, and fun of a Mexican Christmas. Experience traditional Latin holiday music, dance, song, interactive video presentations, maracas, an electric candlelight procession, and some pan dulce – Mexican sweet bread. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Santa Visits Storytime (Cedar Park) – Thursday, December 18 at 11:00 a.m. Ho! Ho! Ho! Guess who’s coming to storytime? Sing some holiday songs, then welcome the big man himself. Bring your camera – Santa will be taking pictures will all the good boys and girls. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, December 18 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Pinnacle Brass play holiday music with a distinctive jazz flair. Family-friendly and FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Caroling at Noon: Voices of St. David’s- Thursday, December 18 at Noon. Voices of St. David’s perform sparkling motets for chamber choir. FREE! St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin.

KGSR Presents Ingrid Michaelson – Thursday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m. To help celebrate 22 years of KGSR’s Broadcasts CDs, Ingrid Michaelson is stopping in Austin to do a FREE show for you. Space is limited, so get there early to save your seat. Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

The Austin Symphony Presents Christmas in the Community: String Quartet – Thursday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of twelve concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. Also featured on this series are members of the Austin Youth Orchestra, who will perform side-by-side with the Austin Symphony. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, December 18 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.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Thursday, December 18 from 5-7:00 p.m. Ring in the holidays with seasonal music from the Arundel Ensemble String Quartet. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

6th Annual Posada – Thursday, December 18 from 6-8:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening performance of Ballet Folklorico, Teatro, and Mariachi. Festivities include arts and crafts, piñatas, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa. FREE! Southwest Key, 6002 Jain Ln, Austin.

Trail of Lights (Buda) – Thursday, December 18 from 6-10:00 p.m. Get in the holiday mood by strolling through the park and enjoying the lights. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. Free shuttle parking is available at Cabela’s; no parking is permitted in the park. Walk-in visitors are welcome. Hot beverages and concessions will be available for purchase. FREE! Historic Stagecoach Park, 880 Main St, Buda.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, December 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Urban Achievers Brass Band holiday show. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, December 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. River City Pops Show Choir will play holiday music and popular songs. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Joe Ely Book Signing – Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. Joe Ely Book Signing Event! Joe will be signing copies of his first fictional novel, Reverb! FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time - Friday, December 19 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. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – Friday, December 19 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.

Mom and Me Yoga – Friday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. This yoga class is designed for a parent and children (ages 3+ only). Taught by Pixie Henry from Yoga Yoga. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

The Austin Symphony Presents Christmas in the Community: String Quartet – Friday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. Christmas in the Community is a series of twelve concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. Also featured on this series are members of the Austin Youth Orchestra, who will perform side-by-side with the Austin Symphony. FREE! Gus Garcia Rec Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Story Time with Santa – Friday, December 19 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Wear your favorite pajamas and enjoy a snack of milk and cookies while listening to a winter classic. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures with Santa. This event is designed for walking toddlers to children 5 years of age. Cost: $2.50 per child. Northwest Rec Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin.

Light Up the Season – Friday, December 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event will feature a special seasonal story time, fun wintertime crafts, live music throughout the day, snacks and beverages to fill and warm your tummy, and a sing-along screening of Frozen for the young and young at heart. Please feel free to attend in festive attire or costume. There may even be sightings of the Jolly Old Elf Himself, Santa Claus! FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, December 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.

Free Play Gaming – Friday, December 19 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.

Santa on Horseback – Friday, December 19 from 4-7:00 p.m. Pictures with Santa every Friday before Christmas. Fun for the entire family. FREE! Texas National Outfitters, 1115 South Congress Ave., Austin.

Friday Family Films: Home Alone – Friday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m. Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight. Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them. Rated PG. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Trail of Lights (Buda) – Friday, December 19 from 6-10:00 p.m. Get in the holiday mood by strolling through the park and enjoying the lights. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. Free shuttle parking is available at Cabela’s; no parking is permitted in the park. Walk-in visitors are welcome. Hot beverages and concessions will be available for purchase. FREE! Historic Stagecoach Park, 880 Main St, Buda.

Christmas Towne (Round Rock) – Friday, December 19 from 6-10:00 p.m. Featuring amazing light displays, light maze, Kiddie Express train rides, petting zoo, holiday food, holiday entertainment, and more. FREE! Fees apply for activities. Find carnival fees here. Old Settlers Association, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, December 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Creative string band Will Taylor & Strings Attached. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, December 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vocal jazz by Laura Otero. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, December 19 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, Moonlight Social performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

The Scrooge Live Presentation – Friday, December 19 at 7:30. Scrooge instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of Christmas. Stay after the performance for refreshments and a photo-op with the cast. FREE! Toy and cash donations will be accepted, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Blue Santa. Potter’s House Christian Church, 13461 Pond Springs Rd, Austin.

Austin Civic Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert – Friday, December 19 at 7:30. FREE! Covenant United Methodist Church, 4410 Duval Rd, Austin.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert (Cedar Park) – Friday, December 19 at 7:30. FREE! St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1101 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park.



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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